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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  • Rant: I slept wrong last night and woke up with really sore shoulders. Oy.
    Rave: The sun! I love how bright it can be on snowy, winter days.
    Rave: Looking forward to the long weekend ahead. Thanks to the snow day yesterday the house is clean, which means no chores beyond the joy of cooking this weekend.

  • Rant: The jackass neighbor who decided to shovel his car free by shoveling snow INTO my parking spot.
    Rave: Following Victoria’s rave from yesterday, the awesome neighbors on the north side of the 1300 block of Irving Street – whole block cleared before noon yesterday.
    Rant: Icy as hell walking in today.

    • That happened to me when I lived in VA. We had assigned spaces in a lot, and Snowmaggedon hit while I was out of town. So the two men on either side of us starting throwing their snow into our spot. When my girlfriend ran outside to reprimand them for it, they were very rude to her and kept doing it. Lovely people we used to have as neighbors. Poor girlfriend had to shovel out a pile of snow that was taller than she is!

    • I was prepared to have the same rave about the south side of 1300 Kenyon, but the neighbors only cleaned up after Wednesday night’s snow, not last night’s, so the street is a massive ice sheet today. And since we’re on the south side, it isn’t completely melting. It’ll melt just enough to become a very, very slick sheet of ice tonight and tomorrow.

      • Well I am one of those neighbors. You try shoveling a solid sheet of ice. I salted it down before I left for work today, so most of it should have melted by now.

    • Awesome neighbors on 1800 block of Irving too! They cleared the snow on my block and up the stairs to my house by 9am. Thank you thank you thank you!

  • Rave: Snow day = soup making day. Yesterday’s soup was lemon chicken orzo – really good and I wish I’d doubled the recipe.
    Another rave: Yaktrax + silk underwear (& warm outerwear), because the pup needs to go out regardless of the weather.

  • Rant: Last week was food poisoning/stomach bug, this week is a cold and possible ear infection. My man and I have hotel reservations for tomorrow night so we can get some much needed alone time, and I don’t want to be snotty and gross!

  • Rave: So relaxed after two snow days.
    Rave: Traveling to sunny California for the long weekend!
    Rant: Had a job interview over 2 weeks ago and nothing! I am well connected to this organization so it is frustrating not to hear anything back. Also, why don’t companies reach out to tell you that you did not get the job? It is really the least they can do as it is depressing to email them to get confirmation that they went with someone else.

    • I’m so sorry you haven’t heard back. I agree it is super frustrating when they just give you the silent treatment. I had not one, but two interviews with an organization and here it is a month later, and nothing. If you haul me into your office not once, but twice, at least do me the courtesy of sending me a timely rejection letter.

    • Agreed, I’ve had a couple of job interviews, followed by total silence, and it’s a huge pet peeve of mine. I get that it’s not feasible to respond to every resume/application you receive, but I think if you get to the point of bringing someone in for an in-person interview, then you really need to send follow-up communication about the status of your search. I don’t even care if it’s an impersonal form e-mail to a handful of people…just *something* to not leave your job candidates hanging. Re your specific situation, of course I have no idea what’s going on, but it might not necessarily be bad news. Perhaps it varies by industry, but I’ve worked for organizations where 2-ish weeks was not at all uncommon for lag time. Either HR was not super-organized, or they weren’t adequately staffed and thus had a TON else on their plate besides the job search. Or in some cases, they were interviewing other candidates, or waiting to hear back whether one candidate accepted the offer before notifying everyone else–in case Candidate #1 turned it down, and they had to go to their next choice. (Not that I’m suggesting you’re anyone’s 2nd choice…but hell, no shame in it, if that turns out to be the case. I’ve been the backup candidate in a couple of past jobs, and I figure, however I get into the job, it’s all good.)

  • rave: warm weather is on the way after this weekend! it is going to feel like summer after the cold that has been here!
    rant: my spanish learning has seriously plateaued. i am stuck i think at intermediate and conversational abilities are really rough. anyone know how to get over the hump?

    • Spaninsh boyfriend/girlfriend will usually do the trick. If you can fight and f#ck in a foreign language, it means you can handle most conversations ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Would you consider taking a week or 2 week long trip? i have gone to Spanish schools in Guatemala and they really accelerate your learning. They aren’t as expensive as you think and it really will make a huge difference. There’s schools in Antiqua and Xela if you are interested. It really works!

      • I’d love to combine learning Spanish with learning to weave. A friend who lives in Guatemala said Xela is the place for this. Just need to make it happen!

      • Yes, definitely would consider this! Could you tell me which schools you went to? It seems like there are hundreds in Guatemala alone.

        • I had to combine the classes with other work-related meetings so I had to stay in Antigua because of its proximity to Guat City. I ended up going to La Union and it was good. I do know that a number of folks really liked the experience of Xela better. All in all, I think most schools will be fine, it’s more the one on one nature and the immersion that will make the difference.

          • I did a language course in Xela – Proyecto Linguistico Quetzalteco de Espanol (PLQE). This was almost seven years ago, but I thought it was great. Inexpensive with five (or maybe four) hours of one-on-one tutoring. They also have a program in the mountains that a friend of mine did. I thought they did a great job of teaching Spanish but also giving some historical background of the country. http://www.plqe.org/

  • RAVE: Got so much accomplished around the house on my snow day except work. Shhh, don’t tell my boss.
    RAVE: My cat is learning that the harness = walk outside and he’s stopped swatting at me when I try to put it on him.
    RAVE: Weekend!

    • what kind of harness did you get? i want one for my cat but the reviews for many on amazon talk about how their cat slipped out of the harness and got away! this has me too freaked out to actually buy one.

      • anonymouse_dianne

        Sturdi Products makes a cat walking jacket that my breeder recommends. She actually trains the kittens before they go to new homes. Just google it.

      • I use the ‘Come With Me Kitty’ harness and having just read the first review on Amazon, now I’m freaked out!
        I make sure the harness is on tight and only take him out for small periods of time. I’m also on the look out for people walking dogs or anything else I think would spook him. I haven’t had any scary moments yet. Maybe using a collar and connecting the leash to the harness ~and~ collar would be a good precautionary measure if your cat will stand for it.

        • Oh dear – I just dug out an old kitty harness and tried it on new kitty and she has run under the bed and won’t come out.

          • Oh, no! I have a second cat who squirms like the dickens when I get near him with the harness then cries when his brother and I leave him behind.
            Hope your kitty is only momentarily traumatized.

  • Rave: Woke up to a clean walk and sidewalk yesterday . . . no idea who did this kind act of clearing the snow around our row house – but a wonderful way to start a snow day!! Greatly appreciated – wish I knew who to thank in person. Especially with a sick little one who has been refusing to nap and a husband out of town for work – made my month! Many thanks to all those who were extra helpful and neighborly this snow day.

  • Rave: Only $3900 left on CC bill ๐Ÿ™‚ slowly but surely!
    Rave :To the mysterious person who shoveled my walkway, Thank you so much !! You made my month and I have no idea who you are.

  • Rave – Beautiful sunny morning
    Rave – Made it work with no issues, thank you 2-hour delay and WMATA for keeping the 32 bus rollin
    Rant – Giant puddles of brown slush that accumulate on the curb. My least favorite thing about winter.
    Rave – House of Cards! Can’t wait to watch the new season tonight.

    • Rave: Also House of Cards. 2-hour delay meant I got to watch the first episode this morning!

    • Hehe, the bf was apologizing profusely for taking on a work trip this weekend, and I was all like “No, don’t worry about it, I’ll be fine, we can hang out another weekend…I’m feeling a little under the weather, anyway” (which is true), while in my head, going “Woo-hoo, freed-up for a House of Cards binge-a-thon this weekend!”

  • pablo .raw

    Rave: was careful on my walk to work, didn’t fall on the icy sidewalks
    Rant: snow on my shoes melted, wet boots, slip on office floor, fell with my hand on top of my (ex) coffee mug. Multiple cuts, none of them serious.
    Rave: Happy Valentine’s to all who celebrate it, and (as we do in Latin America) happy friendship day to all!!

  • Rave: I love snow. Enjoyed my snow day very much.
    Rant: The church on our block plowed their parking lot by shoveling a large pile of snow into the alley, blocking half of the roadway. The alley had not been plowed as of this morning. Not cool.

    • I hate to tell you this, but I don’t think the city plows the alleys. You may have to wait for it to melt. I might get your neighbors together and write a letter to the pastor of the church and let him/her know. He/she may not know that the company they hired did this to you guys.

      • The city has never plowed my alley in the 12 years I have been there. During snowmaggedon, we shoveled it ourselves.

  • Rave: I spent yesterday morning being neighborly and shoveling the block and it is great to hear people rave about this. If you want to make the day of whomever shoveled your walk/block, consider putting up a small thank you sign for the day (or beating them to it next snowstorm). This would completely make my day!
    Rant: Next-door neighbor throwing trash in our yard hours after we shoveled the block for them and everybody else. $(@#=

  • epric002

    rant: my company is NOT my valentine today. the stupid new transit benefits provider they selected has effed mine up in less than 2 days; AND they’ve decided they don’t want to let us use admin leave for yesterday. grrrrrr.
    rant: the ice rink skate-to-metro this morning.
    rave: i didn’t fall!
    rave: got the whole house cleaned yesterday!
    rave: picking up the dogs this weekend, and warm weather next week!

  • Rave: Thanks to the random guy on the street (17th between Euclid and Columbia) who pushed my car over a snowbank so I could get out of my parking spot and into work safely! I love random acts of kindness.
    Rave: 2 hour delay plus 3 hour early release = a 3 hour workday for me!!
    Rant: My new desk at work was built for a hobbit, apparently. I’m really short too but I’m already getting a backache from this low desk!

  • Rant: I walked down upper 14th Street to the Columbia Heights Metro around 10am this morning. On the East side sidewalks there was a thick sheet of ice from Perry Pl NW to Monroe (with only a few exceptions). Many pedestrians, including elderly folks and people with small children, were left clinging to fences, street sign poles, and whatever else they could find to make the dangerous traverse. The businesses on that side of the street should be ashamed of themselves. It’s downright reckless that they hadn’t shoveled that late in the morning. It was clear that the majority of them hadn’t bothered to shovel the day before either.

  • Rant: Came home yesterday to my fridge not working and the temperature controller being fairly hot. I turned it off and then turned it back on (via the circuit breaker) and woke up this morning to a cool fridge. However, I’m still concerned with it happening in the first place.
    Rave: Looking forward to a nice night with my girlfriend.

    • anonymouse_dianne

      This happened to me with my relatively new GE fridge. I suspect the electricity in the unit had a hiccup. Not had a problem since.

  • Question: How did you meet your love? Could be a sig other, awesome friend, fur-baby… I just think it’s fun to go back to the beginning of when that sepcial someone came into your life. Screw hallmark and cupid, let’s just focus on the realness in our lives!

  • RAVE: work sending me somewhere warmer/fun next week that’s also a great opportunity
    RAVE: the fiance taking off to make it a mini-vacation
    RAVE: i’ll get a rare opportunity to see some of my future in-laws and their kids!
    RAVE/RANT: love this weather but worried it’s going to mess up our flights.
    RANT: OPM forgetting about bus commuters where Metro is not an option. Not cool.

  • RAVE: The snow elf that cleared the snow in my block. Thank you!
    RAVE: Weekend… much needed after a hectic week. And then a work trip, which means a whole day of watching movies on the plane.
    RANT: The work trip is going to be busy and challenging
    RAVE: No V-Day plans with the bf (as in fancy dinner or what not), just a quiet evening together. Those are the best.

  • Irritating uber driver in Dupont Circle this morning, with VA plates felt entitled to block while waiting for his pickup. The cops come behind and honk, and he won’t move. Now both lanes are blocked while the police tell him he has to go around the block. Meanwhile his passenger ambles casually, like he’s Lord Grantham descending from his estate to his private car.

    I wish the cops had ticketed the driver, even though that would have blocked the road even longer. Taxi passengers who hail their ride from the curb and hop in, and Uber passengers and drivers could do with a little self awareness. Like being ready when your ride arrives.

    • Oh man, the only time I got serious road rage was when a taxi cab blocked the left lane of K street during rush hour for three green-light cycles while his passenger, I don’t know, fumbled in her purse or some crap, and then decided to wait there for a subsequent fare. I almost lost it because I was on my way to a mandatory meeting. And I’ve never driven in rush hour since. It was stupid of me in the first place. So the lesson for taxi passengers is to always have payment ready before you hop out. And the lesson for me is don’t be ragey.

      • Agreed… i also try to have the fare ready to avoid the awkward fumble.
        Sometimes cabbies take their sweet time with the change… “oh where is my wallet? This pocket? That pocket?” I suspect this happens so that the passenger gets irritated and says “just keep the change.” That’s not gonna happen when I gave a $20 on a $8 ride.

    • LOL @ your Lord Grantham reference!

  • Rant: work on Monday! ๐Ÿ™
    Rave: snow day yesterday, 2 hour delayed opening today.
    Rant: still had to get into work early-ish and the sidewalks were crazy dangerous

  • I am wondering what a typical rent would be for a room in a group home in Brightwood? Looking at potentially buying a renovated (open floor plan, 3.5 baths, brand new kitchen etc) Closest cross-street is 8th and Hamilton.

    There would be two extra bedrooms, which would share a full bathroom in the hallway. Both rooms are approximately 10×11. I am thinking they would rent to individuals for about $850/month, am I about right?

    • jim_ed

      Considering thats Petworth, I’d advertise it as such, since its the hot neighborhood at the moment. That said, I’m not sure how hot the market is for renovated group homes in that neighborhood. There are several un-renovated ones being rented out by people sharing political persuasions and whatnot, but it’s a bit far from the hip stuff for staffers or whoever you might be targeting. That said, I think $850 would be a fair price for the area.

    • I agree that price sounds reasonable. I would add in a flat fee for utilities to avoid having to collect that separately.

  • Rant #1: I’m so tired of people not bothering to clean their sidewalks. Walking to the metro today was far easier on the roads than on the sidewalks. I wish the City would start fining people and that those fines would rise exponentially.

    Rant #2: A super special “Jackasses of the Storm” shout out to the property owners between V and U, along the west side of 15th St. NW. I’ve lived the area for 7+ years and your block can be counted on to absolutely NEVER shovel or treat. Property ownership comes with actual responsibility. who knew? It snowed twice yesterday, so those of you who shoveled once and ignored the rest made it worse by leaving 3″ of solid ice. You should have left the snow. I should take that back, partially. The southernmost property sometimes has a 70+year old man outside shoveling it. For the rest of you, what’s your excuse?

    Our second ‘Jackass of the Storm” award goes to whomever cleans the sidewalks for the seniors at the Dunbar apartments. They left 2-3″ of solid ice completely around the building. So none of the seniors can even get outside to where Metro Access and other services pick them up. If it’s still like that after work, feel free to bring a shovel, pick, or blasting powder and join me in clearing it.

    I’d leave more of these, but who has that much time? One city block suffices as emblematic of all DC.

    • serious question: i’m a renter. is it my responsibility to clear the sidewalk in front of my rental? this is my first winter in DC, and I was away during the other snowstorms, so don’t even own a shovel. I thought it was my LL’s (i.e., property owern’s) responsibility to clear the sidewalk? I would have shoveled, but I don’t own anything that even approximates a shovel and the hardware stores were totally sold out.

      • Yes, it’s the responsibility of the resident. If your landlord arranges to have it done for you then great, but otherwise it’s your responsibility.

      • Look at your lease to see whose legal responsibility it is. But a good rule of thumb is that if you’re in a large building, the building is supposed to take care of it. If you’re renting in a row house or group house, you’re probably supposed to take care of it. But the neighborly answer is if it hasn’t been taken care of and you don’t have a shovel, go to your neighbor’s house, ask to borrow a shovel, and shovel it.

    • Most people shoveled yesterday and then the ice happened overnight. So, you really expected every DC resident to get up at 6 am and shovel what happened overnight so that when you were walking to the metro, it wouldn’t be icy?

      • Yep, that’s the law. W/in 8 hrs of snow stopping, which by my estimate was about 11pm last night. People buy houses, some work comes with that. And you’re missing the bigger point here, these people won’t clear it all, ever. So it will an icy mess for days. The temp is up today, but if we had a week below freezing that ice would still be there next Friday.

        • It’s the first 8 daylight hours after snow stops, and unless I’m completely misremembering, it snowed and iced overnight, which is after dark.

  • Hopefully this’ll make someone smirk a little regarding the “holiday” today. I was texting last night with the guy I dated last. He texted me first, which probably meant he was drinking. About 45 minutes after his last text to me I got the following text from him: “Going to bed, really looking forward to tomorrow, dinner at 6:15, movie after? Xoxo, can’t wait to have a hairy mexican deep in my mouth!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Really? This was obviously not meant for me (he’s out of state and we have no plans). I was so thrown off that this required an explanation, so I called him. I’m not even sure if I believe what he said…but it was supposed to be a joke for the guy friend he is hanging out with tonight…and hairy mexican is the name of a sushi roll at a place they are having dinner. Either way…that’s one of the top three weirdest texts I’ve ever received! No regrets on that break up! I swear this stuff only happens to me ๐Ÿ™‚
    Rave: No romantic plans today and feel okay about it.

  • Guess it’s my turn to complain about the uncleared sections of sidewalk now! Walked to work this morning, for once. Combination of buses being scarce and hellishly packed, along with new Fitbit and peer pressure–in a good way–to keep up with the step-accumulation of some Fitbit-ing friends, and almost ate it a few times. Now I have a new appreciation for how quickly my building’s maintenance staff hustles to shovel our sidewalks. Sleepyhead-me might be bellyaching at being woken up super-crazy-early in the morning (before sunrise) by the sound of shoveling, ice-chopping, and scraping just outside my window…but Civic-minded-me is grateful that they do this, for pedestrians’ sake.

    • I love fitbit! I find myself walking in place when I’m washing dishes, etc so that I can reach my 10,000 steps/day : )

  • Rant: Houses on my block headed by men – sidewalks unshoveled
    Rave: Houses on my block headed by women – sidewalks shoveled
    Rave2: Mailman who pointed this out said it happens every time

  • Getting this (admittedly minor) rant off my chest because I can do so here anonymously: I am just not that into flowers on Valentine’s Day (or any other day). There, I said it. Don’t get me wrong, they’re lovely–but they die after a few days, and flower arrangement/delivery is just crazy overpriced. This isn’t very romantic of me, but if someone’s going to spend that much money, I would so much rather they just gave me the $50 or whatever in cash, or bought me $50 worth of wine, or used it to take the both of us out to dinner, or any of 100 or so other things besides flowers. Having said all that, this is one of those things that I’ll never actually bring up because: a) it is kind of cute, even though it’s not my thing; and b) I’m not going to be a sour jerkface in response to what was intended as a thoughtful, loving gesture that my partner clearly got some happiness out of. (I did drop a few hints early in our dating, and not connected to V-day, that I wasn’t super-into flowers, but this is one of those situations where saying anything more pointed than that is just not worth it, and it’s better for me to just embrace the flowers.)

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