Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr. T in DC

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: Storm knocked my satellite signal out for about ten minutes last night, so I missed some of Breaking Bad.

    Rave: It came back on and I was able to see what I missed during the 11:00 rebroadcast.

    Also, biked over 20 miles Saturday and Sunday mornings.

  • Rant: Nats game yesterday! No rain, sun, a win, and my 3 year old’s first game ever!
    He asked for another last night.

  • Rave: Spent the weekend with friends from college this weekend.

    Bigger rave: They left this morning, and my apartment will be livable again, instead of the cramped mess it was the last three days.

    Rant: The discussion going on in the comment section of the Biking while drunk post. Some people can’t even leave their road rage in their cars and on the road. Reading what these people write makes me seriously afraid someone’s going to “Kornheiser” me on my ride home. I don’t break the law when I bike, and that’s more than can be said for a lot of the drivers I encountered this morning. Just leave me alone and at least make sure the people you target are the ones breaking the law.

  • Rave – new Kevin Wood Realtor photo isn’t scary!

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: I left my umbrella on metro last week. I forgot to replace it over the weekend.
    Rave: All the rain will wash the pollen away.

  • Kalorini

    RANT: Something happened to my iPhone such that it went into Recovery mode. I don’t think I backed up my contacts correctly and I’ll have to enter them alllll in again. *grumble grumble grumble*

    Rave: Great book sale in NoVa this weekend.

    Upcoming rave: PoP Happy Hour this week!

  • Can someone explain what the 2 lock system is that I see posted on the dog park fence on 11th St.?

    • Its so you can get your dog in without other dogs escaping. you come through the first door, lock it, and then open the second one to the park.

      • Not clear on the concept, but OK.
        How does one get a key or is it keys?

        • No keys. Just be sure to securely lock the gates (and don’t open one until the other is fully shut) or you run the risk or allowing someone’s dog to escape onto the street. Dog Park Etiquette-but mostly safety. I have a well-behaved dog, but I still worry for his safety should he get scared and try to bolt, and I am constantly frustrated by people who fail to shut the gates. Don’t be like them!

  • Rave: Went to the Franciscan Monastery Plant and Herb sale on Sat and got a ton of plans for very little money

    Rant: Got little sleep this weekend, cold and throat thingy not going away as fast as I would like, now lymph node in armpit hurts. I hate being sick

  • rave: Ozomatli tonight at the 9:30 club! woo!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rave: went on a bit of a sexcapade this weekend and let the inner freak out

    Rant: need to give the bits and pieces a break

    • seemingly in honor of you and your sore bits, my recent Captcha was “Mr mounting”. No kidding!

  • Rant: I posted a version of this gripe on the post about drunken biking, but:

    I’m sick of the whole “move back to the suburbs if you don’t like it in the Big City” attitude whenever someone posts about the drawbacks of living in DC.

    As someone has said here before, “Love it or leave it” is such a weak argument. Try making your arguments based on reasoned debate, not cheap shots.

  • Rant: What is the Prez thinking, oil drilling off the atlantic coast, just look at the mess down in Louisiana, we don’t want that risk here!

    Rave: Where is my sexcapade?!

    my captcha has the answere — embassy chickens

    • If we continue to rely on fossil fuels, then every coast should bear the burden of the catastrophes that follow.

      Either that, or Louisiana and states like it that suffer the consequences on behalf of the rest of us (and our driving habits) should get the lion’s share of federal tax revenue generated by those industries. We can use it to restore the wetlands that are absolutely decimated by oil exploration and delivery – and for environmental clean up after one of these f-ups.

      • Isn’t that how the current revenue-sharing scheme already works? The states get 50% and the municipalities within each state get a percentage based on a formula including the distance from the coast, population, etc. Or so I thought.

  • participated in servathon this weekend…what a joke. highlights include – almost being ran off the road by a beat up old cadillac running a stop sign. witnessing an arrest right outside of the servathon meet up location. being asked ‘why you white people digging through the trash in our park?’. picking up trash while people who actually live in the community watched, sneered, heckled and just sat there not lifting a finger.

    the one highlight was the sweet grandmotherly type lady who actually smiled, said something like ‘oh my yall are doing such a great job!’ and ‘thank you!’. there were a few other people who were neutral to apathetic to us, but 75% of the park users not affiliated with servathon looked like they would rather live in a garbage dump than have us in their park, cleaning it up.

    • and I love how it’s ‘their’ park! Like the teen thugs in the 11th and U St area who throw rocks at white bikers and yell for them to get out of ‘their’ neighborhood.

      Another guy was chased down the block by a pack of feral punks.


  • Rant: the biking/DUI issue. I wish we could all just treat each other with respect, no matter if we’re biking, driving, or walking… I guess that goes for every other issue in life. Just respect everyone!

    Rave! PoP happy hour this weeeeek!

    Rave: great weekend with the boy 😀

    Rant: I keep dropping hints that I’m sick of only seeing the boy on weekends and that I really want him to move here, but I don’t think he wants to. Unfortunately I’m not willing to give up my job and DC to move to him, so I don’t think it’s fair that I ask him to do the same… I guess I’ll just wait it out and see how things go. Two years in a great (minus a few weekends here and there) long distance relationship could be worse, I guess.

  • Rant: People who leave their dogs tied up outside while they shop at the Wholefoods on P St (or the CVS next door) and the dogs bark the entire time the owner is inside.

    Rave: The weather for this coming weekend is shaping up to be very nice.

    • Harris Teeter in Adams Morgan recently posted multiple signs saying, “It is unlawful to leave your dog unattended.” Some owners are actually reading the signs and waiting outside with their dogs. Pretty cool! Wouldn’t kill Whole Foods to do the same.

  • Big time rant: I fell off my bike today in the rain. I am very sore, pretty shaken up, and nursing a 4 inch gash in my left forearm.

    Rave: People in DC. The fall was my own fault. I tried to signal that I was changing lanes and hit a bump when I took my hand off the handlebar. But when I fell, the SUV behind me immediately hit his brakes, asked if I was ok once I cleared his path, and nobody honked their horn. A couple of pedestrians helped me out of the road and stayed with me until I regained my composure and assured them I was ok. A lot of ridiculous arguments were lobbed back and forth in an earlier thread today about biking under the influence, but today bikes, cars, and pedestrians just acted the way we’re supposed to act and didn’t overreact because we’re in a hurry.

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