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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  • RAVE: A’s comeback win in the bottom of the ninth!!!

    Rant (???): Woke up my poor wife at 1 AM with my exuberance…even though she was upstairs and I was in the basement watching the game.

    Rave: Two more days until Snallygaster!

  • Rant: Super lousy day at work filled with annoyances and humiliations.
    Rave: Quitting this job tomorrow, cause I got me a new one!

  • Rave: Metro extended the 96 and X3 bus lines up to Tenleytown! That extra little bit just made a huge difference in my commute. Game changer.

    Rave: Giants and A’s both force game 5! Trying to keep my expectations low here, but when Zito and Lincecum work together to win a game, that’s special.

    • Zito lasted a whopping 2.2 innings I believe. Not a Giants fan (East Bay- A’s all the way!), but I did like seeing Lincecum return to his old ways and pitch like he did the two previous years.

      • That’s why I loved it so much – Zito:2010::Lincecum:2012. The fact that two on/off pitchers combined for a win is glorious.

  • Rant! After a month and half of recovery from a back injury, I just tripped on my own shoe and fell flat on my face (in front of a class full of 5th graders). Grrrr!

    Rave: I’m fostering a dog for the first time, and she is WONDERFUL. Glad it’s a happy experience– it means I’ll do it again!

    • Yay! Glad you are fostering. I am a sometimes dog and cat foster; it’s one of the most powerful things you can do as an individual to save lives because without fosters, there can be no rescuing. Hope everything goes great.

  • mtpgal

    Rave: Our new fridge is going to be delivered today! I hear fridges made after 1989 come standard with doors that seal and lights! Fingers crossed that this is a rust-free front model, too.

    • I just bought a brand spankin new, shiny, Cadillac of a fridge last year, upgrade from one of the sorriest fridges ever. The quality of life improvement still astonishes me to this day. I still get a little breathless/misty-eyed when I’m filling my glass with ice cold filtered water out of the door on a daily basis.

  • Rant: Office can spring for fancy coffee, creamer, post-its, aspirin, and pens but cannot pay for tissues for employees. Seriously, they refused a request to include tissues in the list of supplies they buy.

    Rave: Hubby home tonight!! Made it to the library yesterday and got my hands on some great books.

    Rave: Looking forward to two new outside of work endeavors. They’ll be a lot of work but potentially fun and offer great growth opportunities.

    Rant/Rave: The vacation days/PTO discussion yesterday was really interesting. I get 8 paid holidays and 26.5 (after 2 years) paid time off days to use at my discretion (sick and vacation combined). I usually bitch about the paid holidays but feel pretty good with the 26.5 PTO days. I wonder if it’s high, low, or middle for DC?

    • That’s a really good, actually. While 8 may be the median/slightly on the low end for paid holidays, 26.5 days of PTO after only two years is incredible. I get 10. That’s the low end.

    • Sounds middle-of-the-road to me. I’m a federal employee with a little over 2 years of service. I get 10 federal holidays, 13 sick days, and 13 vacation days a year.

      The one unique benefit I have is a flexible schedule– I can work 9-hour days and get a day off once every two weeks, or 10-hour days with a day off every week.

    • 8 paid holidays, as in Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc? I think 8-10 is the norm.

      And your PTO is about the same amount of time us Feds get the first 3 years (13 days of annual leave, 13 of sick leave).

      • I get 8 federal holidays (includes 2 for Christmas and 2 for New Years, Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and 4th of July), plus 11 days of PTO throughout the year that I have to accrue before I can use. Those 11 days account for all vacation time AND sick leave.

        • That sounds more like a private-sector holiday schedule than a federal one… for one thing, only Christmas Day and New Year’s Day are federal holidays.

          The 11 days of PTO sounds crummy. I guess the idea with PTO is that it maximizes vacation time for people who aren’t out sick all that much… but the reality of it (especially when the total PTO allowance is that small) is that it encourages people to come into work when they’re sick, because every day they’re out sick is one less day they can use for vacation.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rave: I found my Natitude! I really want them to win! I actually found myself checking the score yesterday!

    Rant/Rave: Work is boring today.

  • Rave: Hour+ commute went smoothly today, for once.

    Rant: Having a hard time getting over live-in boyfriend’s confession that he cheated on me almost a year ago. It’s been a month. Things are getting better, but sometimes they are really fucking hard. I want to be communicative, but it isn’t making shit easy.

    Rant: It makes focusing at work really fucking difficult, and I have a lot to get done today.

    Rave: At least they love me at work.

    • Why do people confess to such things. Because it makes them feel better? The person that got cheated on ends up feeling worse. People can change but tread lightly with this one.

      • I’m trying. If I didn’t think we could have a future together, wouldn’t bother. I told him that, so he knows where we stand. There are more good days than bad as time goes on, but the bad days are triggered out of nowhere, and my self-esteem has taken a hit.

    • Tell him to move out, and you should move on.

      • Dear SadLady,

        Life’s too short and too precious to be sad over what seems to be an overt disregard of your feelings. Tell him to hit the road. You can’t “make it work.” You just can’t.

        • It can theoretically work. Before I was married I used to have an issue but I grew up and have been in a long time, faithful marriage. I just needed to mature and become a man. But I would be on guard until you see evicence of that

    • I think you have to look to Dan Savage on this one, DTMFA

  • Rant: My boss goes to introduce me to someone, and as I go to shake his hand, he shoves his full cup of coffee in my hand and says “throw this away for me.” No greeting, no introduction, just the sentiment of woman=subservient. Heads up men, it still is an upward battle for respect.

  • that’s a great picture.

  • RAVE (hopefully) PREVIEW: The database to track (and block) stolen cellphones will go live on October 31.

    RANT: When did bed sheets get so crazy expensive? This thread count nonsense is out of control.

    • Ikea sheets are cheap–and Target has some lower end sheets that are affordable. You missed back to school–everything is cheap around the time college kids ship out.

      • I could be wrong, but I have a vague recollection of seeing cotton jersey sheets (oriented toward college students) on clearance at Target a week or so ago.

        IKEA has reasonably priced sheets, but I was disappointed when some sheets in their SOVA range that I’d bought when they were phasing out that line in the mid-200s fell apart a year or so ago.

        Yes, I did get some good use out of them. But for comparison purposes, last time my mom was visiting, she was looking at a sheet set I’d originally brought from her house, and she said she thought that set was her stepgrandmother’s and dated from the 1950s!!

        I’m not sure if this means that IKEA sheets in general don’t last long, if the SOVA range in particular doesn’t last long, or if maybe they just don’t make things like they used to.

        • Emmaleigh504

          I took some sheets to college with me that my parents got as a wedding present. Good quality sheets last forever. My grandmother gave me a set of towels to go to college with that had been in her house since before I can remember, I still use those towels. They are god-awful ugly green, but they will not die. Quality linens for the win.

        • Allison

          Careful buying the sheets at Target though– I thought I was getting a great deal when I bought some cheap jersey sheets; I didn’t find out why until I got home. I had bought ONE sheet. Who the heck buys ONE sheet!? It came with just the top sheet. No bottom fitted sheet. Anyway, lesson learned– read the packaging carefully.

          • Sadly, I have learned the hard way that cheap sheets are usually just that – cheap. They shrink, they fall apart, they become unbearably scratchy after a few washes.

            I don’t buy into any of this 10,000 thread count ridiculousness, but I’m ok paying a non-Target price for a good product. But last night I was in Macy’s and couldn’t find a cotton sheet for under $110.00 (and yes, that’s one sheet). Do people seriously spend $300+ just on SHEETS? (There was a complete sheet set available for @$130 – but poly/cotton.)

            As with others – my parents have had the same sheet sets for at least 20-30 years…faded, sure, but all in good shape and as soft and crisp as anyone would want. I may just go “borrow” some of theirs.

            I wonder if there’s gouging going on (even though thread count matters less than cotton type and milling process, but whatever.)

            Rant ended.

    • I’ve found some good deals on bed sheets on overstock.com

    • Northern Nights by QVC….swear by them.

      My grandma bought me a set 5 years ago when we moved into our house and bought a king size bed. We loved them so much we bought 3 more sets for the extra bedroom and our room.

      They are a little pricey, plus, the whole QVC thing. If you can get over that, they are the best sheets ever.

    • Estate sales are great sources for good sheets that are cheap. Older sheets are much better quality and will last forever. Plus, the cotton ones have been washed so many times that they’re super soft.

  • Rant: Romney being reported to be gaining in polls on Obama, makes me worried to think about how the news media can control public opinion and bend reality so easily that they can make public opinions sway left and right to justify their ratings and motives, and that we, the people, are so susceptible to it.

    Rave: Girlfriend is not good at returning calls, I think it’s a sign that it’s not meant to be. A DC parking ticket has come between us that I don’t think is worth paying. :/

    • If this is a rave, then YES it is not meant to be 🙂

    • The real damage, if any, was not done by Obama’s debate performance, it was done by the media narrative that followed it. The same thing was happening before the debate, when the media narrative was that Romney’s campaign was in a freefall – when it really wasn’t.
      Obama’s debate performance was not nearly as bad as it was made out to be after the debate. And Romney’s campaign was not nearly as bad off as it was made out to be before the debate.

      • Good synopsis… I think Obama also acknowledged his performance by saying he was “too polite” which was much more accurate than the failure the media projected upon him. Maybe people thought he wasn’t bombastic and accusatory enough, but I think his debate conduct was perfectly presidential.

    • Wait… does she want you to pay the ticket and you don’t want to pay it?

      I thought from yesterday’s discussion it was pretty clear that she could appeal it with proof of her Maryland residency, and also get an exemption from ROSA-related parking tickets for the next year. So it doesn’t seem like either party would need to cough up the $100.

      • Yeah, but she is making the ticket a scapegoat for not being able to visit me… She is from Virginia, a 1.5 hour drive into the city. staying at my place helps her to get to work easy during weekdays. i guess she’d rather have a 1.5hr commute, than me… *sigh* 😛

        • Consider then that she is just not worth the trouble and not worth your interest. If all she wanted was somewhere to sleep to save herself a long commute, then f**k her…you are better off without her.

  • Rave: House at 5008 7th st is done with the renovation. So excited that the house three doors down is finished with the renovation! This place was vacant for over a year, and we will have new neighbors in there shortly.

    Rant: Left work early and paid $100 for 2 tickets to Nats yesterday. Would have just preferred to check scores online so I didn’t have to waste 3.5 hours watching that terrible effort.

  • Rave: House a few doors down from the intersection of 7th and Farragut is done with the renovation. So excited that the house three doors down is finished with the renovation! This place was vacant for over a year, and we will have new neighbors in there shortly.

    Rant: Left work early and paid $100 for 2 tickets to Nats yesterday. Would have just preferred to check scores online so I didn’t have to waste 3.5 hours watching that terrible effort.

  • Rant: People leaning on the poles on the Metro. I know standing is just terrible. You are angry that you have to use those legs for one of their intended purposes. You think you are crafty, yeah, you’re gonna LEAN so you don’t have to stand. But in the process you do 2 things. You take up the whole pole with your body, so no one else can hold on (take that!) and 9 times out of 10 you envelop the entire pole with your gross ass. Yes, your ass looks hungry, as it eats your pants, and the pole. There is no flattering way to do this. The pole is for hands not ass cheeks, and if you can’t get a good grip with your hands, you better just find a seat because squeezing on with those cheeks (yes this is observable) will not help your clear balance deficiencies. No one wants to see your ass wrapped around the pole, because it just reminds us what we already know, but chose to forget: the metro is nasty.

    If you have to lean, do it sideways please!

    P.S. if you lean on the glass, also unflattering from the other side! Food for thought.

    • This made me chuckle….thank you.

    • I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone’s @ss wrapped around a pole, but it _is_ annoying when people lean against a pole and take up “real estate” that another 4-5 standees could’ve held onto.

    • mtpgal

      Oh man, I am so with you on this.

      • This isn’t nice, but I always make sure I dig my knuckles – HARD – into the Leaning Person’s back when I firmly grab the pole. But no way would I go for their ass!

    • Haha! Sometimes I wonder if the people with the pole in their buttcrack realize how silly it looks…

      Leaning on the pole is almost as annoying as a teenager with his legs up on the seat while the car is packed. ESPECIALLY when there are people around him that need the seats more than him…

  • Rant: O’s loss last night, heart breaking. The win was right at our fingertips.

  • Rant: Maybe I’m showing my age, but the photo atop this story is a good illustration of how, from my observations, that one in three people under the age of 40 can hardly go a minute without playing with their smartphones, no matter where they are.

    So keep that in mind the next time your friend hands you their iPhone to show you a photo they took, or something on Facebook. They were almost certainly handling that same phone within the last few hours while sitting on the toilet, and they almost certainly didn’t bother to disinfect it before handing it to you.

  • Rave: Happy Coming Out Day everyone!! I hope you find courage and support if you are coming out today 🙂

  • Rant: near constant noise that surrounds me when I’m at home. Sirens going by, neighbors talking… all perfectly normal, but annoying. What’s incredibly frustrating is the endless stream of television, music and worst of all, shrill shrieking from my neighbors on one side. Every conversation is held in this incredibly loud, shrill voice. What the hell are you always so angry about that you need to scream everything?

  • Rant: Inconsiderate, irresponsible, a-holes no matter what their mode of transportation.

    Rant: Bruised back, glute, rib.

    Rave: I’m hurt, but I’m doing fine, no thanks to the guy who “fell asleep” at the wheel and offered me a free ride on the hood of his car. The other cyclist involved didn’t even have a wrinkle in his suit even though his bike was totaled.

  • Rant: How can I be so hungry all the time?! I feel like I just ate breakfast, but I’m already counting down the minutes until it can reasonably be considered lunchtime.

    Rave: After several weeks of learning to row (sweep only), I just got notice that I’m finally going to learn how to scull at practice tonight! I’m super excited and nervous, but they’re putting me into a quad, so hopefully my inexperience won’t flip the boat. It’s too chilly these days to go swimming after dark.

    • Not to sound like a textbook, but make sure your breakfast contains carbs, fats and proteins. So no sugary oatmeal or fat-free yogurt. The only thing i have found that keeps me going for a long time is the full fat greek yogurts, tons of protein in them.

    • You’re probably burning a lot of extra calories while rowing, and also increased your muscle mass/metabolism so you’re burning more calories around the clock. Thus you feel hungry all the time. Try to eat every two to three hours… have some healthy snack between breakfast and lunch/lunch and dinner like almonds, string cheese, or a hard boiled egg, etc.

  • Rave: Met a man last night who is both blind and deaf. And he’s awesome!

    Rant: After meeting said man last night, I feel like I shouldn’t rant about much.

  • Rant: My best friend is making some horrendous life choices and I don’t know how to help her. I don’t want to lecture her or judge, but I worry she’s going down a dangerous path.

    Rave: I keep finding amazing open bar happy hours. I love not paying for booze!

    Rant: I think my foot is broken. It feels like I stepped on a nail, and the pain won’t go away after two days and soaking it in epsom salt. I really don’t want to go to the doctor, but It’s becoming intolerable.

    • Have you said anything to her at all about her choices? Or just kept your mouth shut? If the latter, just speak out a bit. If she lashes back, then I think you might want to re-evaluate your friendship.

      • I generally try to be supportive. I’ve made a few comments, but haven’t tried to rock the boat. I guess I am afraid of losing a friend. Plus I think she does need a shoulder to lean on right now.

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