Long story short: I didn’t get make the cut, for the English professor position at the college that’s five minutes away from where I live. These things happen.
I did appreciate, however, the chair of the search committee calling me to break the news; she was my dean when I taught there, many years ago as an adjunct. So we have a friendly professional rapport.
So, I guess I need to resume thinking of Eastfield as my permanent “home away from home”. Good thing I drive a fuel-efficient car!