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: Didn’t need an alarm clock this morning. Loud thunder boom woke me up at 7am. :/

    Rant: Can’t find size 14 shoes that A. Look good to me -&- B. Are comfortable.

    Rant: Phone is acting up, not looking forward to buying a new one.

    • Woke me up too! Loudest I’ve ever heard, and I’m from Florida!

    • i totally forgot about the thunder this morning until now! i thought maybe i dreamed it.

    • I woke up at 7am sharp from the thunder also! Meanwhile, my mom (who’s on the DC Maryland border) slept right though it.

      • Blithe

        Possible Rant: I, too, live on the MD/DC border. I, too, slept through the thunder. I’m hoping that means that the thunder wasn’t so loud here. Because if it WAS that loud, and I still slept through it, then I’m kind of worried that I could sleep through something that loud.

    • The boom was ridiculous. I thought a Harley just started up in my living room.

    • I was in the shower when I heard the thunder, and the puppy hightailed it from resting peacefully on our bed to the bathroom to curl upon the bath mat as close to the shower as she could get. It was kind of cute.

      • I think my dog is going deaf, he would usually freak out at the faintest hint of thunder… Sad to have him getting older, but he a much more calm and well behaved dog at this stage, ahh the blessings and curses of aging. πŸ™

    • Blithe

      Have you tried Nordstrom’s, Nordstrom Rack or Zappos for the shoes? I’m sure that comfortable, good looking size 14 shoes are out there! (And I say this as someone who has enjoyed doing personal shopping duty for friends with rants that are similar to yours. )

      • I tried Nordstrom’s Rack. The prices were ridiculous for an “overflow store”. The only pair of shoes I liked in my size there were $195, and they were boots (not good for summer use). I miss the old days when you bought stuff at mom & pop shops and they would listen to customers to see what they wanted. You can’t tell how comfortable a shoe is by buying online.

        • Zappos and most of the other online shoe stores have free shipping both ways, so returning a pair of shoes costs you no more than the hassle of dropping off a box at the post office/UPS. Zappos usually gets the shoes to you in a couple of days, too.

          If you’re looking for dress shoes, it’s worth spending a little more money for a well-made pairβ€”the good ones will last for years and can be re-heeled and re-soled. Allen Edmonds makes nice shoes, and in larger sizes, too.

          A neat trick is to order shoes from Zappos or something, try them on for size, send them back, and then look for them cheaper on Ebay. I have a dudefriend who wears size 14.5 and has assembled a really nice shoe collection that way.

          • I know, I’m totally irrational in my hate for mail/package delivery… It’s just depressing to have to buy shoes online when there are so many large, yet dead to me, shoe stores close by…. haha.

        • From my understanding, I have a close personal relationship with a prolific bargain hunter, TJ Maxx, Nordstrom Rack, Marshalls et al, are very hit or miss and require persistence and diligence to find that high quality reasonably priced product there. They absolutely exist, I have just never had the patience to deal with it myself.

        • Blithe

          When I read your post, I had a wave of nostalgia for Ida’s. When I was a kid, growing up in Petworth, that was our local ‘department store’. Upshur St. Had a five and dime store, a grocery store, corner stores, and a drug store with a soda fountain. Going to Ida’s was for more serious shopping. Lol. And, yes, we bought shoes there.

          • saf

            I have a friend who grew up on Shepherd St. Her first job was wrapping Christmas presents at Ida’s.

            By the time I moved here, Morton’s had taken Ida’s spot.

    • GiantSquid

      Not sure how your tastes run but my husband, who is a size 14-15, really enjoys Keens. He has a pair of their sandals as well as a casual shoe. Rockports are also worth checking out for dressier shoes and Merrill for casual. We are both huge fans of Zappos (VIP baby!) because of the free shipping and if you don’t like ’em, you box them up and send them back. No fuss. Their prices are pretty competitive.

  • Rant: I’m afraid it’s time to end my relationship…

    Revel: Used the pouring rain early this morning as an excuse to get an extra hour of sleep. I’ll have to be at the office an hour later, but at least I’m rested.

    • Me too. I also used the rain as an excuse to drive instead of walking to work. Being extra-lazy today. πŸ™‚

      • I always drive to work, it only takes me 10-15 minutes to get there… I also pay $270 a month for garage parking. Your post made me feel guilty.

        • Haha, I have a 10-15 minute drive and free parking but it’s such a nice walk. I only drive if I have some errand to run later that requires the car, or if it’s raining really hard and I know I’m going to be soaked even with an umbrella.

  • Revel?: Was woken up by thunder a few minutes before my alarm was to go off. I love a good thunderstorm and hate hearing my alarm, so i guess this is a good thing.

  • Rant: Woman on the metro who stepped on me so hard my shoe came off & then threw it at me and stormed past me up the escalator. Hey, heinous woman, you’re the reason I can’t walk faster since I’m barefoot. And a “sorry” would be nice! I should’ve smacked her with my umbrella, but I was busy putting my shoe back on.

    Revel: It’s Friday! I’m leaving early and heading for the mountains!

    • I occasionally fantasize about shoving a slow-moving, phone-absorbed individual when they’re dawdling during rush hour, but would never do it. (Not saying you were doing this). Can’t imagine someone stepping on another person, then bothering to reach down to throw their show at them! Surely there is more to this story…?

      Look on the bright side – you weren’t wearing sandals, and it wasn’t your nearly-bare foot she stepped on. πŸ™‚

      • I was walking up the escalator when it happened. I always walk on the left!

        There is nothing more to this story. She was rude. Maybe she was in a hurry, but that ain’t my fault!

  • Rave: Took my first spin class. Woke up early and walked there in the rain. Who is this lazy couch potato becoming?

    Rave: Awesome weekend planned with lovely friends

    Rant: Major health problems with family members this weekend. Kinda concerned and trying not to worry too much.

  • Rave: Weekend starts in about an hour

    Rave: Running the Monument 10k in Richmond tomorrow with lots of friends and family

    Rant: Not looking forward to the drive on 95. Hopefully the early start today will ease some of the pain

    • Rave: I’m running the 10K tomorrow in Richmond too. Should be a great day for the race and am looking forward to getting out of town for a couple of days.

      Rave: This will be my 2nd ever race and I actually trained for this one, unlike the first one. Hopefully this will mean I will be able to walk on Sunday!

      Rant: Cherry blossoms, although extremely gorgeous, are also very fragile. The two outside my house have lost more than half their petals and will probably lose the rest today. But we did have a couple days of beautiful blossoms.

  • binpetworth

    Rant: I’m old and un-hip. In the question of the day, I had no idea what “the League” referred to (thought it was a band until I Googled it), have never seen Portlandia, and don’t think I’ve been to a single brunch place mentioned.

    Rave: Since I was never hip to begin with, I haven’t lost my touch πŸ™‚

  • Rant: The true sign of spring has appeared: the annual invasion of teeny-tiny ants in our kitchen. Usually lasts a few weeks and then ends, but man is it gross in the interim! Time to clean everything repeatedly in vinegar & coat the area in cinnamon. Perhaps that helped last year?

    Rave: Going to NYC this weekend to see Matilda – yay!

    • Okay, I’m relatively new to this area and we have these same ants! I can’t figure out where they’re coming from, but they sure ook me out.

  • Rant: Had a hard time getting out of bed this morning — I too was awakened by the loud thunder a little before 7 a.m., but I fell back asleep.

    Seems a shame to be at work when it’s such perfect weather for sleeping.

  • Rant: The fast approaching birth of our first kid means it is time to give up Ginger, my orange Jeep Wrangler, the last bastion of my unmarried and free living days.

    Rave: Test drove a few Jeep Grand Cherokees last night, and having never owned any car other than a pickup or Wrangler, found that I quite enjoyed driving the JGC. Must be the getting older….

    • Remember when buying a family car that you need LOTS of cargo space. Kids come with heaps of luggage.

    • We’re retiring our old Jeep Cherokee Sport. It’s been my husband’s car since high school but now has no A/C – which we need for our new addition! – among other issues. It’s also been stolen 2.5 times (yes, 2.5) since being in DC. Bought a used Jeep Patriot. Great so far!

    • Do kids really require that much room?? Or is it just easier to fit today’s huge strollers in an SUV rather than a sedan?

      Are there bulky things other than the strollers?

      • Nothing roof rails and a couple heavy duty tiedowns can’t solve. Kids love riding on the roof of cars.

        • Is a Jeep Wrangler the kind that’s open-air? If so, I can see why you’d want something different for kids.

          But I am puzzled as to why so many parents apparently think an ordinary sedan is not sufficient and go the SUV route instead.

          • The Wrangler does have the removable top. The bigger issue is, at least with the two door Wranglers (the way God intended them), it is effectively impossible to get a baby in the back seat.

            I can see where you are coming from with your sedan vs. suv statement. For me an SUV is important because I need room for two (sometimes three) dogs and I frequently go off the beaten path (e.g., GWNF) where 4×4 is a good thing to have. But for the urban/suburban family, like my neighbors who have a Yukon XL and a Lexus SUV but never go outside the Beltway best I can tell, it seems like a bit much.

          • Blithe

            Because once you add a portable crib or bassinet and a tricycle to the mix that already includes a carseat and a diaper bag it’s a bit easier. The stuff that often accompanies say an infant and a toddler to an extended or overnight visit to Grandma’s could be staggering, and a higher-set open-back SUV could be more convenient. And the Honda Element could even be hosed down!

  • rave: going out with some great friends tonight for my birthday dinner.
    rant: i have a dull headache that i hope doesn’t get worse.
    potential rave: apparently this rain will wash away a lot of the pollen.

  • novadancer

    rant: made it two blocks before I was completely drenched and hair was a wild mess. Nothing pressing at work so returned home to dry off/wait out the rain.

  • special_k

    Rant: Was thrown a bit of a curve ball from my committee chair yesterday, but I think it will ultimately be for the best.

    Rave: Finally got confirmation that my fast approaching proposal defense deadline is workable, if not ideal.

    I have a lot of work ahead of me.

  • Rant: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zi2GXywDzbk

    Racial tensions is getting worse in DC

    • Woww, this made youtube!? I was there. That guy was having a meltdown. He must of had a bad day. I thought of that Michael Douglas movie Falling Down. That trip made my day though.

      • WTF? what were they arguing about? I couldn’t understand 90% of what was being said/yelled.

        i don’t understand why no one called the train conductor – at a stop, this is going on, you press the button and tell them to get the police. So many ignorant people of all kinds on the metro. That includes people who do nothing but continue to encourage a nasty situation.

        • All I remember is the crowd was pushing on the train as usual, and this guy emerged from the crowd dropping N-bombs and the B-word to passengers and a older lady.I thought he had a death wish as the train was packed with black passengers. I don’t really know what sparked him but he wouldn’t stop slinging insults. They then hurled slurs at him most noticeably the word f*g. He then swiped away and pushed a young lady who was videotaping the incident. Needless to say it started going downhill from there. Someone did contact the train operator. I got off next stop.

      • Well, I don’t think this representative of DC race relations in general. What started this conflict?

    • This is exactly why Metro is a once or “maybe” twice a year thing for me.

    • This guy totally should have been arrested. What’s the difference btw this guy lunging at a woman and teenagers throwing rocks at cars? Both are dead wrong. He was screaming and pointing at another woman even after she told him “i’m trying to help you and diffuse the situation”.

    • Eh. I wouldn’t argue that race relations in DC are peachy and Metro is an oasis of good manners, but…I ride Metro rail or bus at least twice a day, every day, and this seems pretty atypical. I’d say 99% of the train rudeness I see is race-neutral and prompted by either crowding, rushing, or passengers who are slow-moving (or perceived by others to be slow-moving). This looks like a rare circumstance of a guy who’s completely unhinged and going on the attack, combined with a couple of passengers who maybe were not the greatest at attempting to de-escalate a situation.

  • This is making me laugh today. http://creolesoul.tumblr.com/post/47781333830/i-was-thoroughly-entertained-i-must-say
    Rave: This wonderful weather…so much cool breeze hmmm

  • pablo .raw

    Rant: my sleep is so light I was awaken by the lightning, not the thunder. I thought someone was taking a picture of me!

    Rave: enjoying the new camera. At a bar last night:

    Girl comes sits next to me
    Girl: “that’s a nice camera you have there, is tha a Leica?”
    Me: “thanks! no, it’s a Fuji x100s :)”
    Girl: “oh”
    Girl stands up and leaves. I guess brand matters πŸ˜€

    Rave: great weekend ahead

  • Rave: List of life’s greatest accomplishments: beautiful wife, 2 beautiful kids, Prince of Petworth caption contest winner. I stand humbled before god.

  • Rave: Does this mean the heat is over?!?! Whoooot!
    Rave: taking my first prenatal yoga class tomorrow. I really don’t like yoga (or, at least I never did before) but I know it’ll be good for me and I’m looking forward to something to keep me active and help me learn some things along the way.

    Rant: Really, really want a new job. Stupid FMLA requirements. I’m stuck here, with ignorant people (great boss, but 85% of the rest are really bad people). I’m applying, but I know it’s a terrible time to change jobs. I’m not picky, don’t have to earn what I do now, and really just want to walk to work. Is that too much to ask?! Oh, and not work with Limbaugh listeners.

  • Rave: Volunteered at Jingo (Bingo) at the Armed Forces Retirement Home last night — great experience hanging out with some elderly veterans.

    Rant: This rain exposed the fact that our newly-purchased, beautifully renovated home has some leaking issues…

  • Rant: Married friends that will never/can’t ever hang out because they’re too busy doing married people things…whatever those are.

    Rave: Throwing a party with the roommates tomorrow! (one of the things that married people can’t seem to attend–house parties) Weather is supposed to be nice and we’re starting in the afternoon with yard games!

    Rave: Our first thunderstorm! I had a phobia/super intense fear of storms growing up, which was horrible because I lived in the Midwest. As soon as I went off to college it disappeared and now I really enjoy them.

    Rant: My shirt keeps coming un-tucked!

    • My wife and I will be there. Please just find us a baby sitter.

    • Heck, I’m an unmarried and frequently have the same problem. Let me know whenever you need a solid wing man. We should all arrange some sort of POP meet-up in Petworth some time…

    • TG, I suspect hiphopanonymous is complaining not about married friends who have kids and don’t socialize — that would be pretty self-explanatory — but about married friends who don’t have kids.

      • In that case, my guess is that one half of the married couple is a close friend and the other half could care less about maintaining the friendship.

      • Indeed, married friends WITHOUT kids. I know that our lifestyles are now different…and trust me, I would much rather be married than single and living in a group house…I dunno’, maybe it’s because I’m only friends with one half of the couple?

        jack5, I don’t need a wingWoman, but you can come to the party!

  • anonymouse_dianne

    Rave: My alarm goes off earlier so I was awake when the thunder explosion happened. Savannah cat is fearless; she popped into the window to get a better look.

    Rave:Saw a robin in a yard on my way to the metro yesterday.
    Rant: Cicadas every 17 years.

    • I’m kind of curious to see how heavy the cicadas will be out this year. I’m old enough to remember the cicada season in 1987…maybe it’s my imagination, but the couple of broods that have come out since then just haven’t seemed as bad. (Or maybe everything back then just seemed bigger and badder because I was a kid.)

    • pablo .raw

      I’ve been living here for around 10 years and I remember a Cicada season; I don’t believe it’s every 17 years. Who knows, maybe with climate change we will have Cicadas every year at some point!

      • I was confused about this too, because growing up I’d always heard it was every 17 years and it seemed too soon for another round of cicadas this year. (After ’87, I remember there was another big round 17 years later in 2004.) From what little I’ve read up on it, though, I think there are a couple of different “broods” on different cycles–one is every 17 years, and the other on a shorter cycle (13 years, maybe?)

        • There are multiple “broods” of each type (13-year and 17-year). So an individual insect will take 17 years to complete it’s life cycle, but because there are multiple groups we experience the outbreaks more often than that.

  • homerule

    Rave: Picnic and walk around the blossoms with my beau.

    Rant: I think I’m rant-free today πŸ˜€

  • Rave: Be seein’ you, Taycar

    Rave: The sun looks like it’s trying to come out, making for another beautiful day in the village!

  • austindc

    Rant: Wish I could sleep until 7:00 so I could be woken up by thunderstorms! I like waking up to storms.
    Rant: Never knew there were so many size 14 shoe guys. I need to start padding my sneakers.
    Rave: Working in the community garden this weekend!
    Rave: Cookies!

  • austindc

    Woah, new rant: Now there’s no parking in rush hour zones for Car2Go ever. I always got such a kick watching those tow trucks move those little cars around in the morning.

    • Has something changed? I would have thought that they’d never been allowed to park during rush hour in “no parking during rush hour” zones.

      • Yeah, I thought this was always the policy, so I didn’t understand the email that came out today.

        • Someone clarified this on the thread about Car2Go nose-in parking:

          “I’d like to amend this comment. I just got an email from car2go account services and it says they updated their policy on parking during rush hour. You are now NEVER allowed to park on a street that has a red ‘no parking from X to X time during X days.’ Not even on weekends or holidays. I find this new policy ridiculous because it greatly limits the amount of parking actually available to you. The 24 hour thing I get, but this? No.”

          I guess the deal is that Car2Go doesn’t want you to park in a “no parking during rush hour” zone EVER, in case nobody else picks up the car before the rush hour occurs and the car gets towed as a result.

          • Although it can be bit frustrating because it does limit the places you can park , it makes absolute sense to me.

          • Yeah, to me too.

            Street sweeping is generally only once a week, but considering that rush hour parking restrictions are usually in effect for 5 out of every 7 days, I can understand how Car2Go would decide it wasn’t worth the hassle on their end.

        • austindc

          Yeah, sorry for the confusion. I mean rush hour spots are now off limits 24/7, I guess including weekends and holidays. And the car won’t let you sign out if you are parked there, though I guess that’s nice because it keeps you from making a mistake.

  • Q: Men Missing Women

    It probably is unreasonable for me to expect my boyfriend to miss me as much as I miss him, right? I’m constantly thinking of the next time I get to hear his voice or see him (we live an hour and a half apart), and I’ll usually text and/or email once or twice a day to check in/share something that reminded me of him. Too much? Do I need to back off? He likes hearing from me when I contact him, but some days (like today), if I don’t check in with him, he doesn’t contact me at all. Does he not miss me and is that a sign to worry? I’ve noticed that he usually manages to call up every 2 weeks to talk for an hour or so… and then ask me if he can come spend the night with me. (We’ve been together for 9 months FYI.)
    A. Carolyn Hax :

    Why is it unreasonable–because men never miss women as much as women miss men? That sounds like an excellent strategy for rationalizing away doubts that someone appreciates you.

    People do show their appreciation in different ways, so it’s also possible someone can be bonkers for you and still go a day without texting you.

    Combine these two and it points to my begging you not to read these texts and calls as if they’re tea leaves foretelling your future with this man. Tea leaves tell you want you want to hear; people tell you what they want to say. Does he treat you as if you’re a valuable part of his life, or not? Check your gut, not your phone.

  • This has been a perfect to have planned to work from home: got to listen to the thunder and watch the rain — from bed.
    (and now – break is over – back to work.)

  • Rave: Really made a lot of headway in the digital arena space at work today. Really excited to move my office into the 21st century.
    Rave 2: Very much needed night in and no working late. Fridays in your thirties are truly riveting.

  • skj84

    Rant: My mother received some devastating health news yesterday. Its really hard for me to process right now. Between this and work I feel very overwhelmed.

    Rave: At least it stopped raining.

    • Blithe

      I’ve been where you are now. It’s hard. If good vibes, prayers, and cyber hugs will help even a tiny bit, please know that they’re in their way…… (((())))

    • I had some news like this from my Dad recently. I was heartbroken and crying and he was a real trooper about it. When I hung up I felt even worse because I was too shatterred to even be supportive.

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