I'm at Classic Slice trying to keep myself up for another couple hours before turning in for my first night back from my vacation. Putting aside, for a moment, thoughts of the almost continuous stream of news from Oak Creek I've been seeing since early this morning in Munich, I want to talk about a few mundane things. I wrote before leaving North America that the trip would, as usual, go into the safety deposit box. I'm not so sure that will be true to the same extent this time. The trip offered some insights that apply to problems I'd been dealing with in my life in general over the last several years. Also, on a more mundane note, I think it's interesting to think about their different approach to creature comforts such as ubiquitous and effective air conditioning, free and widespread public restrooms, and cheap (or even not horrendously expensive) food and drink for consumption in public spaces.