Thursday, August 8, 2019

Evening Incontinental -OR- Blessed Assurance, This Is My Sortie, This Is My Song, Arguing With Trump Supporters All the Day Long ...

Enid Haupt Garden, Smithsonian, Washington, D.C., 
6:35 p.m. August 7, 2019


Apologies … I had intended to post an entry last night but by the time I got home, well, it wasn't going to happen.

It was a non-gym night and after work, I walked to the Round Robin bar at the Willard InterGalacticContinental Hotel, where I had about a 70-minute conversation with my high school friend Mike V., with whom I got back in touch about a year ago.

The bartender didn't find my joke funny that if you removed the "ter" in the name "Intercontinental" and you get "Incontinental" -- as in, "incontinent."

Well, I thought it was funny.

Lobby of the opulent Willard InterContinental Hotel, 
Washington, D.C., 8:31 p.m. August 7, 2019


Thereafter, I walked in the balmy, post-thunderstorm August dusk past the White House -- the Pennsylvania Avenue promenade bustling with people but, pleasantly enough, no protesters yelling into microphones or bullhorns. Instead, the guy who is usually there in front of the Treasury Department with his keyboard set up was playing a mournful version of the hymn Blessed Assurance.

There was a First Quarter Moon low-hung in the southern sky.

Smithsonian Castle from the Enid Haupt Garden, Washington, D.C., 6:35 p.m. August 7, 2019


I then went to the Hay-Adams Hotel to bar Off the Record. That was nice enough except I ended up in a brief, low-volume argument with this guy who came in with his wife as a result of what was being shown on the TV above the bar, muted but close-captioned: A CNN Chris Cuomo-hosted "town hall" on gun violence in America. The man next to me was a (probably wealthy) Trump supporter with the whole nine yards, as they say.

If this grotesque, amoral carnival barker is the answer, then WTF is the question???

He probably wipes his butt with that red tie, assuming he even does that.


It was very unpleasant. The wife never got involved probably because she is used to that. Anyway, they finished their steak dinner and left while, I stayed a bit longer. I then paid my tab and caught a conveniently timed S2 bus the rest of the mile way up 16th Street and got home.

About the weather yesterday, there were some drenching thunderstorms that swept across the area late afternoon to early evening. Rainfall totals were as follows:

KDCA: 0.90"
KBWI: 0.50"
KDMH: 0.41"
KIAD: 0.39"

However, on Tuesday, KDMH picked up 1.74" in a drenching thunderstorm that caused flooding in parts of Baltimore.

OK, that's all for now. Tonight is a planned gym night, so I should be able to post my intended entry.


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