Saturday, July 12, 2008

Under the Summer Sky

Editor's note: This entry was composed over Saturday and Sunday (July 12 and 13) and posted on Sunday.
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A sunflower grows in Washington, D.C.

This sunflower is currently growing along the 1700 block of R St., NW, here in D.C., as seen on July 9, 2008.

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So this upcoming Monday is the first of the annual July - Aug summer time Screen on the Green movie classics shown here in D.C. down on the National Mall. It's sponsored by HBO, which I expressly do not have on my RCN cable TV.

Last year, I went to two of the Screen on the Green movies last year, once with my bar friend Craig M., whom I rarely see anymore. He and I went last summer to see Casablanca. Kristof came along too and and Craig brought a picnic basket, as it were, of bread, cheese, pepperoni, and smuggled in vodka and tonics.

That was fun. Who knew Casablanca had so many funny lines in it? Then, of course, there is the impromptu "HBO Dance" (which may just be just a local D.C. thing) at the start when that strange and strangely captivating early 1980s-era opening sequence with the flying "HBO Spaceship" is shown ahead of the movie (actually, before the Loony Tunes cartoon that precedes the movie).



This year's Screen on the Green line up is given here, EXCEPT I know I don't want to see that shitty 1978 Superman movie. Boo.

There are a number of reasons involving the movie ... principally, its violence ... and knowing what happened to Christopher Reeve in real life. As for the movie plot, I will tell you if that animal who violently and savagely beats up Superman -- after he gives up his powers (in trite and simplistic tale-telling style) for that stupid woman, who for her part (the silly bitch) just stands there clueless and moaning when he's nearly killed -- I'd have my own revenge far what Reeve does when he gets his stupid powers back. I've always disliked that movie because of that.

And seeing it after what happened to Reeve -- being totally paralyzed in a horse jumping contest -- is creepy.

Above: Reeve is pictured with the gorgeous Tom Welling of Smallville, the Superman series "prequel," circa 2000.

I'd rather die, and quickly, than live for one yocto-second like that.

I do like the whole Smallville series involving a teenage Superman learning of his powers, played by the hunky, studly Tom Welling, who reminds me of Mr. Sirius. That is, Tom Welling when he looked like this ...

... and not so much when he looked like this:

Yikes. Boo.

I'm not sure when the baseball picture was taken and I don't know what Welling looks like now. YES, I know full well that (D.C. gayborhood warped values notwithstanding) looks are not the sum total of the mean and measure of a human, nor am I going to win any award ...

Yikes. Boo.

This was taken earlier today (July 12, 2008) of Yours Truly, Regulus, at Kevin's big summer BBQ party at his place in Rockville, MD. My friend Aaron took the picture. Amy O. is behind me. I went to the party with Phil, Stephanie, and my friend Amie (Quill!), while my other crew (Gary, Gerry, LP, and Kristof) were all away / unavailable. Boo.


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Speaking of movies, I have decided I would like to see -- and I've been watching all these YouTube clips of -- the movie Wall-E. It looks very interesting. The last movie in a theatre I've gone to was 4 years ago (!) during my nightmare summer of 2004. I went with Craig M. -- the same Craig I mentioned above -- to see Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 911.

Yet as we would find out in Nov. of that year, too much of America was still too stupid and enthralled with Bush and he won (re)election (although Ohio may have been stolen).

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One last Mr. Sirius / Screen on the Green movie / Craig M. item ... It was in the summer of 2005 that Craig and I were going to see the showing of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? when this Biblical deluge of rain opened up just before nightfall.

Craig and I took refuge along with a few hundred others among the massive columns of the old (west) wing of the National Gallery of Art, and all of a sudden, I saw Mr. Sirius standing there just a few yards from me. I saw him seconds before he saw me -- and he just sort of stared at me for about five seconds. I ended up right next to him (he said nothing) but he and his two friends just left into the rain (which had slackened at that point).

Craig and I went to Larry's Lounge (the movie was canceled) and I was rather depressed for the rest of the night.

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Cumulus congestus clouds in a summer sky over Washington, D.C. (I wish we'd get some rain ... we've gone back into a mini-dry spell ... after last year, I really dread the onset of any prolonged drought)

I believe this building is called "The Anchorage" and it's located at Connecticut Ave., NW, and Q St., NW. This was the view yesterday (Friday) evening around 645PM (July 11, 2008) of the sky.

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This is actually more or less the same nearly stationary cumulus congestus cloud field over D.C., seen from the 1900 block of New Hampshire Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. around 750PM, July 11, 2008.

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Last night Phil, Stephanie, Kristof, Eric, and I, along with Mari and Phil's former colleague Alan and his partner Mark went to Larry's Lounge and then we had a nice dinner at The Little Fountain Cafe. It's a pricey place but Phil covered me and Kristof. I never can thank him enough for his sustained generosity. Thereafter, we went to the upstairs bar Angles, although Kristof went to Cobalt (which I skipped).

Here is Yours Truly, Regulus, Kristof, and Phil at The Little Fountain Cafe last night, Adams Morgan, Washington, D.C., July 11, 2008. The restaurant is a small, sunken place where it is easy to feel claustrophobic in there. The food, though pricey, is quite good ... at least the free range roasted chicken I had was tasty.

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Here was the view leaving Angles (which is upstairs from the restaurant) about 230AM along the 2300 block of Adams Morgan in D.C. It gets crazy crowded and sometimes more than a bit scary - thuggish between 1AM - 3AM. It's much easier along 17th St. in the gayborhood a half mile away.

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More 18th St., NW, Adams Morgan at the 230AM hour, July 12, 2008

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Pearls Before Swine, July 11, 2008

(Click on image for larger version.)

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I posted this image on my Arcturus blog that I got off of Bartcop as part of a political themed entry, but few people look at my Arcturus blog anymore. I think this image is so funny. There's a lot of satire on it. (For reference, the missiles that North Korea has are named Taepodong or Taep'o-dong (1 and 2).)

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Below is another image that I posted on my Arcturus blog in a political themed entry. It shows Bush basically neck groping German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the G8 summit in St. Petersburg in July 2006.

I love the caption of the photo, except it gives her name as "Andrea" when it's "Angela." She's a physicist by training.


There are other images of Bush patting people on the head or wiping his glasses on the blouse of a TV producer (before he became President). As Bartcop wrote, Bush uses people like objects, even in little things such as this, and of course in big things like his Iraq War Catastrophe.

Bush is most likely afflicted with narcissistic personality disorder, and that must never be forgotten because so many have died and so many more suffered so agonizingly because of his megalomania married to his supreme ineptitude. The thing that is so infuriating is how others enable Bush, most pathetically by Senate Democrats in their cave-ins, such as on FISA.

I don't want to have a political entry here, although I want to repost here this prophetic quote from the late Hunter S. Thompson, published in his ESPN (!) column on Sept. 12, 2001:

"The towers are gone now, reduced to bloody rubble, along with all hopes for Peace in Our Time ... Make no mistake about it: We are At War now -- with somebody -- and we will stay At War with that mysterious Enemy for the rest of our lives. It will be a Religious War, a sort of Christian Jihad, fueled by religious hatred and led by merciless fanatics on both sides. It will be guerrilla warfare on a global scale, with no front lines and no identifiable enemy ... This is going to be a very expensive war, and Victory is not guaranteed -- for anyone, and certainly not for anyone as baffled as George W. Bush. All he knows is that his father started the war a long time ago, and that he, the goofy child-President, has been chosen by Fate and the global Oil industry to finish it..."

Source here (and I corrected the spelling of "guerrilla")

As it is, this Bush Nightmare is almost over. Just six months and 8 days to go.

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This is a deranged sort of political comic strip "Town Called Dobson" that (as with many of my other political images) I got off Bartcop.

The McCain - bomb fuse / Fox News screen parody image is sort of funny. Click on image for larger version.

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I'm planning on going to Cobalt tonight, but the place will probably be 3/4 empty and none of my group is around. Maybe I'll go to Omega instead. I guess I could just stay home, go to sleep.

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One more D.C. summer-sky at dusk image ...

... at the corner of T and 17th St., NW, Washington, D.C., around 750PM, July 11, 2008 (Friday).

My next entry will be early next week (Monday or Tuesday).

--Regulus

2 comments:

travistee said...

Sounds fun! I'm glad you are keeping busy and seeing friends and enjoying the hot summer...

Anonymous said...

No need to worry about Tom Welling's looks, he modeled for US Vogue in the May '08 issue! He's sooo hot!