Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

Photo of Downtown Holiday Market by PoPville flickr user philliefan99

You can talk about whatever is on your mind โ€“ quality of life issues, a beautiful tree you spotted, scuttlebutt, or any random questions/thoughts you may have. But please no personal attacks. Iโ€™ll open this thread every morning at 10am.

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  • Rave: Starting the LONG trek home tomorrow night- woohoo!!
    Rant: Working in a dismantled office and having a team so stretched thin and all over the place.
    Rave: Almost over… almost over…
    Rave: Taking a half-day of work Friday to recover from jetlag and hopefully decorate my apartment for Christmas. Any places in DC still have small Christmas trees for sale?

    • WholeFoods on P Street and WholeFoods in Tenleytown have restocked the little Christmas trees.

    • I think Whole Foods still has the little ones.

    • Bear

      Rant: I am totally, completely exhausted. And I have 6 back to back meetings tomorrow that are happening all over town, right up until I have to leave for the airport to come home. The I get to deal with jetlag. Yay!

      Rave: Overall it’s been a great trip, exhausting as it was. And I might get to extend it for a few more weeks…just waiting for the boss’s approval.

    • There is a large Christmas tree lot at Idaho/Massachusetts @ Annunciation Church. Lots of little ones (and big one’s too!)

  • anon. gardener

    Rave: short week, only two more days to go.
    Rant: rotten migraine
    Rant: alley got tagged up by stupid kids over the weekend. at least i’m hoping they were stupid kids, and that those gang signs aren’t real.

    So far the rants are winning. Boo.

  • Hey PoP: Do you have an update on the establishment that is supposed to be opening in the Huron Pharmacy space a couple of doors down from Blue Banana? I thought it was going to be opening in December.

  • Allison

    Rave: I’m pretty proud of my hippies-r-us Christmas wrapping job this year! I cut up plastic shopping bags that had pretty motifs (a green Barnes and Noble bag, a red and white patterned World Market bag) and wrapped my gifts with those. Turned out pretty awesome! Also, this is a cool website for how to make your own Christmas bows out of magazines, I ended up with some neat ones! The more colorful the advertisement you choose, the better. http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2009/10/make-gift-bow-from-magazine-page.html

    Rant: My creative wrapping job reminds me of the time my dad (a doctor) wrapped up my mom’s last-minute Christmas gift in a hospital gown and we all laughed forever; it makes me miss my parents, who I won’t be seeing for Christmas this year. ๐Ÿ™

    Rave: Going to New York City for the very first time! Plan to ice skate in Central Park. NYC watch out, this Texan’s coming to town!

  • Rave: turning old home movies into DVDs for my parents for Christmas, spending the time watching the videos is making me miss my now widely dispersed family even more, but happy we still have these videos to look back on.

    Rant: because some of the VHS tapes are so old, some of the videos have been ruined.

    Rave/Rant: My mothers awesome/awful 80’s fashion and hairstyle

  • Question: Looking for some good gift ideas for both sets of my GF’s parents. Something local to DC, while not being super expensive, would be great.

    Suggestions welcome…

    • This book is a perfect present – “Chesapeake” by local photographer Cameron Davidson. Aerial Photographs of the entire Chesapeake watershed. Despite being an accomplished, professional photographer (National Geographic, Vanity Fair etc.) This is a self-published book – 15 years of gorgeous work.


    • Allison

      The Spice and Tea Exchange in Georgetown is awesome! You can get custom teas, honey-stick stirrers, and gift boxes full of custom-made spices for cooking. It’s a wonderful place for gifts and all the packages come with little stickers showing it’s a D.C. local store.

    • saf

      Hit the Downtown Holiday Market or Eastern Market for cool local stuff.

      Or go museum shopping โ€“ the Building Museum, the National Gallery, the Hischorn, American History, the Library of Congress, and Air and Space, among many others, all have great stuff.

    • GiantSquid

      Frager’s Hardwear T-Shirt
      Something from Hill’s Kitchen
      Tea, mugs, and salty oat cookies from Teaism
      Coffee sampler from Peregrine and/or Pound
      Visit the Flea Market at Eastern Market and the Holiday Market at F & 7th NW for many options from local vendors: John Wye, Tigerflight, etc.

    • White House Christmas ornament. They issue a new one every year. You can get them at those touristy places at Union Station.

    • Kalorini

      Did you know Ben’s Chili Bowl will ship food for you? President Obama went there, so the parents might like that. Interesting, local, and something they’ll talk about next year ๐Ÿ˜›

    • Thanks for all of the suggestions everyone. Definitely helpful!

  • Rant: Apparently, Poodle Flufferpants is not a good name for a Christmas tree, and therefore I am no longer allowed to name the trees.

    • So does this mean you have abandoned plans of starting your professional baby naming business?

      • No…maybe I’ll just stick to babies though. Simba Mufasa Lionking is an undeniably awesome name for a child. I can’t throw out the baby with the bathwater here.

    • Maybe I am confusing you with someone else but I thought your tree was named Francesca? I was going to fix Ralphie up with her.

  • Rant: There are too many sirens in this town. Sometimes I think that half of the population of DC is on the way to the hospital at any one point in time. Do they all have to go code three at all times? Please, let me sleep!

    Rave: Seeing that totally gorgeous guy at the gym yesterday restored my faith in God and hope for all humanity. Man, is he beautiful.

    • I don’t mean to be rude, but your rant kind of diminished my hope in humanity. I understand that not getting sleep can be irritating, but I also imagine that dying because your ambulance doesn’t have a siren would be even more irritating. If the comment was made in jest, then my apologies, but I had always hoped that sirens/moving to let emergency services through traffic was something all of society was okay with.

      • Kalorini

        See, what’s funny is I read bb’s rant and totally related to it. The rave, however, made me lose faith in humanity.. Funny how we all see life differently!

    • You have to be careful of your rants and raves. Some people on here tend to have sticks up their ass and can’t take a joke.

  • Rant: People in my office who get paid 6x more than me who can’t do the simplest task, and I am supposed to fix it for them. Still adjusting to the real world, I suppose.
    Rave: GRE will be over in 6 days, home to FL in 8

    • I was once asked to make a color copy of something for a coworker. Seriously? Do you not see the “color” button plain as day on the copier? He was a 20 something too!

  • claire

    Rant: Didn’t get enough sleep last night and woke up feeling strangely unsettled this morning.
    Rave: Feeling motivated to get some things done.
    Rant: Those things are not work.

  • Has anyone else noticed an increase in people sneaking in the back door of metro busses to avoid paying the fare?

    I take the X2 regularly, and it seems to be common practice–especially on the double-long busses. It’s gotten so bad at my stop on H Street NE lately, that I’ve been having trouble getting off the bus with all the people shoving to sneak onto the bus before the driver closes the door. Is metro doing anything to stop this?

    • I actually saw that for the first time this morning on the X2, coincidentally. Considering metro bus drivers often let people on whose cards buzz from being empty (guilty of it myself once or twice) and in the double buses the driver is so far away from the back door, and probably has other things to worry about, I can’t imagine it’s a huge concern. Honestly, if it were up to me I would have metro prioritize asking the rowdy/loud-rap-music-listenining-over-speakers people and the crazy yelling people to settle down over a couple people here and there stealing a bus ride…

      • i saw that this morning…on the S4. Well dressed dude, obviously on the way to work.

      • I was pretty used to the 1-2 folks who tried to slip on. The big change is that now I’m seeing 12-15 people all shoving to get on through the back door so that people can’t even get off the bus. At certain stops it’s really bad (i.e. 8th and H NE).

    • Complaining directly to Metro doesn’t seem to yield very good results — see the recent Washington Post article http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/many-more-metrorail-riders-than-formal-complaints/2011/11/21/gIQAr5hfIO_story.html and the reader comments — but you could try complaining to Councilmember Muriel Bowser, who represents D.C. on Metro’s board.

      After moving within D.C. I’m much closer to Metrorail and don’t usually need to ride the bus any more… but I’ve noticed some blatant fare dodging at the Columbia Heights and Georgia Ave.-Petworth Metro stations, with people blithely walking in and out the “Emergency Only” gate. I don’t understand why the station managers don’t seem to notice or care, or why they leave the gates unlocked in the first place.

      • christanel

        In that case it seems like it would be against fire regulations not to have an ‘unlocked’ door to exit the station in case of emergencies (fire, security etc). The gates only open one at a time w/ cards.

        • I’m not talking about the fare gates — I’m talking about the (very low) metal gates directly adjacent to the station managers’ booths.

          If they have to remain unlocked, then the station managers should at least be keeping an eye on them.

          Another option would be to have them equipped with alarms, like emergency exit doors in buildings.

          I guess the real problem is that too many station managers don’t seem to give a damn.

      • It probably doesn’t explain all of it, but students in DC I believe get to ride the metro for free on their way to and from school. They do this by flashing their school id and going through that gate.

  • Rant: Sister posts on FB that after paying rent and bills she only has “$400 to get through the next two weeks”. wah. Then she emails me with a great gift idea for parents and wants to know if I want to go in on it. When I agree she asks if I’ll pitch in $100 and she’ll just do $60 because “she’s broke.”

    Rave: I didn’t acquire the spoiled brat genes that my sister apparently did.

  • Rant: Friend of mine was hit by a car in Dupont Circle while in a crosswalk and NOT on her phone during the early evening Saturday. Not only did the driver who hit her try to talk her out of calling the police, not a single pedestrian or other car stopped to check on her. I really don’t understand this passive attitude in DC.

    Rave: She went to the hospital to get checked out and is fine! Just bumped and bruised.

    • FWIW I can’t see myself in any scenario not stopping and seeing how the pedestrian is doing. So there are good people out there!

      Glad your friend is ok.

    • RAVE: Gonna start trying to get pregnant soon!
      RANT: Really have to get back into exercising. Any tips appreciated (aside from the obvious one).

      • woah, no idea how this got posted as a reply. sorry.

      • i HIGHLY reccommend trying out Fuse Pilates in dupont circle. Their classes are different every time, so it keeps it interesting, and combines traditional pilates exercises with new moves designed to target specific areas (each class taught on request for three body parts) AND set to awesome music. The classes can be pricey, but they often offer great package deals and discounts, and honestly i’m so much more motivated to go to the classes than I am to get to the gym, it’s totally worth it!!

  • MsNesbitt

    Rant: My mother. She went from being a normal person to a crazy one in like.. two months.
    Rant: Background check is taking for-ev-er. I’m never going to get hired! Bye-bye holiday pay.
    Rant: Everyone is driving me crazy today.
    Rave: I finished all my Christmas shopping and some shopping for me and I love everything I got!

    • How old is your mom? 50ish could well be menopause craziness – kind of like what she put up with from you – from about – oh – age 11-18! (Seriously – be kind.)

  • Big Rave: Just spent four days in Palm Springs, CA for a friend’s birthday party.
    Rant: Back to work and real life.
    Rave: But at least real life includes singing in a Christmas concert at a senior/assisted living home tonight.

  • austindc

    Rant: Went to an ANC Transportation Committee meeting last night where DDOT was presenting on their streetscape projects. I have never seen such a poorly run meeting! Many of the residents and ANCs were so rude and just rambled about nothing. There was no moderator, no agenda, and apparently no limits on the kind of idiotic complaints one could offer up. It made me concerned that these were the type of people making decisions for our neighborhoods–it was like watching a bunch of cranky children. I think my ANC person was the only professional, sane person there.

    Rave: Thanks to DDOT for coming out at night and putting up with that nonsense! It was great to hear from DDOT, even though their presentation kept getting interrupted.

  • Rave: dinner party at my house tonight.

    Rant: In all the excitement I bought the wrong cut of meat at Whole Paycheck, that’s not going to work in the recipe. Have to go back there after work for the right one.

    Rave #2: will freeze the wrong cut and make something delicious for Christmas.

    Rant #2: NYE get away is most likely getting rescheduled for MLK day, flights are way cheaper so can afford to go somewhere exotic, and it’s only 2 weeks later.

  • Rave – Child’s Play toy store! Lots of nice, helpful people who actually know all the games & toys – it’s like staffed by elves but without the annoying pointy shoes and jingle bells and squeaky voices. Huge bunch of fun little games & stuff in the $10.00 range.

    Rant – only have 6 kids to shop for.

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