"Any and all transmissions from the fellow forumers are the only ones I have received so far. The only other form of communication ran into a bit of trouble, and I'm still waiting on a fix for it, as you can see."
Motions towards the laptop on the side-table to my right, where it lies disassembled, with smoldering computer chips and a shattered screen.
"Good to know you've emerged from your troubles triumphantly."
Bites into a scone, then gains a wistful look on my face as I speak.
"No, I have not tasted apple spice tea in a very long time, but I remember the occasion fondly."
"I've had a similar situation of emerging from strife, but, like you, I have risen from the ashes nearly unscathed. The fruit of my absence is abundant-"
Nods towards bookshelf on my right full of many small loose-leaf manuscripts, bound only by staples and rubber bands.
"-and I've enjoyed pruning it as of late."
Sips tea, then places saucer with the cup on the table.
"Now, unless you have anything else to say, may we get down to business?"