This morning SoCal Edison shut the power off (not just my building but others in the immediate region) in order to install a new telephone pole. I asked a friend if I could use his rear pool house, which has all the comforts — good wifi, a nice TV, a serious bathroom, air-conditioning, etc. “No problem, come on over.”

I was immediately taken by the huge pink flamingo in the pool and the Helmut Newton-ish wooden sculpture. And then I was invited into the kitchen for some interesting chatter and a nice chicken-and-camembert sandwich. The bottom line is that it’s very nice here, but I haven’t gotten much work done.