Friday, October 19, 2012

The Many Hues and Colors of October

Dazzling light from the setting Sun shines onto wet E Street NW by the National Theatre, Washington, D.C., 6:03PM, Oct. 19, 2012.

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This is my Friday night update -- separate from the Friday night weekly musical interlude to follow this entry. The pictures were taken during my walk home from work tonight as fast-moving clouds and heavy rainfall were illuminated by the setting Sun in stunning ways.

A rain shaft / downpour approaches Pennsylvania Avenue from behind the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C., 5:59PM, Oct. 19, 2012. This picture doesn't do justice to the incredible interplay of rapidly moving, swirling clouds; large falling rain drops; and sunlight from the setting Sun. You could actually see the downpour falling and in forward motion above as it arrived.

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I'm home doing laundry (or rather, waiting for it to be finished in the basement laundry room). I was going to do laundry anyway (as is my Friday night wont) but after getting deluged in the rain walking home in an unexpected downpour, I had no choice but to do it.

Setting sunlight and cloud backdrop on the Old Post Office Tower, Washington, D.C., 5:59PM, Oct. 19, 2012.

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I'm home now watching the Antenna TV Friday night line up of really old (late 1950/early 1960s sitcoms) that I've mentioned previously on a number of occasions on this blog. This includes Father Knows Best, Bachelor Father, Leave It To Beaver, and maybe even Dennis the Menace, though I usually find the latter too much to handle.

Rainy Pennsylvania Avenue with the Ronald Reagan Building in the foreground, Washington, D.C., 6:00PM, Oct. 19, 2012.

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Of note, the Bachelor Father episode tonight -- Bentley and the P.T.A. -- is the 1957 pilot of the series. John Forsythe gives an introductory scene-setting narration and the opening sequence is also different.

Sunlight on the fall-colorful trees along the northside of Freedom Plaza along E Street NW, Washington, D.C., 6:03PM, Oct. 19, 2012.

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I also just had some dinner -- rice, chicken tenders that I bought at the grocery store, and peas, all mixed in a frying pan, though I cooked the rice and peas first in a pan.

I'm still not feeling that well after the terrible Tuesday night (in one of those episodes that long ago cemented my reputation in the shitty D.C. gayborhood as a lunatic) plus I came down with a headcold of some sort the next two days. I still made it to the gym last night and had a good session with my personal trainer.

I also think my friendship is over with Kristof.

Wet Pennsylvania Avenue looking east-southeastward toward the U.S. Capitol Building (barely visible in my crummy cellphone camera) after the rainfall, 6:06PM, Oct. 19, 2012.

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This will be the 10th or so friendship that has ended -- although in most of those cases, the relationship was already over and I ended it, or in one case, I wanted nothing to do with the crazy person.

I will recount all of these at some point from Wall-P and the Entity to which it became wedded to Hysterical Gee to LP to the bad-tempered Keekster. Oh, and then there's the Maryland Married, With Children crowd in the suburban lily pads and wives mooin' and chewin' the cud about "the children" and ready to obliterate any non-approved person's life over whatever bullsh!t "threat" they heard about on the news or on OPRAH, all while sucking the life force out of the totality of the Universe.

Clouds and rainy sky with the setting sunlight shining on the red brick facade of the Sun Trust Bank Building at 15th and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C., 6:10PM, Oct. 19, 2012.

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I just have to say that these frickin' wives almost universally do that -- and in the process, sucking the life out of their husbands and (to quote Redd Foxx) turning them into frogs. As frogs, they daren't think for themselves except to obsess on carreer and money, and thus they have the foolish American illusion that they control anything. They're permitted only the out of vicariously watching this or that sport (professional baseball, football, and basketball are spousal approved).

The wet pedestrian promenade of the 1600 block of Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C., 6:10PM, Oct. 19, 2012.

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As it is, I have other friends -- Wendy, Quill, Chester, and some at work such as DD. and Andrea and some of her group. Oh, and Chris T. and of course Gary.

While I am still going out tonight -- I guess to meet Gary, and I guess to go to Stoney's and maybe Nellie's -- I am going to tone down the drinking that kills my weekend because I then sleep so much. As it is, I'm already running a sleep deficit from the work week.

A man stands in Lafayette Park with the trees near or at their colorful fall peak, Washington, D.C., 6:12PM, Oct. 19, 2012.

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I'm planning on posting my delayed Baltimore boundary tour entry tomorrow or Sunday. The only reason it would be Sunday is because I have about 90 minutes of work to do at home tomorrow.

Oh, yes, the photos in this entry were taken tonight as I walked home from work. I went with DD -- as we sometimes do -- for a single drink at the Elephant & Castle on Pennsylvania Avenue.

The Sterling (LWX) radar in composite mode at 6:42PM EDT, Oct. 19, 2012. Composite mode is always a bit more dire looking in thunderstorms than base reflectivity mode.

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A cluster of thunderstorms (or at least heavy rainshowers) blossomed just southwest of the District and moved across the Washington and Baltimore areas between 530PM and 730PM.

The view from Lafayette Park with the setting Sun illuminating a bright crimson (or maybe vermilion?) color the red brick facade of the Howard T. Markey National Courts Building on Madison Place, Washington, D.C., 6:13PM, Oct. 19, 2012.

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The interplay of rainshafts, rapidly moving and swirling clouds, and the light of the setting Sun created one of the most stunning displays I've ever seen (see second picture to this entry). This included watching a surreal downpour fall out of the clouds / approach as we left E&C. The huge drops were illuminated by the Sun (which from my vantage point there was behind the Ronald Reagan Trade Building).

The violets, lavenders, oranges, blues, and yellow-whites were just astonishing, especially contrasted to the wet city streets and fall-tinted trees.

The view of the White House from Lafayette Park with the second round of heavy rainfall approaching in the lavender, violet, and gray, and orange-hued cloudy sky, 6:13PM, Oct. 19, 2012.

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DD and I parted (he takes the Metro to Rockville and back to his family and his life), and I was walking home as the second round arrived and I got drenched. I was carrying my work laptop in my bookbag. The bookbag is thick and there is a pouch. However, it could have stil gotten wet (I had not wrapped the PC in a plastic bag), so I wore my hoodie over my backback. I guess this looked like I was carrying something suspicious -- even as I walked past the White House and up 16th Street toward U Street.

One last picture of Lafayette Park and the White House with another batch of heavy rainfall approaching, 6:14PM, Oct. 19, 2012.

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However, there was some huge police situation with everything between Scott Circle and about P Street along 16th Street blocked off. This forced me to detour over to 15th Street, and the rain really intensified. I was in a fairly frenzied state when I got home, as well as drenched, but the computer was fine.

In the end, crappy National Airport -- KDCA -- had a paltry 0.17" of rainfall, although downtown D.C. and the Dupont Circle area and points N and NE'ward into suburban Maryland had a lot more (I estimate 0.80" to 1.0").

This followed some rain this morning -- though once again, KDCA came in with shitty, Sterling LWX-and-Sue Palka-friendly numbers, specifically, a measly 0.07" last night into early this morning. By contrast, Dulles Airport (KIAD) had 0.42" last night into this morning but nothing this evening. By contrast, BWI Airport (KBWI) had 0.08" last night into this morning and 0.85" in the heavy rainshowers this evening.

We're still well below for the year, esp. at KDCA (approximately 8" or 25 percent). I'll post the exact numbers in a subsequent entry.

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Lastly, I just want to post two political related comments ...

First, when that Gallup poll came out yesterday showing Willard Mittens Romney up 7 points over Obama (52 - 45), I was ready to just throw in the towel and accept a Romney presidency.

Secondly, I was gearing up for the Romney transition team stories, not to mention all the stories about how Tagg Romney was leading his father's selection committee for this or that.

Tagg, you're it. Tagg Romney, in all his son-of-a-quasi-billionaire, self-righteous, and self-entitled glory. (Yes, Tagg is short for Taggart.) The very sight of him gives me the piles, spiritually speaking.

Oh, yeah, nice hair.

Tagg is undoubtedly his father's loyalty "enforcer" -- the way George W. Bush was back during Bush the Smarter's reign, except minus Dubya's pre-40 years old booze-and-cocaine-fueled, son-of-incredible-wealth-and-power, frat boy fun and instead straight to American corporate oligarchy, scary cult-style.


Oh, and then there would be all those Washington Post Style section stories about First Lady Ann "This is Hard" Romney and how she plans to decorate the White House "according to her faith," not to mention Sally Quinn pondering the dinner parties yet to occur and if it's OK if she brings her own booze wine to an otherwise dry White House.

But then Nate Silver had a looooong posting about the historically erratic nature of Gallup presidential tracking polls on his New York Times-hosted FiveThirtyEight.com blog. I found quite intriguing the part about the wild and quite unrealistic variations in Gallup tracking polls before the 2000, 2004, and 2008 presidential elections.

Then came additional polls that showed the race back to being an basically a tie. I think this is probably in part a function of Obama's decent Tuesday night debate performance.

Here is the most recent Real Clear Politics (RCP) poll average / trend between President Obama and Gov. Romney through Oct. 19, 2012.

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But the RCP Electoral College map as of tonight actually has Romney slightly ahead: 206 to 201.

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OK, that's all for now.

--Regulus

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