As the late, great Lou Reed introduces Track 1, Side 1 of his masterpiece Take No Prisoners:
Hello, sorry we were late but we were just tuning.
What’s the matter, did we keep you waiting or something?
Are we late?
It’s raining out. What do you mean it’s raining out?
We know it’s fucking raining out.
We are back. (yes, every time we go a way for an extended period we’ll come back with a better version of this post.)