Saturday, March 14, 2009

Capital Crescent Trail and Albemarle Street Thoughts

This entry was originally written yesterday (Friday) but I'm reposting it instead as a new and updated entry.

A tangle of trees, vines, and shrubbery growing in someone's backyard as seen from the Capital Crescent Trail near mile post 5.5 on March 12, 2009 (probably off Randall Lane in Bethesda, Md.)

"My friend LP would explain to me how most of those vines are really invasive species that are destroying all the native flora, especially trees. He would also then -- as a certified Montgomery County Maryland weed warrior -- be tempted to take a clipper or pruner and cut 'windows' thru the tangled overgrowth and undergrowth of porcelain berry, oriental bittersweet, devil's tear thumb (a.k.a. mile-a-minute) and the like...

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Most of the images in this entry were taken on Thursday first on a Metro ride and then (mostly) during an approx. 7 mile walk I took from Bethesda back into D.C on a very circuitous route from Bethesda Metro (after the last day of the NRC RIC 2009 conference I attended) to Van Ness Metro that included about a mile on the Capital Crescent Trail.

The Capital Crescent Trail is a bicycle and walker path that arcs around D.C. from Bethesda into Georgetown (ending underneath the Key Bridge). The Georgetown Branch Trail, a.k.a. "Future Capital Crescent" trail is also a planned extension of it from Bethesda to Silver Spring.

Here is a map of the trail. The part between Bethesda (MD) and Georgetown (Wash. DC) is the Capital Crescent Trail portion. The unpaved part between Bethesda and Silver Spring is unpaved -- rock or dirt and becomes increasingly unwalkable as it nears Brookville Rd. as it nears the WWDC transmission tower.

Eventually, the trail just dies, although there is an actual "Mile Marker 0.0" post randomly placed at the corner of Talbot Ave. and Lanier Dr. in Silver Spring. The final trail is actually supposed to link the Silver Spring Metro proper, which means all the mile posts would have to be changed (increased by about a mile).

The expansion of the trail has been bogged down in a local political and policy fight. Some folks on the unpaved Georgetown Branch Trail part don't want the paved part extended because of the volume of high speed bikers it will invariably produce. In addition, there are those who want the mythical Purple Line Metrorail expansion between College Park and Bethesda to run along what in theory is a readily available right of way. (All these trails were originally freight train lines from a century and more ago.)

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Anway, I'm feeling better than when I wrote yesterday's entry. Weather permitting, Gary and I may try to take this same walk later this afternoon. Ironically, we REALLY could use the rain and I hope it does even though that would nix the walk, at least until tomorrow.

Above is the 1618UTC (1218PM EDT) 14 March 2008 NWS radar composite mosaic for part of the eastern and central U.S. I'm not sure this precip is going to reach the D.C. area though it is very close.

As noted, we are a full 50 percent below normal (approx. 3.5" versus 7" normal) for the first 2.5 months of 2009 area wide. It's bad if you go into spring into a drought.

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The following is yesterday's intended entry. I was not in a good mood ...

The view from the above ground portion of the Metrorail Red Line as it runs from Grosvenor to Medical Center heading toward D.C. as I was riding the train from White Flint to Bethesda after the NRC RIC 2009 conference, March 12, 2009.

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I'm so miserable right now on this Friday afternoon. I had a whole entry written up about why I hate when the Dow frickin' Jones Industrial Index and the Nasdaq skyrocket like they did this week. As of the start of the week, it had a 50+ percent crash since Oct. 2007 and the whole financial, banking, and economic Ponzi Scheme collapsed.

Passing over the Capital Beltway on the Metrorail Red line just before the train line dives underground on the other wise of the overpass, March 12, 2009

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I hate it because that mega-trillion dollar financial, economic, and everything else scam IS the definition of the Robert Rubin, Alan Greenspan, Council on Foreign Relations, Washington Whore-Consensus, Fred Hiatt - Sebastian Mallaby and the rest of the WaHoPo Editorial Board and op-ed page whorehouse stable, elite media in general, corporate plunderers and murderers, and Bernie Madoff Way that has become the American Way.

Lunch time at Georgetown Grille in Bethesda, Md., March 12, 2009. I really like this place -- both the food and the prices, where are inexplicably really low. The chicken rice soup there is tremendous.

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A surging stock market is bad because it means the immoral and amoral spread-eagle corporate oligarchial Masters of the Frickin' Universe are bringing back their evil Ponzi Scheme and Bubbles that has so duped the 401-K crazed petit-bourgeoisie and larger American lumpen-whatever class, and nothing will change.

But I'll refrain from it.

Yours Truly, Regulus, at the Georgetown Grille lunch counter.

Please, Fifi, tell me this is a good and evocative picture and that I therefore have some talent as a photographer of The Human Condition ...

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By the way, the entire Jon Stewart interview with CNBC's Jim Cramer is HERE in three parts.

It is something that journalists should study for years to come for a variety of reasons, including to understand how whorish and useless and compromised so much of the elite media became in the last 25 years, accelerating in the 8 years under Bush the Lesser is here. It took a comedian to speak truth so powerfully.

I do give credit to Cramer for coming on and taking such a needed beatdown -- that is something the bitches at the WaHoPo Editorial Board and op-ed page whorehouse stable, not to mention any other comprised mainstream media (forget the GOP Propaganda Matrix or Rush the Vulger Lying Pigboy), would NEVER EVER do.

The Capital Crescent Trail as seen around mile marker 5.0 south of River Road, Bethesda, Md., March 12, 2009. It's kind of a vapid looking time of year around here.

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None of the media whores who let themselves be pimped out for Bush's Oedipal Complex-driven sky-trillion dollar, million-dead Iraq War catastrophe have ever done such a thing as Cramer did. Tim Russert can't because he's dead, but even if he were alive, he wouldn't anyway.

The always-eloquent and insightful Glenn Greenwald on Salon has a good piece about all of this here.

The last house on Albemarle Street, Bethesda, Md., where the street dead ends into Little Falls Branch Park. The Capital Crescent Trail runs along the western edge of that park. I had never taken this detour before in the form of a path that runs from the main trail to this street. The Dalecarlia Reservoir, one of three main reservoirs in D.C., is near here.

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Some of those who really buy into the D.C. work world scene where your life is defined by career success and money earned may think (if they even bothered thinking about me at all) that I am intentionally failing because I refuse to work in fluorescent-lit cubicle agony for 30 years while I slowly die. As for "earning money" and building up a career, PUH-LEASE. That's NOT my journey or path in this life. Instead, Id' be a forever severely underpaid, overweight blob of nebbish nothing and forever alone in some windowless 8th floor cubicle near Metro Center and eating a joyless lunch in the National Press Club food court.

I just won't do it.


Steeply sloping Albemarle Street looking east, Bethesda, Md., March 12, 2009. This is a sort of unincorporated area of Bethesda, Md., also known as Westmoreland Hills. It's just outside the DC-MD line.

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I don't know what will happen when my surplus student loan refund money runs out and my contractual job no longer sustains me. The plan is to move to Key West for a while with my dad. He should be there in 6 to 9 months.

I have a lot to consider once I graduate in May -- with master's degree no. 3, this one a "useful" one in public policy. It may be that my D.C. life is ending after 16-1/2 years here. I can't ponder it all now.

Still more of the 5300 and 5200 blocks of Albemarle St., Bethesda, Md., March 12, 2009. What exactly do you do to earn / have enough money to own a house like one of these?? Whatever it is, I never will.

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Changing subjects, I have, like, a ton of laundry to fold from three loads. I'm probably going out in a bit, though, on this Friday evening. I'm NOT going to do like last Friday night and drink nearly as much -- that was bad. I was sick all day Saturday.

I think that's all for now.

The house at 5210 Albemarle St., Bethesda, Md., March 12, 2009

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Returning to today (Saturday) ...

As I noted, the above was written yesterday when I wasn't feeling so good. Last night, I went to dinner with Gerry at Dupont Italian Kitchen. I never get tired of the chicken milanese. That restaurant is like a crowded older gay bar, and it's a sort of local 17th St. gayborhood institution. I don't think Mr. Sirius ever eats there, though.

The house at 4519 Wetherill Rd., Bethesda, Md., March 12, 2009, just beyond Westmoreland Circle on the Maryland side of the DC - MD line. Although I don't normally like these kinds of houses, there was something about this one that really captivated me. It is right off Western Ave. by the DC-MD line.

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We then went to next-door Cobalt. Gary showed up about a half hour later. I needed to hurry home around 1145PM for a few minutes (it's about a 7 minute walk) to use my private privy. I intended to go back to Cobalt, but I fell into my bed and fell asleep instantly until 415AM. I didn't finally get up until noon.

Anyway, Gary and I will try to take a walk today. This is more of a spring / summer time weekend activity when it is warmer and remains light much longer.

A back alley off Butterworth Pl., NW, inside the border of Washington, D.C. I crossed the boundary at Westmoreland Circle. I walked eventually to the Van Ness Metro and rode the train back to Dupont Circle rather than walking the whole way home (another few miles).

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Oh, yes, I do apologize for my increasingly infrequent updates and now-rare visits to other blogs. I've been busy, sort of, and most of my blog energy is expended elsewhere. Virtually all my hits these days on this blog are stupid Google image searches.

My next update probably won't be until early to mid next week.

--Regulus

4 comments:

fifi said...

Yes of course it is. And what makes all the images even better is that they express the "poetics of the mobile phone", which seems to make them more immediate and more real. the Light is very interesting. You are certainly a witness for the disenfranchised.


WE are all artists you know. The world looking at itself.
Beauty in the everyday.


It is Autumn here now and barely different, except for subtle changes of light. Of course, I can tell. Bt there are no seasonal changes of sudden blooms and coloured leaves.


Dont get me started on weeds....oh my god.

Regulus said...

Thank you, Fifi.

It's still fairly early to say autumn in your part of the world has arrived. We haven't even had the equinox yet. I'm sure it gets a little bit more fall-like, although I understand Sydney has a relentlessly sunny, subtropical climate prone to long and sometimes hot dry spells.

krzysztof said...

Instead, Id' be a forever severely underpaid, overweight blob of nebbish nothing and forever alone in some windowless 8th floor cubicle near Metro Center and eating a joyless lunch in the National Press Club food court.

Brilliant! Simply brilliant! I read it to myself aloud a few times and it was just as if I could hear you say that:-)

Regulus said...

Thank you, Kristof!