The biggest surprise is how many Newfoundland accents I have heard. There truly is backwards time travel — at least into the 1980s — and it is called the West Edmonton Mall. The real estate bubble here has yet to pop. It's a better place to live than to visit. There is better dim sum than anywhere near NoVa. I have crossed all the major bridges. During my stay the weather has been warmer and nicer than back home. Many new hardcover books cost $32.99 in a Chapters bookstore. I have a theory that any Thai restaurant attached to a motel is excellent. I had a conversation with Brad Humphreys and Jane Ruseski as to why an activity must have an intrinsically competitive aspect to qualify as a sport, thus ruling out bass fishing. "Minus 40" is about the same in either Centigrade or Fahrenheit. Everyone has treated me very well.