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: I lost two more lbs this week!
    Rant: Crazy nutjobs who target and attack innocent people.

  • Question: Does anyone know why the dry cleaners next door to Local 16 closed? I know it is the same cleaners as the one on New Hampshire Ave right around the corner. Just curious if someone is taking over the space on U Street.

  • alxindc

    Rave: I love it when I remember random things I had forgotten for 10-15 years. Cheers for random epiphany Tuesdays!

  • Rant: I’m getting to a point where I absolutely dread going to work in the mornings because I’m not happy. My plan is to stick it out till the end of the year and move but having the patience to wait another 5 months is hard.
    Rant: My office AC is broken for a second day in a row.
    Rave: A gorgeous night last night for the final Screen on the Green, I had such a great time!

  • Rave: 18 weeks pregnant
    Rant: realizing that no matter how much we love living in the City, its really not going to be easy with a kid. the school we are zoned for is horrible. No one I know gets into their top 3 choices in the lottery. Plus, I was threatened by 8 teenagers on the metro yesterday with “If you weren’t pregnant I would kill you And take your purse”–Not one person on the train even looked up. And the transit police officer was totally indifferent. This is NOT an environment I want to expose a kid to to be honest.

    • Urgh, i’m sorry, that really sucks. Hopefully things will change by the time your baby is ready for school.

    • your actually saying a metro police officer was indifferent to an uttered death threat?

      § 22-407. Threats to do bodily harm.
      Whoever is convicted in the District of threats to do bodily harm shall be fined not more than $500 or imprisoned not more than 6 months, or both, and, in addition thereto, or in lieu thereof, may be required to give bond to keep the peace for a period not exceeding 1 year.

      § 22-404. Assault or threatened assault in a menacing manner; stalking.
      (a)(1) Whoever unlawfully assaults, or threatens another in a menacing manner, shall be fined not more than $1,000 or be imprisoned not more than 180 days, or both.

      Take your pick, either one IS A CRIME

      • Clarification- metro police officer = WMATA, not MPDC

        • Yes, indifferent is the only way I can describe it. I got off at Lenfant plaza but so did this group of teens. They seemed to be heading in another direction from me. I got to top of escalator and saw the metro officer. I was visibly upset as well. He asked what direction they went in and I said what I thought was accurate. I explained to him how the one kid climbed over me on the seat to get next to the window etc and that I was pregnant and how uncomfortable that made me. He kind of stood there and looked at me. at that point I was upset and wanted to get out of there. Honestly I felt so physically violated. If anyone saw a woman half crying on the lenfant metro platform yesterday afternoon that was me. I don’t know what I expected the other folks in the car to do either. Who am I kidding? most folks in this town are terrified of black teenagers, especially 8 together and acting out of their minds. Everything about bringing a kid into this enviroment drains me. The yearly drama to get a good school, the constant exposure to vilolent and crude behavior on metro. I don’t expect special treatment but holy crap, climbing on a pregnant lady, threatening to kill her in public is pushing a line even for me. And iI have 15 years worth of high tolerance built up of for DC bs.

          • alxindc

            Try not to focus on this. I will be hard at first, easier later on. Things will be fine when you have the baby, and I am sure you will make the right choice if you want to solider on in DC, or leave. Best of luck.

          • no, not everyone is afraid of black teenagers.

          • anon 1:23 I didn’t say “everyone” afraid of black teenagers. But yes, I think a lot of people are very intimidated by 8 teens together who are acting crazy, yelling crude things at each other, climbing on a woman and threatening her. As much as I would have like for someone to stand up for me in that situation, realistically most people are looking at that scene and assuming its going to escalate into something much more violent and just want to get the hell off the train at the next possible stop. I think I am pretty tough but no I am not physically taking on 8 teens, black or white, who clearly want to harm me. Get it straight or STFU.

          • I don’t fear black teenagers either.

          • I was with you until you turned all racist. Sorry, I guess.

  • Rave: Flying private to Nantucket this weekend for a client meeting.

    Rant: Have to fly home commerical ON A CONNECTING FLIGHT through NY. I hate JFK, worst airport in the country.

    • First World Problem!

    • Wow, the working poor really do suffer! Have you considered asking a charity for help?

      • That’s unnecessary. People should be free to rant about things. Of all places to be able to let off some steam PoP should be safe for what many would classify as a upper crust.

        • For better or worse, no one will cut PPercy any slack on this blog. He’s proven himself to be a bit of an ass by his past comments.

          • +1. PPercy is either tone-deaf or trolling.

            He might’ve gotten sympathy for his rant re. connecting through JFK… had he 1) posted under a different name and 2) not included the rave about flying by private jet.

            Next he’ll be complaining that his private box at the Kennedy Center, Nationals Stadium, etc. doesn’t have a good a view as it was supposed to have.

          • He’s only seems like an ass because most residents of PoPville are completely incapable of identifying with anyone outside of their own socio-economic class, whether it be richer or poorer. At this point, he’s probably just messing with you, and you deserve it.

          • Honestly, I think most people (including myself to some extent) are completely incapable of identifying with anyone outside of their own socio-economic class. The problem’s not exclusive to here.

  • Rave (I hope): Potential employer doing full background check and reference check on me. I don’t have an offer, and I have no idea if I’m the only candidate or not. It’s a good thing I have stuff to occupy me at work because otherwise I would be completely consumed by anxiety.

    Rant: I just turned 27 and for the first time the Olympics are making me feel…past my prime. Physically, at least.

  • Does anyone know why flags are at half mast today? (at least the ones in front of my federal govenment office building are) Did someone important die?

  • Rave: I got into grad school and I start in 2 weeks!
    Rant: The Olympics have made me so sleepy at work.

  • sorry, i just read the comment section from yesterday’s post on Crockett’s article and it just infuriates me how ignorant to history and oblivious many newcomers are. unfortunately, they tend to be mostly young affluent white people.

    • What would you like people to do? Take an entrance exam before they can move to DC? Force them to live in the burbs for the city jobs? Forbid employers from hiring young white people?

      What is your solution to all this complaining?

      • ……..what?!

        • Rant: Replies to comments aren’t going where they should and instead are showing up at the end of the thread.

          • The racist rant to what people are responding has been deleted.

          • it’s because my rant was deleted for being “racist” which i disagree with. My solution? keep some affordable housing available for people and families that have lived here for generations, put some money into the public education system so people that grew up here have a shot at all those jobs young white people are getting.

          • We put money in. I’ve put thousands upon thousands of dollars in, through taxes, through shopping, etc. And then this city takes my money and uses it to supsidize little criminals in public housing and gives teaching jobs to people who can barley read. Almost enough to make you vote republican.

          • I completely agree with you. But remember how pissed people got when they actually tried to implement some sort of reform in the school system? Change is hard for everyone.

            And, take this from a white person who came here for the job – I honestly wish nothing more for the city than for schools to get better and for everyone to get along. I would love to stay here and raise my children, and I chose to live in DC and contribute my tax dollars to this lovely city vs the burbs where my employer is.

          • Thanks. It’s true, Michelle Rhee didn’t have a chance 🙁

            To everyone else: My points could be articulated better, they do have value; I’m on an anger train today, it happens. And shocker: I’m white. HOw many people assumed I wasn’t?

          • I assume everyone on here is white unless they state otherwise.

          • Glad it wasn’t just me. 🙂

          • Everyone on here is not white, even if it’s not stated.
            And I think DC is a terrible basis for an argument that more money will solve the education problem. Teachers have to teach but kids have to show up willing to learn. Unfortunately, many affirmatively reject education as a means to self-advancement. No amount of money thrown at schools is going to change that, particularly when it involves kids who are already teenagers.

          • That’s already being done. Of course, your definition of “some” may be higher than what is currently being allocated. In that case, I suggest you get involved with local politics. You won’t accomplish much by seething in the comments section of a blog.

          • Absolutely no amount of money towards school will fix a total and complete failure of parental responsiblity. DC spends more per student than just about any other jurisdiction in the Country. If people want schools to take 100% responsibility for the outcome of the kids the we need boarding schools so they can just live there full time. Many kids would be better off if we kept them out of their homes as much as possible.

          • A census report shows that DC is one of (if not the) highest spender per student in public schools. Money isn’t gonna solve this problem; sorry if that stands outside of your comfort zone. Students need to value their education; parents need to value their children’s education. Until that happens, no amount of money thrown at a situation will solve it.

          • I’m a twentysomething white woman working as a full-time volunteer (on a very small monthly stipend with housing, ie: I didn’t have to file for taxes at all because I make so little) in DC through a volunteer program simply because I could not find a job here or anywhere else after college. I’ve lived in many US cities and was really shocked by how I’ve been stereotyped negatively by people in DC compared to other cities I’ve lived. So much random hatred and judgment in this city; really, we’re all in this together!

  • Rant/Rave: Nicotine withdrawal.

    Rant: A little bit of panic last night when I realized when I resign I will be unemployed for the first time in 8 years.

    Rave: Savings accounts to help me with this.

    Rave: Not settling.

    Rave: Went to bed a little early last night, and slept hard.

    Rant: Still have to make it through 30 more days here.

  • binpetworth

    Observation (not rant/rave): There are a lot of pregnant women in this city.

    Rave: I’m not one of them and never will be.

    Rave: The folks I know who are expecting will make wonderful parents, so I’m hopeful for the future of humanity.

    • Ditto on your raves. I thought I disliked kids until I moved to Capitol Hill, where there are a lot of them. The kids I’ve met and casually observed in my neighborhood are usually very polite, and cultured, and mature beyond their years. I still don’t want a kid myself, but it makes me smile to see so many that are obviously being brought up right.

      • Allison

        I was at a DC public library today– enjoyed watching the wee little ones fall in love with the library. Mom having to say “I *PROMISE* we’ll come back tomorrow” to get the girl to leave. aw!

  • Rave: really fun Screen on the Green yesterday! i think i was the only person who haven’t seen Psycho before so all the suspense music was giving me a heart attack.

    Rave 2: glad to see all those people enjoying adult beverages responsibly. Maybe, just maybe, the rules eventually be relaxed and i will enjoy my beer in Dupont Circle.

    • Rant: Really wanted to go to Screen on the Green last night– I’ve never been to it, and neither my girlfriend nor I have seen Psycho– but she was too scared.

  • Rant: Job search is not going…at all. Rejection, rejection, rejection. I know it takes time and I just need to keep positive and keep trying but damn! Can someone hire me?!

    Rave: I have a job– most people would kill for a steady pay check

    Rave: on leave today

  • Parking ticket people have become extra rapacious for “low hanging fruit.” Last week I sent a visitor to move his car for next-day street cleaning. Parking on that side opens at 6:30 p.m. He moved at 6:25 and parking enforcement swooped on him – but at least just told him to move.

    Last night I moved my car at 6:28. Yes exactly 6:28. I was sitting in the car with the engine running waiting for 6:30 when the ticket writer actually screeched up behind me, jumped out and hurried to try and write a ticket.

  • Rave: I hope the Democrats keep their new-found backbones and continue to press Romney on his tax returns. Romney’s dad is the one who basically set the precedent for releasing returns. Obama has released his every year since 2000, not to mention his birth certificate for christ’s sake. Whatever is in them, it was enough for McCain to pick Sarah Palin as VP.

    • jim_ed

      My totally unfounded conspiracy theory: Romney won’t release them because they include donations to some charity that would be anathema to his base, like *GASP* Planned Parenthood!

      Related: If this is the case, please send the police to do a welfare check at my home, because there’s a 99% chance my heart would explode from swelling with too much schadenfreude.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: Cry babies at work. Dude, you are not special except that you think you are above the rules. You missed the deadline, I cannot do that work for you no matter how many times you command me to do it.

    Rave: Friend has a job interview tomorrow, fingers crossed!

    Rave: Jambalaya for lunch today!

  • Revel: appreciating the simple things
    Rant: life ain’t simple

  • Rant: Home sick with a sore throat and headache

    Rave: Was told to work at home anyway since I don’t have computer access at my office

    Rave: Having read through some preliminary documents introducing me to my job, I’m that much more excited to get into it!

  • Rave: I got stopped by that guy at Dupont Circle who asks for a $20 for two $10s. I’m finally a PoPLebrity!

    Rant: PoPLebrities!

  • Rant: Working with a contractor at work who is dumber than a box of rocks. Really wish we could let her go but we don’t have that option.

  • pablo .raw

    Rant: Decisiones; I need to move a mountain, should I do it all at once (quicker but more painful), or stone by stone (less painful but longer time)…
    Rave: input from friends

  • Rant: People in the office being really loud when I’m on the phone. I’m ordering toner so you can make your damn copies, so show a little respect!

    Rave: Screen On the Green, as usual, was awesome! We were close to the front so able to lay down and actually see with NO HEADS blocking the way. Plus Psycho was great.

    Rave: My new shoes should be arriving by mail today and I have no fear that they will be stolen!

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