Monday, May 30, 2016

Memento Mori Memorial Day 2016 with Some Old Town Alexandria Rainy Day Pictures

Founders Park on a rainy day along the Potomac River, Old Town Alexandria, 6:13PM May 29, 2016.

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As the briefest of updates, today is Memorial Day and I'm off from work. Despite my stated efforts, this holiday weekend so far hasn't really been that enjoyable, and instead it has been more like a typical one in which I get up too late to do much of anything and for the usual reason. I did go to the gym on Friday (which I basically took off from work) and on Saturday.

200 block of King Street, Old Town Alexandria, Va., 6:01PM May 29, 2016.

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Yesterday, I took a walk as I had planned with the main part from Old Town Alexandria Metro station to National Airport by way of Old Town and the Mt. Vernon bike trail. I also stopped for an early dinner at the Warehouse Bar and Grill where I had dinner at the bar.

Marina, Old Town Alexandria, Va., on a rainy early evening, 6:03PM May 29, 2016.

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It ended up being a very rainy afternoon as the moisture from what was briefly Tropical Storm Bonnie surged up the Eastern Seaboard in a favorable upper level pattern. I walked for about 90 minutes in the rain -- eventually my little umbrella was of no use. Unlike last Sunday when I walked in the light, cool rain, this was a heavier, more soaking one in a very tropical air mass (75F air temp. / 72F dew point).

A duck in the rain along the waterfront, Old Town Alexandria, Va., 6:06PM May 29, 2016.

I thought it was Mattie McWade the Duck, and I yelled, "G'AAAAH OUT THAT RAIN AND THAT WATER!" and the Mattie replied, "QUA-QUA-QUA-QUACK! QUACK! Like, whatevah!"

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I took some pictures while walking including on the trail, some of which I am including in this entry. There were very few bicyclists on the trail, although I was very nearly hit by a bicyclist -- a heavy set young woman who appeared to be wearing little more than a bathing suit, though she had on a helmet -- who took me by surprise right near mile marker 13. I was very startled and annoyed but she was good-natured about it.

Rose bushes in Founders Park, Old Town Alexandria, Va., 6:11PM May 29, 2016.

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Regarding the weather, I had not been paying attention to it and so all the rain sort of surprised me a bit and indeed, despite what I wrote a couple entries back, it was a washout yesterday afternoon / evening. Given how wet it was, the actual amounts that were recorded at the three airport climate stations and Baltimore Inner Harbor were surprisingly low with Dulles pretty much missing everything.

The May 29th rainfall totals were as follows:

KDCA: 0.43"
KBWI: 0.32"
KIAD: 0.01"
KDMH: 0.15"

While at the restaurant, I sat at the small bar and watched the (thankfully muted) Weather Channel. The hyperventilating over what was just Tropical Depression Bonnie was quite impressive with the channel in full-on weather-porn mode, howling over a few spots with 7 to 8 inch rainfall in South Carolina where the circulation had come ashore.

Some radar images from this morning:

Moorhead City, N.C. (MHX) NWS radar, standard base mode reflectivity, 11:16AM - 11:55AM EDT May 30, 2016.

All THE GAYS from D.C. down on the Outer Banks this holiday weekend are getting rained on. Good.

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Wakefield, Va. (AKQ) NWS radar, standard base mode reflectivity, 11:17AM - 11:58AM EDT May 30, 2016.

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Sterling, Va. (LWX) NWS radar in standard base mode reflectivity looped from 11:24AM - Noon EDT May 30, 2016.

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For today, I don't really know what to do. I guess I'll follow my original plan of going up to Bethesda on the Metro for lunch and perhaps walk back on the Capital Crescent Trail (likely to be overrun with bicyclists unless it rains again).

I continue to way overspend, and it's not even enjoyable. I don't get any enjoyment out of life.

Mt. Vernon bicycle trail, rainy day, Alexandria, Va., 6:31PM May 29, 2016.

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For the work week coming up, I absolutely have to finish one particular project (the BTO peer review project summaries) by Thursday as I'm starting on another one (the big VTO Annual Merit Review, the multi-day conference for which I am attending the following week). My planned gym nights are Tuesday and Wednesday.

OK, that's all for now. I recommend reading this Paul Krugman op-ed in today's New York Times: Feel the Math.

National Airport control tower as seen through a rain-slicked window of a Metrorail Blue Line train, 7:40PM May 29, 2016.

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OK, that really is all for now. My next planned update will be late tomorrow night.

--Regulus

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