If you have been longtime member of FishStripes, you know Dan. An excellent and welcome contributor but who does tend to go on walkabout from time to time. But he has found his way out of the bush, or where ever, and he is back. So the bottom line here is: Don't pay the ransom, he escaped.
While he hasn't found his way back to FishStripes, I'm hopeful he will soon. Glad to see you are not dead Dan!