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.

Obviously today is gonna be crazy but I’ll be blogging as long as I have power. Some have asked about bars/restaurants that might be open today – feel free to leave them here and I’ll add as I learn of others but I (and more importantly the experts) strongly urge you to stay at home unless absolutely necessary. Remember the real wind isn’t really here yet. Stay safe everyone – and drink at home! 🙂

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  • Solly’s U St tavern will be open!

  • talula

    From the AM listserve, Amsterdam Falafelshop is opened:

    “Hey folks –
    As most of our employees are local neighborhood folks, we plan to stay open through the storm (till our electric goes out). So if you are out and about, and can’t take eating your own cooking anymore, we will be here for you!”

    Stay safe everyone.

    • I also heard that Open City will be open, as well as their sister restaurants.

      With no metro train or bus service, I won’t be going out at all. Working at home until the power goes out!

  • Here is hoping I have no rants this time tomorrow. Owning a home equals pins and needles in a situation like this.

    • I know what you mean. This is the first big storm we’ve had while living in our new condo–we’ve had the power go out before for strong winds, so I have a feeling I’ll be in the dark later today. I just hope nothing start leaking–fingers crossed!

    • SouthwestDC

      I’m actually more worried about my car– a couple vehicles on my block were smashed when the derecho took down some large trees. Debating whether to leave it at work or just find a strategic place on the street.

    • So true. We moved into our place last year just before the earthquake and Irene. My nerves were a wreck.

    • One of the several reasons I never wanted to own a house. This is no fun. And we already have a (possibly) unrelated problem. Ice around the pipe of our ac/heating unit, big puddle, likely floor damage, which means likely ceiling damage below. Boo.

  • Filter is open today, via Twitter:

    Filter CoffeehouseDC [email protected]
    Dupont location will Open at 8 AM tomorrow Oct 29th. We will play it by ear for the rest of the day.

  • Prince Of Petworth

    “Tryst, Open City, The Diner and The Coupe Remain Open With Normal Hours During Storm

    All of the Tryst family of restaurants will remain open with normal hours during the Hurricane Sandy Storm and offer customer $5 Hurricane Shandies all day.”

  • SouthwestDC

    Anyone else at work today? It was hard to justify not going in when I only live a mile away. At the first sign of heavy winds I’m outta here though.

    • saf

      Me. 2.5 miles from home, planning to leave when the wind starts picking up.

    • Emmaleigh504

      I wish. I have to use my precious vacation time for this. I know, I know, better safe than sorry. I come from hurricane country so I know to be safe, but I have a Thanksgiving vacation coming up and I’m concerned I won’t have enough PTO.

    • I’m a short walk from my office but the office is officially closed – so no chance on getting into the office. Plus, I figured it’s best to be off the streets.
      People are saying the wind is going to get terrible soon – so get home safely!

    • I always work from home, but am finding it impossible to concentrate. I’m trying to get a bunch of work done before the power goes out, but am instead obsessively checking the Capital Weather Gang, wringing out the rag that’s already soaking up water from a leaking window, and breaking into our survival supplies.

    • Yep – I think I will leave around 3, unless it is starting to really deteriorate before that time.

  • Busboys & Poets posted on Facebook that all their locations are open. And, Smucker Farms of Lancaster Co. posted that they’re open but because their staff relies on Metro, they “will have limited hours and may have to step out a couple of times today.”

  • Ralphie!

    I’m at work, like most of the contractors…no sign of Gov’t. workers.

    • Hmm, could that possibly be because the federal government is closed? Anyhow, plenty of federal employees are teleworking until the power goes out.

  • Prince Of Petworth


    Art and Soul – Art and Soul located in the Liaison Capitol Hill will remain open with regular hours of operation as long as weather and power permit.
    Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats – Open until 2pm and serving grilled Cuban sandwiches (grilled cheese with veggie ham, pickles and mustard) and Pecan Sandys among other vegan treats.


    The Taco Bamba pop-up at Black Jack is canceled this evening. The pop-up will resume on November 5 and run every Monday through December 17.”

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rave: I remembered to turn my alarm clock off before I went to sleep.

    Rant: I woke up at around 3 and couldn’t go back to sleep. This is turning into a Sunday night habit that I do not like.

    Rave: Participated in the DC Walk to End Alzheimer’s Saturday and had a great time. The weather was perfect and even got to see Marine 1 land on the White House lawn.

  • DC Reynolds says via twitter that they’re open at 11am with buy-one-get-one happy hour from 11am-9pm. Full kitchen open as well.

  • Pleasant Pops is open til 4ish.

  • good luck with the power!

  • Coffy Cafe was open this morning, also the Subway next door.

  • Super rave – my dog pooped in the rain this morning (unusual) and just now rang her doorbell – ran right out, peed in the yard and ran right back in. Now I know we can get through this storm!

  • Rant: Tough time concentrating on work at home.
    Rant: Most of my family is in Jersey and right in the path of the storm. Husband is in China and having a tough time getting info on how the storm is proceeding.
    Rave: Electricity, food, warmth, and plenty of work to do and books to read. I really want to head outside before the worst hits but I don’t think it’s worth it.

    • anon. gardener

      majority of my extended family is in NY/NJ too. parts of Long Beach Island were already under water this morning. it is going to be a long day.

      • Ugh- Fingers crossed. Luckily my family lives in-land closer to Philly but many extended family members and friends who live near the coast… Chris Christie just said 25% of people in Seaside decided to “ride it out” – seriously, what are they thinking?!

        • Seriously?? I thought the drinking in seaside stopped after labor day. Unbelievable.
          I have an aunt who lives in Far Rockaway, and she stayed when Irene hot. I REALLY hope she left this time.

          • No, real actual people still live there. It isn’t only full of roaming gangs of kids with nothing better to do.

            Hoping my mom’s house is holding up alright. And that a tree doesn’t fall on my dad’s house. Oy, so stressful being so far away.

  • Emmaleigh504

    I hope everyone has their evacuation bag with important papers and clean socks ready etc! It’s better to have the bag by the door and not use it than not have it & have to flee. I don’t expect to use mine, but one never knows if a tree will come through the roof or a fire is sparked by the neighbors’ candles. Be prepared!

  • Rant: Wondering if the thugs in the grey and black jackets down at 7th and M around 430 were the perps in the 11th and Irving holdup earlier?

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