I mention that it's my birthday today, not because I'm fishing for good wishes, but because I got so many today on facebook. It was wonderful, and every one was just the right size! I really did feel special, and remembered. OK, I know that facebook reminds you about the birthdays of your friends, if they have entered that information. I check it almost daily, and have enjoyed posting birthday greetings to friends and family there.
Facebook my not be perfect, but that - THAT - is excellent.
As to the water heater saga, we ended up with a new one. Ron installed it, and it seems to be working well. I just had a lovely, warm shower and I'm headed towards bed and the end of my birthday.