Thanks to all who kindly sent queries or wishes about conditions during the typhoon.

At least in Shanghai, this was, as they put it in the U.S. Midwest, a big nothing. A little windier than normal, but not by much. A little rain, but not as much as yesterday or half the days of the last month.

Three days ago, this was going to be the biggest storm in ten years, the equivalent of a Cat 5 hurricane. Rationally its petering out is a blessing. And yes yes yes, I know the tragedy of Katrina etc. But no red-blooded real person can help but wonder what it would have been like.

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