Monday, June 21, 2010

The Watergate and Sulgrave Club -OR- Wealthy Washington Places

The big circular table in a small private room off the main dining room, Sulgrave Club, Washington, D.C., 8:07PM, June 20, 2010

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The images in this entry were taken on Sunday. I took a walk with Gary down to the Watergate yesterday and later in the evening I went to the Sulgrave Club at Dupont Circle -- that's a really wealthy women's club.

The Watergate fountain (or rather the lowermost flattened oval pool of it), 4:44PM, June 20, 2010.

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Today (Monday, June 21st) is the first day of summer -- and it was fucking 93F hot and simultaneously humid and dry and uninterrupted sunshine just to make things even more miserable. Tonight at the midnight hour temps are in the low 80s F with no sign of rain anywhere. The weather-whores on TV and elsewhere are thrilled that we are entering a drought. June is shaping up to be the warmest one on record at DCA.

The Watergate sunken, multi-tiered promenade and lower level shop area tucked within the arc formed by the Watergate Office Building and the Watergate South, Washington, D.C., 5:06PM, June 20, 2010.

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I've no idea if this job is working out or not. I can't figure it out.

Gary's reflection in the window of what I think is a weird, old-style travel agent's office in the Watergate Office Building (and not to be confused with the other buildings of the Watergate complex), 600 New Hampshire Ave., NW, Washington, D.C., 5:10PM, June 20, 2010.

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The Watergate Complex from the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C., 5:14PM, June 20, 2010.

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The Kennedy Center interior, Washington, D.C., 5:22PM, June 20, 2010.

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Gary by the sign of the Western Presbyterian Church, Washington, D.C., 6:12PM, June 20, 2010.

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HIPPO!

The George Washington University mascot hippo outside the Lisner Auditorium, Washington, D.C., 6:22PM, June 20, 2010.

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The traffic light and street lights -- old flat-faced one and the new and more ornate one being installed, corner of 17th Street and New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., 7:54PM, June 20, 2010.

That's a first quarter Moon in the evening, eve-of-summer sky. I'll avoid a big discussion about the old and new street lights -- except to say that the flat-faced "old" one was actually among the tens of thousands of then-new ones the city installed in the late 1990s to reduce glare. The new new ones (along with the higher globular lamps for 17th Street) must certainly come from Stimulus bill money.

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Yours truly in the main ballroom of the Sulgrave Club, Washington, D.C., 8:12PM, June 20, 2010.

Ooh, I'm fat.

Weren't those curtains once featured in a Carol Burnett Show skit? I'm referring to the "Went With the Wind" parody of Gone With the Wind.

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A private upstairs room at the Sulgrave Club, Washington, D.C., 8:14PM, June 20, 2010.

It costs $5,000 upfront to join and you need three members to recommend you. Annual dues are about $2,000. Actually staying overnight for members in one of the 8 private rooms is relatively inexpensive for the location.

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OK, that's all for now. I probably won't update this blog until around Thursday.

--Regulus

2 comments:

Hippo A. Potamus said...

Hi, Mr. Regulus--Hippo (and one of his humans) here. We wanted to thank you for your concern when you've stopped by our infrequent postings of late. All is not well in hippo-land, and as you are a loyal reader, Friend of Hippo, and a neighbor, we thought we should offer an explanation. My humans would prefer to explain in a less public setting; you can email me at my hippograms email address (found on my blog), should you choose to.

Regulus said...

Hi Mr. Potamus,

I sent you an email as you requested. I hope everything is OK -- what's going on? I'm sorry to hear that there is trouble in Hippograms-Land. I hope it's nothing too serious.

--Regulus