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.

Rant: It has rained at some point during every single PoPville happy hour.

Revel: Looking forward to meeting the brave souls who make it out tonight.

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  • orderedchaos

    Rant: Rain, rain, go away.

    Rave: Just returned from a long vacation where we had 11 straight days of no rain, even while in the rain forest. So really, no complaints.

    Rave: PoP HH!

  • Rant: Can’t make it to the PoP happy hour tonight- I have class. Have fun everyone!! Have a drink for me :-D.

    Rant: Work- so much ugly and frustrating crap to get through before I can actually work on something interesting.

    Rave: Good ol’ chocolate chip cookies – seriously, you cannot beat them.

    Rave: Long run yesterday in the beautiful weather while listening to Radiolab.

  • pablo .raw

    Rant: Harrased by metro train operator last week

    Rave: My story about being harrased by metro train operator http://tbd.ly/w9YFyI

    • Great story. I think people should be far more outraged at these ignorant and intimidating tactics against photographers. Same thing happens with TSA.

      • Well now, I am sympathetic to anyone who has to deal with people who don’t know the rules and overstep their authority, but why should I be outraged about this in particular?

      • gotta wonder if they think it’s legal for tourists to take pictures of The White House? Or Capitol building, monuments, etc…
        Little people on power trips are the biggest threat to our freedoms.

    • Pablo, the story says that you were “setting up” a shot. Were you using a tripod? If so, then the driver was correct.
      If not, then never mind… 🙂

      • pablo .raw

        No, I was not using a tripod; I know it’s not allowed. I was setting it up for a 4 second exposure with a 2 sec. delay. Then I placed my camera on the floor, and stayed there next to it waiting for the camera to take the photo. Apparently that freaked him out.

  • rave: breaking bad. it such a good series, i am midway through the third season and haven’t been this into a show since the wire.

    rant: it has made me very curious about the real effects of crystal meth.

  • Rave: I’m also going to HH tonight! Yay!

    Rave: It is so close to my apartment that I don’t care about the rain. 🙂

    Rant: A long day of filling out spreadsheets and writing monthly reports awaits me first.

  • There is a Washington Post articile about a rant submitted the other day. About the priest denying communion at a funeral.

    • Rave: She got a very kind letter from the Archdiocese.
      Rant: Not a word from the putzy priest.
      Rave: It made Dan Savage, the Seattle Times and St. Petersburg Fl. Paper.
      Rant: There are some very very mean (and ignorant) Catholic commentors out there.

    • Rave: I was very pleased to see the family members involved explicitly state that they didn’t see the incident as a gay rights issue or as a reason to bash the Catholic church.

      • I’m very glad that the Post included those points as welll. Barbara is a profoundly reasonable individual (not to mention sensible, sensitive and sweet), this is not about her, the Catholic religion or her sexuality. It is about the priest. There is no way he could know if she was in a state of grace or not and therefore should not have witheld the Host. Having a partner is not a sin.

  • Rant: Have to miss PoP happy hour for class 🙁

    Rave: Yesterday’s class was cancelled and it was so nice to have the evening to myself.

    Rant: I forgot a spoon for my yogurt and this rain makes walking next door to get one much less appealing.

  • Rant: Still unsure on a lot of networking etiquette. When I was unemployed, I reached out to a lot of companies I’d be interested in working for and had some informational interviews. They didn’t lead to jobs at those companies (I’m still trying to build experience, as I’m fairly new to the workforce), but I gained valuable insight and advice. There is a position I recently applied to that I think I’m perfect for, and would like to reach out beyond just the application, but I’m not sure if that is appropriate after I have already applied- I don’t want to offer myself an interview…that’s their job. However, I would really like the opportunity to stand out beyond the online application.

    Rave: Ran 2 more miles yesterday and then cardio class. That’s a total of 6 miles in two days, and I feel great about it! My lower body hates me, although I’m really liking the shape it’s getting in to.

    Rave: Another networking happy hour with alumni from my university tomorrow- I hope to reinforce connections there, too!

    • From my alumni association (Not VT), I learned of the National Capital Region Job Fair: http://www.dchokies.org/event.aspx?id=674

      Even if you can’t attend, you can submit your resume for companies to see.

    • re: the job application. just my two cents, but the best think you can do is do a little homework to find out who the head of the department is or who would be your supervisor and send them a short note to follow up, tell them how interested you are, a quick sentence about why you’re a great fit, and you look forward to meeting them.

    • My dad used to run a company and had to hire people all the time… he told me once that the people he hired were the ones who *really* wanted the job and made that fact clear. If there were two equally qualified people applying, he would hire the one that wasn’t afraid to reach out and express their passion for the position. For some reason I always remember that… maybe it’ll help you. Good luck!

      • Thank you both- I’ll do that too! I really appreciate all the feedback, PoPville!

      • Most of the jobs I was hired for I followed up with a call and eighty percent of the time the follow up call was what helped me in the door. When I do hiring I always hire the person that follows up because they will follow up with my clients when hired. That being said don’t call more than once. I interviewed a gentleman who when asked what he did at his previous job he stated “uhhhhh I stapled things and looked at the internet.” He did not fit to put it nicely and I said thanks but we are looking for someone with more experience. Next day he called and asked if I changed my mind and taken a little back I said no but thanks for calling. One week later he is in my office asking why he did not get hired and I told him I found someone else who had more experience. He called me an asshole and left. He called the week after that and asked if anything had opened up yet. His number is now blocked.

        • Ditto Scott’s advice on prompt and courteous follow-up – whether or not the applicant sent a thank you after the interview has made the difference for several recent hires at my agency. Send those emails or notes!

  • Rant: Cold, gray, rainy day and my umbrella is still warm and cozy at home.

    Rave: Daffodils. The little clusters of cheerful yellow made the otherwise gloomy morning slightly less miserable. Although I still wish that I remembered my umbrella.

    Extra Rave: Found a great singing group and finally getting back to music. I had completely forgotten how happy it makes me!

  • Rave: Going to watch Ghana (Black Stars) play versus Chile tonight. Going to eat at Chiefa or Mixto 🙂
    Rant: Suppose to rain during the match.

  • Rave: Happy Leap Day and/or Intercalary day. Thank you Julius Caesar.

    Rave: Traditionally on Leap Day women were allowed to propose to men. In some places, Leap Day has been known as “Bachelors’ Day” for the same reason. A man was expected to pay a penalty, such as a gown or money, if he refused a marriage proposal from a woman on Leap Day. In many European countries, especially in the upper classes of society, tradition dictates that any man who refuses a woman’s proposal on February 29 has to buy her 12 pairs of gloves. The intention is that the woman can wear the gloves to hide the embarrassment of not having an engagement ring.

    Rant: The above rave.

    • thanks! I like to hear about these things. but are you sure about the embarrassment of not having a ring bit? I thought engagement rings were a relatively new phenomenon and mostly in america.

  • binpetworth

    Rant: I forgot to wear blue & yellow today for Leap Day (anybody else a 30 Rock fan?). Was totally going to try and psych people out about this non-holiday

    Rant/Rave: Lots of cherry blossoms in bloom on my way to work. And it’s only Leap Day!

  • Rant: Planning a Caribbean vacation with my boyfriend is stressing me out.

    Rave: I stepped on a scale this morning and I lost 2 pounds in two weeks!!!

  • Rant: this rainy, drippy day!
    Rave: tasting dinner at Restaurant Eve for 20th wedding anniversary – yes, it was on Leap Day!!

  • Rant: (Warning: I can pretty much guarantee this rant is going to gross out most men and/or annoy unempathetic women). Everything on the planet is annoying me 100-fold today. Its like a year’s worth of PMS has built up to affect me on one, single day. I want to eat everything in site. Things I might dislike on any other day I absolutely despise and things that don’t otherwise bother me could not get anymore annoying. I promise I’m actually a very nice person.

    Rave: Saturday Night Live’s ‘Annuale’ commercial. Look it up if you’d like a window into how I’m feeling today.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: People who don’t know how to do their jobs.

    Rant: The location of my desks means the incompetent one always asks me for help.

    Rant: The incompetent one is a supervisor and has worked at this job a lot longer than me and still can’t do it.

    Rant: I can’t think of any raves because I’m in an pissy mood and incompetent aggravate my pissy mood.

  • Rant: homeless people keep pooping in our alley. I mean, really?!

  • anon. gardener

    Rant: need to have a root canal retreated yet again. this will be the third time i’ve endured a root canal on this tooth. that’s third, as in three.

    Rave: the endodontist is a nice old guy who really seems to know his business, and i ended up there thanks to dentist recommendations from PoPville. Thank you, PoPville!

    Rave 2: saw daffodils AND two glorious redbud trees in full bloom.

  • Rant: Glass all over my alley yesterday threatening my car tires. Called 311 the supervisor wanted to argue with me about how people should place their trash in bags. I paid 4,500$ in local income taxes this year and get nothing in return except for parking and red-light tickets and more potholes… The least they can do is collect trash in a clean manner.

    Rant: Meter maid ticketed me in VA on a 5 minute run into Dunkin Donuts because though parked legally, I didn’t get a parking meter pass… The meter maid ran away just after I exited the store — If I only park for 5 minutes yet pay on the meter, I don’t get money back, its BS, the meter maid was watching me when I parked.

    Why are all the meter maids and cop cars mounting tag scanners? I don’t do anything illegal, but I feel more and more every day that I’m being tracked.

    • I always assume if I park illegally in DC for even a minute, I will be ticketed. So I don’t. I have no idea how efficient the “meter maids” are n VA but sounds like one should apply the same rule there.

      • In my 5 years of living in DC, working 2 of those years in Maryland and 3 years in Virginia, I’ve never received a DC or Maryland parking ticket. I have, however, received THREE parking tickets in Virginia. Getting rich on the backs of DC-residing commuters, I say!

  • Rave: A lovely afternoon, escaped jury duty without being called, daffodils, crocuses, snowdrops, and there are blooming redbed (cherry?) trees on Macomb…
    Rant: My car, my car, my POS car and the coming monthly payments on a replacement
    Rave: My family
    Rant: Wow there are a lot of guys bumming for change today, seems like more than usual, no I am not going to give you my last 25 cents so you can buy cigarettes, seriously I need that money for the orthodontist in our future.

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