Phil, Chris T., and Oliver, earlier tonight, 11:01PM EDT (before the "fall back" time change), Oct. 31, 2009
What a wet Halloween, except I don't have any good Halloween night pictures to post. Boo.
Drenching rain is falling across the Washington, D.C., area. The LWX (Sterling) forecast for D.C. proper says "less than a tenth of an inch" of rain but that's just wrong. The forecasters at LWX will never admit they were wrong, of course. It just goes down the memory hole.
LWX (Sterling) composite mode radar, 2:57AM EST, Nov. 1, 2009 (this shows what's going on in the clouds as well as what is falling -- and clearly there is sleet over parts of Frederick County, Md., Loudoun County, Va., and the West Virginia panhandle, at about 2,500 to 3,500 feet inside the clouds).
The Northeastern U.S. radar mosaic, 2:48AM EST (7:48 UTC), Nov. 1, 2009. I wonder if that thin, 400+ mile long line of precip. offshore is real or some artifact of the radar.
Oh, yes, for October we ended up with 5.71" at DCA, 6.24" at BWI, and 5.70" at IAD, all of which is above normal for the month. We're also above normal year-to-date.
Year to date through midnight the three regional airport precip numbers are as follows: DCA is at 35.68 or +2. 41"; BWI is at 42.57" or +7.10"; and IAD is at 38.93" or +3.51". These figures may rise by another quarter to half inch by morning.
Tonight, I went to a party at Phil and Stephanie's that was initially for Gloria, who is in D.C. for a week or so. The whole gang was there (except, of course, Kristof). Gloria is actually just over half way through her planned 18 month World Bank tour in Lima.
I fell asleep on the floor and woke up at 2:25AM -- Standard Time, so it was really 3:25AM daylight time, but my cellphone had already adjusted itself.
While walking through a chaotic, mobbed, drunken Adams Morgan down 18th Street from Phil and Stephanie's place in the pouring rain, I asked a police officer standing at the corner of 18th and Columbia Road -- the MPD police were out in BIG TIME force tonight -- and she (a young African American lady) went to look at her watch and realized she wasn't wearing one and yelled, "FUCK ME HARD!" I simply said, "Thank you, officer" and walked on. I also saw a man with a very bloody and messed up face sitting on the sidewalk with the police around him. Sometimes Adams Morgan is just so fucked up.
As for me, in my own little world, I wanted to go to Cobalt but it was too late since last call is 230AM. When I saw it was 2:25AM, and then the minutes kept ticking by ... 2:35AM ... 2:45AM ... and so on ... I was secretly hoping that my cellphone would readjust itself back an hour but it had already changed to standard time. Just as well.
In any event, I'm home now ... and I didn't spend a PENNY today, although that wasn't the goal per se.
I came across this picture earlier on the New York Times Web site ...
This photo was at the height of the urban ghetto crack wars of the early 1990s such as in New York's South Bronx. Read here for the story about this picture taken by New York Times photographer Ángel Franco and what this young lady, Guissette Muniz, now 24, is up to today. That location, by the way, is much improved today.
Astronomy Picture of the Day from last Halloween (2008) ...
The Witch Head Nebula (IC 2118) strongly reflecting the light of blue super-duper giant star Rigel in Orion. The Witch Head Nebula is about 1000 light years away and spans about 50 light years. This was the APOD picture of the day for last Halloween, link here.
Apropos really of nothing ...
Happy Halloween, Mr. Boo Berry
Mr. Boo Berry talks like Peter Lorre, except the voice over was by Paul Frees, who was quite an interesting person in his own right.
Here is one of the first Boo Berry commercials from 1973 or thereabouts ...
I had forgotten about the weird Franken Berry -- Count Chocula rivalry. These are all part of the General Mills "monster-themed cereals."
Now if my blogger buddy Bryan were still here, he would have read this and sent me a box of Boo Berry cereal.
I miss you, Bryan. I hope you're happy and content where ever you area, sweetie.
Oooh, and I remember this Lite Bright commercial, too (I actually had TWO Lite Brights) ...
Building on what I saw in a YouTube comment: "Light bulb not included?!? DAMN YOU TO HELL, YOU BASTARDS!!"
I'm so far behind on everything. I really need to focus and concentrate and not update this blog for a least a week, except I won't do that 'cuz I can't. Yet I have to -- otherwise I don't finish my intellectual "piece work "and don't get paid. Now I'm really scared.
Anyway, I need to go to bed right now.