Friday, July 27, 2018

Friday Night Fatigued and Foul Weather So Fair

Yellow tiger lilies growing in a circular planter / barrier at the Gateway Georgetown condo complex, 2500 Q St NW, Washington, D.C., July 15, 2018.

This pic and the others were taken over the past 12 days or so including on July 15th (Sunday) on a walk over to Georgetown (Martin's Tavern).

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A small pink rose growing in a sidewalk garden, 2200 block Q Street NW, Washington, D.C., July 15, 2018.

This is not the same pink rose as featured in this entry. About that entry, I had to correct the caption and file name of where I took that picture -- 2100 block of 13th Street NW rather than the 2000 block of 13th Street NW.

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Friday night.

I'm exhausted.

I'm home -- after having planned all week to visit my mom this week -- and just watching TV, specifically, the MeTV lineup.

This includes WKRP in Cincinnati (a strange and darkly, offbeat humorous show whose opening theme song I love); Hogan's Heroes (who knew you could set a comedy in a Nazi prisoner of war camp); Carol Burnett and Friends (a timeless and wonderful show); and Perry Mason (kinda awesome even half a century on).

Anyway, my whole frickin' day was a disaster.

My original plan was to telework but also go to the gym early afternoon and then take a later MARC train to BWI Rail Station and a cab to my mom's place in Glen Burnie. However, everything intervened and nixed that plan.

First, my morning news update to a particular DOE office that I've been doing most weekdays the past two months did not go through -- firewall issues -- and I had to find a workaround, which turned out to be more straightforward than I feared.

Large corner house, 31st and Dumbarton Streets NW, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., July 15, 2018.

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However, I also got yet more pressure to finish the final report in a five report round that is part of a series of reports that I compose periodically that requires me to interact with a particular type of niche agency in all the U.S. states and territories (in whatever form they take). This nixed my teleworking idea.

Puffy clouds in a summer sky as seen from the 1300 block V Street NW, Washington, D.C., 1:53 p.m. July 26, 2018.

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I did my laundry on the idea that I wouldn't be able to do it this weekend. I also buzz-cut my hair with my clipper before showering and getting ready. I finally left my apartment around 3 p.m. laden with my duffel bag and bookbag (with laptop). It was hot and humid and in the walk to the U Street/Cardozo Metro, I had to stop for ever red signal crossing 15th, 14th, and 13th Streets NW.

Trump poster on a traffic signal controller cabinet, corner P and 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C., 
11:49 p.m. July 26, 2018.

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I headed over to Union Station by 715 p.m., but there was some massive track signaling problem that resulted in at least a two hour delay and cancellation of multiple MARC Penn Line trains. I had some dinner at the Uno's at the bar, but by the time I was finished, there was still no resolution to the issue -- with the scheduled 9 p.m. train now delayed (and it was just 8:15 p.m.).

Another picture of the tiger lilies featured in the lead entry, 2500 Q Street NW, Washington, D.C., July 15, 2018.

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I called my mom and ended up making plans to visit in two weeks. I would have gone next week but after orienting my entire week around this planned weekend trip, I just can't do that again next week. As it is, on the 10th, I'll go up early in the afternoon.

As for that report, I MUST finish it over the weekend.

Weather-wise, we had a frontal passage earlier today but all the CWG hype and borderline hysteria about flooding rainy deluges and violent weather turned out to be basically nothing in the immediate D.C. area. KDCA reported "Trace" while KIAD recorded 0.06 inches. By contrast, it was quite stormy in the Baltimore area.

KBWI picked up nearly another inch -- specifically, 0.97" -- and KDMH a full 1.51".

This brings KBWI's monthly total to a whopping 16.40", already the wettest July ever (having blown away the previous wettest July ever set in 1889, a pre-airport record) and the second highest total for any month (now less than two inches behind August 1955's 18.35 inches), not to mention a year-to-date total of 41.09" -- a whisker away from the annual average of 41.88" (and it's only late July).

For the month, KDCA is at 9.19" and KIAD at 9.75" (a July record). Please see my previous entry for an overview of this rainy July. The KDCA number -- if no more rain fell -- would be the 5th wettest July, a hair above last July's 9.15" (which was also the wettest month of 2017), and well under the all-time wettest July of 11.06" set in 1945.

(FYI: The all-time wettest month for D.C. is 17.45" set in September 1934, a pre-airport record.)

While the weekend is forecasted to be partly cloudy, seasonably warm, and dry (no rain) another wet pattern is forecasted -- at least as of now -- for next week. Maybe we can run up the monthly total a bit more.

Office view looking down onto I-395 and its spaghetti maze of ramps, L'Enfant Plaza, SW Washington, D.C., 6:26 p.m. July 26, 2018.

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So it looks like this will just be a typical weekend rather than the one I had planned. This means I'll go tot he gym tomorrow. However, I am on a tighter budget this weekend and I MUST have that damn report done in time for Monday morning, so I may have to nix my usual "Sunday free day" routine of heading over to Georgetown.

Evening sky above the front fa├žade of Union Station, Washington, D.C., 8:21 p.m. July 27, 2018.

There were a lot of cirrus anvil "debris" clouds high in the sky -- some with mammatus formations -- and the sunset was quite spectacular even if no real rain fell earlier.

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I'm uncertain if I'll post either of my regular pair of Saturday night entries and instead might just work on that report while watching the MeTV Super Sci-Fi Saturday Night and Red-Eye Sci-Fi wee hours Sunday morning lineup.

Another view of the evening sky outside Union Station, Washington, D.C., 8:21 p.m. July 27, 2018.

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OK, that's all for now. My next posting(s) will either be Saturday night or early next week. 

--Regulus

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