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.  Anything good happen this week?

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  • Rave: Got called in for a third interview this week.

    Rant: It did not turn out to be the job offer I had expected. Still unemployed.

    Rave: Making the most of my free time, getting our nursery ready towards an April due date and making headway in finishing grad school work towards a May graduation.

  • Nothing happened. Is that worthy of a rant?

  • Rave: I just bought a new Mos Def CD!!

    Rant: I have yet to fine a quality brunch location in Petworth.

  • Rant: I realize that my earlier post contained an error. It should have read “find a quality brunch location in Petworth.” Guess that Ivy League education doesn’t mean so much after all!

  • Maxwell, if you’re feeling mobile, the Brightwood Bistro on Georgia and Missouri touts its brunch. I’ve never been, but the rest of their food is great. Note its relatively upscale dining despite its downscale location. Not quite in Petworth either but there you are.

  • Rant: Been sick for three days but can’t take a sick day to due massive loads of work.

    Rave: My wonderful coworker just brought me avgo lemono soup from the Greek Deli!

    Rave 2: And despite all that, I’m STILL going to Restaurant Week at Sam & Harry’s tonight.

  • Rave: My boss heard my sneezing and nose blowing so she sent me home so I wouldn’t get anyone else sick. I didn’t bother to tell her it is only allergies.

  • Rant: I had my first pizza from Moroni’s last night that was kinda meh. Dried out chicken, just generally not up to snuff.

    Rave: I won’t need to be ordering out for a while because I’m getting a new gas range! Mom and Dad came over to supervise the delivery; they rock.

  • Rave: My alma mater (a D3 school) beat George Mason (d1) in volleyball last night pretty decisively. They’re ranked 14th in the country and we’re unranked in D1 (#1 in D3). This is probably only exciting to me

    Rant: I was only kinda feeling icky yesterday with a cold, but because of going out to watch the game last night I have no voice and am home sick today.

    Rave: I got a part time pretty much work from home job that might make affording grad school without my weight in loans possible.

    Rant/Rave: It pays better per hour then my full time job.

  • Rave: Got Drunk Last night for the first time in years. I don’t drink much.
    Rant: Got so drunk last night. I stopped by Whole Foods afterwards. Caught the 52 bus up 14th and left my groceries at the bus stop. Fell asleep on the bus and ended up near Iowa Ave way past my stop. No groceries. Drunk. And a girlfriend waiting on me to bring home dinner.
    Drinking sucks. I much prefer getting high.

  • @ cbw33…I am a DIII grad so I feel your excitement! I love when non-DI schools beat the DI schools!

  • Rant: I am so sick and tired of WMATA inability to effectively run the transit system in this city.The 16th street bus corridor, during the morning rush, is worse than some of the 3rd world countries bus service that i have visited.

    Rant: VA/MD/DC need to figure out some sort of rate hike/commuter tax to levy against the 3-5m or so people who enter and exit the city 2x/day, 5x a week. Why should the 500k district residents get the short end of the stick during these tough times?

    Rant: The bar that i work at in georgetown, was completely empty last night. I thought college kids drink on thursdays? Man, the GOP partied so much harder than these yuppies.

    Rave: Had a wonderful weekend in London with my bird. Amazing how a city, nearly 4x the size of DC runs so smoothly. Can’t wait to go back.

  • Rave: Going to Eat First for lunch.
    Rave: Wearing a sweater that was a Christmas gift… when I was 12. From Benetton. For reference, I’m 34. (It isn’t however any of the logo splashed ones that everyone had back in 1986.) I smell like cedar and my parent’s house. (Rave 1a)

  • Rave: From clearbluewater33’s post, I deduce there is another Juniata alum who reads PoP

  • Nate- that is freaking hilarious. unfortunate…but hilarious.

  • @ShermanCircle, what type of work are you looking for?

  • zoom268: Rant: VA/MD/DC need to figure out some sort of rate hike/commuter tax to levy against the 3-5m or so people who enter and exit the city 2x/day, 5x a week. Why should the 500k district residents get the short end of the stick during these tough times?

    3 to 5 MILLION people, daily? Not even remotely close. Even on the busiest (non-inauguration) days, metro riders take less than 900k trips. That’s 900,000 TRIPS, not round-trips, so really that accounts for maybe 500,000 people. Plus people who drive into the city, which I would imagine would be only a few tens of thousands.

    In fact, as of the 2000 census, of the 670,000 people working in Washington, D.C.,

  • Rant: I’m tired of the “Good Deal or Not” postings. It would be one thing if the postings were surveys of the opinions of people who actually know something about real estate values in D.C. I would be interested in hearing what real estate professionals who have studied the market and know what homes are selling for think about a particular price. I would also be interested in hearing what experienced contractors think about particular renovation jobs and whether they have improved the selling price of a home. Maybe the views of such persons could be presented anonymously so as not to damage their ability to get business in the future. But it seems as if the primary utility of this segment is as an opportunity for complaints about how greedy and unrealistic certain sellers are being with respect to the value of their homes, or how certain renovation jobs are not worthy of their investment. There may be some entertainment value, but it’s not at all informative.

  • …. of the 670k people working in D.C., roughly 550k commute in from MD and VA.

    And 24% of employed D.C. residents work in MD or VA.

  • Rant: I’m fighting the worst case of flu I’ve ever experienced at the cost of two days of work and a lot of good times this weekend.
    Rave: Hearing that I’m not the only one with the bug somehow eases my irrational germaphobic hypochondria.

  • Anon5: don’t forget the tourists with their tour buses. I have to agree with previous post that those who DRIVE in from VA/MD should pay to do so. Why do people drive, anyways? If you aren’t close to a Metro/Metrobus station, why not drive to one and park there? There are several commuter parking lots in both MD and VA. I don’t understand it.

  • The commuters are paying alright. Unfortunately, the money just is not coming to D.C. Anyone read that article in WaPO about the traffic and the $1,000 tickets that VA gives for HOV lane violators? A big backyard just isn’t worth the headaches.

  • Rave: They found my car (it was stolen Sunday night) and it appears to be in running condition and in one piece!!!!!!!!

    Rant: I can’t pick it up until they finish processing it in the crime lab.

  • Vonstallin

    Feeling flirty so I hit up this military chick I havent text in about a month…15 text messages later I know why I let her hang….off to the couch now to watch stage 6 Amgen Tour of California….

    and im craving shrimp:

  • Rant: The power has been out at my house since 4 am this morning and has yet to come back on…Pepco says they might get it fixed by 11 pm at the earliest. And today was my day off. 🙁

  • Rant: Am sick to death of the drug dealers on the 500 block of Shepherd St.
    Rave: The cops set up one of those giant pole lights last night to shine on that block. Hope they (cops, not dealers) stick around a while.

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