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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  • Went to Veranda for a excellent dinner Friday. Best red peppers stuffed with feta ever.

  • Rant: I just found out that a neighborhood kid that I have sorta adopted as a mentee can not read. He attends Roosevelt High. 17y/o and can’t read. I thought illiteracy was a thing of my grandmother’s generation. Talk about a utter failure from the schools to the home. I asked the boy if his mom knew. He said yes. And what he said next will shock you. He said, “A lot of kids in my school can’t read.”

    Then I read this from Colbert King in WaPo: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/06/AR2009020602744_2.html

    · The 18-year-old suspect in both deaths, Lafonte Lurie Carlton, was under the supervision of the city’s Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services at the time of his arrest.

    · On Aug. 10, 2006, at age 15, Carlton was charged with murder. He pleaded guilty to the charge on April 17, 2007, and a judge committed him to the DYRS Oak Hill Youth Center’s secure facility in Laurel on Feb. 20, 2008. But a mere seven months later, DYRS released him back into the community under agency supervision.

    There’s more.

    · From a DYRS document that Carlton had been arrested, again, and sent to Oak Hill on Dec. 2 for carrying a dangerous weapon, only to be released to his home three days later.

    · From a U.S. Park Police spokesman that on Jan. 13, a patrol unit investigated a report of “suspicious persons” in the 1300 block of Girard Street NW and that two males ran away when officers approached them. Officers pursued one, who discarded a weapon during the chase and was caught a block away. Police found the weapon, a semiautomatic pistol, and charged the man, Lafonte Lurie Carlton, with carrying a gun without a license.

    Carlton is to appear in D.C. Superior Court on Feb. 26 for a hearing in courtroom 212 concerning the gun charge. He also has a hearing that day in courtroom 218 on a drug charge and a hearing in courtroom 215 on Feb. 20 on the murder charges.

    Odentex, here is where we agree. The laws in general should have kept this guy off the street. My only disagreement is writing more laws when this guy obviously doesn’t abide by any laws…

  • Rant: My firm just offered a “Special Voluntary Separation Program” in the hopes of buying out enough experienced support staff people to avoid layoffs… anyone hiring?

    Revel: If I get canned I spose I’ll finally have the kick in the pants to go do something I want to do personally, not professionally.

  • Rave: I know that the down economy is really hurting people, however I needed a new bed and thus went shopping for it this weekend. I managed to buy a 400 dollar mattress this weekend for 144 dollars including frame and box spring. I then went to target and got sheets and blankets etc (i was upgrading to a larger size) for another 60 bucks. All of this was with the stimulus money I didn’t get with everyone else last year because I had no income in 2007.

    Rant: It is horrendously hot in my office because they wont turn off the heat and in a couple of hours i have a meeting in the board room which might as well be the amazon.

    Rave: My roommate (who i cannot stand) is in Europe for 3 glorious weeks and i’m enjoying having my apartment to myself.

  • Nate – I read this story last week. Unbelievable that Carlton pleaded GUILTY to murder as a juevenile and they gave him 2 years in prison. I can’t believe it. And is anyone really surprised that he ended up killing two other people? The system is not working when that happens. No one, no matter the circumstances, should get 2 years in prison for pleading guilty for murder.

    And my little rave: had a fabulous weekend outside in this weather. Was glad Solly’s could remain open through everything. Got a link from DCist to my blog that’s been doing wonders for my traffic. It’s been a good few days.

  • Rave/Rant: I hate my job. However, despite the urge to hunker down in it and wait out the economy I have decided to quit. I hate hate hate hate hate this job and would rather be unemployed with no real job prospects. My plan is to take some time off from DC and bike to NYC and live there for the summer doing something and sleeping somewhere. I just. dont. care. anymore. Which is why I feel so great!

  • Rave: It is BEAUTIFUL outside. And while I may not be out in it, at least I’m able to enjoy it near an open window.

    Rant: Totally, completely and utterly unmotivated. I know, I know, I should be incredibly grateful I have a job. But it’s not my passion, not my calling, and not something that makes me look forward to getting up in the morning.

  • rave — I got back in as a mentor with College Bound! The crusade continues to wipe the ghetto out of people’s mouths. Anyone else want to mentor a good high school kid?

    Let me clarify: speak whatever slang you want with your homies, but please know the difference between slang and English. When on a job interview or speaking with friends of your parents’, or when speaking with your mentor, use the appropriate words.

  • Bogfrog:

    First Jive Dude: Shit man, that honky mus’ be messin’ my old lady… got to be runnin’ cold upside down his head. You know?
    Second Jive Dude: Hey home, I can dig it. You know he ain’t gonna lay no mo’ big rap up on you man.
    First Jive Dude: I say hey sky, s’other s’ay I wan say?
    Second Jive Dude: UH…
    First Jive Dude: Pray to J I get the same ol’ same ol’.
    Second Jive Dude: Eh. Yo knock yourself a pro slick, gray matter live performas down now take TCB’in man.
    First Jive Dude: Hey, you know what they say… See a broad, to get that booty yak ’em.
    First Jive Dude, Second Jive Dude: Leg ‘er down ‘n smack ’em yak ’em
    First Jive Dude: Cold got to be. You know? Shiiiiit.

  • The weather was SO nice this weekend! I went out sat night without a coat and it was so nice to not be cold outside in the coat and then have to carry around a coat in a bar. I can’t wait until spring!

  • bogfrog,
    I mentioned the guy earlier that can not read. Upward Bound may not be the program for him as he has no intention on going to college. But he is a GOOD WELL MANNERED kid. Do you have any suggestions for places that could tutor him in learning to read?

  • Rant: I was walking my dog when we had a bad encounter with an off-leash pit bull. Luckily no one was seriously hurt. The dog had no intention of killing anything or my dog would be dead and I’d be in the hospital, but still scary as it charged my 24 lb French Bulldog then proceeded to jump on me after leaping over a fence to get to us.

    Readers – PLEASE be attentive when out with your dogs. If you don’t have a dog, be on the lookout for any off-leash dogs and call the cops. It is illegal. I live in a neighborhood with children and I can’t imagine this dog charging a toddler or senior citizen.

    Rave: We have received tremendous support from our neighbors as a result of this incident.

    My husband wrote a post with all the details: http://ericnuzum.typepad.com/eric_nuzum_dot_com/2009/02/bad-dog.html

  • I only Rant, thus:

    DC and PEPCO cut down another 100-year-plus elm tree the other day. When I moved to my street almost five years ago we had six gorgeous elms providing shade. Now we have three and the street is becoming that barren DC ghetto sort of thing I’d rather avoid. Why is it so easy for the city to cut down trees so frequently? Why why why???

  • the d.c literay society will tutor i think thats the name, call a local library they often tutor in them. they will probably be able to get the info you need. good luck

  • Rave: One more final and I’m off to Germany for 6 days. Bring on the beer!
    Rant: BF and I are disagreeing on summer vacation. I want to cruise to Central America, he wants to drive 6500 miles cross country a la Clark Griswold.

  • Katherine –
    About 2 years ago, I heard someone screaming in the front of our house. I was downstairs with my mom and my then almost 2 year old daughter. I opened the door and saw 2 kids screaming in my neighbor’s yard with a very angry pitbull in front of them. A fence separates our yards, so the kids were trapped. I went running into the yard with a chair and a broom. Thankfully, I scared off the pitbull, but it did bite one of the boys before I got out there. I had the kids come inside and told him to wash his wound (puncture marks – pretty deep) with soap and water. I bandaged him up as best I could and had him call his mom. She was very thankful and asked if I could walk him home (he lived around the corner). I said sure and as we walked home, he was very upset and jumpy. I did call animal control, but they never found the dog.

    A few weeks ago, my neighbor and I saw an Akita wandering around our street. We both called animal control and they came right out. Ultimately, the dog’s owner came out, but they were ready to take the dog in. Thankfully, the dog seemed really chill.

    I’m sorry this happened to you. Thankfully, you were not injured too badly. It’s a good reminder for everyone to call animal control if they see a dog wandering around. You just never know.

  • We have pitbulls running around here unleashed constantly. Animal control is called, and the dogs are inevitably gone by the time they arrive. Luckily. they are rarely rough, and usually run away. What is going ON with these dog owners???

    and a lil’ rave: I may be buying a condo, and I may get $15k off my taxes when I do! YES WE CAN, bitches.

  • I saw a story in the Post that said that $15k tax credit may not apply to people buying in DC, because we already have the $5k credit. Eleanor is on it, though.


    Nate, I’ve heard good things about the literacy programs at Academy of Hope. I want to start volunteering there:


    Finally, a tiny rave: I took some clothes to the thrift store on Georgia Avenue and ended up buying a nice pair of brown leather ankle boots by 9 West. $5! Sure, they’re a half size too big, but in socks it doesn’t matter.

  • Oops, missed this — Pennywise, I wonder if your elm trees were victims of dutch elm disease. If one was infected, the others might have been cut down as a preventative measure, even if they didn’t look all that sick. It’s a pretty virulent disease. Sad to lose gorgeous old trees. I wish we had some on my block.

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