Right. Well. Time having passed, as it tends to, only going in the forward direction, a few things have changed.
I have a firm last day of work, November 22nd.
I have more information about my dad's estate, which suggests that while I won't be retiring to the Riviera, at least I won't have to worry about going hungry. Dad, being something of a financial type, arranged it all to be split evenly between me, my younger brother, and our older, adopted half-brother. No bickering, no waiting for probate.
So, I've been scouting jobs and apartments elsewhere in the country. :-) I have a firm apartment to move to, and a firm plan to do the moving over Thanksgiving weekend, with some help from a friend. The tricky part is towing my car ... we'll probably put it on a trailer. Still, one-way is surprisingly expensive ... Just had the amusing thought that I could almost sell it all and buy new at the other end, but that's just a joke.
Anyway, y'all probably won't notice the difference. I'll still be over there on the left of every one of my posts ... I might be smiling even more, but it'll be on the inside ...