Through this very very very nice blog site called Blogger, if you've heard of it(?), I got an offer to join Gmail. (Since it's all Google, all day, all week.)
So, I now have a much coveted Gmail account. It's:
my first name (dot) my last name (at) gmail (dot) com.
Thank you, Google!
(Does the "I've got Gmail, you don't" happy-dance)