Thursday, May 2, 2019

Sunny Afternoon Lunch With My Parents and the Usual Late Night In Loco Parentis MeTV Viewing

My mom and dad at Washington Harbour, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 1:05 p.m. April 30, 2019

I try take pictures when they are together precisely because they are together rarely, I have few such images, and I don't know how many more times this will happen.

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Home from the gym tonight and work earlier.

This is my first blog entry since last Saturday night during my New Jersey trip with my dad. We returned to D.C. on Monday on the train and he returned to Florida on Wednesday -- and I saw him off at National Airport. On Tuesday (as the pictures in this section of the entry indicate), my mom came into D.C. and the three of us went to lunch.

Another picture of my mom and dad at
Washington Harbour, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 1:05 p.m. April 30, 2019

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On Tuesday, my mom came down from Maryland on the MARC train to Union Station, and the three of us took a cab to Washington Harbour in Georgetown.

My parents at Nick's Riverside Grill, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 3:06 p.m. April 30, 2019

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We had lunch at Farmers Fishers Bakers restaurant. It was nice except our waiter was mediocre at best, but I still tipped him 20 percent just to ensure an all-around-pleasant time. (I hate when you have an event planned that is a big deal for you personally, but that relies, invariably, on strangers such as service industry people, and through chance you end up with crap service from a crap server.)

A ferry boat of a sort docking along the Potomac riverfront, Washington Harbour, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 3:14 p.m. April 30, 2019

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We opted to have dessert outdoors at Nick's Riverside Grill rather than at "FFB" indoors. It was warm, humid, and bright, but we sat in the umbrella-shaded area. My mom returned to Union Station by cab and my dad and I walked via Georgetown back to my apartment. I'll have more to say on the visit in a subsequent entry.

A graceful elm tree growing along -- and shading -- the walkway through Rose Park and above Rock Creek Parkway, western edge of Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 4:31 p.m. April 30, 2019

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Suffice it to say, all in all, it was a day that was very nice and quite exceeded my expectations since certain things had been sour since late last year. She was in better spirits and condition than I had seen in a while. As for my dad, though 78 and suffering a bad knee, nevertheless manages to do quite a bit of walking (albeit a bit slowly).

My dad taking a picture in Rose Park, above Rock Creek Parkway, in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 4:31 p.m. April 30, 2019

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I'm home at this late hour in my wee air-conditioned apartment on this warm, thickly humid May night. About the weather, earlier today was rather humid (dew points around 65F) and borderline hot (highs of 87F to 88F).

A cluster of drenching thunderstorms crossed the D.C. and Baltimore areas between 3 and 6 p.m. with heavy rainfall and some small hail.

Total rainfall amounts were as follows: 0.48 inches at KDCA, 0.58 inches at KIAD, and 0.81 inches at KBWI while KDMH saw only 0.01".

Sterling (LWX) radar in standard composite mode, looped 3:16 p.m. - 3:58 p.m. May 2, 2019

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I'm watching MeTV -- and with better reception as a result of the new indoor digital antenna I purchased yesterday at the Pentagon City Best Buy. The Perry Mason episode -- "The Case of the Potted Planter" -- features quite the lineup to include Mark Goddard, Joe Maross, Diane Brewster, Davey Davison, and Constance Ford.

Mark Goddard is of Lost in Space fame. Joe Maross was a solid, underappreciated actor of the era.

Davey Davison, now 75, was a prolific actor during the 1960s and '70s.

As for Constance Ford (pictured left), she was a one-time model whose intensity made her vaguely scary in her roles, IMHO. Her best known role was in the soap opera Another World.

MeTV is cycling through season 6 of Perry Mason. That season featured a cluster of episodes in which substitute lawyers filled in for Perry Mason because actor Raymond Burr was apparently out-of-commission for a bit as a result of dental surgery.

Among these episodes was the one guest-starring Bette Davis in "The Case of Constant Doyle," which aired Jan 31, 1963 (or so says IMDb).

Of note, MeTV last month started airing episodes of The Carol Burnett Show from the 1960s rather than the ubiquitous 1970s episodes that have been rerun for decades on various networks under the name Carol Burnett & Friends.

Apparently, these 1960s episodes have not been shown since they first aired -- and they are noticeably different from the 1970s episodes including the type of humor. (I can say that I've personally never seen any of these episodes since in all the decades of reruns, it has always been the 1970s episodes.)

Carol Burnett herself -- who turned 86 on April 26th -- gave a little MeTV promo for these episodes that has aired last month in which she attests to these episodes not having been shown since they first aired. Vicki Lawrence and Harvey Korman were already in the series.

In the openings, she seems to interact more with the audience.

She had quite the assemblage of guests back then such as: Richard Chamberlain, John Davidson, Martha Raye, Mickey Rooney, and even, yes, Betty Grable.

OK, I'm going to sign off now.

I'm going to try to post an entry tomorrow -- but it will be a political-themed one. I intend to post my New Jersey pictures over the weekend, although I still haven't posted my San Francisco ones from March …

I also still need to finish six of those eight financial monitoring reports by mid-May, at which point, I will be caught up with work-related stuff.

I've decided to visit my dad in late August or maybe over Labor Day. I'll just go down to Flagler Beach and spend four or five days there. And I'll go see my mom in Glen Burnie in two weeks.

--Regulus

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