Sunday, July 4, 2010

Pictures from July 3rd Fourth of July Party

Phil & Stephanie's living room with Delbert McClinton on the telly (tuned to a music channel), 6:03PM, July 3, 2010.

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Yesterday I had a very good time at Phil and Stephanie's July Fourth party held on July 3rd. Despite my weather complaints (see below), it was actually a very nice and exceptionally pleasant evening with low humidity, comfortable temperatures, and vibrant sunset colors. This entry contains pictures I took at the sprawling event.

Here is picture of the backyard outdoor event at Phil & Stephanie's party, 6:55PM, July 3, 2010.

They live along Adams Mill Road and this is their backyard which is at the steep drop off above the National Zoo.

Food table in the backyard of Phil & Stephanie's, Washington, D.C., 7:00PM, July 3, 2010. That little boy is Steve's son Benjamin.

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Here is a picture of Eric (seated), Phil, David (facing away from picture), and John D. (I'm drawing a blank on the lady's name right now), 7:22PM, July 3, 2010.

David is moving to San Francisco for his Air France job at the start of August.

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The sun room overlooking the backyard, Phil & Stephanie's place, 6:04PM, July 3, 2010.

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A picture of yours truly and little Maya, Aaron & Megan's 9 month old baby, Phil & Stephanie's place, Washington, D.C., 7:50PM, July 3, 2010.

Apparently, I held Aaron & Megan's 6-year old daughter Julianne when she was just six months old at Eric and Amy's wedding in June 2004 -- and wearing the same dress. That was just a few weeks after the Mr. Sirius incident and I don't really recall much from that time.

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The happy father -- Aaron -- and his new daughter, Maya, at Phil's place, Washington, D.C., 6:37PM, July 3, 2010.

I've known Aaron (and Kevin) since I was in 11th grade and they were in 10th grade in Glen Burnie High School (!) in 1987.

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Weather Update ...

The hideosity -- or is it hideousness? -- of our impending next heat wave and drought continues apace, and the local idiot population, or at least some portion of it, remains deliriously thrilled because it's so stupid.


Not only is there no chance of rain for the next 7 to 10 days, there isn't even a frickin' cloud in the forecast. Meanwhile, the LWX meteorologists have big, long, weighty internal discussions about whether to issue a heat advisory because of some bullshit, arbitrarily high and highly problematic* 105F heat index. (A heat index of 110F is required for an excessive heat warning.)

Apparently, 104F is just dandy but 106F is deadly. In other forecast areas -- even as nearby as Mount Holly, N.J. (which includes the Philadelphia area and much of the Delmarva) -- the criteria for heat advisories is 100F.

*Just where is this heat index being recorded? In the shade at DCA next to its stupid thermometer or in the baking Sun on the asphalt and concrete in downtown Baltimore?

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Oh, yes, Glenn Greenwald wrote yet another very good column about our vapid, pro-Bush, pro-corporate, pro-everything-bad-and-wrong establishment media and why it's so useless.

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A few more pictures ...

Yours truly looking out the top floor window at Phil and Stephanie's house, Washington, D.C., 6:50PM, July 3, 2010.

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Damon texting next to a top floor window, Phil & Stephanie's place, Washington, D.C., 6:52PM, July 3, 2010.

Damon and his fiance are moving to Australia for at least a year. Damon is taking a post-doc position at the University of Newcastle (not to be confused with Newcastle University at Newcastle-upon-Tyne in England). I'm planning to visit him -- and Sydney, located about 100 miles to the SSW, where maybe I can actually visit Fifi.

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OLIVER!

I hadn't seen Oliver since last November.

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After the party, LP drove me back to the gayborhood and I went to Cobalt and Windows for about 10 minutes each and then walked home and went to bed by about 2AM.

As for today, the actual 4th of July, I'm not really sure what to do. I'm not really in the mood to deal with massive crowds in the heat to see the damn fireworks on the National Mall. Also, Gary is not around. Not really sure what to do.

Tomorrow (July 5th) is the Federal holiday and I have off.

Well, I HAD planned to update this blog later today, but I ended up posting the bulk of the pictures from yesterday that I was going to post. Therefore, I guess I don't need to update this blog today. My next planned update will be early next week.

--Regulus

4 comments:

krzysztof said...

So you really like that scorched thermometer image I see.

Branton, my new neighbor officially moved in yesterday. He is very nice, very clean, very tidy and quite social.

I don't know what else to say right now except have a great day!

krzysztof said...

Blogger ate my comment but that's OK I didn't write anything intelligent anyway.

к.нео.физ.де.му said...

since we are on the topic of our neighbors - my cibicle neibghor is aking quite loud and discusting eating noises right now, i am trying to block them out by banging on the keyboard as loud as i can...

:)

see, krzysztof, blogger didn't quite eat your comment...

oh, help me god - he is onto grugling noises!

regulus, i am glad that the party was fun and people let you hold their babies... :)

empledi!

Regulus said...

Kristof -- I don't particularly like the scorched thermometer image. It's just that it's so frickin' hot this year and so the image keeps getting a lot of use. If and when it starts to rain a lot again, my little frog rain gauge will get more use.

Mike G -- That sounds awful. Is he like the types we used to have in the meteorology dept. long ago?