Dear Mr. LarryBible:
My best wishes for you and your new job.
BTW, if you get 26 Kbaud with your modem and crappy phone line and your modem is an internal one, try to get an EXTERNAL USRobotics 56K (x2/V90/V92). It will boost your bit rate to about 40 Kbaud. Been there done that (your favorite phrase :-) several times with great success.
EXTERNAL modems (especially serial ones from USR/3COM) are a whole better than internal ones. Do never buy USB-based external modems because they're junk.