Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Multiple D.C. Big Houses, Architectural Fluff, and Financial Effluvia

The pictures in this entry were taken over the past few days.

This is the alley off the 3000 block of Porter Street, NW, Washington, D.C., 6:01PM, Sept. 27, 2009. I took a walk with Chris T. on Sunday that took us up to the National Cathedral and back.

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I just wanted to update this blog briefly to say that I'm too tired and, yes, too busy with some contract work related reports to have a full entry with the usual blurry cellphone camera pictures I take. In the end, though, I wrote a fuller entry than I intended.

This Victorian style home -- it is a Victorian style home, is it not? -- at the corner of 36th and Macomb Streets, NW, is one of my favorite ones here in Washington, D.C. This was taken at 6:21PM, Sept. 27, 2009.

How come I never can find a room to rent in a house and neighborhood like that?

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I'm also, naturally, very worried about the Wednesday morning small claims court hearing even if not much may happen on that day. It is the first part (my motion for continuance, which ironically is a motion to delay) of the first of two and what may very well be multiple (3+) cases from collection agencies from credit card debt, although I'm so broke and earning so little money that I believe "operationally" I'm "safe" from having my bank account and/or "wage" (contract) money seized until I can declare bankruptcy (7 or 13).

Actually, I don't know for sure what will happen on Wednesday, since anything is possible in America.

*Sigh*

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Here Flippo, my sweet plush hippo, vacates all judgments against me. That's a good hippo. I love my hippo.

Speaking of hippos, I discovered this wonderful blog called Hippograms where the main character is another plus hippo like my Flippo. I think whoever keeps the blog lives in Maryland.I would link to it but I don't want to do so in an entry as otherwise negative -- what with my financial problems -- as this one.

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Here Chris peers into the "secret garden" like yard of the enchanted looking house at 3615 Macomb Street, NW, just off Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, D.C., 6:23PM, Sept. 27, 2009.

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There was one good thing today: I was in Bethesda this morning -- between 810AM and 10AM -- where I met with the co-CEO of the contracting firm (not my regular boss) at La Madeleine for a meeting with another person who didn't show up. And my regular boss said she could not make it.

Long story short, and she basically gave me $875 worth of work in October in addition to the $880 I should get from the regular climate change news compendium (although THAT project may not be long for this world, my assumption of full editorship coming late in its contractual life). If all this money pans out for October, I will be able to pay my November rent with no problems -- and not have to move until December.

Here is the National Cathedral at soft lavender - orange - dusky blue sunset, 6:45PM, Sept. 27, 2009. Going back to that "Life After People" episode about Washington, D.C., and how the Washington Monument (and it's "Laus Deo" apex capstone inscription) would be "the last thing" to survive, I rather doubt it. This structure and the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception would last much longer.

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Turning to the weather, we had a rainy Saturday night / Sunday morning with 1.63" at DCA and 1.31" at BWI and 1.11" at IAD. This brings the annual totals to near normal, although we're still a bit below on the monthly total.

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On Saturday night, after a small party at Phil and Stephanie's place, I walked back to the gayborhood, stopping briefly at what used to be a regular hangout, (esp. with Kristof back circa 2003), Larry's Lounge, at the corner of 18th and T Streets, NW, here in D.C. This was at 12:27AM, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009.

Alas, the place ALWAYS has a terrible odor in it; the temp. is always too warm; and the music is always blaring and usually of the rap sort. I NEVER is that quiet, cozy little "loungey" place that it is billed as. I rarely go there anymore, although part of that is a function of my finances.

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Yours Truly peering from behind a very large oak tree that grows completely smack-dab-square in the middle of the sidewalk along the 3400 block of Ordway Street, NW, Washington, D.C., 6:10PM, Sept. 27, 2009. The tree actually interrupts the sidewalk.

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Golden Girls Quote:

Rose: "I haven't felt this silly since I found out William Conrad wasn't one guy in a jacket and another in a pair of pants!"

I watched the full line up of reruns of The Golden Girls on WeTV and Hallmark and now Cheers.

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This is the top skeletal frame that resembles an arbor or garden trellis atop the Solo Piazza at 13th and N Streets, NW. Like many D.C. condos and office buildings, it has what amounts to a post-modernistic piece of architectural fluff on it that otherwise serves no functional purpose, which is fine, except I'm not sure what it is supposed to be quoting.

A garden trellis? A fly wheel contraption? A Mediterranean hill top village church?? Roman Polanski's 1978 arrest warrant?!

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The house at 3501 Ordway Street, NW, Washington, D.C., 6:13PM, Sept. 27, 2009 with an interesting looking tree in front of it.

D.C. has no end of interesting looking houses in so many of its neighborhoods, yet I know absolutely no one who lives in these neighborhoods.

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OK, I think that's about all for now.

My next planned update is for Wednesday night. We'll see what happens. I know my three readers will be keenly waiting for that.

--Regulus

8 comments:

krzysztof said...

Oh Larry's! The place where you pay $10 for a glass of Stella and get treated like shit by a bunch of unattractive people who hang out there. If there's anything I don't miss about DC...

Anyway, I'm a little testy having been off cigs for 55 hrs and counting.

Good luck tomorrow! Don't worry too much.

Regulus said...

Your description of Larry's is spot on. I really wish the owner and his partner would sell that place. I don't understand why they run it at all since the restaurant is the place they really care about.

Chris T. (not Christ) has been off cigs for nearly 15 weeks but he spent A LOT of money being on the patch for while. I don't think that's an option for you at this time.

Regulus said...

One last thing about Larry's ... We used to have fun there back in 2003. At least we have those memories.

krzysztof said...

Yeah the memories are still there.

No patch for me. I'm doing this to save $$ not to lose $$. Besides if I had a patch I'd just try to roll it up and smoke it:-)

Thank God I'm not quitting booze though. I don't think that will ever happen

krzysztof said...

And one last thing: If I get ONE more email saying: "Attached please find the new invoice" I AM going to break someone's legs.

Rita said...

Hang in there tomorrow & keep perspective...!!!!

krzysztof said...

So, so? How did it go? I was aying rosaries all day... or something like that

Regulus said...

Hi guys,

Thank you for your kind words. I will post a new entry describing what happening. Long story short, I made an arrangement to pay $45 / month, which is fine, except I already have an $85 / month arrangement and I have a third one of these coming in the next month. I may actually ask for a trial on this last one because it delays everything by another month or two. I need to buy enough time overall until Aug. 1, 2010 when I can file a chapter 7 bankruptcy or until I am earning enough money to file a chapter 13. If I miss any payments, there is a judgment taken out anyway. The 25 percent garnishment would hold except for very low income, at which point it is the excess of 30x the hourly minimum wage for the week, so $7.25 x 30 = $217.50.

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