Sunday, August 21, 2016

T-Minus 1 Year -- or 365 Days -- Exactly to the Great American Eclipse of August 21, 2017; A Forgettable Weekend (Brief Update)

I know that I said I wouldn't post another entry until late Monday / early Tuesday, but I just had to mention that ONE YEAR from today is the ...

... Great American Eclipse of August 21, 2017.

This is a total solar eclipse that I first learned about from a National Geographic article that I read in 1979 -- when I was but 9 years old and living in Long Branch, New Jersey.

The occasion of that article was the total solar eclipse of Feb. 26, 1979 that passed through parts of the Pacific Northwest.

Left: Path of the total solar eclipse of Aug. 21, 2017 across the United States (sideways).

I recall reading that article in which it stated that the next total solar eclipse in the Lower 48 would be in the year 2017 -- and I recall figuring out then that my age would be 47, a figure that was utterly and totally incomprehensible to a 9 year old.

That eclipse has been a distant mile marker in my life that has gotten slowly but relentlessly closer until now it is just 1 year way.

Complete path of the total solar eclipse of August 21, 2017.


For that eclipse, my plan is to be on the South Carolina coastline in the path of totality. Andrea and I are planning that trip -- with Imara (her husband) and, possibly, Quill. My dad is going to come up from Florida to see it. (I doubt my mom will want to go, especially since Ray really can't travel long distances.) (We are planning on reserving rooms this week since everything is going to fill up very quickly now that we are within one year of the event.)

I saw the total solar eclipse of precisely 19 years to the day later on February 26, 1998 in Guadeloupe in the French West Indies. That was an incredible experience.

Oh, yes, my friend DD has his birthday on August 21st -- and next year's is the big 4-0.


3610 Oliver St., Hyattsville, Md., 4:42PM August 20, 2016.

I took the Metro to Prince George's Plaza station and then walked to Tommy and Roni's place. I was only 3 hours late.


I'm home tonight in my wee, dimly lamp-lit efficiency, window air conditioner purring, and ensconced for the night.

It was a rough weekend, but I don't really want to delve into that. Nothing disastrous happened -- but it was too much all around. It involved the house party in Hyattsville and then meeting up with BK from NYC, who was down for the weekend. The night sort of spiraled out-of-control and at some point, I stormed from Old Ebbitt Grill and walked home, although I don't really recall that.

The 6000 block of 39th Avenue, Hyattsville, Md., 4:47PM August 20, 2016.

Hyattsville is on the same grid as Washington, D.C. -- so the 6000 block of 39th Avenue is 60 blocks north and 39 blocks east of the U.S. Capitol Building. The east-west streets are all three syllables -- following the naming convention of the "third alphabet" of D.C. streets.



The usual crap. (Oh, yes, BK later sent me a picture from Secrets.)

I had a severe hangover today.

5700 block of 40th Avenue, Hyattsville, Md., 4:53PM August 20, 2016.


As for today, I had a nice early dinner with Quill at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. The restaurant has a 5PM to 7PM bar-only happy hour -- on most nights except, I believe, Saturday -- that is far, far more reasonably priced than the rest of the fare there. (That place has the strangest interior layout and design.)

Backyard party with flip cup game, Hyattsville, Md., 6:20PM August 20, 2016.

I should have just played beer flip cup as part of the party's theme of "Beer Olympics" instead of making all those Moscow mules and dark and stormy drinks that I was able to make courtesy the vodka, rum, and ginger beer.


Later on, I went to Trade, but didn't stay there. Instead, I went to a new bar called Kingfisher located right by the corner of 14th and P Street, and then I went to No. 9, where I had a drink and talked to Bishop Charlie. Thereafter, I headed home, but I texted my neighbor / friend Fred, and we met at Exiles for an hour or so. (This is where Stetson's used to be.)

Backyard broken wooden fence peering into the overgrown yard next door, Hyattsville, Md., 6:31PM August 20, 2016.


A line of thunderstorms moved through earlier today with a burst of heavy rain. They were associated with a cold front that pushed across the mid-Atlantic and promises to usher in less humid and not-as-hot weather with highs around 85F for a few days.

Rainfall totals varied widely with KDCA getting the jackpot, as it were, in this event:

KDCA: 0.69"
KBWI: 0.38"
KIAD: 0.07"
KDMH: 0.40"

Tomorrow night is a gym night, although the pool is closed all week. Also, the gym is closed outright Wednesday - Friday for an annual scrub down.

Next weekend, I am visiting my mom on Saturday. As a result, this means no gym for me from Tuesday until next Monday. Of course, I could double up and go on Tuesday night as well. Not sure.

The triangular plot of land at 16th St. and New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington, D.C., 4:34PM August 21, 2016.


OK, I guess that's about all for now.


1 comment:

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