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?

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  • Rant: People walking in the street on major thoroughfares with children in tow. Christ people, you have a child with you, get out of the road. I know it’s harder to walk over snow, but you’re going to get that child killed. Your cell phone conversation is not that important.

    Rave: 6 Nations starting on Saturday and BBC America is carrying 1 game per week.

  • Rave – Fed the birds at the McMillan reservoir and baked a delicious cake with my daughters this weekend. I saw The Black Swan with the “Mrs.” Ballet is hardcore
    Rave…Rant – Found the PERFECT home for my family (beautiful, spacious, affordable, great neighborhood amenities, etc)…but it is in Howard County, MD.

    I like my current home, my neighbors and the District / I LOVE the potential new house + good schools. I have laughed at many City vs. Suburbs arguments on this blog – different when facing actual decision. I have always lived on Subway / Metro line, I know will have hardest time adapting.

    • I feel for you. I moved to the suburbs three years ago because of an amazing deal on rent. I hate living here, but I never would have been able to save for a downpayment on a DC house otherwise. It does irritate me when people (usually blog commenters) imply that suburban residents are all in it for the McMansions– it usually doesn’t work that way at all.

      Be preparaed to spend a large portion of your life commuting (assuming you’ll be working in DC). That’s the worst part of it.

      • Totally — though I love my city-dwelling, I get it. Anyone can be insular or provincial, urbanites or suburbanites. It’s so petty sometimes.

    • Remember to calculate the cost of $5 gasoline into your commute decision. The drive down 95 is pretty terrible.

      • Especially if we ever have another Wednesday evening scenario. I must have used about $25 worth of gas getting home that night.

      • Gas only costs $5/gallon in the District. It’s way less than that in Howard County, trust me.

  • Rant: Annoying boss, in the cubicle next to mine is once again having an argument with her husband and she’s on her office phone. Can’t people use their cell phones and step out of the office for that kind of conversation?!

  • rave: life is good. no rants today!

  • RAVE: Dorking out on 70’s AM Gold at the desk. This one still brings little baby tears to my eyes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zxjBEiAI_Q

    RANT: See above. Why do I feel compelled to admit these things?

  • Smokers, could you please refrain from smoking in the immediate vicinity of building doors and bus stops? Those of us allergic to smoke would prefer to live smoke-free, and we encourage you to walk that extra block to the next park/circle/square where you can happily smoke by yourself or in the company of other smokers, and I can happily avoid passing by you, thanks!

  • Rant: Urban foot soldiers shooting innocent gentrifiers in the back.

    Rant: Elected officials who take donations from known DC/Baltimore Gangsters and tolerate a base of violence and incivility in a whole generation of folk.

  • GiantSquid

    Rant: Folks who STILL haven’t removed the ice from the sidewalks in front and around their houses.

    Rave: Tasty crepes from the Crepe guy at Eastern Market makes my tummy happy.

    Rant/Rave: I turn 30 tomorrow. The number doesn’t bother me, pretty pleased with where I am and what I’m doing. Just wish I wasn’t so bummed.

    • FWIW, I found that all of the petty insecurities of my 20’s sort of melted away in my 30’s. You just sort of come into your own. Also, you start to hit your true earning potential in this decade of your life. Don’t know what your situation is now but I was sort of stunned how life really started to take shape and feel more concrete in my 30’s. It’s been liberating in a lot of ways.

      • The only real downside is that you’re no longer capable of partying like you were in your 20’s. And those who think they are, end up making fools of themselves. It’s a painful fact of life to face sometimes.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rave: Had a pretty fun text convo with my aged parents over the weekend. They feel so hip because they know how to text.
    Rave: Later I called them and had a good chat.
    Rant: I miss them.

  • RAVE: Got my work-a-holic boyfriend to leave the firm behind for the weekend and got almost 48 hours of his undivided attention.

    RANT: I’m really tired of the cold weather!!!

  • Rant: Brian Brown has MORE SHIT on the porch of his house; the Anna Cooper house at 2nd & T; beyond piles of crap furniture, a full fledged universal machine, and droopy ceiling fans that were meant for INTERIOR USE ONLY, his porch now boasts piles of insulation that have been there for over a week and will probably remain indefinitely as they seem to believe their porch is an old attic or basement and its contents invisible to the neighbors; Brian: we see your shit all over your porch; it’s ugly and disprespectful! btw: stop pretending the ice on teh 2nd street portion of your property is not your problem; it’s bad enough your unfinished wall has f’d the brick sidewalk.

  • Bear

    Rave: Today is my boss’s last day. I am SO HAPPY I don’t have to work for him anymore, even though I’m not sure where I’ll end up.

    Rave: Yet another fun date with the new guy. This one could be promising…

    No rants today!

  • Rant: Roommate left a bag of trash in the middle of the living room this morning when she left for work. What? You couldn’t drag it 10 more feet outside to the trashcan?

    • oh, come on… the obvious assumption is that this was an accident, right? i mean your roommate took the trash out of the can, i’m sure s/he meant to take it the rest of the way.

  • Potential scuttlebutt?

    I noticed this morning that the space on 14th street below Vintage Darling, which I think was slated to be a tavern but then stalled for two(?) years, has been cleaned up a bit. The trash and equipment that sat there ever since the build-out stopped is gone. Needs investigating.

  • Rant: Crappy winter cold that slammed the whole family this week/weekend.
    Rave: Not too sick to go sledding!
    Rant: Why of why did we buy a Petworth fixer upper?
    Rave: Felt good to drop off donation bags of toys and clothes. Now the piles of useless crap in that room are only up to my knees.

  • Rant: Florida Avenue & North Cap intersection. Listen, after living on Hanover for over 30 years, living in an open-air drug market, and seeing so many people die at this intersection without any mention of them (I’m guessing because they were black and/or low-income), i find it absurd that when 1 white person dies, they start holding vigils, community meetings, etc. Clearly race/class play such a huge role in the eyes of the new.

    Rave: Tap & Parlour. Tap & Parlous is coming in the old Hominy space and has been open since last Friday. It’s more of a Tryst/Busboys type of space w/ a focus on beer and wine. 18 Drafts, I think.

    Rave: Touchdown in the old MoMo’s space is slated to open next month. I spoke with the General Manager, who used to work at the Marx Cafe in Mount Pleasant, and he seemed to be AMPED about it. He has some very innovative ideas and I think it will be a very successful business. The VIP Room sounds incredible, with 3-D televisions and imaging similar to the Science Club’s DJ booth.

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