...woodworking emails can go for actual weeks before getting answered (and I'm really, really sorry if you're on the wrong end of that one).
...most seriously of all, you've suspended mail from the Old Tools List and haven't read it all for the first time in nearly eight years.
Last year I felt I was getting rather out of the loop. So far in 2009 I'm straining to see whereabouts the loop is. Something, somewhere, has got to click at some point and normal service will be resumed, but the waiting for it is really getting me down.