Friday, May 31, 2019

My End of May Thursday / Friday 'Round About Midnight Entry -OR- Twilight in the GOP Trump Twilight Zone, Plus Awesome Carol Burnett


I had intended to post this entry just before midnight Friday (i.e., on Thursday, May 30th), when part of it was finished. However, I couldn't finish it -- I was too tired -- and then when I returned to it tonight, I added additional content.

From late Thursday …

Well, I was going to post a complete, multi-topical entry tonight to include a personal update, but today (Thursday) has been a busy day all around from my workday to a gym visit earlier this evening, to doing multiple loads of laundry at this late hour (including all of my bedding).


With all of that, I just don't have the energy or wherewithal to start a new blog entry that goes into any great depth or complexity …

… and certainly not an entry that launches into any political-themed commentary, which I say DESPITE the fact that Trump's syphilis- and- megalomania-driven lunacy and the GOP entho-racist cult that enables him are both worse than ever -- to the point that the country's long-term (20+ year) survival are in doubt.

What must be said, though, is that …

… Mitch McConnell really and truly is an amoral reptile of no redeeming human value, whose very existence confounds any sense of goodness in the Universe and instead who is a presence far more malevolent than any Fox News carnival barker.

But there I go off on a political tangent … 

Were Cocaine Mitch -- standing with his aging, wild-haired China-Doll billionaire wife -- to hear this, he'd happily chuckle. Mitch is as amoral as AG William Barr and together he and Barr are the perfect instruments to keep Trump in power. Of course, only a time as anti-heroic and wild-ass dystopian as this could create the necessary ground conditions.

OK, back to tonight … I'm watching the usual MeTV lineup once I got home to include the Carol Burnett Show (the late 1960s episodes), Perry Mason ("The Case of the Accosted Accountant"), and The Twilight Zone.

About The Twilight Zone, after having cycled through the original series at least twice, MeTV is now airing the 1985 reboot -- a reboot that ran for two seasons on CBS and a third in syndication, and not to be confused with subsequent re-reboots.

I remember when the 1985 series debuted (I was 15). Then I found and today I still find some episodes terrific.

I even remember those first season (fall 1985) episodes directed by Wes Craven ("Shatterday," "A Little Peace and Quite," and "Chameleon," among others. "Shatterday" actually guest stars Bruce Willis while "A Little Peace and Quite" guest-stars Melinda Dillon of both Close Encounters of the Third Kind and A Christmas Story fame.


There is also the wonderful episode "The Star" (from Dec 1985) that is an adaptation of the Arthur C. Clarke story and guest stars the late Fritz Weaver (who died at age 90 on Nov 26, 2016 -- on the date of my 47th birthday).

I wrote about that episode here back in Dec 2011.

I also prefer this reboot's opening theme and image montage to that of the original. Indeed, I never did like that four-bar opening theme of the original for which it is eternally famous.



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Changing topics to the weather …

It's a warm and humid night with temps around 75F and a dew point dropping about 6F from earlier readings around 68F.

There was another burst of moderate-to-severe thunderstorms on Thursday. Rainfall amounts for the day included 0.29" at KDCA, 0.40" at KBWI, 0.33" at KIAD, and 0.69" at KDMH (as Baltimore City experienced more numerous t-storms).

YTD pcp: KDCA: 18.03" (+2.20"); KBWI: 17.90" (+1.00"); and KIAD: 19.88" (+3.21")

There was forecasted to be a severe outbreak on Wednesday but the "weather" for the day was mostly to the north and east of the "DMV" into Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Sterling (LWX) radar in standard composite mode looped 2:30 p.m. - 3:06 p.m., May 30, 2019

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Of note, there was a second EF-1 tornado within a week in Howard County, Md. Nobody was hurt.

Sterling (LWX) radar in standard composite mode looped 2:51 p.m. - 3:25 p.m., May 30, 2019

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For tomorrow, after work, my intention is to meet Fred upstairs at Annie's. On Saturday, I intend to go to the gym mid-to-late afternoon and then stay in and watch the MeTV line up at night, and I intend to post my usual pair of entries on Saturday night.

Row houses, 1700 block Riggs Pl NW, Washington, D.C., 1:49 p.m. May 19, 2019

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On Sunday, my plan is to undertake my usual afternoon walk down to the Georgetown Riverfront (Washington Harbour) to one of the outdoor bars there.

OK, that's all for now.

Young people -- suitably early 21st Century American diverse -- partying on a yacht docked along the Potomac Riverfront in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 3:19 p.m. May 19, 2019

As I've mentioned in previous entries, when the weekend weather is warm and pleasant, yachts pile up along this spot -- the Washington Harbour of Georgetown -- but I suspect most of these are hourly rentals.

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OK, this is the follow-up I wrote tonight (Friday) …

Aydin, yours truly, and Fred upstairs at Annie's, Washington, D.C., May 31, 2019

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I had a busy day at work finishing a lengthy report and then went to Annie's, where I met Fred and Aydin. The picture above is from earlier tonight. I'm home -- having just watched The Carol Burnett Show and now Perry Mason. And speaking of Carol Burnett …

… I came across a blog called "View from the Jeep", specifically, an entry posted on Jan 28, 2014 in which the blogger reposted a letter he sent to Carol Burnett that involved a special situation between his late father (then suffering Alzheimer's) and himself while watching Carol Burnett on TV a few months earlier.

The response he got from her in a phone call was just wonderful. It doesn't get much better than that.

OK, with that, I am going to sign off.

Oh, wait, yes …

My shitty window air conditioner has crapped out on me -- oh, it makes lots of humming noise and appears to be a sort of Energizer Bunny, but the frickin' thing is putting out about 10 percent the chilled air that it should.

That's why I'm sweatin' like a whore in church in this apartment.

It's so frustrating -- all the more so since the a/c is a sorta new and should be working well. I want to pull it out of the window and toss it at the Fort Totten dump.

Of course, I'd need to buy a new one, most likely at the Columbia Heights Target, a.k.a., San José Mercado Central.

I'll figure it out.

OK, signing off for now.

--Regulus

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