Sunday, October 26, 2008

Under the Saturday Umbrella Sky -OR- Things Remembered

We had some good downpours of rain on Saturday (Oct. 25th) here in D.C. after a three week dry spell.

Here is a big fellow walks with his umbrella in the 2700 block of Adams Mill Rd., NW.

Gary and I were going to Phil's big new house as I needed to feed the fish and the cat (Jasmine) because he and Stephanie are away in California this weekend.

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Here Gary and I were riding over the Taft Bridge on Connecticut Ave., NW, during a downpour yesterday (Saturday), Oct. 25, 2008, Washington, D.C.

Officially, we had a storm total of 0.84" at DCA, 0.72" at BWI, and 1.10" at IAD.

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Another picture of today's downpour as Gary and I drove to Phil's on Lanier Pl., NW, in the Mt. Pleasant - Adams Morgan section of Wash. D.C., Oct. 25, 2008.

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Here is the back sun room where Phil has most of his house plants on a rainy Saturday here in Wash. D.C., Oct. 25, 2008 ...

Most of these plants were in the Silver Spring, Md., house that Phil owned when I lived with him during my nightmare "annus horribilis" 2004 when he basically saved my life.

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Adams Mill Rd., NW, Washington, D.C., Oct. 25, 2008 on a rainy afternoon.

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The same view but at night of Adams Mill Rd., NW, Washington, D.C., Oct. 26, 2008.

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Turning to politics ...

Well, so far so good ... the RealClearPolitics.com site has Sen. Obama up 8 points over Grandpa McSame in its composite average of 16 polls dating back to Oct. 16, 2008. (This number will change daily.)

I posted the following picture on my Arcturus blog but I decided to post it here as well ...

It is a picture of Sen. (and hopefully) soon to be President-Elect Barack Obama as a little boy with his maternal grandfather Stanley Dunham playing in the surf (probably in Hawaii) in an undated photo probably 1963 or 1964 (he was born in Aug. 1961).

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Changing subjects again and from an even longer time ago ...

The following is an email that I sent 2-1/2 years ago Feb. 27, 2006 to Linda Gialanella, the TV meteorologist on WFTS-TV channel 28 in Tampa / St. Petersburg, Fla., and her reply sent six days later. Though this was 2-1/2 years ago, she still works at that station as a TV weathercaster.

Long story short, Ms. Gialanella -- who was Miss New Jersey in 1972 and was one of the non-placing contestants in the Miss USA pageant in 1973 -- was the weather lady on WNEW channel 5 in New York City in the mid to late 1970s. (WNEW became WNYW in 1986.)

My late beloved paternal grandmother (who would have been 100 years old on Nov. 4, 2008 -- election day -- and whom I miss very much even 20 years after she died) and I used to watch her do the weather. For some reason, my grandmother didn't particularly like her, always referring to her as "silly."

This is already 2-1/2 years ago and just before I started my Arcturus blog (in mid-March 2006) as a way of getting over Mr. Sirius, though that doesn't seem to have worked entirely yet.

Anyway, I looked up her name on Google and found where she was and wrote an email to which she replied.

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My email to her ...

Date: Mon 27 Feb 22:22:05 EST 2006
From: [Regulus]
Subject: from a long time ago
To: [Linda Gialanella]

Dear Ms. Gialanella:

My name is [Regulus] and I am a graduate student at the Univ. of Md, College Park in public policy. I actually have a masters degree in meteorology that I never really used (except indirectly as a science writer for a while with NASA). I live in Washington, DC.

I'm originally from New Jersey and I remember watching you when I was about 10 years old on tv (on channel 5, I think) do the weather forecasts in the late 1970[s]. I lived in Long Branch with my grandparents at the time. (Who was the news anchor on 5 then? It was this guy with sorta sandy brown hair.)

I remember this one time it was a few days after the big 1979 snowstorm (not to be confused with the 1978 blizzard) and it had warmed up really quickly. I just remember you saying 'Today's high was 55F.' I thought of that the other day and decided to google your name (guessing at the spelling) to see what had happened to you -- and I discovered you are still are doing the tv news weather down in Tampa.

I just thought it kinda cool to be able to find someone that quickly on the Web from all those years ago in what feels like another lifetime for me. And I had forgotten about your weather - themed art work you used to show on the air.

Anyway, it was for no other reason than that that I wrote and to say hello.

Regards,
[Regulus]

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Her reply to me ...

Date: Sun 5 Mar 19:39:38 EST 2006
From: "Gialanella, Linda"
Subject: RE: from a long time ago
To: [Regulus]

Hello to you and best wishes with your graduate studies. I think the anchor you were thinking of is John Roland. All best, Linda G.

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Speaking of Mr. Sirius, the following fellow reminded me of him a bit, except he was substantially taller. This was at the Bethesda, Md., Subway shop on Oct. 16, 2008 at lunchtime.

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This gentleman does not remind me of Mr. Sirius but I thought I'd post it anyway.

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One last Mr. Sirius item ...

I once updated the Wikipedia article (yeah, aren't I cool??) on the Hughes Memorial Tower, a.k.a. the Mr. Sirius Things Remembered "Eiffel" Tower here in D.C. The last two paragraphs were written by me.

The tower is pictured above with its smaller companion tower on March 1, 2008 at dusk , because the tower's nighttime red LEDs are apparently (at least for the past month) no longer being used and instead the daytime strobe lights are on all the time.

Boo.

Recall that prior to Jan. 2008, the tower's nighttime lights were the regular, slow-winking red lights (of the incandescent sort) that flashed in a staggered way from flared bottom to top-most light in a most distinctive and lovely way.

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Tomorrow I have to start writing a memo for my state and local budgets class. It entails analyzing the FY2007-2008 State of Tennessee budget.

As for Tennessee, why is the state that produced Al Gore so frickin' red??

I'm also planning to go to Buffalo Billiards with Gary at some point. Some of the Cobalt group is supposed to be there. I'm sure I'll have a lousy and ignored time if I go.

Anyway, concerning my other class -- the water resources management one -- we had to submit comments to the Army Corps of Engineers concerning its proposed revisions to the Economic and Environmental Principles and Guidelines for Water and Related Land Resources Implementation Studies.

My letter is one of the three dated Oct. 17, 2008 (it's the middle one). I could have used an editor to read it for a couple of minor syntax errors. The link is here.

Finally, as for work, I really don't like it and want to leave. I plan to stay there until January and then go back to part time. There is also the Key West option if things fall apart -- as in moving back with my dad in in fact he is able to move to Key West this spring or summer as he is planning to do from his current Flagler Beach, Fla., residence.

But I don't know if I would actually do that.

Anyway, I really need to go to bed. It's almost 530AM and I need to sleep.

--Regulus

4 comments:

hotlipz said...

Arc,

You are really something else.

Sorry I missed your call Friday (or was it Saturday?). I intended to call you back, but then I kept getting distracted. Damn ADD.

Anyway, sometime in the next 60 to 90 days we will do lunch and then play laser tag. What do you think? Get busy planning the where, and I'll take care of the when and the how.

Love always,
Hot Lips

hotlipz said...

PS - That's a four year old if I ever saw one. So I'm guessing that pictures was taken in '65.

Regulus said...

I see on my out calls list on my cellphone that I called you at 11:21PM, Oct. 24 (Friday night). Sorry about that.

Presumably, I was imbibed by then and it made sense to do so at that point. Or maybe I wanted to talk to you about Mr. Sirius (I, GOD). Regardless, my apologies.

In 60 to 90 days, I will surely be unemployed and thus free. Tell me when/where, although getting down to suburban Richmond, Va., might be a bit tricky for me. Lunch yes, not so sure about laser tag. Never played it before and it sounds dis-empowering ...

You might be right about the age and year. I just assumed he was 2 years old there.

hotlipz said...

No. No. I'll come to you.

Call me whenever.

Love always,
HL