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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  • Did anyone else hear gun shots in the Raymond Elementary School area (by Rock Creek Church Rd.) last night a bit after midnight? Any idea what was going on?

  • Rave: A successful trip to the paint store! I was able to put the time waiting in line to good use by urging those around me to follow my lead in purchasing low-VOC paint since the typical household paint contains up to 10,000 chemicals, of which 300 are known toxins and 150 have been linked to respiratory illnesses, long term fertility issues and possibly premature male pattern baldness.

    Rant: One young lady was so impressed with my insight that she repeatedly thrust her palm into my face until I patiently explained to the poor dear that my wisdom is divined from science not palmistry.

    • I’m feeling groggy today, but usually pretty good with irony – and “old dad” kind of jokes (which are often the same thing!) But I cannot quite decide about this.

    • Actually, it is illegal to sell anything but low-VOC or zero-VOC paints in Maryland and the District since the Northeast Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) Phase I Model Rules came into effect in 2005.

      The states and districts with OTC rules include Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire, the District of Columbia and portions of Virginia. Virginia counties are Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, and
      Stafford, including the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas, and Manassas Park.

      In other words, it’s impossible to buy the old-fashioned (non) low-VOC paints in this area.

  • rave: had a blast on H street last night
    rant: found out i’m way to old to be ripping soco shots

  • Rave: Went to Chez Billy last night and ate myself into oblivion on roasted bone marrow, duck confit and rice pudding with strawberries. My friend had the jardiniere, steamed mussels and the sinful chocolate and hazelnut torte, all washed down with a few glasses of wine. If I could have picked up the plate and licked it I would have. The food and the service were excellent. I will go back many, many times.

  • Revel: Only lost $5 playing poker last night. Crappy hands but good times. Hangover well worth it too. Hard to believe the birthday boy drank an entire bottle of Grand Marnier, had not seem him quite that drunk before.

  • To Pfisette: The final price of the meal at Chez Billy was $119.

    • For both meals? That’s actually really reasonable. If for just one, it’s a little steep, but it sounds like you went all out. I’m glad you had such a good meal!

  • Rant directed at the douchebag who just crossed 8th Street SE at D: Yes, I will stop for you in the crosswalk, so don’t you dare accusingly point your finger at me as you get to the middle of the road. 1. My light is green going north on 8. I am traveling at 25 miles per hour. 2. You must STOP and look both ways before walking out into the street. If I am approaching the crosswalk and you abruptly turn into the street BEFORE the crosswalk, I will stop, but it will be abrupt as I was not able to assume you would be doing that. FURTHERMORE, do not THROW SOMETHING AT MY CAR when I honk at you for rudely accusing me of not planning to stop. It is a tricky intersection for cars and pedestrians alike. I walk through it twice daily. I was not speeding. I will stop if you stop to make eye contact as you are crossing the street.

    Apologies for the rant. Folks go speeding up that street, and I am clearly fired up that someone put me in that category. Rargh.

    • Sorry, but even your side of the story makes your behavior look bad.

    • On The Hill, I know exactly what you mean. I live a block away from that intersection and am always passing through it, usually as a pedestrian but occasionally as a driver. On the weekends you get a lot of visitors to the Market who seem surprised or annoyed that someone would be driving through the area. I’m sorry, but some of us live here and need to run errands while they’re strolling around in a daze admiring the local produce. It’s not a crime to drive a car in a safe, cautious manner through our neighborhood.

      If I were you I would have called over a policeman to reprimand that jerk– throwing things at people is simple unacceptable.

  • Rave – I love that photo. I want to hang out with that old lady. She could probably teach me kung fu.

    • [email protected]; I agree.

  • For Anon @9:48: $119 was the price of both meals which included appetizers, the main course, dessert and a few glasses of wine. If you start adding cocktails then the expense will climb. We probably would have come out cheaper if we had ordered a bottle of wine at $26 instead of by the glass at $7 a piece. The food tasted so fresh it was worth the money and even with a full room you could actually hold a conversation without raising your voice.

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