Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

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You can talk about whatever is on your mind โ€“ 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 peopleโ€™s grammar. This is a place to vent and/or celebrate things about daily life in DC.

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  • PoPville is quiet this morning…

  • Rave: Got two days off work due to that huuuuge water main break over in Chevy Chase. Right next to my office building! It extended my vacation to 6 days instead of 4! And it’s paid!

    Rant: Water main break blew a 30 foot hole in the street I park on, so I had to park farther down Connecticut and walk 10 minutes in the cold.

    Rave: This is the ONLY complaint I have this week! It’s pretty trivial, so overall, I’m coming up millhouse today!

  • pablo .raw

    Rant: Co-worker assaulted with knife inside a metro car this morning on his way to work.
    Rave: Slept for 10 hrs. last night after days of going to bed at 1 or 2 am!
    Rave: Client really like my work!

  • Rant: I’m so negative about my job these days. I’m a fed and work on a social program that I usually feel pretty good about , but these days it seems like everything moves at a glacial pace, all of my meetings are pointless, and many of my coworkers are annoying me. My job is starting to feel more and more like Office Space. ugh
    Rave: I usually like my coworkers a lot.
    Rant: When is spring ever going to come? [grumble, grumble, grumble]
    Rave: Once spring and good weather does come, I think I’ll be able to handle the annoying aspects of my job much better…

  • Potential rant or rave: Is there any update on either of the two dogs that were missing yesterday? It always breaks my heart to see that.

    • Yes, hoping they both were reunited with their people.

      I always check to make sure my dog is still here and then look to see if the missing/found dogs might be a pup I know.

    • special_k

      Thanks for asking! Unfortunately, City Dogs still hasn’t found Maddie, the lab/hound puppy who escaped her foster’s backyard. Based on the results of the tracking dog, they suspect she was picked up by someone and they are offering a reward for her safe return…


  • Emmaleigh504

    RAVE: Kitty’s nose was clean and mostly clear this morning!! Hope it stays that way and on Monday the vet says she’s well again.

    Rant: Performance review time. bleck. Bonus bleck because now I have to fill our reviews for the people I manage. Where did my life go so terribly wrong???


  • What’s that? First full day of Spring you say? Here is a high of 39ยฐ and some flurries.

    • Everyone is complaining about this, but the longer it stays cold the happier I am. I’m from the upper Midwest and a high of 39 is quite pleasant for me. I prefer a sweatshirt and jeans to shorts and t-shirt. Plus the sooner it starts to get warmer, the sooner its summer, which, in DC, is hell on earth. I might be an outlier, but I am loving the weather.

      • Preach. The longer 95 degrees with 95% humidity stays away, the better.

      • Wasn’t meant as a complaint, more of a mocking of the people who were so happy it was warm all winter.

      • I’m with you on this! Midwest represent, yo!

      • While I rarely complain about the weather, I totally disagree with you. I too am from teh upper midwest.

        I had enough cold and snow when I lived in the midwest – I moved south for a reason. Bring on mid-90’s with 98% humidity!

        • saf

          Everyone who sees this post thinks it was posted by me.

          It wasn’t, but I will say amen!

        • em

          I am also from the upper Midwest, and I had plenty of cold to last me through my life. Personally, I will take 95+humid day over a 39 degree day.

          Thus, Rant: People who say “but you can always put more layers on!” – No, I can’t. After an extra layer or two, I start to feel quite constricted and it is hard to bend my arms and the layers are getting all static-y and bunchy.

          • I’ll take a midwest winter over a DC summer all day long.

          • Maybe you need better layers.
            I’d much rather have to bundle up to go outside then be drenched in sweat the second I step out the door. And as a man I have to completely cover my legs to work, because that makes sense, so summer heat is hell.

          • Maybe you need better pants. Tried linen?

      • This whole thread is like listening to a morning person trying to convince a night owl of the virtues of getting up early, or an extrovert telling an introvert that doing nothing but talking to people all day is energizing.

        • saf

          Yeah. I am an extrovert who LIVES for summer, and a night owl. Morning people (like ALL the people I work with), winter people, and introverts all confuse me. Sure, I like plenty of them. I just don’t get them.

  • Rant: Waiting waiting waiting for people to call me back. This is both boring and stressful.

    Rave: Heading out of town tomorrow for a Big Fat Vietnamese Wedding! Much good food will be consumed.

  • Question: let’s talk about the wild and wonderful (?) world of “affordable housing.” I’m on the hunt for a studio, and to my surprise, I qualify for some of the buildings that have “lower income” programs. For instance, the brand new AVA building near H Street has an affordable housing program with a maximum income of $60K for a single person that has studios going for $1378. I totally qualify for that. Is that weird? Am I missing something? It seems insane that I’m considered “lower income.”

    • pablo .raw

      I’m not surprised; I work on affordable housing and after reading some comments on PoP, I realize there are a lot of misconceptions about what affordable housing is.

      • So I shouldn’t feel uncomfortable filling out an application for affordable housing?! I feel like I’ve discovered a wonderful miracle! Why are so many young people paying for terrible English basements and group houses when these places exist?

        I’ve found at least 5 different buildings that I qualify for. Some better looking than others, but all liveable. Wow.

        • I wish I’d known about this when I first graduated college and moved to DC. I was making $54k and living with a shitty roommate when I guess I could have had my own place for the same price. After that year I jumped up to $60k and have been outside of the “low-income” window ever since. A missed opportunity for sure!

          • Ugh, people make $54K out of college? I’m going to go hide in a hole now…

          • With an electrical engineering degree, yeah. It was actually on the lower end of what they claim is a reasonable starting salary for someone in my field.

        • Would you mind posting links for resources? I know how to google and all, but this is the sort of information that isn’t always well-indexed for searching.


          • I don’t have an actual list–just getting started on this! But if you see a price that looks too good to be true for the location (and isn’t one of those “I’m a missionary in Africa” scammers), there is likely an income limit. I just called a bunch of places that sounded suspiciously cheap, and they confirmed that yes, they had a required income range. The new ThirtyTwo32 apartments being built on Georgia Ave have a $34K-$45K income range and look really nice–I make too much for those ones, though, but a few years ago I’d have qualified. If only!

      • I’ll bet $1378 is still 30% or more of your take-home pay, which is the maximum you’re “supposed” to be spending on rent.

        • Yeah, right. If only there was a system in place that could make this “supposed to” a reality.

          • I meant to say that so she wouldn’t feel bad about qualifying for this “low-income” housing.

    • saf

      Affordable housing, as practiced in new development in this city, does not mean “low income,” it means “within a certain percentage of average income for the area.”

    • I’ve thought about applying too, yet at GS-9 I still don’t feel comfortable paying that much just for rent every month ๐Ÿ™ Starting to wonder whether I will I ever be able to get my own place…

    • I have a friend who scored an awesome 2 BR loft style condo in a converted school through an affordable housing program while she was working at a bar. Fast forward to now, she has a great job, but would never be able to afford her place for what it has gained in equity.
      I would caution against settling for a studio, though. You really want to get at least 1 bedroom.

  • RAVE: Went to Little Serow last night for dinner with friends. So good and worthy of the hype it receives. And my friends put our dinner on their expense account…..w00t! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    RANT: Ate so much food last night that I was still full this morning. I couldn’t even consider eating breakfast. Yikes.

  • Rant: Had my day planned out to the damn minute….but this 2 hour phone call messed it all up.
    Rave: I brought all the fixins for a Big Shrimp Salad today…yeah it’s alot of plastic ware but whatevs…I dont like my food touching until right before I eat it. And it will be deelicious.
    Rant: I am hungry now….so I am going to eat my lunch. ๐Ÿ˜›

  • RAVE/RANT? I just found the local S&M club, around the corner from the new NPR HQ

    RAVE: They are really trying to be goog neighbors

    • I have friends who frequent that club. They draw an extremely responsible, unassuming, and well educated crowd. There’s no on-premises sale of alcohol, keep quiet, it’s members-only (ie. no one can walk in off the street), and they really make an effort to stay invisible.

      It’s basically the total opposite of the type of crowd that frequents Club Ibiza.

      • Wondering if I’m the only person alive that has enjoyed both venues ๐Ÿ™‚ Depending on the day, I fit both descriptions!

        • I can’t stand Ibiza or Fur, but there are other dance music venues in the city that I like.

          While me and my partner do privately enjoy the activities that occur in the S&M club, we’re still a little too hesitant to enjoy those activities in public. Though, our friend keeps encouraging us to tag along as her guests ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • So, I’ve only done Ibiza 2-3x but the “rathchetness” of it reminds me of home (I’m from the south!). As for the other “activities”, I say if you have a partner that is open to it, why not?? Lucky you for having friends that go too, check it out. No one will get hurt, well maybe ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • So does this “club” have a website?

  • skj84

    Rave: Dad’s surprise birthday party went off without a hitch! The look of joy on his face when we walked into the house was priceless. Plus the time spent bonding with the family was exactly what I needed after a stressful week.

    Rant: Slept in my childhood bed last night and I think I outgrew it. I usually sleep in the guest room when I visit my parents, but My Aunt had that room. So I was relegated to my bedroom and was sliding off the bed. Oh well it was worth it to see everyone.

    Rant: Work drama. One manager seems to be cracking under stress and taking it out on the rest of us. I know the managers are under a lot of pressure, but I shouldn’t feel like every decision I make is going to be questioned and undermined. I got yelled at for making supposed mistakes yesterday, then yelled at for following protocol.

  • rave: Found a decent enough place for Indian delivery to our apartment. Had a huge order for our anniversary dinner.

    Rant/rave-ish: some things done travel well. But, that’s ok. Also, my ability to stuff myself silly with Indian food is gone – baby isn’t even big, but takes up Indian food room. I was sure to tell it that this is the best type of food ever, so it should get used to it.

  • Rant: In the office, walking down a hallway or passing in the kitchen, saying hello, good morning, how’s it going and getting no response. Seriously? You can’t exchange simple pleasantries? You’re just going to ignore me?

    Rave: Official offer and acceptance of my “next step” – it’s 6 months away but makes me so excited!!

    Rave: Lots of great weekend stuff lined up the next month – Best buddy visiting this weekend, then Easter with the family, then Miami for a tri with good friends. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Rave: second run since race and feel great!
    Rave: ran in snow flurries – so beautiful and fun

  • special_k

    Thanks so much for your concern. Unfortunately, the lab/hound puppy who escaped her foster’s backyard hasn’t been found. Based on results from the tracking dog, City Dogs Rescue suspects she was picked up by someone. They are still actively searching for her and offering a reward for her safe return…


  • Rant: RROR is growing too fast to post daily. By the time I get to it, anything I have to rant about gets buried under 40 posts. It’s a free service, I can’t really complain though.

    Rant: Friends all getting married away, female friends I have only want to date rather than simply hanging out and enjoying company. Hard to find consistently reliable friends. I’m not ready for the whole “marriage thing” at the moment, I just want to be social without consequences and boundaries (yet by no means a player), it puts me off from wanting to go out at all.

    • Don’t know about others PoPsters browsing habits, but I’ll check the rants and revels a few times during the afternoon especially if there is a hot and interesting topic. Like moochneighor and the InternetPolice.

      Don’t look in the evenings because I’m busy looking at the animal fix ๐Ÿ™‚

    • This needs clarification. You want to hang out with women, but not have any boundaries, and not be expected to date them.

      Sooo… You want female friends who will get drunk and have sex with you but not expect you to call the next day? And who will be open to doing it again sometime?

      • I wasn’t assuming that’s what he meant, but I basically agree: what does that mean? If I had to reflect on it I would say that “social without consequences or boundaries” is not a real thing; it’s a question of whether you choose to recognize them or not. And I think the older you get, you find fewer folks who choose not to (assuming you socialize with your own age group).

      • Sounds like an episode of Girls.

      • there is always a chance he just means, ask his female friends to meet him at a bar or restaurant in order to just be sociable, and not see them arriving, dressed for a date and having to think, “well I screwed that up.”

        • Not about casual sex at all, but sometimes its just nice to hang out and talk without being evaluated on a dating level. If romance evolves, that’s fair, but at this age, everyone seems to be too serious, usually expecting romance or determining my worthiness for their affection or time. The thread has fallen to the nether regions of POP, I’ll try to get my timing right tomorrow to resume the conversation. ๐Ÿ™‚

          • How old are you, Jack? Sounds like your female friends are either at that age where it’s now or never and they feel the pressure to not ‘waste time,’ especially if they have busy lives outside of dating, OR they have realized that no matter how long they have known you as a friend you STILL think there might be relationship potential and they wish you’d give that up. Or maybe you need to be a better wingman? Or are scaring off the actually available, open to real live relationship men when you guys are out? You are probably too cute for the competition ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Rave: My side of the street is now restricted to those with Zone 1 or 2 stickers. Most of the MD and VA moochers have disasppeared or if they do stay, get a lovely pink ticket.

    I know its petty…

    • Rant: I am not a fan of this at ALL. I can understand if it is during certain times etc, but to restrict parking for a particular zone only sucks. I have DC tags and I should be able to park in any available public spot as long a adhere to the time limits etc. But to say that I can NEVER park on a particular side of a street is CRAP..

      • Usually the zoning change allows you to park for two hours. Is that not enough time? If you’re visiting friends, ask to use their guest permit.

        They zoned my block near U Street a few months ago and it’s super awesome. We lost all the MD and VA drivers who would park their cars there for the day (a lot of them work at Howard, ABRA, and the city building at 14th & U).

        Also, the 2 hour limit extends until 10pm, including Friday and Saturday nights, so I can now find a spot up until 8pm or so.

        My only complaint is when there are athletic activities on Sat & Sun at Cardozo HS (it’s especially bad on Sundays when churches are in session). MD & VA drivers will park at the bus stop, in crosswalks, in “no parking” zones, etc. and the ticketing agents are nowhere to be found.

        • saf

          Not any more. Now they are posting entire blocks as “Zone X permit parking ONLY.”

          • It’s usually only one side of the street. It seems like a fair compromise between residents and visitors in areas where both experience intense competition for parking.

        • msmaryedith

          No, there are a lot of areas now that are Zone X ONLY from 7am-10pm or midnight, at Mon-Sat (and some are 7 days a week). Generally one side of the street will be the old way (2 hour parking with a certain zone exempted from the time limit). But the opposite side of the street is essentially Zone X only, with no exceptions made for DC drivers of other zones.

          I admit that I do like that it keeps Maryland and Virginia drivers from parking there, but it’s annoying when you have DC tags and parking permits and pay DC taxes but can’t find a spot within walking distance for any length of time whatsoever.

          • Exactly my frustration and my point. Those same drivers that live in those zones can come to my neighborhood and park where ever they want(Granted allowable posted time.) DC tags should be not be banned from parking.

          • But parking pressures are very different in different neighborhoods, and the restrictions (or lack of) should recognize that. In this case, living in another part of DC is really not so different from being from MD or VA.

          • Sorry, this block is one and half blocks from U street metro and when it was zoned for two hour parking MD and VA cars were parked there all day. It seemed like only once a week were tickets given so many played the odds.

            Hopefully when the MD and VA parkers leave their cars in their own states, space will be freed up on the other side of the street for DC cars from other zones.

    • I disagree as well… I have DC Tags and pay DC Taxes, but my block isn’t zoned… Trying to find parking in other parts of the city is becoming a HUGE problem!! I understand trying to keep out of state drivers from parking there all day, but I get totally screwed from not having a zone on my block!

      • anon. gardener

        our (very short) block is like that too. no zoning, and parking only on one side of the street. we are really lucky we have space for a car in our back yard, because if the block fills up we can’t just park around the corner. We’re trying to get it zoned so we can all get parking stickers, but i am not holding my breath on that.

    • Sounds pretty bad, but you don’t have to live like a refugee…

  • RANT: submitted the high bid on a house, lost out to an-all cash offer. The search continues…

    • Totally feel your pain. Submitted a full price offer with $15K escalation and lost to someone who had a higher escalation.

    • Care to share which neighborhood?

    • Were they investors?

      Knowing that people have $500-600K in liquid cash sitting around to
      snatch up a house makes me want to bang my head against the wall.

      • I’m assuming as much. There was a contracting crew looking at the place during pre-inspection. The house is probably big enough to be turned into 2 condos.

        • Yeah the developers definitely add another layer of challenge to home-buying. Anything that’s a good deal is going to be snatched up by them.

      • They may not have cash just sitting around, but if your a contractor you can get a line of credit to draw on in a matter of a day. It allows you put in “cash” offers, but really you are using credit. Most of these contractors then turn around and refinance the house into a long term product or sell the property to pay off the line and take their profit. Definitely frustrating!

        • Ugh, that’s really REALLY crappy and in dire need of a public policy solution.

          We’d be much better having owner-occupants buying houses, hiring contractors, and fixing them up to their tastes. They have more at stake in the community than a professional flipper who will use the cheapest materials and labor to bag the most equity in the shortest amount of time.

  • rave: friend in town!

    suggestions for a fun place to grab dinner AND be able to watch the bball games? I want a good vibe, but nothing crazy crowded (which I imagine Buffalo Bills will be). He’s a VCU fan, if that matters.

  • Rave: 20 weeks today!
    Rant: Anatomy scan next week and freaking out that something will be wrong. We opted out of all of the genetic screening.

  • Rave: a conductor found and turned in my husband’s phone on the MARC train last night. Love good people.

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