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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  • special_k

    RANT: Hard drive failed.
    RAVE/RANT: It failed two days before the warranty expired. Things just aren’t built to last.
    RAVE: I replaced the hard drive myself, which was trickier than the instructions suggest, but I did it.
    RAVE: I love love LOVE this weather.

    • good-onya for apparently having a solid data backup plan. When hard drives fail in absence of such, sometimes careers/academic dreams are destroyed.

      Are you familiar with RAID and NAS?

      • special_k

        I’m working on my Ph.D. and have backups of backups of backups of my dissertation. πŸ™‚

        Hadn’t heard of RAID or NAS until now, thanks! Will look into these.

  • Rant: I think I have that stupid summer cold that was mentioned here a few times last week (clogged ears, headache, cough and general malaise).

    Rave: This unseasonably cool, fall-like weather we are experiencing. No idea where this is coming from, but I will take it!

  • Rave: this weather
    Rant: end to this weather tomorrow

  • RANT: NoMa Beer Fest on Saturday was a complete FAIL. Very long lines and running out of beer half way through. The money grab on the craft beer craze is starting to surface. They completely overcharged and underdelivered…not a good way to promote your neighborhood NoMa BID

    RAVE: At least we got there early and were able to taste a few beers before the disorganization and chaos ensued

    • I’ve had similar experiences with the Living Social beer events. Long lines, nowhere to sit, completely oversold the event.

    • I walked by there and it looked pretty bad.

      • Folks, these things are nothing more than money making events. I don’t care what warm and fuzzy language they use to advertise, but they will sell as many tickets as people will buy, despite their “hurry now” before we are sold out assertions.

        I’ve been the dummy half a dozen times in as many years and even before groupon and Luvin social these things were a nightmare, they are 5 times worse now. Save your money, frustration and time and avoid these ridiculous things.

    • Yep, it was horrible. Much worse than the numerous Drink the District ones I’ve attended. At first I liked that it was pay for what you drink rather than unlimited tastings for x amount of $, but now I’m thinking the later model works better. Either way, it was very poorly run. At least they made it easy to get refunds.

    • Stopped by Harris Teeter Saturday afternoon and caught a glimpse of the shitshow. Yea, definitely glad that I skipped out on this event.

    • I went to one at National Harbor years ago and I learned my lesson. They only told breweries to bring two kegs each, they never stopped selling tickets, and everyone ran out of beer before the thing was half way through.

      SAVOR was the only “beer fest” worth going to, even for the price, but I’m not trekking to NYC for it.

      • YES…SAVOR!!! But those tickets were $125ish and were limited. Great event – I left last year with a full belly and a proper buzz πŸ™‚

        • skj84

          I won tickets to Savor last year and it was one of the best experiences of my life. Really hope it comes back to DC next year. I thought about checking out the NOMA beer fest, very glad I did not make the effort!

    • One beer festival that delivered was Meridian Pint’s Octoberfest last year. There was plenty of beer and food to go around. I definitely felt I got my money’s worth.

      • saf

        Yes, it was a very good event, but… the lines were too long. I wish there was a way to control those better. Still, they did NOT run out of beer, and beer was good and food was good.

    • Yes lines were too long and two breweries ran out by 5pm. At least they refunded money for unused tickets

  • Rave: Perfect weekend for an introvert – stayed home, read, cooked, played with pup
    Rant: Sometimes I have too much alone time (not this weekend but in general). I know it’s up to me to change that but it’s not easy.

  • Rant: Almost everyone at my office is on vacation – including my favorite colleagues.

    Rave: Last day on Friday!

    Rave: Dog sitting the best pup.

    Rant: Not allowed to work from home although NO ONE is in my office to work with and I have tons of work I can do remotely.

    Rave: Really enjoyed my former english teacher’s new book. Finished it in two days!

  • Rave: Biked from Downtown Silver spring to Capital Hill on both Friday and Saturday
    Rave/Rant: I think I’m addicted to biking
    Rant: NoMa Beer Fest was a total shit show. Was OK for first hour but then it was completely overwhelmed. Luckily, we got there early and got a table for our friends. But after that, I could see the frustration in the attendees. Good luck trying to get a beer after 3 pm. Event organizers need to realize that DC has a great and growing COMMUNITY now and these type of events are going to attract a LOT of numbers. Prepare accordingly, please.

    • Keep it up and if you’re not addicted to it now, you will be in a bit. It’s really the best way to get around the city! Enjoy…

  • Rant: Husband saw the individuals in the wreck that shut down 495 southbound last night. We drove past seconds after it happened. According to others that saw it happen, the guy was weaving in and out of the lanes at ridiculous speeds.

    Rave: It appears they will survive, but praying for the baby that was in the backseat.

    Rave: On the verge of some wonderful changes in my life. Trying not to get too excited!!

  • epric002

    rant: doggies were total brats this morning. ugh.
    rave: this delightful weather. haven’t had the AC on in about a week!
    rave: good friends got engaged this weekend. yay!
    rave: RW dinner with some girlfriends tonight. yum!

  • Rave: Four days of rowing at the Masters Nationals in Sarasota, finally won my first medal and the team finished third overall.

    Rant: Weather delay got me back home after midnight.

    Rave: No one seems to mind that I decided to work at home as a result.

  • Rave: Nats

    Rant: Stop throwing the ball at Bryce!!!

  • Rave: Getting close to baby time! Less than 5 weeks to go.
    Rant: I really feel like I need a week off on a lake or in the woods to mentally prepare for the little guy. For the last 3 months I’ve been saying that I don’t want to do anything for at least one weekend, but there is no time. We’re no where near being ready yet.
    Rant II: Did very little to get the nursery done this weekend. Should have taken today off and just rocked it out.

    • tell me about it – I feel like when you have a baby on the way, it’s a constant “must do” list that never involves fun.

      TRY to take time to do something, like go to the movies or hit up restaurants you love before he comes. If you like cooking, try to make some freezer meals as “decompression time”.

      Keep in mind, these are all grand ideas in my head, but it’s always “crap, I have to go to baby CPR class/schlep to the far out burbs to buy that glider/etc” that needs to be done, but ruins the whole independence time you have left!

    • Honestly, you won’t be able to do many “adult” things after the baby is born. Like go out for a nice dinner, go to the movies, etc.

      There’s a lot of down time with a new baby, and most people have the baby sleep in the same room as them for at least a few weeks. You’ll have plenty of time to finish the nursery after the baby is born (there’s lots of sleep time). Take time to do everything you won’t get to do after the baby comes.

    • I feel the same way. Every weekend I have this list that we are “definitely going to get done” and each weekend ends up the same way, with 1 or 2 things crossed off and 1 or 2 additional things tacked onto it! I’m thinking more and more about starting maternity leave a week early just to mentally prepare and finish up all of the little things that need to get done. I’m totally convinced that after Sept 20th, I won’t be able to function as a human being anymore, so have to do everything before then. Good luck to us all!!!

      • Honestly, the biggest thing I want to get done is to meditate for a weekend-week by myself. All the other physical stuff I know we’ll get done..I know we don’t need to have the nursery 100% done before baby. I just want to get some ME time before he gets here. Me ME ME! It’s totally selfish, but I feel like I really need it so that I can come back and be an awesome husband/dad.

        • I like it. ME time isn’t selfish – you have to take care of yourself before you are able to take care of others in your life. It’s like the flight attendant says, put the mask on yourself before you put it on your child. Everyone will be in a better position if you are at 100%!

          For me, the nesting thing has kicked into high gear and I have this intense need to make sure that everything is taken care of and in order before the big day. It’s funny how the mamas and the papas go through different prep phases.

          • I also agree…nothing wrong with “me” time….but, 5 weeks until due date is cutting it close. This is a great idea at, like, week 24. Spend time apart, do something you love independently. But at 34 weeks, I’d worry about being apart for more than a couple of nights. Just in case.

    • Don’t worry about being ready. You never will be. Besides, babies don’t need anything but a boob, diapers, love and patience. They don’t care at all about the nursery. Or much of anything.

    • If you have a crib and a bunch of diapers, the nursery is “done!” Don’t fret it!

    • I know everyone is different, but one of the things that I did before my son was born was go to a lot of movies. It was awesome and I haven’t been to one since (he’s 14 months old).

  • Rant: Had a very unproductive Sunday.

    Rave: Ran into an old roommate on Friday and reconnected, she even spent the night πŸ™‚

    Rave 2: Finally got to see Thievery Corp at the 930 Club Saturday night.

  • rave: lovely long weekend in Philly. Perfect weather, walked around Chestnut Hill, got a haircut from the guy who has been cutting my hair since I was 13 (“and now you’re married and pregnant….I feel old!” he says). Went to Han Dynasty for dinner, Handels for (amazing) ice cream.

    rave: now I want to open a handels here. SO GOOD.

    rant: as a passenger, the number of people I watch texting and driving – especially on 295 and 95 is truly frightening. I don’t know what the solutions are, but it makes me want to amtrak everywhere.

    • I just heard something on NPR about a documentary about texting & driving coming out soon. It should be required viewing for anyone getting their license.

      • Its by werner herzog – who did the documentary Grizzly Man. It’s on line and part of a PSA ad campaign re texting

      • I don’t know if I want to see it….
        but the stupid thing is, people KNOW how dangerous it is. The PSA campaign’s aren’t working. Cops aren’t pulling people over for doing it (cops are doing it themselves) and the punishment isn’t strict enough, I don’t think.

        • People think they’re in control and it won’t happen to them. If the documentary is well done it will change that perception.

  • Rave: Saturday weather – made a long run so pleasant
    Rant: Sunday weather – made bike ride a very wet event
    Rave: Opened PoP on Monday and no stories on murders, stabbings, or muggings!

    • Rave: Your rave!
      Rant: The comment directly below, completely opposite to your rave, and only 5 blocks from home… Sigh.

      Rant2: Moved out of the Petworth Rowhouse for now
      Rave2: Renovating our entire house, and we will be back in 12-14 weeks!

      Rave3: Staying with the parents in Fairfax, and my parents are awesome, so it should be okay.

    • I did 20 miles Sunday morning, and 12 of those miles were in the rain. I still enjoyed the ride (but not as much as the 30 mile ride I did on Saturday.)

  • jim_ed

    Rant: Heard 7-8 gunshots last night around 11pm, coming from the general area around 8th and Kennedy, followed by a large police response. Yet no information on MPD listserv, twitter feed, etc. This is kind of important stuff to know if there’s an active shooter somewhere.

    • I heard the shots as well. And, the neighborhood dogs that start barking heard them. Sometimes I think it is just target practice when I don’t see a police report.

  • Rave-ish: first day back at work after hip surgery. We’ll see how long I make it. This week will probably be 1/2 days

    Rant: Two neighbors across the alley are repaving their driveway. The workmen’s cars are clogging the alley and constantly blocking my car. I’ve asked the workmen not to block my car in several times. A couple times they couldn’t find anyone to move the car for awhile and I was late for my PT appointment. I’ve asked one of the two neighbors to have them not block my car because it is the only way I have to get around and they said they’d talk to them. This morning I was coming out of my house and the work truck pulled up and was about to park in the middle of the alley, about 2 ft in front of my car (not even trying to park close to my neighbor’s side of the alley so that people can drive through). The guy was getting out of his car and I called out to say no, I needed to get out and asked him to move. He just looked at me and said, “Hey, this is the alley” as if that made it OK to park there and got out of his car. I told him that yeah, it was the alley, which meant he couldn’t park there, and to move his car. I want to be a good, understanding neighbor. I get it, the work needs to be done and all of the street parking in my neighborhood is zoned, so there is no choice but to park in the alley. But they could choose to park one one side of the alley and they don’t have to park directly in front of other people’s cars, particularly when I’ve told them that it is a car that actually regularly gets used. We live close to metro. I am one of the very few people on the block who drives with any regularity right now, and that is because I have to because I’m not allowed to take metro until the hip heals. Just frustrated. I am going to talk to my neighbor one more time. I doubt there is any other recourse, but worth a try.

    • This is so inconsiderate! And illegal! Call 911 every time you see the alley being blocked – I know the response time isn’t always great but you might get lucky and have the police come and ticket the vehicle.

      And don’t ask the contractor not to park you in – tell him he cannot park there, it is illegal, and you will call the police to come ticket and/or tow.

      Your neighbors could also get a visitor pass for the contractor so he can park on the street.

      • Yeah, I know it is illegal, but I’m trying to be a good neighbor. Besides, waiting for the cops just inconveniences me (and probably someone else waiting for the cops because they’ve been mugged, broken into, car got stolen, etc) because they take longer to get there than my crazy girl on crutches act takes to convince these jerks to move. It just irritates me that it has to take me 10-15 minutes to convince them to move at all. I never let my repair people park back there. Hopefully one more talk with the neighbors will work. Or the work will be finished soon. If not, maybe I’ll have to resort to calling the cops.

        • You’re being a good neighbor – you’ve asked them to move/not park you in. If the contractor isn’t being responsive then I see no reason not to call the police.

          It’s dangerous for your alley to be blocked – in case of fire, the firetruck wouldn’t be able to access the back of houses

          • Why don’t you have a street parking permit?

          • “Why don’t you have a street parking permit?”

            Why is this the question being asked??

            For all we know, the OP *does* have a street parking permit, but chooses to park her car behind her house because street parking in her neighborhood is competitive, or maybe she feels that her car is more secure there.

            Regardless of the person, if she’s on crutches, it’s got to be easier for her to have the car right behind her house than it is to have to walk down the block to retrieve it.

            The real question is why the contractor persists in illegally parking in the alley. Does the OP live in one of the neighborhoods where residents are eligible for those little laminated guest parking passes? If so, the neighbor needs to be lending that pass to the contractor.

          • That should have been “regardless of the reason,” not “regardless of the person.”

          • You’re right. I misread, “I get it, the work needs to be done and all of the street parking in my neighborhood is zoned, so there is no choice but to park in the alley,” as applying to the ranter not the contractors. Sorry!

    • Had a similar alley-blocking issue plague me when I lived in Georgetown and had alley parking spaces. It was really, really annoying. Just keep calling them out, and have a frank talk with your neighbors who hired the offending workmen.

  • pablo .raw

    Rave: Had a great time photographing the DC Team at a Roller Derby game on Saturday in Baltimore!
    Rant: I had to deal with an @5540L3 photographer giving me orders without having any authority! He even lied to me about the use of flash at the game, fortunately I found out.
    Rave: Went to see “Jobs” with a friend, when I came back home, I gave my macbook a great hug and a kiss. “I just saw a movie about your father” I said. (I’m kidding of course).

  • Rant: Struggling with some stuff in my relationship lately. Something’s off, and he seems a bit distant. It has been a busy and stressful month or so for both of us and I’m trying not to read too much into things, but it’s eating at me. And I’m so afraid of seeming like I’m insecure or overreacting that I don’t say anything, which only makes it worse. Blah.

    • special_k

      Just say what you said here and talk to him. Letting it eat at you isn’t doing anyone any favors.

      • say something now before its too late…that happened to me and by the time i said something the relationship was lost. He will either A) respect that you said something and try to do better or B) he will realize he is not into it and at least you will have closure. The latter happened for me but am still left wondering where i went wrong.

  • RAVE: Being out of the dating scene. I just got a call from a girlfriend about her breakup and as much as I feel for her, my overwhelming feeling at the moment is that of sweet relief that it’s not me! Not trying to be callus towards her situation or sound like a horrible friend, I’m just feeling thankful for my husband, kitties, and family πŸ™‚
    RANT: My friend is smart, beautiful, friendly, kind, well traveled, and really loves people. I don’t want her to be sad – I want her to find someone as awesome as she is!! DC is tough for dating. It’s filled with women who are total catches, who want to find a partner, have a family, and eat their cake too. I think the last time I checked (could be totally outdated info) that the ratio here was 7:1 women to men. Brutal!!!

    • Tell us more about this friend of yours….age and location?

    • Not sure where you got your info, but according to a Forbes article from earlier this year the ratio of women living alone to men living alone in DC is 1.12 to 1, or 112 women for every 100 men. That’s a lot less than 7 to 1. Believe it or not, there are lots of single men who are catches too πŸ™‚

      • Yeah, but if you look at the accompanying map, you find that the male-positive places are the more gay sections around Dupont/Logan, while vast swaths Northwest are greater than 1.25/1 women (living alone).

        Plus, single guys go to seed at a much faster rate than single women, further slimming the pickings. πŸ˜‰

        • You’re right, I should qualify. The article was talking about the ratio or straight men to straight women and it was from at least 3 years ago. That’s why I said that my info could be outdated. There are tons of great men in the city who are real catches – case in point my husband. Just saying that there are lots of great women who are genuinely looking for a partner and they keep meeting these schmo’s who aren’t worth their time. I hope they do run into some of these good catches…I really do!!!

    • yeah seriously…you make it sound like there are not plenty of smart, good looking, funny/friendly men in this city.

    • Easy solution: She should start dating women!

  • RANT:The city is over run with dogs. New rule, everytime one of these new highrise condo communities is being discussed, provisions must be made for a dog park. Trilogy in NOma, the outside space stinks from dog doo.

    • you mean DC is overrun with people who don’t pick up after their dogs

      • It seems like the dog owners in a given neighborhood influence each other. I live near Eastern Market (where there might even be more dogs than people!) and you hardly ever see stray poop. In other neighborhoods, I’ve noticed, it’s all over the place.

      • Or just bad dog owners in general. I also constantly see people who have their dogs off-leash, or tie their dog to a pole right next to the door for a shop, or generally have no respect for their neighbors by letting their dogs run right up to young children or jump on a person wearing business pants. Dog owners make me hate people.

        • I realize that this is probably going to get a few comments back possibly vilifying me, but just wanted to note one thing. There is also the issue of a number of children who are not educated enough on how to deal with a dog that they don’t know. I live across from an elementary school with a large playground, and I can’t tell you the number of times I have had a child run up to me while walking my dog and try to shove a hand in his face to pet him. Often times the parents just sit there and watch. I am very careful not to let me dog run up on strangers (child or not) because I know not everyone cares for dogs. Luckily my dog is very friendly and has never reacted unfavorably to this besides shying away, but parents also need to let their kids know you can’t just run up and pet a dog you don’t know. I even had a kid try to crawl through a hole in a fence around the playground last week to pet my dog.

          For the record, I am in agreement about that there are a large number of people who give the good dog owners a bad name, including those who do the things you just listed.

          • I agree with you. My toddler has no fear of dogs (her close family member owns one) and wants to run up and pet everyone she sees. Until she is old enough to understand you cant just touch strange dogs, I have to be pretty good about grabbing her before she get to them.

  • skj84

    Rant: Summer cold. Coughing, congestion the works. Had to call out of work and manager is pissed. Of course my health and workplace safety is more important to me. I was hoping to just sleep it off, but I think I may need to stop by the doctor just so I can get a note.

    Rave: I’m going to lay out on the sofa and watch Doctor Who the rest of the day!

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: The workmen working on the building next to mine start hammering at 6:55 am. My alarm goes off at 7 am.
    Rave: I won’t be late for work while they are there.

  • Rave: bulldog on a skateboard just brightened this gloomy day

    • In Columbia Heights? If so, I’ve seen this dog (and wished I’d been quick enough to take a photo!)

      • Yes! He was across the street, so no photos for me. There were plenty of other people taking pics though. Maybe one will show up here. Cutest thing ever!

  • Rave: Zappos & quick shipping & a new pair of shoes
    Rant: My dog goes nuts when she sees/hears the FedEx or UPS driver – or their truck. Even when the truck is parked down the block and across the street she bark bark barks.
    Rave: She bark bark barks then turns into a total snuggle dog.

    • I might need to get on the Zappos bandwagon. Seems like DSW is the only game in town and I can never find anything I like that fits there.

      • Zappos is awesome. Free shipping both ways and their customer service is great.

        • Yeah, I’ve done it a few times but the back-and-forth mailing gets tiresome. I don’t think I’ve ever ended up keeping anything I’ve ordered from there. I should give it another try, though, since it also gets tiresome getting the heel tips replaced on the same three pairs of shoes over and over.

        • They also have a clearance site- 6pm.com which is pretty awesome, though return shipping is not free.

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