Sunday, September 1, 2019

Sunday Start of September / Labor Day Weekend Posting Interspersed w/ 2 August Weekend Sets of Old Town Alexandria & Potomac River Pics

**This entry was posted September 1st, 2019 **

The City of Alexandria Marina, Old Town Alexandria, Va., 5:03 p.m. August 17, 2019

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This entry contains photos that I took on two weekends last month -- specifically, Sunday, Aug 11th and Saturday, Aug 17th -- and in both cases, either in Old Town Alexandria or returning.

Another view of the City of Alexandria Marina, 5:02 p.m. August 17, 2019

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On Aug 11th, I took the Potomac RiverBoat water-taxi (something I've now done several times this summer) up the Potomac River to Georgetown and on Aug 18th, while walking back to D.C. on the Mount Vernon bike trail.

Leaving Old Town Alexandria on the Miss Mallory, Alexandria, Va., 4:34 p.m. August 11, 2019

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This is just a brief update this Labor Day holiday weekend that I've decided to separate out from my Hurricane Dorian update …

Apologies for no entries on Friday or Saturday. On Friday, I was quite busy at work after my weeklong absence and then I met Fred after work upstairs at Annie's and then we went to Exile's. By the time I got home, I just went to bed.

A very old AAA mileage sign to Winchester and New Market, Va., located a Commerce and Prince Streets, Alexandria, Va., 2:48 p.m. August 11, 2019

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Yesterday, Fred and I spent the day out -- taking the Metro and a shuttle to Old Town Alexandria, having lunch at Vola's, riding the Potomac RiverBoat Company water-taxi up to Georgetown, stopping at Tony & Joe's, and then walking home, but not before stopping at the grocery store. By the time I got home, I really was tired and went straight to bed.

King Street view, Old Town Alexandria, Va., 2:56 p.m. August 11, 2019

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It was hot and sunny (well, partly cloudy) yesterday with a high of 91F at KDCA. That makes for the 52nd day of 90F+ temperatures this year "officially" in Washington, D.C. (KBWI reached 88F and KIAD just 86F.)

We've also gone into a dry period with little rainfall the past few weeks and not much coming, although we ended the climatological summer (through August 31st) and year-to-date above normal. It is doubtful that Dorian will have any rainfall impact on the D.C. area.

On the Potomac RiverBoat Company's Miss Mallory water-taxi riding up the Potomac River to Georgetown, Washington, D.C., 4:52 p.m. August 11, 2019

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Below is an update of the precipitation stats for the four usual regional spots through yesterday to include all of August 2019, the full climatological summer 2019 (June 1 - Aug 31, 2019), and 2019 year-to-date (YTD) with normal values based on the 1981 - 2010 thirty-year average in parentheses.

KDCA
Month: 1.99" -0.94" (2.93")
Season: 12.75" +2.31" (10.44")
YTD: 30.78" +4.38" (26.40")

View of the Washington Monument and East Potomac Park from the Miss Mallory water-taxi on the Potomac River, 4:56 p.m. August 11, 2019

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KBWI
Month: 2.39" -0.90" (3.29")
Season: 9.19" -1.63" (10.82")
YTD: 27.09" -0.76" (27.85")

Potomac River sparkling in the late afternoon sunlight, Washington, D.C., 5:17 p.m. August 11, 2019

The river actually seems a bit less polluted and turgid lately. (Yes, I know it doesn't look particularly clean in this picture … Or as Wall-P would guttural spout: "Eh. Eh. Eheheheh. IsWhatItIs." What a roach-bot.) 

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KIAD
Month: 4.79" +1.26" (3.53")
Season: 9.96" -1.22" (11.18")
YTD: 29.84" +1.84" (28.00")

View of the train bridge over the Potomac River as seen from the Metrorail bridge, Washington, D.C., 2:35 p.m. August 17, 2019

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KDMH
Month: 5.29" +1.90" (3.39")
Season: 11.46" +0.18" (11.28")
YTD: 30.79" +3.42" (27.37")

Note: KDMH does not have a full thirty year average as of yet.

A walkway in Alexandria, Va., 3:12 p.m. August 17, 2019

This was near the King Street Metro -- closed all this summer along with five other Virginia-side Blue and Yellow lines for platform and parking lot replacement -- but whence I had taken a free shuttle from Crystal City. It turns out the Arlington DASH shuttle from National Airport is the much simpler way to go.

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Today is variably cloudy with highs forecasted to be around 84F with an easterly breeze, so a lot more pleasant. There's a 20 PoP for showers/thunderstorms, but that's probably just bullshit.

I'm unsure what to do today, all the more so because tomorrow is the Labor Day holiday and so, effectively, a second Sunday. The main issue is I am way overspent after my trip and as I need to pay my September rent.

View of the tidal Potomac River from Old Town Alexandria, Va.,. 5:14 p.m. August 17, 2019

This was from either Founders Park or the next one up, Rivergate City Park. It was after I had had lunch at The Wharf restaurant.

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Additionally, my next paycheck is going to be reduced by 60 percent since I took off those six days to visit my dad in Florida as leave without pay. This is because I just switched federal govt contracting companies as of August 1st -- and it was really the only sensible option I had since my paid time off balance was starting at zero (rather than going dramatically negative, which is problematic and not really encouraged).

A 30-foot "Washington Monument" obelisk in Alexandria, Va., along the Potomac River, 5:20 p.m. August 11, 2019

This obelisk is actually Alexandria's own version of "Washington Monument" located in Tide Lock Park, the northernmost of the string of riverside parks in Old Town.

Here is a picture of actual Washington Monument that I passed 2 hours and 14 minutes later on my walk back home:

The Washington Monument, 7:34 p.m. August 17, 2019

As you can see in the image, a small thunderstorm had developed about eight to ten miles to the west and northwest of me. This is a view of the cumulonimbus cloud. It produced exactly one flash of lightning that I saw and missed downtown D.C.

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The bottom line is that I'm going to be on a tight budget for the bulk of September. Things won't get back to normal pay-wise until my Sept 23rd paycheck.

Another entry to follow on the situation with Hurricane Dorian.

The view from the edge of Tide Lock Park on the Potomac River looking north toward Washington, D.C., with the Washington Monument and Capitol buildings just visible, 5:24 p.m. August 17, 2019.

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About Hurricane Dorian, it's a monster right now. As of 11 a.m., it has 180 mph top sustained winds , and it is still heading for the Florida Atlantic coastline BUT the National Hurricane Center forecast has it making a sharp right turn that effectively spares the entire Florida peninsula -- but with zero margin for error and too close not to have any meaningful preparations and planning to include evacuations (my dad among them).

Trees along the Mount Vernon bike trail, Alexandria, Va., 5:40 p.m. August 17, 2019

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--Regulus

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