I, too, am guilty of failing to express often enough how much Mike's advice, both on and off line, has really mattered to everyone, me included. As I recall, we had a "witching week" here a month or so ago where, inexplicably, everyone got crabby and antagonistic all at once, including, I recall, in response to some of Mike's posts. I don't blame Mike for taking some time off in response, if that's indeed the case, I would add only that at times we're all wagons loaded with clay but the positive side is that clay can be remolded.
"For me, I think the only danger is being too much in love with guitar playing. The music is the most important thing, and the guitar is only the instrument." Jerry Garcia