Today was fun for sure but one thing that struck me more that anything else was the service and availability of services for general aviation.
The airspace is full of everything from Cessna 150s to A320's, from Frank's Bellanca to executive jets and they are all using controlled airspace with an equal standing. The controllers are happy to oblige despite being very busy.
Unlike home, class C airspace doesn't require a clearance to enter, mealy establishment of two way communication. It's quite a different outlook on who deserves what and who gets service. And it's all free. At least for now.
It's really aviation as we'd like it.