Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

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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 week?

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  • Rant: Miserable, cantankerous PoP commenters – usually “Anonymous” – who have nothing better to do than to insult and berate other commenters and to make glib, bitter comments.

    Rave: Friday

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    Rave: Homemade butternut squash soup and what looks like another beautiful weekend.

  • Nothing good…but Cinemtaic Titanic is playing tonight at GW…MST3K live on stage!

    + Samiam in Philly tomorrow…good weekend.

  • Rant #1: Seriously questioning my faith in humanity in the wake of all sorts of violent incidents lately. There hasn’t been much in the news to inspire confidence.

    Rant/Rave: Boyfriend is one week into quitting smoking. I’m glad he made it this far, but it is seriously unpleasant to be around him as a smoker going through detox.

    Rave: Weekend full of absolutely nothing planned! Minus the long delayed gardening that I’ve wanted to do for months. I’m psyched to get the fall bulbs in and anxiously await a yard full of flowers this spring. And maybe making some butternut squash soup because that sounds amazing!

    • How could you get more inspiring than the Chilean miners’ rescue? I don’t know about you, but I think that’s probably the best news story of our rather young decade.

      • The miner rescue is definitely awe inspiring and happy (although to be honest, I didn’t tune into it much outside of some NPR coverage that I heard), but I’m still feeling a little jarred by the local news that I can’t get out of my head – shootings, beatings, and everything in between.

  • 2 tbs Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
    1 Chopped Onion
    2 Chopped celery stalks
    1 large, or 2 small peeled, chopped carrots
    1 Peeled, Chopped (1 in. Pieces) butternut squash
    6 Cups Chicken Stock
    1 Tsp Cayenne Pepper
    Salt & Pepper
    1/2 Cup Heavy Cream

    In a medium sized (4qt) pot heat olive oil on medium-high until first
    hint of smoke. Add onion, celery, and carrots. Stirring occasionally,
    cook until onion is translucent. Add squash & stock reduce heat to
    medium. Cook, covered until squash is soft. Stir in cayenne and salt &
    pepper to taste. Cook 5 minutes longer. Using a stick blender, food
    processor, or regular blender puree soup. Place puree in separate
    bowl. Stir in heavy cream to finish.

  • Rave: Stick blenders. Easily my most-used small appliance.

  • Rave: Maryland Renn Fest on what promises to be a gorgeous weekend! Extra nerdy but so fun!

  • Rant: the incessant, hyperbolic, idiotic, pandering, stultifying, nauseating, uninformed, unenlightening and uninvited so-called “media coverage” of the 2010 elections….

  • Rave: “We know how determined the people of this city are, and if we collectively support Gray, his staff and the DCPS team with all the will and energy we can summon, there will be no stopping our children.”

    Rant: “No stopping, except for the continued tolerance of violent youth gangs operating in sanctioned secrecy in our neighborhoods”

    Anyone see this blog entry? Seems lacking in civility to show a dead witch in relation to Ms. Rhee?

    • Hey! Stop being all negative about the schools! You evil gentrifiers forget it’s all about the teachers… er… I mean, students.

      I’m sure Gramps Gray will continue on with difficult reform. Never mind the MILLION DOLLARS that the WTU put in his pocket.

  • Rave: My boyfriend has returned. I missed him.

    Rant: Woke up with a sore throat!

  • Rant – what is up with people on Metro dragging those mini-wheeled bags? I’m talking healthy looking people. It’s not luggage,it’s a freakin’ backpack. Pick it up and stop tripping people.

    Rant – three cars turning through a red light. Yes,I know traffic coming the other way kept you from making your left,but do you not realise that when your light turns red the other ones go green?

    Rave – leaves are starting to change colors.

    • ++++ on your first rant. metro is crowded enough without these lazy ass people doubling the space they take up by dragging tiny bags behind them on wheelie contraptions.

      Pick it up and carry it!

    • I tripped on one of those the other day at Metro Center! They are like invisible in crowds!

    • Do you seriously think that you can tell just by looking at a person with a wheeled bag whether or not they have a back problem or other health problem that makes it impossible/painful for them to carry their bag on their back/shoulder? Not all disabilities are obvious, and when you see these people you should think about how thankful you should be for being in such good health that you can throw your bag over your shoulder and run down the metro escalators to catch your train – not all people are so lucky.

    • Please keep in mind that disabilities are not always visible. I am young and healthy-looking but I have a spinal disc disorder that prevents me from carrying pretty much anything. That wheely bag provides me the smallest bit of independence, if not dignity. That is all.

      • You’re correct and I apologize. I didn’t stop to think about people who really need to use the wheeled bags. I mean that sincerely.

        I will reserve the right to mouth off to and scoff at those who use them just because they’re lazy, though. There can’t be as many disabled people (who outwardly appear physically capable of carrying a bag) as I see using those wheelie gizmos.

      • Very true. It seems like a lot of otherwise healthy-looking people are suffering from debilitating back problems these days.

      • I stand by my rant. As TSM said,no way that many people have issues. These as the same people who crowd the elevators when there are people with luggage,strollers,bikes,and even wheelchairs waiting to use them,all because they are too lazy to take a short walk to the escalator(I’m thinking specifically of Bethesda station here).

  • Where can I pick free weeds in the city??

  • Rave: Toxic boss is out today!
    Rant: Usually out on Fridays. Wish it were everyday.

  • Rant: Just got an e-mail from my boss to my supervisor saying “Give this list to Sarah (me) and ask her to do it over the weekend and have as much as she can ready for me by Monday.” Uhhh…IT’S THE WEEKEND!

    Rant/Rave: Just got back from a funeral, which was truly a celebration of this person’s life.

  • raves: quiet day at work, hiking and apple picking this weekend.

    rant: dogsitting for my parents in Rockville this weekend and it takes soooo long to get there via public transit. I hate driving so I don’t wish I had a car, but maybe a jetpack. Or a teleporter. Why don’t those exist yet?

    • It’s not Kentucky!

    • I would think the hiking and apple picking would require more complex transit logistics than going up to Rockville does.

      Regardless, welcome to the world of 90% of DC-area people. I’m stuck in Northern VA, for the time being, and it takes me forever to get anywhere.

      • well, my hiking/apple picking is actually really easy (ride with a car-owner) but yes, it would be a pain otherwise. And I don’t mean to imply that my transit experience is worse than anyone else’s…just that it sucks.

  • Rant: Back Pain!

    Rave: Good weekend planned, including a Beer Week blues show in Balitmore tonight. And the girlfriend’s coming over tomorrow to show me her Halloween costume. She assures I will like it.

    Hopefully the back pain won’t ruin the rest of the weekend.

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