Friday, August 31, 2018

Farewell to an Agitated August and John McCain, American Hero, in the Terrible Time of Trump; Plus, Perry Mason Hits His Stride

Willard InterGalacticContinental Hotel, Washington, D.C., 2:24 p.m. August 28, 2018


This entry isn't just to replace the previous one as lead entry, but also to post an update while also bidding this August and Sen. John McCain farewell.

The as-yet-under-construction Spy Museum at L'Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, D.C., 8:03 p.m. August 28, 2018

This weird-looking structure-in-the-making is located next to my office building. It's a very strange looking structure in an architecturally awful part of the District.


As an update, I'm going to try to go to the gym on Saturday finally -- although I need to be careful and I'm not sure I can do any swimming. I'd still like to at least go into the swimming pool.

Also, I have my MRI tomorrow at Georgetown Hospital tomorrow evening and then an appointment with the shoulder specialist next Wednesday to discuss the results and consider a physical therapy regimen.

1400 block Swann Street NW, Washington, D.C., 12:27 p.m. August 28, 2018


I'm home now watching the MeTV lineup and getting ready for bed. Earlier tonight, I went to Off the Record at the Hay Adams Hotel for a couple of drinks. The TV above the bar was on and I watched on CNN as Sen. John McCain's body was brought back through Joint Base Andrews to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol today ahead of his Saturday funeral.

Meghan McCain beside her father's flag-draped casket at the Arizona state capitol building, August 29, 2018.

I'm now wishing Sen. McCain had run for president in any year but 2008. It was just the very wrong time. But in the present time, what isn't wrong is that the contrast between him and Donald Trump is literally overwhelming. It's disgraceful even to write their names in the same sentence.

Naturally and appropriately, the McCain family doesn't want that vulgar, disgusting buffoon, Trump, within 10 light years of the funeral services. "Ex-Presidents Only," was the word that went forth from the McCain family -- although the grotesquely, self-righteously smarmy but otherwise worthless Vice President Pence will be there.

Row houses in the 1400 block of Swann Street NW, Washington, D.C., 12:28 p.m. August 28, 2018


I was going to go there last night but instead I met Andrea, Jake, and Sarah at an interesting bar in Chinatown called Bar Deco. We had a really wonderful time. And I wasn't expecting that given how hot, humid, and horrible (in the evening urban crashing chaos of the Chinatown section of D.C.) it was outside. Thereafter, I walked home -- and had a phone conversation with Chris T. in Atlanta.

Summer afternoon view, 1700 block 15th Street NW, Washington, D.C., 12:30 p.m. August 28, 2018


The Perry Mason episode tonight is The Case of the Drowning Duck -- episode #4 -- by which point Raymond Burr's character began to develop into the awesome Perry Mason that we know and love.

I mention this because in the first three episodes from 1957, Raymond Purr's Perry Mason character had a somewhat different personality, style of dress, and courtroom approach.

MeTV has begun cycling through Perry Mason from the beginning. Episode #1, the "pilot" episode -- "The Case of the Restless Redhead" -- was on Monday night. I missed episode #2 -- "The Case of the Sleepwalker's Niece" -- on Tuesday night but saw episode #3 -- "The Case of the Nervous Accomplice" -- last night (Wednesday).

OK, I'm going to sign off now but I do want to call attention to a Slate piece. Indeed, I would like to repost the entire thing, but it's too late and I'm too tired to do it right now. Here is the piece:

Donald Trump: A foul fat fuck.

In a nutshell, the author posits that Trump isn't just a narcissist but very likely has an antisocial personality disorder and thus will behave accordingly as things deteriorate for him in the coming months. What's more, because the GOP won't do shit to stop it but will just enable him, this means that only the midterm elections and the Mueller investigation will serve as containment strategies.

OK, that's all for now as we wrap up August and this summer. My next planned entry will be on Saturday.


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