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/revel: i can’t stop thinking about moisture-wicking work wear.

  • Blithe

    Rave: Saturday is my birthday! The pool will be open, and it’s a three day weekend! I’m trying to think of low-key ways to celebrate. Any ideas?

  • Rave: Adopting a new dog! Just got word that the adoption is finalized. A 4 year old Scottie named Pickles. yay!!

    Rant: can’t log in to PoP today for some reason.

    • Congrats! And I’m glad you choose to adopt!

    • Congrats! Where is Pickles from? My dog is from Lucky Dog and I volunteer for PAW.

      • Thanks!! πŸ™‚ She is from a rescue group in PA, but I found her on Petfinder. I am a small terrier-obsessive freak, so I’ve been looking/waiting for a long time.

        • Woops. I am personally not small, but rather am a small-terrier-obsessive freak. Or smallterrier-obsessed freak. My grammar is failing me on this one…

          • I suggest the following alternatives:

            – “I’m obsessed with small terriers.”
            – “I’m freakishly obsessed with small terriers.”
            – “I’m a freak who’s obsessed with small terriers.”


          • And congratulations!

    • *squeeeee* Scotties!!! And Pickles is such a great name! Congrats and props for adopting from the shelter.

      • One of the children’s librarians at the Petworth library uses “pickles” as her expletive. As in, something drops on the floor and instead of “darn it” or worse, she says “oh, pickles!” My kids love her.

    • Once you get him/her send a pic to PoP for posting!

  • Rant: It totally feels like a Friday. Why can it be Friday?

    Rant: I cannot deal with this humidity anymore. My hair cannot deal with this humidity anymore. There are not enough hair products in the world that will keep my hair from frizzing right now.

    Rave: CSA pickup day! There was a discussion on PoP a few weeks back about CSA recommendations, which led me to joining one for the first time. My CSA just started 2 weeks ago but so far I love it.

    Rave: Thankful I have a 3-day weekend coming up! I really need it.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rave: Root Canal From Hell DONE! And insurance paid for more than I thought.

    Rave: Working from home means lunch from So’s Your Mom.

    Rave: Only raves today make up for yesterday’s rants.

  • Rant: Middle aged lady on blue train at Foggy Bottom that refused to stand anywhere but right by the exit/entrance. Even after being asked nicely you looked away and remained standing there.
    Rave: Work happy hour today!

    • pablo .raw

      I hear your rant; I have been trapped in the doors a couple of times because people who get in just stay there instead keep on moving so that there’s room for more people to get in. That was a rant by the way.

    • Blithe

      As a short-ish person with poor balance, I need to be near one of the vertical poles or a seat back to hold on. Don’t know about your particular middle aged lady – but for some of us, moving back is not so simple.

  • Rant: Ear ache kept me up that past 2 nights. I’m pretty grumpy, don’t push my buttons!!

    Rant: Humidity here encouraging me to move to Arizona… It wouldn’t be so bad here if it didn’t get so tropically humid while warm.

    Rave: Shout outs to my car – It gets me out of the city when I need to go somewhere far away from and more peaceful than DC.

    • andy

      I have heard that there are lots of older ladies ready to date in Arizona.

    • I’ve had some earaches lately as well, and everyone I’ve told has been shocked that adults get earaches. Glad I’m not the only one.

    • I got bad earaches last year from my allergies – and then they got infected. At 35, I had my first ever ear infections. The doctor said she had seen a lot of that last year because of the pollen, etc.

    • I have lived in Arizona, and unless you are in Sedona or at the Grand Canyon, it is a shithole. I hated it. And just because it’s not humid there doesn’t mean it’s not hot as hell, much much worse than here. For 9 months out of the year it is completely unbearable to be outside.

      • Having lived and worked at the Grand Canyon for over a year, I can assure you that, it too is a shit hole!

        That said, it was the best back yard I’ve ever had, I loved the weather, and I loved being able to see for a hundred miles or more. Also, the night sky is so incredible when there is that little light pollution.

        Took two trips down to Phoenix while I was there and both times, on the way down and up, vehicles were on fire on the highway. 2 trips=4 car fires. Too damn hot down south.

        • Yes, northern Arizona has much nicer weather. I lived in Tucson, and it was over 90 degrees 9-10 months out of the year. Yikes. And I did not have a garage. Driving with a burning steering wheel is fun times.

          The car fires may also have been to burn evidence or maybe there was a meth lab operated in the car. Houses exploded left and right down there.

  • Rave: Get to see pretty much my entire extended family this weekend thanks to my baby sister’s graduation.

    Rant: I have no idea what to get her for said graduation. Any ideas? She’ll be living at my Aunt’s during college, so all fun, dorm-related gifts are out.

    • Emmaleigh504

      Money, jewelry, framed picture of the family, and art were my favorite graduation gifts.

    • One thought is to keep it digital. Depending on your price range/what she already has, you could get her a kindle, ipod, itunes gift cards, pre-pay a subscription to netflix/hulu for awhile, etc. Those are all things that a college student would want/use. Or you could keep it practical: gas-station giftcard, meal plan giftcard, amazon/bookstore giftcard, giftcard to local coffee shop/restaurants near school…

      None of those are really “special” but those all are things that college students would actually want/use – especially when they don’t need dorm-room stuff. To be honest, I can’t even remember anyone giving me anything other than cash….

    • A gift certificate to her favorite store. There is no such thing as too many new clothes when you are beginning a new phase in life.

    • My baby sister got the same present from me for 5 years in a row: a yearly plane ticket to DC to come visit whenever she wanted, as long as she gave me a 3 week notice! She loved it. πŸ™‚

    • I didn’t realize siblings gave each other gifts for high school graduation. That definitely didn’t happen in my family.

    • Awesome! Thanks for all the great ideas! I knew PoPville would come through.

  • Rave: I will continue to rave about Arrested Development. 3 days!! Heyyyy brotherrr!

    Rave: No rants to report.

  • justinbc

    Rave: Driving to Indianapolis tomorrow for the 500 race and staying a few days to check out the city.

    Extra rave: The loaner car the bodyshop gave us while her ride gets repaired from an accident is a 2014 convertible Mustang. While it’s something I would never choose to own it should be sweet for the long road trip.

    Random question: We were thinking of stopping in Columbus, OH on the way to check out the college town and maybe grab dinner. Any recommendations from local Buckeyes?

    • They have some local micro distilleries that I have heard good things about.

      Use the TV Food Maps App in Columbus.

      Thurman Cafe
      183 Thurman Ave, Columbus, OH

      Hhio Deli
      3444 S High St , Columbus, OH

    • Where are you staying for the 500? Since you have a rental, be careful if you park in someone’s yard in Speedway. A lot of cars get scratched or dented that way. Better to park at the Speedway Kroger or another large lot and walk/take a shuttle to the track. Or park in the infield if you get there early enough that morning and have the proper pass.

      • Where you should park depends more on where your seats are- turns 1, 4 and the main straightaway should park west of the track. Turn 3 going into 4 should stick more north. I wouldn’t worry too much about parking in people’s yards. My family has parked in the same guy’s yard for 20+ years and the car has yet to receive a scratch (knock on wood). I’m fairly certain the shuttles will not pick up at Kroger, so be prepared to walk if you do park there. May is the best time to be in Indy- you’ll have a blast!

      • justinbc

        We’re staying with friends who live in Indy, so I’m leaving the logistics of race day up to them, thankfully! I’ve heard it’s quite the riot, in a good way. It seems the cocktail scene in Indy has evolved quite a bit over the years, so I’m stoked to see what they have to offer.

        • Can personally vouch for The Libertine, Bluebeard, and Cerulean. The Ball & Biscuit started the trend, so to speak, but I have not yet been there.

    • It’s a little south of campus, but The Short North is my favorite area of Columbus. Northstar Cafe is probably my favorite place to eat there, topped off with ice cream from Jeni’s. If you have time to meander a bit, there are also some great little shops in the area, my favorite being Flower Child, a vintage store.

  • novadancer

    Rave: my friday! Heading to Michigan tomorrow to see my niece & nephew.

    Rave: awesome dinner at Red Hen last night. Service was above & beyond. I only wish they had some vegetarian entrees that did not include pasta – not very diet friendly.

  • RAVE: Got up early and attended yoga. Amazing way to start the day.

    RAVE: Crazy month of work travel has finally ended. So happy to be sleeping in my own bed and looking forward to making and consuming a lot of healthy, home-cooked meals.

    REVEL: Got engaged this week. YAY!!! I’m still walking around with a goofy grin on my face.

    RAVE: Lots of amazing, big changes happening in the lives of the people I love. It all leaves me feeling very positive about life.

  • I need a new job now. I am so sick from stress. I can’t stop puking. I can’t sleep.

  • Rant: ANTS! They are all over my yard, so I shouldn’t be surprised that they have discovered my house. But still – annoying. Let the battle begin!

    Rant: Got an unexpected inquiry about a new job a few weeks back, they said they’d follow up, they again said they’d follow up, and now…crickets. No common courtesy to even respond to an email now. I guess it’s all for the best – why would I want to work in a place like that?

    Possible Revel: Rain storm might water my yard for me. That would be nice. (Hint, hint)

  • Rave: From a recent graduate of an Extremely Prestigious Doctoral Program, via her professor, via the Commencement speaker, my speechwriting client: “Subj: Best Graduation Speech Ever…unbelievably good and apt and funny and inspirational and humane and everything…D. and I were up all night talking about life and wondering if we were on the right track..it has been a trying time. And then this speech!” Feedback like that keeps clients (my only client, now that I have a day job) paying the big bucks and, and it’s very warming to think that something you helped write can touch someone at an important point in their lives.

    Rant: Thought that people are making life decisions based on stuff I spew out under pressure, on deadline, based on a 10-minute phone call with a distracted client.

    Rave: On to NYC tomorrow: Bolt Bus in the Time of Cholera.

  • Rant: Too many meetings today. Also, drove to Metro this morning because it’s supposed to rain. I got so used to biking to Metro I have having to drive there.

  • Rave: Great morning sleeping in with the husband for coming in

    Rave 2: Just got our wedding photos back, yay!!

    Rave 3: Off to NY for the long weekend to check out Wicked for the first time, I am a bit pumped

    Rant: The weather isn’t great here or there, rain/humidity/wind. Seriously considering going natural with the hair to deal with it all πŸ™

  • pablo .raw

    Rant: Electricians in my office screaming to electrician outside the office. Co-workers across the hallway on loud speaker phone, talking to co-worker also on speaker phone. I can hear both the speaker phone and their voices.
    Rave: I feel happy overall.

  • Rant: that person who approaches a single stopped escalator (the other is disassembled), sees the seething mass of humanity trying to get up said stopped escalator, sees the two working escalators at the other side of the mezzanine 20 yards away, and still shoulders down through all the hundreds of people trying to get up the single stopped one. That person should know the agony of one thousand paper cuts. And some lemon juice.

    • Farragut North, right? Those people are the biggest ASSHOLES ever.

      So glad the warm weather is back and I can commute via scooter. Spending the winter on the metro was god awful.

      PS – how effing long does it take these schmucks to install an escalator?!?! They’ve been working on it for 3 months now!

  • Rave/Rant? Got a callback for a job in another city that I applied for almost two years ago (a rare case of “We’ll keep your resume on file and call you if something comes up,” actually being the truth).

    I can’t tell which this is. The cost of living in the other city is much cheaper and I’ve amassed a mountain of debt being at various states of unemployment or underemployment over the last several years. I have a promising job now, but I don’t like it much and the job that called back is what I’d rather do fulltime. I also have someone in my life I’ve been dating for almost a year who is staying here one way or another. I honestly don’t know what to do.

    • Did they offer the job yet? Or just contacted you to interview you, etc? If the latter, then might as well do all that to see if you even have the option.

      If the former, besides the relationship, doesn’t sound like there is anything to keep you here. I’d say go for it unless you think your partner is your soulmate or something along those lines.

    • I originally came to DC for one year, and did the long distance thing with a guy I had been in a solid relationship with for 2 years. I since got offered my dream career position here, and couldn’t pass it up, especially with no prospects waiting back west. So I gave my guy the choice of coming out here or cutting things off, and he chose the latter, unfortunately. I miss him terribly but I do not regret my decision and finally have a job I really like, which is worth a whole lot.

  • Rave: Hung out with a dear friend last night. Sometimes even struggling to put up baby gates is fun if you’re with someone who makes you laugh.

    Rant: My restasis prescription ran out, and I’ve been trying for 8 days to get the doctor’s office to call me about it. I didn’t think it was that big a deal, but my eyes feel like they’re twice as big without the drops. Maybe I should just push through the withdrawal and save the $. Or I may just go stage a sit-in at their office because taking 8 days to call someone back is no bueno.

    Rave: That’s my biggest rant.

  • Rant: Pissed at myself– I told myself that I wasn’t going to complain about my new boss to my co-workers but what did I do today!? I need to keep my mouth shut b/c she’s not really that bad esp. compared to my last supervisor.

    Rave: Daft Punk’s new album!

  • Rave: Last day of work for the week

    Rave: 4 day weekend full of sleeping in, time at the pool, a Nats game, brunch, and seeing lots of friends

    Rave: I recently kicked my strength training up a notch and though I have felt stronger, it’s finally starting to show!

  • Rant: Comcast promotions just ran out, and now I’m stuck with a massive cable/internet bill for another couple months. Ugh…
    Rant: Sometimes at work I feel like I’m Amy from Veep. It’s kind of scary actually. LOL!
    Rave: Meeting friends at Meridian Point for drinks later!

    • Call comcast! That happens to me all the time, but as soon as you call comcast and “threaten to cancel,” they will give you a new promotion in a heart beat.

    • bfinpetworth

      Or switch. I’m finding that the competition is heating up among Comcast, FIOS, and the satellites, so that they are offering better deals to switch. Sort of like back in the days of long distance competition. I’ve decided that I am going to be a permanent “spinner” for cable/internet.

      • Good man! Healthy competition is critical for a successful capitalistic society.

      • Does anyone know if Fios and/or RCN offer CSPAN AND CSPAN2 in HD? Kind of important for my job…

  • Rave: Picking up our (soon-to-be-adopted-by-us-if-all-goes-well) dog tonight! I haven’t been so excited… maybe ever. Butterflies! And the rescue group has been great to work with so far.

    Rant: Having to wait until tonight to go. I’m ready to go now!

    • Emmaleigh504

      Can’t wait to see pictures on Animal Fix!

    • Ahh this was me just a few months ago – it is such an exciting day! Hope it goes well! We had a pretty rocky start, but everything worked out in the end, so don’t worry if the dog is a little freaked out at first.

  • Rant: The decision making–or lack thereof–in upper levels of management at my organization have put me in a shitty situation where I look like an idiot to colleagues at other firms/orgs.

    Rave: This latest debacle has given me the push I needed to start thinking seriously about next steps. Think I have a plan in place.

    Ironic rave: Just as I’ve made the decision to move on, I found out today that I got a big fat pay raise that I wasn’t even expecting! They are finally making up for years of severely underpaying me.

    Rave: Get to dog sit for the next two weeks. Too much travel means no full-time dogs for me, so this is a good consolation prize.

  • Rave: Best bud just got an awesome job that he’s been working for for years. I’m so proud of him!

    Rant: He lives in NYC and I can’t see him, take him out to dinner, and celebrate with him.

    Rave: He has an awesome boyfriend who will help me coordinate a surprise for him :-D.

    Rave: 5 years ago today my handsome man took me out on a date, 3 years ago today, he asked me to marry him. So thankful for his love and support.

  • Rant: A dog attacked my dog at the dog park last night. Waiting to see if a hematoma is going to form in her poor ear.

    Rave: It is almost friday and it is a holiday weekend!

  • Rave:

    Got a flier in the mail yesterady that FIOS finally made it to COlubia Heights. I went online and checked, and its true, I can FINALLY get it on Park!!

  • valentina

    rant: was told by someone today that the reason I’m not married is because there is something wrong with me and i need to fix whatever glitch there is inside of me. Great, not only am I unlovable but I’m also defective.

    • bfinpetworth

      There is something wrong with everyone. It really is just a matter of finding the person that has complementary flaws, so to speak. Like I have pathologically strong boundaries, my partner has fluid boundaries, and together we’ve learned to find a middle ground that is healthier for both of us.

      Whoever said that to you needs to stfu.

    • Say what?!? Eff that person. Seriously, who says stuff like that to people? Nobody is perfect. Everyone has their flaws. I agree with Bfinpetworth above, it’s all about meeting someone with complementary flaws.

    • what a stupid thing to say. we all have quirks. and even if there is something wrong with you, the key is to find someone whose dysfunction works with your own. god knows, that’s the only reason i have a partner — we are both beautifully dysfunctional in totally complimentary ways πŸ™‚

    • And marriage isn’t any sort of existential validation.

    • Emmaleigh504

      People who spout stupid stuff like that are self righteous little pigs.

      • valentina

        Thanks everyone. Unfortunately this type of comment is very common. At my age, more often than not I get asked “what’s wrong with you?” when i tell people that I am unmarried and don’t have children. I really wish I was one of those people who really doesn’t care if they get married and/or have children. It would make my life so much easier.

        • So it’s not so much that people say these things to you as that you believe them to be true?

    • Valentina, that’s awful . πŸ™

      I agree with what others have said — especially the part that marriage isn’t some kind of validation/certification of OK-ness.

    • I hope you flipped it back on them and replied” that apparently being an asshole doesn’t preclude you from getting married (provided asshole is married) – so perhaps there is still hope”

  • Question: We are moving this weekend and are hiring movers (you’re welcome friends!!). The best entryway into our basement apartment is through the alley, where lots of folks park. How upset would you be if there was a moving truck blocking your alley for 1-2 hours on a Tuesday morning?? Thinking of putting notes on everyone’s car the previous weekend, letting them know about the movers, and providing our cell numbers incase they need to move a vehicle or something.

    How would you feel about this PoPville?

    • bfinpetworth

      I’m moving next week also. As long as nobody will be blocked in for 2 hours and everyone has an alternative route out of the alley, then they should be fine. You never know what might tick someone off though.

      We are using a PODS container, and it has to be dropped off the day before the movers arrive to load it up. So we have a permit to have the pod in the street. This of course takes up parking spaces and isn’t really appreciated either, but that’s life in the city!

    • Emmaleigh504

      It would not bother me if I knew in advance & could call if I needed in or out or whatever.

    • if i knew ahead of time, i wouldn’t mind at all

    • I agree with others that if there is another way in and out, I wouldn’t mind. Advance notice really can make people much more understanding.

    • Anonymous 1:51 pm — That’s a great idea! You sound very courteous.

      With advance notice, and with the move taking place on a weekday, I think it’s highly unlikely your neighbors would object. What gets people riled up is needing to go somewhere and all of a sudden finding a huge moving truck blocking the way.

      • OP: thanks for the feedback. we’ve lived in mt. pleasant for years and don’t want our farewell to piss off our awesome alley neighbors. and it’s super hard to get out of the front door with furniture (around 2 corners and up some stairs!), so we’re trying not to kill our moving guys.

        hope all involved appreciate our efforts πŸ™‚

  • Rave: Had a great evening celebrating the birthday of two good friends. It was hours of laughing, chatting, laughing, enjoying my Manhattans, and laughing some more.

    Rave: I have the apartment to myself for the next few days. Translation: I’m totally walking around the place in my underpants!

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