jd, it seems to be hit or miss with the dialup connections. Some folks are able to get in without to many problems while others are constantly disconnected. I think personally that it's as the quality of the service as much as the speed. Dialups are bad for also having noisy/nasty connections and are plagued with retries making the already slow connection slower. The first time you connect, it loads the applet that takes quite a while. Especially if you are on dialup. You may try to make the connection sometime and just walk away and let it load.
Just remember, the last one to log in has to tell a tale!!
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." Winston Churchill