I am back from two weeks in the Midwest. If this trip had a theme it was "failure to communicate". I talked to 50 or 60 different people I have not seen for a long time, not just old classmates, but relatives, inlaws and outlaws. I was able to communicate effectively with a few, but with most people it was like being in parallel universes, or being skew lines (lines that are not parallel and not in the same plane, or is that being redundant?). Perhaps as we get older, our character becomes more settled/established, we become less inclined to accommodate world views that differ from our own. Younger people are still absorbing information and have not established their own rules for what is acceptable and what is not. "What a long strange trip it's been".