isn't it funny how different directions have different prepositions that precede them? think about it. i mean, "up" north and "down" south make some sort of arbitrary sense, but what about "back" east and "out" west? those have no relevance to anything but American history - no basis on a globe or map... why don't we say "over" west or east?
yeah, you may think that "out" west is a little outdated, but where do i wish i were right now? i bet you answered "out in california" if you used a preposition at all. eric's profile says he's staying "out" in sunnyvale for the summer, as opposed to going "back" home to boston.