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Need to Modify Excel Validation using C#

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I am attempting to create an Excel spreadsheet through C# and I need to include a few columns that can be populated by the user from a drop down list.  After some digging around, I discovered that the Validation Property of a Range has a Modify function that looks like it's meant for this very purpose.  However, when I attempt to use the Modify function, I receive the following error message:

System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException (0x800A03EC): Exception from HRESULT: 0x800A03EC
   at System.RuntimeType.ForwardCallToInvokeMember(String memberName, BindingFlags flags, Object target, Int32[] aWrapperTypes, MessageData& msgData)
   at Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel.Validation.Modify(Object Type, Object AlertStyle, Object Operator, Object Formula1, Object Formula2)
   at TestMySQLInteraction.ExcelInteractor.MakeSomeDropDowns() in C:\Documents and Settings\wruttle\My Documents\Visual Studio 2008\Projects\TestMySQLInteraction\TestMySQLInteraction\ExcelInteractor.cs:line 190

I've attatched the relevant code.  I'm using Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel in case it was not apparent.
//Constructor for my ExcelInteractor Class        
        private Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel.Application xlApp;
        private Workbook wb;
        private ArrayList ws;
        private object missing;
        public ExcelInteractor(int numSheets)
            xlApp = new Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel.Application();
            if (xlApp == null)
                Console.WriteLine("You failed to open an Excel App");
            xlApp.Visible = false;
            ws = new ArrayList();
            xlApp.SheetsInNewWorkbook = numSheets;
            wb = xlApp.Workbooks.Add(Type.Missing);
            for (int i = 1; i <= numSheets; i++)
            if (ws == null)
                Console.WriteLine("You failed to create a worksheet!");
            missing = System.Reflection.Missing.Value;
        public void MakeSomeDropDowns()
            Worksheet m_ws = (Worksheet)ws[0];
                Range m_range = m_ws.get_Range("A1", "A1");
                String m_list = "lol,wut,wtf,omg,bbq";
                m_range.Validation.Modify(XlDVType.xlValidateList, XlDVAlertStyle.xlValidAlertStop, missing, m_list, missing);
            catch (Exception ex)
                Console.WriteLine("Caught an Exception while trying to make some Drop Downs:\r\n" + ex.ToString());
//main function
        static void Main(string[] args)
             ExcelInteractor m_XLInt = new ExcelInteractor(1);
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