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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  • To whomever let your dog take a dump right in front of the steps to our home, and left it on the sidewalk, I hope your dog craps in your mouth in the middle of the night and you choke on it.

    Rave: 29 days till Spring!

    • That’s crappy. Ba dum ching.
      But seriously, that’s crappy. Sorry.

    • Similar rant: I live in a large apartment/town-home complex that allows dogs (I have one) and we all share a giant courtyard and yard. It’s mandatory to clean up after you dog in order to even have one in the buildings in the first place. Nobody listens and the paths and grass are super gross. My dog has to sniff every single one of course, so every day he darts back and forth all over like a ping pong ball.

      • At least he’s not eating the poo! My dogs have taken to randomly eating some poo’s. Hate it when people don’t pick up after their pets.

    • Someone actually thanked me yesterday as he walked by and I was picking up my dog’s crap. I felt like it was being thanked for stopping at a red light – it’s the law.

  • Rave: Finland.

  • Rant: I am tired of the gray. It makes is to hard to get out of bed in the morning.
    Rave: I made a delicious pot of chicken soup last night. The perfect meal for gray, winter days.
    Rave: Warmer weather this week!
    Rant: Guys who take up too much room on the bus. Move over, dude.

  • justinbc

    Rave: Whatever is in that pitcher.

    • delicious flowering green tea.

      It was rave-worthy, for sure.

      • exactly, i love flowering green tea
        most peopel dont know it exists either so its always cool to see the responses

        • justinbc

          I’m not a tea drinker, so I had never even heard of it! I assumed it was some kind of tipple πŸ™‚

        • My sister got me a flowering tea set a few years ago. It was cool the first time but the tea had practically no flavor and I ended up not using most of the buds. I feel like it’s more of a party trick than anything else.

          • Me too. It’s like performance art. Interesting for a minute, but ultimately pointless in a “pix or it didn’t happen” world.
            And yeah, the tea isn’t good.

          • Do you like jasmine tea? Green tea? If not, that could be the issue. That or the stuff that came in the set was novelty quality. I reaaaaaally like green tea, so flowering tea is just another way for me to ingest green tea.

          • I like green tea and especially love jasmine!

  • Rave: Finland 3….Russia 1! Wish I could have a shot of terva snapsi at work right now!
    Rant: Commute was terrible this morning…no bikes at the bikeshare station….and G8 bus just NEVER delivers!

    • Have to second your rant about the G8, especially this morning. Those buses are supposed to run every 15 minutes or so but this morning there was 1 at 8 that drove right by my stop and then nothing until the three at 8:35, two of which were full to capacity as well. Thankfully the rain wasn’t too horrible at that point.

      On the flip side, assuming I catch the right bus I get to work in about 25 minutes tops, which has started to seem pretty awesome compared to a new friend’s one hour twenty minute drive to work.

  • Rant: This morning – i am the first person on the bus to not get a seat (last seat was taken just before i got to the back of the bus) the driver proceeded to go SO slow and stopped at EVERY stop to jam as many miserable souls onto the bus. Then once i got down to K street it started raining and my shoes goes drenched – drying out now. Just a bad sequence of events.
    Rave: Leaving work early to go to the regan building for a volunteer event for my friends work. Hoping for lots of free drinks and food.
    Revel: My friend mentioned that she wants to set me up with one of their interns at work (who she showed me a picture of and is very cute). Hopefully i dont mess this up πŸ™‚ also any advice on how to approach being set up (this is my first time surpringly). Obviously we are just meeting at the event but if things go well i might ask her to dinner later in the week

    • justinbc

      Aren’t bus drivers supposed to stop at every stop? (assuming there is room for passengers)

      • not really, i have had a lot of drivers who realize that packing the bus to maximum capacity slows it down so much because there is no where for people to shift around and to let others out. This guy stopped and packed it to the door each time. Which is fine, just some drivers are better than others.

        • It’s raining, have some sympathy for the poor souls waiting out in the miserable cold. The driver did the right thing. You’re not entitled to an empty bus.

        • justinbc

          I guess it depends on what time you get on the bus and the frequency of your route. If they run every 5 minutes or so, then maybe no big deal, but if it’s a 15-30 minute wait between buses, I would say put yourself in the shoes of someone who might have been left out in the rain otherwise.

        • I have been there, both as the person in the back being squeezed and the person squeezing onto the bus at the front. The way crowding slows down the bus annoys me too, but I have also been the person waiting to get on when there are a few standing spots left and the doors are slammed in my face. That sucks more, so I try to have a little sympathy. We’re all just trying to get where we’re going.

    • Intern = No job. Poor. Forget about it.

      • Yeah, interns (or anyone under 24) are a no-go. I’d take one home for a night of debauchery, but I couldn’t seriously date one.

      • Intern= family money. Summer homes. winter lodges. paid for vacations.

        • LOL. Um, no. Mostly it’s young,broke, recent grads trying to get their foot in the door.
          Kids from family money are usually working for real money because they have family connections that got them the entry-level gig.

          • I thought it was more like kids that are still in college and looking to have a foot in the door before they graduate.

          • LOL um… speak from your own experience, please. The internship program I manage gets all kinds. But yeah, every cohort has at least a few vacation homes in the mix. I don’t think I’ve ever had an intern who wasn’t being supported at least in part by their family.

      • Not all interns are underpaid. When I was in college I made it a point to take internships that paid at least as much as a regular summer job would.

        • My college – University of Cincinnati – actually made sure that all the the co-op (mandatory internships) assignments were paid a fair wage. Best thing ever!

      • Go home Anonymous @10:54, you’re drunk.

    • Ugh ignore all these people debating the pros and cons of dating interns, there’s probably a reason she’s an intern and for all you know it might make you respect her more. You seem like you’re not going to write her off which is awesome.
      It seems like its the perfect set up, you have the friend in common and its a work friend for her so you can talk about her job and then transition to other things. Treat it like you’re just meeting another friend’s friend and then change your approach based on interest. Definitely ask her to dinner if things go well. Hopefully your evening will go far better than your morning! Good luck! πŸ™‚

  • binpetworth

    Rave: I heard birds chirping on my walk to work this morning. Spring is comin’!
    Rave: That means baseball season is also on its way!
    Rant: I’m not at spring training

  • New term: “The Gov Face” – It’s the way some government employees look when you pass them that makes you think they’re hiding a lot of secrets and they can never ever smile again no matter what happens. I’m fighting hard to prevent this from happening to me.

    Rant: Crap Retail on GA Ave… It’s been evolving way too slow. I’m tired of all these small idea mom & pop stores, I’m also tired of joints that cater to idealistic hipsterism that has really become a mainstream movement now in DC. I almost would like to see some useful big name stores move in because the small idea trend really isn’t working to support my exotic evening shopping habits. πŸ˜›

    Rant: Poor T-Mobile service in DC. It’s gotten a little better, but I’m really tired of having to stay in a specific place in my house to make calls that don’t drop… It used to be much better years ago.

    Rant: Non-Detail oriented people… If they relax laws for pot in DC, you’ll never get a correct order at Dunkin Donuts ever again, It’s already really bad.

  • Rant: Crazy ass coworker. For the last few years now this crazy lady on my job keeps bothering me. She thinks I’m her best friend. She’s not. She’s a nut job. I only talk to her about work related stuff. She constantly tries to sit next to me at meetings and interrupts me when I am talking with another coworker. When I went to the hosiptal, she got mad because I did not tell her immeidately that was I was in the hospital. She, like everyone else her, found out the next day from my supervisor. She yelled at me when I got back. Then, she tells me that I should tell her all of my personal business cause we are from the same state (I made the mistake of telling her that on the first day on the job).

    Rave: I’m alive and working and getting paycheck every 2 weeks.

    • skj84

      Wow. She sounds like a trip. Have you spoken to a boss or HR about her?

      • I spoke with my boss but he’s a pushover. I don’t want to go over his head (He’s really been nice to me) but I may have to in order to keep my sanity.

      • What would the complaint be? That she is annoying? I think I would think twice about going to HR and potentially messing with somebody’s livelihood. I would not do that lightly, personally.

        • skj84

          It does sound like the co worker is harassing the Original Poster, which makes it difficult for them to work. I understand not wanting to go to HR for every little issue, but I think coworker is crossing the line.

          • Until the anonymous poster tells Patrice to please stop talking to her about personal matters at work, it would be pretty shitty to go to HR. Patrice might sincerely think they’re friends, if Anonymous has done nothing to actively disabuse her of the idea, and just silently seethes and posts anonymously on blogs about it.

    • “Damn it, Patrice!!”

    • wdc: I thought I was OK dropping hints that I didn’t want to be bothered. Like refusing to use her bowl and spoon when she insisted when I went out and bought my lunch one day. Or the time I didn’t show up when she wanted me to drive over an hour to her house for New Year’s Day. Or the time I refused when she wanted to drive me home from work when she lived in the opposite side of town from me. I’m on the shy side and it’s kind of hard for me to speak up.

  • skj84

    Rave: The weather yesterday! It was exactly what I needed after a dreary week. I went on two bike rides to get the maximum of the weather.

    Rave: Going to see American Idiot tonight! I’ve wanted to see this show since it was on Broadway a few years back. So excited. I’ve even coordinated my outfit to the look of the show. Yes I know that’s a bit intense.

    Rant: Panic Attacks. Started to have a breakdown yesterday about the state of my life and my tendency to isolate myself. I feel better today, but I get overwhelmed sometimes. I just need to focus on one issue at a time rather than look at the big picture.

    • American Idiot is a lot of fun if you’re a fan of the original album (though I’m not sure why it was nominated for Best Musical). I bought tickets when I was visiting New York one random weekend a few years back, and a week prior to the show, they announced that Billie Joe Armstrong was going to be IN the show for that weekend only! I got really lucky. Have fun tonight!

    • Do you see someone about the panic attacks? You might consider it. There are medications that can help.

      • skj84

        I’ve done therapy in the past and I do have meds for emergencies. I think I may start up therapy again if the panic attacks become a regular thing.

  • Random question: What do you do with mail that comes to previous occupants, for whom you have no forwarding address? Is it the responsibility of the new tenant to take them all the way to the post office? My mailbox is full of stuff for 4 (FOUR!) past residents, and all I know is not to open it or throw it away. And I can’t give it to the mailman either…

    • Write “Return to sender” on it and drop it in a mailbox.

    • If you live an apt building, just leave it out in the mail room. If you’re in a row/SFH, just write “RETURN TO SENDER” on them and leave in mailbox for mail person to take back.

      • What if you don’t have a mailbox?

      • OP here: I’ve put RTS my mailman just leaves it…I don’t have a “mail room” in my apt building, and my mailbox opens from the top, so all the mail just gets shoved deeper. And I don’t want to be whiny but damn it is annoying to try to find a street mailbox! For those that shred/toss, isn’t that against the law? Reading the old post now…

    • At this point, I toss it out in the trash. I’ve put “return to sender” on the mail before, but it still keeps coming. I’m getting mail for 6 previous residents.
      I feel bad, but I can’t do anything about it. There’s serious stuff in the mail too – health care information, out-of-state property tax bills, notices from banks, investment statements, etc. But I’ve done all that I can. If people don’t leave a forwarding address with the USPS, then it’s on them. I can’t be responsible for their own irresponsibility.

      • I just got a check for a previous resident and destroyed it. We’ve been here three years, and I think the previous owners (not the recipient) were here at least as long, so whoever sent the check was working with very outdated information!

        • Same here. It’s been 3 1/2 years, so now all mail gets tossed. I wrote RTS or forward for about a year. Not my problem you didn’t change your address.

          • Do I win? We’ve been here EIGHT YEARS, and we’re still getting stuff for previous residents. The weird thing is, the people we bought the house from had been here for 30 years, and some of the mail is addressed to people other than the ones we bought from. Maybe they rented out rooms? Anyway, it all goes in the trash, unless it was misdelivered (which happens a lot, in which case I usually walk it to where it’s supposed to be and deliver it myself).

      • Don’t assume that it’s irresponsibility. Prior to a recent move, I contacted magazines, organizations that I belong to, banks, etc — to inform them of my forwarding address. I also completed the change of address form with the post office. Since i moved, almost 3 months ago, I’ve received maybe 2 or 3 forwarded pieces of mail. I’d like to think that it’s because of my efforts. I worry though, that there are things that are not being forwarded that I’ll never know about. I’m also pretty sure that the post office “forwarding’ only lasts a limited time, so despite my best efforts, I’m SOL if someone sends something important to my old address after this time is up. Maybe if you have a moment, you could google the person or check facebook — or if you’re in an apartment building, leave it with the manager, who may have an address on file. The manager of my old building is willing to hold mis-delivered mail — but if people just toss it, she can’t do that. At least write “return-to-sender” and put it in a mailbox — that way the sender will know, and hopefully important mail doesn’t get lost, or found by the wrong person.

    • If it’s an edible treat, then you eat it. We got some fancy fruit for the old homeowners over Christmas. We don’t have their contact info, so we ate it. It was delicious πŸ™‚

    • binpetworth

      I posed this question a few years ago to PoP and here’s the response: http://www.popville.com/2012/03/dear-popville-how-do-i-get-the-previous-tenants-mail-to-stop-coming/

      Needless to say, 2 years later, things haven’t changed much, so do what I do: recycle or shred!

    • Write return to sender. Also, if there is a small bar code stamp, cross that out. Most mail is sorted automatically and once that inky bar code is there, that’s usually what is read. Meaning you might get the returned mail back again.

      • Good point re. crossing out the bar code — I had one item of mail that came back like a bad penny because I had forgotten to cross out the bar code.

    • I think it’s courteous to write “Return to sender” on the mail for a couple of months. Yes, you shouldn’t have to, but it’s nice to do so.
      My house used to be a group house, and after I bought it, I was continuing to get mail for the 5 or so people who were living there immediately beforehand, plus some other tenants from the past. Eventually I looked up as many of them as I could via Facebook and asked them to get their addresses changed — it was driving me nuts.

    • Catalogchoice.com helps with bulk mail. Otherwise, “Return to sender” and drop in your nearest mailbox.

  • Rant: Russia. UGH!

  • Rant: I still feel like crap. I ate some bad sushi last night and was awoken by sharp shooting stomach pain and explosive {gross!}. There’s nothing like lying on your bathroom floor cursing a spicy tuna roll.
    Rant: I need to document all of my assumptions for our auditors. If they don’t already understand that there is a strong positive relationship between NOI and price levels then 60+ pages of documentation isn’t going to clear it up for them.
    Rave: killer outfit today!
    Rave: fennel tea

  • RANT: Michael Dunn case. Florida, in general. It breaks the heart.
    RAVE: Brilliant writers and journalists who are tackling this topic with honesty and clarity. The fact that only 2 members of the jury thought Dunn was acting in self defense, while 10 believed he was guilty of murder. It’s getting better.

  • Rave: Bathroom renovation just about finished, remaining renovations (building new closets, painting) due to be finished this week. I love love love my new bathroom!
    Rant: Where is the sun? It was here yesterday, now it’s gone again/

  • A while ago someone asked me to post about an upcoming swing dance the organization I volunteer for is putting on, so here you go- http://www.popville.com/event/swing-dance-dclx-presents-michael-gamble-and-his-rhythm-serenaders/
    Rant: Russia losing is just so much fodder for the xenophobic Mike Milburys of the world. Now I have to hear all about how Ovi can’t win a cup or medal like Crosby can and how his obvious lack of work ethic is what is dragging him down.
    Rave: at least Milbury didn’t call him a dog on national television (again)??

  • Rave: Friend is patient and a great guy
    Rant: Reading news from Ukraine – so incredibly sad and worried for my friends/colleagues. I remember being there for the revolution 10 years ago – and this breaks my heart.
    Rave: Safety, job, freedom

    • HI Andy, I’m in Kiev now and it’s heartbreaking. But also so amazed at all the people and their perseverance – you should have seen the actual mountains of food people brought to support Maidan today – and without metro and with half the transport – you know it wasn’t easy.

  • RAVE: Pandora. I haven’t used my pandora in a year or so. I just logged in and popped my headphones in — why has it taken me so long to remember Pandora?! Really enjoying Morrisey radio right now πŸ™‚ Plus it drowns out the woman across from me with the loudest telephone voice in the world!!

  • Rant: The Michael Dunn case. Maybe I need to read a few more articles, but there are some things that I don’t get: Dunn fired 10 shots. That must have been loud. So, multiple shots are fired, nobody calls the police? Multiple shots are fired, fiancee comes out of the store, gets in the car, and they drive off? And order pizza? WTF? There’s so much of this that just seems implausible by my very non-Florida standards of reality.

    • gotryit

      “non-Florida standards of reality”
      This should be made a formal term by whoever decides these things.

      • I’m pretty sure “non-Florida standards of reality” is going to be a new standard of review in the next edition of Moore’s. /lawyerjokes.

    • Dunn didn’t view them as humans, or equals. They are and were “others” so it wasn’t a big deal to shoot at them, in fact it was hist right and duty. Happens in Florida and in other states as well. It’s a reality in our country that occasionally gets media coverage….

      -POC raised in Florida.

      • Just want to add that this happens in all corners of the earth. We may have our particular brand of it but it’s not an “American” problem.

        • Unfortunately easy access to guns here means that disagreements can easily turn fatal.

        • Different anon: – I appreciate your point. But as an African-American, persistently trying to get to a place where I can simply think of myself — and experience myself — as an “American”, I’m pretty focused on “our particular brand of it”.

          It’s sad — but true — that I feel heartened by my sense that the members of the jury genuinely struggled to do their best with the laws and the instructions that they had to work with.

        • Wha? Just read in today’s Express that a mass murder in Norway is going on a hunger strike “unless he gets access to better video games, a sofa and a larger gym”. It’s interesting, how at least some murderer’s view and value their own quality of life, even as they’ve denied it to “others”.

  • gotryit

    rant / rave: I ate two cupcakes today already, which is less than the 3.5 that I ate yesterday

  • Rant: I now understand why people get flu shots. I’ve never gotten one because I never get the flu. Until now. This shit sucks.

    Rave? Three days home from work.

    • In my experience the reaction to the flu shot can be just as bad as the actual flu, so maybe you would be feeling like this anyway!

      • Doubtful. When I had the flu in 2006 it was worse than when I had mono in grad school. I missed two weeks of work.

        • I don’t think I’ve ever had the flu, but I missed two weeks of work after getting the flu shot in 2005. Now I plan my flu shots for times when I can afford to get sick. That’s the nice thing about the flu shot– if you leave it up to chance with the actual flu you never know when it will strike.

      • houseintherear

        The flu shot is a dead virus, so it’s physically impossible to get the flu from it… please don’t add to the fear mongering re: the flu shot! It’s a smart decision and helps us all to avoid a big epidemic.

        • houseintherear

          Hm I think I just asked someone to avoid fear mongering by partaking in fear mongering… sorry. πŸ™‚ But seriously, the flu shot is good!

        • Who said you can get the flu from it?

        • This is the truth. The problem is that the flu vaccine is not 100% reliable because it is developed ahead of time from an estimate of which strain will be prevalent that year – so maybe 60-75%. Also, it takes a week or so after the shot for your body to develop immunities, so you may well have been exposed to the virus before you got the jab.

          So yes, you can get the flu shot and still get the flu, but the flu shot will not give you the flu.

    • I’m a huge proponent of flu shots (and all vaccinations), but it should be pointed out that the flu shot sometimes has poor efficacy. I think by the end of the 2012-2013 flu season the efficacy was around 60%.

      I got the flu shot in October 2012 and got influenza B in March 2013. It was rough, but I got the flu shot again this year.

      • justinbc

        I’ve never gotten one, but my partner is required to get them every year. I figure, at least if I get it then she won’t, and I don’t have to worry about her bringing it home!

        • That all depends on how well the forecasting worked out. Though, this is the first year with a vaccine containing four strains of the flu, previously they contained three.

  • Rave: It is getting warmer!
    Rave: I went on a nice long run last night into Maryland.
    Rant: It is amazing how many runners do not understand that when you run on the road, you run on the lefthand side against traffic. I had to avoid many runners coming my way on the road, and veer into oncoming traffic. Seriously people run on the LEFT!

    • Wow. Just learning something today. I always thought of running like bicycling so you run with the traffic, but after a quick google search you appear to be completely correct. Thanks.

  • Rave: The Cronut at Shoppers Food Warehouse (sooooo delicious)
    Rave: Melting Snow
    Rant: My puppy forgetting his housetraining and finding a reasonbly prices ulphostery cleaner.

  • Rant: entire office is going to Vegas for a work trip, but not me.
    Rave: entire office is going to Vegas for a work trip, so that means I have a week without them.

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