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: Work is stressful, disorganized, and everyone is so de-motivated.
    Rave: On a high from my awesome news for my future. I cannot wait – such big and exciting changes that give me great motivation to tuck my head down, power through, and finish up work so I can move on.
    Rave: Colorado this weekend to visit family!

  • Rant: 9 year old dog had knee surgery last week and is still in lots of pain.

    Semi-Rave: Staying home to work and chill with said dog today.

    Rave: Other two dogs are being very patient and kind.

    • What surgery did you have done? Our two year old pup just had TPLO surgery on one knee a month ago, and we’re going to have to do the other knee as soon as this one can hold weight. It’s ridiculously expensive, but she’s recovering really well. We’re doing 45 minute walks and we’re not even 4 weeks out from the surgery.

      • He also had TPLO. But the pre-surgery exam revealed that he also has the start of arthritis in his hips, which doesn’t help. Unforunately, a nine-year old dog isn’t going to be on the same recovery schedule as a two-year old pup.

        • Well, good luck for your dog’s recovery. We would have had a tough decision paying that much for a 9 year old dog with arthritis. I’m sure the dog knows how much they mean to you.

    • my dog needs both knees done – not TPLO but the other one with the band (forget what its called) because TPLO wouldn’t do much more than the regular surgery given her hips.
      we’re getting a second opinion this weekend just to be sure. She doesn’t act AT ALL like anything is going on.

      • Mine didn’t act like anything was up either – he only knows one speed, full speed — until he totally blew out his knee. Good luck on the second opinion, I think with vets especially it is a good idea.

      • Great idea to get a second opinion. Unfortunately, all the vets and surgeons told us the same thing. Our mutt is a sprinter with bad genes, apparently. And a bit too large and young for the suture surgery. The second knee shows no symptoms other than failing the drawer test. Hope it works out well!

  • Old Bones Rant (I’m 29 but whatevs): I didnt know the Spring Forward thing would affect me this badly. I just cant seem to make it out of bed in the mornings. Three days in a row I have been late for work (mind you only by 10-15 minutes) but I just feel so off schedule.

    Question: A lot of my friends have time shares and I am thinking about getting one. Does anyone on here have one? What company did you go through? Is it worth the money? I was also playing with the idea of building a vacation house on some land I own overseas but I dont think I will want to visit there enough to warrant a house being built. hmm

    Rave: Pandora Radio Rihanna/Beyonce radio station. When I need to get the blood pumping I close the office door and bust a move.

    Rave: They havent instituted web cams in our office yet so while on conference calls I can walk around and practice yoga poses (just so I can stay awake during these boring ass calls)

    Revel: My new mattress and box spring. People who dont think mattresses and foundations are an investment dont know what they are missing. I bit the bullet and splurged on my mattress set and I have been getting the BEST sleep I have had in years (please see Rant 1). No more back and neck aches. No noisy foundation waking me up in the night when I shift in my sleep. No waking the neighbors with a creaky mattress (wait that is TMI..oops). But you all know what I mean 🙂

    • What kind of matress did you get?

    • So… I usually don’t post on here, but your rant/revel just spoke to me!! I just bought a new mattress and it a WAY different than I am used to (pretty firm vs. my usual ultra plush) but I am VERY happy with the switch. I, too, am waking up with less aches and pains then usual… I have to hand it to the boyfriend, he was right about this one… However, even with the new mattress, or maybe because of the new mattress, I have found it incredibly difficult to get moving in the morning! Spring forward has always been a challenge for me, but I never remember it being THIS bad.

      Finally… I also own a timeshare! I bought it last year, but haven’t had a chance to use it as of yet. I bought a foreclosure, so I had to wait until this year to use the time. I am very excited about it, but was surprised about some of the fees that go along with trading to all inclusive resorts… especially in the Carribean. I depends on how you like to travel. A lot of my friends don’t like to stay in the same place for a whole week. When they go away, they want to move around to different cities. If you travel that way, then a timeshare isn’t going to work for you. Make sure that if you buy the maintanence fee isn’t going to be higher than what you would spend on a vacation. My first timeshare was way overpriced on the front end and then the fee was $800/year. It was too much for what I would spend on a regular vacation. I am definitely excited about the possibilities for travel over the next couple of years though!

      • High 5 on the mattress revelation and the getting out of bed struggle. It’s very real!
        Re: the timeshare. Thanks for the info. I wouldnt have even thought about all that (fees and etc) . I only travel (overseas) once a year so maybe it wont be worth my while. I do want to start exploring the US more though. But I can stay in a 3 star hotel or a hotel with suites. I have to think about this some more. Or maybe build my house on my property and turn it into a beachfront villa. Make some one off this thing. hmmm

        • I’m totally in the anti-timeshare camp. They limit you to one location, can be difficult to get the dates you want and fees always cost more than you think they will, and may be tough to sell.

          Have you ever thought about getting a vacation rental? I’ve rented them in SF, Iceland, Shenandoah & NY. take a look at Homeaway.com & VRBO.com (they are the same company but keep the two different sites. Homeaway has much better search features, but VRBO may have a few more listings. Also Airbnb.com – though this can take a lot of work to sort through.

      • I bought a new mattress right before the time change and I think it has helped with the transition. I never thought I would like a memory foam since I like a firm mattress. Who knew a memory foam could be firm in all the right places

  • Additional Rant: What is up with guys on dating sites. You start chatting with them and within two emails they want everything but your SSN, and THEN they demand that you come see them?! Umm sir what? You want me to drive from alll the way over here, to the National harbor to meet a man I have emailed twice? Good day to you sir. Gas is $4 a gallon.

    • I definitely try to suggest places that are closer to the woman’s locale than mine for a first and 2nd date. I also don’t tend to contact anyone outside the beltway (although I guess National Harbor is right on it).

      • But this is before I even get his name! The conversation will go something like this;
        Him: Hey how are you?
        Me: Im fine how are you doing?
        Him: Oh I’m at work. Wanna meet and the Marriott at the National Harbor. I can get us a room?
        Me: *Block*
        Like really dude? Come meet you at a hotel? nooooooooooooo

        • Whuuut? That is some seriously creepy stuff. Dudes like that give the rest of them a bad name. Better luck to you! Someone awesome is bound to come your way!

          • Thanks and I hope so.
            You dont even have to be in the 3-6 Mafia (AKA Makes 6 figures, be over 6 ft tall and have a 6 pack). Just be nice and honest and ambitious and sane and free of drugs and disease and bathe at least once a day (and some other stuff but its all regular stuff).
            Is that too much to ask?

        • Look on the bright side — at least he’s willing to pay Marriott rates. Better than the Motel 6 on NY Ave.

        • Had you previously mentioned the need for a new mattress due to your creaky old one waking the neighbors?

        • Emmaleigh504

          Wow, not even drinks first.

        • valentina

          Speaking of online dating, someone stated in an earlier RRR that they would review my POF profile for me to see where it is lacking. I can’t find that person’s name now. Whoever you are, please let me know how I can get a copy of my profile to you. Thank you !!!

          Rant: terrible luck at dating. 🙁

    • I typically prefer to host and not travel.

    • valentina

      Amen sista!! The dating scene in DC sucks a set of mean ones. Who do I have to pay to meet a decent man to start a relationship with in this city! I so want to move away from this hell hole.

    • see, i have the opposite problem. i don’t want to email back and forth. i feel like after two or three messages, we should meet in person (though, not at a hotel!) and i can never get a dude to commit to actually meeting in person. i don’t want a penpal!

      • My progression is chat on the site–>gchat or email chat–>skype or facetime–>text msgs THEN meet in person. (This could take a week or two depending on how busy I am). Is that bad?

        • That’s a lot of steps there. I generally favor **’s route.

        • Wow, that just sounds like so much work to me. But online dating is a lot of work, and I think part of the reason I haven’t been more successful is that I’m not willing to spend a couple of hours every day or every other day. It’s so exhausting! Anyways, I’d prefer to email back and forth for a little bit, and then meet in person. I don’t want a penpal, but I’d like there to be some semblance of a connection before meeting. Also, though, I don’t chat.

          • Gotcha. Almost all of the steps up to meeting occur while im using my phone. So for me its just different means of communication. I am never home long enough to sit online and facetime or chat. Its always emailing or texting back and forth while I do whatever it is I am doing be it work or studying or class. So I guess I could bundle 3-4 of those things into one category. Make sense?

        • msmaryedith

          Too much. I think that is too much time invested by the time you meet them when they could turn out to be duds.

          I generally will email back and forth a couple of times, set a time to meet, and meet. Honestly, I don’t want them to have my regular email AND phone–I usually give them my phone number just in case we can’t find each other at the meeting point, but I think in general you really can’t know until you meet in person whether you’re compatible, so you may as well meet quickly.

        • For what it’s worth, I disabled the chat feature when I was on OKCupid. Anyone who couldn’t be bothered to write a short paragraph to introduce himself and give me some sense of what he’s like isn’t the guy for me. For the record, I also initiated some conversations, but always with a personal email that referenced something in their profile. This helps to side step the kind of conversation you described.

      • Emmaleigh504

        Me too. I want to meet in person pretty quickly. At a nice public, brightly lit not hotel place, for drinks or something small to chat face to face.

    • pablo .raw

      I keep reading all this about no good men in DC; I can’t think of any of my friends being “bad” men!. Maybe it’s a problem with online dating like you suggest, or age, who knows…

      • Funny enough Pablo Raw all the guys I have dated in DC I have met in the most random of places…Giant, the gas station, campus. So I wont say all guys in the DMV are bad, but the ones online are just…different. I guess the rules of engagement are different on dating sites.

        • I definitely prefer to meet people in person, especially when not expecting it (as you said in stores, around campus, etc). But I did use online dating on and off for a few years, and met some really great guys (but for whatever reason they just didn’t last).

          I actually am with you, in that I prefer to e-mail, gmail, chat first before meeting. I was never in a rush to meet someone, and am generally more comfortable with a new person through email than in person, so I felt like getting to know them first that way helped when meeting them. But to each their own. Everyone does it differently (the online thing), just find what works for you, and try not stressing about finding someone. It will happen when it happens 🙂

        • valentina

          I will say it. All men in DC are douche kings! Present company excluded of course. 🙂

        • male here…going to have to agree with Pablo on this one. As someone who has tried online dating on/off, generally exchange 2-3 emails then suggest meeting up. Like someone else stated, don’t want to invest too much time emailing back and forth incase the person is incompatible. On using Match question: If not interested in someone who sends you a wink/email, why don’t females use the automated “not interested” message button? In my experience it’s seldom used, obviously if no response I get not interested.

          • Emmaleigh504

            Wheels are you single and looking? I can offer you match making services for the low low price of don’t be a douche 😉

          • What prince are you talking about madam?

          • haha, non-douche here! Maybe give your services a try after match subcription ends or next POP Happy Hour..whichever comes first 🙂

          • Emmaleigh504

            The Prince of Petworth, natch! Have you seen him? He’s a hottie and very nice. His wife and daughter are lucky to have him.

            I need to figure out what to do to hook people up at the next happy hour. I haven’t thought this whole Match Maker thing through completely.

          • Oooooooohhh!!! Girl! Yes work that match maker thing out. Wasnt there something like that on here at one point?

          • Emmaleigh504

            Yes! Very cute young man was the genie pig, but it went now where after that first post. I think people didn’t want to have their dates posted.

          • May I suggest a singles mixer within the next HH? For example, people who are single and interesting in meeting other singles can wear name tags (or something else more or less shaming) so that we don’t spend the whole time trying to guess and cut to the chase.

            What do you guys think?

          • I think a singles mixer sounds fun! People are always talking about how hard dating is on these posts.

      • “Maybe it’s a problem with online dating like you suggest, or age, who knows…”

        Or maybe it’s a problem with the specific men these women affirmatively chose to date (or try to date).
        I’ve not had great luck with online dating but I would never say it’s because the women in the DC area are, categorically, lame.

  • Rave: Finally scored a couch! It was quite an adventure but definitely worth the stress! Now all of us can sit comfortably in the same room at the same time. We rented a truck from Home Depot which was actually a good way to go.

    Rant: Still no work this week. I’m getting paid for doing nothing, so I can’t complain TOO much…but I’m BORED!

    Rave: Not working for the gov’t so can’t be furloughed.

    Rave: Newborn babies

    • FYI – ZipCar now has large cargo vans you can rent by the hour.

      When I bought my sectional couch from a friend, I rented a ZipCar pick-up truck and made two trips from U Street to Shaw. As long as you tie down the couch to the truck’s anchor points (or carefully stack & secure the sectional pieces, as in my case) and drive cautiously, you should be fine.

  • Rave: my niece is coming to town in 2 days!
    Rave: 3rd annual half-marathon with my niece this weekend!
    Rant: after feeling better for a few weeks, my heel spurs are flaring up and quite painful today. Hoping it settles back down for the race.

  • RANT: My college ex-gf was just named the #9 most powerful celebrity fashion stylist by the Hollywood Reporter. They did a big spread on her. Her success has been astronomical. Makes me jealous! I need to step up my game.

    RAVE: She’s still hot and smart. I have excellent taste in women.

  • anon. gardener

    rant: gray hair. finally decided to stop coloring it and just let it be gray. it is shocking how much there is. I am now in the awkward stage where i still have color on the ends and gray up top. thank god it’s not too skunky. Can anyone recommend a hair stylist who makes gray hair look nice?

  • Rant: That mouse I saw yesterday? I opened my fridge and found him relaxing on top of the freezer door. He looked me right in the eye but didn’t move. I whacked him with my shoe until he was dead, but it took a few blows and I was crying when it was over. It had to be done, but I’m an animal lover and wish that mouse didn’t have to die in such an inelegant way.

    • Im sorry but I laughed out loud. This mouse is what my Granny would call fresh. Just chillin on the top of the fridge, holding stares and what not.
      Sorry you were traumatized but at least now you know it wont be sizing you up any more.

      • Maybe that’s what bothered me so much– it was a mouse with personality. More human-like. And he completely avoided the traps (usually they fall for those right away) so he must have been a smart one too.

        • anon. gardener

          Not smart enough to run away from a rapidly descending shoe. Don’t feel bad – he had a pretty nice life living in your house and eating your food. he would have died a lot quicker living outside.

          • Weird thing is, I’ve never seen any evidence of mice eating food in my house. I don’t know what they’re subsiding on but it’s not my stuff. I’m mostly concerned that one of them will start chewing electrical wires, or die someplace where I can’t find it.

    • Emmaleigh504

      Didn’t run away, sounds like he was poisoned, it slows them down. You probably did the little gross guy a favor.

      • saf

        Or really cold from sitting on the fridge door.

      • Good point– I assumed he was paralyzed with fear but it was a weird place for a mouse to be hanging out. If that’s the case I’m glad he didn’t crawl off to some inaccessible corner to die.

    • On top of the freezer door, not inside it, right? RIGHT?? Because I always thought that the fridge, at least, was a safe place to store food.

      Can I live in a hermetically sealed world where no bugs but butterflies and ladybugs exist?

  • Rave: Working from home is awesome. Why did it take me so long to do this?

    Rant: It’s cold in my apartment and I can’t afford the electric bill to turn up the heat. Stupid basement.

  • Rant: Some guy was clipping his fingernails at the Georgia Ave metro this morning as if that was totally normal. He left a pile of fingernail clippings on the ground.

    • There’s a guy I work with who’s always cleaning with nails with a pocketknife during staff meetings. I hope he’s not doing that in front of clients!

    • anon. gardener

      i once worked in an office with a guy who shaved AND cut his toenails at his desk. in an open office environment – no cubicle walls to block the view.

    • Worst hygiene in public story ever- my CEO took his keys off his belt, stuck one in his ear, wiggled it around. Five minutes later he stuck one in the other ear and wiggled it around. One of my friends said he was just trying to unlock ideas.

    • This is one of my huge peeves! I’ve worked in offices where people clip their nails in a very open cubicle and then once someone I know did it in a movie theater right next to me (during the movie!). I mean, really, WTF. Clipping nails, on fingers or toes, is something you do in the privacy of your home OUTSIDE of earshot.

      Ah, feels good to get that off my chest. 🙂

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rave: The super adorable picture of the Prince and his new little Princess on Facebook last night. I just want to tweak her nose! (I’m not a baby person so this is high praise.)

    Rant: Work is such a drag.

    Rave: Paychecks.

  • Rant: My mother is facebook stalking my boyfriend. And not being discreet about it.

  • Rant: Monthly “special pickup” at neighboring apartment building starts at 7:30 this morning and lasts for nearly an hour. Excessive, constant noise from garbage truck. Police won’t do anything because it’s after 7. Leave message for property manager. She calls back to tell me to be sure to call the police (already had) because her husband is a cop and she’d love to talk to them. Charming.

  • valentina

    Speaking of online dating, someone stated in an earlier RRR that they would review my POF profile for me to see where it is lacking. I can’t find that person’s name now. Whoever you are, please let me know how I can get a copy of my profile to you. Thank you !!!

    Rant: terrible luck at dating.

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