Patrick, I wish this friend of yours could be a little less vague with his advice. He's worse than I am when you ask about the future. By the sound of it, he thinks he and someone else have discovered something powerful, but are keeping it from their employers, presumably the U.S. government. If so, well, the situation might be destabilizing. Who knows how long they can keep it secret and what the government will do if they find out. And if the government finds out about Joe, they may find out about you. This makes it even more urgent that we resolve this matter soon. The sooner, the better, for all of us. Other than that, I can't be much help.
I wish she could have given us something more, but I guess we'll just take what we can get. On Saturday I received an anonymous note in my mail again. It was...a little odd. It was typed, though the letters seemed to be slightly off of the line. Does anyone know, is that the sign of an older manual typewriter? In any case, the note was brief:
I have been reading your site. I think I might have the information you need. I need assurances that you are who you say you are. What can you give me?
If anyone has a hint on this part, PLEASE give it to me. Without knowing who this person is, I don't know what to tell them, but this feels right to me. It feels too right to be a wild goose chase.
Finally, I got a call from your friend and mine Gabrielle. As always she was pleasant when I answered the phone.
That was a lovely stunt, Patrick. I'm touched, really.
"Hello to you too, Gabrielle."
I've heard what you're telling me, Patrick. And I'm here to tell you that the people I work for are not impressed.
"Gabrielle, I need your help. I wish I didn't, but I have the feeling you know something I need."
Shut up. I know what you need. I told you, the people I work for are not impressed. We need results, Patrick. Get them.
Then she hung up. I'm starting to lose my faith in that woman. I really am.
Your anonymous friend gives you no clue as to how to respond to him, so just tell him to read the site from the beginning and get to know you, that should give all the credibility you need. Same for Joe Painter.
As to Gabrielle, I don't know what to say, except to tell her you are doing your damndest and you need more specific help and guidance from her. And keep digging.
Best of luck...wish I knew or could offer more, but if any inspiration strikes, I'll post again.
No new post in two days? That looks a little ominous, Patrick. Are you OK? Is everyone else OK?