Another umbrella of mine has passed away. I think it will still be usable one or two more times, but it's pretty much dead. Metal pieces have broken and twisted and fallen off, and it's the canopy is no longer the correct shape. I try not to be too sad about it. I've learned that expensive umbrellas are a better value than cheap ones, because a cheap one will only last through a couple windy days, whereas an expensive one will last through many. But umbrella casualties are just a part of the cost of living here, though one that I suppose would be lower if I owned a car. I've been through a half dozen or so.
Today was ridiculous. I felt like I was riding through a tornado.