was gone for a while. But I came back, through the same door Id left.
Some people were waiting for me. How had I occupied myself? I could no
longer maintain that this was an inappropriate question. The initial
response I gave, which I composed unassisted, collapsed before
developing into a sequence of discrete and audible words, but after
several consultations I was able to cite activities which were generally
regarded as productive uses of time; whenever possible, I mentioned
names of persons who could corroborate my answer.