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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  • pablo .raw

    Rave: My photo was sold at last night’s photography show, the buyer told me a very touching story about why he felt a strong connection with the photo.
    Rave: everybody loved the photo, people wanted to talk to me and told me they are “following” me; very humbling.
    Rave: Met some great people last night..
    Rave: Suddenly, I have a lot of photography work; need to start scheduling!
    Rant: Situations that take too long to be solved.

  • RANT: People who eat sunflower seeds and spit the shells ON THE FLOOR OF THE METRO TRAIN. I’ve experienced this twice in the last three days, both times it was done by late teen/early 20s females. WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?!? It is, literally, the most disgusting thing I’ve ever seen on the train. Yesterday’s incident was particularly bad since the girl nearly spit the shells on my dress shoes. I glared right at her and she quickly looked away. Incidents like that deserve public shaming.


    • obviously, you weren’t on the metro the day the lady next to me was drinking vodka out of a water bottle and clipping her nails…

      • I always thought the nail clipping was nasty, but after my last two experience I will take clipped nails over spit-laden sunflower seed shells any day of the week.

        I can’t believe I just wrote that.

        Vodka drinking on the metro? No bother to me at all, so long as you don’t chunder on the train. Get your drank on, you crazy diamond.

    • I’ve never seen anyone eating them on the train, but I have seen shells on the floor. Nasty.

      The worst I ever saw was a girl eating crab legs from a paper bag. This was on a bench in Fort Totten. Not on the train, but still not appropriate.

      • What in the world!?!? Who does that. I dont even want to open a stick of gum on public transportation much less a meal! ugh

      • Yep, crab legs. On the train. Sucked-out shells on the floor.

        I don’t understand how people can behave like this and still get upset when they’re compared to animals.

    • Additional Metro rant: Did everyone get up on the wrong side of the bed today? *Everybody* I encountered on the metro today was a goddamn pill of a commuter, especially at L’Enfant Plaza. I got shoulder checked like 5 times and some guy called me a bitch during the communal merge to form a single line to walk up a flight of stairs. In retrospect, I wish I stopped, turned around, and asked him to repeat what he said.. or something. I am so sick of commuting to this job…

    • Ooooooh, I once saw a late teens/early 20s guy, professionally dressed, spitting chaw into an empty “Naked Juice” bottle he was carrying on the metro. I’ve never come closer to smacking a complete stranger in my life.

  • Rant: New Hampshire Ave south of Dupont Circle gets worse and worse by the day. It’s a clusterf***.

    Rant: 6am conference call and moving office locations made for a terrible
    morning yesterday.

    Rave: Leaving work at 3:15PM and heading out to the barn for a beautiful, sunny ride that ended up being a kick-ass jump school made for a very happy me :-D.

    Question: Are the blossoms out yet? Is it worth having family come down tomorrow to check them out?

  • msmaryedith

    My friend’s best friend is celebrating a big birthday soon, and her family wants to surprise her with a trip to DC. They are planning to rent a house and are currently considering one in Petworth (the 800 block of Jefferson St NW). I don’t know they neighborhood well–I know they would need a car there, but I’d just want to be sure they feel safe and everything. Any feedback greatly appreciated, especially from you Petworth folks!

    They are looking for a 3br/ba and this one is about $400.00/night. So if anyone knows of other short-term rentals, suggestions are welcome.

  • House on Quincy by the metro sold for 725k yesterday!!! I love this market!

    • I am waiting for the bust to happen, again. These prices are not sustainable, where are these people getting the money. House on my street sold for $530K, need complete and total rehab, no parking.

    • Awesome! What’s the address?

    • Crazy. I know that house and I know the immediate area, and in my opinion neither support that price. I bought my house four years ago in nearby, so I’m certainly glad to see the area appreciating, but I’m aghast at $720K. Why would they spend that when they could get a house for $200K less, just as nice reno job, and not near one of the worst blocks in Petworth?

      • bfinpetworth

        But where can they get something for $200 less?

        • Check the listings and recent sales for the Petworth area. Fully renos sell in the $450 to $550 range.

          • This is so far off the mark it’s laughable. Full renovations on the Brightwood/ northern Petworth Border start at low 500s. Anything south of Allison and east of GA is listed at over 600K. I’m looking in the area, so I’m quite familiar with price points.

          • South of Allison may be your criteria as comparable, but as I don’t agree that the distance of 1/2 to 3/4 mile puts a house wholly outside of comparable range.

          • Then why aren’t you comparing the renovations in U st., Columbia Heights, or Adams Morgan to those in the southern edge of Petworth?

          • Really, just stop. A house 3/4 of mile from the metro is in no way comparable to one 400 feet from the metro. These are more accurate comps – NH & Spring: under contract at 670K unrenovated. 8th & Quincy: under contract at 630K, unrenvoated. Sheperd & 12th, under contract at 768K, renovated. 3711 Kansas, pending contract at 650K and that house doesn’t even have a functioning kitchen kitchen. Those are your comps, not something at 7th & Ingraham that’s 500K.

          • Again, YOUR comps, but you seem incapable of distinguishing your opinion from facts. Many people don’t commute via the metro and are therefore not as concerned about proximity to it.

            Here’s hoping the prices keep you out of the area. Your combative attitude makes me cringe at the thought of you as a neighbor.

          • Using your standard of properties separated by 3/4 of a mile being comparable, why aren’t the houses in Mt. Pleasant selling for Kalorama prices? For that matter, why are houses in Dupont so much more expensive than those in Adams Morgan, or why is U Street so much more expensive than Pleasant Plains and southern Park View? I’m sorry that you think pointing out your ridiculous argument is being combative. It is what it is. Please let me know if you find a realtor that will argue a property feet from metro should sell for the same price of one 3/4 of a mile away. I’ll stay far away from that agent when it comes time to sell. Oh, and sorry to tell you, I’m nowhere close to being priced out the neighborhood.

          • The comparison of these high-density, highly urban neighborhoods with the much more residential Petworth isn’t apt, to say the least. Now why don’t you get your last word in, and we can leave it at that? It’s beneath me to continue any longer with this childish conversation.

          • Shorter C3PO: I lost the argument, so I’m going to stop talking.

          • Damn JS, you better buy C3PO a tube of Preparation H. Major burnage!

      • What’s the worst block?

      • saf

        One of the worst blocks in Petworth?

    • If I know the national annual average appreciate rate of existing homes from 1968-2009 to be 3.7%, what would the equation be to figure out the average appreciated value of homes in a given DC neighborhood where the average home price in said neighborhood in 1968 is x? I ask to be able to compare to what the average values actually are now to see if the DC real estate market is where it would have been more or less naturally factoring out the suppressive effect of the 1968 riots on not only natural inflationary appreciation but also development induced appreciation. Are we where we would be on a steady, derivative slope, trajectory? I think this comparison would go toward answering whether the DC market is a bubble or if the neighborhoods can sustain these current values.

    • epric002

      that house on quincy had a bizarre layout (lots of tiny, walk-in closet sized “bedrooms” in the basement).

  • Rave: Today is my Friday.
    Rave: Going on first official weekend getaway with the girl.
    Rave: Getting measured for my first custom suit today.

  • Rant: Ear ache preventing me from hearing people well, and also preventing me form working on music. This happens about 2-3 times a year for me, ever since I was a kid. I think I need to marry an E.N.T. specialist.

    Rant: Dating is for the birds… Programming is for the nerds.

    Rave: Found a mouse hole outside of my newly renovated house (in the brick where the power line hole was drilled) Not too happy at my contractor for missing that, but glad I plugged up the hole now (Steel Wool and spray foam covered by mortar). No more mouse problems. Guaranteed!

    Rave: Almost Friday!

  • Rant: being awoken at 2:50 this morning by bright lights flashing across my bedroom walls (through my black out blinds and blackout curtains!) from what must have been a police helicopter’s flood lights. Any news on what they were searching for?

    Rave: Was able to get back to sleep — and I even overslept, and don’t care!

  • Rant – Worst haircut ever! Went to Bangs, thinking a young hip salon wouldn’t even know how to do a “helmet” cut. Told the girl I wanted layers, anything but a “helmet”/rebublican housewife/newscaster kind of cut. When she was done I even asked her why she hadn’t cut more layers in the sides (she basically just cut the back.) She said there were enough layers already. Wrong. Awful.

    Rave – rambunctious kitties. One just jumped on top of the radio, stepped on the station and the volume button and blasted her self with Beethoven.

    • Sorry to hear. I only get my color done at Bangs, the one on U st, had too many bad haircuts from there. I go to Urban Style Lab in Dupont or Immortal Beloved – they seem to be the hippest place that i found and are very anti-helmet/capital hill hair.

      • novadancer

        no!!! Stay away from USL – they gave me the worst haircut of my life (ala soccer mom) and cost me $100! I switched to Carol at Bang U st. to “fix” the problem.

        • Great. we should just cut our own hair now. I’ve been going to Tim at USL for years now, I like him.

          • novadancer

            Tim is who butchered it! He did fine when it was shoulder length trimming but was a disaster I asked for an edgy bob (layers, etc).

          • Emmaleigh504

            I cut my own hair and I’m always happy #smugcurlygirl 🙂

          • Actually, when it was shorter & shaggish I did cut my own hair and always got complements. Tried 4-5 other salons (from PoP recs.) but they usually came out with the Lesbian/prison/nun style (not that there’s anything wrong with lesbians, nuns or prisoners!) The best, if I was too lazy, was always Hair Cuttery in Dupont Circle.

            But decided to grow it out over the winter to see what else it might do.

          • em

            I had a great hairdresser at Bang Metropole (15th & P), but she moved to NYC (although she did come back to do my hair for my wedding). Since then, I’ve gone to Shamikia at Hair Cuttery in Dupont, and she is awesome.

    • I used to work at Bang and would only trust a couple of people there with my hair. Patrick is the BEST.

      That said, I’ve learned that you sometimes pay for what you get. Other than the off chance I can get in with Patrick (who is still cheaper than 90% of DC), I go to St Germaine to Christophe who is AMAZING. My eyebrow lady moved to Luigi Parasmo and everyone who walks out of there looks fabulous. But both places are $$$$. Hence why I go like twice a year to Christophe. And my hair grows fast, I just hate spending that much money on something like that.

      Also if you aren’t happy, tell the Bang management – at least in the past, they would fix it.

    • Sorry to hear about your bad haircut at Bang. I’ve been going to Angie at the Verizon Center for years and have always been happy.

    • I’ve never been to Bang, but I’ve had friends go who have enjoyed their haircut, but they’ve always gotten trims instead of anything really extensive.

      I go to Parlor on U St and see Nicole– I’ve been seeing her for over 3 years now and she’s done the best cut and color I’ve ever seen in my life. She’s always consistent, which is hard to find. I’d call and see if maybe she can get you in to fix your hair? That’s my worst nightmare, a bad haircut! 🙁

  • Rave: She walked me to the door at 4:30 AM, kissed me goodby and smiled as though it was the greatest thing ever to have an alarm clock wake her that early, just to walk me out. I think she likes me.

    Rant: I think I’m in love, but it makes me kind of nervous say so.

    Rave: Whole lot of worse things could happen than that, ain’t there?

  • I think I’m going to go part-time for the summer (spend more time with the kids), and I’d like to foster a litter of kittens. Who has advice/ experience/ dire warnings to share?

    • I volunteer at the Washington Humane Society and know that they are always in need of fosters, especially during the upcoming kitten season – thank you so much for being interested in this! The foster page on their website has FAQs, the application, and contact info: http://support.washhumane.org/site/PageServer?pagename=volunteerfoster_foster. I personally haven’t fostered, because I already have two cats in a studio apartment; however, many of the other WHS volunteers and employees have and the feedback I’ve heard is that it can be a lot of work (especially with babies and/or sick animals) but it’s extremely rewarding. Also, fostering expenses are tax-deductible!

      • Thanks! I’ve heard that the HS can be counter-productively dogmatic (ha!) about certain things. If I admit that my stance on declawing is “only as a last resort”, will they reject me? I mean, I won’t be declawing any foster cats. But I don’t judge others who do, if the alternative if kicking it out, you know?

    • I took in 3 kittens (& adopted two of them) recently. Tons of fun – some work – gooey eyes, & respiratory infections. Key was having a room to contain them in. (Also – my newly invented perfect track proof, scatter proof litter box!)

      I got mine from a rural shelter in Amherst VA. They were younger, sicker & frailer than I expected, and I wasn’t happy about spending $350.00 at the vet the second day, when they has supposedly been checked already. (The shelter vet could have simply given me the antibiotics & eye ointment & better worming.)

      I had looked into fostering as well, but the turn-off was that you have to deal with foster people – who I found generally obsessive – and take the kittens to adoption events every weekend.

      • Thanks Victoria. That’s exactly the dire warning I needed. I will NOT be paying for medical care for loaner kittens, OR chauffeuring them around town. If there are any rescue orgs that want a safe warm home and some human socialization for their kittens who have yet to make weight, I’m your girl. I am not, however, your errand girl or your bank account.

        • epric002

          just went to foster DOG orientation with WHS, and they cover medical care if you use their vet. and they provide food. i *assume* it’s the same for cats.

        • Local shelters might be different – especially in regard to the vet care. These came through a friend of a friend – needing rescue as rural shelters don’t place many cats, even cute kittens. But dealing with – shall we kindly say – “excessively dedicated” people in rescue groups can be a challenge.

  • Rant: I have a tiny cut in my nose…ITS THE WORST 🙁
    Rave:Finally found the chipotle in my neighborhood 🙂
    Revel: Saw an awesome recipe for lamb with blueberry sauce that I shall be making this weekend

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: Can’t seem to concentrate today.

    Rave: Put in request for time off to go to PH90! wheeeeeeeeeeeee!

  • Rant: My favorite neighborhood cat friend, Sharky the cat from Lanier Heights, is apparently missing, according to a missing cat sign I saw yesterday! OH NO. (I don’t actually know the owners of this cat, but I always stop to pet him on Ontario Road.) I AM REALLY REALLY SAD.

  • Rave: I am eating a whole bowl of pudding right now at my desk.
    Rave: Everyone around me is jealous of my pudding.
    Rant: And yet, it’s only Thursday.

  • Rant: People at work being overly sensitive.

    Rave: March Madness picks up again tonight!

  • Rave: Played hooky with two great friends yesterday. So glad that our paths crossed in DC back in 2004 on our way to Peace Corps.
    Rave: Love my Easter painting I made.
    Rave: No rants!

  • The Walgreens in Chinatown has so many French beauty products!! And manicures for $12. There goes my pay check…

  • Neither RANT OR RAVE: Does anyone in the dupont area hear the National Anthem played around 8am each morning? It’s very loud and outside somewhere but I can’t figure out where it’s coming from!

    • I’ve been hearing the Nat Anthem every morning at 8 am precisely, but I’m at Q and 27th St in Georgetown, about 2 blocks from Dupont… maybe it’s that loud that we can all hear it? I thought at first it was some super patriotic commuter’s morning playlist, but now I think it’s coming from somebody’s outdoor stereo system

  • Rave: Went to the dentist for the first time in waaaaay too long this morning and I only have one cavity.

    Rant: I have to have all 4 wisdom teeth removed.

    Rave: Four day weekend and today is my Friday!

    Rant: Finally doing my taxes tonight. Living in Montgomery County KILLS ME every year.

    • Wisdom teeth removal is crazy expensive. I hope you have good insurance.

      If they’re impacted, there’s not really much you can do to avoid the operation. Major suckage.

    • epric002

      get a 2nd opinion on those wisdom teeth, preferably from an oral surgeon. dentists seem to think that they all, always have to come out. i went to an oral surgeon who told me i couldn’t pay him to take mine out unless they were causing me pain- it would have been that bad of a surgery. that was over 6 years ago and *knock on wood*, they still don’t bother me at all.

      • Emmaleigh504

        This! I wish I had not let the surgeon talk me into getting all 4 wisdom teeth removed when only 1 that had to go. It was expensive and I was in so much pain. And it’s not like I have teeth to spare.

  • Rave: Found out today that my agency probably won’t have to have furloughs this FY

    Rant: They’re using rollover funds to cover the budget cuts, good chance we’ll have furloughs next FY.

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