Friday, March 18, 2011

Springtime in the Capital of the Empire

** Updated 12:07AM 6/9/2014: See below.**

A traffic light located across the street from L'Enfant Plaza (and right near where I work), Washington, D.C., as seen against a deepening evening blue sky filled with a delicate jumble of high clouds, 6:39PM, March 17, 2011.

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Just a quick update ... not much to say right now ... I plan to update this blog over the weekend including any big news or developments on the Japan nuclear reactor crisis situation. Things seem to be stabilizing now and that's good.

The corner of 19th and S Streets, NW, Washington, D.C., 3:04PM, March 16, 2011. Yes, I took that day (Wednesday) off from work.

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Today (Friday) it was disgustingly warm for mid-March -- almost 80F for a high -- just two days before the start of spring proper, and to quote myself in a quote I said last summer during a particularly hot and sunny day that my work colleague and friend David from Rockville REGULARLY repeats) "[look at] all this hideous sunshine."

David said that should be the title of my life story if it is ever turned into a book.

And frickin' D.C. -- Capital of the Late Stage Empire such as it is -- is already overrun with annoying and overweight tourists from Anywhere, U.S.A. Many Americans are an increasingly strange and silly looking lot.

And I say that as someone who is hardly pretty anymore and a bit overweight (see image below).

The tourists (not to mention some locals) are all atwitter (no pun intended) with tremendous anticipation for the annual damn Japanese cherry blossom festival when the Yoshinos blossom in a blizzard of Pepto-Bismol pinkish white.

I actually prefer the double flowering Kwanzan (yes, that's also a Japanese flowering cherry tree, not an African festival) that bloom a couple of weeks later.

The trees, esp. the flowering ones, are beginning to show signs of blooming.

Speaking of the Capital of the Empire ...

... living here (in D.C.), you occasionally see The Emperor himself whizzing by -- as happened here with the passing of the Obama presidential motorcade up Connecticut Avenue just above Dupont Circle, 4:51PM, March 16, 2011** -- in the middle of a medium-sized Secret Service army supplemented by the regular MPD, the Park Police, and any other of the 20 or so police forces that exist in the District of Columbia.

This particular current Emperor with the funny "un-Roman" name is a smart, well-intentioned, but ultimately rather ineffectual one as he is so terrified of the GOP corporate fascist party and its shock troops -- the Visigoth Teabaggers and religiously insane -- that are always so whipped up into a Fox News / Hate Radio frenzy even as The WaHoPo court scribes churn out their usual Empire-worshiping drivel.

**I'm actually not sure if Obama was in his car or the identical-looking one next to it. I was so busy taking the cellphone picture that I didn't actually see and, heaven knows, the resolution on this camera is so shitty I couldn't see when I sent i to one of my email accounts.

Chris T., with whom I was walking that late afternoon (I took Wednesday off outright), said he thought it was Obama in that car.

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** Updated 12:07AM 6/9/2014: Content removed.**

Which is what I guess I had all along.

OK, that's all for now. I plan to update this blog over the weekend. Oh, yes, my mom and Ray are supposed to come into the District of Crap-umbia for lunch at the Washington Harbour complex on Sunday (yes, it is spelled the British way there).

Here is a picture of my mom and me taken at Union Station here in D.C. on Nov. 27, 2010 on one of the other times she and Ray came into the city to meet me for lunch.

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I'll probably go to Nellie's and Larry's Lounge tonight. I never go to 17th Street anymore. Ever. Except that one time I was drunk at Fox & Hound and peeked around. Maybe I'll dress in drag. Yeah, that'll work.

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OK, yes, this was the March 15, 2011 APOD ...


... it is an actual animation of the Cassini-Huygens probe as it approached Saturn in 2004. The animation is based on thousands of digitized images compiled into a video for an IMAX movie project. The video is 2min 25 sec. The last minute and a half is the best. And the music is delightful.

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OK, this entry turned out to be longer than I anticipated so I may not update again until Monday.

--Regulus

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