Tuesday, September 30, 2008

September-October-Remember

Downpour during a thunderstorm earlier this evening as seen from inside Larry's Lounge, 18th and T Streets, NW, Washington, D.C., Sept. 30, 2008

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Just a VERY, VERY, VERY brief entry ...

The top floor view from my office in Bethesda, Md., Sept. 29, 2008, looking south over Chevy Chase into D.C. That is the Hughes Memorial "Eiffel" / Mr. Sirius Things Remembered Tower on the right sort of under that puffy cloud.

I am in a bit of a bad bind tonight as I am SOOOO busy and have so much to do. First off, I am going to a conference tomorrow morning involving the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in downtown D.C. (something about green power). Then I am going into the office in Bethesda. Then I have to finish -- which I very well may not -- my first memo for one of my public policy classes that is due tomorrow at 7PM. Getting to class on my busy Wednesdays involves the nearly hour-long J4 express bus to College Park to campus around 6PM. I don't get home until nearly 1045PM on Wednesdays.

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Tonight, Kristof and I had a nice dinner at Bua's and then we went to Larry's Lounge (see above top and below pictures).

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(**Updated Sept. totals**): Anyway, we had a nice cluster of t-storms pass through the area tonight. It upped the September precip. totals by 0.44" at DCA to 6.41" (with perhaps a bit more to go), by 0.49" at BWI to 7.22" and by 0.51" at IAD to 7.18", with DCA already over its YEARLY total of 39.35" and now at 39.96", or +9.91" above normal and a whopping 18.32" above where we were at this point last year. (There may be a bit more at DCA before midnight tonight and thus the start of Oct. 1st.)

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I will avoid a discussion of the financial markets mess, yesterday's record 777.68 record point (but not percentage at almost 7 percent) fall on the Dow Jones Industrial and today's nearly 500 point gain.

HOWEVER, I strongly recommend ANYTHING by New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, including his blog, as well as his regular NYT column.

His Sept. 30 "Where Will the Money Come From?" blog entry and his Sept. 29 "OK, we are a banana republic" blog entry are very good.

Also, I sometimes find myself really enjoying New York Times columnist David Brooks' columns, such as this one, even though he's a Republican ...

... while the ostensibly "liberal" -- but in actuality Bush enabling, war criminally complicit, and vile -- WaHoPo Editorial Board just make me livid. I don't understand them at all. That Ruth Marcus a real bad tempered / distempered bitch, and Fred Hiatt is a fucking clown and useful GOP tool.

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Green light as seen in the rear car bulkhead of the Metrorail Red Line heading from Bethesda back to Dupont Circle this evening.

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My shitty Glen Burnie High School's shitty 20th anniversary is coming up on Oct. 11th. (I am from New Jersey, not shitty suburban Baltimore, although I spent my unhappy teenage years there.) I keep getting incessant messages via ClassShits.com, I mean, Classmates.com.

I didn't like many of those people then and I don't now. Anyway, here are the following stats of who is going to the Oct. 11 soire that ISN'T at the La Fontaine Bleue -- Glen Burnie's MOST ELEGANT spot, esp. for high school proms and "shotgun wedding" receptions for those shacked up young couples who now "have to" get married -- but at some strange and probably scary place called Beefalo Bob's on Ft. Smallwood Rd. in a truly remote part of awful Baltimore City.

Here are the current stats of Class of GBHS of who is coming (not counting spouses or significant others): Filter by: all (293) | yes (38) | no (9) | maybe (13) | no response (233)

I am PROUD to say I am in the "no response" column. And I don't think I'm going. I was THINKING of asking Gary to go with me -- and not just because he has a car but because he's quite attractive and they can (1) all realize I'm gay, and (2) think he's my boyfriend ... oh, never mind.

I think I prefer the old Glen Burnie Improvement Association Carnival workers' "thank you dinner" in the fall. As it is, I'm again on the outs with my mom, so staying overnight in Glen Burnie isn't a useful option.

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On a happier note, here is picture of my plush hippo, Flippo.

Oh, hippo, you're so good, so complete, so wonderful, so EXQUISITE, so PLUSH.

I love you hippo.

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P.S. I was watching Rachel Maddow's wonderful new show tonight and she FINALLY got a House GOP Congressman wing nut to come on the air. This man (I didn't get his name) gave the reason for the hard-right Republican reason for the no vote on the bailout.

She let him speak at length, though he ignored her basic question -- who is in charge of the Republican Party.

He ended by saying "Thank you, Sir, I mean, Ma'am" (what an idiot), and Maddow (an attractive lesbian) said, "Happens all the time."


Ha ha

Here is a picture of Ms. Maddow. I as a gay guy find that soft boyish smooth complexioned, dark haired look very appealing, though in her case she's a she and not a he.

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OK, that's all. I need to go to bed. My next planned update will be later this week, possibly not until Saturday.


P.S. I need to post some pictures of Phil's new house.

It is an incredible house, a perfect place for me to convalesce after my next nervous breakdown or other health crisis in a quiet upstairs room.


Below is a picture of Phil's new house near the National Zoo here in D.C.

--Regulus

Sunday, September 28, 2008

"Sailing By" OR The Shipping Forecast

Updated 9/29/2008: The Washington Post Express -- the free weekday morning daily published by The Washington Post Co. -- published my letter. The link is here. (Note: it is a nearly 10MB PDF file. The letter is on p. 33.)

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The view of a dramatic looking sky as seen from my apartment window here in Washington, D.C., Sept. 27, 2008. As you can see, I don't have much of a view from my wee efficiency in the Hampton Court.

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A long time ago (1991 to be exact when I was 21 years old) when I lived in England (in Oxford to be exact) for an unhappy semester at this bizarre little offshoot school "affiliated" with Keble College (one of the 38 colleges that collectively make up Oxford University) -- these "affiliated" schools often had little to do with the university itself and were a way to get unsuspecting Americans to send their kids and their money "to Oxford."

Oxford-Schmoxford, as a TV news report on the subject once said.

A back street image from Oxford that I got off the internet.

As for my own Oxford experience, I was deeply unhappy and depressed, but I was anyway and it had nothing to do with that. The experience itself was, upon reflection, okay. I LOVE England, except the food is awful, it is a very crowded place (with hidden quiet spots all over, though) and the air can be quite murky and even a bit polluted, esp. in winter time inversion situations.

But I digress.

Anyway, I lived with this lady Vanessa Kenyon in her pleasant house on a residential side street about two miles from chaotic, crowded downtown Oxford.

I had a little radio and at night I would listen to the BBC Radio 4 and -- in keeping with a certain British tradition -- listen to the shipping forecast on Radio 4 right after the midnight world news summary.

Sigh.

The shipping forecast itself was always preceded by a light little musical ditty called "Sailing By" that I just learned (thanks to the magic of the internet) that was composed by the late Ronald Binge. There is an informative Wikipedia write up on "Sailing By".

As an aside, Mr. Binge died on Sept. 6, 1979, which is note - worthy to me because (1) that was the day after I departed Belgium at age 9 to go back to New Jersey after having visited my mother that summer when she and Ray lived there, and (2) it was the day Hurricane David hit the mid-Atlantic, including New Jersey; Sept. 6, 1979 thus marked an ending date for the whole "Belgium time" of my 1970s childhood.

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The shipping districts off the waters of western and northern Europe have odd names and it wasn't til years later that I was able to get a map showing them. As I never saw it written down, I thought the one was called "Fahsnet," but later I learned it was "Fastnet."

Every night in the late winter and early spring (Feb, Mar, Apr) it was always the same:

"There are whauwhnings of gaaayles in North Utsire, South Utsire, Viking, Cromerty, Forties, Forth, Tyne, Dogger, Humber, Thames, Dover, Rockall, Shannon, Hebrides, Faeroes, Fair Isle, Southeast Iceland ..."

One night the announcer just said, "There are whauwhnings of gaaayles in auwhll areas."

It took me FOREVER to see the spelling was "Utsire." Here is the link to a big version of this map. You may need to click on the image for the largest version.

We don't have anything comparable in the United States off the East Coast of shipping districts like this. We do have "continental slope waters" -- including forecasts for them -- based on the "canyons" that cut across the continental slope.

The biggest is the Hudson Canyon, pictured here schematically, stretching from New York Bight / Bay. Others include the Norfolk Canyon, the Baltimore Canyon, the Hatteras Canyon, etc.

In some cases, such as the Hudson and Norfolk Canyons, these are the river "valleys" that are now deep under Atlantic Ocean waters and that mark the river beds that were cut into the continental shelf itself during the great ice ages when sea levels were 100m or more lower.

The Hudson Canyon represents extension of the Hudson River from New York Bay while the Norfolk Canyon is essentially the continuation of the "drowned river valley" that marks the Chesapeake Bay -- sometimes considered the Susquehanna River for its entire way, although the Potomac, James, and Rappahannock all add to the volumetric flow -- that continued seaward from the Hampton Roads area at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. Here is an interesting USGS Survey of the U.S. Atlantic continental margin.

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Anyway, here is a YouTube clip of "Sailing By."



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Speaking of the weather, here is a weather update for our area.

There was a complex weather system involving a cut-off vaguely subtropical low pressure (the National Weather Service did not so designate it but it probably should have) and a coastal front stretching at once point across the mid-Atlantic combined with a blocking high off the Canadian Maritime provinces that gave the U.S. East Coast from South Carolina northward a decent amount of rain over the past several days, although it has varied considerably by location.

Here is a portion of the U.S. national radar mosaic from 2358 UTC (7:58PM EDT) 25 Sept. 2008. It shows what I consider to be a sub-tropical low off the South Carolina coast and the coastal front that was giving us a showery, cool night in D.C.

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Here was the radar mosaic image for the same area from 1418 UTC (1018AM EDT) 26 Sept. 2008. The low with its tight spiral (a characteristic of tropical systems, which have a different temperature structure than extra-tropical systems) over northern South Carolina and the other area of rain lifting northward through New England.

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The Northeastern U.S. radar mosaic image from 1858UTC (258PM EDT), 27 Sept. 2008. Note the thunderstorms near Baltimore, which got deluged yesterday (see climo data below).

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Hurricane Kyle, a category 1 tropical cyclone, is moving quickly NNE well off the Eastern Seaboard to an expected landfall near Yarmouth, Nova Scotia and move across the Bay of Fundy to a position near Moncton by 8AM Monday before tracking into the Gulf of St. Lawrence and -- on a somewhat unusual path -- actually transiting Ile d'Anticosti before moving into Quebec.

(Ile d'Anticosti or Anticosti Island is that weird 200 mile long island in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence that you don't know why it exists or how you would get there, much less who lives on it or what goes on there. Apparently only 266 people lived there as of 2001.)

Kyle will rapidly become extra-tropical (baroclinic versus barotropic) and eventually the remnants will probably get caught up in the prevailing westerlies that are strengthening at this time of year.

Another frontal passage is due in the mid-Atlantic by Tuesday nigh with noticeably cooler, breezy conditions on Wednesday.

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Climatology update ...

Below are three day totals since Thursday and not counting any additional precip that may fall today -- which is to say, through midnight Sunday (1159PM Saturday) -- at the three regional airports with monthly and year to date (YTD) totals, as well as comparisons to last year (when the region was in the throes -- not "throws" -- of a severe drought).

Highlights:

**BWI had a training series of t-storms that dropped 3.57" of rainfall yesterday while IAD only had 0.06" but IAD had 5.11" on the 6th from Tropical Storm Hanna (and 0.31" on the 5th), giving it a Sept. monthly total of nearly 6-1/2 inches so far.

**All three airports are above normal year-to-date with DCA over 9" or nearly 31 percent above the yearly normal and within 1/2" of the 30-year (1970 - 2000) annual average of 39.35."

**IAD is almost double its 2007 yearly precip. through Sept. 27: 37.33" in 2008 versus 19.04" in 2007 or 18.29" difference. IAD had a record dry year in 2007 with only 27.02" by the end of the year versus a 30-year normal of 41.80". In 2003, IAD had a record wet year with 65.59" recorded.^

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)

3-day event: 1.21"
Sept. 2008: 5.32"
Departure: +1.89"
Normal: 3.43"
YTD: 38.87"

Departure: +9.18"
Normal: 29.69"
2007 YTD: 21.64"
Departure: -8.05"
2008 YTD - 2007 YTD:+17.23"

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Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)

3-day event: 4.15"
Sept. 2008: 6.56"
Departure: +2.94"
Normal: 3.62"
YTD: 37.24"

Departure: +5.29"

Normal: 31.95"
2007 YTD: 23.57"
Departure:-8.38"
2008 YTD - 2007 YTD: +13.67"

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Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)

3-day event: 0.95"
Sept. 2008: 6.45"
Departure: +2.99"
Normal: 3.46"
YTD: 37.33"

Departure: +5.64"

Normal: 31.69"
2007 YTD: 19.04"
Departure: -12.65"
2008 YTD - 2007 YTD: +18.29"

^Notes: IAD records only go back to Jan. 1963, though they have been recorded at that same location. DCA and BWI records each go back to 1871 when the predecessor to the National Weather Service was established. (Snowfall records go back to 1888 and 1883, respectively, for the two locations).

However, the locations of the recording stations have changed with the current DCA station dating back to June 1941 and BWI dating back to (June?) 1950. (Prior to 1973 was Friendship International Airport and its current "BWI" three-letter designation dates to 1982.)

These location changes have had significant consequences for temperature at BWI (much cooler than downtown Baltimore when observations were taken at the old U.S. Custom House) and arguably for snowfall at DCA (somewhat less at the airport along the Potomac River).


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That's all for now. I need to get over to Phil and Stephanie's place and then go to their new place. My next update will probably be around Wednesday.

--Regulus

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Rainy Night and Redacted Entry

Tonight has been an eventful and curious, even outright strange night. I'll write a bit about it now and plan to do more tomorrow.

The above image was taken last night, Sept. 25, 2008, around 8PM in the 1700block of New Hampshire Ave. NW, here in Washington, D.C.

It also was a RAINY night and that's a beautiful, wonderful thing. We've had almost an inch of rain in the current complex and wet weather system since yesterday, primarily tonight, and adding to the yearly surplus.


This is a random image I got off the internet of a rainy night in New York City as seen from the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

I will explain more later.
I will post a new entry tomorrow, although I am going to see Phil and Stephanie's new place tomorrow -- I didn't go tonight for complicated reasons -- and help them pack a bit.

The following update isn't really an update -- I never see him anymore -- but rather a recounting of some thoughts in my head, redacted under the provisions of the Regulus State Secrets & Confidentiality Act of 2006, as amended 2007 and 2008, Sec. 5(c)(1)

"[Redacted] really tired [Redacted] [Redacted] rude as can be [Redacted] annoyed [Redacted] all wrong [Redacted] GOD [Redacted] can't wait until [Redacted] vicious [Redacted] big [Redacted] in a pod [Redacted] gayborhood values [Redacted] May 22/23 [Redacted] just want to go home [Redacted] damn blog is so enervating [Redacted] whatever, I don't really care but ...

[Redacted] Flippo, my plush hippo [Redacted] enough [Redacted] go to sleep [Redacted] July 12, 2026 [Redacted] whichever comes first [Redacted] once long ago [Redacted] now is over [Redacted] lost love ended long ago."

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Speaking of things redacted, or maybe that should be redacted, I've decided to NOT apply for the a particular student employment related program at a particular Federal agency where I've always (thought that I) wanted to work even though it is a very good entrance way into it. An email went out via the policy school announcing this particular program and a campus visit by agency officials. It also said that interested individuals should email the coordinator in charge of it.

So I did.

And OF COURSE I did not hear back from that person. Nor did this person respond to my telephone call. (I could tell she's probably a bitch just by the sound of her voice. Bitch.)

I've decided to NOT ATTEND the frickin' session at UMCP (even though I'm coincidentally on campus on Monday evenings) because this has REJECTION AND FAILURE written ALL OVER IT.

POP QUIZ!

What's the U.S. Govt''s ideal / dream candidate for this program or really any position suitable for me?

(A) The 36-year old African American female Iraq war veteran and mother of three on a welfare-to-work program who lives in the 4000 block of Benning Rd., SE, Washington, D.C.

(B) The 18-year old Down Syndrome teenage male from Cherry County, Nebraska, who is 25 percent Arapaho Native American by ethnicity and who interned for two consecutive summers at the Nebraska Dept of Environmental Quality.

(C) The 21-year old Hispanic female with a double major in Gyn - ecologized Native Peoples studies and molecular biology who helped the Brazilian government do an inventory of native primate species in the Amazon Rain Forest state of Rondonia in the summer of 2007.

(D) Any frickin' body but me.

Correct answer: D

And on that negative note, I think I need to go to bed now.

Before I end, though, let me just repeat that tomorrow I plan to go over to Phil and Stephanie's place to help them pack and also to see their new house on Adams Mill Rd., NW, here in D.C.

I was there tonight with Gerry and another friend (herein not named) who got so drunk on wine that we had to pour her into a bed after insisting that she not try to catch a cab home.

As for Stephanie, I told her that her night gown looked like Wilma Flintstone's dress, and she threw me out of the house.

--Regulus

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Midweek Update OR Tempests All Around


The intersection at P and 17th Sts., NW, Washington, D.C., Sept. 23, 2008, on my way to my weekly Tuesday evening dinners at Bua's with Kristof.

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Just a brief update to replace the top entry. I appreciate all the comments in the previous entry and all the visits from my regular readers. To the irregular readers, whatever. I have no control over them. As it is, there is so much, too much, going on the in world, and I've no control over any of it so why obsess on those things?

Another picture of Bernice from this past Sunday in her suburban Silver Spring tranquil abode.

On a personal note, I am very tired right now partly because I am rather busy this semester. Wednesdays are my busiest in terms of how long the day lasts because I go to College Park to campus for my evening class after working in Bethesda. I do it Mondays, too, this semester but it's two hours earlier.

It is nearly 1130PM and I can't spend much time on this entry because I need to go to bed.

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Hopefully, that coastal storm will give us a nice rainy, windy Thur night - Friday. We'll see. The frickin' models are all trending away from giving us a lot of rain in the D.C. area. Screw you, weather.

Here is the current surface forecast for 0Z 26 Sept. 2008 Fri (that would be 8PM 25 Sept. 2008 Thur).

So Bush was on TV tonight -- here is a picture of Dear Leader in his exhausted state, probably just wanting it to be Jan. 20, 2009 already -- trying to terrify everyone -- again -- this time into giving his regime blank checks (well, another $700 billion) and unlimited power to "fix" the financial crisis his gang helped to create. What kind of crazy leader tries to stoke that much terror into his people like Bush did tonight in that speech? Oh, that's right, THIS kind of crazy, pathetic and tragic figure.

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And speaking of would-be disasters, as for McCain, I think he's half senile and half irrational power keg.

His recklessly bold -- or rather, his boldly reckless --"Hail Mary" passes are evidence of how irrational and risky he'd be as president.

I refer variously to his Russia - Georgia and Iran threats, his selection of disaster-movie-in-the-making Sarah Palin, this inability to grasp the dire financial straits of the country and the suffering to ordinary people, and now his "suspending" his campaign and wanting to call off the debates in the homestretch of this interminable race mostly because he's suddenly behind.

A McCain / Palin presidency would be disastrous in a sort of worlds colliding way.

(The above image is actually from the Sept. 25, 2008 Astronomy Picture of the Day.)

I think D.C.'s local gay Tory and professional Clinton hater Andrew Sullivan is quite correct on this one that the U.S. will go to war with Iran if McCain/Palin -- or Palin/McCain, such as the case may very well be -- are elected.

As it is, McCain is just going for broke now, and totally enthralled to the Rovian / GOP operatives who once destroyed his previous campaign and who he would have condemned harshly.

I just had to repost my Flippo on the computer picture again. Flippo here is looking at his favorite blogs.

Anyway, I don't want to go off on this too much. It's already nearly midnight and I'm pretty tired. My next update maybe tomorrow, or if not, on Saturday. I should be able to talk about Phil's new house on Adams Mill Rd. here in D.C. that he purchased.

--Regulus

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Just a Regulus Weekend

It's Sunday night around 1120PM, Sept. 21, 2008 as I finally post this entry, which was written at several points during this day...

Here is Bernice, my baby doll, as seen in the backseat of Quill's mom's car in Silver Spring, Md., Sept. 21, 2008.

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At this current moment, I'm in an extremely agitated and unhappy state. My head hurts as if a really bad headache. I may die soon, though I prefer to leave D.C. outright. That aside, this entry is meant to be a sort of chronology of this weekend.

HOWEVER! This YouTube clip below that I found calmed me down -- but it also made me so sad: the opening montage with 1970s New York City nighttime imagery set to the "Gone with the Wind" theme that was WOR Channel 9's "Million Dollar Movie" from the 1970s.



I WELL REMEMBER it from my 1970s New Jersey childhood (we used to get stations from NYC in Long Branch, N.J., absent any cable). Also, I was always intrigued by the figure silhouetted by a fountain somewhere in Manhattan (I believe outside the Lincoln Center).

NOTE: 4/15/2012: I updated this the YouTube link to one that works as the original clip was removed.

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On Friday, I first went to Cobalt (Sept. 19, 2008), and then I went from there with bartender Chris to Omega.

Above: This is the view in an upstairs backroom at Omega, although the above picture was actually taken the previous Friday night (or rather around 1AM Saturday morning), Sept. 12 (13), 2008.

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The next day, I eventually made my way to LP's place in Rockville, Md., and we went to the Target where I purchased $205 worth of needed stuff (see below).

As an aside, an apropos of nothing since I clearly no longer talk about him, here's my new Mr. Sirius Action Adventure figurine (actually, it was just a figurine that LP had on his table), and, yes, that is an orange stapler behind him ...

... and below is my new Regulus Lucky Charm avatar ... you just print out this image on a regular 8-1/2 by 11 inch piece of paper that you fold up and put in your wallet or purse.

Actually, this was taken in a dressing room at the Target in Rockville, Md., Sept. 20, 2008. I went on a shopping (see below).

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A big tree along Jones Mill Road, Bethesda, Md., Sept. 20, 2008.

We're back in a shitty dry spell that won't frickin' end after having a nice, wet year. As for the vegetation, I have noticed a disturbing number of dead and dying trees this year in and around D.C. that I think is due to a combination of the residual stress from last year's drought and opportunistic fungal (!) infections affecting the oaks and elms. Boo.

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Here LP and I had just crossed back into D.C. from Maryland while heading south on Connecticut Ave., NW, Sept. 20, 2008. My friend Joe lives not far from here.

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A lovely silhouetted dusky scene on Yuma St., NW, near 36th St., NW, Wash. D.C., Sept. 20, 2008. We got off Connecticut Ave., NW, because of a traffic jam.

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A Tudor-style house seen from the 4200 block of Reno Road, NW, Washington, D.C., Sept. 20, 2008.

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More dusky silhouetted skies ... This is the Balfour located at 16th and U Streets, NW, right near where I live in the Hampton Court on New Hampshire Ave., NW. By the way, that's an English elm tree -- the silhouetted tree that looks like a big flame.

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Below is a picture of me in my new hooded sweat jacket, one of the items I purchased at Target. I purchased $205 worth of stuff ... including (my original reason for going there with LP) a nice new Eddie Bauer book bag (the strap I my old one broke) I got for just $48 (on campus that would have been at least $80) ...

I also bought two pairs of pants ... two polo - style shirts ... the above mentioned sweat shirt ... a night shirt (for sleeping) ... a set of five spoons and five forks (recall I had ALMOST nothing the first three years living here) ... a 10-pack of white socks ... and a four pack of boxer brief underwear (always larger than I actually wear since they shrink in the wash).

By the way, concerning the barometer on the wall behind me in the above picture, it is about 50 years old. My dad gave it to me on his last trip here. It used to hand on a wall in our house on Kirby Ave., Long Branch, NJ, when I was a little boy as I well recall.


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Start Political Detour ...

We should know this week to what extent the unprecedented Federal intervention and bailout of the sky-trillion dollar, bewildering Ponzi scheme that the U.S. financial markets have become is actually working.

The fact that the SEC has banned ANY short selling through Oct. 2 of so many financial stocks, and the fact that the U.S. Gov't has basically assumed all the risk in theory means stock prices and the indexes that measure them should rebound, or at least not crash. The 800+ point two-day gain on Thur-Fri. on the Dow Industrials or about 8 percent suggests that.

About that $700 billion dollar proposed bailout out -- on top of the $300 billion so far, so the whole frickin' mess is a cool $1 trillion, or about the cost of Bush's Iraq Mess, it is troubling that both Paul Krugman -- the brilliant New York Times economic and political columnist -- and Sebastian Mallaby, a former WaHoPo editorial writer and now a denizen of the Bush neo-con war-enabling Council on Foreign Relations, are against this plan.

That's saying something.

Read here for Krugman and here for Mallaby.

I find it even more disturbing that over the past 20 years, some of the best and brightest minds in this country went into finance and -- with the help of Bush/Cheney/GOP values -- helped to create so many bewildering and esoteric ways to plunder so many trillions of dollars.

It sounds to me like another post-9/11, frenzied, hysterical Patriot Act redux where the Congress gives the Bush Gangsters everything they've ever wanted -- in this case, a sky-trillion dollars in taxpayer money -- to bail out the criminals and crooks of Wall Street to created this mess WITHOUT ANY oversight or real reform.

Nationalizing risk while privatizing profits for amoral billionaire corporate criminals: It's the BushCo Way.

And it will be the Palin - Grandpa McSame Way should this country be stupid enuf (do I even have to finish that sentence??) to vote them in.


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LP and I went to La Tomate for dinner last night (Sept. 20, 2008).

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I got up this morning, or rather, I around noon. I went to Phil and Stephanie's place near where I live to feed Jasmine the hissing cat and the fish as P. and S. had gone away this weekend.

Thereafter, I took a mind - bendingly slow S4 bus up 16th St. to the Silver Spring Metro -- GOD, that created a new definition of agony as the ride took nearly 45 minutes (double its usual time), and it's not like I haven't done that bus ride a few hundred times, primarily when I was living in Silver Spring with Phil (when he lived there before moving into D.C.) from June 2004 - Feb. 2005. I was also thinking about that time in June or July 2004 at the depths of the bad time for me when I went past Upshur St., NW, and saw a certain someone walking his dog (he didn't see me).

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Phil and Stephanie's place ... but Phil just closed on a big, new house on Adams Mill Road.

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The outdoor deck area where Phil lives. We've had a lot of fun parties out there. Anyway, as mentioned, I went to Silver Spring.

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I rode the bus to Silver Spring Metro and then -- rather than waiting for the bus -- I walked to my dear friend Quill's parents' place. This is near where Phil and I used to live on Granville Drive. I went there to see Bernice (pictured below):

BERNICE!

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Bernice asleep on the carpet.

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The intersection of Brunett Ave. and Sligo Creek Parkway Sept. 21, 2008. Quill's mom drove me back to the Silver Spring Metro.

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I caught another S4 bus -- it does the same route as the S2 except it skips the Eastern Ave. / Georgia Ave., NW, / Alaska Ave., NW zig-zag -- from Silver Spring Metro. Here the bus is on 16th St., NW, near Juniper St., NW. (This is the FOURTH or floral alphabet, and there are actually TWO "J" streets, except in reverse order heading south: Jonquil and Juniper. It should be Juniper and Jonquil heading south.)

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16th St., NW, at the intersection of Upshur St., NW, Sept. 21, 2008, as seen from the S4 bus.

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Anyway, it's time for me to go to bed. I don't feel well right now. I have a bad headache and I need to sleep.

Above: Picture of Regulus, Flippo (my plush blue hippo), and Leo. This was taken in the wee hours of Sunday morning by LP, Sept. 21, 2008.

Yes, it's time to go to bed and dream about being by (or pretending to be in) the ocean ...

This picture was taken by my dear Australian blogger friend Fifi. It's in the surf near where she lives (it's technically the South Pacific Ocean) close to Sydney.

--Regulus