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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  • Anyone know why the Washington Monument is two different colors?

    • It marks the level where construction was halted for many years (due to the Civil War, as well as general fundraising issues.) The monument stood, unfinished, at that height for almost twenty-five years, and the stone of the completed portion natually weathered. When construction resumed, the difference in color was unavoidable.

      • That would be the “War of Northern Aggression”, as we were taught in the South. But my partner calls it the “War of the Great Rebellion”, as he’s from Philadelphia.

        • “That would be the ‘War of Northern Aggression,’ as we were taught in the South.” As taught by whom, your great-grandmother?? It certainly wasn’t taught that way in the schools where I grew up (North Carolina).

          • Schools usually don’t teach ridiculous crap like that. Regional biases and questionable perspectives on historical events are most often taught by family and friends.

          • Emmaleigh504

            I definitely had teachers give questionable perspectives on the Civil War and other subjects as part of lessons.

        • That was all a joke people. We were never really taught those words. We DID have more pictures (in my public school in New Orleans) of Jefferson Davis than we did of Abraham Lincoln though. And we WERE taught to sing “Dixie”. I’m not saying I agree with it, it’s just what I remember (the “War” thing notwithstanding). That’s just the way it was in the 1950’s.

      • They were also unable to find the same stone after the halt in construction, so they had to use stones from a different quarry.

    • Union labor 🙂

    • I know! The marble for the base came from the quarry in my hometown of Tuckahoe, NY. But they didn’t enough tuckahoe marble to finish the entire thing so they had to use a different marble. My high school band was invited to play at some anniversary ceremony of the monument in DC but my band teacher was so embarrassed by how bad we played he declined the invitation.

      • The marble for the Washington monument is from MD (a couple of row from MA). There might be a Tuckahoe block or two on the interior, there are commemorative stones donated from all over the country. Tuckahoe marble was used in the general post office (now Monaco hotel).

  • Can someone explain why the government closes on one religion’s holiday (and not others), when we are a non-denominational country?

    • Because the majority of the population celebrates it and it’s nice for all of us to have a day off.

    • It is a fair question by the letter of the law. However, I think that Christmas has become as much of a cultural holiday in this country as it is a religious holiday. Just my view as a pretty non-religious person but raised Christian.

      • Interesting given the thread above about the Civil War, we can thank the southern states for pushing to make Christmas a holiday. The northern Puritans found it unseemly to make a fuss.

    • Because Christmas is considered one of 10 codified federal holidays by 5 U.S.C. 6103. Whereas, no other religious holidays have such a distinction. Not arguing if it is right or wrong- just stating the facts.

      • I imagine JP’s question is _why_ Christmas is among the 10 codified federal holidays, not about the mechanism (5 U.S.C. 6103) that makes Christmas a federal holiday.

    • Emmaleigh504

      I think we need some holidays from other religions to balance things out. more holidays not fewer!

    • Because Christmas is the best holiday of all – religious or nonreligious.
      It’s the most wonderful time of the year.

    • because no politician that tried to change it would ever get elected again.

    • Maybe because if all of the people who celebrate Christmas took the day as a vacation day, the people who would be left would possibly be too few to fully staff things. This probably would have been even more likely whenever the day was originally declared a federal holiday and there was likely less religious diversity among federal workers.

  • Rave- winter blooming jasmine is out! Spring must be just around the corner.

  • Rant: Feeling very anxious today.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: Christmas Cheer.
    Rave: Cuss words

  • Just a PSA here – regardless of northern aggression or govt. religious holidays – Christmas Eve – (today) is NOT a holiday for parking and ticket writers have been very active this morning, at least on Irving St. and probably any street near DCUSA.

  • Rant: My building doesn’t have hot water. Again.
    Rant: My family’s annual holiday drama is reaching me in DC all the way from Atlanta. My sister is an excellent guilt-tripper, and my mother has cried every time I’ve talked to her over the last week because I’m not coming home this year. Sigh.
    Rant: The BF is giving me the silent treatment because I didn’t have time to finish enough mini-pies for him to take to his colleagues today (yes, I just wrote that sentence, and I can’t believe it either). This is our first Christmas together, so it’s getting to me more than it otherwise would. Hopefully he’ll get over it so we can enjoy the holiday.
    Rave: I have a pending job offer and am waiting to hear back about another opportunity. Change is in the air!

    • Re your third rant: Just in case you need some outside perspective, that sounds absolutely ridiculous. If this isn’t the first time he’s given you the silent treatment over something like that, I would seriously reconsider whether you want to be in a relationship with someone who passive-aggressively punishes you for not having time to do something for him. You say that because it’s the holidays it’s “getting to you more than it normally would”. That would get to me at any time of year. Don’t be so quick to dismiss your legitimate feelings over him acting like a child. He can bake his own damn pies. Or buy them at the store. Or say to his colleagues, “Sorry, I know I said I would bring in some homemade pies, but you know how crazy the holidays can get and we ran out of time.” Or, say to you, “You know, I’m disappointed that you weren’t able to finish those pies like you said you could, but I understand how difficult it can be at this time of year. We’ll have to plan better next time. What can I do to help?” Those are reasonable reactions. But the silent treatment? Seriously?

    • You deserve better

    • I hope you aren’t sleeping with the boyfriend, because it’s illegal for an adult to have sex with a child.
      Sounds like you could use more than a new job.

    • Wow, ok. I appreciate everyone’s concern – really wasn’t expecting a bunch of responses. Let me clarify a couple things: 1) This isn’t usual behavior from him and 2) We will be having a discussion about how he’s being childish. Honestly I think there’s something else bothering him that he’s not telling me about and this turned out to be his outlet, however ridiculous it is. We’ve been together close to two years, and he is a reasonable person 99% of the time so I think he’ll hear me out. And if he doesn’t, then you all can say I told you so.

  • Rave: early dismissal today
    Rave: all the fixin’s to make a delicious, takes longer than usual dinner
    Rave: buying myself a nice bottle of bourbon for the holiday. Suggestions for good but not exorbitant?

  • Rant: Anxious about first trip home in 3 years tomorrow.
    Rant: Getting together with my exgf tonight, I know this is a really bad decision but I can’t stop myself.

    • I was watching the hunger games and Jennifer Lawrence reminded me of one of my ex-girlfriends. Now, mind you, my ex-girlfriend was not, in reality, half as good looking as Jennifer Lawrence but in the passage of time she is now as good looking as Jennifer Lawrence in my mind. Which she isn’t really, which is why I don’t ever contact her. That and because I am happily married. The point is that things are sometimes better left to the imagination.

    • gotryit

      You can either go with the flow, or make a conscientious decision. It might be a decision to see her, and that’s your choice, but you don’t have to just go with the flow.

  • thebear

    Gosh. How did I not hear anything about Marvelous Market in Dupont closing? Went past today and saw the windows papered over and a sign directing people to the Georgetown location. Their website still lists it, and their Facebook page has zilch.

    • This is a shame. I missed it too. But it makes me reminisce about the time when Marvelous Market was really marvelous. Remember their chocolate cherry bread? And chicken BLT sandwich? And those meal sized brownies?

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