My plan B had fallen through after two months. I needed a job. I was visiting my mother one night, and while I waited for her to come home from her date, the doorman called up to say she was "on the sidewalk". She had fallen getting out of her cab and the November wind knocked her over. Off we went to the Emergency Room. She was cheerful, the ER didn't bother her at all. As it tuned out, she was in and out of the hospital over the next few months. Many falls, ailments and rehabs.