And no vanity on the experience??
I miss your postings, but am pleased to see you still here.
My observations would have been relatively mundane - what is very clear to me is the economic growth that is going on in the United States. The American economy is booming. The obvious sign of this boom may come as a surprise - traffic. Even in the suburbs I was visiting, the traffic, particularly to and from shopping centres was horrific. It did not matter if it was a weekday or weekend, but the amount of people out on the roads with their cars going shopping had increased visibly since the last time I'd been there.
This indicates confidence, this indicates money to spend, this indicates economic activity near to bursting at the seams.