Saturday, February 18, 2012

Construction Conjunction Junction and D.C. Snow-Hoaxed (Again)

A series of crane towers rising up into the serene evening sky from a massive construction site in downtown Washington, D.C., 6:07PM, Feb. 17, 2012. The construction activity is related to the 10-acre CityCenter DC project.

I took these pictures on Friday evening while walking home (rather than taking the Metrorail) from a post-work happy hour with my co-worker friend DD at a place called Asian Spice in the Chinatown section of D.C. 

Venus is actually visible in the evening sky this month. It is so bright that you can actually see it even in this semi-blurry, low-resolution cellphone picture, located just under the elongated boom of the nearest crane tower.

Venus is also visible in this image on the upper right just above the leftmost crane tower. It's only a blurry white speck in this image. Click on image for a larger version.

Venus and Jupiter are both easily visible in the evening sky, now within about 15 degrees of each other. Jupiter is dimmer by about half and cannot be seen in the cellphone pic, though I could see it in the sky.

Venus and Jupiter are approaching a spectacular 2012 sky conjunction by mid March. They will appear within about 3-degrees of each other (or six full Moon widths).

Here is another view of the construction site as I approached it from the southeast corner at H and 9th Streets, NW, Washington, D.C., 6:04PM, Feb. 17, 2012.

This construction site is massive and represents the CityCenter DC, described here and here.

The project is a sprawling 10-acre, 6-building, mixed-use development between New York Avenue, 9th, H and 11th Streets NW. The project will include apartments, condos, office space, retail shops and restaurants, and a hotel along with a public courtyard. This is where the old Washington Convention Center used to be.

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I was going to post a full new entry but I never really got around to it today. I was totally slothful and unproductive today, sleeping a lot and the day never really getting off the ground.

Last night I went to Nellie's. The next two pictures were taken from that walk. 

Late Night Oohhs and Aahhs ...

... here is a picture of NO ONE IN PARTICULAR and his friends inside of the interestingly named self-described soul food take out place called Oohhs and Aahhs located at 1005 U Street NW, in the wee hours of Saturday morning, Washington, D.C., 2:43AM, Feb. 18, 2012. 

This is not the usual clientele I see waiting to order. He was at Nellie's earlier in the night along with all the other pretty gay boys. In my own nouns of assemblage terminology, it was a SORORITY of young, attractive gay men.

The usual weekend wee hours, post-bar/club U Street theatre, here at the intersection of 14th Street, NW, Washington, D.C., 2;52AM, Feb. 18, 2012.

I live two blocks from here.

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Another Snow Hoax 

Oh, yes, tomorrow's would-be snow event is completely off -- EVERY ingredient is failing to come together with no antecedent Arctic high over Quebec, a nuisance low / shortwave over the mid-Atlantic tonight that will pull the developing low quickly offshore and inhibiting its bombing out and moving up the coast, and no strong phasing of the northern and southern branches of the jet.

In short, it's time to remove all mention of accumulating snow in the D.C. area. This has been another typical D.C. area meteorological low-rent snow screw. Or just the usual snow hoax.

In lieu of any more model images for this non-event, I will instead just post a lovely ocean shore picture.

A rough and tumble ocean surf somewhere along the coast of Australia (not sure where).

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Oh, yes, I also wanted to post the picture of "Malachy," the top dog (no pun intended) at the 136th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show held this past Monday and Tuesday in New York.

This is Malachy ("Mal-i-KAI"), a Pekingese pooch that won the BIS ("Best in Show") category. The "CH" designation means "Champion."

Here is another picture of "Palacegarden Malachy" -- his full name -- enjoying a plate of boneless chicken and rice at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

Malachy, 4, sort of looks to me like a shaggy caterpillar or a bat with a silk cape. However, I saw this video of him on Morning Joe on Wednesday and he is a remarkably docile and well-behaved dog (unless he was just doggy-medicated).

OK, I think that's all for now. My next update will be either Monday or Tuesday night. Tonight I think I am meeting Kristof and Damon at LL and maybe I'll go to Nellie's. 

--Regulus

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