I wouldn't trade this trip for anything. However, if I could just pop back to California briefly, I would pop back to San Francisco right now to join the city in commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Great Quake.
I doubt most of my readers are awake right now, but if you are reading this, click here now to watch live video from the ceremony going on right now at the fountain errected in memory of quake victims.
Right now, it is 5:04am in San Francisco. At 5:14am (or 5:12 or 5:13, depending on who you listen to), the City will mark the moment when so many lives and so much of the city was lost 100 years ago in a quake that lasted nearly a minute at an estimated magnitude of 7.9. The Mayor has asked all churches and sirens in the city to mark the moment with bells and sound.
For more coverage - check out Metroblogging San Francisco.
And: Not one to miss a chance to drum up pan-MB readership, here's some London action on SF events (that would be me bending the rules).
The best quote of the ceremony at Lotta fountain - when a speaker told citizens to go out and enjoy the city, "the bars open at 6." God bless San Francisco.