I am serious. It was just pouring. And now, nothing.
That fire at the top of the Eiffel Tower: Don't worry about it.
Good news! I got an offer from that company; actually, the more I read about it, the more interesting it sounds. I actually got a couple of books out of the B&S library to bring myself (more) up to speed. I don't think I should say more about it until I work out a few things with my Non-Compete Agreement, but hopefully I will have a full-time job.
On about the same level of cool, I stopped at this exotic bird store on the way to the library. It was on like 33rd Street and Lex, I think; they have this really awesome display of zebra finches in front -- it takes up the whole window, practically. And inside there were all these different birds, all doing different things: There was a big green parrot that seemed like it was responding to me talking to it, only it was making dog-like "woof" noises; there was a tucan that kept hopping from one perch to another and back again; there were a couple of African gray parrots that were each balancing on one foot -- lifting the other high in the air -- like dancers stretching; there was another parrot just kind of blowing spit bubbles; and there was a mynah bird making a noise like a fog horn. I considered as I was leaving that I might have contracted some rare kind of jungle disease from talking to all those birds, but it'd be almost worth if I did.
Oops, there goes the rain again. Sorry.