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: It’s Friday!
    Rave: I’m going on vacation to DR!
    Rant: Awful week at work and I’m kinda sick.
    Rave: This will make you laugh http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kelly-maclean/surviving-whole-foods_b_3895583.html

  • Rave: It’s Friday, I am alive, I have a job I like, I have a home, I have a car, I have possibilities

    • Rave2: Agree with your rave!
      Rant: Currently renovating said home, and am living with parents in Fairfax. The commute is awful to Bethesda.
      Rave3: Will be back in the house in less than 2 months!

  • Rant – I saw a broken front window, big and expensive I would guess, on Girard Street (near GA Ave). yesterday evening. I also heard about a couple of busted car windows on/near Euclid, one belonging to a teacher.

    • I’d like to get ahold of those vandals…

      and ask them to detour to my street where a minivan’s car alarm went off for 4 straight hours.

  • (I feel like Ann Landers/Dear Abby in having chosen the name above!)

    Belated FYI for PoPville person Caffeine: The conversation I mentioned when we were chatting last week at the informal PoPville happy hour (i.e., the one that was going to take place when I went home afterward) went well. Thanks again for your thoughts and moral support!

  • Rave: Got iOS7 on my iPad
    Rave: Busy week is almost over
    Rant: The iOS7 animations make my eye hurt
    Rave: Got my mom a Nokia 520 and she loves it and it’s cheap!
    Rant: What’s up with the Redskins?

    • They suck. Same as it ever was.

      RGIII is gun shy and holding back, due to worries about getting injured again. He’s not taking any chances, thus the big plays aren’t happening. I bet his knee is only 80% back to health, if not less.

      This season’s already a wash. Might as well give RGIII the season off so he can come back to full strength next year.

  • Rave: Alt-J at 9:30 last night was great, reminded me of how lucky DC is to have such a great venue.
    Rant: Husband has a cold, now it’s only a matter of when..

  • Rant: Bike accident last night, after a long (delayed) metro ride.

    (sort of) Rave: The accident was minor (couple of scrapes and bruises, and no major bike damage.) The accident was the other cyclist’s fault (she wasn’t paying attention and ran headon into me), but instead of getting mad I told her to please be more careful when she rides.

    I’ve gone on all kinds of long rides this year, and the two times I crashed were riding to or from metro (two miles!)

    Rave: Bluebird Blues Festival tomorrow.

    Rant: It’s supposed to rain.

  • pablo .raw

    Rave: I don’t need to line up for a phone. I don’t need to line up for anything!
    Rant: I lived in a socialist country where I had to line up for basic food with a ration card.
    Rave: Friday
    Rave: Planning to go out for some street photography tomorrow.
    Rave: website looking good

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: Summers over and that means summer produce is fin.
    Rave: Hording my blueberry butter. It is soooo tasty, thanks to the person who put the recipe on the internet.
    Rave: World Rhino Day is Sunday!
    Rhino Fact: White rhinos and black rhinos are both grey. The colors in their names have nothing to do with the color of the animal. It’s thought that the white in white rhino is a misunderstanding of the Afrikaans word “weit,” meaning “wide,” which refers to the white rhinos wide, flat lips.

  • Rave: The odds are pretty good that I’ll get to go to LA for almost a week next month. Even if I can’t go the whole week because of work, I’m so excited to go at all.
    Rant: Worried about leaving my (relatively) new (to me) dog with a friend or at a petsitter’s house. Saving Grace, whose dog walking services I am pleased with, does dog boarding in a sitter’s home.

  • I went to the Penn Quarter yesterday and left crushed as the tomatoes and stone fruits have entered their terminal phase, declining in quality and just about to disappear.

    I still need one more BLT.

    • I’ve seen the fading of summer produce in the farmer’s market. Fortunately my community garden plot is still producing but with cooler temperatures the tomatoes won’t be as sweet. Still, better than grocery store tomatoes!

    • saf

      The tomatoes at the Columbia Heights farm market last weekend were quite good. Perhaps you should stop by there tomorrow for a few more.

  • Rave: Bluebird Blues Festival tomorrow.

    Rant: It’s supposed to rain.

  • (mild) “rant”: new kitty scratches
    Rave: New kitty to get scratches

    RAVE: Having him snuggle close at my side me ALL NIGHT.
    RAVE: Watching him jump and twirl while trying to “kill” one toy or another. (HIGHLY entertaining)

    • Do you have Cat Scratch Fever?

    • Have you tried clipping his nails?
      When I got a cat (for the very first time) a little over a year ago, things weren’t going so well the first week because she kept scratching me — either on purpose or inadvertently — and wouldn’t let me clip her nails.
      Eventually I figured out that if I tried to clip her claws while she was eating wet food, she’d semi-tolerate it and I could do a few nails (or sometimes even an entire paw!) during one meal.

      • Emmaleigh504

        I bribed my cat with kitty treats. Clip her nails and she gets treats. Now when I clip MY nails she comes looking for treats! It’s adorable.

        • My orange kitty does the same thing! Gray and white cat, however, wants no part of it. Even the vet has trouble clipping his claws.

        • Emilie and kac, how did you do the treat/clipping thing?
          I was originally trying that with my cat, but I couldn’t get her to let me clip a nail _before_ giving her a treat, and I think when I tried “treat, closely followed by clipping,” she wouldn’t let me clip any nails afterward.
          I guess what I’ve got going now works, but I am curious.

          • Emmaleigh504

            I started when she was dozing, I clipped 1 nail without grabbing her paw and gave her a treat immediately. Slowly I worked up to clipping 2 paws at a time. She still hates it, but will tolerate it because she know treats are coming. I always start when she is dozing so she’s already relaxed.

          • Emilie — Thanks; will give that a try.
            I’ve tried pressing my cat’s pawpads when she’s dozing, but my experience is that she becomes more alert and then swats at me. Will have to see if I can do a quick nail clip and provide a treat before she’s fully alert. πŸ™‚

          • Emmaleigh504

            The trick for my cat was getting her to associate the noise with a treat. She will endure a nail clipping if food is involved. Be patient. It took a while to get my cat to let me cut 2 paws. At age 14 she still won’t let me cut more than 2 paws at a time.

            good luck!

          • I took a similar approach – waited til Jackson was asleep, then did a stealth clipping of as many claws as I could get before he fully woke up, then gave him treats. At first he was not too pleased, but now he’s gotten to the point where I don’t even have to hold onto him; I can just clip while he lies on the couch (and this is a cat who doesn’t even like being brushed). Other cat, however, is hopeless. He’s too big for me to hold onto, has such thick fur that I can barely see his claws, and LOATHES having his claws clipped to the extent that even treats don’t work.

    • SoftPaws claw covers could be a solution. You always get one or two that fall off within the first day, but you’re still protected from 8 or 9 of those little needle claws!

    • Kitten Mittens might work.

  • Raves: Walked to work every day this week thanks to the beautiful weather. Friday. Sweet potatoes showing up in my CSA.

    Rant: I wish I lived closer to my family. I have it pretty good in DC in terms of my job and living situation, but sometimes I really miss being around my people.

  • Rave: Could there BE a more beautiful day for a baseball game? Looking forward to going out to the ballpark this evening.

  • houseintherear

    Rant. I’m 33 now, and all of a sudden I’ve become one of those old people who is clueless about technology. When did this happen?! Anyway, my iPhone 4s is not backed up on any computer device, because my PC crashed and I wasn’t smart enough to back it up in other forms before the crash. I have a new PC now, but none of my iPhone music or apps or anything saved anywhere but on the phone itself. And no matter how much I google, I am still left very confused about what I should do! To compound things, I now want a new phone… oy.

    Rave. Friday, finally!

    • I’m in exactly the same boat. Apparently, you can only to back up your content to iTunes under ios4 (which U have), then you can download ios7 and do the iCloud thing. My issue is that I keep getting “you are running out of space” messages on my phone (too many pictures and videos, I suppose), so the iTunes backup is failing. ARGH!

      Any advice is appreciated.

    • I’m almost 20 years older than you, so agism is no excuse. Have you installed iTunes on your new PC? If so, you need to set up your account info in iTunes on the new PC, connect your phone and synchronize. This should be good enough to get your library on the PC.

      • I know enough to know that will erase my entire everything… I have iCloud backup, but it does not cover the music library, which is my biggest concern. I’ve been told to try a rip program, but I’m not willing to do that on my own… anyway, it’s just a big pain in the rear.

  • Advice: 13 year old POS failed inspection, because the check engine light is on. It’s been on for years; I’m sure it’s just a loose connection. The car is otherwise as good as I need it to be, and should last another few years, since I average about 8 miles a week on it. Our regular mechanic has not been able to solve the engine light problem, so I’m afraid I’ll have to take it to a dealer. Any advice on Nissan service that will be quick and not TOO spendy?

    • I swear by Italo at Kensington Motors in Kensington, MD. He’s fantastic and reasonable and he refuses to do work the car doesn’t need. I asked him to do an oil change once when my car was in for something else and he called me a told me that it didn’t need an oil change but he would do it if I really wanted him to. What kind of mechanic passes up on an easy $30? Italo does.

      • Yeah, we have a guy like that, but he’s a generalist. He’s fantastic for cheap and creative fixes, and actual mechanical work, ie, 98% of what you need a mechanic for. But he hasn’t been able to figure this out; it’s probably computer/ electrical, and I have an error code that is specific to Nissan. So I guess I need their nissan-trained techs with their nissan computers. *sigh*

    • The check engine light is often something that car manufacturers install to go on at a certain mileage (often 70k) because they recommend getting a checkup at that mileage. Get the checkup and it goes away.

    • Was it an emissions test failure? If so, you need to go to a certified emissions mechanic to get it checked/fixed.

    • Go to autozone, and they’ll read the fault code that is causing the check engine light – for free. Then you can take it somewhere and know what should be fixed. You might be able to fix it yourself if you search for the fault code on the Internet superhighways

  • Rant: Stuffed up, sneezing like crazy-fall allergies? Frustrating, but who knows

    Rave: Lovely weekend ahead in NYC. Engagement party for 2 close friends.

  • Rave: Archer Farms Dark Chocolate Espresso Trail Mix.

    Rant: I shouldn’t have brought the whole bag to work.

  • Need a veg-friendly restaurant for tonight. Rasika and Zatinya are all booked. Suggestions?

    • Emmaleigh504

      The Afghan Grille has veg options that are delish.

    • Founding Farmers has a number of veg options, but you’re likely to run into the same problem with making a reservation. Actually, I’m hoping others will weigh in on this because I’m always on the lookout for new veg-friendly restaurants that aren’t super-fancy and don’t book up weeks in advance. (Not that I’m opposed to super-fancy–Rasika is a favorite for special occasions–but I’m not good at booking or planning in advance, nor can my wallet withstand too many trips to the fancypants Penn Quarter joints.)

    • Is there a certain cuisine you’re looking for? I feel like Ethiopian restuarants always have good vegetarian options. (Ethiopic is my personal favorite.) If you dont’ want Ethiopian, what about Mandu?

    • Casa Oaxaca has a vegan menu, so they can fulfill any degree of veg-friendly required. Any thai restaurant.

      • You might want to be extra cautious about Thai food though, depending on your reasons for wanting veg food. There’s sometimes “hidden” fish sauce in certain curries, even if you’re ordering a meatless version of a dish. I’m a longtime vegetarian and would rather *not* eat fish sauce, just because I think it’s kind of gross, but if I happen to inadvertently consume some and I can’t taste it, I’ll live. My bf, on the other hand, is allergic to fish and has had to break out the Epi-Pen at a couple of Asian/Southeast Asian places. (For the record, I *love* Thai food, so it’s unfortunate that we can’t enjoy it together since he has trepidation, understandably, about stealth fish.)

    • saf

      Mama Ayesha’s or Lebanese Taverna.

    • in the same hood, oyamel, jaleo, asia spice, ping pong

  • Rave: This deliciously cool Fall weather, wish it could last forever!
    Rant: Shootings, another looming government shut down, the housing scandal. When will it all end?

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