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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  • first blind date ever tomorrow night.. any tips?

    • Remember Valentine’s Day is in 3 days. Tread lightly and don’t fall too hard for someone right now is all I’m saying.

    • are you male or female? different list of tips…
      just relax and be yourself .

        • Commit only to drinks. If things go well, move on to dinner. If they don’t, politely excuse yourself after drinks and say “It was a pleasure to make your acquaintance.” Treat the other person as you would like to be treated if the tables were turned. You never know when a lack of romantic chemistry might turn out to be a good friend.

        • well, then I’d say:

          be confident but not cocky;

          open doors and such, but don’t be too doting;

          ask her about herself and let her talk about herself (and be interested – even if you have to fake it!);

          don’t check out other girls… unless you are 1000% sure she won’t see you do it!

          end the night with “I’d love to see you again” rather than a “Gee, do you wanna, I mean, like, hang out again… sometime?”

          DON’T get drunk… unless she suggests you guys get ripped.

          above all, just try to have fun. If you’re relaxed, she’ll be relaxed and it’ll all be good!

          Good luck!

    • Your expectations should be set to having a nice conversation with a stranger. Don’t expect more than that, so that there’s no pressure or awkwardness. Your goal is to have a nice chat while getting to know someone. After the date, you can reflect upon whether this person is worth more time.

      For men: wear a bow tie. Don’t bring up any suspected or confirmed illegitimate children. It is, however, acceptable to share the elation of any “you are NOT the father moments”.

      For women: wear a bow. Remember: shots are a great way to break the ice. Lemon drops don’t count.

      • What the?! I must’ve typed my captcha into the name blank! Maybe Qawq is my alter ego who gives bad dating tips.

  • I know I said this before but PLEASE move to the center of the car on the metro!!!!!!!!
    This morning I had to struggle to walk by all the people standing right by the door… to find a free seat in the middle of the car!
    It’s absurd.

  • Rant: Roller bags, baby strollers, and all the garbage on the sidewalks (although my dog probably thinks its a rave)

    Rave: new tryst like restaurant coming to C Heights.

    • Until they build a hovercraft baby stroller, I think you and your dog are going to have to suck it up about the strollers being on sidewalks. I hope you can cope with that inconvenience.

  • RANT! People who think that just because they were able to score a job near a metro, and were able/willing to spend a lot more money to live near one, that everyone else without those blessings should only be taking metro.

    • Y’know, living near a metro doesn’t have to be expensive. My recently renovated studio with balcony (that I bought in 2009), costs me $475 mortgage with a $375 condo fee. And I live less than a mile from the Mall. Whether you want to admit it or not, it STILL IS a choice.

      • I should mention I’m just a block and a half from the Metro too.

        • I actually live 1 block from the metro and have a 30-minute walk to work. But I understand that there are plenty of valid reasons why my scenario might not be possible for everyone. And it wasn’t long ago that I was living in the ‘burbs, saving and dreaming for a job and a home in the city.

      • The job part isn’t.

      • And not everyone wants to live in a studio apartment. that gets old real quick if you get married, have a kid, or reach a certain age and just want to stretch out a bit.

        • I guess his/her counterarguement would be to buy a house in a neigborhood where your kids are likely to get shot– it probably would cost about the same.

      • That’s true, and I choose not to live in an apartment the size of a walk-in closet (no matter how affordable or convenient). I’m pretty sure the person who posted this was annoyed with attitudes exactly like yours.

      • Who wants to live in studio?

    • Rant: Incomprehensible run-on sentences! I’ve never once commented on grammar on here, but I can’t even figure out what your point is. Is it the bitching about drivers/cyclists or MD/VA commuters?

      Rave: Living 1.5 miles from my office never gets old 🙂

  • Rave: I have 2 tickets to The Script concert in June at DAR! I am doing a happy jig in my cubicle!

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rave: I’m in a good mood!
    Rave: Long vacation spanning several states with my wonderful family is planned for this summer.
    Rave: The majority of long vacation is in New Orleans.
    Rant: I think my sister and her husband are going to kick me out of my bedroom in my parents’ house and I’ll have to sleep on the uncomfortable couch. Must figure out an alternative.

  • houseintherear

    Rave: Had a great, solid night of sleep last night.
    Rant: Feel so tired today. I don’t get it.

  • Rant: people who complain about people complaining.

    Rave: burritos.

  • Rave: Turbotax…I got my DC refund in 6 days!

    Rant: People who abuse handicap parking privileges

    • Rant: Employers who don’t send out W-2s and ignore your phone calls.

    • Bear

      +1. After reading your post I checked my bank account–mine was deposited yesterday, and I just filed on Saturday! Now when am I going to get the federal one?

      • Im doing itemized deductions and cant even file my federal return till February 15th!

        • You can go on and file with TurboTax (and other efile vendors) and they don’t actually send to the Feds until the 14th. At least you can get it out of the way…!

  • me

    Rave: My condo is on the market and we’re having an open house on Sunday afternoon, so I’m super excited!!

    Rant: Ugh….. the cleaning and organizing that has to be done before said open house….. it kinda makes me want to cry.

  • Rant: sabotage by inertia

  • Rave: Weekend with the new dude.

    Rant: Potential awkward dinner with friends of friends and other people I don’t know. I wish I was one of those people that function at ease in these types of situations.

  • Rant: People bumping into me while I’m playing Angry Birds.

  • Rave: 3 month table saw rebuild saga is over. Starting window trim on Saturday.

    Rave 2: Neighbor is helping wife scrape baseboards in trade for BREAKFAST. That’s awesome.

    Rant: I have to cut the water supply to the bathroom. I hate plumbing work.

  • revel: gf & i had series of big talks and plan to move in together in the spring.

    rant: apartment-hunting as a girl with a gf requires us to be out to strangers in a way that feels pretty scary and uncomfortable. I didn’t think about it until we started the process. i know dc landlords can’t legally discriminate, but not everyone follows the law.

    • SouthwestDC

      It’s even weirder when you’re buying a house together. We were mostly looking on Capitol Hill, where all the other potenital buyers were young hetero couples with babies. I’m sure they were trying to figure out what the deal was with us. 🙂

  • Rave: I brought an awesome six light modern window, 50 feet of cool fluted trim and a metal fire place trim set at Brass Knob Warehouse for 50 bucks.

    Rant No1: Brass Knob Warehouse is closing (sad).

    Rant No.2 I can’t afford my addition and kitchen and second floor remodel job.

  • Is that a handknit chicken mask? Why would someone expend the energy and yarn on such a thing?

  • I’m absolutely certain your sister and her husband are going to kick you out of your room at the Mansion. I think you should tell the Old Folks to buy a new sofa.

    Rave: Pretty much the same as Emmaleigh504

  • pablo .raw

    Rave: My wireless radio triggers just arrived, and with them a new era in the history of my photography.
    Rave: New era in the history of Egypt.
    Rant: Having lived through dictatorships, wars and revolutions made me a very skeptical person.

  • RAVE: happy for Egypt
    RANT: Another African dictator leave the country money in Switzerland, hope Egyptians get their money back!
    RANT: Never liked valentine day
    RAVE: Don’t have to worry about money these days

  • Saw two catfish on the sidewalk on Harvard Street between Sherman and 11th. They have a bottle of liquor between them. Anyone have any idea about this, it’s driving me crazy!

  • Thanks, so it seems to be the same thing again, but still no answers, driving me crazy!

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