Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Approaching a Trio of April Anniversaries ...

Moongate Garden, Enid Haupt Garden, Washington, D.C., 12:04PM April 2, 2018.

The saucer magnolia blossoms are especially nice this year -- not having been fried off by early heat nor killed by sub-freezing cold since they opened (at least in the District, I can't speak for out in the suburbs and exurbs). Also, it's nice to have some blossoms OTHER than the damn Yoshino "Japanese" cherry blossoms.

Another view in the Moongate Garden section of the Enid Haupt Garden, Washington, D.C., 12:03PM April 2, 2018.

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I feel compelled to have a stand-alone entry to note the following: The next 12 days of this April features three noteworthy anniversaries, one giant societal and the two other personal.

Martin Luther King at the Lincoln Memorial on the occasion of his "I Have a Dream Speech," August 28, 1963.

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For the big one, tomorrow -- April 4th -- is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, Tenn., in the terrible, horrible, no good year of 1968 that still infects and warps American society including its poisoned, tribalized politics. I'm not going to get into that but I do want to note that it doesn't seem that long ago that I was noting it was the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK in Dallas.

It's a very strange thought to realize that in the same span of time in the 1960s so many bad things happened including the escalation into the historical catastrophe of the Vietnam conflict even as American society underwent a radical shift to more or less what it is today.


On a personal note, the passage of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's assassination also is an indication that I am quickly approaching my 50th birthday -- in just 19 months.

As for the other two anniversaries, well, they are personal:

First, on April 9th, it will be the two-year anniversary of the end of my way-past-its-expiration-date friendship with Gary. You can read about the incident here and why it ended that friendship here.

Regulus and the Leo I dwarf galaxy.

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Secondly, April 15th marks the 10-year anniversary of the start of this Regulus blog. Yikes. I'll have a post on that as well.

I'm home right now after work and the gym and watching a Hogan's Heroes rerun on MeTV. (The guest character Marya played by actress Nita Talbot was hilarious.) Actually, by the time I post this entry, Carol Burnett & Friends (11PM) or Perry Mason (1130PM) will be on.

Nita Talbot and Robert Crane in "Hogan's Heroes." 

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It is my intention to post another entry later tonight as I would like to discuss some weather-related items including an impending strong cold frontal passage to usher in another bout of blustery, chilly weather and even a chance of rain / snow on Saturday if not in D.C. proper, at least in the region. Tonight is mild with a few rain showers (we certainly could use more rain).

NWS WPC/NDFD surface weather map for the U.S. Lower 48 valid 12Z April 4, 2018.

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I also want to mention Scott Pruitt's self-parodying levels of venal corruption at EPA, an agency he is destroying, but why Trump at the center of his own vortex of shit probably needs to keep Pruitt around (after he gets rid of Sessions). However, I know I said I would postpone another political-themed entry.

Regardless, that's all for this entry.

OK, that's all for now Again, I'll try to post an entry later tonight.

--Regulus

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