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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  • Quotia Zelda

    Rave: Vacation was lovely, and being back home is also very nice. 🙂
    Rave: Cousin is having another daughter this fall!

    • Emmaleigh504

      What horrible relative will they name this 1 after? I’m hoping they go for nice relative and go for Mugs.

      • Quotia Zelda

        I think that is a perfect suggestion. They may feel the need to choose someone from the other side. That would be misguided.

        • Emmaleigh504

          Using Mugs last name as middle name may work for the other side of the family since I think he has a brother, cousin, something with that name or close. All I really care about is Mugs as first name though.

  • Rave: Three day weekend was great.
    Rant: Car shopping. The car we really liked is too much, the car we were so so on is well under budget. Going to see if the dealer for the first car is willing to come down on price. In the meantime, test driving another tonight.
    Rant: People who talk during movies. This is not your living room, I do not need the expository comments.

    • I went to see Olympus has fallen a couple of months ago (horrible movie, btw!!) and there was a woman who was praying out loud for America and quoting bible verses at the screen. It was the best part of the whole movie for me. My fiance, on the otherhand, was ready to beat her with her own bible!

      Example: “In Jesus name, I rebuke the devil. I pray protection and angels over the president”. It was amazing!!! 🙂

      • Hahaha! That reminds me of stories I’ve heard about the movie theater at Union Station before it closed. Apparently there was a lot of audience commentary/participation. 🙂

        • Union Station was an audience participation theater, for sure. Lots of fights witnessed over the years.

          I went to see Monsters University with with my friend and her 7 year old. He was better behaved than these knuckleheads.

          • There are cultural differences about whether it is considered acceptable to talk out loud during movies.

          • Verizontown is turning into particapatory theatre as well. We’ve been going to the Maza Gallery in Friendship Heights and it’s awesome, especially if you get the theatre inside of the back bar. Huge, comfy, leather seats with tons of arm and leg room (and beer!) **And minimal audinece participation 🙂

          • Well, in the United States it’s not considered culturally appropriate to talk in theatres. They even tell you that at the beginning of the movie!

          • I think you’re missing the point that there are multiple cultures, even here in our fair city.

          • Not missing the point at all. Rude is rude and it’s why I, and lots of other folks, choose not to see movies at some places here in DC. The talking popcorn on the screen even tells you not to talk during the movie. I don’t buy the ‘cultural’ thing. It’s just ignorant and rude!

          • I agree, it is beyond rude to talk at the movies. No one paid to hear some random person’s commentary, they paid to hear the movie. If someone is making that impossible, then they are being inconsiderate and rude. And agreed about Chinatown theaters. I will never go there unless dragged by my friends, because there is always at least one person talking, texting, or taking calls during the movie and no one does anything about it.

      • Smilla

        Aw, I loved Olympus Has Fallen! Whether intentionally or not, it made me laugh and I thought it was a lot of fun!

      • In general I completely agree about shutting up during movies….
        Back in college, in Chicago, there was a theater known as the Ghettoplex Interactive. I saw the Original Kings of Comedy there with my dad when he was visiting me. The interactivity (people standing up, singing, and dancing) was the best part of the experience. That, and seeing 40’s of Old English raised to the light every once in a while. Sadly that theater is no longer.

      • Last year I went to see Paranormal Activity (3? 4? whichever) and there were two teenagers behind us. One had already seen the movie and was telling her friend what was about to happen. My friend asked her to be quiet and, of course, she gave a very rude response. Then at the end of the movie, her friend screamed and ran out.

        Not to mention the parents who had their *2 year-old* in Man of Steel last weekend! The poor kid started all out wailing (during all of the explosions and fighting). Someone asked them to be quiet and they, of course, responded rudely AND crudely. And never took the child out.

        I try and catch my movies in Bethesda or at Mazza.

        • Ugh, there are so many people taking their kids to see movies that are way too violent and scary for their age range. I will never forget the man who took his 9 year old daughter to see one of the Saw movies. Because that’s not going to give her nightmares or anything…

    • People talking/commenting during movies is why I have not stepped foot in a theater in years – so irritating. I really don’t care about being first to see anything – I will watch it at home later in peace.

      • And people texting and otherwise using their phones. I do not understand this — do people not realize that it’s really, really distracting when a bright little screen pops up in the darkness of a movie theater, or do they just not care?

        • I think they don’t care. I’ve asked people (politely) to stop checking their phones during movies. Some are amenable to the request and some are not. It’s a shame. I don’t get to the movies too often these days (two year old at home) so if I’m going, it’s because I really want to see something and enjoy myself. I don’t have a problem asking someone to please keep it down, but I just wish I didn’t have to.

    • It’s the end of the season, which makes it a buyers market for sure. Did you get quotes from other dealerships? If you can present the dealer with lower quotes, it will work in your favor. Also, have you checked out the used inventory for the make and model of your choice?

    • Hate when people talk, text, email, etc. during movies. I went to the Kennedy Center to see Wicked last year and someone was on her phone the entire time. I finally had to lean over and ask her to cut it out. I didn’t pay that kind of money to see a good show just to have it ruined by the glare of her phone! If you want to spend your time chatting with a friend (either in real life or over text), why even go out???

      • I also hate that. I once went to the orchestra and the dude next to spent the first 20 minutes checking his messages (with audible clicking-while-scrolling turned on, wtf). I finally told him it was distracting and asked him to step outside to check his phone. So he put it in his pocket, and then spent the rest of the concert ACTUALLY INTERACTING WITH HIS FAMILY. Daughter sat on his lap, they conducted the piece together, other daughter leaned against his arm, etc. It was a really nice moment for them (and people around them), and he would have missed it entirely if I hadn’t made him put the crackberry down. Sadly, I suspect most of his family life is spent buried in his phone instead of interacting with them.

        • Allison

          Hah, I actually broke up with a guy once, due to a number of issues but one of them that sticks out in my mind is that he took me to a symphony on a date (as a former violinist, I really care about paying attention) and then checked sports scores on his phone the whole time for the football game he would have rather been at! DUMPABLE OFFENSE!

  • Rant: Oblivious neighbors.

    Who thinks it’s acceptable to block the sidewalk with a car? Are the neighborhood teens in motorized scooters not allowed access to all public sidewalks?

    Who thinks it’s acceptable to let a dark howl non-stop for a half hour? Even five minutes is too long. Clearly that dog is in pain and should be rescued. If I could only find out which house it’s in!

    • That should be “dog” not “dark.” I could have sworn I proofed it…Weird.

      • I’m somewhat relieved to see I’m not the only one who substitutes unrelated words when typing. I was starting to worry I was developing some cognitive issue.

      • Maybe you were thinking “bark” but then thought “Nah, it was really more of a howl”?

    • The neighbors at our last house had two big hound dogs that they allowed to howl non-stop at all hours of the day and night. It sounded like extremely loud foghorns going off. 6am on a Saturday? You aint sleeping in. 10pm at night when you have to get up at 5:30am? Too bad for you. Yeah, it was super special. The silver lining is it’s one of the many things that prompted us to move and score our new house in a fantastic neighborhood!

  • Rant: the weather. Hate humid summers in DC.
    Rave: meeting up with a friend from out of town tonight. Any recommendations for all the new places on 14th? I’ve been to Le Diplomate. What about the pizza places or the Belgian one? Thanks!

  • Rave: The new commute from VA only took 25ish minutes this morning (not in the HOV!). I keep hearing these nightmarish stories about commuting on 395 from VA into DC, but that hasn’t been my experience so far…and I’m hoping to keep it that way!!

    • Nice! I used to cherish those quick commute days.

    • Wow! Is everyone furloughed/on vacation or have things changed that much since I lived in Virginia? I don’t know where you get on 395 but it would take me over an hour, sometimes as much as three, coming from Edsall Road.

      • Allison

        Maybe it’s just summer; fewer people taking their kids to school?

      • Who knows?! And frankly, I don’t care about the reason. I’m just celebrating the victory of a quick commute this morning and last week – coming from 3A, Little River Turnpike and going to Downtown DC by the Whitehouse. It’s been awesome 🙂

      • Last week I left at 7:45 and today I left the house at 8:00. Totally thought it would be hellish, but was rather delightful. I hit 5th gear and stayed there for a bit!

    • School is out?

      • Yep…summer traffic my friend. Wait till school starts again.

        • I’ll go on maternity leave just as school starts back. I’m counting the next 6 months as a huge commuting victory! I’m sure you’ll see my commuter rants come Jan/Feb when I head back to work!

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: Neighbors who do not close the curtains/blinds during sexy times.

    Rant: Really want a nap.

    Rave: Hot tea in a cold office.

  • anonymouse_dianne

    Rave: PoPville’s Afternoon Animal Fix made Washingtonian magazine’s Best Things about DC issue. 🙂

  • Rave: A fun weekend with the dude.
    Rant: I only get to see dude every other weekend and never weeknights.
    Rant: I really want a dog but wouldn’t be able to properly care for a pup—I’m stuck at the office for 9+ hours a day and don’t have a back yard.

    • ??? why only every other weekend?

      • He has a kid. Kids come first, so I certinaly don’t hold it against him. Still, it’s really difficult for me and I can’t see how this will work out even though I really like the guy. 🙁

        • Are you not allowed to hang out with the kid too? If it is ever going to go anywhere, it seems this would be the natural next step.

    • That’s a misconception on dog care. If you adopt a house trained dog they can regularly stay in the house for 9-10 hours without making a mess. I have two small dogs and my spouse and I both work demanding full time jobs. Many dog owners work 8-10 hours a day.

      • valentina

        I’ve always thought that as well. I work two jobs and am gone for 10 hours a couple days a week. I figured that would make me a terrible candidate for a pet – that and the fact that my building doesn’t allow them.

      • If you’re going to leave a dog unattended for 9-10 hours, I think the right thing to do would be to hire a dogwalker for a mid-day outing. Nine to 10 hours without going to bathroom is not good for the kidneys/bladder. You wouldn’t do that to a human- why do people tolerate it for dogs?

        • Agree – we’re out of the house for a similar amount of time, but we do have a dog walker. I still feel a little guilty because we crate ours for that amount of time (she’s destructive if left unattended), but I know people who crate for 9 hours without a dog walker and that seems like torture!

          • A lot of dogs actually prefer their crates. When I had a dog, she would choose to spend the day in hers, even though the door was unlatched.

        • Some people don’t realize this, but almost all small dogs can be litter trained. I’ve never had a problem training my small dogs to go in either a traditional litter box or one of those fake grass patches. If you get a relatively low-energy breed, walk the dog 1-2 times in the morning and 1-2 times at night and litter train it, it is possible to leave a dog alone for 8-9 hours/day.

    • We were in this situation, and then my sister fostered a cat. Now we have two little cats, and we would never have considered ourselves cat people (we both grew up with dogs). I think there is a huge misconception about cats, that they are aloof, etc. If you go to a shelter, you can pick out a very outgoing, extremely lovable cat. They’re great and then you don’t have to worry about taking it out.

  • Allison

    Rant: Woke up at 4:30am to take husband to the airport after already not having slept well; it shall be a many-cup-o-coffee day. It’s been a long time since we’ve been apart for a whole week, and I am going to miss him.

    Rave: Since husband will be gone, I will probably get more done. I can also make all the “icky” foods I love and he hates to eat. Tonight: baked salmon, wild rice, and broiled brussell sprouts with smoked gouda melted on top!

    Dear Other Lawyers Who Read This Blog,
    I’m having trouble monitoring my progress on bar exam prep when my performance results on practice questions vary so drastically; am I just stupider on some days, or am I having trouble with certain subjects and no apparent pattern is emerging? Does anyone have any sage wisdom for bar exam prep to impart? I am taking Barbri and staying current on all my assignments, but I’m not sure if it’s… “working” yet.

    • Haha, I do the same thing when my girlfriend goes out of town. She left last week and I’ve already made a stir-fry with mushrooms and a cake with non-gluten-free flour.

    • It took me until early or mid-July last year to stop getting 2’s on Barbri state essays. I don’t think I ever started doing particularly well on them. I also don’t think I really analyzed what subjects I was doing worst in and worked on those, rather I tried to get a balance of practice in on all subjects. I only made it about 60% through the Barbri progress bar. I still passed. Stay calm, work hard (but not crazy hard, those people fail too). You’ll make it through.

      • ^ This ^

      • Yes. Times 10000. I spent my entire spring studying for the bar feeling behind and like I wasn’t learning anything. No one I knew made it to 100% on Barbri. And we all passed just fine. Just think like a lawyer and you’ll make it.

    • I took barbri and was quite concerned as I prepped. As I recall, I was all over the place with my practice stuff. Believe in their program. It works (well, it did for me). I also didn’t keep up with all of the writing assignments because I thought that outlining and practice multiple choice were more important.

      Keep working at it and you’ll get used to both how they ask questions, and the subject matter. Your confidence will grow and you’ll be fine. promise.

      • Allison

        Thanks guys! I’m really worried about the essay day more than the multiple choice because Maryland counts the essays for 2/3 of your total grade! That and you have to pull the answer out of thin air; I breeze through multiple choice because I find it nice and comforting to have the answer already on the page even if they try to trick you, as long as you know their gimmicks. The essays are just all over the place in difficulty though.

    • Adapt-i-bar. do it

      • Strong second re signing up for Adaptibar in addition to whatever else you’re taking. Adaptibar is relatively cheap and is the only course that uses actual old MBE questions. I found it invaluable to study explanations from actual bar examiners as a supplement to BarBri’s employee-crafted questions.

        As long as you’re in the middle of a work day, check out this accurate list of things that will happen to you while studying for the bar. There may or may not have been an evening that bf brought friends home only to find me holed up at home dressed in flowy white linen and Princess Leia braids, no doubt with a manic twinkle in my eye. Embrace the weird. The good thing about bar review is that you get to look the worst parts of your id directly in the eye and learn exactly what you’ll have to watch out for when you’re under pressure as a practicing attorney!

    • Re: the bar exam, I think it’s important to learn to manage stress and figure out which study methods work best for you. I found that not all Barbri study methods helped me, but I was able to use some of it to make my own study strategy. Some of my friends thought I was crazy (in fact, I’m convinced that my now-husband thought I was going to fail on the first try), but I figured that if I had gotten that far, I knew the best ways for me to study. Barbri can’t tell you that.

  • I guess this would be filed under “rant”… I love the new(ish) PoPville layout, but don’t like that the “Comments” link is immediately below the post title rather than at the bottom of the post, where it used to be. Still haven’t gotten used to it. I like to scroll down, read through the post, and then think about whether I want to read the comments. Having to scroll back up is a little annoying. A small comment, and this probably isn’t the place for it, but just thought I’d pass that feedback along.

    • I think this problem is compounded by the GINORMOUS size of all the pics – each post takes up more than a screen on a desktop. If pics were smaller it would at least all be on one screen. I’d prefer the pics to be smaller so I can see more text at once. In some cases I can’t even see the whole pic, and that defeats the whole purpose, I would think.

    • +1 on both JL’s comment on the location of the “comments” link and on Anonymous’s comment on the size of the pics. They’re not as huge on my monitor as they seem to be on some other people’s, but they’re bigger than would be ideal.
      It would also be nice if there were a way to create paragraph breaks, rather than just starting a new line.

    • Prince Of Petworth

      We will be fixing the comments shortcut and italics soon!

  • Rave: Beautiful weather on Friday and Saturday- perfect for bike rides!

    Rant(ish): Was confused by the whole “supermoon” thing. It just looked like a regular full moon to me.

  • Rant: Making a phone call on the street (while I’m at work) in ChinaTown and tourists walking up to me asking me which direction to the White House… Can’t these people see I’m on the phone and not a concierge for DC navigation services?!?

    Rant: Shady mortgage refinance reps. Their words cannot be trusted.

    Rave: I won’t be miserable after Friday. >:[

    • Seriously. This happens to me all the time, too. It baffles me why people think it’s ok to just interrupt someone (for a non-emergency reason) who’s clearly talking on the phone, especially when there are a ton of other people around.

      • They are all so lost… This is why men hate asking for directions most of the time, it annoys people and I hate being the guy who doesn’t know where I am in the age of GPS.

        • but i do enjoy watching families with teenagers walk down the street. most of the time the teenager is an extra couple of feet away from the family, looking way to cool to be there. watching the misery on the kids faces, while mom and dad look around like lost idiots, asking if the washington monument is the captiol makes it all worthwhile for me!

          • Allison

            It’s kind of weird, but I like looking at what the teenage tourists are wearing. It’s so strange to me how much fashion has changed since I was in highschool, which still doesn’t feel like that long ago, except it is! What shocks me even more is when they’re wearing things I wore in highschool… except they’re wearing it ironically.

    • It’s even worse when they try to stop you when you are running and ask you to take a picture.

  • Movie talkers are the WORST. If you aren’t interested in watching the movie, then go do something else. This is not MST3K.

  • Rant: Only three hours of sleep
    Rave: Still made it to gym, and post-workout I was wide awake and energized
    Rant: Ready for a nap – its going to be a very long day
    Rave: Boss loved the going away gifts I organized

  • Rant: Way too many deadlines for the summer. What happened to taking it easy?
    Rave: Looking forward to college roommate’s wedding next week!

    On a related note, Popville: I’ve been tasked with picking up some bridal shower/bachelorette supplies. Are there any stores in the DC area that you’d recommend?

  • Question for the Peanut Gallery:

    This morning at the gym the two people next to me decided to walk slowly on their machines and have a conversation that lasted for my entire 40 minute run. (they were not talking across me, it was the person next to me and then a person one over). I find this incredibly irritating. However, if this is acceptable gym behavior I will let it pass. If, however, this is not acceptable behavior I am going to say something if it happens again. I ask because I am pretty sensitive to interruptions when I’m trying to concentrate on something, so It could just be me. What say you Popville, am I justified in asking them to take their conversation elsewhere?

    (sorry about the italics, the new site won’t let me change the font)

    • I think it’s totally acceptable for people to talk in the gym. If a conversation at reasonable volume that you’re not part of is too distracting for you to run, I think that’s a problem on your end.

      • Allison

        I vote acceptable to talk, so long as the conversation is not so loud that if you were to choose to wear earphones you couldn’t reasonably cover it up with your own music. If you can’t listen to music while running, and can’t listen to other people talk, either a more private gym or outdoor running early enough that it’s not too hot might be a better option. I personally enjoy running outdoors more because I find gyms don’t have a motivating atmosphere and are of questionable sterility no matter how many antibacterial wipes one uses.

        • +1 on “I vote acceptable to talk, so long as the conversation is not so loud that if you were to choose to wear earphones you couldn’t reasonably cover it up with your own music.”

    • binpetworth

      Totally acceptable. I often bike next to my coworker and chat about office gossip–having someone to work out with is a huge motivator, and having someone to chat with makes the time go by faster (I know, I know–I should be working out so hard it’s difficult to talk…)

    • Agreed, I would tend to think that’s ok as long as they’re not talking at an unreasonable volume or shouting across other gym-goers. Yes, it might be a little irritating for the person exercising next to them, but that’s why I usually wear headphones when working out. However, in my opinion, it would not be acceptable to have that kind of conversation in a group exercise class as opposed to just out on the floor with the treadmills and other machines. I’ve been in classes near people who were having an extended conversation–for one, it’s distracting and makes it difficult for people nearby to hear the instructor, and for two, I tend to think it’s just disrespectful to the instructor if others are having their own side conversations while he/she is trying to talk to the class.

      • Allison

        Cue Carrie Bradshaw and the gang in an otherwise silent yoga class. Those scenes always weirded me out. 😀

    • Yep, as long as they’re not talking over you and are talking at a reasonable volume, this is totally acceptable behavior. I see how it could be annoying, but still acceptable, IMO.

    • I wouldn’t have a problem with it. I think if they’re speaking at a conversational volume, it’s pretty acceptable.

    • totally acceptable. that’s what headphones are for. now if they finished and then had sex in the shower, then i might register a formal complaint 🙂

    • Acceptable.

      What I don’t find acceptable for some reason though, is if a person is next to me and talking on their cell phone. I think it’s because people tend to talk louder on their phones. But that really irritates me. I have a friend who will call me at the gym and I refuse to talk to her, knowing she’s on her phone next to someone.

      • I once read something (I think an actual study had been conducted?) saying that part of the reason it’s annoying to hear people talk on their cell phones is that we hear only half the conversation — apparently that’s intrinsically annoying to our language-processing centers. But yeah, people usually talk louder on their phones than they would in a face-to-face conversation, and that’s certainly annoying.

        • Allison

          Yes, this is true. Hearing one half of a cell phone conversation is more mentally jarring than an entire conversation because your brain tries to fill in the gaps and figure out what’s going on.

  • Rant: Fiance’s friends are coming to visit and won’t give us a clue as to what they want to do. When we suggest places they don’t sound too excited and yet they won’t request to go any where different. I know places to take guests has been covered before — but does anyone have suggestions for places that would be good to take photographer friends to visit?

  • Apologies for the re-do, but… if you’ve refinanced recently, can you recommend your service/ bank/ broker? (Or point me to a good and recent discussion that I could read?) We have Wells Fargo now, and they’ve been fine, but we aren’t loyal.

    Thank you!

    • Wells Fargo sucked. I had them initially and have them now, but it literally took over 6 months to refinance my loan.

    • I’m refinancing with Lafayette Federal Credit Union- it has been an easy process so far.

    • Are mortgage companies still insisting on walk-thru appraisals? I understand that some properties qualify for a Fannie Mae appraisal waiver, but no one has been able to tell me if my house would qualify (without doing the application, etc). Curious how many houses in our area qualify for the waiver.

      • I had a walk thru appraisal

      • Nearly all lenders are going to require a walk through appraisal. Some local banks and credit unions have non advertised loan programs that wont require an appraisal. These program are usually reserved for those with high 700 credit scores and / or large amounts of equity. The bank will use something called an AVM (Automated Valuation Model), kinda like Zillow . Its cheaper than an appraisal $150-250 vs $400 and the lender probably won’t tell you until after its done.

    • My original mortgage loan was with Wells Fargo. I refinanced with George Mason Mortgage–they gave me a quote with lower closing costs and a lower rate than Wells Fargo did when I asked them about a refinance. They were very easy to work with–so much less painful than when I bought. After I closed on the refinance, they sold the loan back to Wells Fargo.

    • I’ve used Jody Eichenblatt at Prosperity Mortgage for two purchases and a refinance. He is wonderful to work with and makes a very tedious and often frustrating process as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

  • Rant: in my pictures (taken with a point-and-shoot), the supermoon looks like a big white glowing ball.
    Rave: pictures of the supermoon taken by people with far better cameras and photography skills than me.
    Rant: comparing my photos to those people’s photos.

  • MsNesbitt

    Rant: Horrible, horrible, no good, very bad date on Friday. Still reeling.

    Rave: All my friends who have helped me laugh my way out of feeling awful about said date.

    Additional raves: The rest of my weekend was incredible, and I have a lot of stuff to look forward to this week, including dinner with my dad, catching up with a friend from college, and a weekend at the beach to round out the week!

  • Rant/rave: Attempting to keep reasonable boundaries with a new relationship. ie: first person in a long while that I actually care about and trying to have that inner monologue to say ok, don’t over do it too soon.

  • Rant: Huge fight with my mom last night which started the whole week on a stressful and ick-filled week. No one can make you feel as great about yourself or as bad about yourself as your mom.
    Rant: One of my favorite pair of shoes broke in the office.
    Rave: justification for wearing my flip flops at work. 🙂
    Rant: It’s hot and I’m cranky.
    Rant: Colleague coming to town for meetings that I’ve pretty much got to babysit him through.

    Rave: This too shall pass. Right?

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: The Kojo Nnamdi show sounds tinny on my phone when other WAMU shows do not. Does it sound tinny on the radio? Should I get a radio for the office?

    • The Kojo Show always sounds wrong when I listen to mp3s of it–there seems to be something really wrong with the treble, and I’ve never been able to make it sound good. Sounds fine on the radio, though.

    • I usually listen through wamu.org when at the office and it doesn’t sound tinny to me.

  • Rave: Beautiful weekend at the beach; beautiful day today in DC; and just finished an egg sandwich with sriracha (yum!).

    Rant: Arrived at my office half an hour early this morning bc I knew seeing my boss after this weekend would be a rude awakening. And, at 7:55a discovered that he spent the weekend moving everyone around to new offices (the most senior atty is leaving, so he moved the second most senior into the about-to-be-vacant biggest office, and moved each person up, etc). We’d planned as an office, at the boss’s direction, to make these moves the actual week of the senior atty’s last day–THREE WEEKS FROM NOW. In addition to moving files, dear boss went through and moved the personal drawers too, including shoes, papers, personal items, HYGIENE ITEMS, etc, with NO WARNING (he specifically did it to surprise us, because he gets a huge kick out of being The Surveillance State). To make matters even worse, he’s a neatfreak who forbids, among other things, food in the office (seriously, Captain OCD), so we got a huge lecture this morning re the hidden hot sauces, boxes of cereal, etc., he found in each of our offices, and the three pairs of shoes he discovered tucked under a colleague’s desk. Double You Tee Eff!!

    • WTF? That’s wrong on so many levels.

      Your boss sounds like a Grade-A Asshole with no life of his own. Who spends this gorgeous weekend moving other people’s offices?!?! What a loser.

  • Missing red panda at the zoo!?! Oh no!

  • novadancer

    we used ING (now Capital One 360) – easiest re-fi ever. Done within 30 days and they do i-close (so I was able to do it while on a work trip!).

  • Quotia Zelda

    Additional rave: My picture is back! Thanks, PoP!

  • Rant: I reported illegal dumping in the alley behind my house to 311, and they have now fined me $225 for 3 separate illegal dumping violations behind my house. I’m just a little bit pissed off about this. Anyone know what is the best way to fight this? Is getting a hearing my only option here?

  • Rave: Spent 4 hours in my wonderful backyard on Saturday, reading and napping. And eating peas straight from the plant! How phenomenal.

    Rant: Mom wants me home for 10 days in July. That seems like an awfully long time…..

    Rave: Lunch outside in the shade, listening to the bubbling of a fountain. It was actually pleasant.

    Rave: Saw World War Z yesterday. I didn’t expect much but actually enjoyed it! There was a bit of audience participation but in a good way.

    • Ten days is too long for a family visit. Longest I’ve made it is six. Too little space, too much clingy.

      Doesn’t help my fam are currently in a tiny ass town.

    • 10 days? Yikes. My parents once stayed at my house for 5 days and that was way too much. As my mom always says, fish and company go bad after three days…and I have to agree!

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