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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  • Giant rave to the dixieland band that popped up on a balcony facing my alley a few evenings ago. They didn’t play long, but they sounded pretty good, and I liked seeing all the neighbors come out to enjoy the music.

  • i fucking love dc on the 4th.
    seems like it’s getting a lot tamer, but still tons of people out in the streets, lighting fireworks, having a great time with friends and neighbors. fantastic time.

  • Rave: the little guy seemed to enjoy his first official fireworks last night.

    Rave: asshole neighbors apparently didn’t burn down my house with their personal, massive, inappropriate for such dense housing fireworks display.

    Rave: taking Friday off so it’s a three-day week.

    Rant: while the fireworks went over pretty well with the little one, the hotel stay did not. We all need a nap already.

  • Rave: Just got back from a great two week European vacation!

    Rant: Didn’t build in a buffer day, so I’m at work today, after landing at Dulles last night! Ugh!

  • Rant: I called the police about some fireworks in the alley behind my house, which were periodically sending flaming projectiles into various back yards. I know the police must have had hundreds of calls, so after 30 minutes I went out and asked the kids to please move their fireworks out of the alley. Instead, they summoned their fathers. These men didn’t like the idea that I might extinguish any litter that was on fire in the alley, so three of them decided to hit me in the head. At about this point, due to several observers 911 calls, the police arrived. No one was arrested, but I made a report.

    Does anyone else take a stand against violence and antisocial behavior?

    • This kind of sh-t really pisses me off. The house on the corner was shooting off fireworks into the wee hours of the morning (and some of us have to work in the morning, unlike the ne’er-do-wells on the corner), so I called the cops.

      I’m sure if I had gone down there to ask them nicely to stop, they would have pummeled me.

      Sometimes I just really hate this neighborhood.

      • It sounds like you live near me. I did go ask the jerks to stop-as nicely as I could-but it was ineffective-so I too called the cops-twice-they finally quit at 2am so I got three hours of sleep maybe.

      • Not to mention the tremendous mess these morons leave on the streets, sidewalks and yards of everything within a 75 foot radius. I saw one old woman out there sweeping her sidewalk when I was heading to work this morning.

        I’d ask how they could be out there until 2-3am and still go to work the next morning, but I think the answer there is sadly obvious…

        PoP: again, a “too fast posting: warning when it’s been days…

        • not all of us have 9-5 jobs.

          • I wasn’t gonna “go there”, but this building is full of no-job-havin’ layabouts.
            Let’s not fool ourselves that they are entrepreneurial pioneers with non-traditional schedules or something. And even if they WERE, they should have at least the tiniest iota of respect for those of their neighbors (the vast, vast majority) who have 9-5 (or similar) jobs.

            Get real.

          • haha Not all of us got the point.

            My man doesn’t have a 9-5. He gets home at 11pm. And you know what? He doesn’t make a ruckus at 3am. Just like I don’t do it at 7am.

    • WHAT? They hit you? And no one was arrested?

      I despise July 4th and being in downtown Fallujah last night didn’t help. NON-STOP from 8pm to 1am, and then a few after that. It was really jarring. I realize the drug dealers didn’t have to get up for work this morning, but some of us did. And I realize a lot of people couldn’t give two shits that my (and many others’) dogs were trembling and terrified and refused to go outside, but a lot of us do care. If there’s a group to ban the sale and use of fireworks in DC, I’m joining.

      • it will happen again next year. make plan accordingly.

      • @Chico: I’m terribly sorry that happened to you. But for the sake of my own sanity, I’ve sort of had to give up the battle on fireworks. With my two neighbors who block off parking spots to put on their display (and leave nasty notes on other people’s legally parked cars that happen to be “in the way”), it would very much be an “us vs. them” thing if I were to say anything. And past years have shown that the cops don’t do much, if anything, if they actually do respond to the calls. So we leave the neighborhood–this year, we stayed at a hotel in Georgetown–and just hope that nothing catches fire while we’re gone.

        @LisaT: start that group. I will join.

      • bfinpetworth

        Yup, we had to dose one of our dogs with Benadryl to keep her from having a cardiac arrest. We had to put peepee pads down on each floor of our house because they were afraid to go out. Even this morning, one of them hid under the deck stairs, still fearful. And the streets are a mess today – trash everywhere.

      • I’m right there with you. Our cat was jumpy and scared all night. Random booms and firecracker blasts all night, up to about 4 or 5am.

        I thought fireworks were already illegal in the district… no?

        • Thanks for all the messages of support. Here is a summary of DC fireworks regulations: http://www.safekids.org/in-your-area/safety-laws/fireworks-93.html

          As far as banning fireworks in DC, I will definitely be working on reviving that effort and will make appeals here and elsewhere. For the rest of it, I was pro-gentrification before; now I’m going to get serious.

          I want a Starbucks at the Petworth metro and another one across the street in place of the ACE Cash Express.

          • i’m sorry you were on the receiving end of violence. thats scary for everyone and hard to get over. i hope you can.
            also, gentrification wont stop fireworks.

      • You should get your dogs the Thundershirt next time.

      • and I will be in the other group fighting to keep the firework tradition alive. It’s one day out of the year, get a grip. Oh no your dog didnt like the fireworks, lets cancel fireworks for the entire city. Does your dog have a problem with cathedral bells also lol.

        • It’s not only about the dogs/cats. Or did you not get that part? It’s frightening and stressful for a lot of people, damaging to property and person, leaves a gigantic mess, stretches the police force even thinner, and a myriad of other issues.

          And no one said anything about “cancel[ling) fireworks for the entire city.” If you want to view a fireworks display there are many places to do so. It doesn’t need to happen outside your front door in a residential neighborhood.

          I don’t know where you live, but it’s certainly not one day a year where I live.

          • +1. This is like a three-day event in my ‘hood, at least. And it doesn’t confine itself to “normal” hours, either. As many here have said, the damned things are being exploded outside our bedroom windows at 2, 3, 4, 5 am.

            I don’t think you’re paying attention.

          • “I don’t think you’re paying attention.”

            That comment was meant for Dogs World, not LisaT 🙂

        • And the award for “missing the point” goes to… Dogs World!

    • That’s awful, and I’m glad you’re okay. How were no arrests made if you were assaulted and there were witnesses?

      • The witnesses who knows the three men left when the police showed up (and probably wouldn’t be cooperative anyway). The witnesses who didn’t leave do not know the names or addresses of the men. I know what they look like, though, and I guess I’ll have to decide what to do when I see them at the basketball court/spray park.

        • That stinks. Fight it out on the courts? Play horse and whomever wins get a free punch? Seriously though, I hope you’re alright.

          Don’t need another Starfucks, but do keep us posted on the ban revival. It will probably go down in flames again, but change is often slow.

        • A group of 3 people lite a fountain firecraker on my porch last night. Since my porch lights were off and I was talking to someone in my living room, I only saw 3 people running in front of my house in one direction and running back the other a couple of seconds later. Then it started to flare. Wasn’t worth going around the corner where they were doing displays.

  • so how many houses caught in fire last night?

    • How many hardworking people or young children were kept awake until 2-3am?

      How many people awoke to find a disgusting mess of firework debris and broken bottles outside their homes?

      I don’t oppose fireworks on principle. I enjoyed seeing them at 9:30 last night. But stop setting them off when most people need to sleep, and stop leaving your shit around because you’re a lazy slob.

  • Rant: Due to an ankle injury I didn’t make it down to the Mall for the first time in ten years.

    Rave: Neighborhood fireworks displays were so awesome I didn’t even miss going down to the Mall. I pulled over several times on the way home just to watch the mini missiles going off on different blocks. Everybody was outside, the food was great, kids and adults were screaming with delight. It was a great weekend.

  • Looks like not enough mayhem for Anonymous.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rave: New Orleans vacation was fantastic!

    Rant: Didn’t get to hit all my favorite eateries; I’m bringing a spreadsheet next time.

    Rave: Parents are in DC this week.

    Rant: I can only take 1 day off to hang out with them.

    Rave: I’ve got all my evenings to hang out with them and some lunches.

    • Awesome! Before I even read your first Rant, the question formed in my mind: “So, where did you eat?”!

      Not enough meals in the day for a trip home!

      • Emmaleigh504

        Galatoires, Plum St, Lebanon’s, Taqueria Corona, Franky and Johnny’s, Canes, and a quick day trip to red stick for the Chimes.

        • ah, man. you suck! 🙂

        • Do any of those places offer vegan options?

          • Deep fried vegan, yes. Breaded, fried, served with tofu mayonnaise and a glass of aloe vera juice.

          • I am so changing my name to Deep Fried Vegan!

            BTW, Bennachin on Royal has great vegan food. The Bombay Club is also very accommodating and will make a fabulous meal. Not that I think was anon was asking seriously.

          • Emmaleigh504

            My meal at Franky and Johny’s was totally vegan. Plum St has vegan options.

    • You may not have made it to all of your food wishlist places but the fact that you got to eat at any of them makes me jealous as hell.

      I want me a Port o’Call hamburger something awful.

  • About 6:15 this morning I spotted a loose small dog with leash/collar on 1400 block of Newton, no owners around. I approached the dog to see if it had tags and he ran down into the Newton Flats parking lot. I grabbed the leash and he took off, eventually squeezing through the fence backing up to Allegro apartments.He backed out of the collar and took off towards the rear of Allegro before I could do anything.

    Maybe it will help to notify the surrounding neighbordhoods.

    He was black, brown stomach and legs, about 15 lbs. He looked like a rat terrier mix, just wider in the waist.

  • walking home from the metro after fireworks, saw a man (20s-30s?) punching a boy (11-13yrs?) I tried to wave down a cop car that went by and called 911 and was put on hold…..i’m not sure what to do as a 5’4″ woman…take one for the team?

  • pablo .raw

    Rave: Vacation in Peru was unbelievable!
    Rant: Had to spend one extra day in Lima due to bad weather and loosing my connecting flight to DC
    Rave: Had the opportunity to spend a day in Lima and go to some interesting places.

  • Rave: Great party with all of our friends over the weekend! Wonderful food, even better company with a house packed full of people. I love the 4th as an excuse to gather everyone together.

    Rant: Fireworks. They’re loud and gross and our neighbors were setting them off until about 3AM this morning, including some that sounded way too loud to be either legal or safe.

    Rant: Still no certainty that we won’t be down a one income household in 26 days. I think I need to find a meditation class or something along those lines, because I’m fairly sure that I will no longer be a functional person if I don’t manage to get a good, panic-free night of rest sometime soon.

  • Are y’all still mad that Micro Market was selling fireworks in Bloomingdale?

  • Rave: Had an awesome 4th of July. Huge block party,family, friends and an arsenal of fireworks. Truly was a blast! I love fourth of July in DC!!!

  • Rave – Annual Assateague beach camping weekend – spectacular weather and the best ocean temp & waves ever. Great bunch of (150) people, amazing food, manageable mosquitoes, bonfires, midnight skinny dipping and teaching little kids to jump waves. Sea kayaking was super – came away with only a minor gash (kayak paddle to the shin)and a bruise the shape of Kentucky on my ass.

    Rant – sand in EVERYTHING!

    • Rant: Complaints about sand….at the beach.

      • Worse rant – someone who can ignore 5 lines of happiness and snarkily seize upon one little thing which he didn’t even understand anyway – (I was talking about sand in everything I brought home) – really? Really???

        But if that’s what you need to feel better about yourself – knock yourself out.

        • Chill out, vic. Focus on your 5 lines of happiness. It was a light hearted riposte, on a light hearted blog, I might add. Next time take the full week at the beach. Sounds like you need it.

  • Rave: New dishwasher arrived today, and party dishes are ready to go in.

    Rant: “Next day” installation takes two weeks. Can we go that long without handwashing?

  • Rant: CH on the 4th of July is truly awful. My dogs were also panicked all night long due to the non-stop fireworks…until 10 or 11pm no problem. Until 2am? Big problem. We had to put the dogs in the basement because that was the quietest place, but I felt so bad. Next year we are getting the eff out of here on the 4th.

    Rant: Getting up this morning to a street and sidewalk that looked like a trash bomb had gone off.

    Rave: A little old lady neighbor of mine was out at 7am bagging up all the garbage and depositing it on the lawn of the biggest offenders (the people who had the 100+ person party who’s :”guests” trashed the hood).

    • Your Little Old Lady Neighbor is my hero. I’d like to bake her a cake. Or make her a Manhattan. Whatever she’d like.

    • God bless little old lady neighbors. Our neighborhoods will be poorer for the lack of them someday.

      • Since they have the balls (or immunity) to do something like that. Everyone else will just blog about how much the neighbors suck.

        • I’m the one who wrote in about my little old lady neighbor, and for the record I don’t just blog about awful neighbors. I clean up my street/sidewalk almost EVERY weekend. I go out there and fill up at least one, usually two large garbage bags full of litter (none of it mine)…and I would have helped the lady this AM, but I was running late for work due to not getting any sleep the night before because of said shi*tty neighbors.

      • Hopefully, many of us will become those little old ladies who do so much for our community. Of course, what are we waiting for?

  • Rant: Went to the mall for the first time in years last night. We biked from our house. When we got there we found a spot on a closed off street and had to step through some people with the bikes to get to it. People were drunk and pissy, moaning that they had been there for hours and who were we to just show up and snag a spot among them? Some guy actually said, “What were you thinking, biking to the fireworks?”

    I have a pretty slow temper, but I also have little tolerance for out-of-towners telling me how I should get around my city, and told this guy as much, saying I didn’t care to have some guy from Virginia complain about me BIKING to the fireworks.

    Rave: I must have guessed right that he was from Virginia. It shut everybody up and we were able to enjoy the fireworks.

    • You carried bikes through a crowd? A seated crowd? I would be pissed off at you too.

      • Why? because he had a bike? I don’t think I will ever understand the animosity towards bicyclists.

        • I would be pissed off I was sitting on the ground and someone wheeled a bike through the space where I was seated. I have nothing against bikes (own two, in fact) but I would never push mine through a crowd.

      • me too.

        • You guys need to chill out. The amount of petty righteous outrage from tightly wound individuals in this city is getting a little tiresome. It’s the Fourth of July. 25% of the people who were there had bicycles.

          A bicycle in a seated crowd! OMG! I’m soooo PISSED! Honey, I’m hyperventilating!

          • i’m the one that said me too. i’m pretty chill. i bike. i love bikes actually. you don’t bring a bike into a crowd like that. lock it up somewhere. you just need respect for others.

  • Rant: cant read POP without scare of my boss coming behind me
    RAVE: the random guy who gave me his umbrella on Saturday during the storm, if you are reading this, Thanks again!

  • me

    Rave: Had an awesome 3-day weekend with the husband outside, and am rested up for the week.

    Rant: A 25-year-old friendship that I’ve had with a girl I grew up with is now finito. And I don’t even know why. But yesterday I finally realized that it’s over, and while it will be good to move on from such drama, it still hurts a little bit. I don’t really have any other friends in the area who are women, either. But, I guess you grow up and move on. :-/

  • me

    One more rant: Casey Anthony being found not guilty. Amazing. What a poor girl (Caylee) who will never get justice for her murder.

    • Apparently they couldn’t prove Casey Anthony murdered anyone. But you have decided she was guilty because CNN told you so. It wouldn’t serve justice to convict her just because she had already been convicted in the court of public opinion. You should also note that this was not a compromise verdict, where the jury convicts on lesser charges. She was acquitted of everything. This means that there were big holes in the government’s case. At least there are 12 people in Florida who remembered innocent until proven guilty still means something.

  • Rave: great weekend watching the World Cup with friends.

    Rave: Being able to walk to my corner and see the DC fireworks. My dog freaked out a bit, so we walked back home and I watched them on PBS, while listening to them out my window. I love watchin them on PBS, when you can see all the MD and VA fireworks in the background.

    Rave: because the DC fireworks were so loud, my dog did not freak out about all the neighborhood fireworks afterward (and that I live in an area with few fireworks folks).

    Biggest Rave: day 5 of no smoking.

    • congrats! 5+1=6 keep it up!!!

      • Congrats, greent. I made a commitment over the weekend to stop, and I survived the fireworks and lots of wine without having one!

        • Ha, I avoided beer because that would have been my undoing. A beer, a BBQ and a cigarette are way to closely linked for me right now. I’m impressed you could go there!

  • Any news on the shooting at 1st and Quincy Pl NE last night?
    I walked my dog around 2 when I got home from work, and couldn’t find my phone when I went back in the house. Tore the apartment apart, then went back out to see if I dropped it on the sidewalk, taking my boyfriend’s iPhone with me to call mine. No luck. However, this time, there was a cop van, a cop car (past the R St intersection), and and three guys in the middle of the intersection at 1st and Quincy Pl NE.
    I waved and one of the guys came over and asked in whatever they were doing, they had found a phone. No phone, but said they had seen me and my bf come home, and explained there had been a shooting at 1st and Quincy at about 12:30.
    He asked a few questions about people in the neighborhood, neighbors, etc. Said I had recently had a creepy incident of being followed while walking my dog Saturday night, but otherwise no. He joked he thought I needed a bigger dog to live there – it wasn’t a good neighborhood (which maybe it didn’t use to be but I think it’s pretty safe now – and my 20-lb dog is pretty barky at strangers).
    Anyway, want to know if anyone has heard anything about this – especially since I consider the Quincy block of Eckington pretty good since the last shooting in 2008 (and it happened at a time I have to walk my dog most night due to work).

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