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! Dupont metro closing during rush hour because of the escalators not working! I am under the impression that escalators can easily become stairs!
    RAVE – Pumpkin Beer!

    • if i remember correctly there is a funny lewis ck bit about the escalators becoming stairs thing

    • msmaryedith

      Revel- Thanks for giving me a Mitch Hedberg moment, Dupont.

      Revel- Started a “30 in 30” challenge at Biker Barre yesterday. Ready to feel better/stronger!

      Rant- Wanted to sleep in on this rainy morning.

      • Oh wow, good for you! I’d been considering the Biker Barre challenge, but their unlimited month package is more than I wanted to spend on exercise this month. I also have a Bikram yoga package that I need to use up by November, and those classes consume a lot of time. During the summer I bought the “New to Biker Barre” unlimited month and managed to go 25 times, and I looked and felt amazing afterward. I’m actually having trouble finding clothes that are small enough for my fit, toned body these days! 🙂

        • msmaryedith

          Caroline, I’m not having that problem YET but hopefully by the end of the month I will!

          I went 22 times over about a month (Aug/Sept) and could tell a difference. If you complete the challenge, you get 30% off your next package, so I figured that it’s worth it–I mean, it’s like doing just a few personal training sessions price-wise, right? I also figure it will keep me from going to/spending money on happy hours, etc 🙂

          Do you ever do “doubles”? It doesn’t feel like THAT much more of a commitment than just doing a single class, but it makes it much easier to fit in the 30 classes!

          • Yeah, the 30% off is tempting and I have no doubt I could squeeze 30 classes into the next month, but I think I have enough going on in October. I hope they do this again in the winter when people are less busy.

            My favorite double is Katie’s Friday evening bike class followed by barre with Lani and a glass of champagne! 😉

    • THAT was why it was closed?! AAAH!

    • skj84

      I second the rave for Pumpkin Beer! In particular Dogfish Head Punkin Beer. It’s like a pumpkin pie in a glass!


    Rave: Tickets to game 4 of the NLDS

    Hopeful future Rave: Sweeping STL/ATL so I get a refund on game 4! I’ll just use it for the LCS instead. Good problem to have, methinks

  • Rant: At the office in the rain. Rainy days should be mandatory stay at home and chill out days.

    Rave: Interesting work today. Good plans for the evening.

    Rant: Still feeling helpless to help out co-worker/friend. Not sure whether to impede on privacy and offer support or just support from afar…

  • RAVE: I just got my new iPhone 5. Now I am officially a member of the club that walks down the street with my phone out not paying attention to my surroundings while walking in the middle of the sidewalk so people cant go by me on either side. 🙂

  • Rant: Rain and I’m tired. I just want to go home and curl up on the couch.

    Rave: Old friends are coming to town for the long weekend!

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: My eye has been twitching off-and-on for days now. It is starting to consume my life.

    Rave: Nats or something.

    Rant: Baseball is never ending!

    Rave: Had a beautiful night’s sleep.

  • rave – I was walking up 15th St on Friday and saw some dude gardening in his front yard. I told him his garden looked cool, and after a short conversation, I walked away with a huge stalk of rosemary! It’s the little things, DC, the little things.

  • Rant: Waiting for the bus, which was inevitably late, in the POURING rain. So much for wearing my blue dress and trying to look cute, as I show up to work looking like a drowned rat.

    Rave: Party planning with my roommates! Really happy to throw a party with the new peeps, knowing that it won’t turn into a frat party. We’re too old for that!

    Rant: Why is it that my iced coffee tastes better if the barista puts the milk in, as opposed to adding it myself? I have yet to figure it out.

    Rant: Pretty bad pain in my foot that started yesterday and am afraid its a bunion. ::shudders::

  • RANT: Dupont metro being closed and having to walk to Farragut North in the pouring rain. Then having to wait for my shuttle at Shady Grove..again in the pouring rain.

    RAVE: I had popcorn and eggrolls for breakfast. (Don’t judge.)

  • Rant: Rain. Made the commute twice as long as usual today and it seems like no one knows how to drive properly in it.
    Rant: My motivation which was waning before I hit work, is now entirely gone.
    Rant: I’ve caught my friends cold.
    Rave: Great night of sleep.

  • Rant: Really, REALLY getting sick of people on here calling everything they deem below them ghetto/slum. I wish someone would drop half of you off in a real ghetto/slum for a reality check.

    Rave: I work from home/telework now.

    Rant: It is still “fixing” my brand new laptop so I am in the office today.

    • *IT

      Rave: Congrats Nats!!!

    • saf

      All the years I have lived here, people have talked about “you live in the ‘hood,” and “why did you buy in the ghetto,” and “bet you can’t wait for gentrification.”

      I bought here because I love the neighborhood and my neighbors. This is not the ghetto. Makes me nuts.

    • When I was a kid I liked to say I lived in the mean streets of DC. As an adult, I must accept that I grew up in an extrememly safe block next to Kalorama Park and Real Estate listings no longer want to put it down as being part of Adams Morgan but rather the Kalorama neighborhood. Even though Adams Morgan Day started on that block.

      Anything above Mt. Pleasant was foreign to me, so I honestly did think I lived in the hood. Due to boundaries, all of my schools were in Ward 3 – so that was all I could compare Adams Morgan to.

  • RANT: only 35000 fans show up for the NL East clinching game— that’s NATITUDE……

  • Rant: Woke up with a headache this morning that just won’t go away.

    Rave: Half the Sky documentary on PBS last night. When I read the book a few years ago I was so inspired to dedicate my time and money to empowering women. Revisiting it last night, I felt bad that I’ve been donating money but not doing any hands-on work to help less fortunate women, either globally or in our community. So I got online and found a great volunteer opportunity for an organization that helps poor and homeless women in DC. It’s just a one-day gig, but I get to use my photography skills and maybe I can get more volunteer opportunities through them.

  • anon. gardener

    Rant: getting old. I try to take care of my feet, wear good shoes, etc, but it seems I still can’t avoid my mother’s genetic legacy.

    Rave: at least I caught the problem early, and my podiatrist is awesome.

    Super rave: The problem is internal, so my feet still look normal even if they hurt.

    I agree with Britt – rain should mean mandatory telework.

  • Rave – Nats!

    Rant – Just received a notice that my rent is going up. It’s not a ridiculous amount, and according to my roomie they haven’t raised the rent on the place in three years (I moved there in the summer), but still…..grumble grumble grumble.

  • Rave: Being able to be at last night’s Nats game. The husband and I have been faithful fans for years, watching nearly every single game and going to at least 20 each season. Last night’s game almost made me forget how much crappy baseball we’ve seen. Take that Mike Bacsik and Levale Speigner!

    Rant: Took all of the necessary precautions this morning (umbrella, raincoat, rain boots) and still got soaked.

    Rave: Going to buy my NL East Division Champs shirt today!

  • Rant: Now entering week 5 of daily dizziness. Ears just won’t clear

    Rave-ish: at least I haven’t had a migrain in a week

    Rant: when it rains, it pours, I got pink eye this weekend

    Rave: I work at a place where I had the choice to work from home, rather than having to choose between taking a sick day for an eye infection or coming in and giving it to everyone else.

    • binpetworth

      I’m not a doctor (and I don’t play one on TV), but I may have some advice for your dizziness. I had a 12-week dizzy spell about 3 years ago, and the doctor was no help, the meds he gave did nothing, etc. Then I stumbled upon a video for the Epley maneuver on YouTube, which guides you in how to do some exercises that help rebalance the floating crystals in your inner ear. After about 3 days of those exercises, my dizziness dissipated. It’s worth a try!

      • Thanks! at this point, I will try almost anything to get over this! Friday is accupuncture day. I’ll check that out on youtube too.

      • I’ve known 2 or 3 people with persistent vertigo who tried that series of maneuvers to get their ear crystals all lined up, and for them at least it was like a miracle cure – 5 minutes of weird contortions and no more vertigo. And if this is not the source of your problem, it should not do harm, so worth the try.

        • My mom does this! She’s always gotten vertigo spells, and she learned a series of maneuvers that end it right quick! She looks like a goof flopping herself down on the bed in strange positions but hey, whatever works!

  • Rant- the bars in town last night that had 10+ televisions, all tuned to the Cowboys/Bears game. Completely clueless about the Nationals. I should not need to pop into 3-4 places before finding a local baseball team trying to clinch the NL East.

    • saf

      Ask them to change one. We need to educate these folks.

    • For real. Something historically significant happened last night that hasn’t happened here in almost 80 years, and everybody’s watching the stupid f**king Cowboys game.

      Super lame.

      • There are far more football fans than there are baseball fans, and I will wager that there are at least as many, if not more Dallas Cowboys fans within DC proper than there are Nationals fans. And Monday Night Football is an institution.
        Doesn’t take away the significance of what the Nationals did. Just explains why not a lot of people outside the stadium may not have been watching.

        • You might be correct that there are more Dallas Cowboys fans than Nationals fans in DC– but I think this is the definition of super lame, and something that DC should be ashamed of.

          I’m not complaining that the game wasn’t on ALL the screens, it was on none of them, and the staff were completely clueless that this game was even taking place less than two miles away, while patrons happily watched two teams from nowhere near DC in an early season matchup.

          I love DC but coming from Chicago this does not compute. Also see Baltimore, NYC, Boston, Cleveland, Atlanta, etc for places where this would be inconceivable.

          • This reminds me of being in Chicago a year before the Blackhawks made the playoffs and trying to find any bar that would show hockey playoff games. They all were showing baseball. This was in early May — I go there every year to a conference the first week in May. I tried to argue that it was early season for baseball and this was the playoffs, but they all said no one watches hockey in this town.

            It did change after the ‘Hawks made it in and won the cup and now it’s a little easier to find a place to watch hockey. But back then, it drove me nuts, especially because they didn’t have Versus at my hotel so I had to find a bar in which to watch games.

          • Maybe it’s in part a result of having gone over thirty+ years without a baseball team, and worse, having to root for some out-of-town team – things that also might be inconceivable in Chicago, Baltimore, NYC, Boston, Cleveland, Atlanta, etc. You can’t make up that kind kind of deficit overnight, though the Nats are doing it.

  • pablo .raw

    rant: my greatest idea of the day: “do not take an umbrella with you, it’s not necessary”
    rave: have a change of clothes at the office

  • REVEL: Going to the game last night and enjoying the celebration last night even though the Nats lost.

    RANT: The DC BOEE Website (www.dcboee.org/). It is always down. You’d think they would make sure it is properly functioning before the Nov 6 General Election.

  • talula

    Rant: One side of my hair is curly and the other side is straight. I don’t understand how this happens!

    Rave: It’s almost lunch time

    • pablo .raw

      I read somewhere that that happens to people whose parents are one curly haired and the other straight haired. It also said that hair changes from straight to curly and viceversa throughout their lives.

  • Rave: Gave a presentation to the Director and Department heads today, and I rocked it!!! One said “you should publish your findings”, another said “could you come give the presentation to my managers?” ROCKED IT I TELL YA!

    Rave: One of my bosses took me out for pie at Dangerously Delicious to celebrate! Super happy…no rants today.

  • Linking forward to watching 30 for 30 “Broke” tonight on ESPN. Should be very good

  • pablo .raw

    Rave: I moved to DC (and the US) 10 years ago in September. Welcome to America!
    Rant: Two weeks later, the DC sniper. Welcome to America!

  • skj84

    RANT: As always work. Was supposed to leave early, but co worker did not show up to cover me. I had to call him and tell him to get there pronto. Still was able to leave early, but not at the time I wanted to. Plus I skipped my lunch break because I was expecting him to be there on time so I was super hungry the entire time.

    Rant: This co worker has been pulling this type of crap for a while now and no one will do anything about it. He flips out if anyone calls out/comes in late, yet calls out more than anyone. It’s infuriating.

    Rave: A guest gave me swiss chocaloate today. Yum!

    Rave: I’m home now and had some soup. Ready for a nap, then movies for the rest of the day.

    Rave: Go Nats!

  • Rant – my next door neighbor – the one who put open rat poison in my yard – today tore up my 6 year old flourishing clematis. I had specifically asked her whether or not she wanted me to train it across along our mutual fence and she had agreed.

    Rave – my dog’s second blood test showed no poisoning!

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