Friday, October 30, 2009

Same Ol' Same Ol' In My Life (How's That for a Scary Halloween Thought?)

A turbulent fall sky as seen from the 1600 block of 17th Street, NW, Washington, D.C., 3:11PM, Oct. 28, 2009


So in the end, I didn't do a ton of stuff this week, but only a sort of minimum amount. However, there were some mitigating circumstances, and I did make an important NRC connection with a phone interview this morning.

Part of my slowness has to do with the pay schedule for my contracting job. My checks are no longer being expedited (no one is ever on my side) and the next "accountant's visit" to that office after her upcoming Monday visit is two weeks later (Nov. 16th), so I can't get paid for anything until on or about Nov. 19th/20th. Thus, there isn't even that big a rush in terms of receiving payment. (The accountant as to visit and process the check since I am not a regular employee.)

However, theoretically, I could get as much as another $2455 in contracting work by early December if all goes well. (I'm going to get slammed in taxes next year since this is all untaxed but I'm acutely aware of this.) It is also possible much of this will not work out. (I won't be shocked if by Feb.-Mar. I have to give up my apt. and just finally leave D.C. to go to Florida.)

The 4800 block of College Ave., College Park, Md., 4:36PM, Oct. 28, 2009. This was taken on a back street of College Park, Md., near the Metro station.


Speaking of money, I got $101.51 for my athletic dept. tutoring, and it was direct deposited, so I don't have to go to College Park to campus today, as I thought I would since I thought it took three or four pay cycles for direct deposit to kick in.

However, combined with the $790 "extra" check I got last week -- which is functioning as a sort of prepayment for my next two global climate change news compendiums, one of which I finished this past week -- will pay nearly all of my $953 rent. The remaining $62 will come from my paltry checking account, except I think I have (amazingly) a $30 credit on my rental account, so it may just be $32.

Dupont Circle fountain (as seen in my crummy cellphone camera image), 6:10PM, Oct. 29, 2009


As for the extra check, I have that because I was supposed to go into the office to pick up this check, but the office administrator had inadvertently mailed the check out a short while earlier, so she ended up giving me another check, which I could do because the small company head was in the office. The next day, the check she put in the mail arrived.) I get $440 per issue, so the $790 covers all but $90.


Here is a rather remarkable photo that appears in the Nov. 2009 National Geographic magazine. It was taken by Monica Szczupider and it shows a group of chimpanzees at the Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center in Cameroon looking at the dead body of "Dorothy," female chimp in her late 40s who died in Sept. 2008 of congestive heart failure. The back story of the photo, including the awful life that Dorothy had for 25 years before being rescued, is here. Dorothy was sort of the matriarch of this group of chimps at the rescue center.


As I alluded to above, I just had a 42 minute phone conversation with a very helpful lady at NRC for another important report that will pay my December rent. However, as usual, the questions asked in the project spec were all off the mark, and now I have to figure out how to write up the way NRC actually carries out this particular set of activities versus what my boss and the client behind her want to hear. The country and culture behind this company thinks that there is a single rule book that describes the TOTALITY of existence in some hierarchical fashion, and it's very annoying to have to deal with that.


The University of Maryland Memorial Chapel on the grounds of the University of Maryland, College Park, 4:50PM, Oct. 28, 2009.


The weather today is overcast gray and 60F cool with a maritime flow and even a touch of drizzle with the trees at their autumnal peak here in and around D.C. More rain is in the forecast as we continue to have a cool, wet fall in the Eastern U.S. / middle Atlantic (OK, "northern Southern Atlantic") region. The month will end with monthly, seasonal and annual surpluses.

Here are the climographs and precip. totals through midnight Oct. 30th, 2009 for Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport (BWI), and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD):


Month: 5.58" +2.56
Sept 1st: 8.89" +2.08"
Year: 35.55" +2.48"


Month: 6.21" +3.25"
Sept. 1st: 9.69" +2.75"
Year: 42.54" +7.27"
(This is also above the yearly average of 41.94")



Month: 5.64" +3.15"
Sept. 1st: 7.47" +0.50"
Year: 38.87" +3.67"


Of note, other regional recording stations are well below these totals: Charlottesville, Va., is at 31.01 (but there is no 30-year record to compare it to); Martinsburg, W.Va., is at 28.71 or -4.58" below normal; and Hagerstown, Md., is at 27.27" (with no 30-year record to compare to). So Hagerstown is 15" below BWI's total.


So Gloria is in town this weekend and next week from Peru, where she is on an extended work related assignment for the World Bank. I wish Kristof could be around.

The Oct. 23rd, 2009 Astronomy Picture of the Day showing the Full Moon and the planet Jupiter as seen behind a church steeple on a summer night in the German village of Weikersheim. Link here.

Lastly, I remain totally unemployed (except for my contracting job, which someone doesn't feel like actual work) and I realized this week I am going to be unemployed for quite some time. In fact, I may never get a job. I got rejected -- again -- from some stupid Booz Allen Hamilton ("A Strategy and Technology Consulting Firm") job.

My "employee referral" -- an acquaintance with whom I went to public policy grad school with -- could not come through in whatever perfunctory way she tried (now there's big surprise).

I never have luck with friends and acquaintances "helping" me get an "in" to some job.

The Booz Allen Hamilton would-be job (predictably) crapped out as I got a text from that person (a text!) informing me that the person in that division "doesn't believe I'd be a good fit" even though it is precisely in my chosen field and keen interest, climate change mitigation efforts. This was three months after the fact and 6+ months since my first attempt to get a job at "BAH" ended in a failure. She wrote in the text , "I'll keep forwarding your resume," to which I said, "No, please do not do that anymore."

Of course, BAH probably requires security clearances at some level and I don't think I could pass more than the most basic one. As it is, I'm no longer going to apply for any jobs with BAH.

Downtown Washington at dusk, the corner of L and 21st Streets, NW, Washington, D.C., 6:24PM, Oct. 29, 2009


Even worse when it comes to applying for numerous listed jobs and ALWAYS being rejected (i.e. never hearing back) is the crappy sprawling contractor ICF International.

I've applied for 11 jobs there since April and all of them are "deferred" (meaning I didn't get them) because I'm at once over and under qualified with no connections, no charisma, no talent, no relevant experience yet ineligible for "entry level" jobs, living in a shit economy that only helps amoral "Masters of the Robert Rubin Universe" corporate oligarchs, and -- perhaps most importantly -- operating under some weird supernatural curse that will only be lifted when I'm dead.

A picture of yours truly under an umbrella in a steady almost heavy rain as I walked the short way home from Cobalt, Washington, D.C., 1:56AM, Oct. 28, 2009


Speaking of supernatural and the dead, I will not be dressing up for Halloween, except in the crummy, frumpy, baggy way I do anyway.


My next entry will be in a few days.

Lastly, here is column by Joe Conason about why the deadly health insurance hydra's two biggest pimped-out Senate Democrat political whores, Sen. Joe Lieberman -- whose description by Norman Lear as having a backpfeifengesicht is spot on -- and Sen. Evan Bayh -- are in fact so whored out and compromised.


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A Rainy Wee Hours Update (Since I Can Pay My November Rent On Time After All-- Yay)

The intersection of R and 17 Streets, NW, Washington, D.C., was taken at 1:41AM, Oct. 28, 2009.

I missed the high heel race earlier as I was in College Park. I imagine a number of race participants fell on the wet pavement.


Screen shot from Three's Company episode "A Night Not to Remember." There was a season or two where the late John Ritter got all buff (in the early 1980s) and was showing off his body.

What exactly does Joyce DeWitt do these days??


Red Light ...

Green Light ...

... on a "soft city" rainy night, 2000 block 15th Street, NW, looking at the traffic light at V Street, NW, Washington, D.C., 9:27PM, October 27, 2009



OK, so I managed to figure out a way to pay my November rent (see comments in my previous entry) although it means being broke until mid to late November. It's a convoluted reason why, but it still works out at least rent wise.

I really need to buy a new pair of shoes.


It has been rainy steadily much of the past 10 to 12 hours with just (approximating) about 2" at DCA and almost 1.8 inches at BWI and 1.5+ inches IAD, adding to the monthly and yearly surplus.

Here was the Sterling (LWX) enhance version base reflectivity mode radar earlier tonight at 9:50PM EDT, Oct. 27, 2009. (Usually, I post the "standard version" base reflectivity or "standard version" composite mode rather than the enhanced version of either, but all my images are just screen captures turned into JPEG images.)


Here is a broader mosaic image of a series of composite radar images at just about the same time ...

Here was the larger mosaic image for the Northeastern United States at 1:48 UTC, Oct. 28, 2009 (9:48PM EDT, Oct. 27, 2009)


A wee hours update ...

Yours truly, my plush baby hippo, Flippo, and my Sunshine Buddies in the wee hours on a rainy night in a small efficiency somewhere near Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C., Oct. 28, 2009


I will conclude by saying -- again -- that my next update will be around Saturday.


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

My D.C. Apartment Rent Unpayable Bill and Staten Island's Todt Hill

A lovely sunset -- even as seen in my crummy cellphone camera image -- taken at the corner of Fleming Avenue and Grosvenor Lane, Bethesda, Md., 6:21PM, Oct. 25, 2009.


This entry contains some images that I took over the weekend, in particular Sunday evening on a short fall sunset walk with LP in Rockville and Bethesda near his Grosvenor Park place. They are interspersed in a topically unrelated entry.

Let me say at the outset that barring some big noteworthy event, my next planned entry update won't be until Saturday as I have a lot of contracting work to do with multiple assignments.

Listening to an old energy-inefficient but soothing dish washer swooosh and whirl away in LP's apt. in Rockville, Md., 5:43PM, Oct. 25, 2009.


My problem and big worry is that I won't be getting paid the money that will be going to my November rent until very late in the month, on or about the 20th, ten days after the deadline and with a $45 late fee (and possibly ending up on the monthly eviction list, which apparently is put together on the 15th.

Basically, I will basically be 3 weeks late after the 1st of the month and I'm not sure what their response will be.

Grosvenor Park II, Rockville, Md., at cool fall sunset, 5:53PM, Oct. 25, 2009


I am going to write a note to the property management company, specifically, the lady who oversees my building's rental collections. One way to avoid this is to have my check expedited instead of waiting for the biweekly visit of the firm's accountant, but I've already asked for this multiple times. I think it takes at least a month to be evicted. If I am, I'm not sure what I'll do.

The entrance Brighton Gardens Assisted Living as LP and I took a walk onto the Bethesda Trolley Trail, 6:01PM, Oct. 25, 2009.


Today, I only did a minimal amount of work for the job -- but that's because I did my laundry, grocery shopping, and applied for five, yes, FIVE, jobs, although all were online (a lousy way to apply but required) and four of them were with one large contractor whose career Web site is basically a giant black hole into which seven previous applications of mine have gone, forever to disappear into a "deferred" state, and I find it very irritating.

Then there is my hope of getting a Federal job, esp. with EPA. To quote the line from my previous entry by Prof. Michael Greenberger at the conference I attended last Tuesday, good luck with that.

Looking toward the northwest over I-270 on the Bethesda Trolley Trail overpass, Rockville - Bethesda, Md., 6:10PM, Oct. 25, 2009.


The point of the relating my Monday, though, is to say that my week is now (in theory) freed up to do other work. That is why I cannot update this blog until the weekend -- it's too distracting for me at times.

Oh, yes, I also managed to lay the groundwork for an interview in the relevant section of NRC for one of my contracting jobs.

As for the Capitol Hill scheduled three day hearings on S. 1733 I mentioned, I am planning to attend the Thursday session of the Environment and Public Works Committee.


Looking southeast on the same pedestrian - biker trail over I-270, 6:10PM, Oct. 25, 2009.


As a follow-up to my previous entry, the New York City area did not get 3 to 5 inches in the Saturday night t-storm outbreak but more like about 1.8 inches. Also, I did not go through my preliminary DCA, BWI, and IAD numbers to make sure they were down to the 0.01 correct for Saturday.

Rain is in the forecast for Tuesday into Wednesday, and in fact, it has started to rain tonight. The fall colors of the trees are near or at peak now.


Speaking of New York City (in whose New Jersey suburban shadow I grew up in the 1970s), I found an interesting Web site on "Forgotten New York" with pictures and write ups about little semi-forgotten corners of New York City. I found a particularly interesting page on Staten Island's Todt Hill. The name "Todt" is a Dutch one for "death," I think because of the Moravian cemetery up there.

Yes, there is a transmission tower atop it. Here is an image from that Web page showing the transmission tower as seen from the corner of Todt Hill Road and Fine Blvd.

Todt Hill has an elevation of approx. 410 feet above sea level, making it the highest point in NYC and on the East Coast south of Maine (except I thought the nearby closed Fresh Kills Landfill had a higher elevation). Staten Island does not connect well to the rest of NYC or to New Jersey except by a maze of 75+ year old overcrowded, high-speed, dangerous highways.

Interestingly, the highest land spot in the District of Columbia is 410 feet above sea level. It's Fort Reno (and the very top is fenced off for a VORTAC). However, D.C. is not considered "along the East Coast" -- maybe in 500 years with about 30 feet of sea level rise.

Here is another image from the "Forgotten New York" Web site on the page devoted to Todt Hill on Staten Island with a distant transmission tower in New Jersey visible.

This is the (summertime) view looking through a telescopic lens toward -- I believe -- the south (or SSW), which would make that the northern edge of Monmouth County along Raritan Bay / Sandy Hook Bay near Keansburg/ Middletown Township (not labeled in the image below) located midway between South Amboy, where my mom was raised and my grandmother lived until she died (and my estranged uncle still lives) on Henry Street, and Sandy Hook / Sea Bright (on the upper end of the Jersey Atlantic seashore where I spent my summers, and just north of my home town of Long Branch).

Here I have tried to show what I estimate to be the field of view from the image above. The vantage point is from the top vertex of this triangle -- that's where Todt Hill is located.

The transmission tower in that above image is somewhere between the two bottom vertexes, I'm estimating midway (though it may be a bit more toward the right side one). The circled places are South Amboy, Sea Bright, and Long Branch, respectively.

The above image is especially evocative because I recall that particular transmission tower you can see in the distance, or at least an earlier version of it. (The big microwave receivers were removed, as they were on the one on Stone Hill in New Jersey (Upper Freehold Township) where my dad lived.

I could see the above tower from the now-vanished Tradewinds Beach Club in Sea Bright. It was kind of a weather observation reference, too, since weather often came in from the northwest.

More generally, you could also see NYC on the northern horizon on clear days and nights.

I believe Mr. Sirius's slightly younger and taller self is from Staten Island.

OK, enough of that.


Golden Girls Quote

OK, I think that's all for now. It is now 12:30AM Tuesday. On Monday nights starting at 5PM and running to 1AM it is all reruns of The Golden Girls on WeTV, except from 7PM - 8PM, when Ghost Whisperer is shown. Hallmark shows reruns of The Golden Girls weeknights from 11PM - 2AM.

Blanche: I remember once my sister Virginia wouldn't talk to me for a month, all because I smiled at her boyfriend.
Dorothy (trying to comfort Rose): There, listen to Blanche.
Blanche: Of course, I was skinny dipping on his property at the time.
Dorothy: Don't listen to Blanche.
Blanche: ALRIGHT, it was his BATHTUB, but we were blowing suds off each other when SHE walked in!


Best interview exchange of the month:

Last Friday night on Nightline, Martin Bashir asked in his perfect "RP / BBC English" British accent to Scientology Church spokes-model Tommy Davis (son of actress Anne Archer):

"Do you believe that the Galactic Emperor called Xenu brought his people to Earth 75 million years ago and buried them in volcanoes?"

Mr. Davis got defensive and angry ("I'm not going to discuss disgusting perversions of Scientology's beliefs") and stormed off the set.

Full story here. The exchange occurs around 3:45 in the third YouTube clip on this page (Part 3 of 5 of the interview).


Speaking of YouTube, I will end this entry with a little lovely light music. It is Hiroshima's delightful instrumental "One Wish" with its distinctive Japanese lilt in the overall tune that is somehow both mournful and cheerful.

Here is it before YouTube takes it down for a copyright violation.


That's all for now. Again, my next planned update won't be until Saturday. However, judging by the drop off in comments, oh, never mind ...


Saturday, October 24, 2009

My Lovely Rainy Day Blog Update on Various Topics

"Crotey," my Gold dust Croton, on my kitchen window will on a rainy Saturday in Washington, D.C., 3:42PM, Oct. 24, 2009


In the words of Bill Withers' eponymous song, today weather-wise is "A lovely day / A lovely day / A lovely day" with bursts of soaking, windy rain under opaque gray skies and warm temperatures. It is in the low 70s Fahrenheit. Ideally, I'd prefer it about 10F or 15F cooler, but a cold front is passing through the mid-Atlantic region.

Here is the Sterling (LWX) radar in base reflectivity mode, 3:22PM, Oct. 24, 2009 as heavy rain showers possibly with embedded thunderstorms swept across the Washington / Baltimore corridor.


Updated: Eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey into the New York City metropolitan area are really getting hammered today.

This is the Fort Dix (DIX) base reflectivity mode radar at 6:42PM, Oct. 24, 2009. I am putting this image in this entry just before posting the entry.


I got paid on Thursday $790 but already nearly half of it is gone on bills and having spent too much. I actually have A LOT of work to do for my contracting job but I am going to be late on my November rent. It probably won't get paid until Nov. 15th - 20th, which will result in a $30 late fee and possibly (temporarily) being on William C. Smith's eviction short list (which apparently gets put together the 15th of every month).

I figure that I only have two or three more months of living this way and then something will change -- either I'll get an actual financially self-sustaining job or I will move out of here into a room in a house somewhere.

Lady in a wheelchair, in the subterranean Bethesda Metro station on the Glenmont-bound side of the platform, 10:31PM, Oct. 22, 2009.


One thing that would probably significantly improve my odds of getting my much sought after Federal job with EPA or even FERC would be passage of climate and energy legislation by Congress.

I refer to some combination of H.R. 2454*, the American Clean Energy and Security (ACES) Act of 2009 (i.e. Waxman-Markey); S. 1733**, the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act of 2009, (i.e. Kerry - Boxer), and the third one, S. 1462, the American Clean Energy Leadership Act, (i.e. Sen. Bingaman's bill).

*This is the version that narrowly passed the House 219-212 on June 26th; it takes a bit of time to load.

**This is the first draft of the bill that came out Sept. 30th without the emission allowance allocations specified. The second draft (Chairman's Mark) is linked below.

EPA just came out with its favorable analysis of S. 1733 yesterday in a remarkably short time, although the bill practically mimics H.R. 2454, which EPA analyzed last summer and found it would be on balance a good thing with very modest cost to the average family (and even zero cost for the working poor after adjusting the tax code).

The problem is getting anything through the Senate with its cult-like GOP minority whose religious fundamentalism precludes them from believing that global climate change is anything but a Marxist hoax to destroy Christianity and the American Dream, or at least their thieving and brutal versions of each.

Ha ha

Oh, yes, Joe asked me what I thought of this story that shows a 20+ percentage point drop off in the number of Americans who "believe" that anthropogenic climate change is occurring, based on a series of Pew polls over time, and is now at 57 percent. (Other polls do not show such a precipitous decline, and I've always been skeptical of Pew polls, even when they are favorable to my liberal side.)

My response: Assuming there has been a noticeable drop off in public acceptance of climate change, I'm totally not surprised.

The combined average global surface temperature over land and seas for 1850 - 2008 as compiled by the Climatic Research Unit and the Hadley Centre of the UK Met Office.


The religio-insanity and general proud ignorance of the body politic, combined with a corporate whore media that always buys the Republican narrative, that loves a bogus ("Democrats say 2+2=4, Republicans disagree..." and now we've done our fucking job reporting the news to you) objectivity mixed with GOP-tilted contrarianism, as witnessed in the recent silly emphasis on "global cooling", including from some who should know better; and that would rather be obsessing on imagined [omitted so I don't get eventually get thousands of unwanted hits on that search term] predators everywhere and Amber alerts outside Tupelo, Valdosta, or Greenville - Spartanburg.

Remember that (on average nationally) 22 percent of the electorate (more in Alabama and less in Massachusetts) is just quasi-fascist and paranoid outright, living in an alternate Universe of believes, values, and reality.

Probably another 25 percent has been made to think that "global warming = no God and the death of the American dream" based on assorted pimped right wing think tanks and oil industry-backed "Astroturf" front groups, the Fox Nazi Noise Machine, AM hinterland hate radio, the Southern Baptist and Mormon Churches, and the rest.

With all that messed up lot, I'm surprised it's still at 57 percent "support." As if scientific truth can be put to a plebiscite of the proletariat American exurban petit-bourgeoisie.

What America does have going for it over Europe are decent all - purpose bathrooms - rather than a shower here, the oh-so-practical bidet there, a "water closet" upstairs with the sink in some random room down the hall -- that's just nasty.

AND you can also get lunches for less than $50 and a rounds of drink for three that comes in under $65.

Wait a minute, I got off topic.


On another related climate change topic, I went to the CQ - Roll Call Group sponsored "Climate Change Conference 2009: From Kyoto to Copenhagen" at the Ronald Reagan Building here in D.C. on Tuesday. There were four U.S. Senators who addressed the conference -- Cardin, Sanders, Klobuchar, and Voinovich.

The breakout session on carbon markets was quite contentious thanks to the presence on the panel of law professor Michael Greenberger.

He said the derivatives - based nature of the proposed commodity market in greenhouse gas emission allowances will allow the usual thieves, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan, the two who helped blow up the financial system in 2008 and got trillions in taxpayer bailouts no questions asked, of which billions are going to their top people as criminal "bonuses," to run the whole show in a $2 trillion speculative bubble.

"And if you think that's going to help the environment, good luck with that!" he said at one point.

The other panelists disagreed for a variety of reasons that this would necessarily happen.

Elm Street Park on the Chevy Chase -- Bethesda, Maryland border, 3:05PM, Oct. 22, 2009.


As for contracting work, I have to finish my biweekly climate change monitor -- which, apparently I have been doing poorly, in an unfocused "stream-of-conscience" way, according to my supervisor. This is from a woman who has never seen a bus she wouldn't throw her staff under if she thought it would help her in the slightest.

I had to wait until today (which means Monday morning) because EPA didn't finish its analysis until last night and the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee timed its release of a second draft version, the Chairman's Mark, of S. 1733 with allowance allocations specified. The changes from the first draft are specified here.

However, it is true that I have no goddamn talent whatsoever on anything. I've come to accept that fact.

An interesting looking man on the Metro Red Line (car #3065) as I was heading to Bethesda, 2:11PM, Oct. 22, 2009.

Other stuff I have to finish in the next few weeks: a series of NRC interviews and write up involving (assuming I can even get them); a nuclear power news summary; a write up on "clean tech" centers of activity in the United States; and fuel cell usage in industrial applications; two more global climate change monitors. Next week Sen. Boxer is holding hearings on S. 1733, so I will probably be attending those in the audience.

It's so depressing to go to Capitol Hill and being around people doing such important things and here I am severely under-employed, chronically broke, and struggling so badly all alone, and unable to be part of those good activities.

While I have all this work to do in order to survive financially, I am worried that my lousy Dell PC laptop will be crapping out in the next few months, or else it will get struck by some virus or malware from Russia that will wipe it out once and for all.

I think that's all for now. I am going to Chris T's tonight and then to Cobalt where it is "Shift" night and C. is bartending.

The view outside my 5th floor kitchen window during a downpour a short while ago (after I started this entry), overlooking the 2000 block of New Hampshire Ave., NW, Washington, D.C., 5:03PM, Oct. 24, 2009.


Here Flippo reads one of his new favorite blogs called "Hippograms" featuring the adventures of Mr. Hippo A. Potamus. I won't take the liberty of linking to it, esp. given how politically opinionated I am in my blog.


It's downpouring again, but that should be about it as the front comes through. IAD has had 1.68" of precip. this afternoon, DCA 0.75" and BWI also 0.75" so far.

Updated: final Oct. 24, 2009 precip stats: 0.90" DCA, 0.96" BWI, and 1.69" IAD (daily record), bringing the yearly totals so far to 30.52" (DCA), 40.64" (BWI), and 37.26" (IAD), respectively.

All three are in surplus for the year by +5.85" at BWI, +0.95" at DCA, and +2.61" at IAD. BWI is actually 1.34" shy of its full calendar (annual) average.

My next planned update will be early next week.


Friday, October 23, 2009

Ghost Train ... Good Blogger

Ghost train ...

A Glenmont-bound Red Line train pulls into the Bethesda Metro station, Bethesda, Md., 10:22PM, Oct. 22, 2009. It only looks like this because my cellphone camera sucks so much.


Blogger is acting VERY squirrelly here in the wee hours tonight in a big way, but it is suddenly back up.

About it being back up, let me just say the following: Thank you, Blogger. I really mean that, as I know you take A LOT of crap from unappreciative bloggers who basically expect infinite services from you all the time for free. I admit I fall into that category sometimes.

I believe these are mixed altostratus and altocumlus clouds over Bethesda, Md., and the D.C. area in general, 2:37PM, Oct. 22, 2009. These might be cirrocumlus clouds, too, which would make it a "mackerel" sky.


I had a good day tonight in that I got paid $790 (after a brief panic I'll explain later) and I spent the afternoon at my old job (now as a contractor). I also had a wonderful dinner with the office administrator, who is my friend, at Bangkok Garden in downtown Bethesda. Tonight, I went to Cobalt -- with the usual results.

One of the lion statues (the "northwest side") at the edge of the Taft Bridge, Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., 10:53PM, Oct. 22, 2009


Anyway, I HAVE to finish an article tonight (even though I'm somewhat drunk from going out earlier) and I have to finish a whole biweekly compendium by 6PM or so ("close of bid'ness") tomorrow (later today).

I cannot post a proper entry right now, so I'll sign off.

G'night, Gentle Reader.