Alan traveled across the country to see something he could have seen in Toronto. That's me, folks: ahead of the curve! In front of the cutting edge!!!
(I'm sure this wasn't an epiphany on Alan's part.)
(UPDATE: And now I see that it's Alan's birthday. May his day be free of Libertarians and weirdos from Niagara Falls filling his comment threads with goofy prattle! Of course, never was a more futile birthday wish offered....)