OnMarch 6, 2009, my plane landed in New Jersey airport (route was Manila-Narita-Detroit-NJ, Delta Air). I saw small mounds of snow on the tarmac, other parts of NJ and New York. Days before that, there was a winter storm, dumping lots of snow. Some remnants of the snow. No, I did not shovel it, it was only for piture-taking :-)
Of the 800+ participants and speakers, only Barun, me and Xingyuan Feng (from China) were Asians. And Willie, though he grew up in the US. I was the only South-East Asian, only Filipino there.
With Joseph "Joe" Bast, President of Heartland Institute in Chicago, the main sponsor of the conference.
And Alex Chafuen, President of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, Washington DC.