Saturday, February 27, 2010

A Good Job Interview and an Architectural Tsunami

This picture was the lead one on Bartcop in the Feb. 25, 2010 entry.

#######

I meant to update this blog last night but I met up with Gerry, Jamie, and Gary and went to Cobalt, and then I didn't get up until ... late ... never mind the time ... and watched the news coverage of the tsunami approaching the Hawaiian Islands as a result of the deadly 8.8 earthquake that struck Chile earlier today near the city of Concepción.

The tsunami appears to have been relatively small -- just a few feet "tidal" surge -- both around the Hawaiian islands and the southern California coastline. It may have been worse for American Samoa.

######

Gerry saved me once again from my never ending computer issues by getting me a new mouse after my old one with the track ball -- the mouse left over from my dead Dell computer I lost in late December -- fell on the floor and stopped functioning in a usable way. The new one is an optical mouse.

#######

OK, so the job interview yesterday down by L'Enfant Plaza went very well. This was just the first part, though. The second part of this process is that I need to send a number of my writing samples by email by Monday, and the third and most critical part is I have to be matched up to a relevant position. It is a contact position at a Federal agency.

L'Enfant Plaza, by the way, is a soulless, dehumanizing urban wasteland of large, impersonal, ugly 1960's buildings, a spaghetti maze of freeways and overpasses slicing part Southwest D.C. from the rest of the city.

L'Enfant Plaza where what I believe is 9th Street dives under the complex itself in some ghastly tunnel resembling something from that movie THX 1138.

#######

Many, many architectural, urban design, and resulting cultural crimes of a most serious nature were committed there. It's a mortal sin, really, that will take at least another two generations to undo.

Whoever* conceived and designed that decades ago if still alive should be imprisoned in an urban ghetto for life, one cut off by impassable freeways, no sidewalks, concrete "plazas" that devour space and time, enormous buildings that block sunlight much of the day, no trees, no access to anything green or natural, a kind of hybrid Soviet - North Korean nightmare.

More L'Enfant Plaza time-and-space-and-humanity-devouring architectural abominations and desecration of all that is good, 4:35PM, Feb. 26, 2010.

#######

*Apparently I.M. Pei himself designed the L'Enfant Plaza complex (I did not know that) but I am referring more to the whole area of Southwest D.C. and the "urban renewal" policies that resulted in its being transformed into what it is.

I don't know enough architectural history to know if L'Enfant Plaza stems from the "internationalist" or "brutalist" school of architecture or whatever it was that gave us the urban ghetto high rise social catastrophes of the mid-to-late 20th Century and freeways that sliced apart cities ... Le Corbusier and that fucking "form follows function" Modernist fascism.

I just know it's an urban disaster.

As for Crystal City in Arlington -- pictured above in an image I got from the DC Traveler site -- while it is similar in concept and I wouldn't live there, it seems to work a little better in terms of having an actual "community" with lots of people living, working, shopping, recreating (if not procreating), etc. there.

And to hell with Frank Lloyd Wright, too. Ever been in Falling Water? What the hell is that about?

Wait, I got off topic. Sorry. Yes, the interview went very well and I'm happy about that.

Conference table and tea pot in the room where by 5PM interview occurred, 4:57PM, Feb. 26, 2010

#######

I need to get ready as I'm going over Chris T's place tonight with Gary and then I'll go to Cobalt and/or Windows tonight.

--Regulus

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Entry #300: A New Hope or Another Nope?

Here U.S. astronaut Nicholas Patrick installs cupola windows on the International Space Station as part of the 130th Space Shuttle mission earlier this month (Feb. 2010).

Patrick, the ISS, and the Space Shuttle Endeavor were hurtling around the Earth every 90 minutes in a constant state of "free fall" (hence the perceived "weightlessness" about 210 miles up), but never quite falling out of orbit!

Source: Feb. 24, 2010 APOD

#######

Entry #300

This will be a relatively brief entry (although I know I always say that and end up with long entries anyway) as I need to finish part of my climate change news compendium by tomorrow morning -- I'll be up until at least 4AM. Additionally, I have a VERY important job interview late Friday afternoon that is at once my potentially last but also very best hope.

If it doesn't work out, I don't see how I can remain in D.C. beyond early to middle April.

The Safeway in downtown Bethesda, Md., 9:22PM, Feb. 24, 2010

#######

This week so far has been going well: I got paid promptly by the consulting company for which I do contracting work and I have the aforementioned job interview. I also had a very nice dinner tonight with LP and my friend S., who is the office administrator at said consulting company. We went to Bangkok Garden in Bethesda.

Oh, yes, the career networking night for the Univ. of Maryland School of Public Policy on Tuesday went well in that I had a few good conversations, including one that clarified how that unnamed company I mentioned in my last entry deals with applications.

Here is a blurry cellphone picture of the event. It was held, as always, in a conference room of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace near Dupont Circle.

#######

Turning to the weather ...

Without going into a lot of detail, I don't think we're going to get a lot of snow tomorrow (Thursday). That's fine with me, if only I don't want this job interview schedule screwed up by another blizzard. The low itself, though, is forecasted to stall along the Jersey shore and basically spin itself out (fill).

We remain in a warm phase ENSO and there remains a big high pressure block over Greenland with a displaced polar vortex.

The 0Z Feb. 25, 2010 NAM (North America Model) run valid at hour 30 06UTC Feb. 26, 2010 showing mean sea level pressure (MSLP), 850mb temperature, and 6-hour precipitation showing the low at its most intense located right over Long Island -- with a near blizzard in New York City.

The red circle I drew in over northern Canada shows the polar vortex (or at least a portion of it) as bounded by the -30C isotherm over Somerset Island and western Baffin Island -- displaced from the North Pole itself -- and the smaller red circle over Greenland shows the huge high pressure block there that is interrupting the normal flow.

#######

Some politics ...

This 5 minute clip of Rep. Anthony Weiner on the House floor blasting the Republicans over efforts to pass health care reform is worth watching in its entirety.


Naturally, Pres. Obama did not invite Weiner to his silly "health care summit" later today at the White House. Instead, he wants the GOP crazies and key members of the health insurance cartel, and wussy Senate Dems there.

Sigh. What a disappointment he turned out to be.

#######

Headline on Bartcop:

Cheney - heart attack #6

God's trying to take him but he won't f-ing go

#######

That's all for now. My next planned update won't be until Saturday. I have to finish my biweekly climate change news compendium and write a short piece on geothermal energy issues as part of my job application.

I actually don't feel very well tonight: I feel fatigued and extremely worn out.

--Regulus

Monday, February 22, 2010

A Severely Depressed Regulus and an Interesting Documentary on King Tut

The tranquil, bathwater warm waters of the turquoise Caribbean Sea as seen from the hills above Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

######

This is my 299th entry. My next one will be entry #300. This is significant in that things will be very different for me by the time I post entry #400 -- assuming, that is, this blog still exists.

I have not been this severely depressed in a long time. This is about as bad as things were in late spring / summer 2004 and again in 1992, although I was a different person in a different place and time of life back then.

I really cannot go on any longer in my current situation. I just want out of this nightmare country, and I'm so over this city, if only because my life is so badly floundering and I don't know how to fix it.

Today was a horrible, lonely day spent entirely alone in my death trap of an apartment. I didn't get out until around 7PM, by which point it was a cold, rainy night. This was actually the first non-frozen precipitation this month here in D.C. (I have a feeling winter isn't quite over yet.)

I walked over to Dupont Circle and then a short way down to Luna Grill along rainy night Connecticut Avenue, where I had a crummy cheeseburger and potato wedges and overpriced glass of wine.

Yes, it was a total waste of money and, no, I cannot afford to eat out these days, but I simply couldn't go to the frickin' 17th Street Safeway and buy frickin' soup.

Either way, I lost.

My gold dust croton plant on a chair and under a lamp. My plant has actually doubled in size since I got it about six months ago. I may need to put it in a new pot at some point.

#######

My rent check still has not cleared. Once it does, I will only have $68 to last me an indefinite (i.e. an unspecified number of days). This also assumes a certain check doesn't bounce. I thought I was going to get paid Friday but now I am not sure I will be getting a $540 check from that awful contracting job I have. There may have been some delay in the usual processing of it and I wouldn't get paid until next week. I should know by tomorrow.

I will raise a fuss if there has been but that won't help me and I will have to ask my dad and perhaps LP for $20 or $40.

A picture of me on the bathroom floor, 4:16PM, Feb. 22, 2010

#######

Beyond, this, though, I have finally reached my breaking point.

I don't think I will be paying my March rent but instead I am going to give up / abandon the apartment by early April. I suppose I'll go down to Florida to my dad's place, but I will (if I earn enough money from the contracting job) take a side trip before that.

I suppose things could change and I could get a job -- in particular that one I referenced indirectly last week -- but I am not anticipating this.

As for the Census 2010 job, so far nothing. In fact, I am sending a letter of complaint to D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton and maybe send a copy to the Census Bureau on how the D.C. West Office overseeing my zip code (20009) is handling this. You get no information, just someone reading from a script with a non-answer. Recall The Washington Post had a story from last month about how the Census Bureau is seeking to hire ex-cons and felons to be enumerators, esp. for hard-to-count inner city ghetto areas.

Sunset at Carambola Beach, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

#######

Tomorrow, by the way, is the annual Univ. of Maryland - School of Public Policy's "Career Networking Night" that is held by Dupont Circle at the Carnegie Institute for Peace. It is for prospective and current students and alumni (such as I am). There is food and free beer and wine.

I actually have a bone to pick with one employer in particular who is supposed to be there, although I'm not going to make any scenes. I will say that I think their entire hiring system is crap. I applied online for about a dozen positions with that company -- and, OF COURSE, no word on any.

One of those was advertised for months and I found out there were at least 800 applications. That's absurd. In general, applying online is a total waste of time, the application going into an electronic black hole.

This unemployment / underemployment nightmare that is America 2010 is getting very old and soul crushing. Here is a depressing but useful article to read. This is precisely how the corporate powers that be amass money and power. But I AM glad some people that I know are swimming in money.

If there is any God that micromanages the Universe (rather than being an indifferent and stupid "Principle"), then that God enjoys all this mayhem and suffering.

Image of God from Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel pictorial element God Creates the Sun, Moon, and Planets

#######

It is Golden Girls night on WeTV, but I've seen them all a hundred times or more. Later on more episodes are aired nightly on Hallmark Channel.

Over on the Discovery Channel is the program King Tut Unwrapped that discusses -- complete with reenactments -- new ideas of how the Egyptian pharaoh "boy king" Tutankhamun may have died.

I find it creepy how often they keep showing Tut's mummified, dessicated, blackened and shriveled corpse.

The new findings are that King Tut had some degenerative problem in his left foot that would have made it increasingly difficult for him to walk. The scores of staffs in his tomb lend credence to this.

According to DNA analysis, CAT scans, and other forensics, what killed the 19 year old king was an infection that followed a broken leg he suffered either in battle, hunting, or just "hot rod" chariot riding in the desert. The infection was, of all things, a virulent form of cerebral malaria. Certain seeds found in his tomb (his medicine in the afterlife) support this idea.

I'm not sure I believe this forensics operation 33 centuries after the fact. I'm sure a century from now there will be new theories with new compelling evidence.

Tut, by the way, was married to his (half) sister but that apparently wasn't a big deal then, at least in the Pharaonic dynasties, although genetically it had serious consequences including for the two unknown babies buried with him that may very well have been his children.

I always have felt that I lived some very long ago life in ancient Egypt or the Holy Lands. I'm sure I was as screwed up and tragic then as now.

Above: This is a picture I recently posted of the Abu Simbel Temple along Lake Nasser in the south of Egypt. It is not associated with King Tut (it was built a century after his death) but I just like the image.

#######

I think that's all for now. I'm feeling a little better at this point but nothing has changed.

--Regulus

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Madison Park Furnishings

The Brittany located directly across the street from my old Hampton Court building, Washington, D.C., 5:27PM, Feb. 2010.

The Brittany sits at the "Y" shaped intersection created by 16th Street and New Hampshire Avenue with V Street on the other side. That top, rounded corner apartment (actually, it's a condo), that faces southwest looking down NH Ave toward Dupont Circle 1/2 mile away, fascinates me. I have no idea who lives there but the curtains often are down.


#######

I'm trying to get out of this apartment today but still no luck. It's already a quota-after-tree, I mean a quarter after three.

So Gerry and I drove back to that Room Store place in Fairfax last night, but only after going all the way out into the exurban purgatory of Northern Virginia to the same two furniture stores we visited Monday plus another one much farther out in frickin' Sterling, Va., called Belfort. That is an odd store in that it is housed in two separate buildings, one a stand alone building with "basics" furniture on one side of a street and another that resembles more a continuous strip mall-like structure on the other side. I don't recall seeing anything such as that before.

Afterward, we had dinner at a place called the City Diner in Falls Church, Va., along Leesburg Pike.

The interior of the City Diner, Falls Church, Va., 9:31PM, Feb. 19, 2010. The interior is overloaded with kitschy stuff and I liked it.

#######

I took a few more bedroom furniture set pictures, maybe because I live in such a Spartan, dusty dump.

Here is another picture of that big bed and bedroom set that I took last Monday, except this was taken last night, Friday, 8:10PM, Feb. 19, 2010. I think the whole thing costs about $4,100 (but I could be wrong since I looked at a lot of price tags). This isn't the one Gerry bought, though it was next to it.

######

While at Belfort, I picked up the following to redecorate my wee efficiency from this ...

... to -- Voilà!-- THIS:

Just kidding. This is a bedroom and dining room display at Belfort Furniture, 6:43PM, Feb. 19, 2010.

#######

Sterling, Va., as I've mentioned many times before, is where the Baltimore/Washington NWS Forecast Office is located, also known by its three letter designation LWX.

As we left Belfort, a large passenger jet took off from nearby Dulles Int'l Airport and I watched it ascending overhead, winking red, white, and blue, into the cold night sky, perhaps on the start of some overnight international flight.

Heading back on a maze of highways and busy roads beneath a starry sky, we listened to Madison Park's electronica remake of More Than This. We also stopped at Value City and the Room Store and then got dinner at the City Diner on Leesburg Pike in Falls Church before returning to D.C. by 10PM.


Here is the YouTube version of the song. There is also the MySpace video clip but I'm posting the YouTube one here. I guess I've always liked "Electronica" music.

#######

I had planned to go to the Botanical Gardens today down on the Mall, but I never quite made it out of my apartment today. I'm supposed to go to Damon's party tonight, but I'm not sure. or go back to sleep until Damon's party tonight, I'm not sure which. I have a weird tingly feeling in my head. I may die. Tomorrow, I'm going to LP's place to help him move / clean some stuff in exchange for a bit of $$ to help me make it until my next scheduled payment on Thur. or Fri.

The snow is now quickly disappearing (including the giant dirty piles, but that's because they are being carted off, not melting). However, I have a feeling there will be at least one more significant event this record snowy winter season.

Here is a remaining giant pile of glaciated, dirty snow-ice at the corner of 16th and S Streets, NW, 2:43AM, Feb. 20, 2010.

#######

That's all for now. My next planned update will be early next week.

--Regulus

Friday, February 19, 2010

This is Kermit the Frog ... OR The Rainbow Connection


Rainbow Connection

Composed by Paul Williams and Kenneth Ascher
Performed by Kermit the Frog (Jim Henson), The Muppet Movie, 1979


(Sorry the volume is so low, but it's worth watching.)

"Why are there so many songs about rainbows
and what's on the other side?
Rainbows are visions, but only illusions,
and rainbows have nothing to hide.
So we've been told and some choose to believe it.
I know they're wrong, wait and see.
Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection.
The lovers, the dreamers and me.

"Who said that every wish would be heard
and answered when wished on the morning star?
Somebody thought of that and someone believed it.
Look what it's done so far.
What's so amazing that keeps us star gazing
and what do we think we might see?
Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection.
The lovers, the dreamers and me.

"All of us under its spell. We know that it's probably magic.

"Have you been half asleep and have you heard voices?
I've heard them calling my name.
Is this the sweet sound that called the young sailors?
The voice might be one and the same.
I've heard it too many times to ignore it.
It's something that I'm supposed to be.
Someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection.
The lovers, the dreamers and me."


*Sigh*

I think that' all for now.

I will post a new entry over the weekend.

--Regulus

Thursday, February 18, 2010

A glaciated, unpleasant D.C. mess and a check arrives from far, far away


The Williamsburg at 1621 T St., NW, Washington, D.C. 5:17PM, Feb. 16, 2010.

I don't think I've been in the Williamsburg. I know by Dupont area apt. / condo buildings by whether or not I ever was there for a hook up. Back in the early to mid 1990s, I was busy that way. Nothing much has happened in the past five years.

#######

I'm home in these wee hours watching at present reruns of The Golden Girls on Hallmark Channel. I really wish the station didn't show frickin' Americas Funniest Stupidest Home Videos between 1AM and 3AM and THEN they air Cheers. This new schedule screwed up my late night "comfort TV" viewing. I guess I'll just watch Roseanne and The Cosby Show on TV Land. As for Roseanne, the I caught the last episode of the series in reruns two nights ago and I really liked the way her closing soliloquy.

As you may know, Gentle Reader, I tend to stay up 'til the wee hours watching TV, often times working on reports for that awful contracting job -- which appears to be sputtering out anyway.

Concerning my employment search, I applied for another job (which I am not going to talk about here) that is my last, best hope for time here in D.C. This one has more hope than the others.

########

Kalorama Park, Washington, D.C., 4:50PM, Feb. 16, 2010

#######

Changing subjects ...

The twin blizzards this month dumped 30 to nearly 50 inches of snow on the area overall and helped push the seasonal snow totals at DCA, BWI, and IAD to records. As for that snow, what started out as a celestial winter wonderland has degenerated into garbage littered piles of nasty glaciated, filthy black slabs and chunks of ice that line the streets in ginormous, severely disruptive piles.

Snow and ice along 16 Street near U Street, NW, 5:33PM, Feb. 17, 2010.

#######

It isn't going to melt away for weeks even as we only slowly climb out of a crap-tacular winter, no heavy rainfall or warm temps (nor any additional blanketing snow) in sight. Yes, there is still snow on the grassy / untrod areas, but in a city setting, those are the exception, not the rule.

Also this being D.C., the political capital of a GOP-dominated late stage empire, we have had to suffer through hectoring, bullying rightwing hate radio and TV blather -- to say nothing of Sen. James "Pissquik" Inhofe building igloos on the National Mall about how all the snow "proves" there is no global climate change.

Sigh.

Facts mean nothing to the paranoid right in America. So I won't even talk about increased intense storm frequency event, to say nothing of a year with a warm ENSO and extremely negative mode of the NAO/AO.

Even trying is pointless ...but, anywhere, here goes ... at least graphically and with some links.

Here is a plot of the last 120 days of the Arctic Oscillation (AO) Index -- showing how off-the-charts negative it has been recently. That high pressure block over Greenland hasn't budged in two weeks. Here is information on the Arctic Oscillation (AO) Index.

NAO Index for Oct. 2009 - Feb. 2010 (120 day average) with forecast to March 2010.

Here is information on the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) Index. The NAO and AO both measure roughly the same thing. Kristof would start talking about sudden stratospheric warming events, too, but that's over my head.

Here is the long-running ENSO Multivariate Index (MEI) from circa 1950 - 2010 showing warm and cold ENSO events. Here is information on the MEI.

Bottom line, the combination of warm ENSO and negative NAO/AO sets the stage for cold / snowy East Coast winters.

Oh, and while we're at it ...

Global land - ocean mean temperature index using the 1951 - 1980 base period.

#######

Speaking of the weather ...


Here is a YouTube clip of a TV weatherman named Steven Jacobs in Sydney, Australia trying to get through the morning weather from inside the pelican pen at the Taronga Zoo. It's pretty funny what happens, particularly his reaction.

#######

I'm omitting my planned political diatribe except for this picture.


#######

I have a grand total of $95 to my name, though I am going to try to do a bit of weekend house-cleaning work for a friend of mine for $40 as I did last Sunday. This is what I have to last me until at least next Thursday, assuming I get paid on time in my contacting job.

However, I also received some money from my dear blogger friend Fifi in Australia for some editing work I did for her on a writing project on a most interesting topic. The check arrived today and it was my first mail (along with a past-due RCN cable and internet bill) since before the twin blizzards.

This picture, by the way, taken by her house along the ocean about 10 miles NE of downtown Sydney comes from her current entry on her blog.

I'm not sure how depositing a foreign check works. I suppose there is a 10 percent cut, but I hope it isn't more than that, otherwise I just may not deposit it. I suppose Bank of America will find some way to steal the whole thing.

#######

Goodnight, hippos.

#######

--Regulus

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A Bed Fit for a King and a Mattress on a Dusty Floor

No, this is not my bed. It's a king-sized bed with all the kingly accoutrements at the Value City in Falls Church, Va., 5:39PM, Feb. 15, 2010.

The pictures in this entry were taken with my poor resolution quality cell phone camera on Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, in particular on an unexpected Northern Virginia jaunt with Gerry to two furniture stores. Once in a rare while I get a non-blurry picture (such as the one above).

#######

I still have a lot of blizzard-related pictures I could post, esp. of ones my mom sent me, but I think everyone is snowed out.

This picture was actually taken in central New Jersey during the blizzard on Feb. 10th. My friend Joe sent it. He got it from his friend Kevin. This is Kevin's house though I'm not sure where he lives. It's either in Mercer or Middlesex County.

#######

This now-concluded Monday actually turned out to be a good day, although I seem to be losing one friend in particular. No, I'm talking about the other situation with P. The difficulties I am having in my life that have only exacerbated a range of emotional instabilities for me have created a situation where I simply cannot hold onto certain friendships.

The Moon Gate restaurant in Bethesda, Md., 1:46PM, Feb. 15, 2010.

#######

Anyway, I went to Bethesda to have lunch at Moon Gate restaurant with the office manager of the consulting company for which I work as an underpaid contractor. She delivered a check to me and we had lunch. I took her to lunch since she has helped me so enormously in expediting pay checks to me.

It began snowing while at lunch and by the time I got back into D.C., a wet snow was falling, thickly, though it soon ended with only 0.1" accumulation officially at DCA and BWI and 0.4" at IAD.

Bedroom display, Value City, Falls Church, Va., 5:11PM, Feb. 15, 2010.

#######

However, that 0.1" was just enough to push the BWI total to 80.0" exactly and the DCA total to 56.0" exactly -- that's nearing a staggering 7 feet at BWI. IAD is now at 73.2", or just over 6 feet. All three added to their seasonal records.

Of note, the Federal Government and most businesses were closed this Monday for the President's Day holiday. The Federal Government has been closed 5 of the past 6 week days -- last week as a result of the blizzards. It was only( partially) open on Friday.

Anyway, I headed home and Gerry quickly arrived and helped me set up the Avast anti-virus software. He even paid for it, which is incredibly nice of him. Thereafter, he and I took one of those Northern Virginia weekend drives that we used to take so often but have not in a long time.

Here I am next to the same bed shown in the top image to this entry. Maybe it's because I sleep on a mattress on the floor that's under a pile of quilts and pillows -- with my stuffed animals -- in this dust-ball apartment that I am so intrigued by sleeping in such stately opulence, real or mass produced imagined.

#######

Gerry and I drove first to Value City in Falls Church and then to the Room Store (not the storeroom -- ha ha) in Fairfax. He is looking for new bedroom furniture. We then went to Metro 29 Diner along Lee Highway in Arlington and had a nice dinner -- which Gerry bought. I owe him so much.

The Metro 29 Diner in Arlington, Va., 7:01PM, Feb. 15, 2010.

#######

The weather was drizzly - sleety and foggy and raw but temps were still above freezing. There is so much snow and glaciated-like ice along the roads that the area still looks odd. It also makes driving -- to say nothing of walking -- dangerous.

This was my first time in a car in about two weeks. I had not been out of the District of Columbia for seven days until Sunday when I went to Maryland. I hadn't been to Northern Virginia in at least a few months. It is amazing how hunkered down I am in this weird gay ghetto. As for the effects of the blizzards here in my little part of D.C., the Safeway on 17th Street is still half empty; the bars are running out of liquor; and I haven't had ANY mail in 8 days. I think the mailman actually arrived one day last week.

Here I am in a mirror reflection in a very blurry cell phone image, Value City, Falls Church, Va., 5:18PM, Feb. 15, 2010.

#######

Changing subjects ...

Tomorrow -- or rather, later today (Tuesday) -- I am going to submit a resume and cover letter for what I consider to be my last, best hope for a job in the near to medium term. I opened my mouth and told a bunch of people I know about this possibility -- and therefore I OF COURSE totally jinxed it.

Two basset hounds as seen at the start of the 2010 Westminster Dog Show in New York City.

#######

If I can finish two assignments this week, I will be able to earn as much as $890, although right now it is $540. I wish I could know how long I need to hang on here before I actually get a real job. I may never actually get a job as the Empire declines.

By the way, here is an interesting article about a family that was paid to move Hazelton, North Dakota here.

#######

I guess that's all for now. Hallmark Channel is showing an I Love Lucy marathon tonight. I have a feeling that the (very) late William Frawley -- who played Fred Mertz -- was actually gay. His bitchiness was just too perfect.

Speaking of I Love Lucy ...

Here is a screen shot of the I Love Lucy episode on from 230AM - 3AM on Hallmark Channel.

It's from the great "Vitameatavegamin" episode "Lucy Does a TV Commercial" where Lucy gets wasted on a tongue-twisting named health tonic that has a high alcohol content. This same concept of a health tonic that is basically booze was redone 20 years later in a much less innocent and far more troubled time in an episode of Good Times.

--Regulus

Monday, February 15, 2010

Still Under a Blanket of Snow


The walkway between Grosvenor Park I and II, the D.C. area world still blanketed deeply in snow, Rockville, Md.., 5:07PM, Feb. 14, 2010.

#######

I guess I have to update this blog.

My weekend was mostly crappy, as usual. My life is a nightmare. I'll try to have a better entry posted later today or tomorrow. Whenever.

So I'm in mental and some physical pain this morning ... just waiting for about 8 more nightmare things to go wrong: lawsuits and judgments for uncollectible debt (Aug. 1st can't come fast enough), job rejections (well, that goes without saying), apartment evictions, IRS harassment and threats (that will come later this year for the $13,000 of the $15,500 I earned last year and did not pay any taxes on), random other threats to my life and (maybe fatal) injuries, other emotional crap that I talk about / to on my Arcturus blog, and other surprises, all while every bit of Obama celestial hope turns to GOP obliteration of all life on this planet ... and any other bullshit that I lack sufficient negative imagination to think of right now.

The snow is still very deep around the D.C. area, such as here on the Grosvenor - Strathmore Metro station platform, 5:04PM, Feb. 14, 2010. I went up to LP's place yesterday.

#######

So I heard there was a sophisticated dinner party Saturday night of urban sophisticates where the evening consisted of toquito surprise, Miller lights, and everybody laughing their mutual asses off at a text message I sent to someone.

I am happy for all them of, especially since everyone is employed and their 401-k's are increasing nicely, and always are asking the ONLY question that matters in a nonsensical Western / Occidental / Accidental universe: Is the Dow up today?

As for me, I just went to Lucky Bar on Connecticut Avenue by myself for some dinner.

Yours Truly standing near the Luxmanor Branch creek that runs through Grosvenor Park, 5:34PM, Feb. 14, 2010. I had gone with LP to the Grosvenor Market and was walking back to his place.

#######

LP said I have demonized a certain somebody into being a symbol for "easy millions and callousness." Perhaps I have and that is wrong. Except there is no right or wrong in a nonsensical American business world Universe, only contract law.

Is GOD smiling sweetly on the ranks of the righteous yet?

Grosvenor Park grounds still buried in about 18 inches of snow, Rockville, Md., 5:08PM, Feb. 14, 2010

#######

I have that Jay-Z / Alicia Keys Empire State of Mind song stuck in my head this morning. The lyrics are lovely and the video is beautiful in its way. Usually, I hate any song even remotely rap like.

Now I have to go now to Bethesda to pick up a check in order to be able to pay my February rent ... and be broke the next 10 days or so. I think I'll be giving up my apt. by April, certainly May if things don't change.

--Regulus