No, I'm not asking for help...
I'm saying what NOT TO DO....
I'm just ranting. And passing on Lesson Learned:
E.g. if you're a long drive to the server and the only connection you have to it is via the server's "eth0" don't do an "ifdown eth0" when you just want to refresh your new netmask settings.
I know the solution.. and there really is only one: Drive for a hour to the server. Walk up to it, login into the console. become root.
log out... walk out, drive a hour back home.
I don't have access to anyone locally there that can do it for me. Oh wellllllll..