This was my first visit to Houston. Surprisingly to me, Houston reminded me of Los Angeles. It sprawls out in every direction and has many giant freeways. Los Angeles is a bit denser than Houston but sprawl and reliance on cars to get anywhere are quite similar. The highlight of the visit from a sightseeing point of view was the Johnson Space Center. I was particularly impressed with the Saturn V rokcet. It's massive and recollects a time where we as a nation were more ambitious. JFK's challenge to land a man on the moon by the end of 1960's was a huge national project. In this era, our politics and thus our government is sadly mired in a debate about turning back the clock rather than boldly embracing the future like the Apollo program did.