I've just completed my annual summer migration back to Europe and it made me think: what am I going to miss about the U.S.? I came up with three things (since we're deep in the middle of the off-season, I omit the obvious!): 1. The People This is the big thing. In social interactions with strangers, Americans are astonishingly friendly, helpful, considerate, generous and polite. I could give many, many examples, from the young man walking past me with his girlfriend a couple of weeks ago as I was standing in the street holding a big package who stopped to ask me if I needed a hand (I didn't) to the software engineer from Dallas who started a conversation with me on the bus to the airport. I can't tell you how much this means to me. 2. My Health Club I belong to a sports club in downtown Boston and it is just great, miles better than anything I have known in Europe. It is spotlessly clean, friendly (see above) and, among other things, has the world's greatest yoga teacher. 3. Zipcar Zipcar, in case you don't know it, is an on-line car hire system where members can reserve cars by the hour. I don't have a car in the U.S. and this is just about perfect -- there is a Zipcar parked about 20 yards from where I live and, so long as I remember to book it when I need it (actually, not all that often) I have all the convenience of a car, without the hassle. So what (apart from the Patriots) would you miss?