The 17th Karmapa made his historic first visit to the USA this past weekend. At first I wasn't going to attend, but circumstances were such that I ended up going to Boulder to listen to his talks.
I got a chance to walk through downtown Boulder (a college town) at night during some sort of fair (the kind with amusement park rides), and through the bar district. If I didn't know any better, I'd have said I've made no progress whatsoever in mindfulness. I think it would have taken the Buddha himself to not get distracted out of his gourd.