Tuesday, November 9, 2010

D.C. Fall Vapidity -OR- A Dull November in Washington

A low-angled brilliant Sun on a fall day outside my apt. building looking toward the intersection of 16th and U Streets and New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., 4:01PM, Nov. 7, 2010.

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I'm really not in any mood to post an entry tonight. It was a shitty day -- although not anything per se at work -- right from the Metro ride this morning and the "sick passenger" at Archives who managed to snarl both Yellow and Green Lines in both directions. That 20+ minute delay was followed by my loss of my SmartCard and a bitchy station manager at L'Enfant Plaza.

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The intersection of R Street at Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C., 4:13PM, Nov. 7, 2010.

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The weather stinks here -- all sunshine, missed coastal lows, and just the usual D.C. weather blah, but at least we're done with that hideous heat of last summer. There is no chance of rain for at least a week -- undoubtedly WOODY! and the LWX crew are energized, even scintillated at that prospect.

They're busy writing 18 page long discussions in that gibbering jargon (itself a silly anachronistic throwback to the era of the telegraph) explaining why it will be mostly clear rather than partly cloudy and except along Allegheny Front (a term that only recently became popular), and, oh, they'll "keep POPS out for now" through hour 168.

And we can all breathe easy. It's always the same.

The Allegheny Front in southwestern Pennsylvania as a storm approached.

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The weather itself this year has been especially crappy from my perspective with extended periods of stifling heat and no rain (though we're not actually that far below normal at DCA, just about normal at IAD, and even above at BWI) and now, dull fall vapidity.

Yours truly at the Fresco pizza / snack bar place in the sunken Watergate Shops promenade area, Washington, D.C., 6:10PM, Nov. 8, 2010.

The above picture was taken last night on one of my very intermittent after-work jaunts over to Foggy Bottom and thence to the Watergate Safeway -- stopping first at Fresco -- before walking back home to the life-force enervating D.C. gayborhood.

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The back aisle of the Watergate Safeway, Washington, D.C., 6:14PM, Nov. 8, 2010.

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Watergate Shops promenade / sunken shopping area in the Watergate Complex, Washington, D.C., 6:25PM, Nov. 8, 2010.

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Politically, the GOP Teabaggers in the House are planning to shut the Federal Government down within seconds, or at least a few months, of taking power. This will probably please Obama in some weird way because it gives him multiple opportunities to surrender and cave in.

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Lastly, I also have decided that the one person I have feeling for is, well, just a lost cause and a huge waste of time. I'm not going to be a fool. It's one thing to be sad and lonesome, but it's quite another to try to pursue someone who is completely disinterested. No, I'm not talking about Mr. Sirius. That topic has run its course.

Also, I'd also prefer NO COMMENTS about this part of the entry. Thank you.

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Michael Lind's latest Salon column Can liberalism save capitalism from conservatism? is so worth a read. As soon as I get some suitable political 'toons, I'll post excerpts of it.

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OK, that's all for now. Oh, yes, tomorrow is the scheduled second half of my root canal.

If it goes well, I will meet Kristof at the Froggy Bottom Pub or Lindy's Red Lion tomorrow evening. If not, I'll just go home and rest.

Also, I have Thursday off for Veteran's Day, which makes it an odd work week.


Lastly, I had a nice conversation with my friend K. whom I met from the Hippograms blog.

--Regulus

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