Yes I have been away for a few days - it's good to be home. I went somewhere that might be the apotheosis of Good Fake. It's staffed by people who are uniformly amazing, even though in the service of a morally flawed corporation.
And the air travel experience on the return trip was so stressful that I had to bribe my way into a humane final experience. I paid $30 to upgrade my boarding order on Southwest to be in the first 15 (not counting the pre-board elderly and disabled).
Southwest has us herding ourselves into precise queues, right down to sequences of 1 to 30 in exact order. O Brave New World...!