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 – I live in Columbia heights. The mail service in my neighborhood is terrible. At least a couple times a week I receive other people’s mail, often addressed to another street. Including bills and letters with sensitive information. I sometimes wonder where my mail is being delivered. But here is my big RANT about the mail carriers. Almost every day the mail trucks park illegally and encroaching on the intersection. There is plenty of parking and usually the truck could just back up or pull to park within the signs. This is a safety issue because on my street it really obstructs visually and also causes cars to turn dangerously wide. There are a lot of young children in the houses around our intersection and this is rally a safety issue. The mail carriers seem to feel that these signs don’t apply to them, and I have never seen the police or parking enforcement seem to care. The laws about parking to close to an intersection are there for safety reasons. I could understand a little bit if there is nowhere for them to park but the streets where I live are pretty wide open when the mail truck arrives.

    • RANT: I agree. I live in Logan Circle and receive the wrong mail often. I’ve even received mail that was addressed to Macy’s downtown. My mail also goes to other residents, such as my Netflix, on a regular basis. My neighbors’ mailboxes are also left wide open in the back for anyone to steal their mail. They also park illegally here, but I don’t drive to know if it impacts intersection visibility. DC parking authority tickets the UPS and FedEx drivers in my neighborhood regularly, but I doubt they do anything to try to dissuade USPS drivers.

    • I agree about the sloppy mail delivery. After months of misplaced mail, I once found a letter to me from the IRS on the sidewalk! Yes, on the sidewalk next to my building. So, I typed up a letter to the USPS delivery person and hung it next to the delivery boxes. In it, I stated that the next time the mail in our building is misplaced, we as a condo association wil send a formal complaint to USPS. That really worked! No problems for a while after that.

  • Rave: met an old friend for lunch
    Rant: Someone found a body next to my building on 17th St

    • If anyone has more information about it please let me know. I tried the DC police twitter and nothing’s mentioned. The body was found in the alley between 17th and 18th and Q and P streets NW.

      • Prince Of Petworth

        A reader writes in:

        “A middle aged man in wait staff clothing (black collared shirt, black slacks, black socks/shoes) was found dead in an alley in Dupont Circle. The alley runs from 17th to 18th and is located between P and Church. Police arrived around 10:15am – regular cops, secret service (i’m guessing bc of nearby Iraqi embassy), OCME, CSIB. Haven’t seen anything in the news yet. My neighbors walked through the alley at 9:15am and didn’t see anything. First things that jumped to mind were the washington club and the Iraqi embassy – both a block away, both have traditional wait staff.”

  • Rant: Seeing your ex in the news for the horrible things he did, at a time when you’re finally starting to move past the anger.

  • RANT – Not as bad as a dead body or scary boyfriend. But … Circulator Bus – get some damn air conditioning that works!!

  • Rant – Sunburn! ugh! and on a cloudy day, too. I knew I should’ve lotioned up…wasn’t even outside that long, and now I look like a lobster.

    Rave – Love my new haircut!

  • pablo .raw

    Rant: Going home after a wonderful vacation 🙁
    Rave: Going home after a wonderful vacation 🙂
    Rave: Tons of photos to edit!

  • RANT: So I was driving home from dinner with my girlfriend on Friday night, and about a block from my apartment, 6 police officers, all standing on the street with no illumination other than fluorescent vests, stopped my car. The officer who waved me down peered into my car and said “we’re doing a random ‘safety check’ and wanted to make sure your seat belts were fastened.” Seemed normal enough, but then he asked for my license and registration. I didn’t protest, but in retrospect, I got pissed. What’s the justification for asking for my license/registration? You can’t just pull someone over under the guise of a “safety check” and then delve a little deeper. That’s like a stop-and-frisk for the hell of it. “Oh, we’re just frisking you here as a safety check to make sure you’re complying with the law.” Uh, no, that’s not how it works. Whatever happened to “reasonable suspicion”? And if they’re equating it to a sobriety checkpoint (in terms of the permissibility of a random stop), doesn’t there have to be some indication that a random checkpoint is occurring? Like, with police lights, a sign, or some other notification? (the answer is yes). Disclaimer: I live in Kalorama Heights. There are about 10 cars/half hour that drive through the neighborhood, so not the most effective location to be doing a “seatbelt check.”

    • I was walking home that night and was really surprised to see that, too! To me it looked like they were pulling over only the darker colored vehicles, so I thought they were maybe looking for a car/person on the run?

    • Sounds more like a “make sure you live in the neighborhood” check. This happened in the Trinidad neighborhood as a formal MPD program to combat drug sales in the neighborhood until they were sued for the on-face civil rights violation it is. This is show-me-your-papers style bullshit. Likely the result of a neighbor seeing someone who “didn’t belong” in the neighborhood and informing the police.

    • All you have to do is say “NO”

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