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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  • Hahaha! The 25 Douchiest Bars in Washington (as rated by Complex magazine). Enjoy!


    • I agree with most of those. Always liked Recessions though. I also think the one characteristic that defines a “douchey” bar is wherever the person making the claim doesn’t drink.

      • It is a great list, although it will need to be updated to reflect the new comers of the last 5 years. The writing is pretty good on here and you can tell the author has actually spent time at these places.

      • I agree about Recessions. I’ve always been fond of that place. Plus they have enormous, cheap beers at happy hour.

        The top 3 is on point, though I would venture to say Smith Point is the worst ever. I ended up there one evening when I first moved here. Needless to say, I don’t really hang out with those people anymore. Haha.

        Honorable mention should go to Clarendon Ballroom. Chock full of douches.

        • “there is no pretense here and i’m just going to go ahead and say it — Smith Point is like watching a slow motion train wreck of preppy 20 somethings that you simply cannot look away from.”

          Read the Yelp reviews of Smith Point for some real LOLs.

        • I was shocked that Clarendon Ballroom didn’t make the list. I guess that place is such a joke that no one even thinks of it anymore.

    • Never knew about Smith Point (or whatever it was called) obviously for good reason though.

      Why am I just hearing more about Late Night Shots of late? I didn’t know it existed until like a month ago…

    • Wow. Madhatter disappoints. I thought they’d at least be in the top 3.

    • I have been to 19 of the 25.

      • I think I’ve only been to four. I actually used to like Cafe Citron for salsa dancing!

        • This is as much a changing of the guard type thing as anything else. I went to college in DC in the early 90’s and went to most of the bars on the douchey list then. There were way fewer options. The city is just completely different now.

    • BYT Least Douchey Bars — http://www.brightestyoungthings.com/articles/the-least-douchey-bars-in-dc.htm . This list is comes across as more hipstercentric. However, I like bars on both lists so depending on if i feel more frat boyesque or hipster, i choose where i go.

    • Number One to McFaddens is dead-on. The descrption of Greene Turtle had me in stitches.

      And I’m probably in the minority here, but outside Fri-Sat from 10-close, I think Lucky Bar is ok.

  • Rant: A complete lack of bus etiquette. If you are standing you need to move towards the back of the bus as people get on.
    Rave: This August weather!

  • Rant: I keep getting a script error for adope flash when I come to PoP. Driving me nuts.

  • Rant: So much to do and way too many commitments and not enough time.

    Rave: Accomplished a personal hobby goal last night – at my horse back riding lesson- jumped above three feet!

    Double Rave: Dinner with husband and teaching salsa dancing tonight.

    Triple Rave: NYC tomorrow to see my high school buddy as male lead in Book of Mormon!! He’s struggled, followed his dreams, and ended up making it big on Broadway. How awesome and inspiring is that!

  • RAVE: Went to Tacos El Chilango @ 11th and V last night for the first time. Yum! Yum!!

  • For the last 30 minutes I have ad to listen to my coworker talk on the phone about Mormons being part of a cult. What an ass. Should I say something, or just leave it alone?

    • yes – just say something like “you never know who can hear you when you disparage groups of people and you may be personally offending them, probably best to leave those comments for when you aren’t in mixed company or at work.”

    • Wait, Mormons aren’t a cult?

    • Given the Merriam-Webster definition of cult, they are:
      1: formal religious veneration : worship
      2: a system of religious beliefs and ritual; also : its body of adherents
      *3: a religion regarded as unorthodox or spurious; also : its body of adherents*
      4: a system for the cure of disease based on dogma set forth by its promulgator
      5a : great devotion to a person, idea, object, movement, or work (as a film or book); especially : such devotion regarded as a literary or intellectual fad
      b : the object of such devotion
      c : a usually small group of people characterized by such devotion

      Plus, that post-humous baptism thing is creepy

  • Rave: In my intro to rowing class last night, finally got into a shell and got out on the water! Fantastic experience, despite having a wobbly set and discovering that the Patapsco river has a very… interesting smell, I loved every second. Watching the sun set behind the trees and hearing the water lapping against the boat was such a great way to end the day.

    I can’t remember who on PoP it was, but a commenter and rower here encouraged me to sign up a few months ago when I was mulling it over, and so far it’s been a great experience, so thanks!

    • It’s a great sport and a great adventure you’re starting. You’ll not only get used to the smell of the river, but I bet you’ll come to love it. It can be so beautiful – when I was rowing in Seattle, we used to see bald eagles catching salmon for their breakfast, from about 30 feet away! (It’s not all perfect of course – always have Neosporin available for the blisters!) Good luck!

      • Wow. I imagine the scenery in Seattle is incredible! I’d love to be able to be out there!

        And thanks on the neosporin recommendation- my hands are definitely not tough enough yet, and I can already begin to see how slide bites happen, but hopefully the good will continue to outweigh the bad!

    • Yay! I was just telling a coworker about taking a learn to row class years ago, it was great! Even though I ended up flipping my shell and taking a swim in the Potomac my first time out, it was still a lot of fun! Completely agree about the gloves, I dragonboat now and a bunch of folks on my team wear bike gloves to avoid blisters/get a better grip on the paddles. Have fun!

  • rant: people who don’t comment their code should have their fingers removed.

  • I’ve seen Jackie Lee’s come up on the site from time to time, mostly as an FYI because they applied for a liquor license and the building is for sale. No one really talks about having gone to Jackie Lee’s, but there is a fair amount of discussion about how Kennedy Street needs bars and restaurants. Why not go to Jackie Lee’s?

    Last night, I meant to stay for 1 drink and ended up staying all night. There was no cover, great live Go-Go and a friendly crowd. Same band plays at 10PM next Wednesday and people told me that the karaoke (Thursdays) is not to be missed. From what I saw last night, I believe it.

    There is no better proof of the potential viability of Kennedy street than a thriving local business. The beer list could use some work, but the food is decent and it was a great time. People should check it out.

  • Rave: One week until I head to Colorado for the best weekend ever — start of college football season, lots of fishing and biking. Oh and the whole getting married thing.

    Rant: Cannot. Focus. On. Work.

  • Rave: First kisses kind of rule.

  • Rave: so many things.

    Rant: not so many things.

    Rave: 2 more weeks at my job.

    Rant: I don’t feel like doing a damn thing here anymore. Any amount of work given takes way too much effort.

  • Rant: I get so annoyed when tourists stand to the left on the Metro escalator!

  • RANT: I feel like everyone I work with is more engaged/dedicated/interested in the work we’re doing than I am. And that is a shitty feeling. I’ve gotten to the point where I’m practically hiding from co-workers. I need to switch careers.
    Rave: Nats are 6 up in the NL East
    Rave: Vacation coming up

    • I feel that way often. A lot of the people I work with have a military background, which makes them hyper-dedicated to the project at hand. I also work with a lot of older folks who are generally more focused than people of my generation. I try to channel their work ethic into inspiration for myself instead of feeling bad that I’m not as into the project as they are.

  • Rant: The clown car pulled up at work today and is still unloading. There may possibly be howler monkeys in the back.

    Rave: The weekend is only 1 day away.

  • Rave – Interviewed for a promotion today. fingers crossed!

    Rant – Incredibly rude bus driver yesterday. I’m not expecting that they be super cheery all the time….I know they have really difficult jobs and deal with a lot of BS on a daily basis from all the drunks, crazies, and entitled people who don’t think they have to pay, but this woman was unbelievably rude and her behavior was beyond the pale. I’d report her to Metro, but the chances of them doing anything about it are pretty much nil. So I’m just going to sit here and stew. grrrr.

    • The chances of Metro doing anything about her poor behavior are absolutely zero if you don’t report it.

      • Anon, this pessimistic view comes from reading too much Unsuck DC Metro, I’m afraid….incidents like the one I experienced are a dime a dozen. Fortunately most of the bus drivers on the buses I frequent are quite pleasant….I don’t know WHAT this woman’s deal was.

        Basically, she was loudly berating me for using a voucher that had been given to me by another driver when the farebox ate my money (but didn’t apply it to the smartrip card) that specifically listed the dates in which the ticket was valid. She also came close to accusing me of fraud, even though I tried to explain to her that the driver gave me that ticket INSTEAD of having me send in the form to get a check from Metro. This, loudly, on a bus full of commuters. She was totally and completely in the wrong, as the next bus driver confirmed (and apologized profusely for his coworker’s rudeness, which was really nice of him).

        I feel better about it now and can type out a levelheaded response. Maybe I will consider bringing it up.

        • You should report it to Metro. Nothing may be done about it, but at least you can report it. If I were you I would try to find out the email of Metro Board Members and copy them on the email. Some of the bus drivers are very, very, very rude.

          • thanks guys….I filled out one of those complaint forms. I’m usually very lenient with bus drivers and go out of my way to be polite, but that was really beyond the pale. Maybe Metro will surprise me 🙂

          • Yay Brienne!

            And if you have a chance, you might also want to pass along to Metro the info on the courteous bus driver who apologized for the other driver’s rude behavior.

  • Revel: The DC Water construction recently on my street
    Yes, a revel, very hard to attach to any construction, but this was carried out efficiently. I live on 29th st. NW in Woodley Park, and WASA had been ripping up the street and cutting it down to one lane for the past few weeks, doing pipe work or something and generally leaving the street a mess. I was worried that it wasn’t going to be done before school started, as Oyster Adams is on the corner, and mornings are already a clusterf%$k w/o construction. But I came home yesterday to new, permanent pavement put down over the areas they had been working. Props to them for getting whatever they were doing done in a timely fashion.

  • Rant: Does anyone else think it is completely crazy for an apartment building to lay on copious amounts of polyurethane coating on the floor of a unit, and then keep all the windows closed for days? My apartment building recently had sketchy contractors apply this toxic chemical to another apartment, and the strong smell has reached me two floors below the actual work. I’ve complained to management. I find the whole thing kind of mind baffling. A paint can from Home Depot would tell you to use these kinds of chemicals in a well-ventilated room, but these guys keep everything shut up in an unoccupied apartment, thereby making all the other residents suffer. I actually had to relocate for the durating of their little home improvement project.

    • I feel your pain.

      Did your building management company do anything? Seems like it’d be simple for them to go into a vacant unit and open the windows.

      You might also ask/demand that in future, they use low-VOC (low in volatile organic compounds) floor coatings, etc. A lot of floor-refinishing companies do this as a matter of course without even being requested to do so… but I’m not surprised that the “sketchy contractors” you describe didn’t.

  • Rave: DC United win last night!
    Rant: Don’t really have one.

    Vamos, United!

  • Rave: An hour-long coffee break that started at 9:15 this morning.

    Rant: Feeling that my co-worker has done some things rather last minute–when it easily could have been started earlier–and even though I am the messenger, there is nothing I can do about it except hope that the people involved don’t blame me.

    Rant: Not having the balls to stand up to said co-worker and say that no, this is your deal, I will not send these e-mails/make these phone calls, etc. That’s what happens when I’m the youngest and least-experienced staff member.

    Rave: Graffiato for dinner tonight with the Boy! This is the first weeknight he’s had off in THREE WEEKS. Mmmm, pepperoni sauce…

    Rant: I’m so used to his ALWAYS WORKING that I had something else scheduled for tonight and had to back out of the plans.

    Rave: The dog shaming website has MADE MY DAY!

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