Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Spiritual Armistice and Nighttime Remembrance
The College Park Metro station, Nov. 10, 2008 with a freight train passing along the CSX / MARC Camden Line tracks. I had a pleasant walk about on campus after my Monday evening class and then to the Metro station last night in College Park before heading back into D.C.
I'm rather depressed right now but I wanted to post an entry with some pictures I took the past few days.
I'm home right now watching TV. The Weather Channel had a reairing of its story on the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Quite fascinating. And, no, Mrs. O'Leary's cow was likely not responsible.
Now on "Frontline" about the late, notorious GOP operative Lee Atwater. How sweetly appropriate just a week after Barack Obama's wonderful and historic victory and the impending end of the BushCo disaster reign.
If Atwater hadn't died, Bill Clinton might not have won the presidency in 1992. What an evil man Atwater was -- but what a hideous, painful, and frightened death he died as he desperately tried to find spiritual meeting as cancer and unsuccessful radiation therapy both killed him.
The following is part of the comment I posted in response to a comment from my dear Blogger friend Fifi:
I have decided that with the new administration coming in and the blessed end FINALLY of the BushCo Reign of T/Error and just some other things, it is time to let go.
I did this on my last go around when I came to D.C. in late 1992 out of a bad situation ... Pres. Clinton was inaugurated that bright, chilly January day in 1993 and I realized it was time to let go of another bad situation. And in that spirit of changing administrations, or maybe imperial epochs since D.C. is the Seat of Empire, early third millennium, it is time to let go of Mr. Sirius.
Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Bethesda and the low-angled sunlight filtering through the stained glass windows into the quiet lunch hour sanctuary helped me. That's "OLOL" pictured above on Oct. 30, 2008. It's right near my office.
Trouble is, and as you can tell, my mental cylinders are not always firing in the same direction, and that leads to one of those chaotic rocket launches you see sometimes when the rocket explodes, and I end up splashing down in broken pieces in the Atlantic Ocean.
Wait, where was I was going with that analogy?
Speaking of Fifi, she posted another one of her wonderful entries. This one is about her trip -- written in Fifi's lyrically poetic style -- to Perth in Western Australia on the opposite side of her country/continent. Here is the entry.
She posted this picture from Cottesloe, a suburb of Perth, on the Indian Ocean. I love that distance stratus / stratocumulus cloud deck.
Perth should (would) not to be confused with Perth Amboy, the town in New Jersey in Middlesex County just south of which is my mom's home town, the little Polish enclave of South Amboy, an old map of which is pictured to the left, along with Tottenville, the southwestern most corner of Staten Island, one of the boroughs of New York City. (The word "kill" refers to a Creek. It is funny - ironic that NYC's legendary and now closed landfill was the "Fresh Kills.")
Anyway, back to Perth, Australia: it is the farthest away truly major city to Washington, D.C. on this planet, approximately 11,700 miles (as near as I can tell). In fact, it's actually closer if you could just bore through the center of the Earth, which you cannot.
The Perth skyline ... Perth looks like a cool city, not to mention quite sleek and ultra-modern and wealthy. I imagine, though, there is a certain rough sort of Australian male there.
Here are some more pictures from the UMCP campus last night ...
The Univ. of Maryland Memorial Chapel steeple at night (Nov. 10, 2008) with the winking top navigation light (actually, a cluster of LEDs so it doesn't blow out anymore). I was once in the steeple cupola -- you can see the entire D.C. area for miles, including the U.S. Capitol and Washington Monument and far away stuff in Virginia.
Looking down the hallway of the Physics Building, UMCP, Nov. 10, 2008.
The 1800 block of New Hampshire Ave., NW, Washington, D.C., Nov. 11, 2008. Today was Veterans Day. I had to work OF COURSE -- I'm starting my 4 day a week / hourly schedule in late December or the beginning of January.
However, I got to go to a Brookings Institution "presidential transition event" talk about energy security and climate change issues facing the Obama administration. That was interesting, although I didn't finish the memo.
Earlier tonight, I went with Gary and Kristof to Bua's for what will be our last Tuesday night Thai dinner until Kristof returns. He is leaving for Poland for nearly two months as part of his visa / immigration situation. Boo. But he does have a scheduled return date in early January. Yay.
Dupont Circle at night, Washington, D.C., Nov. 11, 2008