Tuesday, June 4, 2019

A Monday and Tuesday in Early June -OR- A Bit of Sunny Gloom

The view along the eastern side of Sheridan Circle, Washington, D.C., 2:15 p.m. June 3, 2019

Yes, it was a nice with temps around 75F and dew points around 40F -- unusually low for June in this part of the world. I took the pics while walking into and through Georgetown after having taken off part of the afternoon to enjoy the nice weather.

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I feel like crap today.

I have a headache and feel like I'm on the verge of some flu-like malady.

Flowers and shrubs in the yard at the corner of S and 18th Street NW, Washington, D.C., 2:02 p.m. June 3, 2019

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Still I'm going to try to go to the gym tonight. (I'm still at the office right now.) And I'll try to post a fuller entry tonight, although I have say, I'm way behind any possibility of posting all the entries (and pictures) that I would like to post. (True, most of them are of a political commentary sort, which are even less popular than others my negligibly read blog.)

The fountain of Decatur Place, a.k.a., the Spanish Steps, Kalorama, Washington, D.C., 2:09 p.m. June 3, 2019

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As noted above, yesterday, I took off the afternoon -- as the weather was so lovely -- and did a second day in a row of my usual Sunday walk routine down to the Georgetown Potomac riverfront (via Georgetown and a detour to Georgetown University).

View looking south from Decatur Place, a.k.a., the "Spanish Steps," down 22nd Street NW, Washington, D.C., 2:09 p.m. June 3, 2019

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At the riverfront (Washington Harbour), I stopped at the same two places (Nick's and Tony & Joe's). However, even that proved sort of a mistake in that all I ended up doing was having a bunch of drinks and then walking home -- falling asleep by 9 p.m. and not getting up until a full 12 hours later.

It was the usual wild dream ride of a sleep, too.

The view from Decatur Place, a.k.a., the Spanish Steps, looking at S and 22nd St NW, Washington, D.C., 2:10 p.m. June 3, 2019

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About the weather, there were strong thunderstorms that dumped hail over numerous parts of the Metro D.C. and Baltimore areas on Sunday including around 16th and U St NW (i.e., my local neighborhood). However, frickin' National Airport (KDCA) managed to miss everything (with just 0.01" rainfall), so I guess "officially" it didn't happen.

I hate that spot. The ASOS spot, that is.

The grounds of Dumbarton Oaks, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 2:23 p.m. June 3, 2019

I once crashed the tail end of a wedding reception there as folks were leaving and got a free drink out of it.

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This entry has a lot of interesting details about the atmospheric set up -- along with numerous pictures of people holding pieces of hail. (I took one, too, but it came out like crap and I'm not posting it.)

Another view of the grounds of Dumbarton Oaks, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 2:24 p.m. June 3, 2019

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Let me just say, based on having eaten several "pieces" of snow-white hail (the largest about the size of a marble), they were oddly soft -- and didn't make nearly the racket you'd expect of something that large falling in large numbers from the sky (for 5+ minutes).

A (male?) ginkgo tree on the grounds of Dumbarton Oaks, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 2:26 p.m. June 3, 2019

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Actually, I should have taken my walk today instead of yesterday. If anything, the humidity seemed too low yesterday -- making the sunshine feel extra intense -- and the breeze was a bit nicer today.

View along P Street NW, Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 2:49 p.m. June 3, 2019

I think this was the 3400 block of P Street NW. I ended up walking to Georgetown University where I went over to the Epicurean and Company eatery for a late lunch -- and then headed down to Washington Harbour.

I'm not sure why I have an affinity for Georgetown University while I hate George Washington University in its grotesquely overpriced institutional narcissism -- even though I've never been affiliated with either in the slightest (except for the fact my MedStar hospital system involves Georgetown University Hospital).

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Several ginormous willow oak trees at the far southeast corner of the Georgetown University campus, Washington, D.C. 3:34 p.m. June 3, 2019.

This is by the corner of 37th St and Prospect St NW with the former dead-ending in a tiny cul-de-sac called St. Mary's Place. Of note, I didn't bother with the Exorcist Steps this time around. I've gone up and down them enough.

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OK, I guess I had better try to get out of here, grocery shop, and then go to the gym. Again, I plan to post an entry tonight, although I'm unsure about that. As for work, I'm still behind on stuff.

The C&O Canal as seen from Georgetown looking "up" the canal, Washington, D.C., 3:48 p.m. June 3, 2019

The canal has been under some massive restoration effort for well over a year now -- and empty most of that time, although during the rainy spring, it was flooded with water. What's more, because the canal is much cleaner than it has been before, the river grass (or whatever is that plant) is growing healthy and green.

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OK, I was going to post this entry earlier tonight, but I didn't finish it until 11:30 p.m. after the gym.

--Regulus

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