Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

You can talk about whatever is on your mind – quality of life issues, a beautiful tree you spotted, scuttlebutt, or any random questions/thoughts you may have. I’ll open this thread every Monday and Friday. So anything good happen to you this weekend?

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  • My little rant: Passing by a parked police car (#282) at R and 17th last night around 5:15, and the police officer at the wheel was watching Get Smart on her squad computer. I’m sorry, but what’s the deal with that? I understand that the police aren’t always responding to a call, but shouldn’t they be on patrol or watching the neighborhood during their shift? Our tax dollars are going to this? Kinda ruined my beautiful relaxing Sunday.

  • That is perhaps one of the most interesting things I have ever read about a DC police officer. They can watch movies while on duty. That really is something. Nita did you inquire about this, meaning did you call the MPDC and see if it’s OK for officers to watch movies while on duty?

  • Business people and commercial developers, please increase the # of late night eateries. (2am-4am)

  • My week has been great so far. Looking forward to not going to work on Thursday, Friday and next Monday. And I don’t have to leave the area for the holiday. I love being from here and not some dumbass transplant that has to clog our nations road and air ways.

  • Rant: Overworked, Underpaid, Spending the holidays away from home.

    Revel: Looking forward to a looong weekend, anyone have suggestions of interesting things to scope out in a deserted DC over the holidays?

  • It f—-d me up to learn that the car which was stolen after the husband/wife ists) were murdered in Chevy Chase was found, partly torched, in the alley where I played ball as a child…

  • I believe I once saw Family Guy playing on a screen in a parked cop car.

  • Those Chevy Chase murders were scary.

  • flipfloppirate-
    Don’t know if it’s your bag, but the American History Museum just re-opened, so this weekend might be the one to get to see it while avoiding the huge crowds. We tried going this weekend, but it was way too packed. The line to see the Star-Spangled Banner exhibit was daunting to say the least.

    Or you could to go any of the many bars that are actually half-way decent when empty and terrible when packed like always.

  • Good: I still have a job. Red Bull prices have not increased in years. Gas is cheap again (hopefully it will not get much cheaper). It looks like the stock market may have bottomed out.

    Bad: The dollar is down against the Euro and the Pound, possibly delaying escape for a bit longer. The federal government just gave more of my money to a company that doesn’t deserve it. Home prices are still too inflated – I figure they will fall another 10%.

    Meh: Mortgage lenders keep calling and offering me a loan at .25% below market rate. It’s annoying, because I don’t want to buy right now, but good to know there is money available if I want it.

  • Rant: Work is pretty intense and crime is up.
    Revel: Plenty to be thankful for and I had a spectacular weekend… awesome dinner at Spices on Saturday night… Also looking forward to doing a Thanksgiving thing at my house for other “orphans.”

    Flipflopirate: You should also consider volunteering some point this weekend. I can’t go home on Thanksgiving usually and it always seems to remind me of how thankful I should be by serving a meal to other people…

  • Rant: Almost getting in a fight and being told “F**k you” by 3 wanna be toughs who we stopped from urinating on our house that is on an alley. Also being told mid argument “this is DC” and “go back to MD or VA or wherever you are from”. I did almost laugh when they walked away muttering “that will get you f**ked up” …what will pissing on someones house?? That’s guaranteed to get someone mad at you..why couldnt dude just say “my bad?” Is it that much of a blow to your sensitive ego to say your are wrong? We were working out front of the house they walked right by us..unbelievable
    Revel: Turkey

  • I’ve been doing quite a bit of thinking about the post regarding Georgetown a few days ago. Although I am a resident of Georgetown, I am also an avid reader of Prince of Petworth (I even went to the 2 year anniversary party). I read the blog because it opens my eyes to other areas of the city, and I’ve learned quite a bit from the posts, and have noticed all of the good things (doors, especially!) that each neighborhood in DC has to offer.

    I will admit I was somewhat offended when even the writer of the post insulted the neighborhood. Yes, Georgetown does have some ‘interesting’ people that hang out at Smith Point (and I quote), etc, but the neighborhood also has some very nice, intelligent, and unique people as well. I don’t think the neighborhood should be generalized because of a few bad experiences – because that would just be adding to the problem, right?

    For a little perspective, it would be like me (or many of my friends) avoiding Adams Morgan/U Street on a Saturday night, because of higher crime rates, etc. Instead, I find it much more beneficial to view the positives, such as shopping, restuarants, museums, history, or meeting new people.

    The neighborhood you live in should be viewed as a location, rather than a state of mind.

  • Does anyone know where to buy good baklava that is say prepackaged in a nice gift tin? I don’t want to buy it at a deli by the piece if I can avoid it.

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