Nat, when did I say that everything Americans do is always right or better? I just like that each country/culture can do its own thing and have its own ways. I don't think the French should give up their language or holidays, or system of measurements. I don't think Americans should give up ours either. I think we can learn from each other, yet maintain our unique ways. How might the French say this: Viva la difference!
I agree with Nat on this much: I think Marseil must live a more interesting life, given his travels and his desire to explore. Boring would be the person who comes home after work and plops down in front of the TV.
Re my health: The past 27 hours, I have come down with some sort of respiratory illness. No fever, just sore throat, cough and head/chest congestion. Hoping this doesn't postpone my physical exam scheduled for 11/30