My imposed absence from the forum is, I hope, over. (I changed computer, software and internet connection last fall. While all the rest of my online doings were far better, VeloNation wouldn't recognize me. Every once in a while I would try again, remember another contact I could E-mail, but basically lost hope of getting past lurking. Tried again just now. And it worked!
I've been hanging at Bikeforums. Good place, but it feels like New York City after spending the past dozen years in the town of VeloNew and the village of VeloNation.