Today I walked to a nearby diner during a mild fall of snow. Roads here are not really made for walking, so it didn't last long until a guy in a pickup hailed me and asked if I needed some help. I do these walks to avoid obesity, but from a strangers point of view it must seem dangerous to balance crutches under such treacherous conditions. In an american context there is the added novelty of seeing someone not driving.
Things I saw today that you do not see in Europe: A Hummer is a very large, cartoon-like vehicle. A hummer with a snow blade is a monster.
Book title: "The Rise of the Creative Class". This is about us. Those who use their artistic or logical creativity as an integral part of their work. More people than ever live like artists and scientists. This will have implications for social structures we now take for granted. More will follow.