Define “lonely…”

The wife and kid have been in China for four days. I’ve been alone and on vacation the whole time.

After one day I was talking to myself. After three days I was talking to my wife’s stuffed animals.  At the end of four full days, they had personalities.

It was at that point I realized I needed human companionship, got dressed up, and spent the day hanging out at the club talking to real people. That, and a couple of Manhattans, brought me back.