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: I can feel myself getting sick – sore throat and phlegm. Started popping zinc this morning, which usually helps.
    Rant: Left my keys at daycare this morning.
    Rave: Husband hadn’t left for work yet so he was able to swing by to get them and bring them to my office.

  • I think my Shih Tzu’s had a party last night. Couch pillows are on the floor and they are still sleeping. They lift their heads, stretch and go back to sleep.

  • pablo .raw

    Rave: Great photo gig last night, met some interesting people and it produced another photo gig 😀
    Rave: Apparently I’m an artist 😀 http://exposeddc.com/2013/07/25/artist-spotlight-pablo-benavente/
    Rant: I want a new guitar, I don’t think I can afford it right now but the temptation is killing me!

  • gotryit

    Rave: The weather is great! Especially great for biking to work.
    Rant: Trucks and the Pennsylvania ave bike lines. Yesterday it was a DC utility truck making a u-turn through them. Today, I come face to face with a huge tractor-trailer sitting in the middle of BOTH lanes. WTF?

    • I feel ya. I got hooked on 1st St. NE. Luckily it was a slow speeds. Drivers need to signal turns, turn from the proper section of the lane, and look before they turn.

      • gotryit

        Sadly, I see bikers doing stupid things all the time too. Yesterday, on the little side streets by L st SE, I saw a large semi-trailer trying ot make a tight turn – needed to turn, backup, turn again. While the truck was backing up, a moron on a CaBi bike slid behind him with ~1 foot margin to getting brained / crushed or at least knocked the F off his bike. Gah! I ended up waiting about 30 seconds for the truck to move before going anywhere near the intersection – well worth my life.

        • rant: knee jerk reaction of some people who feel they have to respond with a comment about the time they saw a cyclist do something stupid to every comment made by a cyclist about bad drivers. DC comes ranks as having the worst drivers in the nation according to car insurance/accident records. c’mon people, sometimes it’s just the drivers!!

          rave: great weather for cycling. planning a nice long ride 70 mile this weekend!

  • Revel: Harvey Day!

  • Rant: I left my stuff in a (locked) locker at the WSC-CH overnight, and this morning they had broken all the locks and taken the stuff, and the guy working the front desk didn’t have a clue where any of it was. It was my fault for leaving my stuff overnight (I’ve done it 1-2 before but I’m generally pretty good about picking it back up), but still! Usually they put notices up before going to this step. I really hope I get my stuff back.

    Rave: it’s friday

    • That WSC is awful! I’m a member because it is so close but I would love love love for another gym to open nearby.

      I hope you get your things back!

    • I hope you get your things back, too, and this is frustrating, but it is the policy of all WSC locations that things can’t be left in lockers overnight.

  • Rave: HPRB unanimoulsy approved Park View Playground to be added to the D.C. Inventory of Historic Sites and nominated to the National Register of Historic Places yesterday!

  • Rave: Gorgeous night at the barn last night – loving this weather!

    Rant: Weekend full of to-dos, mostly in prepping/organizing/cleaning the house…

    Rave: Looking forward to trying out the East Potomac Pool this weekend as a treat if I get some of my items on my to-do list crossed off.

    Rant: Waiting waiting waiting… have been forced into a “leadership”/”management” role but have not been given the power to actually lead, manage, or make decisions…

  • Rave: It’s Friday
    Rave: Weather looks perfect for tubing tomorrow
    Rant: I really want to like my job but am having trouble being invested right now. Hopefully this will pass!

    • Where do you go tubing? I haven’t done that in a long time and I’d like to try it again. Also, don’t own any tubes. Are there places you can rent them and get picked up when you’re done?

      • We’re going with Shenandoah River Outfitters. There are also companies in Harpers Ferry, WV. You rent tubes to ride and additional ones for coolers. The rental place arranges transport for the trip. I’ve kayaked with this organization before but never tubed. I’ll hopefully check back Monday with a rave!

        • Thanks, My gf isn’t really into outdoor activities, but she agreed to try tubing some time this summer.

          • Explain to your gf that tubing is basically a small step up from laying on a raft in a swimming pool. Although it’s “outdoor” I wouldn’t really describe it as “activity”. 😀

  • novadancer

    rave: half day of work then headed to Philly for the New Order show!!
    rave: last day in the office for more than a week.
    rant: wish it was vacation but just a conference in Kentucky (boring!)

    questions: any nice/good dining suggestions in Philly (beside cheesesteaks as I’ve got that covered from 4 years of college in the area) -staying at the Westin.

    • Not so so close (just over a mile) but I really enjoyed a dinner at Supper last year. Also, brunch at Parc if you haven’t made it to Le Diplomate yet. 🙂

    • Go to Paddy’s Pub for drinks. 🙂

    • Philly has SO many great restaurants. Where to start?!? You’ll be close to the Center City location of Federal Donuts, which is great for a quick, delicious treat: http://www.federaldonuts.com/main/. As for nicer options close-ish to your hotel, I love Vedge, Barbuzzo, Mercato, Matyson, Han Dynasty…the list could go on and on. I miss it there!

      • Second the Vedge recommendation–IF you really like vegetables, don’t mind a meatless meal, and don’t mind small-ish portions for not-so-small-ish prices. With all that said, the Vedge rec is sincere on my part, not sarcastic. I’m a longtime vegetarian, so it’s kind of thrilling to find a restaurant with delicious all-veggie options…and the prices are probably on par with a fancy small-plates place in DC. Just added all those caveats above so that you know what you’re getting into. I love Vedge, but it might not be for everybody. I’m adding Pumpkin to that list, too. Pumpkin’s not vegetarian, but they have a locavore-influenced menu that changes daily. There might not be veg entrees on their online menu, but if you call ahead and ask (or even if you don’t, but calling ahead never hurts) they can probably whip something up off-menu. They’ve always been so nice and accommodating when I’ve eaten there. Also not cheap (and cash-only) but on the other hand, the place is BYOB so that helps save some money on drinks (and last I went, there was no corking fee either).

    • andy

      I think we ate at Alma de Cuba. Very nice place.

    • We were there a few weeks ago and had a very nice dinner at The Farm and Fisherman. They had a chilled cucumber buttermilk soup that was wonderful and a chocolate mousse/salted phyllo dessert that was to die for!

    • Amada is my favorite! For BYOB I like Koo Zee Doo in the NoLibs neighborhood.

  • I got a rebate check in the mail this week. Twelve dollars!!!

  • Rant: Litterally am the only one out of 8 on my team in the office today..slow
    Rave: …I am the only one in the office today. Also got to bike to work again today with the nice cool weather in the morning, I wish I could do it every day…so much more relaxing than walking to the bus and dealing with that shit show.
    Revel: Drinkin’ tonighttt on a boat!

    • It’s also incredibly consistent time-wise. If you do pretty much the same route every day, you’ll find that it won’t vary by more than a couple of minutes. The toughest part of any non-bike commute for me was wait times for buses or having to deal w/ an accident or unexpected vehicle volume. Either can add so much time.

  • Blithe

    Rant: Getting whacked by people wearing backpacks who apparently forget that they need more space then they think they do.
    Rant: Just learned that a close family friend has serious health issues.
    Rant: Being responsible for things that keep me on the edge of grief.
    Rave: Plans for a play date with a friend’s dog. A little bit of fun, frolicking , and unconditional love is nice to look forward to.

  • Rave: Doing my first half-century ride this Sunday.

    Rant: 50% chance of rain thta day and the ride is rain or shine. Hope it shines.

  • Rave: I finally made it to Stachowski’s last night, the pastrami sandwich was a transcendent experience.
    Rant: now all I want to eat are the pastrami sandwiches, which will hurt my wallet and my waistline.
    Rave: gin tasting tomorrow and leaving for Montreal on Sunday!

  • Rant: I haven’t seen this many depressed people at work on a Friday ever… Must be the weather changes but looks like everyone is sick. I feel a bit strange myself. Blame pollution.

    Rave: Cooking dinner for the family tonight for pop’s birthday, wish I had a good grill, but I’ll make due…

    Rave: Frozen yogurt with granola… My new fav desert, and I’m eating it for breakfast today, just because I can.

    Rant: Drove all the way to Rockville in an attempt to buy A Google Chromecast for 35$, all sold out because of a CNN article published yesterday. Bought one online but it doesn’t deliver until Tuesday… Technology hype is so not me, and I’m a bit mad at myself for going out of my way to chase down a consumer product. At least it’s not an overpriced gimmicky apple product tho.

    • epric002

      i’m not a big technophile either, but it looks so cool! let us know what you think?

      • I think devices like this will end cable’s evil reign over our TVs… It’s definitely the future, I’ve been off cable for the past 4 years and something that can share my PC screen/Chrome browser wirelessly will be great. I might even develop an app for it. The best part is the market price of the chromecast is low. This is an example of what people like me have been preaching about, meaningful technology for a reasonable price, not just an inflated price because the technology is new (Apple)…

        • pablo .raw

          how is that thing different than watching movies on your computer? just the fact that you can watch them now on a bigger device maybe? I don’t have a tv my 23″ monitor is my tv 🙂

          • It’s a bit limited now because there aren’t many apps beyond using chrome, but if you have a big screen TV it works great to be able to browse the web and play videos wirelessly in HD. It’s only 35$ whereas Roku and Apple TV cost around 100$.

            I have been watching movies on memory sticks on my TV for a few months and would really love to skip the process of saving stuff to the memory sticks every time. Also with chromecast, you can stream stuff off your phone to your TV like pictures and music. The device also came with a 3 month credit for Netflix. 🙂

        • Get a Roku. They cost around $100 and you can stream all kinds of stuff with one.

    • Jack5, I’m sure that you can afford an apple TV at $100 … (with your Range Rover and whatnot). Sure – the $35 price point (really more like $11 if you take 3 months of Netflix into account) is really quite a game changer, but there’s just not a whole lot of apps that can take advantage of this yet. With apple, you have millions?

      • My gosh, ppl remember everything on here… Maybe I should go anonymous…

        It’s not about spending more, it’s about spending wisely. I’m not into paying monthly fees or cloud storage. I don’t trust big companies either…

        As an App developer, I can develop apps that I can directly use on the Chromecast, using Apple products and roku, I can’t because they’re closed systems. Flexibility is the difference between being able to use a gadget for a long instead of a short time.

    • For what it’s worth, the Chromecast was only released 2 days ago and sold out pretty much instantly online. I wouldn’t pin the blame exclusively on CNN. I also really want one though, my current computer to TV solution is clunky and annoying.

    • My buddy works for Google and was the lead developer on the Chromecast. He was also the lead developer on Google Chrome. His bonus was seven figures last year because Chrome hit some sort of user penetration milestone. I can’t imagine what he’s going to get this year for Chromecast. Jeez.

  • GiantSquid

    Rant: Back surgery scheduled for Thursday of next week. Scared.
    Revel: Very understanding family, friends, and workplace.
    Revel: Steriods. They take the edge off the pain. I walked the dogs around the block for the first time in weeks.
    Rant: Wish I had enough money to fly my close girlfriends in to visit during recovery.

    • epric002

      what was your diasgnosis giantsquid? (you prob posted, but i’ve forgotten). good luck, back pain is the pits.

      • GiantSquid

        it’s a herniated disk that’s pressing on my spinal nerves. Ortho doc is worried if left untreated it could develop into Cauda equina syndrome, which is really, really bad. Like loss of bladder, bowel, and sexual organ functions. BAD.

        • Which disk(s) are impinging on the nerve? Are the doing laminectomy/ fusion? (been there)

          • GiantSquid

            the disk between L4 & L5 is the culprit. I don’t think laminectomy/fusion is on the menu, just disc removal.

    • What’s your diagnosis and where are you having your surgery? I went through this a few years ago.

      • GiantSquid

        Herniated disk between L4 and L5. I’m having surgery at Howard County General Hospital, a bi-lateral diskectomy. Please share your experience because I’m pretty nervous about having surgery around my spine.

        • L5/S1 discectomy is what I had done.

          • GiantSquid

            I have a second one there but not as severe as the upper one. How was the surgery and recovery for you? Have you had continued issues?

          • I got 8 solid months of relief after several years of hell. The back pain was never the larger concern, it was the pain and frequent paralysis of one leg.

            After those 8 months, I re-herniated it, catching a frisbee thrown by my 9 year old nephew. What a badass way to injure yourself. That was 2.5 years ago, and I’ve been doing the painkiller and epidurals (monthly) since then.

            Next thing to try is this: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spinal_cord_stimulator and if that doesn’t work, fusion.

            For context, I’m 32 and otherwise healthy. Originally injured it in the military many years ago.

          • Meow, my mom had the spinal cord stimulator implanted this year. She’s had chronic back pain for about 18 years and has tried everything from epidurals to meds to having her tailbone removed. This is the only thing that provides her with relief. When she turns it off, the pain returns, but while it’s on, it’s down to about a 2-3 from a 10. I’m grateful to the inventor.

          • Blues, that’s great to hear, both for your mom’s sake, and to help quell my own concerns!

    • Been there, done that… take it super easy afterwards. 8 months after my surgery, it fucked up again. About to go for surgery #2 in December. Good luck.

      • GiantSquid

        I’m in the same boat where the back pain is bearable but the sciatic pain down my left leg is horrible. I, too, am 32. Thinking my years of professional theatre work and three car accidents didn’t do me any back favors.

    • Emmaleigh504

      Hey surgery buddy! I hope to see some silly pain killer induced posts from you around the internet! I”m sure you will see some from me.

  • Rant: Cold sore, likely caused by too much sun.

    Rave: Sun from a super fun vacation to Key West.

    Rave: Another relaxing vacation to Chincoteague (rented a house, not camping). Speaking of which- any hints for things to do? Packing up my bike and some gear to take long walks/hikes.

    • Ugh, cold sores are awful. I used to get them all the time when I was a kid, and my pediatrician told my parents I’d outgrow them when I hit puberty. Well, I’m about 20 years past that and got three cold sores this winter 🙁 Thank heavens for Abreva – it’s like a miracle in a tube and well worth the ridiculous price!

      • I’ll have to give that a try for the next one, that I will inevitably get 🙁 . In the meantime, I’m just struggling through this one. It doesn’t help that sun and stress can both trigger one. Who knew?

        • Yeah, the list of triggers is depressingly long – cold, sun, stress, illness, caffeine, being tired, and delicious foods like peanut butter and chocolate. In other words, pretty much everything in your daily life might give you a cold sore! Abreva is great, though – if you start using it as soon as you feel the tingle or see a little bump, it keeps the blister from getting very big and heals it in a few days.

  • KSB

    Rant: Drivers who swing wide to the right to make a left turn (or vice versa.) 99% of the time, there’s absolutely no need for that and flinging your vehicle into an adjacent lane of moving traffic is a menace.

    Rave: Normal 30 minute commute was only 20 minutes this morning. We must be getting close to August in DC…

    • These probably the same folks who sit with their legs wide open. Yeah, we get it, you have enormous balls and you want people to “respect” your space. Losers.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rave: Work kind of slow.

    Rant: Starting to get nervous about upcoming surgery.

    Rave: Surgery will make me feel better when I’m healed, it’s relatively minor, and Ive known I would need it at some point for the last 10 years, so I’ve had time to get used to the idea.

    Rant: still nervous

  • Rant: Mo-in-Law coming for the weekend. Normally I wouldn’t mind but recently learned she had things to say about why our housing search took so long, to her the magic man in the sky didn’t like that we lived in sin before we got married. That shit is cocoa puffs. It is going to take patience on my part not to unload.

    Revel: It’s Friday!!!

    • Smilla

      “That shit is cocoa puffs” — LOL!

    • epric002

      do tell more- sounds like your cocoa puffs MIL should generate oodles of ridiculous stories 🙂

      • Oh, I’m sure there will be more to come. It should make for an interesting weekend.

      • Emmaleigh504

        Exactly! Don’t look at these little Cocoa Puffs moments as annoyances or reasons to dislike your MiL, they are moments to entertain your friends and strangers on the internet!

    • That’s funny, I think I had the opposite experience. My parents both had brief, disastrous marriages to other people when they were in their very early 20s, so as soon as I was old enough to understand what it meant, my mother sat me down and said sternly “Listen, NEVER get married without living together first!”

      • Emmaleigh504

        My mom likes to tell me never to “live in sin” before marriage and points to all the folks in our family who did live together first who are now divorced. my mom is a bit old fashioned.

      • Emmaleigh504

        My mother also had a hissy fit b/c my sister asked to borrow the car to spend the weekend setting up her & her future husbands new apartment 3 weeks before the wedding (way back in the 90s). Because spending the weekend with her fiance would be living in sin. My Dad put his foot down and told her to stop being ridiculous. My sister was able to spend a weekend of sin with her future husband who still married her. They are still married and have 3 beautiful kids!

    • epric002

      my mother, in the mid 2000s, literally used the “why buy the cow” line on me. i told her i happened to like getting the milk for free and she didn’t have much to say after that. she has lightened up on the whole living in sin/sharing a bedroom with a gf/bf thing over the course of my younger siblings though. we eldest are always the guinea pigs.

  • Rave: It’s almost August! It’s my favorite time in D.C. (reduced workload, three or four day weekends, general laziness most of the time).
    Rave: Music at Yards Park tonight!
    Rave: Red Sox tomorrow night in Baltimore. Haven’t been to Pickles Pub in almost five years – is it still “the” place to go before an O’s game?
    Rant: Packing up the apartment the next two weekends. Blerg.

    • Pickles sucks. Way too fratty and full of D-bags.

      Go to the Cross Street Market in Federal Hill. It’s a 15 minute walk from the stadium, but much more enjoyable. Get some oysters and a bucket of beers.

  • Rant: Dropped my watch on the bathroom floor the other day.
    Rave: Much to my relief, when I picked it up it was still ticking.
    Rant: Discovered yesterday that the date thingy is no longer working. So it’s going to be stuck permanently on the 22nd of the month.
    Quasi-rave: Thanks to prematurely needing reading glasses, most of the time I can’t read the date on my watch anyway.

  • skj84

    Rave: Beautiful weekend! Going to Dancing under the Stars tomorrow at the Kennedy Center.

    Rant: Planning around feuding friends. I have a few friends who are fighting and it makes planning social events tricky. Should i invite on or the other? Who should I ask first? In large group settings it’s ok, but smaller get together makes things difficult.

    • epric002

      is the feud petty or did one seriously wrong the other? if petty- invite them both, but let them know the other(s) are also invited. if someone is clearly in the wrong, i’d let them know that, tactfully. good luck!

      • skj84

        in my opinion its petty. but Im not a big fan of any drama.

        • epric002

          if there’s no major, egregious, moral wrong then i’d invite them both and tell them to suck it up and act like adults. of course they’re free to decline, but that’s on them.

  • Smilla

    Rave: Seeing The Sound of Music in glorious 70-mm this weekend at the AFI!
    Rant: It will take every ounce of willpower not to sing along. Might have to wear a Hannibal Lecter mask.

    • epric002

      looove the SOM! was my fave movie as a kid and i even have the soundtrack on vinyl 🙂 do you know they’re doing a sing a long production at wolf trap on 31 aug?

  • Rave: It’s Friday!
    Rave: Vacation next week!
    Rant: The second dog I vacuumed up from all of the hair my dog is shedding.

  • Rant: my 6-week old daughter has reflux and gas and is now not nursing well. I hate to see her in pain and am worried about her eating enough. Does somewhat better with bottles but I’d hate to lose the ability to nurse her. Hoping the zantac helps soon. Especially since she doesn’t seem keen on the new nursing positions we’ve tried to keep her more upright. Poor kid.

  • F. I am supposed to have surgery next week, but I have a chest cold and a high white blood count. Been trying a steroid inhaler, but that isn’t helping. Doc now is putting me on antibiotics in case it is bacterial to see if I can get the WBC in check before my surgery date. My surgeon is switching to a practice that doesn’t take my insurance after this month, so it is kind of now or never. I love the American healthcare system.

    Rave: At least I have health insurance and sick leave. I would be mega-screwed without it.

    Actual rave: I LOVE this weather!

  • Rant: In one of *those* moods today – feel like bursting into tears over mundane things. Boss is being super annoying b/c he’s a Mets fan and the Nats are playing the Mets this weekend. Guess what? I DON’T CARE! I don’t give a DAMN who’s pitching! Leave me alone!

    Rave: Game Night tonight! Bring on Cards Against Humanity! And hopefully some alcohol…

    Rant’ish: Helping a friend move tomorrow…at 8 a.m. Seriously, people?


  • Rant: My job has got me crabby. The job itself is fine, but my boss does nothing but micromanages our team, and plays favorites with the support staff.

    Rave: It’s Friday. Nonnymr comes home from a week on the road. Nice plans a’brewing.

  • Rant: So frustrated with my job. I’m bored out of my mind most days.
    Rant/Rave: Had two interviews, but am waiting to hear back about next steps…
    Rave: This glorious weather!

  • Rave: The Read Podcast. Whoever decided to give Kid Fury a weekly on-air show is everything. He is like the voice inside my head.
    Rave: No friends around to make me be social this weekend. Can’t wait to go to the Nordstrom sale, watching that Orange show on Netflix, and being a blob on the couch.
    Rant: No friends to hang with this weekend.
    Rant: Read they have to move Ziegfields/Secrets for that new soccer field. No bueno– the “ladies of illusion” are my fave. Hope they find a new home.

    • Do you know if the Nordstrom Anniversary sale is also happening at Nordstrom Rack? Are there any actual Nordstroms around metro-accessible DC? Maybe I’ll just stick to online shopping…

      I’m in a similar boat on the other front- both my roommates are out of town this weekend, and I’ve been looking forward to general blobbiness on the couch and catching up on TV. But I’m overbooked with social events I committed to a while ago- two parties tomorrow!- and dipping my toe back into the online dating waters tonight with a first date with someone new. Just drinks, but hopefully I’ll at least get a story out of it.

      Rave: this weather is so gorgeous! I wish it could be like this all summer.

  • Rave: It’s Friday!

    Rant: Media continually referring to Huma Abedin as “beautiful” and “glamorous”.

  • Rave: Going to the game tonight for free
    Rave: Beautiful day
    Rant: Roommie is the worst
    Rant: 2 of the girls id been seeing (one still am, one no longer) have a regular meetup now, and I was brought up. Lot of “stay away from him” and such haha.

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