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.

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  • Rant: Shot fired and two people mugged around the corner from my apartment last night, not too long after I parked and walked through the door. Feeling like I was way too naive about my neighborhood or perhaps too softened by my suburban youth to live here?

    Rave: It is Friday and I have some good plans brewing for the weekend

    • austindc

      Glad you’re safe, and I hope the two people who were mugged aren’t too shaken up!

      If I may say so, I hope you don’t continue to feel like you’re too soft to live in your neighborhood. Muggings and people firing guns can happen in lots of city neighborhoods. I used to live in a great neighborhood in Boston that was very residential and had a lot of residents who also happened to work for the police. I still got mugged! I also moved to another great neighborhood, and some yahoo fired off three shots outside my window. I think the best thing we can do is to stay alert and cautious yet still love our neighborhoods and make them into the kinds of places we are proud to call home.

    • Do you live around 15th and C NE? Because this describes what happened there. I live around the corner from there as well. I would be this has to do with the yahoos congregating at the store at 15th and Constitution. I’ve told the police to start keeping on eye on it, others telling them would help as well.

      • Yes I do, and I have been in that convenience store a few times too. Thanks for mentioning it to the police, I will send a message over as well.

        To keep good spirits up another rave:
        El Clásico is this weekend! Hala Madrid! (which may be an unpopular opinion)

        • Can you post the contact email for others in the area to send a message as well? I’d like to do the same…

          • Contact the PSA lieutenant, Mark Saunders. I did it through the First District Listserve. Also, I’m sure if you get in touch with the First District Substation at 500 E Street SE,(202) 698-0068, they will tell you the right person to get in touch with.

  • claire

    Rave: It’s almost the weekend!
    Rant: It’s not the weekend yet.

  • Rave: FRIDAY

  • austindc

    Rave: Throwing my wife a bitchin birthday party this weekend!

    Rant: None. Everything’s gravy.

  • me

    Rave: The radio station I’m listening to online is playing all sorts of goodness, putting me in a good mood. (Related rant- my computer blocks things like Pandora and Spotify.)

    Rave #2: Meeting up with an old college friend this weekend whom I haven’t seen in years. I can’t wait.

    Rant: This day is dragging.

  • Rave: Oh Land show tonight at the Black Cat.

  • Rant – Had a whole week’s worth of activty crammed into the first 2 days of this week; Friday was a long time comin’. I’m sleepy and really just want to cuddle up in bed.
    Rant – the red line this morning. Actually, the red line on most mornings. But especially today.
    Rant – found on condo on Redfin that we really liked but our realtor informed us that the owner/investor ratio is over 75%, making financing pretty much impossible. Grr.

  • I have lived in DC 14 years, and Columbia Heights 8… I chased a guy with a gun outside of Wonderland after my friends purse got snatched, I have stood down wood be muggers, but never have I had my car messed with. Its a beater… a 1996 Honda Civic…. and last night, 2 am, the police come knocking on my door… window broken smashed in… really?

    • Ouch – sorry about your car. Do you know that 1996 Honda is one of the most stolen cars in the country? Get yourself a brake-club.

  • Rave: Pretty much in the midst of a breakdown. Too much work to do, all at once. Need a break, and there’s none in sight. BLAH!

  • Rant: Wish I could learn how to relax. I’ve never known how to do that.

    • claire

      I used to have this problem (and still do occasionally), but I’ve found it helps to find meditative activities – things that occupy your conscious mind (often something physical) so anxious thoughts aren’t constantly racing. Exercise is usually good, and I’ve also found solace in cooking, knitting, reading, writing, etc. You have to figure out something that works for you and that you can incorporate into your routine.

  • christanel

    Rave: It’s Friday!
    Rant: I think I saw a dead body this morning near 16th and Mt. Pleasant. Feeling very sorry for whoever it was. @dcfireems was standing around the man laid out on the ground. No medical equipment or anything around him & he wasn’t moving/they weren’t approaching.

  • Rant: Standing outside my (fingers crossed) future home with a home inspector yesterday at 3pm when I saw a teenager in a balaclava (the full face mask except for the eyes thing) walk down the sidewalk and stop to peer in the back window of a Range Rover parked on the street right in front of us. Can you at least not case cars in broad daylight with people looking on?

    • Just FYI, it’s illegal for someone to wear a balaclava on the streets of DC, so call the cops.

      • austindc

        Can I wear a baklava as long as it covers my swimsuit area?

      • Didn’t know this. I remember feeling disturbed the other day when there was a guy in a face mask like that standing at the bottom of the up escalator at the Georgia Ave.-Petworth Metro station… I had to wonder if he was waiting for a “prospect” to come along.

      • Well, actually the statute (§ 22-3312.03 of the DC Code) is a little more precise than that. The bottom line is that you can wear a balaclava as long as you are not doing anything illegal.
        (a) No person or persons over 16 years of age, while wearing any mask, hood, or device whereby any portion of the face is hidden, concealed, or covered as to conceal the identity of the wearer, shall:
        (1) Enter upon, be, or appear upon any lane, walk, alley, street, road highway, or other public way in the District of Columbia;
        (2) Enter upon, be, or appear upon or within the public property of the District of Columbia; or
        (3) Hold any manner of meeting or demonstration.
        (b) The provisions of subsection (a) of this section apply only if the person was wearing the hood, mask, or other device:
        (1) With the intent to deprive any person or class of persons of equal protection of the law or of equal privileges and immunities under the law, or for the purpose of preventing or hindering the constituted authorities of the United States or the District of Columbia from giving or securing for all persons within the District of Columbia equal protection of the law;
        (2) With the intent, by force or threat of force, to injure, intimidate, or interfere with any person because of his or her exercise of any right secured by federal or District of Columbia laws, or to intimidate any person or any class of persons from exercising any right secured by federal or District of Columbia laws;
        (3) With the intent to intimidate, threaten, abuse, or harass any other person;
        (4) With the intent to cause another person to fear for his or her personal safety, or, where it is probable that reasonable persons will be put in fear for their personal safety by the defendant’s actions, with reckless disregard for that probability; or
        (5) While engaged in conduct prohibited by civil or criminal law, with the intent of avoiding identification.
        (Mar. 10, 1983, D.C. Law 4-203, § 4, 30 DCR 180.)

        • I know I’m a little dense today, but this is a joke, right?

          • Er, no. This really is how the law is written. It is illegal to wear a balaclava while committing a crime. In other words if you bust a cap upside someone’s head make sure you take the balaclava off otherwise you’ll be in a world of trouble.

    • I thought you said carrying baklava, my favorite dessert and I wanted to know what neighborhood this was. Man, am I tired…

  • Rant: Statue of Limitations on child molestation. I mean really, is there anything more ridiculous? You can ruin/affect a person for life and be gulity as hell but after x amount of years you are off the hook. This needs to be changed ASAP.

    Rant: The Deer Park people haven’t brought our new water bottles for the cooler at work. We have like 15 empty bottles. I need water!!

    • Statutes of Limitation exist to encourage/persuade people to come forward in a reasonable amount of time when the most evidence and the best chance of conviction still exist.

      • I get that but I think to have them on child molestation is stupid. A lot of the time the victim doesn’t come forward for years after it happens for whatever reason. Look at the recent cases in the media. All of the evidence easily shows Bernie Fine is guilty but he can’t be prosecuted because of SoL and that is a disgrace! His own damn wife knew he was a molester, hell, she was going to be up on charges too but got off because of SoL.

        • Almost all statute of limitations for childhood crimes start counting after you turn 18.

        • Really? Its stupid. What about all the false accusations of child molestation, and they come up all the time (I handled a case once where the wife in a divorce convinced her daughter to come forward on a molestation charge The daughter was in her teens at the time of the accusation and the wife had said to the daughter, I never told you this, but your dad molested you when you, you just don’t remember–daughter later recanted). Someone accuses you of child molestation 20 years later, you don’t remember stuff that happened that long ago, alibis, relationship with alleged accuser, witnesses who could testify on your behalf. So now it comes down to a false accusation against your word, and you go to prison for something you didn’t do. People accused of child molestation deserve the same protections of people accused of other crimes. Statute of limitations are needed so people can’t make up stuff years later, and a defendant has no means to defend himself/herself, no matter what the accusation. (Limitations often don’t exist in murder cases, a state of affairs I find wrong as well).

          • Murder is a different story, especially in this day in age when forensic evidence can persist fully in tact for many subsequent years.

          • I see what you’re saying, but pedophiles, true predators, can’t and won’t ever change. So they could be molesting children for years and years. Beyond the fairness to victims of not being able to prosecute them, a SoL leaves a huge loophole for real crimes to continue to be committed. For instance, maybe 20 years ago said pedophile wasn’t murdering his victims, but now he is. So current victims can’t report crimes, whereas past victims can.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rave: Christmas shopping almost done.

    Rant: I’m behind schedule this year, I’m usually done Christmas shopping by now.

    Rant: Helping mother pick out a dress to wear to a funeral.

    Rave: Dress consultation was done via phone call and picture text message, my mom has joined the world of the smart phone.

  • Rave: Yesterday, a taxi driver signaled to turn, checked for traffic, pulled through my bike lane into the “conflict box,” and proceeded to turn. I slowed down to let him into the lane, then resumed speed when he was gone. This is how it’s done people!

    Rant: Two cars blew through red lights and nearly wiped me out today in just one 4.5 mile commute. Another almost took me out trying to poach a right on red. It’s not even safe to go on green anymore…and getting wiped out by a PT Cruiser would be an ignominious end indeed.

  • Rave: Loving the weather, it finally feels like winter!

    Does anyone know where the best neighborhoods are to see decorated houses for the holidays? Looking for some holiday cheer!

  • sunsquashed

    Does anyone have more info on the collision last night (maybe around 5:45pm) at/near Columbia and 14th? I saw a bike on the ground, tons of cops, and an ambulance. My fiancee and I bike along here everyday, and it’s horrible how bad that area is for cyclists. I’ve been complaining to the cops for waaaaay too long about this problem, and they have done nothing. I hate to say it, but maybe it’ll take the death/injury of a cyclist for the cops to finally listen, but I haven’t seen any follow up news on it.

  • Rave: Friday! But I have not been very productive all week, so it’s shaping up to be a busy Friday with all the work that’s piled up on my desk.

    Rant: Shooting at 15 and C NE? I used to live 5 blocks or so from there. I really do love the area. Was going to move to 14th and Independence but it did seem a little dodgey… moved to Potomac Ave instead. Probably equally as dodgey.

    Rave: Seeing the Muppets movie tonight after a much-needed happy hour. Who doesn’t still love the Muppets in their (young) adult life? 🙂

  • em

    Rant: Moved offices yesterday – and now I get an all-day “concert” from the “protesters” who are banging 5 gallon buckets and cowbells and shouting.

    Rant: Most of the people walking the picket line have no idea what they are protesting (unfair / non-union standard wages for glass workers) because they aren’t a part of the union – they are the people who live in the park at 18th & Pennsylvania.

    Rave: Jimmy Johns opened on Pennsylvania between 17th & 18th this week.

    Rant: It costs $1 extra for wheat bread. It doesn’t say that on their menu nor did the cashier mention it when I ordered.

  • GiantSquid

    Rant: I realize my boss is new but there are other folks that have been at this org for a while who should know how to follow a style sheet, guidelines, etc. ESPECIALLY after sitting through a workshop where I walked them through the process I follow.

    Rave: Finally Friday. Finally the weekend.

  • Bear

    Rave: Today was pretty awesome. Served as a guest judge for the tug of war contest at a girls’ and boys leadership camp hosted by a fabulous team of Peace Corps volunteers. Had two (!) home-cooked Ugandan lunches–one at the camp and one at a different meeting on the shore of Lake Victoria. The day ended with a tight-rope walking performance by a recent MBA graduate from Makerere University. By far my favorite day in Uganda to date.

    Rant: I am sunburned and exhausted.

    Rave: Totally worth it.

  • Going to the Nutcracker and decorating a gingerbread house with the wee ones this weekend. They are so excited for Santa they can hardly stand it. Sometimes I wish I could freeze time.

  • Rant: I accidentally brought my pager home from work. I destinctly remember putting it on this AM before I left the house so I wouldn’t forget it. And then….It wasn’t on when I got to work. I really hope it didn’t fall out of my pocket when I was scraping my car or got coffee. I’ll retrace my steps during lunch but its only my 4th day I would hate to have lost it already. Ugh.

  • someone stole the christmas wreath off my front door….there goes my holiday spirit!

  • I was woken up by 3-4 gunshots and the sound of a car speeding off around 3:05 a.m. Sounded like it was around the 700 block of Princeton Pl. or Quebec Pl. NW. Did anyone else hear this?

    • I didn’t hear this, but I sleep with a white-noise machine on.

      Sounds disturbing. If you find out what happened, please post about it here.

      • I did call 911 to report and saw a police car drive by to check things out a few minutes later. Unfortunately, since I didn’t see anything, I wasn’t able to give them much to go on.

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