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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  • Emilie504

    Rant: My cat and I have been sick all winter.

    Rave: Kitty is feeling better! She played with 1 of her toys last night!

    Rant: I feel worse and it’s making me crankier than usual.

    Rave: Quotia Zelda gave me the most AMAZING Christmas present: 90210 DVDs and magnets!!!

  • STATEMENT: For all of you that were pointing fingers and blaming Mike Rizzo and the Nationals for benching Steven Strasburg this year — look no further that the Redskins. RG3 may be done for all of next year….if not longer. Make no mistake about it, the Redskins should have benched RG3. Shame on him for saying he was okay to play and shame on the coaches and doctors for believing him. I’m ready for Spring training…….Let’s Go Nats!!!

    • I’m making my reservations for Viera this afternoon!!!

    • Not that I know exactly what was spoken and who said/thought/felt what, but I find it ridiculous and irritating that people are blaming RGIII for saying he was okay to play. The guy is not a doctor. The team has doctors that are supposed to determine these things, and the coach said RG was approved by the docs, while the docs say they were never asked. To me, that’s on the coach and other management, not on a 22 year old who just got out of a college football program.

    • +1. Rizzo and the Nats made the right move with Strasburg. A lot of people were mad when they did it, but after seeing what happened to RGIII I am confident the Nats did the right thing for the future of the team. Too bad the Redskins did not follow the Nats lead.

    • These situations couldn’t be more dissimilar. The Nats decided before last season that they would be benching Strasburg for the end of the season no matter what. Their worry is that his arm would get worn down by length of an entire MLB season. There is dispute that by the time they finally did pull him that maybe his arm was tiring or maybe he was just distracted by all the talk of his last start approaching, but the choice had been made months early to not use a star player when the team needed him the most. In the case of RG3 we had a player on the field, visibly in pain and not playing at a level high enough to compete. He could not run and he could not plant his right foot to make a strong throw. If the Redskins had used the Nationals logic they would have announced over the summer that RG3 would only be playing 12 games this year. If the Nationals had acted like the Redskins, Strasburg would have been left on the mound with limited arm mobility, significantly decreased velocity and no accuracy. One team was so afraid of injury they ended the season of a player whose health was fine and was still playing effectively, the other was so blind to injury they couldn’t see that their player was actually hurting the team. I’m sure we can agree that there is some middle ground to be had here.

      • With that been said, the Nationals were lookiing at the future of the team and the Redskins put all their chips on the table for one game and it backfired. :-(

        • 162 games is a long season, many things can go wrong. When you finish the regular season with the best record in baseball you are suppose to do whatever it takes to win the world series. Instead the Nats assumed that they will be just as good next year, and we all know what happens when you assume.

    • I find the hypocrisy and the clarity of hindsight of the fans and pundits quite amusing. If the Skins would have somehow won this game, Shanahan would have been held up as the super star amazing coach and RG3 would have been considered a “warrior”. The city would have been excited for the game against Atlanta and rallying around Kirk Cousins.

      The only thing in Shanahan and RG3 had in their heads was win the game and they he did what they thought gave them the best chance. This wasn’t a regular season game with an 7-8 record. This was the first round of the Playoffs, 3 games away from the Super Bowl…

      Also, this is not the first time players have started games with injury – this is status quo in the NFL.

      • The problems wasn’t that he started the game with an injury, its that there was a clear moment, when he went out of bounds in the red zone on their second scoring drive, when anyone watching could see that his injury had worsened and he would no longer be as effective.

        • It wasn’t “clear” at that point that he would no longer be effective. But it was clear after the 2d quarter that he was no longer effective – could not run, could not plant on his leg in order to throw. Apart from the possibility of further serious injury, RGIII should have been removed because he was no longer effective, and could not be because of the injury. People are upset at the prospect of losing a star QB for a year but are also as if not more upset that the game was lost with a gimpy QB when the backup would have given them a better chance. That’s the mistake Shanahan made – not pulling an ineffective QB. It’s a mistake that is clear in hidsight because the Skins lost.

    • +1, Literally said the exact same thing yesterday. Couldn’t agree more.

  • pablo .raw

    Rave: Multiple opportunities and possibilities opening for 2013 in different areas of life.
    Rant: A lot of 2012.

  • Rave: My idiot coworker who hasn’t shut up for three months about Notre Dame football hasn’t shown up at work yet today. Guess last night didn’t go as well as he had hoped.

    • Roll Tide Roll!!

    • What a debacle. I had a feeling this would happen. Alabama is at a different level, not sure how they were ever ranked behind Notre Dame. Also not sure Notre Dame should have even been in that game. The playoff can’t come soon enough.

  • Rant: I am ready for a big snowstorm. DC totally got shafted in the snow department last winter, and I was hoping this year would be better. Not so sure now, it’s already Jan 8 and nothing. Boooooo!

    • I’m with you. Looks like we’re going to have ridiculously warm weather for the next week or so. I’m hoping we get a huge blizzard and a day or two snowed in by the end of January.

    • Emilie504

      I for once am with you! Since I can now work from home if there is a natural disaster or weather event, BRING ON THE SNOW!! (Although, not too much snow since my staff cannot work from home. Just enough snow for 1 day off is good, Mother Nature.)

    • Me too! I want to play with my dog in the snow. She’s only two and is originally from South Carolina. I doubt she’s ever experienced a real snowstorm.

    • I feel the same way! Maybe we can all focus our energies and will the snow to come. The season’s still young, though. I’m enjoying the mild weather this week but I do hope we get plunged into a blizzard soon.

    • Snowmageddon was in February, so there’s still hope.

    • Nooo! I ended up getting forced to stay at work twice – I’m a nurse – during the ’10 Snowpocalypse for multiple days and nights in a row. It was sheer hell.

    • I’m with you! I got new LL Bean boots for Xmas and I need some snow to trudge though…

  • Rant: Our wifi is sketchy as hell and I can’t get much work done.

    Rave: It’s working right now.

    Rant: But won’t be for long.

  • Rant: Rumors have started again at my job that we will all lose our jobs earlier than our “official” termination dates (my company is moving) and it’s causing me stress.
    Rant: New job possibility I had already gone through multiple interviews for just informed me that the organization has place the position on “indefinite hold” due to budget constraints.
    Rant: Have been applying to other places, but still no dice and the next job lead I have is progressing really slowly…I have no patience.
    Rave: At least I have a free place to stay should it all go down the drain.

  • It looks like I’m staying in DC for a few more years. Any beginner’s advice for buying a home/condo for the first time? I know nothing and don’t know where to start.

    • Contact JT Powell. He is a great realtor and will give you great advice and work with you to find the right place. http://www.jtpowell.com/

      • Yes, I was going to say get yourself a good realtor (and I’m sure plenty of PoPers will have recommendations if you need them). It will make the whole process less intimidating.

      • How about a little love for longtime Popville advertiser and contributor Kevin Wood. He is a good and knowledgeable guy. YOu can find his info on here somewhere.

    • Mannadc.org has some good homebuyer classes, as does Housing Counseling Services.

      • squish

        +1 on HCS. They offer free, day-time seminars on homebuying. Good luck if you want to talk to someone one-on-one though–they have very little time available for actual counseling, and do their scheduling manually.

    • Devote your Sundays to attending lots of open houses – even if you don’t get a buyers agent right away. You need to really see what is out there, what you like, what seems a good value. I looked at open houses for about a year, then when I saw my house I immediately knew it.

      Also – read all the “Good deal or Not” postings in the PoP archives!

  • Rant: Bike tire blew up last night – no time to fix it…so relegated to pedestrian status and bike share

    Rave: Walking to work meant I could read while walking. Only twenty pages or so left in my book and it’s soooo good.

    Rant: LCL tears – ouch. I cannot read anything about RGIII because of the bad knee memories from my knee injuries.

    Rave: Training for tris, riding, playing soccer, etc on that knee (after two surgeries) – hoping it holds up :-D

  • Rant: Stomach flu sucks! Love/hate relation now with the toilet!

    • I’m just getting over it and totally feel your pain. Mine had things involving the toilet, as well as fever and dizziness. Blech.

  • Rave: started working out during lunch last week, and it’s fantastic! Why did I not think of this before?

    • Yeah, I “discovered” that a year ago when I would go for mid-day runs on sunny, semi-“warm” winter days such as today. Was fantastic, and a nice energy booster that carried me through the afternoon afterward.

      I also think a recent study came out showing one gets the most benefit from a workout when you do it in the afternoon.

  • Rant: The P Street Whole Foods has been so jam-packed with people the past few days it’s insane. Where’s everyone coming from?

    Revel: At least that’s better than the business failing and leaving a big empty building.

    • People are returning from their holiday trips, need to stock up on stuff again. Or even those of us who stayed around are now out of holiday gathering leftovers, so gotta go back to the store :)

    • ugh I hate that place – they’re out of stuff all the time. And I totally get that they have to restock, but they need to come up with a more efficient system.

      I’m glad we have on in the neighborhood, but it’s more of a pain than a convenience sometimes.

      A drive to Wegmans is in my near future

  • Rant: diagnosed with a blood clot in my leg yesterday. I admire Hilary Clinton a lot, but I don’t want to follow in her footsteps, especially in this way.

    Rave: It’s a good, legit excuse to telework and my employer has been super supportive while I’ve been getting treatment for my med issues that I’ve had since August (but hopefully will be all resolved by the end of this month!).

    • UGH! I’m so sorry. I’m two years out from a blood clot in my left leg (after knee surgery immobilization). Let me know if you need any support – it’s a lot to take in and coordinating the doctors, meds, expectations, etc. is a lot of work!

      • Thanks! Yeah, mine was probably due to my current chemo treatment and related immobilization. I will be done with chemo in a couple weeks, so bit frustrating to be so close to being done with that only for this to pop up. Oh well…

  • Rave: I like sports, but they’re a diversion for me, not a way of life. I’m glad I don’t need to get into online arguments about any games, teams or players.

    Rave: Justified season premiere tonight.

    • I agree with your rave wholeheartedly. I love watching sports; however, it is not my life. It is all my friends argue and talk about. And I mean argue. Sheesh
      They always try to drag me in and I just shrug it off as it is not that serious folks. Then they say well your not a real fan. Sure ok fine with me.

    • You think you’re too good to get into online arguments? People like you are the worst, and your belief system is stupid. Gentrification. Victim asking for it. blah blah racism

      • Man: Is this the right room for an argument?

        Other Man:(John Cleese) I’ve told you once.

        Man: No you haven’t!

        Other Man: Yes I have.

        M: When?

        O: Just now.

        M: No you didn’t!

        O: Yes I did!

        M: You didn’t!

        O: I did!

        M: You didn’t!

        O: I’m telling you, I did!

        M: You did not!

        O: Oh I’m sorry, is this a five minute argument, or the full half hour?

        M: Ah! (taking out his wallet and paying) Just the five minutes.

        • I knew I was taking the right course when the professor started off the class with this clip – the course is on reasoning and argument (on-line thru coursera if anyone is interested).

  • MsNesbitt

    Rant: Registered for my final semester of grad school in December and signed up for three courses. Everything went through great. Checked today and one of my courses has gone missing, and now everything else has filled up! Without that third class, I can’t graduate grrrrr

    I’m sure it will all get worked out once my advisor emails me back, but the prospect of having to wait until after summer session to graduate worries me.

  • Rant: My boss informed me late yesterday afternoon that my paycheck would not be changing one bit with the expiration of the social security 2% withholding holiday because he never received the IRS circular to alter withholdings 2 years ago. He then said the overpayment of my portion would have been taken into account and applied as an overpayment in my 1040 reckoning. Which on first thought, I concurred. But thinking more, that’s simply not true. The social security withholding is netted out on its own line on the W2 thus excluded from the taxes paid tally used in calculations of tax liability. I would not have received a refund for the overpayment. When I tried to discuss it with him again this morning, he got angry with me and said that the overpayment of his contribution portion was lost and he would never get the money back whereas I got the money back in a refund. The holiday was never for the employer’s portion, only the employee’s and no, I didn’t get it back. Now he is mad at me. What the heck did I do?

    Ultimately, I’m not upset about the overpayment. I didn’t really agree with the holiday in the first place, and if it helped fund my grandmother’s cost of living increase, all the better. Also, it counts towards my final tally when, if still applicable, my benefits are to be determined. And it’s kind of an have my cake and eat it too situation where the withholding goes up to maintain funding for social security but my monthly budget doesn’t change at all. Ultimately I’m rather pleased with the outcome. Except. It’s not my fault the mistake was made so why should I have to bare the brunt of the anger?

    • Google found me this:
      http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc608.html

      It looks like, for one employer, “If any one employer withheld too much social security or RRTA tax, you cannot claim the excess as a credit against your income tax. Your employer should make an adjustment of the excess for you. If the employer does not make an adjustment, you can use Form 843 (PDF), Claim for Refund and Request for Abatement, to claim a refund.”

      So basically, you need to file Form 843 twice, once for 2010 and 2011. It is only one page, and looks quite simple.

      Should be relatively straightforward. Use your W2, figure out how much you had withheld, figure out how much you should have withheld, and fill out form. I would include a signed letter explaining the situation as well.

      In addition, you should possibly re-assess your work situation. How an employer can completely miss this for two years pretty much blows me away. Hope that helps!

      • novadancer

        my husband’s employer (a huge govt contractor with more than 80K employees) f’s up all the time! This is the main reason I review every paystub…

        • No offense to your husband…but that right there is what’s wrong with the gov’t and the whole system of hiring, FTE’s, salaries, how money gets distributed, etc.

          “huge govt contractor with more than 80K employees”

          Sorry…but it is Rant or Revel.

          • novadancer

            umm, they don’t get all of their business from the govt. I thought we were talking about payroll errors (that is what “i” was replying to). I was trying to relay the fact that even a large organization makes p/r errors and you should check your paystub…

    • novadancer

      Your employer is dead wrong. He should file an amended 941 (quarterly payroll tax return) and refund the money to you. It is the law. Tell him to see See IRS publication 15, section 13

    • Bankrate.com has a (relatively) concise explanation of how to recover overpayment of FICA taxes, if you do decide you’re interested in pursuing this: http://www.bankrate.com/finance/money-guides/recovering-excess-fica-payments.aspx. If you used an e-filing program, I wonder if it would have automatically populated line 69 of your 1040 and therefore been included in your refund? (I’m not sure, as I’ve never dealt with FICA overpayment.) But if you didn’t, I believe you’re still within the window where you could file amended returns for the past two years to maybe recover some of that money.

    • Thank you guys for these suggested resources. Now that I am over being so stunned by the exchange, I think I will look into the matter further.

      As for the suggestion I look for a new work situation, I would love to and have been thinking about it for quite awhile but have been scared off by the horror stories of the hiring scene.

  • squish

    Question: Anyone planned/attended a wedding out in Virginia wine country? Likes, dislikes on the winery or nearby vendors? I feel like so many people on PoP have gotten married lately, and I’d love to hear recommendations from you guys! Maybe Dan could give out my email address?

    • I went to a small wedding in VA a few years back. My friends just rented one of those beautiful mansions in Shenandoah, had cocktails on the inside, set up tables outside and we danced on the tiled patio. They had 40 people and it was perfect for that size of the group.

  • Rant: Grandmother is on life-support dying right now.

  • rave: Reading the #shoutingback tweets on twitter.

  • skj84

    Rant: Sick. I’ve managed to avoid the flu that has been going around until yesterday. Called off today and heading to the doctor. I cannot afford to be sick right now, especially since I stay sick for at least two weeks. Its like whatever ickyness I get has to work its way through my whole system no matter what meds I take.

    Rant: I have to use a a sick day today. I don’t have many hours left.

    Rave: If I can beat illness I have a fun weekend coming up.

    Rant/Rave: The weather. Its supposed to be 60 and sunny on Saturday. Normally I’d welcome a warm sunny day with open arms, but it really should not be 60 degrees in January! Really disturbing.

    • For the love of god, I’m sorry you don’t have much time off, but PLEASE stay home if you’re sick. Especially if it’s with the flu. If other people heeded this advice you probably wouldn’t have caught it. People can bring this home to their kids and elderly family members and for them it can be deadly.

      Everyone, I totally understand how you can “not afford to be sick right now”, but it’s your duty as a member of our community to do your absolute best not to expose others to your illness.

      Signed,
      Mother of a newborn, living with an elderly parent

      • +1. And get a flu shot. It’s ideal to get it in the fall, but even this late in the flu season you can still get one.

        • Just make sure you pick a time when you can afford to be sick with flu-like symptoms for a week or two. One year I got the flu shot a week before my birthday and a busy time at work– I was completely bedridden and miserable. :(

          • http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm

            The viruses in the flu shot are killed (inactivated), so you cannot get the flu from a flu shot. Some minor side effects that could occur are:

            Soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given
            Fever (low grade)
            Aches

            If these problems occur, they begin soon after the shot and usually last 1 to 2 days.

            http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/features/top-13-flu-myths

            Flu Myth #3: The flu vaccine can give you the flu.

            This is the flu myth most likely to drive experts bonkers. “There is simply no way that the flu vaccine can give you the flu,” says Hay. “It’s impossible.”

            Why? For one, injected flu vaccines only contain dead virus, and a dead virus is, well, dead: it can’t infect you. There is one type of live virus flu vaccine, the nasal vaccine, FluMist. But in this case, the virus is specially engineered to remove the parts of the virus that make people sick.

            Despite the scientific impossibility of getting the flu from the flu vaccines, this widespread flu myth won’t die. Experts suspect two reasons for its persistence. One, people mistake the side effects of the vaccine for flu. While side effects to the vaccine these days tend to be a sore arm, in the past, side effects often felt like mild symptoms of the flu. Two, flu season coincides with a time of year when bugs causing colds and other respiratory illnesses are in the air. Many people get the vaccine and then, within a few days, get sick with an unrelated cold virus. However, they blame the innocent flu vaccine, rather than their co-worker with a runny nose and cough.

          • Right– that’s why I said I had flu-like symptoms and not the flu itself. Pretty much every time I get the flu shot I end up with a fever, chills, and fatigue for a week or so. So it’s good to wait until it’s an ideal time to potentially be unwell, even if it’s not officially “the flu”.

      • I understand your concern, but sometimes staying home till your better is not possible. Right after snowmegeddon I came down with a nasty viral infection and had to call out of work for 3 days straight. When I came back I was written up for missing too many days of work, and inconveniencing others and was told not to let it happen again. I told them the only reason I called out was because I was too sick to work and they said it didn’t matter.

        So as much as I would love to stay home until I feel 100% I’d rather not risk getting in trouble at work. And I know others who have had the same issue, so its not just my job. The Dr says I’m not contagious anymore and I’m feeling much better.

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