Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Late Night Entry with No Particular Point of View In This Vexing Reality

Flowers (Asiatic lilies?) in the yard of 2017 13th Street NW, Washington, D.C., 11:22 a.m. June 25, 2019

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This entry is simply to replace the previous one, since I hardly want a big picture of Robert Pinsky's mug to fill up the top spot on my Regulus blog. And that's the case whether anybody reads this damn blog or not.

Dense plant life and shrubs in the Smithsonian's Enid Haupt Garden, Washington, D.C., 7:21 p.m. June 25, 2019

I was walking home from work -- and stopped at a few places including Elephant & Castle for a drink, the POV rooftop bar for two drink, and Old Ebbitt Grill for two drinks before walking home and catching a well-timed S4 bus up 16th Street the remainder of the way to U Street.

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A tropical plant in a large planter amid the permanent plants in Enid Haupt Garden, Washington, D.C., 7:22 p.m. June 25, 2019

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The weather has turned now very tranquil. While it is summery warm-to-hot with highs forecasted to be around 92F, dew points are in the lower 60s Fahrenheit and there is a light northerly breeze. Last night featured a particularly lovely sunset with clean skies, little haze, and a spectacular visual array of cirrostratus clouds under-lit by the setting Sun.

Yours truly in the Smithsonian's Enid Haupt Garden, Washington, D.C., 7:22 p.m. June 25, 2019

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What's more, it has been sufficiently wet in the immediate area this month and spring and, well, really the past year plus, that everything is nice and green.

As an aside …

The Earth really is a beautiful place in and of itself -- except for the fact that the human infestation is of such sheer numbers and various grotesqueries (consider who and what leads this the ostensible American Empire, early 21st Century) that it threatens to destroy it.

As for God, in His/Its Standard Western Form --- in its Abrahamic Judeo-Christian sort -- what a horrid concept.

Sterling (LWX) county warning area (CWA) weather advisories map updated 12:11 p.m. EDT June 26, 2019

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Returning to the weather, of note, there's actually been NO advisories of any sort -- not even a small craft advisory on the Chesapeake Bay -- for the past 24 hours in the Sterling CWA.

Wakefield (AKQ) CWA weather advisories map updated 12:14 p.m. EDT June 26, 2019

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Even for the PHI county warning area -- to include the Jersey shore and offshore areas -- there is nothing (except a hazardous weather statement for impending hot weather) (see image directly below). Looking ahead, nothing of note is forthcoming for the next week or so except maybe an isolated shower / t-storm.

Philadelphia / Mt. Holly CWA weather advisories map updated 12:54 p.m. EDT June 26, 2019

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Tonight was a planned gym night except I ended up staying late at work to finish a report. However, I came right home as I'm kind of depressed and just wanted to be inside watching my MeTV. Of course, my digital antenna reception was pure pixilated shit tonight -- it's definitely worse in the warmer and more humid months.

View looking down Pennsylvania Ave at sunset toward the Capitol, illuminated by the setting Sun, Washington, D.C., 8:03 p.m. June 24, 2019

I walked across the Mall and over to Pennsylvania Ave. There was the usual police presence around the Trump Hotel waiting for the Syphilitic Orange One to show up for his usual nightly steak dinner. Well, that is, when he isn't binge-eating McDonald's burgers, binge-watching Fox, and binge tweeting.

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For tomorrow, I may just telework from home and go to the gym early afternoon. I'm also supposed to meet my coworker friend Julie after work for a drink. For Friday, I was considering an attempt to get my REAL ID-compliant new D.C. drivers license. My current one -- which I renewed just about six years ago after an unfortunate night of July 4th festivities that won't ever be repeated -- expires on November, specifically, Nov 26th, my 50th birthday. (I just narrowly missed getting the compliant one in D.C.)

View of the Treasury building rooftop and White House near sunset from the W Hotel's POV rooftop lounge, Washington, D.C., 8:07 p.m. June 25, 2019

The W Hotel used to be the Hotel Washington. It is now a much ritzier place in its current incarnation and the one-time usually crowded restaurant atop it has been turned into a high-end bar called POV. (Point of view -- get it??)

The view from POV is rather unusual in that you can see not just the nearby National Mall from a very different angle but you can also see right across the top of the Treasury Department -- a Classically ornate building with, it turns out, a weird set of barracks-like structures on its roof not visible from street level -- and literally into the second floor windows of the White House, as well as its rooftop.

Honestly, I am surprised that this rooftop public place managed to survive into the post-9/11 hyper-security period.

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Another view of the Treasury building rooftop and White House near sunset from the W Hotel's POV rooftop lounge, Washington, D.C., 8:26 p.m. June 25, 2019

The cirrostratus clouds in the sky were spectacularly under-lit by the setting Sun. Also, far to the west -- beyond the towers of Rosslyn -- you could see the jets inbound to Dulles Airport 30 miles west of D.C., following a circular pattern that took them south and then on an arc back to the northwest.

The jets out of National were taking the upriver land and takeoff route.

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An unusual perspective of the Washington Monument's entire northern side as seen from the POV atop the W Hotel, Washington, D.C., 8:20 p.m. June 25, 2019

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My understanding is that the DMV makes it very difficult in terms of proof of residence, so I've saved up as many bank, credit card, and internet statements as I could. But then there is the matter that I use reading glasses, not to mention the fact that I never actually drive.

OK, that's all for now. I just want to go to sleep and live in my nighttime dream-world. Sometimes, it's awful and anxious, other times exhilarating, but always in a strangely alternate reality.

--Regulus

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