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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  • epric002

    rant: the GAO.
    rant: getting cavities filled tomorrow.
    rave: taking the rest of the day off afterwards!

    • Does your office have the same silly policy as mine, where you have to take off a full day just for a 2 hour appointment?

      • epric002

        no, we can use our leave in half hour increments, so i’ll take sick leave for the dentist and then PTO for the rest of the day. the dishwasher repairman is allegedly coming that afternoon, and the washington gas people, and our handyman to install crown moulding. should be a busy day.

      • that’s some BS right here.

        I had the OPPOSITE at my first job when I moved here – if you were clearly sick and came in, they didn’t charge you leave when they sent you home. I never took advantage of it, like if I legitimately felt bad I’d stay home, but it was nice to know that they weren’t out to get you to use your leave unnecessarily. I’d be PISSED if they made me take 8 hours for a 2 hr appointment. Heck, a pregnant lady would be royally screwed with that policy.

        • Most of us just make our appointments as late as possible and do them after work. Fortunately I work in an office where it’s perfectly normal and acceptable to leave at 3, provided you got in early enough.

          • Just seems like a really stressful thing to have to worry about if you can’t get an ideal appointment or whatnot. πŸ™

          • I don’t think it’s too bad, but our health insurance only covers one doctor’s appointment 100% per year so I don’t take too many appointments. Also, management agrees that the policy is BS so we usually get leeway (like if you can put in an 8 hour day you can covertly make up the hours elsewhere in the week). I can imagine it being annoying if I were pregnant and seeing the doctor every week though.

    • good luck with your cavity!

      • epric002

        thanks jindc. i dread regular dental appts but cavities are the worst. it’s not even the filling, it’s having my mouth cranked open for an hour- makes my TMJ unbearable for the next few days. blarg.

        • I’ve never had a cavity – it’s actually one of my worst fears. I hope the dentist moves quickly for you….and gives you a couple of good drugs to take home with you πŸ™‚

          • epric002

            i envy you. i never had one until 25 and now i can’t seem to stop getting them. makes no sense. i also suspect that improved dental technology/a need to make money compels dentists to discover/fill cavities that may not actually need filling. thanks for the well wishes!

          • Same here. Never had a cavity until my late 20s, and then I got 4 all at once! I guess it’s part of getting older.

          • … Can’t put in an 8 hour day

  • Rant: After all these years of waiting for the continually failed H street streetcars, I think it’s time to embrace reality that that era is done, and they should simply install wagons on train wheels that people can push through traffic to make the tracks useful.

    Rant: I love going out to dinner with my cousins and my niece, hate being stuck with the 90$+ tab for the past 3 weeks, it’s like paying for the company… I need to work on a family of my own so they can siphon all the money out of my pocket instead… sigh…

    Rave: Found a new sushi restaurant in McLEan VA that has great Teriyaki chicken… That’s my favoritest Japanese thing to get with a few sushi rolls for dinner. Another benefit of having a car is that I can hop over there after work and then back home… Take that! HaHa!

    Rave: Mosquitoes are finally gone for the next few months!! Yeah! Thank goodness for the overnight frost. They were really annoying this year. Now I only have to deal with bloodsuckers at work! πŸ˜›

    • Prince Of Petworth

      Jack listen it’s a glitch obviously. You don’t need to tell us about it every “posting too quickly” happens to you in your commenting name. If you’d like you can register and it should help. I’m sorry it happens really but seriously man it’s enough already.

      • Sorry about that, didn’t mean to be annoying πŸ™ Thanks for hosting the site Dan, it’s a big part of me getting through my work day!

      • Speaking from experience, registering really does help cut down on those error messages. (and a seconded thanks, Dan!)

        • I have an account but It doesn’t stick for me… I keep getting logged out. I’ve been on here for years now, I guess it’s a problem with it being an “ancient” imported user account into the new POP site. I work as a web designer so I often get too technical but it may also be an issue with the cookies saved for user accounts. I usually manage to post after getting the message when I change my user name slightly.

    • Emmaleigh504

      My family does the opposite, when I go out with them they always pay for me b/c I’m just 1 person. I really should pay for them more often, next time, Schwesti, I promise!

      • What?! My parents never pay for dinner (since I was 17 years old)! I’ve probably paid them back for my childbirth in food by now… haha. With my cousins, they’re both employed and I love them dearly, they’ve got 2 incomes and I only have one… They do pay every now & then, but man we run up some heavy tabs!

        P.S. We must never mention this on Social Media! They follow my posts. πŸ˜›

        • Emmaleigh504

          I think I bought my mom a meal once. Once I invited my aunt to watch a football game at a bar with me when she was in town, I paid and she gave me a lecture! The older folks in my family ALWAYS pay for the younger folks. It’s a thing they take pride in or something. But I’m lazy with my sister and don’t pay my fair share, that’s all on me.

  • mega-RANT: prank callers on the crisis hotline! Really, who does that?!? Tying up the phone so no one else can reach a crisis counselor just so you and your buddies can have a laugh.
    RANT/RAVE: managed to follow the appropriate procedures despite my overwhelming desires to cuss these guys out. Rough start to the day πŸ™

    • WTF to your mega rant. That’s some punk ass stuff right there.

      • Exactly! And it happens far more often than you would think.

        • that’s some sick shit right there. Do you have caller ID at the help line? I’m sorry this happens to you. So many other people benefit from your services, you can at least be pleased knowing that.

        • Can you report it to the police? It seems like a visit by the cops to talk with them will scare them straight very quickly.

    • Thank you for what you do, it matters to so many people. Sorry about the prank callers, that is just completely not ok. Hope your day gets better.

    • I volunteer intermittedly for a crisis hotline and the prank callers (along with abusive callers) really get me, as well. It’s a big part of why I’ll often take a month or two off at a time. I probably wind up volunteering about half of the year when all is said and done. If this is a volunteer gig and not a paid job for you, maybe consider taking a month off? And don’t forget about self care!

  • Rave: This photo! I love it. Great work, Pablo!
    Rave: My parents are in town! My mom is so cute in her oversized winter coat.
    Rave: Sandwiches. I want all the sandwiches.
    Rant: Somehow, my fingers shrunk and my engagement ring is too big and it’s falling off. There are worst things in life, and I’m headed to get it re-sized next week. Band fits fine. Bizarre.

  • rave: made DELICIOUS butternut squash soup last night from a chow.com recipe – it was SO easy. Used already cut up butternut squash from TJs, too (lazy, I know, but I takes the shortcuts I can gets). Served it with freshly roasted garlic to spread on warm bread. SO good. Highly recommend.

    rant: due tomorrow. I wish baby would decide to come on his own, but outlook doesn’t look good. hasn’t even dropped yet. And it might be because of his big head. I knew I should have taken that in to consideration when I got married – my husband has a big ol’ head!

    rave: the guy who installed our new floors is getting a lot of work based on how great of a job he did and I told my realtor about him. I’m happy for him – I love when hardworking, talented people get more work based on their hardwork and talents. It’s not easy to find a good contractor to come to work in the city for an honest price, so I’m glad to see him getting more jobs all the time!

    • epric002

      some pregnant friend (or maybe it was my mom?) just told me that due dates are actually 2 weeks before, and 2 weeks after the “date”. i had no idea! hope your bebe decides to come on his own!

      • most people don’t know when they got pregnant. One perk to IVF. We could wait two weeks, but (even though ultrasounds aren’t 100% accurate), he’s measuring big with a big head…so better to know now if he won’t fit than let him get bigger (they gain about 1/2lb a week at this point). So we discussed the pros and cons. I’m not into medical interventions and had hoped for an unmedicated birth, but on the chance he’s big, I’d rather know now than in 2 weeks! Giant headed spouse for the win! Plus, the sooner he’s out the sooner I can (hopefully) move past this heartburn/reflux!

        • epric002

          oh i hope it works out for you. a friend of mine had a similar situation to yours and meg’s (measuring big on ultrasound) and they kind of forced a c-section on her. it was such a traumatic experience for her. do what’s right for *you*.

          • yeah they won’t force anything on me unless there’s a legit medical need. I’m ready to camp out for 3 days if necessary, and fortunately the medicine lets me walk around, eat, shower, etc to try to encourage him to come on his own. Ultrasounds can be off by 10% at this point – it’s a risk/benefit game, you know? I certainly don’t – I’ve seen my husband’s big head! lol But thanks – I’m sure it’ll be fine. I have discussed everything with my doctor – she isn’t so bad! πŸ™‚

          • epric002

            good for you for being an informed patient, and good luck!

    • I ended up getting induced about a week and a half after my due date, and I honestly wish I had waited just a little longer. Up until that day, I had felt nothing. No braxton-hicks, no actual contractions…nothing. Kid was sooo happy staying inside.

      I kid you not, on the way to the hospital, I was having contractions that I didn’t even really notice, to the point where when they started my induction, they skipped some steps because I had already started.

      I ended up getting a c-section (they’re not kidding when they say the more interventions you have, the greater chance you have of having a c-section), and though I am just happy my son is happy and healthy, that may have been avoided if I had just been patient.

      Due dates are such rough estimates. Don’t get discouraged.

      • yes, I know all this. Which is why we struggled with the decision. I haven’t felt anything, but I also don’t want to end up with an 11lb baby that won’t fit. There is also some decreased movement and slightly elevated blood pressure. The combo of things just isn’t worth the risks in my opinion. Because if he’s actually that big, I’ll end up needing a c-section anyway. I personally don’t believe that a c-section is the worst thing ever. I also have worked closely with my doctor to understand the process and to know what my rights are. She said if I want to wait three days in the hospital to let induction work, I’m free to do that. I can walk around. I can use the tools I learned to try to get him to progress. His head is measuring two weeks ahead of his body….so, if you think of the math, it might just be an issue – we can’t tell. I’m patient, but not willing to risk losing fluid because of his size, etc. My doctor has her issues, but she is not a fan of interventions (which is why I picked her).
        I’m not discouraged, either. I know when I got pregnant to the day, so I’m pretty lucky in that regard!

        • C-Sections are DEFINITELY not terrible. Yes the recovery sucks and yes there are elevated risks for baby and mom, but on the brightside? You know when that baby’s coming, you don’t have all the issues that come with pushing a watermelon out a tiny, tiny opening…fantastic. My only gripe was that I pushed for three hours BEFORE my c-section and had all kinds of complications with me and the baby, which did its own damage.

          Also, I’m not a doctor (obviously), but I think decreased movement is normal when you’re close to term because of the lack of room in the womb (ha! that rhymed). You probably meant something else though. But elevated blood pressure is nooo bueno.

          • epric002

            it depends on the person though, don’t you think? i’ve had friends who’ve had easy breezy no problem at all c-sections, and also friends for whom they were just about the worst, most traumatic experience ever.

          • I’m sure. Especially if they weren’t expecting it, or if they had complications after the c-section. A lot of women go into labor thinking they have everything planned out, and when their plans get derailed, it’s crushing.

            I guess I went into mine thinking “well I’ll try this, and if it doesn’t work out, so be it.”

            For instance, I thought I’d try to do it without an epidural, but holy hell, on that pitocin (drug they used for induction) and once my water broke I was screaming. I had to stay in bed once I started the pitocin, because they had to continuously monitor the baby. Also, because my everytime I would move, my son would move off the monitor, I had to keep very, very still. So imagine being in the worst pain of your life, and not being able to move at all. So epidural it was, and it was great.

            Then (TMI) I started vomiting from the labor and then once I started pushing that didn’t stop. So beautiful moment it was not. To top that off, my son’s heart rate started dipping with every contraction, so I was managing to not puke in my oxygen mask.

            Then all the fruitless pushing. Boy did I push. I pushed with everything I had, but he didn’t move, then he got his chin caught on my pelvic bone.

            I kind of chuckle at people who think having a baby can be this beautiful, wonderful experience, because I’m proof positive that it can be a nasty, disgusting and utterly miserable time too.

            I guess what I’m trying to say is, once I agreed to that c-section, it was just sweet, sweet relief. Happiest moment of my life for many reasons. πŸ˜€

          • Meg – we definitely have a similar philosophy! Too many people seem to think it’ll go a certain way. This is one of the biggest things I learned in my childbirth class. I’ve always known that you can’t control everything (see note about my mom’s experience, which has definitely shaped me) so I feel like that alone is a huge tool in the kit to accepting that the outcome you get is likely what was best given what you knew at the time. I’m sorry you had to go through all that and it stinks that there’s no way to tell how it’ll go before you try. Nothing like trial and error, huh? πŸ™‚ Recovery can be bad, but I’ve been reading about c-section recovery JUST in case so I know what to expect and how to prepare. And I’m hoping to stave off the pitocin as long as possible.

          • Oh totally…I say that labor is just preparing you for having a child. The best laid plans change once that kid has a say in how things are going to go. πŸ™‚

            If you DO have a c-section, and godwilling you don’t, be sure to purchase a brace for your belly. I’m sure you’ve read up on that, but no one told me about that, and the first few days at home were excruciating.

            I’m going to echo epric002 for commending you on being prepared and informed.

        • completely agree – this is why we finally agreed on the induction. If his head is too big, I’d rather find out now, you know? We’ll start slowly without pitocin and all that and my husband and I have done a lot of work to avoid an epidural, which alone can help avoid a c-section. That said, my mom had three c-sections (one emergency stillbirth) and has said that when you know you are going to have one, the “trauma” of it all is gone and it’s not bad. I think a lot of the difficulty in recovering is when you don’t expect one or you are VERY opposed to them. They serve a purpose and I don’t feel MOST docs at GW push them for convenience (like other hospitals might). And yes, lack of movement is normal, he’s running our of room…which SHOULD propel him to drop and work on coming out. But no! I was really sad at first, that I likely won’t get the birth I had prepared for….but you know what? that’s life. The important thing is a healthy mom and healthy baby – if it’s no ideal in how you get there, does it really matter that much? (unless you were pressed for a procedure you didn’t need because of a lazy/uninformed provider). But hopefully he’s not huge and just needs a little push to encourage him to come out!

          • What you really don’t want is a long unproductive labor followed by a c-section. The double-recovery is miserable, and it affects the onset of lactation. So you feel like you’ve been run over by a truck, AND you’re failing at the only acceptable way (everyone says) to feed your baby. Triple whammy.
            Problem is, everyone gets induced to “try” for a vaginal delivery. But we’re growing our babies so big here and now that if labor didn’t start and induction was indicated, there was probably a reason for that. If I ever do it again, I’m skipping straight to the C. 18 hours of labor and three hours of pushing and a c-section is more than I could do again.

          • I’m hoping THAT part (the lactaction) is genetic – my mom was a super feeder. And I have the LC’s number on my speed dial!

            I’ll get a belly brace in my Amazon Prime cart ready to go – thanks for the tip, Meg!

          • epric002

            LCs are (apparently) awesome. my mom is an LC/doula/PA/lamaze instructor/childbirth educator yadayadayada, and i swear almost every single one of my friends who have had a baby have called/emailed her at some point. good luck with that too!

          • I always had to supplement and then finally stopped BF. Don’t kill yourself if it doesn’t work, doesn’t for everyone. Also, LCs are very hit or miss. I had a wonderful, easy birth in June with an epidural. I highly recommend it! Good luck.

  • Rant: The Safeway in Tenleytown – ’nuff said!

  • Rant: Two robberies at 16th & Columbia/14th and Harvard last night: https://twitter.com/DCPoliceDept/status/393171875863359488


    Anyone know the deal?

    Rave: Almost Friday..

    • Not sure if the one on 14th and Harvard was a sucess. Does robbery fear mean an actual robbery or attempted? Probably related to one another.

      • This was me-I emailed Dan the full story, he said he will put it up at some point today. It was a success (for them) in the sense that they took my phone. Detectives explained to me that Robbery Fear is the term they use for when the suspect coerces you without using any force or hurting you. Basically when you don’t resist and just hand it over, it’s called Robbery Fear.

      • I think I’ve also seen it listed as “Robbery Fear and Intimidation.” I always thought the meaning was “robbery using fear and intimidation,” as opposed to a robbery where the person shows a weapon.

    • There was a robbery this morning in the dropoff line at an elementary school in Brookland. Mother was getting her kid out of the car, and the robber got IN her car and helped himself to her purse and other things. 8am, y’all. Dozens of kids around. Everyone properly caffeinated.

  • To whoever was looking for the women’s bball league yesterday. The winter register opened today.
    I’m the caption for team Corruption if you would like to join us, or you can just be a free agent and get assigned to a team randomly. I’ll be registering the team name next week before the price increases, so you won’t see the team as an option to join until I register it.

  • Rave: Applied to DoD Monday. Got notified TODAY that I passed the cert and my application had been passed onto the hiring manager. Super quick- amazed.
    Rant: Applied to Coast Guard job back in June, got notified that my app got passed on to hiring manager the last week of September. Took 3 months- really??
    Rave: I already have a job, so not stressing, just frustrated at the randomness that is the federal job application process.

    • if you have any questions about DOD, post them. I can try to impartially answer them for you!

    • For what it’s worth, three months isn’t unusual in the Federal hiring process.
      It sounds like the DoD job you’re applying for has been fast-tracked. (EXTREMELY fast-tracked.) Good luck!

  • Rant: Cat left a decapitated mouse on the good tablecloth, next to my computer, where I found it as I sat down to breakfast.
    Rave: Cat getting her exercise.

    • Cat clearly has a fundamental misunderstanding of computing terms. S/he thought you had lost your mouse and tried to replace it for you.

    • Emmaleigh504

      How kind of your cat to give you a present! My cat keeps the (intact) mice to herself, only coming to me when they quit “playing” with her. She comes to me and cries and cries like I can do anything about it.

    • pablo .raw

      LOL. My understanding is that they do it as a way to thank their owners. There was a cat in my building that was a cat being fed by some of the building’s residents and I used to find mouse heads on the steps of the building. Thank you cat. I guess. πŸ™

      • epric002

        i used to house sit for a couple with a dog and a cat. every.morning the cat would bring me something. i mentioned it to the owners when they checked in and they laughed hysterically and said the cat must *really* like me b/c it only brought them gifts on occasion. the worst was when it brought a live lizard in the kitchen and let it go. the lizard lost its tail on purpose, the cat freaked, and i had to leave the house- i couldn’t bear to watch the end result. maybe this is why i don’t have cats…

    • Your rant would be my rave. When I lived in California, my cat would always bring me dead lizards and leave them next to the kitchen door. She was also so proud! I’d give her a special treat πŸ™‚

    • On more than one occasion, my cat has brought me a live mouse. In my bed. While I’m sleeping. I actually quite like mice and have no problem disposing of the cat’s catches, dead or alive (though I really hate it when they’re still twitching). But having an 18-pound cat playing hacky sack with a panicked mouse on my bed at 2am is a bit much even for me. (I still tell him he’s a good boy, though.)

      • Emmaleigh504

        This is my nightmare. My cat used to wake me up by dropping toy mice on my face. I broke her of that habit, but I still fear she’ll bring a live one in the bed & drop it on my face. *shudder*

  • Rave: Operator Terry of the 43 bus makes my day every time i ride with him!

    • Definitely write a letter to WMATA and the the local ATU as well! Always nice to hear kind words from folks, especially when the one getting the compliment works such a thankless job!

    • Is he the guy who always calls out to the passengers to have a great day, and (cheerfully) needles everyone to keep moving toward the back of the bus when it’s crowded? Probably pulls out of Mt. Pleasant around 9:00am? I love that guy! I’m not the most alert in the mornings, but I want to try to get his name/bus number so that I can write to WMATA, too.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: Radiator keeps leaking.
    Rant: Cannot wait for construction next door to finish so, hopefully, the mice go back over there.
    Rant: The current mouse in my apartment is smart. It has evaded my cat, who finally figured out it was there over the weekend. She used to be really good at catching things, I guess her age is catching up to her.
    Rave: When she does finally catch and kill the mouse she won’t take it apart.

    • You might want to set a trap to get rid of that mouse as quickly as possible. A mouse in the house for more than a few days turns into a dozen mice and before you know it the situation’s out of control.

      • Emmaleigh504

        It’s an apartment building so I”m sure there are hundreds. The one that visits me doesn’t visit every day and I can’t find the damn hole. I’m working up the courage for a trap, but I’m not sure I can deal with it. I can barely deal with the dead bodies when the cat plays with them.

        • The trap is easier than the cat leftovers. You just pick up the trap itself and immediately toss it in the trash so you never have to touch the mouse at all.
          Get a snap trap, though, it is much more humane than the sticky traps.

          • agree. we got our mouse as soon as we put cheese in peanut butter last year. We ended up having only one (go figure!), but sticky traps stink – esp if you have a cat! If you don’t want to look at the mouse, you can stick the trap in a brown paper bag (I did that in grad school and it worked). And as it gets colder, the mouse problem wont solve itself. Also, cats destroying mice is so gross I can’t even deal!!!

          • Emmaleigh504

            Oh brown paper bag is genius! But what if the snap trap doesn’t kill it properly, like only catches a foot. Can that happen? There are places I can put the glue trap where my cat won’t get into it (the counter, she’s afraid of heights).
            My cat doesn’t destroy them, just snaps their necks after tossing them in the air a few times. She hasn’t figured out how to really draw out the killing (thank heavens).

          • So, yes, it can happen where it doesn’t break their neck. Horrible. I used a hammer, and had to end it quickly as I didn’t want him to suffer.

            With that said, the snap traps we have have worked like a charm. At one point, they got 10 in 2 days, and we have only had the issue once.

            When the traps are brand new, the springs are faster, so you are more likely to get a good shot on the mouse, and not have to worry about getting a foot or whatever.

        • We tried every trap and bait known to man to catch our mouse, and all failed. A cat is the only thing that ever solved our mouse problem. Maybe you’ll have better luck with traps.

          • I guess so! I was able to get an-out of control mouse problem in check with just two snap traps in the kitchen. A couple times a day I would toss the mice and reset them. I caught so many, but eventually it slowed down until it there was just one clever mouse who could get the bait off the trap. Eventually we did get him though.

          • We haven’t had any luck catching the mouse in our rowhouse with peanut butter and cheese in a snap trap. We were thinking about putting out dcon to try another way of getting rid of the situation. We don’t want a cat (too much work travel), so that suggestion is out, unfortunately. Any other suggestions from PoPville?

          • houseintherear


            I can offer you a well-behaved, killer Westie dog for a few hours, if you get desperate enough. His kill record is up to 16 mice, 1 opossum, and 2 alley rats.

    • Are you sure it’s the radiator leaking coolant and not a valve or hosing assembly?

      • Emmaleigh504

        Home radiator is leaking. The steam release thingy is dribbling water when it’s on. Luckily I live in an apartment, so I don’t have to deal with it.

        • Emmaleigh504

          I don’t have to deal with it meaning I just call the manager & they deal with it, not that I would ignore it.

    • Emmaleigh504

      Mouse update: I’m working from home and just popped in the kitchen to check on lunch and the damn mouse ran across the floor! What happened to being nocturnal? What was my semi useless cat doing? Sleeping. (Mouse noises don’t wake her up like they used to, must be losing some hearing.)
      Silver lining: I saw where it ran to escape! I can now tell the pest control guy where to seal the hole!
      Sorry for all the mouse talk, they really stress me out, and it’s all I can think about right now.

  • rant: micromanaging boss has decided that there is finally something she’s not interested in — when it’s a problem i’m having that needs supervisor intervention. Thanks for nothing, micromanaging boss!
    rave: cold weather! i winter. bring on the snow!!! πŸ™‚ can’t wait to get out and play in the mountains.

  • Rant: Had a cyclist pass me on the left as I was signaling a left turn from the lane nearest to the left curb just as I was about to turn. This is an extremely stupid thing to do.
    Rant: The cyclist had his helmet attached to his backpack instead of his head. This is also an extremely stupid thing to do.
    Rave: Outside of that stupid encounter, the rest of my ride into work was pretty smooth.

    • Why do people do that? Carry the helmets on their handle bars or strapped to their backpacks, I mean. I sort of get why people decide not to wear helmets, but then they wouldn’t have one at all. It can’t be that they only wear them in “unsafe” situations, because I see this in the places they should most want to be wearing a helmet. Any insights from PoPville?
      Please please please let’s not turn this into a discussion of the relative merits of wearing a helmet or not wearing a helmet!

      • Emmaleigh504

        They forgot or were having a particularly good hair day (if I biked that would be me)?

      • Mostly due to sheer laziness or forgetfulness. They figure that they are “only” riding a few blocks and don’t want to hassle with unclipping the helmet from backpack, putting it on, then taking it off, etc.
        It’s pretty dumb, especially if your biking takes you on any road shared with cars.

      • not wearing a helmet makes me so angry. Then again, my husband got hit by a hit and run while he was on his bike, and it could have been way worse without a helmet. People take their lives into their own hands when they decide to go without. But it really makes me want to yell at them when they fly by, usually through a red light.

    • An idiot indeed.

  • Revel: Nice run this morning – got to use my new arm warmers
    Rant: Running in shorts is likely going to come to an end fairly soon
    Revel: New running tights for winter!

  • Rant – today feels like a Friday even though it’s a Thursday
    Rant – feeling especially lonely lately
    Rave – had a great yoga class yesterday
    Rave – old college friend visiting me this weekend!

  • Rant: people who can’t parallel park, but try anyway. Last night some dippy woman stood on the curb for– I kid you not– TEN MINUTES calling instructions to her dippy boyfriend. “Ok, cut it hard now… back back back back STOP! Oh, you’re on the curb. Ok, pull up little more little more, ok now back up back back back STOP!” Over. And Over. Finally, she got back in the Civic and they left in search of easier parking. Minutes later, my Caddy-driving neighbor rolls up and swoops into the same space in one move. Elderly lady in the land yacht: 1; Whippersnappers from some suburb: 0.

    • Emmaleigh504

      If they don’t try, how are they going to learn?

    • epric002

      i once sat in the window of chez billy and watched some girl struggle for about 15 minutes to park her smart car in a school bus sized space. terribly amusing.

      • This is funny to me because I’m a great parallel parker and can squeeze into the tiniest spot, but sometimes totally screw it up when the spot is huge.

        • OR here (original ranter)– That happens to me, too! I often do better in tighter spaces and for some reason completely flub the angles in a larger space. (always hit it on the second try though :))

    • I have issues with depth perception and it sometimes takes me a while to parallel park, even though I’ve been doing it regularly for years. I do find it annoying when someone’s out there yelling instructions though. Does that EVER help?

      • For some reason I can park better on the right than on the left. I have depth perception issues too. If I’m in traffic I usually pull over as far as I can and let these pushy cars go around me till I have some space and don’t feel pressured, which helps.

    • I don’t get how it’s so hard for people to parallel park. Granted, my view on it is skewed b/c I’ve been parallel parking in DC for 20 years, but I had to learn it to get my license. If you live or are from somewhere where parallel parking isn’t a necessity, do you ‘forget’ how to park??

      • Did you ever take a class in school but now you forgot most of it? Or learn the words to a song 10 years ago but now you can’t remember the whole thing? Same thing. If you don’t use it, you lose it.

        • Plus, like virtually everything in life, some folks just aren’t very good at it.

          • Yep, I’m the one who commented above about having issues with it. I can practice all I want but will still have trouble. As long as I’m not holding up traffic or hitting other cars I don’t see why it’s anyone else’s problem.

      • Yes. I did it once on my driver’s test years ago, but I lived in a suburban area that always had plenty of pull-in parking everywhere I went, so I never had to parallel park again. Until I moved to DC ten years later. I rarely drive a car in DC, but when I do, I’m probably one of those people. If others are impatient with me, I apologize. I’m doing the best I can and I rarely drive anyway, and I hope I”ll be out of the way so you can be on with your life soon.

      • I learned to parallel park, but only on the right side of the street (i.e. good for two way streets). Even with a double length space, it could easily take me 10 minutes to park on the left hand side of the street — because I never learned, don’t know visually what cues to use, and have poor depth perception. And, yes, the ONLY way for me to learn to park on the left, in a street full of traffic is to actually practice parking on the left in a street full of traffic.

      • Not all states require a parallel-parking test to get a driver’s license. Mine didn’t, so I didn’t learn how until after I came to the D.C. area.

  • MILFs? Is that still a thing?

    • It is when you’re my age (though I have never actually deployed that term).

    • Yes, hot moms exist. Especially in the West End. Most are diplomats’ wives (foreign MILFs – a rare breed).
      Ain’t nothing wrong with eye candy at the grocery store. Just ask the boys who live in Dupont and Logan Circle.

  • I think it is funny here how when people are identified they are so sweet and nice to each other but when they have the cover of anonimty they are mostly just mean…

    • Yup. Especially since most of us aren’t using our real names to post anyway — just consistent personas.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Seen: The Luck Dragon wearing a cone of shame.

  • Rave: Popville telling me about RCN.
    Rant: Can’t get RCN where I live. Stuck paying more for Verizon. Oh well at least it’s better than Comcast.
    Rave: Wine party at work tonight!
    Rave: Discovering RelayRides

    • Smart kids, but it’s a really sad that this even needs to be invented. Our political and legal dialogue in the U.S. is utterly pathetic.

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