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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  • Revel: Wonderful meal yesterday with friends followed by hours of interesting discussion and football over plenty of wine and pie.

    Revel: Hardly anyone at work today! So quiet!

    Rant: Honestly, I am so disgusted by Black Friday and the people who forego a meal with family or friends to buy things. Let’s all make a conscious choice for human connections over material goods!

    • Wait, seriously? The people who wait in line for black friday are people who want to give their families and friends nice winter holiday gifts. In a down economy people simply can’t afford to order online or go pay retail for electronics, and, because they love them, they’re putting their kids first above leisure time by standing in obnoxious lines.

      It is astounding to keep hearing DC folks judge others for wanting to buy nicer Christmas gifts for their families than their regular paychecks would allow in one of the worst recessions this country has ever seen. Sorry some of us NEED WalMart and Black Friday, and we can’t just go to Target like you can to pay $$$ to celebrate with our families.

      • Yup. I have nothing against Black Friday or people who take advantage of great savings. I have no desire to shop early Friday morning (or late Thursay night), but I have no problem with those who do. Luckily, I have very little Christmas shopping to do.

      • I have no problem with the people shopping. I do, however, have a problem with the managers/leadership of Walmart and other stores that choose to open their stores at times that interfere with people’s family time. I find most of the people that defend black friday don’t have family that work in retail who are forced to leave early or go to be super early to deal with working on black friday. These aren’t rich people either.

      • If you can’t afford to buy people things then you shouldn’t.

      • I’m sorry, but I think it’s sad that you equate buying people gifts that you can’t afford with love. Do your loved ones want you to go into debt to buy them things??

        I’d rather spend time with my family–that’s a real memory, not some toy or gadget that no one will remember in a year.

        • And not just gifts people can’t afford– he/she specifies electronics. As if that’s the only meaningful gift you can give someone.

      • 75% of the stuff people buy on Black Friday is for themselves.

        • 37% of all statistics are made up on the spot.

          Boy are you haters a twisted lot. Because I don’t want to spend beyond my means I want to get the biggest bang for my buck. That “Big Bang” is called black Friday. Standing in line, early arrival, crowds are the cost of low prices.

          And what’s your beef with electronics? Big fan of the 1800’s are we? The knitted cap you made for me is thoughtful. Thank you.

          I also appreciate the 52″ TV that you got for $400 instead of $1,200 on black Friday.

          • Actually you can get better or equivalent deals online. I’m sure there is the occasional exception of course.

    • +1000. I hate how people “need” to buy all these things. You’d be surprised how easy it is to strengthen your finances and stretch your paycheck when you focus on what’s important and what you really need, not these material goods that junk up our homes.

      • i got a washer and dryer on black friday a few years ago. it was something i “needed” — no car, and i was walking more than a mile to the coin op each way. a few times i even hitch hiked because it was too cold/rainy out to walk. without the discount, I couldn’t have afforded the w/d set for another year.

        so don’t criticize; sometimes the stuff that people pick up actually is stuff that is needed.

  • Rave: Great Thanksgiving dinner last night. My homemade bread and smoked turkey were a hit (as they are every year.)

    Rant: A friend who was supposed to join us never returned my calls when I tried to touch base with him about the details. He’s kind of flakey, but I expected him to at least call or text me that he had other plans.

    Rave: That friend would have been the designated driver last night. Since I ended up driving, I’m not horribly hungover today and I’m working a half day. I think I’ll treat myself to a nice lunch this afternoon.

  • Rave: Not trying to rub it in to those at work today but employers who give the day after Thanksgiving off get a gold star. Coffee-ing now with a very leisurely day ahead.
    Rant: I sound like a jerk to everyone who had to go to work today. Sorry, everyone!
    Rave: Such a wonderful time with friends on Thanksgiving. To those of you who share your homes and tasty cooking with friends on Thanksgiving, you get a gold star! So nice to be included by lovely people when I can’t be home with my own fam.

    • Don’t most (non-retail) private sector employers give employees today off? This is the first time in my life I’ve come to work the day after Thanksgiving.

      • The government does not give the day after Thanksgiving as a holiday. I’m not complaining- I took the day off. I was just answering your question.

        • I’m now seeing that you said private-sector employers. So, nevermind. Happy Thanksgiving weekend!

          • There are a lot of private sector employers (most small Government contractors) that just follow the Government schedule. I think the bigger companies that have more of a global presence do the days after Thanksgiving and either before or after Christmas in lieu of the minor ones.

        • Most of us private-sector employees with today off are enjoying our first long weekend since Labor Day, so don’t be too jealous!

      • When I worked for a large private-sector company the year after I graduated from college, we did not get the day after Thanksgiving off. We had to take it as leave if we wanted to travel out of the area for the holiday.

  • Rant: Working today.

    Revel: Getting a lot done since no one is around to email or call me.

    Revel: Wonderful dinner with my hilarious parents yesterday.

    Rant: No pumpkin pie! May have to head out for a mini Pie Sisters version later today.

  • Allison

    Rave: Had a nice quiet Thanksgiving dinner with husband last night– made an easy turkey tenderloin instead of a whole bird, sweet potatoes, stuffing, and homemade cranberry sauce– dozed off to music on the couch and played a board game after, in which I properly trounced him. He’s a good sport. 🙂

    Rant: Cannot wait until the next three weeks of school/finals are over and I can breathe again temporarily over Christmas break.

  • skj84

    Rave: Cooked my first Thanksgiving Dinner yesterday and I was a huge hit with the family. I was so worried something would go wrong.

    Rave: Watching the Skins beat Dallas with the family. Great bonding.

    Rant: I have to work today

    Rant: I spent more money than I had budgeted on groceries, so no shopping for me this weekend.

    Rave: I’ll go sightseeing with my Sister tomorrow instead!

  • Revel: Love DC when everyone leaves town for the holidays! Low stress driving, plenty of parking.

    Rave: Sweet sunshine, glorious world!

    • Allison

      Indeed! I was able to drive to and park easily at Rock Creek Park yesterday and go for a long walk in the sunny woods. A great Thanksgiving hike.

      • Parking in Rock Creek park has never been a problem for me. I go 3-4 times a week, all over the park – always easy parking.

        • Allison

          Where do you usually prefer to park? I parked at picnic area 23/24, but had a long hike down the hill to reach the Valley Trail. I’m trying to find the best trail access spots with easy free public parking. I also know Beach Drive and Bigham Drive are closed on weekends and holidays, so those parking spots are out.

          • On my map it looks like #23 & 24 are near the Tennis stadium/Carter Barron area. If you go in on Kennedy Street and continue driving down the hill into the park you will be just north of the Police station – Across Beach Drive, going toward Military Rd. there is a small parking area – 5-6 cars on the left (maybe#22) Or you can drive up that road on the left ( Ross Drive) to several other small areas with access to trails.

            But only the lower part of Beach Drive, between Military Rd. & Blagden Ave. is completely closed to cars. You drive on Beach (very slowly) to access large parking/picnic areas #6-10 all the way to Wise Rd. Sherrill Dr. & Bingham Drive are, as you said, closed.

            The trail just north of #10 (walk up the road and cross the little bridge) is one of the prettiest in the park.

  • Sparta

    Rave and thanks to the staff working on Thanksgiving at my bank’s Fraud Alert service. They called me after two suspicious purchases were made on my account in Michigan (while I remained in DC).

    Because of their service on Thanksgiving Day, I was able to immediately be notified of the situation and cancel my card.

    All hail to those who work on holidays.

  • Rave: My Turkey and stuffing were huge hits, and it was the first time I’ve ever made either! So proud and happy that my friends loved it.

    Rave: Just enough leftovers (after friends took stuff home) that I should get a couple more meals out of it and none of it should go bad.

    Rant: Have to work today.

    Rave: Only one phone call so far, which makes it less stressful and tedious than normal.

  • Rave: For a quiet peaceful Thanksgiving.

    Rant: People have been out using those damn leave blowers since 10am this morning. It’s been going on for three hours straight. Can’t people just rake anymore? I really need to get triple pane windows.

    • Could be worse….you could be at work like me!

    • Imagine if they raked instead of leaf blowing– it would take 6 hours.

      Also, are you sure those are the DPW guys collecting leaves in your neighborhood? They really take their time.

  • pablo .raw

    rant: working today
    rave: working from home. First part of the day I had to go to one of our projects near U Street and decided to go for some quiet lunch at Ben’s.
    Wrong! that place was at full as any Saturday night!
    rave: half smoke, fries, thick strawberry shake + nap 🙂

  • Rant: Went into the office today for a meeting and the other person never showed. Never sent an email or called to let me know.

  • Revel: Made my first turkey with the parents and in-laws in attendance and it was amazing! Mom declared the white meat to be the best she’s had in 20 years!
    Revel: great dinner all around with no crazy arguments and an awesome husband who did all the cleanup
    Rant: lack of any motivation to do anything today post yesterdays cooking marathon, even though I had the day off and could have accomplished lots.

  • You were right @anon 9:48pm, it was the DPW guys. There is not a leaf to be had on the street or in the alley. I guess I’ll take back my rant about the noise and Rave that the city services are working. I’m personally living for Dec 1 when I can go to the document shredding site at Ft. Totten.

    • Yeah, they came once on a Saturday morning last year and made quite a racket for several hours. I appreciate how thorough they are though!

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