Monday, August 27, 2012

Cats in a Litter Box

Well that's not exactly correct. It's Linus and Charlie  playing in the box that the litter comes in. Very funny.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

2Political Episode 73

2PP073 - 21 August 2012


2Political Podcast Episode 73 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 recorded his episode five days before Arthur posted it. We take that as a positive trend. We start with some of our usual banter, including a Month Day. Then it's on to "legitimate rape". This is actually just part of where the Republican Party is these days. The chutzpah of the Romney/Ryan campaign astounds. In unrelated news, we talk about the passing of Phyllis Diller and that leads to a discussion of what legacy will be left for future generations. When people who lived through events die, our link to those times is lost—does it matter? Are there ways of preserving some of that connection? Finally, Jason went on a trip.

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Links for this episode:
The Awakening at National Harbor – Jason’s blog post on the photo with this episode
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Nationals Beat the Braves 4-1

Another wonderful outing at Nationals Park yesterday. Even better because they won the game! They also moved 7 games ahead of the Braves. After a rain delay, the Nationals went on to win. I went with my friend Mark and we just had a great time. We stayed in our seats until it really began to pour and then we headed for cover. Unfortunately we missed Ian Desmond's home run in the 2nd inning because we were taking cover. We did not miss the next one in the 5th inning which scored three runs.

It was just a great game!

An omen early of the results to come. There was a little rain before the game started with the sun and of course along came a rainbow.

Strasburg Warms Up and Then Dominates

Strasburg just dominated the Braves. As the Post put it:
He did, and mowed down Atlanta in a 4-1 win, using a dazzling array of pitches to notch 10 strikeouts and make the Braves look foolish. Fans, nearly deprived of his mastery, watched as he tore through a division rival’s lineup with a fastball pinpointed to the last inch, and a change-up and curveball that produced head-scratching laughter. How was anyone with a wooden bat in hand expected to challenge that?

A little Rain Delay

There was about an hour rain delay. And it poured at one point. I mean it poured. Both Mark and I checked our weather apps. All of the DC Metro area was essentially clear except for this area over the stadium. There was almost no wind so this single cell just rained itself out as opposed to moving out of the area.

Here are a couple of pictures of the grounds crew rolling up the tarp.

Jesus Flores Hits a Homer

Great hit by Jesus Flores in the 5th inning. It barely cleared the wall but it did and that's all that counts.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Music in the Streets of DC

I happened upon this group of guys playing by Metro Center last week and today too. I think they're pretty good.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Trip to National Harbor via Alexandria

So Jim and I were trying to think up something to do on Monday. I'd taken the day off. We went out to breakfast at a place near where I live and started thinking of things to do. Jim came up with the idea of going to Alexandria and taking the water taxi that goes to National Harbor to National Harbor.

That's what we did. We just missed the 10:45 taxi. So while waiting for the next one, we walked through the Torpedo Factory and looked at the different artists there.

We ended up on the 12:05 taxi. It was wonderful ride on the water. Here are some pictures.

We had a great time at National Harbor. Walked around and did a little shopping mostly at the Peep Store (yes the Peep Store) and then had a wonderful lunch. Then we walked around a little more and headed back on the 3:15 taxi. A wonderful day indeed.

Gaylord National Resort at National Harbor

This is the first stop that the water taxi makes (we found out about that on our trip back). It is at the very impressive Gaylord National Resort. It is one of three hotels at National Harbor. It is by far the largest one there. The pictures don't exactly do it justice but it gives you an idea of what the place looks like. The views are spectacular.

At National Harbor

The Awakening at National Harbor

The Awakening:
The statue consists of five separate aluminum pieces buried in the ground, giving the impression of a distressed giant attempting to free himself from the ground. The left hand and right foot barely protrude, while the bent left leg and knee jut into the air. The 17-foot (5.2 m) high right arm and hand reach farther out of the ground. The bearded face, with the mouth in mid-scream, struggles to emerge from the earth.

It used to be at Hains Point in DC but then the sculpture sold it.

The Peep Store

Yes, there is even a Peep Store at National Harbor. It is one of three in the country. A great place to browse around for sure.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

At Air and Space, Part I

One of the best museum to go to in Washington. Everything from a space suit, the V-2 and V-1 and the Hubble telescope.

As their website states:

The Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum maintains the largest collection of historic air and spacecraft in the world. It is also a vital center for research into the history, science, and technology of aviation and space flight, as well as planetary science and terrestrial geology and geophysics.

It is a great museum and well worth a visit.