Thanks to those who expressed interest. I'm sorry for any inconvenience.
The situation: I got an offer I couldn't refuse: 2.5 weeks plant-sitting and being a "New York writer" in an apartment on the Upper West Side. Great chance to see some colleagues--even though it's August-- and lead some of my Plan B life. (If I had two lives, one would of course be in Manhattan and, as it happens, on the Upper West Side.) So when the Big App calls, I go.
Do you have a Plan B life? Do you ever visit it? (A virtual Second Life on line doesn't count.)