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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  • rave: Ego death

  • Rant: The climate is changing; it’s only going to get hotter; and idiots still think it’s all a lie.

    Rave: I only have a few decades to live anyway.

    • Ok, sure. And humans caused the last ice age too.

      • Didn’t say anywhere it was caused by humans

      • There can’t possibly be a climate change denier among us! Wow!!! I feel like we should put you in a cage and marvel at you.

        • Climate change happens all the time. The issue on the table is whether the weather we are experiencing today is related to human-caused climate change. That is very much in dispute, despite what those in this extremely far-left echo chamber might assert.

      • Natural processes: because they existed in the past, humans can have no impact on them.

        You realize that’s your argument, right?

        • That’s not necessarily his argument. The way his argument is worded, humans didn’t cause huge changes in the earth’s environment that long ago. (Former symbolic logic nerd here.)

    • “The climate is changing; it’s only going to get hotter…”

      …and our so-called leaders aren’t going to do a damn thing to stop it.

      There is only one solution: Each and every one of us needs to make reducing our energy consumption–reducing our CO2 footprint, a matter personal responsibility. And even that may be too little too late, but the changes I make won’t be for me. They’ll be for my nieces and nephews.

      To whit: Insulation, programmable thermostats, reflective roof last year. Driving to work 1 day/week (public transit otherwise), all lighting CFL and LED, this year. Solar next year.

      …and with each and every change, I’m going to tell myself: “This is a f*ck you to Mitt Romney, Barack Obama, Mitch McConnel, Harry Reid, and all the other useless politicians who fiddle as Rome burns”.

      • What about those of us that work 50 miles away from home, away from any sort of public transportation, with telework not being an option?

        • What about it? You do what you can. Can you carpool? Invest in a more fuel efficient vehicle? (…granting that replacing one’s car is not always a good tradeoff). What about savings in your home?

          • My car is fuel-efficient. Carpooling is not an option, as no one lives in the same area. No, I am not selling my house. And I am not getting a new job- I have a good job and it’s madness trying to find another one in this economy. Just look/ask around. I do what I can, which is a lot more than other people, and I don’t need people telling me that it isn’t enough.

          • @anotheranon, I know what that’s like. I’m lucky enough to have a job in DC, but nearly all the jobs in my field are out in McLean or even further away. Public transit is terrible in NoVA, and no one I’ve ever worked with lives in the city so carpooling is out of the question. I don’t think you should have to sell your soul and live out there just because that’s where your current job is.

        • You could move or change jobs.

          • This isn’t necessarily a realistic option, especially with today’s job market.

            I don’t have a whole lot of sympathy for people who work in D.C. and choose to live in, say, Manassas, but I’m more sympathetic to people who chose to live in D.C. or Arlington/Alexandria — figuring that that would be a central location — and then ended up not being able to get a job anywhere closer than, say, McLean.

          • In answer to ‘textdoc’. I *do* live in DC…and *do* work in McLean oddly enough. My one-way commute on Metro is an hour and 15 minutes, but that’s just the way it is. I suck it up because it’s important and I can.

            In answer to ‘anotheranon’. Without your listing specifics, the options in my response to you were hypotheticals. Don’t get offended if I happened to list things that you are already doing. I was quite explicit… We need to do what we are able to do…what we can afford to do.

          • The last half of it was more directed at herewegoagain, because it’s absolutely ridiculous to tell someone to sell their home or get a new job, especially right now. Things were great, until a contract got moved pretty far away with no access to public transport. Now, I drive every day, and get looked down upon by others (not necessarily you, but I have gotten it a few times) for doing so.

          • anotheranon… I sympathize. My Minnesotan in-laws are always saying things like: “Why waste money insulating such an old house? It’s expensive.” and, “Why put up solar. You’ll never make your money back.” To which I usually respond–somewhat testily, “I’m doing it so *your* grandchildren don’t live a miserable squalid existence. What are you doing!?”

          • I know, right? I just spent a s-ton of money on replacing all of the windows in my house so that it’s more energy-efficient, and nicer all around. My in-laws think it was a waste of money. But what can you really say to them to change their minds? I just smile and change the subject. And while I’d love to live closer to work, I get put on different contracts all of the time. Sure enough, when I moved to where I am now, which was about 5 miles from where I used to be, I got moved to somewhere way out in the boonies. That’s just the way life is.

      • Industrialized meat production has done even more harm to the environment than cars!

      • Most of us who live in the city already have small carbon footprints, compared to the average American. We don’t drive personal vehicles as often, and we live in smaller homes that requite less energy to heat or cool. We live in rowhouses or apartments that are insulated on the sides by our neighbors. If we have a yard at all it’s a tiny one that doesn’t need much water. We have better access to local meats and produce that haven’t been shipped from halfway across the world. And because we have smaller homes and are not as accessible to major chain retailers, we don’t buy as much cheap unnecessary crap. I’ve found the people living outside the city are also more likely to have major energy-consuming items like multiple big screen TVs, boats, pools, and hot tubs. We should always strive to do better, of course, but let’s not forget that the biggest contributors to our national carbon footprint are those that live in suburban and rural areas.

      • There’s a new report out saying that cruise and cargo ships put out the most pollution than all the cars in the world combined. Fight the real source of the problem, rather than restricting personal rights and freedoms with unreasonable demands. An electric moped can’t have air conditioning and can’t get around in snow seasons much less protect you from the elements. This is why no one listens to you, because you don’t sound practical in what you’re presenting.

        • Imagine if all those cruise ship passengers were instead staying in hotels, dining out on land, and traveling my car, bus, train, or plane to their destinations. Cruise ships manage to accomodate thousands of people and transport them place to place, so in that respect they’re quite efficient.

        • I would LOVE to see this study.

  • Rave: The discussion about Meat Balls (the recently closed restaurant in Penn Quarter). SF’s comments had me laughing, but I totally agree with his/her points.
    Rave: This is why I read PoP. The comments can be entertaining and insightful at the same time.

    • PSA for SF – don’t sign up for DC bocce league, as per the ad on PoP’s blog; it might be offensive. Heh.

  • Why are the people that stand to benefit from the health care bill the most so loudly outspoken against it?

    • Ignorance. I assume that a shockingly high percentage of Americans get versed on issues such as health care reform solely by watching CNN or Fox News as opposed really knowing anything about it or how it will affect their lives.

    • I don’t know, likely because they aren’t very bright.

      For example, my uncle. He lives in a small rural town in NY state that never gets more than 3 or 4% democratic votes during any election.

      He is early 50’s, dropped out of the 11th grade and spent his life working a long line of seasonable jobs, none of them pay very well and certainly none have ever provided him insurance of any kind.

      He has had low grade kidney failure for the past 5 years caused by a life of heavy drinking and poor living and gets dialysis twice a week as well as $400 dollars a month worth of drugs.

      Of course, he will rail against all those freeloaders, tax evaders (he makes so little he hasn’t paid taxes in years) and Obama for being a socialist…while he stands in line at the pharmacy getting his free “socialist” drugs and sitting in the dialysis center getting his “socialist” free blood filtering, all curteousy of the State of NY and Uncle Sam

      He just doesn’t get it, but then again he has his AM radio tuned to Rush all day and spends the remainder of his virtually work free life watching Fox News.

      Republicans hate government handouts…until it is a handout to them.

      • haha! “Because they aren’t very bright.” That’s cute. Could it be that intelligent people can have principled and well thought-out philosophical differences? I don’t know about your uncle, but I know plenty of very smart people who have legitimate concerns about our current health care policies. Your comment suggests ideological insularity. It’s kind of like that professor from the 70s who said, “I can’t believe Reagan got elected. I didn’t know anyone who voted for him!” Talk about out of touch.

      • Unfortunately both parties prey on ignorance. Just think of what an educated electorate could do. The founding father’s actually never intended that your average Joe could vote and have much influence. They set up a system of concurrent majorities aimed at avoiding the pitfalls of plebiscitary demoncracy. Senators were not going to be directly elected initially if you recall, but appointed. Also, I believe the electoral college functioned quite differently than it does today. I am not trying to be elitist here but mob rule is not necessarily a good thing nor is the class warfare we are engaged in now that pits the haves vs. the have nots and loses total sight of what is actually good for the country.

  • RANT: I AM SO SICK OF COMCAST!!!!!!! Finally got my cable/internet/phone back up and running after 3 days without. Apparently, when Comcast came to disconnect the service of the people that were moving out the building, they disconnected mine instead.

    • Allison

      All who think Comcast employees should never be allowed to deactive bombs say “aye”

      … red wire, blue wire… red wire, blue wire… ah what the hell just pick one.

    • I’ve found that, for the most part, I’m pretty satisfied with RCN. Broadband is fast, reliability is not too bad–though I have been down a few hours a month pretty consistently since I got the service.

      I recommend switching, but since you’re in a multi-unit building that might not be possible.

      • Emmaleigh504

        I just got RCN a few weeks ago because Comcast was so inept. I love it! It’s cheaper, I get better reception and my internet is faster! Bonus: they threw in a year of free Showtime! I can’t believe I stuck with Comcast as long as I did.

    • I’m moving to a condo that’s wired for Comcast or Verizon FiOS. We get to pick! I love choices!

      Anyone have good/bad experiences with Verizon FiOS? My Dad in Northern NJ loves it, but I’d like to get a DC/MD opinion, too!

      • We’re not thrilled with fios. Once a day, when we’re watching something on dvr, it will freeze, and so we have to shut it down and restart the system. Also, the shows that we set to record don’t always record. The worst part is that Verizon doesn’t have the best customer service, either. Internet is okay. But, the whole bundle is a bit expensive for everything, especially after that 1st year.

        • After my experience with Verizon Broadband in NoVA (for the very short time I was there after returning to the DC area), I wouldn’t choose Verizon if they were the only company providing service. Not to mention the fact that I got to see a FiOS connector in a house that was for sale…unsightly beast!

          • I had Verizon FiOS for about three years when I lived in Virginia. It was terrible! Most of the channels were unavailable or scrambled whenever we tried to watch TV. Verizon attempted to fix the problem on several occasions but it never got better. We don’t watch much TV and knew we’d be moving to DC soon, so we never switched providers, but it was ridiculous that we were paying for a service that worked only 25-50% of the time. I actually have had zero problems with Comcast, once we got past the inital headache of getting everything installed.

      • I never had any problems with Verizon. Comcast on the other hand was a nightmare. Internet always going out etc. I think you’ll find people with both experiences. Also, Verizon was way cheaper than Comcast for what I was getting.

      • I got Verizon Fios cable, phone, and Internet 3 weeks ago and I am loving it. I get more channels in HD and more cable channels than I did with Comcast. I now get the premium channel Epix. Epix shows many movies like Thor, For Colored Girls, and other movies that doesn’t come to Showtime, HBO, and Starz. I signed a 2 year contract and Verizon threw in The Movie Channel, HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, Epix, and Starz for 50% off for 2 years and after 2 months, Verizon will send me a $500 Visa card. I never had a problem with Comcast, however, they reception isn’t as clear as Fios and they have less HD channels. I have 14 HBO and Showtime channels and most are in HD. My building was originally wired for Comcast, however, 3 months ago, my landlord gave Verizon the green light to wire their building for Verizon Fios. It’s great to have choices. My Internet is so much faster and I can watch HBO and other shows on my computer being a Verizon Fios customer.

    • Uhhhhhh I would just like to have electricity in my home. How about that?

  • Rave: Proud to have inspired a whole post last week! And also proud to know now that my 250k makes me “rich”!

    Rant: Sorry to beat a dead horse, but I’m not rich. (Yes, I am not poor, either, but clearly there is a middle ground).

    Rich people don’t fly commercial, don’t stay in hotels when they travel (they own vacation properties), belong to private clubs, and have live-in staff at home. They don’t live in a rented condo in Kalorama. Also, they don’t pay student loan tabs every month.

    That was the point of my original post. I get it, I’m not poor, never said I was. We don’t have trouble making “ends meet.” But that alone doesn’t make someone “rich.” Compared to our peer group, we are nothing special.

    • need some cheese with that wine?

    • You’re tired.

    • Really, PPercy? ::rolls eyes::

    • Notice: Please do not “take the bait” from PPercy. Lets find a different subject to discuss this week. 🙂

    • You are right. You are not rich – you just have a higher income than 96% of the US.. so you know… you are totally in the middle of your peer group


    • Yea you are not rich – your income is just more than 96% of everyone in the US. So yea — puts you right in the “middle”

    • Most. Annoying. RRoR. Ever.

    • I don’t know about rich, but you’re certainly not self aware.

      • So glad my folks raised me with a modicum of class, otherwise I would have gone to the internet to try to impress random people with my salary. I mean, geez…I am 34 and my yearly bonus usually exceeds Mr. Percy’s salary. I somehow managed to pay my way through the nations finest undergrad and grad schools and pull in 600K a year without running out to tell everyone about it.

    • Don’t feed the troll.

    • You’re the definition of insufferable.

    • If you’re not rich on $250,000+ and your wife’s additional $100,000+ then you have some serious money management issues or other issues. If my wife and I made that much we would definitely be “rich” and could do all those things you say you can’t, not that we would necessarily want to…

    • “Rich people don’t fly commercial, don’t stay in hotels when they travel (they own vacation properties), belong to private clubs, and have live-in staff at home. They don’t live in a rented condo in Kalorama. Also, they don’t pay student loan tabs every month.”

      Actually, some rich people do. Really, though, the point isn’t if you’re rich or poor, it’s that you’re comparing yourself to others.

    • If you can’t make ends meet on $250k, you are irresponsible with your money. It’s as simple as that. I live comfortably in DC on far, far less. In all likelihood, you buy stupid, unnecessary toys, and clearly can’t be trusted to handle your finances. I hope the courts find you incompetent–as you clearly are–and put that $250k per year into a trust that will make responsible choices on your behalf.

      • ..but perhaps you are incompetent? I specifically said we have no troubles making ends meet. So, according to your logic, once you can make ends meet, then you are rich? Being rich is one penny over paying all of your obligations?

        • tonyr

          Perhaps something will turn up …… Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen pounds nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery

    • Agreed: rich people in expensive urban centers would laugh at the notion that $250k yearly income earned from work (rather than dividends) qualifies you as rich. Can you afford a roomy house in Georgetown or Chevy Chase or Cleveland Park? Can you afford to send more than one kid (if any) to a decent private school like NCS or Sidwell? I highly doubt it.

      Sure, maybe 96% of households don’t earn as much. But many also live in places where $200k, rather than $2m, buys you a swell house, and high scholl isn’t $32k a year.

  • Rant: Met someone I really like, only to find out they are leaving town.

    Rant: Hot Hot Hot

    Rave: Out early for the holiday!

    • Rant: met someone I really like, only to find out they are taken :/

      • Rant: Keep going on first dates, but still can’t seem to find anyone I like.

        • I’ve heard that DC is one of the best cities if you’re male and single. For females, not so much.

          • The “DC is great for single men” argument is based purely on numbers – the fact that there are more single women here than single men. Just because there are more women to choose from that doesn’t mean there are a higher number of good choices in that pool. Same would be true for single women in cities where there are more single men than single women. I know men and women here who date all the time. I know men and women here who can’t find anyone to date.

          • Non e Mus, that’s just what I was doing – throwing out the stat based upon the numbers. I said nothing of the quality of the pool, either male or female. If the numbers are favourable, you should have at least a better chance (odds should be better) that you’ll find a compatible match than if your odds are lower. Anyway, truth be told, it’s all a game of chance and serendipity.

        • made it past the second date, and we’ve been texting/emailing alot, but I’ve concluded I’m doing all the initiating, and I think she’s really not all that interested in me. Much disappointment.

          Nother rant: no plans for the 4th.

    • Rant: No dating life to speak of at the moment.

      PoP, we need a “Singles of PoPville” happy hour!

      • I’m married, but a Singles of PopVille would be AWESOME – I have a girlfriend I keep trying to set up, but it never works out (a guy I want to set her up with just started seeing someone….a guy is moving away…etc). I’m SUPER glad I’m not a single girl in DC – it’s a brutal city for dating. But I think it’s an excellent idea – I want my friend to find a guy as amazing as she is!

      • binpetworth

        I’m all for the idea, but have a strong feeling the result would be 32 women and 1 man show up for such an event…

    • msmaryedith

      Currently reading “31 Dates in 31 Days”–so far, it’s a really great read!

    • I’ve been on both sides of this, and it really sucks either way.

  • Rave: Budapest! Boat cruise on the Danube followed by a few hours at Szécheny thermal baths was the perfect way to unwind after a week of work. Good Hungarian wine was a bonus.

    Another rave: Home again. Tomatoes and green beans from my garden.

    No rants 🙂

    • I went to Budapest a few years ago and loved it…also had good Hungarian wine and went to the thermal baths, but my whole weekend was a comedy of errors! Lost my passport, missed my train on the way out and had to scramble around at midnight to find a hostel with room, got dehydrated and overheated at the baths and passed out in the locker room and awoke, bleeding from my fall, with a gaggle of old woman jabbering away at me in Hungarian and splashing water on my face, found a cockroach in my cappuccino, trekked to several major tourist attractions that were closed for renovations, etc. But I still loved it!

  • claire

    Rant: Suddenly have to plan hosting a small family 4th of July event since my parents still don’t have electricity.
    Rave: Boyfriend and I worked together this morning to come up with a good menu (cucumber lime mint agua fresca, roasted tomato and zucchini quinoa salad, black bean burgers, whole fish with lime salsa verde, and peaches in basil syrup with strained yogurt for dessert!) and he’s going to do the grocery shopping for it.

    • I’ll bring the adult beverages. See you around noon? Ok, thanks. 🙂

    • talula

      I always love reading about your culinary creations in the rant/revel section! Did you mention before that you had a food blog? I can’t remember if it was you. But do you have one, would you mind posting a link? Thanks!

    • Claire, did you ever get rid of those white flies in your garden? I tried the soap and water trick on my herbs and it did wonders within two days, i had the green flies, but i think they are similar.

      • claire

        Yes, the soap and water trick worked 90% when I did it, though they are still a few stragglers (haven’t had a chance to spray them down again, and I imagine that’ll take care of the remaining few).

    • That sounds like a lovely menu! I’m doing grilled pizzas, arugula salad, and roasted strawberry ice cream. 🙂

  • Rave: Mystics game. I hadn’t been in years, but the game was really fun. Quality hoops stunned 10 year old nephew. Great seats, easy to access, and blissfully air conditioned.

  • Allison

    Rave: Making new friends who have interests similar to mine. I’m 24, but I seem to get along better with slightly older people because I’m married and am not into the binge drinking/partying scene. I’ve stopped trying to be someone I’m not, and that feels good. Not going to try and impress or keep up with the hip crowd anymore.

  • Rant: Rest in Peace Andy Griffith. 🙁

  • Rant: My neck is sore from getting hit from behind by a taxi in NYC over the weekend.

    Hopeful Rave: I will get some money.

    Anyone know the proper steps I should be taking to make this happen with no issues. I have been told that the cabbies insurance company will contact me to settle before I do anything. True or not?

    • I am sure there are some amubulance chasers out there that can advise you. But are you really hurt or just looking for a score? In the latter instance i don’t have much sympathy for you.

    • Allison

      I wouldn’t bank on it. Were I in that situation, I would send them a nice simple notice of intent to sue to light a little fire under their feet; it’ll get done a lot faster. I always like to close with “I look forward to hearing from you within X days.” (Only send this if you really do intend to sue if they don’t pay you off.)

      Above shouldn’t be taken as official legal advice.

    • And we wonder why we are such a litigious society. Then, turn around and complain about lawyers. It’s a two-way street, my friends.

      • Allison

        I don’t complain about lawyers! ^_^

        Lawyers is one of those jobs that makes the world go round, and people don’t notice it if/until we were to cease doing our jobs. People only seem to recognize us when we’re “doing something bad” to them personally.

    • Yes, my neck is definitely sore. Will it get better with time, likely.

      Would I like to get paid, yes. Am I going to go out of my way and make a super big deal about it? No.

      I have no problem with lawyers, they are doing there job.

      I don’t see what the problem is.

  • novadancer

    Rave: today is “friday” for me! heading to the in-laws place on the Chesapeake. Fishing for the hubby and sunbathing for me 🙂

  • alxindc

    Rave: Managed to get some below 9min/mile pace @ 166 bpm this morning Yahooo, foot is getting better….

  • talula

    Rant: to the man next to me on the 42 this morning – all your loud huffing, puffing, sighing, and constant swearing did not, in fact, make the traffic disappear nor did it make the bus go faster. But thank you so much for all that effort.

    Rant: Was just dumped a load of work to completed by Friday. Time get get off PoP.

    Rave: I have an awesome rooftop view of the fireworks tomorrow!

  • rant: to the guy outside of marx cafe, during half time of the euro cup final, who yelled something rude to me as i waved my hand in front of my face (three times) to clear the smoke of 6 smokers blocking the sidewalk: it’s not about you, i don’t care if you smoke, smoke 4 packs a day if you want, knock yourself out. i happen to be pregnant and if i smelled that much cigarette smoke, it would have made me nauseous, and i probably would have gone home and puked. do you really want to be a guy who yells insults at strangers on the street? have some respect for other people.
    rave: i’m pregnant!

    • Didn’t this get posted yesterday?

    • I hate hate hate when people smoke in public. I’m in the early stages of pregnancy too and the last thing I should be doing is breathing in cigarette smoke. I’m annoyed that smokers make my walk to work a hassle and ruin all patios in the summer. Why should people who want to stay healthy be the ones who have to suffer?

      • Let’s not blow second hand smoke out of proportion anymore. You really need to be smoking regularly yourself to have any effect on the baby. Passing someone on the street who is smoking isnt doing anything to your baby so stop being condescending.

        • Thank you! The occasional whiff of secondhand smoke isn’t going to hurt anyone. Otherwise our race would have died out a long time ago.

          And, since I’m sure someone will want to jump to conclusions, I’ll note that I am not a smoker. I do, however, have a girlfriend who will have an occasional cigarette. Miraculously neither of us have developed lung cancer.

      • Agreed! So inconsiderate of people with contact lenses, babies, or allergies..

        What I really can’t stand are people who stink like cigarettes all day–their stank radiates from them 24/7! GROSS.

        • ugh that’s the worst. I’m super sensitive to smoke and perfume – I hate when people try to COVER UP the smoke with perfume. WTF, smelling like a french prostitute much?
          I think people should be allowed to smoke, but glad I moved from my old condo with smoking neighbors – it was pretty awful.

          • thebear

            [sarcasm]With all the complaints about perfume/cologne/body sprays it’s amazing there isn’t a campaign for “fragrance-free” being executed with the same degree of zeal and viciousness as smokers got. [/sarcasm]

      • I’m not a fan of smokers either, but I am also not big on expectant mothers who believe society should kowtow to their fetus. If you’re really worried about the baby’s health, I’d steer clear of anywhere with exhaust fumes from vehicles, anywhere with loud noise, and only eat locally grown, organic food with no steroids, chemicals, etc. Yes, second hand smoke is gross and annoying, but your baby is going to be fine.

        • Now I have the “Pregnant Women Are Smug” song going through my head. (Search on YouTube if you’re so inclined- it’s hilarious.)

        • thebear

          Meanwhile, back in the 1950s and 1960s, vast numbers of pregnant women smoked like chimneys and consumed alcohol in not always minute quantities…my own mother having been 1 of them…and the overwhelming majority of their offspring suffered no harm. Just sayin…

          • “Meanwhile, back in the 1950s and 1960s, vast numbers of pregnant women smoked like chimneys and consumed alcohol in not always minute quantities…my own mother having been 1 of them…and the overwhelming majority of their offspring suffered no harm. Just sayin…”

            Right. CDC’s and NIH’s research on infant mortality and health outcomes is totally false. This is a ridiculous point of view to have.

        • I’ll stop thinking society should be kind to pregnant women as soon as society stops waging a war on pregnant women. The latest? You’re not supposed to blow dry your hair.

          But truthfully, your diet and behavior are incredibly important when you’re pregnant. A lot of chemicals have endocrine disruptors that indisputably affect your fetus’s development. Maybe the most that will happen if I walk by your when you’re smoking is that I’ll vomit on your shoes, but certainly if I want to dine on a patio a few nights and week and I’m continually breathing in second hand smoke, that will negatively affect my fetus.

          The fact of the matter is that smokers who smoke in public affect people negatively and if they don’t modify their behavior when others are around, they are selfish.

    • I hate-hate-hate cigarette smoke, too. Just for the record. Yesterday a delivery guy from Office Max dropped off a package and the box REEKED of smoke. How many cigarettes does it take to seep into cardboard?

  • Rave: Power!
    Rant: (45 minutes later) No Power. You’re pulling at my heart strings Pepco!

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: Early dismissal does not include me, so I get to do the work of the people leaving early.

    Rave: Tomorrow is a paid holiday for me.

    Rave: My parents raised me to have good manners and not bitch and moan about not being rich enough. Sheesh, everyone wishes they had just a little bit more money.

  • Rant: rank structure. I know, when you work at the Pentagon, it’s expected, but man I’m glad I’m not married to an officer. Military leaders can be so disconnected from who is fighting their wars.

    Rave: day off tomorrow – going to the spa, the way our Founders would have wanted.

    Rave: made homemade cheesecake ice cream for my hubby to eat while he watches the fireworks.

    Rant: Too much ice cream. Anyone want to come get some? heh

  • msmaryedith

    Rave: Booked my trip to Greece yesterday! (anyone got any recommendations for Samos?); half day today at work; seeing a good friend tomorrow; enjoying my roommate’s adorable new kitten

    No rants!

    • Wow enjoy your trip! Jealous!

      (Our summer trip is Vegas. In August. Because THAT makes sense)

    • It’s been too many years since i was there, but rent a moped and if you can find it there was a tiny town at the top of a steep hill above lush forests that had amazing views, delicious moussaka and samos wine! Have a great time.

    • Never been to Samos but if you can and/or haven’t been definitely check out Mykonos if you are looking to let loose a little bit. Santorini is cool too. Next time I go, I plan on checking Crete and Rhodes. Crete come HIGHLY recommended but it is super big.

  • I so want a gyro right now…guess it’s lunch time!

  • Rave: Don’t have to work tomorrow. Plan on taking the dogs for a long trail run on the PHT, then sipping Dale’s and sitting in the sun while smoking pork butt and ribs for tomorrow’s get together we’re hosting.

    Rant: Home Depot. I wish Lowes was closer.

  • I know I’m late to today’s RRR a/o R, but I just came across yesterday’s Washington Post article about neighborhood bloggers in D.C. http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/2012/07/02/gJQAMozuIW_story.html
    PoP is the star!

    Did I miss a posting about this article on PoP? I know you can be a modest bloke, PoP, but I think it deserves its own post! Congratulations on the well-deserved recognition. I hope you get even more visitors to your site!

    • DCist’s coverage of this article covering local bloggers (head explosison) was a bit belittling to Dan, in my opinion. Don’t trivialize the trivial things I like. Cats and flowerbeds forever, with a little gentrification argument thrown in!

  • RANT: I was sitting in the grass, enjoying my lunch, when along comes a man with a dog off-leash. The dog bounds right up to me and starts sniffing my lunch – the owner does NOTHING! Just lets his damn dog sniff my food! WTF?!? Not only that, but dogs aren’t even supposed to be on-campus! I’m not a confrontational person, and the dog isn’t doing any *harm*, so all I say is, “What a pretty dog.” But really, dude, WTF?

    Rave: Going to the rehearsal for the Capitol concert tonight, but…
    Rant:…going alone. Sad day!

    • Rant: I want to go to the Capitol concert dress rehearsal tonight but I’m at the mercy of my girlfriend and her mother who will probably not feel like going.

    • I might go too, alone. I might take some photos while I am there.

  • Rant: Girlfriend calling to ask why I’m not leaving early, since the Government is. Uh, because I don’t have a cushy Government job?

    Rave: We start our days early in my office, so I won’t be getting out too much later than the Government people with their fancy 2-hour-early dismissal.

  • Prince Of Petworth

    “$2,500 REWARD

    On Friday, June 29, 2012, King Tut, a 6-month-old brindle and white puppy, had a large block of cement dropped on his head while he was sleeping. This incident occurred at approximately 9 a.m. behind the Circle Seven Express store at 1209 Mount Olivet Road, NE. The injuries to the puppy were fatal. The suspect is a light-skinned African-American male, medium-build, in his late 20s.

    The Washington Humane Society desperately needs the help of the community for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this horrific act of animal cruelty. The Washington Humane Society is offering a $2,500 reward that will be given to any person who provides such information.

    If you have any information about this case, please contact the

    Washington Humane Society’s Humane Law Enforcement Department: Officer D’Eramo

    [email protected]

    202-723-5730 ext.131″

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