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: This city is too expensive.

    Rave: Living a 2 minute walk from work is amazing.

    • Related Rant/Rave:
      Moving to a better place (much more bang for the buck), but it’s in Shirlington.

    • SouthwestDC

      In my case it’s a 25-minute walk to work, but the luxury of never having to leave my lovely neighborhood for my daily needs is well worth the cost of living here. I used to live cheaply in the suburbs, but all that time spent in a car was completely draining and depressing.

      • Amen, sister! To me, all the neighborhood amenities in the city count as part of the “bang for the buck”

  • Rant: This election and all the political tirades on Facebook.
    Revel: Nats actually ended their losing streak last night.

    • ah

      +1. I’m fine seeing too many pictures of friends’ kids and random updates about their workouts, but I don’t need to read their views on Romney or Obama, and certainly don’t need to read their links to articles about Romney and Obama.

      • Then don’t. It’s pretty simple. I hear so many silly complaints about Facebook. “They changed this.” “My friends only post about babies.” “I’m tired of all the political ramblings.” It’s a free service that you are not in any way obligated to use. No one seems to be able to cut the cord though.

        • Anonymous, are we facebook friends? Har har har.

          Anyway, I’m not usually opposed to just defriending or hiding people’s status updates. But now I’m dealing with some generally cool, funny people who are coming out of the woodwork with some crazy political anger. I mean, I usually enjoy these people so I struggle to hide them but I think I have to do it. Maybe I will remember to unhide them in November. 🙂

    • Agreed! I’m always disappointed when one of my friends turns out to be a Romney/Ryan supporter…

      And +1 for the Nats! Super excited to have a ticket for Saturday’s game.

      • Are they similarly disappointed in you for supporting Obama?

      • not me. I enjoy when my friends have different views than me. Maybe I can learn something from them or vice versa.

        I’m sick of this polarizing political climate. Can’t wait until November 7.

        • Just remember Romney nor Obama will change the economy which is controlled by banks and multinational corporations…neither will stop murdering innocent people in wars for profit. Our democratic republic has failed people just can’t seem to come to terms with the fact we live in a fascist society yet. Also, interestingly enough Obama’s 2012 policy platform re: abortion, immigration are the same as Reagan’s in 1980…thats how far batsh*t crazy to the right we have gone.

  • Rant: Cab drivers who are reluctant to turn on the air conditioning.

    Double Rant: Yesterday’s cab driver who told me we didn’t need air conditioning because he was “enjoying the fresh air” and the grumbled about turning it on when I told him the back seat was hot.

    Triple Rant: Him complaining when I gave him $11 for a $10.29 fare (it was at 10.01 when we stopped) because he provided air conditioning. normally I tip well, but seriously?

    Quadruple rant: Yelling at me when I had trouble opening one of those sliding cab doors.

    Rave: Telling him to calm the f down (and I’m the type that rarely uses the f word).

    • I once had a cab driver go off on me when I opened the window – he immediately began to berate me, asking if I was opening it because I thought he smelled bad and telling me how hard he worked etc etc – although none of that was the case; I hadn’t said anything on that topic, and all I wanted was some air. It went on for blocks. Very strange.

    • You only gave him 71 cents as a tip??? That is harsh.

      • Why should drivers be tipped anyway? The only way I like to tip is if someone does something worth tipping for. If the driver were to get ut and open my door for me that would qualify as tip worth. Otherwise, he is just doing his job.

        • What is the right amount to tip? I always tip 20% on the taxi fare, same thing with getting deliveries or picking up food or other services such as nails and hair cuts. Always thought everything gets 20%, is that not the case?

        • how very Reservoir Dogs of you.

      • SRSLY? I am the OP. I would have tipped him $1.79 if he had turned on the a/c when I asked him and not grumbled about it.

        • The driver is supposed to turn on ac or heat as requested. It is listed in the Passenger’s Rights rules that are posted in the pocket behind the front seat.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: My not very stressful job is stressing the fuck out.

    Rave: Saw Franklin’s humans on metro today. I love how small town DC can be.

  • Rant: Getting itchy in this job.
    Rave: Beautiful weather
    Rave: Celebrating a friend’s birthday tonight, and another friend’s bday this weekend. Champagne for all!
    Rave: 3 day weekend

  • binpetworth

    Rant? Been on a handful of dates with perfectly nice guy. We have quite a bit in common, but I don’t feel excited to get to know him. I feel just…meh. Dating feels like such a chore. Don’t know if I should hold out to see if something develops, or let him off nicely now.

    • Know that situation too well. So frustrating! I would normally not go longer than a handful of dates to wait to see “if something develops”…

    • If hanging out with him is not enjoyable then don’t do it. It’s not just your time you’ll be wasting.

    • for years (like 15) I always knew on the first date if I was into a guy and sure enough those were the times that always ended up in relationships the rest I never saw again for date 2. I met a guy on line and felt much like you describe. 3 or 4 dates into it the best I could think was “well he is really nice and always plans such nice dates” but no spark. I have no idea why I kept saying yes when he asked me out, and then we would both be out of town and take a “break” for a month or so but then meet up casually. I don’t know what finally sparked for me after 6 months of this but I am now 1.5 years married to him and pregnant! Once it clicked for me (and him) it moved super quick and I have never been so sure of anyone in my life. Im not saying this will happen to you but at age 37 I learned that 1) starting off as just friends/no spark actually made me really get to know him better 2) nice guys finish first 3) marrying a truly nice stand up guy is the smartest thing I ever did.
      But yes, dating was a chore. I feel your pain on that front. Good luck to you!

      • I like this story. I agree that sometimes you should keep getting to know someone if there is *something* there, even if it’s not the spark you are used to. I met my husband and said yes to a date when my guard was down. I probably wouldn’t have said yes to him at any other time in my life… know why? ‘Cause I’m crazy. Because I always chase guys that I CAN TELL are in the middle of some existential dilemma that don’t have their s*** together and are commitment phobic. Thank god my stupid radar was turned off at that time because having married my husband makes me feel like I’ve won the lottery every day.

  • claire

    Rant: Not enough time, never enough time.
    Rave: Only six more days of work (including today!).
    Rave: Preparations for leaving the country and trying to spend as much time as possible with my amazing friends before leaving is what’s taking up my time.
    Rant: I’m realizing how good my life here is right now, just as I’m preparing to leave!

  • Rant: unexpected funeral

  • Can’t post with my normal anonymous identity because I will give myself away to co-workers, some of whom come to this site. My rant is that there was some kind of infestation of bugs (not bed bugs praise god) in the office next to mine and they saw fit to exterminate during the business day. All I smell now is poison and it is giving me a headache and making my eyes water.

    • pablo .raw

      I think you should talk to somebody and relocate, my uneducated guess is that you are getting poisoned a little bit.

      • SouthwestDC

        Yeah, see if you can work from home while they get this taken care of. Aside from the fact that you’re being poisoned it’s very hard to work with a headache.

        • +1.

          Also posting anonymously so friends and former co-workers don’t recognize me, but in a previous job my immediate co-workers and I were assigned to a freshly repainted and recarpeted office area… and I had to sit elsewhere for two months because it gave me migraines.

      • I can’t work from home today but they could probably move me to another office. I am sure I am being poisoned a bit. Also problematic is that I went out and poisoned myself a little at the bars last night.

  • pablo .raw

    Not rant/rave: I’m working in too many personal projects at the same time, and I think I need a good project planning app for my ipod touch, any recommendations?

    • I haven’t used it myself (and I’m not sure if it’s more of a time management app than a project management app), but several friends of mine like Pomodoro.

  • Reposting from late yesterday because it’s still the same:

    RAVE: Just got my preview photos from my recent wedding, taken by the wonderfully talented Pablo.Raw (and jennverr). 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.

    • pablo .raw

      Thanks Lauren! I’m glad you liked the photos, it was a pleasure to work with you and your husband. Extra points if the PoP t-shirt photos are in a balloon in Cappadoccia! 😀

      • If you don’t mind me asking, what is your ballpark rate for wedding photography? I checked out your website, but didn’t see prices listed.

    • Thanks and glad you like the photos so far! 😀

  • Rant: I felt like every day was Friday this week…

    Rave: First comment on PoP…but have been reading this blog for 3 years!

  • Rave: I can’t believe that in just over 2 weeks I will be leaving the area for a 6-8 week cross country trip.

    Rant: Not at all as far along in the planning process as I’d hoped to be at this point.

    Rave: I am more okay with doing it as I go than I was 2 months ago.

    Rant: Interviewing people for my job with my boss (who, as a workaholic, is looking for other workaholics, and keep in mind this is an admin position and I am in no way a workaholic myself).

    Rant: This week is going so slooooooooooooow.

    Rave: 3 Day weekend coming up!

    • In my youth, 2 friends and I did a 6 week european trip, and we planned only 3 things:
      1. Where we flew into
      2. Where we flew out of
      3. Meeting other friends who were on their own trip in Rome (pre-cell phone/internet days – so we planned the meetup before we left the States)

      It was awesome to wake up and decide where we wanted to go next. We added some places based on recommendations from other travellers and it was fabulous. If you don’t freak out – it is a great way to vacation.

      • You just brought back some great memories for me! Back in the late 80s, I did the back pack/hostel trip for 2 months after college–had my airline tickets and a eurorail pass…had plans to meet up with a few friends on certain days at main landmarks (and it worked!)–I fondly remember my torn up Let’s Go Europe book. Good times.

        • Yeah, those memories are excellent, aren’t they. It was a wonderful experience, and I am so happy that I was able to travel with friends like that.

          I’ll occasionally re-read the journal that we all kept – and it’s just too awesome the things we saw and did and also.. how freaking young we were.

          🙂 Good times.

  • Rave/Rant: Finally made up my mind to leave the DC area. Will be sad to leave amazing friends and the great social scene DC has to offer but can’t wait to leave the crime, sexual harassment and general stress of daily living behind!

    Rave: Making big decisions!

  • talula

    Rave: DC DMV! Got all my stuff done in under two hours this morning. Thanks for everyone’s positive DMV vibes and I agree with everyone, the SW service center is really efficient and the people are really friendly!

    Rant: I got sad when they shredded my old license. Oh well…out with the old, in with the new!

  • Non forum worthy query: Does anyone know if they still sell grain alcohol in DC and where I can get it? No I am not hosting a sorority party, I need it for making a liqueur.

  • Rant: Trying to not stress about upcoming changes/move in my life. I’d promised myself to not think about it until September and enjoy the last couple of weeks of August to relax but the stress is creeping in already! Argh.
    Rave: Gorgeous weather! Getting in my walk breaks at lunchtime without fear of coming back to the office looking like a melted popsicle

  • Rant: Losing 1910 4th Street NW THREE times now.
    Double Rant: developers driving up prices and making it impossible for people who just want to live in a decent place in their neighborhood. (ex. seller purchased it for $355 held it for 5 months doing absolutely nothing to it and listing it for $450)…BIG GIANT SIGH

    • Are you suggesting no new development in the neighborhood? How are things supposed to progress? What if other people want to live in your neighborhood, but there aren’t enough dwelling units to live there? Don’t be a NIMBY!

  • rave: having a baby
    rant: with someone else’s wife

  • Rant: I haven’t been sleeping well this week, and I’m dealing with a pretty severe deficit. I feel like the walking dead today.

    Rave: My parents called, and they came through Isaac with no ill effects.

  • Rant: Contacts refuse to stay on my eyes. third pair of astigmatism lenses in a week which should last 2 months…

  • Mega Rant: R.I.P. Chris Lighty!!! So very sad. Some of you might not know who he is but he is a legend in hip hop and friend of the family (though I never met him personally). So very sad.

  • rant: after staying relatively bite-free this summer, the mosquitos have been biting me all week and my legs have 8+ angry red spots on my legs where I’ve been bitten just within the past 3-4 days 🙁

  • Rant (sort of): Why am I always the last person to post here? Is no one else winding down the day with a little PoP?

    Rave: Going to 1789 in Georgetown for dinner tonight! Boyfriend’s 30th birthday today, gotta’ do it in style.

    Rant: My roommate found a second roach in our house. ::shudder:: One was a fluke, but two? Time to call the Orkin man.

    • Forgotten Rave: My shoes can be super slippery, and this morning I was walking down the hall when I slipped and landed on my ass. I got up and immediately looked around–hallway was DESERTED! Not one person (except maybe the guys in security) saw me fall!

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