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: Another weekend and another shooting on U Street. 🙁

    • indeed. shooting at gallery place this morning too. couldn’t bike to work down 7th today because of the police cars. people suck sometimes.

      • Quickly checking Twitter this morning I saw #shooting and immediately thought “Again??” then noticed it was from the NBC Olympic feed. You know you live in DC when…

      • apparently the guy shot his own leg after a gun he was carrying went off in a fight @ the mcdonalds. #mcgriddlesarenotworthfightingfor #dontcarrygunskids #hashtag

  • Rave: made it to 12 weeks after a miscarriage earlier this year.
    Rant: nervous about my 12 week scan.

    • mtpgal

      Best of luck to you! Odd are everything will be just fine and you’ll get to have a huge sigh of relief.

    • COngrats. Its so nerve wracking. Ask for the maternity21 test now for added piece of mind. I am nervously waiting for my 20 week scan. Its always gonna be something so celebrate every small milestone!

    • Thanks all. 🙂

      I did ask my OB about the MaterniT21, but he said that it’s not reliable right now (especially if the baby is a girl) and will be a test they use in the future. It’s not FDA approved, but I still wanted it. However, I do trust my OB so I’m just going with the traditional blood/scan tests and we’ll see how it goes!

  • Rant: Some sort of safety measure need to be taken to address the intersection of 17th and Corcoran St. Last night I witnessed someone almost get hit by a car that ran the stop signs there. Just the stop signs alone are not doing the job. It seems that rumble strips or something similar should be put on the street to help warn drivers.

    • What’s funny is I live right near here and walk through this intersection everyday and yet a few weeks back when I rented a ZipCar, I rolled right on through this stop sign like an idiot. I don’t normally drive, but when I do I’m generally very safe and courteous, to make up for my harrowing teen years. I don’t know if it’s just difficult to notice the stop signs here for some weird reason or what.

      • “I rented a ZipCar… I don’t normally drive”

        Which is why zipcars, like Uhauls, are a terrible idea. I’m all for car sharing, but what zipcar does is put unexperienced or unpracticed people in the most demanding driving environment. It’s a recipe for disaster.

        • this is a hilarious reactionary attitude.

          I am 36 years old and drove regularly from age 16 to 35 when I sold my car last year. I grew up in a family of race car drivers so I know what I’m doing. Get over yourself.

        • While I am all for a higher standard of training for licensed drivers, the roads are not just for those who can operate a vehicle in “the most demanding driving environment”.

        • So you’re saying that only people who drive regularly should be allowed to drive on the road? Should people have to spend the first 5 years of their driving on a closed track? Are rental cars a terrible idea too? How about Capital Bikeshare? Or Segways? Maybe you should be the only person on the road because it’s clear everybody else is an idiot. I’m sure you’re a fantastic driver.

        • Totally agree Mike. I keep plenty of distance from U-Hauls, Zip-Cars, and Cars2Go, on the road.

          • I just call it like I see it. I said “terrible idea,” not illegal. In my opinion, there is a higher rate of incidents and close calls between me and zipcar/uhaul drivers than private car owners. I wish there was a big flashing light or something that warns me about them.

  • Rave: Loving the Garden of the Day posts lately, plus walking by gorgeous front spaces this weekend! Finally getting to replant our backyard space later this summer after a year in our new house!

    Question to PoPville: What are your favorite perennials? I’ve been taking mental notes all summer about what to plant when it’s time.

    • anon. gardener

      How much sun does your back yard get? What direction does it face?

    • claire

      Ooh, plant hydrangeas! They’re one of my favorites, and I know they do well around here (see them around a lot).

    • Emmaleigh504

      Violets are my faves, they work well in shady corners and come in all sorts of colors.

    • What a fun project! Some of my favorites are Joe Pye (little Joe), goldenrod (fireworks), agastache, false sunflower (sommersone), amsonia (blue star) which looks great in the fall, feather reed grass (also nice in the fall/winter).

      This is a great resource for native plants: http://www.nps.gov/plants/pubs/chesapeake/

    • Get a move on! It’s late in the year to be planting most perennials, and nurseries having been clearing out their stocks of perennials for a few weeks now. You’ll be quite lucky to find any decent plants unless they replenish this fall.

      I like native species such as mountain laurels, big blue liriope, lowbush blueberries, and little bluestem. The first two prefer part shade and the second two require full sun.

      I actually just planted 4 little bluestem yesterday. I got them 50% off at Potomac Garden Center.

    • Thanks for the tips, y’all! I know it’s late in the game — I’ll likely just put bulbs in this fall and get rolling with the larger things in the spring. Our backyard/patio area gets quite a good deal of sun. I’m looking forward to hydrangeas and black-eyed susans for sure — great ideas with the others — many thanks!

      • Actually, Fall is one of the best times to plant perrenials. The cooler temps are less stressful and give the roots a chance to get settled in. Your plants will be ready to take off in the spring.

  • Rant: A dozen loud drunks trying to sing (with drums) behind one of the rowhouses east of the Yorkshire on 16th. After midnight.

    Rave: It’s beautiful out today!

  • talula

    Rave – Had a fun week of traveling for a work conference, exploring a new city, and meeting new people

    Rant – Monday morning, back in my cubicle. Totally unmotivated to work.

  • thebear

    Rant: People who ride the buses regularly, are sitting and waiting for it, and then have to rummage through handbags or pockets to scrape together their *cash* fare when boarding. Every. Single. Time. No excuse for that. Get a frickin Smartrip. Or at least have your damn money ready.

  • Rant: No one except my parents and my spouse remembered my birthday this weekend. I know I’m at the age where no one really makes a big deal out of them anymore, but I didn’t hear a peep from anyone else, and I kind of wish I would have.

    Rave: I don’t look my age, so hopefully that trend will continue.

    Rant: I wish people around work would stop talking about RGIII already. He hasn’t played one down yet. The season is a ways away. But every day, they talk about how great he is! I can’t imagine what it will be like once the season actually starts.

  • Rave: Protesting and Boycotting Chick-fil-a.

    Rant: Public officials threatening to ban Chick-fil-a from their municipalities (Mennino, Emmanuel) I wonder how many immigrant small business owners would not be welcome if the standard was applied to them.

    • The whole “ban Chick-fil-a” in X city thing completely flies in the face of the 1st amendment. It really bugs me, and seems very hypocritcal and childish.

      To me, it’s saying, “I don’t like it that you want to infringe the constitutional rights of one class of people. So, I’m going to infringe your constitutional rights!”

      • The ACLU is now backing Chick Fil-A’s. I don'[t have a link to post, do your own news search.

    • The boycott is really working well. I drove by three Chick Fil-A’s yesterday and ALL of them were closed!

    • And what would happen if a politician tried to ban a business that was pro-gay marraige opening?

    • Im pro gay marriage but think any city trying to ban chick filet is dumb. Its illegal if its a permitted use to just ban the use cause you don’t agree with the owner. I am pretty confident that a lot of these local shitty corner stores owned by immigrants aren’t exactly hot beds of gay tolerance. Are we gonna ban those too? You wanna make a difference? thing big. How about never spending another penny in any state that bans gay marriage. Never vacation, attend another conference etc in those locations. NC just banned gay marriage and yet the freakin DNC is hosting a convention there! that should outrage you. Never give money to the DNC again? Cancel all those outranks vacation plans too. giving up waffle fries is NOT going to increase tolerance.

      • really? so what if there were a chain that was owned by a KKK member? would you feel the same way?

        • I’m not the person you addressed the question to, but in answer to your question, yes, I’d feel that way too. I don’t care if Westboro opens up a restaurant. They have the right to, and people have the right to not patronize it. (BTW I’m pro-gay marriage)

          • if a mayor is representing his constituents who generally possess the attitude that they don’t want people that donate or are a part of hate groups doing business in their city, I don’t have a problem with that.

          • I won’t eat at Chik-filet (I won’t even learn how to spell it) because of their moronic policies, but I kinda think the politician talk comes off as pandering, and that bugs me too.

          • “if a mayor is representing his constituents who generally possess the attitude that they don’t want people that donate or are a part of hate groups doing business in their city, I don’t have a problem with that.”

            It’s not a matter of personal opinion, it’s clearly unconstitutional.

          • well if it’s unconstitutional then the courts will take care of it so why are any of us getting our panties in a wad?

        • What about the NAACP? They are a racist organization. Why is it that we have a Miss Black America and not a Miss White America? What isn’t it we have a United Caucasian College FUnd? —-Because if white people do this it is all of a sudden racist.

      • I like when people qualify their posts with “I’m pro gay marriage”. It sounds just like “Some of my best friends are black”.

    • I just saw their truck I (near Union Station) and no protestors were there. Maybe the movement is losing steam.

  • claire

    Rave: Really fun weekend – grilled fish on two different nights! Salmon on a cedar plank Friday then whole blue fish and red snapper last night.

    Rave: Having a boyfriend who makes me think/feel/believe all kind of cliches about love!

    • Hey Claire, just wanted to let you know I made your Roasted Pepper Refried Bean Soup and it was delicious! I had it bookmarked but had forgotten about it until I saw it featured on The Kitchn last week. I grilled some bell peppers and jalapenos and used them in the soup, which gave it a nice smokey flavor.

    • I keep meaning to try grilling oysters and/or clams. Still haven’t done it, but I plan to soon. Maybe this week.

      • claire

        Would love to hear how it turns out! Haven’t grilled shellfish before, but I hear it’s quite easy.

        • From what I’ve read, you just put them directly on the grill until the shells open (maybe 5-8 minutes.) Then add whatever you like to them. I’m thinking of staring simple, with just a little butter and fresh lemon.

    • (sorry, but I can’t resist, apologies to the great Doctor)

      one fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish…

      and grilled clams are awesome. Just have little bowls of butter and lemons nearby.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: Work. Everything about it is pissing me off.

    Rave: Vacation at the end of August and for Thanksgiving.

  • Rant: Am I the only one who doesn’t care about the Olympics? I have nothing against sports, but I just don’t get all the hype. Maybe I’m a cynical old bastard who liked when it was a contest for amateur athletes.

    • SouthwestDC

      Same here; I find all sports boring, no matter what they are. I did, however, have the Opening Ceremonies on while I was doing things around the house.

    • pablo .raw

      Since the 4th grade captain of the soccer team laughed in my face when I asked him if I could join the team… I decided that sports were not for me. But by accident, I watched the USA vs. Australia beach volleyball match and it was very exciting. I should say the little bit of the game they were showing between advertising…. I’m not planning to watch any more of the Olympics.

    • The whole “amateur” thing was a ploy by the upper-crusty leaders of the modern Olympic movement to keep the proles out and assert the innate physical — as well as moral and intellectual — superiority of the upper classes. That is, people who didn’t punch the clock and therefore had time to train full-time.

      But, if you like amateurs, watch the rowing, archery, volleyball, weightlifting, etc…there are any number of Olympic sports where the competitors are de-facto amateurs and where the egos of the athletes are well in check.

      • Maybe originally but not today.
        The Irish male gymnast was incredibly inspiring to watch. He was the first Male Irish gymanst to qualify for the olympics ever and he had to have bake-sales and other fundraisers to support his pursuit of his olympic dream. It is stories like that they make me love the olympics.
        The others are supported by national funds or massive endorsement deals.

    • To each their own. But I friggin’ love the Olympics. Woo America!!!

  • So over the past month or so I have been doing a bit of fishing when I go back home to Hampton, VA and learned that “Bay” or “Cheasapeake Bay” scallops are really stingray and sometimes shark. You cut the wings of the ray off and use a cookie cutter…I know some may find it hard to believe but it is true.

    Though I only caught two decent mullet Saturday, I learned a lot about Cobia and some of the other bigger fish this past weekend, definitely getting my saltwater game up. Now I have to find where to saltwater fish around here in MD, VA, and DE. I also need to find some freshwater spots though I really don’t want to buy freshwater rods and reels so I will just look silly using saltwater equipment for the smaller freshwater fish.

    Any suggestions on spot to hit up, I am not to keen on fishing in DC. I am willing to drive a bit to get to some good spots (salt or fresh).

    • Clarification – not all ray are used as scallops only certain ones such as the Chesapeake Ray. I believe Skate is used as well.

      I believe that Wedgeman’s sells it as Ray from what I hear. There is nothing really wrong with it per se, it actcually helps bay’s shellfish because these guys can take out an entire bed. If I remember correctly, the population of ray have increased because its natural predator, the sandshark (I think) has seen a rapid decline over the years.

    • Emmaleigh504

      This is interesting news about scallops and rays. I’m allergic to scallops though I love them. I bet I could eat these rays cut in the shape of scallops. I’m guessing it tastes the same as scallops.

      • I can’t tell you for sure because I don’t remember having but I know I have had bay scallops a long time ago (if that makes any sense). Most people say they taste the same, though some say they don’t so who knows. I would venture to guess that the “scallops” you get at the “curry out” is made of ray as well as some of the cheaper restaurants out there, you could start there if you want to taste them I would assume.

        I was at the pier this weekend and a few were caught (not on purpose) because they are bottom feeders…anyway, I saw a guy cut the wings off after another guy asked if he could have them. Some people catch them on purpose and sell them to stores (though I think that may be illegal).

  • Rant: I’d much rather be watching the Olympics than sitting in muy cubicle.

    Rant: I’m applying to grad school and my undergrad STILL hasn’t sent my transcript (it’s been 3 weeks).

    Rave: Family will be in town this weekend. Hurry up, Friday.

  • Rant: 5:30 AM – kicked awake a drunk (I’m assuming), young, preppy guy (brown loafers and Bermuda shorts) pasted out on the lawn in front of a Baptist church near my house at 5:30 AM on Saturday when I was walking my dog in NE (near-ish RFK Stadium). I would have let him be but his wallet and his iPhone were just next to him on the lawn and I kept thinking about his parents…and what they would want me to do…Anyway this still drunk boy was not very appreciative and when I tried to explain to him that what he was doing wasn’t a great idea he asked me in a drunken slur “why I hated black people” (no really) and then told me he “loved me” (no really). I gave up and walked away (I did see him put his stuff in his pockets and it was beginning to get light out). No good deed goes unpunished….”sigh”….

  • Rant: Finding an apartment on Craigslist is the worst… So many scam ads, high prices, and dodgy pictures with little info. I’m so tired of posters not putting the location into their ads. Location is the most important thing for me about an apartment listing… Worst part is that I still have to pay my mortgage while renting… Poor me.

    Rave: At least construction on my house is going well.

    • If the ad doesn’t include a location is probably a really bad location.
      If the ad gives a general location it’s probably a less desirable neighborhood nearby.
      If the ad gives an actual address you should thank the landlord for not wanting to waste people’s time!

      • So True!!

        I have to convince myself that it’s not just the poster’s ignorance of the Internet at play. It’s inevitable though in the course of trying to find a good deal, but pretty much everything below $1,400 in monthly rent is a Craigslist scam, even if pictures are there. LOL.

  • Rave: Going on vacation this week!
    Rant: Have to go to work until then. I’ve (unfortunately) already checked out.

  • MsNesbitt

    Rave: Great weekend with my family getting, and looking forward to meeting my niece in two(ish) weeks! (Super rave if she makes an early appearance!)

    Rant: Co-bridesmaids who are unresponsive to emails, argumentative about the bride’s wishes, and who generally complicated an already stressful event. I’m just glad they’re taking it out on me and not the bride! (Related rant: I’m not the Maid of Honor. Why isn’t she leading up all the planning?)

    Rave/Rant: Still feeling good about last week’s phone interviews, and was told I’d hear back this week about next steps. So that obviously means I’ve been staring at my email/phone like a crazy person all morning. And will continue to do so all week.

    • Rave: no one has asked me to be in their wedding in many, many years.

      • SouthwestDC

        I’ve only been in my sister’s. And asked to make the cake for a friend. Personally I prefer being the cake-maker to being a bridesmaid.

    • Emmaleigh504

      It’s been a while since I’ve been in a wedding, but what in the world do the brides maids *have* to do besides get a dress and maybe some shoes and show up on time?

      • MsNesbitt

        Well, there’s the bachelorette outing – which for us is just a nice dinner and a play. But the MOH keeps changing the date, which is a headache for all involved. And the bride wants us to all stay over together the night before the wedding (we have a big suite: 4 beds, 2 bathrooms) and one of the bridesmaids is complaining that there won’t be enough space for all of us to get ready in the morning. Someone is coming to do our hair/makeup – what will we be doing in the morning to get ready that requires more space than two bathrooms?!

  • Back at work after a whole week off. Stayed in town but it was great just to be out of the office and on my own schedule. I haven’t taken a whole week off in many years – usually it’s been just an extra day or two tacked on a long weekend, so it was luxurious to be gone for so long. Of course, it’s that much harder to get back to the old routine. At least there are only five work weeks until Labor Day weekend!

  • Rave: Technology and a good sense of direction. I made what is supposed to be a 2.5 hour trip that likely would have 5-7 hour trip a 3 hour trip.

    I left out to go to Hampton around 10:30p on Thursday. I figured we would hit road work being that it is normally done at night but it is better than Friday traffic. Anyway, we got down all the way to about exit 130 and traffic just stopped, so I figured we had hit road work and the lanes were decreasing. Well after about 10 minutes and only going a few feet I figured something else might be up so I pulled out my phone and used my scanner app and eventually got on the Fredericksburg/Spotsylvania emergency services channel and right away heard that a person was in the tree about 2 or 3 exits away.

    I got off at the nearest exit where I had never been and navigated my way through the town (Cumberland) and got some gas…when I eventually found the highway again I was passing exit 118 and NOBODY was on the 95 south. Needless to say I was pretty happy that I got around all that traffic because I know that had to be hell with the accident and the rubber necking. Anyway, I am dipping out on 95 and then hit 3 spots where they were doing road work and brought it down to one lane. I could only feel for the poor souls that were still back in the traffic that had no idea what they were about to run into. Think about it, miles of already backed up traffic from an accident slowly releases and this all of said traffic backed up hits road work at the same time, down to one lane, 3 times in a row, couple that with people already pissed drivers and a lot of huge trucks. I am sure that it took them a few extra hours to get where they are going.

    Moral of the story is that technology is our friend as well as common sense. 95 goes north to south, why sit and wait when you can get off of the exit and get back on later? With all of that going on, we made it to Hampton in 3 hours.

  • Question to all who have refinanced recently: Any lenders that offer zero or negative closing costs? Besides Amerisave who has crazy restrictive rules?

  • Has anyone done grand jury service recently in the District of Columbia’s circuit court? I start next week and am wondering what to expect; ie, will I be able to bring my Blackberry? A laptop? Will I be able to go to my office, at all?

  • Rant-Just discovered both days of the DC Color Run are sold out. Am hoping if Craigslist will have someone posting their bib for give away/sale for a reasonable amount of money.

    Rant-Back to work after a really fun long weekend in NYC.

    Rave-Back in NYC next weekend and seeing the nephew again. Am hoping to imprint my face in his mind so that I win the race to be his favorite aunt.

  • Rave: Today and tomorrow off to relax, take care of a pile of paperwork for my new job, and catch up on laundry

    Rave: Awesome weekend in Shenandoah Valley with the bf and friends. Luray caverns is amazing

    No rants today

  • Ratt: I hate Art and Anya. I’m glad that they seem to have disappered.

  • RANT: 19 offers on a house in one weekend. I hate this market. (Wish I was a seller)

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