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: Rain threatens to put a damper on a nice, long bike ride this weekend.

    Rave: Signed up for my first century ride!

  • Rave: getting away for the weekend – first time visiting Virginia Beach!

    Rant: Hoping the weather was a little nicer (maybe a nice beach thunderstorm?)

    Rant: Loud cats in the middle of the night. Ugh.

  • Rave: Two outdoor gigs this weekend.

    Rant: Rain might ruin both of them.

  • pennyworth

    Rave: Last two classes of grad school

    Rant: Comps

  • me

    Rant: 4.5-hour “suspicious package” issue where I work yesterday. Police had us confined to our offices, and we had to watch the bomb robot go into our building and we even watched the EOD guys in big suits walking around. Not a great way to spend an afternoon.

    Rave: My husband made me an awesome steak on our grill when I got home.

  • Rave: Getting Hello Cupcake! tonight as a pre-celebration of the boyfriend’s 30th on Sunday.

    Rant: Both of us have to work straight through Saturday and his birthday on Sunday.

  • claire

    Rave: Just got back from an amazing vacation! I feel like I did a ton but still had time to relax: Went camping, caught up on things around the house, and went to San Francisco (and now I kind of want to move there).
    Rant: Getting back to work is difficult.
    Rave: Being with my boyfriend pretty much 24/7 just made me feel even better about our relationship.
    Rant: Boyfriend is still in San Francisco for a few more days so I’m jealous *and* I miss him.

  • What happened to Moroni & Brothers’ website?

    • Prince Of Petworth

      It’s funny you mention that, I have a Moroni and Bros post going up at 1:30 this afternoon and noticed it down as well. They’re def. still open! Stay tuned for 1:30pm post.

  • SouthwestDC

    Rave: Semester is over! After years of steadily working towards my graduate degree the end is in sight.

    Rant: First free weekend I’ve had this year and it looks like rain. But I do have plenty of housework that needs doing, and maybe I’ll do some baking, and I’m in the middle of reading an excellent book.

  • rave: new patio furniture and breakfast on the porch overlooking the garden every day this week!

    rave: rain for the flowers

    rant: rain for the weekend. : (

  • Rave: Kindly begged them for mercy to waive my multiple late fees on top of late fees. They waived them! Sweet.

    Rant: I’ve wasted tens of thousands of dollars on late fees over the years, someone please kick my butt to get me out of this wasteful rut.

  • Rave: I have accepted a new position at a great nonprofit. AND I put in my two weeks notice at my current job. Feeling very, very fortunate.

    Rant: It’s cloudy but rain clouds won’t stop my parade!

  • ledroittiger

    Rant: Girlfriend is gone for the weekend…

    Rave: Girlfriend is gone for the weekend!

  • Revel: Friday, beers tonight.
    Rant: weather turns wet for the weekend.

    To Caroline-from-the-Mt.-P.-mugging-post (who may not be the same Caroline just above): Lanier Heights has non-bogusly existed since 1883.


  • Rave: Got into Grad School – Moving out of DC

    Rant: Got into Grad School – Moving out of DC

    Rant: Getting accepted at a school in a different state gave my girlfriend a panic attack, she went nuts and broke up two days later. School hasnt even started and it is already turning out to be a problem..

    • It probably doesn’t feel good now, but consider yourself lucky. You just found out very early that she wasn’t going to move with you, and that the long distance relationship wouldn’t work. There’ll be great girls in your new town.

    • This is sad. Did she not know this was a possibility?

    • Yeah, that seems like a red-flag reaction. Painful now, you’ll be better for it in the long run.

      Sorry. I know that’s not what you want to hear and it doesn’t make it any better.

  • Rave: Flipcup tournament tonight!

    Rant: Nothing!

  • Rant: I have to go to New York for a bridal shower this weekend….kill me

    Rave: On the way back, I’m gonna stop and see my in-a-non-stop-touring-band best friend who I havent seen in 2 years which should decrease how angry I will be about having to partake in such an estrogen-fest.

    • I’m glad I’m not the only woman who fears/loathes the hideousness of bridal showers. In fact, all showers. Yeah, I’m happy for the bride/mom-to-be but can’t I just give you a gift certificate and be done with it? Really, does my merit as a good friend really depend on my showing up to the physical location of the (non-)event itself? Sadly, yes, it does.

      This is a very painful aspect of feminine culture and men should delight that they are left out of it. I feel your pain, sister. Make friends with the other malcontents and take ibuprofen for the inevitable fake-smile cramps that will ensue….

      • I wish this were the case (I’m a man)! It seems the trend nowadays is JOINT showers…where both sexes are invited… I’ve personally been to 2 or 3 in the past 2 years….at least the food is always good though…

        • I went to a joint bridal shower last year and there was such a clear division. The men were in one room, looking at things on their phones and drinking and the women were cooing over the towels, curtain rods, etc.

          It’s just the worst. If I ever get married and someone throws a shower for me it better involve a lot of tequila. It’ll be better for everyone involved.

          Also, I’ve already seen the requested towels for this particular shower. Ugh.

        • My best friend is getting married in October. I am in the wedding party. If I am asked to a joint shower, I probably won’t go. But then, I’m not friends with crazy people, so hopefully it won’t be an issue.

      • SouthwestDC

        I just hosted a shower for my sister; I like throwing parties so it was fun. But I’ll be the first to admit the premise doesn’t make sense anymore. Your typical modern bride-to-be has been living with her fiancee for a while and already has all the necessary housewares (or, if she’s marrying later in life, two sets of housewares). And the bride’s family and friends are spread out all over the place so it’s asking a lot to have them come for the shower when they’ll have to return a month later for the wedding. I never go to showers for this reason.

        The funny thing is, nearly everyone at my sister’s shower told me they normally hate showers but liked this one. I get the impression NO ONE really enjoys them.

        • showers are ALWAYS a gift grab. I had a non-traditional kind forced upon me and was still really uncomfortable with it. people already have to spend money on the wedding for travel and possibly gifts so let’s just end it here. plus, opening presents in front of people is quite possibly the most trashy, tacky thing in the world. 🙁

      • Get a nice gift and enjoy the bachelorette party. Meet some new people, have fun in NYC. What’s not to like?

        • Haha! I like your optimism!

          a) It’s not NYC, it’s Long Island. thumbs down
          b) It’s not a bachelorette party, it’s a bridal shower. Thumbs down
          c) It’s mostly going to be my 60+ year old aunts and hers. Thumbs way down!

    • I feel like baby showers make sense. I mean, new moms (and new parents in general) need SO MUCH STUFF, and it’s nice for friends to help buy some of the stuff while getting together to celebrate the baby that’s about to enter the world. But bridal showers I don’t really get- you already have a wedding with gifts, and maybe a bachelorette party. It’s overkill.

      • “I mean, new moms (and new parents in general) need SO MUCH STUFF,”

        c’mon. you essentially need a crib, a stroller and some diapers. we americans make up so many excuses to just accumulate crap. up until the last 20 years, new parents didn’t need an extra 500 sq ft to have a baby. sure, give your friends a gift, but don’t throw them a party to load them up with stuff nobody needs.

  • Rant: 2 girls riding their bikes in the bike lane on east cap. going the wrong direction!!!! Hello, there is a bike lane on both sides of the road! Ride with the flow of traffic! Instead I had to go around these girls on my bike and into the middle of the road to pass them. Makes no sense to me at all!

    Rave: It’s almost time to go home.

    • My co-workers refers to them as “salmon”

    • SouthwestDC

      I find it awkward/scary to not be able to see what the cars coming up behind me are doing, so I can see why someone would want to bike against traffic.

      • They sell rear-view mirrors you can clip on your helmet (I’m not sure where, but they exist) so you can see what cars behind you are doing.
        I agree with posters below that wrong-way biking makes it more stressful for bikers who are going the right way.

  • It is actually illegal in many places and a citable offense to run, bike, etc the wrong direction. It is more dangerous for all on the road to be riding your bike into traffic. Get over your fear or get off the road with your bike. Bikes ride with…runners/walkers against. thats always been the rule and, like i said, the law in many places.

    • SouthwestDC

      I know it’s illegal, but I’ve never understood the rationale behind that. What makes it more dangerous to ride in the other direction? As a driver it’s never mattered to me which way the bikers are going.

      • There are bike lanes on the road that are for bikes only! There is no reason to ride the wrong direction. It’s the same as driving your car the wrong way on a one way street. It’s dangerous for the cyclists that are going to right direction! We are forced out of our lane and into traffic!

        • SouthwestDC

          That make sense, but it still doesn’t explain why the law/standard practice doesn’t have all the bikers riding against traffic so they can see the vehicles approaching.

          Not trying to argue with anyone here, it’s just something I’ve honestly never understood.

          • Because bikes, under the law, are treated like vehicles.

          • Especially in a city…where the bikes have to stop at stop signs, redlights, etc and should be going the speed limit, just as cars…no reason to go the opposite direction. It works better for EVERYONE’s safety and all around flow of traffic

  • Rave: The rosebush I planted outside my little condo in the ghetto 15 years ago is enormous and blooming out of control with lush pink-edged yellow roses!

    • Reminds me of when I lived in a sketchy part of the city and decided to plant bulbs in the backyard, even though the ground was rock hard and filled with bits of broken glass. I couldn’t handle the crime in that area, and the day I was finally moving out I saw the tulips and daffodils poking out of the ground. I do hope the crackheads who moved in after me appreciated it.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rave: Rain this weekend that will hopefully wash the pollen away.

    Rave: I can’t think of any rants!

    • Amen. Waking up with stiff, achy joints from the weather and itchy, swollen eyes from the pollen is the worst!

  • I am still hoping to win the Powerball or the Mega Millions to be able to move to Ward 3 in one of it’s nice neighborhoods. Most of the residents there demand law and order.

    I would give a million dollars to Saint Judes Hospital for Sick Children. I would by me a summer home in Italy or Spain.

  • Correction: I would buy me a summer home in Italy or Spain.

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