Saturday, May 30, 2009

Lost in the District of Columbia -OR- Happy Hippo Land

The house and yard at 4914 Glenbrook Rd., NW, here in Washington, D.C., in the Spring Valley section of the city, which is basically the wealthiest area along with Georgetown and Foxhall. This was taken last Thursday, 4:53PM, May 21, 2009.


I'm out of ideas as to what to write about. I should get up and go outside and at least take a walk. It is a sunny, pleasant day with low humidity and temps around 76F, following abundant rains recently, so the world is lush and pretty -- not the usual D.C. gunk shit.

I feel fat as a hippo.

Speaking of hippos -- and if I may indulge what bartender Chris H. once called my "hippo fetish" (though it is more a plush hippo love) -- I found on YouTube a funny clip from Sky News about Jessica the Hippo in South Africa (embedded below).

Jessica is a 7-year old hippo that lives with Tonie and Shirley Joubert -- quite literally in their house. Tonie is a retired game warden and he found Jessica when she was an abandoned or orphaned newborn hippo. Jessica certainly seems quite happy, not to mention incredibly domesticated. It's actually a bit jarring. The bedtime massage and her facial expression say it all.

Here is a screen shot from the YouTube clip that I think is really funny. It shows Tonie feeding and petting Jessica, who for her part apparently has never showed the slightest bit of hippo territorial aggression.

Of course, I wouldn't want to put that to the test. Also, I hope no robber ever breaks in their house -- for the robber's sake. CHOMP.

Anyway, here is the YouTube clip (the sound volume is a bit low on it):


My apt. is a dusty death trap wherein all I want to do is sleep under the covers, window A/C turned on and box fan whirling away.

I actually did a lot of work for my contractual job this past week, yet I am still unemployed. I am also still supposed to go to Florida to Ft. Lauderdale with Gary and Chris T. next Saturday (a week from today) for 5 days.

This is not the Florida shore but rather a picture I got off the internets of my native (New) Jersey shore at sunrise.

My life in D.C. went so off the rails and I don't know how to fix it.



rita said...

Well, I posted. I don't know how profound my epiphany is after waiting 3 days after my initial thought to write about it.

The show (theatre) this year is great! It would be keen if you could come to watch moi...I promise you would enjoy it.

A Hippo living in the House. Sorry, i can't see it.

Regulus said...


krzysztof said...

There is something ancient about the way hippos (and elephants) look. I can't explain it.
There is nothing ancient about the way I look.

Whoever wants to comment on that, be VERY careful

Regulus said...

"There is nothing ancient about the way I look."I'm NOT touching that, darling. To me, you don't look a day over 23.

However, I don't think there will be many comments ... my blog readership outside of you, Rita, and a few others is near zero.

As for my Mr. Sirius blog, that b/tch stopped reading it entirely, and there you have it. Yay.

Actually, I believe, the closest ocean relative to hippos are whales, or vice versa, the closest land relative to whales are hippos. I look like a hippo these days.

к.нео.физ.де.му said...

we took mark to the zoo on saturday and guess what - we saw the hippo! mark loved watching him opening his huge suitcase of a mouth, submerge himself in the dirty water only to appear shortly in a different part of the pool. he though the hippo was playing hide-and-seek...

:) anyway, that was my hippo experience of the week...

p.s. has any of the area airports set a record in may for precip?

Regulus said...

Was it the Nile pygmy hippo or a different one? I thought the National Zoo only had a single pygmy hippo and that they were going to get rid of it (boo).

You should have told me you were going to the zoo to see the hippo!

Yes, IAD tied for a May record precip at 10.26". This is also the amount that fell in May 1988. BWI had 8.42" and DCA had 8.05", which were not records but still over 8 inches.

к.нео.физ.де.му said...

i believe this one was not a pigmy hippo.

galina took a couple of pix - i'll e-mail you one...

btw, you want a pic of me and my brother from my recent trip?

we look nothing like bros (before hoes!)

(sorry for the stuff in the parenthesis above - it's a reference to my favorite quote from the tv show "the office":

sorry i did not tell you - it just happened and i think you were probably still asleep...

next time!

Regulus said...

Yes, please email me a hippo picture and I will post it on this blog.

I think the "official" spelling is "ho's" as a "hoe" is a garden rake, and hoes is the plural of it.

As it is, the "bros before ho's" was the nasty comment that crazed Obama supporters used during the primary against Hillary Clinton.

"sorry i did not tell you - it just happened and i think you were probably still asleep..." Boo. I would've gotten up on time for hippos.