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.

Happy Easter!

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  • Rant: Spent the first part of the morning picking up alley cat poop from my back yard. My fault since I made them an igloo to sleep in at night.

    • Even feral cats are pretty easily litter trained. They’ll probably use a box if you put one out there.

  • Rant: Two tickets in two days for having a little of my bumper hanging over into the No Parking areas. At most, there was 6 inches in this zone; the back tires were fully in the 2 hour parking zone. Can I contest these?
    Rant: T. Gordon, the parking enforcer, who apparently needs to be handing out tickets at 1 am every night. Grr.

    • Parking tickets suck, but I seriously doubt you will win if you contest. You are going to say what that only part of your car was illegeally parked?!? Yeah…..maybe try parking your car in a legal spot. If the whole thing doesn’t fit in front of the sign it’s not legal!

      • Yep, parking tickets suck and I probably can’t challenge it. You didn’t need to be a jerk about it, though.

        • msmaryedith

          Well MAYBE you could contest saying that you thought you were within the spot/tires were fully within boundaries–and see if they would consider dismissing one? It does seem insane that you would get ticketed two times for the same thing when it’s slightly unclear (I assume you came out and found two tickets on your windshield for an offense you were not aware of).

    • I had this same problem this weekend. Two tickets in two days. The first instance was for being within 10 ft of a fire hydrant(!)… since when is this possible parking in Adams Morgan?

      My second was the same as you mentioned that my a quarter of my vehicle was on the other side of the no parking sign.

      I would imagine DC parking enforcement is in fulltime Spring Cleaning mode; these are ridiculous tickets. I parked much more questionably all winter and didn’t get a single ticket.

  • Rant: Coughing up scabs! Fu*K!

  • Rave: it’s a beautiful day and no track work!

  • Rant: Why can’t people be happy for you when you purchase your first home. I mean yeah it is a condo, but it’s only me and I like it. Why so down on condos.

    • F*ckem! Enjoy your new space!

    • Pshh, don’t know why people need to be jerks about it. All I’ll probably be able to afford in this city is a condo and I’m fine with that. I’d rather live in a condo in DC than in a bigger place in some soul crushing part of suburbia. Plus, no yard work!

    • Congratulations! That’s huge. Don’t let others get you down. Have a blast decorating and making the space truly yours!

    • I don’t know you, but I’m happy for you. When I bought my current place, I was looking at houses, condos, and town/rowhomes. I decided on a condo because it was the best choice for me. Live alone, didn’t want the upkeep, and it had the best use of space. It is your home, and you like it, so don’t let others get ya’ down!

    • Congrats! Am currently searching for a condo……fingers crossed.

    • who is not happy for you? and why?

      • Happened to me too. I was really proud of myself for saving to purchase my condo in a great neighborhood on one income. But everyone had an opinion: just a one-bedroom? No garage? No patio? You stayed in the city? etc etc. It was very frustrating but I just tuned them out. Only you know what works for you and why… some people just feel the need to criticize.

  • andy

    Revel: We’re almost certain we’ll go with our inbound school, Powell, for our preschooler. The early childhood programs seem great.
    Rant: We still have doubts; you never know all there is to know. And while I hope a good educational framework can make up for kids with disadvantages who would be in his class, it’s never certain.

    • My wife is a teacher’s aide at Powell, loves working there. There are some kids with unfortunate situations (a few racist hispanic kids that hate blacks, hmm wonder where that came from) there but all in all she says the kids are great.

  • Revel: Beautiful day today and Easter is tomorrow.
    Rant: Someone dug up four of the shrubs in front of my house last night. Seriously??

    • I don’t get why anyone would do this, but it happens in our U Street neighborhood all the time. I don’t know if it’s some punk who can stand someone else beautifying their space, or just some deranged person who hates shrubs and flowers. While walking the dog this morning, I found on of my flower beds uprooted — someone pulled up a number of flowers and left them lay

      • ….left them lay on top of the ground, while tramping down some daffodils and tearing out a small garden fence in another. I just don’t get it.

        • It’s most likely drunk people who ruined your flowers and ripped apart the fence.

          As for the shrubs, they were probably stolen by a gardener who then sells/plants them in one of his client’s yards. Happens all the time, especially if they are expensive or exotic shrubbery.

    • your rant and revel are related. People steal plants and flowers right before Easter (and Mother’s Day!). Someone’s mom/grandma/aunt/girlfriend probably got your shrubs this morning as a present.

      • msmaryedith

        This even happened to me in Old Town. Planted window boxes only to have the whole plants ripped out! They probably gave them to their mom. Crazy–nothing like giving mom stolen flowers for mothers’ day.

    • Plant some Poison ivy or poison sumac. Doubt these people can recognize them, and they’ll think twice next time about tearing up plants

  • Rant: Why does hay fever have to accompany such gorgeous weather? It’s not right.

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