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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  • I was sort of looking at Gray as the only electable candidate that I could vote for in the primary. I think despite everything he has actually done a decent job. Now it looks like he will get indicted.

    • It’s interesting. It DC seems to be unique in electing and re-electing politicians who have committed egregious crimes, forgiving them because they’ve done a “good job.” You would think once they actually broke the law, they wouldn’t be considered a good candidate anymore.

      • I am not making a value judgment. This is entirely based on self interest as a property owner and D.C. resident. I guess I am being a realist in thinking I would vote for Gray because I don’t think my preferred candidate (Shalal or Jack Evans maybe) has a shot at it. Come the general, all bets are off and I would probably vote for Catania over Vincent Orange, certainly.

      • Emmaleigh504

        It’s not just DC, the good state of Louisiana does it too. The most famous case I can think of is the gubernatorial election in 91 or 92 where there were bumper stickers that said “Vote for the Crook It’s Important” because the other guy was KKK. Thankfully, the crook won.

        • Yes, this is really one of my pet peeves. DC is NOT unique in electing corrupt officials.

        • DC is only unique in that after we elect corrput officals, it is used as evidence of our inability to govern ourselves and therefore as an excuse to continue to limit our participation in national government.
          If the same rationale were applied to states, how many would survive that scrutiny? Not Louisina, not Illinois, not Massachsetts, not Rhode Island, not Maryland……

        • Time for some traffic problems!

        • Don’t forget Florida — especially Miami, where being indicted often assures a winning candidacy.

  • Rant: People who use the front door to get off the bus when they’re on the back half. You’re slowing everyone’s commute down since the people boarding can’t get on right away. So if you’re physically able to, use the back door! Also, if you’re adding cash to your Metro card, board the bus last at your stop.

    Rave: Loving this weather!

  • Rant: got in a fight this morning with a wrong number. That’s not a good omen for the rest of the day.
    Rave: I’m confident that the nasty old woman will think about what I said, ie, it is not ok to call a stranger on the phone at 8am and swear at them because of your own mistake.

  • Anastasia Beaverhausen

    Could someone please do something about that annoying Metro train operator who talks like a robot? I’ve been stuck on her train twice in one week. I’d rather hear the usual slurred, unintelligible voice than someone putting on an affectation.

    • Emmaleigh504

      There are 2 robot operators! One is on red, one on yellow. The yellow line operator is worse IMO. I’ve been known to get off her train at rush hour because I know another train will come along soon and her voice drives me nuts.

      • I know exactly which one you mean on the red line. I used to hear almost every evening on the way home from work and then I think her shift changed because I would get her in the morning. I am so curious to get a look at the person behind the voice.

    • The orange line one drives me nuts! “Next station: Farra-GOT North.”

    • They’re not all bad… What about the red line operator that sounds exactly like The Chief from the old where in the world is Carmen San Diego tv show?

      • I don’t know what the Chief sounds like, but is it the man who’s all chatty and folksy and funny? “Next station is Judiciary Square. If you are serving on a jury today, thank you for your service! If you are on trial… best of luck to you. Judiciary Square.” Or, “Next station, Dupont Circle. Your weekend begins on the right.” I wonder if he retired… it’s been a couple years since I had the pleasure of riding with him.

    • Anastasia Beaverhausen

      I just wrote to Metro about it and included some of your responses so they don’t think I’m the only one who’s annoyed by it.

    • yikes – I had a driver on the yellow line that sounded like barry white for a long time. It was great. Get that train!

    • I’ve heard these guys…I actually thought they were employing people on the autism spectrum, and that it was a really great way to help these people integrate into society in a way where everyone benefited.

      If that’s not the case then that person’s voice definitely is unusual.


  • Emmaleigh504

    Rave: Slept until my alarm went off!
    Shameless Plug: Just donated money to the International Rhino Foundation because I love rhinos. (You can too, text RHINO to 501501 and $10 will be sent to them.)

  • rant: in the ER twice with baby. Virus – lots of vomit and diaper changes. It was the most awful weekend of my life. He still won’t eat and already hasn’t gained much weight lately. It’s very stressful.

    rave: the care we received at both GW and Childrens. I was very impressed and touched by how sweet they were with the baby – we ran out of wipes at GW and the resident ran to get us what they could (since they had none there). It was just all very compassionate, not sure why I didn’t expect that from ER care.

    rant: my husband got whatever my baby had.
    rave: we went to a baby shower and brought “too many” Georgetown Cupcakes with us so they sent us home with a dozen. Which was probably the only thing that kept me sane all weekend. They are a food group on weekends like this

    • I’ve done the ER visit with my baby before. No fun. It’s especially tough when they’re too young to drink anything but breastmilk and formula. If Laurel isn’t too far for you to drive, I’d highly recommend going to Kinder Mender in Laurel. They’re a pediatric urgent care, open until 10 p.m., and they’re pretty prompt with getting you looked out and out the door. We’ve done many, many visits to the office in Columbia (closer to where we live). They’re a lifesaver, and you won’t have to go the ER. http://www.kindermender.com/

    • Been there. It takes a massive toll. I work in humanitarian assistance, and when I hadn’t slept for two days and was at my absolute breaking point, it helped to remember that my baby was going to survive, simply by the grace of living where we live. No matter how tired and filthy and pained I was for my baby’s misery, I knew she would come home eventually.

  • Rave: Very strong dark tea.
    Rave: Spending time with my favorite little man tonight. Yay for getting a baby fix AND still getting a good night’s sleep.
    Rave: The warm sunshine on my walk home yesterday evening

  • Rave: Dinner at the Red Hen last night was scrumptious. I loved the semolina gnocchi (fortuitously, an article ran in the Post raving about the dish) and maple custard.
    Rant: The walk from Bloomingdale to Shaw metro is off-putting for some reason.
    Rave: So many interesting new restaurants and cafes and I want to try them all!
    Rant: Not enough money, not enough space in my belly, and not enough time since I’m moving to New York in a few months.
    Rant: New York.

    • Yeah, I’m not a fan of walking down Rhode Island from Bloomingdale. I think they need to widen the sidewalks or something? We live up north so we usually cut through Howard to get there.

  • Sad rant – I’m spending too much time reading about the disappeared Malaysian Airlines flight. What a horrible situation for the families of the passengers and crew.
    Rave – Crossing things off my to-do list at work! I finally have a chance to catch up on this work project I’ve been putting of because things have been crazy busy. Plus the boss is out this week so I can work in peace and get stuff done and off my plate.

    • yes – this crash is horrifying. I feel so bad for families that don’t get closure from events like this.

      • So hard not to know what happened. But even knowing what happened (the plane crashed somewhere) doesn’t mean families will find closure.

  • msmaryedith

    Rant: Are the “More For You” ads (below the post, but before the comments) here to stay? They’re pretty annoying (and nothing I would ever click on).
    Revel: Dress–and no tights!

    • No tights is my rave today too! All of my unlined skirts were feeling so neglected.

    • Ditto on Rant #1.

    • GiantSquid

      Your rave +1! Skirt with flats & no leggings or tights is soooo nice.

    • I don’t like the “article” ads either, but this site is Dan’s living. We all clearly like the service he provides for free, so I’m willing to put up with it. I draw the line at auto-loading video ads!

      • msmaryedith

        I know, I realize/accept that ads are a part of free content websites–but it seems like they could be a lot more relevant? I just doubt ANYONE on here clicks “Don’t know Spanish? See This Video (Shocking).”

        • justinbc

          That’s exactly what I was thinking. I’m all about supporting him whatever way possible, but you only make ad revenue if someone clicks-thru. Who is clicking on this stuff, other than by accident?

      • I wouldn’t mind the “More for You” ads so much if they didn’t take up so much real estate on the page, or if they took up the same real estate but were located after all of the comments rather than before.

  • QUESTION: Does anyone know if the work (new sidewalks, pavement, drains, etc) that was going to be done on U Street between 14th and 18th has been scratched? I thought once they finished the upgrades between 9th and 14th (Phase 1) they were going to start the next phase. However, it seems it has been close to a year since phase 1 was completed and nothing has happened.

  • GiantSquid

    Revel: Sizable Federal tax refund for the first time in years. So relieved to not be paying four figures again.
    Rant: woke up with massive headache. Medicating with Advil & coffee. I appreciate the warmer weather but ouch.
    Revel: Mr. Squid & I made deal that if I can drop 50 lbs, I can buy this gorgeous bike I am lusting after.
    Rant: Can’t do initial weigh-in because scale in the house is broken.

    • Which bike? The deal should be, you buy the bike and then you’ll lose 50 lbs. I’ve lost 60 biking since August.

      • GiantSquid

        I want a Breadwinner Aufderheide (http://breadwinnercycles.com/products/aufderheide) in the green for touring. I have a road bike I just bought last December to accomplish the weight loss. Mr. Squid has also dropped 50lbs biking. My difficulty is finding time working it into my day since I can no longer easily integrate it, like when I was biking to work. : (

      • *sigh* Men and and weight loss. It’s a whole different thing, isn’t it?
        I remember when my dad decided it was time to lose the gut. He stopped having his midmorning donut and chocolate milk snack. And he changed NOTHING else about his routine, diet, lifestyle… Lost 30 pounds between Christmas and Easter. Whereas most ladies of a certain age have to skirt starvation to drop five pounds over three months.

        • I know I may very well get flamed for this, but I am coming from a position of trying to understand, not trying to criticize….
          Maybe it’s a whole different thing but I can’t help but feel it doesn’t have to be. For one I find it very hard to believe that one less donut and choco-milk with *no other changes* led to a 30 pound weight loss over a few months. Even if it did, there’s gotta be more to it than just “being a man”; I don’t think that would work on any men I know.
          As far as weight loss for women, I struggle to understand the “constant battle” mentality. I know the pressures of society are pretty ridiculous, but at some point it seems self-inflicted. If you’re skirting starvation to drop five pounds over three months, maybe you’re trying to do something you shouldn’t (or needn’t) be doing?

          • Well, yes, the pressures of society are ridiculous. But recognizing that doesn’t make it un-true. We are less physically active than our fore-mothers, and we have access to more and more nutritious food. Those two elements contribute to our “reserves”. So, eat less and exercise more, right? But wait! The body wants to hang on to the reserves that will allow it to maintain a pregnancy, even after childbearing age. That’s where the starvation piece sets in. I know a handful of women who have had to choose between their lifestyle of dieting and extreme exercise, and getting pregnant. Once in starvation mode, that lifestyle that allows us to fit a size 00 and look like we’re “supposed” to look, it is much harder to get pregnant. But the body won’t relinquish the reserves (fat) at anything short of starvation mode. (This is a mild exaggeration, as weight loss IS possible– but it’s to illustrate why it’s different and harder.)
            What I’m trying to say is, with female physiology, finding a happy and healthy medium can be very difficult. Men don’t have the biological pressure to become and remain pregnant; their bodies aren’t working against them.

          • Anon 2:31, thank you for the reply and for not flaming me. I do understand the biology, and I think that’s a big part of what confuses me: it’s a constant battle you can’t (for the most part) win.

          • But we need to fight the fight in order to stay healthy and active, even if we’re not vain and don’t care about 00 dress size. Obesity wasn’t a thing that we evolved to resist. We evolved to resist starvation and the resulting inability to support pregnancy. Hence, the constant battle. To give up would have disastrous results on health.

          • saf

            No. I struggle with my weight. A lot. I am NOT small. I am active. I eat well (healthy kind of well, that is.)
            But losing weight is almost impossible for me. Women have a much harder time with that.

          • My apologies, I did not intend to come off as callous and flippant when I talked about losing weight. But I do think regardless of weight-loss, riding your bike more than less just makes you healthier overall.

          • From my personal experience – so take it for what that’s worth — losing weight is even harder once you’ve lost weight and then gained it back. So the monthly up a few pounds down a few pounds, plus pregnancies, plus dieting — each of these make losing weight more difficult, and only one of them is something that men are likely to experience. On top of that — people with more muscle (i.e. men in comparison to women) seem to lose weight more easily as well. So there are likely a lot of physiological factors that make weight loss more difficult and perhaps more complicated for women compared to men.

          • No, kken, I didn’t mean to minimize your accomplishment! I posted ’cause I’m envious. I wish I could look better just by doing something I already enjoy doing. Go on with your skinny bad self. 🙂

          • Thanks, i will say it wasn’t just biking tho. I did cut out all soda and sugary drinks (I drink a ton of water now) and watch what I eat. That weight loss is from 9 months of being miserable in the kitchen but a lot of fun on the bike! I still have about 25 lbs to go, that’s going to be tough.

    • justinbc

      The first time I ever owed it was like $5K. I couldn’t figure it out, since I had used their calculator to decide how much to deduct each paycheck. I never trusted that method again and just went back to standard and have gotten nice returns ever since. That one year though, I flipped shit.

      • GiantSquid

        We’ve owed over 2K the past two years but it kinda made sense because our incomes were going up and I wasn’t filing estimated quarterly for my freelance income. So we took out additional taxes and I filed estimated quarterly for my freelance income last year. Totally worth the minor inconvenience!

      • We used an accountant for the first time last year fully expecting to have a huge refund since we used the calculator as well. We ended up owing 3K. The accountant said that the calculator is just plain wrong and to do more than whatever it says.

  • Rave: GF texted to let me know the new clean cans (both trash and recycling) have shown up.
    Rant: Apparently, neither of the lids close all the way.

    Anyone else noticing this?

    • Any idea what we’re supposed to do with the old ones? Cut them up and stuff them into the new ones?

      • This information is also available on the DPW website. You can keep the old ones if you want them or DPW will take them away and recycle them.

      • I’ve seen labels on some of the old cans indicating they are to be taken away/recycled.

    • Yes, this is answered in an FAQ on the DPW website. Don’t have the link handy but basically the lids may not be sitting right because of how they were stored. Let them sit in the sunlight and warm up and the lids will “relax”.

    • epric002

      leave them in the sun and the plastic will loosen up. put the sticker that says “take me” or pick me up or whatever on the cans you don’t want and submit a pickup request to 311.

    • Re. lids not closing… from the trash can replacement FAQ at http://dpw.dc.gov/node/768402 :
      6. The lid won’t close on my new cans. Are they defective?
      No, they are not defective. If your lid doesn’t quite close, place the container in direct sunlight or a warm place. This will cause the containers to “relax” and the problem should clear up. The cans are stacked one upon another with the lids open while being stored. They just need a little time to adjust to being closed.
      Re. what to do with the old ones… from the same FAQ:
      9. How do I get rid of my old cans once I receive my new Supercan or trash can and recycling can?
      Inside the new Supercans and trash cans, you will find an information packet from DPW that will include three “Take Me” labels. Use these labels to classify which can(s) you want DPW to remove. The cans MUST be empty. Then, call 311 or (202) 737-4404 to make a container removal service request. Finally, place the unwanted cans where your trash/recycling are collected and stick the “Take Me” label on the front of the can.
      10. What will happen to the old Supercans, trash cans and recycling cans that are taken away?
      They will be collected by DPW and recycled.
      11. Can I keep using my old Supercan and recycling can and return the new ones?
      Yes. Inside the new Supercans or trash cans, you will find an information packet from DPW that will include three “Take Me” labels. Use these labels to classify which can(s) you want DPW to remove. The cans MUST be empty. Then, call 311 or (202) 737-4404 to make a container removal service request. Finally, place the unwanted cans where your trash/recycling are collected and stick the “Take Me” label on the front of the can(s). However, please note that as of February 7, 2014, DPW discontinued repairing the old cans. Hereafter, only the new cans will be repaired.
      See also this thread: http://www.popville.com/2014/03/behold-the-new-supercans/

  • Rant: because of the net neutrality ruling, my current set-up for streaming TV via internet is no longer functional. We have comcast and I don’t think there is a viable alternative. They say comcast will improve, but I have my reservations, and apparently Fios isn’t supposed to get better either. Google Fiber, where are you?!
    Rave: dinner @ bayou tonight

  • Rant: What do you say to your two best friends, (of the past 5ish years) who have always been close and have recently starting hooking up/going on dates? Me and my roomate are both kinda on the same page that this is going to end in a disaster for our group of friends but maybe this is something straight out of a movie and they live happily ever after? (additional details: girl broke up with bf of several years about a month ago, the bf lived with them and the new guy in a 3br apt with one other person).
    Rave: they seem happy
    Rant: I want to make this all about me…

    • Speaking as someone who started sleeping with an old friend and dear friend about a year ago, I understand the weirdness. Give them space, cross your fingers and be happy that two people who you apparently think are pretty cool are seeing each other (sounds like they’re past the “hooking up” stage). You are, however, allowed — even encouraged — to roll your eyes and snark if they get too gushy/lovey in your living room. And think how much better this is than one or both of them trying to integrate someone new and horrible into your social circle.
      I guess, statistically speaking, the relationship is more likely to end in disaster than true love, but is there something in particular that worries you?

    • I agree that this will probably end in disaster (though it might not) but I think you and your group of friends should loosen up, give them some space, and focus your attention elsewhere for a while. If you must say anything, say it once in a non-judgmental way and then leave it alone. There is not really much you can do to prevent this mistake (if it is indeed one) so don’t get dragged in.

      • Thanks for the advice, i guess thats all i needed to hear. Theres nothing in particular that i am worried about, more just thinking ahead if something were to happen (i cant help but think this was, it is kind of a curse for me). I was planning on just giving them some more space over the next few months and see how things play out. We still will do group stuff just as we always have but it will be interesting to see if this affects the ‘dynamic’ of the group. Times-are-a-changing!

    • Sometimes, it really does work out. I know housemates who are now married and have a kid. Whatever happens, I think it makes sense to declare yourself Switzerland and refuse to take sides if it does implode (unless someone behaves egregiously and you feel like you have to take a stand). These things usually work themselves out, especially if people are acting like adults.

    • I started hooking up with a roommate/very good friend and it went on for about 6 months (we were, however, knowingly casually dating other people). Unfortunately, I found someone else and then everything imploded. We’re no longer friends and I miss this person terribly (as a friend).
      Stay out of it and declare yourself Switzerland, as mentioned above. Odds are strong that this is a rebound for the female half and it will end with them breaking up. Sucks, but it’s the truth.

  • Finally cutting the cord on cable bundle. Going to digital antenna + roku. Will keep internet + phone from RCN – but they are trying to charge me 100/month for just those two! Was previously paying 160/month for cable/phone/internet.

    Has anybody done this? Any recommendations for a cheaper landline to go with RCN internet, or a cheaper bundle of the 2?

    • Honestly, I’d wait. Streaming services are going through a difficult period right now with the net neutrality ruling. You can’t even watch a whole show on netflix without buffering a dozen times.

      • houseintherear

        I haven’t had any problems- just make sure you get over 15 megawhatevers for your internet service.

      • I was wondering if it was just me as it’s becoming very annoying to stream anything on netflix! I’ll have to look into it. BTW, am very happy with my leaf antenna.

    • epric002

      i’m also curious. i have everything (home phone, cell, internet, cable) bundled with verizon, but i’m interested in getting a pre-paid cell (i use less than 100 minutes a month) and canceling cable, but i’ve been to lazy to start doing the math to figure out how much it’ll cost me to un-bundle 🙁

      • I have RCN, internet plus landline, and only pay ~ $60/mo. I also have Roku + digital antenna, and between Hulu, Netflix and Amazon, I get everything I need.

        • epric002

          RCN isn’t available at my house. i did talk to verizon, not much cost difference b/n a contract plan and a pre-paid plan, it will all come down to the price of the phone i want.

          • I pay $50 for Verizon internet + landline. It’s not FIOS, but I got one or two speeds faster than the bottom internet speed.

          • epric002

            @skaballet- do you have a special deal? they quoted me $111 (WITH my company discount) for phone, internet & taxes. harumph.

          • I pay $13ish for my Verizon landline and $19.99 for my Verizon DSL (with the bottom tier of Internet speed). It comes out to around $45/month after all of the taxes and fees.

          • But DSL sucks ass – not fast enough for heavy streaming. I have Comcast and they do cable internet-only for $45 for the first 6 months and then $55/month after that. Can’t get RCN or FiOS at my place. My only other options are crappy DSL or a wireless card from Verizon or ATT.

      • I have a verizon bundle, and don’t use the cable– but was told that getting phone and internet and knocking out the cable would actually cost MORE than my current bundle. I’ve also had my cell phone through verizon for years — but was told that verizon wireless was a separate entity from verizon — and the cell couldn’t be bundled with the other services. How did you pull that off? I’m trying to decide if I should go pre-paid with my next cell phone — because I’m out of contract, and want to stay that way.

        • epric002

          it’s this weird pseudo-bundle. they call it onebill, i think? i still have 2 separate verizon accounts, and have to talk to different people for residential/wireless, but i’m getting a single bill from verizon each month and i think they gave me like 3% off for doing it. maybe you have to have cable too in order for it to work? not sure.

    • houseintherear

      Would you like my Monu Leaf antenna? I’ll give it to you for free 🙂 =

    • I’m surprised that so many people still have land lines. But whatever works, I suppose…

      • epric002

        i have a landline solely for my home alarm system.

        • you can use your cell phone. no more need for a land line.

          • epric002

            i know, but the wireless options aren’t the best for me. i imagine a lot of people have landlines exclusively for their alarm systems b/c they don’t want to upgrade to wireless for whatever reason.

          • The monitoring service costs more if you don’t have a landline.
            Frankly, I like having a landline — I like being able to have long phone conversations with people locally without using up minutes, and I like knowing that my phone service isn’t dependent on the electricity working.

    • saf

      I have a fios phone/net bundle for under $50 a month.

  • justinbc

    Rant: I’m sure it’s purely coincidental, but I haven’t slept worth a damn since the time change. I normally don’t sleep all that well to begin with, but the last two nights in particular have been exceptionally awful.

  • Rave: The weather today – it feels like spring 🙂
    Rave: Mr. Afghanistan
    Rant: Being a little insecure

  • Rant/Rave: So tired today but its largely because I stayed up late drinking wine and hanging out with my roommates, definitely worth it
    Rave: SO excited for my roommates and I to host people for our housewarming party (which is what we were planning last night)
    Rant: My day goes from 730am-10pm tonight. Therefore I had to bring all three of my meals to work today, which I really dislike.
    Rave: Bought some new work clothes on sale last week and was kind of upset with myself for spending the money but after trying everything on last night, loving it and wearing an outfit today that I feel great in and is comfortable I have decided to no longer be upset with myself. This is what adults do right? Spend money on fancy work clothes that make them look put together?

    • Don’t feel guilty at all. You love what you got, and feeling comfortable and put together can be a nice, subtle confidence booster. When everything else is going wrong, at least you know you look good! It’s the little things.

    • I was well into my 30s before I realized that it made more sense to spend money on quality items that I would wear a lot, than to buy cheap crap at Marshalls.

    • Yup. And adults also plan ahead by purchasing the fancy work clothes that they will be wearing almost daily for quite a while on sale. So I say you did good!

  • Rant: little sister is getting a divorce. It’s likely for the best, but a year and a half after the wedding took a chunk out of my parents’ retirement… not cool.
    Rave: hit DC9 for an experimental show last night and it was great. Particular favorite was Timmy Sells His Soul who did his entire set with just a sampler.
    Rave: That barrel proof Redemption Rye in a Manhattan. I had two at American Ice. Fantastic.
    Rant: DC politics. It’s exhausting.

    • Geez, not cool at all. I have come to think that my parents did it exactly right when it came to paying for my wedding. They said “Here is $10,000. You can spend it on as much wedding as it will buy, you can use it to buy a house, you can go on the vacation of a lifetime.” The only stipulation was that wherever we said “I do” (courthouse, beach in mexico, Saint James Cathedral), they be present.

      • epric002

        concur. my parents and our in-laws each gifted us a set amount for us to use as we saw fit. we had a small garden wedding (21 including us and our 6 mo old niece), took everyone out for a nice dinner, and saved the bulk of the gifts for a down payment on a house. wouldn’t change a thing about it.

      • My parents did the same thing, but it was clear that they had very defined expectations for what the wedding would be. We ended up going along with it to keep the peace (and because we did want a party) but given our own preferences would rather have spent less on the wedding and more on a house/vacation.

    • Good reason not to ask parent to pay for parties like that. She might want to consider trying to pay it back.

      • She would if she could, but it’s been a rough year. She just lost her job, too. Fortunately, the wedding was mostly DIY so it wasn’t too big a chunk of retirement funds, but it still was a chunk. Live and learn.

  • RAVE: DC Public Libraries! Borrowing books on my kindle is my idea of what the future looks like.
    And if they don’t have the e-book, I’ll have the hardcopy at my neighborhood library in a day or two. I wish the overdrive system was a tad less cumbersome, but it’s such a tiny problem compared to the whopping huge GOOD that is a robust public library system. Yay, books!

    • +1 on libraries. Do you know you can also download audiobooks to an MP3 or ipod? Great for listening to while dog walking – (my dog now rates books on how extra long she gets walked.)

    • Wait, you can borrow ebooks from public libraries? (Or am I reading that wrong?)

      • Yes! DC Public Library has a page on the “overdrive” app that lets you browse E-books, add to a “hold” list, and then connects you to Amazon for Kindle app downloads (or I think you can download in PDF). You can also sync downloads between multiple devices (e.g. an ipad and a phone) so you can read a couple pages when unexpectedly waiting for someone/something.
        A couple heads up(s): you do already have to have a DC library card to use the system, and the selection is somewhat odd (a lot of romance novels, for example).
        Related: anyone have any good online borrowing reading recommendations? I just finished the most recent David Sedaris book and the Scientology expose (“going clear”) so I have pretty eclectic tastes.

      • Yes, you can! You can be sitting in your bed at 2am, struggling with insomnia, pick up your tablet, and borrow a book. (I don’t know if it works with e-readers, or just tablets… I assume just tablets, because you need a browser.) You have to set up an account with Overdrive, link it to your library system, log in with your library card info, choose your book (not all books are available, but lots and lots are) and then go to amazon (I use kindle fire, I assume there are other options) and download your book to your reader. It takes 2-3 minutes once you have everything set up.
        Like I said… it’s The Future. 🙂

        • You can do it on a basic e-reader (I have the most basic nook) if you download the book onto your computer and than plug your nook into your computer and transfer it over.

        • cleary’s right… if you like romance novels, you’re in heaven with e-book borrowing. But there are so many titles available that you’re bound to find something you like. Good for catching up on classics.

  • gotryit

    Rant / Rave: A guy I knew briefly in college was just sentenced to 25 years for making child porn. I feel gross thinking about him, but at least he won’t be in the public for a long time.

    • A man I worked with (and really liked working with) just disappeared one day. Next day, a message from management that he was no longer with the company. A while later, sentenced to 10 years for child porn. He was using company computers! And absolutely no one had any idea he wasn’t just the nicest, most helpful guy around.

    • That dude is all sorts of in the news today. Yuck.

      • gotryit

        Yeah… I kind of want to organize a happy hour with other folks that were in our group then to celebrate his lock-up and raise money for something to counteract what he did just a little bit.

  • Rant: I don’t know what kind of ads you’re selling on this site, but one or more of the Flash ads have some serious issues that are totally bogging down my computer and making the Flash plug-in crash!

  • Still NO Recycling pick up! It’s been 2 weeks and 5 phone calls now.

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