Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Regulus and Rockville, 1992 and 2008


Yours Truly, Regulus, looking outside the window upstairs of Sandi's house in Rockville, Md., July 6, 2008. I stayed in her house during part of the summer of 1992, my first "annus horribilis." I may have only been in that room once since then and even that was around 1993 or 1994 with my friend Quill.

(Quill's parents have been friends with Sandie since their college days. Also, I just realized after I posted all the pictures that she spells her name "Sandi" but I'm going to stick with the "Sandie" spelling in the picture names.)

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I went to Rockville on Sunday to visit Sandi, whom I hadn't seen in about five years. I wanted to see her before she sets out on one of her characteristic months' long vacation journeys. The following is my photo-journal of that ...

The Rockville Metro platform, July 6, 2008

I remember that summer of 1992 ... it was my first time in the D.C. area, prior to my more "formal" move here in Sept. 1992 when I became a student at the Univ. of Md., College Park. I didn't know the D.C. area really at all, and I spent the 6 weeks there mostly being unemployed (!) with pathetic attempts at temp agency work.

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The walkway from the Rockville Metro to old town Rockville, Md., July 6, 2008

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My mother was in Glen Burnie, Md. (Baltimore area) and my dad still in New Jersey. I was in a bad state that summer and would end up for a 10-day stint at the old (now closed) Psychiatric Institute of Montgomery County (PIMC) next to Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in (Rockville-abutting) Gaithersburg.

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Town center, Rockville, Md., July 6, 2008. This is actually the corner of Monroe Street and E. Montgomery Ave. Long story short, what was once the historic town center of Rockville was obliterated in some massive 1960s social re-engineering / re-development effort that ultimately failed, only to have the "town center" feel recreated, American post-modern style, Rockville "quoting" its earlier self.

As an aside, I think the "Rock" in Rockville is the same "Rock" as in the Rock Creek, the surprisingly steep and rugged stream valley that forms the great, green gash that runs through D.C.'s upper Northwest quadrant along part of the fall line (yes, THAT fall line escarpment) and empties into the Potomac near the Watergate (yes, THAT Watergate).

I was totally obsessed with someone named Mason that summer and it all (needless to say) went very badly. We were both students at St. Mary's College of Maryland (awful place in southern Maryland), he was 4 years younger than I, not to mention straight, but whatever.

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Here is the historic Old Red Brick Courthouse Building in Rockville, Md., July 6, 2008. It's located next to the present day Montgomery County Judicial Center that houses the Montgomery County Circuit Court. I went there last summer to do a bit of property / deed research for someone for a house in Chevy Chase, Md.

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One of the sprawling, spacious, old houses that line West Montgomery Ave. heading west from Rockville town center. This is 39 W. Montgomery Ave. Note how low the numbers are: while much of suburban Maryland has street addresses numbered out from the (0,0) "origin" of the U.S. Capitol Building, Rockville is on its own grid. Yay.

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The Beall - Dawson House at 103 W. Montgomery Ave., Rockville, Md., July 6, 2008. The building houses the Montgomery County Historical Society.

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Another large, stately, tree-cloaked house at 201 W. Montgomery Ave., Rockville, Md., July 6, 2008.

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The backyard barn in Sandi's yard. She lives along W. Montgomery Ave. in a very nice, spacious, peaceful house that I didn't appreciate nearly enough when I lived there because I was so contorted mentally and spiritually with other things. At least I'm not like that now ...

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Upstairs heading to the little room on the top (third) floor of the house where I stayed part of that summer of 1992, Rockville, Md., July 6, 2008.

The picture below is from inside the room looking at the door way toward the stairs.


It's a tiny little room with a sloping ceiling and a window that looks out into the summer time leafy crown of a tree (see top picture).

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The room was furnished, which was good because like now 16 years / nearly half (well, 41.6% or so of) my life so far later, I didn't have a lot of stuff. I had even less at that time.

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Yours Truly, Regulus, upstairs in the small room, Rockville, Md., July 6, 2008, thinking back to that summer of 1992, the events of which lead me to my current residence and life in the Washington, D.C., area.

I had this poster for the movie Rain Man on the slanting part of the wall, along with some maps.

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3:16PM EDT, Sunday, July 6, 2008, Rockville, Md.

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RVFD was here

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Teddy bears on the stairs.

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Quiet kitchen, Rockville, Md., July 6, 2008

Sandi took me to a nice lunch at Gordon Biersch in Rockville and then I headed back into D.C. on the Metro.

What follows is more of a weather-related email that I will also write about on my
Arcturus blog in a day or two.

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Here is the towering "cumulus congestus" cloud, maybe already a cumulonimbus cloud over D.C., as seen from the Red Line Metro while still above ground in the vicinity of Twinbrook station. The storm was developing to the SSE right over downtown D.C. about 12 miles as the crow flies from the Rockville Metro.

This cloud, as I would find out, had A LOT of water in it. I got drenched while walking from Woodley Park Metro (where I got off) to Phil's place.

Another image of thunderstorm toward which the Metro Rail Red Line train (still above ground near Twinbrook) was rushing.

However, while much of D.C. had a FRICKIN' deluge that came out of that cloud, the city "officially" did not get much of anything because frickin' National Airport just south of the city got the usual 0.01" (that's the weather gods just mocking me), so frickin' "officially" I didn't get wet. The local NWS folks are never so titillated as when the airport "officially" misses everything.

The area around Dupont probably got a quick inch in 20 minutes.

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Here I am soaking wet in Phil's bathroom. I had gone to his place to meet him and Stephanie. They live near me.

I weighed myself on the bathroom scale and I was 165lbs ... see previous entry.

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Here are some more random pictures I took recently with my crummy cellphone camera ...

16th and T St., NW, around 2AM, Friday, July 4, 2008, as I walked the short way home from Cobalt. I think I dialed Handmaiden's cellphone number (11PM her time). Sorry about that, Handmaiden.

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Here's Kristof an elderly lady crossing East-West Highway at Waverly St., Bethesda, Md., July 3, 2008

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A small puffy cloud "rings" the cross atop Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Bethesda, Md., July 7, 2008.

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The Georgetown Branch Trail along the Bethesda - Chevy Chase, Md., line looking east. The path become the Capital Crescent Trail west of Wisconsin Ave. in Bethesda.

I think that's all for now. I will write more later this week, perhaps Friday.

--Regulus

14 comments:

krzysztof said...

OK, so I was mentioned in this entry... sort of... hmmm.

Fifi, are you here? I would like to know your opinion on the "Art Monthly"/Bill Henson story. You are much closer - and you are wise, so what do you think?

Anonymous said...

It appears that the entire one hundredth of an inch recorded at Saint Ronald Reagan The Dear Leader Il Duce National Airport fell on top of your pretty little head. Pretty picture of the cloud surrounding the cross of the church of Our Lady Of Psychological Warfare. Now if you'll excuse me, the Virgin has appeared unto me in this Pringles chip. I must sell it on Ebay forthwith. Goodnight my Leige.

Regulus said...

I just changed the grammatically incorrect "pled" to "pleaded" in the Wikipedia (WIKIPEDIA!) article on Sen. Ted Kennedy and the Chappaquiddick event.

Granted,it might be changed by the time I wake up, but "pleaded" IS the correct spelling/tense, not "pled". Yay, I win.

Did you know I met Sen. Kennedy once at St. Matthew The Sirius Cathedral, where his brother, JFK, was buried on Nov. 25, 1963, exactly 6 years and 1 day before I was born. Boo.

Anonymous said...

interesting (& i've noticed this before)...your more then average amount of photos sort of run into each other if a person scrolls down rapidly. This post seems to remind me a bit of the movie, "The Exorcist".

Regulus said...

'This post seems to remind me a bit of the movie, "The Exorcist".' Yay. That was my goal.

Actually, I think you have religion on the brain, sweetie, so that EVERYTHING seems religious to you when in fact you want nothing to. Boo.

(I hope that wasn't harsh!)

Anonymous said...

There is a lot of truth in what you say. I won't deny that. I'm sure it has 90% to do w/the impression I got. But, it's those sorts of things that makes life interesting, right?
I see no point in pretending to be normal.

Anonymous said...

kristof: will get back to you on this, yes on all counts. fifi

Regulus said...

Handmaiden -- I understand and agree.

Fifi -- Hey there, you! How is your vacation going?

Unknown said...

Good post, nice pictures.

DirkStar said...

Wow, nice post...

Regulus said...

Thanks, Bryan.

Thanks, Dirk Star, and thanks for stopping by this blog. My Arcturus blog is supposed to be for politics, weather, and astronomy stuff.

Anonymous said...

I am having a great tme: but standng in a windtunnel at a kiosk is not conducive to communicatng.


hi to y'all fifi

Rita said...

"Well, as long as we understand each other." says the 8th grade graduate to the genius w/3 Masters degrees. (on his way to a 4th)

Anonymous said...

I have a cumulus congestus in my chest. ha ha.


Actually
I love that cloud picture of course.


love fifi