Wednesday, May 23, 2018

My Measured, Mazy Life This Moist, Muddy May (With Some Sunny Sunday Georgetown Pics)

Walkway and steps, 3100 block of O Street NW, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 4:03 p.m. May 20, 2018.

The bulk of the pictures in this entry are primarily the ones I took on Sunday while walking over to Georgetown where I stopped at Martin's Tavern.

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For this entry, I'm going to limit the post length to the number of pictures from aforementioned walk rather than having an entry that sprawls out of control and that I have trouble posting or end up never posting.

Spring day, 1900 block New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, D.C., 2:25 p.m. May 20, 2018.

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As it is, I'm quite tired and just enjoying watching late night MeTV old show lineup -- the second of the two Hogan's Heroes episodes, Carol Burnett & Friends, Perry Mason, and The Twilight Zone -- following a gym visit.

This is my second night in a row that I went to the gym and had a good multipart workout. This followed a relatively decent workday, although I haven't been as productive as I would have liked.

Giant willow oak tree by the "Spanish Steps" at 22nd Street between S Street and Decatur Place NW, Washington, D.C., 3:36 p.m. May 20, 2018.

About my walk, I had stopped at Maddy's for about 45 minutes, where I had a nice chat with the bartender who was once a bartender at Nation (back in the day) and who had a band of his own ("VPR") for a number of years. (Never mind what "VPR" originally stood for.)

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I also made a late dinner -- like last night, pork chops and steamed broccoli and carrots, and some white wine (sauvignon blanc) in addition to the Seltzer water I like. This Monday/Tuesday/Thursday gym night routine is quite good.

Row houses along 22nd Street near Q Street NW, Washington, D.C., 3:40 p.m. May 20, 2018.

(If I mislabeled the cross-street -- if it's actually R Street -- I'll fix this image caption and file name at a later time.)

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I want to note that I am so much happier now that I shop at the Yes! organic market on 14th Street rather than at that nasty Safeway (surrounded by a sort of homeless encampment) in the heart of the 17th Street vapid, exhausted, old school D.C. gay ghetto.

Vibrant green tree crowns as seen from the Dumbarton (or Q Street) Bridge above the Rock Creek and Rock Creek Parkway, Washington, D.C., 3:44 p.m. May 20, 2018.

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The quality of food alone is much superior. Even if it costs maybe 25 to 30 percent more, it is well worth it -- and a good feeling to know that the animals that gave their lives for the pork chops or steak were raised far more humanely than the garbage and barbaric factory farming of our civilization.

2800 block Q Street NW, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 3:52 p.m. May 20, 2018.

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About 17th Street, I finally and definitively completely avoid that vapid, stale booze-stenchful shithole of an area and its denizens (including all those ex-friends of mine who often hang about there) between P and S Streets as much as I can at all times for the past three months -- and for the rest of my life. The only exception is my occasional Friday night meet ups with my neighbor-friend Fred on occasional Friday nights upstairs at Annie's (where I never have the steak/meat, just salmon and vegetables, if I get dinner).

Row house 3000 block P Street NW, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 3:58 p.m. May 20, 2018.

The object of this particular image is the cluster of very large trees behind the row house (pictured and discussed more below).

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While I'm on the topic, I should mention that I've made additional change in the form of walking to and from the U Street Metro on V Street (convenient to aforementioned market, near my gym, and NOT on madhouse U Street). While that probably seems trivial, it has been a very good quality-of-life change for me.

Ginormous (bald cypress) trees growing in the plot between the row houses fronting onto P and O Streets and between 31st and 30th Streets NW, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 3:58 p.m. May 20, 2018.

I am reasonably certain that these trees -- possibly two main ones and a cluster of smaller trees that may or may not be part of the main ones -- are bald cypress trees.

Here is the Google street view.

I would estimate their height to be at least 100 feet -- possibly 120 feet. The trees -- visible as a sort of arboreal "steeple" -- are prominently visible (at least if you notice those sorts of things) from near the Kennedy Center and Watergate.

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As a weather update …

A line of drenching thunderstorms crossed the immediate D.C. area and points south late this afternoon / early evening -- and National Airport (KDCA) recorded 1.19 inches in addition to another 0.04 inches today (May 22nd). This 1.23 inches brings the monthly total -- all of which fell since May 12th -- to 7.37 inches, the 8 wettest May on record (so far) and wettest month so far since June 2013 (9.97 inches).

KBWI had just 0.19 inches today, which brings its monthly total to 5.94inches while KIAD recorded 0.83 inches, bringing its monthly total to 6.50 inches.

There has been minor-to-moderate flooding on the Potomac in the past week. Today's deluge caused flooded streets and area streams and creeks to rise out of their banks with minor flooding (see this CWG entry for some photos)

Left: Street flooding at 17th St and Constitution Ave NW, Washington, D.C., May 22, 2018; photo by Sarah Linden and posted in the above-linked CWG entry.

All this rain the past 10 days has erased -- thankfully -- the long-term persistent dry spell and moderate drought (D1 to D2) that had overtaken the region.

Tonight is a mild night with a moist, humid breeze and low clouds scudding across the urban night time sky and temps around 68F / dew point 66F.

Brilliant evening Sun and clouds, 1400 block V Street NW, Washington, D.C., 6:23 p.m. May 21, 2018.

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OK, I'm just about out of recent pictures I took -- plus it is quite late and I'm tired and just had dinner and watched an especially spooky, sad, and profound Twilight Zone episode ("King Nine Will Not Return"). The Perry Mason episode was also very good ("The Case of the Garrulous Go-Between").

Evening view, 2000 block New Hampshire Ave NW and The Brittany, Washington, D.C., 8:24 p.m. May 21, 2018.

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That being the case, I'm going to wrap up this entry rather than posting the political-themed entry that I would have liked to have posted focused on the Trump kakistocracy and cultic GOP. (There will be time for that, of course.) For tomorrow (Wednesday), I'm not going to the gym after work. I'll try to post another entry, but probably won't, in which case my next entry will be late Thursday or early Friday.

--Regulus

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