There's the west coast, the east coast.
And then there's the "real America."
Two stories coming my way make perfect sense if you live in, say, California. They make no sense if you live in, oh, Nebraska.
The first story suggests Americans are more stressed about their finances. The Consumer Reports Trouble Tracker Index has hit 58.7, its third rise in a month, and way up from 53.4 a year ago.
The other "indicator": The American Society of Plastic Surgery says its members performed over 13 millions cosmetic surgery procedures last year, a five percent jump.
People are stressed, and so they spend what money they still have to look less stressed? Certainly I see that in California.
Not in Nebraska.
I'm traveling through the Cornhusker state today, talking to farmers who are deciding whether to plant corn or soybeans.
They're going to make money either way. They're not stressed.
And, by the looks of it, these folks are about as familiar with Botox as they are with eating tofu.
It always does me good to get out and about. This morning, as the car thermometer said -8, I showed up at farmer Jason Kvols house dressed as Nanook of the North. He came out to meet me wearing only a shirt, jeans, and socks, holding his barefoot 9-month-old daughter, Emma.
Just when I thought I was toughening up.