Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Spring is Trying

Two really nice days over the weekend. The sun was out it was warm. Yes it was actually warm. Of course there was wind. There always seems to be wind these days.

I did some serious walking. Saturday I went into Georgetown to see the Amazon store. I did 27,467 steps on Saturday. That's  12.79 miles. Sunday I did 25,198 steps or 11.74 miles.

Here are a couple of pictures of Spring trying to spring.

I'll have more on my walk into Georgetown and the Amazon store in an upcoming post.

Friday, April 20, 2018

100 Years of the Royal Air Force

A great concert celebrating 100 years of the Royal Air Force.
2018 marks the centennial of Britain’s Royal Air Force. To commemorate this centennial anniversary, The Central Band of the Royal Air Force and The United States Air Force Band will be joining forces for a series of outreach events, including concerts, aerial demonstrations and honor guard performances honoring the great history of the RAF and its profound partnership with the United States Air Force.

Here are two videos from the concert.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

At the National Zoo

There was a fairly nice sunny day recently. The temperature was warm too. So I decided on a quick trip to the zoo.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Blossoms at Glenwood Cemetery

Have you ever gone past a place many many times and then suddenly notice something that you've never noticed before?

That happened to me the other day when I went past Glenwood Cemetery. I don't drive past it every day but usually a couple of days a week. I've driven past it at all times of the year.

The other day I just happened to look over and noticed a few cherry trees on the ground. Then I noticed even more cherry trees. And then even more.They were nothing short of spectacular.

These trees have been there for a while. You can tell that by their size. They easily 25-20 feet tall. The cemetery is a little hilly. Some of the trees are on top of those hills. They look incredible.

Here are a few pictures and a few posts of those incredible blooms.

More Blossoms

More from Glenwood

Blooms on Bark

I call them blooms on bark in that these blossoms grow right out of the tree.

Spectacular Tulip Tree

This spectacular tulip tree was a real standout.

Blossoms Everywhere

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Paul Ryan Leaving Congress — Hurrah!!!!

One of the biggest intellectual frauds of this or any other political era, Paul Ryan will be leaving Congress at the end of his current term.

As you can tell by the above sentence, I think very little of Speaker Ryan. I never never understood how he got this deep thinker on policy. The media treated him as some golden boy and deep thinker. The only reason I can come up with that he wasn't the usual old out of shape white male Republican. He worked out. He looked pretty good. So he was a deep thinker.

Essentially it was the same old Republican ideas — poor people are leeches and rich people are great. The rich should be made as rich as possible and poor people should be denied as many people as possible.

Ryan's remark in 2010 that poor people or those people on public assistants are takers; they are not makers like rich people are. Then suddenly he seemed to have an epiphany:
“There was a time when I would talk about a difference between ‘makers’ and ‘takers’ in our country, referring to people who accepted government benefits,” he said. “But as I spent more time listening, and really learning the root causes of poverty, I realized I was wrong. ‘Takers’ wasn’t how to refer to a single mom stuck in a poverty trap, just trying to take care of her family. Most people don’t want to be dependent.”

The problem was he didn't mean it at all. The policies and legislation he pushed main goal was to gut the safety net for those takers. Repeal the affordable care act. Make many programs that help the poor into block grants to states. The massive tax cuts he pushed through for the rich. Justified with the totally ludicrous and debunked notion of trickle down economics.

So I'm glad to see this man leaving office. It can't happen soon enough.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Charlie Brown's Struggles as a Manager

Cherry Blossom 10K

I ran into this by accident. I decided on Sunday to take one more look at the cherry blossoms. I thought I'd go down early and avoid the crowds. And although it was cold out the sun was out too. I drove which was quicker than taking the Metro.

When I got down to Foggy Bottom (where I decided to park) I noticed there were hardly any parking spaces. Once I got down to the Tidal Basin it became obvious why that was.

As you can tell there were a lot or runners. It made for some really great pictures.