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: NFL Football. I waited so long for this weekend. And my team won, proving all the critics wrong!

  • Rant: Was woken up at 4am by pain and swelling in my throat. Apparently I’ve come down with a cold. The phone interview I have this afternoon is going to be fun…

  • Rant: Pretty much every NFL game yesterday was terrrrrible. Wonder if all those dropped passes and fumbles were from NFLPA negotiating away all those practice days, or if this year’s teams are just bad? I’m thinking the latter.

    Rave: At least I’m not a Jets or Washington Slurs fan. Can’t wait to see how those guys find a way to flop again this year.

    Revel: My fantasy team still rawked.

    • Every game was terrible? What about SF/ GB? ATL/ NO? Those were “decent”, I’d say.

      Skins will win NFC East again. The RG3 Show starts tonight at 7. Giddy up.

  • Rant: Why does buying a $1 prescription result in 3 feet worth of coupons from CVS? It’s as if they are trying to force you to pay $ .05 for a plastic bag just to carry the coupons you get.

    Rave: The occasional coupon that is not limited to a particular product or amount of money being spent.

    • Yeah, that’s annoying. They’re always for things I never buy, or something I just bought. I do like the $5 off $15 and 25% off the entire purchase ones.

    • Ugggh. I hate that. If you use your CVS card, you get to waste a lot of paper. They need to figure a better way to do that.

    • Check out #cvs ‘receipt on Twitter – some these are hilarious


    • And why is CVS in DC always out of everything I want in their DC stores (gum, paper towels, drinks, ice cream) pretty much every time I go there?

      The one on GA Avenue in Petworth hasn’t repaired it’s windows for over 3 weeks now, It’s hard to believe they’re run by a professional corporate organization.

      • saf

        And people wonder why I try not to shop at CVS and do not think having one come into the neighborhood is a positive thing.

        They suck.

      • The ARE run by a professional corporation, thats why they cut costs at every chance. Repairing a window costs money, and so does payroll. Have you noticed stores in disarray, lacking inventory, not enough help on the sales floor or the registers? Avoiding CVS is a good idea.

  • Rant: Scoliosis. I was told I’d “stabilized” as a teen and didn’t need surgery, but now as an adult I’ve learned that my curve will probably continue to get worse over the course of my life, just very slowly. And surgery as an adult is so hard to recover from that it’s only the very last resort. Guess I’ll just (try to) embrace my hunchback self and be thankful that its mostly only an aesthetic issue, not anything that causes a lot of pain. And try to do more yoga and things.

    Revel: Went on a lovely hike through Glover Park/Georgetown trails on Saturday! We are so lucky to have so many places to explore right in the middle of our city.

    • My mom had that major surgery in her 40s because she started having trouble breathing. It’s a big surgery, but easier to recover from when you are younger. She’s in her 60s now and feels great and is very active. I suggest doing the research now just so you are sure you make the right decision for the long term. Good luck!

      • My mom also had that surgery at well past 50 and with other health issues. It was not without risk for her but it went extremely well thanks to her wonderful surgeon who specialized in cases like hers. Knock wood for continued future success to her and best of luck to you.

    • Sorry to hear this. I have scoliosis (fortunately mild), sciatica and stenosis so back care is high on my list of priorities. Unity Wood had a “Yoga for Scoliosis” workshop with Elise Browning Miller that was very useful. I don’t know if she’ll be back in the area but she has a book and a DVD (& her website has other resources).

      • Can I ask for a doc recommendation? I have an SI injury that continuously acts up, and I’d like to get a real diagnosis and some actual treatment, instead of an ER visit and pain meds every 6 months.

      • Awesome, I have scoliosis and this may help. Thanks

      • I also recommend “Back Care Basics” by Dr Mary Schatz – very informative and includes chapters that focus on sciatica, scoliosis, general aches and pains, relaxation, etc.

    • Ugh…i had a back brace for years but when it stabilized the good doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital still suggested and pushed for surgery for that exact reason. Glad they did it then. I didn’t event know they do them this late. Sorry to hear.

  • Rave: Finally got mentally prepared for a new kitty (I lost my last/first one in January) so I went looking and I think I found one. Hopefully I will pass.

  • Rave: Did my first century ride yesterday and I’m not completely in pain this morning!

    (minor) Rant: It was kind of boring. I rode most of it alone. I need to find some riding partners the next time I do one of these.

  • Rave: Renting! Handyman just did a few things around the apt. I was so appreciative, I bought him lunch.
    Rant: Heat returning. Bring on fall!

  • Rave: Rode down from Silver Spring to Lincoln Memorial Friday night to see the rocket launch. Great crowd out there.
    Rave: Afterwards, rode around all the major monuments with some new friends, really great time to see them and the weather was perfect.
    Rave: Got one more outdoor movie in on Saturday at the HU School of Divinity in Brookland.
    Rave: NFL is back… Bears won, Pack lost and my fantasy team crushed it.

  • RAVE: Had a great birthday at Dacha yesterday with friends. Awesome bartenders – they were lovely! Glad to see this place open, it’s only going to get better. I hope the Bro Brigades stick to 14th Street and don’t ruin it.

    RANT: I was over-served yesterday. Feeling pretty grudo today. Ugh.

    RANT: Dumbass bicyclist going the wrong way down V Street without a light on his bike on Saturday night. You’re lucky you didn’t get killed. I’m glad me and my girlfriend shouted at you and told you off. You nearly caused a serious accident. It’s not hard to go one block up to W Street, if you’re going to travel east.

  • Revel: Took the New Girl to the (semi) secret swimming hole in the Shenandoahs. Froze our ninnies off in the water and then baked like happy lizards on the rocks. Hated to go back to civilization.

    Rant: Cousin thrown from horse, significant spinal damage.

    Rave: She’s doing just about as well as could be expected, and her spirits are high.

    Rave: Old friend shows back up in U.S. with Brit husband and gally proofs of a book about his uncle that he’s finally finished. Saturday her Facebook stream has a screen grab of the Evening Standard’s non-fiction best seller list: it’s number 2. Sunday morning his byline is on the cover of the Washington Post Magazine, on a story based on the research for his book. An auspicious start this side of the pond.\

    Rant: Now I’ll have to read the dang thing. 🙂

  • Rant: Hung up over a (slightly) younger man. Feel like I may be a lot more serious about things than he is. Per a friend’s advice this weekend, just trying to go with the flow and not get hung up over every interaction (or lack thereof)…
    Rave: Work going really well this month. Launching a big project that I’m excited about.
    Rave: Good workout last night! After lots of summer travel, it feels good to build regular exercise back into my routine.
    Rave: Maybe fall is here?!

  • mtpgal

    Rave: I’ve been reading (and becoming obsessed with) Your Money or Your Life. Now it has me wondering what I really love doing and I have to say, I’m coming up blank. How do you discover a hobby/passion as an adult? Shouldn’t this have already blossomed by now?

    • Some people have hobbies, but few have a passion for a non-humans (dogsnotwihstanding). Don’t feel you must have either because most honest people don’t.

    • I think you discover a hobby/passion as an adult by trying new things. Having said that, I don’t think passion and hobby are even close to the same thing, nor do I believe that everyone has (or needs) one or the other or both.

    • Keep exploring, trying new things, and meeting new people.
      I took up boxing over the course of the summer and really enjoyed it. It’s a great workout.
      I should add that I HATE working out.

      I just turned 32 yesterday and I’m going to try my first Acroyoga class tonight. I have no idea if I’ll like it or hate. This class might change my life. Who knows. But I’m always up for doing something new and getting outside my comfort zone. If you keep that mindset, you might discover a new hobby. You’re never too old to start anew.

  • RANTRANTRANT: I have spent the past 45 minutes trying to unsubscribe to a digital subscription of Vanity Fair on my ipad. Apple is useless, they really don’t have customer service. Credit card co say go to vendor, can’t get a phone number or email from vendor. Rantrantrantrant!

  • Rave: Best Adams’s Morgan Day yet!
    Rant: So so brunch at Mothership
    Rave: Lot’s of fun outdoor time this weekend!
    Rant/Rave: Still feeling stressed after last night’s Breaking Bad.

    • Seriously Breaking Bad. I wondered how Walt was going to ‘talk’ his way out of the situation wtih Hank, but I didn’t think they were going to end like that with a *spoiler alert* shootout. And why would the Nazi guys shoot into a truck that they know Walt is sitting in?! They need him to cook!!! And Jesse…I wanted him to die for the first 3 seasons, and now he’s the only one I’m rooting for. Save Jesse, b*tch!

  • Rave: Amazing weather this morning. I’m ready for fall!
    Rave: The trip home to visit the family this weekend went so much more smoothly than I anticipated.
    Rant: I cannot seem to motivate myself to do work this morning. Oh Mondays.
    Rave: A busy but friend-filled week ahead.

  • Ok I’ve never vented online before, and any advice appreciated, but here goes…

    I am a tenant in a house where myself, another tenant and landlord lives. About a year ago new tenants moved in next door who are either college students or recent grads. The walls where our bedrooms are and theirs are located are pretty thin–not sure if one or both houses are just not well insulated or what. Anyway, one can hear everything that goes on next door. They are not usually rockin’ out on electric guitar or blasting metal or rap or anything. It appears they are singers and get inspired at whatever time of night to sing and play piano–which can be heard even from THEIR downstairs–wood floors help transmit sound I guess. That has tapered off over the past year so that’s not the issue now. When they first moved in they had a party that lasted until 4:45am–even for a weekend this is WAAAY too late–their house is not a club.
    Then they’ve had some during the week until 2 or 3 in the am, but when this happens I’m barely coherent so a confrontation is not possible, as was the case last night. Not knowing they were going to have a party beginning at 11pm (silly me), I had taken something to help me sleep at around 9, was in bed falling asleep by 10:30–needed to be up at 6 and wanted to make sure that I was rested. I was awoken at 11:15 when the tenants and friends made their entrance by yelling, banging on the shared wall and dropping the f-bomb (as if that’s something special–I worked in a newsroom, I can drop the f-bomb with best of them), and of course cranking lame music. By 12:30 cops were called, but not sure if they ever came, lied in bed have asleep–hardly coherent or even able to move, yet not sleep until they decided to end it at 2:45am. Some of you may say–why didn’t you talk to them? My answer to that is , why should I have to?: how inconsiderate can one be. That said I will join forces with my roommate to talk to them. My question is do I ask them (which I feel would keep them in power and me powerless) or tell them that they need to keep it quiet after 11pm–DC law actually states earlier at least during the week at 10pm. I’m not an evil fun-hating person, just a reasonable working person who needs his rest. I would probably rant more angrily if I had the energy…thoughts, but no haters, please.

    • “Some of you may say–why didn’t you talk to them? My answer to that is , why should I have to?: how inconsiderate can one be”
      You know how inconsiderate one can be, because you heard it last night. So you can either talk to them, or just remain mad and sleepless until they magically realize on their own how inconsiderate they’re being, which could take anywhere from several years to never. Some people will assume their behavior is fine if no one ever says it’s not. So say something (politely, of course), either to them or to the landlord.

    • You need to talk to them. They probably don’t even realize that you can hear everything, so you need to inform them of this. Yes, they are being inconsiderate, but they most likely don’t know the extent of the noise they make.

      The squeaky wheel gets the oil, ya know what I mean? Unless it’s a serious raging house party with multiple complaints from multiple neighbors, the cops are too busy to come over.

    • My lovely neighbor has a rottweiller that barks in the middle of the night. I’ve been wearing Mack’s earplugs to bed for about 4 years.


    • I’m not getting your whole issue with having “power” vs. “being powerless” when it comes to either asking or threatening. Why is that important? You have a goal of them being quiet, and it shouldn’t matter what position that leaves you in, if they comply. In the interest of being neighborly (because perhaps they really don’t know how much sound carries, especially if you are a quiet person), you should always ask first. Say something to the effect of, “I don’t know if you realize this, but your activities at night really carry into our apartment, and I have obligations that get me up early in the morning. Would you mind keeping it down after 11?” And then if they continue, you call the cops every time it happens. This way you’re not burning bridges.

      • I had the exact same thought. The goal is to get them to stop making so much noise. Whether or not they *should* know better or who has more power (what does that even mean?) is irrelevant.. They might be jerks, they might be oblivious, it’s probably a little bit of both. I’d give them a chance to fix the problem before escalating things.

    • I feel your pain. My downstairs neighbor has a Massive sound system and has blasted it so loud that stuff has fallen off of my shelves.

      But, you need to talk to them first. They may not realize how loud they are. First, likely they’re drunk when it’s that loud, so they don’t have good reasoning skills. Second, and I know this was true for me, the sound travelled through the units much better than to the outside because our outside walls are about a foot thick. So judging from outside the house there is not much sound, but from the next unit it is unbearable. So first step is to talk. Then if it continues just keep calling the cops.

  • epric002

    rave: new pair of cropped pants that i thought fit (were only slightly snug in lower leg when i tried them on)
    rant: wore them to work today and apparently i have hulk-like calves (i totally do not have big calves) b/c they are practically cutting off my circulation when i sit down. there better be enough fabric to let these suckers out some! grrrrr.
    rave: ran 2 whole miles in RCP this weekend 🙂

  • Rave: Thought I lost my phone while drunk throwing away a pizza box , but I looked up at the light outside of my basement three days later and saw it sitting there.

  • Rant: I know it’s irrational and wrongheaded, but I’m feeling like a total reject and left behind by life because I don’t have a partner.

    Rave: Marathon-watching the original Star Trek series. It’s so much fun!

    Rave: I love my dog. He is so great!

  • Rave: The Post story on people losing their homes to abusive DC property tax policies. So impressed to see great investigative journalism.

    Rant: The whole DC council that allowed this to happen – especially Marion Barry who’s fifedom was especially abused. They should all be fired – and tarred and feathered. Don’t even get me started on the tax office itself and the predatory companies, corrupt lawyers etc. that did the actual gestapo work.

    • That is a heartbreaking story. There should be a special circle in hell for people who cheat the elderly or disabled out of their homes. Yeah, these people owed taxesbut no one should lose a hundred thousand dollar home over a $200 tax bill.

    • This topic is being discussed on the Kojo Nnamdi show right now. It was so sad to read stories of people who lost their homes over a tax bill of a few hundred dollars.

    • Thanks for your post – which led me to read the article. This is horrible! And the combination of rising property values for elderly people on fixed incomes makes me concerned. It’s hard for me to grasp the idea that someone’s business is making a profit from exploiting the elderly. It’s also hard for me to grasp the city policies that lead to this.

    • Follow Up:
      Rave: Mayor Gray is outraged by this story and he and various councilmembers are coming up with emergency legislation to address it. Kudos to the Washington Post for its reporting.


      Rant: It took a newspaper article for anyone in power to realize this outrageous behavior was occurring and to come up with a common sense cure for it.

      • So great to hear that. With all the hype around breaking news and the 24-hour news cycle these days, articles like this are an excellent reminder that long-form, methodical investigative journalism still has merit and can really shine a light on important issues.

      • F*** that! Mayor Gray has no right to be “outraged!” Councilmembers should never be “coming up with emergency legislation!” Seriously – fire all their asses! The primary duty of any government, whether feudal lord or elected council it to insure that their people are not raped and pillaged.

  • Rant/Rave: The Washington City Paper crossword puzzle. It’s so poorly written that it’s actually really challenging. Even when I figure out the “answer” it’s clearly not what I would have put in there. The theme clues often make little to no sense. It’s the crossword equivalent of a traffic accident that I keep staring at.

    Rave: 49ers. Hells yes. Thank you, Anquan Boldin.

    Rant: Things were going well, but then my dating pattern once again reared its ugly head. Back to the drawing board.

  • Rave: Great womens’ tennis yesterday: reminded me of the Chris + Martina days…And is Serena using?

  • RANT: I am so over being pregnant (39wks). I’m hot, my arms are numb and they hurt, have a stretched belly, am uncomfortable, hot, have heartburn, and I walk like a freakin’ sumo wrestler. I want him out. OUT OUT OUT! Having a 7lb human inside your body is the wierdest thing in the world. I can’t wait to put on pants and zip them up and then take them off after a night of wine/sushi and laydown on my stomach — it’s what all of my daydreams are about.
    RAVE: Yeah, yeah…beautiful, wonderful miracle happening. Get out of my body, you beautiful, wonderful miracle!!!

    • It’s almost over! All this is your body vs. baby at this point, and your body is going to serve and eviction notice to the baby as the competition gets to be too much to handle.

      Oh and don’t think too much about laying on your stomach. Even after the baby is born, your boobs get too big and hurty to actually do that (unless you’re not breastfeeding, in which case that won’t be a problem).

      Oh and don’t feed the troll, whoever Anonymous is. They just need a hug.

    • Try a trip to the pool. Helps with the back pain, and it’s nice to stay active.

    • I have nothing to offer – but that was a really funny – and delightfully honest – rant! Thank you – (I suppose) – for propagating the species?

  • Rant: Thought my cold was pretty much over with but today I’ve got a headache and scratchy throat. Also about to fall asleep at my desk.

    Rave: Boss is out of the office ALL WEEK LONG! Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition…

    Rave: Made an apple cream cheese bundt cake with praline icing on Saturday–PHENOMENAL! This recipe’s a keeper!

    Rave: Learned that my sailor friend in the Navy will be stationed in Hawaii until 2017. Bad for him (doesn’t like it) but good for me–gives me more time to save up money and vacation!

  • Revel: So eat to see yellow sawdust from the light sanding of our 100 year old house in Petworth. Nice old pine boards refreshed and ready for another 100.

    Rant: It’s hard to sand inside and BBQ outside at the same time!

  • Rant/Question: It looked like there was a bike accident around 6 or 6.15pm yesterday near 13th and Wallach (just down the block from the Rite Aide). Does anyone have any information about it?

  • Rant – New sneakers gave me a blister on the first day of wear 🙁 They were so comfortable when I tried them on in the store! I don’t know if this is breaking in period or what… I thought sneakers didn’t really need a break-in period.

    Rave – Big work trip this week followed by a few days of solo vacationing. Never been on vacation by myself before! Should be interesting… I need to stop stressing about it and enjoy myself.

    • Where are you going? There is a lot to be said for vacationing by yourself – it helps me to do some advance planning (what do I want to see/do?) but then show up and see what inspires me.

    • Yes – don’t stress – just enjoy! Solo travel is great! I spent 5+ years traveling all over the world by myself – mostly hitch-hiking – and would never change it. Have had good travels with a companion or friends also, but it is just different.

  • Rave: Ran my first half marathon yesterday. It was way easier than I thought it would be. I started out really slow to conserve energy but finished with a respectable 2:28!

    Rant: Sore.

    Rant x2: House search is not going so great. Such limited inventory for my price range. Feeling kind of defeated.

  • em

    Revel – Lovely morning for a bike ride into work.

    Rant – Nearly run over by a truck at the intersection of Pennsylvania & 15th; although I had a green bicycle on the light (turning right / crossing from bike lane on Penn to bike lane of 15th) and the truck had a red (turning left from Penn to 15th), he barreled through the red light and nearly turned on top of me. Perhaps he mistook the green bicycle for a left turn arrow? Makes me wonder if DDOT needs to rethink those lights, since people may not be anticipating that sort of thing.

    Revel – Michigan beat Notre Dame and the Lions beat the Vikings.

  • Rant: I’m just not feelin’ it. I’m stressed out and often feeling overwhelmed. I hate being in crisis -mode. It means that I don’t have time to plan and think things through – which often means I’m creating more problems to be in crisis mode about. Bleccch!
    Rave: This, too, shall pass…… It’s nice to be able to visit Popville and rant. I’m dealing with “champagne problems” – and I feel very very grateful for that.

  • Rave/Rant: The weather for the past two months has been a dream but the lack of rain has killed my garden. Leaves on the trees are dropping off already with no color display. It will be a dull fall.

    Question: Has anyone made it to The Bulletin? If so, how is the food? Every time I go it’s an hour wait so I don’t stick around.

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