Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Preliminary Computer Success and Silver Spring Saturday Supper Sojourn Pics

Driving along Silgo Creek Parkway in a downpour, Silver Spring, Md., 6:43PM, Sept. 22, 2012.

I was with Quill on the way to her parents house. The photos in this entry were taken this past Saturday on my trip there for dinner. The localized drenching rainstorm that happened was associated with a cold frontal passage and lasted about 15 minutes. It dropped at least a half inch of rain very localized. As for KDCA, it has zip while KBWI had 0.04" and KIAD had 0.23" rainfall.


Clouds and blue sky as seen looking east from Fort Totten Metro, Washington, D.C., 6:23PM, Sept. 22, 2012.


OK, the good news is I was able to set up my work computer at home and gain internet access almost immediately (some minor issues with power cords to the modem aside). So I have internet access with a decent computer -- my work one -- at home. And the cordless optical mouse with its little USB connector thing inserted into the side of the computer is also working.

Stormy skies as seen from the Fort Totten Metro Red Line platform this past Saturday, 6:24PM, Sept. 22, 2012. I was heading up to Silver Spring Metro from U Street/Cardozo Metro. As noted, a heavy rainshower was forming over Silver Spring / suburban Maryland and the far upper part of Washington, D.C., and the clouds were about to unload their watery mass.


AND I had most of my 6,600+ / 0.9 Gigabites of photos either saved on various flash drives or (in part) on my work computer. And as for others, I can just save them from this and my other blog. Finally, the main sites and features that I use -- Blogger, Statcounter, YouTube video embeds, etc. -- are all accessible from this computer.


At this point, I think I'm good to go for blogging purposes.

Now in the next several months, I do want to get another computer that is my own.

Wet evening houses on quiet residential sidestreet of Rogart Road, Silver Spring, Md., 6:48PM, Sept. 22, 2012.


Now if I were to lose my job, I would lose my computer, but I just don't want to think about that. As it is, I'm quite busy of late -- doing lots of compliance case work in Texas. I've called so many tiny towns (some of which are classified as "cities" rather than "towns" with no relation to population) in the Texas panhandle and/or east Texas than I had ever even heard of before. (I was hoping to have a case in Marfa, but no such luck.)

Wet backyard of Quill's parents' house in Silver Spring, Md., 6:57PM, Sept. 22, 2012.


In the end, unless something is really egregious, the usual goal is for local jurisdictions to get their grant money despite compliance issues and I like that. I play a small role in this process, but I enjoy the fact that I get to "interface" with so many folks at the local level across this sprawling, endless country -- and as the guy in Washington, D.C., with the 202 area code and the .gov e-mail address (full disclosure: I'm just a contractor).

Speaking of D.C., capital of the United States, and how it has changed radically in the past 10 to 20 years (a fact to which I can personally attest), this New York Times op-ed by Ross Douthat is really worth a read. It's really becoming a Hunger Games kind of "Capitol" city??

The set dinner table for four in the backroom overlooking the yard of Quill's parents' house, Silver Spring, Md., 6:59PM, Sept. 22, 2012.


Anyway, at this point, my plan is to have a full entry on Wednesday night (I'm not planning on taking the computer home tomorrow evening).

Tonight, I also made it to the gym and had a good workout -- 45 minutes on the treadmill, a half hour-ish on the weight machines, and 25 minutes in the pool, all at my National Capital Y-M-C-A.

Speaking of computers ...

Here my very dear friend Quill sits at a computer in old bedroom at her parents' house in Silver Spring, Md., 8:53PM, Sept. 22, 2012. It is just so peaceful in that suburban Maryland home. She was looking at a potential new Sheltie that her parents may adopt. They've had two previous wonderful Shelties, Angel and Bernice.

We were actually looking initially at the Wikipedia website of Meridian Hill Park. Why? Because the current picture of the recently thoroughly renovated statue of Joan of Arc was taken by Yours Truly.

I took this last April and submitted it -- or rather, a cropped version of it -- to Wikipedia (rather than creating my own account to upload it) and about 4 months later, it actually was posted.
The statue -- the only equestrian one with a female figure in D.C. (or at least that's what I read) -- dates to 1922 and is a replica of an 1889 one by Paul Dubois in France. It is now its original bronze hue. I guess this is what the Statue of Liberity would look like (a la "Fringe") if cleaned/restored.


One last picture for this entry ...

The intersection of U and 14th Streets NW, Washington, D.C., 3:00AM, Sept. 23, 2012.

I had returned to D.C. (on a rather unpleasant S4 bus ride instead of by Metro) and went to Nellies, where I got imbibed by Eric's barwell and then walked home in the suddenly coolish night air (around 60F following a Saturday high of 85F) for which most of the young late night revelers were unprepared.

We need more rain.


OK, that's all for now. Again, my next planned blog update will be on Wednesday night, assuming this new computer transport routine works.


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