One nice thing has changed, which reminds me a little of how spoiled I am now. Used to be one of the things I hated most about going home on holidays was the total lack of communication - being cut off from the rest of my world, such as it was. Now, I'm sitting in my sister's apartment, with her, me, and my brother-in-law all cheerfully logged on to her wireless network with our respective laptops, having spent the day exchanging text messages with tricksterquinn from the road, the mall, and points on the trek to Greensboro. I love modern technology, I really, really do.
Next step - off to Biltmore House!