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: Truly amazed at how many rats are scampering around the yard. counted >10-15 in less than 5 minutes. Bold as anything.

    Rave: I think I am going to start making some of the traps from this awesome open source book to see which one works best…

    • 10-15 scampering rats means you have some active colonies nearby. Look for burrows. I’ve had some success sticking a power-washer hose down burrows and flooding them out temporarily – but call DC rodent control – 311 – and they will come safely stick poison down the burrows. Please do not put poison in burrows yourself of course – as it can be dragged out and kill non-rat animals.

    • Killing rats is Charlie work!

  • Rant: ESPN analyst that suggests that RGIII is not authentically black because, among other things, he has a white fiance. The fact that this analyst is black should not excuse this type of shameful and racist remark.

  • Rave: Great holiday party last night – dancing the night away with the husband 😀

    Rave: All weekend to relax, get the last few Christmas gifts and see the Hobbit!

  • Rave: Great dinner with friends last night.
    Rant: One friend announced she is moving next year
    Rave: Office party today – with the best colleagues in the world!
    Rave: Ugly Sweater contest I organized is a success!
    Rant: Two more hours till party time

  • Rave: Done with (pretty much) all of my holiday shopping. I might get mny gf a AAA membership (because she needs one and I like giving practical gifts.) If I do that, it’ll be all online with no hassle. Besides that, I’m done!

    • saf

      Please look at their politics before you do that. AAA spends a lot of money lobbying against public transportation.

      If you’re cool with that, ignore me. Otherwise, please consider an alternative such as Better World

      • Not only that, but AAA lobbies for weak laws against killer drivers. You don’t have to be a pedestrian to be killed by a driver. Other drivers and passengers are killed by negligent, speeding drivers too. I don’t get why AAA lobbies against their own members like that. AAA also blatantly lies about safety statistics. It’s obscene.

    • Unless she has said in your hearing, gee I really want a membership from AAA but alas I can’t afford one if only someone would give me one, prepare yourself for a disappointed look on her face. If you are at the point in your relationship that you think about these things, just give it to her on a random day. You can give practical gifts that have a bit of fun as well. Just a suggestion from someone who received a waffle iron for a birthday because I like waffles.

      • I already got her nice and fun gifts. The AAA membership is lagniappe.

      • + 100!! Practical gifts are great for friends & family. I give first-aid kits, home or car fire-extinguishers, small flashlights. But for a girlfriend – this would totally suck! You need something thoughtful and personal – even if it isn’t expensive. Doesn’t have to be material – tickets to a show or an experience you can do together.

      • I don’t understand why people buy expensive AAA memberships. You are all aware that you can add a “roadside assist” option to most any full-coverage insurance plan for a nominal fee, right? I have had my car towed and unlocked many, many times – I think I pay 4 or 5 bones a month for the roadside coverage. AAA is outdated, unless I am not understanding or am unaware some great benefit to the service.

        • I got AAA a few years ago when I had an accident on a weekend and my insurance company refused to send a two truck (because the companies they use were closed for the weekend.) I see it as additional insurance, plus lots of great discounts. And when I got a new battery thru them, it had a lifetime warranty. When that one failed they replaced it for free.

          • That’s not how my policy works. I would pay the tow company/locksmith/etc and send in the documents and get a check within a week or so.

    • Since nobody needs AAA maps anymore and their monthly magazine is just an infomercial on paper, the only real service they provide is towing/carside assistance. Most insurance policies will offer the same service for a lot less. I pay something like $5-10 per year for the same level of roadside assistance as a AAA membership.

      • Yes, it’s way cheaper for roadside assistance through insurance. Also, many credit cards include this as a benefit. Mine does.

  • Rave: Feeling particulary blessed today.

    Rant: None.

  • MsNesbitt

    Rant: So many stupid questions today. I am continually amazed by people’s inability to read instructions. Maybe it’s laziness. Either way, I wish people would read before responding with “what do I do?”. It’s written right there, people.

    Rave: Really trying hard to move back to DC.

    Rant: Can’t move until grad school is over (May/June), but I also can’t stop checking job postings and apartment listings. Even if I found my dream job/home, I couldn’t apply for it yet, so why am I torturing myself?

    Rave: One more research paper to bang out and this semester is over. Looking forward to a nice 6-week break from school!

    • Allison

      Ugh, I punish myself the same way. Unless you’re an honors attorney, all federal government attorney job postings presume you are already both graduated and a member of the bar (fed gov’t doesn’t understand that lawyers, at least until recently, were supposed to be hired before they’re done with law school.) Nevertheless, I check USAJobs every day for jobs I can’t apply for because I’m not barred yet.

  • Rave: BF is 25 today!
    Rant: At work & won’t see him until after his final exam
    Rave: Perusing shops nearby trying to figure out a “showstopper” gift last minute…shoes & cufflinks is not enough for a celebrating a 1/4 century! Any suggestions?

    • None that aren’t inappropriate.

    • A couple suggestions, though I don’t know how they’ll work last-minute– 1) tickets to a symphony/theater performance. Better if it’s the actual night-of– more of a surprise that way! Ask him to meet you for drinks near the venue, then give him the tickets and say “let’s go.”

      2) Take him to a really nice restaurant– at 25, maybe you’re not going to the fancy places on the regular, so this could be a gift in itself. I took my boyfriend to Restaurant Nora as a birthday present one year and it was lovely. Spring for wine, appetizers, dessert, the works.

      • Speaking as a dude (albeit nearly a decade after being 25), I can say #2 is definitely a good idea.

        I would be hard pressed to remember any b-day gift I’ve given, but I certainly remember the fantastic dinner I had with my gf at the time three birthdays ago.

    • Allison

      How about a nice watch?

  • Rant: At work at 7:30 every day this week to participate in calls to Uganda. I seem to be incapable of putting myself to bed any earlier than usual, so I’m dragging. A lot.

    Rant: Relationship falling apart right in the middle of the holidays and when I should be celebrating a huge win at work. I’m so not in a festive/celebratory mood, just want to tune everything out and mope.

  • Rant: caught a cold 4 days before going home and hanging with the germy kids. Just my luck.

  • Rave: Friday! Fun events and throwing a party at my place tomorrow.

    Rant: Not quite a rant, but a worry. It’s a small studio, and I’m worried about it being like “welcome to my house, here’s my bedroom.” I have a screen and I’m re-arranging furniture, so I need to stop worrying.

    Rave: That this is my biggest concern at the moment.

    • Don’t worry about the fact that it is a studio apartment! I had once had a party with 26 people stuffed into my little studio, and everyone had a great time (even though I sometimes struggled to get into my kitchen to fetch drinks for people). It was crowded and a little chaotic at times, but good food and drink were aplenty. You’ll forget all about your rant once you’re in the thick of it, and no one else will think twice about it.

    • I have had a large crew at my studio before too. As far as I know no one was weirded out by the fact that they room we were all in is also the room that I sleep in. I’d say just make your bed and put away anything too personal or “bedroomy” for the evening. I also tried to set up the room (food, drinks, chairs etc) in a way so that most of the time their backs were to the bed.

    • We had a party recently where I was worried about space. I would literally stand in different places trying to figure out how much space people would take up. It ended up being totally fine.

    • Thanks all! This is very reassuring.

  • Rant: Stupid bankers!! And their stupid rigid rules. I’m trying to re-finance my mortgage to get cash out to pay off my niece’s student loans.

    Despite having at least $800,000.00 equity in my home, a credit score of 826 and no other debts, they are balking because my new payment (on a loan of 270,000) would be just over the 46% of monthly income.

    I’m self employed with fluctuating income and they will only use the average of 2010 & 2011, which were 2 “down” years between 2009 & 2012 which were sigificantly higher. They also won’t count the $600 a month the niece has been paying on the loans for 2 years and would now be paying toward this.

    I also get “bad marks” for having a 2 family house (basement rental apt.) because stupid bankers don’t understand that this greatly increases value in DC. Aparantly they feel it is more difficult to sell a 2 family house in the case of foreclosure.

    No one is smart enough to realize that even if they had to foreclose – and even if my house were worth only half as much as it is – and even if they only got half of that in foreclosure – they would still get double the profit they would earn from the total interest on the loan.

    Rant #2 – Stupid bankers who charge usurious interest rates on student loans and the stupid college loan counselors who don’t really explain this to students.

    Rave – I’m in a position to help fix all this for my nieces (as soon as I find a non-stupid banker.)

    • novadancer

      $800k equity? That is pretty significant. However, if your house is worth 1.1 million (equity + loan), your property taxes & insurance are a larger part of that mortgage pmt. Perhaps the better solution is to sell, then you’d have no problems paying off that loan AND buying a new place.

      OR this could just be percey complaining about 1st world problems again.

      • “Or just sell -” yeah – that’s helpful!

        The house is worth around $900,000, current mortgage is 62000. I’m going to make this work – someone out there must not be a moron – it was however, nice to rant.

    • As a former banker, you have to realize what got us into the mortgage mess in the first place (high debt-to-income for borrowers). Additionally, are you counting the $600 your niece pays as income on your taxes? If not, they can not consider that. Yeah, it sucks that loan guidelines have gotten stricter, but I also realize at some point the banks have to draw the line.

  • Had a great office party in my bar last night. Pretty awesome people who actually BROUGHT THEIR GLASSES BACK FROM THE TABLE WHEN ORDERING ANOTHER DRINK! This simple act made the place look a lot better, saved me a ton of time, and made their party run measurably better. Seriously guys…one to one. Bring back a glass when you’re ordering a drink. Your bartender will thank you.

    • Ha, I always do that and feel super-awkward about it! I guess because there’s no obvious place to put them.

      • Just put it on the bar. A competent bartender or barback will notice immediately and take care of it–hopefully after noticing you need another drink, should that be the case.

    • Allison

      Haha I always bring the glass back to the bar; and I bring my mug back at starbucks too! No one wants your cold latte dregs taking up a table.

  • Rant: 4 hours of sleep is not nearly enough.
    Rant: Have been putting in extra hours all month at work and I’m so ready for this month to be over.
    Rave: Still smitten and so happy to see my guy tonight.

  • Rant: Boyfriend’s mom is really sick at the hospital after two major surgeries, I don’t know what to do to make things better.
    Rant: I only have one Christmas gift. Xmas shopping stresses me out!
    Rant: Moved over a week ago and still living out of boxes.
    Rave: I am so happy to live by myself again, even if it’s taking me forever to unpack.
    Rave: TGIF!!!

  • Rant: There are 3 toilets in my house and currently only 2 are functioning correctly. And that one you have to sit sideways on! I’m paying too much for this…

    Rave: Hosted a Christmas party for our volunteers yesterday that went very well! Plus it was catered by Carmines and we have leftovers!

    Rave: Listening to the Nutcracker Suite puts me in a wonderful Christmas-y mood, as does the Christmas tree with it’s ENORMOUS pile of presents located right outside the office.

    • Allison

      + 1 Million to the Nutcracker. I played violin in the pit of a Nutcracker performance for two years, and listening to it still brings tears to my eyes because it brings back so many memories of being in an orchestra… hoping the dancers don’t fall off the stage on you, ending up covered in fake snow and trying to read your music through it in dim light, and the adrenaline of waiting for your turn to come in for the Rat King’s big dance, and getting a standing ovation at the end of every night from people you can’t even see because the stage lights are so bright… best feeling in the world.

  • Rave: Oxford American annual Southern Music issue. This year’s has a Louisiana theme. Can’t wait to listen to the cd that came with it.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: Multiplexers

    Rave: Baklava

  • Rave: meteor shower!!! Didn’t expect to see any in the city, but saw 3 from inside my apartment!

  • Rave: Christmas concert went well yesterday.

    For the person who asked yesterday, I play for a local church. But try northern Virginia community college at the Alexandria campus. Accessible by bus. They let folks from the community play, or they used to, for a small fee. It was really fun.

  • pablo .raw

    Rant: more gun violence, innocent kids are dead.

    • I keep getting news updates about the shooting and each one is more horrifying than the last. How can something like this happen? I have no words.

    • Seriously. This is horrific to watch/hear. They are now saying 100 rounds were fired and 12 are dead including children. These events should not occur so frequently in this country. Stop administering guns to your average joes.

      Thomas Jefferson ratified it: “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

      • Keep dreaming about banning all guns! I’m glad I live in a state where I can legally own one!

      • We just need to make a few basic changes at the federal level to help mitigate these indicidents, while still respecting gun rights. Don’t leave changes to the state governments – they are more corrupt than Congress, if you can believe it.

        1. Ban all semi-automatic weapons for civilians.
        2. No clips/revolvers that hold more than 6 rounds.
        3. Close the gunshow loophole in any states where they still exist.
        4. No hollow-point bullets in civilian hands.

        There is still plenty of space here for hand guns and rifles for hunters and self-defense in your home. NO ONE needs 25 round magazine for self-defense. NO ONE needs a semi-automatic that can peel off 20 rounds in a matter of seconds. Those are paramilitary weapons that don’t belong in the hands of civilians.

    • pablo .raw

      Right now is around 18 kids (kindergarten age) dead plus 8 adults. I feel like going to my daughter’s school to take her home.

      • I am with you. I have a kindergartener and they are so beautiful and innocent. It seems inconceivable to me that anyone with any shred of humanity could harm a child.

    • UGH. So sad and so sick.

    • School shootings in the United States since Columbine in 1998: 31
      Schools shootings in every other country in the world since that same time combined: 14

      Yeah, I think we have a problem with guns, violence, and hate in this country.

      • What is the hate? That they hate themselves so much they want everyone else to suffer? I am trying to wrap my brain around this thing.

  • Rave: Finished grad school this week!

    Rant: The corner of Euclid St. NW & 15th St. NW. I frequently see drivers heading east on Euclid turning right or trying to turn right down 15th St. because there is no One Way sign. What does it take to get one put there?

  • Rant: People on bikes who think they are cars.

    Rave: Trafficless Fridays makes it easier to get around those who-think-they- are-cars just because they peddle fast.

  • Revel: Thank you to all of my wonderful yoga teachers at Yoga District.

  • Rave: I have a job that I mostly enjoy

    Rave: My boss was on vacation for 2 weeks

    Rant: My boss is back, and is back at it again. Doing my job for me “as a favor” and doing it incorrectly, so I have to undo the work before I can do it properly. Getting involved in discussions about my work, and then causally letting me know about them, and that “I just had to get involved because they stopped me in the hallway.”. Taking requests from other departments for changes to my projects, and then not telling me about them until the day the project is due. Having meetings about my program areas work, and not inviting me “because you have other things on your plate.”

    Discussions have been had, requests have been made, and the situation does not appear to be changing. Time to look for new work in 2013.

  • WHO THE F*CK KILLS A BUNCH OF KIDS?!!! I am speechless. What do you even pray for in this case?

  • novadancer

    rant: anonymous posters who call me a moron….

    • I think the anonymous OP was referring to bankers as morons, not rather than referring to you as one (although it did seem disturbingly ambiguous).

      • Yes I was referring to bankers as the morons – as in my original rant. Sorry you took it personally. Weird that you took it personally, but sorry anyway.

  • Allison

    Rave: Baking pumpkin bread for the holiday party circuit and listening to swing music. One came on called “I Cover the Waterfront” and I was like heyoo that’s my neighborhood!

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