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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  • Revel: Another quiet easy day in the office.

    Revel: It’s my parents’ 48th anniversary. I have great parents.

    Rant: Where is our snow?

    Rant: I really tore up my neck this morning whilst shaving. (I also think we should use the word ‘whillst’ more often.)

  • Rant: At work when no one else is.

    Rave: Today is the first day back after spending five great (if not chaotic) days with my family.

    Rant: Had a dream about Ghengis Kahn being a jerky flight attendant. I really need to make sure my room is cool enough when I sleep.

  • Rave: Discovered the series Homeland and am completely obsessed.
    Rave: No one in the office, very relaxed work day!
    Rant: No one to talk about Homeland with.

  • Rant: 2 days left of my twenties…

    Rave: looking forward to the next year!

  • Rave: Passed our Basic Business License inspection yesterday and our 3 month odyssey to remodel our basement is COMPLETE!!!

    Rave 2: Rent Jiffy! Filed all of our paperwork so we never dealt with DCRA, super friendly staff and very flexible. Thanks PoP commentariat for the recommendation.

    Rave3: Great new tenants move in on January 1st!

  • Rave: Easy work week. Might have to work this week more often and opt for a different week off when people are here!

    Rant: People who are walking IN THE STREET on Rhode Island by the HRC building because the sidewalk is closed and they’re too lazy to walk across the street to use the safe sidewalk. They decide it’s better to walk into oncoming traffic instead. Someone is going to get hit, drivers making that turn can’t see if someone is standing in the lane. Very scary (and stupid).

  • Rave: Co-worker who was also gunning for a promotion ALSO received his promotion!! You now the whole awkward… well… did you get it? Did you get it? Well- we both did!!
    Rant/Rave: Now I have to figure out how to transition my day-to-day work into the new position. It’s exciting but also a delicate transition! I’m going from operations to research.
    Rave: Awesome music to rock out to at the office today!

    • Rave(?): Taking our pup on the metro to visit friends in West Hyattsville- we’ll see how this experiment works out!! (No worries- it’s all cool according to WMATA and we’re not going during rush hour!)

      • curious about this. WMATA said it was okay? I’m guessing the dog will be in a carrier? I thought no pets were allowed even in carriers.

        • According to the Q&A on the WMATA website, you thought wrong.

          • interesting. guess i can take my dog on the metro now! i wonder if it’s the same on buses…

          • Well that explains it. Some much you can learn from the WMATA Q&A. Did you know there was no smoking allowed on the metro? I know! Hard to believe! Check this out…

            Can I eat or smoke on Metrorail or a Metrobus?
            It is unlawful to eat, drink or smoke in the Metro system because of the labor and cost associated with maintaining the cleanliness of the transportation system as well as for safety reasons. Customers can be cited by Metro Transit Police for violating the no eating, no drinking, and no smoking rules.

        • Yes, please give us more info. I thought Metro was no pets also!

        • Thank gdoppler! Yup- WMATA is supposedly ok with this. Obviously I wouldn’t try it if my dog wasn’t only 12 pounds and extremely cool with hanging out in a carrier. Also, I definitely wouldn’t do it during rush hour- but dogs are allowed on the metro and are also allowed in taxis and zipcars (in carriers). So life is good for non-car owning dog owners!

          • Except for those of us with 65 lb dogs! I can take her in a zipcar (although I can’t see out the back window over her crate) but I don’t think I could manage to drag her and her crate onto the metro. Ha.

  • Rave: Going to see the (what I anticipate to be) excellent exhibit at the Botanic Gardens after work today… and to the tune of an Irish fusion rock n’ roll band to boot.

    Rant: Just need to make it through another painfully slow day at the office (Notable mention rave: but at least I have a good job so I can’t complain).

    • I love chocolate and local business probably more than the next person, but the fact that the announcement was set in comic sans just reinforces the lameness of this store. It was without exaggeration the most garish shop I’ve ever seen. The chocolate was just okay and everything was extremely overpriced. The less of those horrible mosaics and ugly shellacked tables we have in the hood, the better. I just wish somebody with a good sensibility would open up a different chocolate shop in that location.

  • Rant: People are shooting cars on my block
    Rant:No word about it on local listserv, something is going on
    Rant:Experiment in urban living is getting dangerous, do I really want to do this?

    • if you consider it “an experiment”, then no, you probably shouldn’t.
      also, why havent YOU posted it on your listserve?

  • Rant: I ate too much unhealthy food during Christmas with family down South.

    Rave: I won the Maryland Lottery yesterday for $5,000.00.

  • Rant: Received a phone call last Friday at 4:30PM informing me I was being taken off my current project due to “performance” reasons, although was never given any indication prior to this phone call that my performance was in question. Phone call ended with “Hope you enjoy your holidays!” …really? Being taken off a project in my consulting firm in akin to being fired, and I’m supposed to enjoy my holidays?

    Rave: Amazing boyfriend/friends/family that enabled me to still “enjoy my holidays.”

    Rave: I am still employed, just have to find a new project

    Rant: Proposal season is over with so finding project work is more challenging.

    Rant: I am still bitter/confused as to why this happened and knowing I will never be able to give “my side” of things is a tough pill to swallow. Really learning the fine art of forgetting and moving on.

    • Sit down with a legal pad, write down, goal of project, timelines, what you were responsible for, what others were responsible for, who did what, when and where, to the best of your recollection. Make sure you give a clear account of your actions, try to identify where the perception came from that you were not performing at optimum level. Write a memo for the files. Even if you don’t defend yourself, it is a good idea to capture as much of the event as possible. As time go by, memory and details fade. You may need to use this information at a later date

      • Thank you for the advice, I will do just that. I know that this is not the last time I will face a situation like this at work, where I completely disagree with the actions of another but just have to deal with it, but this being my first time it is more frustrating than I would like it to be.

  • Rant: Something happened with our water last night, and they were jackhammering the street at 3:30am at the intersection of 7th and Farragut. They were out there jackhammering until like 5:15.

    Rave: I had a dream after the jackhammering that I went out there and gave them a piece of my mind.

    Rave: The water was off at 3:30, but back on this morning!

    Rave: Hearing my wife scream when she turned on the shower and the air sucking out of the pipes scared her silly! We were both laughing hysterically like 15 seconds later!

    Rave: Heading to the Domincan Republic to spend a week at an all-inclusive on Saturday morning with family!

  • austindc

    Rave: Made Drunken Noodles for the first time this week. If eating fermented anchovy paste is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

    Rave: Took my last banjo lesson yesterday. I enjoyed the classes, but I am looking forward to having more free time and money.

    Rave: My wicked cool wife is planning me a birthday party. I am not certain, but I am suspicious there may be cake AND several kinds of pies. That would be cool, but I would then it would be evidence that she has been monitoring my dreams whilst I sleep. Yeah, I used “whilst.” djdc is on to something.

    Rave: Everyone is out of town. My walk to work has never been so peaceful.

  • Rave: Love my job so now changing my ‘name’ to ‘neednewhob’. I would like to take on a new hobby for the new year! Any suggestions?

    Rave: Great friends, family and boyfriend.

    Rant: No snow. Donde esta?

    • en el futuro.

      good hobby: photography. lots of people on PoP know quite a bit about it.

    • In this area, sailing, motorboating and paddling on the Chesapeake & tributaries are rewarding, and hiking/swimming in waterfalls up in Shenandoah NP also a good bet. Cooking always a winner, especially with boyfriends and dinner party guests!

    • congrats on loving your new job! i started taking cello lessons as an adult and have been loving it. what about learning to play a musical instrument that you have always dreamed of…or even a random one you haven’t always dreamed of (like i did)!

  • GiantSquid

    Rant: Can’t visit friends for NYE, too sick.

    Rave: Neighbors invited us to alternate NYE plans.

    Rant: Find myself doing more and more at work that I’m not interested in and doesn’t further my learning and experience goals. Might be new boss, might be a sign to move on.

    Rave: Super awesome husband brought me a peppermint custard sandwich from the Dairy Godmother last night. It was worth the dairy-induced hacking that followed. Sooooo goood.

  • Rave: Quiet day at work and have already finished today’s portion of the annoying project I’m working through.

    Rant: Co-worker who is not in today has invited other co-workers to lunch, but not me.

    Rave: Can’t stand them anyway, especially the one doing the inviting.

  • RANT: working, so can’t take advantage of all those post-Christmas deals.
    RAVE: found a sweater deal online
    RANT: wife having big, big problems at work
    RAVE: at least one problem will lose employment soon

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rave: The book my pal suggested is called The Magicians. I’m really enjoying.

    Rant: Bought a back up coat to keep me warm while I search for a good replacement for my favorite winter coat which died a couple of weeks ago.

    Rant: My back up coat is so boring and cost double what my favorite coat cost.

    Rave: The new coat keeps me warm while I hunt for the perfect coat.

    • Big plus on The Magicians is that the sequel just came out. I bought The Magicians for my wife last year and then having read it bought The Magician King for both of us. And the wife liked the sequel better. I like the themes quite a bit; enough to want to argue with the writer about why he sould have handled X like Y, etc. Very much worth reading.

    • I could not get into the Magicians. I just finished a few weeks ago. It was too much of a rip off on other books I loved (Chronicles of Narnia being the biggest one). I can’t decide if I want to give the sequel a try or not.

      • Emmaleigh504

        Never liked Narnia, so that doesn’t bother me at all. I don’t mind the similarities to other books, like Harry Potter, because the author handles the characters differently. I like that they are normal people in a normal who just happen to be able to do magic. [And here’s where I bring 90210 into because I can relate EVERYTHING to 90210.] It’s like how Aaron Spelling described the kids on Beverly Hills 90210: normal kids with extraordinary lives.

  • REVEL: Saw Holland Taylor’s “Ann” at the Ken Cen last night with some friends. Great show! I would recommend it.

    RANT: Trying to get my father’s medicare issues sorted out. He has dementia, and I’m the one that has to figure all this stuff out.

    REVEL: Medicare takes care of a lot of people. Grateful that we have it.

  • Rave: Promoted in November and now am working on a project which might (might might) end up taking me to Iraq for a field visit in late 2012. Even though that part is not certain, the project is interesting and I’m happy to be on it; the possible travel will only help keep me focussed and productive.
    Rant: N/A today.

  • Rant: A neck crick that won’t stop. Must be RSI from using the mouse. Or gout.

  • Rave–Althought I was skeptical about the whole prepackaged thing, picked up a very yummy yogurt parfait and salad at Pret a Manager for breakfast and lunch today. Not bad in a pinch when there isn’t a crumb in the house.

    Rant–Not a thing!

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