I have been away for the last two weeks. I was travelling in California and got to meet some fascinating (and extremely friendly) people there. There were a few things that caught my eye during my travel, first of it being the high unemployment rate in the region and the wealth distribution in the richer areas (such as L.A and San Franciso). I noticed a lot of homeless people in San Franciso, which is a bit odd since it is a bustling city with somewhat higher wages than the rest of the country. I deduced from a discussion with my taxi driver (yes, I talk to people as well, as compared to just looking at charts and graphs!) that he loved San Franciso because he was getting paid so much more even with higher than average expenses.
Looks like I need to do some more research.
Shut eye time!