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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  • Rave: Free wine for me tonight!!!

  • Rave: Finally got some snow! This is the most accumulation I’ve seen in over 2 years.

  • saf

    Snow. Snow a week before opening day. Snow? Honestly, are we in Rochester here?

  • special_k

    RAVE: City Dog Rescue’s lost puppy Maddie has been returned safe and sound! Such a wonderful group of volunteers who gave their time and money to find her. And, as a bonus, a second dog found during the search for Maddie was rescued, as well.

    I hope the other lost dog posted on PoP at about the same time as Maddie returns home soon, too.

    • This is great news – thanks for the update!

    • That’s great news! Where did they find her? Had she been picked up by someone as suspected?

      • special_k

        The details are sketchy, but early word from CDR is troubling to say the least. Maddie, believed to be a pit bull, was found, sold, and then reclaimed by someone who saw the posters and wanted to return her (not sure if the large reward was the motivating factor). The implication is that she was wanted for dog fighting. The other dog saved by CDR during the search is a pit and the people who sold her told volunteers they wanted to use her as a bait dog.

        My information is only secondhand so I don’t truly know the intentions of the people who had Maddie and the second dog, but I have no doubt that kind of animal cruelty is not uncommon.

  • Rant: Out of control teens in this city attacking people and walking away scott free. DC residents complain about it, but don’t push their council members to do anything about it, including toughening the penalties they created. Why is that?

    Rant: People who think you have to tolerate crime to be urban.

    Rave: City is safer than it’s ever been and getting better.

    • Your second rant is right on the money. I’ve never understood this mentality. “Well it’s the city” therefore it’s OK to not give a crap about your neighborhood, your neighbors. Toss a few rocks at random cyclists. Throw trash wherever you want, someone will pick it up.

    • Come on. The only people who think “you have to tolerate crime to be urban” are suburbanites who are out of touch with what’s going on in the city and still think only drug addicts and murderers live here.

      • Unfortunately, there’s a significant population in the city that think that crime is a part of city living and what makes it urban. They also feel that criminals are victims of society’s discrimination and that their victims deserved it in some weird way.

      • As a drug addict and murderer, I resent that remark

  • Rant: When the whole metro area shuts down for a rain storm, it feels really unjust to be working when there’s an inch of snow on the ground.

    Rave: No trouble commuting.

    • Shut down? I wish. I think a lot of schools were on spring break anyway. I was pleasantly surprised by the ease of the commute this morning – WTOP made it sound like armageddon.

    • Who shut down? Most schools are on spring break. The Congress is out for a scheduled recess. Feds are working. I know I am working. I get the complaints when things shut down but I don’t really understand this one today.

      • I think that’s the point – nothing shut down today when there is actual snow, but a couple of weeks ago the city shut down for a drizzle.

      • Emmaleigh504

        I believe they are talking about the last time things shut down and the snow didn’t stick at all compared to today where it was sticking this morning and things are open.

        • Ahhh, now I understand. I do think that a major change with today was that kids weren’t in school. Most of the closures seem to stem from school systems closing which leads to businesses/governments trying to deal with a bunch of parents having to take off to take care of kids.

          In my experience today, the commute wouldn’t have been bad at all if not for all of the idiots who don’t clean off the tops of their cars.

  • Rant: Mentor and good friend and colleague has officially left my organization – missing her around the office.

    Rave: She left me her notes from when she interviewed and hired me – it’s funny to see them 3 years later!

    Rave: Working on a new system of managing my to-do list to lessen my stress and prioritize the work that I should be doing. Hopefully it works. Thinking through it last night helped me sleep well and stress less heading into work this morning.

  • saf

    Rant: Golden Heart Yoga, at Georgia and Decatur, was robbed and vandalized this weekend. They are lovely folks who live and work in our neighborhood, and this is a horrible thing.

  • I need the collective wisdom of the group, I am thinking of buying rental property. DC is way over price, I am considering the Greenmount West section of Baltimore, good or bad idea?

    • Baltimore’s a nice place to buy a house, but the demand’s so much lower than DC so you might have trouble renting it. Have you thought about buying in Anacostia? Urban Turf recently ran a story about a girl who bought a 4-unit condo building there for around $300k, and is now making $5k a month from it.

    • It think it would be good for a long-term investment because of the potential of Penn Station and the supposed mixed-up developments coming to take advantage of the trains. But, it is Baltimore so I wouldn’t expect anything good to happen in the immediate future.

      I used to live nearby. You could hear gunshots almost nightly–albeit in the distance. And, the ladies/men of the night regularly use the neighborhood as a main drag to sell their services. It’s what I imagine 14 St NW to be in the mid-90s. Except, I don’t see Baltimore having the revival that DC has enjoyed.

      • Could also be tough to manage a rental property in Baltimore if you live in DC. I used to rent from a Baltimore resident and it was such a pain to get him to come out and fix anything. And I could tell it was a burden on him too.

      • I dunno. I was living in DC for 5 years (And I had been away from Baltimore since about 2003), and when I came back to be closer to family, I was shocked.

        The stretch of north Baltimore from about Hampden to Lake Montebello along 33rd has really changed a lot. Is the corner of 33rd and Greenmount still rough as hell? Sure. But it’s getting better, and there are a lot of amenities here that weren’t here a few years ago, including a thriving arts scene, and a craft beer culture that every bit as good as DC’s. Things do get better, and Baltimore isn’t nearly as awful as people like to believe.

    • Do you mean Waverly? I live near there (just north of 33rd, near Lake Montebello), and I love it. I can walk to the farmer’s market, bike around the lake in nice weather, and I belong to the awesome YMCA that’s 2 blocks away. I have a similar quality of life that I had in DC in terms of being close to stuff, but I have it for about 1/4 of the cost.

      For rental units, Waverly (around 33rd and Greenmount Ave) is still kind of rough, but I really think it’s getting better. The closer west you get towards Charles Village and Johns Hopkins, the better for renting.

      It’s a major university, and LOADS of students live off campus- if it’s close to Hopkins, it’ll rent.

      • Start checking rental apts. in the area to see what they are like & what they rent for. Email current landlords who are currently seeking to rent and ask how many applicants they have. Or just go look for yourself.

  • rant: no power in the palisades this morning, my plan to work from home today was foiled
    rave: I set a personal record this morning – less than an hour from the time I woke up until the time I got to work!

  • Rave: spent a lovely weekend with husband’s friend and his most wonderful kids! almost made me want to have some myself, which never ever happens.

    Rant: came back to see someone’s car in front of our apt with a smashed in window, and then later at night had to call the cops because of a very heated argument on the street were they were threatening to shoot each other.

    • Isnt it frightening how easily such threats just trip off their tongues?

    • Co-rant: I think you may live on my street (Ontario?) I also called the cops. That argument was just escalating and was worried it would get out of control.

      Rave: Beautiful scene this morning – very refreshing!

      Rant: Trashed TV still sitting on street even though I’ve put in about 3 DC 311 requests to have it removed. Getting ready to take it myself to the Ft. Totten transfer station.

  • RANT: I totally am over Bank of America. I am closing my accounts.

    • GiantSquid

      Welcome to the club! A few years ago, hubs and I got tired of being nickle and dimed on fees as well as having our credit card rate raised without notice. So we broke up with them. It took three to four months to finally cut all ties. Was worth taking a loan with the credit union just to not have to deal with BoA anymore.

      • I saw them for what they were in undergrad. I started college at 17 and my stupid butt was almost lured into getting a card with a $1000 limit ( there was a free t shirt involved- I was gullible don’t judge me). Right before I signed the application I told the guy, “I dont have a job”. He said to me ” Why worry about paying it back now? When you leave college you will have a job.” Red flags went up. I told him I had to think about it, took the application and ripped it up at home.

        • Allison

          Yeah, they used to lure kids on our undergraduate campus with promises of “free pizza” for people who signed up for credit cards. The way they prey on young naive freshman college students and encourage them to rack up debt made me sick.

          • I see some of my friends to this day (and I have been out of undergrad for about 8 years) who are STILL paying off debt they racked up with them. Not to mention weird stuff happening with the APRs and mystery fees on their checking accounts. Naaah I will stick to Navy Federal.
            Mini Rant: I miss IngDirect 🙁

        • That sounds pretty savvy, not gullible. Wish I’d done the same…

  • Rant: My stomach hurts 🙁
    Rave: Getting to work on time! Woohoo!

  • Rant: I like the new job and my co-workers are nice…but they are so boring and serious. I want to talk about drag queens, lil Wayne’s near death, and how JT is trying to be Robin Thicke 2.0– just be silly and inappropriate. I just don’t know what to say around them.

    Rave: yoga in a few hours

    • Where were you working before that those were normal topics of conversation? 🙂

      • Well I don’t want people flocking there so I’ll withhold the name but these convos were had all the time–breakfast, lunch, Fridays at 3PM when no one wanted to do any more work. 😉 One co-worker used to call me to talk about the Jodi Arias trial.

  • Rave: low-key weekend doing lots of my favorite things, including some much needed time by myself out in the woods.

    Rant: the southerner in me doesn’t understand why I have to go to work when it’s snowing.

    Revel/rant: for the first time in forever, I’m interested in someone. We have similar backgrounds and interests (which I’ve struggled to find here in DC), plus he’s really nice and considerate, and very attractive. Unfortunately, we met professionally and I don’t know anything about his status, other than he doesn’t wear a wedding ring. And, since our relationship is professional, I really need to proceed with caution. It’s nice, though. I get butterflies in my stomach when I think about him!

  • Rant: After a wonderful family vacation in Peru, I lost my fancy camera in either in Reagan airport or in the taxi home. I was so tired I don’t even remember the cab company, but it was a maroon colored cab. Anyone have any ideas which company this could be? I’ve called the big companies, the airline and the taxi cab commission.

  • skj84

    Rant: Day is not off to a good start. Woke up with a horrible stomach ache and called out of work. Then looked out the window and realized it snowed. Feeling really down in the dumps today, like I can’t accomplish anything and will be stuck in the same rut forever.

    Rave: It looks like the weather will warm up this weekend. I feel like a flower sometimes, I perk up when the weather is nice.

    Rant: Was at Satellite Room this weekend to meet friends and saw a guy on the outdoor patio with a tiny newborn baby! At the bar. The crowded smokey loud outdoor bar. I’m not a parent so maybe I can’t judge, but I just do not think bringing a baby to a bar is appropriate.I think bars should be adults only. Especially since this place was 21 and up, So i’m wondering how did baby even get in.

    Rave: I did actually have a great weekend. And I can’t wait for next week, my family will be in town for Easter.

    • Unless there was a nipple on a bottle of whiskey I think you can relax.

    • even babies can get fake i.d’s these days.
      but seriously, why do you care?

      • skj84

        because a loud bar it not an environment as month old baby should be exposed to. As mentioned before it was outdoors and smokey. Maybe because I had good parents who knew what are appropriate places to bring children unlike those parents. Maybe because some places should remain childfree.

        • Judgmental much?? My friends take their well behaved infant to bars all the time. I am of the opinion that sheltering your kids from life leaves them ill prepared.

        • what made you’re parents good? the way they taught you not to judge others? or something else?

  • Rave: Planning a house warming party with the new roommates! Hopefully it will be a bit warmer in three weeks.

    Rave: SNOW!

    Rant: I need to stop cooking…at least with butternut squash. Last night was a butternut squash and cauliflower soup which now has the consistency of baby food. At least it tastes good. Time to focus on baking again.

    Rant: Pride. There are certain things I just can’t let go because “its the principle of the matter”! Let go, Self, LET GO!

    • There is definitely a fine line between pureed soups and baby food– try thinning it out with water or broth to make it a bit more soupy. Where are you getting butternut squash? I’m not quite ready to give it up for the season, but I haven’t been able to find it for the past month or so.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: think I broke a tooth.

    Rave: have dental insurance.

    Rant: All the dentists in my network have terrible reviews. All the good recs I’ve gotten are out of my network.

    Rave: damaged tooth doesn’t hurt too badly while I figure this out.

    • MsNesbitt

      I don’t know what recs you’ve already gotten, but when I still lived in DC, I loved Drs. Abreu. I went to Mrs. Dr. Abreu primarily, but her husband was great as well. Their office is at Farragut West.

    • msmaryedith

      One thing to keep in mind is that with doctor/dentist reviews, I find that they almost always have only negative reviews. I think a lot of patients never think to review theirs unless they had a terrible experience. I was sort-of shocked to look up my dentist after years of being happy with him, only to read scathing reviews. Most had to to with insurance and rebilling, but I was still taken aback by all the negativity.

      • Emmaleigh504

        Oh for sure! I can tell from many of the reviews that they are just whining because they had to wait. I really wanted to go to 1 of the dentists my friends vouched for. I actually have a dentist, I just don’t like the office. I’m going to see my dentist and pick up the hunt for a new one when I can casually go in for a cleaning and not worry about major work being done.

    • Not sure if in your network, highly recommend Watergate Dental (Foggy Bottom), Dr. Robinson is very good.

  • Rave: Finally set up an account on PoP, so I’m not anonymous anymore
    Rave: super productive weekend. volunteering, reading, work, running, partying, choral concert viewing.

    Rant: terribly unproductive today

  • Rave: Today is my birthday.

    Rave: What I thought would be a somewhat lonely day was made amazing by unexpected cupcakes and a card from my students. Sometimes all the hours in the trenches are worth it

    Double Rave: Just finished the most magical birthday burrito of my life. Here’s to the next 25 years.

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