Saturday, April 20, 2019

Saturday Evening Post for April 20th, 2019: The Springtime Menagerie Edition -OR- Lost in Place

Tulips growing in a small patch of a yard in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 2:12 p.m. April 15, 2019

Among the non-topically related images in this entry are a set of cellphone pictures I took over the past week -- primarily on Monday when I took off the afternoon because of the lovely, breezy, cool, pleasant weather and walked down through Georgetown to the Potomac. The above-one, however, was taken on Sunday when Aydin and I walked town to Georgetown.


Sky and trees on a pleasant spring day,
1700 block of New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, D.C., 2:49 p.m. April 15, 2019


Saturday Night.

I'm home watching the MeTV Super Sci-Fi Saturday Night lineup and trying to get a blog entry posted before I turn to my main task, which is to complete the minutes -- about 45 pages' worth -- of the meeting I attended last month in Crystal City and that is due first-thing Monday morning.

The Indonesian Embassy housed in an enormous, ornate Walsh Mansion, Washington, D.C., 3:10 p.m. April 15, 2019


On Friday, I finished the major revision to the notes from the meeting at SLAC in Menlo Park, Calif., also held last month. But I still have to finish three financial monitoring reports by Thursday morning -- when my dad arrives from Florida. That's when I start a planned four days off (plus weekend) that includes a side trip with him up to New Jersey.

Street view, 2100 block P Street NW, Washington, D.C., 3:15 p.m. April 15, 2019

I think that's the building where the old Mr. P's used to be. Now that was a gay skank-o-rama.  


Finally, I have an additional five financial monitoring reports to finish by early May -- I'm way behind on them, too. At that point, I'll be caught up workwise. I think.

View of the First Baptist Church - Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 3:25 p.m. April 15, 2019


The most pressing issue is the aforementioned Crystal City meeting write up. However, I also want to be able to enjoy my Sunday -- to include a walk down to Georgetown. The weather is supposed to be variably cloudy (with "sunny spells") and cool (high around 65F) with a chance of a few showers (see my previous entry for a weather update).

A large house in Georgetown (either on Dumbarton Street or N Street), Washington, D.C., 3:29 p.m. April 15, 2019


As an update … Yesterday, I stayed at work late, leaving around 8 o'clock. It was a warm, wet, and windy night with squally rain showers. I didn't take the Metro but instead walked from L'Enfant Plaza across the Mall -- and since the Haupt Garden was closed for the night and I didn't want to go either to 7th or 12th Streets, I slipped through the Mary Livingston Ripley Garden.

The row house at 3019 N Street NW, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 3:31 p.m. April 15, 2019


I mention this because in the warm, rainy, soft darkness, it was just so pleasant, as was crossing the Mall and the Butterfly Habitat Garden over to Constitution Avenue. Everything is in rapid, full bloom so the leaves created that summertime enclosed look.

Harry's Pub, Washington, D.C., 11:05 p.m. April 19, 2019


From there, I headed over to Harry's Pub where I had dinner and a couple drinks. I like that place. It tends to be quite festive and even its dive-i-ness makes it enjoyable. It also has some surprisingly good food -- including some healthy options. And, by and large, the staff are nice and attentive.

Another view of Harry's Pub, Washington, D.C., 11:05 p.m. April 19, 2019


Next, I went to Old Ebbitt Grill's Corner Bar for a drink. There I met a trio of young guys and, long story short, I ended up at some strange bar on Bladensburg Road in a strange part of Northeast D.C. (where I never go) at the edge of Trinidad. I don't even remember the name of the bar, and I didn't stay that long, but one of the fellows got me a Uber back to my neighborhood. (I had left at one point and was going to try to find a cab -- even walking -- but, wisely, did not and instead went back inside.)

Blurry image of the far end of the Corner Bar, Old Ebbitt Grill, Washington, D.C., 12:02 a.m. April 20, 2019


Back home, I cooked some dinner (two pork chops and Brussel sprouts) and watched part of an episode of Cannon on MeTV. I finally got to sleep around 4:30 a.m. -- and, not surprisingly, I ended up losing my entire Saturday daytime because I slept all day.

Yours truly in my apartment, 4:07 a.m. April 20, 2019


This 12-hour sleep period featured all manner of dreams in that weird dream-world I seem to inhabit when I slumber. Among these was a lengthy one involving Bea Arthur and the old Tradewinds Beach Club in Sea Bright, N.J., where I used to go every summer in my childhood and teenage years, and her young Asian housemate. This guy (in the dream) had a cabana, and I was trying to get to know to him in order to visit her.

Row houses and trees, N Street NW, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 3:41 p.m. April 15, 2019


I finally got up around 4:30 p.m. and shaved / showered and got all cleaned up before heading for a brief period. My original goal was just to go to the CVS, but it was such a nice early evening that I stopped at Provision 14 and sat at the front bar -- having a snack, a drink, and enjoying the occasional gusty breeze blowing through the open door.

Anyway, right now I'm watching the Svengoolie-hosted movie was one of the dumbest I've seen in his series: Valley of the Dragons, the 1961 film "loosely" based on Jules Verne's 1877 story Off on a Comet. Indeed.

The Svengoolie himself said, it's a sort of cave man version of Three's Company -- until the volcano explodes, at which point it goes from absurdity to campy farce. The lizard monsters and half-human creatures in this movie are parody.

It ends with the two white guys getting their cave women and peace breaking out.

The Lost in Space episode next was "Visit to a Hostile Planet."

This episode is an interesting one in that the Robinsons (and Dr. Smith) end up on Earth -- but in 1947 or 50 years before they were supposed to have left -- and are viewed as hostile extraterrestrial aliens.

MeTV is now up to the third season of the original Lost in Space series when the opening theme by John "Johnny" Williams was much more up tempo and expansive …

The episode of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century was a weird one -- "The Satyr" -- and now Star Trek: TOS is "The Menagerie: Part II." I wrote about this episode and Star Trek: TOS more generally in this entry last week.

Watching again "The Menagerie" -- and "The Cage" upon which it is built -- I can see just how profound and profoundly good they are.

What I'm not entirely sure is if the voice of The Keeper is really that of Meg Wyllie (but distorted a bit in some fashion). I don't think so but I'm not sure.

OK, that's all for now.

Dazzling sunlight, 35th and N Streets NW, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 3:43 p.m. April 15, 2019


I would like to try to post a Jukebox Saturday Night entry, but given how much I need to finish by Monday morning and that I don't have a ready-made set I want to feature, I may skip it this week. I'm also likely to skip next week since I'm supposed to be in New Jersey with my dad on our nostalgia tour, as it were, to Long Branch and Asbury Park. But trying to compose a JbSN edition this week just isn't a good use of my time.

The Exorcist Steps as seen from the base of them, Washington, D.C., 3:54 p.m. April 15, 2019

I walked down them from the area around Georgetown University.


As it is, I just spent nearly 90 minutes preparing a set of about 50 photos I took since last Sunday -- primarily on Monday -- to post in upcoming entries, although I am featuring a number of them in this entry. This includes a set of 14 that I took at the Norman Rockwell exhibit at the George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum -- a sort of combo museum located in Foggy Bottom. Fred's husband is one of the curator staff there. I went there after my Monday walk down to Georgetown when I met them there. (They had just returned from an extended weekend in New York to see an opera.)

Francis Scott Key Bridge and the Potomac River as seen from the Georgetown Waterfront Park, Washington, D.C., 4:02 p.m. April 15, 2019


For the week ahead, as alluded to, I have a lot to do between now and Thursday. For tomorrow (Sunday), I intend to do my usual G'town walk routine, and I'm supposed to meet Fred & Doug for dinner and some 'Allo! 'Allo! viewing (they were able to get the entire series on video even though it is no longer on Netflix).

St. Augustine Catholic Church exterior, Washington, D.C., 5:58 p.m. April 20, 2019


For the week ahead, as alluded to, I have a lot to do between now and Thursday. My next planned entry will be either Monday or Tuesday.


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