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04/16/19 05:18 PM #8172    


Robert Hall

Kathy Humphrey and Debbie Pellington's homes.

The Hoag Home.

Students leaving for the day.

04/16/19 05:24 PM #8173    


Robert Hall

Graffiti rock.

Where the Grand Union parking lot was (if I remember correctly)

Hot Shoppes corner.

The back fence area of Shoppes where the guys with cars parked.

04/16/19 05:38 PM #8174    


Robert Hall

The Bank of Bethesda main office..

Enlarged old Perpetual Building Association.

Where the home of the "Tops Sirlioner" was.

Community Paint and Hardware after its second move--north to Middleton Lane.

Large construction site opposite the Bethesda Theater where the old Medical Building and Bethesda Motor Inn once stood.  Only Tastee Diner and an adjacent building remain on the north side of this block.

Still there, but the owner is looking for a buyer.

"Starry Night" constructed from plumbing parts.

Back steps to the Bethesda Theater from old parking lot.  Now used as an emergency exit from Chevy Chase Acura (Chevrolet).

Another home on Harling Lane about to be replaced by something more in tune with the current market.


04/17/19 07:21 AM #8175    


Joanie Bender (Grosfeld)

Robert, the photos are great. So nice to see the neighborhood and the present shots of BCC. I really enjoyed seeing them. Thank you so much. Love, Joanie

04/17/19 09:38 AM #8176    


Glen Hirose

Thanks for the photos Robert,

Though I can't help but feel just a twinge of melancholy. I try to envision what used to stand on those spots in your photos, but memory is failing me these days; can’t seem to locate my cell phone most mornings. 

As for the Nationals fans a wisp of smoke (electrical short-circuit) seems to be coming from the Nats Starting Pitchers / Bullpen. I hope the season doesn’t end up just a pile of ashes... 

04/17/19 11:00 AM #8177    

Jay Shackford

Hey, the Democratic race is getting very interesting.  Mayor Pete has added a dynamic, multi-faceted dimension to the race for the Democratic nomination.  Granted, it’s still way too early to pick a winner but the contrast between Mayor Pete and Trump couldn’t be starker. 

Mayor Pete is young, smart and authentic and has a very interesting human story to tell – Rhodes Scholar, veteran who served in Afghanistan, mayor of mid-sized city in the industrial Midwest, and a gay man who is very comfortable with his own sexuality.  Check out his interview with Rachael Maddow on Monday night.  Regardless of how this race turns out, 20 years from now our grandkids will be looking at that interview as a historic turning point in American politics.  

In contrast, look at Trump – old, dumb, lazy and fat as well as being a narcissistic and psychotic racist, bigot, draft dodger, hush-money criminal, possible Russian agent and a tax and golf cheater …. the list of character flaws can go on and on.  Golf cheater – really?  I think I mentioned that fact in one of my posts about a year ago, when I noted (as many have noted before) that you can tell a lot about a person’s character by the way he/she plays golf.   I think we will find out a lot more about the character of Old Bone Spurs once the Mueller report is released tomorrow.  

Nori – a couple of weeks ago you asked for some insights into the Brexit crisis in Britain.  At that point, I was confused and in the dark on the Brexit crisis and I didn’t have much to contribute to that discussion.  However, on Friday, April 12, Tony Blair appeared on Morning Joe– one of your favorite news shows, right.  In a five-minute interview or so, he had a very interesting and illuminating perspective on what is going on in bloody old England.   I’m sure a clip or text of that interview is on Morning Joe’s website.  It’s worth watching.  

Robert --thanks for the photos of Bethesda.  It's comforting to know that the Tastee Diner is still alive and well. By the way, what's happening with BCC's football and other athletic fields?  

Glenn and Nori -- root for the Caps for me.  I'm out of the country for the next couple of weeks.  Hopefully, we will be well into the second round of the playoffs once I return. Bests  

04/17/19 11:00 AM #8178    


Robert Hall

Thanks Joanie, Glen and Jay. Bethesda being what it is now I had to park two blocks from the school. The Purple Line construction is making big changes to parts of the area. Thirty years ago the owners of Community Paint and Hardware couldn't believe that the county would require the developer of their property to preserve and move the wood frame building south 50-75 feet (?) the first time. I don't think, if they were alive today, that they'd believe it would be moved several blocks north 30 years later. Probably done to confuse us seasoned folk when we visit to reminisce.....

04/17/19 01:47 PM #8179    


Robert Hall

Here is the football field and track and field stadium Jay.  The baseball fields are undisturbed at this time.  BTW there isn't any free legal parking for non-residents of East Bethesda within a quarter mile of B-CC between 7am and 5pm Monday through Friday.  Easiest parking is to pay at a county parking garage downtown and walk to the school during those hours.

04/17/19 02:30 PM #8180    

Jay Shackford

Robert -- Thanks for the shots of the BCC football stadium under construction.  Do you know when it be completed?  

04/17/19 05:58 PM #8181    


Joanie Bender (Grosfeld)

The Justice Dept. has briefed the 'white House on the Mueller Report and so there is not even a tiny attempt at separation of the Attorney General from the President. Now Barr is going to hold a press conference about the report. I suspect he will try to skew the report in the President's favor. as he did in the first so called summeary.  Love, Joanie

04/17/19 06:57 PM #8182    


Robert Hall

I'm looking forward to seeing a copy of the Mueller report--even a redacted version will be welcome. Thursday will be an interesting news day.

I don't have any info on the B-CC renovations schedule Jay. If I learn something I'll pass it on. I'm just happy the county hasn't sold the property and relocated the school. Though I don't get by often it is reassuring to see the original two buildings when I'm in "downtown" Bethesda

04/17/19 07:03 PM #8183    


Jerry Morgan

Robert I am crushed you didn't take a pic of my old house on Sleaford. That's ok though I drove by the last time I was there. It really hasn't changed much. They put a driveway to nowhere in front but otherwise it just looked older and probably more expensive.

04/17/19 07:41 PM #8184    


Jack Mallory

As Joanie notes, and as Jay suggested a couple of days ago, Barr and his people have been working with White House staffers for several days to put the best lipstick possible on the pig.

Add nytdirect@nytimes.com to your address book.
The New York Times

April 17, 2019

White House and Justice Department officials discussed Robert Mueller’s findings several times aheead of his report’s release Thursday.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 5:33 PM EST


Justice Department officials have had numerous conversations with White House lawyers about the special counsel’s conclusions in recent days, according to people with knowledge of the discussions.


It looks like the Robert Kraft motel sex video is also just about to be released. Trump and his people must be hoping it will divert attention from the Mueller report. Although I'd rather read every word of the report, page by page, multiple times, instead of watching Robert Kraft in motel porn.

04/18/19 09:36 AM #8185    


Glen Hirose


Do you know if it's a Netflix release?



Thanks for the B-CC images; they look eerily similar to the latest North Korean missile construction sites.  I wonder how advanced B-CC’s missile program is.  I’ll look for the most recent satellite images to get a better prospective…


Jay, Nori,

Certainly I’m rooting for the Caps, and will enjoy watching Ovie KO several more Hurricanes if need be.  The trouble is I’m fully committed to the Natz as well; it’s a character flaw with no hope of rehabilitation.

   Image result for fabulous mac & cheese

One of the things I'm planning to serve for the Stanley Cup Finals...

04/18/19 11:40 AM #8186    


Jack Mallory

Quoting Barr, this morning: “the GRU transferred some of the stolen materials to Wikileaks for publication. Wikileaks then made a series of document dumps. The Special Counsel also investigated whether any member or affiliate of the Trump campaign encouraged or otherwise played a role in these dissemination efforts. Under applicable law, publication of these types of materials would not be criminal unless the publisher also participated in the underlying hacking conspiracy. Here too, the Special Counsel’s report did not find that any person associated with the Trump campaign illegally participated in the dissemination of the materials.” (Emphasis mine)


Interesting. You can legally disseminate stolen documents for the Russians, as long as you didn’t help steal them in the first place. And Mueller's conclusion was not that nobody in the Trump camp “participated” in such dissemination, only that no one “illegally” participated. I think we’ll see more on this.

04/18/19 04:20 PM #8187    


Jack Mallory

Mueller Report, in brief: thanks to The New Yorker  

04/18/19 06:38 PM #8188    


Joan Ruggles (Young)

Anyone making your way through the full Mueller Report raise your hand. I'm only 100 pages in and it's fascinating!

04/18/19 06:56 PM #8189    


Jack Mallory

I’m waiting until work tomorrow, Joan, figuring it will be a slow day before Easter weekend. In the meanwhile, https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/18/us/politics/mueller-report-pdf-takeaways.html


And in celebration of las Pascuas:

Being more or less bilingual is so much fun! Ask your Spanish speaking compañeros/as for help. A dictionary won’t do it,  there's a pun involved. Sra. Jenkins would NOT have approved. 

04/18/19 10:43 PM #8190    


Joanie Bender (Grosfeld)

A friend sent me this. Love, Joanie



04/19/19 08:13 AM #8191    


Glen Hirose

“it's an ill wind that blows no good”

And I’m afraid that’s just what happened when the Hurricanes beat the Caps 2-1…


I'm trying to be optimistic so here is a second playoff food:

   Image result for sloppy joes

04/19/19 08:29 AM #8192    


Jack Mallory

I guess there are many ways to put lipstick on the pig, Joanie. The Mueller Report is pretty much the unretouched pig, conniving (god forbid we should say colluding), lying, obstructing, and all.


Link to a searchable version of the report, in case you hadn’t got the gumption Joan has to try and read the whole thing. Using it, I can say that any claim the Mueller Report clears Trump of collusion is BS. It VERY explicitly makes clear that it doesn't address “collusion” in its findings, although I would say that collusion describes very well the behaviors evidenced in the report.

And, of course, claims that the report exonerates Trump from obstruction charges are also lies—see page 214.


04/19/19 10:22 AM #8193    


Joanie Bender (Grosfeld)

Thanks Jack and there are even 10 examples of Trump attempting to obstruct. Some of his aides were not willing to commit illegal acts but Trumps corrupt intent was there. Love, Joanie

04/19/19 12:55 PM #8194    


Jack Mallory


But she wasn’t lying, it was a “slip of the tongue.” 

04/19/19 05:44 PM #8195    


Robert Hall

This is a photo of a storm over Woodland Hills CA taken at the Topanga Overlook as it rapidly moved eastward in February.  We had an amazing drive on the Pacific Coast Highway as this storm was producing heavy rain, hail and graupel while the sun was shining over the Pacific.  By the time we had driven the Topanga Canyon Blvd east toward Woodland Hills the storm was rapidly moving over the Santa Monica Mountains. The winter months may not be as sunny and warm as the the sunny seasons in Southern California, but the weather is much more interesting, foliage is greener and the streets are cleaner.  

04/19/19 08:06 PM #8196    


Jack Mallory

Robert--I have to remind myself that southern CA has its own kind of beauty, after living in Santa Cruz for 30 years. Every couple of years I'd drive the 300 miles or so south to Santa Barbara: more palm trees there, more pine trees in SC, but both equally beautiful. Next week we're heading for the SW, with a quick dash to San Diego to visit Riley.

The eagles apologize for their recent absence. They've been caught up in the Mueller Report. They tell me that under the Trump administration, eagles are embarrassed to be the national bird. They would very much like the US to go back to Benjamin Franklin's idea and adopt the turkey as our national symbol. They think it would reflect the state of the nation much more accurately. 

But today they were both in and around the nest. Not sitting full time on the eggs we hope are there, but flying in and out. Probably because today's temperature were in the mid 70s, eggs didn't need full-time warmth.









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