Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

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: SKINS! And Cousins – amazing, bench-led comeback! Glad to see the Skins with some depth.

      RANT: RGIII’s knee. Praying for the best.

      RAVE: First place in my fantasy league meant I had a bye this week for the first round of the playoffs. Enjoyed my time on Sunday as my friends were pulling their hair out. Lets hope the Seahawks defense puts up another HUGE performance next week when it counts for me!

      • Totally. Praying for Griff’s knee. And I’m an atheist!

        • Part of me thinks that God doesn’t care about Football.

          The recurring theme of RG3 running out of the pocket frightens me. If he was seriously injured it would ruin the career of a rising star. This is the 3rd time it’s happened. The fact that they put him back in just after that play made me sad too. I love football, but the idea of “intentionally trying to hurt someone to take them out of the game” is really tarnishing my esteem for the sport. I hope RG3 starts taking those types of risky runs out of his game and that the team does a better job of protecting him, because if he’s out for the season, I’m out too.

  • I am considering getting rid of ADT/Brinks and replacing it with Ackerman, any views pro or con? Thanks,

    • I switched to Ackerman over a year ago, and I am very pleased with the service and much lower cost. Go for it!

      • I have frontpoint security and they’re perfectly fine. I hear Ackerman ads on sports talk radio all the time and I checked them out because of it. Based off the Yelp reviews I wouldnt do it.

  • Rant: Woman on the metro platform this morning who was yelling at people exiting the train to move faster because she had to get on. I hate impatient people!

    • Rant: People who take too long to get off the train. We all know in crowded situations, it’s not uncommon to not be able to get on the train before the doors close because it took seemingly forever for the exiting passengers to accomplish their task.

      • Take a look at L’Enfant and Metro Center during rush hour. Often times I see the drive closing the door before everyone can get on the train due to the masses exiting.

      • It’d be wonderful if people waiting to get on actually stood to the sides so two people could leave at once, instead of crowding the doors.

        • What if we could “train” people – with diagrams – to exit the cars by staying to their right, while people simultaneously enter from their right. (More or less 2 single files.) I see the backup mostly because people waiting to enter bunch up on both sides of the door – required exiting passengers to walk single file through the middle – which can be a corridor of 6-10 feet long.

          • Or if we train so that all passengers exiting the train exited from the center doors and all people entering enter through the 2 end doors. Would make “moving to the center” alot easier on all passengers.

          • This isn’t Japan. Not enough homogeneity in America to instill that level of social order.

      • Rave: Taking the bus to work.

  • Rave: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. I’ve been watching it for 46 years, and it never gets old.

  • Rant: how do you crash into the Adams Morgan McDs?

    Rave: Finally read the comments on the PoP post about the crash. Wife asking me whether I am OK after I start spasming with laughter . . . and cannot stop.

  • Rant: That they are blaming the DJ’s for the nurses death. If I’m mistaking nearly all major news outlets broadcasted the ‘prank’ once it was made aware.

    Rave: I’m starting to not sweat the small things in life anymore. Preparing for a great start to next year.

  • RANT: Yet MORE knife-point robberies in Logan/Dupont/U Street over the weekend. Please Chief Lanier–get a plan in place NOW to get more police patrolling the sidewalks. What are you waiting on????

    • there was one on my block on thursday night. what gets me is the cops that are always hanging out at the 7-11 on 17th and r st nw, especially the bike cop. she would probably do better actually riding her bike and patrolling the area then standing next to the coffee.

      • There are always cops at 17th and R hanging and always a cop car at New Hampshire and R – I wonder what they do.
        I didn’t know there was bad stuff happening in the neighborhood this weekend – what happened and where?

        • For one thing, 10 suspects mugged somebody at knifepoint at 10th and U around 8:00pm on Saturday. Last I heard, the police arrested three juveniles in that one. Then another knife robbery around 12th and R at 5:00pm on Sunday. And a robbery/stabbing around 11:00pm Friday night at 16th and NH. Did I miss anything, commenters?

          • jez…
            I also heard about one at 17th and Corcoran on Thursday night last week. UGH

          • Also someone was mugged yesterday in Woodley Park on Conn Ave & Calvert St.

          • That’s awful (and right around the corner from my apartment).

            I ordered a keychain mace spray off Amazon today. I’m hoping I won’t need it (if they have a gun or knife I’m not arguing with them – they can have my stuff), but you need some way to get away in case they escalate it to a physical attack.

    • Seriously. And yes, I know this is a city and crime happens…but what disturbs me is the frequency and utter impunity of these incidents and the seeming inability of the justice system (the police, the courts, DC government, or some combination of the three) to respond effectively.

  • Rant: Columbia Heights Giant hasn’t discovered that it has a near-monopoly on groceries in that part of town. They still insist on putting impulse buy stuff in the middle of the aisles, thereby making the place impossible to nagivate. And they like to take similar items and spread them across the store, pricing them differently in different aisles so you have to go through the whole store if you want to pay the “real” price. Wake up Giant! You now operate a volume business – it’s about getting the most people in and out the door, not about maximizing profit per person. Clear the aisles, organize the food logically, and get me out of your store.

    • This.

      Have started shopping at the smaller, more expensive, and less convenient Harris Teeter on Kalorama Rd to avoid the madhouse that is Giant.

      • Absolutely. I have been a loyal Harris Teeter customer for years. I also think the Harris Teeter brand food is better than the Giant brand, which means I save by not buying name brands.

      • I love Harris Teeter – the people are so nice. I went into Giant yesterday afternoon for 2 things and it looked like a pre-blizzard panic – lines 15 people long down every aisle.

      • +1. I love Harris Teeter. Yeah, the prices may be a little higher, but it is worth it to me not to have to deal with the employees and customers at Giant.

        • Is Harris Teeter really more expensive, or is that just a misperception based on the better quality of the stores and their products? I find Giant is way more expensive, while Safeway and Harris Teeter have similar prices.

    • How does the scanner at the register know which aisle you picked an item up in? You should get the same price regardless of which display you got it from.

      • I think the OP means different brands of the same item, so you can’t compare the prices side by side, and I completely agree with this rant. Cans of beans are in 4 different isles at that Giant, it drives me nuts.

        • This is exactly what I meant. Boullion cubes are in two different aisles. Fancy cheese at one end, “normal” cheese at the other end, parmesan cheese in the pasta aisle. Horseradish wasn’t with the condiments or produce or kosher section – it was in the dairy aisle.

    • binpetworth

      I’m annoyed at how, every Saturday morning during the weekend rush, the aisles are blocked by boxes and carts. I get that people need to restock, but why between 8-12 on Saturday?

      Will be sooo happy when the Petworth Safeway reopens!

      • Emilie504

        This bugs me at my safeway. The weekend rush is not a good time to restock. And if it’s absolutely necessary, then the employees need to make sure there is room to get past the restocking.

    • Having shopped at a lot of grocery stores in DC, I really don’t think that the CoHi Giant is all that bad, in fact I find it more efficiently operated than most grocers in town. It’s really the people who shop there that create most of the problem, people need to be more aware of their surroundings sometimes. My only real problem with the place is that they run the automated checkout line down the health food aisle. All of those young singles buying frozen dinners aren’t really sympathetic to someone trying to get at the gluten-free stuff.

      • “All of those young singles buying frozen dinners aren’t really sympathetic to someone trying to get at the gluten-free stuff.”

        I am so laughing at this!

      • I really don’t think it’s that bad either. I like that it’s open 24 hours, and I thought the reorganization helped with some of the space issues they were having. I just avoid going at peak times (after work, Sundays, etc.), and it’s fine.

  • Rant: Being flat footed :( makes working out painful sometimes.
    Rave: Natalia at the Nike Store in Georgetown. Very knowledgeable and helped me pick out a pair of work out shoes specifically for my kind of feet.
    Rave: Wore said shoes this morning and I totally feel the difference.
    Query: This weather. What’s going on !?

  • houseintherear

    RANT. I am not feeling well, but it’s not a sick “emergency” because I’m not having a seizure or vomiting uncontrollably. But I can’t find a sub, so I can’t go home. I need a new career.

  • Rant: Just saw this video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=xYOWDRnwdoo

    It’s depressing because I honestly don’t see a solution to this culture where it’s cool to be in a gang that steals and harasses people.

  • Question: Anyone know what happened to the tree on 14th near Monroe (in front of Ruby Tuesday area?) It looked like it was being pulled out…

    Second Question: Any good recommendations to take my office mates (8 or so) to lunch near Navy Yard? Mates are a bit stuffy, so the place needs to have parking, food can’t be toooo “out there” and ideally should have decent vegetarian options?

    Rave: In S.C. over the weekend and it was 75 and sunny :)

    • There’s not much near the Navy Yard– there is a new Thai place and Justin’s has pizza and sandwiches (go earlier b/c the kitchen is slow). I suggest taking the Circulator up to Eastern Market/8th St.

      • I lived in the Navy Yard for 2 years, and was a frequent Justin’s patron. Even during their worst crunch times, I never found their kitchen to be slow. I guess it could depend on what you order though.

      • Yeah I figured. I’m happy to take them to capitol hill/eastern market, but last year these people spent 35 min driving around for a parking spot because they didn’t think to go off a side street. One gentleman was worried about his safety (at 11:30 on a work day) and was prepared to give a ninja chop. I would ditch this lunch entirely if it wasn’t in my honor….le sigh.

        Maybe I’ll take them to Old Town, any suggestions for King St?

        Thanks a million :-)

        • I work next to the Navy Yard… whenever coworkers want to go out for lunch it’s either Molly Malones (with a caravan of cars to trying to find parking at a place we could have walked to in 7 minutes), or Don Pablos in Potomac Yard.

  • Rave: Relaxing weekend at home, hanging with friends, and enjoying the city and our home.
    Rave: Daydreaming about life in London with the husband – thinking about grad school over there.
    Rant: Still no gift for hard to buy for brother – he’s going to Savannah for new years with his girlfriend. Any advice from POPville on what I can get him for his trip – any really cool places in Savannah to get him a gc for?

    • Savannah has the same hop on hop off tour bus as we have here in DC. I took a couple of tours when I was there on business, lots of spooky places to check out. I also did the Paula Deen tour which was fun and included lunch at Bubba’s.

    • It’s been over a decade since I’ve been down, but downtown Savannah is easy to get around – you can do self tours (the cemetaries are beautiful) or there are quite a few guided tours, walking or not.

      And Lady and Sons was the Paula Deen restaurant we went to (before she blew up in popularity).

  • Rant: My brother called me late last night, sounding very depressed basically begging me to come stay with him (he is 10 hours away and I don’t have a car), because he doesn’t do well with being alone. I told him I could come down after xmas and help him with stuff down there. I plan to call him every day, and if it seems like he is not getting better, will rent a car to go be there, but I just wish there was something else I could do. He will come here for xmas so it’s only 2 weeks or so away. I know these feelings pass, and come back, and pass again, so I am just hoping they pass long enough for him to make it the next couple weeks.

    Rant: So sick of the grey dreariness we have been having the last few days.

    Rant: I don’t think I have any raves today.

  • GiantSquid

    Rave: Family friend’s wedding this weekend. Really nice to see brothers, sig others, & family friends from high school.

    Rant: Family friend’s wedding this weekend. Despite having chat with parents about poor behavior at last wedding, still ended up with drunk, pissed off parents misbehaving. Tired of feeling like the babysitter. Very disappointed in parents. Don’t want to do stuff with them anymore which makes me sad. They have personal issues they need to deal with and not in a public forum.

    Rave: Coming home to DC, decorated house, cuddly dogs, and husband’s hugs.

  • Rave: Took kids to PG’s Festival of Lights in Watkins Regional Park nice display and only $5 per car unlike the very expensive, but very cool ICE attraction at National Harbor.

    @Britt – I went to a really cool Wine / Martini dessert bar in Savannah. I cant’ remember the name.

  • Emilie504

    Rave: Not sick with the flu anymore.

    Rant: Still exhausted from the flu, but I can be exhausted at work and get some stuff done & not infect anyone. I wonder if I can take a nap on my lunch break without getting in trouble.

    Remember: It’s the relapse that will kill you, so take it easy.

  • Rant: Weekend went by way too fast. Even though I got a lot done, I feel like I still need time to take care of more housework things.

    Rave: Got a lot done this weekend. Multiple loads of laundry done, supported my old team by helping out at a competition, and I actually even got around to starting to wrap Christmas presents.

    Rave: Almost done with my Christmas shopping!

  • pablo .raw

    Rave: getting the tools for a successful future, not letting anything get on the way.
    Rave: pumpkin pie
    Rave: looking forward to so many projects!

  • Rave: Fannie May chocolates. If you’re from Chicago, you know what I’m talking about.
    Rave: 2 pounds of Fannie May chocolates in my fridge.
    Rant: Weight loss goal can wait until January?

  • Any Bad Brains fans? This will make your day. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r326c3DewuE.

  • rant: bus drivers who keep telling people to move back at every stop and allowing more people to squeeze into the lack of available space. also, the people who see that the bus is completely full but think new space will magically free up if they swarm to get onto the bus. it’s a fixed space, new space can’t be created. this isn’t the last bus to ever show up. more will come, i promise.

    rave: finished christmas shopping. and it feels great.

    • Meh, have been in this spot, even late at night on 70 up GA Ave. More busses will come, 20 minutes later… Hence, I am getting on this bus.

    • Um, I’d love to give this bus driver a high-5. In my experience, not enough bus drivers tell people to move to the back to create more room. If he kept repeating the messages, despite there being no additional space, its because the drive has a very limited view of what’s happening in the back when it’s crowded.

      50% of people won’t move back, unless you tell them to, which is wasteful and adds strain to our public transport system.

      • On the bus routes I take, people often won’t move back even when they are asked/told.

        • My bus-related rant is the passengers mid-bus who are so in their own world that they can see hordes of people trying to sandwich themselves into the front door of the bus, and yet they don’t think “huh, maybe I should turn around and look over my shoulder to see if there’s any room behind me so I can move back…” For whatever reason, some people really resist that back 1/3 of the bus, and it baffles me. (I get if your stop is coming up soon and you want to stick near the door, but I’ve seen this habit among people who are nowhere near their stop.)

          Also, as an ex-New Yorker, I’m culturally programmed to look at any form of transit, no matter how crowded, and think “What?! There’s a TON of room left to squeeze in, people!” I’m working on it… ;)

      • don’t get me wrong, i love when bus drivers tell people to move back, when there is actually room to move back into. but, sometimes, the case is that the bus is just full. there is just no more room. and more room won’t magically appear by adding more people to the mix when no one is getting off.

  • rant: online dating (ok, dating in general.) bah humbug.

  • Rant: woman who got on the train this morning and pressed her entire body against the pole I had been holding onto. She looked at me with contempt when I said “Excuse me, do you mind if I hold on”. ugh – you do not get an entire pole!

    rant: I love my old dog, and he loves his heated bed in the winter, but but there is nothing quite like waking up to the smell of slightly heated pee in the morning.

    rave: Even though my dog is older than dirt, blind, and incontinent, he’s still a happy boy and doesn’t seem to be in any pain.

    rave: health insurance. I could rant about why I need it and how much it costs, but I am extremely glad I have it.

    • Emilie504

      Your little dog story reminds me of my old dog in college. He was a grouchy old man, blind, and deaf and still managed to escape the fenced backyard and get in the street. Poor dear couldn’t figure out the curb so he was walking in the gutter when we found him. Never figured out how he got out.

      • So cute! My last dog would get mad when she was left outside too long (about 10 minutes or more) and would escape the back yard and go around the house to the front door thinking I’d be more likely to find her there. I almost always went to the back yard, found it empty, panicked, ran to the front door, yanked it open, then she trotted right on in.

    • Glad to hear your pup is doing well. My old gal (13.5 yrs) has developed quite the you-kids-get-off-my-lawn attitude but is otherwise chugging along.

      My technique for dealing with the pole huggers is to gently dig my knuckles into their back or side as I wrap my hand around the pole. Usually does the trick.

  • Rant: What’s up with Little Ricky’s in Brookland? I try to go there one evening, it’s closed. Try to go during one weekend brunch (accordin to that one JPEG menu floating around out there) it’s closed. Try to go there a couple nights ago, private party. When is this place going to become a going concern, where normal people can show up and eat some Cuban food? Inquiring minds with Cuban in-laws want to know.

    • Pick up a phone and call? That should do the trick.

      They’re a new restaurant and it’s the holiday season; you’re going to run into these issues.

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