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 and no need to correct people’s grammar. This is a place to vent and/or rejoice about daily life in DC.

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  • RANT: This woman in my office is getting on my nerves with her loud shoes today. She soulds like a horse coming down the hallway. Give us a break and put on your flats!!!

  • Rave: my wife and I were having a discussion about finances and some unexpected things that have created a lbit of a strain. Our 4.5 year old hears and understands the conversation and offers us all of his money (piggy bank). It was the sweetest thing I think I have ever seen.

  • Rant: Missed out on Walk the Moon tickets for Friday’s show at the Black Cat.

    Rave: If I can’t find tickets for that show, I can go see Lily and the Parlour Tricks! I’m lucky there’s so much great music happening this weekend.

  • RANT: People keep asking me questions that have the answers in the email that they’re on.

    RANT: Boss told me her goals don’t align with mine.

    RAVE: Still on a high from winning a $30 bar tab at pub quiz last night.

  • Rave: Air conditioned cars. I honestly feel bad for people that have to ride public transportation today. I know what that’s like.

    Rant: Hand, Foot and Mouth disease.

    • Meg, public transport has air conditioning too. So much usually, that I always carry a thin sweater for my commute if I get stuck under a vent on a bus. And also for the freezing office…

      • Sorry, yes I know it does. However, when I would ride the bus at rush hour, it would be crowded and cramped because no one wanted to walk. Air conditioning was futile in those situations.

        • Ah, I see. I reverse commute to Silver Spring and get 4 seats to myself usually. Perfect for early morning nap time. 🙂

    • I thoroughly enjoyed my 10-minute bike commute this morning. At 7am it wasn’t hot yet, and it’s always kinda breezy down by the river. The ride back might be brutal, though.

  • Rant: Washington Gas has the worst customer service I have ever seen. We have been trying to get our gas turned on in our new home for a week. We originally called before we closed so we could get an appointment as soon as possible, but we were told we had to call back after we settled. When I called back on the day we settled, the rude supervisor I spoke with told me they couldn’t turn anything on because of an unpaid bill by the previous owner and I should have called earlier. We went all weekend without hot water to shower and gas to cook with. After we got that situation resolved on Monday, we were stood up 4 times by technicians yesterday. My husband waited for 6 hours in the morning (one hour past the appointment time, which was from 7-12), and I waited for 6 hours that afternoon/night. Each time we called to check on their location, we were told that a technician had already been dispatched and would be there in 20 minutes. We feel like we have been lied to and jerked around for a week by this company.

    Related Rant: My husband doesn’t get paid for the work that he missed waiting for the technician for six hours.

    Rave: Submitting complaints to the Better Business Bureau and DC Public Service Commission was at least a little cathartic. Plus, showers that are freezing cold really wake you up.

    • novadancer

      at least it wasn’t December! Same problem -we had to go 5 days with no gas…

      • We are really thankful it isn’t cold out when we are having to deal with this. They told my husband again this morning that they couldn’t guarantee anyone would be able to make it out there when it was convenient for us (not that both of us missed work yesterday, we cannot take time off today). So it looks like it may be another couple of days.

    • Currently dealing with a similar situation with Verizon. What do people think about submitting complaints to BBB for a huge global corporation…does it make any difference whatsoever, or will they always continue to screw customers over left and right?

      • “does it make any difference whatsoever”

        I think this is one of those questions that we’ll never know the answer to because we’d only know if everyone filed a complaint but in fact few do because most assume it won’t make a difference and therefore isn’t worth the effort.

        • My Dad filed a complaint with the BBB and the state Attorney General when he was having trouble with ADP. They’re a pretty big company and as soon as they got notice of the complaint (my Dad sent them a copy with the cc: to BBB & AG), they resolved his issue. Which is to say, filing the complaint can’t hurt and might help, especially if you let the company you’re complaining about know about it.

  • Rant: Sometimes I am the most socially awkward person in the world.
    Rant: Summer. Heat.
    Rave: I don’t know right now. I have to think about it.

    • claire

      As someone who’s long been socially awkward, you can work on it and become much more graceful in social situations, really! My number one tip: people love talking about themselves, so play to that…

    • Well, good thing you are in the most socially awkward city in America.

  • Rave: working from home this morning and taking my kid to the pool in the afternoon. He is into numbers and has also discovered weather reports, so he really, really wants it to hit 100. Bring it on!

    Rave: saw the Hives at the 9:30 Club last night. Great performance, great energy.

    Rave: after four beers and only 6 hours sleep, I inexplicably swam faster than usual this morning.

    • claire

      I bet your son would love the weather blog I read regularly (capitalweathergang.com) – and they sometimes host training sessions for people to become weather watchers (I forgot what the term they use exactly) which, depending on your son’s age, he may love!

      • Thanks! But, he’s only five and barely reads. He’s all over the Weather Channel ipad app though.

  • Rant: Not a heat guy.

    Revel: GF doesn’t want me suffering in the hot bus and metro so she has been driving me and picking me up from work. Bonus: ice cold Bud tall boy waiting in the car yseterday. Yep, that’s how I roll.

  • Rant: so IS the yellow line going to Ft Totten during rush hour? I go to Columbia Heights to work out a few times a week and that would save me time, but so far on my commutes I’ve never seen the yellow line train go there (and I’ve waited to see if it’s every other). What’s the deal? And yes, I asked a metro worker who said yes, they go to Ft Totten….

    Rave: Had off monday, so the week is flying by. Sort of.

  • pablo .raw

    Rant: even with the hot weather, I’m going to wear a sweater for most of the day today.
    Rave: reading a book that is helping me understand myself, I’m not crazy after all!
    Rant: I wish I knew those things earlier in my life…

    • 1. Why will you be wearing a sweater during a heat advisory?

      2. What things? I recently discovered one of my inexplicable “quirks” might actually be something called misophonia: http://www.misophonia.info/

    • I’ve discovered some things about myself recently as well–some of it stemming from childhood–and it’s good to know that I’m not entirely crazy. I also recently discovered the Enneagram and am quite reassured to know that I am not the ONLY PERSON who thinks/feels/acts this way.

      • claire

        So you just successfully distracted me with reading about the Enneagram for quite a bit here… I have a strange addiction to personality tests! Think the Myers-Brigg is more spot-on with me than the Enneagram (but I’m too cheap to pay for the full test so that might be why).

      • Oh! What number are you?

  • Rant: I left my glasses at home and that means I’m going to get a headache from staring at my computer all day.

    Rave: Despite walking the mile into work in this oppressive heat and humidity, I’m having a really good hair day. I can’t believe it.

  • Rant: I was a big jerk to my boyfriend last night. He deserves a better me than that. I’m clearly incapable of handling the mounting stress in my life.

    Rant: Verizon is the worst. Don’t tell me you’ll waive a fee and then turn around and charge me a month later!

    No raves today.

    • claire

      I have so been there on the first rant. I don’t understand why it’s so easy to lash out at the people closest to you when stressed. I find it’s best not to add extra stress to my life by beating myself up about it, but instead to honestly apologize for being a jerk, say that I really don’t want to be a jerk now or in the future, and ask for their patience/assistance (ideally with specific tips – for me, for instance, it’s useless to get into any sort of discussion with me when I’m hungry because I will be a grump-monster).

      • Oh me too. My boyfriend has learned to acquire me snacks if I become hungry-irrational. I take the same line, asking for patience and assistance, but I fear I’m leaning too hard on it. Makes me sad 🙁

        • claire

          Sounding even more like me lately (went through an intense stress period for a couple of months). For me, at least, it came down to having to cut back on the amount I was doing so that I was less stressed (luckily, was taking a class that ended and that made a huge difference), but I also was/am considering going (back) to therapy – my previous experience with it gave me a lot of help with dealing with my stress/anxiety and not letting it negatively affect my close relationships.

          • Yep, that may very well be my impending next step. I really need to just give myself an ultimatum to call instead of making excuses.

  • To the asshole who shoved me this morning in front of the Verizon Center:

    Dear asshole,

    Thanks for feeling comfortable enough this morning to reach out and
    shove me while I was walking my bike. I’d just left the gym and I was
    walking to work – wearing a dress isn’t conducive to riding without
    flashing the world – when you grabbed my hand and pushed me pretty
    hard. You then flipped me off but couldn’t be bothered to acknowledge
    me further, even after I called after you to see why you thought that
    was okay.

    I’m a polite person, and I generally consider myself to be nice, as
    well. I also am a conscientious biker; I stop at lights and stop
    signs, I let pedestrians walk, etc. I acknowledge when I pull a dick
    move while I’m biking, as well, and I try to apologize. So, when
    lovely citizens like you pull crap like this, it makes me regret my
    choices about being nice.

    For what it’s worth, I called the gym, the Verizon Center, and Metro
    Transit Police, to see if there were cameras that filmed the
    encounter. Unfortunately, it doesn’t sound like there’s much what they
    can do; ugly, tall, skinny white guys with blonde hair and who were
    wearing sunglasses seem to be fairly ubiquitous in our fair city. I
    didn’t go after you because I’m a short woman, and you’d already
    physically engaged in an altercation with me. I didn’t really feel
    like taking that further. This was the next step: Publicly thanking
    you for making my day just that much better.

    Clearly, you’re a miserable person. I feel very sorry for you that
    your life is just that horrible, but wait – actually, I don’t feel
    sorry for you, because I’m guessing you bring it on yourself. If you
    are reading this, I sincerely hope you enjoy the terminal loneliness
    that is certain to befall you. And, finally, please go fuck yourself,
    because it’s probably the only lay you’re ever going to get.

    The woman you pushed.

    • Don’t hold back – tell us how you really feel!

    • Was he in a car, or a pedestrian? Or a biker?

      • It sounds like he jaywalks without looking to get his bike which he rides through stop signs in the middle lane of traffic in order to pick up his car which he uses to make illegal u-turns without signalliing and then honks at the pedestrian who jaywalked without looking on the other side of the street. City life.

    • Wow, that’s some Grade A Jackassery right there. Sorry this happened to you. Sounds like you did everything you could–restrained yourself from escalating the push further, contacted the right groups for a police report/camera footage, and ranting about it in a valid forum. Hope you’re feeling calmer soon–that’s got to be really upsetting.

    • I’m a bit confused.

      1. You were walking your bike instead of riding because you were wearing a dress and didn’t want to flash anyone?

      2. Random guy grabs your hand and then pushes you?

      Not saying I don’t believe you and I am sorry you went through this but I don’t get the above. Why if you were wearing a dress would you have your bike given what you know? I can only assume that you rode to the gym, worked out and then changed into work gear and walked to work with your bike. And he grabs your hand to push you and not pull you? Seems strange. Again, sorry this happened, nobody should be violated.

    • It felt pretty great to write that! Very therapeutic. Thanks for the supportive responses, because it was a pretty crappy way to start the day.

      I work a block from the gym, so I worked out and got dressed for work and was walking to my office. The “pusher” was a guy walking on the sidewalk, and yes, he just walked up to me and grabbed my hand and shoved me. There was plenty of space on the sidewalk, so even if he thought I was in his way, he could have moved out of mine easily.

      • It was an act of valor, actually. He saved your beautiful dress from piigeon shit. That explains the shove, which moved you from the path of the poop, and he flipped you the bird to, you know, let you know that it was due to bird poop.

        What a prince.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: My commute was less than fun this morning.

    Rave: At least everyone on my train was decent.

    Rant: Going away party for my favorite coworker today.

  • rave: It’s too hot to eat so I’m having a chocolate milkshake for lunch!

  • Rant: Should be hearing about a a big contract at work this week. On pins and needles…it’s a career-making win if we get it. No pressure.

    Rant: That point in a new relationship when it goes from “this is fun” to “this could really lead somewhere serious” and the resulting anxiety. Why am I always expecting something bad to happen? Really wish I could let go of past bad experiences and just be happy in the moment.

    Rave: For once my office is the appropriate level of air-conditioned.

    • pablo .raw

      About your rant #2, that is one of the things I have to fight every day and I think the reason (in my case) is called PTSD..

      • Agreed. My last two relationships really put me through the ringer. The new dude is great and I have no rational reason to worry…but of course I do anyway.

  • Rant: Both me and the husband on a work trip in separate parts of the world. And he lost his phone and has no internet connection so we cannot communicate.
    Rant: He loses a lot of things and is really upset about it this trip. I wish I could make him feel better…
    Rave: I see him on Saturday for a full two weeks of no work and all play!!

  • rant: i’m going to be let go from work any day. was planning on quitting at the end of august (still before the fedgov probation period, when there’s no union protections). quitting @ the end of august at least allows me to pay the rest of my rent and find a job. so frustrating.

    rave: this city is awesome. seriously, seriously awesome.

  • I forgot: Rave: our ice cream maker arrived and so far I’ve made stracciatella and key lime pie ice cream.
    Anyone have any favorite recipes they want to share?

    Rant: TOTALLY don’t need to be eating as much ice cream. Damnit.

    • claire

      Highly highly recommend David Lebovitz – he’s got some great recipes on his website and I also love his book “The Perfect Scoop.”

      • Mmm, you guys are making me want to pull out my ice cream maker!

        I’ve also heard good things about Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams recipes.

        • I got to try a Jenni’s at the fancy food show – an ice cream sandwich. It was SO good! However, I’m sort of over salted caramel. It’s delicious, true, but every booth of sweets had them. Other gelato/ice cream flavors are better. I prefer a ribbon of the salted caramel anyway!

        • We recently got Jeni’s ice cream recipes for at home and they’re great!

      • saf

        The Perfect Scoop is the best book. I went to the farm market, and now I have cherry cheesecake ice cream, strawberry ice cream, and dark chocolate-black raspberry ice cream.

    • Mojito sorbet! i found the recipe on allrecipes and it was pretty easy to make and extremely tasty!

  • alxindc

    RAVE: Loved it when it was 20 inches of snow in Boston, and now I love it when it is 110F in DC.
    RAVE: When you put enough ice, the mediocre coffee becomes a decent iced one.
    RAVE: The longest day of the year!

  • Rant: Tourists continue to ask me stupid questions. Such as pointing at the Washington Monument they say, “Is that the Lincoln Monument?” (And yes, they say Lincoln Monument, not memorial).
    Rant: Why do people run 3 abrest?
    Rave: It’s 2:15 and I have accomplished every major work item for the day–score.

  • Rave: Finally able to put the AC in so I can sleep tonight!

    Rant: Not sure what materials to use to close tiny gaps between AC & window? Foam, socks, maybe?

  • Rave: I live on the Red Line so no Rush Plus craziness! Still have the same ‘ol crap, however.

    Rant: Feels like today should be Friday. Rant that it’s not!

    Rave: Going to Bath & Body Works tonight to hit up their semi-annual sale. Here’s hoping I’ll have smelly soap through December!

  • Rave: Office busy “celebrating” World Refugee Day!

    Rant: The fact that so many people are refugees and forcibly displaced! 🙁

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