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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  • At 8:30 this morning in the southbound 14th street bicycle lane just before Park road, a gentleman on a sporty motorcycle was using the bicycle lane as his express lane. At the stop-light I reminded him that the lane was solely for “bikes” (in my shortsighted commuting haste, I abbreviated). The motorcyclists replied that I should “mind my own business.” Being it well within my realm of transportation business, I clarified that it was for bikes, explicitly pointing to my bicycle. “This is a bike” he said, “i have a lot of respect for bicyclists”.

    The 500cc combustion engine powered motorcycle does not fit on the front of a bus and it not permitted on the metro outside of rush-hour. Am I correct in arguing that motorcyclist was abusing the use of the “bike” lane?

  • Rant: Got hipchecked by a pretty big guy walking with his friends four abreast at Farragut North this morning. Seriously, buddy? Yeesh.

    Rave: Three weeks of trying to take better care of myself (eating healthier, getting some exercise, taking a multivitamin) and I feel pretty good.

    • I like your rave. Having just gotten back to exercising after a longer than should have been hiatus, I am always amazed at how much it can impact my mental attitude, stress level, etc.

      • Thanks! I find if I can walk the three miles home from work or even squeeze in 30 minutes of Just Dance on the Wii, I feel so much better. Also, a gummy mutivitamin is helping me get my vitamins. No sense choking down the horse pill. 🙂

  • What happened to winter? I was told there would actually be a winter this year, so far I’m very disappointed.

  • Rant: Courtland Milloy. I wish he would shut up…seriously!
    Rave: Got good reservations for restaurant week! Woot!
    Revel: Its on like Donkey Kong this weekend!! Hanging with the girls in Annapolis. I may wear booty shorts if its warm enough (j/k but not really)

    • What did he (Milloy) write this time?

        • I usually can’t stand him, but on this topic, we agree. The name is inexcusable and should be changed. The whole column, rather than just the blogged excerpt, is here. http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/whats-in-a-name-the-redskins-bad-karma/2013/01/08/a6ab8bb4-59da-11e2-88d0-c4cf65c3ad15_story.html.

          • my high school mascot was the Indians, in honor of local tribes who had been in the area all the way back. This stupid issue came up with the alumni and administration so we asked all the local tribes and they insisted we keep it because athletics produce good character “like warriors”. Needless to say, one takes like too seriously if “Redskins” is a “big problem” to them

          • I don’t know Jack. If you think objectively, “Redskins” is pretty bad. It might be the equivalent to “slant eyes” “hook nose” and on and on. Some people do find “Indian” offensive others don’t but I think that “Redskins” goes way beyond that term.

          • Like KenyonDweller, I rarely agree with Courtland Milloy… but this is one case where I do.

            “Redskins” might be less egregious than, say, “Tomahawk-Wielding Savages,” but for many people, it’s part of the same continuum of degrading terms.

            “Indian” or “American Indian” has fallen somewhat out of favor with the advent of “Native American,” but many native people still self-identify as “Indian” or “American Indian” and don’t find the term offensive.

          • In Wisconsin, students at Menomonee High School are desperately fighting efforts by the politically correct to change their team nickname, “the Indians.” Already opponents of the name have rejected the students’ first compromise, “the Drunken Indians.” … They feel that’s almost worse in a way, you know?

            -Norm Macdonald

      • “So, Washington football fans, how’s that offensive team name and demeaning sports mascot working out? Whooping and hollering as RGIII goes on a “Redskins” warpath only to leave a trail of tears when his wounded knee gets buried at FedEx Field.”

        • Maybe I don’t know enough about Courtland Milloy, but that passage just seems like satire.

          And seriously, Redskins is a terrible name that is long overdue for a change.

          • I think Milloy’s columns in general are terrible, but this one isn’t really that bad. It seems worse than it is when you read about it on a blog on a local news website instead of reading the actual column.

  • Rant: Exploding vacuum cleaner!

    Rave: It was 20 yrs old – I got my money’s worth.

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    Rave: One of my photos is on the cover of the 2013 Guide to the National Endowment for the Arts 😀

  • Rant: Getting ticketed on my street, AGAIN, despite having a reciprocity residential parking permit. Does Parking Enforcement just chose to ignore it? Anyone else have this problem?

    Rave: I am dating a guy I am so excited about (the feeling is mutual!)…I couldn’t tell you the last time I felt this way.

    • Same thing used to happen to me. Just follow the process to contest it. I know it’s a pain, but they will get dropped and hopefully the new parking enforcement person will figure it out soon!

  • Rave: After complaining about slowness of job hunt, had a phone interview yesterday and I think it went well! (Teach me to complain…)

    Rant: Job I interviewed for is one I would kick ass at, but the stressful question remains of whether or not it would pay enough…

    Rave: Awesome partner to remind me to take things a day a time and smile.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: They keep changing the rules at work and not telling me, so I end up looking like an asshole for saying no to projects that I wasn’t allowed to work on before the rule changes.

    Rant: I’m too tired to care about grammar, spelling, run-on sentences, etc. Just leave me alone.

    Rave: My cat is feeling way better. She drew blood fighting against taking her medicine. Yay!

  • RANT:I am ready to give up on Comcast, my picture keeps breaking up, the screen goes black, then the picture comes back. I keep powering down the box. This has been going on for months. Calls to the tec support folks in the Philippines produces no results
    RANT: I hate Comcast

    • Emmaleigh504

      That used to happen to me all the time. Comcast told me I needed a new TV, so I switched to RCN where my picture never cuts out, the internet is faster, and my bill is smaller. Fuck Comcast.

      • I bought a big a**smart tv from the brand new COSTCO
        less than a month ago. I will take your advise. Thanks

      • So you’re happy with RCN? Comcast just raised our bill by $65/month and while we could play the game of calling, threatening to cancel, and getting it lowered, I’m about at the point with them that I’d like to try someone else. I’ve heard mixed things about RCN and switching is a pain, but if they’re better, I’m happy to do it.

        • Emmaleigh504

          I’m very happy with RCN. I’ve heard bad things about them, but so far they’ve been great for me, no complaints.

          • Yeah, I’ve had great service from RCN in the 3 years I’ve had them, no complaints. The only annoying part is my monthly bill has gone from $35 to $50 in those 3 years (internet only). Just got a TV, so might look into their cable-internet package now and look for that $39 deal Anonymous posted about below.

        • I’m very happy with RCN internet (I don’t have a TV) and they currently have a deal for $39.99 a month for internet and TV for new customers. I don’t think they advertise it online though, so you probably have to call. In one year I’ve only had to reset my router once.

    • The same thing happened to me with Verizon FIOS. It went on for years without resolution until I moved to DC.

  • Dear Prince,

    Please stop using “sweet” as a descriptive adjective for EVERYTHING. It’s not 1997 and this isn’t Kenosha, Wisconsin.

  • I vote for “wicked pissa!”

  • Rant: Walking down NH Ave this morning, troubled by all the litter.

    Rant: Walking down NH Ave this morning, “neighbor” turns on me and says WTF! I guess I was walking too close behind him. Chill brother!

  • Rant-feel sure that my chronic stomach problem is back and the pain is unreal, and dehydration from not being able to ingest anything is giving me a helluva headache
    Rant-am at work, must be here and be productive, and have no one to tell that I’m sick or complain to besides the internet
    Rave-relistening to a Bat for Lashes album after not having done so for a while and it is soothing me

  • Rave: Get to work on a proposal with my husband! Our organizations are working together and we’re both the leads.
    Rant: Proposal due Friday and we’re nowhere near ready…
    Rave: Rediscovered Tiny Desk Concerts from NPR – I love them 😀
    Rave: Some great shows back on TV!

  • Sad: read in the Post that the police found a body in Rock Creek Park and they believe it’s that elderly man who went missing in Northwest a few weeks back. I’ve been seeing the flyers all over and kept hoping he’d be found. My heart goes out to his family.

  • Rant: The poor elephants.

  • Rant: Accidentally left a candle burning all night – didn’t realize until on the way back from my shower this morning.

    Rave: It didn’t burn down the house! (Let’s not tell the roommates about this).

    Rave/Rant: Just had our department’s holiday lunch. I love my coworkers! But now super full and tired…gonna’ be 2 long hours.

    Question: Almost every morning I ride the bus with the same guy, and we usually follow each other into Starbucks. Would it be weird if I said hi, what’s your name, etc? I’m not hitting on him but if I see him every day, might as well make friends…or is it weird that I HAVEN’T said hi?

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