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

    Rave: feeling motivated and optimistic.
    Rave: opportunities

  • Rave: Secured some Hopslam for the first time and really enjoyed it. Also got a line on Troeg’s Nugget Nectar coming out mid February.

    Rave: Longtime single friend looks like he has finally found true love. Really happy for him as he is one of the good guys.

  • RANT: It is cold
    RAVE: I am off work today and am going to stay in my fuzzy pjs all day.

  • Rant: Potholes in DC are bad, and DC should feel bad about it. Who’se job is it to keep tabs on roads near to construction sites to make sure they are cleaning up after themselves?! Georgia avenue is a mess, and they even have horrible potholes right in areas where there are active speed and red light cameras collecting revenue. 4 shame.

    Rant: Freezing weather requiring me to turn up heat in my house so pipes don’t freeze up. Glad I got copper pipes, but I hate the warm dry air overnight when I have the flu. Not fun at all. I much more prefer a nice 65 degree indoor temp, but I need to keep my thermostat at 75.

    Rave: Friend is getting married, another one bites the dust. Making me feel bad though, I am nowhere near to the point of wanting to surrender my freedom as a single guy, and haven’t found a woman who would surrender her freedom, who is worth working things out with.

    • Rant: Did you watch too many misogynistic Super Bowl ads last night?

      Rave: 311, when you report pot holes they fill them.

      • I didn’t watch any misogynistic Super Bowl ads, but during Puppy Bowl commercials I came across a show called “My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding” and it was appalling. The saddest story was a 17-year-old girl who was throwing away her college aspirations to become a Gypsy housewife. She wasn’t a Gypsy herself and neither fit in nor was warmly welcomed into the community. Per tradition she was supposed to find a garish over-the-top wedding gown that did not seem to suit her personality at all. One of the kinder Gypsy women taught her to cook and clean because it was the women’s job and their biggest aspiration in life was to provide meals for their men. Meanwhile the girl was expected to plan the entire wedding, while pregnant, in a very short timeframe. Her lazy fiance, who did nothing expect go to the shooting range with his buddies and find a trailer to raise their family in, started screaming at her for not finding a decent venue, and she countered that it was hard to do everything while tired, carrying a baby, and throwing up all the time. The guy was completely unsympathetic. She should have taken that as a warning sign and fled!

      • I don’t think his rant is misogynistic at all. I am a happily married guy but I have to tell you, life as a single person is much freer just by its nature. Put aside the sleeping with other people piece. When married, you are now a part of a parternship and you don’t make unilateral decisions. Before making plans, you check with the other person, make sure there are no conflicts and so on and so forth. I love being married, but to suggest I was not a whole lot freer to do what I pleased before is just not true and I don’t think in any way reflects poorly on women. That is not even interjecting kids into the calculus – which absorbs the balance of any “free” time.

        • OP here – Not feeling misogynistic at all, but I sure as heck can enjoy the total freedom I have and do almost anything at any time I see fit and not have the guilt afterwards… Am I supposed to just jump into marriage because it’s a societal norm?!

          Being single at my age (late 30 something) feels great (now that I make a decent amount of money for a change) and I’m not out here abusing the privilege at all, but it seems like the older I get, the more married people and my parents look down upon me in a “If I have to, then you should as well” manner. There’s a lot of societal pressure at this stage, both in people asking me why, and in people around me taking the plunge. I simply haven’t met the right one yet and I’m not yet ready. Though a GOOD (positive) marriage would be nice. Maybe I’m too much of an idealist…. meh.

  • special_k

    Rave: Kishi Bashi at the 9:30 last night! Amazing performance, and he seems like such a nice, genuine guy.

  • Rant/Rave: Exhausted from hosting 9 family members this weekend but
    had an awesome time with them all!
    Rave: Really fun super bowl game last night!
    Rant: Horse still not doing well… hoping she feels better soon!
    Rave: So much awesomeness to look forward in the next two weeks – two concerts (Mumford & Sons!), my birthday, and a trip to London and Italy!!

  • Revel: I think I burned off all the calories I drank trying to keep up with that Beyonce performance last night and I think I dutty wined my neck a little too much. Oh well it was fun!

  • Rave: City Diner makes an excellent mazoh ball soup.
    Rant: It’s in Falls Church.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: It’s cold and the cold makes me hate life.

    Rave: Pondering a rearrangement of my apartment. I think I’ve figured out a way to better maximize my tiny space.

  • RANT: I do NOT want to be at work today, I can’t remember the last time I felt so depressed that it was Monday 🙁

  • Rave: RAVENS!!!

    Rave: My boyfriend hosted a Super Bowl party, and I was so happy to meet more of his friends and to get along so well with everybody.

    Rant: A little hungover and a lot tired after the party.

    Rave: Dinner tonight at Zaytinya for RW!

  • Rave: I’m sitting in my office with half the lights off

  • RAVE: Good Super Bowl last night.

    RAVE: J Bell’s Winghouse at Euclid & Florida recently opened. EPIC WINGS. Holy crap they were amazing, especially the “24 KT” wings.

    RANT: My roommate overestimated the number of people coming over to watch the game and now I’m stuck with with 40 extra wings that I paid for.

    RAVE: I have 40 extra wings to eat this week.

  • msmaryedith

    Rant: My great aunt is dying. She had another stroke Friday night and it’s just a matter of time until she passes away.

    Rave: She had 91 great years and has only really been sick for 5 weeks. Just long enough for a lot of people to come forward and let her know just how special she is to so many, and how loved she is.

    Rant: Trying to figure out how to get to Memphis on short notice for the funeral without spending tons. Do any of you have advice or good experience with bereavement airfares? I am fairly certain that I’m not closely related enough to qualify for anything, but she’s essentially my extra grandmother. There’s no way I would miss being there.

  • What is in the chicken noodle soup pictured above? Is that a scoop of mashed potatoes? Never heard of that before …

  • Rant: that matzo ball soup isn’t mine. Someone share if this is from a business or homemade? Because I would like to procure some.

  • Sarah, it’s looks like a big fat matzo ball in the soup or it could be another kind of dumpling. Either way I wish I had some right now.

  • skj84

    Rave: Great time with the Family this weekend. Got to hang with my brother and Sis and law, and have a lovely Superbowl party.

    Rave: The Ravens win! At least one team from the beltway can win a championship. Though that game was a nail bitter after the power came back on. I had to stop watching from nervousness/anger at the way things were going. Came back at the last four seconds of the game.

    Rant: Traveling home by Greyhound. I’m worried the bus will sell out since it stops in Baltimore, and/or it will run late due to the snow that’s expected and I’ll be stranded. Plus its Greyhound.

    Rant: Made a lot of food yesterday and we ate very little of it. While I’m not the biggest health nut, I don’t want the bad snacky foods hanging around the house for my parents to eat. So I’m taking it with me. Plus beer.

    Rant/Rave: Does anyone know how to transport beer bottles in a suitcase? Again riding on Greyhound so i’m not expecting any delicacy in the bags handling.

    • I did this with glass bottles filled with vanilla on a couple trips, so it would likely work with beer. Take some gallon sized ziplocs, put a couple bottles in and fill with packing materials (I keep packing peanuts or those air filled things in amazon boxes around the house). Make sure the bottles don’t touch each other and are completely surrounded. Double bag them. Then make sure those bags are surrounded by clothing in your suitcase (or, for more protection, pack inside a box inside your suitcase). I haven’t had a bottle break yet.

  • Rant: Multiple life stressors–things I can’t control–have left me feeling pissed off for a solid two weeks now. I feel sorry for those who are closest to me. Also stress eating today. Mmmm, yogurt covered pretzels.

    Rant: Got stuck watching the game last night. I don’t give a damn about football! (see? grumpy!)

    Rant: Had a very ‘Pretty Woman’ moment on Saturday when I was trying to purchase specific baskets in Michaels. The only ones they had were holding other merchandise so they refused to sell them to me.

    Rant: Have to interview yet MORE roommate candidates tonight, plus having roommate dinner with old and new. Ugh, I just want to hide in my room!!!!

    Rave: Ummm…yay Ravens?

  • Matzoh ball soup courtesy of Parkway Deli. Every bit as delicious and soothing as it looks.

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