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.

Hope many of you can make the PoP 5 year anniversary party this Thurs. Nov. 10 at Meridian Pint (11th and Park Rd, NW).

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  • Anyone know of a clothing drop box on or near 14th & 16th streets NW?

  • Rave: Beautiful weather the last few days!

    Rant: Stuck inside for the last two.

    Double Rant: My son has discovered the toilet. Now I must figure out how to keep him out of it without making it impossible for adult use. Sigh.

  • Rant: I hate insurance…Authorization and out-of-network crap! This is my second call of the day.

    Rave: Boss is out of the office, hopefully for the rest of the day.

    Rant: Not sure what to make for dinner. Any ideas? I’m open to making anything tonight.

    • Brussel sprouts! Easy, quick (especially because longer times mean mushy sprouts that don’t taste nearly as good) and nutritious. Trader Joe’s was selling whole stalks recently.

      My favorite way to cook them is just browned in a pan, tossed with a little balsamic and raisins – clean and cut them in half; toss with a little olive oil, salt and pepper; arrange face-side down in the pan and cook over medium heat for a few minutes (until the face is crispy and brown); then toss with other ingredients and you’re done!

  • Rave: The weather is beautiful!
    Rant: Coworkers that wait until the last minute to request special equipment for projects.
    Rave: Two weeks before the start of my Thanksgiving vacation!
    Rant: I’m going to be too busy at work to enjoy my favorite part of Fall.

  • claire

    Rant: Working every Saturday in November (except the Saturday after Thanksgiving as I’ll be out of town).
    Rave: Extra $$.

    Rave: Nice weather, beautiful foliage!

  • Prince Of Petworth

    From a press release:

    Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) has confirmed that there are no current plans to shut down any D.C. post offices. Norton contacted the U.S. Postal Service after being informed that District residents had heard that two post offices would close in December.

    “I have insisted that every community in the District have easy access to postal services, and have strongly opposed the closing of neighborhood post offices here with success so far,” Norton said. “I will continue closely following this process to ensure that there are no surprises for District residents.”

    • Thanks for the update PoP. I received a letter in the mail last week stating that a survey was being conducted to see whether the Benning Rd/Minn. Ave mail station should be closed. I don’t go there often, but when I have gone there have been at least 10 folks in a painfully slow moving line (which is why I choose not to go there–other local offices are much less crowded).

  • Rave: 3 day week & a 4 day weekend. 🙂
    Rant: my agency is going to Hell in a hand basket & I need to jump ship before it becomes a stain on my resume.

  • Rant: The phenomenon of DC traffic. Traffic outside of city limits during rush hour has a nice, even pace (even with some expected slow downs) but once inside the city limits, it’s a complete cluster. One would expect a gradual build up…

    Rant: Spilled coffee on myself so many times this morning.

    Rave: Finally getting my car fixed after old man hit it!

    • Disagree. Traffic outside DC (VA and MD burbs) is MUCH worse. When I commute, I find it much easier within the city limits. The bridges and interstates are mind-numbing.

    • Rant: Georgia Ave paving has pushed the morning maniacs onto side streets, making the walk to Metro even more hazardous.

      Revel: The paving should only last 3 weeks and will make for much nicer streets afterwards.

      Rant: My metro car had the AC blasting directly on me this morning. Brrr.

      Revel: I didn’t have to kill any mice this morning.

    • Clearly you’ve not spent much time commuting in the suburbs….

    • Clearly you’ve not spent much time commuting in the suburbs….

  • Rant: I am super sick and have lost my voice, but can’t take PTO because I’ve providing back-up coverage for someone who’s on vacation. (Before everyone gets on me about getting everyone else in the office sick – believe me, I know, but staying home is simply not. an. option.)

    Rave: People at work taking it easy on me because they understand that I have to be here even though I should be snuggled in bed with a cup of tea and some soup.

    • Not sure I can buy excuses like this when you’re actively infecting others. We all like to think we’re indispensable, but the fact of the matter is, we’re not. Indeed, if you were in a car accident this morning, I’m pretty sure your agency/company would have to adjust and deal with it. Things happen.

      • Sorry, I have to stick up for MsNesbitt on this one. I work in a small office and there are days when I am the only one who can do the work for a client because I have been on the case/issue with no assistance from anyone else. It is naive to think a worker can stay home on ANY random day. There are days when people in my office may not stay home, but after the work is done will be sent home early by my boss. On other days it is ok to telecommute. I don’t know MsNesbitt’s situation, but I know you are wrong in your assertion that everyone can always just stay home. That may be the case in your office, but it is not the case in every office! So let’s take McNesbitt at her/his word.

        • So what happens when you die of a heart attack the night before or are hit by a bus? Seriously, I’m not trying to be a jerk here. I just don’t get this phenomenon. Unless this is President Obama posting on PoP or some other REALLY important person, I’m not seeing how your being there is the difference between life and death. However, if you feel that much pressure to be there in spite of the flu or awful fever, I think you might consider whether your workplace is humane/reasonable. I’m leary of employers who expect people to sacrifice their bodies for work, just as I’m leary of self-important employees who think their existence is always vital every minute of the day.

          • Just because the world wouldn’t end if I got hit by a bus or stayed home sick doesn’t mean I am in a position to screw up my project, my client’s project, and everyone else’s work for the past few months because I got sick at an inopportune time. I used to work at places where taking a sick day was common and encouraged, but not all companies can get by with having multiple people out at once. Unfortunately, people critical to the project took pre-planned time off this week and passed all their project knowledge on to me. If I’m not here (and no, I cannot telecommute), then all work is stalled at a critical point where we should be moving forward.

            But thank you for your perspective.

          • msnesbitt,
            i hope you feel better. i wasn’t trying to give you a hard time. sorry.

      • by the time you actually get the cold, you’re no longer contagious.. it’s the time BEFORE it actually hits that you are the most contagious and most people don’t even know. so Ms. Nesbitt, I feel your pain. Feel better!!!

    • what kind of work are you covering that is so important that you can’t either telecommute or not do at all, yet still gives you a second to post on here?

      sick people at work screws everyone. your boss is an idiot for letting you come in.

      unless of course you’re saving the world.
      if so, please carry on.

      ; )

  • Rant: The fixer upper home. Jeezum lord mercy, everybody warned how much time it would take, but I still didn’t think it would be like this. 1.5 years in and we’re back to an every night/every weekend DIY work schedule.

    Rave: It’s getting there, thank GOD. And we’ve learned a ridiculous amount in the process.

    • Totally agree with you. Got an estimate this morning to have radiators reinstalled on first floor. Yikes! But I’m going to buckle down and do it because my house is too daggum cold!

      • reinstalled? what happened to the previous ones?

        Our radiators were ripped out at some point and a high velocity heat pump was installed. It works, but radiators would be soooo nice.

    • Just know that any bickering with your spouse/sig other during the process will go away once you are done. Husband and I have done two rounds of partially DIY home improvement and during the first one I feared for our relationship. During the second one the bickering was v. familiar and didn’t seem like such a big deal.

      You will be so proud once you are done!

    • Oh, we’re going on 9 years and still aren’t finished. So if you’re almost done at 1.5, good for you.

  • Rave: Yesterday’s brilliant comment about pedestrians getting a ‘potentially crossy look’ when waiting impatiently to cross a crosswalk.

    This made me think of interesting contributions I’ve heard non-native English speakers make to our vocabulary (e.g. “The bar was fun, but it was too crowdy,” or “We can’t eat here, someone left crumbles all over the table”)

    • This post brought a smile to my face, and also made me nostalgic for crumbles and other British desserts.


    • saf

      I used to have a lovely woman who worked for me. She was a native English speaker, but from Trinidad, so it was not quite the same. My favorite of her phrases is still, “You can never get a park there.”

      I’m embarrassed to admit how long it took me to figure out that “Getting a park” = “finding a parking space.”

    • Years ago I knew an older lady in Philly – so she was a native English speaker (technically – that accent!) who said something was ‘too spendy’ which meant ‘too expensive’. I adopted it and have used it ever since.

  • Has anybody been to the Turks and Caicos? I am thinking of trying Provo on Grace Bay specifically for shore snorkeling. Anybody have recommendations about that or other islands with excellent shore snorkeling (no boat trip) ? Anybody getting any direct flights from DCA to any Caribbean Islands?

    • Yes, Provo is great for shore snorkeling. The visibility is 100 ft. I learned to dive in the Turks and Caicos and nowhere else has compared, including the Great Barrier Reef and the Red Sea.

      • Any suggestions for a hotel? I want to walk out to the beach and dive in. I am looking at the Windsong Hotel.

        • Whichever hotel is near Coral Gardens (I don’t know if I’d recommend Coral Gardens). That’s the best place to see fish and coral not far in from the beach. West is better than east in this regard if you’re staying on Grace Bay. T&C is definitely amazing diving, you should get certified!

      • Shore snorkeling – look at Roatan Honduras, Bon Aire, St. John USVI, Crooked Island in the Bahamas – a few of the other smaller out-of-the-way Bahama islands – sorry, don’t remember their names. Belize is great for Hol Chan reef- short boat ride but not swim-able from shore. (And you have to be comfortable with giant moray eels swimming up to you. They are not aggressive, but used to being fed.)

        I was not impressed around Provo at all. (Generally sandy bottom – need more chunky substrate for corals) and it in no way compares to the Great Barrier Reef! Plus I just found Provo really boring. Grand Turk had some good walls for diving, shallow enough for good snorkeling, but still need a boat to get to.

        Remember every island or resort will tell you they have good snorkeling. And everyone who has ever been to one place will tell you it’s the best. If you are a novice however, you will probably be really happy where-ever you go. But definitely try a scuba “resort class” at least.

        Also – go to a dive shop and buy a good mask! Makes a world of difference to not have leaks. Avoid fancy snorkels – a simple tube is all you need with a good mask.

    • St. Johns or St. Croix are also excellent. We had to go through Charlotte to get to St. Croix, but both places had excellent snorkling right off the beach.

      • Ah agree Snoozles. I stayed on St Thomas but went to St John to snorkel at Trunk Bay, it was amazing, best I have found in the islands so far. Not the same as walking out your door to do it but nice just the same.

        On St Croix I stayed at the Palms right on the ocean and a reef right out the door, most of the coral was dead but some of the Brains etc were coming back, the fish were pretty good, it was quiet and private.

        I am trying to find someplace that is a mix of the two, reef right outside your door and amazing coral and fish. I think Provo will do it!

  • Rave: Buffalo Exchange in DC. YES!!

  • In the market to buy a security door for our front door. Since our front door is an odd size, I’m assuming it will need to be custom made. Anyone have suggestions for purchase and installation?

  • Rave: Going home to see my mama in a couple of days!! yes!!

    Rant: The cost of airfare + car rental will be steep.

    Rave: Finally made a budget where I can save a substantial amount of money every month.

  • Rave: The weather, fall television lineup (loving The Walking Dead!), and my dog.

    Rant: I just had a moment of thinking I’d lost my mind because another poster used my name. I just read the “other Megan’s” comment and thought to myself, “WTF? I don’t remember posting that?!”

    • Walking Dead! I’ve just started watching that show, and am loving it. I DVRed all of the season 1 marathon that ran before the season premiere, and made it through episode 4 yesterday. Fantastic!

      Not sure if I’ll like Hell on Wheels as much, but I’m open to giving it a shot.

      • I just read a good review for Hell on Wheels and I think I’m going to give it a shot too. AMC does great television.

  • Rave: Was offered a position at a job.

    Rant: They reneged the offer at the last minute and told me to try back in a month because of some bureaucratic tape nonsense.

    Crying at my desk isn’t really professional, but I feel dead after hearing this news. Was so looking forward to starting at a place that actually values employees, but alas, the search goes on. I am void of emotion today.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: My sister doesn’t believe in eggnog before Thanksgiving.

    Rave: I do! I think I’ll bring some eggnog over to her house for her husband and kids to enjoy.

    • Don’t forget the bourbon and nutmeg. She’ll convert in no time!

      A sorta rant: Can’t find boiled custard in the area. We southerners prefer it to eggnog but most people have never heard of it. Might only be a Nashville thang.

      • saf

        Boiled custard is easy to make.

      • Eggnog with bourbon and nutmeg sounds great! Just go easy on the eggnog. And by “go easy” I mean “skip it altogether.” Also hold the nutmeg. Now I’m ready for the holidays.

      • Emmaleigh504

        I’m talking strictly store bought eggnog here, her kids are too young for booze. Though my great aunt makes a fabulous homemade boozey variety.

        I love boiled custard…hmmm.

        • So I just looked up a dozen recipes for eggnog and boiled custard, and they appear to be the same thing. Plenty of individual variety with spices & booze etc. but basically boiled milk and/or cream into which beaten eggs & sugar & vanilla are added & cooked until desired thickness. Or is there some big secret not found online?

      • I was born and raised in Nashville and have never heard of boiled custard. Granted, neither of my parents was a local but have lived there for 30+ years now.

        What is it?

        • It like egg nog, only a little lighter. It’s right next to the egg nog at Kroger. Check it out if you’re down there for the holidaze.

          • I mean “it’s” not “it.” My parents weren’t native either (nor am I), but I grew up there and consider it home after DC. Hillsboro grad, BTW.

  • Rave: Boyfriend is cooking me a surprise creature for dinner tonight. I am guessing a duck or a quail or maybe a rabbit?!

    Rave: That statement made it sound like he lives in a log cabin, hehe.

    Rant: I have to study for the GRE first…

  • rant: SO SO SO broke. I mean so broke. Owe so much money… I don’t even see my paycheck anymore. Swimming in depression. I have to keep it together.

    rave: At least the weather is nice.

    • I am so with you. I will soon be swimming in 60k worth of student loan debt and only working a part time job.

      • This just blows me away and I truly hate to hear what education costs these days. Graduated with a B.A. in PoliSci in 1995 from a middle tier uni and I think my entire education cost between 12-15K. I am stunned at how much it has gone up and I really feel for you.

        • yeah, I am shocked at the price of college too, but I’m more shocked by the amount of people who feel like they have to pay more than 8k/year for an undergraduate degree. I don’t care if the college has a reputation, it’s never ever ever worth going into crazy debt. it’s astounding that people actually PAY to go to g’town, gw, au.

    • make a plan. do it now. find resources if you can’t do it on your own (there are plenty) and start hacking away at it. there are probably a million places you can cut back to start making progress and if you can set aside some money for a rainy day you’ll feel less stressed too. I’ve seen my friends go to the library, get some books, make a detailed and strict plan to get out of debt within 1/2/5/10 years and actually do it. YOU CAN DO IT!!!!

      • I already have cut back. I limit my car usage, do not eat out, plan my meals ahead and use coupons extensively – so much so that I pay almost nothing (thank you TLC coupon shows). I still can barely keep my head above water. My debt is based off of utility bills that I have already budgeted. My entire life is budgeted and I still cannot afford it. Trust me, I am no pampered person. I have not purchased new clothes in a long time, take care of my shoes and make sure to maintain what I have so that I don’t require expensive repairs in the long run. The next step is giving my pet up for adoption to save on food. I am so incredibly depressed… I see no way out.

        • man, I’m really sorry. Is there a way to refinance what you owe? both credit card and loans? can you make more money? if you already work a ton you might still think of waiting tables/bartending on the weekends. I know the last thing you probably want is to work more, but I know people who work 40-60 hrs a week who took a job like that for the social element and really enjoyed it.

          if you live in the city, do you need your car? that’s the first thing I ditched when I moved here. it’s a huge money suck. I also don’t have a tv or cable bill.

          can you consign any clothes? ask for a raise at work? since you’re being so responsible, you should be able to live off of your salary if they’re paying you fairly.

          I’m confused about your utility bills — that’s the money you owe is for past bills? if so, I believe most utilities have payment plans.

          maybe try to do some fun things to keep your spirits up. I regularly get drunk for free at art openings. 🙂

  • Rave: Almost forgot, King N I Pizza has reopened.

  • houseintherear

    Rant: Last week, Lending Tree delivered a huge boner-kill and told me they hadn’t actually locked in the 4.125% interest rate they told me they’d locked in on my refinance loan a few weeks ago, and could do 3.75% as a best offer.

    Rave: I called my current lender out of desperation, and they told me the new changes from Congress have given them a lot of freedom to help their current loan holders (even if they are not “struggling” with the loan!). They gave me 4.0%!!!!! Everything happens for a reason.

    Rave2: My parents. They are two of the most caring, hilarious, fantastic people in the world.

    • Is there a typo in our numbers or do I not understand refinancing (I’ve never owned, so that is very possible.) But you write that the 4.125 fell through and they offered you 3.75 – and that’s bad? I am confused.

    • yay for awesome parents! if they bought you the house (or helped with the close) don’t tell anyone on here

  • Truly sorry to hear this but don’t give up hope, nnj. The right opportunity will come along soon enough. I know it’s hard to deal with the disappointment but keep the faith and don’t get discouraged!

  • Accepted a position in a different office!

    Will be so much happier with a supportive supervisor and a healthy work environment!

  • Question — Took a cab from my office to a meeting across town this afternoon. After reading this thread last month (http://www.princeofpetworth.com/2011/10/dear-popville-anyone-else-get-scammed-by-taxis-at-union-station/) I made sure to pay attention to the meter! Noticed it was set to Rate 2 (interstate travel), so I asked the cabbie why it wasn’t set to Rate 1 (within the city), and he said something about “Rate 1 doesn’t exist anymore — same as Rate 2. Everybody knows that.” I didn’t notice any sort of price markup, but now I’m totally curious. Anyone have any scoop?

    • it DOES exist, I checked the last cab I was in thanks to PoP…. it was set at Rate 1. next time, call ’em on it!

  • Rant: the stranger who thought it would make him feel better to scream at me for no reason on the metro this morning for not moving when the doors opened. When it’s so crowded that people are literally holding you up, you CAN’T move…

    Rant: I didn’t have a snappy comeback for said A$$HOLE on the train.

    Rave: He’s probably reading this post right now. Hope you spilled your coffee on your keyboard this morning! Cheers!

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