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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  • em

    Rant: Co-workers who think that they must respond to every request immediately rather than waiting for the responsible party to weigh in.

    Revel: Cute dogs at Westminster on tv.

    Rant: Poofy Pekingnese won instead one of the big dogs.

    Revel: Shelter dogs are just as cute (or cuter!).

    Rant: Shelter dogs need a nationally-televised show, too!

  • rant: hookah hangover

    rant: not enough sleep

    rave: was totally worth it

    rant: should have called in sick today

    rave: he’s really handsome

  • me

    Rant: I accidentally deleted a voicemail from my grandma that I had been saving for years. She has dementia now and doesn’t remember me. I feel like I lost the last tangible link I had to her.

    Rave: My coworkers on my new project seem to be really nice, so that will be a really good change of pace.

    Rant: My new project is somewhere where I have to drive through a really dicey and high-crime area with a good amount of traffic lights, and so driving through there really freaks me out. I don’t like sitting at a red light and having people on the street stare at me and start to walk up to my car before I can go again. But I don’t know what to do about it. Is there anything I CAN do about it? (Also, that route is the only possible way to get to where I need to go.)

    • You wouldn’t be the first worker to get shot in the militarized zone of DC. Run the light if you have to, way better than a bullet.

      Sad about voicemail. My mom’s husband is starting to lose his mind it seems, very sad to see the impact it is having on the family.

    • really sorry to hear about your gma. my grandmother had dementia/alzheimers really bad as well for several years before she passed. it’s such a terrible thing.

    • You might be able to get your phone company to retrieve it. Especially if it was left on your cell phone. I’ve heard of them doing this before. Worth a shot, anyway.

    • @me
      I would suggest you keep your doors locked and valuables out of site. I would also suggest you do some research to see exactly how many crimes have been committed by people walking up to cars and robbing people in cars in the area you are going to. I suspect it is a lot less then you think.

      • me

        Thank you. In the few-mile-long area that I am concerned about, the stats for 2010 show an average of 3 carjackings or attempted carjackings per month. I can’t find a stat for 2011, and it’s not clear about the type of robberies in the stats. Unfortunately, I drive a luxury SUV as well, so maybe that just plays into my fears. I’ll just have to keep my situational awareness up.

        • anon. gardener

          Great advice to keep everything out of sight – nothing on the seats, nothing visible. Also, cultivate your don’t-eff-with-me face. It is possible to project a no fear, back the eff up attitude while seated inside a car. Bonus that you are in an SUV and thus looking down on people – or at least eye level with them. On this few mile stretch, think about all your rants – no one wants to mess with an angry person if they have a choice.

          • But don’t get too wrapped up in rants/anger.

            (I was once driving while imagining an angry conversation between myself and my mother… and made an unwise left turn and totaled my car.)

        • Make sure to leave space between you and the car ahead of you in case you need to escape the red light at some point. And if all else fails just let them have the car.

          • Better yet, when in the hood, just do jersey stops at stop signs and when you get to red lights, briefly stop, look both ways and go. Apparently, this is taught in defensive driving classes and the police say you should do it.

            Please note the sarcasm.

    • Awwe, sorry about the voicemail. I had a picture on my camera of my Dad just before he died, listening to my nephew in my sis-in-law’s stomach with a stethoscope, and a friend accidentally deleted it. I was uber sad.

    • Is nobody going to as what “really dicey and high-crime area with a good amount of traffic lights” me is talking about?

      @Me, what area/streets are you talking about?

      • I was thinking the same thing but didn’t have time to post. I’m trying to imagine a place in DC (or near DC?) that only has one access route which is a several mile long stretch of dangerous neighborhood with lots of traffic lights. I don’t think I’ve seen anything like this anywhere but admittedly there are plenty of places I haven’t seen.

        • me

          It’s in Maryland. And I have to get to a building that is at the end of a dead-end street. So in order to get to that street, I can either come from one or another way on another street, etc. I’ve worked it out so that from the highway, there really are only 2 ways to get to the place, and it’s all down the same street. Thanks for the replies, everyone!

        • anon. gardener

          yeah, I was thinking Baltimore. I’ve had similar experiences there, but I was in a big truck and had my angry face on – angry at myself for listening to the GPS instead of my own common sense – so it was more interesting than scary.

  • Rant: Day 2 of my step niece’s murder trial. Hoping for a short trial that ends in a life sentence for the POS that killed her. Who kills a 7 month old?
    Pro: Her father has seemed to find peace in all of this.

    Rave: I get to go home to see my family for 10 days tomorrow.
    Rave: I love my church’s Shrove Tuesday Children’s parade and I am excited to help my niece and nephews decorate their bicycles for it.

  • Rave: Amazing timing with catching the recycling truck this a.m.! Handed my recyclables right into the hands of a DPW worker! I live in a studio apartment and I need all the space I can get! 🙂

    Rant: Tired of sharing a job! This is my second job where I have the exact same title as someone else and everything has to be negotiated and everything ends up being competitive. What kind of managerial strategy is this anyway?

    Rave: The beautiful weather!

  • Rant: Work is SO. SLOW. Asking project managers if I can jump in on anything hasn’t yielded any results. Not sure if anything is in the pipeline. Looking for another job…

    Rant: Waiting to hear if the seller accepted our offer…

  • claire

    Rave: For a couple who agreed not to do anything special for Valentine’s Day, my boyfriend and I had a really good Valentine’s Day yesterday.
    Rave: Realizing that every day with my boyfriend feels special (sorry for the sappiness!).

    Rave: Days getting longer. Soon I’ll actually be able to see some sunlight when I leave work!

    • +100 on your second rave! My dog is easily spooked in the dark and I’m so happy there is more and more daylight on our morning walks.

  • Rant: POS car
    Rave: My sexy Valentine gave me the present I REALLY wanted, oh yeah
    Rave: Three day weekend , can’t start soon enough

  • Rant: After wiping my backed up hard drive to install a new OS, I’ve found that I’m missing iPhoto and my whole Office suite on my laptop. At least it was an outdated Office program and now I have an excuse to upgrade that too, but still hassle and $$.

    Rant: Although I like to stay busy, it’s possible I’ve overloaded myself with personal responsibilities.

    Rave: Boyfriend is coming to town this weekend, so I’ll have an excuse to relax and tell people no, which I seem to have a very hard time doing.

    • Just a thought, but if you’re updating your OS, why not buy a new hard drive? Hard drives only last 3 years reliably anyway.

  • Rave: The surge of Santorum. His ability to come from behind proves he has the resolve to be president.

  • Rave: Got to spend my Valentine’s Day with my husband at the Patriot Center watching our alma mater win on a buzzer beater three-pointer. Go Mason!!

    Rant: It was a late game (9pm), so with the drive back to DC, we didn’t get home until nearly 1. (The no sleep was totally worth that game though!)

    Rave: Nothing to do tonight so I can make up for lack of sleep with a nap with the puppy when I get home from work.

  • Rant: childhood friend of mine just sent me an onion video about Obama and I am very concerned she think it is real news. (she also questions his citizenship).
    Rave: beautiful day today!
    Rave: S.O. gave me Madonna tickets for valentines day!

  • Rant/Rave: My fundraiser came up $80 short…but we still made almost $8,000!

    Rant: Valentine’s Day. Boyfriend and I didn’t even utter one “Happy Valentine’s Day” and I had dinner with friends. Then we met up, went home, and fell asleep watching Teen Mom 2.

    Rave: One whole year until next Valentine’s Day!

    Rant/Rave: Yet another slow/boring day but this gives me time to get some reading done for my small group tonight. Theology, wahoo.

  • Rant: big valentines day fight with the significant other. Stupid f’ing holiday.

  • Rave: Made pizza from scratch with my wife last night.

    Rant: All of the rude, self-important/entitled people in Whole Foods on P st. last night that don’t know the phrase/word excuse me, pardon me or sorry. What is wrong with people? It was so bad that I just left out after 5 minutes. I am sure someone is going to say I need to relax but if I was to to run into/bump them like that I am sure it would be a different story.

    • i was at whole foods at around 3 yesterday. it was crazy! seemed like a lot of newbie grocery shoppers.

    • +100 to rude washingtonians who dont use excuse me and thanks.

      something wrong with people here and its getting worse.

      • If it’s “getting worse” you might want to think it is not the people who are from here but the people that are moving here that are rude, no?!?

        Marshmellow City: whiter, wealthier and rude as fuck

        (end sarcasm)

    • The salad bar area is a war zone!

    • I’m so glad someone else feels that way at the P St Wholefoods.

      On a similar rant, I said, “Hello”, “Thank you”, “Excuse me” countless times yesterday and NOT ONE PERSON responded. Makes me ill.

      • hmm. maybe you should try going into it not expecting anything from people you say hello to. expectations are a recipe for disappointment. if your friendliness comes from a place of true generosity (it’s unhealthy and not fair to test the world) you might find that people return your friendliness more often. people in my building are weird like that too… I mean, why don’t they want to say hi to their NEIGHBORS? I just keep saying hello and laugh to myself when they act like I’m being strange.

        I frequent the WF on P too, but I think we should all just make it the cultural norm to be friendly and polite there. maybe it’ll catch on. I really think it’s cultural because people in CA are generally friendly, but I’m always taken aback by how rude they are since nobody ever says “excuse me”.

  • Rant: The biker last night that thought she was more important that everyone else on the road.

    Rant: Coming home after said incident with biker and Whole Foods fiasco and finding white Glad bags of trash just laying on the sidewalk.

    Rave: Picking up said trash and throwing it in our supercan.

    Rave: No rats jumped out of said bags.

  • Rave: Yesterday was a great day! Surprise flowers from my husband, and a fun evening with my sister and daughters.

    Rant: So tired today, and I have a meeting after work, so I probably won’t be home until after 9.

    Rave: It’s a gorgeous day, so I can walk to the meeting and avoid the bus.

    Rave: Three-day weekend coming up, and Monday also happens to be my son’s birthday. I see cake in my future!

  • Rave/Rant: Work – when it rains it pours. Today it is raining cats and dogs but at least I have stuff to keep me busy unlike most other days that are painstakingly slow (while still finding time to check PoP 🙂 ).

    Rave: Treated myself to good chocolates yesterday and it was totally worth it.

  • Rant: The leftover slice of pizza and PF Chang’s spicy chicken I just ate for lunch definitely was not on my diet plan.
    Rave: At least I’ve lost 29.7 pounds.

    • Oooh, do tell your secrets! And congratulations! 🙂

    • Congrats! My wife is down 19.something, and is working really hard. Keep up the good work!

    • Great job on the weight loss! How much is the goal? Nearly 30lbs is a lot already.

      • The goal is 90 so I have a long way to go! I am doing the Couch to 5k running app and it’s definitely taking me longer than it claims but that is mainly due to the fact that I am an extreme beginner and repeat sessions numerous times before moving on to the next. So far I am up to running 2.5 miles.

        • Hey, me too! I’m not quite getting in 3x per week, but I made it to 2.75 miles, and have seen great results so far. I’m nervous to hit that 3m/5k point! Keep up the awesomeness!

          • Where all do you run? I hate trying to find safe places to run after work. I’m glad the days are slowly getting longer though!

          • Not sure where you live– I really enjoy the loop around the McMillan Reservoir. I go up 1st Street from Rhode Island (it’s a good “warm up”/ walk because it’s uphill), then turn left and run along Michigan and down around 5th Street. It’s really beautiful during sunset.

          • Yeah, I only run outdoors on weekends for that reason. Usually down Tennessee from H St. NE to Lincoln park and do a couple laps and head back. After work, it’s on the treadmill, either at my work gym or the gym I belong to. Definitely not looking to get into trouble running in the dark, especially since I’m not very fast!

          • Thank you houseintherear. That is on my way home from work so maybe I’ll start planning ahead and stop there on the way home one evening.

    • So cool – mabdc, congrats on all your hard work!! What an accomplishment. Besides, you deserve a treat every once in awhile since you’ll get right back on track anyhow. Keep up the great work! 🙂

  • Mid-day Rave: Just saw local news sensationalist sensation Pat Collins at Starbucks!! I even said, after overcoming my shyness, ‘I like your work Pat.’ He responded with a gracious thank you and smile. That guy’s pieces on NBC4 are always such a trip! Snowmageddon, the banana man, and definitely the Ghana-bound flight from Dulles that had to turn around all rank in my top favorites. Look them up if you need an afternoon break. 🙂

  • More confession than rant:

    I engaged in some rude/ aggressive driving yesterday (Monday?) as I went around Grant Circle. I am not 100% sure I was in the wrong as the other driver did not have a signal out and that was irritating .. but I should have let the car in.
    She was pissed because she eventually passed me and stopped to scowl/yell at me through her closed window.
    I just want to say that I regret being rude and HOPE I am generally a generous person/driver.

    So .. for all the other drivers that piss you/us off, perhaps there is a chance that they sometimes regret their behavior. Something to keep in mind to help prevent a rude driver from ruining your mood.

  • Rant: My skin is soooooooo dry in the winter. I lather on the lotion and it works for 2 minutes. Anyone have any miracle products they recommend?

    • a friend in college taught me to put baby oil on my skin before getting out of the shower. it works wonders for me during the winter, although if you try it, make sure you have anti-slip mat/stickies in the shower.

      • Yes, try the baby oil GEL and it’s less messy and slippery. I put it on after the shower to lock in moisture and on my feetsies before bed.

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