The view out the hotel window yesterday at about this time. If you know the area you'll recognize it immediately -- that distinctive downtown bridge! -- and can guess what brought me there, and how I traveled. And if you don't, it's still just a nice different view of American life.
Back to the joys of DC now. After the jump, what my wife was seeing yesterday, as part of a "Confucius Day" event in an entirely different part of America. Our nation is large and diverse.
Camera-phone shot of Confucius Day ambiance, five time zones to the west:
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James Fallows is a staff writer at The Atlantic and has written for the magazine since the late 1970s. He has reported extensively from outside the United States and once worked as President Jimmy Carter's chief speechwriter. He and his wife, Deborah Fallows, are the authors of the 2018 book Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey Into the Heart of America, which was a national best seller and is the basis of a forthcoming HBO documentary.