obviously it's larger (400k vs, say, 4k), and i can't exactly tell for sure what file is loading when. maybe the flash file starts loading first but takes so long that it only appears after everything else is loaded.
i know the usual logic is the other way around, but my experience -- previous to putting the flash file on the page -- is that (on a dial-up line) elements load slowly but surely: there are about forty images each with a bit of text, so it takes a little time. i thought the .swf would help keep one interested.
and the point of the page is the text anyway. if the flash file loads after you've read the text, (in this case) there's no reason to keep the page open.