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: Weathered the holiday weekend without feeling down or depressed at all. And I didn’t need to stuff my face for some kind of happiness.
    Rave: Have been continuing to ride during the cold days pretty religiously. Once you get going, it ain’t no thang!
    Rave: The upcoming balmy 50 degree weather we’ll get this week!

  • Rave: I substituted pomegranate juice for cranberry in my cosmo last night and it was great!
    Rave: If/Then tonight

    • Really interested to see if you enjoy If/Then!!

      • I will write back tomorrow!

      • I saw it a few weeks ago and enjoyed it. It’s probably even better now since I imagine they’ve worked out some of the kinks. I did feel like the first act was a bit too long and I didn’t walk away humming the music, but it was one of those shows that I liked more the more removed from it I was.

  • Scrillin

    Manchen light, Manchen bright,
    First campaign I see tonight;
    I wish that Gray, I wish he might,
    Have the indictment I wish tonight.

  • Rave: I’m feeling fine after the soreness of my metro escalator fall. My entire tricep and shoulder hurt for three days, plus I had a massive bruise on my butt, complete with red escalator tread marks. I never realized how often I use my elbow to scoot over- in my car, on a couch, etc- until it was extremely painful to do so.
    Epilogue: I never called the claims office. It hurt, I had a small cut and bruising, but somehow my clothes didn’t rip, and all in all I’m fine.
    Rant: I dropped a key down my emergency break mechanism. I hadn’t figured out what that key belongs to yet, but I think I’m going to have to get the console taken apart so it can be removed. I’m not sure if it will damage the mechanism.

    • Can you use a magnet to get it out?

      • That’s a good thought, but it squeezed down a tight space and I think it would just fall off the magnet as I try to pull it up through there. When it was sort of stuck, I thought I could pull up the ebrake and pull the key up by pushing it against the console and pushing up, but when I pulled up the ebrake it went though.

        • Good luck — I hope you can retrieve it!
          I’ve lost a couple of pennies into the emergency brake thing, but nothing more valuable than that.

        • Depending what kind of car you have, it’s fairly easy to take apart the console around the hand brake. Very little doubt the fallen key will gum up any works as the hand brake is just a cable really. If you have a VW, it’s actually pretty easy to get in there.

          • I have a 2006 Corolla. I’ll check out some youtube videos. When I had to replace my side mirror I was able to do the whole thing with the instruction in a video, I hope there are some for the center console. I also might just ask a neighbor what it’s for and if I can borrow theirs to make a copy if it’s for something communal. I only have one neighbor so far, I wonder if she’s figured it out yet.

    • Glad you’re feeling better after your tumble!

  • Rant-Gray is running again? Really? hopefully people have learned their lesson.
    Rant 2-Mendolson opposing DC autonomy on height act. I always knew he wasn’t so bright but he is truly anti development and in the back pocket of the 100 year old members of Committe of 100.
    Rant 3-and to think all this time I thought Mendo only focused on getting violent juvenile criminals back on the street as soon as possilbe. Who are the folks who keep voting these clowns back into office?

    • There is a good chance Gray will win. And who do you propose voting for? The only candidate I’m leaning towards is Tommy Wells, but I don’t know how effective he’d be as mayor. Good ideas, but I wonder how well he’ll do in executing them. Kinda like the current POTUS.

  • Rant: My office is going to change its policy about bringing in dogs. My well-behaved pup comes to work with me twice a week and is generally beloved by my coworkers. Not only will I have to shell out for two more days per week of midday walks, I’ll miss having my dog with me. He really helps to make work bearable. My agency’s director rather unceremoniously mentioned the change in passing on his way out of the office suite. I’m crushed.

    • That’s a bummer. I used to work at a place where people could bring dogs but then they were banned. I understood the reasons, but the whole mood changed and was a lot less friendly after that. It was also a LOT less productive, b/c people had to dash out the door at 5 on the dot to go let their dogs out, weren’t around to gab over lunch b/c they were home checking on the dog, people from different areas didn’t chat while taking a break to let their dogs out for 5 minutes, etc.

    • Two things that don’t belong in the workplace: pets, children.
      My boss brings his dog in. Its a quiet dog, almost cat-like, but still I don’t want it sniffing around my feet and around my stuff.

      • I’m sure you are a joy to work with, spooky.

        • At lest that’s what my colleagues have told me in the past.

          And I agree with spookiness. At least in an office environment.

          • justinbc

            I love dogs, but I’m allergic to them (and cats). I take allergy meds so I can have them at home, but I don’t want extra irritants while I’m at work too. And others might be even more allergic than I am. It’s this reason (and the never knowing when they’re going to poop, or bark, etc) that they’re banned in our office, despite worker pleas.

      • I work with children. If children didn’t belong in my workplace, I wouldn’t have a job. Would love it if we could have a few calm, cuddly dogs too!

    • I’m really sorry to hear that. Dogs really do make the workplace better for everyone. Sadz. 🙁

      • “Dogs really do make the workplace better for everyone.”
        That is a false statement.

      • Ah, no. Dogs might make the workplace better for you (and for me– I love it when my colleagues bring theirs in), but you cannot say that they “really do make the workplace better for everyone”. Not for the anxious, not for the allergic, not for the people who just don’t like dogs.
        I’m sincerely baffled by this conviction that everyone must love all the same things you love, and with the same fervor.

        • Scrillin

          “Everyone must love all the same things you love, and with the same fervor.”

          Ought to be the motto around here.

          • Isn’t that the point of “consensus building” exercises? To create a hive mind where everybody thinks the same way with the same intensity with the same disdain for individuals. Highly popular in leftist fringe groups. (rightist fringe groups just have 1 opinion setter, same outcome through a different path)

    • Bummer! And too bad that there wasn’t some discussion about the policy before it changed.

    • Unfortunately if one person is allergic, that’s one too many. I love dogs, but it’s just not practical to have them in the workplace.

    • If people in my office brought dogs to work I think I would find the office unbearable.

      • Agreed. I wouldn’t even take a job, where dogs were in the office.

      • i used to work in an office where dogs were allowed if and only if they had passed the canine good citizen test. it’s actually a pretty hard obedience test. my dog, who was otherwise extremely well behaved, couldn’t pass because he never saw a treat he could resist. so sadly, my pup had to stay at home. but the few dogs who were allowed in the office were unbelieveably well behaved. also, we all had our own offices where we could shut our doors, so they really didn’t cause much disturbance.
        once a year we had a general take your dog to work day, and it was a sh|tshow. nothing ever got done, and there was always poop and pee everywhere.

        • Maybe people who live with dogs don’t realize this, but your dog smells and there is a decent chance its hair gets all over everything.

  • Rave: Re-reading favorite childhood books – right now I’m finishing Watership Down. And finding some notes I was writing when I was in Vanuatu (including trying to figure out the time difference between Port Villa and DC
    And rave: Beautiful day and working from home.

  • Rave: Splurged on creme anglais from lush. My December is gonna be sweet!
    Rave: Yesterday I dared myself to be the center of attention — and realized that sometimes, that might be where I belong. Gulp. Confronting small fears….
    Rave: Still feeling warm and fuzzy. And just a little googly. .

  • hispanicandproud

    Rave: Shout out goes to andy2 for his awesome personal best time for the Seattle Marathon this weekend.
    Rant: None, sorry D.C.

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