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 week?

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  • Rave: Inauguration is nearly here!

    Rant: Inauguration is nearly here! There’s so little info out there. When can I get tix to the Neighborhood Ball? And is are buying parade tickets worth it? Is Obama gonna be in it? Can I watch the swearing-in and the parade?

  • Well I got a job offer. Yay! Except, it’s not really what I want to do and it sounds terribly boring (boo!) …. but with this economy looks like I’m going to take it anyway. Yay?

  • Rant: I need a haircut, I’m painfully single and probably couldnt afford not to be, and I’ve been working absurd hours on little sleep for the past week and will continue to do so until the inauguration (next day off).

    Revel: I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and Doggone’it people like me.

  • I was thinking here to myself if there is a niche for a Spanish correspondent on this blog for all those people learning and/or brushing up their skills. ¿Qué dicen aquí los compañeros y compañeras? ¿Le pregunto al Principe a ver si necesito un corresponsal en español?

    El Puma

  • Rant: the elementary school near me simply won’t get its graffiti cleaned up, so the little kiddies are gang-indoctrinated on the playground. Why am I the only one who can submit a service request? I don’t even have kids. This is the same school that had its sign read ‘See you in 20009’. Yes, with three zeros. Do you think DCPS actually seeks to create ignorant fools and criminals? Some sort of diabolical plan, like maybe run by the Joker? Or Dick Cheney?

    Rave: Rock Creek Park is generally all I can ever think of.

  • necesita, perdón.

  • Vonstallin

    I can’t remember what I was going to “Rave” about. 🙁

  • el puma. i think thats a great idea. would be nice to get some interviews done with hispanic residents of our neighborhoods. and businesses. recollections from the past. how the neighborhoods changed etc.

  • I now want to again date an ex that I’m friends with. How do I make this happen?

  • Anon, He/she is just not that into you. Have you considered the priesthood/sisterhood?

  • It’s Friday and I’m off to buy a gallon jug of Clan Macgregor scotch to refill my empty bottles of Johnny Walker, Tullamore Dew, and Chivas. This recession will hit drunks the hardest, so it’s best to develop a taste for rotgut before it’s too late.

  • Rave:

    My mom’s coming to visit! I’m so excited! 🙂


    I have no money. 🙁

  • El Puma… that is a good proposal. Sort of a “Petworth Side Story.” Latinos in this part of DC. I have ranted already on the CH forum, but there are 2 houses jam packed with Spanish speaking neighbors who are difficult to find common ground with. I am not sure how to improve the situation. For at least 8 months, one of them has blocked the alley by leaving his car out back overnight (because he is worried he’ll get a ticket on the street with his Maryland tags). I and other (white and black) neighbors have asked him and his landlady to not block the alley, and he seems to have a complete disregard for the neighbors.

  • Monkey: If you already drink Chivas the transition will be easy.

  • Rant: People selling their Inaug. parade tickets on Craigslist for $500 a ticket. Esp. the ones who knew full well they couldn’t go (ie. the one who has to babysit all day, but is selling a pair for $1,200) but bought tickets anyway.

  • bogfrog, why don’t you report him? Blocking an alley is a pretty expensive ticket. FYI its not just latinos, many many many neighbors in DC are rude mo’fo’ing animals, and they come in all shapes and shades.

  • I happen to like Chivas… then again I also think lawnchair drinking and cornhole are the peak of high-society.

  • Flipflop: I like mixing RC Cola with Everclear and then singing “The Battle of New Orleans” while doing a soft shoe, but you won’t ever see me admitting to it publically.


  • Congrat’s, g!

  • I might buy a house in the neighborhood!

    That is if the freaking thing passes inspection…

  • So, I got this very official looking invitation from the PIC the other day. All it sez is they request the honor of my “presence to attend and participate in the Inauguration of Barack H. Obama as President…”

    I figure its actually from the PIC. It has the official seal on very nice stock paper. My only question is what is it? What am I invited to!?!?!

  • Bogfrog, amigo, that sounds like some situation you have there in CH, wow, a guy blocking the alley, that is bad. Sounds like a Petworth West story. Now, I do not know this guy you are talking about but know plenty of Latinos in this area. I am a new transplant, been here a year or so; therefore, I am not a Local Latino, funk, I hail from a galaxy far, far away, but I believe I know the situation regarding a house full of Latinos, sometimes more than said house can handle.

    The only way, especially now with the economy sinking and people resorting to rediscovering Clan McGregor and Bronco cigarretes, Latino men and women can send money back to their countries of origin (in this area those countries will most likely be in Central America) is by REALLY cutting costs, especially in housing. That money is called Remesas or remittances in English. Means a lot for a lot of people down there.

    My Salvadorian hermanos and hermanas have been through hell to make it here in search of a dream that many times has been heavily distorted and amplified in their countries of residence (money growing on trees, streets of gold, et al) and ex pats who go back there awash in cash and wearing nice clothes and feeling like frigging Santa giving away all that dough while secretly living in tenement conditions more akeen to the Lower East Side of Nueva York, circa 1919.

    Many a Latino have never owned a car before coming here and they usually don’t get one in the first few years of living here (including me, and I am not planning on getting one in the foreseeable future and will continue riding my bike in spite of being called a douchebag, a new word to me). Now back to the guy who blocks the alley, he has a car with Oh Maryland! tags, he must then have a license, hiertho, also a green card. he must be legally here, praps for a few years. Maybe he learnt that costume by being here for some years, maybe not.

    Maybe Monkeyerotica (Mono erótico) can share some güísqui with the neighbor so he does not feel so freaked out. Heck, I will join in and have a fiesta there with Salsa lessons and some Arepas. It will definetely be much better than hitting someone at Real Mother for ya GYM, a coffeehouse or on the subway.

    Cheers mate,

    El Puma

  • Rant: I really had the worst holiday ever. Really.

    Rave: I am increasingly amazed by my awesome friends. Also, tonight should be great because I am going to go check out The Gibson and then see my roommate do his DJ thing at the Red Lounge. He’s much hipper than I am, so I try.
    Shout out: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=58269220210&ref=mf

    To flipflopirate and odentex: I’d like to say that I spent my new years eve drinking with my Uncle Jimbo (and cousins) in semi rural Lousiana face first in hundreds of illegal imported fireworks. The next day my uncle (what with being Southern Baptist and all) told people that he didn’t feel good because he had drank “bad water” the night before.

  • Rant: I am concerned about the parking and traffic gridlock in the neighborhoods around Inauguration Day especially now that they have created a “No Parking” zone from 11th St to 21st St from K to P. All those residents will be parking in other neighborhoods along with everyone else coming in from Maryland and other states. Since it is a DC holiday, I don’t think there will be Parking Control officers issuing tickets. Look for cars double and illegally parked everywhere.

  • Herb: You can park out behind Bogfrog’s house in the alley.

  • Rave: I got four inauguration parade tickets! woohoo!

  • Rave: I am going to sit in the dry sauna at the Wash Sports Club after work because my job is ravaging my back.

    Rant: I want to do something fun tonight but I don’t have any options! Boo

  • RANT: Pennywise, how do you know it is not the kids or their family members writing the grafitti? I guarantee that not many of the parents of the kids at the school give a damn about the grafitti. Otherwise it would not be there this long. Push come to shove, the parents would have cleaned it themselves. You’d be amazed at the apathy and the general don’t give a damn attitude of some people.

  • Congrats to Oregonian, I wasn’t so lucky in getting parade tickets. Now I see the tickets offered on craigslist for hundreds of dollars.

  • Rave: I managed to snag a ticket to the swearing in

    Rant: I only got one, and i have an out of towner staying with me.

    Rave: she is understanding and willing to brave it on her own as long as i give her a really detailed map how to get her back to my apt on capitol hill from the mall

  • Vonstallin

    bogfrog Says:
    January 9th, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    I pay crackheads and homeless guys $20 to trash the cars that do that on a weekley basis until they get the message.

    Try it out.

  • Sorry, meant to post that over at the gym-is-apparently-a-meatmarket-apparently entry. Actually, fuck it; it fits here perfectly fine too.

  • While I’m at it:
    Rant: My furnace is busted and my landlord is in South Africa. The heat guys will come “maybe this weekend if we can.”
    Revel: Iron Maiden is fucking awesome. And it’s blasting in my face.

  • Vonstallin

    Odentex Says:
    January 9th, 2009 at 3:51 pm
    Herb: You can park out behind Bogfrog’s house in the alley.
    Von= LOL that was hella funny….

    maeella Says:
    January 9th, 2009 at 3:41 pm
    Shout out: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=58269220210&ref=mf
    Von= sigh….I don’t have face book so can not view.

    clearbluewater33 Says:
    January 9th, 2009 at 5:58 pm
    Rave: she is understanding and willing to brave it on her own as long as i give her a really detailed map how to get her back to my apt on capitol hill from the mall
    Von= I will make a map and take her off your hands 🙂

  • Revel — I closed on my PW house last week and am v. excited to live in a great part of the city!
    Rant — the kids in the alley dumping the garbage cans and the welcoming committee that took two chairs from my porch Weds eve while I was home with all of the lights on.
    Revel — I’m still glad to be here!

  • Rant: Odentex is crackin me up today.

    Rave: I just bought DOLCE & GABBANA GLASSSES… what am I turning into?! 🙁

  • Strike that, reverse it. oops.

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