Not everyone liked it when I suggested that vouchers have the potential to be "TARP for the elementary schools." With New York and Los Angeles in some disarray, Chicago is arguably North America's "coolest" city right now; the new contemporary wing of the Art Institute is the best "new U.S. museum" in many years. The Austrian-language dialogue in Brüno is the funniest part of the movie and enough to make it, despite its flaws, a comedy classic. I should not have told my Las Vegas cabbie (while he was driving) that the real estate market there will not recover for another twenty years. Lotus of Siam, in Las Vegas, is one of the best Thai restaurants in the United States. In case you had forgotten, here is how to order in a good ethnic restaurant. I haven't arrived in Mobile yet.