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….back at work
    rave…wonderful vacation far away from dc. got to see everyone in my family, including my grandparents
    rant…almost got clobbered by a guy making a right on red this morning. wtf?
    rave…back to eating things that make my tummy (and waistline) happy. i love holiday goodies but i physically feel like crap afterwards.

    • What is wrong with making a right on red? Does it say you can’t or did he not stop? Did you not see him? Not saying you were or were not at fault but often times, I see cyclist darting through intersections like they own it. And maybe I am out of date on riding a bike but I remember when I was younger I was told it was law that you are supposed to get off of you bike and walk it through intersections/crosswalks. Is that not true? Just curious.
      Anyway, I so feel you on your last rave. I am back to the 4th notch on my belt and even that feels a bit tight. Just a few months ago before my wedding, I was down to the 5th notch easily. Yeah, I put on about 10 pounds of bs. Gotta get back in the gym real heavy.

      • i’m sorry, i meant to say a LEFT on red. clearly i am not quite with it this morning. also, i was on foot.

      • Nothing is wrong with making a right on red if you do it correctly, and it sounds like you are assuming that Anonymous was on a bicycle.

        • I was talking about the car making the right on red. And yes, I was wrong for assuming that Anonymous was on bike.

          Anonymous, sorry that happened to you but I have to play devil’s advocate one more time, was it a one-way to a one-way? It amazes me the amount of people that don’t know that is a proper left.

          • it was a 2 way to 1 way

          • I’m pretty sure that left on red from one-way to one-way is not legal in DC. You can do it in MD, though. And a lot of other places.

          • I was talking about the car too. If you nearly clobber a pedestrian in the process you’re not doing it correctly. (Assuming that the pedestrian is in the crosswalk and has a walk sign, etc. etc.)

            Moot point in the end though since it was a left on red which is not cool no matter how you do it.

          • I don’t think left turn on red from one-way to one-way is legal in DC unless the law has changed in the past 5 years or so. I should go look that up.

          • If you are in a car and have a red light, you NEVER have the right of way in any situation. To bikes, pedestrians, car traffic that has the light. Kam, not sure what bone you’re trying to pick here, but if a car has a red light it should never be in danger of hitting anyone.

          • saf

            That’s not legal in the District.

          • Wait – it’s illegal to turn left on red from a one-way to a one-way when the intersection is clear and no pedestrians are present? Are you kidding me?

            Is any actual movement of a vehicle legal in this city, other than sitting at red lights in traffic circles? Seriously, WTF is wrong with the traffic engineers in this town?

          • What Melanie and Saf said… turning left on red from a one-way street to another one-way street is legal in Maryland, but not in the District.

          • If you are a car turning right on red, you have the right of way over any bike, pedestrian, or car that is breaking the law.

            I.E. if you are turning right on red after a stop and a bike is trying to break the law and run the red light, you have the right of way. If a pedestrian is jay walking, while you’re not allowed to hit them no matter what, they should yield to you, since they have do not walk sign.

            Basic rule of thumb – the person doing the legal thing has the right of way over the person doing the illegal thing. I am sure this will be argued ad nauseum by GGW acolytes, but its just basic common sense… you never have the right of way if you’re breaking the law.

          • For someone who is amazed at people’s ignorance, your own is pretty glaring. A one way to one way left on red is not in fact legal in the District.

          • @Anon X, you are completely wrong about that. If a car is stopped at a red light it must yield to everyone. I had a conversation with a cop about this very issue.

      • “it was law that you are supposed to get off of you bike and walk it through intersections/crosswalks”

        Dude. That nearly made me fall out of my chair it was so funny.

        • I’m so serious though. You have to remember, this was before biking everywhere was the “in” thing to do. I am 34 now so I am talking some 20 some years ago. Did nobodyelse learn this in school when they were younger?

          • Do you actually live in DC? Here we often have bike lanes and it is legal for people to ride bikes on the streets. It would be patently absurd to commute to work on a bike and stop at every intersection, get off, walk across, get back on and repeat 100 ft down the road.

            I think you are confusing legality with what your parents and/or teacher told you to do when you were a child for you your safety.

            Now that i think of it! The things you are posting are so completely absurd that I think you are just trying to make shit up to get a rise out of people. Right?

          • i learned that too. but it was for school kids. not adults. and not a law.

          • You guys kill me. Please closely reread what I wrote and self-correct yourselves. That is all.

          • em

            I did learn in school that you should get off of your bike and walk it to cross the street (and in a crosswalk). However, I think that was just a safety issue rather than a law. Also, that is for people who are generally using the sidewalks (which isn’t permitted in downtown DC) and are not a part of the flow of traffic. If you are riding in the street, you should probably stay on your bike and ride with traffic (and obey traffic signals).

      • saf

        “I was told it was law that you are supposed to get off of you bike and walk it through intersections/crosswalks. Is that not true? ”

        Nope, not if you are riding in the street. Yes if you are riding on the sidewalk.

  • rant: TOO EFFING COLD! brrrrrr
    rant: loved my week + half off work. hate being back. not sleeping well at all and having a very difficult time getting up.
    rant: my new toothpaste. seriously what kind of toothpaste makes your teeth hurt?

    rave: the new guy. he is super sweet and super nice, and super hot. not sure if it will lead anywhere, but i’ve learned to just let go and enjoy for now anyway.
    rave: holidays are over.
    rave: melatonin.

    • Good for u! I am still working on taking things easy.. it is so easy to get carry away and wake one day and said what the F happened!

    • Whoa. How did you learn to let go and just enjoy it?? Tips please!!

      • Agreed, tips please.

        • I think it just takes knowing, and i mean really *believing* that it’s not the end of the world if things don’t work out. I’m having fun getting to know someone new. I mean this is really new. I know in my heart that I’m okay with being alone, but I enjoy this person’s company, so why not right? I just have to adopt a more “lax” attitude. fake it till you make it even… it’s hard to explain.

  • Rant: Home is a mess – I swear we look like an episode of hoarders.
    Rave: The mess is because we’re finally putting our house together with bookshelves and a real bed frame, etc.
    Rant: Sick for the past week and a half and my doc won’t call me back.
    Rave: Soup and smoothies and hot tea- yum.

  • Rave: I got my grad school entrance exam grades back, and they are fantastic. New year’s resolution #1 is to get into an elite grad program, and this really helps!

    Rant: Chronic anxiety. If there isn’t something to be anxious about, I make something up.

    Rant #2: Trying to pep-talk myself up to addressing my work situation, but I keep getting butterflies. But I know that no one else is going to look out for me if I don’t.

  • Happy New Year everyone!!!

    Rant: None that can truly be too upset about. Oh wait, went to a funeral in NY last Friday and the “wife” (more like mother of his kids) who was never actually his (the deceased) wife made the whole damn thing about her. It was so ridiculous. I could go on and on about it but I will just say this – normally (funerals I have been to anyway), “wives”, kids…don’t get up to speak when they lose the husban/father but this chick got up there with sunglasses on in the funeral home and pretty much went on and on about her. It was crazy.

    Rave: Going to Vegas next week for a full week for CES and staying at the Bellagio and Aria. Going to see cool, not out yet electronics, eat good, drink good and gamble my ass off. Blackjack anyone?

  • Rave: The cold!! It’s finally winter to this upper midwesterner.

    Rant: Would really appreciate one driving commute where I didn’t scream in terror.

  • claire

    Rant: Why do I feel like I am keeping track of everything at work?
    Rave: Getting recognition from my boss about it (“No one here knows everything… well, Claire’s approaching it”).

    Rave: Fun time with roommates last night.
    Rave: Planning my bday party. Going to really do it up with multiple rounds of small plate party food (and then the piece de resistance: a chocolate cake with salted caramel ganache, naturally). Baked brie and bacon-wrapped dates are a sure thing, have to figure out some other ideas…

    • I know tomatoes are out of season, but these were a big hit at my housewarming party, and they’re really easy to put together, especially if you have one of those olive oil sprayers: http://www.letschow.net/2009/08/03/simple-caprese-bites/

      • claire

        Thanks for the suggestion! Actually gave me some good inspiration – now I’m thinking I’ll do a Lebanese variant on caprese, using labne instead of mozz, mint instead of basil, and cucumber instead of tomato…

    • Stop this talk of future deliciousness right now. You have been warned. In the cold light of day, it has become abundantly clear that I had too many fatty, sweet, bacon-wrapped, cant-stop myself from eating items over the holidays. I must now limit myself to salad until mid-March.

  • me

    Rant: Being forced to take a certification exam next week, and I am not even close to being prepared due to the short notice. I haven’t studied since grad school, but feel like I will be pulling a couple all-nighters in the next few days.

    Rave: I’m not sure how this happened, but I didn’t gain any weight over the holidays and actually lost about 2lbs. Here’s to hoping it’s due to moderation and not some sort of parasite or something.

    Rant 2: My cat, as cute as she is, decided she wanted me awake to play with her around 4am this morning and wouldn’t take no for an answer.

  • Rant: Because I am a moron, I’ve been staying up too late and not getting enough sleep.

    Additional rant: See yesterday’s rant about the cold. It’s still cold outside, and my normally-toasty office is also chilly.

    Rave: I’m writing a fun email to my Grandpa. I’m glad that he’s healthy and still sharp as a tack at 88.

  • Rant: Physically feeling rank. Alas, this cold weather has given me the start of a cold coupled with a general sense of Blah.

    Rave: Not sure yet. I want to sleep on the couch all day and then wake up intermittently to catch a glimpse of SATC playing on my TV. I guess that’s what you call a Fantasy Rave?

  • Rave: Starting grad school today.

    Rant: Starting grad school today.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: I hate the cold. Yesterday and today the cat stayed under the covers while I had to get up and go to work in the freezing cold.

    Rave: Long underwear left over from a ill-advised year in SoDak kept me mostly warm this morning.

    Rave: Stupid class I hate teaching wasn’t bad (good students) and motivated me to be more productive!

  • Bear

    Rave: Heading to Murchison National Park for my last weekend in Uganda. Hoping to snag some baby lions or something to smuggle back home. They’d make good pets in my 1-BR apartment, right?

    Rave: The music selection at the club next to my apartment. This week they’ve had a smooth jazz singer who does covers of American gems like Sweet Home Alabama and Hotel California.

    Rave: Rode a motorcycle taxi for the first time. Actually, it was my first time on a motorcycle. It was fun, and probably really dangerous since we were weaving in and out of traffic and I did not have a helmet.

    Rant: Despite all of the above I am ready to be home, where I have a washing machine, water pressure, and my electric toothbrush. It’s the little things…

    • I LOVE moto-taxis. Totally not good in terms of safety but so much fun :-D.
      Have a safe trip home!

      • Bear

        Fun and cheap! It was like 75 cents. And probably safer than walking to my destination, given the lack of crosswalks and batshit crazy drivers in Kampala.

        • The moto-taxis are the best way to get around Kampala…but certainly not safe. A lot of aid orgs have expressly forbidden their employees to take them…

    • Bear

      Additional rant: I am locked out of my Flickr account. This has happened with some of my other online accounts when I try to log in from overseas, but I have always been able to reset my password and get back in. Not so with Flickr–it doesn’t recognize my alternate email address and won’t let me reset my password. I emailed customer service several weeks ago about it and still can’t access my account. So, not only can I not add new pictures to my account, but I can’t manage any of the photos that are already there and visible to the public. Really frustrating.

  • RANT: hellebores that just started to bloom are looking mighty rough getting bit by the frosty, frosty weather.
    RAVE: bought two big bags of mulch Monday and put them on just in the nick of time. Along with a couple of random half-priced fritillaria imperialis bulbs I dropped in just before the cold snap.
    RANT: near-permanent sinus problem has made it impossible for me to breathe through my nose for months.
    RAVE: my two year-old cracks me up by saying, “!Salud, daddy!” every single time I blow my nose.

  • Rant: My grandma broke her hip.

    Rave: Hip replacement went perfectly, and the surgeon was very impressed at how young and spry she is for a 91 year old. He also said that he had never done a hip replacement for a 91 year old lady who had broken said hip while taking off her scuba fins. Yeah, that’s right. Grandma is passionate about diving, and goes out nearly every day. Her first question post-op was “when can I swim again?”

  • Rant: I feel like pedestrians jaywalk much more dangerously when they’re cold. Felt like I was in a game of frogger on my way home last night.

  • Rave: My new Kindle Touch 3G
    Rave: The Hunger Games
    Rave: Kitty loves me reading in bed and fell into a deep sleep with her little toesies touching my face last night.

  • Rant: Co-worker slurps coffee unnecessarily loud. It drives me bonkers.

    Rave: Three day work week (!!!!), which limits the amount of slurping I have to hear.

    Rave/rant: She’s great so I feel like an a-hole for being annoyed.

    I’m the first to recognize that I’m doing pretty well if this is my biggest issue right now… 🙂

  • Rant: I just made the biggest, stupidest mistake I’ve ever made in my professional “career,” which is going to cost my company a bunch of money and probably me a promotion, and am, for the first time ever, crying at work.

    Rave: Maybe it will make a good dark-humor story some day.

    Rave: Worse things could happen, right?

    Rant: It just feels HORRIBLE.

    • I’m sorry. For what it’s worth, we’ve all been there… at least I have. Do whatever you can and get more months/years of good performance and you’ll get a promotion eventually. Or heck, go find a new job that pays better anyway.

    • I’ve been there too. Go ahead and feel horrible for a bit – then take a deep breath and think about how you can recover/move forward.

      And yes, it probably could be worse but thank goodness it isn’t.

      Hang in there!

    • Elza – that sucks. But I think we all have at least one horror story, I have several, to that extend. Hope it works out at the end. Hang in there!

  • Rave: I was actually able to make a payment on my student loans this month
    Rant: I didn’t get enough grants and scholarships in college now I’m stuck with thousands of dollars in loans. Education should be free. Especially since I am NOT working my field, in fact, I’m not working at all.
    Double Rant: The weather is getting ridiculous. Sub Zero wind chills this week and in the 60s next week. This is why everyone is sick. I hate the weather in DC, I could see if Mother Nature would decide to stick with Winter for the remainder of the season rather than having multiple personality disorder.

  • rant: I always feel like I’m a criminal when I go to buy a decongestant at CVS – I swear that I don’t have a meth lab in my kitchen!
    rant: People who like to play devil’s advocate or who like to argue for the same of arguing. They don’t seem to understand that they’re wasting my time and that I don’t enjoy going through the process of mental masturbation with them.

  • Rant (two): People who wear flip flops when it’s 35 degrees outside AND people who come to work with a cold

    Rave: It snowed (well, snowshowers) yesterday (at least in CH)!

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