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: After seeing the old Confucious tablets, we rented bikes and rode all the way around the old city wall in Xi’an. Followed by some St. Patty’s day cheer….

  • Rant – what’s with people who write “Happy St. Patty’s Day”? Today is not St. Patty’s Day. It’s St. Paddy’s Day. Patty is the school lunch lady; Paddy is the Irish nickname for Patrick.

    • Paddy was driving down the street in a sweat because he had an important meeting and couldn’t find a parking place.

      Looking up to heaven he said, ‘Lord take pity on me. If you find me a parking place I will go to Mass every Sunday for the rest of me life and give up me Irish Whiskey!’

      Miraculously, a parking place appeared.

      Paddy looked up again and said, ‘Never mind, I found one.’

  • Anyone know what’s going on at 16th Street? All roads are closed, police taped it off…traffic is a nightmare.

  • what’s irish and stays out all night?

  • Rave: Got my old job back!

    Rant: Security clearance paperwork.

  • Rant: Boyfriend’s “just come in for half a day to serve this subpoena” turned into a 12 hour shift which means he wont be able to hang out tonight and hes got his final final for his BA due tomorrow so no hanging out tomorrow. Damn you Air Force for cocking blocking me 2 weekends in a row.

  • Rant: Who says it is ok to close down huge amounts of the city for a marathon? To give credit to the Marine Corps Marathon, they do it in a relatively confined area of the city; the disruption in minimal. This one, however, was a disaster. Anyone know who is to blame for this?

    • NOOOOO SHIT! Took me 1.5 hours to get to Shaw from Ad Morgan this morning… what if someone were giving birth this am and couldn’t get to the birth center? WTF!…

      • My childbirth class included detailed information on DC’s emergency routes– the streets that are never closed.

        That said, I was awakened this morning by angry honking drivers who had cut through my residential neighborhood in an effort to avoid the crowded and closed main streets, and were very upset that other people had had the same idea. Grr.

    • MCM is wayyy more disruptive! Bridges and highways are closed!

      Rant: People who, despite at least a week of warnings and detailed street closure plans, seem unable to arrange a workaround for 4-5 hours on a Saturday.

      • Totally agree on your second rant. The people bitching in this thread that they couldn’t get sh!t done for a few hours on a saturday, seem totally selfish, or don’t seem to know how to get around the city without a car.

  • Yeah – I support marathons but this was a bad course! Shutting down Harvard Street made for confused and gridlocked traffic all over Columbia Heights. Please let’s find out who approved this course and not have it happen again.

    • Chill out. It’s one day a year and it makes a lot of people happy. And the course always wound down Harvard when I lived there.

      • Agreed! It made me so happy that I made breakfast to go this morning and brought it with me to the corner of Columbia and Harvard.

        • oh please! this happiness is being kind of imposed on the whole of the city that has S*&T to do on Sat mornings… i’m all for marathons… but please don’t impose them on me – you like running – I like cartwheels…

          • So get the proper permits and cartwheel to your heart’s delight all over town. If it’s once a year I won’t whine.

          • P.s. I don’t run or cartwheel, but it’s called learning to live in a city. Don’t be a frequent ranter on this site – it’s not becoming.

          • “i’m all for marathons”

            no, you’re not.

    • It really was a mess in Col. Hts. I was heading down 13th toward the Giant at 10:30ish when I saw the backup. So I cut over to Holmead. Same thing, and then I remembered. So I turned around and went to the Piney Branch Safeway.

      • how is it that you weren’t aware it was going on?

        • Ummm there are alot of people who dont know everything that is going on everyday in the city. Its not like there were signs posted on the streets the day before or anything….

          • um, I found it was hard to ignore.um, it was all over the news and newspaper. um. it’s not um like it was “every little” um “thing”. it was, um, a big deal. um, i just asked, um, how someone didn’t know. maybe they were out of town. or um, something else.

          • Umm Annon – Umm – you are an idiot. And ummm – f**king annoying and ummm – stupid. Even is 90% of people knew there would be a marathon closing off major streets, the 10% confused and lost is easily enough to stall all traffic when the route is so poorly planned. It is completely possible – as well as beneficial and advantageous – UMMmm – to plan a marathon without crippling a city. To expect less is – ummm – lazy, careless, stupid – (at best.)

          • Calling someone an idiot = not in keeping with PoP’s “Operation Restore Civility.”

        • Um, I was aware, but didn’t think about the minute I left the house. “…and then I remembered.” Not complaining, just noticed the traffic and was reminded why it was bad.

          • thats why i asked. i was curious if they hadn’t done enough advertising about it. or how we can encourage them to reach more people next year.

        • I just have to add my two cents. Rock ‘n Roll Marathons are for profit. They don’t benefit a charity at all. They might benefit the city in terms of adding hotel bookings, restaurant visits, etc., I’m not sure. But I sort of feel less OK about DC residents having to re-plan their Saturdays so that the organizers can make money. That seems … kinda crappy.

  • Rant: all alone on a Saturday St. Paddy’s Day night. Sad face.

  • Revel: The weather this afternoon. (Sunday)

    Rant: Those who either didn’t know about the marathon yesterday or have chosen not to support it because it was an inconvenience to their poorly planned Saturday.

  • Color me dumb. I thought that for a running event to get public support (street closures and police) that it had to be a non-profit.

    I had no idea the Rock and Roll thing was run by a for profit company with no direct ties to any charity. Ridiculous.

    Also, for people just falling back on “well, there are only a couple marathons a year in DC, get over it”, you are being pretty disingenuous.

    On top of the 3 marathons that close DC streets, there are also a ton of other running events that close huge portions of the city. Army Ten Miler, The Cherry Blossom Run and another half dozen or so running events that close District streets.

    Then we get into the half a dozen other yearly things like rolling thunder, gay pride parades, Walk for Cures, Biking for Cures and the 6-8 protests a year we get that end up closing down huge sections of the city.

    Conservatively, we get about 20 planned events a year that shut the city down for half a day and it is ridiculous. Yes, we live in DC and protests and parades of national importance are to be expected, but I don’t see why every fly by night for profit/nonprofit, major or minor organization gets to inconvenience 600K residents for their personal gain. The RnR marathon route looks like it was purposely planned to cause the greatest disruption possible. Every quadrant of the city was a traffic nightmare by 9:00 am on a Saturday. There was actually a car accident in an alley behind my friends house in Columbia Heights because people infuriated with taking 20 minutes to go 2 blocks started cutting through back alleys.

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