Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Stone the Builders Rejected -OR- D.C. Gay Masons and Other Homo-Illuminati

**Updated 1:09PM 6/13/2014: See below.**

North Cornerstone of the District of Columbia / Original Territory of Columbia being paid homage to by Yours Truly, 1:36PM, May 30, 2011.

This marks the northernmost geographical point of Washington, D.C.

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"The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone ..." --Psalms 118:22 / Matthew 21:42

(Yes, I just quoted the Bible, or at least a certain version of it.)

I've discussed before the boundary stones of the District of Columbia / original Federal Territory on this blog. They were placed there by Andrew Ellicot and his team (which included for a time Benjamin Banneker) in 1791 - 1792 when the 10 mile by 10 mile Federal Territory was surveyed. The South Cornerstone (today badly eroded in its location in the bulkhead at Jones Point Lighthouse, half swamped by the dirty river at high tide) was the first one set on April 15, 1791 in a Masonic ceremonial ritual.

Map of the location of the Boundary Stones. Two are missing and there are a few additional ones that don't count among the original 40. All 4 cornerstones still exist.

You may read more about the boundary stones here.

(Note: There is a June 1998 WaHoPo article under "Additional Sources" that I wrote that is linked here, but it contains two glaring factual errors.)

The Google aerial (satellite) view with the D.C. - Maryland boundary "hand drawn" in using (crummy) Microsoft Paint and the location of the North Cornerstone circled the same way.

I had to remove the boundaries shown in Google map because they were incorrect -- moved "southward" by about 100 feet.

The North Cornerstone of the District of Columbia in its wrought-iron protective cage placed there in 1915 or thereabouts by the Daughters of the American Revolution.

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Part 1 of Memorial Day Walk ...

The pictures in this entry (except the "clarification" part) were primarily taken by yours truly on a six mile walk from Silver Spring Metro to Van Ness Metro on a route that took me through the the semi-wilds of Rock Creek Park ...

Here is my walk route (roughly drawn in red, again using crummy Paint) including along the Western Ridge Trail and out to Oregon Avenue where it intersections Nebraska Avenue, which I followed to Connecticut Avenue and thence to Van Ness Metro.

It was frickin' awful hot and humid with temps soaring to 96F at DCA and a daily (and monthly record)-tying 98F at BWI on Sunday. Today was about the same. I hate summer in D.C. (but I've already discussed this). I really wish it would rain and get cooler.

The view from the above ground portion of the Red Line near Rhode Island Avenue Metro station looking across part of Northeast D.C., 1:05PM, May 30, 2011.

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Another view from the Red Line in a (to use an old phrase from the era of Cool "Disco" Dan and Mayor-For-Life Mobuto Sese Seko Barry) boom-boxed, still ghetto-blasted section of Northeast Washington, D.C., 1:36PM, May 30, 2011.


There are still areas north of the Anacostia such as this today even as gentrification occurs like crazy and is transforming the city into an all-rich enclave about 25 years, unless something catastrophic happens in the mean time.

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Wall graffiti at the Brookland - CUA Metro as seen from the Red Line train, Washington, D.C., 1:09PM, May 30, 2011.

OK, it's not Banksy ... Nor is it even Cool "Disco" Dan ... but it is a reasonable facsimile to "Top Cat."

The Fort Totten Metro Station platform as seen from a Red Line train (car 6141), Washington, D.C., 1:13PM, May 30, 2011. As for this young man, he saw that I was taking a picture and almost seemed to walk into the field of view intentionally to be in it - and make it much more interesting.

Fort Totten is in a far-and-away, timeless, rather dicey section of Washington, D.C.

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Rushing along the Red Line between Fort Totten and Takoma Stations heading to Silver Spring, Md., still inside the D.C. line, 1:14PM, May 30, 2011.

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The intersection of 16th Street and East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Md., 1:29PM, May 30, 2011.

This is the view looking south toward Washington, D.C., about 1/4 mile inside Maryland. I was walking from the Silver Spring Metro over toward the Parkway Deli, where I had (a crummy) lunch, and thence into Rock Creek Park at the D.C./Maryland line (where Primose Rd. changes name to Grubb Road).

The walk in the intense heat was quite stultifying, although it wasn't so bad in the forest semi-primeval of Rock Creek Park.

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Interlude 1: Blood Pressure Update ...

So I went to the doctor today -- fully prepared to get some kind of blood pressure medication -- and instead I had what amounted to a 45 minute therapy session with him (he's quite good at that, actually) and my blood pressure dropped during my visit there.

It went from 130/96 when the nurse first took ("you made me forget what it was..." she chided me because I was talking to her so much) it to 120/90 in the left arm and 120/82 in the right arm ("were you trying to relax?" the doctor asked) at the end of the visit when the doctor took it twice.

Long story short, living in this D.C. gayborhood IS the source of great stress for me and I don't really have any way to alleviate it. Instead, it is almost like being in a prison in terms of the effect on me.

He said toward the end, "The only thing you have to do is get up and breathe ... Everything else is a bonus."

Anyway, long story short, it was a heckuva lot lower than the 150/108 last week and for the time being I'm not going on any blood pressure medication.

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Interlude 2: Clarification from Last Entry ...


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No, not this kind of island universe.

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What say you, Sinatra?

"Aaihhhh, whaddaya some kinda queer?!? Frankie and his boys aren't into that! Keep away or it's ring-a-ding-ding!"

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Part 2 of Memorial Day Walk ...

The Chevy Chase Crest complex (likely built in the World War II era) just off East-West Highway in Silver Spring (with the D.C. line running just behind it -- see aerial map above), 1:32PM, May 30, 2011.

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Somewhere in Rock Creek Park along the spur between Primrose / Grubb Road and Boundary Bridge (see map above), Washington, D.C., 2:51PM, May 30, 2011.

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Bikers on Beach Drive at the D.C. - Maryland line (heading south into the District), 2:59PM, May 30, 2011.

Beach Drive is closed off on weekends and holidays to through traffic and becomes a bicyclist haven.

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More sunlight and silence falling on the forest floor ...

... Rock Creek Park, Washington, D.C., 3:19PM, May 30, 2011.

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OK, I think that's all for now. It is already 11:45PM and I've yet to format / color the fonts for this entry and post it. I've already been composing this entry for nearly 4 hours -- and it is WAAAAY past the 9PM "cut off" time that the neurologist I saw at Georgetown Univ. Hospital I saw last week suggested to allow me to settle into a decent night sleep.

My next PLANNED update likely will not be until Thursday or Friday.

--Regulus

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