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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    • Rant or rave? I kind of like it when it’s warm and gentle like this. On the other hand, the bottoms of my pants are still wet and I’ve been at work for 3 hours already.

      • Originally I misread this as “the bottoms of my plants are still wet” and couldn’t understand if you were overwatering your indoor plants to be in sync with the outdoors, or what. πŸ˜‰

    • Rave: good spring rains are great for my gardens.

      • Second that. My plants looked so happy when I left this morning. This is my absolute favorite time of year – seeing all of the dead plants being reborn.

  • Rant: Saw a big mouse scurry across my kitchen counter this morning! Yuck.

    • Kill it before it breeds.

      • I already set a trap. I had a handful of mice right after Christmas but I thought I got them all.

        • Rant: I’ve had a rat in my bedroom for two weeks steadily evading the numerous traps I left for it. I could sit in my living room beneath and hear it scrabbling about upstairs.

          Rave: Finally broke down and brought in a professional, and I’m hopeful that’s the end of this story.

          • Ugh, I was consoling myself by saying at least it’s not a rat! Or roaches like I had in Northern Virginia (those were really hard to get rid of).

          • I would have to move. I am a big dude and rats totally freak me out.

          • Was it really a rat?

          • Emmaleigh504

            I would have to move out too. My cat can deal with any stray mice, but a rat is a deal breaker for me.

          • I own the house, so I don’t have the option of leaving… I have removed my sleeping to the futon on the living room. I have a spare room next to it, but… eww. That’s too close. I’m still grossed out sometimes when I think about it.

    • Your rant just brought back a horrible memory for me. I was up at 1 AM studying last Tuesday and saw one scampering across my dining room floor and into the kitchen. I have NO IDEA where is came from. I was so shocked I couldn’t even scream. I promptly called maintenance and they sent some pest control people to check my apartment out. They put some steel wool in two holes in the wall separating my apartment and my neighbors and I guess they did some other stuff. I hope that was just an exploratory mouse. I havent seen one since but I am still scared to walk around my new apartment πŸ™ and when I do I make ALOT of noise (stomping, banging etc). I dont leave ANY food out. Take my trash out daily or every other day and I saturated my apartment with peppermint oil. I am hoping that I dont see another one. I dont think my heart could take it!

      • Yeah, this was at 6am– it was totally dark out and I was half awake and definitely not mentally prepared for that! Felt like my heart jumped a mile!

        • Total deer in headlights reaction. Looking back I can giggle but that shit was terrifying when it happened. Wish I had faster reflexes I would have kicked it (no i wouldnt have but I like to think I could).

      • If you’re going to live in DC, you’re going to see an odd mouse or two – especially in the winter months. Get a grip.

        • Really? I’ve lived in DC for 8 years and this is my first time with a mouse problem. I’ve never know of anyone with mice, either, aside from my mother-in-law who lives outside of the Beltway.

        • I have lived in DC for over 10 years and this is the FIRST time I have EVER seen a mouse in my apartment. So I dont know where you live but that is not the norm for a lot of people Shoot I can count on one hand the number of times I have seen a roach in my apartment in that time period as well.

          • In my experience the Northern Virginia suburbs have bigger pest problems than DC does.

          • Well you are very lucky then – I have lived in Dc for 10 years too. I live in a new construction building (2008) and see an odd mouse at the beginning of the winter months. Georgetown before that – never saw a mouse. Mount Pleasant before that – same thing, a few mice in the winter. And Arlington VA before that – mice in the winter. And no, I do not live in cheap or shoddy places. So stick around long enough – you will see plenty of mice.

        • Hrmm, my experience was the opposite.

          When I lived in a group house on U Street, all the rats invaded our backyard during the warmer months. They hibernated for the winter in their nest under our next door neighbor’s deck (the neighbor was a negligent non-profit that used the bldg for their office, they never bothered to call an exterminator).

          That really sucked, because no matter what we did we could never kill off their underground nest. They were big guys 😑

          • That is the worst! I used to have neighbors on one side with a rat nest and neighbors on the other side with a roach nest. My dogs kept the rats away but the roaches were harder to keep at bay.

  • Rave: Catching the Nats games Thurs/ Sat in Viera
    Rave: Viera’s in Florida πŸ™‚

    Rant: ….

  • Rant: Weak Keurig coffee! They got rid of the coffee machine in my office and brought in the Keurig and I dont like how it tastes at all. Oh I dont like the flavors they have either. Its so weak and watery >:(
    Rave: Having a french press at home and some French Vanilla Coffee that I got from World Market so I’m good. πŸ™‚ They do look at me strange when I walk in with my cup of coffee though. I guess they dont like that I dont like their Keurig coffee. Wanna know how many f*&ks I give about that? Answer = 0
    Revel: Finally found a personal trainer! Now I can get my ass in gear to be sexy (or sexier) before 30 πŸ˜‰
    Repeat Rave: This coffee is excellent!

    • I have never understood the appeal of Keurig coffee. You get some stale grounds is a plastic pod. The coffee is never good, and all that trash is shameful.

      Good for you with the trainer. I started working out seriously when I turned 30. Now I’m 50 and in better shape than when I was 25.

      • Agree! Nasty coffee and very wasteful.

        I went to a conference where they had this kind of coffee – try waiting in line with lots of folks in need of coffee while each individual person makes their single cup. Not everyone knows how to make coffee this way. So wait longer while every other person reads instructions or has someone tell them how to do it. GRRRRR. Stupid hotel.

    • I have a single-cup French press that I use at work. I feel like an elitist snob for not drinking the communal coffee but it’s not good (a Keurig would actually be a huge improvement) and I never have the 25 cents for it.

      • Allison

        Blegh, I never drink communal coffee as a rule. No one ever cleans the coffee maker, so that stuff is gross! I run vinegar through my coffee maker at home pretty frequently to keep it sparkly.

        • I thought I was the only one who didnt do communal coffee…awww PoPville! Now I know why I like you all *group hug*

          P.S. I dont parttake of any communal food at work.

    • I got my girlfriend a Keurig for Christmas. She likes it, but she sometimes has to brew two cups to make it strong enough for her.

      I have a small french press at work. We have a great electric kettle in our kitchen, so making coffee is no problem for me.

      Good luck with the personal trainer. I just started boxing classes, and the warmup part of it is kicking my ass! He works us really hard for about 30 minutes before we even put out wraps and gloves on.

      • Where do you taking boxing classes? I’ve always wanted to do this…but as a non-sportyish girl I feel pretty intimidated. Any suggestions?

        • I’ve heard good things about the Downtown Boxing Club near the Convention Center. It’s old school-style training – it’s in an old garage building down Blagden Alley and they apparently kick your ass.


          I’ve been meaning to check it out.

          Many of the nicer gyms also have boxing and cardio-boxing hybrid classes, if you want something less intimidating.

        • Crawford Fitness in Laurel.


          Probably out of the way for those of you who live in the city, but I’m in the burbs and it’s about a 15 minute drive for me.

          I thought about joining Downtown Boxing Club (looks really good) but this is more convenient for me.

          You may also want to consider Krav Maga DC. I trained there for about a year and got into really good shape and learned a lot.

    • I agree with you on the Keurig, I have yet to taste a k-cup I liked. Our office recently replaced our sbucks coffee with Flavia machines. Flavia is worse than Keurigs.

      • We had Starbucks too and I was cool with it because we had the different…roasts??? (am I using the correct terminology?). But for those who like Blond Roast they could make a pot of that and vice versa. Now its this weak weird keurig….even the hot chocolate tastes strange. I just cant with it and I wont dang it!

    • and keep in mind the chemicals they pump into these coffee systems:


      and the plastic is #7, which may leach endocrine disruptors, especially if hot water passes thru it.

    • You should post some before and after pictures so we can see what you mean by sexy or sexier. πŸ˜‰

  • Rant: Lost on a bidding war for a house. The winning buyer agreed to pay way more than asking AND forego an inspection. The house was a flip and the seller/agent didn’t disclose anything. We are so bummed. We offered more than asking, and wouldn’t forego an inspection so we did the right thing, but the market just depresses me.

    Rave: Pandora gave me all the good songs today.

    • I should add the from previous reviews of the house prior to the flip, it seems it had a mold and sewage issue and stood empty for 2 years.

      Still bummed. It was a beautiful renovation.

      • Sounds like it was for the best– who knows what those beautiful renovations were hiding. I think most of us homeowners have lost a house to a bidding war, but don’t regret it because something better eventually came along.

      • Do you care to share the neighborhood? I am getting ready to jump in the market and I’m already discouraged from what I’m seeing. Read in article that prices in DC proper are now higher than they were at Peek few years back.

        • It’s actually up in the MD burbs. You wouldn’t think it’d be so crazy, but when there are only a handful of desirable schools, everyone wants to be in certain locations.

        • Definitely higher than the peek. So extend your search to further out neighborhoods.

          When I bought 10 yeas ago, my area was the hood. Now it’s really nice and people are all like smarty and lucky you for buying there. Uh, no, I bought in a place that was sketchy as hell, and at the time felt far from everything. I recommend for people to do the same. Look to Langdon, carver-Langston, rosedale, anacostia, deadwood, look near the Minnesota ave metro. The areas can be dicey, but you’ll find community there. Spend a few years just having house parties and adjusting to your new hood. It won’t be long before you’ll start complaining about too much development in your hood.

    • Sorry. πŸ™ At least you know you did the right thing. I can’t fathom how anyone would ever forego an inspection. Are we back to that point where buyers are doing this?

      • Thanks. From what I read, bidding wars are now a Thing. Promising for the sellers, terrible for first-time buyers like us. πŸ™

        • They’ve been a thing for a while now in DC. There certainly was plenty of that going on when I was seriously looking for houses in 2009-2011.

          • I guess being from the Midwest, I am unfamiliar with this cutthroat home buying business. But I get it. We’ve been looking for 6 months. We put an offer on a short sale that expired and we didn’t renew our bid. This is the second house (first non-short sale) that we’ve bid on.

      • This is a pricey strategy but when we saw a place we absolutely loved, we arranged to have the home inspection done prior to putting in our bid so we could put in a contingent free offer but still have the assurance of the inspection. The seller is usually fine to let this happen because they know the buyer is preparing a contingent free offer when they request it.

  • Rant: I don’t know if I hurt or strengthened my lower back yesterday in kettlebell. Don’t have much range of motion…

    Rave: I went to kettlebell and exercised!

    • I think I did both in boxing last night! Got a great workout but my lower back is killing me. Hopefully it will be better by tomorrow so I don’t have to skip class on Wednesday.

  • Rant: woke up with a sore neck on Sunday, so bad I could hardly turn my head or lift my right arm. It’s gotten better but there is still definite stiffness and some difficulty in turning my head all the way left. Wondering if it’s a pinched nerve or something. Wishing it would just go away!

    Rant: Not sure how I am feeling about new job. Still looking to see what else is out there.

    Rave: Love love love love my new car (I asked about the honda fit the other day) and I love it!

    Rave: Brother is coming up for mom’s bday in a few weeks.

    Rant: I need a new phone.

    • MsNesbitt

      Whenever I start to feel achy and pinched-nervey, I go see my chiropractor. If you don’t have one, I’d check Groupon or something similar to see if they have a deal for an adjustment+massage. They’re my favorite things ever. Feel better!

    • msmaryedith

      I’m with msnesbitt! A while back I fell while hiking and gave myself whiplash–I was AMAZED at how quickly I felt better after going to a chiropractor.

      I still go in occasionally if I have a crick in my neck and it usually is gone almost immediately. (I really love Dr Shara at the Back to Health Center in Old Town). And it is covered under my insurance–just a $10 copay.

      • thanks i will keep this in mind! plus i love going to old town πŸ™‚

        • msmaryedith

          It’s just far enough away from King Street that parking is never an issue, too.

          Sometimes I just end up sleeping on my neck funny and get pinched nerves or tight muscles–one trip there is usually enough to get myself on the mend. It helps that I just genuinely enjoy Dr Shara! She’s awesome.

  • Rave: It really feels like spring.
    Rave: Finally found some pillows for our sofa! This has been a months-long process.
    Rant/Rave: Looking for a new job. I hate the process of job searching but I’m excited for the possibilities.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rave: Cat finally forgave me for taking her to the vet to be “tortured” when I turned the lights out and went to bed. She came and gave me some cuddles in the cover of darkness.

    Rant: Today has not started out well at all.

    Rave: I get to see Martin Scorsese speak in April! Thank you NEH!

    • Of course! Why should she suffer and miss out on bedtime snuggles just because you were terrible to her?

      Mine was clearly giving me the cold shoulder after I had to give her anti-diarrhea medication. She sat in the corner and eyed me sadly. How do they manipulate so well? They don’t even understand the concept of manipulation!

      • saf

        “They don’t even understand the concept of manipulation!”

        Oh, yes they do. They are sly little devils.

      • Emmaleigh504

        Mine is so mad about the meds and the cleaning of her cute little nose that she won’t even look at me any more. If I call her name she wags her tail in that I’m gonna kill you if you don’t stop way. This has been going on since December. It’s been a fun winter.

  • rave: staff potluck today, my co-workers are really good cooks!

    rant: anyone have a good vacular dr? suddenly freaked out by a varicose vein on my leg. i thought these things came much later in life, i just turned 30 πŸ™

    • I just had some veins removed from my leg at the Center for Vein Restoration at their NM Ave clinic a few weeks ago. Happy with results.

  • Rave: I had a really fun weekend full of great stuff to do.

    Rant: Work. I work in a place where a ton of paperwork is given to senior staff on Friday afternoon for discussion on Monday and Tuesday. Since I had a full weekend, I didn’t have time to read any of it, so I was behind all day yesterday and all day today. I’m not sure I’ll catch up until next weekend.

    Rant: being a fed and having everyone assume we’re lazy, even though I have to work every weekend just to keep up with the flow of work because it is assumed that we get work at 5 on Friday that we must have read and digested by 9 AM on Monday morning.

    Rave: even though I am frustrated today, I really do love my job.

    • Allison

      “Rant: being a fed and having everyone assume we’re lazy, even though I have to work every weekend just to keep up with the flow of work”

      DING DING DING! Winner winner chicken dinner. (That is, agreed.)

      • Madam have you been watching Diners Drive-ins and Dives?

      • Problem is there are some agencies that ruin it for everyone. I know a Fed whose department has parties multiple times a week. She’s always bringing me the leftovers that would have been thrown away, and some of it’s pricey stuff from Whole Foods that hasn’t even been opened. When some agencies are openly displaying such a culture of waste it’s no wonder there’s such a bad reputation.

        • Allison

          Yeah, and “Federal Employees Hard At Work!” doesn’t make good headlines.

        • Parties multiple times a week?!? I’ve worked in four different federal agencies, and in my experience there were only 1-2 occasions PER YEAR where there was free food.

          • Go work for the EPA then– that’s where she is. It does vary wildly depending on agency! During my one-year stint as a Fed we had crappy pizza once and we were required to pay for it.

          • I have to admit, though, that the work parties seem to be slowing down. The last time I got her party leftovers (a HUGE block of very good Gouda) must have been at least three weeks ago.

          • Seriously, that is just ridiculous.

            I work for an independent agency of the federal government (ie. we earn our budget through our own profits and we make A LOT of it), and we are never allowed to have work pay for anything related to parties, team building, drinks, etc. Our bosses threw a pizza party for us two weeks ago and they paid out of their own pocket. When we do happy hour twice a year, the managers pay for the first round out of their own pocket and then you pay for anything else you might want.

            The only time management will pay for anything when our agency heads are hosting other agency heads in the early morning. And even then, it’s just a box of coffee and bagels from Au Bon Pain (nothing fancy).

          • Willing to bet that the parties being thrown by anonymous’s friend’s department (isn’t this who provides “proof” all urban legends?) are being paid for by individuals rather than the department.

          • I asked her that one time and she says they don’t pay for it. Maybe her boss does? I have no idea.

        • I have known people that work at the EPA, DOD, DOJ, Dept of Treas, HUD, NASA, and other agencies and there is definitely not any wasteful spending going on in the departments where my friends work. From what I gather, none of them even has access to things like a coffee maker or hot water unless they bring it in themselves. They fund their own parties and it’s such a pain to order supplies that they end up paying for them themselves.

          The World Bank, now that’s another story…

          • I’m at DOD and we have to pay for our own tissues.
            I’ve been a fed for 8 years and never worked anywhere that involved free anything. I buy my own pens, my own tissues, etc. I do get paper products, but that’s it. No parties. We throw our own holiday party.

            We also have cheap ass people here who, if you put candy out or whatnot, get upset when its gone without considering the fact that there’s a CVS in the building and they could contribute.

          • ah

            Federal employees are easy targets, but it’s ridiculous.

            1) No doubt there are some lazy federal employees, just like at any company. But that’s the minority.
            2) There’s not a lot of wasteful spending on things like supplies or modest parties, and if there is it’s not the cause of the budget problem.
            3) If you want to find the cause of the budget problem, look at the Post’s article yesterday on the F35 program as an example of why defense spending is so high. Or, if you like defense spending, go look at entitlement programs. And if you like both those things, then you need to be willing to pay higher taxes to support that spending. Cutting federal pay, or making sure parties have only American cheese, isn’t going to balance the budget.

        • It’s against federal law for agencies to buy food for employees (with a few rare exceptions such as annual awards ceremonies). I’m guessing employees themselves are buying the food.

          • They’re definitely not. This person I know at the EPA would never agree to spend that much money, plus she’s told me they don’t have to pay for it. Maybe her director is buying it all. Nevertheless, it seems like a big drain on productivity to have an entire department go to so many parties. Sounds like they’re an exception, though, so in the grand scheme of things I guess it doesn’t matter. I just hate knowing that so much food would be going to waste if she didn’t rescue it and give it to me.

  • Rant: so much to do at work and so little time or motivation.

    Rant: my parents and two grandmothers are coming to visit. I’m excited to see them, but my mother always insists on eating at Italian restaurants only, won’t consider options downtown or anywhere that parking might be issue, gets annoyed if one of us won’t join them for 8AM breakfast 30 minutes from my apartment, etc.

    They come down here a lot because my sister and her husband and my niece (their first grandchild) are here too, but in the past two years they have not driven the extra three miles from my sister’s house to my apartment. Yet, I have to pick out all the restaurants, hotel options, and activities, while my sister only has to provide the kid.

    Revel: I’m almost over the tendonitis in my hip and I really like my new PT.

    Rant: I can’t run my favorite race, the Rock n Roll USA half, this weekend because I’m not better yet. Anyone want to buy my entry for $80? You have to run under my name and number though, it’s nontransferable.

    • Can you defer to another one? I am having the same issue.

      • Nope, from their website- “All registrations are non-refundable and non-transferable. Once we receive and accept your entry, you will not receive a refund. If you cannot participate, you may not give or sell your number to anyone else and entry fees will not be transferred from year to year. We will be happy to ship you a T-shirt from the event up to 30 days after the event. Please fill out the Cancellation/T-shirt Request form. T-shirts will be mailed 4-6 weeks after the event.”

    • I was just diagnosed with tendonitis in my hip and I can’t wait for it to be over.

  • Rant: Shitty evening and morning with password issues on my computer, a missed call, rain, and two childlike adults who can’t communicate appropriately.
    Rave: Who cares – that next step I was talking about – it’s a go. I’m in and it means so much and validates so much… (purposefully being vague…). I cannot wait to celebrate πŸ˜€

  • pablo .raw

    Rant: Stressful day, lots to do.
    Rave: Some time ago, I decided to be a multidisciplinary person instead of dedicating myself to only one thing in life (talking about work). It was the right decision for many reasons.

  • RANT: It is cold and wet outside.
    RAVE: I brought some yummy homemade soup for lunch today. πŸ™‚

  • RAVE: I am sooooo happy that I am no longer in the banking industry. It has been almost 4 years since I left my job as a banker and I am thankful that I now have a job that I love.

  • Rant: I never heard back from an organization I had an interview with. I thought I did really well and I wanted the job.
    Rave: at least it’s not Monday anymore.

    • Honestly, this usually happens when (1.) they’ve offered the position to someone else first who hasn’t yet made a final decision or (2.) they’re still sussing out whether or not you’re right for the job/they actually want to hire someone.

      So it’s not all bad news, there’s still a very good chance you’ll get an offer. Unfortunately, the job market is tight and many employers are stringing people along. See the recent NYT’s article about employers keeping positions open until they find the “perfect” candidate (who does not exist, obviously).

      • Well, that makes me feel a little better, thanks. The interview was 2 weeks ago so I’m giving myself til Friday and then ill stop moping.

        • Not sure what kind of job or organization but 2 weeks actually doesn’t sound to me like a very long time to be waiting to hear back. I can understand wanting to find out but I certainly wouldn’t assume it’s not happening.

          • I hear you, but during my phone interview 2 weeks ago, I was told I’d hear back mid-week next week (last week). I appreciate the positivity, guys, since mine in waning.

          • I’m really not trying to be suzy sunshine here (trust me, no one has ever accused me of that) but what they say will happen and what actually happens are often not the same thing.

      • It also happens when the search organizer has no skills. I was one of 2 people brought in for an interview, in a field where no matter who got the job we would all continue to interact, and never heard anything. I sent a polite “inquiry” and was told they would get back to me soon, and months later I still haven’t heard anything. I wasn’t upset about not getting the job, but was seriously unimpressed by how they handled the communication.

  • skj84

    Rant: The rain. I really hope it lets up before I leave work. I have an umbrella but this rain seems to intense for a small umbrella.

    Rave: The rain. As nasty as it is, the area needs it.

    Rave: Had an audition yesterday and while I don’t think i’ll get the part I feel really motivated.

  • Rant: Why is it so hard to get a couch in this town? Trying to get a relatively cheap yet nice couch on Craigslist and then arranging transportation to move said couch is proving to be quite the feat! We’ve lost out on two awesome couches already.

    Rant: Last night I wound up sitting/laying on the hardwood floor for the entire 3-hour Bachelor becuase there was no where else to sit. I’m 30, that is TOO OLD to have no seats! I have dibbs on our one remaining couch tonight!

    Rant: Still no work today. Ugh, slow week.

    Rave: David Crowder in concert at the Howard tomorrow night!

    • I recently moved and got all new furniture for my new place and I had a 1500 dollar budget. I went to the Ashley Furniture Warehouse store in Woodbridge and got a super extra big and comfy three seater couch, huge accent chair, living room tables, dresser, mirror and bedside tables and was only $85 bucks over budget.
      Go check them out. They have some really nice couches there (most are under $500).

  • RANT: I’m lonely and want a partner. What does a 45 year-old gay man have to do to get a date? πŸ™

    • Dear POP, I think you need to use your mystical powers and coordinate a happy hour of some sort….I read these “single and searching” posts pretty much every day on rant/revel.


  • Rant: A death in the family.
    Rave: I have overcome my distrust/dislike of bread pudding by making an excellent one.
    Rant: I need to write a will and don’t know how to find a lawyer. Does anyone have a recommendation?

  • RANT! Y’ALL! I AM ALL OUT OF FREE! We are STILL giving free ideas to a potential client who approached us for the first time on FEBRUARY 7! WE HAVE SUBMITTED MULTIPLE REVISED PROPOSALS! POTENTIAL CLIENT IS STILL NICKEL AND DIMING US. I AM ALL OUTTA FREE! RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH! “How much would THIS be? What if we did this? How can we bring your consulting cost down?” — AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

    Rave: My boss is a saint during this conference call. She is being so patient. Clearly I should take some lessons….

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