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. But please no personal attacks. I’ll open this thread every morning at 10am.

I’m still thoroughly baffled by the numerous reports of a loud boom/explosion reported by so many readers last night.

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  • Question: Does anyone know a manufacturer of mid-priced contemporary kitchen cabinets? It seems that you either have low-end (ikea) or high-end (poggenpohl, etc.), but nothing in between. Thanks!

    • Home Depot and Lowe’s both carry stock cabinets……….. that would be middle ground.

    • I have always had luck with KraftMaid cabinets.

    • Ikea kitchen cabinets are not low-end quality. It is one of the things they do well. 6+ years in two rentals and not a nick, scratch or wobble on any of them. But also look at Community Forklift.

    • Thanks all!

      I guess the problem isn’t finding mid-range cabinets; the problem is finding mid-range contemporary cabinets. When I say “contemporary,” I’m referring to a specific style that some people call modern or Euro-style. Think: stark, sleek and minimalist.

      We are on a limited budget and I’m glad to hear positive comments on Ikea cabinets. They have some great looking ones but I am afraid of having to replace them in 5-10 years.

      • Just a warning – I know people who got Ikea cabinents and regret the decision. They said no one Ikea really helps you, so they ended up having to go back a number of times to get replacement sections, plus they used a lower-cost contractor to put them in. They ended up: spending a lot of extra money and they still are kind of goofy looking. In hindsight, they wished they had spent more money either on the cabinents, or at least the contractor to put them in. Hope this helps!

      • i have simple ikea cabinets. probably what you would call contemporary. when i put them in i needed to do my kitchen as cheaply as possible. so it was a great choice for that. now, 7 years later, they are delaminating in places, and have not aged all that well. but i do cook a lot, and i’m not the gentlest creature on this earth.

        i’ll probably fix them, rather than replace them. if i was completely renovating my kitchen now, i would not get them again.

    • Actually, Ikea cabinets are pretty solid and get great reviews. As long as you get a couple notches above their cheapest line, you can get some good cabinets.

      The real cheap stuff is the builder supply generic. Generally the boxes are made out of particle board. Ikea has some stuff made out of particle board, but you can get either solid wood, or mostly solid wood, which will beat out pretty much anything else you can get unless you spend 5-6 times more.

    • Wow, I guess I need to reconsider Ikea.

      Does anyone have experience with their installer? Or another installer doing Ikea work? Recommendations or avoidences?

      • houseintherear

        I recommend assembling the cabinets yourself. This usually costs $150/cabinet through a contractor or handyperson, so it’s worth your time to do it yourself. I have 21 cabinets in my kitchen and my Mom and I assembled them in about 8 hours total.

        I only hired someone to put in the wall board on which the upper cabinets would hang (there’s probably an actual term for that, but I don’t remember it…) My father and I hung the cabinets together. It wasn’t hard at all, just took some muscle and a measure tape.

        Our family motto while working on the kitchen: one cabinet, one beer.

        ps The best thing about an Ikea kitchen is that it’s tax free! Since there is not an Ikea store within DC boundaries, deliveries to DC aren’t taxable.

        • i agree that the only thing worth hiring someone for is installing the rails.

          assembly is easier. attaching cabinets to the rails is easy. have a handful of friends come over and you can pop it out quickly.

    • Columbia Kitchens of Maryland, in Jessup, MD. Great prices.

  • Rave: Awesome “Ladies of PoP” happy hour yesterday! We had a great turn out, and it was so nice to meet everyone. Looking forward to many more.

    Rant: Ready to kill interns. Paid interns. No sense of urgency whatsoever.

  • Home sick with strep throat. Worst possible timing as I have way too much to do. I don’t remember strep being so horrible.

  • Rant: Vanity sizing. Why do clothing manufactures feel the need to make Americans about themselves by constantly making clothes larger? I’m a thin but healthy girl and continually have a hard time find clothes that fit properly as it seems like sizes are always changing. I have a skirt from a manufacture I had had for 5 years and it fits the same as one I recently bought of the same brand that is 3 sizes smaller. I’m not a size 00 or xxs and it doesn’t make me feel better about myself to wear that size. Those sizes shouldn’t exist!
    Rave: Challenging case at work which is a nice change of pace.

    • Hear hear! I’m either size 00 at an American chain (looking at you, Loft!) or size 6 at H&M.

      • Ha! Loft is a major offender. I recently ordered a bunch of stuff online from them and will be returning most of it since it doesnt’ fit.

      • UGH ME TOO! i can’t stand this. i never know what size i am going to be… anywhere.

      • Loft is the worst for that. In high school, I remember frequently buying size 8. Now at places like Ann Taylor I have to buy a 2…and I’ve gotten bigger, not smaller. Crazy. I wish women’s clothes were sold like men’s, by actual measurements, not meaningless numbers.

      • Ugh. Loft is the worst! I’m normally a 6 or an 8, so I ordered a ton of stuff from Loft in 6 or small. I was swimming in all of it. I’m not tiny and I would have needed an XS or XXS. It’s gotten ridiculous!

      • +1!

        I’m a 2 or XS at a lot of women’s retailers, yet I’m a 6 or 8 at H&M (which is probably closer to being accurate). So annoying to have to constantly try things on/send things back!

    • I’ll jump on that bandwagon. Vanity sizing is stupid. We should just switch to labeling skirt and pant sizes in inches, like men’s clothes.

      • Exactly. Which is why I like European clothing.

      • Hah, if only it were this simple. Men’s sizes have been subject to this as well. A 34 inch waist size on jeans can vary from 34-38 inches by brand.

        Another factor is how they’re made, but stamping a cutting tool through a very thick pile of fabric. The ones at the top are often the correct size, but deflection causes different shapes near the bottom. Two pairs of identical items from the same store are often differently sized.

        • Hmm, interesting to know!

          Vanity sizing (or “size deflation,” as I like to call it) is out of control when it comes to women’s clothes, though. There’s no consistency between one store’s size x and another’s, and even within a single store’s sub-brands, sizes aren’t always consistent.

    • it’s because America is getting fatter. The Gap doesn’t want you to have to leave their store to go to another, so it’s trying to accommodate as people get bigger. Therefore the size 12 becomes really a 14, then a 16 (in measurement), but they are still calling it a 12. This is why we have size 00 in the first place. and this is why I hate that “Marilyn Monroe was a size 12″ argument. She may have been a size 12, but a 50s size 12 was smaller than a modern size 12. she had a 24” waist.

      • I understand the logic on the part of the manufacture, they are obviously in it to make money. But on the flipside they are losing another type of customer by sizing those people out. I’m sure they figure some people will pay more to fit into a size 4.

        • Exactly! I get that people want to think they are smaller than they are, but if there a ton of people who wear a 16 and want to buy jeans, start carrying a 16, don’t make the a 16.

          • it’s not really about wanting people to feel smaller than they are (although I’m sure that helps). it’s about accomodating the larger ones so they don’t have to shop at specialty stores that only cater to plus size. it’s about keeping the plus sizers in the regular store. Once you hit a certain size, it’s no longer in the realm of the mainstream in terms of production and retail buying. the patterns (for cut and sewing) become different and grade rules change. in the industry, they group certain sizes together and once you leave that range, it’s a different setup altogether. it’s all about money and how clothes are manufactured and distributed and not really about how people feel. I will say this. If you find a brand that you really like and that fits you well, you’re most likely similar in shape to the fit model the company uses to properly fit their garments. I have a ton of friends who complain that their favorite brand doesn’t fit them anymore or fits differently and it’s usually because they hired a new fit model. those who shop at the higher end find that they can wear different labels across the board pretty easily. it’s because the majority of the high end designers (ralph lauren, calvin klein, donna karan) use the same model. her name is karen.

    • Ooooh I hear you. I was a Small in high school, and I’m often an XXS now 10 years later…. and I didn’t lose any weight.

      To make matters worse stores often don’t carry those sizes in store, so you have to order online, or else XS is the smallest size (like a sweater I liked at BR, where I was swimming in the XS).

      It’s one of my biggest pet peeves.

    • Emmaleigh504

      My tiny cousin took sewing classes so she could have clothes that fit. She now sews beautifully and has a gorgeous wardrobe that she either made herself or altered. Not a solution for everyone, but a solution for some.

      • SouthwestDC

        I’ve been meaning to do that– I can sew but I’d like to learn tailoring basics so my clothes actually look decent when I alter them. G Street Fabrics has a class but that place is such a pain to get to. Does anyone know of something closer?

        • There’s a place that various sewing classes in Adams Morgan. I can’t think of the name but you could probably google it. Its located on the 2nd floor right next to Mixtec.

    • This is an interesting explanation on vanity sizing:

      I found it really interesting, even if I don’t agree with it all!

      • I’m curious to hear what you disagree with in this article?

      • I couldn’t understand that post, but all of the comments said things like “I used to be a size 6 at X store, now I’m a size 0 and I haven’t lost any weight,” which I’ve also experienced.

    • SouthwestDC

      Tell me about it– I have better luck finding work clothes at Forever 21 than Ann Taylor, because the Forever 21 stuff is small enough to fit me in a flattering way.

      Incidentally, I was just reading a NYT article about how celebrities with small frames, like Carla Bruni, have taken to wearing clothes from Gap Kids. Reminds my of the time I was on travel and needed to buy a warm jacket or sweatshirt; the only option was Walmart and the smallest sizes they carried were still several sizes too big. I ended up getting a little boy’s hoodie which I love.

    • well I succesfully feel like a complete fata** after reading this string of comments about women that are size 00, a size I could never, ever, ever be even if I tried.

  • Rave: The weather!

    Rant: Both CVSs I went to had already gotten rid of their i/2 price Halloween candy!

  • Rave: Feeling assured that I do a kick-ass job at work, regardless of my superior’s snarky emails. Life is too short to sweat the small stuff.

    Rant: Not a fan of my superior being snarky to me ever since I got back from vacation. I have no idea what I did wrong, but the tone of the email correspondence and our conversations has led me to be slightly concerned about my future.

    Rave: Good family. Great friends. And a love for good wholesome food. Hello, autumn.

  • andy

    Rave: New bulbs have arrived for planting!

    Rant: no time to plant them during the daylight until Sunday!

  • Rant: Running a mile a minute at work this morning.

    Rave: Finally feeling productive and like I’m contributing something worthwhile!

  • Rant: Crap electrical system. I can’t run the washer and dryer at the same time. I can’t use the microwave, the toaster and the electric kettle at the same time. Electricians have told me it would be a major undertaking to fix.

    Rave: living on (apparently) the strongest grid in the region. We haven’t had even ONE weather related outage in the six years we’ve been here, while the rest of the city and surrounding areas were going days or weeks without.

    Rave2: Leftover bratwurst and saurkraut for breakfast.

    • A few years ago we had similiar problems. We couldn’t run multiple appliances at the same time. We had a few electricians look at the panel and give us recommendations. They ranged from replacing the wiring in the house ($3k) to a heavy-up on the panel($10k).

      One decent electrician told us to do nothing until we contact PEPCO. We were having irregular voltage issues on our outlets. I called PEPCO and they came the same day–turns out our ground fault wire from the house to the line underground burnt out. They replaced it in 10 minutes. It solved all our issues. Best part–it was free!

  • claire

    Rave: Great time at the ladies of PoP happy hour yesterday! I was pleasantly surprised at the number of people who made it out – and I think this is also the first time I’ve gone somewhere with a group and at the end of the night had everyone pitch in *too much* money for the check!

    Rave/Rant: Just made an impulse purchase of some fancy pans. I’m really excited because they’re supposed to work amazingly as non-stick pans once you coat them without worrying about any weird teflon stuff. But I feel a little guilty about the purchase – already have so much nice kitchen equipment but can’t stop myself from accumulating more…

  • Rant: Can’t get my SmartBenefits to load. Anyone else having problems?

    • I had SmartBenefits problems this morning too. The machine kept canceling the transaction on its own. Supposedly next month we move to a system where the benefits are auto-loaded on the card at the beginning of the month, I’m hoping that doesn’t create all kinds of new glitches.

      But I’ll give Metro some credit, being able to add value to the card online (rather than having to go to a station or worse, on a moving bus) has worked well for me so far.

      • SmartBenefits should already auto-load. At least they do for the smarttrip cards from my agency as of early October. Try going through the turnstile to see if the benefits will load automatically.

      • My agency went to the automatic upload of smartbenefits last month. I didn’t pay attention to the emails leading up that and I had the same problem (cancelling on its own) loading benefits before I figured out that they would be uploaded later in the month.

    • Mine autoloaded perfectly yesterday on the first bus I took. I was pleasantly surprised. They put out a couple of messages about particular cases where it didn’t work right, and the fix they were doing.

  • me

    Rant: After numerous appointments, it’s become apparent to my doctors that my infertility is due to past chemotherapy and isn’t fixable.

    Another rant: My husband used to say that he was fine with adopting, which is why we were looking into it. He now isn’t comfortable with the thought of raising someone from a different race. I am so distraught, I don’t know what to do.

    • I’m so sorry! Your situation mirrors one that my friend, who also had chemotherapy, may be facing. Best of luck with working out a solution that fits both of you!

    • I’m so sorry to hear this. Big hugs to you.

      Have you and your husband sought couples counseling yet? Dunno that it would necessarily change his mind on the race/adoption front, but it seems like his change of heart is going to put a huge strain on your marriage and needs to be discussed ASAP.

    • I wonder if the lousy economy is making surrogacy more accessible and affordable. I only mention it because I toyed with the idea myself for a friend in a similar situation.

    • I am so, so sorry that you seem to have gotten a one-two punch recently. I hope that things can eventually be resolved in the best way possible.
      And please open the floodgates of communication with your husband so you can both feel free to express what you’re feeling – both your disappointment in your doctor’s diagnosis and husband’s reaction to the new plan, as well as the reason he’s now suddenly hesitant about adoption.
      There are also many websites (and even therapists) dealing with the hurdles associated with trans-racial adoption (google Rage Against the Minivan for a start). Check them out and use that as a starting point for your conversations with husband.
      I wish you guys the best and offer you a huge virtual hug.

    • I’m sorry to hear about your situation. My husband and I faced a similar issue, where his family kept emphasizing that adoption was great but great for other people, not their family, blah blah blah. We’ve yet to overcome that hurdle but I can tell you there are adoption agencies out there that let you prioritize interest by race. If you’re waiting for an infant, it is most certainly going to mean a longer wait, but it might be worth a shot.

      • houseintherear

        My brother and I were both adopted, and we’re both the same race as our adoptive parents (white). There are children of every race who need homes! If the husband won’t budge, you can still adopt. 🙂

        • Houseintherear — White infants are in much shorter supply than they used to be, partly because of the legalization of abortion, but also partly because of the destigmatization of having a child outside of marriage.

          One of the few sources for adoptable white infants would be pregnant high school girls willing to carry an infant to term… but Me’s husband has already indicated that he wouldn’t want to adopt a child born to someone in high school.

          It seems like (at the moment) Me’s husband has so many restrictions that it would exclude just about any adoptable child. And it’s not really fair to propose “If the husband won’t budge, you can still adopt” — surely the ideal solution is for Me and her husband to come to some kind of an agreement, not for Me to blithely ditch her marriage in order to plunge forward with adopting on her own.

          • houseintherear

            If her husband won’t budge on his thoughts about adopting out of his race, they can still adopt a child of his race. That’s what I meant.

            And I hadn’t yet read Me’s comment about the high school aged birth parents. My apologies.

            Sorry for trying to be positive. Maybe she should just give up hope altogether.


          • Ahh, I didn’t realize that’s what you meant.

            I didn’t mean to knock your positivity… just thought you sounded maybe uninformed about the availability of adoptable white children nowadays vs. when you were born.

    • anon. gardener

      I’m sorry it took your doctors so long to come to a conclusion. If you still have questions, you might try NIH – you might be eligible for study # NCT00001850. Go to clinicaltrials.gov to read about it. I went to NIH for the 3 day POF evaluation, and they answered all of my questions. Really wonderful people there. It may not solve your problem, but it will definitely lay to rest any lingering worries and concerns.

      Re: adoption, I know it took a while for my husband to realize i was not going to get pregnant without medical intervention. Maybe your husband just needs some time to process things.

    • Emmaleigh504

      I’m sorry. I’d give you all my eggs if that would help.

    • Our kids are of a different race. At first, we felt this need to ensure they could retain their “black identity” or whatever, but mostly we found that it was just important to provide them a stable, loving home, good food, cool clothes, fun times, and the knowledge that they are loved. We know people stare at us (and not necessarily in a negative way—we’re just different), and we talk about that. We just are who we are, four people that we cobbled together to create a family.

      • I sometimes see interracial families and couples on the street. I always smile at them to show my approval/admiration. So know that one staring person is sending good vibes.

        I think it would be weird if I went up to them and said you have a lovely family out of the blue.

        • Heck, I do the same thing! And mostly, I sense people’s approval. I am also so heartened to see how clumps of kids—in this area anyway—seem to be so diverse. Black kids, white kids, Asians, Latinos walking around in blobs being teenagers. I stare with approval. And I see more and more interracial families and families who look like us.

          • It sounds weird, but I’m at a loss for another word. Funny thing is, people are still judging us whether its in a good way or a bad way. I think that’s just the way people are, and we just roll with it.

      • Soozles, I’d love to hear your story sometime. How you and your partner came to the decision to adopt older kids, what the process was like, how they’ve adjusted, etc.

        • We’ve known them since they were almost two because my now former partner was a special ed teacher in PG Co schools’ early intervention program, and the boys (twins) were her students. She said she wanted to see how they would do if she could get the trust of the mother and get them for a weekend out of their environment—which she described as one of the worst she had ever seen. So we started having regular monthly visits with them coming to our house.

          They lived with us for six months in an informal arrangement at age 4 after their mother lost her housing. Then she unexpectedly took them back, and they moved around a lot, missed a lot of school, endured unspeakable neglect. Yes, we reported the situation to social services dozens of times. They’d show up. Mom could sound convincing, so they left.

          At age 9, mom surrendered them to foster care. The court later made their placement involuntary and the kids went to live with a fundamentalist family in PG who did not approve of our “lifestyle.” Luckily, we went to every court hearing and ensured our relationship remained intact. We got an order from the court–requested by the mother—that the foster family be required to let us maintain our visits and relationship, and we were to report if we had any problems with them. We did. We would have to meet in horrible neighborhoods to pick up the kids, and they would show up two hours late, etc. That family later had their foster license revoked (they were using the money so she could open a hair salon and made our kids work there on Saturday.)

          The boys go to second foster home after a year, but the people are much nicer, only older and ready to retire.

          So the court turned to us and asked if we would take them since no viable family member was available. It wasn’t our first choice; we liked being in their lives once a month and on special occasions, but mostly didn’t want kids full time. However, we realized we may lose contact if we didn’t take them, so we had to go through the process of becoming a licensed foster home (another story).

          When the boys moved in, instead of having a social worker bring them, we had their other foster family bring them over, and we had a big dinner and welcome party. The boys were so excited.

          A year later, we formally adopted them in PG Co court. We invited all our close friends to the PG courthouse as if it were a wedding ceremony to witness the adoption. Afterwards, we all went to eat crabs in Chesapeake beach. And thus we became a family.

          I never felt we had to go through an adjustment because we’d always known each other. We let them keep their last names and hyphenated our last names for their middle names. They have continued contact with their bio-family, including an older brother and sister, and are very proud of their Trinidadian heritage. We hope to take them to Trinidad some day.

          That’s our story. It’s a little different from other adoptions, but that’s what happened.

  • Agree with suggestion to look into counseling – if he’s not interested then go by yourself.

    Dealing not only with infertility but also with your husband’s apparent change of heart regarding adoption – tough times.

    Sending supportive thoughts your way.

    • meant as reply to me at 10:52

    • me

      Thank you. This just came out last night when we were discussing whether or not we want to put our nest egg towards adoption and actually biting the bullet, as we had been waffling over that huge decision to split with all of the money we were intending to use towards the child’s care instead. He doesn’t understand that the type of person he would want to adopt from isn’t putting their child up for adoption. He started saying, well, I wouldn’t adopt one where we didn’t know who the father was, one that may be handicapped or the mother had drug issues, or from someone in high school, or a different race, etc… and I’m like, well, s***, this is news to me. I’m just so upset. But thank you for the virtual support.

      • Sorry to hear about your bad news. I was adopted (from Korea) and my brother was adopted (from India) and my parents are both white. I can’t claim it wasn’t tough at times growing up, but who’s childhood is easy. My parents just made sure to keep the lines of communication open with us about where we came from and made sure we knew how much we were wanted and loved. To echo Soozles comment from before, it is more about having a loving family than it is about skin color. And speaking about getting looks from people, my family was a mini UN, or as I like to say, my folks were Brad and Angelina before Brad and Angelina were themselves! Raising your child in a diverse area can also help, because s/he will be exposed to all kinds of families. There are lots of kids who need good homes, so hopefully you and your husband can one day welcome one (or more) of them into your family. Sending you good thoughts!

      • I don’t know if this would fit the criteria, but my mom’s next door neighbors have two adopted children from Russia who are adorable. I think they were able to adopt in mid-later infancy (7ish months?).

        • of course, many of those children have been in orphanages (with low stimulation) and/or exposed to alcohol and drugs in utero.

          There is no perfect kid. There are no guarantees with kids (though some have greater changes of disabilities/trauma than others). There is no way to have a kid that lacks risk, and that includes giving birth to one. That’s what I’ve come to believe, at least, after lots of talks with my partner about how we might want to have kids some day (no decision, yet). I wish you and your husband the best with whatever you decide. There are lots of ways to be a parent and lots of ways to have kids in your life without parenting.

          • I have a family friend that adopted a child from Russia and the child was addicted to alcohol. The agency never told them and the parents eventually had to give the adopted child up to a couple that had no other children because it created a horrible situation in the home. I know some adoptions from Russia are great but this one…was definitely not.

      • I’m really, really sorry. I hope (well, I’m more like assured) that you will find happiness in parenting one way or another in good time.

        As far as your husband goes, is it possible this is just a knee jerk reaction to having to make a decision he didn’t think he’d have to make? Is there a possibility he’d warm up to the idea of adopting a child of another race who just needs love?

        I think with open adoptions, you can meet the parents and see if they’re “stable” people. But then you have to share your lives with them to some degree. Also, I think it’s pretty standard now that the parents’ medical history would have to be divulged, in case there is some genetic abnormality that would have to be attended to with the child.

  • Sending supportive thoughts your way too! Is there any way you can adopt someone of your race? Even an older child?

  • rant: leaving my dog home everyday. she is so sad when i leave 🙁

    rave: her little waggy tail when i do come home and how excited she is to see me! i can’t stand it, she is too cute.

    • You’re lucky – my dog runs into the kitchen when I come home and cowers.

      She’s done it since I adopted her. She doesn’t hide from the dog walker – just me.

      I don’t beat her or yell at her – I’m the hand that feeds her treats.

      • aww that’s strange. rescue dogs are tough ones sometimes. mine’s a rescue and i just can’t seem to break certain behaviors.

      • Have you tried avoiding any direct engagement with her when you initially come home? Sounds mean, but I learned to do it when my dog (also a rescue) peed as a greeting. I think he was just anxious/excited at the big ordeal of someone coming in the house and trying to greet him. So I started a ritual of coming home, not making eye contact or greeting him, but instead taking him straight to the back door for potty time. Then we’d say hello (in a very subdued way). Now, he’s over the anxiety, doesn’t pee and is much happier about people arriving at the front door!

        • After first trying to coax her into the living room (unsuccessful), I’ve started ignoring her. She still runs and cowers, but will come out after a few minutes. Progress!

  • Rave: GREAT first date last night.
    Rant: Missed the Ladies of POP happy hour.

  • Merillat Cabinets, come in 3 price levels…

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rave: I’m happy, no good reason for it, just happy.

  • Rant: The first new Metro escalator at Foggy Bottom is already out of service (better part of two weeks).

    Revel: It is fall!

  • rant: people who don’t clean up after themselves in the bathroom. really? you don’t see the little seat cover thingy still on the seat? or the yards of toilet paper you dropped all over the floor? or — the worst — your bodily fluids/hairs on the toilet seat? SO GROSS. if that’s how these people treat the bathrooms at work, I hate to see what their bathrooms at home look like.

    • Emmaleigh504

      Ugh me too! The bathrooms at work get cleaned twice during the work day and they are still trashed. I feel so badly for the cleaning staff.

      • This has been true pretty much everywhere I’ve worked. What is wrong with people? Our shared kitchen space is gross, too. It’s funny, you assume people are worse at home. I assume people keep their home relatively tidy, but since the office space doesn’t really belong to them, they don’t care if it looks awful.

        • Emmaleigh504

          I think you are right. People here don’t have to clean the bathrooms so they don’t care if they make a mess.

  • Rave: Had a great birthday dinner and drinks at Sax last night. I like that place, looking forward to going back sooner than later.

    Rave: Watch The Throne concert tomorrow (Jay-Z and Kanye)

    Rave: My November numbers at work are looking great!

    That is all

  • Rave: Visited the MLK Memorial for the first time. Quotes were my favorite part. Very moving. So right that a member of the civil rights movement be memorialized.

    Rave 2: two mile walk to the memorial and back in the most perfect weather possible!

  • I don’t know if this would fit the criteria, but my mom’s next door neighbors have two adopted children from Russia, who are adorable and very well adjusted. I think they were able to adopt in mid-later infancy (7ish months?).

  • I saw a young man’s wheelchair get stuck between the closing metro doors yesterday on the Green line while exiting at the Shaw station during afternoon rush hour. The man was clearly terrified, his wheelchair unbalanced and he was stuck for a good 30 seconds before the door finally reopened. When it did reopen, the back wheel got wedged in the gap between the train and the station platform, which could have been horrible if the driver started the train. He ended up safely getting onto the platform but the entire incident seemed like it should been avoidable and could have ended a lot worse!

    5 minutes earlier at LEnfant, the chimes indicating the door would be closing happened before all the people were able to get off the train, let alone allow time for all the people on the crowded platform to begin boarding. A man started swearing and pyschically started pushing people out the way when he heard the chimes so he can get on the train.

    Madness! I understand why metro doors don’t reopen like elevator doors, but these 2 incidents make me think that there must be a better option.

    • I saw a stroller with a child in it get caught leaving a train at Gallery Place this morning. The train operators are like Nazis when it comes to shutting the doors. I think they purposely ring the chimes to put people into a panic so they will hurry up. I understand that it’s all about staying on schedule. But it’s ridiculous when doors start to close BEFORE people have even finished exiting let alone getting on the train.

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