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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  • Rant: Some guy in a suit blatantly climbed onto the back of the bus at 16th and U.
    Rave: Beautiful weather.

  • Dear PoP:
    My house was just buzzed by the space shuttle and its escort jet. Who can I call to complain?


  • Rave: Got to see the shuttle from the office rooftop

    Rant: Power outage last night in my apartment and seemingly most of the way down Maryland Ave last night

    Rave: Escaped my hot, dark, weed-smelling apartment for my boyfriend’s place and accomplished a ton from my to-do list

  • Rave: Get to welcome my new niece into the world today!
    Rant: Had to deal with a sick dog while trying to make it out to Arlington at 4am this morning. Its going to be a long day!

  • Rant: DJs who use laptops and CDs.

    Rave: Vinyl and Beatmatching

    • Rant: you don’t know what you are talking about.
      Rave: That’s Farid, who’s quietly done more for the tasteful side of DC nightlife since the 90s than most could dream of doing (and he is beat matching, btw. see rant above.)

      • As someone who has owed a set of decks for 16 + years, I know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s my opinion and I’m more than entitled to it.

      • Although I mourn the passing of vinyl, Farid (who’s been DJing for something like 20 years) is a superb DJ no matter what the medium, and was an all-vinyl DJ until a few years ago.

        I’m not entirely thrilled with the newbie DJs who’ve emerged in the past few years with just laptops and little understanding of the history of DJing and vinyl, but Farid is hardly to be lumped in that category.

        • I have no idea what any of this means. DJs play recorded music. What in the world does their input – or whatever they do – matter? If you want to dance – dance. The DJ can play records, the radio, an orchestra, a harmonica. Do you need someone or other to – I don’t even know what – spur you on? Entice you? I don’t understand this at all.

  • Rant: Feeling like a fat old lady.
    Rant: Didn’t get to see shuttle discovery.
    Rant: Woke up on the wrong side of the bed.

  • Rant: People who crowd around the doors when getting on the metro! I accidentally pushed some girl when I was trying to get on the metro this morning without getting stuck in the doors. I apologized, and she was really annoyed with me but she was hanging out right in front of the door and there was tons of room in the interior of the metro car! Argh! Move to the center of the car, people.

    Rave: Finally had a meeting with one of my employees that I have been putting off because I thought it would be awkward. But it turned out to be fine!

  • Just got a great view of the space shuttle from the roof at my office. It was pretty cool.

  • Rant: I thought I bought a dresser on craigslist because the seller said it was all mine and even arranged for a moving company to pick up the item when I got an email from the seller saying “sorry, someone else took it tonight, I couldn’t wait”…WTH!

    Rave: The weather
    Rave: Just got to see the shuttle from my office

  • Rave: Suddenly got a huge flurry of response to job applications. In total this week I have 3 phone interviews. One of them already led to an on-site interview, and then I have an additional second round interview on Thursday. It’s a good problem to have, but I’m wondering how to manage everyone’s timeline.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: Spoilers for TV shows that haven’t aired yet.

    Rant: Crappy night’s sleep with weird ass dreams involving squid parts and logging trucks.

    Rave: Looks like it’s going to be a completely laid back day at work. Just enough to do to keep from being bored, but not so much to be stressed.

  • Rave: Great view of the space shuttle from Meridian Hill Park.

    Rant: Taxes

  • Rant: Crazy lady rushed into the train, almost knocking over an old lady. Then she flops her crap onto the seat next to me with her giant bag halfway on me, and chows down on her McDonalds with some of the crumbs landing on my lap. I didn’t say anything because she looks crazy. Worse, walk into the office and find out that I have to share a cube with my nemesis from another regional office for two weeks!!! 🙁

  • me

    Rant: Someone in the office was feeling kind of queasy yesterday, and today he is out with a stomach thing. Today, another coworker and I are feeling a bit queasy. I really hope that we didn’t catch what he had.

    Rave: Sore from being very active in the past week, but it’s a good kind of sore.

  • Rant: miscarriage 9 days ago.
    Rave: at least everything seems to be progressing smoothly in the aftermath.
    Rave: got to see the shuttle on my way back to work after my doctor’s appointment
    Rave: heading to London to visit friends and then Venice and Rome in 10 days – yay for a 2-week vacation
    Rave: finally made it out for a run last night

    more raves than rants is always a good thing 🙂

  • Anybody got the scoop on what went down at the Bloomingdale Civics Association meeting last night? Sounds like it got nasty!

  • rave: seeing the shuttle was incredible.

  • Rant: People who don’t clean up after themselves. W. T. F.

    Rave: Warm weather

  • anon. gardener

    Rave!! My sister got a job after nearly 2 years of unemployment. A good job! I am so happy right now.

  • rant: my jobbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb. can not take. anymore.
    rave: friendly neighbors.
    rave: cuddle time with pup.

  • bfinpetworth

    Rant: Home from work today with a nasty MRSA infection in my right arm. Two visits to the emergency room yesterday, an IV of antibiotics, and an arm that is itching a burning and generally miserable. Thank goodness for benedryl to help me sleep through the misery!

    Rave: Home from work today. Got to see the shuttle from my back deck!

  • Rave: Got engaged 10 days ago, in a gorgeous mountain cottage in Spain!

    Rant: Had to come home and go back to work.

    Rave: Still coasting on post-engagement bliss.

    Rant: Jet lag.

    Rave: Shuttles are cool.

  • Rant: I missed the shuttle, even though I had a pretty decent viewing spot on the 6th floor. Couldn’t stay up there and wait for it…

    Rave: A good friend who is in the Navy and I haven’t seen for two years now because he’s been in Guam and now Hawaii will be back in the States later this month. I found a plane ticket to San Antonio for $298…

    Rant: …which I cannot really afford right now.

    Rave: We’re getting rid of the Easter lilies at work, so I’m going to take a few home and plant them in my front yard.

  • Rave: Seeing the space shuttle!

    Rant: All the space shuttle one-upmanship on my Facebook feed. “Watching it from the White House grounds now!” “Space Shuttle Discovery circled my block and tossed out all the leftover freeze-dried astronaut ice cream.” “It was so close, I saw Will Smith.”

  • Cory Booker gave me his autograph after he landed the shuttle at Dulles.

  • Rant: Our city’s Prosecution team is so so, so so, so lame. I guess you really can get away with murder in DC, especially if you’re a child. From Homidicide Watch DC– “Sixteen-year-old Christian Navarrette-Rivas was sentenced to six years in prison for voluntary manslaughter in the death of 22-year-old Miguel Drullard. Navarrette-Rivas pleaded guilty in January to driving his red Jeep Liberty and intentionally striking Drullard on Oct. 16, 2011. The car drug Drullard as it moved forward and Drullard later died from his injuries.” He killed someone and will be free to walk in his early twenties. Lesson – kill someone, plead guilty to lesser charge, and walk free. Freakin’ Lame! At least make him wear some pink underwear.

  • Rant: Management company sucks. They’re insisting I paint my ENTIRE unit before I move out. This is their responsibility, right? Can anyone help me out???

    • me

      I think the first thing anyone would say to you is to go back and read your lease carefully.

      • thebear


        However, if you painted the apartment differently from whatever it was when you moved in then you likely could be responsible for undoing. Many buildings have such a rule, and not just in DC.

        • I painted one wall and was planning on painting that one back. Their language was fuzzy, but I’m pretty sure they expect me to paint the whole thing because they’re planning on a May 1 move-in for the next tenant when my lease goes up until the 30th.

          • Yeah – check the lease – but generally you are just expected to leave the walls in the condition that they can be painted in one coat of neutral/boring color.. So if you did a lovely/crazy color – primer should suffice. Or at least maybe make that argument.

  • Rave: I saw Discovery and it made my day.

    Rave: Great family and friends and love unconditionally!

    Rant: Still grieving over my friend’s death and still can’t believe he’s gone. Trying to prepare myself for the funeral.

  • thebear

    Rave: Seeing the shuttle from the roof deck.

    Rant: Having only my crappy phone’s lame camera to get pictures of the shuttle because I still don’t have enough disposable income to get an awesome one.

    Rave: At least having some photos of the shuttle. Saw the Manhattan flyover of Enterprise in 1983 from a client’s office on the 85th floor of 2 World Trade Center.

    Disappointment: The country couldn’t get its act together to have a fleet of next generation shuttle and interplanetary-class spacecraft already flying.

  • claire

    Rant: Not enough time in my life!

    Rant: Boyfriend had to take a last minute trip out of town because his grandfather had a stroke (but luckily is doing really well though).

    Rant/Rave: Boyfriend’s best friend + best friend’s wife are visiting this weekend, and we’re hosting them. It’ll be fun to meet them, and I love showing off DC (plus there are some great things going on this weekend – tour of the McMillan reservoir! “Blossom, Bake, and Brew” festival on H St!), but it’s definitely adding a ton of stress to my life since not only do we need to clean the house + plan activities (which I’m trying to take on since my boyfriend won’t be back in town until tomorrow evening and they’re arriving Thursday evening), but I usually spend a large portion of my weekend getting some important things done (homework for my online class, posts for the following week for my blog, etc) and now I won’t have a chance for that.

    Rave: Will probably be able to leave work a little early today and get some things taken care of tonight. And I have all the ingredients for a delicious crab avocado salad waiting for me at home for my dinner.

  • Rant: The idiot driver who decided to parallel park when an ambulance was trying to get by. Another bystander yelled at the driver to move out of the way – she made another attempt to park. She finally moved….

    I hope it’s not her friend or relative needing medical attention and being delayed by idiot drivers.

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