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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  • justinbc

    Rave: Last day of work before a nice 2 week break. Can’t wait to be greeted by sunny 60-70 degree weather in California.
    Rave: All of my reservations booked for each meal on the trip, most through OpenTable (yay bonus dining points). I’m so glad automation has made life simpler in most regards. I’m a pretty hardcore planner when it comes to trips, so not having to worry about where to eat relieves a lot of that stress.
    Rant: Dog walkers who leave their poop bags in my trash can in between the time the garbage guys pick it up and I can get home to take it inside. If you don’t want that poop smell on your own back patio what makes you think I want it on mine?

  • Rant: I went to matchbox in Chinatown yesterday for the first time in months and something has changed with their pizza. It was okay, but not as good as it used to be. The crust was kind of limp and flimsy. Not horrible, but it’s gone downhill.

    Rave: I still enjoyed my lunch there, and service at the bar was excellent. Also, stopped by the new Walmart on H on the way there, and it was clean, well lit and organized and the staff were were friendly and helpful.

  • Rave: Due to sudden illness I had to cancel travel plans to visit family. I turned to Amazon prime and USPS Flat rate 2 day delivery on Friday and Saturday to mail my presents. Every one of them arrived on time!

    Rant: People on the news ranting about how delays in processing packages at UPS ruined their holidays. SRSLY folks? You really need to reexamine the meaning of the holidays and STFU.

    • Agreed. The UPS news is tiresome.

      • justinbc

        You know what helps alleviate delays in UPS shipping problems? Ordering your gifts sooner than the day(s) before Christmas. If people exhibited a little more effort on their own part they wouldn’t have to rely so much on others.

        • Exactly. That’s why the UPS “news” is tiresome. Seems pretty clear what the problem is and yet another reminder to not wait to the last minute to ship stuff around the holidays.

          • Their problems started well in advance. I ordered my husband’s gift (iPad Air) on Black Friday. It arrived before Christmas but not after taking a ridiculous journey, sitting in UPS’s warehouse for 3 days for no reason, UPS telling me they didn’t know where it was and, no, I can’t redirect it because I don’t exist as a person (I recently had a name change). A signature was required – I was home – they just left it. Every single thing I ordered this year, well in advance, even via Amazon Prime, that was shipped by UPS was late. And their tracking always lied.
            It wouldn’t have ruined anything by any means but I wish Amazon would stop using them until they get it together.
            USPS, however, got shit done.

    • Amazon Prime is a lifesaver. So fast, and I can’t think of when they haven’t delivered on time.

    • You want people to stfu and reexamine the meaning of the holidays — when your own rave is about the presents you sent arriving on time? Why shouldn’t other people want their gifts to arrive on time just like you do?

      • The difference is if my presents had not arrived on time, no one in my family or I would be claiming Christmas was ruined. They were upset that I couldn’t make it. I just wanted to give Amazon, UPS and the USPS some props for a job well done for the vast majority of people.

  • Rave: A very generous family member is opening an investment account for my daughter and funding it for 2013 and 2014 for the maximum tax-free amount. He did that for all his great nieces and nephews, and now he’s doing it for the next generation. He is a wonder at 94.
    Rant: It feels like said relative is getting his ducks in a row as his health declines and that’s making me very sad.
    Rant: My mom has to go in Monday or Tuesday for a biopsy of some suspicious lesions.

  • Rant: I have that stupid Taylor Swift “Last Christmas” song stuck in my head. And even worse, I think it’s not such a horrible song, so I’m hating myself for enjoying some pop music.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rave: My wonderful Grandpa who sent me the cutest holiday card and left an adorable message on my phone. I will keep it for always.
    Rant: I still haven’t mailed all my holiday presents.
    Rave: New Year’s presents for everyone!

  • Rant/Rave: Why is it that when I have a vacation looming in the background, I manage to be a productivity monster at work? Why can’t I be this efficient every day?
    Rave: Going on vacation! I can’t wait to spend the next week in the Bay area with my best friend.
    Rant: Christmas part four with my mom, stepdad, and siblings tomorrow evening. Blended families make for more work over the holidays. I’m over Christmas, ready to put away the tree and be done with it.
    Rave: I think the partner and I are going to go away for Christmas next year. It will be nice just to hibernate in a hotel room and sleep for a few days.

    • A co-worker and I have figured out that our overall productivity would be much higher if we worked one week (pre-vacation deadlines/adrenaline), took two weeks off, and worked another week (post-vacation refresh). Now we have to convince our boss and HR that this schedule is in their best interests, too. We’re even happy to stagger our 2 weeks on-2 weeks off to make sure one of us is always there, so I don’t think it will be tough to make the case.

    • justinbc

      We’re heading to SF as well. Still have yet to find anything there I actually want to do for NYE though. It’s all big hotel parties and open bar crap that I’m just not into.

      • I agree with you re: being over hotel parties and open bar crap. We are having dinner and hanging out with friends who live in the Bay area.

        I personally hate going out on NYE. It reminds me of Valentine’s Day — a high pressure holiday where most places are just overpriced and overly packed. People have such high expectations for that night that it almost always ends up being a let down.

        • Yup. NYE “events” are for suckers and tourists. I usually do a house party or dinner with friends, take a nap, and then head out for afterhours dancing at a club starting at 5 or 6am. Many venues get 24 hours licenses for NYE and roll into New Years Day (if I venture out at all).

          • Why is dancing at 5 or 6 a.m. better than dancing at 11-12 p.m.?

          • @Victoria:
            -The sloppy drunks have cleared out (they come out in full force on NYE)
            -The cover charges are waaaaaaaaaaaaay cheaper
            -Less crowded: easier to get a drink at the bar, more room to comfortably dance, not as hot temperature-wise
            -Better tunes and DJs
            -Dancing as the sun comes up, especially in a place like SF where clubs have windows and outdoor patios, is awesome.

          • Yeah – I’ve been dancing all night ’till dawn 25+ years at many a house/art/street/warehouse party all over the world – it has just always seemed weird and artificial for people to plan to show up at a place at 5 a.m.

      • What’s your scene? If you have any friends in SF, I’d recommend hooking up with them. Like anywhere else, NYE is SF is also a clusterf#ck (and even pricier than DC, IMHO). Much better off tagging along to a house party.
        Though, if you’re into house/dance music, I highly recommend going to the parties that start at 6am on the 1st. San Francisco has LEGENDARY New Years Day parties that start at 6am and go until the sunset (or later!). The End Up, Monarch, and F8 all have great lineups of local DJ talent.

        • justinbc

          We’re doing dinner at Incanto early on (around 6’ish) to free up time later for whatever. I was hoping for a bar like The Passenger here which always has a NYE “party” but it’s completely informal and just an all around good time. I’ve asked a few friends out there, and they all indicated that if they had known about one they would be going there as well, haha, oh well. The 6AM dance party stuff actually sounds like a lot of fun, and I would be so up for that, but my companion not so much. I really just want somewhere chill to have a few cocktails or good beers and some champagne at the end while the countdown happens, nothing fancy.

          • My advice is to find a good dive bar in a convenient neighborhood with a good jukebox and park there for the night with friends! There’s still plenty of those types of spots in SF 🙂

          • Even though I spent about half my 20s in the Bay Area, I only went to SF once for NYE and ended up at a bar as you described. Just went to the closest bar to the restaurant I went to with friends and it was thankfully nice and chill (free champagne at midnight too). I am guessing the Mission with be a s-show as will be the Marina and North Beach, but other neighborhoods probably won’t be bad.

          • justinbc

            Thanks, yeah definitely avoiding the fireworks at the Marina. Just found out today that Cantina will be open on NYE, best mojitos I’ve ever had are there. So we’ll likely just stroll over and sit back and relax with some salsa and rum.

  • Rave: Silk underwear keeping me warm and toasty on my recent dog walks.
    Rant: My boiler is making a loud noise when it turns on – it is due for a servicing but hopefully not replacing. Yes it’s old (50+ years) but it has worked well for those 50 years.

  • skj84

    Rave: Wonderful Christmas. I’ve spent the last few days relaxing with my family. It’s been nice having the whole family together at one time. I was really worried I would get stressed out, but so far everyone has been chill.

    Rant: Vacation is almost over. I don’t want to go back to real life!

  • Rave: Expecting a job offer on Monday. If it’s good, I’m accepting!
    Rant: Got a cold. I have a ton of stuff to do but all I want is to curl up on the couch and sleep.

  • PoP: Any news on Brookland’s Finest? I seem to remember something about January opening date…but it doesn’t look like its anywhere close to that…

  • Posting late on a holiday Friday, but does anyone have any recommendations for vets who specialize in treating diabetes in dogs in DC or northern VA? Thanks in advance.

    • I don’t know about diabetes specifically but I’ve always been happy with Friendship Hospital for emergencies and general care/annuals. If you’re willing to make the trek, the Leesburg Veterinary Hospital is great too.

    • anonymouse_dianne

      I recommend Friendship as well — where are you located? Dr. Hamilton at City Paws helped me with my geriatric diabetic cat. Diabetes in cats is different from dogs, but still…

    • epric002

      don’t know about diabetes, per se, but we love dr. saini at du pont vet clinic

    • Thank you all so much! I wasn’t expecting any responses this late in the day. I’m posting for a friend whose dog recently had surgery for pancreatic cancer and they are having trouble getting her post-op diabetes under control. So she’s looking for a second opinion to see if they have any other treatment ideas. It’s been such a difficult time for them, I just want to be able to help. I’ll pass along these recommendations.
      Thanks, again, and happy weekend!

    • Not sure if any of the posts specifically address diabetes in dogs, but there was a thread on veterinarian recommendations just under a year ago here:

    • saf

      I used to have a diabetic cat. He saw Larissa Kats, who is now at Union. She was great with him.

  • Rant: Black Israelite pussies who only show up to spew their ignorance and racism in nice weather.

    Double Rant: Electronic amplification is NOT necessary for free speech! Talk all the stupid crap you want to outside the Metro station (on nice days only because you are pansy-ass weaklings) but I should not be forced to hear it a block away!

    Triple rant: DC council who will not pass regulations against amplified sound in public spaces. It isn’t that hard guys!!!!

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