Almost as soon as I put down the phone, my youngest brother called. He or his wife had suddenly remembered that it was my birthday too, and we talked for a long time. Since he doesn't have an online diary, there was much I did not know.
Water is dripping from above the window where the storm has shot the rain in. This does not happen every year. Luckily I'm renting. The storm has lessened now, but it is still raining.