Thursday, January 18, 2018

Thursday Afternoon Posting: A Mid-Winter's Day and Nothing in the Dark

The snow-dusted benches that ring the central fountain of Dupont Circle on a cold and gray mid-winter's day, 1:58PM January 17, 2018.

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Just a brief early afternoon update.

I had intended to post an entry last night but it was more important that I make some progress on a work-related task so I did that instead of posting.

I did that while watching the usual late night Me-TV line up ending with a suitably strange episode of Mannix ("The Mouse that Died").

This followed Carol Burnett and Friends, Perry Mason ("The Case of the Jealous Journalist"), The Twilight Zone, and two episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents ("Martha Mason, Movie Star" and "West Warlock Time Capsule").

The Twilight Zone episode was one of my all-time favorites: "Nothing in the Dark." I never tire of seeing it. A very young Robert Redford co-stars in it with the late Dame Gladys Cooper. Synopsis here.

Speaking of the dark, I had stayed late at the office and then opted to walk home at night rather than take the Metro.

It was quite cold but I was bundled up. Temps were around 24F with an intermittent stingingly cold northwesterly breeze. There was a dusting of snow on the ground from the previous night. I walked from L'Enfant Plaza to my apartment via Trade, where I stopped for a single drink.

I took this (very blurry) pic with my flip-open cellphone camera while crossing the National Mall last night:

These are the snow-dusted grounds outside the Smithsonian castle on a cold mid-winter's night, 9:17PM January 17, 2018.

Yes, the picture sucks but you can still get an idea of the mid-winter's night serenity.

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About my job, let me say that I am very happy with it -- the work I do and my coworkers.

As for the weather, it is now beginning to get warmer -- temps reaching about 40F today -- with continued dry, dry, dry weather this mid-winter. The next chance for rain isn't until goddamn next Tuesday. I really hope we don't go into spring in this sort of a drought condition.

Snow totals the other day were as follows:

KDCA: 0.4 inches
KBWI: 1.3 inches
KIAD: 0.3 inches

The KDCA seasonal today is now a whopping 3.1 inches. The pattern this year -- with the storm track shunted into the southern tier of the United States along with Arctic outbreaks has resulted in numerous Southeastern cities to include Atlanta, Charleston, S.C., Jackson, Miss., Norfolk, and Rayleigh having had more snow than D.C.

The usual Great Lakes snow belt cities have also had tremendous amounts of snowfall. 


Seasonal snowfall accumulation map for the eastern United States for the 2017-2018 winter season through January 17th with selected cities' totals shown.

In the case of Raleigh, N.C., it was snowing while this map was made and the figure now is higher.

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For tonight, I had intended to go to the gym, but I have a bit of an odd problem, namely, I'm so broke until pay day tomorrow. It's partially my own fault that I'm so low on money. I mean, I shouldn't earn the salary that I do and have this happen, but it does.

1900 block New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, D.C., 1:47PM January 17, 2018.

This picture and the remainder were taken yesterday afternoon as I walked to Dupont Circle to go to the bank before heading into work. I had to take out an amount not in the usual annoying $20 increment so I had to go to the teller.

I also stopped at Panera for lunch -- using the stupid "Dining Out: The Restaurant Choice" restaurant-specific card I won on Saturday night at the after-the-fact holiday party. While that $50 card worked at The Cheesecake Factory on Monday, it did not work yesterday there, so I cancelled the goddamn order.

There is still SUPPOSED to be $5.50 on the card.

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The central fountain at Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C., 1:58PM January 17, 2018.

Yes, it is always spelled "Dupont" -- lowercase "P" -- even though the circle is named for Rear Adm. Samuel Francis Du Pont -- capitalized "P" and a space between the "Du" and "Pont."  

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I say "partially" because we live in fucked up reality -- for instance, look at the Trump malevolent insanity married to brutal, cult-like GOP oligarchy -- and that is STRICTLY God's Fault from a Gnostic point of view. More to the point, living in D.C. is just an expensive proposition no matter what you do.

The snow-dusted trunk base of a large tree in the 1600 block New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, D.C., 1:53PM January 17, 2018.

This is one of the two large, spreading, very old and gnarled elm trees that grow in front of the ornate Perry Belmont House that houses the "world headquarters" of the General Grand Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, a Freemasonry organization.

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Anyway, I only have $7 to get through today and I have NO FOOD in the apartment -- except one remaining box of Rice-a-Roni -- and that being the case, I don't think it a great idea to do a full, multi-part three-hour gym visit and then come home with virtually no food. That being the case, I might just come home, take a sleeping pill with some hot tea, and go to bed.

Sleeping -- and the alternate dream-world reality I live during it -- is something I quite enjoy (well, usually).

The other side of that same snow-dusted large tree trunk, 1600 block New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, D.C., 1:53PM January 17, 2018.

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For tomorrow (Friday night), I'm supposed to meet Andrea and possibly another coworker (Robert) after work. I think we might go to some place in Chinatown to be determined. Saturday is a gym day and stay-in night while Sunday is my free day (walk and lunch and then go to Trade and/or stop at Fred's place). I also intend to post a few entries over the weekend including the usual Saturday night pair.

OK, that's all for now. Time to head into the office.

--Regulus

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