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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  • claire

    Rant: Sore throat and feeling extra out-of-it, can’t tell if I’m sick or if it’s just allergies taken to the next level… suspecting sick…
    Rant: Came in to work anyway (I know, I know, spreading germs is bad) because of something I had to get done by noon, only to discover that the person I’m supposed to be working on this with isn’t in (with no phone call or email for explanation) and that the due date has now been pushed back to tomorrow.
    Rave: Got it done a lot quicker without working with this person anyway and going to go back home soon to recover.

  • Rant: The U Street reconstruction project is going to be a mess.
    Rave: The U Street reconstruction project will make our neighborhood look better when it is over.

  • talula

    Rant: I realized I never tipped the bartender last night for my drink. I feel like the terrible person. I’m usually a generous tipper, I swear! I don’t know where my mind was last night.

    Rave: Woke up and decided to walk the 2.5 miles to work today. It was a beautiful morning.

    • I second that rave; my house was about 10 degrees hotter than outside (no AC) so it was amazing to get up and eat my cereal on the porch for once 🙂

  • shaybee

    Rant: got rejected from another job. I know the job market is tough right now (and I work in museums, so it’s even tougher), but I’m really at a loss as to what to do! How can I get more experience if I can’t get a job?!
    Rave: i am currently employed, in a museum, even if it is not at all ideal. so i am thankful. just frustrated.
    Rave: my parents are coming this weekend so it will take my mind off of things
    Rant: my parents are coming this weekend and will probably berate me for doing something wrong, resulting in me not being chosen for an interview for said job. sigh.

    • I think it is really, really hard for people not in the DC area to understand the job market here. My parents and friends from back home are astonished that I don’t get interviews for jobs they (and I) think I am perfectly qualified for, but that is par for the course here in DC. So many jobs seem to be only advertised to the public because they have to be, legally, and the company/organization already has someone in mind, or you have to have connections some other way. I don’t think that is how it works in most other parts of the country. Rest assured you probably aren’t doing anything “wrong” that resulted in you not getting this interview. It’s helped me in my job search to spin that positively, and to think to myself that I am doing many things right, but to always pursue doing those things better the next time. Good luck!

      • shaybee

        Thank you! The recent jobs I’ve applying for are actually in New England, so the situation is slightly different, but due to the recession, I think there are a lot of over-qualified people applying. And since I only graduated with my MA a year ago, I’m getting passed over. Fact of life, I guess.

        And I totally agree with you on the DC thing! I swear, I’ve never encountered more jobs where there was most likely someone already in mind. And not even in the federal govt (don’t even get me started on applying to those jobs, haha)! This phenomenon completely boggles my parents. They simply do not understand.

      • Headhunters have screwed up the job market here. They over-market people for jobs when they are under qualified. Headhunters also are the main reason that benefits are shrinking, they negotiate cuts to benefits so that they can pocket the money saved by employers, and they’re trying to steer every candidate into an “hourly rate” job with contracts that offer no job security. Stop giving you resume to these people, only focus on “direct hire” companies, otherwise we’ll all suffer.

        • shaybee

          Never interacted with a headhunter, and I don’t really plan to. I don’t think it would get me anywhere in the museum field, anyway. You mostly have to know someone internally.

      • Networking and contacts are important anywhere but it’s true that it is especially true for DC. When I moved here, I had someone who said they could help get me a job almost anywhere (except for what I’m interested in). It was nice to have the offer of help, but I passed.

    • I hear ya! I’m also in the museum field and having a rough time finding a fulltime job, with 2 masters degrees and a wealth of experience! It’s a tough field and from my experience, completely random how candidates are chosen. I’m using the recession as a time to tap into other interests and focus on other aspects of my life as my job is not the most fulfilling. Best of luck and don’t take it too personally!

  • Rant: due to another “miscommunication”, I waited for 40 minutes for a blood test this morning.

    Rant: when I finally got to work this morning, my non-networked/data processing computer had been taken away to be “fixed” – great except that I waited for something to finish running until 9:30 last night when I gave up & the results were likely not saved before the IT person shut down the computer. So now, when I get my computer back, I will have to re-start the program & wait several hours before I can check and see if something works. And THEN I can re-run the analysis. Ugh.

    Can I PLEASE start today over again???????

  • Rave: Was very productive last night after work: cleaned the bathroom, put some decor up in my new apartment, and ran

    Rave: My boyfriend made a delicious dinner for me

    Rant: My apartment building’s gym is WAY too hot and has no circulation, resulting in an incomplete run for me last night. I crapped out 2/3 of the way through, purely because I was so hot, although my body could have kept going.

  • me

    Rant: Forgot to put on deodorant this morning, so ran across the street at lunchtime to grab a small one to leave at my desk. I didn’t pay attention to the smell of it, and it has a really obnoxious and overpowering smell of vanilla and some sort of floral scent. I think I would have rather have smelled of nothing than this.

    Rave: This is my last full week working in DC. Moving next weekend. (Okay, so I guess that’s a rant/rave.)

    • It’s 10:40ish and you’ve already had lunch(time)?

    • Seriously, “lunchtime” at 10:40am? That’s nuts.

      Here’s something that I learned from experience. If you ever forget to put on deodorant, a dab or two of liquid soap from the nearest restroom does the trick surprisingly well.

    • I would have preferred to smell natural instead of heavy vanilla-floral combo. Makes my stomach turn thinking about that combo. But your rant made me laugh.

    • me

      I’m at my desk by no later than 6am! 🙂

      • Does that mean your day ends earlier? It should but I also know that it doesn’t necessarily mean that.

        • me

          Most of the time, yes. I am normally gone by about 3:30-ish, unless there is a late meeting or we just get wrapped in stuff that takes longer than it should. Makes for some long days. I also get the stink-eye from others in the office when I leave at 3:30, but they don’t really realize how early I get in. So they can stuff it.

          • So do you set your own schedule? Meaning that your office runs 8-4 or 9-5 but you do 6-3:30 because it’s quieter and you plow through work better in the early hours? Wondering because you said some of your co-workers give you the eye if you leave 3:30 so assuming there is a more set time of office hours. Lots of guesses on my part.

          • me

            The office is a 24-hour office, with core hours anytime between 6am and 6pm. So, realistically, people could come in at 10am if they wanted to, as long as they did 8 hours and stayed til 6. Any earlier/later than the core hours and you just need to let people above you know and make sure it’s cool.

          • Me, you need to work with military people! Most of my colleagues and customers start their day before 7am, and the office is empty by 4pm. I usually get in around 7:15 and leave around 3:45; my walk home takes 25 minutes so I have a lot of time left to do things in the afternoon/evening. I must say it’s nice!

          • Nice! to have flexible schedules!

      • You should sleep late, man. It’s much easier on your constitution.


        • If you’re the first one up in your household in the early hours of the morning (4 or 5 am) and it’s quiet and new, it’s the best part of the day. I love me my sleep too.

  • Rant: Sinkhole in Dupont made me super late for work.
    Rave: Work day began with brunch at the Mayflower
    Rave: Came back to the office for a fire drill.

  • Rant: I got puked on three times yesterday. I’ve leveled-up in parenthood.

  • Rave: Day two at the new job!

    Rant: The fact that it is day 2 means I still feel like I am completely in over my head. I know that I will find my groove shortly, but I wish I could find it a little faster.

    Rave: We close on our house in Petworth in two weeks!!

  • Rave: Thursday!
    Rant: Terrible sleep so far this week. Feel like zombie. Coffee isn’t cuttin it.

  • Emmaleigh504

    No raves no rants, life is going on a nice even keel.

  • alxindc

    RANT: My idea of freshly baked bread in the morning fizzled out as my dough didn’t proof properly overnight.
    RANT: As I was packing lunch, I smeared my shirt with oil, so I had to go back and iron a new one.
    RANT: My colleagues blabber too much so I can’t concentrate.
    RAVE: Thank you internet for bringing me Rinse FM podcasts.
    RAVE: Thursday is my favorite day of the week.

    • I’m impressed that you tried to bake anything on a weekday morning! Bread is always a weekend project for me.

  • Rant: Definitely coming down with a cold–it started in my throat and has moved to my nose/sinuses. My first cold since October. UGH!

    Rant: Today is staff picture day and I have major black circles under my eyes. Or, rather, under my left eye.

    Rave: Mom buying my plane ticket home in July!

    Rant/Rave: Two of our new interns are nice, cute, sweet young men…who happen to be seminariarns on their way to priesthood. Yes, the church needs you but so do all of the nice single women out there!

    • pablo .raw

      Same thing happened to me last week and had to stay home for 2 days, the neti pot was a great relief when I finally remember to do it!

  • Rant: Work is stressing me out this week.

    Rave: Two days until my Vegas-Grand Canyon-Zion National Park vacation. Can’t wait!

  • Rant: my husband got in hit by a car yesterday by a hit and run driver in Southwest.
    Rant: the driver just kept going.
    Rant: This was before we were to go to a reception at the White House, so PERFECT timing
    Rave: one pedestrian apparently stopped to help him.

    Rant: Trying to get furniture delivered that we ordered on May 6th has been impossible. Haven’t been able to fully unpack and it’s driving me nuts.

    • Hope your husband is okay. I’m assuming he is or you might have written something about being in hospital, etc.

    • Oh my gosh, I really hope everything is ok! Did he get a license plate number or any identifying information from the car that hit him? You didn’t say, but I’m assuming he was a biker or pedestrian…what kind of person does that and doesn’t stop?!

      • He was on his bike – no info other than he thinks a Toyta. The person hit him and kept going.
        Total cost so far is $90 for a new cell phone (thanks for the protection plan), and he lost a nice Jos A Bank shirt (and probably tie – can blood come out of ties?) and an unknown cost to fix his damaged wedding ring.

        Additionally, stitches on his chin, his finger might be broken (he won’t go back to the doctor), a good gash on his hand and a few other bruises/cuts.

        But yes, the person kept on going. And it’s pretty hard not to notice you’ve just hit someone on a bike with your car.

        • Since the tie would be lost otherwise, it’s worth trying. Let the tie soak in cool to warm (not hot) water with soap. Keep squeezing the tie (don’t rub the blood stain). Repeat until stain is gone. Rinse in coolish water. You’ll have to iron the tie, don’t put iron directly on tie, try putting cloth over iron to protect silk/tie material and iron to press out wrinkles. Hot water will set the blood stain, as will rubbing. Good luck.

          • so don’t take it to the dry cleaner? Hm…we’ll try that tonight. I know dish soap is a good way to get rid of a lot of different stains, so we’ll see how it goes. It’s a nice tie – he wore it to our rehearsal dinner.

          • I have found dish soap to work better for grease stains. I’d try laundry detergent, such as Tide (don’t work for the co.), because it generally works better for blood stains (as a first target for attacking the stains). If you can’t get it out, don’t run the tie through a dryer, let it air dry naturally, before bringing to a dry cleaner. Again, the heat from a dryer will set the stain. Of course you could just bring it to a dry cleaner and see what they say. Was offering up a non-dry-cleaning alternative option.

          • hydrogen peroxide works well getting blood stains out of things.

    • Hope they track down this jerk. Did your husband leave a mega-dent on the car? Maybe it is worth calling some repair shops to see if a similar Toyota has been brought in with a man-shaped dent? Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

      • Doubtful, he hit the bike on the side (handlebars), and probably more my husband than the bike, in an effort to pass my husband.

  • Rave: Nice weather. Working things out with the ex and taking it slow.

    Rant: Lost my wallet in the Dupont/Farragut North area. Called the bank, consulted Metro (was on the Red Line last night) and no luck, and checked in with the bar I went to watch US play Brazil. So far, I haven’t heard back from Metro or the bar, and I froze all my accounts. Ugh!

  • Rant: Having a day where any job – pizza delivery girl, canvasser, house painter – seems like a better option than the job I actually have to do today.

    Extra Rant: One of those woke-up-on-the-wrong-side-of-the-bed days. Ugh.

    • MsNesbitt

      This is my rant today, too. Having one of those “I should have gone to school or started in XYZ field” days. I would have been a great veterinarian. Fine, maybe just a great dog walker.

  • Rave: I met the Annie’s Ace hardware dog this morning. She’s pretty cute.

    Rant: “No Iron” shirts that aren’t.

  • Rave: Tomorrow’s my birthday, and I’m looking forward to a low-key weekend full of dinners with boyfriend/friends, and packing for Costa Rica!

    Rant: Already have this pit-of-my-stomach anger/sadness feeling that no one at work will do anything for said birthday, making me dislike the attitudes of the people I work with more (throwing fuel on the fire?)

    Rave: Screw ’em, I’m going to Costa Rica!

    Daily Metro rant: YOU CANNOT BRING FOOD ON THE METRO. Yes, my dear, the rules apply to everyone, even you. That means no open Starbucks coffee cups that notoriously spill everywhere, no half eaten glazed donut as your pre-dinner snack, no McDonalds. Get it together, commuting public. I’m sick-of-ya!

    • Happy Birthday. I actually get annoyed when my co-workers *do* something for my birthday… and for *everyone’s* birthday. I really honestly like my colleagues, but we’re all adults and we’re not best friends or family, so what I really don’t want to do is stand around eating cake pretending that I give a crap that it’s someone’s 27th or whatever birthday.

      I’m with you on the Metro food rant, especially the Starbucks. I’m pretty sure there is a nearby Starbucks no matter where you’re getting off, and if you’re grown up enough to ride the train by yourself then you’re grown up enough to wait a few more minutes before you have your fancy coffee drink.

      • I think you can have covered beverages in the metro? I’m not a Starbucks offender, but if I’m near a Teaism when I want to get on the metro, I’ll sometimes bring a chai with me. They’re delicious! I also bring water bottles with me in the summer.

        • My understanding was that you can bring food and drink (as long as the drinks are covered) into a Metro station, on the train, etc.; you just can’t eat/drink it while you’re there.

      • I get what you’re saying, and I know not everyone’s into the office birthday celebration thing. Our office used to do this cute “happy birthday” banner over your office door when you walked in, but I stopped getting the banner last year. Eh, its probably me just being moody and getting tired of the people on my team (or them getting tired of me!).

        • I’m in the camp of disliking office birthdays – I’ve been asked what I wanted (food wise), I say fresh fruit. I end up with cake. They use birthdays as an excuse to eat cake. So why not just buy monthly cakes and save the drama of getting everyone to sign a really lame card?

        • Maybe my work environment is different. We are a small office (12 people, 19 if you count the summer interns) and the environment is (for the most part) family-like. We enjoy celebrating each other. Personally, I think birthdays are important and am glad to be in the midst of mostly like-minded people.

          • We are a small office too, and celebrate everyone’s birthday. We usually try to switch it up from the typical cake too. I’ve tried to hide mine, but it’s impossible, so I just go with it. I actually think it’s kind of nice to have those days where we can all get away from our desk for a little while and just laugh and talk.

    • Not to be a jerk, but why the Hell would you want your colleagues to do something for your birthday? If they’re your friends, tell them you’re going to happy hour, and you’d love to see them there. If they’re just co-workers, thank your lucky stars you’re not trapped in a conference room with a bad cake and a bunch of people who would rather be returning phone calls.

      This is why people think Gen (whatever) people are needy whiners.

      • Last I checked, this was a forum to rant and rave. So I’m ranting. Anyone of *any* generation, regardless of what you assume, is allowed to rant. If that counts as whining to a self-titled jerk, so be it.

      • In my old office, there was a conference-room celebration for just about any occasion that you could come up with. I have never been sooooooooooo sick of the celebratory cake. I’ve eaten enough cake for the entire PoPville. Sigh.

        • Emmaleigh504

          At my last job, after we realized we were celebrating with cake way too often to be fun, we started mixing it up. One person requested a veggie platter for her birthday, one requested fruit salad. It actually got kind of fun again when we broke away from only having cake.

          I refuse to tell people when my birthday is, so I’m the party pooper at my office. Someone’s got to do it 🙂

        • You must work for J. Peterman Catalog.

          Get well, get well soon, we wish you to get well!

        • No such thing as too much cake!!

        • “In my old office, there was a conference-room celebration for just about any occasion that you could come up with.”

          EPA employee? I know someone who works there and she brings us leftover food from her office parties at least once a week (yesterday it was tandori chicken, naan, and samosas!).

          • Nope, no EPA here. Note, we had the all-purpose cake only, not tandoori chicken, naan and samosas, which would be great! Who knew the EPA was so great, hmmm.

      • And you could end up with a moldy cake from a local bakery! If you do, make sure you get a refund for the cake AND the cookies you ate!

    • pablo .raw

      Interesting; I am the complete opposite of that. I have been successful in hiding my birthday from co-workers for many years, I just don’t understand why that date should be important. But since it is important to you, I wish you a happy day!

      • Same here…..No one in my office knows my birthday. Whenever somesone asks about it I respond that I dont have them anymore. LOL!! However, some people in my office make it a point to walk around the office for every day for the week leading up to their birthday to remind everyone.

      • You are my kind of guy. Public acknowledgement (any, pretty much for that matter) of my birthday (except for from my immediate family) is strongly discouraged. I didn’t ask to be born, I used to call my Mom and thank her on my b-day, she did all the work.

    • Emmaleigh504

      Happy Birthday (a little early)! I hope you have a great year!

    • The worst Metro eating I saw was a girl at the Fort Totten station. She sat down at the bench/shelter and started eating crab legs from a paper bag. At least she wasn’ t on the train. I’ve also seen sunflower seed shells all over the floor a couple of times.

  • Rant: It’s sad how much I want to tell my boss I quit today and walk out the door with Friday off. Instead I’m giving him 3 weeks notice.
    Rave: I have a new job that I love that starts in 24 days and I get paid on Friday.

  • Verizon screwed up the order when transferring my service from my old address to my new one. I’ve not been on the phone with them over an hour trying to sort it out. After talking to 8 different people and getting 8 different stories, I told them to cancel my account, and have been on hold ten minutes waiting on a confirmation number. I hate this company and everybody who works for them.

    • thebear

      Rather than cancel your service outright over a service issue (with Verizon or any other telephony provider), if you want to keep that number, find another company you think you can live with and put in with them to port your old number. That often lights fires under the feet of people at the “losing” company to fix the problem and throw something in to sweeten the deal to keep you.

  • Rant: Missing Chuck Brown memorial.

    Rant: Missing Chuck Brown.


  • pablo .raw

    rant: band gig about to be cancelled due to Conn. Ave. water main burst
    rave: everything else

    • I’m surprised we haven’t heard more rants about a bad commute because of the sink hole/water main issue. I mean, the radio said it totally closed down Connecticut under and south of the circle. And I haven’t seen ANY pictures.

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