Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

Turkish Festival 2009
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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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  • Rave: I saw the harvest moon, heat lightning, and a shooting star (!) from my roof deck on Saturday night.

  • Rant: I am not loving my neighborhood right now. Walking around yesterday with a couple friends, we encountered: a gang of teen girls deliberately throwing shoulders at other pedestrians, then sneering and huffing and doing that chicken-like head-feint thing and talking loudly and foully to each other about what they were going to anyone who got in their way; at least three groups sitting in parked cars, leaning on horns, yelling obscenities out the windows; and the topper, one fellow moseying along puking every 10 yards or so. He didn’t seem troubled by it.
    I usually love Columbia Heights. But I was embarrassed yesterday.

  • Rave: Gorgeous weather this weekend!

    Rant: Still haven’t won myself a PoP T-shirt.

  • Rant: Allergies? The flu? A cold? I don’t know what’s going on, but I feel like crap. I think I’m allergic to my office.

    Rave: Capitol Letters Writing Center is hosting a reading at Big Bear Cafe this Wednesday night at 7 pm. I’m excited to go (and you, fellow PoP reader, should go, too!)

  • Rave: went mushroom picking with the Russians yesterday – got some great ones!

    Rant: we all came back with these weird miniature (almost microscopic) spiders all over us… ticks? One of the guys said that they die within two days, so that’s good, as long as none of us die along with them.

    Rave-ish: I never tried a mushroom before… Never like the smell… But I tried some of the fresh ones yesterday in a potato/meat dish and I liked em! Didn’t like them in one of the other dishes though. That’s why it’s only a “rave-ish”…

  • Rave: The weather!

    Rant: My bathroom renovation is about two weeks behind and I am sick of the dirt and dust. Admittedly, this is a “Princess Problem” but still…

  • Mal, it sounds like trombiculidae aka “chiggers” to me:


    – lilnemo

  • Rave: The Department of Public Works found my stolen car!! It was illegally parked so DPW towed it, ran the tags and sent me a letter telling me to come get my car!

  • I wish PoP had a small icon that showed up next to the website name in my bookmarks list. Is there a technical name for those? It’s the only one with a blank white page icon.

  • @mili: They’re called favicons. It’s just something he has to make up and add to his code. Perhaps a tree?

    Rave: Switched the dining and living rooms this weekend

    Rant: Need more art and furniture.

  • Rave: My partner is visiting DC. I’ve missed her so much and am so happy to see her, and delighted that we’ve picked up right where we left off, as if she’d never left.

    Rant: She’s only here ’til Friday.

    @mili & GiantSquid & PoP – I’m making a favicon now.

  • silly firefox set my name to “wikipedia” and i neglected to change it. oops.

  • Just saw a bodybag [presumably with a corpse inside] being brought out of that strange white brick building at the corner of 14th & Corcoran [northwest corner]. Anyone know what’s up?

  • I saw the same thing Anon 2:28 mentioned Sunday morning around 8:30 am. THere were also a half-dozen police cars and at least 8 uniformed cops on the sidewalk in front of that building, and the corner was roped off with crime scene tape. No mention in today’s WP.

  • Rave: Spent a great 48 Hours in NYC. Seeing family and my best friend
    Rave-ish: Drove an awesome guy back to DC from NYC that I met through a solderi friend from high school after said awesome guy was injured in Iraq. Unfortunately said awesome guy is healed up (this is the rave part) and will be heading back to Hawaii soon. Bummer because we really hit it off.

  • Rave: Beautiful day today, beautiful weekend.

  • Rant: 7 gun shots just north of the 3800 block of 13th last night. Police response time – 15 minutes.

    Rave: Fall colors are here.

  • Rave: I’m officially moving to Columbia Heights on Sunday! Goodbye slums of Crystal City!

    Rant: I only got the confirmation this afternoon so I have nothing packed, forwarded and only have slightly hold on a truck.

    Rant 2: Someone told my grandmother as she tried to enter the Smithsonian Metro yesterday afternoon “Sorry, this station is closed on Sunday” and she believed them, forcing her to walk all the way back to L’enfant Plaza and getting her lost.

  • Anon 3:05 – I’d be really surprised if the delay was that long for a ‘sounds of gunshots’ call. You should email MPD or post a query on the MPD 4D listserv asking about the incident if it was really that long. They can pull the info from OUC [dispatch] and will give you a minute-by-minute breakdown of time from your 911 call to when it was dispatched, when a unit was sent, when they got there, etc. I wonder if that batch of gunshot was in response to the shooting of a kid at 14th & Crittenden on Saturday night [over 20 shots fired, but MPD was there almost immediately].

  • Rant: I saw the ass that had been making “anonymous” obscene phone calls to me hanging out in front of his mother’s house on Sunday- I reported him to the police months ago and the investigation went nowhere even though I know it was him, which really pisses me off.

    Rave: Gorgeous gorgeous weather, and the Brakes at the Black Cat tonight.

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