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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  • Rant: DC car inspections found stuff wrong with my car, and therefore I have to shell of money from my not-so-huge income to get my car fixed. When I’m registered in DC and all this crap is done with, I’ll be so damn relieved.

    Revel: As a DC newcomer, I’m very excited about the Cherry Blossom Festival! And my mom will be in to see it with me, which is awesome.

  • Can we start a campaign to remove the concrete “benches” on the corner of 14th and Newton next to the firehouse? This area attracts nothing but loiterers throughout the summer months. Who is with me?

  • Rave: Met a new boy last week

    Rant: I think he might be totally bats**t crazy.

  • This is a combo rant n rave:


    It’s about Trader Joes, which I miss dearly (lived within walking distance of 2 in the little Cali town I moved away from…now I have to deal with the mad crowds in the GW area…)

    But loving being in DC – and enjoying the rain. My car has never been cleaner. Plus it’s good for the crops.

  • Cecelia,

    When I first moved to DC, I had a 96 Altima that had served me well from my 17th birthday. In the span of two weeks, the alternator died and I had some lights replaced to the tune of 900 dollars. Then, it still failed inspection! (for things that would have passed in New Hampshire). The repairs would have cost another 1000 bucks. So, I feel your pain.

    I ended up donating the car to NPR for them to auction off. The upside is that I’ve never missed the car one bit – God bless my bike and public transportation.

  • Rant: I fractured ribs coughing. yes coughing. and the doctor wont give me happy pills. thereby i’m in extreme amounts of pain 80% of the time i’m awake.

    Rave: um. it might be warm on wednesday?

  • Rant: Just the other day, every single police officer I saw driving around in DC was talking on their cell phone while driving. I mean every single one. Is this what we pay them to do? I think we should set up a website where users can send in there observations of this type of poor use of tax payer dollars. We can give a prize to the officer with the most complaints….or perhaps build in accident avoidance and bad driver alarms in all cell phones….

  • Rant -St. Patrick’s weekend parade was total washout. Lame.
    Rave- We still have St. patrick’s day and the forecast is looking good.

  • Rave: Finally ate at Domku for lunch on Sunday – wonderful experience all around. I will be a repeat customer.

    Rant: n/a.

  • Rant: HIV rate in DC is UP to 3%! Lets go DC … Protect yourself and encourage others to protect themselves!

  • Rave – Had an excellent weekend with my husband up in Philly.
    Rant – I wish it was still the weekend.

  • Newton – I am with you! I can see (and hear) that corner from my place. I’m already bothered by the loitering that has gone on there this year and it’s only March. You can see that they removed the wood planks from the actual benches but that hasn’t helped.

  • @new2dc (and I guess this is sort of a rant?) I recently learned that TJ’s is owned by the same people who own Aldi. Aldi is so gross (I don’t know where there are any here, but there’s one near my dad’s house in Pittsburgh) and even though nothing at TJ’s has changed from before I found out this info, I somehow like it a little less now. I know it’s irrational, but I can’t help it.

    Real Rant: I am dogsitting for a friend and so have not just my one pooch, but two very mopey, bored dogs because of all the rain.


  • Rant: It’s Monday.

    Rave: Only 4 days and 2.5 hours until the weekend.

  • Rave: I slept so good last night!

    Rant: It’s raining and I left my umbrella at home. =0(

  • Newton — You’d think if there’s one place where folks wouldn’t loiter/pass out drunk, it would be in front of the fire house full of public servants that is open 24-7. But there they are, nonetheless. On the other hand, if you need a lot of empty flask bottles of Popov vodka, that’s your spot!

  • clearbluewater33:

    fractured my ribs while laughing (yes laughing) a few years back, it does get better in time !

  • the black islam cult called me and the bf ‘white devils’ when we walked by them in china town a couple of weeks ago…its been constantly burning in the back of my mind, but today i read on a post that someone wouldnt let the cults ownership of a restaurant stop them from eating there… and now im pissed again. would dc let the klan organize on a street corner? not that i would support that either, but dont you have to have some sort of permit to congregate and preach on a corner? if so, why does dc allow this hate?

  • Christopher: Remember the klan does try and march here yearly, down on Penna avenue, though usually they don’t get enough to show up. So, it is equal treatment. However, I too have been threatened as I wait for the bus near where you mention. Note that I think these guys are extremist Hebrew Israelites, not a black islam cult. Its interesting how much of an enthusiastic crowd they get, who love the “kill whitey” talk. I usually get on a bus and head up Georgia Ave with several fired up disciples, who talk louder and louder of killing me. Such a delightful city. Fenty calls it “cosmopolitan”.

  • theyre terrorists, whatever you officially call them… why is it always en vogue to blame whitey? *sigh*

  • Whitey did spend 700 years earning a reputation. Though I don’t ever support any form of scapegoating and mass violence. Unfortunately, these guys have rich fodder to work with, especially since their intended audience is poor, uneducated, and illiterate. Perfect soldiers.

  • Pennywise, Christopher: Try not to let people like that get to you too much (if possible – I am speaking to myself as much as I am to you). Over time their numbers will continue to dwindle as they drift further and further into irrelevancy. Along the way the few remaining will raise their voices, to no avail.

    In the meantime, threats are not protected by the constitution, but are a crime in DC. If you find yourself on the receiving end of a threatening comment, call the cops. Those protest permits aren’t easy to get and if a particular group establishes a record of abusing the permits they obtain by threatening the safety of passersby, it will only make their applications that more easily deniable. At the very least you can keep them occupied with MPD for a few precious minutes during their alloted preaching time.

  • I beg to differ, MPD is usually standing near them and smirking as they harangue white/asian/latino passersby. As far as I understand it they don’t need a permit as they are only a half dozen or so guys and they keep their loudspeaker below 80 decibels, which is acceptable under DC law. Inciting violence is not legal, but hardly rare in DC. I would love a little law enforcement in this town, but I reference Ransom Perry as point of fact in these matters. Lastly, the extremist Hebrew Israelite numbers seem to be growing in the short term.

  • @ Pennywise

    Just on your last sentence: The state of the economy correlates with a rise in hate group membership. Kind of obvious, but not always intuitive.

    From the Southern Poverty Law Center:

  • RAAAANT: This is the poopiest day ever! I lost yet another bid on a house (whoever says this is a “bad market” can suck it), my dog has mad diarrhea, when I stopped to help a guy with a flat tire I ended up tripping and falling INTO Georgia Ave and now my knee is big and purple, I dropped a 12 pack of very expensive red bull right outside of Giant and it broke, my car is making a weird noise all of a sudden, and I just hit my head on the countertop. #**$)@()*(@*#)!

    Rave: It can *truly* only get better from here.

  • Rave – the supoena (Friday’s rant) is cancelled! The prosecutor called today and we all made nice. He acknowledged that I had nothing really to offer (I heard shots and called 911 – nothing more.) I assured him I was on his side. I was actually looking forward to popping in the National Gallery after court – guess now I’ll have to make a special trip.

    Also – St. Pat’s dinner last night – corned beef orgy – 10 people and I still have some little snacking bits left.

  • Oh – and PabloMa – do you know you can give your dog pepto bismol for diarrhea? My dog is 32 pounds and the vet says 1/2 caplet. It works well – (don’t be alarmed when the poop is black after.) But sorry, it won’t help you buy a house.

  • Rant: D.C. HIV rate rises …
    Rave: suddenly feel better about my recent lack of a sex life …

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