I have been foolish, not realizing when I am not wanted somewhere, even though the clues have been plentyful. Now I see it more clearly. After several months of absence I have not heard a single "Where have you been?" or "How are you?" or "What happened?" from any of the people I considered closest to me. I have, on the other hand, heard it from the ones I do not know so well. I find it rather funny how such a simple thing can act as such a wakeupcall.