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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  • Rave: Thanks to Popville for all of your suggestions last week for my grandfather’s visit to DC!! We had a wonderful day filled with beautiful cherry blossoms, a visit to the FDR, MLK, and WWII memorial, a trip around my neighborhood and to my new home, and of course, plenty awesome stories from my pops. Seriously, a day to remember forever.

    Rave: The blossoms are incredibly gorgeous- all over the city. And the weather was perfect.

    • Awesome news, Britt! So glad to hear you had a great time and that everything worked out. What wonderful memories! 🙂

      Just curious – what’d you decide for transportation in/around the mall?

      • We opted for a zipcar- parking was tough but my husband just dropped us off and parked closer to our destination (we walked FDR memorial to WWII memorial) and met up with us. It would have been perfect if we could have gotten the temporary disability pass (there was a ton of handicap parking) but alas you must own your car in order to get a pass. It wasn’t too crowded and we went early when it was less hot out so it actually worked perfectly :-D.

        • When my husband’s family visited last summer, my MIL brought their handicap pass from KS and used it here with their rental car without any problems.

  • Rant/Rave: Just as I suspected… I have no interest in working what-so-ever on this beautiful day. The weekend went way too fast. It’s absurd.

    Rave: My sister arrives on Wed (be prepared for the girliest squeel rave you’ve ever read on Wed 🙂 ).

  • claire

    Rave: Managed to fit in all my planned cooking projects this weekend, and they turned out delicious!

    Rave: Realized that the first homework assignment for the online class I’m taking isn’t due tomorrow (as I’d previously thought) but rather a week from tomorrow. Now I’m just way ahead of the game.

  • Rant: Shoulda rethought the corned beef hash with hot sauce. And chorizo omelete (with jalapenos).

    Rave: Tum.

  • Rant: So frustrating having to use VPN to get to even the most benign websites in China! At least PoP doesn’t appear to be blocked anymore!!

  • Rant: Shoulda rethought the corned beef hash with hot sauce. And chorizo omelete (with jalapenos).

    Rave: Tums.

  • rant: monday.

    rant: waking up today felt like i was waking up from the dead.

    rave: boss is out this week.

    rave: beautiful spring like weather, and pretty trees all over the place.

    rave: people who are supportive and helpful of my possible relocation this summer.

    rant: still scared sh!tless about it. my heart and my head won’t rest.

  • Rant: I love Columbia Heights, but the one thing I could do without are the creepy men that hang out on patios and pray on young women. My roommate and I, and a myriad of female friends in the area, have been victim of cat calls and whistles and taunts at all hours. Walking to brunch on a Saturday morning? Check. Walking to dinner with family? Check. Heading home after a night out? Check. It’s vulgar, and it’s disgusting, and short of calling the cops for feeling uncomfortable on my own city block there is nothing that can be done about it. I’m starting to think it’s worth leaving CoHi to escape it…

    • And just think, your tax dollars are helping subsidize it……….. unless of course you are speaking of the people living at Highland Park, Kenyon Square, Park Triangle, or the Allegro…………………

      • Huh? These catcalls are clearly wrong, but why you would jump the conclusion that there is some subsidy is beyond me.

        • I think he’s assuming that the cat calls are coming from the people who live in public housing in Columbia Heights (which may or may not actually be the case.)

          • Kenyon Square, among other new market rate developments, ARE heavily subsidized. In fact, they are tax exempt for 10+ yrs.

          • That’s a pretty weak assumption. Most of the catcalling that I have witnessed in Columbia Heights does not come from public housing.

      • My tax dollars also subsidize people who have mortgages. Your “point” is absurd.

    • Have you heard of the website that used to be Holla Back DC and is now http://www.collectiveactiondc.org/ , they try to empower women against street harassment by giving a place to share stories and promote events like this week’s International Anti-Street Harassment Week. Stay strong and stay safe!

      • I’m a female and I kind of hate the Holla Back website. Some of the reported incidents posted to the site are so benign that they trivalize sexual harassment. An example from a February post:

        A few weeks ago, I was waiting for a friend outside the Chinatown Metro station. A guy walked by said “Hi.” When I said “Hi” back. He replied, “I love you.”
        Really? You couldn’t just leave it at “Hi”, you just had to add on the “I love you.”?

        Holla Back or whatever its now called, needs to do a better job of vetting the submissions.

        • I don’t know much about that website, but I happened to come across this video today and I think it sums it up nicely! Based on the “Shit *** Say” series — Shit Men Say to Men Who Say Shit to Women on the Street


          I don’t think it’s appropriate to trivialize another persons experience. Harassment is harassment. Whether they’re making lewd gestures or vulgar comments or otherwise making someone uncomfortable with a whistle and a “hey sexi – I love you” it’s all inappropriate.

    • I’ll just add it’s not even necessarily people hanging out on their front stoop, but also people simply walking/driving down the street. Though I will also say that the WORST offenders I have encountered are at 1) the light blue house on the northeast corner of Monroe and Holmead, and 2) the Holmead House where Meridian meets Holmead. It’s a societal epidemic — and I don’t really care if my taxes are subsidizing their housing, so long as their living there doesn’t damage the character and my own comfort level in the neighborhood.

  • Rant: Epically bad date Saturday, which I coped with by drinking too much, leading to an epically bad hangover yesterday. Getting old sucks.

    Rant/Rave: My organization’s VP will be in DC this week and has requested a meeting with me to “catch up.” I have no idea what this is about, so it could be either good or bad. Also, he’s super socially awkward so I have no idea what we are going to “catch up” about for the 45 minutes he’s scheduled to talk. Weird.

    • Care to elaborate on the epic nature of the bad date? I’ve just started dating again after a two year relationship and subsequent licking of wounds after a crazy breakup, and have really been enjoying first dates, as well as hearing my dates’ bad date stories. I find it truly mind-blowing some of the things people think are appropriate to say or do to someone they just met.

      • I don’t know, it was a combination of things. He was pretty self-absorbed and didn’t really seem interested in actually getting to know me, unless you count staring at my chest the whole night. I’m usually a very even-tempered person, but it just rubbed me the wrong way and I unleashed my inner bitch on him. I kinda felt bad, he probably thinks I’m a total lunatic. But apparently he likes that in a woman because he asked me out again last night.

        • I guess you were not sending clear enough signals. Either that or your chest is just that nice that he was mesmerized into asking for date number 2.

        • Sounds frustrating, but not surprising for this town. St. Patrick’s Day was a gutsy night for a first date. Maybe he started his day a little too early and by the time he got to the date, he lost his filter. Still, you and your chest are likely better off without him.


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    Rave: Gorgeous weekend, and I got a lot accomplished.

    Rant: I, along with a lot of my friends, seem to be suffering from allergies pretty badly. Guess that’s the downside of being outdoors when it’s nice out.

  • Rant: Why is the 63 bus NEVER on time in the morning?

    Rant: Why does the DC Buses # have the most annoying, ineffective phone system ever? Every day I try to call in to see when the 63 is coming to my stop, and it either kicks me off the phone, tries to transfer me to a real person, or tells me the WRONG TIME! I can’t afford a smartphone & don’t have Internet at home, so WMATA, please, Please, PLEASE look into improving the system!

    Rave: A quiet 64 bus where I could actually sit down this morning!


  • Revel: Still on a high from my first half marathon on Saturday! Especially loved running through my home turf of Columbia Heights–awesome how many people were out on their porches with signs and music. 🙂 Makes me love DC.

    Rant: Still hobbling. Knees are unhappy. Going to yoga tonight to fix myself.

    Revel: Boss told me to take Friday off to compensate for extra hours I’ve worked recently. Going to go see some cherry blossoms and maybe have a beer at Catina Marina.

    Revel: It is physically impossible to be stressed or worried about anything when the weather is this nice.

  • Rave: Plan to jog down to the tidal basin during my lunch break for a peek at the blossoms. Doubt I will get right in the middle of the madness, but hoping for a view from a distance.

    Rave: Taking the train to NYC this weekend for some fun with friends.

    Rant: Monday.

  • Revel: My boss is out so I don’t have to have a drawn out annoying meeting!

    Revel: Construction on my house is in high gear…finally after 4 months of mortgage

    Rant: weekend is too short!

  • Rave: Great weekend.
    Rave: Kentucky is in the Sweet 16!
    Rant: I think I’ve developed Runner’s Knee. My knee is killing me since my run yesterday. I’m so bummed because I’ve recently really hit a stride.
    Rave: Seeing the Hunger Games on Friday. CAN’T. WAIT.

    • claire

      I’m not much of a movie person, but I already have my ticket to see the Hunger Games on Sunday… so excited!

    • try one of those knee braces that are @ cvs / walgreens. i had major IT-band problems when i was training for my marathon, and they really helped while i recuperated. also i had never heard of IT band stuff when i was training the first time around and didn’t know how to stretch it, etc. now my knees are fine 🙂

      • Thanks for the tips! 🙂

        • I would definitely do some more research or just go see a doctor if the pain persists. I’m not a doctor but I had bad IT band problems a while back, and braces or bandages will likely make IT band problems worse, not better. In fact I wouldn’t wear any kind of knee brace unless you actually know specifically what problem you have and how the brace will help. The brace could actually make the problem worse, especially if it gives you false confidence on your knee.

          Also bear in mind you may just be wearing shoes that aren’t quite right for your feet. Also possible that by “hitting your stride” you’ve actually gone too far/fast too quickly.

  • Rave: My Cincinnati Bearcats are in the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2001.

    Double Rave: Four teams from Ohio are playing this week in the Sweet Sixteen! Four! I wish there was some way the brackets could produce an all Ohio Final Four, but I’ll take this for sure.

    Rant: Dragging this morning from watching the game. Friday’s going to be worse because we’re playing OSU and I’ll be at a watch party. Why do these games have to be so late?

  • Rave: There’s a Chik-fil-a opening near the Target on route 50 in Fairfax!

  • Saw a girl hit by a taxi, or maybe vice versa, on Saturday near Thomas Circle. Hope you are okay. You were on your cell phone so I guess that means you are okay. By the way, my paramedic boyfriend said that people on cell phones while being treated is the most annoying thing in the world. Get off the phone!

    Rave: The Weather
    Rave: Ran the longest I’ve ever run yesterday, 25 minutes. Might not seem like much to you but it was a big milestone for me!
    Rant: A car full of men laughed at me and stared. Screw you. I’ve lost 40 pounds and worked extremely hard to do so.

    • Good for you for the weight loss! And screw anybody who laughs at you — they’re obviously shallow jerks who will never be loved. 😛

    • Nice!! Congrats on the weight loss and the milestone run! It must have felt awesome.

      Ditto – screw the guys that laughed at you for whatever reason. They all have tiny penises.

    • Congratulations! What an amazing accomplishment.

  • Rant: Back at work. Boo. Could have used a 3 day weekend, for sure.

    Rave: Already planning for lunch in Farragut. Going to be lovely!

  • Rave: The wedding preparations are coming along almost on schedule
    Rant: Wedding is looking like it will be over-budget. I’m not sure if I should spend savings money to get a new suit and shoes or just go with the somewhat worn ones I have now…

    Rave: I ran 13 miles this weekend!
    Rant: Like other commenters, my knees are hurting and I’m hoping they won’t get worse.

  • Rave: Finished my first half marathon this weekend almost exactly at my goal time. Never thought I’d hit it when I started training.

    Rave: Didn’t get tripped on the Hill!

    Rave: All the folks who came out and cheered on runners. It makes the race so much better. Especially the dude in the alligator hat with the whistle.

    • Congrats. My first half marathon as well. That promotion company put on a great race. Cherry Blossom organizers please take notice.

  • Rant: Forgot I was parked in a Monday Street Sweeping spot this morning.

    Rave: Miraculously found no ticket on my car!

    Question: Is there a way I can double-check online to make sure I wasn’t ticketed?

  • Rant: Boyfriend wasn’t able to run the marathon because he left work too late to pick up his packet. He was pretty bummed out about it (Secret rave: getting to sleep in on Saturday)

    Rave: Now the marathon is over, so we get a full year before people start bitching about the marathon again.

    Rant/Rave: Got the travel bug real bad, but my bank account says I can’t go.

  • greenroofgoddess

    Rave: Props to the street sweepers who came through our alley on Holmead this AM. Accompanied by a van with workers who raked all the detritus from the alley edges–such an improvement. Yay tax dollars at work!

    Rave: Hosted an engagement party for best friends on Saturday night and the weather could not have been better. It was an awesome night.

    Rave: Baby girl ate her first food today. Mashed banannas were yummy–can’t believe she’s 5 months old already!

  • Rave: Phone interview w/company in NYC this morning! I think it went really well!

  • Rave: My son had a great weekend with his grandparents!

    Rave: The weather was fantastic so lots of outdoors time.

    Rant: Said son woke up at 2AM with hives from eating a lot of strawberries the day before!

    Rave: 24-hour CVS on Georgia Ave has a pharmacist there at 3AM!

    Double rave: Children’s Benadryl!

  • Rave: Feeling half human today. Think I finally kicked this cold.
    Rant: Saw an incredibly bleak play with my girlfriend that left her feeling hopeless and depressed.

  • Rave: in third place in the office pool.

    Rant: Florida State lost, so I’m in pretty bad trouble.

    Rave: Really nice run this morning.

  • Rave – Awesome half marathon on Saturday. Great weather, great camaraderie on the course.

    Double Rave – Popville. The spectators in Columbia Heights, and east through and around Howard U were the most fun and had the most spirit by far, especially the guy handing out beers.

  • Rave: Went to the Circus on Saturday and instead of shooting someone out of a cannon they rolled out a huge crossbow! And before shooting the guy, they set him on fire! Ridiculous but awesome.

    Rave: THE WEATHER! I spent yesterday afternoon along the river/Tidal Basin/monuments and it was fantastic!
    Rant: I was by myself. 🙁

    Rant: STILL having probs with the contacts. The right one was blurry before I got to work today. UGH.

    Rave: Was uber productive this morning…..and now don’t really have anything for the rest of the day. Must learn to pace myself.

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