I just got back from Spokane, Washington, visiting my son in the hospital. Dooj (his nickname) is my eldest son and suffers from lupus and a severe infection. He is healing, but has a ways to go before he can go home. He has been hospitalized for two months, and will probably spend another two to three months in a rehabilitation facility before he can be released.
Spokane was interesting. It has a small town feel, two lane roads, old houses and buildings of brick. It felt comfortable. Here in Hollister, California, where I live, there is a sizable Hispanic population. In Spokane the population seems to be a white majority. For me, that means there is no significant "other" there, and frankly, I liked that. I am not big on multiculturalism.