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: For those who’ve sent emails – sorry for the delay – I’ll be following up on them next week.

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  • Rant: The metro is too damn expensive! it’s almost 3.50 just to get to work from where I live. I’m spending $7/day on just my commute. That’s over 100/mo on just getting to a from work. That’s ridiculous. I got bills to pay. I hear in NYC, it’s much more affordable.

    Rave: Yay buses!!!

    • if you’re lucky enough to be on an express bus route, that is definitely the best deal in transportation.

      i think all bus routes should be express- you walk 2 blocks to a stop and you save like half the trip time.

    • me

      Um, it costs me $17 per day to park at my office. That isn’t by a metro or a bus stop. It could be worse.

    • It’s so much cheaper and faster to drive most places in the area. I hate driving, and am fortunate enough to live within walking distance to work, but I take classes at GMU a couple nights a week and it would cost close to $400 a semester to take the metro. Plus it would require 2 hours of travel each way, which is time I simply don’t have.

    • you are ridiculous.

    • @lovelychild85: from where to where? Thought about a bicycle? Save a bunch of money and you can always bail back to the Metro on really bad weather days.

    • I fork over $12.25 to Metro each day. Wanna trade? That’s after I drive 28 miles to metro.

    • In nyc you pay $2.50 each way and can ride the subway anywhere in the city at any time, so your max commute is $5.00 a day. It completely baffles me how the metro is less available, works worse, and costs so much more.

      • NYC has 8 Million people, is the #1 or #2 financial capital of the world, and has the backing of a very large state.

        DC is a city of 600k, literally half of whom pay $0 in taxes, and is arguably underfunded by the Federal Government given it’s population.

        Really? You’re confused by the cost of metro?

        • Dude, you forgot about the 4 different govts involved for the wonderful Board, the abolute lack of dedicated funding, the fact that it traverses 3 different “state” jurisdictions, and that metro is required to adhere to all ADA compliance rules whereas NYC is exempt from many (imagine how much it would cost NYC to go back and put elevators in every subway stop.) and that NYC only began runnign paratransit out to the burbs in 2008, whereas DC had to do so since the ADA passage.

          Everything is sooo much better in NYC.. that’s why she lives in DC.

          • Tone aside – it runs for MUCH less time on MUCH fewer tracks? Doesn’t that make some difference? It is also less than 40 years old, versus a system that’s much older? So, sue me, I thought that might make a difference costs, hence my question.

  • Rant: my dog + the rain
    Rant: my job. i don’t know if i can do it anymore.

    Rave: week is half way done!

    • anon, you and I need to talk. This is almost exactly what I would have written.

      • It’s good to know I’m not alone!

      • second that – my dogs hate the rain, my job is miserable, and i am so glad it’s already wednesday.

        • “what are we supposed to do about it?”

          I have no idea – I shackled myself to one profession / skill set, and now every available job (including the one I have) seems guaranteed to slowly suck the life out of me w/pointlessness + over-management.

          Seems near the norm – unless, of course, you’re unwillingly unemployed (and yes, I’m aware complaining about having work doesn’t look that great.)

          Right now, we’re concentrating on figuring out just how little we can live on w/out squalor, danger, or chronic discomfort setting in. Working part-time may be an option if we can pare back enough.

          • I was having that same thought this morning as I got ready for work. I wondered if it would be possible to cut down to 20/hrs of work a week if I became a Freegan (http://freegan.info/). Although foraging for food out of city dumpsters doesn’t sound appealing to me…..yet.

  • Rant: Metro’s proposed new map.

    I encourage fellow PoPville folks to take Metro’s online survey regarding the map. If the map’s depiction of (for instance) the Yellow Line is this puzzling to people who actually live in the area, how are tourists ever going to make sense of it?

    The survey is at www dot wmata.com/about_metro/mapsurvey/ .

    • Image of the proposed map: new.qualtrics.com/CP/Graphic.php?IM=IM_5aSYuMP1vQMtjbm

    • So is the northbound Yellow line going to Ft. Totten all the time or not? The survey suggests that Metro is adding Yellow service during rush hours, but I’ve seen the Yellow terminate at Mt. Vernon on the weekends.

      • Speaking of the Yellow line- has anyone else noticed that it hasn’t been running regularly on the weekends up to Fort Totten? In the past 4 weeks I have used the Metro on a Sunday or Saturday I have had to wait on a green line train to and from FT.

        I’ve tried to search the Metro website and various google searches and it seems that everything should be running normally but clearly it is not.

        Anyone have any insights??? Thanks!

        • No clue why this happens? I thought it was only during rush hour that it terminates at Mt Vernon, however, I have likewise noticed that at times even at night or whatever that the yellow is only going to Mt Vernon. Frustrating to say the least.

          • According to my discussion with the Station Manager at the Shaw-Howard Station last Saturday morning, yellow line trains have been terminating at Mt. Vernon “all summer.” When asked why this is not posted/announced (either at the stations or on the website) I was told that since it’s been happening all summer they no longer announce it. When I explained that just two Saturdays prior I hopped on a yellow line train at Shaw no problem, I was then told it had something to do with track maintenance. Needless to say, it’s confusing, but sounds like it might be a safe bet to just assume that yellow lines aren’t running north of Mt. Vernon on the weekends (even when the only posting refers to rush hour).

          • At least if you’re in the center of the city catching an outbound train, it’s pretty clear since you can just look at the destination signs on the train.

            Where it gets tricky is when you’re somewhere further out, and you don’t know that the reason you’re not seeing any Yellow Line trains is that they’re terminating before they ever get to your station.

          • I don’t really get how the yellow line works. Yesterday I saw a yellow line with the apparent endpoint being Greenbelt going from National. Since when does that happen?

          • I know, something’s different. I got on a yellow line to Huntington last week… at Greenbelt station. I wondered if we were going to blow past all the stations between Greenbelt and Ft. Totten, but no, it made all the stops. “Yellow Line to Huntington. Next stop, Prince George Plaza.” Terribly confusing.

      • Darned if I can figure it out!

        I know that when I make it to L’Enfant Plaza around 6 or 6:15 p.m. or so on weeknights, there are numerous Yellow Line trains going only as far as Mount Vernon Square.

        Is it still the case that during morning rush, Yellow Line trains don’t serve any stations north of Mount Vernon Square?

        I remember being really confused about this a few years ago when I had to go to a work event (with an early start time) in Northern Virginia, and the screens at Columbia Heights showed only Green Line trains going south.

        Eventually I realized that I was going to have to take a Green Line train to Mount Vernon Square and hop on a Yellow Line train there… but with Metro’s current signage, this kind of thing is utterly perplexing to tourists and even to regular Metro users who need to use the system at a different time/station/etc. than usual.

        • Thanks for the feedback on your convo with the station manager. Frustrating to say the least, but it’s good to know others have been dealing with this too and I’m not just going insane.

      • Nic, I don’t believe so. If you look carefully, the dot that indicates Mt. Vernon shows that it is a “terminal station”, not a “station in service”, which means that some trains terminate there.

        (I actually didn’t notice this distinction until I took the WMATA survey.)

        • Thanks. When I took the survey, it said that they would add 3 Yellows/hour northbound to Ft. Totten. Which led me to ask the question, why not just do it all the time then?

          As a resident near the Petworth station, I want Yellow service to (at least) Ft. Totten all the time for purely selfish reasons.

    • Thanks for the heads-up, I just took the survey. I’d be interested to hear what folks think of it.

      Personally I didn’t have any major gripes with it and thought it was pretty easy to understand (assuming, of course, that I did indeed understand it….)

      • I thought it was pretty good. I voted for showing the silver line as orange. I mean adding a whole new color when most of the line goes where the orange line goes seems unnecessary to me. Otherwise, I could live with a “cherry blossom” pink line.
        I agree that the yellow line dots are kind of confusing but it would cost a few million to get the yellow line consistently running to Ft. Totten and fill in the dots, so that’s what we’re left with.

        • Maybe they could get around it if they had better signage/explanations at the affected Yellow Line stations.

          And then the map could have a note saying something like “See signage in stations.”

          I agree that it wouldn’t be cost-efficient to make the Yellow Line service run to Fort Totten all the time solely to make the map less confusing… but some combination of map info and signage could go a long way toward explaining a service pattern that’s confusing, even for people who live here.

  • Revel: I just realized that I don’t have anything to be worried about right now. Like, I keep trying to think of something, and I can’t. It feels weird. What am I supposed to do now?

    Revel: Finally found a roommate!

    Rant: See? I can’t think of anything. SO WEIRD.

    • You could think of that new room mate bringing home bed bugs or random tricks that will rob you blind before said room mate skips out on you owing two months rent and having ruined your credit by stealing your ssn.

      See the world is full of dread and doom if you just apply yourself!

      • I broke up with a girl because she infested my house with bedbugs once.

        Nasty…how a gorgeous , perfectly coiffed 29 year old K street attorney who is dressed to the nines all the time could let that stuff persist.

        Took me a month, multiple treatments and throwing away my mattress and some clothes before I got rid of it.

        • Given that it took YOU some time and energy to get rid of the bedbugs, maybe you should give the girl a little bit more benefit of the doubt?

          That judgment just sounds a bit harsh, unless she knew the bedbugs were there, was totally blase about it, and was concealing the fact from you.

          • a 29 year old is not a girl.

            other than that +1

          • Agreed with different anon. Bedbugs don’t come from being dirty and can mulitply to become a big problem before most people even realize they’re there. Additionally, as has been noted, they are difficult to get rid of. Unless this woman knew about the problem and simply didn’t care, just having bedbugs (even for a long time), doesn’t mean she was “letting that stuff persist.” That you broke up with her over this says more about you than it does her.

  • Rant – another apartment fire in Mt Pleasant today. Anybody know how bad?

    • I saw that on my way to the bus this morning – it looked like kind of heavy smoke, but I didn’t get close enough to see which building it was coming from.

    • Is this the one on Mt. P Street? It looked like it was near/at Heller’s Bakery.

    • Old School Hardware appears to be without power at the moment. The windows of Corrado’s restaurant and one of the apartments upstairs are busted out. Other than that, I didn’t spot any damage. They might have gotten away with just smoke and water damage, and escaped the more serious structural stuff. But really, I just looked at the building through sheets of rain. So don’t take my word for it.

  • rave: dude in the picture is wearing a pantera shirt. yeehaw.

    rant: work sucks.

  • Rant: My financial advisor called to set up an appointment so he can tell me my 401K has dropped $9,000.00 since January. No Thanks!

    Rave: I finished my MBA 1 year ago and am ecstatic to be out of school.

  • Revel: Cool temps and rain.

    Revel2: The combined tantrum force of 2 and 4 year old kids.

    • So I’m not the only one who’s loving the weather. I was happy as a clam splashing around in my tights and rain boots this morning.

  • Rant: I’m a receptionist at a school and I’m really hating my job. School just started and we’re already getting calls from parents complaining and starting the conversation with “Every time my son gets suspended” blab blab blab. I can’t wait to finish college and to get the hell out of this place.

  • binpetworth

    Rant: No animal fix yesterday. I miss my 4 p.m. “awwww…”

    Rave: Those kitties from last Friday still make me smile.

  • Rant: Rain causing me to be unable to mow and yet making the grass grow crazy fast.

    Rave: Football is almost here

  • Rave: Spent a glorious week in San Francisco with my man. Beautiful weather, friendly locals, gorgeous scenery.

    Rant: First day back at work. The rain has me down. I want to go back to California. :/

    Additional rant: Came back home at midnight to find my apartment in disarray from a renovation taking place due to the earthquake/hurricane. I have warped floorboards and paneling ripped out of my walls, and all of my furniture had to be squeezed into the middle of the room (I live in a studio, so I don’t have a lot of room to work with in the first place). As a fairly new renter, I have no idea what my rights are and whether my building is required to compensate me or relocate me during this time.

  • had a job interview and a skills test last week that i think i did really well on. BUT I HATE THE WAITING. ARRRGGGHH… RANT RANT RANT!!!

  • rant: my ears have been clogged for three days with the occasional buzzing (any advice??)

    race: almost time to wear tights!

    • See a doctor?

    • remove the bees?

      Seriously though, if it’s not something that happens regularly and you know what it is, you may want to see a doctor. Especially if there’s pain also.

    • It may be something as simple as earwax build-up which your doctor’s office can handle. If it’s that, there’s some medicine you can take Debrox(?) that helps deal with it and prevent it from reoccuring.
      But I am not a doctor so don’t just go by my advice.

  • Rant: Wife and I just calculated our cashflow if she quit her job and wanted to raise a child full time. Holy Hell. It’d be like being back to college only without all the fun partying and the mid day Frisbee.

    Note to future home buyers: buy based on one salary. I never thought we’d be in this place still, but we are. Here’s to Top Ramen!

    • Good luck buying on one salary, unless one of you happens to be a lawyer at a big firm or GS-14+ salaried contractor. Otherwise you’re looking at a one bedroom basement unit.

      • We bought a 4 bedroom 2 bath house in Capitol Hill for a steal at the low point in 2008. That was after saving my pennies for 10+ years, both having perfect credit, getting an FHA loan and being in the middle of the worst housing downturn in a generation.

        But now that it’s potentially down to 1 income, it’s gonna be tight for a year or two.

    • claire

      Not sure as to your age/situation, but mightn’t it make sense to hold off a few years and save up money? Do the living frugally now, *before* having the kid, so that when a kid does come along, you don’t have to stress about money (as much).

    • There are other options: she takes a part time job with flexible hours. She gives up a higher salary for the ability to drop the kids off, pick them up, etc. I’d look into jobs at child care facilities, even if they pay comparatively less.

  • Rant: Now that schools back in session and traffic has markedly increased, Metro buses seem to be very few and far between in my neck of the woods. Waited 40 minutes during non rush hour traffic last night for one. And I got to walk a mile in the rain this morning before a bus showed up.

    Rave: At least I got some exercise from that walk this morning. Just wish I had remembered that I owned rain boots before I left the house.

  • Rave; I love the new Whole Foods in Foggy Bottom.

    Rant; I am sick of all the rain.

  • Rant: The year is almost over and thinking about the upcoming holidays that I will spend alone.

    Rant: Emotionally unavailable men.

    Rant: Being single sucks!

  • rave-short week.
    rant- drunks on the doggie trail in Rock Creek.

  • rave: found an apt that is nice and livable and kinda reasonable(for DC)! friend lives in the building! fingers crossed!

    rant: 1st floor and window looks into an alley and dumpsters!

  • Rant: It continually stupefies me how expensive it is to live here.

    Rave: At least the interns left.

  • RANT: Toothache. Exposed root. Trying to suck it up, but finally made an emergency dentist appt for tomorrow. Not. Fun.

  • RANT: My fiance and i just bought a house in 16th street heights in late July. We got our first pepco bill last week and it was 800 dollars! I mean are you kidding me? Fiance called immediately and even Pepco admitted that the bill was ludicrous.

    RAVE: (if you can call it that) Pepco did an actual reading instead of an estimate (estimate?!?!) and our bill is back to $200. Thanks for the heart attach Pepco!

  • Thanks Although foraging for food out of city dumpsters doesn’t sound appealing to me…yet.

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