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: We’ve had the super cheerful metro operator two days in a row. “Next stop is Shaw/Howard, home of the big HU!” Love him.

    Rave: Pandora is on a 90s rock kick. I’m gonna go with it.

    Rant: Comments in the crime posts. I know better than to read them, and yet sometimes I do!

    • I guess I was on the same train as you yesterday and today! I agree, that guy is great. He should be a sports announcer or something.

  • Rave: U.S. soccer game last night. Epic crowd and some beautiful attacks on our side.
    Rant: D.C. United has fallen apart this year and are in the basement of MLS

    • I agree with both. The US was actually fun to watch, which is not always the case in these CONCACAF qualifiers. As a longtime DCU fan I am really shocked at how bad the team is this year and there’s no good explanation for it. I think there are only about 2 or 3 guys on the team that actually deserve to be on the field this season.

    • andy

      Rave: This is a great time to be a soccer fan in Seattle.
      Rant: I am not in Seattle.

      • We’d have a similar atmosphere, granted much smaller, if United could get a new stadium and field a decent team. D.C. was the envy of the league (supporter and team wise) not that long ago.

        • andy

          It’ll happen soon, as long as economically DC doesn’t hit a wall. Give it a couple years and DC United will be another SW anchor.

  • Rave: Related to JB’s comment – there was a particularly cheerful and helpful bus driver yesterday afternoon (42 northbound).
    Rant: Tried to send a commendation via WMATA’s on-line comment form but it wasn’t working. After a few tries, I ended up sending comments via email.

    • I loved using the 42 when I lived in Mt. P!

    • I think I’ve had that 42 (northbound) driver too! I commented about it on PoP once, and someone suggested that I fill out a comment form on the WMATA website. I did fill out one, but I have no idea if it actually made a difference. All I got was the auto reply.

    • I received an auto-reply from Metro Customer Service suggesting I use their on-line comment form as “This form allows us to respond to your comments more quickly and accurately.”

      I replied that the on-line comment form is not working and therefore can’t help respond to comments quickly and accurately….

  • Rave: Listening to Flood by They Might Be Giants on Spotify. Haven’t listened to this since college and I forgot how much I love these songs.

    Rant: This job. Oh, this job.

    • +1. thanks for reminding me how much I love them! But might be too distracting for me to listen to at work, unfortunately.

    • I saw them at Catholic U in 91. Freedy Johnston was the opener. Great show.

      • saf

        We were at that show – agreed, great show.

        I also saw them at the old 9:30, but don’t remember when that was.

        • I saw them at the 9:30 Club too – I’ve only ever been there for them and Tracy Chapman and would go again for either. It was either fall of 95 or spring of 96 since I am pretty sure it was my freshman year in college. I might have to go listen to some TMBG now.

          • saf

            Oh, I saw so many shows there. TMBG and King Missile stand out most in my memory. I’ve only been to the new one a few times. (The Pogues for sure – suddenly can’t remember the other ones.)

            I also went to a lot of shows at the Bayou. Zevon, The Hooters, Young Caucasians, Tommy Conwell, John Eddie. There were a lot more – again, those are the ones that leap to mind right away.

  • Whoa! New PoPville site. Is it just me, or are the photos unusually big and blurry? Also spent a few minutes looking for the comments section at the bottom of the post before I realized the comment link was at the top of the post! The new site feels very…. official.

    Rant – First day back at work after a great vacation.
    Rave – I was able to go on a great vacation!

    • It’s not just you. The site is super screwed up for me. I have like a page of blank space between the headline and the picture for each story, and I’ve made about a dozen unsuccessful attempts at registering.

  • Rant: This Met Branch Trail story has me really bummed out and afraid. I live in Eckington and bike and run on the trail all the time, alone.

    Rave: Headed to NYC this weekend. Will be nice to spend a few days in someone else’s hood.

  • RANT/RAVE: I”ve been exhausted for the past week, no matter how much sleep I get. I’m blaming it on the emotional excitement of so many changes (all good) going in in my life and the lives of loved ones around me. But dear gods, I can only drink so much coffee to get me through the work day.

    RAVE: Cupcakes at work today!

  • Rave: I’m slowly, but surely meeting my weight loss goals. I’ve gotten rid of the 5 pounds I put on during marathon training last year. Seriously, who does that? And I have 2 more to go to get to where I conservatively want to be. If it goes well I might go for 2 more after that.

    Rant: staying on track is pretty easy during the week, even with happy hours and dinners out, but damn the weekends are tough and keeping me from reaching my goals faster. But soon I’ll be able to do impact cardio again, so I can get some running in without the elliptical at the office gym.

    Rave: feedback from my boss has been great lately. I don’t want to get my hopes up, but I think this might be the first time in 6+ years that I get an “exceeds expectations” on my review. I even feel like I am actually doing my job well and confidently.

    • I feel the exact same way about staying on track on the weekends. I try to eat a really big salad before I go out to keep me a little fuller, but it’s so hard. Hang in there!

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: The lady at work who is always clearing her throat. The noise is drying me up the wall.

    Rant: Don’t feel so hot, so pretty much every little thing is driving me up the wall.

    Rave: A hot cup of tea in a freezing office.

    • Emmaleigh504


    • +1 one of my coworkers came in with a horrible hacking cough and refuses to go home, so is in the process of infecting the office. adding insult to injury is that she complains about how one of her friends got her sick… what about not spreading the love to the rest of us??

      • Emmaleigh504

        I’ve decided my coworker has throat cancer b/c this annoying throat clearing has been going on for years. Maybe lung cancer, it sort of reminds me of the little cough throat clear thing my 6th grade teacher used to do. She was diagnosed with lung cancer that year.

        • Oh man, don’t scare me. I often have to clear my throat when I talk to someone and thought it was just phlegm.

          • Emmaleigh504

            It’s more often than that, for my teacher it was like every few minutes. For the coworker it’s a couple of times an hour, so I’m exaggerating.

  • Rant: big storms coming… hopefully no flooding issues arise. Wish I could just take the week off and watch movies at home.

    Rave: can’t wait for the new Superman movie, reviews I’ve heard so far have been positive.

    Rant: Girl hasn’t called me in 2 weeks, she’s mad at me I know, Yet I’m really not inspired to call her. Tired of being with people who think the world should be brought to them on a platter when they have nothing to offer anyone else. It was over before it ever began.

    Rave/Rant: Big “I told you so” issue at work though it happens so much I am emotionally disconnected from being right. As long as the checks come…

  • Rave: American Cheese

    • binpetworth

      Homer: Mmmm… 64 slices of American cheese…64… 63…
      (The next morning)
      Homer: 2… 1…
      Marge: Have you been up all night eating cheese?

  • gotryit

    rave: drywall is starting to go up today – big step in the renovation
    rant: leaky roof is threatening to make it wetwall – come on roofers!

  • Rave: Go BRUINS!!!

  • Rant: got discombobulated on the metro this morning. For some reason the southbound yellow/green (can’t remember which) train I got on in this morning single tracked through McPherson Square. I either didn’t hear the announcement or there wasn’t any; so when the doors opened on the right I just automatically got off thinking it was l’enfant. NBD; another train came 2 minutes later – on the appropriate track – but everything felt weird after that.

    Rave: no matter how frustrated I am with the current state of my romantic life, it’s loads better than being married to my loser ex.

    • The Yellow/Green lines don’t go through McPherson Square. Did you mean Archives?

    • why are you frustrated? plenty o nice guys (like me) around

      • Where are all you nice guys hiding? I only seem to meet arrogant, self-absorbed, shallow guys. And the nice ones I do meet have not thus far returned my affections. So I’m back on match and okc, and so far I’ve only been contacted by general creepers, and the few nice/normal seeming guys I’ve seen and contacted have not contacted me back.

  • Rant: Chicken bones. The dog picked one up and I didn’t even realize it until the big “crunch.” Prying shards of bone out of her mouth is not my idea of fun.

    Rave: As a former stray who probably survived on dumpster diving, she’s apparently got an iron stomach (knock on wood).

    Rave: Having a dog. It’s only been a couple of weeks, but it’s been awesome to see her bloom – her happy face is heartmeltingly adorable. I’m so thankful to the rescue groups who make stories like hers possible!

  • Rant: That stupid bag tax. I was out on the Anacostia this morning and was reminded that the real litter problem was always and remains cans and bottles. But addressing that would have meant the DC and Montgomery County Councils taking on the (effective, if you recall) bottling and small business lobbies in order to address a real challenge and make a significant change, rather than passing feel good legislation that does very little and patting themselves on the back.

    Also, the clerk at REI who looked at me like I was a Koch brother when I failed to produce a tote bag made of of 100% percent recycled six-pack rings — as though the packaging surrounding the earth-friendly products I was buying from him didn’t amount to three or four times the mass of the flimsy plastic bag I was angling for.

    • I think you’ll survive.

      • novadancer

        uhh, it’s called rant & raves for a reason.

      • No doubt. I can afford the occasional nickel. And I supposed there is some minor environmental benefit. I’m just annoyed by the self-congratulatory trendiness surrounding a tax on bags — which, after all, are cheap, convenient and have an almost negligible environmental impact compared to cars, cans and bottles, consumer product packaging, beef consumption etc. And also by the shape of the river (which the bag tax was specifically supposed to help) this morning.

        • Bags are easier to phase out than cars or bottles. In the meantime every little thing helps.

          • +1, you have to start somewhere… and the bag tax does solve a very specific problem. however, negative ‘tude when you just need a damn bag is so unneccessary. wow, lots of double letters in that word.

        • There actually has been a *significant* positive impact of the bag tax on the reduction of that specific item of trash; read up on the recent Anacostia River surveys. Nothing we can do about the bottles and cans until the influence of the soda lobby ($$$$) can be overcome. If we had a bottle deposit there would probably be a completely negligible effect on consumption in DC, but the can and bottle litter would disappear virtually overnight. You don’t think that in this economy that some enterprising people wouldn’t be scouring the neighborhoods for metal and plastic to turn into cash?

          When I was in Michigan the best part of the bottle deposit was cleaning up after hosting a party and having enough empties to splurge on a couple more six packs for “free”!

          • As a fellow Michigander I really really miss the bottle deposit. It’s great policy.

          • Kramer & Newman also thought it was a great idea. But their plan to arbitrage the Michigan bottle deposit trade crashed and burned (quite literally).

        • Since the bag tax went into effect, I have noticed a dramatic drop in the number of plastic bags rolling down the street like tumbleweeds and hanging from trees and wires. They used to be all over the place, and now they are largely gone. As far as I’m concerned, that makes the tax a success. Maybe it would be even better to tax bottles and cans, but let’s not let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

        • Probably the ideal thing would be to tax all three (bags, bottles, and cans), or to keep the bag tax but also add a deposit fee for bottles and cans.

          I pick up a huge amount of litter on my street, but I see plastic bags only rarely. I bet there were a lot of bags on my street before the bag tax was enacted (I didn’t move there until later).

  • skj84

    Rave: Good bike ride yesterday and great happy hour at the Brixton.

    Rant: Stupid people who walk in the bike lanes. This idiot had the nerve to get upset when I passed him in the 14th street lane! He was taking up the whole lane too. I don’t ride my bike on the sidewalk, people shouldn’t walk in the bike lane.

    Rant: I love Capital Bikeshare, but as someone who does not own a smartphone finding kiosks can be a challenge sometimes. I decided to ride from 14th and R to the Brixton and the Bikeshare map didn’t show anything higher than 14th street. I rode up 9th street hoping to hit a Bikeshare Kiosk along the way. Ended up riding to 14th and U and walked back the Brixton. Of course I saw a rack at 10th and U walking back. The maps on the Kiosks are not accurate enough.

    Rant: A good friend of mine is leaving town for the next few months and I’m worried I won;t get to see him before he goes.

    • I wonder if the maps aren’t keeping up with the new stations being added – they’d have to be printing new maps every week! I know it takes longer than looking at a map, but there’s a “nearest stations” feature on the kiosks that lists a few stations nearby and their open bikes/docks status.

  • Rant: Soul sucking Jakarta traffic – took 6 hours to complete a normal 1 hour trip.

    Rave: Great work planning retreat for a really good project. Excellent Karaoke with Indonesian colleagues – rousing rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody with the best back up singers.

    Rant/Rave: Back in the big city (Jakarta) to finalize work and head out on Friday. So much work to do but ready to head home.

    • Whatever, you have an amazing job. I’d be thrilled to get paid to sit in Jakarta traffic!

  • novadancer

    rave: fellow poster motivated me to start rowing again.
    rante: I am SO SLOW.

    • Stay slow! Once you get a little speed then you start thinking you could be in a better boat and then you start practicing more often and disfiguring yourself with callouses and track bites and oddly-apportioned sun tans and then you lose a race by some stupidly small margin and you start in on extra workouts and all your friends get bored about hearing how you’re nailing your finish and how nice the swing was in the last practice and so you start hanging out with other rowers and drinking more beer than you probably should (and God knows do NOT hook up with a teammate at a crew party) and waking up too early the next day to row nonetheless and then you realize that your hobby has become your life.

      So stay slow. 😉

      Where are you rowing?

      Good luck, and have fun!

  • pablo .raw

    Rant: Staying until 1 am every night for some consultant work I’m doing. zzzz
    Rave: It’s not that hard because I love doing it! and I welcome the $
    Rave: Planning a mini-vacation

  • Rant: WWHL on a break this week. I need my Andy fix!

    Eww: Vicki on RHOC

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rant: Having some weird symptoms that I’m pretty sure are stress/anxiety related. I’m really bad at dealing with both.

    Rave: Vacation soon!

    Additional Rave: If I really need it, I have Xanax.

    • What are your symptoms? My girlfriend has a lot of seemingly disparate symptoms that a lot of doctors (and even me, at times) figured must be stress-related. She finally went to a holistic doctor and found out she had a disease that is causing them all, and it is even responsible for her overly anxious disposition and poor response to stress.

      • Quotia Zelda

        It’s mostly a low-level lightheadedness (but not dizziness) that feels like I’m not quite breathing deeply enough. It’s like the acute anxiety attacks that I sometimes get but it lasts for a long time – like a couple of hours.

        I’m due for a checkup, so I’m going to see what my dr. has to say.

        • Emmaleigh504

          I believe you have a disorder of the spleen. You should get it checked out.

        • Whoa, that’s one of the symptoms she has. Please see a lyme-literate MD and get tested for lyme as well as other co-infections.

          • MsNesbitt

            Please don’t freak Quotia Zelda out that it’s Lyme just because ONE of the symptoms matches. That symptom could be anything, including anxiety as predicted. Of course, Quotia, please go get tested just in case. I tested positive for Lyme while I also tested positive for mono, so it was a good thing I had a variety of tests done.

          • Emmaleigh504

            Also her SPLEEN, she should get her SPLEEN tested.

          • It’s more than one symptom– the anxiety, the lightheadedness, and also the particular and peculiar breathing issue. I’m just saying it’s worth ruling out with a good test (not the standard one a regular doctor gives you).

          • Quotia Zelda

            No worries – I’m not freaked. 🙂 Well, except by Emmaleigh, who is bad and evil and bad. I’m willing to get everything checked – if it’s anxiety or not, I want to know because it’s pretty annoying.

        • Allison

          I feel like that when I get overwhelmed with too much work too. Sitting down, hugging a pillow, and doing nothing but sipping (sipping, not gulping!) a glass of water for at least five minutes helps. (Yea yeah I know the pillow-water thing is what Jennifer Garner does in 13 Going on 30 but it works.) Sometimes it’s dehydration from forgetting to drink because you’re working too much, or palpitations from too much coffee, or both.

  • Rave: First day of this season’s CSA share! (Earth Springs Farm)

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