Zombie Redshirt wrote:
he could have had a desk at Starfleet command
In Picard's ready room there is a display model of a Constellation Class starship, one of Picard previous commands. There is also a painting of the Enterprise, his current command.
In Picard's quarters there is a painting of a space station. This I feel represents another of Picard's commands, and where he spent at least some of the eight "unaccountable" years.