Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Legend of Sleepy Regulus OR Castle of D.C. Indolence

Pennsylvania Ave., NW, at 13th St., NW, Washington, D.C., at dusk, July 28, 2008


The Smithsonian Castle on the National Mall, Washington, D.C., July 28, 2008

"A pleasing land of drowsy head it was,
Of dreams that wave before the half-shut eye;
And of gay castles in the clouds that pass,
Forever flushing round a summer sky."

-- The Castle of Indolence, James Thomson, 1748, quoted by Washington Irving in the opening lines of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, 1820

The Washington Monument at dusk, July 28, 2008

Sigh. I'm very tired. I need to sleep. Just let me leave here, Dear God.



Anonymous said...

Good Morning regulas!

"Rise & shine! Listen to the birdies sing!" That's how my Mother used to wake me up for school every morning.

I hated it with all the passion a small child could muster. :)

fifi said...

that first picture is a cracker. It looks like here at the moment, but I am sure it s very hot, and here is not hot. In fact we are having the colderest spell I can recall this last few days.

may your sleep be restful.

Regulus said...

Handmaiden: And don't forget the opening lines from Omar Khayyam's The Rubaiyat (as translated into English):

"Awake! For Morning in the Bowl of Night/Has flung the Stone that puts the Stars to Flight: And Lo! The Hunter of the East has caught/The Sultan's Turret in a Noose of Light!"

Sorry we missed each others' call last night. I'll try again tonight.

Did you ever read Margaret Atwood's 1985 book The Handmaid's Tale? I've been thinking a lot about that book, and your screen name just reminded me of it. It was also made into a movie circa 1990. I think you'd really like it.

Fifi, sweetie.

Actually, it wasn't that warm when that picture was taken, about 82F (28C) with a dew point about 60F (a tad under 16C), so it was actually comfortable by middle summer D.C. standards.

Yeah, I'm feeling better this morning.

fingers said...

Sleep well, mate.
And dream of those gay castles...

Regulus said...

Wow -- we were leaving comments on each others' blogs simultaneously. IF THAT doesn't prove the EXISTENCE of a higher power ... sorta ... I doan' know what do.


Anonymous said...

I haven't read that book it's on my list, though. I just finished a book by Margaret Atwood titled, "ORYX and CRAKE" which I enjoyed.

For some reason my cellphone has a weak signal in my Apt. Sometimes, I miss calls.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of the "The Handmaid's Tale", I thought I'd read it when I hadn't. People had been asking me if I've read "The Handmaid's Tale". I always said yes, because a couple of years ago I read a book that I distinctly remember had a handmaid in it & since I read books sometimes without even considering the author & apparently the title in this case, I just assumed I'd read the book in question. Now I HAVE to read the book so I don't have to go & tell all those people I was wrong. I hope it's good.

Regulus said...

It's pretty powerful. I think you'll find it that way, too.