Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

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You can talk about whatever is on your mind โ€“ 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 peopleโ€™s grammar. This is a place to vent and/or rejoice about daily life in DC.

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  • pablo .raw

    rant: story of my life; yesterday I was asked to stop taking photos inside a public library for “security reasons” first. Then the reason was to “protect the privacy of people in the library”. Then they said if I wanted to take photos, I needed to get a permission from their marketing department. And finally they asked me to talk to someone in the Media department. I should say that the photo I wanted to take, was the one of a mural. After my long speech about photographer’s rights, I don’t work for any media, this is a personal thing,……, they said they only follow the policy and they don’t write it…. and yes, after the incident, I checked DCPL policy about photography, nothing I was doing contradicts it.
    rave: I feel good today.

    • Sounds like someone was on some sort of power trip (not you, the guard I assume).

    • There is a Flickr group titled “DC Photo Rights” where people submit photos and share their stories about taking photos in DC where they were harassed. This sounds like a good story for the group.

    • Were there patrons in the photo? Otherwise it shouldn’t have been an issue.

      • pablo .raw

        No patrons in the photo; when I told the guard I only wanted a photo of the mural, he went inside to ask and someone else came to tell me about the privacy reasons, etc.

        • I wonder, would it legally matter even if there were library patrons in the photo? In my organization, we’ve always been told that it’s a good business practice to get photo releases from individuals who are the subject of or prominently featured in photos we take, but that there’s not really an expectation of privacy in a widely-used public place (although maybe there’s a distinction between interior and exterior spaces).

          • pablo .raw

            Exactly! I mentioned that to them about the library being a public space and that’s when they mentioned that they are just following DCPL’s policiy. So now I am going to write to the ones that write the policy to find out what are their reasons for the restriction. It doesn’t make sense to me….

    • Thank you for sharing your experience. You are right. The DC Public Library does not prohibit amateur photography.

      Here is a link to the policy, http://dclibrary.org/node/3161

      We expect that there will be more photography as we continue to rebuild and renovate libraries. We will make sure that Library staff is up to date on this policy.

  • Rave: Three day weekend is so close I can smell it. Actually, a four day weekend for me, since I am also taking Friday off.

    Rant: Found really old leftovers in the fridge this A.M. Was totally grossed out by said really old leftovers.

  • talula

    Rave: day off tomorrow

    Rant: taking the day off to go to the DMV. Hoping to get the car inspection, my DC license, and car registration done with in one visit. PoPville, I need all your positive DMV vibes! I checked the website a million times to make sure I have all the required documents, but I’m still paranoid about screwing it up or forgetting something.

    • I did the same thing last year, but was done by 11:00 and back at work by 12! DC actually seems more efficient than the Virginia DMV in my experience. As long as you’re prepared, you should be OK.

      Also, make sure you bring your insurance card or some proof of insurance. I remember that I somehow overlooked that, but thankfully I had a copy attached to an email from Geico that I was able to pull up on my phone.

      • I’ve moved back and forth from DC to VA a few times, and the DC DMV is leaps and bounds better. The employees are friendly and professional, their computer systems are usually working, and there’s never much of a wait. Last time I went on a Saturday morning and was out in 45 minutes! When I went through the same process in Virginia I had to go once or twice a week for the entire summer, and each visit took a couple of hours.

      • For all the DC gov’t failures, I actually think DMV is a success story. I seem to be able to zip in and out of the inspection place as well. I’ve found the best time to go is 2:55 on Saturday afternoon.

        • The inspection guys are so efficient. It’s unbelievable how quickly they get everyone in and out (I guess the cabs that have bribed their way through help speed up the process, hehe).

        • I love how specific you are about the best time to go! Not 3pm, not 2:30pm, but at exactly 2:55 ๐Ÿ™‚

    • On the inspection, the inspection station has a camera that will show you the length of the line. Check the website before you go. It has been really helpful to avoid long lines.

      And I also had really good experiences with the DMV (better than in VA).

      • talula

        Thank you both for sharing your positive DMV experiences ๐Ÿ™‚ I made an appointment for the inspection tomorrow morning so hopefully I won’t have to wait too long.

        • I had a surprisingly good experience at the Georgetown DMV; they were quite efficient, and the line moved really quickly. The rep even asked if I wanted my license picture retaken (so it didn’t look too much like a mugshot). Sadly, that branch of the DMV is closed. good luck!

          • The Georgetown DMV is the only place I’ve had a bad experience. I needed to show proof of residence to get a RPP, and was told my lease wasn’t good enough because it didn’t have my landlord’s signature. Um, when does the landlord ever sign a rental agreement? Since then I found it’s helpful to have multiple proofs of residence in case one of them fails. In VA I brought in every proof of residence I had and they rejected them all (so I had to draft up a fake rental agreement!).

        • MsNesbitt

          I have a long-standing love for the DMV office in SW. I have always, always had a good experience there. In and out in about 45 minutes usually.

          • The SW DMV has always been fine when I’ve gone, as long as I have the required docs (and the website is good about saying what is required). It was a loooong wait when I went on a Saturday morning (3.5 hours to get my name changed on a license) but I appreciated that they had Saturday hours at all, and once it was my turn the worker was pretty efficient.

            And to anon above–the landlord is supposed to sign a rental agreement. A lease is a contract and both parties should sign.

  • Rant: Unrequited love
    Revel: I’m healthy, life wlil be beautiful again

  • Rave: Heading out of town for a nice long weekend with my husband ๐Ÿ˜€

    Rant: So done with packing and flying – it’s been a long year with many work trips and not a lot of time at home.

    Rave: No work trips lined up for the fall so I can finally enjoy the best season in DC!!

  • Rant: Can’t seem to get back into my running groove. This is bad since I am supposed to run a half marathon in November. And my knee is still not quite healed so I have been reluctant to push myself.
    Rave: Long weekend and my birthday celebration weekend! Woohoo!

    • I started doing a ton of cardio in the past year (mostly on the elliptical), and have developed issues with my right knee, sometimes resulting in minor bruising after a long workout. I went to an orthopedist, who said it was “runner’s knee,” and had me see their in-house physical therapists, who were pretty unhelpful.

      Any recommendations for an awesome orthopedist?

    • There are some great books on running injuries that you might check out. They have helped me at various times to understand whether I was really injured or just experiencing the aches and pains of ramping up.

  • msmaryedith

    Revel: GREECE! Leave for the airport in half an hour. And my PoP tshirt is packed ๐Ÿ™‚

    Rant: None. How can I have a rant when I’m headed to Greece?

  • Rant, while leaving D’vines the other day I saw one young man on a bike approach another one standing outside the store and said “do you want a bike?” The other guy said “sure” and the first one said “follow me.” I couldn’t get my bike together before I lost them, but I did wonder what I could do. Stop them? Their were two of them. Neither one had any tools or anything, so the bike in question (if in fact they were going to steal one) must have been easy pickings. So lock up your bike whenever it’s left outside even if in your backyard.

  • Rant: Gun robberies are happening daily in the Fourth District and I am afraid to come out after dark. However, there was a robbery the other day in the 400 block of Hamilton St., NW at 3 p.m. during the day.

    • talula

      There seemed to be an alarming number of carjackings/attempted carjackings reports on MPDC’s twitter feed this weekend

    • Rant: Ms. Bowser’s newsletter talks at length about the recent gun robberies. Amazing, she actually acknowledges that there are a bunch of DYRS kids that are not in lock up with known records of roberries and stealing cars, and they are currently free to walk the street. This town is so messed up in how it handles criminality in the youth population.

    • This is a bummer too! I just moved into the 700 block of Hamilton and the neighborhood has been so friendly and awesome so far! Bummer to hear of the robberies, especially the day time one with a gun

  • Rant: Attempting to buy a few sweaters for the upcoming season. I am moving to a colder climate and need to stock up, but it’s proving difficult to find a quality sweater made of natural fibers that is still affordable and doesn’t make me look shapeless and droopy. Where do I go? I tried J Crew and La Coste already. (I’m female.)

    • Lands End Canvas line has some cute stuff and it isn’t a fortune.

    • msmaryedith

      I actually have only bought in store (in NY) so I’m not sure about whether they ship in the US. But Uniqlo has very basic sweaters that are not expensive. I’ve had black v-neck one for several years that is a staple in my wardrobe. http://www.uniqlo.com/us/#!women

      • Uniqlo has not yet launched an e-commerce site for the US; however, they have just announced that it’s almost ready for launch. That being said there are proxies from which you can purchase their stuff (can’t remember them off the top of my head).

        Word of warning: sizing could be an issue depending on height/weight as their line was not originally made for the US consumer base.

    • I’m partial to Garnet Hill. They have some really cute sweaters there, including nubbly ones for Maine winters.

    • It’s hit-or-miss, but I recently got a few great 100% cashmere and 100% wool sweaters from Bluefly. They have a great basic cashmere sweater from Hayden for $99 now in a variety of colors.

    • thebear

      It can’t hurt to pop into Macy’s. If possible, go to the one in Montgomery Mall or even the one down in Waldorf/St. Charles. For reasonably priced men’s stuff, they’re hard to beat. I would expect it comparable in the women’s department.

  • Rant: I still hate the DC height limit on buildings. Legalize cites!

    Rave: Moving to New York in January! Anyone have some good suggestions on where to live? Lower East Side? What parts of Brooklyn?

    • Depends on your price range. Anywhere in Manhattan is going to set you back quite a bit; there are plenty of affordable neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens.

    • I personally love the Hoboken/JC side. Extremely easy commute if your job is near a PATH station.

      • My sister has lived in various parts of Jersey City and I really like it. Hoboken’s great too, but very expensive.

    • ah

      So you hate height limits, but you’re looking for places to live in NYC that are in areas with fairly low building heights? Seems a bit contradictory . . . the height limits keep DC feeling a lot more open.

    • MsNesbitt

      I live in the Upper East Side, and I love it but get major neighborhood envy when I visit the Upper West Side. But truly, it depends on what your budget for rent is.

    • Depends on your commute and price range, of course. But I lived in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn for years and loved it. (It used to be an affordable alternative to some more gentrified Brooklyn neighborhoods, but naturally the rents have been rising.) You have Prospect Park nearby (the #1 selling point for the neighborhood, in my opinion), as well as the shops and restaurants of Park Slope (which is a big family neighborhood if it’s in your budget and you have kids). Prospect Heights has gotten a number of its own restaurants and shops recently as well, and there’s a good variety of housing stock–ie, a mix of high-rise older apartment buildings, newer buildings, and brownstone/townhouse apartments.

      If you look there, though, just do your due dilligence on bedbugs–of course, they can pop up anywhere in New York (or here), but some of the buildings on St. John’s Place was famous (or rather infamous) for terrible bedbug infestations. (And I know for a fact that at least one of the local real estate brokers had no compunction about steering prospective renters to those buildings nonetheless.)

      • Erg, I mean some of the buildings on St. John’s WERE famous, not “was famous.” Even with coffee, I’m still not 100% awake….

    • thebear

      You have to spec a price range. It would also help to know what part of town you will be working to gauge your schlep.

      I lived in Forest Hills (Queens) for a while. I absolutely loved it, and if I ever were to relo back to NYC, that would be my first choice to live. I had a nice 3BR/2BA with a balcony a block off of Queens Blvd. Subway to midtown was about 20 minutes; about 40 to the financial district. I also lived way out in Bensonhurst…that was about 45-50 minutes to midtown. Nice apartment, had a view of the bay and the Verrazzano Bridge. I did enjoy the convenience of living in Manhattan but it got to be just so monotonous. There is a huge lack of trees and green space in Manhattan, which makes DC so much more tolerable. It was rather pricey back in the 70s and 80s, but today is ridiculous. If you aren’t making at least $150K, it’s not likely you’ll be able to afford a decent place of your own anywhere south of 96th Street. (My last apartment in Manhattan was on Madison & 32nd from 1980-1983; awesome 1BR on the top floor of a converted office building for $1400. I don’t think studios can be had for that today.)

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: Poor Plaquemines Parish always seems to get hammered.

    Rave: Had a fun chat with my parents last night. My mother and I mostly talked about tiaras & royalty. My long suffering father listened patiently without adding any anti-royalty commentary.

  • Rave: Last day at my job is next Friday.

    Rave: Terrifyingly excited about the big wide open world.

    Rant: Individual health insurance taking longer than expected.

    Rant: Work takes 1000000 times more effort knowing I am leaving soon. What people still expect me to do stuff around here?

    Rave: Summer coming to an end. I love you september/october, and I can’t wait to see you again.

  • Rant: I suck at this whole meeting people/dating thing
    Rave: 3 day weekend with tiki bar fun planned!

    • Im pretty terrible at meeting people as well. Once I meet someone I can have great conversations and it feels so easy…it’s just getting over the initial walking up to said person and greeting. If your female maybe see if PoP will give you my email, we could get together and chat perhaps?

  • Rant: school is back in session, and so once again I need to run the gauntlet of future inmates that gather at both exits of the metro on GA Ave throwing insults, including racist/sexist insults, at passersby.

  • What do you hate about the height limit? I love the fact that DC you feel the sun on your face as you walk down the street, and that the views of the city aren’t blocked by looming skyscrapers. There seems to be a surplus of new construction happening in DC (the only thing blocking my views are all those cranes!), and it’s not like we’re landlocked like in SF.

    I personally love the Fort Greene area of Brooklyn….it feels a bit more manageable than a lot of NY, and the Atlantic Center gives you a ton of transportation options.

    • Oops sorry…that was supposed to be a reply to Anonymous 10:21…

    • I’m with you, zrc. I don’t mind the height restriction at all. I love seeing the Washington Monument from various places around the city and it’s something unique to DC.

    • I too am a fan of the height limit. I find the skyscrapers in Manhattan intimidating.

      • I don’t find them intimidating, I find them depressing. In the summer you have like a 2 hour window where you can see the sun, and it’s not uncommon in the winter to have sunlight never hit your face.

        I love older cities like london and paris and edinburgh that are generally low and full of trees (like dc). I find them to be much more beautiful and pleasant.

        • Then live in the suburbs. There is obviously a huge demand of people who want to live in a big city. People are willing to make tradeoffs, the law should let them.

    • Me three. I have the worst sense of direction and love that I can pretty much always find Washington Monument to orient self.

    • Height limits put a cap on everything. They cap the economic activity of city, they cap the amount of people that can live in a city and they cap the artistic ability of architects. Every person who does not live in a city has to live somewhere else (usually a far-flung suburb where they have burn up fossil fuel to get to work, not to mention their horrendous commutes). It is far better for people, the environment and business to have unregulated heights and density. Are there some draw backs? Sure. Sunlight is obstructed, as well as some views of classic structures. The benefits of density far out way the costs/downside. I am willing to make those tradeoffs. I will choose people over aesthetics any day.

      I’m sure if you own a house in the city you would love for the supply to be artificially rest restricted thus upping your housing value.

      The Triumph of a City, read it.

      • Height limits also encourage greater urban density and more efficient use of space. I would see your point if every inch of available space in DC was currently being used, but there is still plenty of space to build and plenty of blighted buildings/areas that should be redeveloped. I personally get depressed when I got out to the burbs and find myself surrounded by giant apartment coplexes surrounded by parking lots. Plus, it’s not like buildings are limited to 2 or 3 stories. There are plenty of tall buildings in DC, just not sky scraper tall.

  • Rant: Was at the light at 12th and H NW yesterday for a solid ten minutes as car after car and bus after bus blocked the box. What made it worse was that I was already pissed that some VA asshole totally just pulled into my lane slow as ever as if I was not there. And on top of all of that a cop was about two cars in front of me while everyone continued to block the box. I don’t really know what I expected him to do but it would have been nice if the cop got out of the car and started writing tickets to people (busses included) intentionally pulling into the intersection during yellow lights. No lie, I missed like 5 light changes and I was like the 6th car back. I know I bitch about this a lot and some of you always come to the defense of these inconsiderate, self absorbed drivers but come on this is inexcusable, enough is enough. DC must do something about this, they give camera tickets for everything else, start giving some $300 tickets for that assholes that block the box. I am so tired of this bs.

    • Do you have any other options for commuting to work instead of driving? When I stopped driving to work it removed SO much stress from my life.

      • Same here, but I had to move to a new residence in order to do that. Driving made me anxious and irritable, but public transit just isn’t a good option if you have to take a bus, two metros, and another bus just to get to work and it costs 4x as much as driving.

      • Yeah. I commuted by car to a job in the ‘burbs for a while; the alternative was taking a bus, then Metro, and then another bus, and it would have added another 20-30 minutes each way.

        I was so happy when I finally got a job in the District and could get there by taking a bus and then Metro. And happier still when I moved to a location in the District that was close to Metro — now I can just take the Metro to work and not mess with buses!

        • Yeah, public transit infrastructure in the DC ‘burbs is absolutely horrible. Very few VA and MD neighborhoods are within walking distance to a metro station, and those that are are more expensive than most DC neighborhoods. Very different from the NYC suburbs where you can buy a single family house for less than $200k and be able to walk to the train station from there.

      • I use to take the metro before I got married but now things are different and my wife and I ride in to work together and there is no way in hell she is getting on metro/metrobus. LOL!

        I should have added my Rave: I start working from home next month.

        • What will your wife do then — just drive in on her own?

          Does her work pay for parking? If not, it seems like it’d be awfully expensive.

          • She will likely drive in. They have the lottery system every few months so when she wins it is great but when she doesn’t it is expensive. Sometimes there are free spots but it depends on if school is in or not.

        • she sounds like a special lady.

          • She is great but I know you are being facetious. I should not say she would never get on public transportation but it isn’t her favorite thing especially when we have a car. I will just say, not everyone is the same, some people are used to a certain way of life and others are not.

            I could say the same thing about a lot of people on here with their comments and not wanting to live in SE or whatever…same difference.

    • ah

      What would have been better is if the cop, instead of writing tickets, just got out and directed traffic, stopping cars until there was space to cross. If they still drive into intersection he could hit them for failing to obey officer and blocking box.

      • You would think but nobody would have learned their lesson. Plus you are just asking the cop to do too much, you know such things require work and are below some cops. LOL! I could not believe he was just sitting there.

    • Nah, I agree. Morons like this make traffic a million times worse.

      • Don’t they though! Like ZRC said below, he/she got hit with a hefty ticket and made sure they did not put themselves in that position again.

        Do you know how much money the city would raise by ticketing these clowns $300 a pop? I don’t think that is too much either, aren’t some camera tickets like $250? Damn a parking ticket…you could balance the budget with this revenue.

    • When I first moved to DC, I once accidentally blocked the box, and a cop wrote me a hefty ticket for it. After that day, I always was extra careful about not entering an intersection until I knew I could get out of it…

      • Exactly!! Sorry you got the ticket but you learned your lesson I see. Why are people so willing to give people the benefit of the doubt here? It is driving 101 and a little consideration. People continue to do it because they can get away with it and there is no penalty, if they start getting hit in their pockets, I bet you traffic will change out here. And as far as the busses go, they should harshly disciplined, no excuse for a “professional” driver to be doing this foolishness.

        • Yeah, I’m sure he or she really learned their lesson there. I guess next time they should just mow down the pedestrian/biker/vehicle that decides to cross against the light or turn without signaling.

          • Huh? Did you not read ZRC response or are you just trolling?

            The point is that he/she learned not to enter the intersection if they know they cannot pass. Pedestrians that should be penalized/fined as well for their part in it. As for the drivers, obey traffic rules, learn how to drive and we will be all set.

          • Sorry, I’m not trolling.

            My point is that it’s not always guaranteed that you can get through the intersection in time, even if all signs point to yes. If every driver had to wait until they were absolutely positively certain nothing could interfere with their passage through the intersection, a lot of intersections in DC would be in constant gridlock.

          • “If every driver had to wait until they were absolutely positively certain nothing could interfere with their passage through the intersection, a lot of intersections in DC would be in constant gridlock.”

            No, that’s wrong. And a lot of intersections in DC *are* in constant gridlock for the exact opposite reason. What’s more, that’s how you’re supposed to do it, whatever your opinion of it is.

            Even the best driver will sometimes misjudge an intersection and get stuck in the middle; but there is no way that so many drivers in DC are innocently making that same mistake, one after another.

          • “Even the best driver will sometimes misjudge an intersection and get stuck in the middle” <– that was my point. Hasn't it happened to all of us? It's happened to me a couple of times and it's absolutely terrifying. I don't think drivers would willingly put themselves in that position, but I agree that if it's a serial problem the driver is likely at fault.

          • I guess it’s hard for you to imagine so think of it this way. Let’s say cars had an interlock that prevented them from moving if they detected another car, bus, truck, or moving human or animal nearby. Now picture an intersection downtown during rush hour. The cars would be locked in place and unable to move, hence the gridlock.

        • I am a he, thank you very much ๐Ÿ˜‰

          But the reality was that I wasn’t a very experienced city driver (I was just out of college), and I didn’t realize that you need to wait at the stop line until you can easily make your way through the intersection. Getting that ticket, which indeed sucked, is now a nagging reminder to me every time I approach a busy gridlocked intersection.

          As a former kindergarten teacher, I’m against needlessly penalizing people without a meaning, but receiving logical consequences to actions can carry a lot of weight, even to adults.

          • Yeah, it’s a skill that takes a little while to master it if you aren’t familiar with it. But I’m sure the experience of being stuck in the middle of an intersection (with horns honking, people cursing at you, cars trying to get around you and almost hitting you) would have been so stressful that it would have been equally effective as a deterrent.

        • Also, I’m not wrong; you just weren’t using proper reading comprehension. I never claimed that blocking the box does not cause gridlock. Of course it does. But if every car that has the light must wait until there are no other vehicles that have the light, no pedestrians approaching the intersection, and no bikes anywhere nearby, they would not be able to proceed forward in some of DC’s busier intersections. How could they possibly? So the tradeoff is that you have to assess the situation and proceed wisely while taking the not-entirely-unlikely risk that something will happen and you’ll get stuck there.

          • Meant to reply to gdopplerxt above.

          • Your argument rests on an example that is actually pretty unclear. I don’t think bikes and peds really enter the equation unless they too are breaking the rules – but then we’re in a “how many wrongs make it right?” scenario which isn’t worth discussing. But the point still remains that you’re not supposed to enter an intersection unless you can clear it. And if you think that when downtown is gridlocked that all those folks stranded in the middle didn’t know fully what they were doing then you are very naive.

          • Well, the one tor two times I got stuck in the middle of an intersection it was because a pedestrian decided, without any prior indication, to start jaywalking after I’d crossed the stop line. Or a car going in the opposite direction started to make a left turn, but because they weren’t using their signal I had no idea they were going to. If you honestly don’t think this sort of thing happens very often then you too are naive.

          • “If you honestly donโ€™t think this sort of thing happens very often then you too are naive.”

            Of course it happens; I said so in my post. Kind of reinforces my point of how following the rules can prevent gridlock though, doesn’t it?

          • Of course– but let’s not put all the blame on the drivers. Sometimes they have no choice but to stop in the middle of an intersection. I don’t know why you have such a problem with me saying that.

          • If a single car doesn’t make it through the intersection because a ped shows up unexpectedly and the car gets stuck on the crosswalk or with a tail out in traffic, this is not “gridlock” and clears up with the next light change (or earlier), no problem. What Kam described is when traffic is not moving, has not been moving, shows no sign of moving, and people still insist on positioning themselves in the box because it puts them 5 feet closer to their destination. Nobody got surprised and unexpectedly caught in the box. But now cross traffic can’t move anywhere and everyone sits there through a bunch of light cycles, and the effects cascade to the next block and the next block and so on. It drives me bonkers, people are just slowing down their own movement through the city because they don’t think about the bigger picture.

    • I heard on the radio this morning that the district actually is getting cameras to detect drivers running stop signs (near schools) and blocking the box. I don’t recall when or where they are coming.

    • Kam- looks like they are beginning to do something about it: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/new-dc-traffic-cameras-to-monitor-stop-signs-pedestrian-crosswalks/2012/08/29/9e9d21de-f1ee-11e1-a612-3cfc842a6d89_story.html …$100 fines for blocking an intersection, but not many cameras will be set up.

      • AWESOME!!!!! Best post ever!! What timing, how very apropos!! I hope they put them in the right locations. I bet you once this goes down and people get hit with a few of these tickets, you will see people acting like they have some cotdamn common sense.

  • Rave: I have a job interview tomorrow.
    Rant: I’m terrified.

  • Revel: Fantastic weekend in Chicago. Absolutely loved being there. People were awesome. Deep dish lived up to expectations. Cubs game at Wrigley was great. Architectural Boat Tour was a highlight.

    Revel: PoPville for being so awesome and giving great recommendations.

    Rant: Seven years ago I was evacuating New Orleans and watching Katrina pound the city and the subsequent chaos. Seven years later I can’t help but feel for my once home and hope Isaac does not cause the same amount of disruption/damage.

  • Revel: Excited for a 5 day weekend!
    Rant: Annoyed that our government clients planned two meetings the day after Labor Day, so my day off isn’t really a day off. Argh.
    Revel: Thankful for the ability to telework and call into said meetings from our beach house.

  • RAVE: I’m healthy

    Rant: Finally found love and I’ve lost it

    Rave: It will get better, eventually

  • PoP or anyone – anyone know what was happening at Irving and Georgia this morning around 9:45am. Crime tap blocking off Irving east of Georgia, and that convenience store on the corner looked taped off. That whole block south on Georgia was blocked off to traffic, too. There were medics and lots of cruisers. I didn’t see any signs of an accident but I may have missed it since I was more focused on driving.

    For future reference: where can one go to get info on police activity? I did only a brief search online but figured I’d get a faster response from the trusty online community of PoP. Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Question: Anyone know anything about this band Thievery Corporation that advertises here? Any good?

    • It’s the lounge/chill genre, with lots of wordly influences. The sort of music that is great for a cocktail or dinner party. Give them a listen– I think Thievery Corporation is generally appealing to just about everyone. Plus they’re from DC! I saw their show at Kastles Stadium last summer and it was really fun.

    • Ah, I just Yahood Thievery Corporation and realized that I’ve heard them on the Garden State soundtrack. (Which, if you don’t know it, is a really great album and a really good introduction to the Shins, too!)

      Hey, anyone know what Zach Braf is up to? I remember he was on that show where he was a fireman. A damn fine actor!

    • Thievery Corporation also owns the Eighteenth Street Lounge, and reportedly will show up there and play some times.

      I mostly like their sound, but their scene seems pretty pretentious. My $0.02.

  • Rave: Jason Mraz! He makes great background music at work. Thank you for allowing YouTube, oh great and powerful computer wizards.

    Rant: School is in session, which means students back on campus, which means long line at Starbucks and even longer line for the shuttle bus. Go back to where you came from, freshmen!

    Question: Boyfriend’s birthday is tomorrow and I still haven’t decided on a place for dinner. Any suggestions of something nice and somewhat fancy but still affordable? At the moment I’m thinking Tabard Inn.

    • Thanks for the question. My birthday’s not until October but I want to have a dinner that’s a little fancier that usual that won’t break the bank. Last year we tried Bistro Cacao for the first time, and loved it so much that we’ve been back several times since. I wouldn’t say the food is exceptional, but the ambiance and level of service make it feel extra-special.

    • Ray’s (either the Steaks or the Classics) if he likes steak.

  • RANT: I am not happy with my current job situation.
    RANT: Will I ever not be an escapist!?
    RAVE: 7 day vacation……YES!

  • Rave: Almond butter and apples.
    Rave: First bike commute to work.
    Rave: Morning cuddles and breakfast in bed with my cat.
    Rave: Realized this morning that I should soon be able to purchase my first pumpkin spiced latte of the season.

  • RAVE: Just got my preview photos from my recent wedding, taken by the wonderfully talented PabloRaw. They are fantastic and capture exactly what I remember from the day. I can’t wait to see the full set.

    RAVE: Had a wonderful honeymoon in Turkey – and will be submitting pictures to PoP with our shirts (and animals!).

    Rant: After 3 weeks off of work, I’m wishing I was independently wealthy so I didn’t have to work anymore.

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