Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween and Heavenly Night Sky Magic

Eve of All Hallows Eve ...

A sidewalk pumpkin patch outside the Allan Woods flower and gift shop on Connecticut Ave., NW, near Woodley Park Metro in Wash. D.C.,. Oct. 30, 2008. Sometimes I get off the Metro at Woodley Park instead of Dupont Circle and walk home via the Taft Bridge and Kalorama / Adams Morgan. It's about 12 minutes longer but it's a bit more scenic.

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Yes, this entry is being posted from work. Boo, Regulus.

This has been a very bad week for me in terms of being horrendously busy with work and school, at least on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and just being in a truly lousy mood, upset, depressed, agitated, not feeling well, and tired all around.

In other words, pretty much like I usually do and the way that GOD (I - Invisible) seems to enjoy.

A Catholic priest (I asked him) riding the Red Line train this morning to Bethesda. He told me what was his order but I can't recall -- it was sort of a long name. Maybe it was St. Nordstroms in the Field.

I had a very funny feeling when I wrote the sentence above about God (not the priest). I actually felt HIS presence, but not in a bad way.

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Here is Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church sanctuary at the peaceful lunch hour, Oct. 30, 2008. This church is near my office in Bethesda, Md. The low-angled sunlight from this time of year and into the winter months shining through the stained glass windows is sublime. I usually sit there in a rear pew for just a couple of minutes before going to lunch.

I find suburban Maryland (esp. Montgomery County) peaceful in its non-D.C., non-gayborhood, non-Mr. Sirius (I, GOD) way.

Speaking of Mr. Sirius, I wonder if he'll wear his usual Halloween costume of a football jersey. I saw him last Halloween by happenstance at Cobalt and that was his costume.

Vaguely related Golden Girls Quote:

[Blanche's former "mammy" Viola Watkins, played by actress Ruby Dee]: "Did you not go to your senior prom dressed in a full-length formal gown, and did you not come home that night wearin' a football jersey?!"

Blanche: "It was dark in that hay loft."

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Back to the job ... sitting here in this office under the fluorescent lights in fevered agony is just that -- agony. Bethesda itself is sort of nice in its upscale suburban Maryland sort of way, as opposed to intense-in-too-many-ways Dupont Circle where I live.

The office building complex in Bethesda, Md., where I work, Oct. 30, 2008

I really want to quit this job, or at least go back to part time, but I don't want to make any decisions like that until January when my second student loan refund arrives and -- if all goes well I would in that scenario have nearly $11,000 and be able to live for 6 to 9 months unemployed with no trouble. By that point, if I were still unemployed, I would have decided to move with my dad to Key West (where he is planning to move at some point next year from Flagler Beach, Fla., where he now lives).

But I realize the whole idea probably has disaster written all over it even as I let my D.C. life go right down the drain.

What I really want is just to get a job at the Univ. of Maryland, College Park and work there. I've certainly been a student there long enough (finishing up masters no. 3).

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Turning to some political ruminations as we close in on an election that has been far too long in coming and that is so critical and that is still looking good DESPITE America's profound dumbness ...

It looks like the Bush Gangsters are giving one more good f*cking to America with a series of rule changes designed to turn the country into a regulation - free corporate fascist whorehouse.

I hope that President Obama promptly undoes all this Bushit with his own executive orders, although it may not be so easy.

This is how the Bush mobsters plunder and steal and turn the country into a sad banana republic kleptocracy. It's the BushCo way.

Ha ha

This Palin woman is scary and insane -- poor Grandpa McCain created a monster and all because he fell for her beauty under that
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Ending on a more uplifting note since Bush/GOP gangsterism is fleeting and ephemeral while the Cosmos is for all intents and purposes eternal and wonderful compared to human times and experiences ...

Behold, the "Witch Head Nebula" -- IC 2118 -- and the blue supergiant star Rigel in Orion. The Witch Head Nebula consists of cosmic stardust and it reflects the dazzling blue white light of Rigel.

Sorry for being all religiously-sounding in this entry, but I can't help but think of Psalm 19:1 (New King James version):

"The heavens declare the Glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork."


Happy Halloween.

--Regulus

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Blog Fertilizer

**Updated at 945AM 10/28/2008 Tuesday morning**

Just a brief update (and I really mean it) ...


This fellow was walking just in front of me as I headed to the Dupont Metro along New Hampshire Ave., NW, this morning. He was really attractive in that beautiful (probably straight) guy way I so like but that the Universe (orientation issues aside) would sooner end than he'd be interested in me.

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I just finished my water resources management take home midterm. But I still have a big memo to write for my state and local government budgeting class. And I have bunch of urgent assignments at work, but I (more than) half want to quit that job. I don't know how I'm going to get the rest of this stuff done this week.

Bottom line, I probably won't update my blog until Thur - Sat. time frame.

We had an unusual weather day here in D.C. (by our boring standards) with a storm system forming essentially overhead and bringing us about 0.2" of rain -- all totally unforecasted this morning. And with temps. in the low 40s Fahrenheit, it felt distinctly winter like. The forecast was what is known in weather-speak as a big, huge bust -- but of the sort I like.

Here is the NWS radar at Fort Dix, N.J. at 853AM EDT 28 Oct. 2008.

This storm really blew up overnight into a real nor'easter, except its track was a bit unusual -- due north right over New York City and northern New Jersey. The loop of this is quite impressive since it is pinwheeling right over NYC. Bands of lingering precip. are spiraling southward across central PA toward the Baltimore area. DC is probably just beyond any additional precip.

By 8AM, DCA ended up with 0.25" while BWI had 0.42", but only 0.02" fell at IAD. As for NYC, Central Park has had 0.92" so far.

As an aside, had it been 5F to 10F colder (i.e. this had occurred in, say, late Nov. or early Dec.), it would've been a 2 to 4 inch surprise snowfall for DC and a 12" snowstorm for NYC.

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A really weird ad for fertilizers (N -- Nitrogen, P -- Phosphorus, and K -- Potassium) I saw on the Metrorail Red Line today heading to Bethesda, Md.

NPK fertilizers, without which the human food supply from its current agricultural acreage would not be able to support even half this planet's six billion people.

--Regulus

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Under the Saturday Umbrella Sky -OR- Things Remembered

We had some good downpours of rain on Saturday (Oct. 25th) here in D.C. after a three week dry spell.

Here is a big fellow walks with his umbrella in the 2700 block of Adams Mill Rd., NW.

Gary and I were going to Phil's big new house as I needed to feed the fish and the cat (Jasmine) because he and Stephanie are away in California this weekend.

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Here Gary and I were riding over the Taft Bridge on Connecticut Ave., NW, during a downpour yesterday (Saturday), Oct. 25, 2008, Washington, D.C.

Officially, we had a storm total of 0.84" at DCA, 0.72" at BWI, and 1.10" at IAD.

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Another picture of today's downpour as Gary and I drove to Phil's on Lanier Pl., NW, in the Mt. Pleasant - Adams Morgan section of Wash. D.C., Oct. 25, 2008.

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Here is the back sun room where Phil has most of his house plants on a rainy Saturday here in Wash. D.C., Oct. 25, 2008 ...

Most of these plants were in the Silver Spring, Md., house that Phil owned when I lived with him during my nightmare "annus horribilis" 2004 when he basically saved my life.

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Adams Mill Rd., NW, Washington, D.C., Oct. 25, 2008 on a rainy afternoon.

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The same view but at night of Adams Mill Rd., NW, Washington, D.C., Oct. 26, 2008.

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Turning to politics ...

Well, so far so good ... the RealClearPolitics.com site has Sen. Obama up 8 points over Grandpa McSame in its composite average of 16 polls dating back to Oct. 16, 2008. (This number will change daily.)

I posted the following picture on my Arcturus blog but I decided to post it here as well ...

It is a picture of Sen. (and hopefully) soon to be President-Elect Barack Obama as a little boy with his maternal grandfather Stanley Dunham playing in the surf (probably in Hawaii) in an undated photo probably 1963 or 1964 (he was born in Aug. 1961).

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Changing subjects again and from an even longer time ago ...

The following is an email that I sent 2-1/2 years ago Feb. 27, 2006 to Linda Gialanella, the TV meteorologist on WFTS-TV channel 28 in Tampa / St. Petersburg, Fla., and her reply sent six days later. Though this was 2-1/2 years ago, she still works at that station as a TV weathercaster.

Long story short, Ms. Gialanella -- who was Miss New Jersey in 1972 and was one of the non-placing contestants in the Miss USA pageant in 1973 -- was the weather lady on WNEW channel 5 in New York City in the mid to late 1970s. (WNEW became WNYW in 1986.)

My late beloved paternal grandmother (who would have been 100 years old on Nov. 4, 2008 -- election day -- and whom I miss very much even 20 years after she died) and I used to watch her do the weather. For some reason, my grandmother didn't particularly like her, always referring to her as "silly."

This is already 2-1/2 years ago and just before I started my Arcturus blog (in mid-March 2006) as a way of getting over Mr. Sirius, though that doesn't seem to have worked entirely yet.

Anyway, I looked up her name on Google and found where she was and wrote an email to which she replied.

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My email to her ...

Date: Mon 27 Feb 22:22:05 EST 2006
From: [Regulus]
Subject: from a long time ago
To: [Linda Gialanella]

Dear Ms. Gialanella:

My name is [Regulus] and I am a graduate student at the Univ. of Md, College Park in public policy. I actually have a masters degree in meteorology that I never really used (except indirectly as a science writer for a while with NASA). I live in Washington, DC.

I'm originally from New Jersey and I remember watching you when I was about 10 years old on tv (on channel 5, I think) do the weather forecasts in the late 1970[s]. I lived in Long Branch with my grandparents at the time. (Who was the news anchor on 5 then? It was this guy with sorta sandy brown hair.)

I remember this one time it was a few days after the big 1979 snowstorm (not to be confused with the 1978 blizzard) and it had warmed up really quickly. I just remember you saying 'Today's high was 55F.' I thought of that the other day and decided to google your name (guessing at the spelling) to see what had happened to you -- and I discovered you are still are doing the tv news weather down in Tampa.

I just thought it kinda cool to be able to find someone that quickly on the Web from all those years ago in what feels like another lifetime for me. And I had forgotten about your weather - themed art work you used to show on the air.

Anyway, it was for no other reason than that that I wrote and to say hello.

Regards,
[Regulus]

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Her reply to me ...

Date: Sun 5 Mar 19:39:38 EST 2006
From: "Gialanella, Linda"
Subject: RE: from a long time ago
To: [Regulus]

Hello to you and best wishes with your graduate studies. I think the anchor you were thinking of is John Roland. All best, Linda G.

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Speaking of Mr. Sirius, the following fellow reminded me of him a bit, except he was substantially taller. This was at the Bethesda, Md., Subway shop on Oct. 16, 2008 at lunchtime.

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This gentleman does not remind me of Mr. Sirius but I thought I'd post it anyway.

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One last Mr. Sirius item ...

I once updated the Wikipedia article (yeah, aren't I cool??) on the Hughes Memorial Tower, a.k.a. the Mr. Sirius Things Remembered "Eiffel" Tower here in D.C. The last two paragraphs were written by me.

The tower is pictured above with its smaller companion tower on March 1, 2008 at dusk , because the tower's nighttime red LEDs are apparently (at least for the past month) no longer being used and instead the daytime strobe lights are on all the time.

Boo.

Recall that prior to Jan. 2008, the tower's nighttime lights were the regular, slow-winking red lights (of the incandescent sort) that flashed in a staggered way from flared bottom to top-most light in a most distinctive and lovely way.

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Tomorrow I have to start writing a memo for my state and local budgets class. It entails analyzing the FY2007-2008 State of Tennessee budget.

As for Tennessee, why is the state that produced Al Gore so frickin' red??

I'm also planning to go to Buffalo Billiards with Gary at some point. Some of the Cobalt group is supposed to be there. I'm sure I'll have a lousy and ignored time if I go.

Anyway, concerning my other class -- the water resources management one -- we had to submit comments to the Army Corps of Engineers concerning its proposed revisions to the Economic and Environmental Principles and Guidelines for Water and Related Land Resources Implementation Studies.

My letter is one of the three dated Oct. 17, 2008 (it's the middle one). I could have used an editor to read it for a couple of minor syntax errors. The link is here.

Finally, as for work, I really don't like it and want to leave. I plan to stay there until January and then go back to part time. There is also the Key West option if things fall apart -- as in moving back with my dad in in fact he is able to move to Key West this spring or summer as he is planning to do from his current Flagler Beach, Fla., residence.

But I don't know if I would actually do that.

Anyway, I really need to go to bed. It's almost 530AM and I need to sleep.

--Regulus

Friday, October 24, 2008

Dog Is My Co-Pilot


Awwwww, puppy, so cute ... this little guy was waiting for his (her?) daddy outside the Starbucks at 16th and U St., NW, here in Washington, D.C., as I saw on my way to the Dupont Metro on Wednesday morning (Oct. 22, 2008) heading to work ...

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Just a quick update ...

First, I have updated my Arcturus blog with some political commentary I found online that I found very enjoyable. I am very hopeful that Barack Obama is going to win in just 11 days. I didn't mention the following in that entry but I'll not it here: The New York Times just came out with a powerful editorial (for what that's worth) in favor of Obama. It is worth a read. All the other signs and polls are also looking good for him (and America), too.

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Secondly, we are hopefully going to have a rainy Saturday and Saturday night. We've been in a dry spell for a month now with virtually no rain this month (0.04" at DCA on the 1st and no measurable precipitation since then).

I'm NOT going to recite all the stats but suffice it to say that DCA is at 40.00" EXACTLY, which is 7.53" above normal, and nearly double last year's drought plagued total of 22.01" by this date. This dry spell, though, is really cutting into our yearly surplus. Boo. The yearly normal at DCA is 39.35", so we are actually above normal for the entire calendar year.


Here is the 0438 UTC (1238AM EDT) 24 Oct 2008 radar mosaic for the Southeastern U.S. (with the D.C. area NOT included). All of this precip. is more or less moving toward the mid-Atlantic region for tomorrow night into Saturday. Yay.

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Work ... complicated.

School ... okay.

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I saw one of THE FUNNIEST episodes of Third Rock from the Sun tonight on TV Land. I found the episode on YouTube in three parts. The volume is low (and the one with the louder volume could not be embedded). However, I think it is hysterical. The episode is "Sensitive Dick" and it involves Dick, who is a college physics professor (played by actor John Lithgow) having to go to university "sensitivity training" class for insulting his clueless physics class.

The two funniest parts are at 7:00 and 8:45. The first is when he is in the sensitivity training class with the gay teacher in a unitard (who says at one point, "Dick, labels dis-able!" with appropriate hand gestures).

The second is when he returns to his own class now clad in his own unitard and sockless Birkenstocks, with desks and chairs replaced by bean bags, and teaches quantum chromodynamics as if it were poetry, ballet or just a flaky English honors seminar. This includes drawing hearts around chalkboard equations and giving smiley faces instead of grades.

The whole episode is hysterical:




The second part (9:53) is here and it includes Dick "sensitivity" trial -- very funny ("where would you be without us to attach the electrodes of knowledge to the nipples of ignorance?!"):



And the third part (1:28) is here:



French Stewart, Jan Hooks, and Jane Curtin were all very, very funny, too. In fact, pretty much all the regular and recurring characters on the show were funny.

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My next planned blog update is this weekend.

--Regulus

Monday, October 20, 2008

Still Alone -OR- Fine, I don't really care anymore


A remote beach at Karekare, New Zealand that I got off the internet.

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Fine.

Never, ever, ever visit again, nor care in the slightest. I don't care.

Maybe it's ego, whim, or some other awful and dreadful reason that motivates such abrupt behavioral changes, but the end result is still upsetting and hurtful to me and I don't appreciate it, not one bit, though I guess that's my problem to deal with. Obviously, though, it's intentional and probably done just to hurt me. That's the way.


Monster.

And on that score, it's time for a relevant Sade video ...




The particularly relevant line:

"His eyes are like angels but his heart is cold!"

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Speaking of devils and their scary places ...

Actually, that's the weirdly shaped Center for Innovative Technology building waaaaaay out near Dulles Airport where I went to on Sunday with Gary to the Sterling LWX National Weather Service open house. The CIT building is technically in Herndon, Va.

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Oh, yes, it's 2000 days since Bush's "Mission Accomplished" burlesque show declaration in his million-dead, sky-trillion dollar Iraq-Nam Catastrophe.

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I don't think I'm going to update this bitch of a blog until the weekend, hopefully by which time there will be some rain, damn it all. Or maybe I just won't update this blog anymore. I'll try to visit all my Blogger Buddies' blogs.

Oh, and also, Happy Birthday, Gary.

--Regulus

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Step Right Up

This is my second entry for today but I wanted to post some pictures I and my friend Quill took earlier this afternoon ...

Here is a picture of Yours Truly, Regulus, at the Spanish Steps at the dead-end of 22nd St., NW, in the upscale urban-residential Kalorama section of Washington, D.C., where lots of embassies and ambassadorial residences are located.

Yes, yes, the real Spanish Steps (pictured to the left from an internet image) are in Rome and are located in the Piazza di Spagna and are known variously as the Scalla di Spagna and the Scalinata della Trinità dei Monti. We don't have piazzas in D.C., except for a solo one. We do have traffic circles encompassing circular parks, and square parks, too. As you can see, the Spanish Steps of D.C. aren't quite the same.

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Turning to the weather, we are in a prolonged dry spell for almost four weeks and there is no real sign of ending for at least another week, whereupon the pattern may change.

There has been no measurable rain since Oct. 1 and we are running at just 0.04" at DCA, 0.12" at BWI, and 0.19" at IAD. Ironically, we're still nearly double at both DCA and IAD over last year's drought-ravaged totals, and we're still above normal by about 25 percent year-to-date normal at DCA.

At least the unseasonably warm weather ended, though.

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A sunken stairway into an "English basement" apartment in the 2100 block of R St., NW, next to the Fondo del Sol art gallery.

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Returning to the weather, specifically, for DCA, we're at 40.00" or +8.03" above normal through today and +18.36" above last year's total, which by Oct. 18, 2007 was the last day of a record 33-day dry spell at DCA from that stretched between Sept. 15 - Oct. 18, 2007, inclusive, with no MEASURABLE rain ("trace" doesn't count).

The previous dry spell was a 32-day stretch that precisely encompassed the month of October from Sept. 30 - Nov. 1, 1963.

Even though it does not show up in the climatological record (DCA averages 3.22" for the month) Octobers in my experience are often dry times in the D.C. area since (1) there is no active storm track, (2) there are no summer thunderstorms, and (3) our minimal tropical activity is almost nil by this point. My guess is that the standard deviation of precip amounts in Oct. are higher than in most other months.

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Here is the R Street Art Gallery right next to the Fondo del Sol in the same 2100 block of R St., NW. There are weird little art galleries and studios that I've never been to because I'm totally un-high cultured. This is at the edge of the Dupont Circle and Kalorama neighborhoods west of Connecticut Ave. That is Quill in the corner of the picture.

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As for the other two regional airport recording stations, IAD is at 38.25" or +4.20" above normal for 2008 so far and +19.21" or double last year's 19.04" by Oct.17. Last year was a record dry year at IAD. Meanwhile, BWI is at 38.02" or +3.81" above normal for 2008 and +14.32" above last year's 23.70" by this time last year.

This picture of me was taken by Quill with her cellphone as we sat at the Spanish Steps after our lunch at California Pizza Kitchen.

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It was a nice cool day with a northeasterly breeze. A coastal storm is forming but it is going to miss us. Temperatures reached around 60F for highs today, which is a bit below the daily normal high of 67F.

This is the view looking south -- you can see about a mile down 22nd St., NW, all the way to the State Department in Foggy Bottom.

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One last related weather note ...

This weekend is the open house of the new (and given our "weather-free" climate, superfluous) Baltimore / Washington Nat'l Weather Service Forecast Office in Sterling, Va. The office was moved to a new building but still in Sterling, Va., and it shouldn't be confused with NWS operational headquarters in Camp Spring, Md., which is eventually to be moved to College Park, Md., nor NOAA headquarters, which is located in Silver Spring, Md., between College Park and Bethesda.

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This is the view at the top of the stairs. That is a bright yellow panda statue left over from a whole panda series that were placed in parts of D.C. (mostly downtown).

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Anyway, I am supposed to accompany Gary, who is being a VIP tour since he is one of the forecasters for the local Verizon weather line. Of course, there is never any weather to report. Some of the local TV weather people -- Bob Ryan included -- may show up, too.

IF I see the longtime TV forecaster Sue Palka -- and I don't think I will -- I probably shouldn't tell her who I am, though in truth she may not even remember me. (It's a convoluted story.)

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An old urn next to the aforementioned (Washington, D.C.) Spanish Steps earlier today.

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Lastly, I got a haircut today -- but only a trim -- and did my laundry. I need to get ready and go to Cobalt and/or Osmegma (Omega) to meet Kristof. My next entry won't be until midweek.

--Regulus

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P.S. Updated at 4AM, Oct. 19, 2008 ...

A nasty mess at McDonald's on 17th St., NW, a short while ago, and NO ONE cleaned it up. Yes, I had some food there. Boo.

Tonight I saw a friend of Mr. Sirius, or at least someone I thought was his good friend. I was with LP going to Omega (yes). It was in passing and he didn't see me.

He was stumbling drunk down the back alley toward P St., NW, alone, and I felt badly for him.

On an unrelated note, it must be great to be able to just breathe and the entire self-replicating Multi-verse rearranges itself for one's benefit -- down to the instant of preferential symmetry breaking and (ever since) every Planck-scale quantum fluctuation. Yay, life is good.

"There must be an angel" OR "Smoke gets in your eyes ..."

Construction works and a cloud of dust and dirt and smoke -- we could use some damn rain but none is forthcoming -- at the corner of Pearl St. and East-West Highway, Bethesda, Md., 920AM, Oct. 17, 2008

This was actually next to Our Lady of Lourdes Church and for a minute I thought a new pope was being selected.

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I'll have a new entry up later. I'm still under the weather, not feeling well. Quill is coming over and I need to get ready.

This Eurythmics song was playing when I walked into Cobalt a few days ago, and it was in my head yesterday. It is dedicated to Mr. ... nobody:


I love my Annie Lennox. And I also love the whole Louis XIV "The Sun King" court imagery in the video, as well as the male "angel" with the soprano - operatic voice ...

--Regulus

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Under the October Sky, Day and Night

**Updated 10/16/2008, Thur. morning**
**Updated again 10/16/2008, Thur. afternoon.**

Cirrus "mare's tails" wispy clouds high over the D.C. area as seen from the Elm Street Park, Chevy Chase, Md., Oct. 14, 2008. We could use some rain.

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This started out a VERY difficult day as I woke up from a roiled, agitated sleep around 545AM and I could not fall asleep. By 630AM, I was in a frenzy with racing pulse, fever, and in real distress, and ready to quit my job, or at least go in late and try to get some sleep even as I planned to explain to my boss why I am going to go back to four days a week or 30 hours a week.

I chose the latter, sleeping until 1045AM and feeling better because of it, except I didn't explain anything to my boss -- that simply did not come about. I got in at noon and was rather busy writing up -- it's always intensely busy there to no meaningful purpose and the 45 hours a week is simply too much, but these are things I want to write about at some other time -- three 3-page stories for a bi-weekly global warming (climate change) monitor we put together for clients who do not read it.

I wrote about California's Proposition 7, Pennsylvania's new energy efficiency law (HB 2200), and the Utah (UTAH!) Supreme Court hearing a case about new coal-fired generation in light of Massachusetts v. EPA.

My moonrise picture as seen from 17th and P St., NW, here in D.C. yesterday (Oct. 14) evening did not come out well. I was on my way to Bua to meet Gary and Kristof.

I recently finished 42 pages on the history of the evolution of NRC regulations and the nuclear power industry. This gets to the heart of the problem with the job: I am not a specialist but rather a total generalist, and I have no connections and ability to "get inside the agency."

I am really hoping to apply for the professional development program at the Federal agency where I interned in 2006. I may do that next month if the opportunity indeed arrives.

Anyway, about my work situation and this morning, long story short, no changes in my status were made. My goal is to wait until January when -- right around the time Obama is sworn is as president, unless tonight's debate really made a difference (I didn't watch it) -- and get my second student loan refund and have a significant pile of money as a cushion (approx. $11,000).

Then I'll ask and if it doesn't work, at least I'll have some money to live on until I get a new job OR move down to Florida, esp. if he moves from Flagler Beach to Key West, with my dad and finally leave D.C.

I've been suffering from a cold -- one went around the office -- made much worse by stress. I have a lingering cough and sore throat and headache. The other day and this morning I had a racing pulse and felt like I was dying, but it may very well be anxiety.

I took the J4 Mobile Ghetto "express" bus from Bethesda to College Park tonight for my Wed. night class in state and local government budgeting issues.

Let me just say that I really like my teacher ... she is very charismatic and knowledgeable and experienced and enjoyable and the class is fun (and I sit next to her and make comments on occasion that she and the class find funny, such as "governments are like those mattress stores you see always on the verge of bankruptcy and going out of business but never actually going away...").

BUT!

Sitting there for 2-1/2 hours every Wed. night during this time of fiscal and financial and now it looks increasingly like economic crisis is depressing EVEN FOR ME. We are in for some bad times, or so it seems.

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My Monday evening class is a water resources management one. It is quite interesting, too. We are supposed to submit our comments to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the proposed new Principles and Guidelines for water and related land resources implementation studies. The USACE site is here and the Federal Register notice is here.

I ended up in a 20+minute conversation with a chatty fellow at USACE. My professor in this class is a big figure in this field.

As for tonight, I went to Plato's Diner after class where I actually had a nice dinner and then I walked in the mild, serene moonlight of the October night (the above picture was actually taken in College Park on Monday night) to the College Park Metro and headed back into D.C.

We could some rain, it has been frickin' dry this month and we're back in full bore D.C. no-weather weather.

Yours Truly, Regulus, at Plato's Diner in College Park, Md., Oct. 15, 2008.

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I was aiming with that picture above for a Edward Hopper-esque style, as in his 1927 painting "Automat":


I guess it didn't quite work. Perhaps I needed to have on that 1920s style hat. I'm sure my grandmother had one in her day. She would have been 100 years old on Nov. 4, 2008, the day of the U.S. presidential election that Obama should still win ... ... unless bogus GOP and mediawhore narratives about the travails of Joe the Plumber under Pres. Obama get the American Red Flyover State proletariat whipped up into the usual self-defeating pro-Republican frenzy, which may very well happen. See how well Joe does under McCain.

"Hi, I'm Joe-sephine the unlicensed Plumber from Burnt Smokestack Heights, Ohio, and I don't have a damn clue what I'm talking about. It was just some shit I heard on Rush's radio show while in my pick up truck."

What an idiot country.


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That's all for now. I need to go to bed. I'm still feeling under the weather. Oh, yes, I updated my Arcturus blog finally here.

--Regulus