And that's when I noticed...
12:01AM up 15 days, 3:23, 1 user, load averages: 8.09, 8.10, 8.08
Yep, load average of EIGHT. My perl link tester seems to have gone awry. Hopefully, I won't need to care about this after the cable modem is installed. I am quite impressed with this machine, for all I've put it through (the current incarnation of bender is the p233 that was my desktop machine for 4 years)