Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Visions of Many Things ...

Tonight was a weird night as I said a slow-motion goodbye to Kristof ahead of his (barring a miracle with the Dept. of Labor) scheduled visa expiration / departure tomorrow back to Europe, and in the wake of our one and only D.C. snowstorm of the season and the past 6 years...

It was snowing like crazy when I woke up this morning and so I got up and took a walk. This was the view outside my building in the 2000 block of New Hampshire Ave., NW, by the intersection of 16th and U Streets, NW, Wash. D.C., March 2, 2009

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Snowfall totals across the immediate D.C./Baltimore area were in the 4 to 8 inch range, and 10+ inch range to the southeast. Here in Wash. D.C. proper we had 6 to 8 inches. Snow total map here:

Officially at the three airports, the two-day storm total was as follows:

DCA: 5.5", including 4.5" on March 2, 2009 and 1.0" on March 1, 2009
BWI: 5.8", including 4.7" on March 2, 2009 and 1.1" on March 1, 2009
IAD: 3.7" (preliminary), including 2.6" on March 2, 2009 (unofficial) and 0.9" on March 1, 2009

This was the most in a single event at DCA since Feb. 2006 when 8.8" fell on Feb. 11 - 12, 2006, including 6.7" on Feb. 12, 2006. It was the biggest in a single calendar day since 2.6" fell on Dec. 5, 2007.

NOTE that this makes today's snow event the biggest in just over 3 years, NOT since Feb. 2003.

This was the most in a single event at BWI since Feb. 11 - 12, 2006 when 13.1" fell, including the most in a calendar day since Feb. 12, 2006 when 9.6" fell.

This was the most in a single event and a calendar day at IAD since Jan. 17, 2008 when 4.0" fell.

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I got up rather earlier (730AM-ish) on Monday morning to sneak a peek out of the window -- and (as noted above) it was snowing so heavily, so I actually got up and took an hour long walk.

Looking south along the west side of the 1900 block of 16th St., NW, between T and U Streets, NW, Washington, D.C., snowy morning, March 2, 2009.

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COBALT ON A SNOWY MORNING!

This is my bar hangout, Cobalt, which now includes the "Level One" restaurant and the 30-degrees first level bar where I mostly hang out ... Note that Cobalt, located at the corner of R and 17th Streets, NW, is painted light yellow, not cobalt blue.

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The intersection of P and 15 St., NW, Washington, D.C., on a snowy morning, March 2, 2009

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The 1300 block of Vermont Ave., NW, near Thomas and Logan Circles, Washington, D.C., on a snowy morning, March 2, 2009

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The Dupont Circle fountain on a snowy morning, Washington, D.C., March 2, 2009

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Two more pictures from my South Florida vacation, which I blogged about last week, see here. These were taken by my friend LP ...

Yours Truly, Regulus, and Gary taken along (Extreme) Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, Fla., Feb. 23, 2009. I guess Gary could always be a kept boy and live there ...

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Yours Truly, Regulus, trying like King Canute the Great to hold back the waves. Just kidding. This was along the ocean in Deerfield Beach, Fla., Feb. 24, 2009.

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An image of Chris T. and Kristof taken at Larry's Lounge on March 1, 2009. We went there with Gary -- hoping to watch the heavy snow, except the snowfall had totally stopped and we were convinced it was totally over. But the snow actually started again and made for a snowy morning.

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Tonight, a group of 10 of us went to Buca di Beppo for the SECOND goodbye dinner for Kristof. The first one was held back in Dec. when he left for 7 weeks to return to Poland on a plan to buy more time on his visa while the admin process went forward.

That plan appears not to have worked UNLESS his Dept. of Labor "labor certification" arrives by tomorrow -- an unlikely miracle that even help from Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton's office is unlikely to pull off -- and Kristof returns to Europe, possibly for good, after 12 years in the U.S., having earned his mathematics Ph.D., and worked at NASA Goddard for 7+ years. I have a lot to say about this, but I won't. I am going to Dulles tomorrow to see him off.


Buca di Beppo is a bizarre Italian restaurant at 1825 Connecticut Ave., about a half mile above Dupont Circle here in D.C., March 2, 2009. This is the "pope's table" -- and, yes, that is a weird bust of Pope Benedict XVI.

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Here is a picture of David and the bust of Pope Benedict XVI. David has helped Kristof enormously for his flight out of the U.S. tomorrow, but I don't want to go into that right now.

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Yours Truly, Regulus, and Kristof at Buca di Beppo, Wash. D.C., March 2, 2009

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LP at Buca di Beppo earlier this Monday, March 2, 2009 here in Wash. D.C.

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Shaila, Gary, and Davis at Buca di Beppo earlier this Monday, March 2, 2009 here in Wash. D.C.

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Kristof, Damon, and Shaila and Buca di Beppo earlier this Monday, March 2, 2009 here in Wash. D.C.

Thereafter, some of us went to Cobalt for a night cap drink, as it were, before the end of the night.

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I had to walk to the Bank of America ATM on a bitterly cold March night to get more money.

Dupont Circle with several inches of snow on the ground on a bitterly cold night (certainly by March standards) here in Wash. D.C., March 2, 2009.

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One last Dupont Circle on a frigid night-with-snow-on-the-ground image, here in Wash. D.C., March 2, 2009

*Sigh*

Oh, Kristof ... I'm going to miss you very much.

Updated 5PM, March 3, 2009: Kristof at Dulles Airport as he began his trip on Air France back to Poland via Paris. Thank you, David. Gary and I dropped him off a short while ago.

Goodbye, Kristof. See you maybe in a year.

--Regulus

9 comments:

Nicole said...

Ooohhh snow! I'm glad you finally got some.

That's awful about your friend, Regulus. Immigration laws are so unfair sometimes and believe me, I know. Perhaps he can come back soon. Particularly since he has some very desirable skills (PhD in math!!! That's very impressive. I have a bachelor's in math).

Regulus said...

I tried to get a bachelor's in math originally -- except I couldn't get past advanced calculus I (delta - epsilon theory) and I ended up getting a physical science degree with some physics and meteorology. Then I went into all those graduate masters programs (meteorology, journalism, and public policy), but at the end of the day, I couldn't do a heavy-duty math degree even as an undergraduate.

Nicole said...

Advanced Calc was a killer. You're not the only one to by put off by it. Still, a physical science degree is no cake walk either.

fifi said...

Well, you got your snow at last. Isn't it pretty? I bet it took the edge off a sad day. Walking in the snow must have been wonderful.

I dont know how people could enjoy their food with the pope peering at them from all angles. errr. i wouldn't be able to swallow properly.

Regulus said...

FIFI! Thank you for the comment. I'm so sorry I haven't been around your blog lately, although I visited today. Your entries are wonderful, as always.

It was a very sad day without doubt.

The papal bust was actually funny to look at, and the weird "domed" alcove has interesting acoustics.

Nicole -- You really should check out Fifi's blog on a regular basis.

Nicole said...

I actually found your blog through Fifi's :-) I've shamelessly pillaged her blog friends because I figured that anyone who wrote such wonderful blogs had to have interesting blog friends. I was right.

Regulus said...

Very interesting, although I don't ever recall linking to my Mr. Sirius blog from hers, or that she knows the URL
:-p

Of course, it can be found via a Google search.

As it is, Fifi is amazing.

Nicole said...

It was linked some time a long time ago. I so loved the first blog of hers I read that I started from the beginning and read everything. She mentioned you in a blog so I clicked over. I didn't realize you were also Regulus until later (sometimes I'm not that bright). Anyhow, I recently saw that you wrote in your Arcturus blog that it was private, so I deleted it from my blogroll and don't follow that one anymore.

Regulus said...

I don't mind if you follow it, esp. since I know you, as it were, now. Feel free to read it. Mr. Sirius does not. I just didn't want to overly announce it.