Thursday, August 14, 2014

After the August D.C. Area Rain and Before the Jersey "Shore to Please" Summer Pilgrimage

Puffy fair-weather cumulus clouds in a rain-washed cerulean sky over Washington, D.C., as seen over the turret of the corner house at 15th and U Streets NW, 10:58AM August 13, 2014.

It was a lovely day today -- especially given the time of year when it is so often so disgustingly hot and humid and the air gunky.


I tried to write an entry discussing more details on the Baltimore / Washington area heavy rainfall event on Tuesday and a similar extreme event that occurred on Wednesday in New York in parts of Nassau and Suffolk County and centered on Long Island MacArthur Airport in Islip where a new 24-hour state record was set at 13.57 inches (and a calendar day daily / monthly / all-time record of 13.51 inches).

However, I'm really tired tonight and the entry just got too long -- with no where near enough available pictures.

A house in the 5200 block of Moorland Lane, Bethesda, Md., 5:34PM August 10, 2014.

I took a short walk with Quill after our late lunch at Rock Bottom and before my bike back into D.C. via the Capital Crescent Trail and thence into Palisades and Georgetown.


I'm tired tonight, though, because it's due to a rather good gym workout in its three-part fullness, namely, 6-mile jog, weightlifting, and a pleasant swim. That's the positive side. On the negative side, things remain highly uncertain at work and I run the very real risk of returning to non-billability next week, which is the kiss of death for any Federal contractor.

The gentle summer Atlantic Ocean surf at Wildwood Crest, N.J., 12:39PM August 26, 2014.

This is one of the many pictures from my summer trip to the Jersey shore last year -- soon to be repeated -- that I never posted.


However, my long-awaited 4-1/2 day trip to the Jersey shore (Wildwood and Cape May) -- via a brief Rehoboth stopover and thence the Cape May - Lewes ferry -- is slated to start on Aug. 22nd. It's an annual pilgrimage that I have done for 4 of the past 5 years with Gary and in some combination with LP and Wendy.

Yours truly in a weird upstairs commons room of the kitschy Caribbean Motel in Wildwood Crest, N.J., 7:07PM August 25, 2014.

We're not staying at the Caribbean this time but trying a new place on the Wildwood Crest / Wildwood boundary. The Caribbean was a bit too small with too much doo-wop and too many nosy families from Philadelphia.

We were on display to them as an admittedly rather odd D.C. quartet (we had the ONLY vehicle with D.C. tags that I saw), especially when we got back late all drunk and headed into a single room -- Gary, the everybody-loves-him attractive guy; Wendy, the-all-around-lovely young lady; LP, the-nerdy-older-uncle-like man; and myself, the leprechaun-like, indeterminate-aged man-child.

As DD said, all we needed was a dwarf in a tuxedo and we could have had our very own Fellini film, Jersey-shore style. Well, maybe I could wear the tuxedo.

Wendy in the Caribbean Motel, Wildwood Crest, N.J., 9:54AM Aug. 25, 2014.

I just want everyone to appreciate this: Wendy in a kitschy motel on the Jersey Shore. This is a young lady who has traveled all over this planet from China to India to Syria to Yemen to Zanzibar; who is an immigration attorney who graduated from Georgetown University Law Center; and who speaks Arabic.

Yes, there were only two beds in the motel, and yes, she and I shared one. Now you can appreciate all the nosiness of all those Philadelphia working class families.


Also next week, but before my scheduled Jersey shore trip, I might be taking care of my little angelic Brady if Chris in fact goes away for several days to visit his family (the trip is still a bit up in the air).

Black-eyed Susans growing thickly in a small, dedicated plot off a side street in Bethesda, Md., 5:53PM August 10, 2014.

It was appropriate to have them growing in suburban Maryland since they are the state flower of Maryland.


OK, that's all for now.

I think tomorrow I'm going to ride by bike to work and then go to Larry's Lounge after work. I might not bring home the computer so my next update might not be until Friday.


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