1. He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named drops in on his way to the Chinese New Year parade. This time last year, we ran into him while watching the same event. He was marching with the samba band Bloco Fogo -- not drumming, because he said he wasn't good enough. This year he will be drumming. He shows us belts of beads made at a band workshop: "I'd never have done any of this a year ago," he says.
2. Eating a brownie hot from the tray.
3. Spotting that He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named has changed his Facebook profile picture to a portrait of him holding Alec.