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: Moving to NYC!

    Rant: Unsure if I will be able to keep studying Jiu-Jitsu due to work and grad school demands. I hope I can find the time and money.

    • jealous youre moving to nyc! what for?

      Rant: school is the bane of my existence.
      Wasn’t it supposed to be warmer today?

      Rave: I’ll be done with school in 2 weeks!
      Christmas movies on TV!

  • Rant: Rats have taken over. Literally dozens and dozens all over the place each night, front of the house, side yard, back yard, alley, inside neighbor’s car, in all the alley sheds, soon they’ll be breaking down the front door! I can’t stand it anymore, I think I might buy a slingshot and go hunting! Wonder if the big school construction at EL Haynes had something to do with it, or the bumper crop of acorns this year. We’ve never had rats, and now this year, they are everywhere!

    Rave: Racoons mating last night up in my neighbor’s tree, making a ton of noise. I wish I could teach them to hunt rats!

    • Find some stray cats and release them in your neighborhood. That will take care of the rat problem very quickly.

      • Nah, DC rats are too big and bold for cats. My cat is 18 pounds (read, about twice the size of the average cat), an excellent hunter– brings us a mouse at least weekly– and has never once brought down a grown rat (occasional babies). And it’s not for a lack of rats in our neighborhood.

    • call DC rodent control – (through 311) they really are responsive and will treat burrows all over the block. Prepare ahead of time by getting all your neighbors to look for burrows & mark them.

    • Cats can do the job. Contact Alley Cat Allies. The group spays/neuters feral cats, “tips” their ears so it’s clear in the future they have been spayed/neutered, and releases them back outside. Feral cats can’t be socialized, so can’t be adopted.

      The group also releases cats upon request in areas with high rat populations and the cats do the job.
      http://www.alleycat.org/

      • Neat site. Wonder if cats can be harmed by eating rats that have recently eaten poison bait?

      • Feral cats do not kill rats. Alley Cat Allies feeds cats behind my house, with absolutely no effect on the enormous rat problem. But lots of cat piss & poop in my garden & back yard.

        • +100000… we also have a lady that feeds cats in our alley. so we have the cat piss and poo problem as well. found out that making habanero tea works at keeping them away… lasts for maybe 2 weeks unless it rains. All you have to do is grind up habanero peppers tie the mush into a coffee filter and boil it for a couple hours. Spray the tea all over your yard/plants with this stuff (you can get a cheap garden sprayer at ACE). Don’t touch your face while making this stuff!

  • Rant: I am sorry to hear about the accident at McDonald’s on 18th and Columbia, as it was in the news that the driver had a “medical emergency” which caused the car to crash. But why are DC police still outside the McDonald’s? Who is footing that bill? I have walked by them twice today and they are literally just sitting in their cars eating BK (ironically) and playing on their phones. If McDonald’s is paying for this, I am all for it. However if I, the taxpayer, am footing the bill for this guy checking his Facebook, I am not happy. I am sure there time could be better spent patrolling the surrounding neighborhood.

  • Did I just read DC police twitter right – L/O for 10 B/M’s! Ten, really? Wow, and only one knife? What is U St coming to these days….

  • Rant: It really really bothers me that when I lived on Gresham ST NW for the last 7 years the garbage men broke our cans, didn’t pick up all the garbage most of the time, left cans at the wrong house and were loud as all get out. Now we live in Brookland….none of that..no issues at all. Now really why is the garbage pick up not as consistent in Columbia Heights as it is over here? Ridiculous. I’m thankful we don’t have these issues anymore but super ticked off we had to tolerate it for years.

  • Rave: Jingle All the Way 8K was tons of fun – saw lot of friends and some great costumes.

  • Rant: Why do so many people walk on the left side of the sidewalk here?? This is the capital of the US, not the UK, right?

    • You aren’t kidding. I’ve made a game of it where I just weave through people since some walk on the right and others on the left.

    • Because, to best of my knowledge, there is no unwritten rule in the US about which side of the sidewalk should be walked on. If there is, I’ve never come across it in my 40 years of being a sidewalk walker.

      • Unless there’s someone walking toward me, I walk the furthest from the curb, which may or may not be the left side, for safety reasons. And maybe it’s ingrained from running on trails and paths, but I feel like faster foot traffic should pass on the left.

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