Mott gave me a birthday cake. You know, on my birthday. That was nice. I was glad it was Mott who came by with the cake – he’s one of the proper, long-term residents, not one of these guys who just come to McNulty for a nice holiday.

Then yesterday Nintendo sent me a great model of the Eiffel Tower to celebrate Bastille Day. No one murders a marquis with impunity! (That was my line when I was in a school production of A Tale of Two Cities, many, many years ago.)