Tuesday, February 21, 2017

No Hippos, Just Great Chinese Dancers, at the Baltimore Hippodrome; Neither Cold Nor Snow This Obnoxiously Warm and Dry Winter

Tangled wooded overgrowth (not exactly pristine old growth forest) along the MTA Light Rail line going over the Cabin Branch between Ferndale and Linthicum, 12:02PM February 19, 2017.

Everything looks dull and forlorn in this ridiculously warm and way-too-dry winter. As it is, I was trying to get a picture of the large double house at the end of Orchard Road (in Ferndale).

Most of the pictures in this double entry were taken on Sunday both on my light rail trek into Baltimore and heading over to the Hippodrome and then inside the Hippodrome Theatre before the dance troupe dance performance. They are only partially topically related to the entry.

Alas, there were no hippos to be found in The Hippodrome.


Storefront, Marley Station Mall, Glen Burnie, Md., 7:23PM February 18, 2017.

I don't recall the Marley Station Mall being so low-rent proletariat trashy back in its late 1980s heyday. As it is, this mall won't be in existence too much longer -- it's on its way out.


OK, so the entry below is one I composed last night. However, I just couldn't complete it -- if only because I wanted to watch TV with my mom before she fell asleep. (She slept in the living room and let me have her very comfortable back bed.)

I'm back home now in D.C. in my wee efficiency and watching late night TV. I went to the gym earlier. Tomorrow (Tuesday) is back to work.

The Shen Yun dancers from an online picture on the dance troupe's website.


I was going to do my laundry tonight, but I just didn't get around to it. I normally do it Saturday but was away.

The weather continues to suck beyond bigtime with nothing but endless sunshine, dry, and abnormal warmth (the sort of weather that titillates the vapid and banal bourgeoisie, as you can see in the comment section of any Capital Weather Gang entry).

That aside, what follows is the entry I wrote last night ...

View from the MTA light rail along Orchard Road, Ferndale, Md., 1201PM February 19, 2017.

I took this image 1 minute prior to the lead image. In looking at these houses, I was thinking that all those years ago in the 1980s, we should have moved into one of these -- it would probably have been paid off by now and likely would have avoided so many problems.


Sunday night. Very cozy here in the little Millersville trailer.

The Shen Yun performance at the Hippodrome in Baltimore earlier today was very enjoyable. However, per my previous entry, I was wrong when I said the whole Falun Dafa / Falun Gong issue was hidden.

The elevated spaghetti maze of freeways above where the Patapsco River widens into the Middle Branch, Baltimore, Md., 12:17PM February 19, 2017. (If you look really closely, you might be able to see my mom's reflection in the light rail car window.)

The Middle Branch is the filthy tidal estuarial mouth of that sad and severely silted river that jointly forms with the Northwest Branch -- itself the mouth of the Jones Falls stream-- what is known as Baltimore Harbor. While downtown Baltimore and its Inner Harbor complex sits on the edge of the Northwest Branch, the Middle Branch is a forlorn and forgotten urban wasteland.

I've written about this before.


In point of fact, it was quite out in the open ... And despite all the wonderful and wonderfully colorful and choreographed dance and music, the apocalyptic ending / Second Coming-like Redemption of a Christ-like Buddha figure seems much more Western eschatological than traditional Chinese. At least that's my understanding.

My mom on the light rail passing over the urban estuarial wasteland of the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River heading into Baltimore, 12:17PM February 19, 2017.

By the way, the light rail is also badly showing its age. It's quickly becoming a decrepit system.


We had a nice lunch at what is called the "Hipp Café" in the Hippodrome Threatre before the show and later -- after light-railing back to Cromwell / Glen Burnie -- we went to Glory Days along Ritchie Highway for a bit and sat at the bar.

We're back now.

The downtown skyscrapers of Baltimore, Md., as seen from the Convention Center light rail stop, 12:20PM February 19, 2017.

You can see what emains in 2017 ever since its completion in 1973 the tallest building in Baltimore City -- what is now the Transamerica Tower but previously the Legg Mason Building and, originally, the USF&G Building -- is visible in this picture.


I also wanted to note that I just watched a wonderful 2007 docudrama program called "Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs" on DirecTV channel 104. Here it is in its full glory:

This is definitely worth watching. There is something so other worldly about ancient Egypt. And the recreations in this are intriguing.


Turning to the (shitty) weather ...

Weather-wise, our mid-February heat wave (highs around 70F and lows 45F - 50F) and endless frickin' drought continue apace. I can't even imagine what this goddamn spring or summer are going to be like -- most likely, an overheated nightmare.

The famous Emerson Bromo-Seltzer Tower, Baltimore, Md., 12:28PM February 19, 2017. It was the tallest building -- at 289 feet -- in Baltimore from 1911 to 1923.


February 2017 is now averaging +5.5F above normal and likely to reach +6F above normal in the next couple days. And climatological winter is -- so far -- is in the range of +3.7 to +3.9F above normal at the three NWS airport climate stations (that is, KDCA, KBWI, and KIAD).

Updated before posting on 2/21/2017: Through Feb. 20th, the departures are now +6.6F at KDCA and KIAD and +6.5F at KBWI. The climatological winter average departures will be eclipsing +4F.

The Abell located at 1 S. Eutaw Street, Baltimore, Md., 12:31PM February 19, 2017.

The Abell apartment building is located at the intersection of W. Baltimore Street and S. Eutaw Street (yes, "Eutaw" rather than "Utah"). W. and E. Baltimore Street forms the east-west dividing line of the city's grid system while N. and S. Charles Street forms the north-south dividing line.


Precipitation is below normal -- about 72% of normal since Dec. 1st and roughly 65% of normal since January 1st at the three airports. For February, precipitation has fallen off the charts -- between 9 percent and 25 percent of normal.

Looking east along W. Baltimore Street from the intersection of Eutaw Street, Baltimore, Md., 12:32PM February 19, 2017.

As noted, the weather was absurdly -- obnoxiously -- warm and dry for February (reaching about 70F). The air conditioning actually was necessarily on in the Hippodrome.


But Sue Palka -- the snake-eyed She-Dragon of all endless heat and drought -- and the local bourgeoisie and their proletariat servant class will, do, love it.

Another view of the Abell as seen at the intersection of Eutaw and Baltimore Streets, Baltimore, Md., 12:33PM February 19, 2017.

As this picture shows, because this building has a north-south numbering and is located at the intersection of W. Baltimore Street, it's address is as low in the single digits as you can get -- in this case, all the way down to "1". A few blocks to the east is where Charles Street runs -- and the intersection is the (0,0) point of the Baltimore grid system (which extends erratically out into the suburbs, primarily on the major thoroughfares).


I'm heading back to D.C. tomorrow on the train, although I think I'm going to a group lunch first with my mom involving the veterans group with which Ray was involved in the six months before he died. There is a luncheon at Rams Head luncheon. I suspect everyone in that group is a hardcore Trump voter, so I guess I need to just not talk about anything political.

Inside the lobby of the Hippodrome Theatre, Baltimore, Md., 12:53PM February 19, 2017.

We had a very nice lunch that we ordered from the "Hipp Café" in the Hippodrome. We were eating in the lobby area where tables were set up.


Updated 2/21/2017 prior to posting: In point of fact, I did not go to the Rams Head luncheon but just slept in.

My plan is to go to the gym tomorrow evening. I intend to post a new entry -- or at least an update -- tomorrow night.

Seated inside the Hippodrome Theatre, Baltimore, Md., 1:43PM February 19, 2017.


Updated 2/21/2017 prior to posting: As I noted above, I went to the gym and I'm home now and ready to go to bed and start another workweek. Tomorrow night is not a gym night. My next planned posting will be late Wednesday or early Thursday.


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