Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Fishmonger's Tale: Weather Update and Political Commentary with Unrelated Photos of My L'Enfant Plaza-to-Old Town Sunday Walk

A view of Captain White Seafood City as seen from the walkway of the Francis Case Memorial Bridge, Washington, D.C., 3:19PM May 8, 2016.

Captain White Seafood City and the other fishmongers comprise the sprawling open-air fish market between Maine Ave SW and the Washington Channel in Washington, D.C.'s oft-forgotten Southwest quadrant. I don't think I've ever actually been to Captain White's. You could smell it from many yards away.

Ohhh, and there were a lot of native Washingtonians -- heavyweight division -- lined up for seafood. As it is, I'm not sure I want to eat any fish out of the tidal Potomac River -- or anything from the Chesapeake Bay, for that matter.

The fountain at Benjamin Banneker Park, L'Enfant Promenade, SW Washington, D.C., 3:13PM May 8, 2016.

All those crane towers are part of the massive redevelopment project along the D.C. SW Waterfront.


The lead picture is the view along an elevated walkway leading to the fenced-off sidewalk on the Francis Case Memorial Bridge (which carries I-395 into and out of D.C.). The walkway starts at Benjamin Banneker Park at the end of L'Enfant Promenade and leads to / dead ends at East Potomac Park, where one must get off of it and walk down a ramp to Ohio Drive UNDER the very same I-395 -- exiting near the Jefferson Memorial.

Washington Channel with Southwest D.C. on one side and East Potomac Park on the other side, as seen from the Case Memorial Bridge walkway, Washington, D.C., 3:21PM May 8, 2016.

The Washington Channel runs between East Potomac Park and the main part of D.C. The (dirty) Anacostia River is in the distance. The turgid and turbulent Potomac runs on the south side of the park.


It is late Monday night as I start this entry, but it will be Tuesday in minutes. I'm back from the gym and I had dinner. However, it's too late for me to post all of the pictures that I took on my Sunday walk from L'Enfant Plaza down to Old Town Alexandria along the Mt. Vernon bicycle trail and with a stop at National Airport (at Legal Seafood) for a late, light lunch and another stop in Old Town (at John Strongbow's Tavern for some dinner). I then took the Metro back to D.C. from King Street, walking from Foggy Bottom to Dupont Circle. I walked about 8 miles in all, I estimate.

Ohio Drive SW, East Potomac Park, Washington, D.C., 3:27PM May 8, 2016.

D.C. street layout trivia: Only two state-named thoroughfares exist in D.C. that are not "Avenue" -- Ohio Drive and California Street. The original Ohio Avenue disappeared when the Federal Triangle complex was constructed. As for California Street (in Kalorama), on old maps it is shown as California Avenue, so I'm not sure why it was changed.


Speaking of National Airport, and as an interesting weather factoid that totally snuck up on me until I saw this CWG entry, Washington, D.C. -- as officially measured at KDCA back to 1943 or thereabouts and at its predecessor locations back to 1871 -- has had a record rainy spell in terms of measurable precipitation, i.e., 0.01 inches or more. As of May 9th, 2016 there had been measurable rainfall 13 days in a row from April 27th.

List of top consecutive days with measurable precipitation in Washington, D.C., through May 8, 2016.

This list does not include May 9th (or what may come on the 10th or 11th).


Graph of daily precipitation (rainfall) at KDCA, April 27th - May 8, 2016.

This does not include the 0.06" at KDCA on May 9th, 2016.


However, the total rainfall amount has not been all that great with 3.61 inches recorded -- including the May 9th total of 0.06 inches. In addition, KDCA is still a tad below normal for year-to-date with 12.65 inches versus the 30-year normal of 13.05 inches or -0.40 inches.

Not only that but since March 1st (the start of climatological spring), KDCA is down 1.44 inches at 6.18 inches versus a normal of 7.62 inches. For the month, though, KDCA is at 2.97 inches or +1.08 inches.

Yes, I realize such statements are lost on most folks in a situation such as this.

If it rains on this calendar day (Tuesday, May 10th, 2016), as it is forecasted to do, it be a full 14 days (two weeks or a fortnight).

I looked at the KIAD and KBWI numbers and found the following: KIAD has had the most in that period with 4.07 inches but April 29th and May 4th saw only "trace" amounts, so it is no where near the KDCA record in terms of consecutive days with measurable rainfall, and KBWI had 12 days with the streak ending on May 9th when only "trace" fell.

Furthermore, KBWI's tally is just 2.66 inches for that period.

One last weather item: I'm not a big fan of tornado chasing, and the Weather Channel has turned it into a self-parodying enviro-porn performance art, but this particular chase near Wray, Colorado on May 7th is worth watching. Here is the YouTube direct link. It has had over 1.2 million views since it was posted on May 7th.

Screenshot of a close-up of the large tornado that struck near Wray, Colorado, May 7, 2016.

Footage by AccuWeather's Reed Timmer.


Anyway, I'm (mostly) going to refrain from the impulse to post a political-related entry although there are multiple pieces that I'd like to link and excerpt -- including ones by Andrew O'Hehir, Jonathan Chait, and Heather Digby Parton. Instead, I'm just going to link to them below (in the headlines). You can read them if you are so inclined.

Grounds near the Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C., 3:30PM May 8, 2016.


Sub-headline: Jefferson called John Adams a hermaphrodite; Hoover said Al Smith would dig a tunnel to Rome. Step up, Donald!

Folks walk along the Tidal Basin near the Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C., 3:31PM May 8, 2016.

There was a gusty, refreshing wind coming off the Tidal Basin.


The meta-page summary reads: Lessons from the failure of a radical party.


The Washington Monument visible across the choppy Tidal Basin on a gusty spring day, 3:32PM May 8, 2016.


Sub-headline: The movement inaugurated in the National Review has been dying for ages. Now Trump is doing it in for good.

This is an excellent piece (alas, as with O'Hehir, she only writes at Salon.com these days).

The Jefferson Memorial seen from the west side, Washington, D.C., 3:34PM May 8, 2016.

The top of the Jefferson Memorial has large black stains on it of late -- not sure why but it's very ugly.


As I have mentioned before, if the GOP is indeed unraveling because of Donald Trump -- and weekend articles in the New York Times such as this one and this one say that, indeed, it is -- I for one welcome it, even though it does put us in uncharted and potentially dangerous waters.

A boat called the Miss Mallory sailing down the Potomac River about to go under the George Mason Memorial Bridge portion of the 14th Street Bridge, Washington, D.C., 3:48PM May 8, 2016.

"Miss Mallory" was the name on the boat.


So it's Trump Republicans versus the rest of the party including its D.C.-based media-entertainment complex and foundation-funded propaganda organs masquerading as "think tanks" -- thanks to Trump and the breakup of the always-creepy marriage between the downwardly mobile white working class and the 0.1% oligarchical donor class and their pimped out politicians.

The pedestrian walkway / bikeway on the George Mason Memorial Bridge portion of the multi-span 14th Street Bridge, Washington, D.C., 3:43PM May 8, 2016.


The "Long Con" of the Republican Party has gone on for too long. It is a bit of karmic justice that the Founding Father (a.k.a., the UR-DADDY) of that Long Con -- the repellent Richard Viguerie -- is getting to see this happen, as are the Koch Brothers, baffled that their billions can't buy the election. Of course, Viguerie -- as a true huckster -- probably just sees this as another opportunity (read the Digby piece).

Grassy field near Gravelly Point, Arlington, Va., 4:03PM May 8, 2016.

This is just off the bike trail -- which was overloaded with bicyclists.


The current situation also badly riles the Washington Consensus crowd with its titular head, Fred Hiatt, nearly beside himself. That's a big added plus as well.

The B terminal of Reagan Washington National Airport, 4:26PM May 8, 2016.


As for the Democrats, well, there will be plenty of time to get into their shortfalls and pratfalls (hopefully AFTER Hillary is in the White House), but in at this point in time, it is the Republican meltdown that is the riveting show.

Legal Seafood, National Airport, 4:53PM May 8, 2016.

I had some clam chowder, a beer, and a wine. It was nice.


Finally, as for the freak show going on in North Carolina -- as yet another Southern neo-Confederate yahoo state political figure decides to (once again) tilt at windmills in yet another enervating, pointless, and sure-to-lose installment of the Cultural Wars -- in this case, that state's vile HR2 law about transgendered people being "required" to use the bathroom of their birth certificate-stated gender birth, I think his suggestion by Dan Savage is sort of hilarious (though, to be clear, it is a really bad idea for anyone to take him up on it).

The grounds between the Mt. Vernon bicycle trail and the GW Parkway, Alexandria, Va., 5:34PM May 8, 2016.


North Carolina, in a sort of manic frenzy, launched a preemptive countersuit of the U.S. Justice Department, which for its part said that HR2 is a violation of federal civil rights law and gave the state until Monday to stop enforcing the law or risk a lawsuit. I'm so sick of having federal taxpayer money going to these places to subsidize the operations of these ignorant and hateful state governments.

A large fountain at the Alexandria Market House & City Hall, Alexandria, Va., 6:36PM May 8, 2016.



OK, I said I wasn't going to get into a political-themed entry, and while I've already crossed that bridge, I'm going to end it now.

My next update might be Tuesday after work (a non-gym night) or, more likely, not until late Wednesday (i.e., early Thursday). For tomorrow evening, I'm not really sure what to do. I'm very low on money until Friday (my fault for overspending) and I'm sort of vodka'd out after this past weekend.

A gazebo, Old Town Alexandria, 6:39PM May 8, 2016.


Well, whaddaya know, I ended up posting nearly all the Sunday walk pictures anyway ... All except for this final one:

S. Henry Street at King Street, sign, Alexandria, Va., 7:33PM May 8, 2016.

I sent this pic to my mom because she was raised on Henry Street -- but in South Amboy, New Jersey (and her brother -- and my uncle -- still lives there). She asked me if there was an address of a certain number, and I said yes, but it's a small dump of a brick row house several blocks away of no note.


OK, that really is the end of this entry.

Update before posting it: Blogger went down around 2AM last night -- or at least I couldn't reach the server -- so I had to wait until this morning to post this entry.  End of update and of entry.


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