Empty table at the City Lights of China restaurant along Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C., 9:48PM, March 30, 2011.
I went there last night with Mark D.
The picture has a sort of Edward Hopper-esque quality to it -- I'm thinking of Chop Suey. Of course, my favorite Hopper paintings are High Road and, yes, Chop Suey, which I've actually seen in person when it was at the National Gallery of Art several years ago.
City Lights of China restaurant on a rainy night along Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C., 8:44PM, March 30, 2011.
This restaurant was once one of D.C.'s premier Chinese restaurants ... Although the Yenching Palace in Cleveland Park -- where I wanted to go to lunch with Mr. Sirius back in 2005, although that never came to pass -- was probably the oldest. Now it is a Walgreens.
It is quite late (12:30AM) and I need to go to bed. I was at Larry's Lounge on a suddenly rainy night -- part of a cool, wet pattern in which we've been happily been lately -- with the usual gang.
One more City Lights of China picture: A stealth image I took of a big group of Italian tourists who wandered into the restaurant ... Washington, D.C., 9:52PM, March 30, 2011.
I was sure they were going to be MUCH louder and more annoying than they actually were.
I didn't finish that geothermal energy development report, or rather I won't have it completed it tomorrow. Earlier this evening and after work, I went to AAAS and saw the Secretary of Energy give a wonderful hour long talk on energy issues in the U.S. This is exactly the kind of stuff I write about all day long.
By the way, at work I've discovered the BostonPete.com internet radio station that I can listen to through my Windows Real Player, and in particular, the show called "Sound Stage".
It is hosted by Bryan Wright featuring rag time, jazz, and (my favorite) Big Band music from the 1910s - 1950s. As you may know, I feel an affinity for that kind of music, esp. the 1940s stuff, and I think I lived another life during World War II.
I am intrigued by Bryan Wright, who is so articulate, soft-spoken and has an encyclopedic knowledge of such music. He must be quite young -- having graduated (I found from a Google search) William & Mary College in 2005.
And listening to this music certainly makes the day go by faster.
A YouTube clip of Glenn Miller's In the Mood, one of my favorites. The sound isn't that great, though.
Relevant Golden Girls Quote:
Man to Dorothy: "You don't like Glenn Miller?"
Dorothy: "ARE YOU KIDDING?? I was in the search party!"
My apartment late at night with plush hippos -- Flippo and Harvey -- at play. I was watching, yes, The Golden Girls at that point ... 11:02PM, March 30, 2011, Washington, D.C.
OK, that's all for now. I will update this blog over the weekend. I need to update my hidden Arcturus blog, too. I should just delete it -- esp. given the current content -- but whatever.