Greetings from Southern California! My whirlwind week in NYC is now history. Fleeting impressions of the USA, based on limited observations: lots of tourists in New York in August, many notably obese people, relatively few kids in strollers. Even though my flight to LAX was delayed at JFK, we landed almost on time, and they even served dinner. I hadn't expected a meal, so I had a yummy sandwich that I'd bought at Whole Foods. Tomorrow I visit my brother.