Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

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You can talk about whatever is on your mind โ€“ 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 peopleโ€™s grammar. This is a place to vent and/or celebrate things about daily life in DC.

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  • Annie88

    Emergency! Anyone know if anywhere serving brunch (preferably with bottomless mimosas) today? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Right Proper Brewing is opening today. Within stumbling distance for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Revel: SNOW DAY!

  • Rant: At work while everyone else has the day off
    Rave: Maybe I can get some work done…
    Rant: I live in the city and therefore can’t justify leaving early while my coworkers that work in the suburbs all have plans to leave by noon ๐Ÿ™
    Rave: Decorated our Christmas Tree last night and it looks AMAZING!!!

  • Rave: Should be a rant but I’m in the office today. Left so early, I beat the snow storm in. And it’s relatively quiet in the office and I’m getting a lot of work done. And I’m confident by 5 pm, things will be clear. And yes, I am from Chicago LOL.
    Rave: Third date this Friday, things are going swimmingly well… I think.

  • pablo .raw

    Rant: I’m starting to think that forecasting systems are not accounting for the amount of heat produced by DC.
    Rave/Rant: there’s some work I can do from home, which is not usual.

    • I think they do realize the heat island effect. But when they decide to close the schools and government offices, they really do take into account all the commuters who live way out in the burbs.

  • Along with other above me:

    RANT – Im at work today

    RAVE – I do like looking at snow, even if it is from work

  • I have rant/rave confusion for this one: I finally get why Opm shuts down for what, to DCers, seems like a trivial amount of snow. This is our first winter in Alexandria after 6 years in DC, and holy mother of crap, there is way more snow out here!!! It’s amazing what a difference 10 miles can make.

  • epric002

    rave: snow day!
    double rave: actually have some work i can do at home.
    rant: world market sent me the wrong items and can’t guarantee they can reship to me with delivery for when i need them.
    ranty rave: hosting a holiday party this weekend. getting nervous about how it will go. :/

  • Rant: I went to bed way too late, slept poorly, and had to go into the office today.
    Rave: I made chocolate truffles last night for the holidays. I had so much fun putting them together and spending time with my “adopted” mom.
    Rant/Rave: At work, but getting a lot done.

  • Rave: Working from home for the snow day.
    Query: I’m thinking about getting my husband Caps tickets for Christmas, but I’ve never been to a hockey game. Is it even worth going in person if you’re a fan of the other team and the seats are in the 400-level (i.e., can you see anything from up there)? Is it better to sit on the end that your team will be shooting on for two periods, the opposite end, or somewhere in the middle? Any advice would be appreciated!

    • Definitely still worth going. You obviously won’t have as good a view but you’ll certainly have no problem seeing things from up there. I like sitting as close to the middle of the rink as possible, but that sort of thing kinda comes down to personal preference.

    • if you are a fan of the other team and wear their gear you might get a few heckles (especially if NY, Pitt, Philly), but nothing bad. The Verizon center is pretty good in the fact you can see well enough in almost any seat – its worth going even in 400’s. I prefer the middle or a little bit of the corner (should be able to get closer to the side where your team will shoot twice)

    • I prefer sitting in the corner of the arena so you can get a view of the action in the other three corners of the rink, but it really all comes down to personal preference. 400 level seats are fine, though I prefer 200 level. I think 100 level is too low and ruins many of the sight lines, especially action in the corners.

    • I wouldn’t go. We don’t want you there ๐Ÿ™‚

      Just kidding. 400 levels at Verizon are great, you will be able to see the action easily, and will not get heckled (beyond maybe a little booing or whatever)

      If you are an other team fan, you would want to sit on the side where they shoot twice, and NOT on the Caps shoot twice side.

      Just an FYI, we are pretty good, so if you are hoping to see a win for your team, you will likely be disappointed ๐Ÿ™‚

      • I like the corner sections–you get a bit of a better angle on the shots on goal. As for which end to sit at, it depends–is your team not as good as the Caps? Because if so, you should sit where the caps shoot twice, since that’s where most of the action is, so you’ll want to be able to see your goalie (hopefully) make All The Saves. As for heckling, you should be okay. I go and cheer for the Habs, and people aren’t rude. Worst case scenario a group of drunk caps fans cheer extra loudly for the caps, but they were probably going to do that anyway. Sounds like an awesome gift!!!!!

        • Thanks for all the advice! Husband is a Flyers fan and last time he went and wore his jersey he was harassed a bit, but some other Caps fans came to his aid, so clearly they’re mostly good eggs.

        • Thats a tough one… Flyers fans (not saying your husband included) are easily the worst in the league. Any other game the opponents fans are pretty much ignored, but the Flyers are the one exception.

          With that said, if you aren’t picking fights and being a drunk degenerate (like many Flyers fans) you will be just fine!

    • Speaking of Caps tickets – I just bought some as a xmas gift – through TickPick (similar to Stubhub I guess where season holders can sell their tix). I am hoping this is legit – they do have a ticket guarantee – but anyone use them before?

  • Rave: I enjoy working from home just about every day!
    Another rave: Snow day = pho day and I already have the ingredients.
    Rant-ish: Overuse of the word ‘day’

  • RAVE: RCN. I have a very old cable modem that RCN will no longer support in 2014. They said it was “unfair” to make me buy a new one so they are replacing it for free with no rental fees. Personally, I think it’s my responsibility to keep my equipment upgraded so thanks, RCN! AND they’re cheaper than Comcast.

    • Dammit! Stop posting RCN raves!
      It’s like rubbing salt and lemon juice in my Comcast-afflicted wounds ๐Ÿ™

      • Sorry. I felt like I had to earn the free modem.
        But I was once like you. Five years of no RCN after I moved to my new place and then the condo board worked with RCN to have them wire our building. This could happen to you (maybe)!

    • In comcast’s (rare) defense, they actually gave me a new modem for free recently when my internet crapped out because they no longer supported my old modem. That was a nice surprise.

  • Rave: Finally stopped into Donburi last night. Only 4 people at the bar when I arrived around 7, every seat taken when I left around 8. Really enjoyed the Japanese comfort food and the simplicity of it all. Only two employees working last night but apparently they are doing interviews today to add a few more since one guy mentioned that they were putting in crazy hours to meet demand already. Yum

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