Monday, September 27, 2010

Alternate Realities -OR- Big Bird on Lake Huron

Arp 188, the Tadpole Galaxy with its 280,000 light year long tidal tail of young, bright blue giant stars, located 420 million light years away in Draco. This was the Sept. 26, 2010 APOD.

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OK, so let's start this entry. I don't have a great deal of pictures posted ...

... except of this little fellow.

I've decided to NOT post anything about Saturday night -- the facts, my view of what happened (which no one will believe anyway), and an alternate view given by Jamie -- for the time being.

I will say that Jamie's view embodies a profoundly different reality that scares me because it suggests a truly weird and unhappy person with a pathetic pattern of falling for gayborhood bar bartenders in lieu of an actual relationship, and where there is a massive emotional investment in a situation where there is nothing in return.

That is, he says I have a strong pattern of weird one-sided emotional relationships -- bartenders in particular -- who are not involved with me in return and that I have such an investment in what amounts to a fantasy where I get nothing in return.

This is all in lieu of an actual relationship since I'm so terrified of being romantically involved that I supplement it with bartender crushes.

Sweet.

I refer to Mr. Sirius and the person I shall call "Big Bird" or alternatively, Lake Huron, although he prefers the French spelling Lac Huron).

Here's that bartender and I in happier times. Actually, this is Big Bird and actress Maria Menounos.

As for writing about the details of Saturday night and my take on it, I'm just waiting until I have a little better sense of the situation, especially to see if I'm permanently banned from Cobalt. I have written about it on my other blog if you want to look it up.

Lake Huron as seen from Ipperwash Beach in Ontario. I assumed this was near sunrise, but it might actually be (if on the eastern shore of this Great Lake), near sunset.

I'd apologize to Big Bird except (1) I doubt he wants it, and (2) I don't think I was all in the wrong. But, of course, none of that matters.

Sigh.

Oh, yeah, I'm also "banned" from S&P place in Adam's Morgan because of my "sense of entitlement" and behavior -- which, ironically, occurred on the previous final Saturday evening of the month when Big Bird of Lake Huron was working happy hour. In that instance, I should have stayed there. So that's a two-fer this weekend.

Would anyone else like to ban me from anywhere?? There's OPEN ENROLLMENT for the next 24 hours. Just email me or comment below.


Here O. and R. chat at Adams Mill Bar in the outdoor seating area while R. holds their dog, Gracie, 9:38PM, Sept. 24, 2010.

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I found this out at Adams Mill bar on Friday night in bustling Adams Morgan, where I went to a happy hour, if that's what you call it. Long story short, while I still want to be friends with S., my friendship with P. ended long ago.

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Turning to the weather ...

Well, we got screwed out of a lot needed rain, at least here in the immediate D.C. area with just 0.27" at DCA for the entire event through the 9PM hour and only 0.18" at IAD.

By contrast, BWI received much more -- as did the Baltimore area and locations along the Chesapeake Bay -- with 1.14" at BWI. This will make the DCA / BWI discrepancy this year -- even larger.

Through 5PM EDT today, DCA is at 22.33" year-to-date or -7.36" below normal while BWI is at 30.36" year-to-date or -1.59" below normal, so the difference is 8.03" or 36% more for BWI compared to DCA.

The rain on the radar is mostly bypassing us tonight as this image shows:

The LWX enhanced mode base reflectivity radar, 8:55PM, Sept. 27, 2010.

Sigh.

Updated while writing this: The LWX discussion that came out at 959PM still forecasts periods of heavy rain late tonight into tomorrow.

It has cooled down but it is still very thickly humid and warmish around here. Of note, both the 18UTC NAM and 18UTC GFS for today show some sort of a weird tropical-like system moving ashore over South Carolina/North Carolina and moving due north with copious amounts of rain.

The image above is the 18UTC Sept. 27, 2010 NAM model showing 6 hour precipitation, mean sea level pressure (MSLP), and 850mb temperatures valid at hour 78, or 0UTC Oct. 1, 2010. This suggests a very tight precipitation gradient with 1 to 3 inches in just that six hour time step.

I'm skeptical.

The image above shows the same three quantities except it is from the 18UTC Sept. 27, 2010 GFS model run and is valid for hour 72, or 18UTC Sept. 30, 2010.

This run suggests a 3+ inches of precipitation for the D.C./Baltimore area for this six hour period (I'm not sure if it starts, ends, or is centered on the time given).

Oh, yes, it reached 93F at DCA this past Saturday, bringing the total number of 90F+ days this year for Washington, D.C., officially to 67 days, tying the 1980 record. BWI and IAD are at 59 days and 58 days, respectively, both records.

It was also the warmest summer climatologically -- June 1 through Aug. 31 -- at DCA and BWI and probably IAD.

Lastly, the 99F record high on Sept. 24th at DCA not only broke the daily record of 94F by a whopping 5F, but it is worth noting that if it had hit 100F -- it didn't -- it would've broken the previous latest 100F in Washington, D.C., by 16 days. The previous latest 100F day was Sept. 8, 1939, which is actually a pre-National Airport Washington, D.C., record. The latest at DCA itself appears to be Sept. 2, 1980 when it reached 101F. Source here.

It's Monday night and I'm watching The Golden Girls lineup on WeTV. I'm tired.

Oh, yeah, I never did post the last set of images from my Florida trip. I'll get around to that at some point.

Lastly, I am still keen to move out of this neighborhood and into another part of D.C. to get the hell out of the gayborhood.

--Regulus

4 comments:

DJG said...

I'll have to check with the government here, but I don't think you're banned from Australia.

The open invitation to visit is still open if you can swing it.

Regulus said...

Thank you, DJG. You always know how to cheer me up.

к.нео.физ.де.му said...

i wish i could say the same about russia, but i can't...

i think there are on some kind of banning binge over there - see the today firing of moscow mayor of 18 years by medvedev.

resonsur!

krzysztof said...

All zis banning is taking avay my horny:-)