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: Earwig! I have “Come On Eileen” stuck in my head.

  • Very Very Very Sad Rant: Only three weeks of college football left, not counting the bowls.

    Rave: My school is having a good year and has a chance to make it even better if we spank our rival this weekend.

  • Rave: Not at work today!

    Rant: Oh, that’s right, I don’t actually have a job.

    Rave: It was worth it.

    Rant: Might be time to move.

    Rave: inspired.

  • Rant: Husband in London.
    Rave: Daydreaming about just leaving and getting on a plane and surprising him for the weekend.
    Rant: Too damn expensive.
    Rave: English teacher/soccer coach from high school making it big – his first book was turned into a movie and is opening this weekend!! Cannot wait to see it!

  • Rant: Kids don’t understand that produce prices have gone up. 5 year old upset last night that we only had 3 options for fruit (apple, oranges and grapes). How do I explain to him that pears and plums were not on sale?

    • You tell them that food costs money and pears/plums cost more money than you want to spend on them right now.

    • anon. gardener

      “Eat your grapes.”
      Why is this something you need to explain to a 5 year old? This is what you have in the house. End of discussion. I suppose you could turn it into a lesson about money, but really, not necessary and I doubt a 5 year old will be interested. 3 fruit options is an abundance of food.

    • Good advice from Anon. Is it possible once in a while to get plums or pears (say instead of apples) so they could have a treat? Also, it mixes up and gives them a little variety and when I say once-in-a-while, I mean every couple of months? Or could you buy a bag of frozen fruit (berries or peaches) and put a small handful over cereal or oatmeal or something like that? By the way, pears should be cheaper around this time of year but plums likely will not. Good luck.

    • maybe it’s a good time to teach them about seasons? I know pears are in season, but if you can teach them about certain fruits/veggies only being grown at certain times of the year, they might understand when you don’t stock everything at home.

    • Never disappoint a 5 year old, you’ll ruin them. If you don’t have their preferred fruit, organic of course, then shower them with candy and toys, even if you have to charge it. And, let them stay up late so they aren’t traumatized by your failure to provide a full-fruit selection.

      • reeeooowww (is that how you spell a cat sound?)

        I think this poster may have forgotten that this is Prince of Petworth, not DC Urban Moms.

      • Hahahaha. If I asked my Mom why I couldn’t have a certain type of fruit, the answer would be “Because. That’s why.” Don’t question Mommy.

        • Seriously. Why do parents feel the need to explain things to a 5-year-old?

          If it was my kid I would tell them: “You can eat whatever you want, once you can pay for it. While I’m paying for it, you’ll eat what I say you’ll eat.”

    • Tell them about how scarce fresh fruit was back in the old days. Like the time I caught the ferry to Shelbyville. I needed a new heel for m’shoe. So I decided to go to Morganville, which is what they called Shelbyville in those days. So I tied an onion to my belt. Which was the style at the time. Now, to take the ferry cost a nickel, and in those days, nickels had pictures of bumblebees on ‘em. Gimme five bees for a quarter, you’d say. Now where was I… oh yeah. The important thing was that I had an onion tied to my belt, which was the style at the time. You couldn’t get white onions, because of the war. The only thing you could get was those big yellow ones…

    • Tell the little kid that you can stop buying grapes so that (s)he only has two choices if (s)he would like?

      Reminds me of my co-worker in Peace Corps who bought bananas while we were in the capital so she could bring them home to her son b/c our town didn’t have them at that time of year.

    • The real question seems to be “How can I say no to my son when, as a yuppie, I’m culturally obligated to give him everything is little heart desires?”

    • Hey, at least your kid is willing to eat fruit…!

    • Your kids are complaining because they only have ‘three choices’ for fruit?

      Sounds like you have some spoiled kids.

      • Jesus christ, dudes. It’s a 5 year old and he/she is full of questions. Stop projecting your dislike of entitled kids onto this poor person.

        Treating people like this does not encourage the very type of everyday posting that brings us here.

        PLUR?
        (Old rave-y term; peace, love, unity, respect)

  • Rant: Patience. I have none.
    Rave: Four day weekend for me!
    Rant: Will be spending 2 of them cooking up a storm for an event.
    Rave: Will get to see loved ones and my kittehs during said event.

  • Rant: Somewhat recently single, and yesterday’s thread on dating kinda depressed me. It’s not really that bad here is it? (I’m 30′s, female)

    Rave: I’m actually really enjoying being single and not having the responsibilities of a relationship, so I don’t need to worry about this now.

    • Hmmm, I wonder if I should interpret the lack of encouraging responses as a sign I should “give up and get cats.”

      (I never got that, though… what does pet ownership have to do with relationship status? I mean, I know a lot of single GUYS who own cats — does that mean they’ll be eternal bachelors?)

      • I think the lack of encouraging responses was probably because you’re only “recently single,” as opposed to “single for a long time” or something.

        If you’re only recently single, you might as well enjoy being single for a while (and put that relationship behind you), rather than focus on immediately getting coupled up again.

      • I don’t think it’s the ownership per se, it’s the degree to which the pet relationship is a surrogate for human relationship, or so the stereotype goes.

      • I suspect that because this topic was covered yesterday in RRRa/oR post and an entire separate post was devoted to this topic, people might have thought you could refer to either/both of those threads. I take it that the responses run the gamut from being helpful and optimistic to pessimistic and not too hopeful on the outlook of the dating scene in DC. I take it as “you make it what you wish” with a little bit of challenge thrown in for good measure. Not sure if it’s specific to DC or really anywhere nowadays. You also seemed to be OK with your newly single status and that might have signaled to people that you really didn’t need encouragement. I’d say enjoy your solitary time, your life. People gravitate towards positivism generally.

        I’m not sure where the “get cats” comes from other than a stereotype and maybe even a children’s nursery rhyme (the old lady who lived in a shoe). It’s a bit of a double standard because sometimes I think men get dogs in order to be a conversation starter with women on their dog walks. I know that plenty of men who have dogs have dogs for *noble* reasons. Men have said, though, dogs are good conversation starters.

        • Yeah, I think the cats thing is a stereotype — specifically, the single woman with cats. (There doesn’t seem to be any historical stigma attached to guys having cats.)

          • Every stereotype has a kernel of truth to it – sometimes that kernel is very, very small but there’s always something. Take my situation, for example. My GF is about half a step away from “crazy cat woman”. She’s even got a cat shower curtain!

            After a long discussion with Baby Boo Boo (my cat), we decided that her innumerable good qualities far outweigh her crazy cat tendencies and that she thinks her two cats are cuter than Baby Boo Boo. I’ll change her…

          • But the stereotype is the older, unmatched/unpaired single, lonely female who lives with cat(s), who might also be a little wacky, oh I mean eccentric. Regardless, your GF is coupled up, which right there suggests she is not the stereotype…unless you are foreshadowing…

      • Aw, thanks ya’ll.

        Totally agree about not focusing on the love life for now.. I have really been enjoying focusing on everything ELSE (work, friendships, hobbies) for a while.

        I think it was just the combination of the women saying “I can’t even find a guy who doesn’t smell bad!” and the men, “Hot women throw themselves at me everywhere I go!” (maybe an exaggeration) that kinda freaked me out. I mean, I actually think there are a lot of great guys in this town.

        • Honestly, that is probably the best way and time to meet someone — just being content with yourself and out doing things you enjoy. I think something about the self-confidence and lack of desperation to have a boyfriend or girlfriend is attractive.

          • “I think something about the self-confidence and lack of desperation to have a boyfriend or girlfriend is attractive.”

            +1

            A woman who has her own interests, friends, and passions is waaaaaaaay more attractive than a woman who wants to put 100% of her time and focus on her relationship. As someone who has his own interests, I find the latter case to be suffocating, IMHO.

  • Emilie504

    Rave: Happy Birthday friend! Enjoy your day.

  • Q: Does anybody know of a brick and mortar location where I can get one of those DC flag tshirts?

    Rant: I got tricked into going to Philips (restaurant in SW) and it was terrible and expensive.

    Rant: I’m sending a postcard to France and don’t know when I’ll be able to send myself there.

    Rave: I really enjoyed the cold rainy weather we had on Monday and the beautiful weather we had on Sunday.

  • Rave: PoPville, for the kind comments of support on Tuesday.
    Rant: My HCG number didn’t go up at all. My doctor told me I will most likely have an early miscarriage, but I have to go for more tests tomorrow to ensure that the number drops. If it doesn’t, it could indicate an ectopic pregnancy. Either way, it’s not a viable pregancy.
    Rant: Exhausted, worn out, and heartbroken.

  • Rant/Rave: Today is my birthday.

    Rant: In the same place that I was twelve months ago.

    Rant: Ready to move fro DC, but dreams of a live in FL have been dashed.

    Revel: Nooshi sushi!

  • Costco in DC opens Nov 29th! Super excited to not have to go to VA/Spend my money in VA!

  • rant: leaving my apt before the end of the lease, landlord wants new tenants to pay more than our current lease, and we haven’t found anyone to rent it at the new rent. If you’d like to rent a 2br/1 bath with parking less than 2 blocks from the Waterfront metro for $2250 plus gas and electric (usually totaling $50-120 a month, depending on season) email me at braver@umich.edu

    revel: we’re moving out because we bought a place in the neighborhood and i love it. the sellers, lender, etc. are being fairly reasonable and the inspector was great. it’s a little stressful, but the process has been ok so far.

  • Rave: Produce guy in CH Giant tracked me down in the store to tell me they did indeed have tomitillos and where they were! (I had thought they would have been near the peppers.)

    Request: Pepper advice anyone? I’m making a pork-shoulder chile verde – so far extremely tasty (lots of garlic, oregano, cumin, honey, lime juice, onion, roasted tomitillos, roasted jalapenos & roasted some other kind of pepper (large, pale green, mild?) I don’t want it zinging hot, but it needs a bit more kick and I just don’t know peppers that well. Bonus points for a variety they sell at Giant or nearby. (cute little orange walnut-sized ones, skinny finger-sized red ones – sorry but none were really identified.)

    • Be careful! Those *cute* little walnut-size orange ones are a little bundle of flaming heat (aka, habaneros). If you don’t want to kick up your dish that much, try the garden variety (jalapeno) or serrano. Again, if you’re a little worried about heat, remove seeds and ribs, which is where heat tends to be concentrated in peppers. Also, make sure to wash hands well or if you touch your face, rub your eyes, they will burn.

    • How about chipotles in adobo sauce? Adds a nice smokey, spicey flavor to anything.

    • Is it a Tomato based chili? I found a way to add the perfect amount of heat and flavor–I just add one can of San Marcos Chipotle Sauce. It is so easy and quick! Adds a nice flavorful heat that even my spice-averse boyfriend likes.

    • Add some roasted poblanos for flavor and some jalepenos or serranos for a bit of kick. The spice level on the jalepenos and serranos varies from pepper to pepper, so taste a little piece before you add it all in if you’re worried about spice level.

      • It’s not tomato based but roasted tomatillo. I already used jalapeno & (I think) poblano, which I roasted & took out seeds & skins. It has great flavor – but perhaps some raw jalapeno will add that little touch of heat? I’ll check out the chipotles! Thanks for the warning on the habaneros! They did look dangerous!

  • novadancer

    still hating god awful haircut.

    revel: hubby taking me to Blue Duck Tavern for my b-day dinner tonight. Interested to try it based on the mixed reviews here.

    • Happy Bday, hope you have a great dinner at BDT. A few months back (maybe even a year ago), the kitchen changed hands and I’ve only heard the greatest things about it since then.

      May I ask where you got your haircut? I’d like to cut down my possibility of getting a worthless haircut. That seems to be happening frequently.

      • novadancer

        thanks!
        Tim @ Urban Style Lab – which came via a post here a while ago. He was fine the first few times (below shoulders) but definitely didn’t understand an edgy chin length cut.

        • I am constantly amazed and equally as disappointed by the haircuts I get in this city, and continue to pay $50-$60 for. My next haircut will be at Aveda institute because If I am going to get a bad cut, at least I will pay less.

          • Linda at Signature Image Salon (near 930 Club) is a miracle worker, and does a great job with shortish hair. She really takes her time, so the cuts grow out nicely so you can space out haircuts a bit.

          • Aveda can give you a decent cut – but the one time I went it took nearly 2 hours. I’ve had just as good hit or miss at Hair Cuttery in Dupont as with about 8 other salons (all recommend on PoP!) I think sadly, every place is hit or miss until maybe you get to the $90 cut.

          • Eden at Verizon Center Bang. Never, ever a bad cut. Runs about $42 before tip. Go now.

          • Gator at the Lipstick Beauty Salon is the best. They only let, well, you know, ‘special’ girls in. You have to audition to even get your hair done!

      • I’m a huge fan of Mandy at Bubbles on Bethesda Row. I have a round face and she knows how to frame it well.

    • I was about to post a rant about my awful haircut! I hate it.

  • Rave: Howard Levy’s playing Wolf Trap tomorrow night.

    Rant: Getting to Wolf Trap means driving to Northern VA.

  • Rant: Saw a kid steal the cell phone from the Columbia Heights metro stop last night.

    Rave: As the man was yelling “stop that kid”, so many people attempted to in fact, stop that kid. Including one pedestrian who was thrown to the ground after trying to tackle the kid. I do believe the man received his cell phone.

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