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: Nancy Pelosi. When asked during a press conference what she thought of Michelle “Crazy Eyes” Bachmann’s denunciation earlier in the day of the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of gay marriage, she replied with a shrug: “Who cares?”

    Rant: None!

  • Random: Just curious why some user photos are not being approved or what’s taking so long?

    • MsNesbitt

      I uploaded mine as a .png by accident and it never got approved. I swapped it to be a JPEG and it uploaded instantly. Check your file type and size.

    • binpetworth

      I re-uploaded Cookie to be 100×100 and that seems to have cured it for me.

  • Rant: Bacon funeral home (pictured above). The ugliest ‘addition’ ever. Pisses me off every time I walk by. So much potential moving north on 14th.
    Rave: Delicious and memorable anniversary dinner with my wife last night.

    • Bacon Funeral Home just bought a spanking new van! They must have some money buried somewhere…

  • Rant: Someone wanting to meet the second I step foot in the office at 8:30. Please slow your roll, what you wanted to discuss is NOT an emergency.
    Rave: Reading all the coverage from yesterday’s DOMA/Prop 8 announcements. I’ve been tearing up on the regular. Monica Hesse’s article in today’s Post is the most recent culprit.
    Rave: Settled on the VW Passat on our next car. Waiting to hear back from dealer on final negotiated price. Negotiating this time around was way better than the last time I did it in 2000. No shady dealer hiding my trade-in keys to try and get me to buy. What a difference time makes.

    • GiantSquid

      Start saving for your services! Mr. Squid and I have owned three VW’s between us, and the services were expensive, almost as much as our Audi at times. Always some sensor or other electrical issue coming up. Doom! DOOM!

      • We are leasing, and the three year/36,000 mile free service should help see us through okay. I’ve heard that about VWs as well, but have a few friends who have owned a bunch and they’ve been fine. Fingers crossed we fall in that category for the next three years.

        • Do you live in DC? I believe you have to pay a percentage of the car’s value on leases each year in DC which – for a lot of folks – doesn’t make fiscal sense.

      • I’m guessing you owned a VW/Audi from the early-to-mid 2000s? Those were known to be fraught with all sorts of issues. 2007 models on have been pretty good in terms of reliability (although, I think the Toureg/Cayenne still struggled mightily).

        And as far as service goes – DO NOT go to the dealer unless it’s a major thing like a tranny fluid flush. Find a trusted mechanic to take care of all the small things, like oil changes, and you’ll save hundreds of dollars per visit.

        • The 3 year/36,000 mile free service covers regular oil changes, so we will be taking it to the dealer for that. However, should anything major occur during the three years we have the car, we likely won’t go to the dealer for that. They’re convenient, to be sure (less than two miles from our home), but I’m all for saving money.

        • jim_ed

          Hah. My father bought a used 2005 Audi once. We called it the poltergeist car because the dome light and headlights would inexplicably flicker on and off while driving. He didn’t keep it very long.

      • I had a Jetta and only issue in 4 years was sun roof – $750 fix. Sister had a slightly newer Jetta at same time – zero issues. Mom had a Passat and it had lots of issues – granted she used cheap ethanol gas instead of mid-grade.

        • Anyone have any reviews on the Eos hard-top convertible, in terms of reliability? I think they are very well designed cars and have been eyeing the pre-owned listings for over a year. If I take the plunge to get a car, it will either be the Eos or the Volvo C70 convertible.

          I absolutely love convertibles.

          • Not sure this is correct, but I heard that Volvo is discontinuing the C70. Apparently it has sold very poorly with the major knock being that it is underpowered. That said, maybe you can get a deal on one!

          • Yes, you seem to be right. Discontinuation of new models will actually push up the price of any remaining new 2012 vehicles and keep prices high for the pre-owned C70s. Sigh.

          • A coworker owns one (EOS). The door broke in the wind – literally, she was getting out of the car and a gust of wind caught and pulled it off it’s track (or whatever the technical term is) – something about doors for convertibles are super heavy but seems odd to me.

            Overall I think she likes it. Would never be my choice, but I am not a VW fan myself, so, grain of salt and all!

  • Has any one else noticed men with HUGE zoom lens cameras taking pictures of kids playing in the Columbia Heights fountain? I was there about 2 weeks ago and noticed an older man who was by himself taking lots of close-ups. Last night, there was a guy there by himself taking lots of pictures – his camera had a huge zoom attachment and the way he was moving around the fountain, getting down on his knees to get shots, etc., was making me really uncomfortable.

    • creepy. call the police?

    • Cause all men are perverts? Cause male photogs need chaperones? I don’t get the concern.

      • beuse taking pictures of other people’s kids (main subject, not if they are passing by) without permission is creepy….made creepier when you have a mega zoom.

        • Would you be so bothered if the said photog was a woman? Just curious.

          • Yep.
            I think there’s a fine line between photography, and specifically taking pictures of strangers children…which is creepy

        • While I fully understand your caution, and see that it is creepy, I doubt it’s illegal. What do you expect the cops to do?

    • Maybe just engage him in conversation and ask about his photography? It’s legal to photograph people in public, and just because someone has an interest in photographing children doesn’t make him a pedophile. This could be totally innocent.

      • Yeah, that’s the thing – these guys might just be amateur photographers who are trying to get some great shots of kids playing in the fountain. Could be totally innocent, which is why I would not call the police or anything like that. I did see the mother of one child say something to the guy who was there last night, but I didn’t hear what was said. Something about the zoom lens and some of the shots he seemed to be trying to get just made me uncomfortable.

    • The Ten Legal Commandments of Photography

      I. Anyone in a public place can take pictures of anything they want. Public places include parks, sidewalks, malls, etc. Malls? Yeah. Even though it’s technically private property, being open to the public makes it public space.

      II. If you are on public property, you can take pictures of private property. If a building, for example, is visible from the sidewalk, it’s fair game.

      III. If you are on private property and are asked not to take pictures, you are obligated to honor that request. This includes posted signs.

      IV. Sensitive government buildings (military bases, nuclear facilities) can prohibit photography if it is deemed a threat to national security.

      V. People can be photographed if they are in public (without their consent) unless they have secluded themselves and can expect a reasonable degree of privacy. Kids swimming in a fountain? Okay. Somebody entering their PIN at the ATM? Not okay.

      VI. The following can almost always be photographed from public places, despite popular opinion:
      •accident & fire scenes, criminal activities
      •bridges & other infrastructure, transportation facilities (i.e. airports)
      •industrial facilities, Superfund sites
      •public utilities, residential & commercial buildings
      •children, celebrities, law enforcement officers
      •UFOs, the Loch Ness Monster, Chuck Norris
      VII. Although “security” is often given as the reason somebody doesn’t want you to take photos, it’s rarely valid. Taking a photo of a publicly visible subject does not constitute terrorism, nor does it infringe on a company’s trade secrets.

      VIII. If you are challenged, you do not have to explain why you are taking pictures, nor to you have to disclose your identity (except in some cases when questioned by a law enforcement officer.)

      IX. Private parties have very limited rights to detain you against your will, and can be subject to legal action if they harass you.

      X. If someone tries to confiscate your camera and/or film, you don’t have to give it to them. If they take it by force or threaten you, they can be liable for things like theft and coercion. Even law enforcement officers need a court order.

    • My suggestion is to just go talk to the guy and asky why he’s taking pictures. If he’s out there in plain sight, he’s “probably” not doing anything creepy, just engaging in some street photography. I know there can be sensativities around children, and I get it. Did anyone try talking to him – seems to be a logical first step?! My partner does quite a bit of street photography and is glad to answer questions from folks he is shooting. Give it a shot…

  • MsNesbitt

    Rave: Great night out with a new guy, which totally makes up for the craptastic date I went on last weekend. Seeing him again tonight :)
    Rant: As a result of such a great night, I am struuuuuuggling today. All the coffee, please to have?

  • rant: our car got towed (our parking lot was having work so we parked on the street). Reason? two unpaid tickets – that weren’t tickets. One was a “late fee” because they cashed the check late, the second was because we fought the ticket and never got a response…FROM 2010! We have since re-registered the car, so if we did owe money, they would have had to make us pay them before re-registering.

    rave: a husband who spent time reading DC code to fight having to pay for the boot/tow. Now we’ll get it back without cost. But it’s still a PITA.

  • GiantSquid

    Rant: Waiting on insurance to approve my back MRI. Need ‘peer to peer’ confirmation (aka their dr to talk to my dr). I’d pay out of pocket to get it scheduled and done but its over $1700.
    Revel: Mr. Squid is being very patient and helpful as I hobble around the house, getting things out of tall cabinets for me, cheering me up.
    Neither really: By way of online research, I have determined that I’ve broken my tailbone. Not sure if I want to be right or wrong.

    • Ugh, I had to get peer to peer approval for a CT Scan last month and it was difficult. I had gotten a bone scan and the radiologist thought he saw something unrelated and suggested ordering the CT. So, my doctor ordered it from the same imaging center. Then the imaging center was arguing with him about approving it!
      He said something along the line of “can I have your name so I can put it in my patient’s file so she knows who to deal with if this becomes a problem?”

      Bam! Approved. Props to my doc sticking up for me.

      • GiantSquid

        Glad to hear your doc went to bat for you.

        I’m just not sure where the hangup is because I saw my doc on Wednesday and he was aware of the situation, totally ready to approve it. The MRI office is saying that insurance is awaiting his approval. Have horrible feeling that they’re playing phone tag.

        • Yeah, they’re trying to get 2 practicing physicians to talk to each other during business hours. That must be crazy hard. I think in peer to peer approval they have to have a discussion and agree on the approval. Good luck! And I hope your back is getting better!

          • GiantSquid

            Thanks! My back and core muscles feel great from the PT. Unfortunately the area around my tailbone and butt aren’t at all happy. A literal pain in my ass.

    • Emilie504

      Insurance companies are such a pain in the ass. Mine didn’t want to let me have a Rx unless my Doc filled out extra paper work. I called to ask why and the guy on the phone gave me major attitude and said since they were paying for it they had a right to put restrictions on the meds. I wanted to reach through the phone and strangle him b/c my employer and I pay them, plus I still have an Rx copay and that little shit on the phone is not my doctor. I hate insurance companies who want to get between me and my doctor and dictate what’s good for my body.

      That said, hope you get everything straightened out soon and feel better!

  • The “tankini scandal” is making me depressed about my awesome neighborhood, the DC government, questionable reactions to each other, and good old-fashioned-usually-not-in-Brookland mom-warring. Maybe I should agitate about things more, but why can’t we all just get along?

  • Rant: Apparently the shitty vinyl floors in my kitchen are laid on top of original hardwoods (probably circa 1930). I would really love to try to uncover them and restore them, but there’s a layer of plywood underneath the vinyl that’s nailed down to the hardwoods with about 3 big nails per square foot, plus a layer of some kind of leveling compound underneath that. Considering it’s a condo I don’t plan to be in for that long, I just don’t think it’s worth the time or expense. Frustrating that someone did that to the floor however many years ago…

    Rave: I do have some pretty sweet Italian tile that I got for a steal off of craigslist, so the floors are going to be nice regardless. Now, do I try to DIY a herringbone pattern with it or it that just crazy talk? I have no prior tiling experience but I’m pretty handy, and I have all the tools.

    • Herringbone! Tiling is surprisingly easy in my experience. Just be sure to measure the space and get a decent tile cutter.

      • Also consider your other finishes & sight lines and consider whether herringbone might be distracting or “dizzying.”

        • I’m going pretty simple on the rest of the finishes. I don’t like the busy granite look so I’ll be picking one that doesn’t have a lot going on as far as pattern/inclusions. Backsplash will be monochromatic, too.

  • Rave: Little girl was born on June 10 at 3:05am and pronounced healthy & needing no nicu time despite a super-fast emergency c-section (nothing like being run down the hall with doctors yelling “stat” while in the daze of labor).

    Rant: Still working on the nighttime getting back to sleep after nursing routine–amazing how long it can take to get back to bed even with nursing & changing diaper only taking 45 minutes or so. She just didn’t want to go back to sleep and was fighting it heroically!

    Rave: My awesome wife who took her while getting ready for work so I could get some more sleep this morning. Just today and tomorrow on my own with the little girl, and then she’ll be home with me all of next week.

    Rave: Another new mom in the neighborhood has a daughter that is 6 days younger than my daughter, and will also be home all summer. Looking forward to walks and decaf coffee breaks with them over the coming weeks.

  • Rant: Damned, ever-present, stealth-inducing chicken bones. Our dog – who is normally the biggest klutz in the world – can snap into covert ops mode with impressive speed and this time I didn’t pry her mouth open early enough. A anxious afternoon at the e-vet was not what I wanted to do yesterday.

    Rant: Broken HVAC. And the choice of either spending a lot of money to fix parts of it and hope it keeps going, or spending an obscene amount of money (for us) to buy an entirely new system.

    Rant: The broken HVAC seems to have been a welcome sign to GIGANTIC FLYING COCKROACHES, who have apparently taken up residence in our bedroom. The cats were useless, and the boyfriend could only get one – the other was too fast. I’m seriously thinking about breaking out a mosquito net over the bed tonight.

    Rave: At least there are e-vets? And HVAC repairmen? And Raid? Finding a rave is a bit of a stretch given my luck these past few days…

    • Not related to chicken bones, but to dogs going into stealth mode – I was watching a dog last week who loves chasing squirrels. She’s usually not too smooth about it. Except this one time where we’re walking along at a leisurely pace and she all of a sudden darts around a corner and comes back with a black squirrel in her mouth. Prying it out was not one of my favorite moments, especially because it clawed the dog’s nose, resulting in blood all over the sidewalk. Luckily she’d had her rabies booster recently so no worries there, but gross!

      • Emilie504

        Ick! I used to have a dog that loved to chase squirrels. He tried and tried to get 1, but was too slow or on a leash. One day my dad let him out in the back yard and he came back pleased as punch b/c he finally caught a squirrel! He was so excited he ran right into the middle of the house with the rodent that had been dead for a few days. I my dad yelled in shock & horror so the dog dropped his prize thinking he was in trouble & then refused to pick it up again, so my dad had to clean up the mess. I was soooo happy to be away at college when that happened. Poor Tristan, his triumphant moment was not as wonderful as his doggy brain thought it would be.

    • Why did you feel you needed to take her to the e-vet? Did she choke on it or exhibit signs that it made her sick? Really the main reason cooked bones are bad for dogs (that’s any cooked bone- not just chicken) is because they splinter and could cut their throat or cause them to choke. I’ve seen dogs down chicken bones on the street and come out just fine. That said, I do pry chicken bones out of my dog’s mouth if I’m fast enough. If I’m not, oh well, as long as she’s not choking.

      • It got stuck in her throat after she crunched it into long, spiky shards. Right after, she was trying to throw up, but couldn’t and refused to walk – just stood with her neck stretched as far as possible and her nose basically on the ground. Totally terrifying to be unable to help and I still feel guilty for not having prevented her from getting it in the first place. Not a good day for us! Although, I should be thankful it wasn’t a small animal, I guess – bones and saliva, I’m ok with, but carcasses are another thing altogether!

    • GiantSquid

      My sympathies on the stealth dog. Many times our two dogs have picked up something bone-ish and I had to frantically fish it out of their mouths, doing the rest of the walk with dog saliva all over my hand. Our Westie tries to sneak chicken bones into the house and actually made it upstairs with one. Luckily my husband gave me a heads up and I took it away from him before ingestion. GROSS.

  • Rant: I’ve had enough this week. I need to drop it all and go to the beach.

    Rant: If speed cameras and red light cameras are out preserving safety and order on the streets, then why are there not enough cops to post up in neighborhoods when schools let out to prevent kids from doing dumb things on their way home?

    Rave: I love my car. Everyone told me a 4 cylinder wouldn’t be enough but I’m so glad I didn’t buy the V8.

    Rant: The office employee that is CC’ing everyone in our group on all our communication is about to get a very curt reply. I am tired of her needling. She did just come back form an operation though. I’ve been trying to bite my tongue as much as possible… I hate the burden of being polite some times.

    • Please, take ME to the beach!!

    • Just curious, what 4 cylinder did you consider and what did you end up getting? I ask because I think a 4 cylinder would be more than fine for the vast majority of folks.

      • A Range Rover Evoque… Hah. A bit overboard for a 4 cylinder, but prior to this the best car I had was a 2005 Toyota Rav4! – 4 wheel drive without all the bulk! Yeah!

        • It is turbocharged, but still only has about 240 hp at about 4000lbs. Thats plenty for just driving around, but if you were going to take some aggressive activities in, it would be a bit underpowered. Nice car

        • - “OP with the Q” –

          Nice on the Evoque! I think I misunderstood your comment earlier, as the Evoque is only offered with a boosted 4.

    • jack – are you hot? i’ve got uh, a friend in mind for you

  • Revel: Always great service from the city’s treekeepers when I contact them via 311.dc.gov. There’s a (young and growing) street tree by my apartment that keeps drooping limbs down and blocking the sidewalk again and again, so I have had to contact the tree pruners more than once, but whenever I put in a service request to them via 311.dc.gov in the morning, I find the work is done by the time I get home. (They don’t always prune it, sometimes they tie the limbs to get them growing upward.) If every agency of the District government were that efficient, this would be the best-run city in the galaxy.

    On a completely different subject, I wonder who that was in the full-on presidential-style motorcade (complete with the two limos) screaming down 17th Street in Dupont around 8:30 this morning. Obama’s in Senegal, so it wasn’t him.

    • Thanks for the tree pruning info. Just submitted a request for two trees on my block! :)

    • I saw the motorcade too and had the exact same thought! Ive never seen a motorcade on 17th and it was way more than the regular VP one, so Im still trying to figure out what was going on.

  • Rave: Boss said I could go to conference in Charleston, SC. Never been! Always wanted to.
    Revel: Got to second round of application for a new job…in New Orleans.
    Rant: Every other day I think about moving though I love my friends here. Just trying to figure out my professional future and I think DC is too rigid for me.

    Everyone rave: Tomorrow is Friday!

  • Allison

    Rant: One day after husband uses his debit card to buy a chocolate bar at the BWI airport, dozens of charges almost $100 in Pennsylvania and New York show up on our now stolen card.
    Rave: THANK GOD FOR USAA! They caught it right away and called us.

    • Are they investigating the store at BWI where he swiped it? Should be pretty easy to track down who is working there.

      • Allison

        I’m not sure, what the bank chooses to investigate is really up to them. There’s no hard evidence that it was stolen there, as it very well could have been an online transaction months ago with the number sitting in limbo until someone chose to blitz it. I just thought the temporal connection to going to the airport and getting something at a store we wouldn’t normally go to pointed to a potential culprit.

        • justinbc

          That’s the only time he’s used his debit card recently? It would be nearly impossible for me to identify an origination point, I use mine daily, if not multiple times!

          I actually had my # stolen (a CC, not debit) and fabricated into a new card which was then sold to someone who used it in Chicago. All while I was traveling in Greece, which meant that I couldn’t get a replacement card until I got back to the US two weeks later. After that trip I learned to always have two CC’s available to use, since I don’t like using my actual bank account when I’m overseas.

          • Allison

            Wow! I’m sorry that happened to you; travelling in a foreign country with no access to money sounds like my nightmare! Yes, I actually used traveler’s checks when I was merely in the state of Hawaii. People looked at me like I was crazy. “Yes… it’s real money….” Luckily husband is not travelling outside the U.S., and we always carry the “family” credit card that is only used in emergencies.

    • gotryit

      Yes, USAA is great. Very proactive fraud prevention, and they always take care of it so that I’m not out any $$.

      • Allison

        Let’s face it, USAA is great at everything. I’ve never been so in love with a bank since I dumped Bank of America.

  • Rave: (belated from Tuesday night) Stead Park movie night. It was a lot of fun, not crowded at all– you could hear the movie and they gave away popcorn. Plus, it was Father of the Bride! Lovely time.

    Rant: Potential new neighbors checking out the apartment’s open house next door. Just want our old neighbors back.

  • Ewwww, I had one of those things in my bedroom. I fell asleep on my bed while watching TV one night and woke up because the damn thing landed on my ankle! ::shudders:: I suggest a roach motel. We had a GIANT waterbug in our bathroom and the damn thing was dead within 12 hours.

    • Whoops, this was a reply to caitb!

    • Sadly, it would have to be a rat-sized roach motel – they were the primeval sized-one cockroaches. What freaks me out most is that I have no idea how they got in and it has to be a decent size hole!

  • Rave: I love being single
    Rant: Except when I find an unreachable tick on my ass.

    • lol I assume you are serious? if so, might want to get checked out for Lyme.

      • A brown tick, not a deer tick. And you don’t test positive for Lyme until you develop antibodies some time after infection. There was a really good discussion on “Fresh Air” yesterday.

  • Did anyone see the bicycle accident near Buchanan Street NW on Georgia Ave yesterday? The ladies’ front fork was snapped in half and it looked like 2 or 3 cars were involved. They were hauling the poor lady bicyclist off on a stretcher when we walked by.

  • Rant: There is an apartment building directly across the street from my house, and on their lawn is a GIANT tree that leans over the street/end of our driveway. This tree has now lost THREE huge branches with no provocation- no storm, no rain, no wind, they’ve just fallen. The latest branch was at least 15 ft. long, no joking. Two of them have damaged cars parked on the street. I’m terrified to walk under this tree but it’s the only way to get to the house.

    Rant: Every day I wind up in awkward/uncomfortable conversations with my boss. Awkward/uncomfortable for me, at least. I might start a blog. But mentioning your sex life to a female who is unmarried and young enough to be your daughter? No, not acceptable.

    Rant: Still trying to swallow the bitter pill that his job will ALWAYS come first. It’s hard on the ego.

    Rave: As JinDC said re: Nancy Pelosi, “Bitch, please!”

    • The tree is probably diseased. You should fill out the online 311 form that a previous poster mentioned. I just applied to get two trees on my block trimmed.

      Also, your boss is “testing the waters.” He wants an affair. Lots of guys in positions of authority do this to see if a woman will respond enthusiastically. He probably thinks that you’re coming across as flirtatious, so you might want to change your demeanor in the work place. You need to shut him down, otherwise he will continue to escalate his words and actions.

    • Do yourself a favor and let your boss know that these conversations make you uncomfortable. That is not appropriate supervisor/supervisee workplace behavior.

      • Yes, if you don’t say something his behavior will likely continue and may get worse. Don’t be surprised if he responds by saying “I was just joking” or “lighten up” or something equally dismissive. Stand your ground – his behavior is unacceptable. And if you haven’t done so already, document these incidents.

    • you should keep track of what he’s saying – a notebook with date/times.
      you need ammo in case he takes action against you for not picking up what he’s putting down

  • Emilie504

    Rave: One of my bimonthly telework days and that means lunch from So’s Your Mom!

    Rant: Having a more difficult time than usual concentrating. I want a nap, I want to watch GoT, I want to watch my garden grow. Usually I work well at home.

    Rave: English pal convinced me to try marmite. I decided to order some bovril & gentlemens relish while I was at it. The bovril arrived yesterday & I will try it tonight! (Technically it’s bovrite & made in the usa b/c of beef laws.) I love trying new things!

  • Rant: Dislocating my shoulder for the sixth time this year while doing abs class at Results.
    Rave: husband keeping me company in the ER and driving me home.

    • Ugh – i”m so sorry. I’ve done my right one three times (the last time took 7 hours in the ER before they could get it back in). That pain is some kind of intense…
      Luckily had shoulder reconstruction and haven’t had issues since. Best of luck!

  • Rant: Cars that don’t move out of the way for ambulances. This morning a car was stopped at traffic light, ambulance two cars back. Middle car couldn’t move because first car did not budge. Ambulance sirens on, middle car honking. First car did not budge.

    Someone got out of ambulance, went up to first car and tried to signal car to move out of the way. Still the car didn’t budge until the light changed. Unbelievable.

    The mean person in me wanted the patient in the ambulance to be the grandmother (or other beloved person) of the driver in the first car (that wouldn’t move for the ambulance).

  • Rave: the enormity of yesterday’s rulings are just now setting in. I feel so emotional.
    Rave: it was a blast being at the Supreme Court yesterday waiting for the decisions.
    Rave: new girlfriend to celebrate with!

    • Dang typos on the phone. That was supposed to be Soozles.

    • I’m so jealous of everyone who go to be there! I was stuck in a meeting all morning, and saw all the updates popping up on facebook. I nearly burst into tears and had to excuse myself to go to the bathroom! So damn happy I got to see this in my lifetime. Now we just need all the state bans lifted!

  • Rant: Just had the bejeezus freaked out of me when a small bird flew out of my fireplace into my living room. (I’m working from home today.)
    Rant: Poor thing was flying back and forth between the living room and dining room, whacking into the windows on each side.
    Semi-rave: I was worried on the bird’s behalf, but my cat found the whole thing very entertaining.
    Rave: Finally got the bird out the front door — it had fallen/settled into a corner right next to the door, so I opened up the door. I was worried it might be too injured to fly, but miraculously it flew out the door and across the street.
    Question: Obviously I need to do something about my chimney. Before this bird episode, I was thinking about buying one of those inflatable things you stick up the chimney to prevent drafts from coming in… but it seems like maybe I need to put wire mesh over the top or something too. Any recommendations on what to do or what kind of contractor to call?
    On the one hand it seems like I ought to be able to do the mesh thing myself, but I’m afraid of heights and don’t really want to get out on the roof. (I might not actually be able to get on the roof with my existing ladder, either — the only time I’ve ever poked my head out was during the home inspection, and my home inspector had a folding ladder that was pretty tall.)

  • I no like to ate fry fish

  • djdc

    Revel: This is my last 5-day work week until October.
    Rant: Because of furloughs.

  • Rant: Moron on the #5 Rideon bus this morning didn’t have money to ride the bus. The driver gave him a hard time (but didn’t kick him off) – so the guy spends the next 20 minutes barking offensive and racist crap from the back of the bus. LOSER.

  • Rant: Crazy, chopped up day at the office.

    Rant: Long list of to-dos for work and home.

    Rave: Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown – watched on where he went to Congo and having spent time in East Africa, I found it amazing.

    Rave: So looking forward to this weekend packed with good friends and great activities.

    • It was great, wasn’t it? Made me ready to get back on a plane again, which I’ve been avoiding for the last few months. Looks like Uganda again in August!

  • Rant: 2.5 hour conference call. It’s with people in California, so it starts at 5:00 here
    Rant: Had to cancel plans with a lady friend because of it
    Rant/Rave: Get to be home for once and do laundry/ clean up
    Rave: got a sweet jacket for cheap for when it gets cold out…..if it gets cold out

  • Rant: crazy stuff going on in Massachusetts lately and in the courts there this week.
    Rave: Almost Friday

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