Despite a foot of snow at arrival, and the average temperature of -6ºC celsius for the stay, as a Northerner I found it brisk and pleasing. Okay, so when it was down at -17ºC then it's time to move indoors - but otherwise, perfectly fine.
As for the much-maligned TSA security checks, these failed to appear. Despite a face that usually elicits "random" security checks by the Met Police travel desks in London airports, I didn't encounter a single random check or hold-up through the whole process. Certainly a lot smoother and less claustrophic than the Heathrow system, despite fewer through points.
Heck, even tipping now makes sense when offered in context of their (low) wage structuring. My only gripe being it's measured as a percentage of service in some areas not a flat fee. So someone ordering $80 steak would expect to pay $8 to $16 tip (10% to 20% obviously), whereas someone ordering $10 pasta would be tipping significantly less.
I'm no starry eyed teenager on their first trip abroad, but this short visit did produce an urge to return and see the town properly. Quite marvellous.