Saturday, February 23, 2019

Saturday Evening Post for February 23rd, 2019: Joan Crawford's Straitjacket -OR- On Top Of Old Baldy, All Covered in Snow ...

**This entry was posted February 23rd, 2019.**

Sunday walk: The Exorcist Steps, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 3:16 p.m. Feb 10, 2019


Saturday night.

I'm home watching the usual MeTV Super Sci-Fi Saturday Night and Sunday Red Eye Sci-Fi lineups.

Actually, I skipped the Svengoolie-hosted movie tonight -- the 1964 horror thriller movie Strait-Jacket starring Joan Crawford as an axe-murderer -- as I just didn't want to watch something so awful, even if it is a sort of cult classic.

However, I turned the TV back on toward the end of the movie, and I have to say, the dialogue about Lucy and her daughter Carol -- both axe murderers in this horror film involving what we now call gaslighting -- is a weird "foreshadowing" of what would become known about the relationship between Crawford and her daughter Christina. Ditto the movie Mildred Pierce.

It was almost as though Crawford were making those kinds of movies intentionally.

Next was the Lost in Space episode "Revolt of the Androids." The IDAK Alpha 12 android is played by Don Matheson, who was also in Land of the Giants.

Verda is played by the actress Dee Hartford, who was quite prolific in 1960s television including the sci-fi series and Perry Mason. And she had a great look -- totally suitable for Star Trek: TOS, although I don't think she was ever in any episode.

It also features actor Dawson Palmer as IDAK Omega 17.

A towering figure, Palmer died (in an auto accident) much too young (age 36).

Thereafter, it was Buck Rogers in the 25th Century with the strangely captivating episode "Time of the Hawk, Part 1," guest starring the interesting actors Thom Christopher (pictured directly above in this episode) and Barbara (BarBara) Luna. This was the start of season 2.

Star Trek: TOS at midnight is "The Naked Time," fourth episode of season 1.

Last week, the episode was "Where No Man Has Gone Before." Although listed as the third episode in season 1 in terms of air date, it was actually the second pilot episode (after legendary "The Cage").

This was the episode that reportedly Lucille Ball -- as owner of the production company Desilu Productions -- intervened to get NBC to air the show, thus ensuring that the Star Trek franchise -- UNIVERSE! -- would indeed survive and become what it has.

Gary Lockwood and Sally Kellerman give quite the performances. And Spock was noticeably different in that episode.

Changing topics, I didn't make it to the gym today because, well, I slept all day. I kinda like my Saturday sleep in. Eventually, I got up and got ready and went to the store (Yes! organic market) and CVS.

View through one of my apartment window screens, Washington, D.C., 1:57 p.m. Feb 20, 2019

Concerning the snowfall …

The snowfall totals on the 20th were (with seasonal totals in parentheses): KDCA 2.6" (16.6"); KBWI 4.5" (15.6"); and KIAD 4.7" (24.9").

KDCA and KIAD are both above their current 30-year full-season totals of 15.4 and 22.0 inches, respectively, meaning the 2018 - 2019 season for both will end above normal. Meanwhile KBWI is below its full-season total of 20.1 inches.

Also, this is in fact correct: KDCA is an inch above KBWI in terms of total snowfall this season through February 23rd. That never happens.


My plan is to go to the gym tomorrow (Sunday) and then come home and make as much progress as I can on my third report (of the four I need to have finished).

Bar area at the restaurant P.J. Clarke's, Washington, D.C., 12:18 a.m. Feb 23, 2019


Last night, I met Gary at Old Ebbitt Grill, where we sat at the Corner Bar (since the Old Bar was too crowded). After he left, I stopped at P.J. Clarke's at 16th and K Street for one drink.

Interior of the restaurant P.J. Clarke's at closing time, Washington, D.C., 12:18 a.m. Feb 23, 2019


P.J. Clarke's is an Old School Washington, D.C., place that I definitely would go more often but it is absurdly, outlandishly, expensive -- much more so than even Off the Record and on par with Morton's and Ruth's Chris, but unlike those places, it has no happy hour or bar-only menus that make it occasionally reasonable. Thereafter, I headed home via a short 17th Street detour.

Drizzly, gloomy evening, 2000 block New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, D.C., 6:09 p.m. Feb 23, 2019


Turning to the weather …

NWS high-resolution surface weather map of a portion of the eastern and central United States, valid 0Z 24 Feb 2019


It is a drizzly/misty, chilly night with temps around 40F. Rainfall totals today were light -- 0.15 to 0.20 inch.

The weather pattern across the United States is very active at present with a complex series of systems. There is another slug of rainfall crossing the Appalachians and heading to the mid-Atlantic associated with a frontal system. This system could drop 1/2" to 1" of rain by tomorrow evening, whereupon it is forecasted to get rather breezy.

NWS weather advisories for the U.S. (without legend), updated 0423 UTC 24 Feb 2019


This includes blizzard warnings and high wind watches. The immediate D.C. area is under a wind advisory for tomorrow and tomorrow night. (Sterling LWX appears to have gone out of its way to avoid issuing a high wind watches for the immediate area, despite the fact Mt Holly (PHI) put one up for portion of the Eastern Shore in its CWA.)

Great Lakes Sector composite radar mosaic looped 0258 - 0408 UTC 24 Feb 2019


Rather than going into a lengthy weather discussion, above and below are some weather-related imagery including a composite radar (above) and weather forecast maps …

NWS/WPC/NDFD U.S. surface weather map forecast showing isobars, fronts, and type and likelihood of precipitation for 6Z 24 Feb 2019


NWS/WPC/NDFD U.S. surface weather map forecast showing isobars, fronts, and type and likelihood of precipitation for 12Z 24 Feb 2019


NWS/WPC/NDFD U.S. surface weather map forecast showing isobars, fronts, and type and likelihood of precipitation for 18Z 24 Feb 2019


I haven't even mentioned all the rain and unusual snows that have fallen in the Southwest -- with snow levels dropping to as low as 800 feet in parts of Orange County in a highly unusual event a few days ago -- and 6+ inches on the higher peaks of the San Gabriel Mountains above L.A.

Snow falling in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Feb 21, 2019


There was also a second snowfall in a week in Las Vegas. The city officially picked up 0.5" on the 18th at KLAS plus a series of "trace" events, but other places even in the city had 2+ inches.

The Los Angeles skyline is backdropped by the snow-capped San Gabriel Mountains including Mount San Antonio ("Old Baldy"), Feb 2019


It was the biggest "snowfall" in terms of places (such as Rancho Cucamonga) experiencing frozen precipitation in the L.A. area since 1962 -- although unlike that case, no snow "officially" fell at or near sea level such as at KCQT or KLAX. However, as a result of this snowfall, the Los Angeles Times reposted this article from 1999 about the astonishing January 1949 multi-day snowfall event, itself probably at least a once-in-a-century event.

Archival photo: An unprecedented day featuring snow and ice on Gilmore Street, Van Nuys, Calif., Jan 12, 1949


There is a lot more I would like to write, but it just isn't feasible right now. I need to make a late dinner, do a few loads of laundry, and finish up the second of the four reports I need to have completed by Tuesday.

A pink rose on a bar in Woodley Café, Washington, D.C., 6:25 p.m. Feb 17, 2019


OK, that's it for this entry. As I indicated, my next update will likely not be until Tuesday night. Jukebox Saturday Night entry to follow momentarily.


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