Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Awaiting this Week's Forecasted Rainy Deluge; And The Wall-P & Me Chronicles: A Prelude

Rainy evening in the 1400 block of Florida Avenue NW, Washington, D.C., on a gloomy - showering spring evening, 7:52PM April 28, 2014. This is where Florida Avenue starts back up (or ends, depending on your point of view) at New Hampshire Ave. and W and 15th Streets.


I'm not really sure what to write tonight. I had intended a longer blog write up with excerpts of pieces (Krugman and Chait, hurray!) over the past several days including some from today (well, now yesterday / Monday). However, it is late and I actually have to do a bit more work light copyediting another 30 pages or so of a document on electrical grid modernization.

Wet evening along the 2000 block of 15th Street NW, Washington, D.C., 7:03PM April 28, 2014.

I was walking home from work at this point. (Just FYI, the person with the umbrella in the photo is a guy not a girl.)


I'm home watching my late night sitcom reruns -- including that HILARIOUS episode of Frasier "Where There's Smoke, There's Fired" during which he has to get his agent, Bebe Glazer, to quit smoking before she marries a multimillionaire octogenarian from Texas "Big Willy" Boone who plans to buy the KACL radio station.

Gloomy wet dusk under the trees along the 1400 block of W Street NW, Washington, D.C., 7:52PM April 28, 2014. I was walking to the gym. (I've written about the 1400 block of W Street before on this blog.)


I made it to the gym and had a good workout but the problem with the music -- specifically, the music played by one personal trainer who is there CONSTANTLY and who treats the place as his personal club deejay booth -- flared up again after I thought I had it somewhat resolved. This is a subject for a whole entry. The music is the worst kind of hybrid rap / R&B with really hardcore industrial hip hop. At least that's what I think it is -- my musicological knowledge is limited. I know I'm fighting a losing battle but I may write a letter of compliant on this one.

I mean, I'm no fan of Rihanna or Pitbull, but at least that music has some tonality and you just get used to it. The stuff the personal trainer often plays (running back and forth to the little side room to change the music) is beyond tolerable.

Of course, when you complain about stuff like this, you're automatically considered the bad guy / troublemaker / weirdo and the complaint pretty much just bewilders others. My own view is that for the most part, the background American pop culture is such blaring, shrieking, vulgar garbage at all times that nothing really makes a particular impression or rises above the level of general crap. 

An old entrance way at night at 1427 W Street NW, Washington, D.C., 7:53PM April 28, 2014.

This is an interesting non-row house on a street otherwise featuring (on the north side) all row houses. It has a sort of enclosed ground-level porch. There is a Kwanzan cherry tree that grows at the start of the short walkway, and it was shedding its blossoms tonight. (The beautiful Kwanzan cherry blossoms lasted a good 8 to 10 days -- surprisingly long, perhaps because it isn't so hot this year.)


Turning to the Weather ...

It's a drizzly, cool night following an intermittently rainy day though KBWI had more (0.31") than KDCA (0.11") while KIAD was in between (0.17"). HOWEVER, A LOT more rain is forecasted over the next several days as a slow-moving frontal boundary associated with a cut-off low now over the Great Plains approaches the Eastern U.S. while a plume of tropical moisture moves from the Gulf of Mexico along the Appalachians and Eastern Seaboard.

72-hour rainfall for the mid-Atlantic region including the Chesapeake Bay drainage basin and nearly all of New Jersey ending 8AM EDT May 1, 2014 with legend at the bottom. This shows 4 to 5 inches of rain in the D.C. and Baltimore Metro areas.


Rainfall totals of 4+ inches are possible in parts of the extended Washington/Baltimore region over the next 72 hours before the entire system clears out. There are widespread flood and flash flood watches in effect -- in some cases, overlapping -- including flash flood watches for most of the Sterling LWX county warning area including the District of Columbia.

NWS weather advisories for the eastern half of the United States valid at 0300UTC (11PM EDT) April 29 (28th), 2014.


Sterling LWX county warning area (CWA) advisories as of 11:14PM April 28, 2014.


Severe and tornadic storms hit Mississippi today. This followed a deadly outbreak of tornadoes in Arkansas and Oklahoma on Sunday that killed at least 16 people and caused the usual tremendous destruction so common in certain parts of the United States due to tornadoes.

The U.S. composite radar mosaic for the Ohio River Valley, Appalachians, and Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic portions of the U.S., valid 0258UTC (10:58PM EDT) April 29 (28th), 2014.


OK, I think that's all for now.

I am probably not going to update this blog until late Wednesday / early Thursday as I am planning to go to the Tuesday night happy hour with AP and Co. It is at the Elephant & Castle on Pennsylvania Avenue. The point is, I'm not going to take the computer home tomorrow evening -- hence, no blog update.


Oh, yes, before I go ... I've been mulling an idea for a new blog series: The Wall-P & Me Chronicles.

It features that little zero-dimensional robot "Eh.Eh.Eehehehe. Eh-ing" his way through whatever storyline. Also featured are Staff and a whole cast of other ridiculous characters from the Narcissistic Confederate Belle to the yowling Spaz-Manian Devil to assorted Lady Macbeth cheesecake-eating wives and their husbands who have been turned into buccal-pumping frogs astride suburban lily pads with shrieking little sticky, poopy children running around amid a sea of electronic and plastic toys.

The underlying story line also includes an even more ridiculous version of me that tries to go into various partnerships and relationships with Wall-P in a futile attempt to make more money, all of which end up in some form of disaster for me. This is because of a combination of my own many failings; the awfulness of that whole cavalcade of characters, gay and straight, that (in that alternate scenario) have remained in my life; and how awful and ridiculous is our system. Meanwhile, little Wall-P just rolls through each scene (head bobbing back and forth) saying, "Eh. Eh. Ehehehe. Eh. Dude. Eh. Cash. Dow up. Eh. Eheheh. Client call."

Think Mr. Bill (me) meets Sluggo (corporate legal crumb-bot, Wall-P) and ilk with Mr. Hand as American Oligarchical Overclass. And Mr. Hand's narration -- so soothing but always catastrophically wrong -- comes from the WaHoPo Editorial Board / Washington Consensus crowd that so impress Wall-P.

Got it? No? Good. It really isn't supposed to make sense to you.


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