Today is my brother Dan's 12th birthday. Birthdays here are not all day events, so there isn't much to say. Dan is a staunch believer in the existence of the Loch Ness Monster, arguably the most famous monster legend out there. He's also in the habit of periodically declaring his bedroom an independent country and considers himself the household opposition government. He also speaks German. Tonight, we will be having German buns called Bieroks for dinner, followed by apple pie a la mode instead of cake. We got him some sports equipment as gifts. Hoping there are many more where this came from.