This is a disjointed entry that I started two days ago but was unable to finish at the time.
This is me at Buffalo Billiards at Dupont Circle last night around 9PM. Gary took this picture. That's Chris T who is holding up the drink.
I cannot write much now because I have two major assignments for that shitty contracting job (but it's better than no work / no money) due by Monday morning 9AM. There is another one due the following week, and thereafter, it should slow up.
I also started that tutoring at UMCP again, and in a word, it is ridiculous. It is almost not even worth going since the pay rate is so low and there is the disruption of having to get there (it takes 75 to 90 minutes each way).
I had a very bad day emotionally yesterday although I went out last night with Gary and Chris T., returning home between going to Buffalo Billiards and Cobalt to wash my hair. I really need a haircut.
Yes, this is Yours Truly with Flippo, somewhere in a small, dusty room in Washington, D.C., 4:33PM EDT, Sept. 11, 2009,
Today is Sept. 12, 2009 and the 9-12 crazies started by Glenn Beck and Fox News rightwing carnival barkers have descended on D.C. en masse. It's a farrago of tea baggers, birthers, deathers, conspiracy theorists, and other lunatics that now make up the base AND leadership of what was once the Republican Party but is more of a cult today.
I actually did not watch President Obama's address to Congress on Wednesday night as I went to a Nationals baseball game with Kevin (who has season tickets). The Nats, OF COURSE, lost, falling to Philly 5 to 6, but Kevin and I had a nice time. It started drizzling / lightly raining in the 8th inning. I will write more about the weather below. The point is I did not hear Obama's speech and I missed Rep. Joe Wilson's outburst, though I saw that snippet of it later.
However, here is a bit of media whoring from the pages of the useless Washington Post, which had a story entitled "Shout Draws Focus to Illegal-Immigrant Issue". This is patent Post bullshit designed to appease and appeal to the GOP from our erstwhile / formerly liberal "newspaper of record" (the same one that kissed Bush's butt for 8 years and whose neocon hot house of editorial and op-ed writers acted as cheerleaders before and during the worst of the Iraq War debacle.
Anyway, here is what The WaHoPo story by some young cub staff writer Alec MacGillis wrote:
"Republican Rep. Joe Wilson's shout of "You lie!" during President Obama's speech Wednesday night brought renewed attention to swirling questions about whether Democratic health - care legislation would extend coverage to illegal immigrants. Although the answer is more complicated than reform proponents acknowledge, it also does not square with the dark warnings of opponents who say the proposals would bring waves of undocumented immigrants into taxpayer-funded plans."
Leaving aside the fact that H.R. 3200 SPECIFICALLY bans such a provision (Section 246), just imagine this instead as a "lead" WaHoPo article after an outburst by, say, Rep. Maxine Waters in front of President Bush while he was lying us into war.
"Liberal Democrat Maxine Waters' shout, 'You lie!' during President Bush's speech Wednesday night brought renewed attention to swirling questions about whether the Bush / GOP military invasion of Iraq as part of the 'War on Terror' would really protect America. Although the answer is more complicated than anti-war proponents acknowledge, it also does not square with the dark warnings of opponents who say the proposals would do nothing to protect this country."
Can you imagine that in The Post? No, you can't.
Oh, goodie, I'm looking at my phone: another call (the ringer is off) from 800-495-7855.
I believe that's the Macy's related collection agency, one of five creditors after me.
As I said earlier, I'm very likely to be sued soon by at least one and maybe two of them and there isn't a damn thing I can do since I can't file a chapter 7 bankruptcy until Aug. 1, 2010 and I can't file a chapter 13 bankruptcy (which because of my gargantuan student loans now coming due makes more sense for me to file) until I'm earning at least $2,000 a month (a lawyer I spoke to on the phone a several weeks ago told me).
All they could seize is my checking out (there is typically only about $400 in it) in terms of "assets." But in theory ALL my contracting job money (not 25%) could be taken since it is considered "commission." At least that's what ANOTHER lawyer -- the nice lady in Bethesda I spoke to several weeks ago and who wouldn't take my money -- told me.
One last political item: read this Salon column by Steve Almond ruminating on why The New York Times non-fiction bestseller list has been dominated by rightwing pundits and crazies these days in what was supposed to be the "post-racial" and bi-partisan, if not non-partisan, progressive Obama era. Right.My favorite paragraph:
"But such is the brilliance of the modern conservative literati. While liberal scribes earnestly prattle on about the necessity for good policy in the face of global warming and peak oil and blah-blah-blah, the authors of the right have long since abandoned this outdated 'reality-based' model. The reader's heart is captured, after all, not by an adherence to the murky truths of the known world, but by the ecstatic possibilities of the imagined. Are these gifted artists to be reviled for writing prose that gratifies the most cherished and depraved sentiments of the body politic?"
Turning to the weather ...
It was an interesting weather week as a coastal low actually rolled west - northwestward into the mid-Atlantic and brought rain even here to D.C. with about an inch in the immediate area, 1 to 2 inches in the Baltimore area, and 2.5 to 5 inches on the Delmarva. This followed a nearly 7.5 inch deluge early in the week on the North Carolina OBX.
What happened is the remnant circulation of what had briefly been Tropical Storm Erika off the French West Indies rolled slowly toward the Eastern Seaboard where it interacted with an upper level low over the Ohio Valley and its regular eastward progression once it reached the middle latitudes was blocked by a blocking high off Nova Scotia.
The system sort of fell apart by Wednesday but then sort of regenerated itself and moved ashore as what could arguably have been a named Subtropical Storm (it would have been Grace since Fred is already being used).
Here is what the mid-Atlantic satellite image (GOES-12, I believe) looked like at 1302UTC (9:02AM EDT), Sept. 11, 2009.
Here is the Dover, Delaware (DOX) National Weather Service (NWS) radar images from 11:00PM EDT, Sept. 10, 2009 in composite mode, which shows the precip. activity occurring in the clouds as opposed to what is falling. I can't (or rather, I do not know how) to insert the looped image which is much more impressive.
Here is the Dover NWS radar at 11:05PM EDT, Sept. 10, 2009 in base reflectivity mode, which shows the precip that is actually falling.
I was convinced none of this was going to reach the D.C. area, and we'd have the usual "trace" at DCA, but it actually did this time and I note that here.
Here was the Sterling, Virginia (LWX) NWS radar in base reflectivity mode at 3:06AM, Sept. 11, 2009 as the precip. was approaching the Washington, D.C. area.
In all, DCA had 0.80" on Sept. 11th, with another 0.55" between Sept. 6 and 9th, so an overall "event" total of 1.35", which is the monthly total so far. BWI had 1.71" on Sept. 11th and IAD (30 miles west of D.C.) only had 0.20".
On the Eastern Shore, Wilmington, Del., had 2.95" between Sept. 7th and 11th with 2.36" on the 11th. Georgetown, Del., had 3.50" in that time. Salisbury, Md., had 2.59" in that time but Wallops Island, Virginia right on the shore had 7.08" in that time with 2.68" and 3.24" on the 10th and 11th, respectively.
I will also say that the models performed well, especially the NAM/ETA, which had latched onto the idea of a slow moving coastal storm by last Sunday, although the timing and details varied by run and the precip. was closer to the coast (D.C. didn't get 6 to 8 inches of rain as it predicted at one point).
The weather by yesterday afternoon was delightful (for me): mostly cloudy with brief sunny spells and a few rain showers, a gusty northeast breeze rustling through the trees, temps around 65F. It was Boston or Seattle like, not the usual D.C. gunk, humidity, dull, and crap.
This is from my earlier planned entry ...
My frickin computer is acting erratic, thanks to a hyper-active but ultimately useless "Trend Micro Internet Security" cranked up to "maximum" that had too many "rules" that I could not figure out -- admittedly in my post-Cobalt visit state. So I turned "maximum" firewall protection down to "medium" protection.
More generally, I think this computer is as vulnerable to EVERYTHING as I am to the creditors. I'm expecting the worst with both at any time.
My next planned entry will not be until Tuesday or Wednesday.