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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  • Rant: Today seems to be the most popular night for holiday parties. 4 things tonight, and I need to show my face at all of them
    Rant: I need warmer gloves for biking. Any recommendations?
    Rave: I love this time of year. Bring on the gingerbread!

    • At least you’re being invited to holiday parties?

    • gotryit

      I’ve done Pearl Izumi crab-style gloves, but those only work OK for me. I can get away with big puffy mittens now because I’m normally on a single speed, so I don’t need individual fingers.

    • No holiday parties for me. I miss that about the private sector 🙁
      My government office had a holiday party yesterday during the work day. We had a full turkey lunch and baked goods contest. They also did an ugly sweater contest and a few other games. I appreciate the sentiment, but it felt like a middle school event. It’s not the same as getting dressed up in a nice suit, going to a venue, having cocktails, and schmoozing/laughing the night away.

      • At least you get a turkey lunch. We just have desserts in a conference room, and raffles I never participate in because I don’t know what I’d do with a turkey fryer or gigantic TV.

      • Jeez, talk about snobby. I like that you follow up “no holiday parties for me” with “my office had a holiday party yesterday”. I guess it wasn’t fancy enough to really be a party? Most people in the private sector don’t have black tie events BTW. I guess you were a consultant previously?

        • “no adult holiday parties for me” – is that better?

          • Also, one of the good things about the private sector is that you got invited to multiple holidays parties via clients, vendors, affiliated companies, etc. So it just wasn’t one party and a lot of it was about networking and strengthening relationships outside the office.
            And let’s be frank – a holiday “party” in a fluorescent lit conference room isn’t much fun.
            My public sector job – like anything in life – has advantages and disadvantages. One of the disadvantages is no longer getting invited to fun holiday parties with adult beverages! It’s ok to whinge a bit about that.

          • I like our dorky public sector holiday parties. ^_^

          • Me too! I can’t even imagine my coworkers being excited about an evening event. Most of them are in bed by 10pm if not earlier.

          • What, do you work with children?

        • Aw, cut Anon 10:58 some slack, in the holiday spirit! 🙂 I’ve worked at offices that held both kinds of parties, and I don’t think it’s unfair to say that there is a difference between the in-office daytime events, and an out-of-office evening event. For what it’s worth, I’ve never been a consultant, always worked for resource-constrained nonprofits, and my past out-of-office parties were modest-budget and not even in the same stratosphere as black tie, but there *is* something a little more festive about an evening event. The sentiment is nice, but it’s not exactly the same when it’s lunch, midday, in a drab conference room or whatnot, and (at least in my experience), since it’s during the workday, a number of people feel obligated to dash out to return an e-mail, take a quick phone call, etc. (Also in my experience, it’s easier for everyone to enjoy the party if it’s at an offsite venue because, despite everyone’s promises to pitch in at in-office parties, it’s usually the handful of administrative/support staff who get stuck with the setup, cleanup, replenishing the food and drinks during the party, covering the inevitable couple of senior staff holdouts who just cannot or will not take a break from their workday, etc.) Nonetheless, if an in-office party is all that’s feasible for my job on our budget, I do enjoy it and appreciate that the company cares enough to organize something for us.

      • Most of the time I’ve been in government jobs, our office parties have not only been on the premises and during the day (and of course alcohol-free), they’ve also required an admission fee.
        If yours didn’t, count yourself lucky.

        • Yeah, my agency used to have mandatory parties where I had to pay $10 for really bad pizza I didn’t want anyway. Fun times.

          • And, as the winner to all, my office doesn’t even have a holiday party. I think the one last year was scheduled for sometime in late January and then got canceled and wasn’t rescheduled. It’s great for morale…

    • austindc

      I used to ride my bike to construction sites in Boston for work, and my coworker suggested winter work gloves from Duluth Trading company. I bought a pair (I forget which style), and they were amazing–enough flexibility to let me ride my bike and use most tools, but still really toasty.

      • Thanks, I’ll check them out! I’m getting a little worried about how frequently my thumbs go numb when I bike in the early mornings.

        • You might also consider browsing LL Bean’s website. I use a pair of their gloves for my bike commute, and I’m very satisfied!

  • Rant: Shoulder pain that runs down my arm. Do Chiropractors treat shoulders?

    • Sounds like a nerve issue. I’d go see someone that actually went to medical school.

    • On related note, my partner was having back issues and went to a chiropractor. It helped but I think he overdid it with the chiropractor, because while she helped with his back pain, now he is having serious hand and arm pain that he will have to see an actual doctor for.

    • It might be a possibility of a pinched nerve check Dr Alan Lichter (202) 682-9222

    • Could also be arthritis of the shoulder, and an arthritic growth could be pressing on a nerve (had a family member with a similar complaint, who otherwise had no symptoms of arthritis in any other joints). See a doctor.

    • GiantSquid

      You might consider starting with a massage targeting that area.

    • It’s been getting worse all morning. I think I’ll skip the chiropractor and see a specialist. Any recommendations for orthopedic/sports medicine near Farragut square or Foggy Bottom?

  • Rant: COLD.
    Rant: I’m missing two birthday/holiday parties this weekend! Grr.
    Rave: Rose’s Luxury for dinner tonight! I believe all the hype.

  • Rave: Only 10 days left until we pick up our Christmas puppy. I’ve been waiting for years for the right time to get a dog and now that we have the time and the yard, it’s finally here. We get to spend the whole week with him before we have to get back to our schedules, which is also great.
    Rant: None, not when there is a puppy involved.

  • Funny article today about a guy fighting his DC Camera Ticket saying just capturing the car is not legal you must know who is driving it so you should always contest it. He submitted the following letter and got his ticket dismissed.

    To Whom it May Concern,

    I received a letter claiming I committed a violation of a speeding law in the District of Columbia on 04/21/2012. As per the instructions, I am writing to plead ‘not guilty’ to this charge. Although this option is said to result in this matter going to court; it is my suggestion that the charges simply be dropped. This suggestion comes out of respect for tax payers, and my request that their hard earned money not be wasted in such proceedings. As there is no evidence of my involvement with this alleged ‘crime’, as well as the fact that I am not granted my 4th amendment right to face my ‘accuser’ (a camera); I see no way the government could prove my guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. I also see find no legal requirement for me to implicate someone else in this process, as it is the government’s responsibility to prove a person’s guilt. It is also my 5th amendment right to remain silent on the matter.

    If it is the government’s decision to move forward in this matter, I would request copies of any evidence the prosecution may have of my involvement in the “offense”; as well as, all maintenance records for the camera(s) involved.


    • Funny, but speeding is not (usually) a crime. The owner of the car is responsible for the ticket regardless of who was driving. The camera’s inability to prove he was driving is irrelevant.

    • I applaud this man. DC speeding cameras are a direct violation of the 4th amendment and it has already been proven that the cameras are a money making scheme for the contractors and the city, and has potential to be ripe with corruption. All residents who receive a camera speeding ticket should right back ‘not guilty’ and clog the system!

      • You’re wrong about the 4th Amendment. Whether contractors or the city are making money is irrelevant to whether people should be permitted to speed with impunity. If you think speeding should be legal, start a campaign to end speed limits. Otherwise, pay your tickets or stop speeding.

      • austindc

        That is a solid suggestion. Alternatively, you could stop being such dangerous drivers.

      • Speed camera’s are not a violation of the 4th amendment under current jurisprudence. I say that as someone who bemoans the current state of 4th amendment law, and spends my days trying to make sure that government actors adhere to what’s left of our privacy rights. But a speed camera does not constitute a violation of those privacy rights, unfortunately.

      • I resent this man and people like you who applaud him. Partly because of your clearly ill-informed opinions on law and privacy, but mostly because of your simple refusal to do the right thing and behave like decent people. How about don’t speed, and if you do and get caught, pay the ticket?

        • “How about don’t speed, and if you do and get caught, pay the ticket?”
          Or you can get this removed from your record and not pay a fine by spending 10 minutes crafting an argument deemed to be acceptable by the adjudicators? I think I know what I will try on the first go around.
          Squeaky wheel gets the oil, like every other issue in life.

          • Like I said, it’s your choice whether or not you choose to do the right thing and behave like decent people.

          • Photo speeding tickets don’t go on your driving record nor are they a criminal offense. That is how DC/MD get away without needing to prove who was driving,etc.

    • Well, I can say this guy’s letter received a huge eye roll from whatever poor soul in traffic court had to read it. It’s not the flawed legal arguments that were successful in getting his ticket dismissed (I think he means to say his Sixth Amendment right to confrontation?) it’s the promise to be a massively annoying pro se litigant. Next time, just leave the crappy and incorrect legal arguments out of it, and keep the “I promise to be a huge waste of public time and resources” in.

  • Finally tried the Milk Cult Pop Up at Park View Patio. I’m ashamed to only getting around to it today, living 2 short blocks away. Those tacos are delicious and the coffee is good. That’s the perfect location for a morning pit stop on the way to work. I want that permanent. All bars should have permanent arrangements with breakfast shops! Especially if that block has 3 bars in a row and a liquor store, it needs to be balanced somehow with some early morning booze-free business, doesn’t it?
    I need to warn my dad visiting from France about that place so he can go get some breakfast tacos or he’ll walk in for a beer, and will think I’ve conspired with all the bars in the neighborhood to have them pretend they don’t do alcohol.

  • Rant: Popville got played. Its been said 100 times folks, but before you are taken by some sob story about a senior citizen “just wanting to come home”, you need to research the situation before you blindly write a check because there is always more to the story, as their is to the one posted on POP last week about bringing the Dupont Circle gentlemen back home.

    But, as we learned today in the Post, Ms. White, the gentle good Samaritan and the author of that imploring post on popville, offered a deal to his court appointed conservator awhile ago…and I quote from the article “White has offered to pay the debts and maintain the unit in exchange for eventually inheriting the apartment from Bolen”.

    Thankfully the Judge didn’t just rubberstamp it and is trying to craft a fairer deal for Bolen.

    So, this selfless help from Ms. White is anything but. She is just looking to get a what…~300K coop (that’s completely paid off) for 20K in back assesments and plumbing fixes. What a deal! So it is clear that Ms White has the funds to fix his situation sitting at the ready. She could “bring Ralph home” today if she wanted.

    Odd, how none of that was mentioned at all in her heart-string tugging post on PoP, nor on the crowdfunding website.

    You want to help ralph, send a check directly to his coop. Ms White, despite all outward appearances is clearly in it mostly for herself

    • WTF? I thought you were joking until I read the story linked by pop below.

      This is complete BS. I honestly thought the people posting at the end of that thread last week with all that noise about “needing to know more” were just ornery ageists. I appreciate that someone is trying to help him, but give me a freaking break! It is clear her “generosity” comes with a pretty steep price, one that was conveniently not mentioned to us last week.

    • Hmm. This is interesting from a trusts & estates standpoint. Funny that if it’s true he has no living family members (which I think was claimed) then there’s probably no one to argue in probate court that he was coerced into devising her his apartment. This sounds so fishy.

    • I had the exact same thought when I read the article. I too, am happy that the judge didn’t agree to the proposal.

    • Not to be all “I told you so” – but I kinda did tell you so. “I suspect that if he owns a coop in Dupont Circle where he only has to pay $250.00 a month, chances are good someone is after it – so legal help is certainly needed.”

      And be fair – quite a few commentators just politely sidestepped the donation issue and recommended getting Ralph legal help instead.

    • I hardly read this as Popville getting played. This woman was told by a judge that she can’t do what she initially hoped (sinking thousands in now for a payoff later) so she is trying an alternative…one that apparently other people think is worthwhile AFTER reading the article since totals have doubled since it was published in the Post. If I were her I wouldn’t be willing to put in my own $20K…but she is dedicating her time (and some of her money…starting contributions by covering one month of back expenses on condo fees) to help get this guy back to his place. I donated and have no objection to letting that payment go through if they get to the $20K…in the end that gets Ralph home. Why so eager to call people suckers? I knew there might be more to the story when I committed money…but you know…there always is.

      • Really?

        So a woman with the clear financial means to “bring Ralph home” at any time, first tries to swindle the court system into approving a mafioso like deal where she gets a 350K coop for 20K.

        Then she goes to the inter-tubes, only giving a very selective and one sided story and tries to get everyone to clear the debt, while still trying to get the courts to give her the condo for her paying his minimal $250 monthly coop fee, which even if he lives to 100, will cost her ~60K for what will then be worth 450K +, and you don’t see this as remotely smarmy, disingenuous or shady?


        • Sure it’s shady and I’m glad it was caught by the judge and not permitted to go through. But Ralph is still away from home and she’s still taking steps to get him there…so is she really all bad? I donated because I care what happens to Ralph….not what happens to his co-op.

    • The Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign is a “fixed funding” campaign meaning donations will not go through unless and until the full $20,000 goal is reached within the next 52 days. If it’s not reached, no one actually donated. So, there’s that.

    • Agreed that getting a Dupont Circle apartment for $20,000 worth of repairs and ongoing maintenance is a windfall (although there is always the possibility that a bunch of additional money will have to be sunk into the place to keep it habitable once the owner returns; if he has dementia, he could end up damaging the property while living there). But I don’t buy the argument that Ms. White is selfish because she won’t just donate $20,000 of her own money to rescue this man. Maybe it would have been better for her to offer to pay the repair costs and maintenance in exchange for a right of first refusal on the apartment at market price whenever it goes on the market; and failing that, a lien on the property for whatever she has paid into it. That’s the kind of deal the judge in this case should be looking for, as opposed to trying to see who can put more money into this gentleman’s pockets – which would need to be managed by a guardian anyway.

      • Legal question: What will ultimately happen to Mr. Bolen’s co-op? Since he has no family, can he just give it as an inheritence to anybody he wants (Ms. White, for example) or does it go to the city?

        • Regardless of whether or not he has family he can give the condo to whomever he chooses in his will or even in a POD deed. Before it goes to DC a search would need to be made to see if he has any family (distant relatives). This explains intestate succession in DC http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/intestate-succession-the-district-columbia.html

        • He can leave it to anyone he wants, but the court might look at the will and see if there was any undue influence on Ms. White’s part if the house goes to her. He’s got dementia, so if he changes his will now, the court would also look to see if he was of sound mind when he executed the will. Lots of stuff going on here.

    • The story on PoPville also completely ignores the fact that Mr. Bolen has been diagnosed with dementia, and likely will require an increasing level of care. There are lots of angles here, and it’s hard to know exactly who has Mr. Bolen’s best interests in mind.

  • Rave: I know this isn’t a popular opinion around here, but I just love this cold weather. Nothing makes me feel more alive than feeling the chill in my lungs as I take a deep breath of cold air.

  • RAVE: American University’s alert system during the lockdown last evening. Messages sent out via email, text, and displayed on all computer screens got the word out quickly allowing us to take action.

  • Rant: Having a bit of a identity crisis lately. I have been sick twice already this winter which has side lined me from a good amount of social activities. Feeling better now but also have kind of lost touch with my friends a bit as a result. I want to get back into the swing of things and finish this year with a bang!
    Rave: Nice quiet day at work so far, plans are filling up for the weekend without much effort on my part (good thing).
    Rant: Roomate dating a girl thats over 10 years older than him. I think its fine – but when she is over the apartment staying over 3 times within a week or so, i think thats a bit much. I guess i am bumbed because A) apparently she said i look like i am 15 years old (i am over a year older than said roomate) so clearly she doesnt respect me. B) shes kind of awkward – i got to my apartment door yesterday and she was waiting there so i let her in, but did not get any kind of warm reaction when i helped her out….whatever.

    • 3 times within a week is a bit much? Hmm, I don’t think so. I think if she weren’t as awkward and rude as you describe, it wouldn’t bother you that much. What does your roommate see in her? Just a way to get “experience” perhaps?

      • Funny how when it’s a chick who’s dating a guy who’s 10 years older, people don’t ask, “What does she see in him? Just a way to get ‘experience,’ perhaps?”

        • Uh, way to jump to assumptions. I was not saying that based on her age but due to her rude, awkward behaivor. If she weren’t older, I would have merely said,”What does he see in her?”

    • “apparently she said i look like i am 15 years old (i am over a year older than said roomate) so clearly she doesnt respect me.”
      I don’t think it follows that her perception of you as young-looking means she doesn’t respect you. In addition, what if you _do_ actually look like you’re 15 years old?
      Given the “apparently,” I’m assuming your roommate told you this, rather than the girl saying it to your face. It wasn’t nice of him to relay this to you; you should be irked with _him_.

      • Emmaleigh504

        all this right here. plus if her staying over 3 times a week bugs you, you need to tell your roomie and not be pissed at her. It sounds like you are pissed b/c he’s got someone and you don’t, which is fine, but don’t take it out on her. It makes you sound like an asshole.

        • thats not the case – i have plenty of women friends and more in my life. Not being an Asshole but doesnt this 33 year old have better stuff to do? hahah that is an asshole comment.

    • It sounds like he feels disrespected by someone who is now part of his home life. I dont read this that he’s jealous of his roommate but uncomfortable in his apartment. Seems like talking with the roommate would be a good first step – what are their expectations re having girlfriend/others stay over?

    • “B) shes kind of awkward – i got to my apartment door yesterday and she was waiting there so i let her in, but did not get any kind of warm reaction when i helped her out….whatever.”
      Did not she say “thanks”? Or she did, but not as warmly as you thought she should’ve?

      • Its not a matter of being jealous, because personally i do not think that dating a women that is a decade older than me is that big of a deal. Also to be fair i have put him in a few situations before that might be considered ‘awkward’. But the real story here is, his last girl friend HATED me…for no reason! I am just worried that if he actually gets serious with this girl A) he is changing (every time we meet a friend who hasnt heard the story about the 33 year old has to hear it so i have heard it over 10 times now) and B) i just dont feel comfortable with their relationship and being a third wheel in it. Maybe she will change but right off the bat is seems she is not even interested in being friendly with me which is a major bummer. I dont like feeling uncomfortable in my own house.

  • gotryit

    rave (?): I’ve been keeping an eye on a trial that’s been in the making for about 2 years now, and it’s finally going to the jury. Sort of a relief.

  • how do you rebuild your life at 42? i’m starting from just above zero. i’m really not sure how i can manage.

    • It can be done bro, it can be done.

      • Yikes, not sure what your story is. But I would say that initially it helps to just focus on the day to day and surround yourself with people who love and support you. Enough decent days strung together become a new life. And take good, loving care of yourself.

    • Focus on the fact that it’s not below zero…and that you have your life and can make choices to move forward. Also, hopefully you have your health. When I am at my worst I go for a long walk and recognize that just that is something that many people would give anything to be able to do. Best wishes and if you need something reach out to this community or the one that surrounds you physically. Hopefully we can help!

      • i do have my health. and yes, thankfully not less than zero!

        • You may also want to focus on the coming year. What are some things you haven’t done that you keep putting off? Each year on New Years Day (since I turned 29 a few years back) I make a bucket list of sorts for the coming year. Some examples are cook 12 new recipes, read certain books, travel to a new state, etc. I only include things that I really want to do and then try to do as many as I can. It’s been really fun and I’ve made new friends and learned new things along the way. 2014’s list is shaping up nicely. (I also include things that I don’t want to go a whole year without – a massage, scuba diving, etc.) Is it sad that I’m a little envious? Turn lemons into a Tom Collins 🙂

    • I agree with Artemis. If you see this as an entire rebuilding of your life, it’s going to be so overwhelming. Look at it day-to-day or hour-by-hour, and don’t try to tackle everything–job, relationships, finances, etc.–all at once. Good luck!

    • To be honest, it sounds kind of liberating. You’re not tied down by a career or possessions or relationships. You can do anything! 😉

      • in a way it is. what would you do without obligations or debt? what would starting over look like for you?

        • Move somewhere else, for starters. Not that I don’t love DC, but I think it would be fun to fall in love with a new city.

        • i started over in my late 30s, and the past year has been one of the best in my life! moved cross country, let old toxic relationships go, and found a hobby that i LOVE. made new friends, kept the old, good ones, and have been rocking being single for the first time in over a decade.
          i feel like i can go do anything because i for the first time in years, I only have to make decisions for myself, and not me and my ex, who was sort of dragging me down. it’s very liberating.

        • I restarted from zero at 32. It was more terrifying before I took the leap than after. Before I was so intimidated by what to do and how to start the process, so I just stayed a personal and professional rut for at least a year longer than I could have. After I just did it — quit my job and moved away — I was just figuring it out one day at a time because I had no other choice.

          An aptitude test can be helpful if you are at a career crossroads. I used the Johnson O’Conner Research Foundation http://www.jocrf.org/ …it didn’t tell me anything completely out of left field, but it helped give direction and reaffirm my ideas about my skills and aptitudes. Sometimes I look at my super successful friends and feel behind on career, but other things that are more important to me – personal life, emotional maturity – improved exponentially with the changes.

          Taking it one day at a time is huge to stop yourself from feeling too overwhelmed. Also whether or not money is an issue, getting a job doing anything gave me space and time to think about what I really wanted and stopped me from becoming too idle and depressed.

    • I’m sorry to hear that. Maybe pick one thing that is new to do? A class, volunteer, or treat yourself to something you haven’t done for yourself in a while?

    • You might want to try writing a list of your assets — these could be things like your personal strengths, social connections, tangible things. And write down a list of what you want to build for yourself. As others have wisely said, looking at rebuilding a whole life can feel huge and daunting — so break it down into tiny, achievable steps, focusing on things that you have at least some ability to control. It would be wonderful if you can surround yourself with people who love and support you. If you have to build those relationships though, a small step could be sending at least one e-mail a day, calling at least one person a day, going out of your way to initiate chit-chat with at least 3 people a day — as you build a social structure for yourself (if you feel you need to do this).
      Think about whether you need to create some structure in your life — daily exercise, going to the gym or a class twice a week, joining a church or some type of community organization where your presence as part of a group will be known and acknowledged. And if you really need help managing the task of rebuilding, think about sources of support that might be available to you. Do you have a physician/friend/family member/ social worker / neighbor who can help you manage some of this?

      It’s hard to know where to start, and I don’t know what your circumstances are, but I’m sure that the Rant and Revel-ers of Popville will not be shy with suggestions if there are specific areas that we could help with.

  • Rave: A sunny day! I missed seeing a cloudless sky.
    Rave: Yoga tonight followed by a quiet evening at home. The partner is working, so I get the remote control and couch all to myself.
    Rant: Still sick.

  • Question for PoPville: I’m looking for a volunteer opportunity with an animal rescue organization. Does anyone have one they love? Dog-specific would be ideal, because I’m hoping to get a pup fix while living in a pet-free building (unfortunately that also rules out fostering) and because I’m allergic to cats.

  • Rant: At the Brookland Metro Station last night around 6:30PM. All of the lights around the bus stops were off. This is already the most dangerous station, according to a recent study. With the bus stops in darkness, it was genuinely scary.

    • Did you notify WMATA?

      • Is the implication here that if the OP didn’t notify WMATA, he/she was somehow being remiss??

        • I think the implication is that the OP should probably take the time to rant to WMATA first before posting on PoP’ville about the issue. Ya know, ‘cuz WMATA can actually fix the problem.

          • Lol, exactly.

          • I’d prefer to see people post things like “Ugh, that’s awful! Please notify WMATA, if you haven’t already,” rather than “Did you notify WMATA?”, with its finger-wagging, disapproving implication of “If you didn’t, you have no right to complain.”

          • anon, I posted the question. I’m sorry you don’t care for my concise methods of communication. I asked if they notified WMATA because WMATA can fix it, and they can only fix it if they know about it. That is all. Next time I’ll be sure to phrase it as a statement padded by sympathetic words like “Ugh”, “OMG”, or “That’s sooooooo horrible! I’m sorry you had to experience that.”

          • special_k

            Why does asking a question have to be interpreted as accusatory?

          • That’s just how it sounded to me.

          • Why bother, WMATA are even bigger assholes than the people replying to this.

      • Do you really think I was about to whip out my iPhone and send a complaint under those circumstances?

        • Yes, because one can only notify WMATA at that EXACT MOMENT. Afterward? Nope, impossible.

        • Some of you folks are ridiculous. I didn’t have any particular time, place, or method in mind. I probably would have sent an email when I got home, or said something to the station manager the next time I used the station. You may have other preferred methods.

      • are you blaming the victim?

        • LOL, probably. I mean, you can see that it’s dark, so why are you walking there in the first place, right???!!!

    • Fyi: The study did not say that it was the most dangerous metro station.

  • binpetworth

    Rave: Thanks to the comments yesterday, I got dinner from the newly opened Salt & Pepper Grill on 14th and it was deeeelicious!
    Rant: I ate all my naan and aloo palak and don’t have any leftovers for lunch!

    • gotryit

      How did it compare (quality, portion size, cost) to the Georgia Ave Salt & Pepper Grill?

    • That was going to be my rave too! I loved the eggplant and fortunately had enough leftover for breakfast.

    • How’s their English? I ask because I’m allergic to one ingredient that’s used in a lot of Indian food, and I have to be very careful and make sure the restaurant knows to be careful on my behalf.
      (It’s very sad. I love Indian and Pakistani food. And I would LOVE to order from this new neighbor.)

      • binpetworth

        The gentleman who served me was from the subcontinent, but seemed to have a good command of English, as far as I could tell. Also, I watched him make the dish right in front of me, so I’m sure if you explained what it is you’re allergic to, he could easily accommodate.

  • Rant: Guy on the redline who trampled my foot, I didn’t say a peep – 10 seconds later he turns around and screams at me for pushing him! THE TRAIN IS FULL you moron!

    Rave: Other passenger looked at me and said “what a jerk” – we had a moment and I loved him 🙂

    Rant: I was already having a really rough morning.

  • Hmmm: Maybe my UPS guy does have a thing for me. Last night, the third night in a row, I had a delivery. He called. I came out and got the package. He said “see you tomorrow night!”
    More likely: I order too much stuff online.
    Rant: I had to come in for a 6:30am meeting. I was so tired my vision was blurry on the way in.
    Rave: At least I get out early!

    • He likes you or is jockying for a Christmas bonus. 🙂 Either way, its good that he’s not leaving the packages outside to get stolen.

    • Emmaleigh504

      It’s good to have a relationship with your delivery person so packages don’t get stolen! I say you should make friends with your mail carrier too!

      I made friends with my mail man, so now he likes to deliver my packages to me in person. It’s kind of nice. Especially the time he came up to check on me after surgery. We talk about cats 🙂 I think he just likes having someone to chat with on occasion. And my mail never gets lost.

      • Yes, it’s definitely nice to have a friendly relationship. I don’t think he has a thing for me, I think he’s just friendly.

        Ugh, you reminded me that the post office lost my mail! Lots of it! I did a hold while I was between homes, I didn’t want to forward my mail for 1.5 weeks, and I said I would pick up at the end. Well, I went to pick it up and it wasn’t there. I called the mail center for my zip code and it wasn’t there either. Now I’ve spent so much time going round and round the pick up time frame is well past. They probably threw it out.

  • Rantish: Likely a long shot, but does anyone know what happened at Huntington metro around 5 pm that had about thirty cops rope off the wooded area by the bus stop and flood it with light? I’m assuming it was not good, but haven’t been able to find any info
    Rave: This will probably get me in trouble, but I went to the new Walmart on Military and Georgia last night and was really pleasantly surprised! I guess after owning in Brightwood for 4 years I am pleased to see it. And parking was a breeze! Now for more food places….

    • Is the parking free? Do you need Walmart validation?
      I drove by there last night and saw that they changed the lanes on Georgia. It doesn’t look like people are catching on or complying though. The added a left turn lane heading north, on the block that the Walmart is on, and took away parking on that block on the southbound side. Plenty of people were still parked on the southbound side, making it one lane southbound. I think that they really do need 2 lanes in each direction there, but if I were one of those business on the southbound side I’d be peeved.
      I just think the double parking in front of these stores is going to snarl traffic and is going to go mostly unenforced, just like all of the bike lane blocking in front of the Target. It drives me nuts.

      • Parking is free. Agree, the traffic configuration will take some getting used too.

        With that said, I have been in, and liked it. Much nicer than Safeway, and the self-checkout machines all work, and are manned by an employee for any issues. MUCH better than the Piney Branch Safeway.

        My grocery shopping used to be 90/10 Costco/Safeway, but will now by 90/9/1 Costco/Walmart/Safeway.

        We may still go into safeway to stock up on soda when it is 5 for 11 or whatever.

    • Also, howdy neighbor! Wife and I have been here for 3 years, and are anxiously awaiting more food options as well.

  • Rant: Comments above about office parties made me realize I haven’t heard anything about ours. Guess it’s not happening this year. It was nothing fancy– pulled pork sandwiches in a conference room and a White Elephant gift exchange– but I was looking forward to getting rid of the Obama Chia Head I ended up with last year.

  • KSB

    Rant: Feels like every drop of moisture has disappeared from my body.
    Double Rant: Pricey(ish) humidifier with the glowing reviews on Amazon is a total bust. Not helping at all.
    Rave: Cold and dry enough for snowy days so it’s all manageable.

  • Rave: My organization doesn’t do holiday parties. The management always means to, but they get too busy (and they’re too decent to make the admins and interns do it). So instead we all get a hundred bucks and instructions to use it for fun and relaxation.

  • RANT: Yesterday, I nearly cracked. My roommate is an utter, irredeemable slob. We have a huge place at a great price, but I can no longer stand living with him. Especially someone who creates a disgusting mess within 24 hours of me cleaning up. It’s demoralizing and makes me not want to even bother having a nice place to live in. Which then leads to me not giving an ‘eff in general. Chaotic space = chaotic life. I’m in my early 30s but feel like I’m living the life of a college student.
    RAVE: Making a decision to get my own place in the next few months. Getting to decorate, buying new furniture (my stuff is falling apart – literally), and living life on my terms.
    RANT: Ridiculous prices for studios and 1BR apartments. Though, I’ve found a few really good deals in Palisades and Georgetown.

    • My girlfriend and I are having the same problem! We’re homeowners but renting out a room, and the tenant’s standards of cleanliness are very different than ours. I hate nagging people but I finally asked her to please clean the crusty casserole dishes she had sitting in the sink for a week. When I came home from Thanksgiving weekend I wanted to cry, our house was such a wreck. I can totally empathize with you!

      • At least you can ask her to leave with a certain amount of advanced notice and get a new roommate. If I want things to change, then I need to move out.

        • How did you end up with this guy as a roommate?

          • He’s a friend who I knew for a few years before living together. Our old leases were ending at the same time and we knew we’d get a lot more space for our money if we got a 2BR instead of our own studios/1BRs. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize he was incapable of cleaning up after himself.

        • That’s a good point. Fortunately it’s a short term tenant anyway.

        • I had the opposite problem many years ago when I had a roommate. I am not a slob by any means, but I would occasionally leave one pair of shoes by the front door (instead of walking them straight back to my bedroom), leave my laptop folded up on the coffee table when I ran out to grab something or leave a plate soaking in the sink for 15 minutes while I took a shower. She deemed all of these things unacceptable and was extremely passive aggressive about letting me know. I get that people have different standards of cleanliness, but it just was not working out. I wound up living by myself, have been doing so for a little over four years now and, despite the cost, I love it! I hope you do, too!

  • Rant: some woman in an elevator heard me cough and told me it sounds like I have pneumonia and should get it checked out. Now I think i’m psyching myself out. And my doctor is all the way up by AU’s campus, and I’m too tired to go there to get checked out…perhaps because I have pneumonia… sigh… cough cough.

    • So go to an urgent care clinic. There’s one around 17th and R and another at Connecticut and Porter. They take most insurance. Mine involves a $40 co-pay. I’ve never waited more than about 30-40 minutes to be seen, and my own doctor (when I can get in to see her) is almost always running at least that far behind schedule.

      • There’s one right off the NY Ave Metro Stop on L, too. Urgent care is great for stuff like this when you’re not sure if you need to get into your doc or not. Or maybe try one of the Minute Clinics at CVS?

        And feel better!

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