Random Reader Rant and/or Revel and Don’t Forget the PoPville Party at Meridian Pint Tonight!

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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.

Looking forward to seeing folks tonight at Meridian Pint (11th and Park Road, NW) to celebrate 7 years of PoPville. The kind folks at DC Brau have fixed up a special cask of Public Pale Ale that has been conditioning about 1 month. All DC Brau will be $1 off. But this is really a casual affair just a chance to say hi and thanks for all your support and of course a chance to tip back some delicious beers. Folks will be milling around – I’ll be wearing a green PoP shirt and blue ball cap in case you can’t find me. I’ll be there from 5(ish) to 11(ish) depending on when I pass out… Little kids and babies welcome on the early end. And thanks to Meridian Pint, DC Brau all who’ve been so supportive to me over these past 7 years. Looking forward to the next 7!

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  • mtpgal

    Rant: School redistricting may bump us out of our current district. We specifically bought our house (and spent the extra money) to be in the schools we wanted for our children. So frustrating. If they bump us we may have to move.

    • What district (DC, MD, VA)? That’s such a bummer–we’re worried about the same thing, being right on the border of PG and Montgomery counties…

      • mtpgal

        DC. We live in Mount Pleasant and they’re talking about cutting us out of our current school boundary.

        • In Oyster, moving to Bancroft?

        • There’s been some discussion of this on the Mt Pleasant Forum. If you haven’t done so, you might write to CM Graham and DC Public School Chancellor Kaya Henderson.

          • More info at dme.dc.gov under Initiatives and Priorities – Student Assignment and School Boundaries Review Process

        • You have to admit, though, that current Wilson/Deal school boundary was drawn with very specific demographics in mind. Given the overcrowding at those 2 facilities, the boundary’s logic is not viable going forward.

          • Agreed. Understand the OP’s frustration, but it seems to make sense.

          • mtpgal

            Actually, I don’t agree. Deal is accepting 40% out of boundary (OOB) students on average, which means they aren’t overcrowded at all. All of those OOB students are guaranteed a spot at Wilson b/c Deal is a feeder school. Therefore, if the OOB students were required to apply for Wilson (and the same applied at other feeder middle schools), there would be plenty of space for the in boundary kids without redrawing the boundaries. It’s the OOB middle school kids with a guaranteed spot at Wilson that are causing in bound kids to potentially get cut out.

    • is there somewhere online with up-to-date info on the process? i haven’t been able to find anything.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Wish-washy: I may have talked myself out of the bigger apartment in my building in my sleep.
    Rave: Met up with some people in my building for drinks, even though I’m the old lady of the group, it was a good time.

  • Rant: Member of Cngress brutally assualted and robbed at 8:30 on a weeknight in one of our fair city’s “best” areas, 6th and penn SE, just a few blocks from Eastern Market and Barracks Row

    Double Rant: Once again the MPD and city officials go into hiding. Despite requests for more information on the MPD listserve, none was provided. Even the Wash Post story lacks as much detail as a story in the UK Daily Mail http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2510923/New-York-congresswoman-attacked-robbed-near-Capitol-Hill.html

    Triple Rant: There is a now a picture of where I live in a major British newspaper with the caption “Nice Neighborhood”

    • It’s the Daily Mail. Don’t worry too much. It’s nicknamed the Daily Fail for a reason.

    • You really give a rat’s ass about what a British rag is saying about Cap Hill? There’s bigger fish to fry.

    • Re Double Rant: Do you actualy think they are willfully withholding information that would be of use to the public, or are you just frustrated and scared and lashing out at easy targets?

      • Ah yes, the DC Candides are out in full force today – you live in the best of all possible worlds, and there is absolutely nothing to be concerned about here. My mistake.

        • There was a shooting less than 3 blocks from my house last night. There have been multiple houses robbed within a 3 block radius of me within the last couple weeks. I read all the crime reports for my neighborhhood. I didn’t say there was nothing to be concerned about. But you who want them to throw a press conference every time there’s a crime committed, whether there’s any information or not, are ridiculous. I want them to give information when it will be useful; not when I’m upset about a crime that just happened in my neighborhood.

          • And if you will read – carefully – my original post, I did not ask for a “press conference.” I said a request was made on the MPD listserve for more information, and as yet there has been no response, 2 days after the incident. When a member of Congress is assaulted a few blocks from the Capitol it will garner press, and it is inconceivable to me that the police would not proactively address this situation and – if not provide more details – than at least acknowledge it and give some indication that they are aware, concerned, taking action, whatever.

          • I read your post, and I’m agreeing with the other poster. You already have a great deal of information from multiple outlets that the police have been talking to. If every crime had that type of coverage… What else do you want? Save the list serve questions for the crimes in the daily crime reports where there is no other information.
            So- take it easy. Yes, people are nervous about crimes near their homes, but You’re not looking for information, you’re looking for someone to blame.

          • Obviously I was using the term “press conference” facetiously. I read your post carefully. But I still don’t understand what you think they should say and what the point would be apart from making you feel better. Do you think that if they don’t actually say they are “taking action” then they’re obviously not “taking action”? If you’re generally dissatisfied with police performance that’s fine, but pointing to something that *just* happened and saying “see they’re covering it up” is silly. You think they’re not concerned about politicians getting attacked in their jurisdiction? Come on.

          • OK, let’s break this down. Member of MPD listserve says, “I heard a congresswoman was attacked on Cap Hill last night. Do you have any further information?” MPD listserve response – ignore and do not answer. Proper response – “yes, such and such happened on date at so and so. This is all the information we have right now, but rest assured we are working to solve this and to take measures so that the area is made safer for residents.” There, that wasn’t so hard, was it?

          • Uhhhh… Okay?
            If that’s the response you’re looking for to make it all better, then you’re not a serious person. πŸ™‚

    • I’m curious – What additional information do you want? You know where it happened, you know when it happened, you know how it happened, you don’t know who did it because the victim is not sure, you know fingerprints have been recovered. Is there something else that would be helpful?
      Given that this happened to a member of Congress and it happened in a “nice” neighborhood, I’ll wager a lot more time and energy will be put into solving this crime than the “average” mugging.

      • Specifically, I was referring to the fact that the local item in the Post this morning just said “near Eastern Market,” and it was the UK story that had the info about it being at 6th and Penn. I think that makes a difference, this wasn’t some back alley, it was a busy street.

    • That’s just a miles from the White House!!!!

  • epric002

    rant: cranky today for not terribly legit reasons.
    rave: the 8th grader i frequently run into when walking the dogs in the evening. he’s incredibly polite, social, and friendly. we walk and talk on his way to the basketball court. he wants to be an astronaut when he grows up. πŸ™‚

    • Your rave is great! It gives me the warm fuzzies.

    • epric002

      rant: petco/UPS delivery debacle. petco reps told me on tuesday they initiated a trace with UPS for my missing packages. i called today- they never initiated the effing thing despite 2 people telling me they did. UPS won’t let me initiate it. posted on petco’s facebook wall. i better hear something soon or i’m disputing with my bank. not a good first impression petco.

      • Use wag.com — they are very customer-service oriented. They sent me a giant bag of cat food that had a tear in it. When I complained, they sent a new one.

  • Rave – I’m done ranting about how annoying/painful my stitches are, because they are finally out! It’s great to feel normal again. I still need at least one more week of rest until I can get back to my yoga practice, but I’m happy to be healthy and skin cancer free.
    Rant – Have to miss the PoPville party tonight because of a work thing. Happy 7th Anniversary PoP!

  • rant: Longchamps bags. Ugly, expensive and ubiquitous. A $5 cotton grocery bag has infinitely more style than these overpriced fugly statement purses.

    • How did a over-priced nylon bag with leather accents get so popular? I do not know.

    • I got mine used on ebay for less than a third of the retail price, but I will say that I really like it because it’s plasticized (or something like that) inside. I can throw whatever I want in there and I know I won’t get gross if something leaks. If something dose leak I can wipe it up with a damp cloth. I also like the very compact folding. It’s a great extra bag to take on trips, especially because it zips, unlike $5 cotton grocery bags.

      However, I don’t get people who use them, at least the medium-large ones, as purses. How do you find anything in there?

    • I’ve been surprised to see these being used so widely as purses by people who otherwise look so stylish. My mom used to put all of our stuff for the beach in a bag that looked just like this, like 20 or 30 years ago. Maybe I should dig hers out from a closet when I’m home for Thanksgiving! I had no idea they were so expensive, I’m sure hers was from Kmart.

    • I love my Longchamps bag, and here’s why: the straps never hurt my shoulders, even when that bag is totally full. Also, they will repair your bag when it starts to show wear and tear– for free. It also folds up into a small pouch, so I love taking it on vacation, and it cleans really easily.

    • I love mine! The bag itself weighs nothing and holds everything. I’ve used it as a beach bag, a grocery bag, and as a briefcase. It looks nice & it’s comfortable – doesn’t slip, doesn’t dig into my shoulder. My price per wearing is now down to less than 50 cents a day. Attractive, versatile, packable, and lasts long enough to be worth the price.

  • Rave: (for the poster with the leftover risotto) Lunch today is risotto that my son made with copious cheese, stuffed with peas, formed into a ball, dredged in bread crumbs and fried. Cousins to arancini, but cool that he did them at home. Might serve leftovers at Thanksgiving.

    • That sounds delicious – I may just have to whip up some risotto tonight!

      This is a legitimate if probably stupid question, though: do you really think that a risotto would keep for a week plus like that? Raised a red flag for me food safety-wise.

      • Eating dinner at my house always a near-death experience — although, when it’s good, it’s more a petite -mort culinaire than botulism and convulsions. πŸ˜‰
        Actually, the leftover risotto is frozen, so no near-death this time. Personally, I think risotto would last fine for a week, probably more, though I admit to bringing a peasant/hoarder mentality to my refrigerator and will eat things others might not, in case the Hard Times come again.
        I should also note that he folded in some chorizo and made a mayo/chili/olive oil/whatever “dip” to go with them.

      • I’d be cautious about eating week-old risotto if, like any self-respecting Italian-food eater, you made the risotto with homemade stock. In that case, be sure to heat it to 180+ degrees (if not 212) every couple of days. Bacteria multiply like crazy in real stock, and simply heating the dish to 212 when you eat it won’t protect you: Left for more than a few days, the bacteria can produce toxic byproducts that heat will do nothing to destroy.

      • A week seems like a long time. But for any food safety – a big issue is how quickly you cool it down and get it in the fridge. So with fresh risotto – spread it out right away on a cookie sheet and cool.

  • skj84

    Rant: Feeling argumentative today. Got into.a Facebook fight, the a separate debate with a co worker. I need to chill.

    Rave: Good run yesterday. Feel full of energy.

    Rant/Rave: My high school reunion is next week. I’m not really at where I want to be in life. But I’m ok with that and and some fabulous experiences tp talk about.

    • What did you argue about?

      • skj84

        On Facebook whether or not stores should be open thanksgiving. With my coworker what the murder capitol of the country is.

        • What is the murder capital these days? And is it per capita or total # of homocides?

          And stores should not be open on Thanksgiving. Don’t think it should be illegal, just find it tasteless.

          • Last I heard, Saint Louis.
            Nope, just googled. Flint, Detroit, New Orleans, THEN St. Louis. Per capita.
            And +3 on the stores not being open on Thanksgiving. Worker bees have families too. I thought we were all hot under the collar about “traditional values” these days. Since when is trampling strangers to get a cheap Elmo toy on Thanksgiving “traditional”?

          • skj84

            My coworker made a statement about how Chicago is murder capitol of the country and Rahm Emmanuel is doing nothing about it. Which I told him no Chicago is not, Detroit is and Chicago isn’t even top ten.

        • I don’t know if this is always (or even often) the case, but maybe those employees working holidays get time and a half and want to work those shifts? Just throwing it out there.

          • skj84

            I can’t speak for Walmart or other big boxes but I work in a hotel and will be working Thanksgiving myself. We are offered time and a half for working Thanksgiving and other federal holidays. Honestly I don’t get the outrage over retail workers working Thanksgiving. Again I work in hospitality and will have to work myself. So will others who work in hotels, restaurants, hospitals, etc… Where is the outrage over us not being home with our families? I’m working the morning then going home to have dinner with my family. I assume others will be doing a variation of the same. And I’m cooking my portion the night before.

          • It depends on the state. Yes, in many places you do get time and a half. In other states (generally the south), not if it isn’t OT.

            Hotels are different from retail. Clearly they are open 365 days a year, 24/7. They HAVE to be open. As do hospitals. Wal-mart? not so much. Apples and oranges.

    • “Feeling argumentative today. Got into.a Facebook fight, the a separate debate with a co worker.”
      Solution: work through it on PoP! Repeat after me: “While driving below the speed limit and stopping suddenly for no apparent reason on Rock Creek Parkway in my car with Maryland plates, a young black teenager in a probably stolen car cut me off because he was to wrapped up in his misogynist rap music, forcing me into a bicyclist who deserved what he got for riding without a helmet, in the road, without signaling. Small plates, late night outdoor cafes, pop-ups.

  • Rant: Wee bit hung over this AM.
    Rave: The fun night out with friends was so worth the pain.
    Rant: Management reorganization at work. I do not like the new arrangement.

  • Rant! I simply cannot believe that there are still people saying that the ACA is “socialist.” It’s all over my FB feed. Are people stupid? Or just in denial? You can dislike the Act for many reasons… why pick that ridiculous one?! I’M SICK OF IT.

    • Why do you think that’s an insult? There are no practical capitalist alternatives for, say, emergency care.

      • houseintherear

        The people complaining are using the term as an insult. But you probably know that and are trying to start a fight. Have a good day! πŸ™‚

        • Actually, just trying to point out that it’s useless to get upset because they called it socialist. Instead the conversation I tend to have with people who are vehemently opposed to the ACA is: what would you do in ____ situation? See, that aspect is socialist, but that’s not bad.

        • Not to mention, it is kind of laughable to call the ACA “socialist,” given that it was inspired by a plan that was once theorized and promoted by the Heritage Foundation, and that while there is government involvement with the subsidies and creating the marketplaces, the coverage is still provided by private-sector insurance companies. And if the “socialist” ranters in your FB feed are anything like the ranters in mine, I ask what they would prefer instead of the ACA, and the best they can do is huffy generic statements like “Government shouldn’t be involved! They can’t do anything right! Health care reform should be up to the private sector!” (never mind that we’ve had the private sector involved in health care for decades and they have yet to lead the charge for any meaningful reform).

          • houseintherear

            exactly. What the effing EFF are they even talking about with the socialist crap?! I guess I need to clean out the FB friend list. :/

    • I vote for stupid and willing to use any excuse to not help people less fortunate than they are.

  • Rave: printing my emergency no parking signs at the fourth district police station is always a breeze. I think I spent less than 2 minutes there. I recommend going there even if it’s out of your way.
    Rant: Caps. They need more puck possession and way more shots on goal.
    Rave: I made dinner for my sister, BIL, and nieces last night and they loved it. The spicy roast sweet potatoes and pineapple are my secret weapon.

    • Share a recipe!

    • justinbc

      I saw a recipe for that on Saveur yesterday, I looked fantastic.

    • It’s a Martha Stewart recipe and it’s super simple and delicious, plus Giant has pineapples on sale this week.

      2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
      1 medium pineapple, peeled, cored, and cut into 1-inch pieces
      2 tablespoons vegetable oil
      1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
      Coarse salt
      Preheat oven to 450 degrees. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss together sweet potatoes, pineapple, oil, and cayenne pepper. Season with salt. Roast until sweet potatoes and pineapple are tender and golden, 30 to 35 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.

      Stirring, whether you do it during roasting or after, is really important because you want to get the pineapple juices on everything.

    • How often do you need no parking signs that you would say getting them is “always a breeze”?

      • That’s actually a really good question. I had to get them for the initial pod delivery at the apartment I just moved out of. I’m not moving right from one place to the next and my closing date wasn’t firm until recently, so I had to make another trip to get them printed for the pod to be placed at my new place.
        I also remember having a pretty bad experience when I moved three years ago. I went to the V St station and the whole set up was a mess and I couldn’t get it to work at all. And though the kiosks are at the police stations, they’re not maintained by the police, so they can’t help you. I made a mad dash to the fourth district that time and it fully functional and easy.

  • Advance rave: PoPville happy hour tonight πŸ™‚ Who’s going? Anon? Anonymous? The other anonymouses? See you all tonight!

  • Rave: Almost completely moved in to the Frontenac!! So far, so good – management is a delight, which is really something I thought I’d never say about an apartment company, but there you go. (Many thanks to those of you who put in a good word for the building!)

    Rant: All of the damn little things we still need to move from our old place. We have the benefit of a car to load things up and drive them over, but oh MAN I wish we were done.

    Rave: It’ll all be over by Sunday, one way or another. Hopefully before then so we aren’t freezing our butts off while finishing up.

    Ravish rant: We’re having our annual holiday party in mid-December, which was scheduled before the move, and now we need to figure out a way to kindly let our nearby and downstairs neighbors know without sounding like entitled party-throwing jerks. A note under the door? (We’re planning on ending it (on a Saturday) by midnight, so I’m hoping that things stay relatively calm, but some of our friends can be unpredictable, so who knows.) If this is a rant, I suppose it’s a pretty okay one to have.

    • Invite the neighbors to the party! Great way to get to know new neighbors and mitigate the complaints!

      • Oh, I think we definitely will when we let them know about it! From what I’ve gleaned so far, the young-ish people across and down the hall will probably be in; the older lady at the end of the hall (her apartment abuts part of ours) probably will not. But at the least, they’ll all be getting a heads up, so I’ll feel better about it. πŸ™‚

  • justinbc

    Rave: Congrats on 7 years PoPville! Hopefully all the anonymous folks are just as talkative in person πŸ™‚
    Rave: Went by to check out a new investment property this morning, and it blew me away. It’s far superior to everything else I’ve seen in the same type of building, so really hoping this one goes through. Putting an offer in today/tomorrow!

  • I’m quitting smoking tomorrow, after taking the first week’s worth of Chantix. I’m scared to fail.

    • Has anyone suggested you wait until after the New Year? It seems like starting jsut beofre hte holidays is a recipe for disaster, failure-wise. But perhaps you have no stress, a perfectly angelic family, no obligations, and an awesome roll-with-it demeanor? I wish you luck, no matter what you choose!

      • Finding excuses to wait is a bad idea. It’s procrastination and just means you’re not serious about quitting. I speak as someone who has repeatedly found excuses to wait.

      • Quitter here: Actually, holidays is an ideal time to quit for me, because my extended family never knew I smoked at all. I’ve always either gone without or snuck nicotine gum when I was around them. And they don’t really stress me out, either. Being busy with visitors, travel, cooking, holiday activities, etc will keep my mind off smoking. The boredom and letdown of the new year is actually worrisome to me, vis a vis smoking.

    • Quitting is easy. I’ve done it a hundred times!
      If I could throw out two pieces of advice (while acknowledging that you probably don’t need more advice than you’re already getting and that it might be bad advice anyway) I’d say:
      If you screw up and have a cigarette, don’t throw up your hands and say “well, I screwed up, I’m a sinner, no point in lying to myself,” and giving up, even temporarily. Give that pack you bought at 2AM from the 7-11 across the street from The Raven to a homeless person, who will be grateful and has far worse health problems than your Marlboro Lights. And remember that if you smoke one cigarette, you fucked up, but not so badly after all, but if you smoke half a pack (or three, in my case) you’ll have to go through nicotine withdrawal again so stop now, plus, now that you think about it, that one cigarette has messed with your lungs and you’re just as happy to get rid of them. If you feel guilty about the homeless guy, give them to an annoying hipster, especially if they’re American Spirit.
      After the first week, it’s the routine more than the physical cravings that get you. So change up the routine, where you can. No more long nights at the Red Derby. It’s time to join a book club.
      Good luck!

    • Tell me about chantix. I want to try, but the horror stories (rage, suicidal tendencies, diabetes) side effects scare the heck out of me. I reall y want to quit though.

      • I was freaked out by the chantix warnings too, but being in good overall mental health with no history of any mental illness, my doc said it was low-risk for me. And so far, so good. No side effects at all. (Diabetes?? I missed that warning somehow. Yeesh.)

        Irving, I’m actually far more concerned about the routine than the physical addiction/ withdrawal. I’ve never smoked heavily– maybe 5 or 6 a day. But they’re mostly at a specific time/ place: one on the walk to work. One on the walk home from work. One after dinner. One before shower/ bed. And so of course the cravings are stronger at those times. On weekends, for example, I often don’t have my first cig until after noon, because I didn’t walk to work.

        • Try to find a substitute routine for those times. Carry a cup of coffee on walks, drink a cup of cocoa or glass of wine before bed, take up chewing gum or eating starbursts or whatever. My cousin realized what she most missed about smoking at work was the 3-minute break doing NOTHING, so she got a timer and still goes outside on her breaks and sits doing nothing for the same amount of time it used to take her to smoke a cigarette. If you’ve identified the situations when you smoke, you are well on your way to finding a replacement. Good luck!
          And for more unsolicited advice, think about telling people you’re quitting. It will make you more accountable (but as Irving St says, don’t beat yourself up if you backslide) and friends might be supportive and help distract you when you do want a smoke.

    • I have friends who’ve had great success with eCigs. No weird side effects, no carcinogens, less pressure/feeling bad about yourself, you still satiate the oral fixation (it’s why smokers eat so much after they quit), much cheaper than Chantix or Nicorette, and you can easily “step down” the strength of the nicotine as you progress. Once you’ve been on the ecigs for a month, a normal cigarette will taste and smell TERRIBLE.
      Whatever you do, good luck!

      • PSA: (With my insurance anyway) Chantix is FREE. Not even the usual $15 copay. I’m loving all the new preventative incentives…

      • This won’t work for everyone (and I swear I’m not making it up) but I had a friend who claimed that she “satiated her oral fixations” when she quit by performing oral sex on her boyfriend whenever she felt unsatiated. I never witnessed this, but he did smile a lot at the time and they have been happily married for many years.

    • saf

      Congrats. It is hard but you can do it. And if you fall, take Irving street’s advice below.

  • Rant: catching up on three weeks worth of PoP! So much news
    Rave: so much news!!
    Rave: baby is three weeks old. Maybe in a few weeks I’ll get some sleep!

    Hope all the regulars are well!!

  • Rave: Nice run this morning
    Rant: Step siblings and Christmas gift exchange – the opted out last year and so I wasn’t going to include them this year but I got guilt tripped by Mom and Brother to invite – they are ignoring email despite being on FB playing candy crush. They are nice enough but terrible at gift giving (they love getting gifts and tell everyone what they want but put zero effort into giving) I got paper napkins one year. They have jobs and own homes so come on.
    Rave: I’m researching cocktail recipes for my 2nd Annual Family Christmas Happy Hour

    • Ugh, adult sibling gift exchanges are the worst. We gave them up a few years ago because they were more problems than they were worth.

  • Rave: VIP Zappos. I ordered boots yesterday afternoon and they are already waiting for me at home. I can’t wait to get there.
    Rant: So many things to do before leaving on vacay Saturday.
    Rave: Vacay Saturday!!

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