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: Experienced my first blown tire, which occurred in the middle of 295 as I was heading South. Very scary experience, because I thought the motor or transmission was falling out of the car as it started violently shaking. Plus, once I got the car on the side of the road, I had to wait in a dangerous spot as the traffic swiftly passed.
    Rave: The friend who made me a big cup of tea when I safely returned to DC.

  • SouthwestDC

    Rant: Gave someone a ride to Dulles yesterday, and it ended up being almost a 5 hour round trip with all the trafifc. She nearly missed her flight and I witnessed an accident right in front of me on the way home. Friday evening I had to go out to GMU and it was a similar story– I counted eight accidents going there and back.

    Rave: I’m so glad I don’t live out in Virginia anymore.

  • Kalorini

    RANT: My boyfriend’s younger brother is an enormous, self-centered jerkbag. I hope he never decides to visit DC again.

    Rant: Two final exams this week.

    Rave: This semester is nearly complete, then I get to have Christmas merriment with my fun-to-be-around family in New Jersey. I swear, being around my boyfriend’s family has really made me appreciate how awesome mine is 🙂

    • SouthwestDC

      Wow, I could have almost exactly the same set of rants/raves (except my partner’s family is local so they’re always here, and I only have one final).

  • Rant: People who ride their bikes on the sidewalks with their kids and then give ME the dirty look when I’m walking with my dogs on said sidewalks. Especially on roads with dedicated bike lanes.

    Rave: No class after work this week! Which also means it’s finals time…sigh!

    • me

      I hear ya. I’ve been yelled at to “Move!” when walking on the sidewalk on 15th around Swann, where there are flat and clear bike lanes. Puts a damper on your day, but I know it will keep happening. I want to yell, but instead I just point and say “You may be more comfortable in that bike lane right there!” (Passive/Aggressive? Yes. Makes me feel better? A bit.)

      • I know the riders should be polite and not be yelling anything at you but riding on the sidewalk is legal north of Mass Ave. in that area. So they have the right to be there but they definitely also have the responsibility to share the space. And if their kids are there, the adults should make sure they are setting a good example and teaching them correctly.

  • claire

    Rant: Lots of items on my to-do list that I didn’t get to cross off this weekend.
    Rant: Monday and it’s going to be a long week.
    Rant: We’re into the real winter weather now – I have the worst time trying to dress appropriately for the cold.

    Rave: Frost looked pretty this morning.

  • Rant: With careful scientific study, I think the beef between Virginia and Maryland is ridiculous. Both have equally terribly drivers.

    Rave: Bought our Christmas tree over the weekend, but I was told that if we bring it in now, it’ll dry up too quickly. So it’s camping out on our deck in the tree stand full of water.

  • Rave: The awesome fresh Christmas tree I bought at Old City Greens.

    Rave2: The great gifts I bought at Smucker Farms DC.

    Rant: None! I’m holidaylicious right now!

  • Rant: Ran past the cyclist that was hit at 11th and Columbia on Saturday. I hope they are okay!

    Rave: My boyfriend cooked me dinner last night and it was great. I love low key date nights.

  • Rave: fun 2nd date with a super cute guy this weekend. I feel myself swooning a little bit, and this hasn’t happened in a long, long time.

    Rant: Got a super huge virus on my computer last night, for the first time ever. And it just so happened after downloading Xfinity’s antivirus/ constant guard software. After fixing the virus I immediately deleted their software. Anyone know of any good free antivirus softwares?

    Rave: 1.5 more weeks until a nice LONG vacation!

    Rant: Still have some xmas shopping to do. I wish my brother wasn’t so freaking difficult.

    • I firmly believe in the “you get what you pay for” theory. That’s just like the people that put their $400 iphone into a $5 case and cry when the screen gets cracked.

    • Try SuperAntiSpyware or MalwareBytes. Both are particularly good at detecting stuff like tracking cookies.

      I think AVG also does a free version of their antivirus software.

    • pablo .raw

      Since I became a Mac user, I don’t worry about viruses anymore; I became an expert in removing them, accessing the registry and all that but it was too much work.

      • Yes I definitely want a mac one of these days, gotta save up a bit more.

        • Same here, my mac has been one big big rave for the past 4 years. And i got a refurbished one from Apple, it was a few hundred off the original price.

        • Just to be clear, Macs aren’t immune to viruses. The lac of Mac viruses is due more to the lack of effort put into creating Mac viruses, because Macs constitute a small (relatively) share of the market, than due to difficulty in creating viruses for Macs. The OS is more secure than Windows. But it’s certainly not immune to viruses.

          • claire

            And as Macs get more and more popular, there’s bound to be an uptick in the number of viruses targeted towards them… best to stick to Linux 🙂

      • There are quite a few articles out about how Macs are just as susceptible, if not more so, than PCs to viruses.

  • Rant: New medication having some strange sexual side effects.
    Rant: Still haven’t purchased any Christmas gifts.
    Rave: Having a good holiday season thus far.

  • RANT: Waiting until 5PM until being able to rant (I’m 7 hours ahead).
    RANT: Miscommunication, inaction, confusion and forced clarifications/e-mails, that lead to nothing. So frustrating.
    RANT: Office being deconstructed around us while there is still tons of work to be done.
    RAVE: Home in two days. Husband home in four days. Family and friends visiting DC this weekend.
    RAVE: Going on a run after getting the hell out of this office- then it’s back to work…

  • Rant: Alarm system for my house is proving to be more expensive than I thought. My dad had volunteered to research and install it, which I thought was going to be cheaper/better than going with a company like ADT and a three-year commitment for $40/month monitoring.

    Rave: My dad is willing to research and install an alarm system for my house.

    Questions from my dad for PoPville folks who’ve gotten alarm systems (especially people who’ve installed them themselves):

    (1) Is a permit or a registration required to use a residential
    monitored security alarm system in D.C.? This would be so that the
    authorities would accept emergency calls from the monitoring company
    when it receives an alarm from the residence. (The monitoring company
    we are about to start using has asked us to find out the answer to this

    (2) Is there a fine in D.C. for a false alarm to the authorities? (My dad has read that some cities have such a fine.)


    • Not sure on your first question, but there is NO fine for a false alarm. Now if your alarm started going off every day maybe, but generally they tend to just ignore your house if it goes off too much. We’ve had issues with our dog-walkers setting it of…

      • Yep – I agree about the fine part. When I first moved into my apartment, the security company sent a firetruck to my house after the fire alarm went off. They didn’t charge anything – but my landlords did say that if it became a habit then we would be fined.

        • I wish that policy were true for people with errant car alarms. My neighbor’s car alarm goes off if someone drives by, and I’m tired of hearing it all night.

    • I had ADT for 8 years (came with the house) and recently switched to Vivint. Never had any question about or indication that there might be a permit of some sort required for monitoring my alarm system. Maybe what your company is asking about is the need for them to be licensed in D.C. in order to sell an alarm system or offering monitoring systems, which is something they should be responsibile for finding out.

    • I put one in my house with my old man. It’s the GE concord system. It’s fairly easy to get everything hooked up but you have to read the manual dozens of times to get all the configuration steps assigned properly. Then you can just use someone like “alarm relay” who only charges $8-10/ month for service.

  • Rant: Had to get the Flu shot this morning.

    Rave: Hearing the heartbeat of my 10wk. baby at this morning’s sono appt.

  • Rant: Somehow I haven’t even accomplished acquiring one christmas present yet…I hate shopping!

    Rant: It is freezing in my office…yet the thermostat mysteriously says that its 70 degrees

    Rave: Met the boyfriend’s extended family this weekend…and despite being really nervous about it, it seemed to have gone ok and everyone was very nice.

    Rave: Crab and cheddar quiche from Dangerously Delicious…yum.

  • Rant: Got a 24-hour stomach bug on Friday morning. Not only did I feel awful but had to miss a Christmas party that night and I’m stuck with a ridiculous White Elephant gift that I will never use and can’t really re-gift!

    Rave: Felt better so went to an AWESOME Christmas party on Saturday night!

    Rant1: No Christmas tree at our house this year. :o( No one wants to fork over the cash if we won’t really be around. Maybe I can talk the roommates into getting a tiny one…

  • Rave: I actually love the cold weather. Get to bring out my assortment of boots, scarves and coats.
    Rant: my and bf’s idea of escaping to somewhere warm and exotic over NYE is not looking good. Everything is either too far or too expensive. Any suggestions? I was thinking somewhere where I can walk around, so not car rentals necessary. Island or city, doesn’t matter. As long as cute and walkable.

    • new orleans? miami?

      • Am potentially too old for New Orleans. But Miami – can you walk around? and is airport close to the city?

        • You can walk around South Beach really easily, and it’s about a $30 cab ride from the airport to there. I went expecting to have to take lots of cabs, and spend lots of money on everything, but I walked everywhere and ate at lots of delicious, cheap places. The only thing that might get expensive is the hotel.

          • sweet jesus. The tickets to Miami are $600. I’m off to look at that PoP post about NYE options in DC…

          • If you fly into Ft. Lauderdale tickets are normally cheaper. If you do decide to fly into Miami, take the bus instead of the cab from the airport. The bus cost like $1.87 or something like that but you have to have exact change. It only takes like 30 minutes and only makes one stop. Very easy ride.

        • How can you be too old for New Orleans? Or any city for that matter. I’m not saying go to NO mardi gras style! It seems like a cool place to visit though, very historical. Yea I think miami is like a huge downtown area… with a beach close by. How perfect?

        • saf

          Well, I’m not too old for New Orleans – it’s one of those places where you can have any number of different experiences simply by choosing a neighborhood. I’m not really keen on the frattiness of the Canal Street end of Bourbon Street, but I have a great time in New Orleans. The food, the music, the history, the food, the music….

          • +1 New Orleans is great.

            South Florida is better if you need warmth though.

            Did you consider Sanibel Island?

    • Maria, get thee to Puerto Rico. It’s cheap, fun, and has some gorgeous beaches. If you stay in Old San Juan (very close to the airport) you can definitely get away with no car. If you save enough money on flights to be able to afford a car, drive to Luquillo Beach (a little more than half way between San Juan and Fajardo near El Yunque National Forest) and you’ll get a great beach vacation on the cheap.

  • Rant: Home sick today and when I walked into the bathroom this morning I was confronted with one of those sprickets people were talking about on here a couple weeks ago. I abhor bugs. It’s still making me shiver just thinking about it.

    Rant: Moving on December 29th and therefore no Christmas decorations at the current apartment.

  • RAVE: got our tree this weekend (from the place at NY/Montana Aves) and decorated it. Also, we rearranged the living room so I could put the tree in the corner, and I may keep that new arrangement.
    RAVE: work on new roof nearly complete.
    RANT: still haven’t finished stripping/refurbishing radiators so I can have them installed in the house.
    RAVE: The three that I have done look fabulous—metallic rosemary paint. Who knew?

    • my wife really wants to get our radiators redone and has done a lot of stripping (paint, ha ha) this year. how do you do it?

    • Please share more info on the radiators! I need to do a couple and don’t know where to start.

    • I hope you two are able to remove your radiators so you can do the work outside because it’s messy.

      I have mismatched radiators, and some have quite a bit of paint on them. First, I’m using Strippeaze (sp?) to get the main paint gunk off. Then I have about five different sizes of wire brushes to get in between the fins. I also bought a wire brush attachment for my electric drill and am doing most of the stripping with that.

      @andy, I think we live around the corner from each other (I’m on 1400 block of Webster), so I’d be happy to show you and your wife what I’ve done if you want.

  • Rant: pretty sure I am now a migraine sufferer like so many others.

    Rave: going to see some folks I haven’t seen in a long time tomorrow.

  • A lady in our neighborhood walks her pitbull without a leash. Its just a matter of time before something bad happens. At least I understand that its not the dog, its the owner.

  • RANT: Woke up at 1am on Sunday morning to a drunk dude puking outside my basement apartment bedroom window. He then proceeded to attempt to climb over the fence surrounding my back porch. Not sure if he successfully made it, but I wasn’t about to go check by myself, so I called the police. No sign, except for a broken beer bottle, when the cops came.

    DOUBLE RANT: As I’m showing the cops the section of the fence where I saw him try to climb over, I tripped/missed a small step and ended up semi-impaling my forearm on the top of the fence. UGH. Three stitches and a tetanus shot later.

  • Rant: Dry winter air – makes me want to shave my head and soak in a tub of lotion.

    Rave: Have a wonderful Italian dinner waiting for me to toss in the oven for dinner tonight. Mmmmmm

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rave: sitting by the pool in south Florida in the bosom of my family.

  • em

    Rant: My office is freezing cold.

    Rant: The nice brown shawl I had to keep me warm disappeared when I moved offices last week.

    Revel: I have two toasty microfleece blankets in my cabinet just for such a problem.

    Rant: I look silly wrapped in a blanket while at work.

  • Rave:..lovin the new site, +100 Pop!

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