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: Contractors contractors everywhere and none of them for “fun” home improvement stuff.

    Rant: Sleep study tonight. UGH. I was supposed to “deprive” myself of sleep last night but that didn’t work out too well because…

    Rave: I had an awesome weekend!! Ultimate frisbee, bike rides, hanging with old friends, cross country schooling, mexican dinner – life was seriously awesome this weekend 😀

    • Good luck with the study tonight. I had one that I remember as the worst night’s sleep ever, but it was worth it in the long run to get my problems fixed. I hope your night is better than mine, and that your results are as good!

  • Rave: the awesome ‘Fallish’ weather!
    Rant: Marriage is over and I have to look for an apartment. The ads in Craigslist are scaring me. Any good apartment hunting sites anyone can recommend?

    • I found Craigslist to be way too frustrating. I went through individual leasing companies, like Bernstein and Daro. It was much more pleasant. Good luck!

      • Emmaleigh504

        Same here. I’ve also had better experience with big management companies living me alone and fixing problems promptly than with individual owners who always want to pop over to make sure I wasn’t peeing on the carpet and never wanted to pay professionals to fix things, so went with crappy DYI jobs.

      • Know of a centralized online list for DC management companies and their buildings?

        If one doesn’t exist, this could be a very valuable addition the PoP’ville website 🙂

    • Padmapper. Prince of Petworth. Rental companies.

  • Rant: The Carolina Panthers
    Rave: The Washington Redskins
    Double Rave: Tough Mudder. Trained for months in advance and BEASTED it.

    • Congrats! What time did you start? I definitely could’ve trained harder, especially with upper body, but pretty proud of myself at the end. I felt pretty bad ass running through the rain, though it was frustrating that conditions made things a lot harder/impossibe. Arctic Enema was shut down b/c of lightning nearby, Everest was covered in mud (only a few guys were making it up and with A LOT of help, no hope for this girl 🙁 ), and a lot of the course was impossible to run cuz we were falling all over the place just walking. I’d totally do it again though…just maybe in a few months.

    • Congrats to all the Mudders. Our start time was 1:40, but with all the traffic we didn’t get on the course until about 3, with the last wave they let start. By then the water and electrical obstacles were reopened so we got the nice Arctic shock right up front.

      Could have been worse. At about 2 we ditched the car and walked the last 1.5 miles to the site. Along the way we talked to some guys stuck in traffic who had been stuck in area traffic since 9. Their start time was 11:40 and I’m quite sure they never made it.

      • And apparently I’m too sore to proofread. Ugh.

        • +1 congrats on finishing! I was a spectator and my bf had a 10 a.m. start time, left DC at 6:50 and they wound up starting at 1:20 after they abandoned the car so I could park it. They didn’t get to do the arctic enema which really sucks and they had long wait times for all the other obstacles. Also, I sadly overheard the “parking attendant” in the B lot sobbing because she let her friend take over as cashier to go pee and all of the $$ from parking (before they stopped collecting) was stolen.

  • Rave: Waking up next to two warm dogs with a chilly breeze coming in through the windows.

  • pablo .raw

    Rant: The constant battle of Amygdala vs. Cortex
    Rave: Judas is Rising
    Rave: Cheesy 40’s music

  • RANT: Woman on Metro “worked my last nerve” this morning popping her chewing gum.

    • Count your blessings that it was only for a metro ride. I’m pretty sure I sit next to that woman at work, and she does it ALL DAY. EVERY DAY.

  • Rant/Rave: Falling.

    Rant/Rave: Uncertainty.

    Rant/Rave: Freedom.

  • QUESTION/RANT: The woman sitting in the cubicle next to me is on personal call #4 for the day. This is really unprofessional and inconsiderate of others in our work area. The problem is she is nice and I do not want to rat on her nor do we have the same manager. However, she is constantly making personal calls…..probably at least 10 per day. Has anypone else experienced a similar situation? Suggestions on how I should handle this would be appreciated. —NOTE: Before I could hit the “send” button she got on personal call #5. GEEZ!!!!!

    • Leave a note: “Just so you know, the entire office now knows your credit card number, that you have a doctor’s appointment scheduled for Tuesday, and what you did last weekend. Maybe you should make your personal calls outside on a cell phone?”

      • I’m not a fan of passive-aggressiveness….if you have something to say to someone, say it directly. She might not even realize she’s being distracting; OP, if you are friendly with this woman, I’d do what the poster below me suggested and talk to her privately in the staff lounge.

        If it doesn’t stop after you talk to her about it, I’d take matters to HR at that point. You’re likely not the only person who’s finding her distracting. Hopefully a simple talk will do the trick.

        • What’s passive aggressive about the note? That it doesn’t complain that she’s being annoying?

          • The fact that it’s 1) anonymous and 2) not in-person.

            Maybe the original Anonymous could try gently confronting her with something like, “Sorry to bother you about this, but unfortunately with the way our cubicles are designed [or whatever is applicable here], any noise really carries. Could you try keeping it down a bit when you’re on the phone?”

    • Could you invite her to walk to the water cooler and then just be honest: that her personal calls are distracting you and the others and that you would never report her but you don’t know what action others may take?

    • my coworker in on personal calls probably 4-5 hours out of every day. To her mom, her husband (if I called my husband half as much as she does her, I’d probably be divorced), church friends. She also sells Avon while at work (which is illegal as a fed). I once kept track of how much time she spent on personal stuff at work.

      Meanwhile, I’m no PoP during lunch. That said, it’s way easier to multi-task with a tab open to PoP.

      I’ve just realized it’s not my business. It definitely makes my day harder because I can’t rely on her to be available, but she’s been in government 38 years and never lets you forget it

    • But how is this any different if those calls were work-related calls? Would work-related calls distract you as much?

      My hunch is that your annoyance stems not from the content of the call, but the volume at which she is speaking. Maybe ask her to be a bit quieter when making her calls, as the rest of the office can hear her private details. I’m thinking that she will be more embarrassed than angry, so long as you appear to be sympathetic and approach her discreetly.

  • Rave: Best weather since May
    Rant: Vince Gray slips under the Obama vs Romney radar; Machen probably waiting to see if he still has a job come Jan. before any more District housecleaning takes effect?

  • em

    Revel: Beautiful fall morning

    Rant: Walked into a metal sign that happened to be right at head level

    Double rant: Co-workers were walking with me, so they saw my collision with the sign

    Rant: Workers resurfacing the building around my window, so there is lots of drilling and buzzing and a giant scaffold that keeps bumping into the window

    Revel: Had a lovely weekend on Cape Cod

    • HaileUnlikely

      I know a guy who once ran full-speed into a STOP sign: He stopped alright. (Actually, he sustained a concussion, which made it somewhat less funny.)

    • pablo .raw

      That’s nothing!, once I was on my bike going uphill and crashed into a parked SUV; hit my mouth on the spare tire and broke my lips, blood all over the place, at least I didn’t fall. Fortunately there were no cameras around, it was totally something for a tv show.

    • I bruised my knee pretty badly one time because I walked into a lamp post while showing my friends around town. Hurt like hell, and they still laugh about it.

      • I normally have one or two bruises on my legs from running into things. My girlfriend always makes fun of me for it. I blame it on my lazy eye/lack of depth perception. 😉

  • Rant: My college football team. Crapped the bed Saturday. Ugh.

    Rave: Windows open last night.

    Rave: Wife cooking me a steak feast for my birthday this evening.

  • greenroofgoddess

    RAVE: Soft opening of Pleasant Pops on Saturday for Kickstarter supporters was great. Food and pops were yummy (peach and poblano salad–YUM!) and the space is beautiful. Can’t wait for them to officially open.

  • revel: personal best in the Parks Half Marathon on Sunday, and perfect weather for it!

  • Rave: Finished Tough Mudder this weekend!
    Rave: Actually got to run, even though a lot of people didn’t.
    Rant: I’m a bit soar this morning.
    Rave: It was awsome!

  • Rant: Was disappointed by DPR’s Doggie Swim day. There were only 2 or 3 dogs in the Upshur pool while dozens were being turned away. Apparently all the licenses expired two months ago and a lot of us didn’t realize it. I’d just moved here and assumed my license was good for a year, and that they’d send me a bill when it was due for renewal like Fairfax County does. So yeah, it was sort of my fault but I was definitely not in the minority and it was a sad-looking party at the pool with only a few dogs allowed in. They were offering on-site license renewals, but you needed a check and all the vaccination paperwork and I wasn’t driving the 45 minutes back home to get it. I hope next year DPR includes a note on the announcement to check your dog’s license before going to make sure it’s still valid.

    • Because someone needs to do all of the thinking for us?

      Sorry you drove so long for nothing and that your hound missed out on the fun, but you were right that it was your fault, no “sort of” about it. Stop finding a way to make someone else half responsible for your simple oversight.

      • Clearly it was a common problem. Maybe DPR shouldn’t have been so anal about it. I’m sure all the dogs that couldn’t get in didn’t suddenly contract rabies in the past 2 months (esp since the vaccination is usually good for 3 years).

        • I’d say it was right for DPR to insist that the licenses be up to date — if they didn’t and there was a single dog that bit someone, it would be a big, big deal.

          But it sounds like they could’ve done a better job in alerting people when they publicized the event, with some wording like “Dog licenses expire on June 30 [or whatever the case is] every year. You may wish to double-check your dog’s license before going to the event. If your dog’s license is not up to date, you can renew at the pool, but note that you will need vaccination documentation from your veterinarian, as well as a checkbook. (We do not accept cash or credit cards.)”

          • Yeah, something like that would have been helpful. Right before we left I discovered my dog’s license had fallen off somewhere and I couldn’t find it. I wasn’t sure if/how they were verifying registration, but I knew she’d enjoy the ride regardless so I decided to give it a shot. I was hoping I’d at least be able to keep her on a leash while I snapped some photos, but the officer at the door wanted me to leave her in the car instead. I thought that was a terrible idea (it was really hot out!) but fortunately there were other people who couldn’t get in that could watch her briefly. There weren’t that many dogs in the pool anyway so I only did a few minutes of photography. At least I got some cute shots out of it and my dog probably enjoyed the car ride more than she would have enjoyed the swimming.

            I saw someone’s photos from the Francis pool and it looked a lot more fun with a lot more dogs, so I’m wondering if they were being less strict with the rules over there.

          • Replying to Caroline:

            They weren’t less strict at Francis Pool, but a whole bunch of us waited for them to bring the dog license applications, then we all pooled together our cash so the three people who happened to have checks on them could write checks for the entire group. A LOT of dogs got turned away.

          • So you all happened to have your vaccination paperwork with you?

    • I tired to renew by dog’s PG County license last week and found out she was overdue for her rabies shot. For some reason the vet’s office thought it expired in March of 2013, but it expired this year. The license is good through the end of this month and I made an appointment for shots this week. But I wish the vet’s office had her records right.

  • Rant: It has been a full week since I got off a 3-day cruise and I am STILL dizzy.

    Rant: My doc can’t see me for 2 weeks, so I’m going to have to find some kind of urgent care clinic.

    Question – anyone have an urgent care clinic in DC they like?

    • DC Immediate and Primary Care in Cleveland Park has a really nice facility and takes a TON of insurance plans. I hope you feel better soon!

    • Metro Immediate Care at 220 L St NE, near the NY Ave metro stop. They just opened this facility a few months ago – it’s pretty sharp. It is run by the same folks that have the primary care clinic in Cleveland Park, but this location is much less crowded. I had a very good experience there this summer – quick and accurate assessment by a doctor and a perscription. Definitely recommend this clinic over the one at 17th and R in Dupont.

    • anon. gardener

      If you have a car, there is a great urgent care near the college park Ikea. It’s called Secure Medical Care – google that along with “Beltsville” and you’ll get a link for their website.

    • jim_ed

      Ironically enough, my wife and I got really sick on a cruise two weeks ago, and couldn’t find a primary care physician to see us same day. We ended up going to see Dr. Kerri Gray in Bethesda. They took our insurance, but do not take appointments, so we went up there and were both seen by the doctor within 5 minutes of walking in the door. Couldn’t reccomend her enough. Also, the office is a 5 minute walk from the Bethesda metro station

    • Thanks for the recs! I’ll have to check out the ones near my work. I appreciate the help!

      • Don’t worry too much about this. It took me 2 full weeks to stop feeling dizzy after a cruise. I know that’s longer than the internet tells you it should take, but everyone is different. There’s not much the doctors can do – it will eventually stop.

        • Huh, I’m prone to dizziness but I’ve been on many cruises and never got dizzy from them. What cruise line were you on?

  • Rave: Redskins!
    Rave: Nationals!

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: Woke up with a pounding headache yesterday and still have it.

    Rant: I wish I had stayed home from work today.

    Rave: I’m at work because I have 2 big vacations I want to take in the next year.

  • RAVE: Orioles
    RANT: Peter Angelos

  • Rave: The weather! Of course.

    Rave: Had a very relaxed and overall fun weekend.

    Rant: Slipped and fell (again, wearing the same damn shoes)! Landed on my knee and twisted my ankle.

    Rave: Yet again, not one person saw my spill! And this time I wasn’t wearing a dress.

    Rant: A friend called me out on some stuff yesterday, at one point saying, “I didn’t want to come hang out at XYZ because I knew you were there.” Ouch.

  • Rave: Sleeping with the windows open. Hanging out on the mosquito-free front porch. Absolutely paradisical!

    Rant: People who yack on their cell phones on the bus. I need some quiet time after working all day and your conversations are INANE people. Just sayin’

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