Monday, September 5, 2016

Labor Day 2016: The Everything -- Including the Weather -- Sucks Edition

Rough surf in Rehoboth Beach, Del., Sept. 4, 2016; Photo by Clif Burns and posted in this CWG entry.

Of note, I had ZERO time at the Atlantic seashore this summer -- partly because of the end of the relationship with Gasy the Chipmungorilla, but also because I have saved up no vacation time.

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Labor Day 2016.

In America, that means celebrating weird fantasies about Ayn Rand's "supermen" and being impressed with souped-up, converted-to-coal-burning pick-up trucks belching out black toxic clouds at your local county fair in some Southern or interior state.

The Essence of America on Display at a County Fair in Illinois.

This is precisely why Donald Trump may very well win.

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Mostly, though, it's just the usual bullshit: Sports, entertainment, mall-shopping, fast-food-eating, and low-brow everything.

FiveThirtyEight current electoral map winning odds for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump updated Sept. 5, 2016.

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Hillary Clinton continues to be the victim of a quarter century-long, multi-billion dollar massive and sustained character attack by the political press -- if I can adapt a quote attributed to Frank Zappa, the entertainment arm of the military industrial complex -- and the lunatic Republican Party.

FiveThirtyEight trend line odds of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump winning the presidency through today (Sept. 5th, 2016).

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We're actually getting closer to a Trump victory, which would also come with wall-to-wall Republican governance at the federal level, resulting in a steroidal romp to the wild right, followed by a collapse within a few years.

If Hillary does manage to win, it will just be grinding political trench warfare that ends, at best, with a stalemate.

Man on the Metro Red Line near Takoma station, 4:38PM Sept. 4, 2016.

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Yesterday, I had a very nice dinner and evening with Quill at her parents' house in Silver Spring. It is so peaceful and tranquil there.

I headed back into D.C. and went to Trade briefly before coming home. (I actually managed to UNDER spend yesterday rather than my usual WAAAAY OVER spending.) I got to bed by about . 1130PM, and for the third day in a row, I slept about 12 hours.

Sidewalk-enclosed construction site along Colesville Rd. near downtown Silver Spring, Md., 4:49PM Sept. 4, 2016.

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In the case, though, unlike the previous two nights, I wasn't nearly as drunk as I had been. On Saturday night, I went to Old Ebbitt Grill with Andrew, who lives in my building, and then we ended up at Green Lantern.

Some big, beefy guy brought his very large dog -- which seemed to be a mix of Doberman and Great Dane -- into the bar. The dog was wearing one of those little capes that said "therapy dog."

Who brings their dog to a bar (at 130AM!) -- and on the grounds of "therapy"?? My guess is the dog will need therapy after hanging out in gay bars.

The view along Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, Md., 4:58PM Sept. 4, 2016.

I don't like walking along this part of Colevsille Rd. -- preferring instead to walk in the neighborhood on the east side of the road -- but I was in a hurry to get to my destination.

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Andrew and I parted at some point and I just walked home.

A word about Andrew: He has a lovely apartment, all clean and nice; he plays the piano; and he has a calm and pleasant demeanor and doesn't get into arguments and total conflict with everybody in this frickin' gay community. All of this makes him a lot more quality person than I am.

Sligo Creek Park from Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, Md., 5:00PM Sept. 4, 2016.

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OK, that's all for now. Oh, yes, one last item: The weather sucks.

We got zero rain, of course, out of the bullshit that was Hurricane / Tropical Storm / Post-Tropical Cyclone Hermine and now we are on the cusp of a horrendous September heat wave with mid-summer heat -- rising into the upper 90s Fahrenheit by week's end combined with humidity and no goddamn rain for at least a week, probably longer.

The "Mildest" commenting faction on the CWG site couldn't be more thrilled. That's a proxy for the D.C. area suburban bourgeoisie.

Today is just seasonably warm.

OK, that's all for now. I am taking a long walk today -- probably from Old Town Alexandria back into D.C., and this evening I'll stop at Trade and Floriana.

Tomorrow night is a gym night.

That's all for now.

Bye.

--Regulus

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