Thursday, May 31, 2012

Summer Plans and Summer Places -OR- Home Sweet Away

The yard and side of the house at 1850 Mintwood Place NW, Washington, D.C., 6:24PM, May 31, 2012.

I got off the Metro at Woodley Park - Adams Morgan and walked home after work.


I started this entry last night -- intending to write a full entry - but I ended up spending a combined 75 minutes on the phone with my dad (in two conversations, the first one being interrupted) and by the time I started to compose a new post, it was already after 1130PM and I was too tired. I finally got to bed -- after a TV Land / Hallmark viewing night that concluded with a few funny reruns of The King of Queens -- around 12:30AM.

Stormy sky to the west behind T Street as seen from 16th Street NW, Washington, D.C., 7:31PM, May 29, 2012.


However, although I got a good 7-1/2 hour sleep last night and the first hour of the day started OK, it turned crappy for complicated reasons as I headed to work and then I felt lousy all day. This included an upset stomach and very fatigued legs.

Yours truly in the elevator in my old apt. building, Washington, D.C., 11:43PM, May 28, 2012.


Ironically, or perhaps not ironically but expectedly, I think it is my semi-sedentary office cubicle and nighttime all-sitting-at-the-computer existence that is doing this. My eyes were also itchy and I used Visine eye drops a number of times.

It didn't help that there was blazing sunshine all day tonight -- temps reaching about 85F, which isn't that hot for D.C. starting this time of year but there was simply too much sunlight and it was too dry.

NWS/NCEP/HPC U.S. Lower 48 surface forecast map issued 1928Z 31 May 2012 valid for hour 36 at 0000Z 2 June 2012

As it is, stormy conditions are forecasted for tomorrow afternoon into tomorrow night as a potent low pressure system moves out of the Ohio river valley into Ontario, dragging a complex frontal boundary across the Eastern Seaboard with this area not far from the triple point.

Of note, we had a drenching thunderstorms on Tuesday night in the immediate area. Officially, DCA had 0.51" of rain while Dulles/IAD had 0.93" while just 0.12" of rain fell at BWI.

View from the rooftop Beacon Bar & Grill Sky Bar as a storm approached, Washington, D.C., 8:00PM, May 29, 2012. I went there with my co-worker / friend A. and her group on Tuesday night. This is the view looking west across the jumble of buildings toward Connecticut Ave.

As for my phone call with my dad, I semi-finalized plans to visit him in dreadful Flagler Beach in July or August for several days.

I also arranged this week to take a four day trip with Gary to Wildwood, New Jersey -- staying in the Jolly Roger where we've been before.

SO! If this summer works out as planned, I may actually be off work a solid week and be away from D.C. 8 or 9 days.

This is the positive news.

Lightly roiled surf on a summer day, Wildwood Crest, N.J., 1:56PM, Aug. 16, 2010.


The negative news is longer term -- I'm expecting at this point a Romney (R-money) victory and a complete Teabagger / GOP sweep of Congress because of ...

... Red State religio-lunacy, rightwing AM hate radio and Fox News, post-Citizens United kooky billionaires run amok, the forces of corporate oligarchy and Wall Street asset bubble and rigged casino capitalism, and wussy Democrats ...

... all of which will combine in a Perfect Storm of Collapse of Empire.

This will include a rapid financial / economic collapse (within 6 to 12 months) and attendant social unrest married to corporate-fascist takeover and domestic crackdown, all in the name of Jesus. And whacked-out Red Staters will only vote GOP, to the extent elections will remain, all the harder and more frenetically.

I need a contingency plan on how to survive in that reality. As near as I can tell, it involves living with my dad down in that seaside of social wreckage that is north-central Florida. Actually, if I had to move to Florida, it could only be on /near the Florida Atlantic coast anywhere from Vero Beach / Jupiter and points southward.

In the shorter term, the real agony is having to go through the whole mind-numbing election this year. I've had to tune it out as much as possible.

Sunrise as seen from the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Hotel, Deerfield Beach, Fla., Oct. 12, 2011.

Of course, if I lived in Florida, it wouldn't be at the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Hotel.


Changing topics totally ...

I wanted to mention that Chester and I may do something interesting next month on a Saturday or Sunday, specifically, look for the northeast corner point of Baltimore City.

Here is a 1996 map from the (then?) Board of Supervisors of Elections of Baltimore City showing the precincts, wads, and councilmanic districts. A really huge version of this map is available here.


I'll have more to say about this in a subsequent entry. I looked for it once before way back in 1994 but sort of got lost in the tangle of woods just south of Garnet Road in Parkville at the edge of Double Rock Park.

Here is a Google aerial map of the northeastern geographic corner of Baltimore City -- whose present boundaries were apparently set in 1918 or 1919 and are (approximately) shown in this image -- and part of Parkville in Baltimore County, Md. (The county and city are separate entities.)

Garnet Road is the curving last street at the edge of the forested area. The area just inside the city boundary is Parkwood Cemetery.


Here is the Google aerial map of the northwestern geographic corner of Baltimore City -- shown in this image -- and part of neighboring Pikesville in Baltimore County, Md.

As for the northwest corner, that was is easy to find -- as I discussed in this entry here from the early days of this blog.

Here is the picture I took on Aug. 23, 2008 on a Baltimore outing with LP. The circled object is what I believe to be the northwest geographic corner marker of Baltimore City.

Ideally, such a daytime jaunt would on the Capital Pride weekend (June 9th - 10th) in order to get the hell out of D.C.

I wonder if Oooza the Unloved will be featured again on the Pride Guide cover.

About that 17th Street D.C. Gay Mafia, recently I heard there were some changes in its long-time power structure made by the Boss and involving the Capo (Oooza).

I also know that Mr. Sirius has a new feathered nest while still being part time in the 17th Street gay rookery.


Sanford & Son

OK, that's all for now. I'm watching a very funny episode of Sanford & Son called "Home Sweet Home" in which Fred's green causes him and his neighbors to lose out on a chance for Japanese family to buy up the block at a profit to them for a brewery ...

Some funny lines ...

(Miss Funai, while he was eating fish eyes that he thought were grapes:)

"Good! Very good, Mr. Sanford! You like the fish eyes!"

(Fred when a young man was approaching him with two large needles to do acupuncture:)

"Hold back! I know kung fu! I never miss, I never miss a show!"

(Fred talking on the phone to Julio, imitating Miss Funai's Japanese accent, trying to pretend he and his greed weren't the reason the brewery deal fell through:)

"And it's not Fled's Flault ... No, it's not Fled's flault! ... FLED! ... FLED!! I SAID 'FRED' YOU BIG DUMB PO'TA REEKAN!"

I understand that in real life the four-times married Redd Foxx was twice married to ethnic Korean woman.


OK, that's all for now. My next planned update will be over the weekend or possibly not until Monday night.


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