Friday, July 26, 2013

Dental Issue Update; Comfort "Me" TV; and Delightful Non-D.C.-Like High Summer Weather

Sunset looking "up" Massachusetts Avenue as seen from 12th Street NW, Washington, D.C., 8:14PM July 24, 2013.

The pictures in this entry were taken both Wednesday night as I walked home from work -- stopping at No. 9 -- and tonight (Thursday night) walking from Farragut West Metro. The weather (as noted below) has been stunningly pleasant for late July high summer in Washington, DeeCee Town, Capital of the Empire, Planet Earth, Terran Solar System, Orion Arm, Milky Way Galaxy, Local Group, Canes Venatici* Cloud, Outskirts of the Virgo Supercluster, Local Universe.

*See bottom of entry.

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So I just wanted to post an update this Thursday night to note that my dental problem has varied since my last entry but at this point, the modest swelling has definitely gone down and my gums and cheek are not nearly as tender as yesterday. I was actually a bit more swollen this morning but did not hurt as much. Right now, I think it's getting better, but owing to the somewhat problematic nature of the issue (Is it an abscess? Is it just an irritation), I am concerned. I've been trying to eat "soft" foods but even these can some irritation and a headache (which makes me think this malady could be something else).

The Old Post Office Pavilion with its clock tower with bells, Washington, D.C., 8:00PM July 24, 2013.

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I skipped the gym again tonight as I was unsure about doing much physical activity when not feeling well. In addition, I was feeling rather badly around 7PM with a bit of a fevered headache. I will try to go tomorrow and certainly over the weekend.

A patch of blue through a cumulus / stratocumulus cloud deck over D.C., as seen from 18th and N Streets NW, Washington, D.C., 7:21PM July 25, 2013.

The movie "A Patch of Blue" is one of my favorite.

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It's Thursday night (well, Friday morning by the time I post this), and I'm home watching ANOTHER network called Memorable Entertainment Television (but called "Me TV") (not to be confused with "We TV" that is carried by WJLATD2, one of the digital "sub" channels of WJLA Channel 7 here in D.C. -- and carried by channel 313 on my RCN. It features a nightly line up that includes "Bewitched", "I Dream of Jeannie", "The Mary Tyler Moore Shore", "Rhoda", and "The Odd Couple". Between this and Antenna TV, not to mention the jazz music channel, I could live deep in the gentler comedic and musical stretches of the American 20th Century. Later on, I will watch The Golden Girls on Hallmark.

The 1700 block of Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, D.C., 7:23PM July 25, 2013.

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Maybe I'll watch and take refuge in these shows when the GOP Teabagger crazies shut down the Federal Government, maybe for weeks, this autumn in order to get by force their Teabagger fevered dystopian dreams in place, most notably, "abolishing" Obamacare.

However, I cannot stay up too late tonight, as I have to be in the office by 9AM tomorrow rather than my usual 1030AM, but I have a surplus of hours this pay period so far. However, I also have to finish formatting and editing as many as 80 more of those files for the big Hawaii report (in the end, I had help with it so did not have to do the full 448).

An attractive young guy walking along 18th Street near Massachusetts Avenue, Washington, D.C., 7:23PM July 25, 2013.

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Lastly, the weather has been absolutely delightful the past two days -- especially this Thursday. It featured highs around 80F (KDCA 82F and 79F at KBWI and KIAD) and dew points in the 55F to 60F range. The evening was especially delightful with a cumulus / stratocumulus cloud deck overhead contrasted so dramatically with a brilliant golden-yellow Sun low in the west. And everything is leafy and fairly well-watered green this summer.

The Ginkgo trees -- including the stinky "female" ones -- in the 1700 block of Corcoran Street NW, Washington, D.C., 7:30PM July 25, 2013.

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Of note, the temp. anomalies in parts of the Eastern and Midwestern U.S. were the "most" negative globally. This just NEVER happens this time of year, at least in recent summers. The temps today were about -8F below normal -- we are FAAARRR more likely to be +8F above in summer and +16F above in winter, even inside James Inhofe's igloo.

A plot of 2m temperature departures for days 1 - 5 from today's 12Z GFS valid July 26  - 30, 2013. This was on the Capital Weather Gang site and was originally posted by Chicago WGN's Tom Skilling, who has long been the most awesomest TV meteorologist there is (even if he is the brother of Jeffrey Skilling of ENRON infamy).

The forecast has temps rising back in the 80s and with showers and t-storms over the weekend.

Sunlit trees and row houses in the 1600 block of S Street NW, Washington, D.C., 7:47PM July 25, 2013.

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As for the weekend, I'm planning on meeting Quill for dinner on Saturday evening. I had thought if I was going to be disfigured with a facial swelling, I would just stay inside / away from my usual gay bar haunts, but at this point, that doesn't appear to be necessary. But I don't want to jinx myself by saying that -- this dental issue could flare up again.

Sunlit buildings including "The Tiffany" (on the "backdrop" of the darkened but benign clouds overheat and to the east) in the 1900 block of 16th Street NW as seen from the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue, Washington, D.C., 7:51PM July 25, 2013.

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*Speaking of "Hunting Dogs" ...

Well, not quite. This is rather an incredibly adorable little bulldog puppy asleep in a sort of human seated position on a comfy sofa. This is from a YouTube screenshot of sleeping puppies and kittens that my mom sent me.  In the video, he sort of topples over and snuggles into the sofa.

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I would have written more tonight but I ended up talking for nearly an hour to ChrisT in Al-Obama, I mean Alabama.

OK, that's all for now. I may update the blog tomorrow night though more likely on Saturday, unless circumstances warrant.

--Regulus


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