Saturday, September 22, 2018

Saturday Evening Post for Sept 22nd, 2018: The Autumnal Equal Equinox Edition -OR- Fall Thru


Saturday night.

And the first day of astronomical (seasonal) fall. Actually, the fall equinox occurred while I was composing this entry -- at 9:57 p.m. EDT tonight.

Evening looking east from V and 15th Streets NW, Washington, D.C., 6:26 p.m. Sept 22, 2018

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I'm home tonight watching the MeTV Super Sci-Fi Saturday Night and Sunday Red-Eye Sci-Fi line up.

About that lineup, MeTV changed it recently -- with Star Trek: TOS having been replaced by Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (which I've no real interest in watching) and Lost in Space now occupying the time slot that was previously occupied by two episodes of the campy 1960s Batman series.

The exterior of St. Augustine Catholic Church, Washington, D.C., 6:27 p.m. Sept 22, 2018

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First MeTV removed The Outer Limits and now it removed Star Trek: TOS. That doubly sucks. Anyway, the lineup tonight is Wonder Woman, specifically, "Mind Stealers from Outer Space: Part 1."

Thereafter, at 8 p.m. is the Svengoolie-hosted monster movie is the 1955 film Revenge of the Creature, a.k.a., Return of the Creature from the Black Lagoon, the supposedly "3-D" sequel to the legendary 1954 "3-D" monster movie Creature from the Black Lagoon and preceding the 1956 second The Creature Walks Among Us.

Gill-man "stars" in each. Nice.

Ricou Browning in his Gill-man costume at Wakulla Springs, Fla., date unspecified (in the 1950s)

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Of note, Ricou Browning (pictured above), the man portrayed Gill-man in the underwater scenes in all three films, is still alive (he's 87). (Different actors played Gill-man on land in the movies.)

The Lost in Space is the episode is "The Ghost Planet." Following Buck Rogers in the 25th Century ("Planet of the Slave Girls: Part 1" -- charming) at 11 p.m., the lineup more to my liking.

This includes Battlestar Galactica ("The Young Lords"), Kolchak the Night Stalker ("The Knightly Murders"), Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea ("The Cyborg"), and Land of the Giants ("Land of the Lost" -- not to be confused with the 1970s Sid and Marty Krofft children's adventure television series of same name). Land of the Giants is now on at 3 a.m. instead of 4 a.m.

Thereafter, it's two episodes of Swamp Thing, but I've never watched the show and have no interest in it.

As for Buck Rogers, maybe I can get interested in it. I haven't actually seen it in, oh, 35 years.

Hallway, lobby Willard InterContinental Hotel, Washington, D.C., 10:20 p.m. Sept 21, 2018

I went to the Round Robin and then to Old Ebbitt Grill.

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For tonight, I need to do my laundry -- clothing and all bedding -- and make dinner. For tomorrow, my plan is to walk over to Georgetown to Martin's Tavern, although the weather is forecasted to be rainy and cool tomorrow with highs only around 64F. Actually, that's fine with me.

Oh, yes, as promised, below are monthly, seasonal, and yearly precipitation totals for the four main regional climate stations through today.

Note 1: Except for KDMH (the Maryland Science Center), the normal base period is 1981 - 2010. For KDMH, it is a partial base period back to April 1998 when the ASOS station was commissioned.

Note 2: The term "seasonal" refers to climatological fall, which began Sept 1, as opposed to astronomical (seasonal) fall, which began today. Because seasonal started September 1st and we are still in September, it means that it and monthly.

KDCA
Month-to-date: 7.54" +4.86" (normal 2.68")
Season-to-date: 7.54" +4.86" (normal 2.68")
Year-to-date: 47.64" +18.56" (normal 29.08")

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KBWI
Month-to-date: 6.35" +3.46" (normal 2.89")
Season-to-date: 6.35" +3.46" (normal 2.89")
Year-to-date: 51.61" +20.87" (normal 30.74")

Of note, KBWI is already as of today at its 17th wettest year ever. This includes the pre-airport period back to Jan. 1871.

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KIAD
Month-to-date: 3.82" +0.95" (normal 2.87")
Season-to-date: 3.82" +0.95" (normal 2.87")
Year-to-date: 47.08" +16.21" (normal 30.87")

Of note, KIAD is already as of today at its 7th wettest year ever. Its full record period stretches to April 1960 with the full first year record in 1964.

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KDMH
Month-to-date: 7.65" +4.73" (normal 2.92")
Season-to-date: 7.65" +4.73" (normal 2.92")
Year-to-date: 49.89" +19.60" (normal 30.29")

KDMH records began on April 30, 1998. Also, the NWS hasn't yet posted a monthly precipitation file for it.

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Japanese Garden, Portland, Oregon, on a fall day.

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For this entry, I'm refraining from any political commentary in this entry. However, I would like to revisit this entry:


As an explanation, when I posted that entry, I had not (and still haven't) actually read the Metro Weekly article that was essentially a glorified extended advertisement for the Unloved Crow Creature's latest bit of "local small businessman free enterprise" foolishness, namely, yet another gay bar, this time in Adams Morgan (itself the only novel aspect of it, except for Duplex Diner).

However, the other night, while I was reading the Yelp reviews of the place -- the ratings tend to be 1 or 2 star (bad) reviews from visitors interspersed with 5 star (excellent) reviews from the locals trying to stay in the Crow Creature's good graces -- I discovered that the Metro Weekly article was vintage Oooza.

Namely, the article is filled with weird threats about his ability to "legally ban" his many "enemies" including the "devils" on social media.

What kind of a clown opens a new business and starts off by advertising that to the world??

Of course, that kind of cliquey, bitchy sorority girl behavior by urban adult gay men is par for the course in D.C. today.

What's more, because the Crow Creature runs the bar, he can make those kinds of strange warnings mixed with ultimatums such as"demanding" that members of the gay sports teams he sponsors MUST have their happy hours at his bar -- or else.

The "or else" is always the same thing with him -- banning. That's the sum total of what he does.

The Crow Creature has banned hundreds of people over the past two decades from JRs and Cobalt. (I'm surprised he can even remember the total population of "banned" individuals.)

His rampant banning is "enforced" (at least in his mind) by the MPD, which to him function only as a type of door security adjunct to his business.

I suspect that his longtime beloved, M. WADE Tipamillyun, probably read it and was nodding the whole time.

About M. WADE Shittagoogol, the "rate my teacher" review for him couldn't be more spot on:

"Very judgmental" and only likes "certain type(s)" of students.

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Evening sky as seen from 15th and W Streets NW, Washington, D.C., 6:21 p.m. Sept 13, 2018

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Changing subjects, and as an update, I did not make it to the gym today - if only because I slept much of the day. I would have made it for at least a little while but there has been a development in my living situation.

Row houses and trees, 1400 block W Street NW, Washington, D.C., 6:21 p.m. Sept 13, 2018

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In brief, I might be moving from my current apartment into another one in this building in about a month. If this happens, it will be the second such move within the building and my third apartment.

A wet sunflower in the rain, Ontario Rd NW, Kalorama, Washington, D.C., 3:04 p.m. Sept 9, 2018

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The proximate cause for has elements of what happened last time -- a renter above me who is creating a potentially damaging situation to include kitchen floods through the ceiling. (In that case, the guy was just a nut who had repeated kitchen floods. He has long since moved out of the building.)

Two wet sunflowers, Ontario Rd NW, Kalorama, Washington, D.C., 3:04 p.m. Sept 9, 2018

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In this case, there is a very elderly black man (he looks like he's 105) above me who has been in this building likely for decades. He is at a point where he is having trouble living on his own and unaware of potential dangers he is creating such as cooking fires and letting his kitchen sink overflow. There have also been bathroom-related water issues.

The apartment is on the third floor and closely faces the Northumberland across a small break of grass, shrubbery, and mulberry trees.

Evening V Street and New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, D.C., 6:37 p.m. Sept 22, 2018

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My inclination is to take it since I've been in this unit too long anyway, and it's an opportunity to change apartments at the same rent (and have a third-floor unit, which is something I would prefer instead of living on the fifth floor).

OK, I'm going to sign off for now. My next planned entry will be late Monday or early Tuesday.

Harvey, Flippo, and Nicholas (the spider monkey) in my apartment, Washington, D.C., 11:33 p.m. Sept 9, 2018

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Oh, yes, as for my Jukebox Saturday Night series, I'm going to try to resume it next week. At this point, I just don't have a set of three songs that I would like to post tonight, and it would take too long to try to come up with a set right now.

--Regulus

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