Monday, December 8, 2008
Cat's Eye: Remembering Sammie Baby Doll (Jan. 1994 - Dec. 6, 2008)
It is with great sadness that I note the passing of my mom's beloved cat "Samantha," but better known as "Sammie" and "Sammie Baby Doll."
Here is a picture of Sammie that I took at the beginning of the year (Jan. 7, 2008)
Sammie was put to sleep on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008 at the age of 14-1/2 years. She had contracted cancer and was in rapid decline.
My mom is very upset by this and was crying on the phone on Sunday.
I am reposting some pictures of Sammie that I took in early Jan. 2008 (the last time I stayed at my mom's place since she lives near BWI Airport) ahead of my trip to Florida to see my dad. I originally posted them on my Arcturus blog (Jan. 25, 2008) as part of a planned series of entries about my Florida trip I never actually finished. (I spelled her name "Sammy" in those entries.)
I should note that my mom and I are once again in contact after a three month hiatus and all seems to be fine.
My mom got Sammie circa March 1994 when she was still living in Glen Burnie. Sammie lived with my mom and her husband (my stepfather), Ray, since then through about six moves, mostly in Glen Burnie and then to Millersville, Md.
My dad lost his last cat, Pyewackett, a.k.a. My Guy Pye, in June 2008. I wrote about it here the day after on June 13, 2008. I'm reposting two pictures of Pyewackett from that entry as well.
My guy Pye and me, Flagler Beach, Fla., Jan. 9, 2008 (reposted)
Pyewackett was the last the original menagerie of seven that he had back in the mid-1990s when he lived with his late girlfriend Janet in Florida, and one of the three that came with him from New Jersey when he left there in Jan. 1993. Pyewackett stayed with my dad through approximately 18 changes of address (!) over approx. 17-1/2 years from NJ, to various places across the State of Florida and at least three places on the North Carolina Outer Banks, North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and back to Florida (Flagler Beach).
My guy Pye and Jesus (!), Flagler Beach, Fla., Jan. 17, 2008 (reposted)
Sammie and my mom's bird, actually, a small parakeet, simply named "Bird," Jan. 6, 2008. Bird was actually a lot quieter than I thought he'd be. (Bird has a fake bird companion made out of wood in his cage.)
Sammie asleep on a bed, Jan. 7, 2008. Sleep peacefully and gently, baby doll, sleep peacefully and gently. We'll see each other again.
I'm on campus in College Park tonight. I finished my water resources management class presentation (see previous entry). I was actually able to work on it at work today, although I have a bunch of stuff due at work this week and next that I can't shirk.
My only remaining task this semester is the final next Monday in the aforementioned water resources management class. I'm done with my other class, though I do have to show up on Wed. night.
I would have gone back into D.C. earlier and gone to my usual place, where I haven't been since Thursday (that's a long time for me), except it's closed thanks to a holiday party at its Sirius Star sister establishment whence I'm banned for all Eternity, Alpha & Omega, World Without End, Amen.
As it is, the UMCP campus is very peaceful at night in its way, esp. on cold winter nights such as this one (OK, it's still technically fall). The views in the distance are what move me the most -- distant winking transmission towers in suburban Maryland (incl. the one off Brookville Rd. in Silver Spring and the one along River Road miles away in Bethesda near where I work) and in the District (including the Hughes Memorial Tower) and buildings near and far.
The weather forecast for the remainder of the week actually has an active pattern -- above is a screen shot of the current LWX - NWS forecast for our D.C. proper for the week -- with the chance of some mixed precip. tomorrow as precip moves in before the cold air can be "scoured out" (typical for our snow-deficit area), then a good deal of rain late Tuesday through early Thurs., and maybe some mixed precip/snow with colder conditions on Thursday afternoon/night and possibly into Friday.
However, it's one of those things where the coastal low is not in the right place (that happens about 98 percent of the time) and we may just get dry-slotted or just miss everything.
The remainder of this entry consists of some pictures I took while walking around Adams Morgan and the Dupont gayborhood on Sunday, which was a bright, clear, cold day. They are not posted in the order in which I took them. I walked to the (straight) Diner at the "top" of 18th St. near Columbia Rd., NW (not the gay "Duplex"/18th St. Diner on 18th at Florida Ave., NW), and had a late lunch.
The house at the corner of S and 19th St., NW, near Dupont Circle, Wash. D.C., Dec. 7, 2008
Left: yellow-hued ginkgoes at their autumnal peak, Swann Pl., NW, Wash. D.C., Nov. 7, 2008 (reposted)
I've griped before about the ginkgo trees (or more properly, the ginkgo biloba trees) that were planted as sidewalk shade trees, specifically, the female ginkgo since that tree is dioecious.
There are these nasty female ginkgo trees that grow along 18th St., NW, in Adams-Morgan and even at this December date with the leaves off the trees, they cling to huge quantities of that stank-ass "fruit" (it's not really fruit), while equally large amounts are squashed on the sidewalks. They smell like crap. Literally.
WHO THOUGHT FEMALE GINKGO TREES WERE A GOOD IDEA TO PLANT IN A CROWDED URBAN SETTING??
Not a ginkgo tree: The Columbia Station bar / restaurant along the 2300 block of 18th St., NW, in the heart of Adams Morgan (a chaotic and sometimes scary zoo between 11PM and 4AM on weekend nights), Wash. D.C., Dec. 7, 2008
The 1700 block of Seaton Pl., NW, Wash. D.C., Dec. 7, 2008. This is located between U and V Streets, NW, near Florida Ave., NW. Washington, D.C. doesn't lack for colorfully painted row houses.
The stately row houses along the 1800 block of Kalorama Rd., NW, Wash. D.C., Dec. 7, 2008.
I think that's all for now. I'm tired, a bit hungry, and posted all the pictures I wanted to. I need to head back into the city. My next update should be later this week.