Saturday, June 22, 2019

Saturday Evening Post for June 22nd, 2019: The Suddenly Summer and Superior Cellphone Snaps Edition -OR- The Least of 20,000 Fathoms

Trees in East Potomac Park, Washington, D.C., 7:38 p.m. June 21, 2019

The pictures in this entry -- it's obvious which ones -- were taken on Friday evening as I walked from my office at L'Enfant Plaza over to Georgetown via the edge of the Potomac.

Captain White's Seafood City, SW Washington, D.C.,
7:25 p.m. June 21, 2019

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This route -- which I followed on a similar walk last month, likewise taking pictures (but with my previous flip-open cellphone with lower quality camera) -- includes a somewhat convoluted path involving an elevated walkway near the District Wharf area to the sidewalk of the Francis Case Memorial Bridge.

View of the District Wharf area along the Washington Channel, S.W. Washington, D.C., 7:25 p.m. June 21, 2019

The Tiki TNT and co-located Potomac Distilling Company is where I went with my co-worker friend, Matt, last Friday is located where that smoke stack structure on which is written: Make Rum, Not War. The place serves various types of and mixed drinks involving Thrasher's rum.

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Evening view by the Tidal Basin, Washington, D.C.,
7:41 p.m. June 21, 2019

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Thence, the path I followed is down a ramp into East Potomac Park and thence via the Jefferson Memorial and Tidal Basin over to the walkway along the Potomac River and, thence, to the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Harbour area in Georgetown. Once there, I went to Tony & Joe's outdoor bar and had a couple of drinks before taking a taxi home.

Front of the Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C.,
7:44 p.m. June 21, 2019

The scaffolding on the Jefferson Memorial is there as part of the removal -- finally -- of that biofilm layer on it. Also, that set of (cypress?) trees growing on that side of the memorial have been there for at least 50 years.

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I got home around 11 p.m. and then I went to bed around 2:30 a.m. and slept for the better part of 12 hours. Today, despite the lovely weather -- high of 83F and an even lower dewpoint around 50F with a nice northwesterly breeze -- I slept late and then went to the gym. I had a good workout (some strenuous weightlifting, but no jogging, plus a swim).

A large tree near the Jefferson Memorial,
Washington, D.C., 7:47 p.m. June 21, 2019

Those goddamn aggressive Canada geese were still there, as usual, infesting this location. Also, the water in the Tidal Basin and Potomac River was dramatically lower than it has been recently -- in part, I believe, the tide was way out and there was a gusty westerly breeze.

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I'm home now, having made dinner, and watching the MeTV Super Sci-Fi Saturday Night lineup. The Svengoolie-hosted monster movie is a beaut: The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms. As The Keeper of All Knowledge describes it:

"[This] is a 1953 American black-and-white science fiction monster film from Warner Bros., produced by Jack Dietz and Hal E. Chester, directed by Eugène Lourié, that stars Paul Christian, Paula Raymond, Cecil Kellaway, and Kenneth Tobey. The film's stop-motion animation special effects are by Ray Harryhausen.

"Its screenplay is based on Ray Bradbury's short story 'The Fog Horn,' specifically the scene where a lighthouse is destroyed by the title character."

Paul Christian -- real name Paul Hubschmid -- is a Swiss actor with a career stretching over 50 years during which time he was in dozens of movies and TV shows. He was a tall (6'4") and appealing looking fellow. The picture at left is a publicity still from the 1949 movie Bagdad in which he costarred with Maureen O'Hara and Vincent Price.

Hubschmid passed away New Years Eve 2002 at age 84.

James Best appears as Charlie the radar operator. Best is best known (pun intended) as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane of The Dukes of Hazzard farcical fame.

According to Svengoolie, the radio announcer -- who smoothly segues from a sarcastic reading of a news story about seeing the giant monster to a cigarette ad -- is actually the voice of Merv Griffin.


The monster in the film is the fictitious creature called a Rhedosaurus and it ends up traipsing through New York City causing mayhem. It is killed after being hit on an injured spot with a marksman's well-placed shot of a radioactive isotope and a fiery conflagration of the old Coney Island roller coaster.

Haha

As for the rest of the MeTV Saturday Night and Sunday wee hours lineup, we have:

Star Trek: TOS ("Return of the Archons"); Buck Rogers in the 25th Century ("Vegas in Space"); The Invaders ("Doomsday Minus One"); Lost in Space ("Deadliest of the Species"); Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea ("Heat Monster"); and Land of the Giants ("Mechanical Man").

Gil Gerard has gotten very heavy. Of course, he is 76 years old -- in fact, he is two years younger than my father to the day (both having been born on Jan 23rd). Gerard has a son, an actor named Gib Gerard, who is also John Tesh's stepson thanks to his mother (Connie Sellecca)'s marriage to Tesh.

I've tried but not been determine Gib's relationship with his father, Gil. That is, I can't tell whether they have anything to do with each other. Just based on a cursory internet search, it seems they do not.

Ray Thinnes as David Vincent in the opening sequence of "The Invaders" (taken from the pilot episode).

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Let me say that The Invaders is one weird show. Quinn Martin outdid not just himself but even Irwin Allen. I've been watching it for a couple of months now, and while I get the overall plot of the series, I still find it a very bizarre show that may or may not make conceptual sense.

Potomac River upriver view toward Rosslyn near sunset, Washington, D.C., 8:01 p.m. June 21, 2019

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Yesterday was the first day of (Northern Hemisphere) astronomical) summer but as you can surmise from the pictures I posted, the weather was pleasant. Highs were around 85F and dew points around 55F. This followed several days of high humidity (dew points in the 65F to 75F range), highs a couple of degrees on either side of 90F, and bouts of showers and thunderstorms.

View from the Lincoln Memorial at sunset looking to the east -- with Washington Monument and U.S. Capitol Building bathed in a sort of coral pink/ orange-hued light, Washington, D.C., 8:25 p.m. June 21, 2019

There must have been upwards of a thousand tourists up and down the steps, inside the memorial, and on the expansive overlook of the Reflecting Pool

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As for rainfall (and I've been intending to post an update on this), KDCA itself has been a sort of jackpot location this month so far with just over 4 inches (4.02") while KBWI is precisely normal (2.58") and KIAD significantly below (1.30").

Here are the precipitation tallies compared to normal values through today (6/22):

KDCA:
MTD: 4.02" +1.25" (2.77")
YTD: 22.05" +3.32" (18.73")

KBWI:
MTD: 2.58" +/-0.00" (2.58") -- exactly normal
YTD: 20.48" +0.87" (19.61")

KIAD:
MTD: 1.30" -1.66" (2.96")
YTD: 21.18" +1.40" (19.78")

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I was going to write a longer entry about the weather across the United States this summer to include an update on the extensive flooding rainfall across the interior of the country.

View of the northeast side of the Lincoln Memorial as seen from the dense shrub-filled grounds below the base, Washington, D.C., 8:20 p.m. June 21, 2019

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However, given that those all-virtuous Heartland people -- in a place still unaffected by climate change -- have their beloved GOP cult, Mitch McConnell's amoral jowls, and a Vulgar Talking Yam's incoherent tweets to protect them, they don't need any update on their situation.

View of the northwest side of the Lincoln Memorial as seen from the dense shrub-filled grounds below the base, Washington, D.C., 8:23 p.m. June 21, 2019

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OK, that's all for now. I need to do my laundry tonight. For tomorrow, I am going over to my friend and co-worker's apartment up in Petworth with the intention of seeing his little dog -- a miniature schnauzer -- that is so adorable. Very sadly, Charlie doesn't have a lot of time left as he is suffering from heart failure.

View of the sky and ginormous puffy clouds from U Street looking south down 13th Street NW, Washington, D.C., 12:01 p.m. June 20, 2019

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He's such an adorable little dog, especially how he does these tiny jumps when he's happy. His life right is mostly keeping him as comfortable and feeling safe and loved as possible.

Of note, this particular friend of mine helped make a connection for me back in late 2009 that helped me get the federal contracting job that I have now (through a second and soon-to-be-third contracting company). Also, he lost his younger brother in a very tragic way about a year ago. I heard the entire story.

Looking north -- at the top of a thunderstorm about 25 miles away -- up 16th Street and U Street and New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, D.C.,
7:47 p.m. June 19, 2019

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By the way, notwithstanding my entry last Saturday, I think my work situation is not as worrisome as I thought. I will be changing companies by the beginning of August but nothing else -- including my work location -- changes. It is probably better that I am with the prime contractor on this contract anyway.

View outside DOE HQ on a warm, showery evening, Washington, D.C., 7:49 p.m. June 18, 2019

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OK, I'm going to sign off now. I will not be posting a Jukebox Saturday Night edition this week. My next planned entry will be late Monday or Tuesday.

--Regulus

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