Thursday, January 3, 2013

More Dreams of Distant Uruguayan Shorelines and Memories of Crappy D.C. Life Times -OR- FORWARD 2013!

Updated 215PM Jan. 5, 2013: See below

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Continuing with my Uruguay and distant (from D.C.) shorelines theme(s) ...

The South Atlantic Ocean meets the beach at La Pedrera, Rocha, Uruguay.

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Here is another image of the beach at La Pedrera, Rocha, Uruguay that I found on the blog Hecktic Travels in the entry Coastlines of Uruguay – A Photo Essay.

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BTW, speaking of Uruguay, read this BBC article / watch this video from this past November about Jose Mujica, the current president of the country. He is also known as the "poorest president in the world" for the simple way he lives.

Here is an image from that article of Pres. Mujica on his farm outside Montevideo with his dogs, one of which has three legs. Mujica also spent 14 years in prison as a rebel fighter.

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UPDATED 01/05/2013 at 215PM: In a curious coincidence, The New York Times ran an in-depth profile piece on President Mujica on January 5, 2013 (linked): After Years in Solitary, an Austere Life as Uruguay's President.

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I had planned a longer entry tonight but it is already nearly midnight as I start this one and there is simply no way, no how I can stay up until 2AM (or later) posting a lot of content.

Updated at 1:54AM 1/3/2013: Yes, I ended up posting this at 1:46AM and didn't finish correcting typos and formatting until, yes, 2AM.

As it is, I don't really have that many readers, so all this regular posting is kind of problematic.

I had a good day at work -- I was indeed productive entering into my final frenzy of Texas compliance cases. I even spoke to a county judge in East Texas who sounded a lot like the cartoon characater Foghorn Leghorn.

(Oh, and I got into work at 10AM, so not incredibly late, though I stayed until nearly 7PM before heading to the gym.)

I then went to the gym where I had a good workout overall that included 45 minutes on the treadmill, 45 minutes of weighlifting (OK, not continuously), and about 25 minutes in the swimming pool. I also weighed myself -- in only swimming trunks -- and weighed in at a touch over 164 pounds, so I am about at my minimum since I began a bit over six months ago when I clocked in on that scale at 183.5 pounds but also on another scale at 185 pounds.

My next planned entry will be on Friday night (the musical interlude one). Thereafter, I would like to post a weather entry -- to discuss our total lack of any weather in the D.C. area this (and pretty much every) winter (and the exception of 2009-2010 merely proves the rule) and why National Airport sucks as the observation post (KDCA). 

The KDCA automated surface observation system (ASOS) located off an access road beside the tidal Potomac River at the far southeastern corner of National Airport -- and about 3 miles south of downtown Washington, D.C., and technically in Arlington County, Va.

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The Baltimore/Washington NWS Forecast Office (Sterling / LWX) issued a public information statement about the record warmth in 2012 for D.C., except the author used slightly different numbers from the CF6 preliminary monthly climate summaries -- linked from here as the second product toggle button -- in four of the 12 months. I emailed him about that but he didn't reply. The Sterling meteorologists (to the extent they know me) think I'm a crank. Well, I don't care -- and I think their mostly are lousy. By the way, I couldn't help but note that the author of the statement also used the Atlanta, Ga., climate reference.

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An Odd Follow-Up ...

BTW, if you Google "Larry Hagman" and "gay," my blog comes up regularly in the top 5 hits. This is in reference to this entry I wrote on November 24, 2012 shortly after Hagman died.

The entry has nothing to do with whether or not he was (I've no reason to believe he was). Rather, it was simply about the whole JR's gay bar connection and M. Wade Tipamillyun.

Speaking of that human, I've decided to have a New Year's resolution about him -- or rather, about ever falling for his awful sort again. I will post something about this in an upcoming entry.

OK, that's all for now.

Oh, yes, Hallmark Channel is back to showing The Golden Girls at midnight. That's because Hallmark has FINALLY stopped showing Christmas movies after a full two months. If anything, it should have kept showing them until the 12th day of Christmas (Jan. 5th) or the following day of Epiphany (Jan. 6th).

Oh, wait, yes -- that's another entry topic: The hate-filled gibberish pouring out in torrents from the Vatican and other senior Catholic Church officials, including here in the U.S., in their obsession against gay marriage. Refer to this link.

Of course, this is ironic on so many levels ...

... not least of which is because so many unmarried and at least notionally celibate priests are either closeted or just openly and flamboyantly gay.

This sclerotic pope in particular in his ruby red slippers and bonnets and with that hate-filled contorted face that resembles the Star Wars emperor is a painful embarrassment. But you also can powerfully feel in America the near total irrelevance of what "the Church" believes and/or spews on a given day.

And it doesn't matter if the pews are filled at this or that service (as they were when I stopped in briefly at St. Matthew's Cathedral on Sunday night in the middle of the 5:30PM mass and Fr. Jim Greenfield was yammering away his usual empty bromides -- although that's better than the rightwing social commentary).

Blurry cellphone image of Fr. Greenfield giving his homily at St. Matthew's Cathedral, 5:56PM, December 30, 2012.

I had a rather bad experience with him back in 2004, which was a nightmare year for me and I was in a really bad way for a period of time. He was all sweeting talking and cloying -- back when there was about a 10 minute period when I considered joining his order here in D.C., until it all blew up on me. As for Mgr. James Watkins, he too is someone I had a bad experience with but that was back in the 1990s. As for Waktins, he's just a theatrical rightwing fraud plain and simple as he performs his Italian operas at mass. He reminds me of the late John Inman's Mr. Humphries character.

The Catholic Church and I had a very bad relationship and I am forever split from it. However, all of this is a topic for a separate entry someday.

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The storefront for Dr. K's Vintage clothing store at 1534 U Street NW, Washington, D.C., 10:30PM, December 30, 2012.

This place is located less than a block away from where live. As with the Ananda Corporation next to Nellie's, and its crimson red night time sign (sans illuminated "T"), I've never been inside this place either. I really like the circular red lit sign. It would be a great one for a speakeasy.

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OK, this really is all for now.  Again, my next planned update will be on Friday night.

--Regulus

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