Monday, October 4, 2010

In the Rainy City Beautiful ...

The row houses in the 1000 block of New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., on a cloudy, cool early evening after a rainy morning, 6:25PM, Oct. 4, 2010.

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It's Monday early night and I'm almost settled in except for my laundry, which is drying in the dryers down stairs. I'm actually quite tired tonight and plan to be in bed no later than 11PM. It's The Golden Girls rerun night on We TV.

Cloudy, cool, brooding dusk at the intersection of Virginia Avenue and 25th Streets, NW, near the Watergate Complex, Washington, D.C., 6:01PM, Oct. 4, 2010.

Earlier tonight, I took the Metro from L'Enfant Plaza after work to Foggy Bottom and went to the Watergate Safeway, where I had not been in a while, on one of my periodic very extended shopping excursions. This requires walking back about 1.5 miles to my place by 16th and U Streets, NW.

The fountains in the Watergate Complex (in the Watergate East), 6:03PM, Oct. 4, 2010.

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It is an overcast, lovely cool, soft night with bits of drizzle. The air temp. is around 53F, so it is very pleasant as far as I'm concerned. The rain has ended but there is a coastal low slowly pinwheeling moisture into New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania while an upper level low over the Ohio River valley has all but stalled. The rainfall has moved out of the Metro Washington and Baltimore areas.

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Some pics from Sunday ...

Dupont Circle with the central fountain and a little squirrel visible in the foreground on a cloudy, gloomy, pleasantly cool dusk, Washington, D.C., 5:38PM, Oct. 3, 2010.

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Bua Thai restaurant, Washington, D.C., 4:54PM, Oct. 3, 2010.

I went to Bua yesterday early evening for a solo dinner before I went over to Buffalo Billiards to meet the others. The restaurant opens at 5PM on Sunday but the hostess actually opened up the place 15 minutes early when she saw me.

That's nicer than the usual being banned from here, there, and everything in which I seem to specialize.

A view of Bua's outdoor second floor deck that overlooks P Street, NW, Washington, D.C., 4:50PM, Oct. 3, 2010.

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Returning to the weather, some of the Sterling (LWX) NWS crew are in a tizzy over what a "sparkling holiday weekend" the weather will be with all delightful wall-to-wall sunshine. This is based on the discussion that came out at 3:02PM. Once again extensive amounts of personal opinion were put into the discussion, which is technically against National Weather Service policy (at least as I understand it).

The new side bar at Buffalo Billiards, Washington, D.C., 8:41PM, Oct. 3, 2010.

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Here is the rest of what was written in that silly abbreviated / clipped weather-speak that is nothing more than a throwback to the telegraph days and serves no purpose other than to keep the professional "insider jargon" alive:

"BUT AFTR WE SURVIVE THE CLDS/COOLER TEMPS/RW THE 2ND HALF OF THE WK AND THE WKND LOOK XCLNT. HIGH PRES WL BUILD INTO THE RGN PRODUCING SVRL DAYS OF GRT EARLY FALL WX - THE KIND OF WX PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABT WHEN THEY TELL ME THAT FALL IS THEIR FAVE SEASON."

As if we've "suffered" so much because of two cool, cloudy, damp days -- and after that hellish summer we endured. The discussion really irks me because (1) we needed the rain, (2) some people actually love cool weather, and (3) this particular meteorologist writes like this intentionally. I actually wrote the LWX MIC (as I've done before) and received a quick reply -- but I think he was just mocking me.

Anyway, the rainfall totals for this system and updated yearly totals at National, BWI, and Dulles Airports:

DCA 0.78"
BWI 0.88"
IAD 0.63"

The year-to-date totals:
DCA: 28.19" -2.32"
BWI: 37.42" +4.65"
IAD: 33.39" +0.88"

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Dupont Circle on a rainy night, Washington, D.C., 10:29PM, Oct. 3, 2010.

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Last night, I went to Larry's Lounge for a bit after leaving Buffalo Billiards at Dupont Circle -- where I had met up with a big crowd including Gary, Kristof, Jamie, Gloria, and Nicole (visiting Gary this weekend from Boston). It was raining moderately at that point and I walked in and -- shocker! -- the music playing was Miles Davis.

It was Larry's Lounge on a rainy night with jazz music! It was so lovely. But way too quickly the bartender -- an interesting and appealing figure (uh, oh) -- changed it and Lady Gaga was soon blaring. It was at that point that I left.

No, I didn't take this picture but I really love it: A rainy night in New York City looking at the illuminated Chrysler Building swaddled in a watery low overcast, April 20, 2009

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I'm not feeling very well tonight. My work day was OK but I was quite tired from yet-another non-restful weekend.

My mom texted me this morning to tell me that her little bird, Mr. Tweeters, had died unexpectedly in the night. She said she is not getting any more pets -- no more cats or birds. I hope she changes her mind.

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Jenn (Gloria's friend who is visiting D.C. from Guatemala where she lives presently) and Gary at Trio's along 17th St., NW, Washington, D.C., 11:38PM, Oct. 2, 2010.

I was here with a big group including Gary, Jenn, Gloria, Nicole (visiting from Boston), LP, and Jamie.

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A few other items ...

I highly recommend reading Paul Krugman's New York Times op-ed from earlier today entitled Fear and Favor. I'm too tired to get all fired up political so I'll just recommend it. The topic is about the small claque of billionaires bankrolling so much of the Tea Party "grassroots uprising."

Now that's not to say there isn't genuine rightwing populist anger among part of the American electorate -- there most certainly is. But as Krugman writes, the teabaggers think they're starring in a remake of The Birth of a Nation when in fact they're "actually just extras in a remake of Citizen Kane."

But the difference this time is that the rightwing billionaires, some shadowy such as the Koch Brothers and others flamboyant in the open, such as Rupert Murdoch and his Fox News empire, are outright buying politicians (all the GOP presidential 2012 hopefuls except Mitt Romney are not paid "Fox news contributors").

My favorite line: "So the Ministry of Propaganda has, in effect, seized control of the Politburo."

The former refers to Fox's parent News Corporation and the latter refers to the GOP establishment. Karl Marx long ago had an apt description for the Tea Party activists and their role: "bribed tools of reactionary intrigue."

Not that the wussy Dems give anyone any confidence.

By the way, the generic Congressional ballot polls -- with the ensemble trend line graph from the Talking Points Memo blog displayed above -- have shown significant tightening in the past two weeks or so. But given the dynamics in 2010, the Dems are likely (and pretty much deserve) to take a drubbing in the November midterms.

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OK, that's all for now. My next planned update is for mid-to-late week.

--Regulus

2 comments:

к.нео.физ.де.му said...

something to chear you up:

http://thethingsrepublicanshate.com/?page_id=405

peribea!

Regulus said...

Thanks, Mike!