Stormy skies on Saturday evening around 715PM, July 25, 2009 as seen from Connecticut Ave., across the street from the Chevy Chase Branch Library in Washington, D.C., near the Maryland line.
I'm a bit irritated as I write this at 130AM while watching a TV Land rerun of Roseanne. I plan to have a new entry posted before I depart on Wednesday for my 6-day trip to South Florida to help my dad pick out a new single-wide trailer in which to live in Key West.
I had a good and a bad weekend that I will explain in more detail later. The good part was with my long-time very dear friend "Quill." This included lunch at the Parkway Deli in Silver Spring and then a two-hour complicated walk on the forested trails of the upper reaches of Rock Creek Park and eventually to Oregon Ave., NW, on its western edge, and into the Pinehurst Circle section of upper Northwest Washington, D.C., and west on Tennyson Ave., NW, over to Western Avenue on the DC-Maryland line and thence to Chevy Chase Circle. That was probably about a 4 mile walk.
Here is a picture of Quill in Rock Creek Park in upper Northwest, Washington, D.C., on a bridge over the, yes, Rock Creek, 5:11PM EDT, July 25, 2009.
The rest of the weekend was kind of crappy.
The most annoying thing the past five days -- and this will sound ridiculous because it really is meaningless to the big issues and worries in my life -- BUT here it is: while downtown and other parts of D.C. have had 3 to 5 inches of rain since Thursday, that stupid "official" rain gauge at National Airport has had only 0.63" of precip, bringing the monthly total to 0.89". I hate that shitty rain gauge. It's the most unrepresentative thing of ANYTHING God ever made.
Here is the 7-day precipitation analysis -- with a resolution that doesn't really show up how dramatic the changes were -- ended 12UTC (5AM) July 26, 2009. The lavender - pink dot shows where DCA is located versus downtown D.C. My own sense is that the yellow zigzag through downtown D.C. should actually be a shade of off yellow and orange.
The NWS weather folks Sterling LWX are probably yowling and foaming at the mouth in glee because these misses at DCA "proves" this or that. As for the local TV weather-casters in D.C., they are all pretty much unwatchable and only want endless drought and excessive warmth. As for the Weather Channel, it has been two years since I watched that in any meaningful way.
Anyway, what follows are series of pictures from the walk this Saturday ...
Here I was standing on the DC-Maryland line along 16th Street after I got off the S4 bus heading over to the Parkway Deli to meet Quill for lunch, July 25, 2009.
Here is me touching the North Cornerstone of the District of Columbia (the "Federal Territory"), with some bird poop on part of it, as seen at 3:26PM EDT, July 25, 2009. I have talked about what is the North Cornerstone and even taken pictures of it before on this and my old Arcturus blog.
The interior side room at the Parkway Deli, Silver Spring, Md., 4:37PM EDT, July 25, 2009. This interior is probably little changed since the early 1980s. The deli itself -- as my friend LP can attest -- stretches back to the 1950s.
What follows is a vestige of what had been a much more initial version of this entry ...
In the meantime, this upcoming week in the larger world over which I have no control promises (as usual) to be all pure crap.
It will be all loser House and Senate Democrats eagerly ruining any chance for an actual shift to a health care system that isn't $2.6 trillion or 17 percent of GDP criminal swindle that fails ON ITS OWN stupid "free market" terms ... more endless GOP religio - insanity ... skyrocketing Wall Street "cheers" (DOW ROCKETS TO 10,000!!) for all the wrong reasons ... more taxpayer trillions given, no questions asked, to the amoral scum and human jackals at Goldman Sachs even as these beasts figure out new ways to scam the system ... Pres. Obama will give a good but useless speech ... and more ENDLESS mainstream whoremedia obsession on the whack job "birther" horseshit (picture David Gregory: "Have Republicans found their resonating issue??") ...all while Americans fixate on the latest stupid whatever.
God, this country is dumb sometimes. I apologize for the ultra-negative tone of this entry.
OK, enuf of that. I think I need to go to bed.
Oh, Flippo, what a good and plush hippo -- not to mention a Transdimensional Being who folds, bends, and rearranges Space and Time at Will -- Always and Always for the Good.