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 celebrate things about daily life in DC.

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  • Rant – Bad police work

    To make a long story short – on Thursday, I picked up my nephews from school and took them to the park next to Sacred Heart Church while we waited our ride. A woman threatened and attempted to attack my 3 year old nephew and spat on my face when I stopped her from doing so. Since the woman who joined her friend in threating to attack me claimed that I was the actual attacker and her testimony was considered more important the 1 and only person police questioned inside the park. He informed police that he witnessed her spitting on me and that afterwards he got into an argument with the woman because she threatened to have her child attack his child with weapons.

    It’s not that I want to see the woman go to jail. I just want a written record that she attempted to assault a 3 year old child and/or that she assaulted me. She thinks it’s OK to threaten and attack children since the police took her word that she did nothing wrong.

    • That stinks. If you wanted, you could get a copy of the police report and highlight any problems with it in a letter to the officer, the supervisor for the PSA or district, etc. There’s also an Office of Police Complaints.

      • I did. The officer informed me that since the woman who joined the attacker in threating me told police that I was the attacker and not them – I could go to jail if I continue pursuing this case. I’ve gone to the supervisors and Third District Commissioner. The supervisor said that since there was conflicting reports, the case is a misc.

        • Don’t call the supervisor. Call the local tv station.

        • Sounds like they want to avoid more paperwork to me. They act as if the system does not allow any investigatory discretion on the part of the police force. Our judicial system is predicated upon determining the credibility of different pieces of evidence. For them to just say he said she said is preposterous.

          • It’s laziness, and also wanting to make their numbers look good. I’ve been threatened with jail for trying to report a crime too, and so has my cousin. This sort of bullying by the police is really common in DC (and probably other cities too).

    • Based on what you describe I would have no problem with her going to jail. Why do you? She sounds like a real contributor to society. I am sure her children will probably be in the system soon enough too.

    • I still can’t believe that they took her word when she and her friends went into hiding when the police go there. Then she ran again when their hiding spot was pointed out to police. Her friends had to call her to tell her to come back to the area.

      The police report has her down as a victim even though she hid from them twice.

  • Rant: Still sick and exhausted.

    Rave: Had a wonderful weekend really just enjoying being in DC. Rapelled down a downtown building, finally checked out Yards Park, enjoyed the Georgetown waterfront, learned how to hand dance, and finally checked out the Arena Stage!

    Rant/Rave: Husband leaves town tomorrow night but I have family visiting this weekend so it’s all good 😀

    • Did you say you rapelled down a downtown building?

    • I want to rappell down a building! How did you go about doing that?

      • It was part of a Lungevity Foundation (for lung cancer) fundraiser called JumpDC. We rapelled down the Woodward and Lothrop Building (where H&M is – 10th and F) and it was awesome!! My husband lost his mom and I lost my Aunt to lung cancer so it was a great opportunity to support a cause close to our hearts as well as get to rapell down a 10 story building in downtown DC!!

  • Prince Of Petworth

    A reader writes:

    “I was leaving my house for a run this morning when I found a Silver Michael Kors wallet belonging to a Jessica Leigh Cornell. I tried checking documents/googling/facebooking to get in touch with her but no luck there so I thought I’d reach out here.

    I’m going to drop it off at the MPD station at 6001 Georgia Ave NW if anyone in this PoP network knows her.”

  • mtpgal

    Rave: I know it’s early, but the MtP Halloween party was SO much fun last year. Does anyone know if it’s on again this year? Do they need neighbors to volunteer to help? Thanks!

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: Men who would rather wait an unspecified amount of time in a very time driven industry for a man to do their project than have a woman do it (we have 1 man versus 4 women on our team).

    Rant: The shortage of my brand/flavor of tea in the DC area. (I am homicidal without my tea.)

    Rave: I have enough tea to last me through today.

  • What’s up with the spelling on the T-shirt — “ColOmbia Heights” rather than “ColUmbia Heights”?

    I was hoping it was a deliberate pun, and looked up the Colombian flag to see if it had a sunrise image like the one on the T-shirt… but it doesn’t. Was this simply a misspelling? If so, yikes!

  • Rant: Cast Iron waste pipe in 80 year old house is leaking.

    Double rant: Pipe goes from second floor bathroom down to basement so there is the potential of ripping out walls on 3 floors to find the leak.

    Rave: Gorgeous weekend and hell, it is only money.

    • That is weird. Yesterday a pipe started leaking behind our washer and basically whenever someone in the entire house (we live in basement apt) uses a sink or water-appliance, water pours out. We’ve been trying to conserve but it’s also required using buckets, pans and tons of towels. It’s awful. Hopefully our landlord’s “guy” will fix it soon.
      (That was my rant for the day).

      Rave: We have access to clean running water and don’t have to walk miles to fetch it in a pail.

      • If it is leaking when they use water on floors above you it is probably the waste pipe. This would be a big pipe as compared to the ones that distribute the water. If you can’t see the leak it may also be leaking from another floor and just pooling wear you are. Take care because if it is the waste pipe it included the toilets.

  • Rave: Great visit with my dad. We took a trip to the new Union Market and explored A. Litteri. He also babysat, which meant seeing Looper.

    Rant: A woman brought in three young children under the age of 6 to see the 9:10 p.m. showing of Looper. Thankfully, they left early on because that movie was WHOLLY inappropriate for kids.

  • Rave: Cleaning one’s house is its own reward.

  • I’d like to send a friend cupcakes or a cookie cake for her birthday, any recommendations of places I can order from and have them delivered? She in Columbia, MD if that helps. Thanks!

    Rave: I love fall.

  • Rant: Drove to Baltimore last night (in lousy post-Orioles traffic) to play a festival. It started raining during the sound check, and they shut us down after two songs.

    Rave: Still got paid for it!

  • Rant: Doing the speed-limit on K St. just beyond the tunnel before the Whitehurst freeway… fracking SUV with MD tags blows by me doing 40 and cuts in front of me just as the speed camera goes off. Now I’m just waiting for my ticket for doing 15 MPH over… grrrrr.

    Revel: This last weekend, I picked up a sweet pair of stingy-brims for winter (An anniversary present from the Frogette.)

  • At my wit’s end with refinancing. The credit scores that the lender received, that she swears are directly from the agencies, are completely different than the ones the agencies are reporting to me. Has this ever happened to anyone else?

    • Yes. Prior to shopping around for mortgages earlier this year I pulled credit reports for both myself and my wife. Two months when the mortgage broker pulled them our scores were about 50 points lower (and this despite having paid off the last little bit of credit card debt). It didn’t affect anything (our scores were high enough that we were still getting the best rates) but it aggravated me to no end.

      I think there are various reasons for this, but I vaguely recall that is has to with how lenders want scores reported…each lender could have it’s own standard and thus comes up with a different score than what gets reported to you directly (differences in methodology). It’s a big problem and I think it’s on the to-do list for the CPFB to solve. Peruse the articles in the Post’s real estate section…it’s been covered there from time to time.

      • I don’t it’s a methodology thing, though. She quoted numbers from each of the three agencies for each of us. Mine are higher that what they should be, but my partner’s are lower which is bringing our rates up.

        On top of that she’s saying our LTD ratio has gotten worse in the past week (apparently some property sold in the neighborhood for really cheap) and that is making our rate go up even more. Don’t ask me how one ridiculous sale decreased our property value from over $900k to $790k…

        • thebear

          The credit scores made available to consumers are “educational.” What lenders have access to can be entirely different. There is no way for a consumer to access the lender version (agreements prohibit lenders from making their view available to consumers), or to reconcile the 2 view. The best a consumer can do is to make sure that any errors are completely cleared from your reports. Make sure you pull and print a copy of your reports the same day you intend to see a lender and make them tell you about any discrepancies such as outstanding balances or derogatory items.

          And, your best bet is to go for a prequalified mortgage. You might not get the absolute lowest rate; however, the lender is then locked-in to the terms and can’t then turn around and change rates or fees.

          • But when I called the agencies to ask them about this, wouldn’t they have told me the “educational” scores are different than the ones they reported to the lender, rather than insist they are identical? And why am I paying for credit tracking if it’s not even remotely accurate? These are the things I don’t understand. I know the methodologies behind credit scoring make very little sense to begin with, but it seems to me like I’m being lied to if what you say is true.

    • You might try another lender, although multiple credit inquiries can also impact the score. My experience has run the gamut with lenders that try to pull crap at the last minute to increase rates, make you pay points to buy down etc. I have always taken the attitude that this is a competitive business and they work for me, not the other way around. Tell them if they can’t get it done you are going to take your business elsewhere and see what they say.

      • Yeah, we had another lender pull a bait-and-switch on us at the last minute (and pulled my credit six times, which screwed up my score somewhat) so I’m annoyed that it seems to be happening again.

        Has anyone worked with Loan Depot? I had spoken with a guy there that seemed pretty competent so I might try applying with them instead.

        • I have an excellent guy with metlife home loans. I have done 3 loans with them with no issues and no bait and switch. His name is Chris Washburn and his number is 202-772-4454.

          • Thanks for the recommendation– maybe someone else will find it useful. I have several lenders on the backburner that I’ve already spoken to so I’d prefer to go with one of them rather than start all over again.

  • Rant – next door neighbor put out open boxes of rat poison in her yard as well as pieces of aluminum foil with rat poison baited with wet dog or cat food! Even worse, she put one of these in my yard, and the other neighbor’s yard.

    Rave – my dog probably didn’t eat any, but it was a long Saturday night in Frendship animal hospital.

    • Holy god. I hope you reported them to the police. Did you see this happening? I have so many questions.
      I am seriously paranoid about someone doing that to my dogs. Sorry you’ve been targeted like that.

  • Rant: My dogs ate the entire box of delicious-looking chocolates my parents brought back from Belgium, and someone stole a chair cushion from my front yard.

    Rave: Dogs didn’t get sick and at least no one’s tried to break into my house.

    • Emmaleigh504

      Once my dog ate my birthday cake. We put him outside in case he got sick. The little bastard did not get sick which pissed me off even more!

    • I’m guessing the dog is alright and you know that a whole box of chocolates could be a real problem?

      Here’s some estimates for how much chocolate will poison a dog.

      White chocolate: 200 ounces per pound of body weight. It takes 250 pounds of white chocolate to cause signs of poisoning in a 20-pound dog, 125 pounds for a 10-pound dog.
      Milk chocolate: 1 ounce per pound of body weight. Approximately one pound of milk chocolate is poisonous to a 20-pound dog; one-half pound for a 10-pound dog. The average chocolate bar contains 2 to 3 ounces of milk chocolate. It would take 2-3 candy bars to poison a 10 pound dog. Semi-sweet chocolate has a similar toxic level.
      Sweet cocoa: 0.3 ounces per pound of body weight. One-third of a pound of sweet cocoa is toxic to a 20-pound dog; 1/6 pound for a 10-pound dog.
      Baking chocolate: 0.1 ounce per pound body weight. Two one-ounce squares of bakers’ chocolate is toxic to a 20-pound dog; one ounce for a 10-pound dog.

      • Like I said, they didn’t get sick, and this was over 24 hours ago. I’m not sure if it was one dog or both, but they weigh 15-20 pounds. Maybe about a pound of chocolate? But it’s milk chocolate with fillings. They’ve eaten larger quantities and been fine so I didn’t think it was worth racking up a $700 vet bill.

  • rave: love being back in grad. school and work is becoming a little less annoying.
    rant: how do i find someone to date when I have approximately 3 hours a week of free time?

  • Rave: my 70 y.o. grandpa is visiting for 4 days. Glad I have a chance to spend time with him.

    Rave #2: while biking yesterday, a taxi let me go in front of them when i had to merge into traffic because of blocked bike lane!!!!!

    Rant: too busy at work to take a day off.

  • Allison

    Rave: This morning the orange and blue lines shut down while I was on my way to work, resulting in my walking from my usual transfer at L’enfant Plaza instead. This sounds like a rant at first, except that it was such a beautiful morning for a walk on the national mall. That, and everyone else came to work so late I was *still* the first person in the office. I think WMATA was just trying to tell me to get outside more before it gets too cold.

  • Columbia Heights is spelled wrong on that shirt

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