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: Stumbled upon Azar Nafisi (author of Reading Lolita in Tehran) giving a talk at the West End Library last night – awesome!

    Rave: Washington International Horse Show (plus livestreaming!) – heading tonight and tomorrow night! Love seeing the horses in the middle of the big city.
    Rant: So much work to do – it’s been a crazy stressful week with tons of work…
    Rant: Husband in China.
    Rave: but we managed to celebrate our two year wedding anniversary together before the hubby left!

    • anon. gardener

      Love the WIHS – I love walking out of the gallery place metro station and being surrounded by barn smells. Didn’t get it together this year, so sadly not going. I like watching the riders compete in their halloween costumes. 🙂

    • I loved that book. What a treat to run into her. I believe she lives in the area.

      • She is! She uses the West End Library as her library 😀 Her book was actually picked for the DC Reads program and she’ll be speaking again at the MLK library sometime in November. Go check it out!

  • Rant: I have pneumonia and my new supervisor (since we reorganized) won’t get off my butt so here I am in the office. Grrr.

    • One of my coworkers has pneumonia and he’s been out all week. I hope this isn’t spreading around too much.

      • OMG, there are a handful of my colleagues that have been hacking and coughing for the better part of two weeks now (and of course they refuse to stay home or see a doctor). Great, now I have something new to be paranoid about….

    • Sorry you’re not feeling well, but:
      Rave: I’m glad stubsdc doesn’t work in my office, and I’m thankful that I work in a place where if you’re sick, you can work from home or (gasp!) take an actual sick day!

      Sometimes I forget how nice my work culture. Thank you, PoPville for the early “things I’m thankful for” reminder. And the reminder to get a flu shot!

    • Pneumonia is very serious. The key is you HAVE TO REST. Running around makes it worse. Even though it is boring as heck, you must simply rest and drink fluids and take antibiotics. Running around makes it worse and worse.

    • It doesn’t matter what your supervisor says. If you have sick days – use them. Coming to work while sick is just going to make things worse.

  • Rave: Go GIANTS! Zito and Lincecum beat Verlander! Panda hits three home runs! There aren’t enough exclamation points to express my joy.

    Rant: Why is the presidential election this close? Yeah, I know, the economy. But still.

  • Rave: got a super-sweet pooch from the pound last week!

    Rant: she’s not housebroken so we’re putting her in her crate during the day, and she’s barking her head off the entire time we’re away. It’s hard to know what to do with her when she’s both not housebroken and has separation anxiety…I hate the idea of her bothering the neighbors all day long.

    • Maybe leave them a nice note (and a case of beer!) explaining the situation? i’m sure they would understand.

    • I just adopted a dog with separation anxiety also. We tried to crate but it go to the point where she would throw up and actually ATE THROUGH the floor underneah the crate. I did some research and learned that putting a dog with separation anxiety in a crate is one of the worst things you can do. Luckily, my dog was pretty much house broken when we got her so we just blocked off the sunroom with baby gates during the day. She is a lot better now, but it was really rough there for a few weeks before I learned how to deal with a dog with separation anxiety.

      • Allison

        When we had a new puppy, we found we could still confine her with less anxiety by giving her a whole room instead of a crate. Pick a room without carpet, put down a bunch of newspaper, and get a baby-gate. Worked like a charm!

      • The best way to deal with these issues is to make sure they’re so tired that they could give a f*#k that you’re not there anymore. If that means getting up at 0 dark-thirty to walk/run the heck out of them…do it. You can get some roller-blades or a bike if that makes sense for you. Our first dog hated when we left and would scratch the door/pull down curtains to look out the window. We got her a backpack and consistently walked her, at least an hour in the morning (usually more) and then another hour ++ after work. Worked like a charm. Should work for you too. It might take a month or more, but getting that energy out of them is so worth it! It’s also great bonding time.

        • Along with wearing her out, try putting some of her dry dog food (part of her regular ration so she doesn’t get fat) in a kong with a smear of peanut butter and give it to her as a treat inside the crate. And I don’t think it would be a good idea to leave a dog in a thundershirt unattended all day in a crate.

          • anon. gardener

            I hope the inventor of the kong is rich and retired. S/he deserves sainthood. I don’t know what we would do with that magical kong.

            Most dogs really love their crate. Are you feeding the dog in the crate and otherwise making it a wonderful hang-out spot? The key to training is perseverance – training often fails because the human gives up too soon. Dogs have way more will power than we do. when we got our dog he refused to poop for 3 days. Seriously. I walked that dog for HOURS, and he was still able to hold it. So give it some time. if the dog is still barking after 2 weeks, then you need to try something else.

          • Putting kibble in a Kong doesn’t present much of a challenge. Two things I do: 1) put a little cheese in the Kong and microwave it for 20 seconds; 2) stuff it tight with apple slices.

          • My dog goes insane for dairy (doesn’t like meat…) so I mix some dog food with cream cheese and stick it in the kong and then freeze the kong. It takes her forever to get it out.

    • do you have a dogwalker/petsitter come in once (or even twice till the dog gets settled) a day? that might help. Also, I’ve heard good things about Thundershirts.

      I think making sure the dog gets plenty of exercise before you go to work will help too because she’ll sleep for part of the day. Can you take her on a run or play fetch at a dog park each morning?

  • em

    Rave: Put an offer in on a house last night

    Rant: Waiting to hear back

    Rave: Heading to Boston for our friends’ wedding this weekend

    Rant: Anti-Obama ad that keeps popping out at the left of the screen

  • MsNesbitt

    Rant: I miss living in DC.

    Rave: I may have the opportunity to move back this summer.

    Rant: Then I’ll have to deal with DC allergies again :-/

  • Rant: Can we please talk about the chicken bone epidemic in downtown DC? It’s gotten so bad in the Logan Circle neighborhood that I feel I could run for office on a no-chicken-bone policy. This city does such a great job of having trash cans on every corner, why do people still insist on chucking their chicken bones on the sidewalk? I’ve lived in Japan for a couple years where there are virtually no trash cans in cities, yet there are no poultry parts on the street. I spend a good 20 minutes a day prying chicken bones out of my corgi’s mouth. I think the first step is closing that god awful Popeyes chicken at 14th and N. Who’s with me?

    • I love Popeye’s chicken.

    • +100,000,000 It’s so annoying. I constantly see them literally a foot away from a trash can, too. WHY?!

      • Some people are just lazy. 🙁

        Similar case: The piles of litter that have accumulated on the raised grates on Georgia Avenue just south of the Georgia Ave.-Petworth Metro station, on the east side of the street (across from the CVS). The grates are about 20-40 feet from the nearest street trash cans!

    • The chicken bone problem is not going away. I would suggest getting a muzzle for your dog.

    • Hahaha, seriously. But, I think I could run on that policy in any major East Coast city as they all have chicken bones on the ground.

    • “This city does such a great job of having trash cans on every corner, why do people still insist on chucking their chicken bones on the sidewalk?”

      One reason:

      1. That was how they were raised, to not give a flying f%#K about anything or anyone.

      • I second that. Their parents taught them to throw their garbage on the ground… someone else will pick it up.

        • Whenever I throw my chicken bones on the ground I turn to my father and say, ” You dad, I learned it by watching you.” Then we both cry and hug it out.

      • Sad but true. And this is not something that education can fix. Anyone over the age of 10 knows that throwing trash on the street is wrong; they simply don’t care.

    • This problem existed before when the neighborhood looked like shit and now continues because it is improving and in their view, being taken away from them.

    • We actually have the problem of people throwing chicken bones in our yard. It pisses me off to no end. I shouldn’t have to be paranoid about my dog hanging out in the front yard of the house that I own.

    • I noticed that about Japan, but in Japan people don’t walk around eating anything outside of a restaurant. What I’d like to know is why people are noshing on their chicken dinners while strolling through the neighborhood?!? Doesn’t that sort of meal lend itself to a sit down?

    • Yes, people are lazy but the chicken bone thing comes from the fact that DC has a huge rat population. The rats go into the garbage cans and take out the chicken bones and chicken. They then scatter them around while eating them. They get them out of garbage cans everywhere.

    • It this chicken bone problem only in LoCi? Colhi talked about rats dragging them out of trash cans. I think it’s a combination of people who throw them onto the ground because they don’t care, maybe some homeless people but probably most rats. DC has A LOT of rats!

  • Rave: The good grades from my first semester of grad school keep rolling in.

    Rave: I’m doing a much better job at budgeting my time to study and work out.

    Rant: I have less time for friends and “fun” and I screwed up my neck from working out. Ouchhhhh.

    Rave: I KNOW it will be worth it, and that my true friends understand!

  • Rant: while tossing a Netflix disk into the blue mailbox this morning, I grabbed my wallet and tossed it in as well. I’m a genius.

    Rave: left a message on the phone number posted on the drawer, and heard back within 5 minutes. The driver should call me when he’s in the area so I can retrieve it. Keep your fingers crossed.

  • binpetworth

    Rave: I used the promotion code (SHOPATHOME) for the Petworth Safeway home delivery that someone posted on this site a few weeks ago and it worked! Free grocery delivery! Don’t know which geographic areas it works for, but I’m in zip code 20011.

  • Rave: Super-rad first date last night.

  • Thanks for the picture post! :^)

  • Rave: Excited to volunteer at TED!

  • Rant: Think one leg is slightly shorter than the other, and this may be the reason why I am having hip pain after running.
    Rave: Made a delicious leek, cheddar, and mushroom casserole last night that is perfect for a day like this.
    Rave: Biking to work this beautiful and foggy autumn morning. Capitol Hill with all of its old, beautiful homes, just looks better in the fall.

    • MsNesbitt

      I had a similar problem – It could just be that your hips are a little out of whack. Going to a chiropractor a couple of times could fix this.

      • Thanks for the tip! I’ll probably make an appointment with a doc or osteopath first to confirm my suspicions, but a chiropractor may be the way to go ultimately.

    • Would love to get the recipe for that casserole. It sounds delicious!

      • It is easy! Warm up 3 tablespoons of butter in large pan. Finely cut up and add two leeks (white parts only) and add 8 oz of mushrooms to butter in pan. Add 1 teaspoon of Marjoram (a spice not to be confused with margerine). Cook these things together for about five minutes. After that, add 1/4 cup flour and stir for only 1 minute. Then, add a little over 2 cups milk and let this all simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. In the meantime, cook up 16 oz of ziti noodles (or macaroni) and cool with cold water. Once mixture is ready, stir the mixture and noodles in the casserole dish, and then add 1.5 cups of grated cheddar (mix together). Bake for 25-30 minutes at 350 degrees. (Optional: you can add a tablespoon or so of a tasty mustard to give it an extra kick when you are mixing everything together before baking)…

        • Thanks very much! I’m going to make it this weekend!!

          • Sounds yummy – can I add (don’t of course know your cooking experience) for a cream sauce you should have the milk at room temperature and add it gradually – whisking in is best – to avoid lumps. And leeks are often very sandy – cut them lenghwise and rise well through all the layers.

  • Rant: Last Thursday our house was robbed and all three laptops (2 Macs) were stolen. I fear I will never get it back.

    • oh man, that’s the worst! so sorry. i’m always so paranoid about that. i think i need to have a backup that i keep at work. sigh…

      • Or just start working off the cloud. I keep everything online now. There’s no reason to really have a hard drive bigger than 50GB any more. So much safer and easier.

      • Allison

        Google Drive! I use my google drive folder as though it were “My Documents” so everything I do is backed up real-time. Helps alleviate the fear that I take my laptop everywhere and there have been thefts at school.

  • Rave: Just bought my tickets to see Fun. at DAR in January! Super excited!

    Rant: This cough is sticking around. I’m trying to rest during the week because I have a packed weekend coming up.

    Rave: Dressing as Baby Spice for a party on Saturday and found the BEST glittery platform shoes EVER…at Payless! $15!

    Random: Perhaps having long blonde hair for a night will convince me to grow my hair out…

    • Emmaleigh504

      I was Baby Spice for Halloween back in the day. My bestie was Ginger, but none of my other loser friends would round out the bunch. Later I will have to go to Payless and find these fabulous shoes that you commented on.

  • Rave?- Seeing the parade of humvees, tanks, and other military vehicles coming down NY Ave in front of the Convention Center last night on my commute home. Anyone else catch it? Very random but clearly related to the Army convention going on there all week.

    Rant- No sleep. As in zero hours. As in so tired I’m going to face plant on to my desk if I don’t get coffee asap.

    Rant- A boss who refuses to give me props on my written evaluations even though she will do so in person.

    Rave-Halloween is almost here.

    Rave- American Horror Story Assylum is killing it this season and getting me in the mood for fright night.

  • novadancer

    Rant: air compressor died after 1 year so have been without a/c for 2 -4 weeks (we were on vacation for 2 weeks so who knows when it actually died)
    Rant: neighbor’s dogs bark incessantly!!
    Rave: never noticed this until the a/c died (windows open while we’re home), so we must have great soundproofing.

  • Rant: Someone from the Indian Embassy hit my car with his SUV on the way home yesterday. On purpose. As we were moving. Rock Creek Parkway.

  • Rave: I’m having new hardware floors installled!

    Rant: I’m at work and can’t wait until I get home

  • RANT: Don’t have a Halloween costume yet and have a party on Saturday. Will spend my day off of work tomorrow pulling together my costume. Any ideas??? I’m a dude.

    • PS – I’m preemptively saying NO to Gangnam Style, Honey Boo Boo, and Binders Full of Women.

    • Zombie Arlen Spector or Zombie George McGovern. (too soon?)

    • I’m not a dude but I am going as a member of Pussy Riot with a group of friends. It think it could be cool if you did a cross-dressing nod to feminisim. You wouldn’t even have to wear a dress, just jeans, a t-shirt and a DIY balaclava. I was in a Bikini Kill cover band in that late 90s and the best part was that the lead singer was muscular straight-edge guy. There’s nothing funnier than seeing a guy who would pass for meatheady frat boy if it wan’t for Born Against and SXE sing “hey white boy, don’t laugh, don’t cry, just die.”

    • I’d say go as a disgruntled Nats fan but that’s not really a costume now, is it? Simply for the fact that you live in DC, can you do something Caps/NHL lockout related? That’s my plan for the other party I’m attending (a priest is hosting, therefore the Baby Spice mini dress will stay in the closet).

    • a togo cup of iced espresso. SHOCKING!

  • Rant: Admittedly a #firstworldproblem or #hipsterproblem but someone stole my front bike light off of my bike outside of the Columbia Heights target last night. Really? What good is it going to do for you?

    Revel: All of the trees just look amazing right now. They are putting on a show that unfortunately won’t last after Sandy’s impacts on Sunday/Monday. Get out there and enjoy while you can!

  • Rant: Found out this morning that someone took my check card information and spent several hundred dollars at a Best Buy in NY.
    Rave: The fact that I am OCD about looking at my bank account and caught it to shut everything down within 12 hours.
    Rant: The fact that I had to call my bank and alert them instead of the other way around.
    Rant: The fact that I have to wait to have (my money actually be stolen) the charges clear before filing to get my money back.

  • Rant: Guys getting arrested in alley behind my house in Parkview last night at 8:30 pm. Tons of cop cars on Princeton street as well. Can’t find any info on what was going on.
    Rave: Good to see plain clothes officers busting some shit up in the alley!!

    • Are you on the 700 block of Quebec or Princeton?

      I remember seeing a bunch of cops and wondering if they were busting one of the groups of guys who are always hanging out in that area. If you find out what happened (although I guess it should be on the 4D listserve soon?), please post about it!

  • Rant: Not pregnant. Again. Looking forward to another month of meds, another month of disappointment.

    • Don’t lose heart. I have two friends who got pregnant off of fertility treatments this year after many years of trying.

    • Hang in there (Im the poster with the cops busting ass in the alley). Im also 29 weeks pregnant from IVF. It totally sucks and I know what you are going through. In the end its worth it, no matter how you choose/decide to create a family! Probably more women than you realize are going through this…

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rave: I’m enjoying the U Street logo design contest. I may have to come up wit something this weekend.

    Rave: Happy hour with work pals after work.

  • Rant: Sandy.

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