Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

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 morning at 10am.

If anyone knows Amanda Hayford, a reader found her credit cards at the pride parade around 17th and P St, NW please have her email me at princeofpetworth(at)gmail to get in touch with the reader who has the cards.

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  • Rant: Customers at the restaurant you work at expressing gratitude for your excellent service and then leaving you no tip. We only make 2.77 an hour and have to tip the support staff out of our tips. When you don’t tip, you’re essentially stealing money from your server.

    Revel: Customers who leave that extra dollar above 20%. It’s that extra acknolwedgement that makes up for lousy tippers. Thank you.

    • edit *leave not “leaving”

    • it’s not stealing. it’s just a rat bastard not tipping. don’t call it what it aint.

    • it would be so nice if America got on board and just included the appropriate tip in the check, regardless of the size of your party… so much easier. except in the case of the terrible waiter.

      • The service always sucks where the tip is built in, like France.

        • You haven’t actually been to France, have you.

          • I agree with Anonymous. And yes, I’ve been to France twice. The rudeness is not a myth.

          • Multiple times.

            You don’t ever have anything interesting to say do you?

          • At least I bore you with a recognizable and consistent user name. You’re boring AND a chickenshit.

          • Oh, and if “multiple times” = 30 or so visits in the last ten years, plus a year-long stint actually living there, then we can talk about who knows more about restaurants in France and the ins and outs of their service industry.

      • Or, the USA could say that restaurants must pay minimum wage and the cost of this service would be included in the meal fee.

        • Restaurants in CA have to pay minimum wage. Be nice if other states followed suit.

        • I wouldn’t wait tables for minimum wage. It’s hard work! And a restaurant shift is fewer hours than other jobs. Many moons ago, I used to average $30/ hour, 5-6 hours a day, 4-5 days a week.

          • Yes, it is hard work. And yes, it can be quite lucrative (I too remember the wages I made when serving) if you are good at what you do, and work in a good place.

            But why is the service industry allowed to pay their staff less than minimum wage, and the customer is expected to pay the servers salary (and benefits!) rather than the employer?

  • me

    Rant: Husband’s grandfather passed away early yesterday, so I’m heading out of town to join him for the services in a few hours.

    Rave: At least I won’t be driving through rain.

    Have a good week, everybody.

  • I hate my life and I wish I were dead…

    • me

      Just in case you’re not posting solely for attention: “Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255
      National Suicide Prevention Lifeline”

    • My friend, I’ve noticed very similar sounding posts from you before. And to my estimation, this has been going on for a while, no? You sound utterly hopeless in all of your posts and if you are not talking to a counselor/professional therapist already, I’d say it’s definitely time. Please make arrangements to see someone soon; you need more far than PoP commenters to listen to you. Peace and I hope the dark clouds lift soon.

  • Rant: Still unemployed. I have 2 pending jobs with the Feds both of which I’d love to have but the process is slow and i’m hesitant to apply to other things until I get word on these jobs.

    Rave: Being unemployed has given me the luxury to lay by the pool most days, attend concerts on a whim and take road trips. And catch up on my reading. I appreciate the self care time after 2 years of working part time and school full time. But I’m ready to get back into the working world.

    • Apply for those other jobs. Not only is federal hiring so slow to begin with, but you could end up getting a letter saying that due to budget freezes/hiring cuts that the job posting you’re in the process for has closed. I’ve seen it happen at my own government job.

      • When I was unemployed I was working full-time at applying for jobs and going for interviews. You can’t just apply to few and then sit back and see what happens, or else you’ll never get a job.

    • Not sure what you mean by “pending” — are these jobs that you’ve applied for, and for which you’ve been interviewed? Or just that you’ve applied for?

      Or are these ones where you’ve been made an offer, but it’s contingent on a getting a clearance?

      The federal job application process can take a loooong time — easily 4-6 months, and that’s for jobs that don’t require any special clearance. Apply for other jobs while you’re waiting.

      • Also, the Feds are required to post new job openings, even if they already have someone they plan on hiring internally. So for all you know they’re going to fill that spot with someone’s kid no matter how qualified you are.

      • I have been interviewed for one and I’m attempting to schedule an interview for the second but we’re having trouble getting our schedules to mesh (pretty much just her being constantly out of town as I am unemployed haha) I already have my clearance so once the offer is made we can move swiftly.

        I am 98% sure I will get an offer for the one I have interviewed for which is why I’m loathe to apply for others. I have actually interviewed for and been offered 3 other positions which I have turned down waiting for this one and I feel like I shouldn’t keep applying because at some point my good job Karma is going to run out. The one I interviewed for is my dream job, in my field which has very few entry level positions available and is a career track position.

  • Rave: It’s a GLORIOUS day, Smokey Robinson is on Federal Plaza today, and my supervisor is out of town. Enjoying it while it lasts…

  • Rave: Pool season. The smell of chlorine blissfully nostalgic. If only Sun-In were still available (and advisable)…

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rave: started archery classes yesterday
    Rave: my metro commute was not effected by Rockville situation

  • Rant: I am tired of trying to come up with new recipes for chicken. So freaking tired of chicken.

    • Why do you have to keep cooking with chicken?

      • Cause it’s cheap, quick, and I am on a diet. Any new recipe ideas you want to share?

        • Curry Chicken and Onions.

        • I think chicken’s an expensive source of protein actually. I haven’t cooked with it in years. Not sure what kind of diet you’re on, but most Mediterranean dishes are light and inexpensive, save for the occasional olice oil purchase.

        • Chicken with tomato, feta, and orzo –

          First off, get some water boiling & make one box of orzo according to package directions. While that’s in progress, do the following:

          Brown chicken in olive oil with some salt and pepper added to taste, add a chopped onion, then after a few minutes add chopped tomatoes (we usually use 4-5 roma tomatoes). You can add a splash or two of dry white wine at this stage if you’d like. Let that simmer for a little while (maybe 10 minutes? until tomatoes seem cooked as much as you’d like them to be). If you like cilantro, toss some chopped cilantro in for the last few minutes.

          We usually drain the orzo when it’s done, and add it to the pan with the checken, tomatoes, etc & mix together. From there, just serve & garnish with some crumbled feta cheese.

          Another delicious, healthy, and easy chicken dish involves chicken with red pepper and thai basil with rice on the side. That pretty much just involves browning chicken in olive oil, adding chopped or sliced red bell peppers (2-3 of them), and then adding thai basil for the last few minutes of cooking. I can’t remember if we usually put onion in this recipe too, but I’m sure it’s good with or without. Thai basil is hard to find in the grocery store, but is pretty easy to grow in a windowsill. You can replace thai basil with regular basil, but thai basil is better.


          • Fajitas (skip the tortilla if carbs are a concern)
            Grilled w/ mango salsa
            Grilled terriyaki
            Satay w/ peanut dipping sauce
            Piccata or Marsala or Saltimbocca
            In a stir fry or Pad Thai
            Roasted with aromatic herbs
            Tortilla soup

        • Search for “simple roast chicken.” Very easy, tasty way of cooking a whole chicken. Works great in a roasting pan or cast iron skillet.

        • This is a great website if you’re dieting and in need of inspiration: http://www.skinnytaste.com/.

        • This recipe doesn’t have chicken, but I think it’s relatively healthy if you don’t add too much cheese:

          Saute a bunch of chopped summer veggies (we usually use zucchini, yellow squash, mushrooms, and onions – sometimes add a bit of broccoli) & saute for about 5-10 minutes. Then add either 1 can of chicken broth (or vegetable stock) & 1 box of Uncle Ben’s quick-cook long grain rice (and the seasoning packet) or 2 of each if you want to have more leftovers, & simmer until most of the liquid is absorbed/evaporated (I cover mostly, but allow for steam to escape). Stir in or garnish with a bit of shreded cheddar cheese to taste.

          Another vegetarian favorite is 3-bean chili, served with mashed potatoes. That has pretty short prep time though the cook time is a little longer to let the flavors mingle. I can’t remember all of the seasonings to give better directions, but the chili has three cans of beans (usually a mix of black, pinto, and something else), three bell peppers (one each of yellow, orange, and red), onions, tomatoes, and your typical chili-related seasonings. I usually garnish the chili with a bit of cheddar cheese on top as well.

          Happy cooking!

          • I must eat beans 6 days a week. They are so cheap, and good for you, and versatile, and there are so many varieties that it’s hard to get sick of them.

        • Try frozen fish fillets – often on sale. They’re thin so you can pop them frozen into a toaster over or non-stick pan. Sprinkle with Mrs. Dash or other seasoning mix.

    • Thanks for those new ideas PoP and Mt P Resident. Keep them coming!!

      • Maybe this could be a PoP feature? Recipe of the week or something? I’m always looking for new dinner recipes that don’t take a lot of time and are relatively simple and at least somewhat healthy….

      • This is really easy to make and quite tasty:

        Garlic Chicken
        2 teaspoons crushed garlic
        1/4 cup olive oil
        1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
        1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
        4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

        Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
        Warm the garlic and olive oil to blend the flavors. In a separate dish, combine the bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Dip the chicken breasts in the olive oil and garlic mixture, then into the bread crumb mixture. Place in a shallow baking dish.
        Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, until no longer pink and juices run clear.

      • Chicken Breasts with Balsamic Vinegar and Garlic


        4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
        salt and pepper to taste
        3/4 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
        2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
        2 tablespoons olive oil
        6 cloves garlic
        1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
        3/4 cup chicken broth
        1 bay leaf
        1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
        1 tablespoon butter

        Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Rinse the mushrooms and pat dry. Season the flour with salt and pepper and dredge the chicken breasts in the flour mixture. Heat oil in a skillet over medium high heat and saute the chicken until it is nicely browned on one side (about 3 minutes).
        Add the garlic. Turn the chicken breasts and scatter the mushrooms over them. Continue frying, shaking the skillet and stirring the mushrooms. Cook for about 3 minutes, then add the vinegar, broth, bay leaf and thyme. Cover tightly and simmer over medium low heat for 10 minutes, turning occasionally.
        Transfer the chicken to a warm serving platter and cover with foil. Set aside. Continue simmering the sauce, uncovered, over medium high heat for about 7 minutes. Swirl in the butter or margarine and discard the bay leaf. Pour this mushroom sauce mixture over the chicken and serve.

    • I use allrecipes.com and epicurious.com for ideas – you can search both by ingredient.

      The Moosewood cookbooks are great for easy, healthy recipes. Moosewood Cooks at Home is my favorite.

  • rave: boss noticed that i showed up early on friday to crank out some documents i’d promised. brownie points!
    rant: i didn’t have the discipline to finish them before friday

  • Rave: I love my BABY!
    Rant: I have to work and someone else gets to spend time with my BABY!

    • I hear ya! I love both my baby boo and my job, but I sure wish I could spend less time at work and more with the baby boo!

  • Cause it’s cheap, quick, and I am on a diet. Any new recipe ideas you want to share?

  • Rant: Stupid contractors I work for told me I can no longer work extra hours during the week and leave early. I have to leave around 2:00 on Wednesday and have to take paid time off. I really need to find a better job.

    Rave: Got in pretry early this morning. Since I can’t work extra hours anymore I’ll leave pretty early.

  • Rant: Our seriously messed up DC governemtn and city council.

    Rant: Jim Graham’s aide Loza gave him an envelope stuffed with $2,600. Loza said it came from a businessman. Graham said that he was shocked by the attempted payment and that he did not report the matter to authorities!!!!!

    • And of course this revelation comes out just a few months after he was reelected to another 4-year term. Sigh

  • Rave: Just when I reached the point where I’m completely sick of summer clothing, we got sweater weather!

    Rant: My throat’s so sore and swollen it hurts to eat or drink, and I’m feeling really rundown. Maybe it’s realted to the weather.

  • Rant: Dog owners who leave bagged poop on someone else’s garbage (or next to the empty can) instead of bringing it home and putting it into their own garbage.

    Rave: The girl I tutored since 6th grade graduated from McKinley on Saturday.

  • Rant: People who yell at other people for putting bagged dog poop in a dumpster (not a private garbage can), because the dumpster is not for public use. Who cares? Its a dumpster that a machine empties…no one has to touch the poop. I could see people getting amd about dumping huge items or entire bags of garbage, but one little bag of dog poop isn’t going to do any harm.

  • Rant: My street is so filthy I am embarrassed to bring friends over. People are such gross litter bugs! I hate it and that might be the sole reason I move to a different area.

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