Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Some Late Night Notes Interspersed with Sunday Ellicott City and Benjamin Banneker Park Pics

The No. 9 Trolley Line Trail in Benjamin Banneker Park, Oella, Md., 3:09PM April 8, 2018.

This entry contains a few of the two dozen or so photos that I took yesterday (Sunday) on an afternoon visit with Chester to Ellicott City that included a couple hour walk in the hilly, forested Benjamin Banneker Park located on the other side of the Patapsco River in Baltimore County (rather than Howard County) in the historic mill town of Oella (really an extension of Catonsville), Md.

Tiber Branch, Ellicott City, Md., 2:48PM April 8, 2018.

This Tiber Branch flooded spectacularly in a highly localized deluge on July 30, 2016 and caused tremendous damage (now repaired / restored) in Ellicott City. (Naturally, KDCA had about zero precip. that day.) This stream should not be confused with the old Tiber Creek tributary of the Potomac River that was channeled and eventually buried in the 19th Century -- but that makes its presence known in (rare) flooding events.


Ellicott City view, 2:49PM April 8, 2018.


We had a really enjoyable day that followed a nice weekend visit to see my mom. Chester met us at the Honey Bee diner in Glen Burnie where we had gone to brunch. After our forested walk about, we went to the Ellicott Mills Brewing Company for a bit. He then drove me to the Greenbelt Metro and I took the Metro back into D.C.

Main clock tower, Ellicott City, Md., 2:59PM April 8, 2018.

OK, maybe it's not a "clock tower" but I can't think of what else to call it. Of note, this clock was badly damaged in the 2016 flood -- apparently by a floating car that crashed and toppled it -- but it was recovered and restored.


I dropped off my duffle bag and book bag at home and headed back out on foot to Trade to meet for a drink, as arranged, Mike G. Mike -- who lives quite close to the Ellicott City historic district -- had been in D.C. on Sunday.

A single-lane, rickety overpass carrying Westchester Avenue above the Number 9 Trolley Line Trail, Benjamin Banneker Park, Oella, Md., 3:08PM April 8, 2018.


Right now, it is late Monday night -- well, early Tuesday morning by the time I post this. I'm home at this late hour watching the MeTV lineup including -- as I write this -- Perry Mason. The episode is "The Case of the Nebulous Nephew."

It is a strange episode featuring much intrigue not to mention a bad guy-turned-good guy protagonist named Caleb Stone who ends up having a "double" -- who ends up being a black guy (played by actor Ivan Dixon of "Hogan's Heroes" fame).

The idea is that they had been childhood best friends at a Catholic orphanage. And the head nun of the orphanage shows up at the trial. Keep in mind this was in 1963.

Meg Wyllie (left) and Beluah Bondi (right) as sisters Nineveh and Sophia Stone in the Perry Mason episode "The Case of the Nebulous Nephew."


Of note, actress Meg Wyllie is in this episode that originally aired in Sept. 1963 -- and she looked kind of old even then even though she was just 46. (I suppose she was made to look older than she was.)

Ms. Wyllie was actually in the very first episode of Star Trek: The Original Series as one of the trio of Talosians, playing "The Keeper" -- that pre-Captain Kirk episode being "The Cage" that was not aired in its original form until 1988 but much of whose footage was incorporated into the two-part series "The Menagerie."

She also was in at least two episodes of The Golden Girls. Ms. Wyllie died New Years Day 2002 at the age of 84.


A large house in or just outside of Benjamin Banneker Park, Oella, Md., 3:27PM April 8, 2018.


I went to the gym earlier tonight after work. It was an OK workout -- I got in an hour on the treadmill but the weightlifting wasn't that great. I ended with a brief swim in the pool.

Chester on one of the forested trail in the Benjamin Banneker Park, Oella, Md., 4:25PM April 8, 2018.

The cool weather of late has slowed the "leaf out" this year and allowed for this winter bare-look to the forest in early April.


The night is an overcast, chilly one with a little bit of drizzle. This followed a cloudy, unseasonably chilly day with a high at KDCA of only 46F. The pattern remains way too frickin' dry. A significant warm up is forecasted by the weekend -- up to 80F for highs -- followed by another spell of below normal temperatures.

Yours truly on a fallen large beech tree in Benjamin Banneker Park, Oella, Md., 4:29PM April 8, 2018.

This large beech tree had a large trunk that divided into two equal sized sub-trunks -- both ending in a series of small tendril-like branches. This combined with its whitish-gray bark and a large oval hole (not visible) just above (below) this division created the impression of a giant squid.


Chester peering over the nearly 30-foot drop off down to the Cooper Branch in a forested stretch of Benjamin Banneker Park, Oella, Md., 4:49PM April 8, 2018.

I think this is called the Cooper Branch. Whatever its name, the stream had carved a surprisingly deep chasm through this hilly section of the park and the sides were also quite eroded.


OK, that's all for now.

I would like to write a more complete entry -- including to note the startling FBI raid on the office, home, and hotel digs of Trump's cheap thug of a "fixer" lawyer, Michael Cohen.

This is thought to be in relation to the Stormy Daniels case, but it was actually uncovered by Robert Mueller, but who referred it to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (since it was outside the scope of his Russian election meddling / Trump campaign conspiracy investigation).

Trump is freaking out, raging away -- and not just on Twitter. He referred to the FBI raids as an "attack on our country" -- and gibbered borderline incoherently while Mike Pence sat there stone-faced. If Trump is going to attempt to do a "Saturday Night Massacre" routine with Sessions, Rosenstein, and Mueller, we are getting very close to it.

A tree with its roots partially exposed is ever-more-precariously perched at the edge of the steep drop of Cooper Branch in Benjamin Banneker Park, Oella, Md., 4:51PM April 8, 2018.

This seems to be a nice metaphorical image for Trump's presidency.


However, I'm too tired and need to go to sleep. Tomorrow night is a non-gym night and instead there is a company happy hour at one of the new bars at the District Wharf (a place I can easily see from my L'Enfant Plaza office but to which I've not been since it was constructed).


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