Friday, April 17, 2015

Back at Nats Park

Hopefully the Nats have fixed their problems. This is my third game and hope it's my lucky one and I'll see my first win. 

And one more thing there are some amazing cherry trees in the park. 

As the Cherry Blossoms Fade the Rest of Spring Comes to the Fore

It's Friday that goodness because it's been a long week for me.

I thought the best way to start out the end of the week was to post a few more pictures of the cherry blossoms. Along with the other signs of spring that are popping out all over the DC area.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Another Star Wars Trailer — Better Than the Last

Oh my oh my oh my.

This even made the ABC Evening News. It made the Washington Post and the Huffington Post and the LA Times and The New York Times and. I think you get my point

One of the things I noticed right off is that Luke Skywalker talks about his father in the present tense as opposed to the past tense. Wonder what that's all about.

If you want an in depth run down on the trailer go to this article from the Washington Post

It sent chills up my spine.

Yes, I am a die hard fan.

Can hardly wait until December.

I've already asked for the day off.

A friend is coming into town from Houston and we are going to see the midnight show at the Uptown.

May the force be with us always.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Free Rabies Vaccines

My friend, Yolanda, is a volunteer with the Washington Humane Society.  She wanted me to pass this along to people living in the DC area. They cat get their cat or dog vaccinated against rabies for free!

More about the Humane Society:

The WHS Mission
The Washington Humane Society inspires and creates a community where all animals have secure homes and where people and animals live together with joy and compassion.

About WHS
The Washington Humane Society (WHS), the only Congressionally-chartered animal welfare agency in the United States, has been the area’s leading voice for animals since 1870. As the open-access shelter in the Nation’s Capital, the Washington Humane Society provides comfort and care to over 43,000 animals each year through its broad range of programs and services including sheltering for homeless animals, a comprehensive adoption program and off-site adoption events to find new families for the animals in our care, low-cost spay and neuter for pet owners and other local organizations, an aggressive TNR (trap-neuter-return) program for feral cats (CatNiPP), investigations of each allegation of animal cruelty or neglect through the Humane Law Enforcement, lost and found services to help reunite lost pets with their families, pet behavioral advice to help resolve issues that lead to animals being relinquished to shelters, working with breed rescue groups to find more homes for more animals, volunteer and foster programs to allow other members of the community to help us help more animals and an award winning Humane Education program that teaches kindness to animals to the next generation of animal lovers.

You can also follow Petworth Monthly Cat Adoption Event on Facebook.

Monday, April 13, 2015

2Political Podcast Episode 103


2Political Podcast Episode 103 is now available. You can listen to it or download it from the podcast site, You can leave comments there as well as download or listen to any episode (you can access the five most recent episodes from the list on the right side of my blog).

We thought we’d try something a little different for this episode: Talking about things we don’t like about President Obama. Before we actually get into that, we have a bit of banter about—something. We actually have joked like this all our lives, but Arthur was a little punchy. Arthur then talks about one thing he doesn’t like about President Obama, then Jason mentions one of his, and we’re off! Along the way, we also talk about quite a few topical issues.

Next time, a “normal” episode. Well, we hope so, anyway…

Everyone’s welcome to leave a comment (agree or disagree!).

Links for this episode:
JEOPARDY! plus 180 months – One of Roger Green’s posts Arthur mentioned
Or, just check out Roger’s blog—Arthur highly recommends it!
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

A Last Look at the Blossoms

Here are just a few more pictures (I could post many more and I just might later in the week) of the cherry blossoms. It really worked out well this year that the blossoms peaked right as the festival was coming to an end.

What's interesting to note about these pictures is how pink the blossoms are in several of them. They just really stood out among all the other ones.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

More Cherry Blossoms

The Tidal Basin is always crowded when it is cherry blossom season. You have to be constantly aware of where you are and who is around you because there are so many people.

Sometimes you have to wait your turn to get the shot you want.

Some people come down with food and beverage to enjoy the view.

Or have a party.

Or find a spot to just rest before continuing the journey around the Tidal Basin

And some people think it's a good idea to drive which really it isn't.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

More from the Tidal Basin

There was a great deal going on in downtown DC today which made for big crowds.

There were the cherry blossoms themselves. There was the Cherry Blossom Parade. There was a Sakura Matsuri street party. There was a 12:30 hockey game Caps vs. Rangers. So a whole lot was going on. And as I said many many people were down there.

The Martin Luther King Memorial is particular beautiful with the cherry blossoms around it.

The Cherry Blossoms Are Here!

This is the first of a series of post over the next couple of days of the cherry blossoms.

This is the peak for the blossoms. And people came out to see them. From the Post:

The sun was out and the District’s famous blossoms were at their peak bloom as thousands of people jammed streets around the city for the annual Cherry Blossom festival and parade.

After three days of gray skies and drizzle, visitors were treated to a day of sunshine and pink blooms.

By 9:30 a.m., thousands of folks had lined Constitution Avenue. A few blocks north, along Pennsylvania Avenue, volunteers scrambled to prepare for the Sakura Matsuri street party. The smells of teriyaki chicken and grilled octopus filled the air, while Kimonos and happi coats fluttered in the cool breeze.
More a little later on the sheer number of people that were in downtown Washington this Saturday.

Now on to the blossoms!

Friday, April 10, 2015

A Less than Stellar Game

It just wasn’t there on Thursday. The Nats made too many mistakes and didn’t take advantage of the opportunities that were presented to them.

The mistakes matter no doubt. Desmond had another error on a ball that would most likely have been a double play. These are easy to spot and are very dramatic. But just as important, in fact in my opinion more important, is the inability to capitalize on the opportunities presented to score. Because of that the Nats lost 6-3.

A little from the Post:
Strasburg stumbled in the third inning. He allowed a single to Curtis Granderson with one out before his defense let him down. He got David Wright to hit a would-be double-play ball to shortstop. Ian Desmond’s approach left him an in-between hop that he could not handle. Just like that, inning over became two on with one out.

“I’m all for owning up when I make a mistake,” Desmond said. “I wish I would’ve put myself in a better position to — I don’t really know — get a better hop. I wasn’t expecting the ball to bounce up like that. But like I said, the object is to convert the balls that are rolling into outs. I wasn’t able to do that.”
Here’s something that talks to my second point:
In the second inning Thursday, with Desmond on second after his first hit of the season, Uggla hit a groundball to deep third and beat it out with a headfirst slide to first. Desmond did not score. So the Nationals’ first hit with a runner in scoring position did not yield a run.
You need to get a run from this situation. The Nats were 3-8 with runners in scoring position. That’s what prevented them from wining the game. Move that number even a little and this is a win.

There is of course all this hand wringing going on. You should see the comment sections of stories on the Nats in the Post. Just silly. It's only three games into the season. Checking on how things are going tonight in Philly looks like they could loose again. You have to wonder when people will start calling for Matt Williams' head. People need to take a deep breath here.

As for the conditions at the game it was cold. A damp cold. Barely 50 degrees. So sitting watching the game you got cold fast. I just so happened to bring along blankets that were given out as a give away at one of the games. So Mark and I both had one. It did help.

I experimented on the burst function on my new iPhone. I talk more about that later but here's a series of pictures of Matt Harvey pitching to Bryce Harper.