In support of the previous point about culture shock (#3), we just got back from our daily walk to the post office, and stopped by the Radio Shack for a visit. It said Radio Shack outside, but actually, it was just a store called “Vern’s”, I think, that was a Radio Shack dealer. They were also a sports gear dealer, a video store rental and who knows what else. A nice gentleman (Vern, I suppose) talked to us about the store and his family and other details which escape me.
It was kind of creepy, like a Steven King story, to see a nice Olympus MP3 audio recorder in the same display case as .38 shells.