Sunday, June 16, 2013

Washington Weekend Wayward Wanderings, Late Night Bar Visits, and General Indecisions

**Updated 11:47PM 6/17/2014: See below.**

A crowd at Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C., on a Friday evening, 6:10PM June 14, 2013.

There were two guys playing music -- sort of a jazz piece -- and folks were listening to them.

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Just a quick Sunday early afternoon update ...

I'm trying to figure out ("determine" -- to use a Federal agency loaded word) whether to take a bike ride or go to the gym today. I haven't gone since Thursday to the gym. However, my intention is to go three days in a row (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday) this upcoming week. (Thursday I am going with Andrea to the Billy Idol concert! Yay!)

The Washington Monument encased in its a two skeletons of scaffolding -- one entirely and the other almost up to the top -- as seen on a pleasant early afternoon from underneath the DOE Forrestal Building, Washington, D.C., 12:09PM June 14, 2013.

The scaffolding is to carry out repairs needed as a result of the the August 2011 earthquake.

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If I go to the gym today, I'll take off one of the above mentioned three days. If I take a bike ride, I'll bring the bicycle on the Metro either to King Street or, alternatively, to Bethesda and ride back on the Mount Vernon or Capital Crescent Trails. The trouble is I have no lock for the bike at this time (not that those really deter anything in and of themselves). I cannot get one because I am VERY low on money this pay period through the 25th.

Trees lit from beneath by flood lights in a yard in the 1400 block of Q Street NW, Washington, D.C., 12:22AM June 15, 2013.

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The weather is sunny and pleasant today with highs around 85F. There is also a good chance of showers and thunderstorms tonight into tomorrow. There is still no sign of that hideous blazing heat and disgusting humidity that has characterized the past three summers here in Washington, D.C.

I know, I know: George Will / House GOP Teabagger / Right-wing Talk Radio / Fox News Bubble global cooling.

The view from my apartment overlooking my little stretch of Washington, D.C., 9:41AM June 14, 2013.

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Concerning money, my net pay has gone DOWN about $150 since November for the following reasons: expiration of the payroll tax cut; apartment rent increase; and increasing my 401k withholding from 2 to 4 percent.

The payroll tax expiration took away about $50. The rent increase was $65, although at $1,113 per month INCLUDING utilities, that's still not bad for the Dupont Circle / U Street corridor area in 2013. 

The 401k increase was about $35. Yes, there is a match of almost that amount and the money is still "mine" but keep in mind this is deferred to some unspecified point in the future and depends on the vagaries of a rigged casino known as the stock market run by corporate oligarchs and speculators and after assorted middle-men have collected their "rentier class" fees.

I know this is the kind of reality that Wall-P and its corporate stooge sort think is the Best of All Possible Worlds.

"Eh. Eh. The Dow is up 18% in the past 52 weeks. By the transitive power invested in money, we therefore conclude that existence is 18% better --"

Oohhh, shut-up, Wall-P, you thimble-full of corporate stoogery. Did The Staff allow you to have an opinion on something?

Anyway, I should get a 2 to 3 percent raise in July, but we shall see.

The evening sky above the house at 1421 T Street NW, Washington, D.C., 7:36PM June 9, 2013. (This was taken last Sunday.)

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On Friday night, I went first to No. 9 and then over to Windows, where I had not been in about 2-1/2 years. The place was as bad as ever: a hot, sweaty, karaoke fest. The gay guys who go there tend to be old and/or fat. There was much shrieking but little, if any, talent on display. Some of the folks there were in a manic drunken frenzy.

The exterior of Larry's Lounge, Washington, D.C., 9:22PM June 9, 2013. (This was taken last Sunday.)

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Thereafter, I went to Larry's Lounge. I must say: Ron and Gunther have really been successful in turning the place into a Friday night gay bar with lots of attractive guys, although as 20-something gay sorority boys, their collective attitude leaves something to be desired. The customer profile at Larry's is very mixed -- straight, gay, old, young -- and the place seems to be doing quite well.

Interior of Larry's Lounge, Washington, D.C., 1:33AM June 15, 2013.

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I actually went back to Larry's Lounge last night after having been at Nellie's earlier. But to back up the story, I met Quill yesterday around 530PM. She came to my place. We went to a nice dinner at Dupont Italian Kitchen (downstairs from aforementioned Windows).

Interior of Larry's Lounge, Washington, D.C., 1:35AM June 15, 2013.

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**Updated 11:47PM 6/17/2014: Content removed.**

A lone figure at the corner of U and 17th Streets NW, Washington, D.C., 3:01AM June 15, 2013.

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Anyway, thereafter, we went to No. 9 for a little while and then Gary picked us up and we went to Nellie's. Quill left around 1030PM while Gary and I stayed until around midnight. The place filled up / was packed and we left to go to Larry's Lounge. I then got home around 240AM. And there you have it.

Looking south down 17th Street from V Street NW, Washington, D.C., 2:29AM June 16, 2013. Yes, this is one block north of the picture directly above it and nearly 24 hours later.

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OK, that's all for now. I'm still not entirely sure whether to bike ride or go to the gym. Decisions, decisions ...

--Regulus

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