Sunday, September 29, 2019

Sunday in September: Visit to the Dupont Circle Farmers Market and Another, Still Overly Warm Georgetown Walk Larkette (UPDATED: Welcome Rainy Monday Morning to Close Out the Month)

** Updated 10:18 a.m. 9/30/2019: See bottom of entry. **

Fountain on the grounds of Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. 1:13 p.m. Sept 29, 2019

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This entry is just an update of my Sunday and contains a series of pictures that I took today while doing my semi-regular Sunday walk to and back from Georgetown.

Dupont Circle Farmers Market view, Washington, D.C., 12:20 p.m. Sept 29, 2019

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I left my apartment around noon and wandered through the Dupont Circle Farmers Market -- well, technically, it's called the FRESHFARM Dupont Circle Market -- that sets up shop on Sundays between 830 a.m. and 130 p.m. just north of the circle off Connecticut Avenue.  

Dupont Circle Farmers Market view, Washington, D.C., 12:20 p.m. Sept 29, 2019

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I had never actually walked through it before and was startled to see just how big, varied, and popular it is. According to the website, there are presently over 50 distinct vendors there to include farmers with fruit and vegetable produce, coffee makers, beer and gin distillers, breads and sweets, and meats.

Solo jazz trumpet player at Dupont Circle Farmers Market, Washington, D.C., 12:23 p.m. Sept 29, 2019

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It was quite crowded with hundreds -- maybe over a thousand -- people there, not to mention a fellow under a shady tree playing some lovely jazz music on a trumpet. Again, I didn't realize this Sunday event had become as large as it has with such variety.

Dupont Circle Farmers Market view including solo jazz trumpet player, Washington, D.C., 12:25 p.m. Sept 29, 2019

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Continuing with my walk, I headed over to P Street and thence into Georgetown, cutting over to Volta Place, and thence back to P Street and onto the Georgetown University campus. Of note, I passed this place -- and was tempted to stop in, except I wasn't quite sure I'm allowed and didn't really feel like finding out. Maybe I'll try on another Sunday (just to the bar area).

Dupont Circle Farmers Market view, Washington, D.C., 12:28 p.m. Sept 29, 2019

Millennial heaven, no??

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From there, I went to the nearby Tombs subterranean bar/restaurant for some lunch and a couple drinks. While there, I read -- since they were on the bar -- part of the opinion section of the dead tree edition of the Sunday New York Times and Sunday Washington Post on All Things Trump Impeachment. (Combined, the two newspapers' Sunday editions cost nearly $20 and represent about a 500 page book.)


Most noteworthy of all was this extended New York Times editorial dated Sept 27, 2019 (link embedded): Why the Trump Impeachment Inquiry Is the Only Option.

Just FYI: This is a tweet from a House REPUBLICAN in response to more Trump megalomaniacal / solipsistic vileness. That's a good start.

Whatever transpires, this will be the historical definitive argument for impeachment before the inquiry in all its bitterly polarizing nastiness begins.

Entrance to the Columbian Embassy, Washington, D.C., 12:29 p.m. Sept 29, 2019

This embassy is located directly outside the farmers market Sunday set up.

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After going to the Tombs, I walked -- via the Exorcist Steps -- to the Washington Harbour area along the Potomac River. I stopped at Tony & Joes for maybe two hours -- first, inside, as I waited for what was the start of an aural migraine headache that, fortunately, never quite materialized, and then at the outdoor bar -- before heading back to Dupont Circle and to my apartment by quarter after five.

View from the P Street Bridge between Dupont Circle and Georgetown looking north and west above Rock Creek Parkway, Washington, D.C., 12:44 p.m. Sept 29, 2019

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Around 7 p.m., I went next door to Fred & Doug's place and joined them, Aydin, and Eddie for dinner and a hilarious episode of 'Allo 'Allo! entitled "The Gâteau from the Château." I got back home around 8:30 p.m. and had a 46+ minute phone conversation with my father -- with NO adversarial politics -- and now I'm just in for the night.

A rowhouse entrance, 2700 block P Street NW, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 12:51 p.m. Sept 29, 2019

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Turning to the weather …

It was again way too goddamn warm today with a high at KDCA of 91F. This was 2F shy of the 93F daily record set in 1954. It was also the 61st day of 90F or higher temps this year -- the second most on record but still well behind the 67 days set in 1980 and 2010. There were some cumulus clouds in the sky, so it wasn't all day blazing sunshine.

It reached 89F at KIAD, which easily broke the 85F daily record set in both in 1986 and 1973. KBWI reached 89F (2F shy of the 91F record set in the pre-airport year of 1945).

Two roses on a rosebush, corner P and 28th St NW, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 12:52 p.m. Sept 29, 2019

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This September will end up among the top two or three warmest Septembers on record for all three airport stations for their full records (including the pre-airport periods for D.C. and Baltimore back to 1871).

Another view of the two roses on a rosebush, corner P and 28th St NW, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 12:52 p.m. Sept 29, 2019

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October is forecasted to get off to a hot, dry start with temps around 95F (approaching all-time monthly values) forecasted for midweek. Thereafter, a substantial cold frontal passage should drop temperatures by 20F to 25F by next weekend but still no major rainy pattern.

The mini-pond that is part of the small fountain on the Georgetown University campus (see lead image), Washington, D.C., 1:13 p.m. Sept 29, 2019

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Tomorrow is gym night after work. I'll try to post another entry late tomorrow (Monday) or Tuesday, although I need to do laundry, so a new posting might not happen then.

House near the corner of Olive Street and 30th Street NW, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 4:23 p.m. Sept 29, 2019

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Whatever the case, I'll end this entry with one more picture from earlier today …

House at the corner of Olive Street and 29th Street NW, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 4:24 p.m. Sept 29, 2019

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OK, that's all for now.

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Updated 10:18 a.m. 9/30/2019

OK, I just wanted to note that we are getting some much-needed and welcome rain this morning.

NWS/NCEP/WPD U.S. surface weather map with fronts and precipitation, valid 8 a.m. EDT Sept 30, 2019

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A weak shortwave is rounding the eastern U.S. ridge and helping to focus abundant convective rain showers rotating southeastward into the Metro D.C. and Baltimore areas. There is also bit of Appalachian leeside damming courtesy a high centered over southern Quebec.

Sterling (LWX) NWS radar in standard composite mode looped 9:12 a.m. - 9:54 a.m. EDT Sept 30, 2019

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The result: Light to moderate rainfall elements and temps around 70F / dew point about 67F with an easterly (maritime) flow making for a MUCH nicer day -- at least today before the advertised late season heat wave by midweek ahead of a strong frontal passage by late week.

Sterling (LWX) NWS radar in standard base mode reflectivity looped 9:12 a.m. - 9:54 a.m. EDT Sept 30, 2019

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End of Update and of Entry.

--Regulus

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Jukebox Saturday Night for Sept 28th, 2019: The September and Telephonic Love Edition

Despite -- or maybe because of -- the fact that September is just about over and we are in a drought, I think this is an appropriate song to feature, not to mention a lovely one …


"September in the Rain" by Jo Stafford from her album As You Desire Me (1952)

I did a quick search of my blog and could not find where I've previously posted this song.

The Keeper of All Knowledge explains the song was written by Harry Warren and Al Dubin in 1937 and introduced by James Melton in the film Melody for Two that came out the same year. A standard, it has been recorded by many artists including Frank Sinatra, Dinah Washington, Doris Day, Peggy Lee, Norah Jones, and even Rod Stewart and Annie Lennox, among others.

This is a lovely version by Jo Stafford.

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Next up, another September-themed song of lovely note …


"September Morn" by Neil Diamond from album of same name (1979)

This is from a live performance many years ago.

As an aside, Neil Diamond, now 78, was born Jan 24, 1941 -- one day after my dad was born. Just thought I'd throw that out there …

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And we'll end with a very lovely song that I also haven't previously featured …


"I Just Called To Say I Love You" by Stevie Wonder from his album The Woman in Red: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1984)

This was the lead song from the album and a Billboard Hot 100 #1 hit for three weeks. This version I found features a montage of images that are intended to be related to the lyrics.

OK, that's all for now. I'll try to post an entry late Monday.

--Regulus

Saturday Evening Post for September 28th, 2019: The Happily Resolved, Svengoolie at 40, and Dracula, Not Trump, Undead Edition

**This entry was posted Sept 28, 2019**

A "Two Men and a Truck" moving truck on Q Street NW, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 3:38 p.m. Sept 8, 2019

I love the cartoon logo.

This entry contains a handful of pics that I took on my semi-regular Sunday walk through Georgetown earlier this month -- specifically, three weeks ago.

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Row houses at sunset, 2000 block Q Street NW, Washington, D.C., 6:26 p.m. Sept 8, 2019

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Before starting this entry, let me say that I would like to post on a number of topics, and because the Trump traitorous corruption impeachment saga is so all-consuming right now, the only way I can do that is to expressly AVOID talking about it in these entries.

I just wanted to get that out of the way …

Row house steps near Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C., 6:31 p.m. Sept 8, 2019

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Saturday night.

I'm back from the gym, where I had a good multi-part workout even if I am short, ugly, pudgy, and quickly approaching 50 years of age.

As is my Saturday night wont, I'm watching the MeTV Super Sci-Fi Saturday Night and part of the Sunday Red-Eye Sci-Fi line up.

The Svengoolie-hosted monster movie tonight is the classic, indeed, foundational vampire / horror film Dracula from 1931 starring Bela Lugosi as the titular undead villain. This is the movie that set the standard for all subsequent movies of this genre.

1931 "Dracula" poster theatrical release, Style "F"

There was no one quite like Bela Lugosi with that stare …


Of note, the Chicago City Council just officially formally recognized Rich Koz for his 40 years as the horror movie host and all-around-wonderful guy Svengoolie. I found out from this article on the MeTV website.

To be clear, the first Svengoolie was played by the late Jerry G. Bishop, who served in the role from 1970 to 1973. Koz started out as "Son of Svengoolie" during the next run of the series -- June 1979 to Jan 1986. When the series restarted in 1995, Bishop gave Koz his blessing to drop the "Son of" from the name and he has been Svengoolie ever since.

The resolution -- designated R2019-672 and entitled Congratulations extended to Rich Koz on 40th anniversary as horror film host "Svengoolie"-- was adopted unanimously (50-0) on Sept 18, 2019.

Jerry G. Bishop as the original Svengoolie in a promo ad on Chicago's WFLD (Channel 32)

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Whether coincidentally or not, the Jerry G. Bishop's Svengoolie show debuted precisely 49 years to the day prior on Sept 18, 1970.

Information on the resolution is available here. The text of the resolution is available in downloadable PDF form here.

A previous Svengoolie-related resolution (R2014-548) was adopted 49-0 (with one absence) on July 30, 2014 declaring Oct 31, 2014 (Halloween) as Rich "Svengoolie" Koz Day in Chicago.

Congratulations on a well-deserved recognition, Svengoolie!

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As for the rest of the MeTV lineup for tonight, we have the following …

The Star Trek: TOS episode is "The Doomsday Machine" -- that's the one featuring what looks like a conch shell that destroys whole planets.

The Buck Rogers in the 25th Century episode is "Olympiad" and The Invaders episode is "The Enemy."

What a weird show is The Invaders.

The Lost in Space episode is the pilot, "The Reluctant Stowaway," and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea episode is "Sealed Orders." Finally, Land of the Giants episode is "Our Man O'Reilly."

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Evening view looking west on M Street NW into Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 6:09 p.m. Sept 8, 2019

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The weather remains shitty too warm and very shitty too rainless dry. It looks as though next week is going to be near record hot -- at least on Wednesday with a forecasted high around 93F -- but then there should be at least a temporary pattern change with much cooler, indeed, fall-like weather with a Saturday forecasted high of just 69F.

Tonight is warm (around 77F) and unseasonably humid (dew point around 73F). There are a few isolated thunderstorms in the region but it is unlikely anything will happen here in D.C.

As for September, it looks like it will end up tied with 2005 for the driest September on record with a scant 0.11" of precipitation at KDCA. It is also ranked for the fifth driest calendar month of any month for D.C.

KBWI is at 0.16" and KIAD at 0.34" -- both presently ranked the 2nd driest September on record.

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I'm going to wrap up this entry. There are a lot more topics I'd like to write about including, yes, Trump, impeachment, and the GOP, but in lieu of that in this entry, I'll just embed this Bill Maher Real Time intro monologue from yesterday:



I also have scores of pictures I'd like to post including from other Georgetown Sundays and that Florida trip I took last month that, upon reflection, was fairly shitty.

(Rented?) yachts on the Potomac in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 4:40 p.m. Sept 8, 2019

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Speaking of Georgetown, for tomorrow, my plan is my usual walkabout, although I may go to Old Town for lunch and take the water-taxi up there before heading back home. Tomorrow evening, there is the usual dinner at Fred and Doug's (next door) with Aydin and maybe Ed and myself.

More yachts and young people on the Potomac in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 4:40 p.m. Sept 8, 2019

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OK, that's all for now. I'm going to try to post a Jukebox Saturday Night edition -- and if it is after midnight, I'll still give it a Saturday timestamp , otherwise it isn't a Jukebox Saturday Night edition.

--Regulus

Friday, September 27, 2019

Official Whistleblowers & Weather Data Sowers: Trump Treason and D.C. Heat, Drought Update


Well …

… I've just been having a hard time posting blog entries this week -- but not because I don't want to do so. In fact, quite the opposite: I've been consumed by the latest and most repulsive and basically treasonous Trump abuse of power and GOP ass-kissing of this Vulgar Talking Yam (hats off to Charles Pierce). But it is so much that I just can't do it.


I have a draft entry that I started two days ago, but the testimony yesterday by acting DNI Director Joseph Maguire and the release of the DNI whistleblower complaint require me to redo it significantly -- plus I have to come up with all the pictures (either topically related or, more likely, unrelated but a coherent set within themselves).


Just so you know, the GOP is behaving precisely as expected -- unwilling and/or unable to turn on their degenerate messiah.


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Changing subjects, the weather situation still sucks in that we remain in a hot, rainless pattern. Yesterday was the 60th day this year of 90F or higher at KDCA (high: 92F), and next week promises -- er, threatens -- more garbage even as October arrives. We will almost certainly reach 62 days and it is quite possible we get to 65 days -- but whether we reach/break the 67 day record set both in 1980 and 2010 remains to be seen.

No definitive pattern change is forthcoming, although the operational GFS continues to suggest some sort of change around Oct 6th for the mid-Atlantic region.

Time series of number of 90F or greater high temperatures in Washington, D.C., as measured at Reagan Washington National Airport (KDCA) for the period Jan 1, 1946** - Sept 27, 2019

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This nearly-complete September is also shaping up to be tied for the driest September ever at KDCA with just 0.11" of precipitation (tied with 2005) and ranked 5th among the driest of any months. This follows, of course, the 15 to 18 months of record wetness that ended in July (with the Aug 7th flood-hiccup). Indeed, we are now in a "flash drought" situation (D1 / short-term on the Palmer scale) …

Current top five driest months on record for Washington, D.C. (Jan 1, 1871 - Sept 27, 2019; KDCA proper July 1, 1945 - Sept 27, 2019**).

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Some information from the Capital Weather Gang via this entry (link embedded): Flash drought declared in D.C.; historically hot, dry weather will get worse before it gets better.

U.S. Drought Monitor updated Sept 26, 2019, focused on a portion of the eastern Lower 48.

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**By the way, I finally found out -- via a call to Sterling LWX -- two pieces of information that I've been wanting to know for a long time …

What is now Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (IATA: DCA; ICAO: KDCA [the latter to include NWS weather observations reporting]: became the 

OFFICIAL weather (and, hence, climate) recording station for Washington, D.C., on July 1, 1945.

View north-northeast toward the Automated Surface Observing System (ASOS) at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (IATA: DCA; ICAO: KDCA) in Arlington County, Virginia, June 6, 2019; Source here.

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This spot replaced the station at the old U.S. Weather Bureau headquarters, which was located at M and 24th Street NW, Washington, D.C. -- although that spot continued to record the weather into the early 1960s.

To be clear, though, what we now call KDCA actually began taking weather observations 4+ years earlier on June 16, 1941, -- when the airport was finished and commercial flight activity commenced.

There was a Hoover Airport -- located where the Pentagon now is situated -- but it was never the "official" Washington, D.C., weather / climate recording station. And for the 90F+ time series above, the first full year at KDCA commences on Jan 1, 1946.

Sunny fall day at Constitution Gardens looking toward the Washington Monument, undated photo

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And there you have it. I will try to complete tomorrow the entry I intended.

--Regulus

Thursday, September 26, 2019

A Late Night New Lead Entry ... Nothing More

Fall arboreal foliage brightly paints a valley in Écrins National Park, Dauphiné Alps, France

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Late night and a new entry.

I'm too tired and it's too tired for me to complete the entry I started. (That entry is a political-themed one on Trump and impeachment, of course. I'll try to finish that one tomorrow.)

I'm home now watching the late-night MeTV lineup. The Twilight Zone episode is an interesting and enjoyable one: "The Fugitive."

Earlier tonight, I was at the gym. This followed an OK day at work. I have plans after work tomorrow -- with Andrea, who is in town for a few days.

We remain in a frickin' dry pattern with no rain forthcoming.

Anyway, I just wanted to change the lead entry. Time to make a quick dinner and go to bed into dream world.

--Regulus

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Yes, It's ON: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Opens Formal Impeachment Inquiry Against Trump (Who, For His Part, Probably Wants This) -OR- US/UK Historical Synchronicity, Ladies Edition

Updated 6:52 p.m. 9/24/2019: See bottom of entry.


Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi has hit the button to launch a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America.

I'll have more to say on this, of course, in upcoming entries. This will take months to play out. But I would like to make a few quick comments.


My own view on the matter has changed: Given the outright abuse of power, extortion, and blackmail in which Trump engaged in the Ukrainian affair -- and you can read about it elsewhere -- it's time for House Democrats (and any principled Republicans) to undertake this effort.


Not to do so is to enable and encourage evermore and ever worse of his out-of-control, go-pound-sand lawlessness. Consider that the phone call in question (and there may have been more attempts) occurred July 25th -- just one day after Robert Mueller's report dropped in such a way as to effectively "acquit" him of the Russian collusion (conspiracy) effort.


At this point, it's irrelevant fretting over the 2020 electoral prospects of "swing district Democrats" or that Mitch McConnell grotesque face will grin, in its twisted and malevolent way, that Senate Repubs fail to convict Trump. There are bigger issues at stake here. Indeed, not to do so makes Dems morally complicit in this gangster-like regime.


Jonathan Chait has a good rundown of how the political calculus for Pelosi and House Dems dramatically changed in just the past few days.

Now, YES, I think in his narcissistic, if not megalomaniacal, and quite antisocial personality-disordered mind -- a Black Hole of Post-Factual Solipsism in which reality and entertainment have fused into a rotating singularity -- this is what Trump wants, and not just for the reasons that Ross Douthat outlines here.

Yes, Ma'am.

Again, though, it's irrelevant to the more fundamental issues at stake here for whatever American representative democracy and rule of law means and how or whether it will survive the remainder of this century, never mind the more distant future.

And yes, Ma'am. BTW, Great Brooch.

Oh, and yes, in another delightful instance of that weird and wonderful historical synchronicity between the U.S. and its mother country, Great Britain, there are big developments there, too, with its Trump-like Prime Minster and Brexit. Oh, and what's more, it was quite the Lady who was involved in that -- making the historical synchronicity even more wonderful.

Alright, that's all for now. I just wanted to get something quickly posted here.

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Updated 6:52 p.m. 9/24/2019

Let me update this entry with Speaker Pelosi's eloquent announcement and Trump's Trumpian Twitter response

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So classy. So presidential.

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Meanwhile …


Story here.

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End of Update and of Entry.

--Regulus