After several phone calls to the lovely folks at Second Life customer service it seems that I can in fact get my old account reopened but it would involve doing things I'm not willing to do at the moment. The short of it is it's just too much trouble to reopen that account.
That said I will be in-world from as Aether Redux. Yes I'm starting completely over as of yesterday. Please feel free to come by Caledon Oxbridge and poke me with a stick and giggle at my duck walk. Starting over means I'll be abandoning my old inventory including several rather expensive aircraft. I'm still on the computer from 2008 and on a wifi connection. From what I gather flight in SL in nearly impossible without the latest bells and whistles.
I've also started a new blog taking two things I'm a huge geek for. Steampunk and movies. Being the genius that I am I came up with the following name for this little venture. Get ready for it....
Thank you, thank you! (Takes a bow) Just a few posts up now but something to keep me busy and with luck others informed. Take a look if so inclined.
Hope to see all my old friends soon. Working weird hours now but I'll be about when I can. Take care and carry on.