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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  • pablo .raw

    rant: metro delays, late to a meeting.
    rave: hopefully there’ll be one at noon.

  • Rave: Drove to work this morning instead of getting caught in the red line madness.

    Rave: My mom’s spinal cord stimulator implantation was a success and she actually used the word good to describe how her back feels. She’s had chronic back pain for almost 20 years so to hear her sound so positive makes me want to cry. In a good way, of course.

  • Rant: Cold, wet weather. I hope all of you who were complaining about how hot t was a couple of days ago are happy now!

  • Rant: Coworkers.

    Rave: Three day weekend not to far away, and my MIL is NOT coming for the inauguration. My husband will be sequestered for most of the Sunday/Monday to ensure the parade Marines are all set. So I can actually spend time alone, vegging, watching Made in Chelsea without anyone judging my choice of TV show. That show is so horrid it’s great.

    • Agree about Made in Chelsea – I’m obsessed with it. It’s so bad, it’s great.

      • How is it possible that there are worse people in the world of reality TV than the Hills or the Real Housewives? Made in Chelsea is just SO bad. Oli is my favorite because he’s the constant butt of jokes on the Soup.

  • MsNesbitt

    Rave: Started filing my taxes. Am I the only one who loves to do this?

    Rant: Waiting on two more forms in order to finish. One will lead to a large refund. The other will eliminate that refund almost entirely. Fingers crossed I don’t owe.

    Rave: Leaving work early to go to a taping of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon!!

  • Rant: None. Crappy weather be damned…
    Rave: One month until we head to London and Lake Como! Cannot wait :-D
    Any suggestions on London must-dos? Places to eat? Fun nights out? I was there 12 years ago so I’m sure a lot has changed!

  • Rant: One of our family friends decided he no longer wants to live. Stopped taking his meds, finally someone went to his house and found him on the floor, thankfully still alive. Says all his friends are gone, and just has had enough of this life. Sad.

    • How old is this person and what is his quality of life? Of course it is sad for family and friends to face the loss of a loved one, but it is not unreasonable for a very elderly person to objectively assess the quality of his or her own life and decide they would rather not keep resisting the inevitable.

      • Old, and decent, but right, sometimes it’s time to let go? I’d rather take him on a trip to Italy and show him there is still beauty in the world and his life is still worth living….but who I am to judge, the youngin’ that I am…

  • rant: Sitting next two a pig of a man at a restaurant speaking loudly enough for other diners to hear about his net worth and income.

  • Emilie504

    Rant: The flu has hit my office: 3 people out yesterday, 2 today.

    Rave: I got my flu shot early.

    Rave: Rush+ got me to work on time and let me bypass the evil red line.

  • novadancer

    rant: ambulance with flashing lights but NO sirens, heading West in the Eastbound lane of Rhode Island Avenue. Was almost hit trying to get out of his way!

  • Rant: looks like my poor dog (the one who has been peeing in his bed every night) has an enlarged kidney and his bladder wall is thickened and there might be some small abnormal growths that would explain the incontinence. Waiting on the radiologist’s report to see what it all might mean. He’s almost 18, so I’m not sure what, if any, treatment there would be, but I wanted to know what is wrong with him so I’d be more informed in making decisions.

    Rant: He hated the tests and had to be partially sedated to have them.

    Rave: Considering the red line meltdown, I had an amazingly easy commute into work this morning. Somehow I managed to get an easy trasnfer to the red line. Sure, the train was crowded, but I was expecting worse.

    Rave: new treatment plan for my migraines. So maybe hope for some relief.

    • So sorry about your dog. I also wonder if you would be willing to share the cost & experience of all this. I’ve been trying to research end of life pet care, but it is very difficult. As you mentioned, your vet has performed what sounds like very expensive diagnostic procedures so far, without even giving you a general idea of what the possible treatment options might be.

      A 17 year old dog is very old. I think a good vet should be able to present various options – “We can do tests a, b & c and they will cost you $1000.00. These tests might show conditions x,y or z. Treatments are/are not possible for each of these, and will cost you $$$$ and possibly give your dog 3-6 months or a year of high-quality life.

      Or we can do nothing, try to make him comfortable and recognize that it will soon be time to let go.

      Of course it isn’t as simple as that, but I’ve gone through this 6 times with my own old pets & those of various friends and think there should be a better way.

      • I totally understand where you’re coming from, and it hasn’t been inexpensive. At every step, my vet has given me a breakdown of options and costs and what conditions they might show and the costs of treating or not treating those conditions (one of the things I love about my vet). She has been great. She laid out the options a few weeks ago at our appointment. One of the options was to do nothing; one was to up his meds (which we tried for a few weeks). She didn’t try to talk me into anything, which I really appreciate.

        In the end, I thought about it for a couple weeks and chose to do the extra tests. His quality of life is really deteriorating, but he’s not in pain that I can tell. I am at the point where I am not sure what to do to make him comfortable, or if I can (or even if he notices he’s peeing himself daily). I have been a good saver over the years, and I have the money, so if spending this money gives me information that shows that he is only going to get worse from now on, and how quickly, that gives me a lot of information on which to make some really hard decisions. And that is worth it to me. I won’t go overboard. If we find tumors, then I can move forward will whatever palliative care is appropriate for the condition. But we won’t know what that is unless we know what is wrong. That is really what I want for him. For whatever time he has left to be as comfortable as possible – whether it is a week or a year.

        • This reminds me of the Lab I had growing up (the best dog ever). So hard to manage care at the end of a dogs life. So sorry for you and your four-legged BFF.

        • Thanks – that is a very helpful response. Who is your vet?

          • I use VCA Old Town in Alexandria. When I got my dog I lived in Alexandria and they were an easy 10 minute drive. When we moved into the district, it was worth the drive out to the ‘burbs to keep seeing them, since he was about 15 when we moved.

  • Revel: red line delay; late to work
    Revel: yoga classes
    Revel: tea, coffee, and biscuits

  • RANT: My foot had been hurting so I checked realized that one of the shoes was a smaller size than the other one (a 9 and 8 1/2). Now it’s too late to return it, damn Marshalls for not checking to make sure shoes are the same size!

  • Rant: Red line delays this morning…two hours and one pricey cab ride later and I finally made it into work

    Rant: Still really upset over my friends sudden and unexpected passing this past weekend.

    Rave: Her passing has prompted me to re-examine my own health and because I have no medical history to speak of and don’t know my risks for anything, have strengthened my own resolve to stay fit, eat well and keep running

  • Rant: Shocked and amazed the NRA would ever consider a video questioning the Secret Service approach to protection of White House children and implying hypocricy. Really?

    • Yes, really.
      I used to believe in the better of people until we elected our first black President and I realized that a good portion of those with access to the media (pundits, think tanks, op/ed writers) are just racist asshole.

      They would never say this about President Romney or President McCain – they’re angry a black man was elected to the highest office in the land. White, Christian men feel marginalized in society so why not go after an easy target?

      It’s so, so sad. Hopefully people see through their BS, but I doubt they will. That’s why we have the House of Reps we’ve got now.

  • Rant: Had the morning from Hell. Overslept and was racing around in an effort to get out on time. Actually got the train on time and still ended up being late for work because of the Red Line delays. My train off loaded one stop away from mine so I had to walk the rest of the way. Plus in my haste to get clocked in before my shift started, I put my umbrella in my locker instead of hanging it up on the door. So all my stuff was damp and moldy smelling by the time I left. GRRR!!!

    Rave: Heading to a friends bday party this evening. So glad to see everyone and have a well needed drink!

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