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 weekend? Any fun Thanksgiving stories?

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  • Rant: Came home from nice Thanksgiving yesterday to crime scene in the Petworth metro
    Rant: Federal wage freeze. I don’t totally disagree with it and think that higher GS levels probably should be frozen (I’m in said higher levels), but think they should stay for <GS-11. It's expensive to live here.
    Rant: Holiday music everywhere.
    Rave: Just realized I can stop being so grumpy and go running over lunch.

    • Great Velveeta Christ, you mean there’s just now a Fed wage freeze? I’ve been enjoying one of those for over seven years. The annual mantra “still-being-employed-is-the-new-payraise” is gettin’ old…

    • ah

      What’s most objectionable about the pay freeze is that it’s such a small-potatoes “solution” when there should be many broader budget cuts that hit everyone.

      • Should have been done 2 years ago. I work for a large non-profit and we have had salaries frozen (and no 401K match) for two years. I agree this won’t balance the budget but why should the fed employees be exempt from experiencing what the rest of the country is experiencing?

  • Rant: My thanksgiving sucked to high damn heaven. Had to work (volunteered, somebody had to do it) but then I went home to … nothing. Because my cheating husband and I are divorcing and while he is a native of this area, I am a transplant so my family is not here and most of my friends here are transplants so they were gone home for the holiday. Thanks husband and skanks that screwed him!

    Rave: Hm. I’m alive? I had a job to go to on Thanksgiving?

    • Dayum! Sweetie you need a hug! Thats just awful! Well I am a native and I’ll be your friend and me and all my native friends can help you get even:)And we will hang out with you on Christmas and New Years too. We eat good, party hard, and then go home to our no good husbands lol.

    • Sorry for the lousy holiday hon – but you should have posted this the week before Thanksgiving and I bet you would have had 20+ invites! When life deals you crap – make crap-pies!

  • Rant: Great time for Mograns to break out the outdoor chairs, in the midst of winter. Kinda coincides with the Red Derby roof deck.

  • Bear

    Rave: Cooked my first thanksgiving dinner for my parents and brother, who drove up from Atlanta. And I pulled it off!

    Rant: Spent many hours in the car to go to a wedding in Pittsburgh, where I bit it on the sidewalk and busted my knee up pretty bad. Plus it was my first wedding since breaking up with my ex, which was kinda hard.

    Rave: Got to spend some much-needed quality time with my niece and nephew, who are too cute for words.

    Rant: 10 hour bus ride back from Pittsburgh, didn’t get home until midnight last night.

    • pablo .raw

      I feel your pain, I drove for 8 hours from Pittsburgh. It usually takes 3.5 – 4 hours!

      • I must have gotten lucky this year. My drive up I-95 took only 3 hours (even on a normal weekend it’s usually at least 3.5) and the way home took a little less than 4. My “trick” was to leave at 9:30 Wedensday night and return Saturday evening.

      • Bear

        For real. It took about 4.5 to get there on I-68. The bus driver took the turnpike on the way back. Bad, bad move.

  • Rant: Accepted a ride in a private plane to thanksgiving destination, (not one of those fancy private planes, either– teeny little claustrophobic single-prop) and got stuck in western Kentucky for two days, waiting out a long line of thunderstorms and ice. Finally made it to my destination on Friday afternoon.

    So, um, raves: I didn’t get the TSA T&A patdown, or irradiated. People in western Kentucky are super friendly. The Steak and Shake and the Cracker Barrel were both open on Thanksgiving day.

  • Rant: Where the hell is everybody getting all this money to spend on Black Friday, Small business Saturday and Cyber Monday!!!! And why the hell wasn’t I informed about this alleged holiday shopping credit.

    Rave: The food this holiday was so freaking delicious I can’t hardly wait for Christmas Dinner.

  • I met a brother of a neighbor who called out to me when I came out of a friend’s house – it had been where one of his good friends lived when he was a kid. He was reminiscing what it was like to grow up on the block (7th St near Upshur) and told me his family was the first black family to move to the block, in about 1950. I said that’s interesting because when my husband moved to this block in 2001 he was the first white person on the block and we laughed. (I guess both pioneers). He told me when he was a little boy he had to walk to school in Park View because the elementary school in Petworth was only for whites. And then we talked a while about how the neighborhood changed and is still changing (and how he lives in the suburbs now in Rockville…funny because I grew up in the suburbs like many of my new neighbors in Petworth – people want something different than what they grew up with I guess).

    Anyway, it was a very interesting conversation and good to hear about the neighborhood history and meet someone who spent so much time on our block and to hear how it’s changed. It reminded of a column that was in the Post around the time I first moved to Petworth “A DC Window on the Ebb and Flow of White People” by Marc Fisher http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/11/07/AR2005110701272.html

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rave: Had an awesome Thanksgiving at my grandparents’ place.

    Rant: Sick as a dog. I always catch some awful bug at my grandparent’s place. I guess going to the hospital and touring the assisted living building is not something my immune system can handle.

    Well worth it: I love my granparents; getting sick is a small price to pay to see them.

  • Great Thanksgiving with family in Baltimore – my fig/olive tapenade and pickled grapes were both a hit. Lots to be grateful for this year.

    It took 2 1/2 hrs to get to Baltimore from DC on Tuesday night – I guess that’s my rant.

  • Rave: Great Thanksgiving all around – especially for friends and relatives who have spawned so I didn’t have to!

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