I second that sentiment. It's all very weird, indeed. Love this, hate that. Hate this, love that. The contradictions throughout the saga are too numerous to count, sometimes even in the same sentence! - "I could seat... among people who are all nicely dressed and pretty chic... nobody who cares about brand names etc, but we all wear the good high quality European stuff! .. it is the person who counts, not the "package"... The long story has been very entertaining to read, in an "Alice in Wonderland" kinda way. If you can glean any kind of clear picture out of it, you're a smarter person than I! But in fairness to Charlotte, if all these things are what she's experienced, well then that's what she's experienced and there's no reason it has to make sense. She's just relating it as she feels it, like it or lump it. I just would be careful of taking too much of it (especially the Canada-hate stuff) too seriously as regards your own situation.