I do not know if you will be allowed to see this in the interest-bearing bank account in which you are being held, but I hope you are well.
It is now 1004 days since you began your captivity. You’ve now been held 2¼ times as long as the Iran hostages. So much has happened since you left. David Bowie and Gene Wilder died. John Boehner isn’t Speaker of the House anymore. You wouldn’t believe who’s president. No, it’s not her.
I have lost track of how many times your captors have told me your ordeal would end soon. Today they pushed it out another three months to September 30, 2018. If that were true, you’d be held there for about as long as the Korean War lasted, but I don’t believe it; if there’s one thing I have learned about your captors in these long months, it’s that they can’t be trusted. Remember when they said they would begin shipping before the end of 2015? Remember when they said I’d be getting a $4,005 discount over the eventual retail price? Remember when I deferred my laser order last September and they said the filter would be ready by the end of the month? None of it was true.
Like anyone in this situation, I find myself asking: why? But they won’t tell me. They did hint at production problems this month, which is more information than they’ve given in a long time, but they won’t say more than that. Do they know what the problem is? Is it major? Minor? Does it require retooling of the whole thing? A small part? Is it a question of design, performance, certification? They say that to make even such vague statements would reveal critical intellectual property. Does that sound right to you? Me neither.
To be honest, I blame myself. How did I let myself get hooked into this? How have I let it go on so long when it’s long been clear the benefits roll only one way, and that’s not toward either you or me? I feel roundly exploited and still I stand waiting around like a dope for someone to make it right. It bothers me.
I wish I had happier news for you. Know that you are missed. You should see the kids now! They’re so big.