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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  • Revel: Heading to Chicago this weekend. First time in the city. Would love recommendations from PoPville.

    Rant: Tired of the Romney/Obama ads during every commercial break. Time to turn off the TV – except during Nats games.

    Revel: Nats!

    Have a good weekend everyone

    • you really should do the architectural cruise. i know it sounds cheesy and touristy, but very worthwhile!

    • I’m sure if you eat pizza and hot dogs you’re already planning on getting both, but I have to say, even though they’re touristy things to eat, I love Chicago-style hot dogs and deep dish pizza. Hot Doug’s is my personal favorite for hot dogs and Gino’s East is my personal favorite for pizza, but everyone seems to have an opinion on which place is best when it comes to both.

      I’d also recommend getting Polish food while you’re there. Jefferson Park has lots of Polish restaurants; Smakosz is my favorite, but there are plenty of others, too.

      I’ll third the suggestion of the architecture cruise.

      I’ll also add another touristy place that I like-Garrett’s popcorn. The caramel corn/cheese corn mix is what they’re most known for (it sounds weird, but it’s good).

      And again, totally touristy, but the aquarium is great!

      Have a fun trip!

    • The Art Institute of Chicago is one of the better museums in the country, and worth a whole day’s visit.

      Of course you should try Chicago deep-dish or stuffed pizza, but you should also check out the lesser-known Chicago-style thin pizza. Giordanos is my favorite place for the thin pie.

      The Hancock Tower has an awesome brunch service on the 95th floor. It’s a great deal and offers amazing views.

      • Yes! The Art Institute of Chicago forever ruined DC art museums for me. That place is incredible. I honestly do not understand what the hype is about Chicago pizza, but I didn’t do my research so maybe the pies I tried happened to be the mediocre ones.

    • I third the Architectural Cruise. There’s one that’s sponsored by SeaDog and also includes a 30 min speed cruise around the lake. It is awesome. I am a native Chicagoan and still love doing it. Also, you should check out the Museum of Science and Industry, the SkyDeck at the Sears (now Willis) Tower, and CloudGate (The Bean). If you’re looking to try Chicago-style pizza, Geno’s East is my personal favorite, but Lou Malnoti’s comes in at a close second. Hope you have a great trip!

    • Go to Heaven on Seven to eat (I think two locations downtown). You won’t regret it.

  • Rant: People tearing down the emergency no parking signs that people put up for moving trucks and then cars parking in what is supposed to be a reserved space.

    Rave: Because we had lots of help the truck only had to be double parked for 20 minutes.

  • Rant: Lousy service from a home improvement company. It’s taken three phone calls to ask for a receipt (which they were supposed to send last week, but still haven’t.) And one of the gutters they supposedly repaired is leaking. I won’t name them, but they definitely didn’t get the work done on the “Next Day.” 🙂

    Rave: Going to the Maryland State Fair this weekend (if it doesn’t rain.)

  • Rave: Life is so freaking good right now. I honestly could not be any happier at this moment.

  • rant: i have been battling this almost cold, sort of allergies, something in my sinuses nonsense all week.
    rave: the weather this week.
    rave: finally got a photo scanner, so i can start archiving a bunch of old family photos.

  • Rant: We spent the majority of our weekly staff meeting this morning talking about how to be efficient and not waste so much time at staff meetings. YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG!

  • Not really a Rant or a Rave: What are people’s thoughts on VirginFest?

    • I got tickets during the presale yesterday because, hey it is free! And there are about 3 bands I would really enjoy seeing.

      That said, I went last year and it was crowded, everyone was wasted, and it smelled like a farm. Couldn’t get cell reception to meet up with friends, so watched 2 sets and then left.

  • Rave: The new Yes! Organic Market is open on Barracks Row. Went inside last night and it looks great!

    Inquiry: I was listening to a story on NPR about food auctions and was wondering if there is anything like that nearby. The story mentioned one about an hour away in Maryland, but I think the benefits of reducing food waste and getting inexpensive food would be offset by the gas used to drive there.

    • Rant: oh yeah, Yes Market now on 8th Street S.E. but remains as high priced as ever and with the most inept, non-helpful help hired within, don’t forget the super aggressive panhandlers on the street, whoo hoo!

      • Well it’s a good thing we have other grocery stores in the neighborhood so you don’t have to shop there! Some of the stuff is pricey but the prices on other items are very reasonable. My experience with the customer service has been the complete opposite of yours– in fact, it’s the only store I’ve been to where the manager consistently approaches his customers and asks if they need help with anything.

        I certainly won’t do all my shopping there, but I like having Yes! as an option if I need one or two things and don’t feel like venturing into Harris Teeter or Safeway, or if I want a good herbal tea or organic snack item. And the produce section is so much nicer than it used to be in the former location.

  • Rave: Celebrating the 16th anniversary of my moving to DC by taking photos around the city of the historic, still-around, and newly developed sites.

    Rant: none!

    • I like your rave! Reading the poll results was making me sad– so many readers plan on leaving DC in the near future.

  • RANT RANT RANT: Just found a $75 dollar fine taped to my front door for my neighbor’s trash violation. There are even pictures attached that show my neighbors backyard, not mind. The trash absolutely did not come from anyone in my house. Now I’m stuck paying $75 dollars or taking a day off work to go to a hearing to deny the claim. UGHHHHH.

    rave: leaving for vacation tomorrow.

    • thebear

      DO NOT roll over and pay the fine. TAKE THE TIME OFF if necessary and fight it. Take photos of your yard and the neighbor’s. Be sure to get photos of the buildings and not only the yard. Send a letter (certified, return receipt requested) to the agency that issued the ticket. Explain why it is in error, include the photographs, request they immediately rescind it and respond to you in writing that it was issued in error and they have corrected the records. Quite often you will get a satisfactory resolution without having to contest in person. Don’t rely on resolution by phone…get everything in writing.

  • Not a rant or rave… Have you been to Bistro Bis for dinner? What’s the dress code?

    • I’ve only been once and I was dressed in business casual clothes. I was sitting at the bar, but I don’t know if that matters.

    • Business casual or just plain business wear is acceptable. Bistro Bis is my favorite restaurant near the Hill. Hope you enjoy it!

    • I second the earlier comments. I have friends from out of town who stay at the Hotel George regularly so we’ve hung out at Bis a lot, very happily…

    • Thanks guys!

  • mtpgal

    Any idea what was happening in Columbia Heights last night around 7:30? There was a helicopter circling and a major police presence on Park Rd but I didn’t see what was up.

  • Rave: FORGOT it was payday! Now I can buy 20 lbs of apples for applesauce, apple butter and dried apple rings at Homestead this weekend 🙂

    Rant: Sore from company event last night. Too much lifting.

    Rave: I can’t wait to wear my PoP t-shirt, though I still need to wash it!

  • rant: unsweetened chocolate tastes a little like dirt
    rave: brownies made with said chocolate are delicioso

  • Revel: I have a Friday with no lessons to give, no gigs, and only a few errands to do, so might go check out Dumpstaphunk at The Hamilton tonight…Ian Neville the heir (both literally and figuratively) to New Orleans funk guitar playing, and one of my favorite younger players.

    Rant: went to grab a chill lunch at Tryst, and the place was packed! Even though it’s always busy, I’m spoiled by having my daytimes free and usually being able to find a seat.

    Revel: living in a great neighborhood where I have a dozen other great lunch options within a stone’s throw of my doorstep. This is why I’m in the “DC til I Die” category…

    • I remember the first time I went to Tryst–it was super packed, as always, so I simply left. Over the years I’ve gained the confidence and patience to wait it out–scout out the people who look like they might leave soon, edge closer, evil-eye people who are taking up space for three when they’re only one…Ah, Tryst.

      • I actually remember the days when when Tryst wasn’t packed on nights and weekends!

      • Yeah, I’m pretty skilled at spying the tables who have a check and “pre-negotiating” taking their seat when they leave, but today there were several buzzards like myself already hovering, so I didn’t even bother. Instead went to So’s Your Mom, got some turkey, and making myself lunch at home. We have free wifi here too! Amazing!

    • Same here (only I don’t teach.) No gigs coming up for a few weeks, but I think things will pick up again pretty soon.. I think Wayne Hancock is at Hill Country tonight, but I don’t know if I feel like going out.

      Next week is my favorite Blues festival weekend – DC Blues Festival Saturday and Baltimore Blues Society picnic Sunday.

  • Rant: I just had a moment of feeling ancient as I realized that I made a to-do list for my weekend. My Weekend!

    Rave: I’ll get to feel productive, I guess…?

  • Rave: Coworker brought in real (British!) Cadbury chocolate today.
    Rave: Dinner at Graffiato last night! The sweet corn agnolotti and the pepperoni sauce is to die for!
    Rant: Last coffee break and last lunch with *awesome* coworkers. New people start on Monday. This also means that in the past three weeks the deptartment has now lost 11 people. Eesh.

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