The Logan Circle Dolcezza, Washington, D.C., 10:53PM February 15, 2017.
They were the quintessential urban Millennial baristas, but I still got a really good cup of coffee.
Late night at home watching my usual paired trio of old sitcom reruns on Antenna TV (Wings, Becker, and Newhart). Tonight was a pleasant non-gym night (itself noteworthy since they are usually shitty).
I had a nice dinner at Baan Thai and then went to Trade for a while where I was at the edge of the tail end of a group birthday party, talking to someone (a young guy named Barry) originally from Atlanta explaining a bit about the MARTA stations (since I will be there the first few days of March for work).
A police zone sectional map of Atlanta, Ga., that I believe marks the northernmost twin sections of the city -- in outline, resembling twin "pincers," although the resolution is too low to help determine the actual geographic northernmost point.
This is quite close to where Chris lives, and I'm hoping to get a chance to explore it when I visit him next month.
So at this point, I have two blog entries in partial draft form -- each a reposting of items that I read and feel important to relate.
The first item is a CWG entry on the nationwide first half of February warmth (gee, there's a surprise) with an absurd number of record high temperatures nationwide and a weeks-ahead-of-schedule "leaf out" of trees and plants in the South.
2-meter average temperature anomaly [in Fahrenheit] from normal for the period Feb. 1-Feb. 13 based upon 1985 - 2014 climatology using data owned by the PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University and prettied up by WeatherBell.com.
Some noteworthy items:
* Through Feb. 13, the nation set an 1,495 record high temperatures to 10 record low temperatures or a ratio of 150 to 1.
Oklahoma Mesonet high temperatures [in Fahrenheit] for February 11, 2017.
Screw Oklahoma. The only good thing about Oklahoma was Bartcop. Boy, we could sure use him now.
* Magnum, Okla., hit 99F on Feb. 11 -- tying the state record for hottest winter temperature ever recorded but occurring two weeks earlier than the record it matched from Feb. 24, 1918, set in the town of Arapaho.
* Denver reached 80F on Feb 10th -- warmest February temperature for the full climate period back to 1872.
* Norfolk hit 82F on Feb. 12th, tying its warmest February temperature for the full climate period back to 1874.
Start of the spring 2017 "leaf-out" anomaly in days (estimated), USA National Phenology Network.
The second item is this Sean Illing interview with a 23-year CIA veteran and former deputy officer on the National Intelligence Council on the Trump regime's ongoing and historically unprecedented war the national security establishment and severely compromised situation with the Russian government.
About this conflict, the opening nut graph of this Wall Street Journal news article sums it up well:
U.S. intelligence officials have withheld sensitive intelligence from President Donald Trump because they are concerned it could be leaked or compromised, according to current and former officials familiar with the matter.
The officials' decision to keep information from Mr. Trump underscores the deep mistrust that has developed between the intelligence community and the president over his team's contacts with the Russian government, as well as the enmity he has shown toward U.S. spy agencies. On Wednesday, Mr. Trump accused the agencies of leaking information to undermine him.
Rather remarkable stuff. Anyway, I'll try to post both entries -- or at least one of them -- in the coming day or so. (I guess I've already posted the gist of the first item.)
Regarding the Trump/intelligence community situation, Tommy at Baan Thai noted that if in fact it is the Deep State that takes down Trump, it means that the Dems will have been left "just standing there holding their dicks as usual."
Corner Bar, Old Ebbitt Grill, Washington, D.C., 11:27PM February 11, 2017.
I went to the crowded Corner Bar instead of the mobbed Old Bar on Saturday night -- and while I got a seat in the corner, in the spot where I sat, I was bumped and repeatedly pushed by a drunken young woman in a blue dress who kept circling the bar over and over. As she approached a fourth time, I warned her away.
Before ending, I would to note this text exchange I had with Andrea that took place while I was at Trade earlier tonight:
Scene: Me working at McBurger Wendys after 24 years. Finally made Employee of the Month. Screaming manic fight. Fired. Me trying to back up my beat-up 1974 LeBaron from the Employee of the Month spot. Muffler backfires. Pulling out. Weaving. Crash thru jersey barrier and off a cliff. The end.
Andrea: National hippo day = awesome. Your Springsteen song like story = unawesome.
Yours truly, Black Rooster Pub, Washington, D.C., 9:29PM February 8, 2017.
OK, that's all for now. Tomorrow night is a gym night. I intend to update the blog thereafter.