Random Reader Rant and/or Revel – PoP Turns 4 years Old Today!

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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?

Rave: PoP turns 4 years old today. Thanks so much to everyone for your support. It’s been a crazy year but my first year of full time blogging has been 99.9% an amazing experience! Ok, 98.7% an amazing experience. And that is 99.9% because of you guys who make this site what it is. Your ability to answer all reader questions as well as my “what the helen of troy is this” questions never ceases to amaze me. Even though we can (and do) often disagree on advice (and real estate prices), the collective knowledge and advice from PoPville is awesome.

To be very trite – I wake up every morning looking forward to what the day will bring. So thank you.

And I promise there will be a huge 5 year party next year. In the meantime stay tuned for a casual PoP winter happy hour.

Rave: I’m going to Monday Night Football tonight!!!

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  • ¡Felicitaciones Dan!

  • Rant: Was having an OK day, but then at lunch, some guy holds the door for me, I guess I had my mind on a personal issue I am trying to solve, so neglected to say thank you, and the guy made a big issue out of it. Jeeze! I guess it’s his personal mission to remind everyone to be cordial and show gratitude at every turn.

  • Rave: Since we know where he’ll be all night, bday party on Dan’s porch tonight! Happy Times Dan!

  • Rant: Waiting to cross the street by the 14st st bus garage this morning. The bus rolls up to the stop, picks up a rider and squeezes through the yellow light, leaving me behind. NextBus says 4 to 6 ’50’ buses will be along in 15 to 20 minutes. It’s 8:15.
    Ok, let’s walk a bit. It’s a fine morning.
    What do you know, I’m all the way down to Clifton (a 30+ minute walk by that point) by the time the next bus rolls down 14th.
    Are you serious? At this point, I’m walking down to U St to catch the Circulator – D . can have my fare, but not Metrobus.

  • Happy Birthday PoP!

    That’s all, no rants or raves today!

  • Rave: Prince of Petworth 4-year anniversary.

    Rant: (In)justice in the DC9 case. I can’t understand how they brought to trial the person accused of killing Chandry Levy despite there being no witnesses or implicating DNA, yet there are witnesses and a clear motive here and yet they can’t press charges?!? Maybe they just need more time, but seriously – did the guy just trip and hit his head on the street, before he was beaten up, and that caused his death? I don’t get what’s going on in this case.

    • Perhaps a ruptured spleen from all the kicks? Or a heart attack from the trauma? Justice in DC just doesn’t ever seem to make sense.

    • Well they found Chandra Levy’s body in 2002, and it is 2010, so I’m not sure that’s your best argument for the swift hand of justice.
      Please allow the 5 accused the decency of a final medical examiner report — a healthy person does not throw bricks through the windows of local establishments. Something is fishy about the whole thing, and real justice can be found with careful examination.

  • Happy anniversary PoP! Looking forward to another year in PoPville!

  • “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. ” Ben Franklin clearly saw TSA on the horizon. An organization that wishes to force behaviors through intimidation and fear. Nothing but domestic terrorists.

    • what’s the alternative in your book? Personally I don’t mind taking off my shoes and walking through bomb sniffer, or even enduring a pat down.

      There’s definitely a legitimate argument about the effectiveness of all these measures, but really, what else would you suggest we do? Let anyone with a ticket just stroll on board?

      • Has the TSA caught a single terrorist?

        • As I said, there is a definite argument about the effectiveness of these techniques. I’d rather err on the side of xray machines and the occaasional pat down.

          I’ll ask again: what is your alternative? Seriously. Answer the actual question rather than attacking the point I’ve already conceded.

          • What I meant is – doest the existance of the TSA actually reduce any threat of terrorism in your life? Are you actually safer now than before the TSA existed?

          • We can never really know that, I think, but I’d be willing to bet that their presence is a deterrent in and of itself. The speed trap down the block may not ever catch any speeders, precisely because people know they are there and will slow down.

            Badger’s comment seemed to demonize the very existence of the TSA. If the TSA weren’t there and a terrorist were to bomb a plane, I’m sure he’d be screaming for the government to DO something.

            So, I ask again (Badger? You out there?) if TSA is so evil, what *should* the government or anybody else be doing to try to ensure the safety of the traveling public? Or do you just want to free-for-all? You buys yer ticket, you takes yer chances?

          • That argument is sensless. Sure, why not be extra safe. That question is easy to answer – but you should ask is it WORTH it. Is the MASSIVE expenditure of funds and resources on the TSA justified with ACTUAL INCREASED SAFETY or is it just a knee-jerk over-reacition? If your goal is to save lives is there no more effective way to spend those billions in another way? Like to reduce the number of people killed by lightning or bee stings (each of which kill more people worldwide than terrorism)

          • Some guy who people think is important once said “Give me liberty or give me death”

            Now peple say “Take my liberty to give me a false sense of security that I can maybe avoid a marginal chance of death”

      • Well that’s what they do on trains, and buses, and ships.

        • Which is even MORE stupid because it is possible for terrorists to easily hurt a bus or train without ever going to the station – they can wait on the side of the road / track 5 miles from the station without having to worry about any security at all. I guess they can’t hide in a cloud so there is still an argument to be made there.

  • Rave: Great vacation lest week

    Rant: Not ready to be back at work and still hungover

  • YEAH POP! I don’t know if I can pay any higher compliment other than to say of all the stops along the world wide web highway…yours is typically the first I check in the morning and the last before I go to bed at night. You rock Dan!

  • 4 years – Excellent Beans, PoP.

  • Rave: Jerry’s Place in Prince Frederick, MD home of the (alleged) best crabcake in MD. More like a crab mound … holy cats, the thing was huge, sooo phenomenally tasty with no filler and totally worth the hour+ drive! Jerry was there passing out free samples to us while we waited. Will definitely go again!

    Rant: Monday blah. Sky blah. Is it raining? Blah.

  • Rave – Happy Birthday PoP!

    Rant – Headline from today’s free WaPo daily warning Metro riders that they are about to experience lots of escalator outages. “About to experience” escalator outages? Really? The last time both escalators at the GA Ave-Petworth Metro station were working for more than a week straight was during the Williams administration. I would love to know if there is a metro entrance with a worse history of escalator functionality.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Happy 4 years Pop! Thanks for this blog!

    Rant: Had to be at work hour & 1/2 early to teach a dumb class.

    Rant: Woke up at the time I needed to leave the house b/c I set my clock wrong.

    Rave: Got to work in time to teach the class and get coffee before hand. And since I had to get to work early, got to leave early to.

    Super duper rave: vegging out for the rest of the night.

  • Love this blog more than anything. Thanks PoP, happy anniversary.

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