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.

Ed. Note: As I mentioned earlier I’m not going to tolerate people insulting each other in the comments. Debate obviously includes many different perspectives and opinions. Certainly, at times, some topics will get rather heated. But you can make your point without calling somebody an asshole, idiot, moron, jerk, douche and worse. So just to be very clear – whenever I catch it – those comments will be deleted immediately. It’s nothing personal. I’m going to attempt to return the comment space into a bit more of a civil place. This is the first step.

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  • Rave: it’s Thursday

    Rave: Payday

    Rant: it’s only 10 am

  • Rant: I opened the windows because it was so nice last night, and then LOUD sirens going by kept waking me up all night long.

    Rave: Gorgeous night last night!

  • Rave: Yay for PoP deciding that enough is enough and working to enforce some basic civility.

    This blog is a fantastic resource, and it’s a shame when the commenters who are hot-headed, mean, snarky, dismissive, etc. drown out the commenters interested in reasonable, civil, and thoughtful exchange.

    Rant: Earthquake on Tuesday, predicted heavy storms today, and predicted heavy hurricane-related rain over the weekend. This is a little much for one week.

    • I hear there is to be a locus plague too. Is it this weekend that the new end of the earth date fell on? 😉

      • pablo .raw

        The Potomac turned red like a week ago…

      • “My favorite Plagues” (to the tune of My Favorite Things)

        Hoptoads and leapfrogs
        Locusts and flea-zes
        Red oozing boils and cattle diseases
        Bloody red rivers and darkness all day,
        These are a few of my favorite plagues.

      • Peter Venkman: Well, you can believe Mr. Pecker…

        Walter Peck: My name is “Peck.”

        Peter Venkman: Or you can accept the fact that this city is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions.

        Mayor: What do you mean, “biblical”?

        Ray Stantz: What he means is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor, real wrath-of-God type stuff!

        Peter Venkman: Exactly.

        Ray Stanz: Fire and brimstone coming down from the sky!
        Rivers and seas boiling!

        Egon Spengler: Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes!

        Winston Zeddmore: The dead rising from the grave!

        Peter Venkman: Human sacrifice! Dogs and cats living together! Mass hysteria!

    • I’d rather have the hurricane this weekend than next weekend. There’s two great outdoor events scheduled for Labor Day weekend and I don’t want them rained on!

      • HURRICANE RANT: Called the Mayor’s office 30 minutes ago and there will be no sandbag distribution from the city in advance of Irene. Good luck, fellow basement dwellers.

        • Home Depot.

        • New homeowner here– my rowhouse has an English basement but it’s only about a foot below ground level and has good drainage on both sides. Do I need to worry about sandbags and flooding?

          • I’ve got outdoor drains in the front and back of the apartment but I’m apprehensive about what to expect given the projection of two days of sustained rain. I feel the need to prepare for the worst and I’ve heard many other basement dwellers complain of flooding under lesser circumstances so I’m taking my cue from them. Good luck!

            Finally, despite what the Mayor’s office said, local news is reporting that there will be sandbag distribution after all: http://www.myfoxdc.com/dpp/news/dc/sandbags-available-in-dc-092910

          • SORRY! LINK BELOW IS BAD. IT’S FROM 09.29.10. No sandbags for Irene after all.

        • saf

          DPW just announced sandbag distribution beginning at noon tomorrow.

          • saf

            DPW To Distribute Sandbags

            In preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Irene, the Department of Public Works announced that District residents may pick up sandbags (up to five per household) at its New Jersey Avenue and K Street, SE site (entrance on New Jersey at I Street, SE). Sandbag distribution will begin on Friday, August 26, at 12 Noon and run until Midnight, and will continue on Saturday, August 27, from 8 am – Midnight. Each sandbag weighs between 40 lbs. and 50 lbs. and residents will need to load them into their vehicles, although some assistance may be available. DPW will have employees and signage directing residents to the site entrance.

    • +1000 re: comments! I get judged enough in my regular life; I don’t need to worry about others I don’t even know!

  • claire

    Rave: I finally get to sleep in tomorrow . . . it’s going to feel amazing!
    Rave: Going to take on some cooking projects I’m excited about this weekend (taro tapioca pudding, trying to recreate Rasika’s palak chaat)

  • Rant: Spoke way too soon about our house sustaining the earthquake undamaged – we have a crack and it spans both the exterior brick and mortar wall and the plaster on the inside. Structural inspections, here we come.

    Rant: Hurricane-related weather threatens to turn my vacation plan on its head. But maybe I’ll end up having more time to spend with contractors who’ll make sure that our house doesn’t crumble down around us?

    Rave: At least I have vacation time.

    • Additional rave: PoP consistently has great updates and I appreciate efforts to cut down on the unnecessary snark and insults.

  • Rave – We’re moving into our new home this weekend.

    Rant – We’re moving into our new home this weekend. (IREEEEENNEEE!)

  • Rant: CANNOT kick this cold. The doc said no antibiotics needed, but I’m going on 2.5 weeks… ugh.

    Rave: Props to PoP for weeding out some of the unnecessarily snarky/combative comments– much appreciated!

    • GiantSquid

      Anon, are you sure it’s a cold? I’ve been feeling like crud for almost two weeks now and I think it’s actually allergies. Things get a little better when I take a Zyrtek but when I don’t I feel awful.

      • I thought it was just me! I’ve also been stuffier than normal for the past 2-3 weeks (and I’m allergic to almost everything). The change in air pressure from various storm systems adds additional sinus pressure/headaches which is no fun – I hope we’re all feeling better soon.

        rave: Free performance of Julius Ceasar at the Shakespeare Theatre last night was really good (and I’m not always a huge Shakepeare fan) – I recommend it! Unfortunately the fidgety dude next to me ruined parts of it for me – does anyone have a suggestion for a polite way to tell a person to stop moving, scratching, shaking their leg, shifting in their seat, etc? I couldn’t think of a way to say something nicely so I just tried my best to ignore it, but it made parts of the performance very distracting and uncomfortable!

    • btw anon, if this keeps going on and you really think you have a sinus infection, seek attention from another doctor – I had a sinus infection once and I kept getting sent away until finally (after over a year) the infection spread to my ears, caused permanent nerve damage in my ear etc – some docs are so opposed to prescribing antibiotics you either have to be really aggressive (which I am not) or give up and see someone else who you feel actually listens to you. I learned that lesson the hard way – good luck!

  • pablo .raw

    Rant: stepped on some kind of poop; my favorite shoes stink
    Rave: I have another pair of shoes at work
    Rave: I was awarded a cookie for my comment about the earthquake on Tuesday
    Rave: the aftershock didn’t wake me up
    That’s all I have to say about that.

  • Rant: Weather of Doom predicted for this weekend. This hurricane will complete my “experience natural disaster” trifecta – earthquakes, tornadoes, and hurricanes. Although I do remember Gloria from the 80s – anyone else?

    Rave: Got nothing to do this weekend, so no plans are going to get ruined.

  • rant/rave: i am seriously going to pop open a bottle of champagne when my project manager finally leaves the company. this person has become insufferable, belligerent, and thinks they are some kind of all-knowing god of project management. seriously, you aren’t all that, okay? rant: still having to work with them. for now.

  • Rant: Work is just an absolute s***-storm today.
    Rave: Doctor Who starts back up this week! fingers crossed I have power through the whole episode!

  • Rant: Doesn’t apply on POP comments

  • Rave: It’s my Friday. Thursday – Monday equals my summer vacation for this year. Time to not do ANYTHING. 🙂

    Rant: I will be stuck in the city due to plans thwarted by Irene.

    Rave/Rant: Grocery shopping tonight. Buying toilet paper because my roommate never does.

    Rave: Cuba Libre for brunch on Sat.

  • What are everyone’s thoughts on trying to get up to NYC tomorrow and back on Sunday morning on the train. Crazy to even try??

  • Rave: I am weirdly looking forward to a rainy weekend of indoor baking, cooking, and beer drinking. Cozy!

    Rant: I think the universe is punishing me for laughing at East Coast residents every time they freak out about snow. The theme of this week is apparently “natural disasters that Midwesterners don’t know how to deal with.” Earthquakes? Hurricanes? I’ll stick to my tornadoes and blizzards, thank you.

    • Me too! I love being rained in.

      However, I am NOT looking forward to cleaning up all the fallen branches and leaves once it’s over.

  • rant: the woman I love is getting married this weekend. not to me.

    rave: there will be none for quite some time.

  • Revel: Manfriend and I went to HoneyPig last night for dinner and boy, was it delicious. I love going there.

    Rant: In my excitement to get to Honey Pig, I left my work phone in his friend’s car.

    Revel: At least, I know where I last left it. Small miracles!

    Let’s hope that the rain doesn’t start until late Saturday so that I can move in! 🙂

  • Did anyone else see the woman on the 1300 block of Florida Ave (in front of the Meridian and Booker T Washington charter schools) this morning around 9 am take off all of her clothes in the middle of the street?? That was an interesting way to start the morning!

  • rant: Californians making fun of our earthquake response. Even out there, a 5.9 only happens every couple of years, and their buildings are better constructed for it!

    revel: went to a community meeting last night with the principals of schools in my neighborhood. I’m excited about volunteering and was glad to see so many people, with and without kids, who have very different perspectives on how to do it but want our neighborhood to have good educational options.

    rant: I was outside talking with my neighbor after the meeting, a couple kids were running around their front lawn, and all of a sudden gunshots were fired down the block.

    revel: MPD and the Housing Authority police arrived even before I finished describing the location to the 911 operator, and the detective who called me to try and get a description of the person we saw running from the scene was really nice and professional. Plus, I didn’t see an ambulance come and there’s nothing on the DC FEMS twitter feed, so it seems no one got hurt.

  • All-around rave: Got laid off a month ago, decided to take a little sabbatical with my great severance package and not start looking til September. Well, the perfect job showed up last week, so I came out of hibernation and applied, and got an interview!

    Supplemental girl-rave: I get to buy new shoes for the interview.

  • Rave: Took a 90-series bus to a birthday party in Adams Morgan. I never go out there, but it was such a nice ride and a lot easier than driving and dealing with the parking.

    Rant: Getting back was hell. I waited at the bus stop at 18th & Columbia for over an hour and nothing showed up. According to the sign and the schedule the 90-series buses should have been coming through pretty regularly. And the Next Bus app kept claiming they were coming. So did the L2 and 42 bus drivers I asked. By the time I gave up waiting it was midnight so I couldn’t take the metro. Eventually I caught an L2 to the White House and took a 36 from there.

    Now, I don’t take the bus out to Adams Morgan that often, so I’m wondering, am I missing something? Was I waiting too late, or not at the right spot?

    • claire

      Hm, I take the 90-series buses all the time and typically find them very reliable . . . my guess is that this may have something to do with the construction going on around there though. I seem to recall waiting for a bus there a couple months ago and having to walk to a different stop because the buses were rerouted for construction and thus skipped a couple stops. If that is the case, you’d think they’d put signs on the bus stops about it though!

      • Yeah, and you’d think the other bus drivers would know about it!

        I’ve never had a problem with the 90-series either, but I usually don’t take them out that far.

      • claire

        Okay, so I got curious and dug this up on the wmata site: http://wmata.com/bus/metrobus_detours_new.cfm?#18363

        Says that they were rerouting the 90-series buses because of construction on 18th and that the southbound stop at 18th & California was closed . . . no mention of 18th & Columbia, and supposedly the stop was supposed to start being serviced again in August, but knowing DC . . .

        • Thanks for the info! Live and learn.

        • Hmm… were you trying to take a 90-series bus from Adams Morgan going in the direction of U Street?

          If you were waiting at the bus stop in front of the SunTrust and the police station, I don’t think there wouldn’t have been any 90-series buses coming through.

          I believe they’d stop one stop down (just before the intersection of Calvert, Lanier, and Adams Mill), then turn right on Columbia, possibly stopping again at the bus stop in front of what used to be Blockbuster.

          I know when I’ve taken the 90-series of buses in the other direction (from U Street to Adams Morgan) during the recent construction, they can’t turn right (north) on 18th Street because of the construction.

          So they continue on Florida, turn right at the Hilton, turn right (north) on Connecticut, bear right (east) on Columbia, and then continue along Columbia until they get to the intersection with 18th. At that point they turn left on Calvert and let passengers off at the stop in front of what used to be Adams Mill Bar and Grill.

    • The 96 bus has been detoured for a while because of the construction on 18th street. So instead of crossing Columbia and continuing down 18th street towards U, it currently turns right on Columbia and heads down toward Connecticut.

      You may have been at one of the stops that is not currently being served, perhaps?

      • I was actually trying to catch the 90/92/93 at first, but would have taken the 96. I did see a couple of those but only going in the other direction.

    • nextbus is the BEST app. it’s $2.99, download it and you’ll never wait for a bus again. it will tell you, to the minute, when the next bus is showing up at your stop. I’m looking at it right now to determine when i’m running out of this office

  • Rave:Wife is going to give birth to a baby girl any day now.

    Rave:Pretty sure it is mine.

  • Rave: Last two days of this contract. I don’t know what I’ll be doing next, but there will be another job for me, either here when it starts again, or another one my company will get for me. I do know I won’t be workig next week, and maybe eligible for unemployment.

    I’m celebrating by buying myself a nice dinner and beers tonight. I’m thinking of Matchbox (Chinablock location.) Any other suggestions? I rarely go to U Street and I’m considering trying someplace there. Or maybe I’ll check out Meridian Pint for the first time tonight.

    • Do you like fish? Meridian Pint has the best grilled trout – something you don’t find many places.

      • I do! But I forgot my umbrella today, so I might just run to Union Station in the rain then go straight home.

      • I love the trout at Meridian pint. I have to stop myself from ordering it everytime I go.. I miss trout fishing.

  • Rave: Got Friday off, plan to head down to the island to perhaps squeeze in some sailing before putting on some longer lines for the coming high tides from Irene.

    Rant: I still haven’t organized a party for my wife’s birthday, I alway wait until the last minute. (*^^!

  • jim_ed

    Rave: I’m getting married Saturday

    Rant: I’m starting to think God might be trying to tell us it isn’t meant to be.

    Rave: Church is earthquake damage free!

    • GiantSquid

      Rain on your wedding day is good luck. It rained on mine and we’re coming up on five years. Make sure you have umbrellas, rain jackets, and some spare shoes!

      • saf

        We had a giant, out-of-season thunderstorm on our wedding day.

        23 years and counting.

      • that something they tell us girls to keep us from crying on our rainy wedding day.. similar to getting sh*t on by a bird being good luck. it’s all just to make you feel better 🙂 just joking, i agree with you GiantSquid, it rained a bit on my parents wedding day and they were married for 37 years until my Dad became the rain…

    • Any chance the other guy here is posting about your wedding? That would be kind of creepy.

  • Uh-oh, are you marrying the same woman Anonymous (see above) is in love with??

  • Rant: The impending torrential rains this weekend. I live in a basement apartment that has gotten water in a half dozen times in the last year, and I’m REALLY nervous about the next few days. Actually, I now freak out every time it rains, even if it’s not very heavy. (Otherwise, the apartment is great.)

    Rave: Doctor Who starts up this weekend!

  • Rant: Feeling adrift. Really struggling to find meaning in my job. I have it in my overall profession, just not this job.

    To those who don’t find meaning in their job and are ok with it: How do you do it?

    To all: Is it possible to have a job with meaning that compensates you enough to pay your mortgage? I’m not asking for tons of money, just enough to pay the bills and go to dinner now and then.

    Rave: I’m super lucky to have a great husband, great friends, and amusing colleagues that make it better.

    • Prince Of Petworth

      Sorry to hear this. We had a lengthy discussion about enduring office life here:


    • “To those who don’t find meaning in their job and are ok with it: How do you do it?”

      Wake and bake.

    • “I’m super lucky to have a great husband, great friends, and amusing colleagues”

      Reminding yourself of this and other positives is key.
      And yes, it is possible to find a job you enjoy that also pays well. I’m very fortunate in that respect and I definitely don’t take it for granted.

      You’re also very lucky that you find meaning in your profession, just not in this job. At least you won’t have to chuck your hard-earned degree and start over, right?

      • Thanks for the link, PoP! I just read through all of the comments, and found some great ideas. I really appreciated the thoughts from Park View Drew.

        And oh, TaylorStreetMan, if only! I more or less chucked my masters degree when I changed fields about 5 years ago. Similar skill sets, but not at all doing what my degree is in, alas. But hearing that you have a job you enjoy that also pays well gives me hope!

    • Everyone needs to work. The question is whether your job provides the things in life that do make you happy. Does it put a nice roof over your head? Does it keep your belly full? Does it pay for you to live where you want to live?

      If not, change jobs.

      Also get screened for depression.

      • Yes, the job helps provide the things in life that make me happy. Just want to know if I’m some kind of Pollyanna for thinking the job itself could make me happy, too, particularly given that I spend almost 50% of my weekly waking hours in the office.

        Tricky part re: changing jobs: have already done that multiple times. Starting to look bad on the resume.

        Re: depression: been there, done that, my friend. That’s what meds are for 🙂

    • ” I’m super lucky to have a great husband, great friends, and amusing colleagues that make it better.”

      Please know how lucky you are. I cry everyday because Im lonely and afraid that Im going to grow old alone(32,unmarried, no kids, friends, etc). You would really have a rant if you had to live me horrible life.

      • Oh, Recent Ex-Girlfriend! It gets better, I promise! I was convinced I was going to be alone forever and die a crazy lady all alone in an empty house — but things started changing for the better around age 30 or 31 — the Universe has a plan — hang in there! And go to the PoP anniversary party when he announces it to make some new friends! Sending you lots of good thoughts.

  • Rant: Coworkers driving me nuts. I was told managing people was like running a kindergarten and damn if it ain’t true! I’m sick and tired of hand-holding these folks…

  • Rant: THIRD attempt at eating at Birch and Barley looks like it will be thwarted by Irene. Two girlfriends live further away, and want to stay close to home in case weather is bad.

    Rave: assuming I can get groceries, there is always an up side to watching TV, eating some food in front of it, and snuggling with 100lbs of adorable dog.

  • austindc

    Rave 1: Having dinner with my best friend and his wife tonight! Plus their cute dog!

    Rave 2: Really enjoyed this summer. Got to do a lot of fun gardening with my wife, and work has been great.

    Rave 3: Going to DC Brau this weekend–weather be damned!

  • Rave: Just when I thought I had nothing to rave about and my lunch wasnt remotely satisfying the girl across the hall at my temp job (where I haven’t really talked to anyone yet) offered me her pickle. This surprisingly cheered me up.

  • GiantSquid

    Rant: Just cancelled reservations at beach B&B for this weekend. Bought towels, a bathing suit, and took a day off to make it happen. Stupid hurricane.

    Rave: They refunded us our deposit even though it was way past the deadline.

    Rant: I thought this was the year we’d make it to the beach but it seems whenever hubs and I go away, it rains.

    Rave: Perhaps if we visit the British Isles the reverse will happen?

  • Rave: Two days until I leave for Scotland

    Rant: Might be more than two days thanks to Irene! DOH!

  • Rant: my car got broken into yesterday and they stole my stereo and gps. Drives to and from work are so quiet now.

    Rant: the police just don’t care. This is clearly a huge problem here and blame should not be placed on me for possibly forgetting to lock my doors. My boyfriends car was broken into in April in the same neighborhood and the police literally laughed at him when he told them.

    Rave: after a horrible work week today hasn’t been too bad

    Rant: I got lung surgery 4 years ago and the pain never went away. I went to a pain clinic this morning and they said it’s probably nerve damage and all I can do is take some drug everyday 3 time a day for the rest of my life.

    Rave: I’m doing NOTHING this weekend

  • rants:
    I left my wondows open today.
    I left my umbrella on the bus.
    I finally get a weekend of not working, and it is going to be raining… so I’ll probably end up workin anyway.

    I have a job, I am in good health, I have a cool apartment, I have great friends, and I have a wdonerful dog that makes me happy to wake upa dn take her for a playrun.

    • Lots of people apparently left their windows open tody. Wouldn’t you be worried about burglarers?

      I biked to work today so I’m gonna have a wet but on the way home. 🙁

      • Not really. First, I have bars on the windows, and if they are willing to cut through the bars I think they’d be willing whether the window was open or not; secondly, I have a dog that would welcome them with open bark; thirdly, except for said puppeh the only valuable I own is my tv, which is 10 years old; and lastly: I have insurance.

        • I had everything you do except the dog and I got burglarized. You don’t want to make it any easier for them.

          • I know, I have been burgled before, and more than likely will again. I like the airflow of open windows – so I live with the consequences of the risk I choose to take.

            I also know that if they want it, they will take it. And I will just have to live with the loss.

            People are people.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rave: this blog.

    Rant: not going to think of ;any.

  • Rave: Decor I picked out, cupcakes I baked and the gift I brought to a suprise shower for one of my bosses were a HUGE hit.

    Rant: Three extra cups of strawberry icing sitting in the fridge.

  • Your timing couldn’t have been better with the comment monitoring. Yesterday’s arguments about the homeless man left me feeling bummed, and I was thinking I should seriously stop reading the comments (or the blog entirely since I usually can’t resist). All that negativity is not helpful or healthy.

  • Rave 1: I love this picture and that koozie. It reminds me of my rascle of a husband.

    Rave 2: I never thought offering a pickle would make someone’s day. I’m going to offer mine tomorrow and hope for the same response.

    Rant: I want to go home. WORKING SUCKS.

  • Allison

    Hermmm… The Columbia Heights Day Festival calendar does say “Rain or Shine” but it doesn’t say “Hurricane Force Winds/Rain Or Shine”… am I the only person assuming it’s not happening?

  • Rant: My vacation rental apt. guests canceled due to hurricane.

    Rave: The apt. is available if anyone has friends or family needing to escape NY or other more threatened areas. (Otherwise in general, if you are trying to help people find a place, check air bed and breakfast or Homeaway.com.)

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