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

    Rant: Working on Sunday
    Rave: I have consultant work to do!
    Rant: How do you explain a 5 year old about the death of a relative?
    Rave: New favorite sport = Roller Derby
    Rave: Being a sports photographer for a day, Press pass and all

    • Sesame Street actually has quite a bit of information available to parents on the topic. I’ve found this one to be particularly helpful, especially if the little one is an Elmo fan. http://www.sesamestreet.org/parents/topicsandactivities/topics/grief

    • Blithe

      “When Dinasaurs Die” is an Excellent book for discussing death and dying with kids. Barnes & Nobles or Amazon should have it. I’ve used it with many pre-school and elementary school aged kids, and highly recommend it.

    • First – condolences on the loss of a relative.
      Second – 5 year olds are much more intuitively connected to the whole life cycle. Flowers bloom, give off seeds, then die. Animals die and other animals eat them and live – etc.

      If the relative was a dear close part of the child’s life, s/he will grieve and sort it however it eventually makes sense. If not close, then really, death is just a vague concept and cookies at the funeral.

  • Rave: Rasika West End and then Jefferson Lecture tonight!!!

    Rave-ish: It will be almost warm enough today for the outfit I’m wearing.

    Rave: Said outfit is awfully cute. πŸ™‚

  • Rant: Two surgeries in two weeks for my golden girl retriever.
    Rave: She’s eating like horse and wagging her tail.

  • msmaryedith

    Revel: Opening day, springlike weather, and a half day of work! Go Nats!

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rave: Get to see Martin Scorsese give a talk at the Jefferson Lecture tonight. Hurray for NEH! Hurray for govdernment that sees the value life long learning & the arts!

    Rant: Tea party asshats do not see the value in these things & want to put a stop to them.

    Contemplation: Can I forget to return the cocktail ring at PH90?

  • Revel: 12:30 Easter Sunday Mass at St. Augustine. Really, really joyful.
    Rant: people were standing (and outside!) for a two hour mass.

  • rave: opening day!
    rave: great weekend topped off with a successful easter
    rant: schoolwork I ignored, way overdue = no sleeping the next two days
    rave: will temporarily ignore it again and enjoy opening day in this gorgeous weather πŸ™‚

  • Rave: Just registered for summer classes ( A&P and Biochem here I come!)
    Rave: My full length practice test scores are going up…I just might get the hang of this damn test.
    Revel: Spring is here…bring on the linen and short sleeve cardis.

  • Rant: Got a letter from the DC Tax office saying that before they’ll release my refund I need to confirm my identity by going to the Social Security Administration and getting a letter confirming that I am me. Called to ask if this is correct and if there’s any other way of confirming my identity. Had to call 10 times before getting through, waited on hold for 30 minutes, just to be told that I was randomly picked as part of their “fraud prevention” measures and I have no choice but to cart myself off to the SSA office for a letter. Never wanted to demand a refund of my tax dollars as much as I do about now!!

    Revel: At least the SSA seems a bit better run. I called them and was told that they’ll give me the letter without an appointment or having to wait in the SSA line since it’s a “simple matter.”

    Revel #2: Had a lovely weekend with mom, friends and my boyfriend. And yay for the current weather! (but boo for the upcoming cold front).

    • I got the same letter last week! Weird. Did you call the local DC Social Security office or the toll free number on the Social Security administration’s website: http://www.ssa.gov/pgm/services.htm

      • I called: 866-708-3255. They picked up almost right away and the woman seemed quite nice.

        The DC Tax office on the other hand is nearly impossible to call. You dial the number and most of the time get “all lines are busy now, good bye” and it hangs up. After about ten times of that I finally got put on hold and waiting for thirty minutes. I’m still pretty furious that I’m being bounced back and forth between bureaucratic agencies but at least the SSA seems to have it’s act together. Next challenge? The black hole of humanity that is the M-street post office to mail this stupid form certified mail.

        • corrections: “waited” and “its”. It’s one of those mornings πŸ˜‰

          • Thank you so much for the info, fellow anonymous! I’m glad to know I’m not the only one dealing with this hassle.

      • When I first heard about this, I wondered why OTR can’t just cross-reference SSN’s with the Social Security Administration to make sure they’re correct (nothwithstanding the fact that this would require two bureaucracies to communicate with each other, which is often easier said than done). Then I thought I remembered reading a while back about a tax scam where con artists were getting the SSN’s of homeless people, under the guise of helping them do their taxes, and then filing taxes on their behalf with false/inflated refunds (that were set up to go to the fraudster and often unbeknownst to the homeless taxpayer). So perhaps that’s the motivation behind OTR’s identity verification.

    • ah

      How about the DC tax office requiring proof of identity . . . and honesty . . . of their own employees, who seem to be the ones dipping into the till most often?

    • There was some discussion of this in a previous PoP post I think. My understanding was that folks’ councilmembers were helping them get the rule waived but it seems that would be just as cumbersome as dealing with SSA.

      Someone should contact the councilmembers on the committee that oversees OTR (or the media) and make them see why there’s such a dumb rule. I know they want to stop identity theft but this doesn’t seem like the best way to do so.

      • OP here. The letter from the SSA was only one of the two criteria I have to meet. The second is to list my adjusted gross income from 2011. Something like that seems quite reasonable. I don’t mind being asked to confirm something that only I would know (like, which of the following was your place of employment 5 years ago, circle one). That’s what credit bureaus do when you ask for a credit history and it’s not too cumbersome. But making me run around town to different government offices makes me want to join the tea party. (not really, obviously, but you get the idea).

    • I got this letter last year–After I had already received my refund. I tried to call a few times, but never got through so I just ignored it. They never contacted me again, and as mentioned, I had already gotten the refund. I thought it might have to do with my online filing.

  • Rave: Opening Day!

    No rants! πŸ™‚

  • GiantSquid

    Revel: A best friend is expecting a baby in April
    Rant: Baby showers. Not my thing.

    Revel: Really awesome pointy-toed flats. Rockport wides FTW. Want to buy all the colors.

    Revel: outfit purchased for brother’s wedding in May, all on sale. Love casual weddings.

    Revel/Rant: Good graphic design work/procrastinated, up to the deadline design work

    Revel: oh, and last but certainly not least: BASEBALL!!!!

  • Rant: Bought a bike repair stand with my REI dividend and coupon and can’t figure out how to assemble it. The instructions might as well be in ancient Greek! I think I should just return it.

    • I studied ancient (Attic and Homeric) Greek in college and I’d be happy to help you assemble your bike stand.

  • Rant: Having a rough time of it in Ghana. I am always happy for new experiences, but this is one trip that I just can’t to be over.

    • Prince Of Petworth

      Hope it gets better soon!

    • I had a few trips like that to Africa. Long days, malarone making me sick, getting tired of eating at the same two restaurants for two weeks straight. Exotic travel is not always what it is cracked up to be, especially when being done for work!

      • +1 on the malarone. I also had the added benefit of the roof over my room springing 3 leaks in last night’s midnight storm to the point that the whole floor was flooded. Night manager at the front desk was not helpful, to say the least. I get it that I’m in Africa and maybe I need to adjust my expectations, but it’s supposed to be one of the nicest hotels in Accra–and their prices match that assumption. I shouldn’t have had raise as much hell as I did to finally get put in a new room (this morning).

  • Revel: Opening day means Gordon Biersch and Park Tavern are open! I’m so excited for more businesses to be opening down at the Navy Yard.

  • jim_ed

    Rave: Opening Day, perfect weather, and the Nationals are a consensus pick as the best team in baseball to start the season.

    Rant: eh, who the hell cares, it’s baseball time!

  • A Rant: Redbox trying to charge me $25 bucks for a movie that I returned ontime, then having the audacity to classify it as STOLEN! How dare you! Claiming it wasnt received. Ummm you might want to check your machine because I returned all three movies dear. $25 bucks for a damn movie…you musta lost your damn mind!

  • Rant: $10.50 for a smoked salmon bagel?

    • Prince Of Petworth

      How much does a bagel with smoked salmon usually cost?

      • Near my office, under $4 at Saint Michel French bakery (with a dill cream sauce rather than cream cheese, though) and $6.50 at WTF.

        • “WTF” is an acronym for a bagel place??

          • WTF is an acronym for Woodward Takeout Food, which is the sort of fast- casual little brother of Woodward Table. The owner swears he didn’t know what it meant before he ordered all of the branded items, so WTF it is.

    • Rant: Its still Passover…I’d give my left arm for a smoked salmon bagel.

      • lindz0722

        I’ve been putting smoked salmon and cream cheese on matzo for breakfast for the last 3 mornings. Of course, spreading the cream cheese on the matzo causes it to break. I just want a bagel already!

  • Rave: spent all day Saturday outside enjoying the weather. Visited Dumbarton Oaks garden for the first time, that place is magical.

    Rave: Any birders on PoPville? I saw a kingfisher for the first time along the C&O Canal.

    Rant: Monday morning, back in my cubicle. At least I’m employed.

  • Rave: finally signed up for some spanish classes. Taking a spanish traveler course at ILI, hope it goes well. I had some good and some bad teachers there.

    Rave: potentially some major life changes happening soon. Excited/feel like throwing up.

  • msmaryedith

    Forgot to mention, crazy backwards running man on CBS This Morning πŸ™‚ http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50143010n

  • Blithe

    Rant: allergies!!!!! πŸ™ This is my 4th year in a row of seasonal allergies. I guess that’s how Spring is gonna be from now on. I can almost appreciate that they made their appearance in April Fool’s Day

    Rave: Claritin

    Rave: Lovely weather

    Rave: DAFFODILS!!!!

  • Rave: Have been enjoying some pretty good April Fool’s Day jokes and waiting on pins and needles for the execution of my joke to be finalized. It’s going to be epic πŸ˜€

    Rave: Awesome weekend at home with the family – spent a great evening just with my husband and my grandfather. Such special moments to just sit around and chat.

    Rave: Ignoring my rant of crushing work load and stress but focusing on the good stuff (like gummy bears and yummy english muffin bread).

  • Rave: good weekend with a friend in town

    Rave: pulled off a fun Easter brunch at my house

    Rave: starting to think of a weekend away. Thinking of Annapolis. I’ve never been, so does Popville have any suggestions on where to stay or what to do?

    • Annapolis is so close that unless you’re just looking for any excuse to spend the night in a hotel away from DC, I would visit it as a day trip or 2. And it’s a much better place to be a tourist in the summer, when it’s more lively and warm enough that you want to sit near the water for a drink and/or ice cream or got out on the water on a boat tour.

      • If you like antiques the annapolis antique and consignment mall is a fun place to visit!

      • I do kind of just need a night away,but I’m not stuck on Annapolis. Maybe I’ll keep thinking.

        • A little further afield and worth an overnight stay is St. Michael’s, MD or Easton, MD over on the shore. I am in love with the Bartlett Pear Inn in Easton – a young couple runs the B&B and he is the chef. We did the tasting menu at the restaurant and it was awesome.

    • i once took a segway tour of annapolis. it was really fun.
      then i hit a few bars. get crab cakes if you like ’em. i like middleton tavern or mcgarvey’s.

      just walking around is very pretty.

  • What’s up with the new Pho Eurasian place in Dupont which replaced Saigon Bistro?

  • Rave: yummy dinner at Mintwood Place

    Rave: Nurses Ball on General Hospital

  • Revel: Instead of working, I’m spending my afternoon planning some sexy fun for my evening via text message. Productivity? Destroyed. TMI? I don’t care.

  • Rave: Short sleeves!!!!!
    Rant: How on earth do I locate one of those automated blood pressure machines in grocery stores and pharmacies without actually putting feet to the pavement and touring each store? (A machine near dupont would be most ideal…) I can’t seem to find the right google phrase to aid my hunt.

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