Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

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You can talk about whatever is on your mind โ€“ 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 peopleโ€™s grammar. This is a place to vent and/or rejoice about daily life in DC.

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  • alxindc

    RAVE: Violently happy…for no apparent reason. The best.

  • rave: someone brought in donuts… second time this week!!!!!!! BOSTON CREME!

    rant: heat. obvi

  • Rave: DC Government. Seriously. Found myself with three days before the DCTAG Tuition Assistance Grant (ie $10Ktowards my daughters tuition in return for not having a vote in Congress or a decent state university system) application deadline and facing two trips to DC Government offices. At the Office of Tax and Revenue they had me at a desk, with a pleasant young man pulling up my D-40 (tax return) for certification before I even had a chance to fill out the “Welcome to the Bureaucracy” form they hand you at the front desk. Today, the last workday before deadline, the wait at the TAG office was less than ten minutes, and the staff was again friendly, helpful and professional. Who knew?

    Rant: Could have spent another half hour relaxing at home with my wife before racing off to the TAG office.

  • pablo .raw

    Rave: currently @ 36,000 ft above sea level
    Rave: airplane internet
    Rave: destination’s weather cooler than DC
    Rant: but 90% humidity

  • Rave: It’s Friday! And I have plans for getting out of DC for the evening which I’m pretty psyched about! And I get to see family!

    Rant: My stomach is sort of upset at the moment and I have some un-set appointments today at work and not having a fixed time for things annoys me because it’s hard to organize the rest of your day around something that you don’t know when it will occur! Argh!

  • Allison

    Raves: Happy. It’s Friday, I love my new apartment– for which husband bought me fresh flowers– and I just got my pool passes! Might have to go for a swim this weekend. Have been sleeping so much better every night in a much quieter neighborhood, although the deep sleep has resulted in some pretty crazy dreams.

  • RANT: Why won’t MPD do anything about the open air alcohol and prescription drug market in front of the liquor store at 6th and H St? It angers me every day on my commute that people are trading Oxy’s for Newports and steel reserve in the open.

    • Have you reported it?

    • thebear

      Contact your PSA watch commander directly. If that doesn’t get results, escalate to the district command. You should also engage your ANC.

    • I have reported it but it is hard to distinguish between loitering and waiting for the bus and as soon as a cop does anything they will return.

      • thebear

        As I said, contact the local command. Drug activity is particularly difficult to catch by calling 911. While that is absolutely important to establish there’s something going on that needs attention, a unit seldom gets there fast enough (it seems that 10-20 minutes is the typical response for non-emergency calls, at least here in 2D). Making sure that the local command and the ANC are aware of a trouble spot sets a different set of wheels in motion.

    • Allison

      I saw a cop standing in front of that place when I passed by a couple days ago.

  • GiantSquid

    Rant/Rave: Last day of work. Sad to leave my friends to the mess that will result. Happy to leave what was becoming a toxic environment.

    Trying to stay positive that something better will come through.

  • rant: so hot and muggy this morning that I had swamp ass before I was even half way to office.

    rave: my garden looks amazing!

    • thebear

      Old-school baby powder has been my solution for decades. Dry off thoroughly after showering and apply until your hand slides smoothly across your skin with no “sticking” spots.

      • ok i swear i’m not a troll for Gold Bond but when I was living in Houston last year this helped a LOT! http://www.goldbond.com/original-strength-body-powder.html

        i still use it every day before i go to work….let’s just say it helps with thigh chafing…. / ๐Ÿ™

        • thebear

          Gold Bond works great, too. It does cost a bit more than ordinary baby powder for “private area” comfort. The foot powder is well worth it, however, if you’re stuck wearing shoes and socks every day in humid weather.

          • I know I’m late to this party, but for what it’s worth, cheap, good old corn starch (the main ingredient in baby power) works great. Bonus: no smelling like baby butt.

  • talula

    Rave: I really love my outfit today.

    Rant: Hope thunderstorms don’t ruin my first visit to the Eastern Shore this weekend.

    • thebear

      Thunderstorms come and go relatively fast so. Just keep an ear/eye on the forecast and plan around. And, remember: Even a bad day away beats a good day at work.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: The income/debt discussion is a little depressing (ass-loads of student loan debt, don’t own my home, etc).

    Rave: I make good money and live comfortably, so life is good even if I don’t own a home yet.

    Rave: My Memories of Mona Cosmos flowers in my garden are beautiful.

    • honestly, don’t get down on yourself. home ownership has its ups and downs. equity-building isn’t everything. i feel like there’s some sort of shaming going on about renting – for example, those stupid realtor association commercials that talk about how owning a home results in better kids, etc. it’s a load of crap. as long as you’re happy, that’s what counts.

      there’s got to be some 90210 lesson you can use. if not, i’m happy to post the electric slide video again if for no other reason than to get some style/dance pointers. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Emmaleigh504

        Hahaha I’m not ready to own a home, yet. I plan on pulling a Brandon and moving into my parents home when they move to a new city (my parents won’t be moving to Hong Kong). It’s all planned out ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Not a rant or a rave, but… anyone else find the pic of the uber-ripped septuagenarian a bit disturbing?

    p.s. RANT: that I was told I was posting too fast. First time posting today.

  • Rave: Headed out of town tomorrow morning for a week! I’m going to visit my dad and scored a $6.50 round trip on Megabus, so I’m pretty pleased with that deal. I have great plans to nap on the couch, finally read A Dance with Dragons, and eat at all my favorite local places.
    Rant: One of the reasons I’m going is to help Dad clean out my mother’s closet. She passed away last July and I think we’re finally ready to deal with her personal stuff.

    • Good luck with the cleanout. It will probably make you sad… but it might also bring back good memories and be somewhat therapeutic in that respect.

  • Blithe

    That picture only SOMEWHAT creeps me out. But maybe I’m a lot older than you….. lol.

  • rave: seeing an old friend tonight!
    rant: finances tight. anyone know a good bar with reasonably priced happy hour around farragut north/K street? (or walking distance that’s reasonable in this heat?) thanks!

    • Recessions!

      It might be the worst bar in all of DC, but it has two amazing qualities:
      1. You can always get a seat; and
      2. It is incredibly cheap.

    • I used to walk to ceiba on 15th and G all the time. Great happy hour – margaritas are $5 before 6 and 1/2 bar menu before 6 as well.

  • Rave: Just got back from reading names on the AIDS quilt project – Smithsonian Folklife Festival. All can volunteer!
    Rant: Picked a hot-hot day to do it!
    Rave: Very moving. Looking forward to doing it again.

    • I volunteered at the Folklife Festival one year and they were so overstaffed that they had nothing for me to do. I helped three other people set up a craft table for kids, and then I just wandered around for the rest of my shift. IT was fun but I really don’t think they needed me.

      • This is different – still volunteering, but not officially for the Folklife Festival. You just go up to the “Readers Tent” and check in; they give you a sheet and you step up to the podium. They start reading at 11 a.m. Sorry to hear of your experience with volunteering for the Festival, though.

  • Blithe

    Rave: Getting the perfect advice for a relationship issue that I’ve been grappling with for some time.

    Surprise Rave: Getting said advice from today’s Holdiay Mathis horoscope….

    Rave: I’m planning to spend a long weekend at the pool — something I truly enjoy.

    Rave: Making a summer solstice resolution to treat my body more like a “temple” — and regular swimming seems like a great way to start doing just that.

    Rant: My elderly mother needs and wants a LOT of attention — and focuses her neediness on me. I feel conflicted because her needs and her neediness feel overwhelming, but there aren’t any other relatives or even friends available to step in.

  • Rant: The weather. Too hot.

    Rave: It’s Friday!

  • Rant: To everyone who kept insisting that a warm winter meant a mild summer: Fuck You

  • Thinking about adopting a kitten. I have a 2 year old cat currently. Do any of you have experience with introducing a kitten to a cat? My cat is home alone all day while I’m at work and is a very playful stinker. I’d love for her to have a playmate.

    Is the cost and work to have an additional cat double? (I know that seems like a stupid questions since there will be 2)

    • http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/cats/tips/introducing_new_cat.html
      I followed a lot of the tips in this article when I was introducing a new cat last summer (I adopted a 4 year old cat and introduced him to my 7 year old). It actually went very smoothly and I only kept the new cat in a separate room overnight. And no, two cats aren’t appreciably more expensive than one, at least in my experience. You use more litter and food, but that didn’t raise my costs much – and I have to feed mine prescription wet and dry food due to some health issues on the part of my older cat.

    • Cost, yes. Double the vet bills, double the food, you should now have 3 litter boxes instead of 2 (I know a lot of people just have one litter box for one cat, but I always had one for each cat plus one extra- you’ll hear different people have different opinions on that). Double the work, no. Except for the beginning, when you’ll have to take care in introducing the pets. I did it a few years ago, and kept the kitten in a room for the first few days. I allowed them to introduce themselves through the gap below the door, plus during feeding time, when I had them on different sides of a sheet that was held up. That way, they had the happy thoughts of being fed associated with the other cat.

      Good luck!

    • When I was introducing a new cat last summer, I found this article helpful:
      It went very smoothly and I only had to keep the new cat in a separate room overnight. He did hide under the bed a lot for the first few days, but settled in pretty quickly after that. Not quite the same as you, since I was bringing in a 4-year-old cat and already had a 7-year-old, but generally younger cats are more flexible and quick to adjust.
      Also, having a second cat hasn’t added much work or expense (just a lot of extra cat hair). Actually, new cat is less maintenance than old cat, who has some health issues. The only additional costs I incurred were buying a second litterbox and a scratching post; I do use twice as much litter and food, but even taking into account the cost of the prescription food that they eat, it’s not much more.

    • Sorry about the double post….I thought my computer ate the first one because it froze when I hit “post” ๐Ÿ™

  • Rave: Last-minute weekend trip away with the man. Just heading up to Philly to hang out, but it’ll be fun and I’ll get to see an old friend too.

    Double rave: He’s pretty awesome and I’m really happy.

  • Rave: It’s 4:15 on Friday and I have nothing else to do!

    Rant: The heat. Of course.

    Rave: Boy roommates are out of town so girl roommate and I are taking over with a chick flick night. Sangria, here we come!

    Rave: Excited to see Magic Mike on Sunday afternoon. Don’t judge!

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