The news of the day is that turnout for the blocos is higher than expected everywhere, attributed mostly to the effectiveness of social media. That is is raining has nothing to do with it. There are roughly a million tourists in the city now and all hotels seem to be at capacity or above it. About a third of all those are foreigners. The non-bloco streets are empty because most smart Cariocas have left the city. Not me. We went to the supermarket a couple hours ago and heard, between Mrs. jb and I, nine languages that we recognized, but quite a few people were too far gone to be intelligible. This city is managing without Dovster but I must admit the atmosphere is more subdued than it would be were he here.