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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  • To the girl that wiped out riding her bike on 11th Street because of a pigeon: I hope you are okay! I would have given you a ride to work if the bike would’ve fit in my car.

    Rave: One week from today I will be doing my first official 5k run. I never thought I would achieve this. Goal: 34 minutes finishing. Yes, I’m slow.

  • Rave/Rant: Faith in cosmic karma has been restored after reading PoP news this morning. I feel really guilty thinking it but (at least sometimes) people get what’s coming. ALLZ I GOTTA SAY

    Rave: It’s Friday and I’m going to the movies by myself tonight, which I enjoy doing.

  • Rant: Husband and dog are moving tomorrow, and I’m staying behind. I think I’m more worked up about the dog than my husband. I’m going to miss him so much but I’m secretly excited about being able to nap without him bothering me.

    Rave: Phone interview in 45 minutes!

    Rant: My timesheet this month is pathetic.

  • Rant: Horrible jerk at the office yelled at me yesterday for trying to follow the procedures I’m required to follow at my job. And then forgot my name. I’m ashamed to say I cried in frustration later.

    Rave: Tackling tasks with a vengeance this morning.

    Rave: Really excited about potential plans for the next couple years, including a stint abroad and grad school starting in fall. Can’t wait to make the next big steps, but patience is my biggest weakness.

    • Just remember that people who get out of control like that with a subordinate are the epitomy of bad leadership. You can use them as an example for what NOT to do when you’re in charge of people someday.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: People who can’t say no.

    Rave: Tea.

  • claire

    Rant/Rave: Roommate is having a party tonight. On the one hand, Friday night partying it up is fun and I’m a pretty big fan of most of her friends. But on the other hand, I’ve had a long exhausting week and just feel like being a lazy bum, and this is a dance party.

    Rave: First grill session of the year planned for tomorrow!
    Rant: It might rain.
    Rave: Going to grill anyway and there will be maple bacon s’mores involved, so I don’t care!

  • rant: chronic, non-migraine, non-allergy-related headaches. can’t figure out the source.

    rave: it’s friday and i’m trying to sneak out of work early.

    • Allison

      I had those headaches a few months ago– turns out I needed glasses. Have you been to the eye doctor?

      • yeah, just went – and I’ve been wearing contacts/glasses for awhile. I thought it was the contacts for awhile, so I stopped wearing them, but that hasn’t helped at all. I have been through every single neurology test that exists and my doctor cannot figure it out. so frustrating.

    • anon. gardener

      I was having those kinds of headaches AND migraines. Turns out my daily morning headache was related to neck/shoulder spasms, and a bed that was too hard. Did some PT, and got a sleep number bed, and they have disappeared. Now I just have the migraines. 🙂

    • Splenda gives me migraines, so I’d try cutting that out of your diet and see if that helps (I read up on it online).

      If you’re a lady, do you get them monthly? They can also be related to Aunt Flo’s visit.

    • I had headaches every day for years and couldn’t figure out why. Then I went to a nutritionist for an unrelated (or so I thought) issue, and we figured out I have a gluten intolerance. I stopped eating gluten and have not had a headache since. (Except when hungover. Ha.)

    • Headaches, migraines, and other symptoms like neck pain and general dizziness are all caused by the same mechnanism in our brain, which can be triggered by various things. The triggers very from person to person, and you won’t notice the effects until multiple triggers have piled up beyond a certain threshold. That’s what makes it so hard to pinpoint them. One day you might be able to eat chocolate and not get a headache… but if there’s a storm brewing and you’re stressed and sitting next to someone with strong perfume that same piece of chocolate will trigger a headache.

      For the most part the envinronmental triggers are hard to control, so I’d take a look at common food triggers and see which ones you’ve been eating lately. Cut out the ones you suspect are giving you headaches and see if things get better. Remember than strong scents, loud noises, stress (good and bad), dehydration, exercise, and caffeine are all triggers too so you’ll want to try to avoid those things whenever possible.

      There’s a book titled “Heal Your Headache” (available at the DC public library) that goes into this in much greater detail, though I think the author’s solutions are a bit extreme for most people.

    • Sister had the same issue – turns out it was the kind of birth control she used.


    Revel: The fact that it isn’t actually the worst thing in the world.


  • Rant: People who leap up in surprise from their window seat yelling “COMING OUT COMING OUT” after the bus is already stopped and the doors are already open at the stop as though the arrival at their desired intersection is completely unexpected. These are fixed routes, people; anticipate when your stop is approaching and prepare accordingly.

    Rave: After 5 years, I am finally within reach of a coveted parking spot at work, and I can finally embrace the paradise of being a single-passenger commuter & bid farewell to public transportation forever. I look at public transportation as I do the free clinic: I’m glad it’s there, but I don’t really want to have to go.

    • “Embrace the paradise of being a single passenger commuter”….reading that was painful.

      Is there anything I could do to persuade you from coveting this single passenger commute? Have you thought of the benefits of not contributing to traffic congestion or air pollution or hardly ever having to fill up a gas tank?

      • Is there anything I can do to make you stop telling people what they should prefer and how they should feel? And this is coming from a non-car owning, bike riding lady. Quit with the paternalism!

      • I’ve ridden trains, and buses, and walked, and biked, and had a motorcycle in San Francisco, North Carolina, and now DC, for 15 years. I have hated it; every single minute of it (well, except for the motorcycle). The erratic schedules, the weather, the people, the dirty buses, the broken trains, the traffic, the heat, the cold. All of it. Done.

        If it makes you feel any better, I drive a Prius, and I won’t actively try to run down bikes unless they break traffic laws. I am perfectly content to sit in the same traffic in my own car, alone, listening to music. You can walk, though, and it will balance out.

        • I don’t want to get chirped at by anonymous again, so we’ll have to save the Prius talk for some other time. In the mean time…sorry to hear that your past commuting experiences have sucked so much. I hope they get better…and thank you for not actively trying to run me and the other law abiding cyclists down out there. I’m doing what I can with the non-law abiding ones, but they’re tough to sneak up on with all their salmoning and red light jumping. Maybe with your stealthy silent Prius you can get a few for me.

  • Allison

    Rant: People who think the right hand lane on 14th street is their personal parking spot. No, you may not put your flashers on and throw your car in the right lane in order to step out and pick up some McDonald’s, ’cause you know, it’ll only take a second.

  • Rave: 8:30 reservation at Rasika West End for grand opening tonight.

    • Was there Tuesday night. Service was great when it was half empty. It slowed to a crawl once it filled up. Still excellent and totally worth it.

    • Rasika West End for me too tonight! My reservation is a bit earlier and I can’t wait!

  • Rave: Got my first ever real-world, post-graduation job offer! Everything turned out better than expected.

    Rant: Getting through the last few weeks of classes until graduation is going to be a pain.

  • Rant! Just discovered that my phone at work no longer tells me when I have messages, and I had 6 waiting, all from clients! #fail

    Rave: Seeing the folks, seeing friends, and gardening this weekend for the first time this season!

    Rave: Have been busy at work for the past several weeks and haven’t been able to read PoP — first day back and I’m enjoying all the old posts! Thanks, PoP!

  • Just went to the work fridge and someone stole my cheese stick that was sitting on top of my apple. Seriously!?

    • I guess it sitting on your apple might have made a difference, but I am guilty (I think) of doing this once. The wrappers aren’t very distinctive and I assumed that I had left an extra one the day before. Then I remembered that I had eaten it and proceeded to feel incredibly guilty.

      So, as someone who has done this and never found out to whom I should apologize, may I offer to bring you a cheese stick on Monday?

      • I had someone open up my yogurt with my initials and date written on it, realize it wasn’t theirs, then put the wrapper back on the top and stuck it back in the fridge. I was too grossed out to eat it. Yogurt waster!

        • This is one of the reasons I don’t use the fridge to work. Honestly, all this stuff tastes better at room temperature anyway. And no, you won’t get food poisoning from it sitting out all day.

  • Rant: I put my water bottle in my purse on the way to lunch…and it spilled, leaving me with a wet book, camera, and papers.

    Rave: Ordered awesome new glasses yesterday! Can’t wait to get them! Hopefully they help me look a little older. (The guy at the eye place guessed I’m 23…only 7 years off).

    Rave: Doing the National Walk for Epilepsy with a group of friends tomorrow morning. Rain, rain, go away!

    Rave: Looking forward to leaving early for a Dr. appointment, then going home and doing NOTHING!

    Rant: Fighting with the Boyfriend…again. Or is it still?

  • So excited for spring break with the little ones. Dinner at the Cinderella Castle with hubby and 2 costumed preschool girls, OMG cuteness overload!!! Weather forecast is excellent, both in Florida and up here. Happy week before Easter everyone!

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