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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  • Rave: Harris Teeter is doubling coupons up to $2 this week!!!

    Rant: My nephews Charter School (Mundo Verde) is not permitting DC to assist paying for After Care for Low Income parents.

    • My kid’s charter school accepts DC vouchers for After Care, which allows me to go to school and work. If it wasn’t for DC’s assistance, I wouldn’t be able to finish college and give my kids a better future.

      Is Mundo Verde anti DC assistance or just too lazy?

    • It’s a charter school. They can’t be anti DC assistance or else they would be a private school.

  • Rant: Purse was stolen last night near 9th and Hamilton Sts NW. Thief got my wallet, phone, Kindle, and medication that I have to take.

    Rant: My house/car keys were also in there, so that is the most concerning.

    Rave: Was able to cancel the credit cards before they were used.

    I posted in the forum a description of the bag and my keys. If anyone from PoPville sees a bag and/or keys that match that description, please let me know!

  • Rave: Heading up to Jersey to do a tri with some buddies – should be a beautiful weekend!

    Rant: No full night of sleep this week and a super early wake-up call tomorrow… Shore traffic in Jersey and no chance we’ll miss it…

    Rave: Spending the weekend with good friends being active and hanging out.

  • Rave: only 15 more minutes of work for me today!

    Rave: Mitt Romney’s continued bungling of pretty much any camera time he gets. Dude is coming unhinged bigtime and it’s delicious.

  • Rave: Old friend is moving into the DC area for work! I’m hoping we’ll see more of him.

    Less rant-more question: His job is actually in Franconia.

    Where would you advise an out of town person to live if their daily commute is out that far into the suburbs?

    I think he’d love Alexandria, but that’s still miles from his work. Would that set him up for traffic nightmares?

    • novadancer

      Alexandria isn’t really miles from Franconia (depending which part of Franconia and which part of Alexandria). My husband temporarily worked off Edsall Road and had a 5 – 10 minute commute from our south Arlington townhouse (it’s a reverse commute). Even from our place in DC it still took him the same time to get there that it takes him to get to Ballston (his main office). I realize Franconia is a little further south but not much. I would live north of Franconia to keep the commute reverse…

    • SouthwestDC

      I don’t think Franconia is very far into the suburbs at all. If he wants to live in DC, he could try someplace that’s accessible to 395, like Capitol Hill or SW. My girlfriend has family in Springfield so we do that drive all the time and it only takes about 30 minutes. I don’t think the reverse commute would be that terrible; I used to commute into DC from that area and the traffic going in the opposite direction was usually very light. If 395 is bad he would also have the option of taking 295 to 495, which doesn’t really take any longer and has a lot less traffic in general.

      If it were my friend I’d recommend DC over Alexandria. Even if he has to spend a little more time in the car during the week, it’s nice to be in a place where you can walk everywhere the rest of the time. It’s really awful when you have a driving commute AND you have to drive everywhere else– especially in Northern Virginia, where even a simple Saturday trip to the grocery store involves sitting in gridlock.

    • Live in DC! I live in NE – on 14th st not too far from H st and work in Springfield. It usually takes me about 35 min to commute each way. There can be random traffic, but it is great that I have the option to either get on the freeway/395 or take 295/the beltway. Living closer to the on-ramp to the highway could save a lot of time too since 10-15 min of the commute is driving through Capitol Hill. Alexandria would be a very quick commute – the beltway has been empty the times I go there in the AM (though full of speed traps so don’t be tempted to push your luck with the open road), and the back ups are never too bad in the evenings. My coworkers live in Arlington and have a ~20 min commute.

      • Thanks for the tips, all! I’ll pass them along to him. I’ve already added the caveat that my personal NOVA frame of reference doesn’t extend past Falls Church!

  • mtpgal

    Rave/Rant: I just heard Monica Lewinsky is shopping a book around. I seriously feel so bad for that girl. When I think about all the dumbass things I did in my early 20s I shudder. It must be very difficult to try to get hired with that kind of baggage.

  • RAVE: Ziplining with my favorite people tomorrow morning and then they are coming to hang out with me in DC! I’m excited to check out H st festival with them.

    Rave: My sister, best friend, and cousin. I love them and can’t wait to be swinging from the treetops!

  • Rave: PoP you were Awesome yesterday as a panelist at the Humanities Council Humanitini program. I felt you respectfully communicated several points that required articulating in the forum. Thanks.

  • SouthwestDC

    Rave: Family in town for this gorgeous weekend! I wonder if I can convince my 91-year-old grandmother to go to the H Street Festival. 🙂

    Rant: Tired of getting comments from people about the fact that I bike to work. They’re not mean comments, but the novelty of being treated like an fascinating curiosity is really wearing off.

    Question: How long does it take for things to show up in the Classifieds section? I posted something earlier this morning and still don’t see it yet.

    On that note… would anyone be interested in tickets for the 9/24 Madonna concert?

    • Where do you work that someone bicycling for their commute is worthy of more than a one-off comment? Are the same people commenting over and over again?

      Frankly, I can’t fathom why anyone cares that much about how you get to work.

      • SouthwestDC

        Usually different people– coworkers or clients that either see me on the bike or notice me carrying a helmet in. This morning it was a guy I didn’t know in an SUV that was parking in our lot.

        They say things like, “Wow, I can’t believe you do that” or “You must be really brave to bike around here.” And then I feel I have to explain that it’s great exercise, that I ride down a wide street with a bike path the whole way, that it’s truly not that scary. The people in my office commute from really far away– I can’t think of a single one who lives inside the Beltway– so I guess it’s hard for them to imagine getting anywhere without a car.

        • I work in DC with a mostly older crowd, and less than 10 percent of the people actually live in DC. When they ask, it’s always “Do you live in MD or VA?” When I say I live in DC, THAT is novel to them (and the fact that I metro, like thousands of other people each day). Crazy.

        • In their minds, they’re probably just being courteous – commenting in a positive way about something that (to them, at least) is really noteworthy.

          But you don’t need to explain yourself. Just shrug and say you enjoy it. Maybe then it won’t be so annoying.

    • I get the same thing about walking to work. It’s half an hour over flat ground through a lovely neighborhood, and people act like it’s a major act of courage or bravery or craziness that I do it. And twice every day!

      • SouthwestDC

        Yeah, sometimes I walk and that gets comments as well, but the biking is worse.

        • I hear ya. Someone I work with once saw me on a bikeshare bike, it was the talk of the office for days.

          Meanwhile I think it’s bizarre they are willing to spend so much of their day in traffic. But it would be considered totally outrageous for me to say, “Wow, I can’t believe you do that!” or to point out how dangerous it is.

          • SouthwestDC

            I used to commute in from the near suburbs. Although I was fortunate enough to never be involved in an accident I’m sure the stress and inactivity associated with sitting in a car 2-3 hours a day took years off my life.

            It doesn’t help that parking at my workplace is free for employees, so they don’t see any incentive to not drive. When I explained to someone that I only live a mile away, he said he would drive even if he lived a few blocks away.

          • Before I moved to DC I lived less than a mile from work by foot (a lovely, lovely path through some woods) but well over a mile by car (no direct route). Many of my neighbors worked at the same place. I would leave my house and they would already be outside scraping snow off their cars, I would walk to work and as I got to my building would see them just turning into the parking areas, where they would have to drive around looking for a spot and then walk to their building. I never understood why they opted for 5 minutes of scraping ice, 10+ minutes of driving, and another 5 minutes of walking over 8 minutes of just walking.

          • Perhaps they were wary about walking through woods alone. I certainly would be.

          • The woods was a short path on a college campus, with lots of joggers/dog walkers and a security guard posted at one end. The only possible danger was being blocked by a deer on the path.

          • When then the only possible answer is that they were fat and lazy and just not as smart as you, qst/Anonymous!

        • No, not judging their smarts or even their decisions. Just following the thread that it’s somehow more OK to express amazement about some choices (like biking) than others that could be seen as equally strange (like long commutes), and joining in with another anecdote about people who prefer driving over walking for even very short distances.

          And I know many people have long commutes because everything in life comes down to trade-offs and we all balance those equations differently. So not judging that either.

  • Rave: I’m off today!

    Rant turned to Rave: Usually I hate news anchors dancing on morning talk shows but David Gregory doing Gangnam Style with Psy was a lot of fun this morning. Plus he was kinda sexy doing it.

  • RANT: Drivers using the parking lanes on roads to squeeze past everyone else. Drivers on 14th street just before the turn onto Kenyon blatantly ignoring the turn lane to sneak past traffic into the gridlocked 1 lane strip at Columbia HTS… Are all the cops in DC too busy from counting speeding ticket money to make sure drivers obey traffic laws?

    RANT: Bicyclists splitting lanes then pulling to the front of long lines of traffic at stop lights and then peddling mega-slow like it’s a leisurely Sunday morning stroll… on Rush-Hour Georgia Ave… Where the heck are these people from?!? Kansas!?! That street is getting more dangerous every day.

    RAVE: FALL WEATHER – the last 2 weeks reminded me why I don’t ever want to move South.


  • Rave: H Street Festival on Saturday!

    Rave: It’s the start of the weekend!

  • Rant: Someone stole my bike seat and light yesterday from where it was chained up on the street.
    Rave: Unexpectedly awesome night meeting new people.
    Rave: TGIF

  • pablo .raw

    Rave: Co-workers and friends keep telling me that my hair looks nice.
    Rant: It’s nice for a while, but now it’s making me feel like I’m on the spot all the time. Big boss even asked me to take off my hat because he likes my hair!

  • Rave: My hell week is almost over. I didn’t finish half of what I needed to, but at least it’s done. Looking forward to playing in the garden and quality time with the man this weekend, it’s much needed.

    Rant: The realization that I’m so burned out at work that I’m close to not caring anymore. I need a break!

  • Bought a car in MD and need to go get in inspected in DC today. What papers do I need? The used car place I bought it from said they will do my titling and registration (I don’t understand how) but I need to get emissions done first.

    • SouthwestDC

      I don’t think you need anything to get it inspected. When you’re done, go to the DMV around the corner to get it registered.

      By the way, if you don’t get around to doing it today be aware that the inspection station is closing at 10am tomorrow (so staff can attend the funeral of an employee).

    • talula

      I just went through this process 2 weeks ago! You don’t need any paperwork to do get your car inspected. If you pass, they put a sticker on your windshield and give you paperwork that you bring to the DMV when you register and title your car.

      • thanks! I thought I’d be fine but better safe than sorry 🙂

        Looks like I need to take a break from work soon and hurry on over to the station today!

  • Rant: Bomb threats at UT and ND State. I hope they’re only hoaxes.

    • I just moved from DC to Austin for school. They’re about the clear the UT threat. Watching everyone evacuate to try to get off campus was insane!

  • Rant: Shocked to see there’s another anti-Obama ad on this site.

    Rave: Proud to live in the bluest “state” in the country!

  • Rant: Trying to find a new place in this city…I don’t think I’m being unreasonable in my expectations!

    Rave: It’s the weekend?

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