Sunday, December 31, 2017

New Year's Eve 2018: Looking for Hopeful Hints of the Beginning of the End of a Dystopian Time (Plus a Few Pictures of the Usual Sydney Harbour NYE Fireworks Extravaganza)

Another New Year's Eve, another pyrotechnical extravaganza in Sydney Harbour with a spectacular fireworks show launched at midnight hour from the Sydney Harbour Bridge, New Years Eve 2018.

The only fireworks display D.C. ever does is July 4th. It does nothing for New Years Eve. (The New Years Eve 2000 was a pathetically sad for the Capital of the United States / Start-of-Third-Millennium Seat of Empire. I'll never let that one drop no matter how many years pass.)

A view of the Sydney Opera House in the foreground with a pyrotechnical lollapalooza taking place on the nearby Sydney Harbour Bridge at the stroke of midnight (AEDT), January 1, 2018.

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Well, I was going to try to post a more meaningful entry on this final day of 2017, but the day -- a Sunday -- sort of got away from me.

I had wanted to write a bit of a political-themed entry on how if things don't improve in 2018 -- by which I mean, Dems regain control of at least one House of Congress in the midterms (and to take effect next January) -- in this Trumpian / rightwing GOP dystopia, then a positive change will never happen in this country.


That's my way of being optimistic, or at least hopeful for 2018.

However, I don't have time to post that right now.


As an update, I actually never did my laundry last night, as I was too busy posting the previous three entries and watching the MeTV Super Sci-Fi Saturday Night and Sunday Red-Eye Sci-Fi line up. Instead, I did my laundry this afternoon.

However, because I got up late and because I'm supposed to go up to Rockville to meet David and his family for dinner in a couple hours, I didn't have time to go to the gym. I may instead try to go tomorrow (as the gym is open until 4PM on New Years Day), or alternatively, I'll just wait until Tuesday to get back into my every-other-day routine.

I went yesterday but I skipped on the jogging part, which is what I had wanted to do today.

It's VERY cold and overcast today with scattered snow flurries across the region as a extremely fast moving tiny burb (ripple) in the polar jet stream zips along.

Temps at the 3PM hour are 21F at KDCA and KDMH and 19F at KBWI and KIAD. The dew point is around 1F plus or minus and there is still a northwesterly breeze putting the wind chill around 5F. Lows tonight are forecasted to be around 10F, so bitterly cold for New Years Eve.

As I mentioned in my entry last night, the pattern remains a very cold and very dry one for the next week (with a possible near-miss of a coastal storm in the Thursday - Friday time frame).

OK, I'm going to sign off now. My plan for tonight is to go to Rockville to have dinner in the Town Center area and then return on the Metro before midnight and go to No. 9 and/or Trade.

One more picture of the Sydney Harbour fireworks frenzy, New Year's Eve 2018.

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Happy New Year 2018! See you on the other side.

--Regulus

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