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: President Obama supports same-sex marriage! Yea!

    • I second that!

      • + infinity

        It is not often you can make history by doing the right thing, that was amazing to witness. I guess he did deserve that Nobel Peace Prize after all.

        One nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all……….. I guess he gets it.

        • claire

          Yes, yes, yes to all that! I’ve been hearing a lot of disillusionment lately among people, some of who have said they aren’t planning on voting in the upcoming presidential election because Obama hasn’t done enough. As someone who votes in even small local elections and who is absolutely terrified by the current Republican party, I find that stance ridiculous and foolish, and I’m hoping that Obama coming out strongly on this issue will help sway those people to get out and vote for him. I’ll admit I’m a little scared that it might swing things the other way, but there can’t really be enough strongly-anti-gay-marriage people (who weren’t already going to vote Republican no matter what) out there for that, can there?

          • You speak the truth, the alternative is so much worse, and a reason enough to vote. But, that being said, I believe liberal disillusionment with Obama is warranted: Gitmo still open, further increased executive power, massively increased drone program, greatly increased deportations, and harsh crackdowns on medical marijuana (which he blatantly lied about).

          • I agree with claire. All this liberal hemming and hawing about Obama not being liberal enough really has to stop. It’s counterproductive. The things this man has done given the current political environment are quite remarkable. This latest announcement took political courage and will likely to cost him dearly in the swing states. If his base doesn’t turn out for him in the general, you can say hello to President Romney. Then you’ll REALLY have something to complain about.

      • Don’t know. To me it would have been a true exercise in leadership if he had taken a stand on the issue long before now. Seems like he is saying “me too” long after public opinion started to swing in this direction. I am not sure I can award points for that.

        • Leadership:
          – repeal of don’t ask don’t tell
          – stopped enforcement of DOMA
          – 1st sitting president in history to announce support for marriage equality

          • Voting representation for DC is hopefully somewhere down the to-do list.

          • I am more in the camp of the disillusioned. As someone already said, no leadership on Gitmo, expansion of warrantless police powers; no transparency in government, all against the campaingn promises. Now, when finally painted in a corner, he relents to avoid the further damage of looking indecisive on this issue. And I don’t really accept, he is the lesser of two evils as an excuse because with the exception of gay marriage and abortion, there is not a huge difference between Romney and Obama.

        • I guess it depends on your expectations. When seeking to understand the actions of others, we have to walk in their shoes. Should he be 100% right all the time, right away, in every word he speaks, why yes of course, we all should. We are people not Gods so that is not possible. I look at it like this, he didn’t have to say anything, no other president in the history of the nation ever has, he hurt his career more than helped it by doing it (although he has my vote), even if he had evolved to this new feeling he could have waited until after the election to say something about it and it would have been much easier on him. He has to be careful of what he says and when he says it. He is not Joe Schmoe on the corner of 14th and U yelling out anything he wants simply because he is free. He is the leader of the free world and every soul on the planet watches his every move and his every word. That is a lot to consider. I am not saying he is God of all because he now is ok with equality, I am saying all things considered, God bless him for being a man, being a true leader and doing the right thing. That is what I call a role model. Nobody is perfect, but doing the right thing when it does not benefit you makes you one step closer to it.

          Thank you President Obama for your service to our country.

    • And how many of you voted for him in 2008 when he was against it?

      • I don’t understand what you are getting at with this comment.

        • It’s a guess – but I think Anonymous 10:25’s point is that in typical politician-fashion, Obama has flip-flopped on the issue; it hasn’t been his public stance all along (if that matters to anyone). I don’t think it should take away from the stand that he took and the merits of his doing so.

          • Thanks, I was guessing the same but I still can’t figure out what the point of that comment is.

      • Who would you have had us vote for instead?

      • I voted for him in 2008 and will vote for him again in November. For the record I am a married lesbian. Everyone is allowed their own opinion and yes opinions change. I am glad his opinion has evolved to the point where he realizes that all people should be treated equally and fairly. Sure there maybe some political maneuvering with this announcement, but he is still the first sitting US President to state his support for marriage equality. That get’s my support. He has done more for LGBT Americans than any previous president. Could he do more? Sure, but he has done leaps and bounds more than any of his predecessors. I will push for more, but will not forget what he has done so far and am hopeful we will see even more in his next four years.

      • Actually, he was for it before he was against it. When he first ran for office from Hyde Park in Chicago, he answered a questionaire in support. Then had back off when he ran statewide for Senate and so on.

        We now it wasn’t a matter of his evolving but rather a matter of being backed into a corner.

        I want to thank Joe Biden for moving this conversation forward. We have a lot of work to do, but this is a stunning turn of events.

    • In a 1996 candidate questionnaire, he supported it. So to me, he was for it before he was against it.

    • Next stop: Legalize abortion.

      Oh wait …

    • The State of North Carolina voted against gay marriage.

  • What is this pictures???

  • rant: clients who are too cheap to let us handle the printing for them, but then come to us complaining because they didn’t bother to get a proof and the piece printed wrong.

  • Rant: PoP’s Rant/Rave pic totes almost made me vom my b-fast.

  • Rave: My five-year-old and I had so much fun biking to his school yesterday. The extra workout was nice too.

    Rave: I mistakenly thought yesterday was bike-to-work day, so we’ll just have to do it again next week.

  • Hey, whatever happened to the People’s District blog?

  • rant: my dog has a skin infection and has to wear the e-cone. she is totally miserable and i feel so bad for her 🙁

    rant: major anxiety today

    rave: it’s thursday, and i’m keeping busy.

    rave: my photography being published on a blog, and soon to be in print as well!

    rant: a certain friend getting tired of my constant negativity lately.

  • Does anyone know what is going on with the small building at 2422-2424 17th Street (between Kalorama and Euclid)? They closed it up on fenced it in over the past week, and zillow says the building was sold for just under $5m. Anyone know who bought it/what the plan is?

    • I saw that, too! I was actually kind of pleased because the residents (or at least their full time loitering guests) made me avoid that section of 17th for street parking!

  • Rave: Working from home!
    Rant: My work ethic when working from home…I need to buckle down.

    • heh. i have that same problem when i work from home. i once read that you should get dressed like you would for a casual day at work — instead of wearing pajamas/sweats/gym clothes — and that it helps you focus.

  • Rave: The one nice thing about a long commute to work: Meg Idol. I’m always the winner.

    • Rave: This made me laugh out loud, as I imagined Meg Idol taking place on the Metro. Guessing you drive?

    • Maybe a year or two ago, I was on Metro and there was a guy who was singing along to his iPod… and also doing body moves and gestures to match!

      If this were a daily thing, I might have found it annoying, but as it was, I couldn’t repress a smile, and neither could a lot of the other riders in that car.


  • Not a rant or a rave, but merely a question. What exactly is that in the picture? I’m so curious…

  • Rave: Wonderful morning to walk to work!

    Rant: The sidewalk is not a trashcan!!!!!! Stop throwing your cigarette butts and garbage everywhere!!! Littering is not cool dude!!! How much effort does it take to throw away your cigarette in the designated trash bin?! It’s not that difficult!!

    • Agreed. But if they haven’t figured out not to throw the butts on the ground, they might not figure out not to throw a burning cigarette into a trash can. I can just see all the smoldering trash cans…

  • Rant: The “sanctity” of marriage. I guess what bothers me the most about people saying they want to preserve the sanctity of marriage is that straight people have already done a piss poor job of that to begin with. To me, the sancity of marriage is about how the two people that are married treat, respect and defend that union. Nothing that anyone else does can impact the sanctity of my marriage. I say welcome to the party.

    • Isn’t this what any relationship should be about: “…is about how the two people that are [together] treat, respect and defend that union.” The righteous holiness defending marriage isn’t what is weakening unions; it’s the people inside of those unions that are breaking apart.

    • Did anyone see that moron “Bishop” Harry Jackson on McNeil-Lehrer last night trying to argue the opposition? Complete nonsense. And my guess is complete closet case.

      • Try not to fall into that trap myself of saying that those that doth protest too much are gay. Although Bachman’s husband seems about as gay as gay can be.

      • This amuses me because I still call it McNeil Lehrer too even though neither one of them is still on. But didn’t catch it.

  • Rave: Thinking of becoming a same-sex divorce lawyer. It is only a matter of time, right?

  • Rave: Capitals win last night. My wife and I had a great time at the game! So excited for game 7!

    Rant: Currently taking a break from digging post-holes in my back yard.

    Rave: 2 down

    Rant: 4 to go

    Rave: At the end of this weekend, I will have a deck on my rowhouse!

  • Rant: I made it to the final interview stage with 4 potential employers. Everyone was really positive, so I thought for sure I would end up with an offer. Well, I’ve gotten 2 rejections and anticipate 2 more. Not sure how to feel right now. Job searching is such a roller coaster. (And how many interviews do you really need to hire someone?)

    Back to the drawing board.

    • DC is a brutal market for job-seekers – keep plugging away at it and I’m sure you’ll find something!

    • Trust your instincts, NEVER “beg” or “ask” for anything, expect it with confidence… Focus on learning. Be a self starter. You shouldn’t have to go in for more than 2 interviews, if they ask you for more, they’re wasting your time and resources.

      Spend time in Barnes & Noble reading up on your chosen field. Convince yourself you’re worth the money… Speak clearly and concisely. So many people believe incorrectly that “they’re not worth it”, and when they negotiate/interview from that point, they always sacrifice a lot… You are worth it, as far as you can go! You’ll win if you always negotiate from a power position. This guy (Chris McGoff) taught me everything I’ve needed to know in life: http://www.theprimes.com

      I was employed through the worst economy, I’ve had to hustle to work things out, but gradual and careful strategy works when combined with patience. Cheers. Sorry to be all “Anthony Robbins” here, but building confidence (without being arrogant) is the way to success…

  • claire

    Rave: Ate at Toki Underground for the first time last night! It definitely lived up to the hype, even with an hour+ wait on a weeknight.

    Rant: Hopped on over to Fruit Bat while waiting (love their drinks!) and they had some amateur stand-up comedy going on. At first, I was excited – love a good laugh – but almost every comedian made really disturbing racist and sexist jokes. So not okay by me.

    Rave: My amazing boyfriend. I’m still totally head over heels in love with him even two years in. I was extra reminded of this last night because we were in sync the whole night – from being excited enough about trying out Toki Underground to not mind the long wait, to knowing immediately we’d be doing our waiting at Fruit Bat, to being disturbed by the comedians’ rape jokes.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: Work keeps making mistakes with my paychecks.

    Rave: It’s a quiet day at work, so I can spend as much time as I want trying to get payroll to fix their mistakes.

    • Mr. Lumbergh told me to talk to payroll and then payroll told me to talk to Mr. Lumbergh and I still haven’t received my paycheck and he took my stapler and he never brought it back and then they moved my desk to storage room B and there was garbage on it…

    • Emmaleigh504

      Rave: Work already noticed their mistake and are in the process of fixing it.

      • Gramps like his kumquat marmalade? That’d be a great name for a band btw.

        • Emmaleigh504

          I’m not sure he’s tasted it yet. He did send me a great email thanking me for it. He thinks he might save it for a welcome coffee for some new people moving into his ‘hood.

          Sadly, the kumquat tree in his ‘hood died, so no more kumquat marmalade made from fruit from his place. He tried to get it replaced, but the grounds keeper couldn’t find another one. He replaced it with a magnolia instead (my late Granny’s favorite tree).

          • msmaryedith

            My dad has an ENORMOUS kumquat tree in his back yard in New Orleans. Aren’t you from there? Next time you’re headed home, I should send you over to his place to collect a few batches’ worth!

  • me

    Rave: My job transfer application was accepted!

    Rant: I’m moving away from DC for it. Permanently. I’ve been here for about 10 years- that’s so sad!

    Rant(ish): Now I have to hurry up and sell my place, find a new one, etc etc…

  • RAVE: Boyfriend got a job offer with better pay and a better commute!! (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

    Rant: Something about the pay structure (base pay plus commissions) seems sketchy to me. And the Glassdoor reviews are suspect.. They want him to start ASAP, which doesn’t give him the 2-3 weeks notice he wanted to give. It is also out in Ashburn, Virginia…

    Rant: the amount of laundry I have do to at home.

    Rave: a completely plan-free weekend! No homework to do until June, no commitments, good weather, CANNOT WAIT!

  • Rave: Caps
    Rant: Rolled the dice ona scrapple and jalapeno omelet this morning. Should have thought that one through.

  • Rant: Still not able to close on our new place because of the sellers lack of title insurance (or a clean title).

    it’s been a week since our scheduled closing and 5 days from our our tenants move in to where we currently live.

    I am starting to eat my stress. I actually don’t care if that’s unhealthy at this point.

    • Be patient and hopefully it will work out. I have seen a slew of title screw ups perpetuated by the real estate boon. Many relate to a relative selling a house that they really didn’t own that never passed through probate etc. Good times. Good luck to you.

      • The sellers wanted us to close before 1 May. Our scheduled date was that week. It’s been 6 days since we were supposed to close. Patience is fine, and I’m OK saving money on taxes and condo fees…but we have tenants moving in and no pre-settlement arrangement. And I don’t think many hotels want my 100lb dog there all day!

        My first real estate purchase was an estate sale and they didn’t go thru probate. Which is ridiculous in that the real estate agent didn’t know to ensure that was all done? What a joke.

  • Rave: Brunch Sunday at Pimlico with my mom and sister, and my best friends (sisters) and their mom!

    Rant: Pastors who supported Pres. Obama who now say their support is wavering or lost. As an informed voter and preacher of the Word, should you not pass judgment and make a decision based on the totality of a person’s record/qualifications/character?

    Rant.2: That gawd awful picture. It’s appealing to someone, but not me. Yuck!!

  • Rave deux: The Caps!! I’m not a hockey fan but support home teams!

  • Rant: Having anxiety about various things doubles up on itself and that anxiety makes me more anxious.

    Rave: Slow week at work

    Rave: It’s ALREADY (not “only”) Thursday!

  • Rant: PoP is running ad pop-ups now? Not pop-ups exactly but slide-ins? 😉 Am I the only one getting ads sliding in from the lower right when I’m in the forum or post comments?

  • Rave: Joe Biden

    Rant: Joe Biden needs to come out for legalized weed.

  • Rant: If your Smartrip card isn’t working at the turnstile, go see the station manager. Don’t just stand there swiping your card 20 times while holding up the line! IT’S NOT GOING TO WORK ON TRY 21!!

  • novadancer

    whoops! that was supposed to be it’s own comment.

  • I have been getting a free WiFi signal for both my computers in my home for 3 years. For the last week, I have been able to get the free WiFi signal. There are many Internet signals in my area, but they are all secured. LOL

    Rant: I can’t live without the Internet. Dialup on AOL sucks. I might have to breakdown and call Verizon to get wireless Internet. I live on a tight budget.

    • Correction: I haven’t been able to get a free WiFi signal in my Ward 4 neighborhood for almost 2 weeks. I am sad!

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