Saturday, October 21, 2017

Saturday Evening Post for October 21st, 2017: Atop the Capitol Dome, Below the Eiffel Tower, and a Giant Tarantula In Between

**This entry was posted October 21st, 2017.**

The view from the top of the U.S. Capitol dome looking west down the axis of the National Mall, Oct. 19, 2017; photo by Mark Andre and featured in this CWG entry.

The ginormous 360-degree composite image panorama is available here.

In one of these entries -- not this one -- I'll have to recount my own unhappy and failed attempt to do a "dome tour" of the U.S. Capitol.


Saturday night.

I'm home ensconced in my lamp lit, wee apartment with window a/c purring cool air, and my television tuned to the MeTV Super Sci-Fi Saturday Night line-up (and, after midnight, the Red Eye Sci-Fi line-up) to include the following:

Wonder Woman
Svengoolie-hosted monster movie, which tonight was the 1955 Tarantula
Batman (two 30-minute shows that make a full episode)
Star Trek: The Original Series (with improved ("remastered") special effects)
Battlestar Galactica (the 1978 series)
The Outer Limits (two one-hour episodes)
Lost in Space
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea

Screenshot from the movie Tarantula

I probably won't even stay up to Lost in Space as I'm rather tired, although I would like to finish my planned entry on this past week's amazing astrophysical news about the detected gravitational waves from an observed kilonova resulting from the collision / coalescence of two neutron stars in a distant galaxy (but still in the Local Universe).

If I don't get it done tonight, I'll work on it tomorrow night.

By the way, I've discovered an interesting bit of trivia about the 1970s series Wonder Woman, specifically, its second and third season incarnation as The New Adventures of Wonder Woman in which the show was reset in the then-present day (1970s) rather than the World War II era. (I prefer the World War II era setting.)

Specifically, the exterior shots of the headquarters of the fictitious Inter-Agency Defense Command (IADC) where Diana Prince worked as a government agent -- here in D.C., of course -- is actually the Inglewood (California) City Hall building constructed in 1973 and still standing and in use today.

Inglewood City Hall building, Inglewood City, Calif.
(date unknown)


The weather today was again dry and mostly sunny with high clouds by evening. High temps were as follows along with departures from normal daily highs for Oct. 21st:

KDCA: 78F (+11F)
KBWI: 76F (+11F)
KIAD: 77F (+10F)
KDMH: 76F (+9F)

0Z 10/22/2017 GFS showing 6-hour precipitation (in mm/hr), mean sea-level pressure (MSLP), and 1000-500mb thicknesses (in dekameters) for the NECONUS
valid hour 60 / 12Z 10/24/2017
(as prettied up by


A rainy frontal passage is forecasted for late Monday (this is good news since it has been too dry) followed by much cooler temperatures -- seasonable to a bit below normal -- but it looks to be a transient cool down. Indeed, this winter promises to be pathetic if not non-existent.

Yours truly at the Post Pub, Washington, D.C., 9:51PM October 20, 2017.


Yesterday, I stayed late at work and then stopped at Post Pub for dinner. (The food is actually quite good there -- thanks to a very good cook who should be noted for his skill.) I then went to No. 9 and Trade before heading home. It was the usual sort of night, but all was well in the end as I got home and went to sleep.

Wakefield Court in the 2100 block New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, D.C., 4:18PM October 21, 2017.


Today, I went to the gym, where I got in moderate-to-strenuous weightlifting and a core workout before going into the swimming pool. I skipped the treadmill jog, though. I just didn't want to do it.

For tomorrow, I don't really have any plans but to take a walk, get lunch, and stop by Trade before heading home. For next week, I really need to make good progress on a series of financial monitoring reports.

A picture of someone I've known a long time taken earlier this week (on Thursday, I think) in, obviously, Paris with the Eiffel Tower behind him.

He is someone I was friends with back in the late 1990s and then reestablished friendly contact several months ago. He lives in the D.C. area but travels regularly.


OK, that's all for now. Jukebox Saturday Night entry to follow momentarily.


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