|Okay, so maybe the mustache is an embellishment...|
"Aye CARAMBA yo odio los chicos Dukes!!"
El Alguacil Roscoe P. Clotrane-o
Well, once again, the Internet is your friend in this situation. Go ahead and turn off the TV and open up your web browser when you start feeling isolated, there are nice comfy digital windows with which you can connect to home. It doesn't take that much tech savvy to be able to use your computer as a crystal ball to peer back home, or elsewhere even!
One of my favorite places is RadioTime.com, it's a free online service that lets you listen to streaming radio stations from anywhere on the planet, including your home town! Think of how nice and chill it would be to do your work or studying at night while listening to the same radio station you always have. You can get news and traffic reports, or listen to whatever zany morning show kept you company on your work commute in the States or elsewhere. I like this station far more than any other similar subscription site, and it's light on ads and very user friendly. I still listen to "The Prarie Home Companion" and "Coast to Coast AM" whenever I get the chance via this site.
If just audio isn't comforting enough, and you prefer video, wwiTV.com is an excellent resource with which to find live streaming television feeds. This is also a free service, and although the site itself is a bit ad-heavy, it moves quickly enough and is pretty iser friendly. The scrolling menu on the left will eventually take you down to the US stations which are catagorized by location. Clicking into that sub menu, takes you to the channel list itself and tells you the signal strength and whether or not the feed is live or pre recorded. The beauty of this site is that it has feeds from all around the world, so even if you are not feeling isolated and just wanted to do some exploring, there's alot of curiosity to be satisfied here. For the record, Japanese game shows ARE as twisted as they say...
If this still isn't enough for you, and you want to take a genuine real-time look back towards home, then one of the many remote camera sites. Out of all of them (and believe me, I've looked at ALL of them), EarthCam.com is by far the best. If your home town had even a single traffic cam, then odds are that it is archived here. Some of them even allow for remote control, allowing you to pan and zoom for picking out details or people. Others are in incredible high definition, so you can maximize the image and feel as though you are really there. And, as are the best things online, it is absolutely free. The ad content on this site is at a nice dull roar, but your browser will require the most recent update of Flash of which there are links.
So that should keep you going until either you get acclimated to your new surroundings or you find your happy thought. I suggest trying dating, but your particular situation may or may not allow for that. But if the distance from home seems too far away for comfort, just know you have these resources to always fall back on that cost you no more than your monthly internet bill.