Saturday, February 17, 2018

Saturday Evening Post for February 17th, 2018: No MeTV Greatly Annoys Me; A Sloppy Minor Snowfall (Overview); Pair of Unrelated NYC Pics

Snowy forest about 8 miles SW of Front Royal, Va., February 17, 2018.

This picture was taken by one of the regular CWG commenters -- Eric654 -- and he linked to it in a comment. It's sort of near the Karo Boat Launch on the South Fork of the Shenandoah River.


Home tonight.

We had a burst of wet snow this afternoon followed by drizzle for a few hours. There was enough snow to create a sloppy coating on sidewalks here in the District (and more in the northern and western suburbs, of course).

I read on the CWG site (in the comment section) that KDCA "officially" had 0.2 inches, which if true would bring the seasonal total to a whopping 3.3 inches (below numerous Southern locales including Charleston, S.C., Baton Rouge, La., Atlanta, Ga., and Jackson, Miss.).

The 5PM LWX preliminary daily climo reports did not include snow data -- just "MM" -- for KDCA or KBWI, so I don't know if that's the case.

KIAD reported 0.3 inches in the 5PM update.

A burst of heavy, wet snow in the gloomy afternoon at New Hampshire Ave and 15th St NW, looking toward the SW corner of Meridian Hill Park, Washington, D.C., 4:46PM February 17, 2018.


It's a bit above freezing at the 11PM hour. A big warm up is coming for next week with temps reaching 75F by Wednesday. That might be it for winter -- although there's speculative talk from certain overheated, rightwing private forecasters (not the NWS) of another Arctic outbreak in early March with a coastal storm.

I am quite annoyed -- even disgusted -- right now because MeTV is not coming in at all tonight via my digital antenna. Other stations are also having a difficult time coming in, but MeTV is simply out (possibly due to atmospheric conditions)

As a result, no Super Sci-Fi Saturday Night or Sunday Red Eye Sci-Fi lineup of shows, which I was really looking forward to watching tonight -- especially as I have to do some editing on a work document in order to send it off by noon tomorrow (yes, Sunday).

Instead, I'm just sitting here in my lamp-lit wee efficiency with multiple loads of laundry going in the basement laundry room to include all my bedding. I'll also make dinner later.

Well, at least God is happy. Something went wrong somewhere and He gets scintillated to no end.

Maybe MeTV will never come in again. The one thing I like and it gets torpedoed. Thanks, God. Love Ya.

OK, I guess I should note (after the fact-of-posting at 12:40AM) that MeTV is coming back in -- so I can at least watch the really late night lineup while editing that document. Battlestar Mormon Galactica is on now. Perhaps it was just the heavy, wet air attenuating the signal.

Descending into JFK Airport over Queens looking to the southeast; Tim sent me this picture (see below).

The bridge visible below in the distance near the Atlantic Ocean is, I believe, the Marine Parkway–Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge. It spans the Rockaway Inlet. It was actually possible -- on a really clear day -- to see it just barely on the horizon from the old Tradewinds Beach Club in Sea Bright to the NNE.

The entire infrastructure of the New York City Metropolitan area is Third World crap.


There is a lot I want to discuss by way of things happening in the country now -- yes, a political-themed entry -- but I'm not even going to bother tonight. I'm also skipping the Jukebox Saturday Night feature for this week.

Instead, I'll just post Bill Maher's opening monologue from his most recent Real Time program:

Of note, there's a slight chance that the most recent school mass slaughter in our firearms-obsessed nation might effect some positive change -- and the death grip of the NRA -- half global arms merchant and half terrorist cult that it is -- is ever-so-slightly weakening. Having said that, don't expect any action from the GOP or the Orange Dotard himself.

Changing subjects, I made it to the gym earlier and got in an hour of weightlifting and a swim. The steam room is broken (again). I also skipped the treadmill jog part since I got there too late. As it is, I've been having difficulty with the jog of late and it's not really working if the goal is to stay at a certain weight.

I've easily gained 25 pounds in the past 18 months and while a portion of it is muscle mass, some of it is just fat. I cannot jog at the level I would need to in order to be thoroughly lean and fit -- and also muscular.

Besides, I'm 48 years old with a middle-aged hobbit-like body type, so would be nearly impossible for me to be in that shape.

My betrothed, BIG Y'EYEMAH, is VERY PLEASED at the prospect of company at her Venn Diagram intersection of OBESITY, POVERITY, and PASSIVITY, all held together by heavy dose of self-righteousness.

OK, that's all for now. For tomorrow, I'm supposed to meet Tim at Vola's in Old Town at 1PM, but we'll see how that goes, especially with the weather where he is now. He is in Connecticut tonight and sent me some pics -- one of his flight into JFK Airport while descending over Queens (see above) and a series of pics of wherever he is (Stratford or thereabouts) (one of which I posted below). He is supposed to return tomorrow morning.

Snowy night in residential Connecticut, February 17, 2018.


Of note, my friend David and his family -- wife and two young children -- are up in New York City this weekend and last night he sent me a couple of pics from the hotel in lower Manhattan where he is staying. So I received New York City pics from two different people this weekend.

View looking WSW toward New Jersey from a hotel in Lower Manhattan, New York City, February 16, 2018.

That illuminated white sliver next to the middle of the hotel -- in the distance -- is actually the Statue of Liberty. I've never actually been to the Statue of Liberty.


Monday is the Presidents Day -- or rather, Washington's Birthday -- federal holiday and I have off. Thus, I get two free days -- Sunday and Monday.

My next planned entry will be in a day or two. Again, I'm skipping the Jukebox Saturday Night edition this weekend.


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