ATTENTION BALLARDEERS ! Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated ! I am alive and well and ( some would say ) hiding out in Ecuador. Usually. when the ole Capt. Linguist disappears. it’s because he had to go on one of his special voyages with his galleon, The Irish Rover , to bring back to his good mates on Ballard Street all sorts of exotic … er… goodies and some potent potables. And whilst he is gone, he usually tries to stay in touch.This time, the Internet Gods have been raining bad joss upon me and I have been without service until just moment ago. I have no clue for how long the internet connectivity daemons will favor me. But I am here, and although I daren’t risk going back over all the comments on all my favorite sites, until I am sure the connection will hold, I have missed you all. Google is still giving me fits so I am not emailing until I get this problem resolved, one way or the other. With good winds and good luck, I’ll see you all at the turn.Meantime, drinks are on my tab !