Thursday, April 26, 2012

12th Street Side-Walking Blues and a Hughes Memorial Huge Antenna

The 4-story narrow row house building (possibly a survivor of an older time when buildings such as this lined the street) at 1017 12th Street NW tucked between much larger office buildings in Washington, D.C, 6:06PM, April 24, 2012. This building is -- or at least was once -- called the Zion Building as I wrote about here.

The building, which has housed some strangely named and / or purposed organizations over the years, is presently for sale.

I walked home on Tuesday evening following a path mostly up 12th Street to N Street before detouring toward home via a brief stop at the bar No. 9.

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OK, for the umpteen billionth time, I started another frickin' blog entry that simply got out of hand -- too long, too complicated, not enough pictures -- and I didn't finish.

The soaring, oxidized green copper steeple of the Church of the Ascension and St. Agnes at 12th St. and Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, D.C., 6:09PM, April 24, 2012.

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So let me instead just post a quick update and try to post a full one tomorrow, although at this rate, it may not get posted until the weekend. I apologize. This blogging simply takes too long.

Another picture of that approx. 80 foot tall sycamore tree that grows in front of the Horizon House at 1150 12th St. NW, Washington, D.C., 6:10PM, April 24, 2012.

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My week is so far going OK, I think. I also believe I straightened out the issue involving my background check -- in particular, proving my time at UMCP in the MPP program in the second half of the 00's.

I had a nice dinner with K. tonight at Thai restaurant in Cleveland Park, except the waitress was dreadful -- she didn't even make a pretense of being anything but a highly annoyed and attitudinal Asian woman.

The 1400 block of P Street NW -- and the structure in particular at 1415 P Street -- Washington, D.C., at 7:07PM, April 24, 2012. The neighborhood is so frickin' gentrified and attitudinal that it is actually anti-life affirming.

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I discovered -- thanks to K. explaining an aspect of over-the-air digital TV -- that I actually get Antenna TV on my RCN (channel 29) and its expansive "portfolio" of 1950s - 1980s TV sitcoms including even Maude (though just on 2AM Sunday at present).

It turns out that Antenna TV is carried over-the-air in D.C. on digital channel 50.2. Now channel 50 WDCW uses for its over-the-air broadcasting none other than the Hughes Memorial Tower / "Eiffel Tower" transmission tower off Georgia Ave. NW in the Brightwood neighborhood of D.C.

Here it is (the big "star tower" on the left side) visible so prominently.

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We may get some more rain later tonight and into tomorrow and the pattern ahead for the next several days looks to be cool and wet. Good.

The NWS forecast icons and text for the grid point 3 miles north of downtown Washington, D.C., valid 26 April - 2 May 2012.

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UPDATED 840PM 4/26/2012

Well, we had no rainfall today, or rather very little. DCA received only 0.03" this morning while IAD had but a trace, though BWI received 0.23". Nearly all the precip. missed the area OF COURSE, and now a front is moving through, ending any chance.

The next chance of rain is on Saturday, but I'm sure that'll probably miss us, too. BTW, this is my only update tonight. I will post a new entry either tomorrow or Saturday.

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OK, that's all for now. Again, I will try to post the full update I planned, or at least the entry with political commentary and links that I started to write tomorrow or, if not, then on Friday ... Or Saturday.

--Regulus

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