Sunday, February 11, 2018

Beefcake Old & New and That Star Trek Lady with the Green Hair -OR- Notions And Novelties in the Soft, Rainy Pre-Dawn Hours

A sort of impressionistic blurry rainy night street scene here in Washington, D.C.; the photo is by Kevin Wolf and was featured in this CWG entry.

Of note, there was no link to the Flickr page source -- so I don't know if this was taken recently or not. As for Kevin Wolf, his Flickr site has nearly 20,600 photos, so there was no way to search for this one.

UPDATED 1:06AM 2/16/2018: So it turns out the photo was actually taken back on Feb. 23, 2016 in the Lee Harrison Shopping Center in Arlington, Va.; Source image here.


The wee pre-dawn hours of a rainy Sunday morning as I watch MeTV Saturday night and Sunday morning sci-fi lineup including Battlestar Galactica and Lost in Space (the pilot episode, no less). The last of the shows in this lineup that I ever watch is now on, namely, Land of the Giants.

Gary Conway opening credits, "Land of the Giants."


I didn't realize that Gary Conway -- the star of the show and still alive at age 82 and running a winery in Paso Robles, Calif., with his 81-year old wife -- was a "beefcake" model back in the mid-to-late 1950s including in the legendary "men's fitness" homoerotic (beefcake) magazine Physique Pictorial.

Of note, an assortment of pictures from that long-ago publication form much of the bathroom wallpaper at Trade.

Speaking of beefcake, that Tongan guy, Pita Taufatofua, was shirtless and oiled up for the opening ceremony at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang -- just like he had been two years earlier in Rio at the summer games in 2016.

A picture of his strutting his stuff at the opening of the Pyeongchang games is given above and below for your viewing experience.

He is Tonga's only participating athlete -- and he is doing so as a cross-country skier (cross-country skiing being so common on the tropical Pacific island of Tonga).

William Shatner as Captain Kirk and Angelique Pettyjohn as Shahna in  the episode of Star Trek: The Original Series "The Gamesters of Triskelion."


Of note, the Star Trek: TOS episode earlier was "The Gamesters of Triskelion" and it guest starred the actress and burlesque dancer Angelique Pettyjohn (who was actually born Dorothy Lee Perrins). Sadly, Ms. Pettyjohn passed away at the age of 48 back in 1993 due to cervical cancer.

Even with her green hair, I have always found her closing soliloquy about traveling to the lights in the sky to someday again meet Captain Kirk very poignant, especially how she does it with tears in her eyes (see image directly above).

Sterling (LWX) county warning area (CWA) advisories updated 2:46AM EST February 11, 2018.


Changing subjects ...

I did my laundry a short while ago and made dinner earlier. I've now gone to the Yes! organic market enough and purchased enough meat -- steak and pork -- that I've become acutely aware of how much better tasting it is than the stuff I get at Safeway (precisely because of the infinitely superior conditions in which the cows and pigs are raised). It's not even close. Ditto the whole milk I buy from there now.

NWS composite radar mosaic for a portion of the eastern U.S., valid 0948UTC (4:48AM EST) February 11, 2018.


Earlier this Saturday, I made it to the gym, but the place was so damn crowded -- especially the downstairs weight room -- and there was a bit of an issue with that.

Oh, and it was so damn crowded in the locker room that I moved to a different spot -- and in the process forgot my gym shorts, which really frickin' pissed me off. I'll check later today if it is there, though probably not, and I'll need to buy a new one.

Updated 4:00PM 2/11/2018: Amazingly, the shorts was (were?) there beneath an alcove at the front desk where lost-and-found items are kept along with, confusingly, those in a larger bin on the pool deck. End of update.

Sterling (LWX) NWS radar in standard base reflectivity mode looped 0418 - 0459AM EST February 11, 2018.


As for the weather, it has been a welcome rainy past 24 hours with well over an inch of rainfall here in D.C. proper -- and continuing to eat away at the multi-month fall/winter drought. A quasi-stationary frontal boundary is draped across the mid-Atlantic back into the Tennessee River valley with waves of low pressure riding along it and abundant Gulf of Mexico moisture.

US NWS advisories updated at 1052UTC (5:52AM EST) February 11, 2018 (without legend).


As the above map shows, there are flash flood watches across the Metro D.C. and Baltimore areas and extending all the way to the southeast across Tennessee, large parts of Alabama, and western Georgia.

NWS high-resolution surface weather map for a portion of the eastern United States valid 6Z (1AM EST) Feb 11, 2018.


Here in the wee hours, it is an soft, opaque, night with the glow of the city lights diffused and suffused across the water, low overcast. It is also mild on this side of the frontal boundary with 4AM temps of 49F at KDCA, 46F at KBWI, and 44F at KIAD.

Rainfall totals for Feb. 10th including the following:

KDCA: 1.06 inches (daily record)
KBWI: 0.88 inches
KIAD: 0.51 inches
KDMH: 0.56 inches

Additional rainfall is expected later today with additional amounts of an inch or so possible. This is good as we need the rain.

For later today, after I get some sleep, it's my Sunday free day.

OK, that's all for now.


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