Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Another January 23rd: My Dad Turns 77; Perry Mason, The Twilight Zone, and Other Late Night MeTV Viewing; and Brief Weather Update

It's January 23rd -- and that means it is my dad's birthday.

He turns 77 years old today.


As for my dad, he's fine -- more or less. He's still living down there in (or near) Flagler Beach in that trashy "Southern" part of north-central Florida in a seaside trailer park. I need to call him after work tomorrow (or rather, later today). And I am going down to visit him (with my mom) in April.

My dad and I and our bullmastiff "Borky" taken in our house on Kirby Avenue in Long Branch, N.J., circa 1977.

Yes, I know I've posted this picture multiple times. It is probably my favorite picture of him and me together. It was taken now 41 years ago. Back when he was 36 years old (and I was 7). (He had injured his hand, as I recall, in a karate tournament.)

I miss Borky. God, I loved that dog.


As for my mom, she turned 69 last month. That was how old Ray (my stepfather) was when he passed away just over a year ago. Ray's birthday was May 8th, so he was four months from his 70th birthday.

77 years old.

So strange. Life just passes.

My parents at Henry's House pub in Charleston, S.C., August 20, 2017.

This was taken the day before the eclipse. I was with them and Chris having dinner. (He was happier to see my mom - -his ex-wife from nearly half a century earlier -- than to see me. (Yes, I need to post my solar eclipse trip pictures. Five months after the fact, the entry is about half complete and in draft form.)


My dad was 29 when I was born, and I clearly remember when he was 35 years old (that was back in the mid-1970s in Long Branch, New Jersey). Even stranger is the thought that when he was 48, I was already 19 years old. He hadn't quite left New Jersey yet (that would come in early 1993) but grandma had already died.

I'm home now watching the usual late weeknight Me-TV lineup to include Carol Burnett and Friends, Perry Mason, The Twilight Zone, and Alfred Hitchcock Presents. (Oh, and if stay up late enough -- which I don't want to do tonight -- Mannix.)

I mention this not just because I typically mention it in these late night entries but because The Twilight Zone episode -- "The Hunt" -- that just concluded was sort of relevant, at least indirectly, to my above ponderings. This episode featured the actor Arthur Hunnicutt, who was so perfect for the role.

Prior to this was an excellent episode of Perry Mason, namely, "The Case of the Malicious Mariner."

This is an episode that one must watch carefully (and the commercials are few, short, and surprisingly far between). I love Perry Mason and Raymond Burr was so good in -- and so perfect for -- the series.

This is also one of the few black-and-white episodes that would actually have been better in color -- at least the parts featuring scuba diving on a tropical reef in the South Pacific (to recover sunken ship cargo).

Screenshot of the Perry Mason episode "The Case of the Malicious Mariner."


Turning -- ever so briefly -- to the weather, a cold front is forecasted to move across the region tomorrow with showers and perhaps some low-topped (wintertime) thunderstorms and gusty winds.

It's a mild and muggy night with air temp around 52F. I just put on my window air conditioner.

Some weather maps:

NWS Great Lakes sector composite radar mosaic looped 0438-0548UTC January 23, 2018.


NWS high-resolution surface weather map for a portion of the eastern U.S. valid 3Z January 23, 2018.


WPC/NDGD surface U.S. weather map forecast for 12Z (7AM EST) January 23, 2018.


The frontal passage will end the recent bout of warm January weather. On Monday, temps climbed to 65F at KDCA, 62F at KBWI, and 66F at KIAD. Temps later today might get that high again but on Wednesday, it should be back in the 45F range. No winter weather is forthcoming for at least 7 to 10 days.

U.S. Drought Monitor map valid January 16, 2018.

This map doesn't include the D0 - D4 severity level legend but the D.C. and Baltimore areas are in D1 (moderate drought) with the "S" signifying "short term" impacts (less than six months).


We really, really need the rain as the region is in a moderate drought (see map above).

Oh, yes, I should mention that the federal government shutdown is over -- at least for now -- and I'd like to post a link to this Ezra Klein piece: Democrats didn't cave on the shutdown. It's a nice analytical summary of what transpired -- and one that I think is quite correct.

The crazies that occupy the White House thought this a good photograph to send out featuring a MAGA baseball cap-wearing Donald Trump seated in the Oval Office and pretending to "do work" during the shutdown (it was taken this past Saturday).

Note the completely empty desk, the expression, the total lack of connection to any reality. And speaking of this reality -- Trump occupying the Oval Office. Oh, the humanity, or in this case ... 

OK, that is all for now. Let me just note that I didn't post this entry until 330AM. My next planned update will be late Wednesday or early Thursday.


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