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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  • Rave: Saw Dan Savage and Terry in Dupont Circle last night. Gawked.
    Rave2: delicious dinner at Russia House on a date with my wonderful boyfriend.
    Rave3: Gorgeous day outside…since when is DC beautiful in late June?
    Rant: Exhausted at work. Hardly worth ranting about.

  • Anyone know of a reasonably priced garbage/bulk hauling service? This is too much for DPW, and I’ve heard 1-800-got-junk is pricey.

    • What’s reasonable?

      • My dad would say a dollar (that’s his answer to how much everything should cost lol), but I’d say maybe no more than $75-100? It’s not a huge load, but definitely more than the seven items allotted for bulk pickup by the city.

        • you can rent a truck for about 50 and take it to the Fort Totten Transfer Station.

        • Can you do two pick-ups by DPW to get around the limit?

          If not, we used Junk in the Trunk a couple of months ago when we realized that DPW probably wouldn’t take some of the stuff we had to get rid of (and they never showed up even after we scheduled a pick-up for the other stuff). They weren’t too expensive; rates are on their website. And the guy was super nice. That goes a long way these days.

          • More than two DPW pickups and lots of bigger things that would end up blocking the alley anyway. And nice does go a long way. I’m willing to pay for nice. Thanks for the tip.

          • One of my client offices uses Junk in the Trunk too and they’re awesome.

    • try posting on craigslist. there’s someone out there that’s totally happy to haul it to the dump for you for $50, I bet.

      • Yep. Craigslist. Those guys usually charge around $100 per pickup truck load.

        The junk hauling specialty services are super expensive. If you have a backyard, consider renting a 20 yard dumpster for a week or two (~$350)

    • Thanks for the suggestions, all. Turns out there’s a hauling business right around the corner; they came over in 20 minutes to do an estimate and are hauling everything away tomorrow morning for 150 bucks! I’m tickled!

    • We used Tenleytown Trash last summer.

  • Rave: Finally lost my virginity at age 21 to someone that I actually love and not just some random whore or fling.

    Rant: Have a hangover

    • Pictures, or it didn’t happen.

    • Judgemental much? Please take the word “whore” out of your lexicon.

      • -1000 As if there not whores existing in the world.

      • I agree it was crude, but the word “whore” is an actual word used to refer to an actual type of person that actually exists, is it not?

        Maybe he literally meant a whore. In which case, it’s not judgmental, it’s descriptive.

        Fair game to use it, I say.

        • There are two nasty judgements here:

          First off, the judgement against people who lost their virginity in ways different than he did. This is the more obnoxious of the two.

          Second, by equating “random whores” and “flings”, he makes clear that he’s not talking about prostitution. He’s talking about women who have casual sex, which apparently this guy has a problem with.

          More to the point: if you want to talk about prostitutes, talk about prostitutes. Words like whore and slut are offensive, full of loaded associations, and unnecessary.

          • All good points, and I agree. It was crude and unnecessary.

            I still say ‘whore’ is a valid word, if that’s what one means, despite how hurtful it is or how rude it sounds. That doesn’t mean it *should* be used, of course. Just saying it can.

          • Just because you’re into whoring around with random people doesn’t mean that that sort of behavior is considered proper, acceptable, or last but not least healthy, by everybody else. Especially here on Prince of Petworth, which has an extremely diverse audience. So who’s being judgmental now?

    • Wow. TMI, dude. Awkward.

    • bfinpetworth

      Totally offensive. No wonder it took you so long!

    • you’re not so much a pullah then.

    • Hey there is nothing wrong with losing your virginity to whores. Especially if you love whores. But you shall learn my young friend, you shall learn.

    • Not sure what your definition of “whore” is but there are lots of people who define it as anyone who has sex outside of marriage, even if it’s with someone they “love.” You didn’t mention a walk down the aisle in your post so I’m assuming you took the out-of-wedlock route.
      Judge not lest yee be judged my friend.

  • Trashcan disappeared. It’s the first one we’ve lost in the six years we’ve lived in our house, so I guess I should consider myself lucky.

    Does anyone know– if I buy an ordinary can from the hardware store, will the trash collectors empty it? Or do I HAVE to get the $40 one from the city which may or may not be delivered before Christmas?

    • I have far too much experience in dealing with DPW on garbage cans lately. Though the website says you must use a city can, I’ve been told several times by DPW staff that you do not HAVE to use theirs. You can buy the appropriate size, paint your number on it, and they’ll pick it up.

      • The city has been picking up the trash from my $18 Home Depot special for four years. No problems. Just paint your address on it so the Petworth thieves don’t take it.

  • Motherfuckers walking on the metro platform while writing emails. Jimmy is gonna start cracking jaws if you don’t get out of the way.

  • I want to buy illegal fireworks. Is Pennsylvania or West Virginia better for buying them?

    It’s been a good financial year and I have about $1500 to spend.

    • I’m trying to judge, but you’re going to blow $1500 on fireworks? Couldn’t you contribute part of that to savings, or charity? $750-$1000 would probably buy a lot of fireworks too…

      • I’m going to judge you…you suck for even asking. If he/she wants to spend $1500 on fireworks, then he/she should be able to without you trying to guilt he/she into saving or donating to charity. How do you know that savings and charity weren’t already covered considering it was a good year?

        • No judgment, just an observation…if you buy $1500 worth of illegal fireworks and set them off in the District, I hope the damage to persons and or property is limited to you. In other words, may the hand you blow off and/or house you burn down be your own.

        • Don’t worry…the charities will get their donations as well.

          It’s not been a good year for everyone. So I feel it is my patriotic duty to light up the sky and give everyone one night of relief from our depressing economy.

          If you got ’em in Columbia Heights this weekend, light ’em up.

      • I’m guessing if the fireworks budget is $1500, an additional $500 wouldn’t make much of a dent in the savings account.

        I, for one, hope that Anon blows the $1500 and gets nabbed at one of the many interstate stings that are set up along the state borders this week.

        • Stings? Like Paul Newman and Robert Redford? I would spend $1500 to meet them – even if it is along the interstate. Do you think Newman can really eat all those hardboiled eggs?

    • Believe it or not, MD! Google Patriotic Fireworks in Northeast, MD. They are right off 95. It’s the same as PA laws though. Can’t sell to in state residents. Prices are much better than in PA as they are a wholesale distributor/manufacturer. Their prices at “2 for 1” are about one third the price you pay in PA.

    • Please do not light off $1500 worth of illegal fireworks in a highly populated area. Come on, people. I’m tired of hosing down my rooftop before sunset.

    • Ugh. I hate the 4th of July and fireworks. Can’t wait until it’s over. Though I’m sure on my street it won’t be over until NEXT weekend. They started last week.

    • North Carolina is actually your best bet, but Phantom just over the border in PA right before Breezewood is pretty good.

    • Go to any barborshop.

  • Rant. Pop posting rants n raves 2 days in a row

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  • boochow

    TRASHCAN: the city stole mine, I replaced it with one from the hardwear store, they pick it up as long as the garbage is bagged inside the can.

  • Rant: Chipotle raised their prices!

    • Burrito (Steak, Cheese, Rice, Black Beans)

      Calories: 830
      Saturated fat (g): 10.5
      Cholesterol (mg): 95
      Sodium (mg): 1570

  • Rant/Rave: The gallbladder comes out today. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t incredibly nervous. Would welcome any prayers/good thoughts/positive juju at 2 pm.

    • will be sending positive thoughts/juju your way at 14:00!!!

    • Prince Of Petworth

      Sending you very positive vibrations from Petworth!

    • Surgery sucks. You have my sympathy.

      Also, post-surgery drugs rock. You have my envy.

    • Big happy juju and lots of good thoughts your way! I’m sure things will go smoothly (they did for a friend–she had an easy time with it, given all the newfangled technology and whatnot).

    • Good thoughts and positive vibes heading your way! And here’s to a speedy recovery!

    • Thinking good things for you. Hope you recover and feel better soon!!

    • Wishing ’em now! You’ll be feeling better in no time. I had the same thing done a few months ago.

    • back home after surgery. Everything went well. I feel a bit beat up but considering I’m down an organ (a totally overrated one at that) I’m feeling pretty good. Managed some juice and toast and now i’m going to float away on some Tylenol 3! Time will tell on if it was the solution to my issues. Thank you so much for all the prayers/positive energy I feel confident it helped.

      • I am in awe that organ-removal can be done on an outpatient basis these days. When I had my appendix removed, I was in the hospital for a week. SIX DAYS. And I’m not that old! Well, it was also in a country with socialized medicine. There, they keep first-time mothers in the hospital for a week after giving birth. If you have older kids at home, though, they keep you in for TWO weeks, so you can get your rest. 🙂

  • Rant: in 2011 and my office does not encourage telecommuting, and we still use fax machines. Sitting in this cube sucks!!

  • Rant: Trying to find a non-basement 1br in Adams Morgan/Mt Pleasant/Kalorama for $1750 or less…feels like trying to find a unicorn.

  • Bear

    Rant: Feeling very run down this week. Really hoping I’m not getting the cold that everyone in my office seems to have.

    Double rant: Snotty, germy coworkers who don’t take advantage of the fact that my organization is perfectly fine with telecommuting on an as-needed basis.

    • Shit, where do you work? I’m anon 10:45, I need to work at a place like that, the telecommuting part

  • Rant: when I’m having an argument with someone (stupid or not) the husband/boyfriend always jumps in to tell me how unreasonable I am. Just once I’d like to have the argument & finish it without some man that isnt even involved ganging up on me.

    Rant: Are the women in couples so insecure that they need their man to fight their (verbal) battles or are the men in couples such controlling assholes that they have to win the (verbal) battle for their woman no matter what?

    Rave: I’m going to one of my favorite places to eat & I’m too upset to care.

  • me

    Rant: I am about ready to scream. I have a report due every Wednesday at 3:30, and I use contributions from 5 different people. They know that. This is the 2nd week in a row where one of them is gone for the day and they don’t friggin’ tell me. Even when I send out reminders the day before. This time, it’s my manager that dropped the ball, yet I’m sure I’m going to be the one that gets dinged for it, yet again. I literally want to scream.

    Rave: Um… 3-day weekend coming up?

  • Rant: Got caught by one of those Impeach Obama guys at a light, after a pretty shitty morning of work drama. like the rancid cherry on the shit sundae of my life right now.

    Rave: Got a good haircut yesterday, and my boss took my side on the above mentioned drama.

  • Rant: DC parking tickets given when there is clearly no sign on the street saying you can’t park there.

    Rave: 4 day weekend!

  • Why are you people so offended by someone’s use of the word whore? I didn’t realize that online forums call for similar manners as grandma’s house.

    And PS – only whores are offended by the word whore!

  • Rant: Streetcar delayed until late 2013 on H Street. Not a giant surprise given delays on working out issues with Amtrak at Union Station, but still a disappointment.

  • Rant: Sick today. Barfed on some poor guy on the Rosslyn metro escalator when I was attempting to make it in to work.
    Really wish I could apologize to that poor guy.

    Rave: Dad is coming to visit and meeting my baby boo for the first time!

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