Well, I've finally moved into permanent digs. I was in an expensive, isolated, furnished corporate apartment for a week and now I'm in a cheaper but bigger two bedroom townhouse close to a shopping center with a grocery store in a mixed residential/commercial area. Thank goodness! Next task: go to Wal-Mart and buy an inflatable bed, as our container probably won't arrive until early December.
The leasing agent told me that the apartment complex used to be called "Plantation House." Hopefully I won't have to contend with any resentful ghosts....