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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  • Rant: So hard to find out what’s going on with regard to emergency services. What do folks think about the “rights” of neighbors to know why there are 15 cop cars on the block? How should police/ fire services handle communications?

    • In a nutshell, I’d rather emergency services focus on providing emergency services rather than PR. I’m as curious as the next guy but I don’t think neighbors really need to know everything that’s happening as it happens.

      • austindc

        Agreed. I want them to tell me if I need to move because I am in danger or something, but otherwise I would rather they focus on the issue at hand. I can wait for updates.

        I also have found that sometimes the emergency responders are wary about giving updates off the cuff because they don’t really know what’s going on either–they’re still figuring stuff out. In those cases, I would rather wait for accurate information.

    • Great question, especially in relation lookouts. On a couple of occasions, I was greeted with seeming contempt when I have asked MPD officers if they can share ‘lookout info’ when I have seen them obviously searching for a person or vehicle in the neighborhood. I understand some circumstances require confidentiality, but refusing to inform citizens of such info is completely counterproductive. My suggestion is that when a lookout’ call goes out, it get an indication whether it for public distribution or not. And if an officer refused to share public-distributable info, it should be justified.

  • Rant: Trespass towing laws in Delaware. I thought DC traffic enforcement was tough, those guys in Delaware know how to generate revenue from towing! Just give the private tow guys the right to tow at their discretion without police involvement. Holy cow! What a racket!

    Rant: Never ever again will I spend a dime in Fenwick Island Delaware, Never!

  • Rave: There’s an awesome Buzzfeed about the “32 Absolute Best Selfies” that got me going to a good start this Monday morning.

    PoP – it includes what I think should be an avatar for your “Horse’s Ass Award” column: picture #14.

  • justinbc

    Revel: The mint juleps at Jack Rose’s Derby party were exceptionally strong this year.

    Rant: The douchebag turnout was much higher than for last year’s race.

  • Rave: Awesome 3 days backpacking.
    Rave: Forgiving Staunton, VA police officer who let me off with a warning for going 48 in a 35. I think me mispronouncing “Stanton” as “Stawnton” really helped.

  • Rant: I have to get a bone scan because my orthopedist doesn’t agree with my PT and the Radiologist who read my MRI and diagnosed me with a stress fracture. I just want some answers so I know what to do to fix this.

    Has anyone had a bone scan? I’ve heard they’re painful.

    • The only pain is from the injection they give you, and it is no worse than a shot.

      Maybe you’re thinking of a bone marrow biopsy? Those things HURT.

      • That’s what I thought. I’m not a needle whimp, so I should be okay. But, if I’m in the MRI too long I always get overly worried that I need to go to the bathroom.

        • The last time I had one, my doctor prescribed me a couple of valium to take right before. That, plus the headphones to help block out the noise, make a big difference.

          • I’m a light sleeper, but something about the MRI knocks me out cold every time I’m in one. I’ve done a few functional MRI studies at NIH and I have to struggle to stay awake.

            Yet this morning I woke up before my alarm and the sound of my downstairs neighbor snoring kept me awake. Strange.

          • You are very lucky! It’s so unbelievably loud that I can’t imagine sleeping through it.

    • I had a bone scan on my foot and it’s no big deal. They give you shot of radioactive stuff, you hang out for a couple hours while it gets going through your blood, then you sit on a table with the camera on whatever spot they’re scanning and if the moniter is positioned right, you can watch your blood flowing – it’s really cool.

  • Don’t worry, most symptoms stop appearing after 10 years or so.

  • Rant: So exhausted. Upstairs neighbor decided to play loud bass music last night, and kept going until I pounded on his door at midnight. Seriously, it’s not a dorm.

    Rave. Great weekend, including an amazing brunch at Farmers Fishers Bakers. Next time I go back there, I’m wearing looser pants.

  • Rant: When do you throw in the towel and call an exterminator on a mouse problem? I’ve been catching them in traps for several months now. They’re not eating any of my food, and not leaving many droppings, but I’m worried they’ll start chewing electrical wires or something.

    • Emmaleigh504

      I would throw in the towel today. Though I’m a mouse weenie.

    • ah

      Have you figured out where they’re getting in?

      • Yeah a cable plate in our kitchen was pushed out from the wall and there were a lot of droppings in that area. I screwed the plate back in and sealed the edges with hot glue. I know they could chew though the glue but they haven’t yet. This was maybe 2 or 3 months ago. I don’t see any other place they could get in.

          • I know, but it wouldn’t be safe to have it up against wiring would it?

          • Anyway I don’t think the problem is that they’re getting in, but that the ones who did get in have had babies and now there are babies having babies inside the house. Lately someone’s been stealing peanut butter off the traps without getting caught, so they’ve either gotten smarter or there are baby mice that are too tiny to set off the traps.

          • Ha, I had a similar situation and I stuck the steel wool up in and that hadn’t even occurred to me (we eventually got an exterminator who ultimately solved the problem)! On second thought, I am probably not the best person to ask!

          • So I should just go with the exterminator, huh? πŸ˜‰ Who did you use?

          • We had terminex. The landlord paid for it, and I don’t remember how much it was. Basically, they walked around the outside of the house looking for possible entry points, and then they checked around all of the windows, plumbing, fireplace, etc. for possible holes. He’d stuff things with steel wool, or put down poison. He also recommended weather proofing all doors and windows. On the one hand, it seemed like something I could do myself, and I might be pissed if I paid a lot for that. On the other, I had been battling the mice (and failing miserably) for 6 months. Also, the price included an infinite amount of follow-up visits for one year.

  • Rave: Le Diplomate is amazing. Excellent food, great service, wonderful atmosphere. Expensive, but actually worth it for once. I will dream about the bread basket for months.

    • Agree 100% — I love the look inside, and my mussels were fantastic. The sauce is so decadent. I know moules frites are a staple at bistros, but they were over the top there. Jealous of my friends who live in the neighborhood!

    • ggrrrr I had reservations there for this past Sat night but had to leave town for a funeral. Dang!

    • Another Le Diplomate rave: went for brunch yesterday and got seated right away on the patio! Service was surprisingly good for a just-opened restaurant and the food was out of this world.

      The only gripe (this doesn’t even rise to rant status): $4.50 for cafe au lait! It’s not on the menu, so be warned… if you go for brunch, get coffee at Peregrine beforehand.

      • I don’t understand why cafe au laits are so expensive! Isn’t it just coffee with streamed milk? Why does it cost so much more than a regular coffee just to add steamed milk? (Honest question, I’m not being snarky).

    • That’s great! Went to get reservations there last Tuesday and they were all booked up, on a Tuesday night.

  • Rave: Had a great Cinco de Mayo!
    Rant: Terrified about having to get a permit to get my retaining wall fixed.

    • Are you doing this work yourself, or hiring a contractor to fix the wall? If the latter they should take care of all of the permitting for you. If they won’t do that, hire a new contractor.

  • Rave: Son broke up with girlfriend. Money quote: “I feel like a dick, but I’ll get over it.”

    Rant: It needed to end, but she was a sweet girl, and I feel bad.

    Question: Can there be a thirty-year age difference between wingmen? πŸ˜‰

    Reassurance: Kidding, Jesus. Ewwww. Even if the bartender at The Getaway did think we were only 20 years apart.

    Rave, kind of: Seriously drunk people can be a pain, and it’s hard to find them at 7PM, but the nine-sheets-to-the-wind Lithuanian chick was kind of fun to chat with for a while, what with her unstabel joie de vivre and cool accent.

  • rant: got half way to the bus stop this morning and realized that i had to pee. walked back home and tcb’d. started to walk out the front door again and decided to drive instead. that pee cost me $14.50 + gas!

  • Major Rant: Max’s Ice Cream in Glover Park is being kicked out by the owner of the property!! After 20+ years of serving ice-cream to everyone including Presidents and Vice-Presidents they’ve been told that their lease is up at the end of next month.
    People of this great city, we need to do something about this!! We need to mobilize everyone, now!

  • please don’t!

  • Rant: Jeep Cherokee was stolen for the third time over the weekend. Second time with a club on the steering wheel. It was broken down over the winter and someone tried to steal it then so this makes the fourth attempt in three years. Why doesn’t anyone respect the personal property of others? I’m just hoping that they don’t find it and I get an insurance payout, I’m not paying the deductible to fix a busted driver door and ignition (again).

  • Rave: Engaged!!! And getting married in Milwaukee, which appears to be exponentially cheaper than doing it in DC.

    Rant: I appear to be the one girl who hasn’t planned anything in advance and have basically next to no idea what I’m doing. Rave: Thankful for friends who have offered their help.

    • Prince Of Petworth

      Congrats on your engagement!!

    • I hear you on not knowing what to do- I’m recently engaged, and due to the fact that most of my friends in my 20s were gay or decidedly single-for-life, I haven’t even been to many weddings. I didn’t even know that ‘favors’ were a thing- people show up to my wedding and I feed them and give them free drinks, you mean I also have to have some kind of novelty item gift for them as well? I always thought the free food was enough of a thank you for coming!

      Think of it this way- if you don’t know the ‘proper’ way of doing things, you can just scrap it all and do what’s right for the two of you!

      • no, you most definitely do not have to give favors out at a wedding. I wouldn’t have, but our wedding was on Purim so we gave out hamantashen. There is no need to do anything like that, anyone who says you do or would think you lack class if you didn’t is ridiculous.

      • I wouldn’t worry about favors, either. I’ve been to a ton of weddings and I’ve always taken and kept the favors, but none of them added to the feel of the wedding. If you really want to give guests something to go home with (and if you have a sweet tooth), might I suggest a candy bar? I feel like they’ve been popular lately and many couples include them in lieu of favors. I’ve always liked them much better.

      • Allison

        Re: Favors, we didn’t have a lot of money to spend, and one of our wedding colors was blue, so we gave out packets of blue flower seeds–morning glories, forget-me-nots, bachelor’s buttons (haha) etc. Our relatives said they planted them and when they bloom bright blue they can remember our fun wedding. πŸ™‚

        • Emmaleigh504

          Oh I love that idea!

          I went to a wedding where the favors were silly toys. The best was the sheet of paper with instructions to make a paper airplane. We had great fun with the paper airplanes at the reception. My parents went to a wedding that gave out kazoos, they also had great fun.

      • Honestly, at every wedding with favors I have left mine on the table (unless they were edible, and even sometimes then). Save yourself some money and save your guests from a life cluttered by something they don’t need or want.

      • What about table decor that guests can take home as a favor? Like potted plants or fruit?

        • Works great if everyone attending your wedding is a local, but is anyone who flew in or drove a long distance going to want to deal with a potted plant?

      • Emmaleigh504

        I’ve been to plenty of weddings where there were no favors. It’s not a big deal. It becomes a problem when there are favors but not enough for everyone. I went to one of those weddings too, talk about tacky. I later learned they didn’t have enough for everyone because they were too expensive, so the groom was only giving them to his favorite people.

    • I also defy the stereotype that every woman has her wedding planned by the time she meets that man she’ll marry. If and when that ever happens for me, I’ll be starting from scratch, too! I will probably have the simplest wedding on the planet but with a super kick-a** recep. That’s about all I know about my fictional future wedding.

    • Congrats!
      all you need to know is:
      1) Etsy
      2) little to no bridal party and 3) a short engagement = lower cost. You don’t have time to sit around and think about all the things you ‘need’ to spend money on.

      • Thank you all so much!! Helpful ideas/tips, for sure. I’ve already got our officiant (my cousin!) and am trying to get a venue for next spring/fall. Phew.

        If people harass us about favors we’ll simply tell them we’ve made a donation in their names to The Human Fund.

        • It sounds like your friends have been great, so you might not need much more help, but if you find yourself at a loss for ideas, I’d suggest Offbeat Bride. Not all of the ideas are really offbeat and the brides on there have a lot of good DIY ideas.

          Congrats, and good luck on the planning!

        • Also, when looking for a venue and/or caterer, don’t tell them it’s for a wedding. Tell them it’s for your grandfather’s 90’s birthday, or your parent’s anniversary or anything but a wedding.

    • Congrats! We got married last year in Milwaukee (husband is from there + we both did grad school there). If you need any tips/advice for the area or for planning from afar/DC, I’m sure PoP could put us in touch. Have fun!

      • That would be excellent! I’m from Wauwatosa originally and did my undergrad and law school in-state; would love to hear any great ideas you guys might have had!

    • if you have bouquets, buttonieres for the gents etc. make sure to have them sent to the place where you are taking family photos if it is different from the wedding site or reception place. I sent everything to the wedding site but took pictures with the family at a historic home before we left so = no beautiful bouquets in the photos.
      Also: put out something chocolate after the dinner especially if you were only planning to serve wedding cake. Truffles, decadence, choclate dipped berries, something, Things get ugly if there is no chocolate on hand. Learned that the hard way – had a chocolate cake delivered for the after party at a rented house but there were not enough forks and plates and some of the girls were eating it with their hands in their nice wedding outfits, no lie.

    • Highly, highly recommend A Practical Wedding as a resource. Beyond all of the awesome wedding planning tutorials, they have a lot of really amazing posts on marriage and commitment. It’s really easy to get wrapped up in the *pretty* and overlook reasons why you’re doing this in the first place! Congrats!

  • Emmaleigh504

    Interesting: A pair of mourning doves have decided that my window box is a great place to raise a family. I’m letting them stay for this 1st brood b/c they laid an egg while I was deciding to chase them away or not. Now there are 2 eggs.

    Rant: Hope the babies aren’t too terribly noisy.

    Rave: It’s pretty cool to watch this up close. I am inches from the nest and by nest I mean 3 twigs, not even twigs the are smaller, in the same general location as the eggs.

    • Why doesn’t this sort of thing ever happen to ME? I always hear about other people finding baby bunnies and hosting nesting birds and whatnot. Me & the kids would get such a huge kick out of that.

      • I am torn every morning between being angry that there are a couple of birds that like to perch on my roof and chirp every morning (really loud, really early) and being happy that despite living in the city, I can still wake up to the sounds of nature.

        Usually early morning grumpiness wins out, until I am awake enough to appreciate the small things in life

    • mtpgal

      Mourning doves have my absolute favorite call, I’m jealous! Take pics of the wee ones for us.

      • Emmaleigh504

        I’m taking pics every step of the way. I’ll send some to PoP when it’s over and he can decide if he wants to post them. I’m really surprised at how crap the nest is. I’m really not exaggerating about the 3 twigs in the same general area of the eggs.

  • Allison

    They aren’t to handle communications. Most neighbors who come nosing around claiming they care about whether or not they are safe seem to be to just be rubbernecking for information. If you want to help your friendly neighborhood emergency responder, remember the lyrics to every ambulance driver’s favorite Ludacris song: “move bitch, get out the way bitch get out the way!”

  • Allison

    Rave: Went to Running of the Chihuahuas and it was so cute! About half the dogs race and the other half run around in circles looking really confused.

    Rant: Got my first really bad sunburn of the season. My chest is a neon red half-moon. πŸ™

  • Rave: Birdwatching with PoPville on Saturday was so much fun! Thanks to PoP and the Nature Conservatory folks for organizing the trip.

    Rave: The Embassy open house on Saturday was fantastic, as always. My favorite DC event.

    Rant: My fun, sunny weekend is over.

  • binpetworth

    Rave: Great photo shoot with pabloraw yesterday! He made my hair look like I stepped out of a Pantene commercial πŸ™‚

    Rant: Prediction of rain may upset my baseball plans this week

  • houseintherear

    Put this in the forum already, but putting it here as well…

    Normally I do my own house-related labor, but my back is terrible and I need to find help this time. I need to move about 300 sq ft of gravel from one area to another area of my yard. I am reluctant to transport a day laborer to/from the nearby Home Depot on my own… looking for advice on how to hire a day laborer, or the name(s) of some locals who need a half-day job for some tax-free cash. Thanks!

    • If you are in Petworth, I know a guy that would probably work for you. You can email me at downtownfan at gmail dot com. I don’t know his number but I know where he lives and can probably get you connected. I have used him for stuff like your project.

    • austindc

      Does anyone know if any local colleges pair students with people who need this kind of work done? I made money in college by doing a ton of landscaping work which was all through a posting board we had on campus called (wait for it) “quicky jobs.” Yes, I helped pay for college with the money I made from quicky jobs.

      But anyway, it was a pretty good idea. The college made you apply and they would boot you out of the program if you didn’t show up. Meanwhile people got fairly responsible college kids to do their yard work. I looked for something like this in DC when I needed a dog walker, but I didn’t see anything.

  • pablo .raw

    Rave: Had a Metal kind of Saturday, lots of photos of the interesting people that goes to that every year!
    Rant: they don’t let people bring DSLRs anymore! Fortunately I had another camera with me.
    Rant: Didn’t drink enough water and got dehydrated, huge headache the day after
    Rave: Great studio photo shoot with binpetworth! now I understand the “cookie monster” avatar! it was nice to meet you!

  • Rave: Letter from cardiologist with results of rescent blood work; among other things she made a point of saying that my cholesterol is “Great”. Nice to hear something positive as I am just recovering from what I call “Bus Fever”.

    Rant: “Bus Fever”: I call it that because I am sure I caught it from one of my fellow passengers on the ever crowded 14th line…. This was the second time – first was in February and turned into pneumonia. At least this time was short – two days of sick leave, and this past weekend wasted.

  • Rant:Feels like my soul is being broken @work. Always been a bubbly person, but I can’t anymore πŸ™ Feel like getting up and walking out. Then just walking until I figure it all out. No bueno

    Rave: I am healthy w/ a roof over my head and plenty to eat.

    • Are you me? I know exactly how you feel. I need a new job.

      • Same here. I know it’s a slow period and things will pick up eventually, but there are a million things I’d rather be doing right now. On the other hand I can’t complain about a job that pays well, is within walking distance from home, and only requires me to be there 40 hours a week.

        • See, my problem is that it is NOT a slow period, and that there is NEVER a slow period. I am overwhelmed and making myself ill.

          • My girlfriend was in that situation; she had to take medical leave to recover from the impact that the extreme stress put on her body. That’s why I’m grateful that my job, though boring at times, is easy. Make sure you take care of yourself! No job is worth destroying your health for.

          • Believe me, I am working to change jobs.

            It’s hard though to come home sick and tired and have the energy to job hunt. So hard when the brain is dead, the body is exhausted, the teeth won’t stop clenching, and the guts are churning all the time.

        • Emmaleigh504

          No matter how good the job or location or pay or whatever; it is still work, so you are allowed to complain every now and then. Even dream jobs blow on occasion.

  • Rant: Car stolen for the third time in 3 years. Thank you, NE. Yes it was locked, had the club, etc. etc.
    Rave: Had already purchased a new car to cart around the healthy baby boy due in less than 8 weeks!

    • sorry about the car, but congrats on your impending bundle of joy! I’m a new mom and it’s freaking amazing. enjoy!

  • Rave: Fun on the roof with friends for Cinco de Mayo
    Rave: Great boot camp on Sunday morning
    Rant: Buddy’s heart got broken

  • Has anyone ever purchased a refurbished washer and dryer?? Any luck with companies on Craigslist?

  • Does anyone have the website for the camera overlooking the Safeway construction in Petworht?

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