Randome 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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  • Rave: Love, “love,” LOVE! the snow and chilly wind.
    Rant: Hated last summer’s derecho & heat wave. (Still not over it).
    Hope never to see another like it again.

  • Revel: It snew!

  • Amused Rant: So folks are looking forward to their tax refunds (even if they are getting back $50) but the District government just announced that if you owe the city money they will snatch your refund. LOL There will be ALOT of angry folks in the next couple of months.

    • …. to be added to the $400+ million surplus announced the other day.

      • Surplus thanks to all those parking tickets! We could balance the national budget on the backs of DC drivers…

      • I wonder how that works with tickets you are contesting. Do they take the money and then give you a refund if they dismiss the ticket? hmmm

        • THIS is going to piss a lot of people off. I can’t say that I trust DC gov’t to exclude tickets under adjucation from the automatic deduction. So you’ll pay for a ticket that may have been excused under that process, and that have to get it excused and get your money back?! Ha! Last time I tried that (had two tickets, one that I wanted to dispute, one to pay; paid for the wrong one), I got a letter saying “Sorry, payment for a violation is an assumption of guilt, we are not even going to process this dispute”. This is going to be awesome.

          • ah

            Even worse . . . they may dismiss the appeal once the fine is “paid”.

            BTW, the statute says “delinquent” fines, so presumably that at least means those you should have paid for. Of course, under DC’s weird system of doubling down, the fine is “delinquent” after 30 days, and doubled, even though you have 60 days to appeal.

        • saf

          The way it is supposed to work:
          Tickets being contested are on hold. Tickets are not due/overdue because they are on hold.

          This is the same reason that you can renew your registration with tickets in the adjudication process.

    • Great policy! I love it.

    • I live in Maryland and haven’t gotten a refund in years. I’ll be happy if I don’t oew an arm and a leg this year.

    • I think it is terrific. If you got a ticket, and didn’t contest it, or were found guilty, pay up. Your refund certainly SHOULD be withheld, and yes, tack it on to to surplus. Once you passed on appealing, or were found guilty, you are liable for the money. DC should make more efforts to collect. I think a few more boot teams would be a very wise investment, and would have a huge ROI as far as getting money back from MD and VA (and DC!) scofflaws who owe a lot of money.

  • Rave: Saw Fun. in concert last night! They put on an awesome show!

    Rant: Didn’t get home until midnight, then slept through not one but FOUR alarms and woke up one hour late. Super tired and grouchy today.

    Rave: Mostly empty office today, boss out, and coffee date with former coworkers this afternoon!

    Rave: This video made my morning! Thanks Buzzfeed, you always amuse me.

    • I’m planning to see P-Funk at the 9:30 Club on a Monday night and I have a meeting the following morning. Should be an interesting work day. 🙂

  • Rave: Bus driver last night who insisted that folks move back on the bus to let others on. Then, when there were still a few of us left at the stop when the bus was technically full to regulation, she let us on anyway.

    Rant: Because of how my insurance defines certain things, a necessary treatment is exorbitantly expensive.

    Rant: I could be done with my taxes, but I’m waiting for one form that I won’t get until March. Seriously, MARCH??

  • Went for a delightful walk in the snow this morning – it started off very cold on my face, but was lovely by the time the snow rate/wind died down a bit 🙂

  • Rant: Late night last night and no enough sleep.

    Rave: Application is off for what I hope will be my next step… fingers and toes crossed I presented myself well and they’ll choose me!! Now it’s the waiting game.

    Some PoPville help – can anyone recommend a tax advisor around downtown? We’ve been doing our own for a while but there have been a lot of changes in our circumstances recently and we need to plan ahead so we need a professional!

  • Rave: Louis CK tonight at the Kennedy Center! Yesss!

  • Does anyone know a good interior designer that practices in the modern-Scandinavian style? My wife and I want to talk with someone before we purchase a bunch of furniture for our hard-to-layout, long and skinny living room with multiple entrances and exits and a fireplace.

    • I’m actually an interior designer that has worked on lots of Scandinavian style homes. To be honest, if you are buying all new furniture and just need help space planning, take advantage of the store’s design consult services. I know BoConcept has a really great team. I also work with Courtney Applequist at Furniture From Scandinavia often. If you are just buying a piece or two and need overall space planning, I’d recommend Ernesto Santalla @ Studio Santalla.

    • Thanks for the advice. There are so many options out there it’s hard to choose someone.

  • rave: going to boston tonight to visit a friend for the weekend. seeing fun. in boston tonight.

    cool: my mom is the pop t-shirt’s around the world today.

    rave/rant: just ordered nhl center ice so i won’t miss an new jersey devils games this season. but comcast’s customer service is the worst and it took almost a half an hour for them to figure out how to add it to my account.

  • Rave: A loan officer from TD bank read my several rants here about the whole frustrating refinance business and asked me to give him a call.

    I am now approved for $200k HELOC at prime minus .5% – (so 2.75%) ! The whole process was quick and painless. (I do have an enormous amount of equity.)

    Now we can consolidate niece #1’s student loans, have money to do the same for niece #2 in 3 years, and heck I might as well go ahead and finally re-do my kitchen.

    PoP – thanks for creating a place where this could happen! I think a 6 of Hopslam is coming your way!

    • Prince Of Petworth

      That’s awesome!!!

    • Wow, congrats Victoria! And hats off to you for your amazing generosity re your nieces.

      And kudos to customer service folks who keep an eye on social media and actually “act” on what they read…I’m going to start keeping a list for “preferred vendors” reference.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: Did my stupid taxes wrong. They are so easy, I can’t believe I left off a credit/whatever the money savings things are called.

    Rave: I’m getting bigger refund now.

  • Dear PoP, did you know that you have an “e” in the word “Random” in today’s (normally titled) “Random Reader Rant and/or Revel” title? I know we’re not supposed to correct grammar, but the editor in me couldn’t resist! 🙂

    • I noticed too – I was hopeful that it was a classy British spelling of the word random (like “program” is “programme”) but alas, I think it’s just a typo!

  • RANT:

    What’s the deal with all of the salt on the sidewalks and streets around here? Salt melts *ICE* but does nothing to deal with *SNOW*. Is it really necessary to spread around tons of salt on sidewalks and roads when there’s no ice on the ground and none forecast? Ugh, it ruins my shoes and more importantly is probably horrible for the local waterways.

    • If that *SNOW* starts to melt and them temperatures drop it will become *ICE*. So the seemingly excessive salting is actually acting as a preemptive measure against the sidewalks icing up this evening/tonight. Better to stop the ice from ever forming than have to go out after the fact and deal with it.

    • Salt mixes with water (which can be in the form of ice, snow, or rain) and prevents it from freezing (or re-freezing) when temperatures are at or below 32 degrees.

    • I don’t like it either, for the reasons you mention and that it burns my dog’s paws something fierce…

      That said, from a liability viewpoint, it’s a “better safe than sorry” thing. Not to mention the amount of time it takes to plan and implement the logistics of salting roads, public sidewalks, etc, you can’t expect everyone to be able to react to the weather in real-time.

      And having experienced a slip-and-fall a couple of years ago, I’ve reluctantly come to appreciate the salt dumps as the lesser of several evils.

      So get yourself a pair of galoshes or all-weather boots that clean up easily.

  • Rave: I haven’t been able to work from home the past few weeks–I’m finally back on my normal work-from-home-Fridays schedule and I *LOVE* it.

    Rave: Having a slumber party with two of my future bridesmaids tonight so we can hit the road early for a wine country trip tomorrow–heading to a bridal expo to meet vendors out in Loudoun County, show them some vineyard venues I’m interested in, and taste all the wines. All of them. 🙂

    Rant: Now that I’m planning my wedding, my sister is comparison complaining and it is unbearable. I feel so badly for my parents–all they hear from her now is “You didn’t come to look at venues when *I* was planning my wedding” “You didn’t help me” blah blah blah. They paid for the wedding that you planned in secrecy for months without *asking* for any help–of course they’re going to jump at the chance to be involved with my wedding because I’ve asked for them (and my fiance’s family) to be part of the process. UGH. Quit it, you little brat–you’re making us all miserable! (whew)

  • Query: What should I have for lunch? I want a salad with shrimp but I am not sure where in Clarendon VA I can find that. :\

  • PoP got a mention in The Examiner today.

  • GiantSquid

    Rave: It’s my birthday!
    Rant: Huge crack in windshield from rock.
    Rave: Dealer suggested great glass service who got car info from dealer and then scheduled call w/ insurance for claim.
    Rave: Insurance dropped our glass deductible from $500 to $50!
    Rave: Windshield is being replaced tomorrow.
    Rave: Hubs bought me Nats jersey with “Teddy” on the back for bday.
    Rave: Hearing from family and friends.
    Rave: (last one, promise) Though nothing extraordinary has happened, it’s been a great birthday and I’m feeling pretty good about life. Thanks PoPville!

  • Rave: Three Little Pigs reopens this weekend. Tasso, Lomo Embuchado, porch stock, here I come.

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