No, I haven't fallen out of the Local Group. My phone and DSL connection have been down since Friday. Went down in a lightning storm, along with lights and cable, but the latter two came back up. First time I've lost phone connectivity since moving into my current house, about fifteen years ago. Verizon closed the ticket on the problem today. No, bad Verizon, everything is still dead. Tried to cell them, and the connection wouldn't stay up. Cell isn't even Verizon.
BTW, my story, "Fourteen Experiments in Postal Delivery," is now up on Strange Horizons. Hope you like it!
Special thanks to dancingspring, whose drunk posts were an inspiration.