We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Two tours here, too. 66-68. First was Danang and the only houses I saw were, well, after dark so not much detail. Second tour, well, no major or minor cities involved. It was all a good experience though. Semper Fi also.
As to the 'pup'. Good for her, though shoes at the door might imply more friend than small hotel I'm thinking.
You wouldn't be an overbearing father, BD, in asking that question, in my opinion. Unless you're afraid of the answer that is.
I was there in August (as well as Phnom Penh). Saigon (nobody calls it Ho Chi Minh City) is a thrilling dynamic place full of young people who love Americans , want to learn English and don't much care for the commies.
I was there in 68-69 in Hau Ngiah province in the 25th Division. That Viet Nam is long gone, but the new one rising is going to be a player.