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 morning at 10am.

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  • Rant: The dog’s paw is hurting.
    Rant: My paw is hurting too.

    Rave: We’re in it together.

  • Rave: Girlfriend just went out of town today.
    Rant: Girlfriend just went out of town today.

  • Rant: every time I get a new DC parking permit my front window gets even uglier because I can’t remove the old permit. What do they put in that adhesive? So rather than suffer a third blight on my car, can I ask other DCers what they do to remove old permits? I’ve scraped and peeled and nothing seems to work.

    • me

      Try Goo-Gone. Scrape as much as you can off with a razor (being careful not to scrape the glass), and then use Goo-Gone for the rest. You’ll have to rub a bit, but that’s what has worked for me.

    • When you get your car inspected, ask them to scrap off your old registrations along with your old inspection stickers. Works like a charm (although they always worry about cracking your windshield). Regardless, you’d get the old ones off!

    • After you scrape you can use a product called Goof Off or lighterfluid or surprisingly WD-40 to remove the sticky. Be sure to clean the window with windex when through or noting will stick due to the oil in the aforementioned products.

    • I use a razor to scrape off the old permit entirely, and then place the new permit directly on top of the old permit’s sticky border. Going three years strong (yearly renewal) on my current vehicle with no problem.

  • Rant: My Spanish/Lat American Studies professor passed away this past weekend
    Rant: I need to find a new job or else I’m going to go crazy

    Rave: I saw John Cho i.e Mr. Sulu or Harold yesterday at Whole Foods on P St.
    Rave: Won my ultimate game

  • me

    Rant: Stupid insurance company not paying for a dental claim I had submitted, and so now I have to go to the dentist today and pay ~$700 instead of the anticipated ~$200.

    Rave: All of the people in POPville that gave me advice about my husband yesterday. It’s a little thing, but it’s something that gives me a bit of hope and it makes me realize that by and large, the community we have around here is pretty great. 🙂

  • Rant: Sharing a birthday with your girlfriend

    Rave: Getting more facebooks wall posts, thus confirming it is really your birthday.

  • Rant: Home sick for two days and now struggling to catch up at work.

    Rant: Boyfriend received news that he’s being laid off at the end of July and it has hit us like a ton of bricks. I hate people who think nothing of taking $200 lunches every day for months and years on end, then realize that they don’t have enough money to pay their most basic staff. People who can’t manage businesses shouldn’t be allowed to start them.

    Rant: I feel like an ass. I never thought that this would happen to us and I can barely keep it together through the work day.

    • I’m so sorry. Hope things work out for you guys. *hugs*

    • I don’t want to go into a lot of details, because people I know read PoP, but hang in there for him, because he really needs it right now. I’ve been in that situation in your boyfriend’s shoes and it’s absolutely awful. It’s depressing, and demeaning. It makes you feel like less than yourself. Hope you’re both ok.

    • Cait, dont sweat it. I went through something very similar recently… complete with the overspending boss and it was even more overspending than 200 dollar lunches. It stings for a while, but you’ll get back up on your feet. I suspect your boyfriend will find the extra time liberating, but stressful. Maybe he can take classes and work out more to fill his days and keep him focused. Dont worry, though really. As much talk as there is about this being a terrible economy, plenty of people are finding jobs and I’m sure he will too!

    • me

      Any way PoP could give you my email? I don’t want to put it on here, but I may be able to help. Caveat: I don’t have access to the email until after work myself.

  • Now….How is this Hope & Change thingy working for ya?
    hope your bf gets another job quick.

    • Shut up, asshole. You’re not changing any liberal’s mind who just got laid off by parroting back Sarah Palin’s bullshit.

    • How hard is it to get lipstick on your pitbull?

    • Thanks, but all things considered, it’s actually fine – despite the fact that national conversations and policy continue to be dragged to the far right and that one specific imploding workplace has left us a one income household.

    • Please explain to me exactly what Obama did to increase unemployment? Considering that it trended up for several months before he took office, stopped trending up 3 months after he took office, and has been trending down ever since, what exactly is your criticism? That some how a House vote on Cap and Trade, tax cuts, and OBAMACARE have killed jobs? Makes no sense. Please go back to watching Fox News.

  • rant: can the CVS in Columbia Heights on 14th and Irving please hire some more freaking cashiers or add more registers??? There is a massive line every single time I go in, and the stupid self-checkout machines are always out of order.

    • Sounds like the CVS at 7th and Pennsylvania Ave SE. I’ve seen the line stretch all the way to the back of the store.

      • Sounds like the Penn Quarter CVS. I waited 45 minutes at the pharmacy to get an over-the-counter decongestant, and when I finally got to the tech, he told me the product was out of stock. Great, glad you stocked the shelf with 20 of those product card thingies that we need to take to the pharmacy counter in order to get said out-of-stock product. ARGH.

    • Recovering ex-CVS Pharmacist here. No they won’t hire more help, payroll costs money!! In fact corporate is probably figuring out ways to cut staff as we speak. I haven’t shopped there since I escaped to a more dignified job.

    • Since Target opened, I never go to that CVS. It’s always been nasty, and now there is a better option close by.

      The one on Columbia Rd is better but not as convenient if you’re in CH.

  • Rant (very minor): Since the old CVS on the south side of Columbia near 17th closed, the lights have remained on. Who do we have to talk to get them turned off? It’s been nearly a year I believe.

  • Rave: Work is asking me to go to Uganda for 2 weeks. I’m really happy they trust me with the work and that I’ll be getting the international experience.

    Rant: Work is asking me to go to Uganda for 2 weeks. Now I have to push back my research trip to South Africa, again, and this means I’ll be traveling for 6 weeks straight with little down time.

    Rave: Frequent flier miles!

    • This is not a rant. I am beyond envious!

      • You’re right, it’s a great opportunity–I really don’t have any complaints. I think I’m just overwhelmed with all the prep work I have to get done before I leave!

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rave: Bouncing of the walls with anticipation of vacation next week.
    Rant: I need to do laundry so I have some clothes to wear on vacation.
    Rave: Meeting up with some old friends for lunch on Monday.

    Can this week hurry up and be over? I’m so ready to head out of town!

    • Emmaleigh504

      An aside to the cat burglars: I’m taking everything of value with me. But feel free to steal my bed, I would so like a new one. thanks

  • Rave: Season premiere of Louie tonight.

    Rave: Great band (Oklahoma Twisters) playing close to home tonight.

    Rant: Can’t decide if I should stay home and watch tv or go out and see a band I like.

  • Rave: Getting married in two weeks.

    Rant: OMG so much to do!!!!

  • Rant: The Tune Inn burned to a cinder before I had a chance to visit

    Rave: I saw a cute pug today.

    • Prince Of Petworth

      It’s reopening in about a month.

      • Yeah, that’s what I heard.

        Also, you’re not missing much. Aside from the creepy animal heads it’s indistinguishable from the other old dives on that strip.

        • but.. but.. Guy Fieri heaped accolades upon it… winner winner chicken dinner must surely mean something.

  • Rave: Scumbag arrested in Petworth murder! (see dcist for more details)

  • Rave: I have the best husband in the world! He is so supportive and makes me feel so special every day.

    Rant: So busy with work and school that I feel like I am the worst wife ever.

  • Rant: I am looking for a new place to live and so far EVERY craigslist listing I have received a reply from is a scam. Are legit people still on craigslist? Am I missing something?

    Rave: Vacation tomorrow.

  • Basement apartment flooring–consistent throughout, or bathroom tile different than the bedroom and living/dining/kitchen?

    • I don’t see any problem with using the same tile throughout. Then differentiate the spaces with area rugs, or large pieces of edge-bound carpet. Or those interlocking brightly colored foam mat things like in yesterday’s rental.

      • Yes, the “daycare center in a developing country” look is JUST the thing!

        I won’t be living in the apartment so it would be up to the resident to area rug it up. Just thinking I’d like to see some differentiation, at least for the bathroom. Ah, first world problems.

        • Definitely go with the different flooring. All tile looks like a cheap reno. And imagine how cold it will be in the winter.

  • Rant: Met with the surgeon today. The earliest they might be able to get me in is July 5th but probably not until the 11th. I don’t know if I can do another 2 possibly 3 weeks feeling like this. I haven’t eaten more than a few pieces of bread and some crackers each day and have still felt shitty.

    Rave: Decided to get a second opinion (and see if they could get me in earlier) and thankfully the first place I called had an opening for tomorrow for a consult. maybe that means they can get me in for surgery faster then the 5th.

  • Rave: Vacation starts tomorrow.
    Rave: No phone or internet for a week.
    Rave: Just got an email telling me $91 of my Kiva loans have been repaid in the past month.

  • Rant: Badly sprained the tendon on my right ankle. Doc said 3 to 6 weeks to heal. Have to use a walking stick to get around. I refuse to use a cane.

    Rant2: Naturally the up escalators at the Dupont Circle metro were out. The line to the elevator was backed up into the station. They had just washed down the floors which made waiting a wet, nasty, smelly, steamy experience. The situation was not helped by the entitled ones in line who felt that they alone were inconvenienced and started making personal comments about people and almost caused a fistfight.

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