Load average

top - 11:50:00 up 1 day, 7:09, 5 users, load average: 78.09, 72.52, 62.30

is that normal?
also, i have some trouble connecting to mysql these days
seems my mysqld is really really slow at times

I’m having the exact same problem.

host is ‘cortes’.

This is probably caused by the current network issues (which should be fixed this evening). See http://www.dreamhoststatus.com/2006/09/12/the-network-is-still-bad/