Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

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: Who decided that scattering mothballs in the treebox was a great way to deter dogs from pooping there? Half the blocks stinks of them, and they’ll get into the soil and water. That can’t be good.

    And whoever did it was a little clever… they covered several houses’ worth of treebox, so you can’t tell which homeowner is protecting their turf with this nasty stuff.

  • Rant: Wife left me.
    Rave: Wife left me.

      • the rant yes, the rave not so much

        • It is more rant than rave now but in a just a few short years it will be all rave.

          Went through the same thing a few years back. All the misery, pain, hating women and life in general. Then, after 2+ years, something finally clicked and I couldn’t be happier. Seriously. It is just the weirest thing. I could have NEVER imagined feeling this way just a few short years ago.

          I hope it works out the same for you. Hopefully it will take you less time than it took me.

    • What happen?

    • Wow dude. That sucks…hang in there. I have a couple really good friends who are at different points in that process. It sucks really hard to start, but gets better. Good luck.

  • Rant: I’m having one of my “I hate DC” days.

  • me

    Rant: I’m tired of being uninspired/unfulfilled. I wish my job allowed me to have time in the evenings to do something else that actually means something to me. Instead, I barely have the time to get the stuff done around the house that absolutely needs to be done. It’s so frustrating.

    Rant: Asking the client a question and getting two completely opposite answers in the same sentence.

    Rant/rave: My parents are moving out of the house I grew up in. It’s kind of sad, but also kind of awesome, because they’re moving to the beach!

    • My parents too!! Man, I didn’t think I’d be that impacted by the move but heck, it’s hard. Even my best buddies from school are sad about it.
      We’re planning a big bash to say goodbye to the old house. Perhaps you could so one too!

    • anon. gardener

      This doesn’t answer the existential life question, but i had the problem of no time left over after doing house chores. And i don’t have your crazy commute. we got a Neato, and it has improved our quality of life. that little guy does the vacuuming, the house feels clean all the time, and we only have to deep clean the place once a month. it was totally worth the price, and hsn/qvc lets you pay in installments. unbelievable how long it can take to vacuum a house.

      • anon. gardener

        Ha, I hear Neato starting up right now.

      • me

        You know what, that’s probably not a bad idea. We’ve been doing a pretty good job of staying on top of any of our messes (like making sure to not let dishes pile up, quit stacking mail on the counter, etc), but the floors have always been an issue, especially with cat hair. I will look into that, thanks!

        • anon. gardener

          We’ve got a super shedding dog, and a cat. it was depressing to vacuum, and then immediately see a ball of dog hair go tumbling by. The Big Life Issues are hard to resolve, but these everyday chores have solutions! Robots! Your house has a different energy when it’s clean – a Neato will make you happier on many levels.

    • My parents sold their house several years ago and moved into a condo before going to their retirement community. It was rough. After they moved, the buyer tore it down to build a mcmansion.

  • Revel: IT’S FRIDAY!!!
    Rant: I am still trying to kick this super-virus I picked up before xmas. It seems like many people got it. Why can’t I be one of those people who never gets sick? I don’t even eat McDonald’s or Twinkies…much.
    Revel: IT’S FRIDAY!!!

    • Garlic is the best for this one. Oregano oil too. I call it “the Consumption.” Have had it like 9 weeks now. Ugh.

  • Rave: Heading up to Philly for my birthday weekend- staying in a hotel in my hometown (I don’t think I’ve ever done that! We usually stay with family and friends) and I’m so psyched.

    Rave: Friday night celebration with just my husband, Surprise party for my uncle Saturday night with my massive family (just added cousin number 86) and Sunday birthday brunch with my immediate family.

    Rant: As much as I love DC, I really wish I lived closer to my family. It’s not too far but still three hours is not the same as 10 minutes…

    • me

      I wish DC was only 3 hours away from my parents. I went to college about 3.5 hours away from home, and I thought it was perfect- too far for too many “unannounced visits” from the parents, but also close enough that if I absolutely had to get home, I could. Now I’m about a 9-hr drive. No fun.

      • Trust me – I know I’m lucky to have it just be three hours. But I’m really missing out being an adult and hanging with my brothers and cousins (and parents) up there. I’m thankful I get to see them every once in a while but (selfishly) I’d like to see them more.

        • And that DC to Philly drive is not a fun one. Unless you go at 3am and there happens to be no construction. I’m exhausted just thinking about the damn traffic to get up there.

          • SouthwestDC

            Really? I do that drive often and hardly ever encounter traffic (Thanksgiving weekend excluded). Deleware used to be a bottleneck but for the past two or three years I usually breeze right through it. The leg of the trip where I’m most likely to get stuck in traffic is south of Baltimore, and that’s just the usual DC-area stuff.

          • I’ve found the quickest way to Phila is to take 50 over the Bay Bridge to 301, you’ll pick up 95 almost in Phila and there’s NEVER any traffic, including the Sunday after Turkey day. I agree though about the 3 hour drive to see family and friends…I don’t go as often as I could/should…maybe 3-4 times a year.

        • SouthwestDC

          My family’s up near Philly too. I think I’ll probably move back up there eventually, once my parents get older and/or my sister has kids. Luckily there are job opportunities in my field there.

          Having family nearby can be a burden though; my girlfriend’s mom lives 45 minutes outside of the city and expects her to visit every weekend. Even a “quick visit” can end up consuming most of a Saturday or Sunday. I’d rather dedicate an entire weekend every month or so to see family. And the three-hour drive is not bad at all– at least we don’t have to get one a plane to do it like many people here.

  • Rave: Forgot my metrocard this morning, so after boarding the bus had to get off and walk back home for my card. BUT the bus driver stopped in the middle of the block to ask me if I wanted to board anyway. I know it’s popular sport to complain about metrobus, but the drivers on the routes I take the most are always pleasant and helpful.

    Rave: I walked to work, which I do almost every day, except that today I was lugging a big package and running late. BUT the light was magical this morning, I would have missed that if I had ridden the bus.

    Rave: I was too late to mail my package before my first meeting. BUT it’s a slow day at work so I can take an unusual mid-day excursion out of my building to the post office, it will feel like playing hooky for 20 minutes!

    Rave: Forgot my lunch on the kitchen counter. BUT since I’m going to the post office anyway, I can stop and pick up something different for lunch today.

    Rave: Having one of those days. BUT not letting it turn into one of those days.

    • Rave: I love your rave of “having one of those days but not letting it turn into one of those days!!” I decided a few days ago that I was going to have “good” days as often as possible, and not just by being reliant on “good things” happen to make them so but by making every effort to be postive, kind and do self-less acts that will turn even my bad days into good ones, so far it has been great and I am smiling more and enjoying the little things!

  • Rave: Magnum bars being sold in the US! I bought three packs last night at the grocery store
    Rave: I’m pregnant, so I can pretend that half of those are for the fetus 🙂
    Rave: Last day of WAMU pledge drive!

    • I remember when Magnum bars started being sold in the US last spring. For the first month or so, they were hard to find and I seemed to be on a constant hunt for them. My friends made fun of me endlessly! I’m glad I’m not the only one who loves them.

  • Rant: One of the privacy protection tools I use in Chrome is causing the browser’s back button to lead to a never-ending churn.

    Rant: “It’s the smell, if there is such a thing. I feel saturated by it. I can taste your stink, And every time I do, I fear that I’ve somehow been infected by it.”

    • “…I have to get…out. I have to break…free,” out of DC is the key–my key.

      (No…not really, but it seemed to fit with yesterday’s discussion on PoP.)

    • Rave: I cleaned my browser cache – which took about 2 minutes – and my navigation issues are resolved.

  • Rave: took the day off and got the kitty to the vet – already back home.
    Rant: Kitty has fleas!
    Rave: vet was the cutest guy I have ever met.

    • My cat had fleas too 🙁 I was all prepared for it to be some in depth complicated skin condition. All things considered, i was glad it was fleas. Enjoy the rest of your day!

  • Rant: Woke up this morning to find a tree trimming crew put up ‘Emergency No Parking’ signs that started at 7 am. They put the signs up overnight!

    Rave: No ticket on the car.

    Rant: I feel slightly bad that I yelled so much at the tree trimming crew who were just doing their jobs.

  • rave: it’s FRIDAY

    rave: 3 day weekend

    rave: hopefully getting some much needed new clothes this weekend

    rave: planning a trip to a new city where i may end up moving. going to go up and scope it out.

    rave: the sun is out

  • claire

    Rave: Friday. Desperately need this weekend!
    Rant: Lots to get done today and I have almost zero motivation.

    Rant: Have to drive out to Sterling to work an event tomorrow.
    Rave: Still get to sleep in tomorrow, and that’s going to feel so good.

  • Rave: My boyfriend and I made this killer thai chicken stew stuff last night

    Rant: It’s so hard to eat well when he is around, so I’ll probably gain back a pound or so by next week. He prefers “delicious” to “healthy” and never gains a pound. Sigh.

    Rave: Belated Valentine’s day dinner tonight at a Peruvian place (can’t remember the name of it, but it’s in Adams Morgan, and the owner is really cool)

    • claire

      My boyfriend and I have the opposite problem (I prefer delicious and he prefers healthy), but the solution is to find things that are both! Not always the easiest, but we cook a lot of tasty stews (beans and lentils can be really delicious!) and a lot of interesting salads (I used to be anti-salad but it’s all about filling it with tasty bits and pieces, like nuts and peppers). Also helps to define what “healthy” means to you – for some, it’s low calories, others low fat, others low carb, etc.

      Any recipe for the Thai chicken stew?

  • Rave: 3 day weekend and hopefully getting off early today.

    Rant: Just left the bathroom and found out that my coworkers son was robbed at gunpoint last night around 11 or so by 3 dudes around Union Station/Cap Hill (6th and F NE).

  • Rave: Leaving my job for a few months on a detail.

    Rave: In charge of finding 2 student interns to replace me. From posting jobs, ranking resumes, and selecting candidates to interview. Hoping my supervisor will allow me to sit in on the interview, or even better – conduct the interview on my own!

    Rant: Some of the resumes I have received are horrible! Bad grammar and spelling mistakes? The job description clearly states no seniors, yet 75% of the resumes I have received have been from…you guessed it – seniors!

    If anyone knows of a student (no seniors – undergrad/grad) who would like a student internship with a federal agency (part-time to full-time $14/hr, with option to renew every year until graduation), let me know! We have a communication and administrative position available.

    • As a senior undergraduate student who would LOVE an internship that could turn into a position/get a food in the door in a federal agency, I’m curious: why no seniors?

      • me

        I would assume because you have less than a semester to go before you’re out of school and they’re looking for something more permanent.

      • We aren’t accepting Seniors because it’s so late in the year. By the time the applicant goes through background and obtains his/her security clearance, they might not start the internship until early April. If a Senior is graduating in May, that only leaves a month or two of an internship. Not ideal, as we are looking for a long-term intern.

    • I know someone who may be interested… What’s the best way to get in touch with you about the position?

  • Rant: the QOTD is freakin depressing.

  • Rant: sinus problems this week prevented me from exercise.

    Rave: I’m feeling better now and I’m going to go running today.

  • Rave: A beautiful morning.

    Rant: My boyfriend and I had a tiff last night. It makes me feel like arse because it was over something petty and then it expanded into some other issues. Makes me want to take a solo trip and find myself…

  • me

    An additional rant and rave:

    Rant: Just noticing that missed so many patches on my leg whilst shaving this morning. I know I was tired, but WOW, this is embarassing.

    Rave: It may have also been because my cat decided to shower with me, creating a huge, splashy mess. 🙂

    • I think it’s extraordinarily unlikely that anyone else will notice the patches on your legs.

      And how cute that the kitty wanted to shower with you. Mine wanted pets while I was brushing my teeth. Aren’t they the best?

    • claire

      Reminds me of one of the cats we had growing up… she was fascinated by the shower (though she wouldn’t get under the water). Whenever I was showering, she would manage to sneak into the bathroom, and open the shower door so she could watch the water, and when the shower wasn’t in use, I would put down a little cup of water for her – she would take a sip or two, then knock it over and try to stop it from going down the drain. Thanks for the memories, and no worries, no one will notice patchy legs – and anyone who could notice probably shouldn’t care!

    • A cat that wanted to be in a shower – I didn’t think that was possible. Cat’s hate water (I thought).

      • me

        Our others don’t like water. But this one likes to get in sinks (especially when the tap is running) and shower with me, as I have a somewhat large shower with a built-in step about a foot or so in it, which he’ll start to sit on when I turn the water on, but when I start to actually shower, it’s like playtime in there for him. It’ll take me an extra 10 minutes to get ready in the morning because I have to clean soap out of his hair and dry it. Then again, he’s a weird, puppy-like cat. His antics may be exhausting sometimes, but it makes us love him that much more because he has such personality.

      • anon. gardener

        when my cat was little, he’d do this too – sit on the edge of the tub when i took a bath, get into the tub when i took a shower. He’s a sink-loving, drink from the tap kind of cat still. Sometimes i think he likes water more than our Labrador does.

    • I usually takes baths instead of showers, and my cat is always on the edge of the tub with me and sometimes steps down on my leg to get a sip of water.

  • Rant: For some reason I feel guilty for not working out yesterday (and probably today too), even though I’m sick with a belly ache and headache.

    Rant: The heater in my apartment isn’t working

    Rant: The girl downstairs kept me up with her loud sex moans

    Rave: My girlfriends are coming over tonight to pamper me back to health 🙂

  • rant: my soul-sucking office is open monday.

    rant: people who don’t proofread or use spellcheck, particularly when i have nicely asked them to do so multiple times.

    rant: comments to the question of the day are not fun to read.

    rave: i really, really love my non-work life.

  • SouthwestDC

    rant: Huge fire on the other side of the river– looks like it might be the Anacostia high school building. Hope everyone got out ok.

  • Rant/Rave: Getting a security system installed in my house on Monday.

  • Rant: My office is looking really blah, and I want to make it more colorful.

    Anyone have suggestions for where I can get some really vibrant prints of non-typical DC sights? I can find all kinds of pictures of the memorials, etc., but I’m looking for something more abstract… like shots of 14th Street near Logan/U Street, cool rowhouses, Dupont Circle, Mount Vernon Triangle, Eastern Market, etc. Something that actually reflects where I live and/or spend a lot of my time.

  • Rant: The people doing the Sherman Avenue reconstruction project should pay for my car repairs… Seriously, they should close the road instead of making it into a wild path of lumps, it feels like an off-road course. Amateurs.

    Rant: Bums in the neighborhood, people that hang out on my doorstep and leave trash, acting like they have a right to hang out on my door step. Are cops getting lazy from all the speed camera revenue or what?

  • Rant: Probably moving out of DC in the spring. Makes me sad but after living in a craphole apartment with a drunk landlord who never fixes things because he “doesn’t have the money to fix that”, an apartment with such bad wood floors that my socks get holes in them, and our downstairs neighbors who smoke indoors, I think I’m ready.

    Rave: For moving just outside the city there will be more sq. footage, more dog friendly parks/areas, and better amenities. Makes it a little sweeter even though I really love the city.

  • Rave/Rant: I had a nice stroll through Georgetown for a work errand this morning…but had to climb the hill to get back!

    Rant: Last night was the first time I had all week to lounge around at home…but my roommates invited people over to drink. So over this.

    Rave: Brunch at Eatonville tomorrow morning!

    Rave: Possible snowstorm!!

    Rave: 3 day weekend!!!

  • I am sick of that little troll of a doorman who works at The Raven. He’s a putz.

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