Monday, December 31, 2012

On the Edge of Distant Coastlines and a Brand New Year -OR- Welcome to 2013

Updated 2:43PM 1/1/2013: I intend to post a new entry before midnight tonight. My New Year's Eve turned out fine.

Sunrise over the South Atlantic Ocean as seen from a beach in La Paloma in Rocha Department, Uruguay. This is approx. 120 miles "up" the coastline from Montevideo.

I found this image on a blog called Hecktic Travels in the entry Coastlines of Uruguay – A Photo Essay.

Here is another picture from the same blog entry -- this one featuring the beach / shoreline in a place called La Pedrera, also in Rocha Department, Uruguay.

I've developed a "thing" about the Atlantic coastline of South America from São Paulo, Brazil southward past the curious city of Florianópolis and into Uruguay and Argentina -- and all the way to Cape Horn itself in Chile. Uruguay in particular interests me.

There is something similar about this coastline to the United States East Coast, and yet it is so far away and alien -- other worldly in that sense -- so that it sort of becomes a parallel Earth kind of place to which I travel in a dream. (Does that make any sense?)


OK, I started this entry on Sunday night but it is now Monday morning -- and New Year's Eve 2013, the last day of 2012. It was an angrier and more vitriolic entry (what's new?) but I'm now in a better mood.

I actually had a nice night, initially at Nellie's and then at Larry's Lounge, where I met up with Kristof. He and I were at Town last night and had a rapprochement that others in our group (Gary and D. in particular) had hoped for.

A pastel / florid green newspapear vending machine on 15th Street by U Street NW, Washington, D.C., 10:22AM, December 28, 2012.


I spent a large amount of money this weekend -- indeed, exactly $328.53 in all from Friday through Sunday -- and that's bad, especially considering I live check to check. But I don't want to get into this right now.

Yeah, yeah, I know ...

Matthew "M. Wade Tipamillyun" Henry takes twice that in one busy night and Wall-P makes that in a half hour of corporate legal stoogery for the forces of corporate intrigue.

"Eh. Eh. Eheheh."

But I don't want to get into that now. It makes me look bitter.

As for this New Year's Day, my plan is to go with DD and his family to dinner in Rockville tomorrow evening and then return back into D.C. in time for midnight -- either to a house party around Dupont Circle to which Andrea was going to invite me or to a bar.

A few other items ...

(I wrote this earlier tonight:)

The radiator in my old apartment (see above picture) is beyond my control in terms of when it goes on and off -- and it always seems to be on even when I don't want it to be. It's constantly hissing, whistling, and thumping. I counteract this with my hapless window a/c, which I never remove and which at this point is pretty much just blowing air that is the same temp. on both sides. If it is "cold" at all, it's because the outdoor air is sometimes chilly.

Sometimes, I just open the window and put the fan in it to suck in some colder night air.

At night, I have the a/c and my box fan on.

Rarely -- and always in the early hours of dawn -- is it actually cold enough that I am happy that I have the radiator. Otherwise, it's just a potentially dangerous pain the ass. I don't keep anything near it.

View from my apartment, Washington, D.C., 3:59PM, December 29, 2012 following a weather non-event.


This brings up the topic of the weather ... At this point, it is going to be a "photo finish" as to whether Washington, D.C.,  will come in with warmest December on record as measured at KDCA climate station. Through Dec. 30th, the departure is +5.9F at 45.7F. The number to at least tie is also +5.9F but it is vis-a-vis a full-monthly average of 45.6F (i.e., the average monthly temp. drops another 0.1F by tomorrow).

It's going to be a close call -- indeed, at this point, I simply cannot tell.

The KDCA forecast is for a high of 47F and a low of 25F at KDCA, giving a net departure of +3F for the high (normal Dec. 31st high is 44F) and -4F for the low (normal Dec. 31st low is 29F) or -0.5F net daily departure. Based on this, I cannot determine if KDCA will narrowly miss the warmest December or not.

Regardless, it will be the warmest full year on record at KDCA and also for the contiguous United States. For background on D.C. and overall contiguous U.S. conditions in December and preliminarily for 2012, see this entry.

Lastly, I highly recommend the current Paul Krugman Monday op-ed column "Brewing Up Confusion" about Starbucks C.E.O. Howard Schultz acted as a useful idiot for the corporate oligarchical interests behind the "Fix the Debt" astro-turf scam designed to lock in obscenely low tax rates for the superrich / multi-millionaires and billionaires and savagely slash / "privatize" / turn over to Wall Street crooks Social Security and "voucherize" Medicare, or at least raise the eligibility age to, like, 100.

Mr. Schultz, a word to the wise: This kind of useful idiocy in which The WaHoPo Editorial Board / Beltway Media Elite specialize. Just stick to selling coffee.

Sunset from my apartment overlooking 16th and U Streets NW, Washington, D.C., 4:45PM, December 29, 2012.

As I mentioned before, I live at 2013 New Hampshire Avenue NW in Washington, D.C., so my street address and the year match up.


OK, that's all for now. My next update planned update will be on on the other side of the New Year on New Year's Day.

The lighthouse at Cape Horn.

I believe that this is the actual and authentic Cape Horn Lighthouse at the southernmost tip of South America in the Tierra del Fuego archipelago of Chile.

There is a second and manned lighthouse on a nearby point of land and belonging to the Chilean Navy.

Happy New Year 2013!


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