Well.. no .. it is not logging me out anymore like it did. I can stay on line .. go do something else (which I have been doing all day) and I am not bumped anymore, so I don't really have to log back in. I can then close an ubuntuforums tab. reopen it and I am back online.
however .. I'll try a re-boot... but just a note .. I never close my browser or my tabs. A versatile thing about ff and Ubuntu, on re-boot and I am right back where I was.