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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  • Rant: Skipped the UMD happy hour at cities last night for this program i did while i went there. I walked into cities saw a few people standing around couldnt find the program director, i made a snap decision that it was too nice out yesterday to chat with strangers in a bar i dont even like.
    Rave: Ended up meeting my friends on the national mall and watched out kickball team win the first game, had fun at laughingman tavern after
    Rave: Its friday and theres literally no one from my team in today (i think out of 20 people im the only one here)
    Rant: its nice, but i might go crazy or fall asleep. Hopefully popville commentors will keep my attention

  • rave: woke up early to go see blossoms this morning! beautiful and not crowded!
    rave: popville! seriously, gets me through my day at work. every couple of hours i think ‘oh whats going on in popville’ and i take a nice break. Thanks everyone!

    • Me too (to your first rave)! πŸ™‚

      • Me three! It was great.

        • Me four! I seriously woke up at 4am and was like “well, now I have plenty of time to wake up, leave the house at sunrise and walk to the tidal basin before work.” Now if only I didn’t have to go to work at the end of my walk (but still have $ of course), life would be most splendid.

          • That is exactly what happened to me! I was playing around with the idea anyway so I figured I may as well head down. So glad I did. It was a great start to the day!

  • question – is the DC govt down payment loan for 1st time buyers with incomes below 124k still available?

  • gotryit

    Rave: Saw Lewis Black last night – great show.
    Rant: Audience members interrupting the show, shouting out stupid things to him. Really? Who are you people? You suck.
    Rave: Walked by the cherry blossoms with my wife last night – no crowds!

  • Revel: I made it to Friday! Why has this week been so long and exhausting?
    Rave: At least I have been productive on the home front. Last night, beer and Kasey Chambers on Pandora motivated me to purge and reorganize my closet.
    Related Rave: I have a LOT more clothes than I thought, and the reorganization means I will wear them more often.
    Rant: Trying on clothes and realizing that I gained more weight this winter than I’d like to admit. Time to get back on the WW and up my time in the gym.
    Rave: A fun weekend ahead.

  • Rant: Car will be out of commission for a couple of weeks. Ugh.
    Rave: Took Metro rail and bus to work in MD, wasn’t actually that bad. Might get used to it.
    Rave: Late night bike ride along the Tidal Basin last night. So gorgeous and peaceful.
    Rave: Kissing the GF on our bikes on Penn Ave. Cheesy but still loved it.

  • Rant: McMillan can’t ‘we’ compromise on a 50/50 plan, 50% development 50% green / park an move the project forward forward…please? It is too great of a site to be dormant.

    • +1, uh oh, what happened now?

      • Nothing, no shovels in the ground. But seriously I just read something that annoyed me about how awful the development process was etc., the same old arguments. I want to move forward. I really want to see citizens provide a unified 50/50 demand with regard the proposed development, then citizens will have a good product w/ good design. Absent that I am afraid the developers will out last / out spend the opposition groups.

  • rave: condo rented
    rant: I really did want to sell it and use some of the earning to stay home….sigh….stupid child care
    rave: headed home for passover. wondering if baby can have a matzo ball

  • Rant: Both my dog and I got deer ticks from walking in Rock Creek Park. I didn’t see the one on me right away and it left a large red mark.
    Rave: My NP – I emailed her to describe the mark, she agreed that taking Doxycycline as a preventative (of Lyme) would be a good idea and called it in to a nearby pharmacy.

    • If there is a distinctive red ring around the bite, the tick had Lyme disease. If it’s just a red bump/bite, you should be OK but it’s never too careful to take preventative measures!

      • @kken: This is not necessarily true…only about 50% of people exhibit the typical “bulleye rash”. You are correct though…always better to be careful and take the preventative measures just in case.

        • Yah, my statement was worded weirdly… it’s not to say 100% of lyme-infected victims would sport the red ring, but rather if you have the red ring, you definitely have lyme disease.

    • GiantSquid

      Is your dog vaccinated? When we adopted our first dog, he was getting treated for it and will always test a weak positive for it. It’s no fun. Unrelated: I’m pretty sure I found a tick crawling on our bathroom floor yesterday. It went for a ride down the toilet. I’m assuming it hitched a ride in on a dog.

  • GiantSquid

    Revel: Quietly launched new intranet at work. So far, so good…
    Rant: Due to CEO’s pride & inability to work with people, Mr. Squid’s employer is in jeopardy because project didn’t deliver. He’ll be gone all next week to see if they can make the project work. Trying not to freak out the the major breadwinner might be unemployed. Want to kick his boss in the shins.
    Rant: Also trying not to let brain snowball all the issues loss of income will impact.
    Revel: Season finale of Agents of SHIELD was quite good and now we really need to see Captain America 2. Twist my arm.

  • Rave: Date tonight in Georgetown! Excited/nervous plus at the very least walking the waterfront will be beautiful!
    Rave: Busy Saturday, not-so-busy Sunday.
    Rant: So much responsible stuff to get done.
    Rant: Talking to a great guy via text from CMB and its kinda crazy how well our conversations flow (and how much we have in common) but was just told that he recently moved back home (4 hours outside of the city) while he looks for a job. Bummed about it but he said he might come to the city in a few weekends. Not sure how to proceed? Do we just keep texting for weeks? That feels weird to me for some reason. Blerg.

    • Bring an umbrella.

    • why dont any girls ever start conversations when they too click ‘like’? I started initiating at the beginning but realized it is usually me who has to start it, even when we both click like…/rant

    • See how it goes and meet up when he comes to the city. It can definitely work, though I’d probably limit chatting to a few times per week rather than daily. But do whatever works for you πŸ™‚
      My friend got on JDate about 3 months before she moved to DC (she was living overseas) with her profile saying she was in DC. She started chatting with a great guy in Baltimore and they finally met up when she moved to the city after spending 3 months chatting online. That was 5 years ago and now they’re married. So it can definitely work out πŸ™‚

    • Good luck on your date!

      I do like CMB. One a day is fine with me, and is the only site I am using. Did try a “rematch” with the girl from yesterday. Awesome profile, seemed like a very cool girl, and someone I would get along well with. We’ll see!

      The whole living 4 hours away while he looks for a job is certainly not ideal. In this area, seems like he should have been able to find SOMETHING that would keep him in the area while he looking for the next big thing? I would agree with below, taper a bit, and when he makes it into the city, grab a drink and see how it goes.

  • Rave: Saw a toddler wearing a KISS t-shirt on the metro yesterday. That made my day.

    Rave: Might be getting a VIP pass to see Merle Haggard next month.

    Rave: Got my taxes done and I’m getting fed and MD refunds.

    Rant: My refund just about covers what I spent on car repairs in the last couple of months.

  • Rave: Friday
    Rave: Gorgeous cherry blossoms this morning before work.
    Rave: A few plans this weekend but some serious downtime in there too.
    Rave: Can’t wait to get started in the yard this weekend!
    Has anyone gone to the plant sale at the Arboretum? Is it worth waiting for? I’m a total amateur and only keep things that are very hardy. I’d appreciate hearing anyones input.

    • Andie i saw that also (since i have a community garden plot) i was thinking about going this weekend. Then again iv never been to the aboretum so i might not be the best guide – corey

    • I went once and it was really really crowded, another time I went toward the end and there just wasn’t much left. I got the sense it is more for experienced gardeners who are looking for new types/varieties of plants – there would be like 18 different kinds of azaleas etc.

      For a beginner, I’d recommend “American Plant” on River road (but NOT on a nice weekend if you can avoid it!) The staff are great, the plants are logically arranged, and they often have tables of discounted plants so you can just try something out and see if it works.

      • Agreed – often crowded and for more experienced folks. They do have some neat plants, but they can be pricey (and easy to kill, if you don’t know what you’re doing). I’ve gone a few times and will be skipping it this year.

    • saf

      I like that plant sale, but I prefer the Franciscan plant sale.
      For nurseries, I like Behnke’s.

  • Noob question:

    I’ve seen EOTP and WOTP which I *think* stands for East/West of the Park. My question is which park?

    I think traditionally it’s been Rock Creek, but if you look at demographics, 16th street is a major dividing line in the city. That would make it Meridian Park.

    So which Park is it? Rock Creek or Meridian?

  • Rant: DC fire Lt. who refused to help a dying man gets to retire with a full pension. I hope the guys family sues the pants off of her and the fire department.

    • (shaking head) Why am I not surprised?

    • $70K a year for life. Read (hopefully-soon-to-be -ex) Fire Chief Ellerbee’s comments. Pathetic.

      • Yep, saw it. They need to change the rules like yesterday. If you commit serious malfeasance or negligence on the job, you shouldn’t be able to weasel your way out of accountability by filing retirement papers. The gov should be able to hold you until the case is resolved. This woman is despicable and most likely never should have been in a place of leadership in the first place. What an embarassment. Also, don’t you need to pass physicals and weight requirements to be in the DCFD? If she’d been in the Marine Corps with her kind of poundage, she’d be kicked out eventually based on weight alone. I’m gonna pray I never need DCFD assistance if people like Kellene are running the show.

        • Believe it or not, an employer can’t force someone to remain employed. That’s called slavery, and we have something called the 13th Amendment that makes that illegal. Regardless of what you think about this woman, she had every right to leave.

  • rave: last two weeks of work
    rave: moving to richmond! it’s been a great 8 years, but we are ready for a change
    rave: we’ll be living a 1/2 mile from my sister and less than an hour from my parents
    rave: taking full advantage of this move to get organized and get rid/donate/sell anything we don’t have a use for anymore

  • Rant: Cried at work yesterday, right in my boss’ face! He’s a man. It was the perfect storm of postpartum hormones, sleep deprivation, and feeling a little lost with my career. I’ve never cried at work before, nor did I ever think that I would be one of those women, but yesterday changed all of that.
    Rave: I was too tired to really care!

    • oh boy have I been there. It’s ok. don’t blame you for feeling sheepish about it after the fact, but it likely won’t have an impact. we’re human. we have emotions. i’m a huge crier. it just is.

      • β€œSome people say, β€œNever let them see you cry.” I say, if you’re so mad you could just cry, then cry. It terrifies everyone.”
        ― Tina Fey, Bossypants

    • Emmaleigh504

      I cried in front of the big big boss and the big boss once. I still got a promotion, not sure if the promotion is punishment or not πŸ™‚

    • Emmaleigh504

      Also, I know men who have cried in front of bosses and coworkers at my job, so it’s not just women.

    • The crying was probably also related to your being tired. The less you sleep, the harder it is to control your emotions.

  • epric002

    rave: dogsitting a sweet, loveable guy this weekend who is available for adoption from WHS. he needs a very experienced, patient person, a yard with a tall fence, and large, calm dogs.
    rant: we do not have a tall enough fence, or large enough/chill enough dogs to adopt him. anyone interested? πŸ™‚
    rave: great weather, friday, lots of doggies in our house.

  • msmaryedith

    Have many of you used airbnb to rent out your place? Good experiences or bad? Do you consider it safe?

    • It is as safe as you make it – communicate with guests before approving them. But the site itself is a mess for DC -there are over 1,400 listings and many people don’t keep their listings current. If you have a great place in a great location, price it well and respond quickly, you can do well. Pretend you are a guest looking for a place, knowing little about DC and do a search as they might. See what comes up and how your place fares against the competition.

      I do have my place (a vacation apt. in my own home) listed on Airbnb but find them way too much hassle to deal with. I rent it full time on VRBO. But if you only want to do the occasional weekend or part-time, it might work for you.

    • I do it. It’s been safe so far and I’ve had 90% good experiences. Go with your gut and don’t approve ppl you aren’t comfortable with. Just a lot more work than it looks. Cleaning, maintaining, helping guests figure out your apartment….but, good experience.

  • Rave: had the courage to chop my hair last night.
    Rant: Hate it this morning. As I predicted. Cried already in the mirror trying to make it look ok. I think this has to be the last time I go through this routine. I get excited and ask for the cut and then I just so regret it. no more. need to keep the long boring hair. it’s drab, but it doesn’t make me cry. Wish i was in a better mood for a Spring Friday.

    • Ahh I’m so sorry you’re unhappy with it! πŸ™
      Maybe give it a few days before you make the “never again” decision? I think once you get used to it you might not hate it as much! And the process of it growing out and you continuing to get it trimmed might let you stumble onto a style that you like more and doesn’t feel drab! You could also go back to the stylist and ask them to fix it if there’s a particular part that’s really bothering you.
      And honestly I doubt it looks as bad as you think it is! We tend to be our own harshest critics, I’m sure you can get it to work for you!

      • thanks. you’re sweet. i’m pretty sure it doesn’t look objectively bad. it’s just me being super critical and wussy. the stylist did a nice job. it is objectively a nice cut. I just regret it. πŸ™

        • Awww, i’m sorry! but that too shall pass and you will figure it out and your hair will calm down. i promise! the first time i washed my hair after i got bangs i almost didn’t go to work and i’m fairly sure i cried. but now i can’t imagine myself without them. they grew on me. πŸ™‚

          • If you still hate it a few days later, my old hair guy at Urban Style Lab – Tim – is very good.

          • Ha! I was at urban style lab for this cut. the cut itself is good. she did a great job. i just have cutter’s remorse. it’s my own fault.

    • saf

      Change is scary. And AP is right – give it some time before you make up your mind that you HATE HATE HATE it. It takes a while to get used to change!

  • Rant: Job that I wanted in California didn’t come through.
    Rave: Job that I still want in DC remains available. In the process of accepting it, with a bit of negotiation on the terms.
    Rave: I don’t have to drop everything and move to California right now.
    Rant: Just as “Camp David” was about to finish last night, there was a fire alarm. We all had to evacuate. It was nothing, thankfully, but I didn’t end up going to see the rest of it because it was late and I was rather sleep-deprived from thinking about all this employment-related stuff. It’s also fair to say that I wasn’t 100% invested in it. Ron Rifkin was good, though. I was looking for you, Irving Streete, but didn’t see anyone who was tall with Harry Potter glasses…

    • As is par for the course with the Girlfriend, we made it to the theater seconds before curtain and so were not seeing and being seen beforehand, alas. Unusual for her, though, she was able to skip out of work more or less on time and we were cutting things close because of a (meh) pre-theater snack at The Partisan. Later, we were the ones standing next to the car that was blocked in by the cops so that even though we wanted to leave during the fire drill, we couldn’t.

  • Rant: comments that refer to people as “animals” and “garbage”. Dehumanizing “others” makes it easier for others to dehumanize you as well. When you view and treat people like “animals” it’s disingenuous to be surprised when they treat you like “fresh meat”.
    Rave: My truly diverse “tribe”. Since I have no living family, I’m truly grateful for my friends.
    Rave: the cherry blossoms. They really are beautiful. And ephemeral. I don’t take them for granted either.
    Superficial Rave: I found the perfect pair of shoes – but they’ve been discontinued. I was actually able to find a pair in the color I wanted on eBay. Yay eBay! This is not the first time that eBay has come through for me!

    • Thank you, Blithe. Thank you. Sincerely

    • Ppeople use harsh verbiage to express outrage that “people” in this city continually commit crimes of nearly unfathomable cruelty. But how about those shoes…

      • Shoes: they look like what Minnie Mouse would wear if she was sorta into domination. Gulp. Not sure yet where I’ll wear them….

    • jim_ed

      I’m sorry, but that is just the worst strain of Liberal paternalism in this city. The notion that referring to a criminal who rapes a person at gunpoint as human garbage or an animal has in any way a bearing on crimes like this being committed is absurd. I will continue to treat and view people who violently sexually assault people and cause a lifetime of physical and psychological damage to their victims as human garbage, because they are.

      • I hope you are equally incensed by the legacy of violence, sexual assault, and psychological damage the people that look like your avatar have perpetrated towards people that look like me.

        • gotryit

          More than incensed – disgusted, regardless of whether they look like his avatar. Why even make this about racism when it’s about rape and assault? I don’t see the races of the victims or perpetrators mentioned.

          • ‘Liberal Paternalism’. That’s one of those code phrases that people often throw out there when they want to talk about race without talking about race. We can deplore behavior and work to contain, address, and punish criminal behavior without dehumanizing the criminals. And as we deplore the violence in today’s society, it might be useful to recognize it’s antecedents in the violence that has historically been pervasive in this country.

          • “Liberal paternalism” is right out of Lee Atwater’s grammar textbook.
            Don’t be such a dunderhead.

          • gotryit

            I’ll take one shot of “dunderhead” for not being familiar with Lee Atwater or his grammar book.

        • jim_ed

          I’m racking my brain trying to find a situation where I’m not incensed by rape and…. nope, can’t find one. But considering the race of neither the perpetrator nor the victim was mentioned, thanks for the ad hominem attack. Even working under the assumption that the perpetrator is of the racial background of a historically oppressed minority,and/ or if the victim is of the racial background of a historically oppressive race/ethnicity/religion or socioeconomic class, I still fail to see how anyone with a brain or conscience could in any way justify or reason that crime.

          • If you read through the comments, you might trouble yourself to notice that no one has justified any crimes. In fact, the only person who has referenced a specific incident in this thread is you jim-ed. Maybe you should re-think your ad hominem assumptions.

          • jim_ed

            … Or you could read the thread immediately prior to this one where a recently arrested rapist was referred to as both an animal and a piece of garbage, which no doubt were being referenced in this post, if just in a passive aggressive nature.

            And to say something as asinine as “When you view and treat people like ‘animals’ it’s disingenuous to be surprised when they treat you like ‘fresh meat’ ” in regards to someone being raped at gun point, as if the criminal would be less likely to rape someone if he didn’t get called such big mean names, is beyond the pale in its insensitivity and stupidity.

          • Jim-ed, how about I just concede that you likely know more about ‘pale’ness, ‘insensitivity and stupidity’ than I ever will. Not to mention gratuitous name-calling.

            Back to reveling in the cherry blossoms!!!

          • gotryit

            CT, I think you just wrote “I know you are but what am I?”… think about it under those cherry blossoms.

          • gotryit — please read jim-ed’s comments very carefully –maybe keeping Lee Atwater’s skewed use of language in mind. And ask yourself why you’ve chosen to fan the flames. I do, indeed, have a LOT to think about while I enjoy the cherry blossoms.

    • This guy is an animal, and he is a piece of garbage, and should be discard (life imprisonment) as such.

      Sorry, I don’t subscribe to the “everyone has some good in them” philosophy. This person is a sick, disgusting individual, and he certainly qualifies for the label of “animal” or “trash”

      To say that people bring this upon themselves by dehumanizing garbage like this guy, is offensive and ridiculous. He deserves no respect.

  • skj84

    Rant: My incompetent former manager screwed me over. I should’ve never taken that job. I want to look at legal actions but I don’t even think I have a case.

    • Talk to an employment lawyer. You won’t know if you have a case until you talk to them. The conversation should be free, since they work on contingency. Bring all the evidence and proof that you have.
      Good luck.

      • I know quite a few employment lawyers, none of which work on contingency. The payouts aren’t large enough. But, most lawyers will do a free phone consultation to tell you whether you have a case.

        • skj84

          I am going to give it a shot. I am sitting in bed shaking in anger right now. I also started to look at DC Govs employment site to see if there is anything I can find to help my case.

    • I think you should ask yourself if it’s worth pursuing, even if you have a case. I know this isn’t the same thing, but I (and other residents) were screwed over big time by our previous condo board. I fought the good fight, and the reward was sleepless nights, stomach aches, and nothing changed. I finally let it go and life is so much less stressful. It was hard to do, because I knew I was right, but being happy and healthy was more important than being right. Do what you need to move on and feel good about things again. Best of luck!

      • I might add one more thing to the above poster’s comment. If I remember correctly, you were only in this job for a few weeks. I don’t think the employer can mess up your future chances since I don’t believe you’re required to report you worked there (unless you’re applying for a clearance or something like that). Without knowing all your circumstances, I’d say you should probably just move on. It’s hard to make a recommendation, though, since I don’t know what the employer has hanging over your head. That said, waging a battle with the former (and temporary employer) is just taking away time from your actual job search.

        • skj84

          It’s a paycheck issue. He told me I would receive a final paycheck today. Apparently that was not the case. I was counting on that money and I just don’t understand why he would say that. This whole job was a disaster. He never mentioned a major requirement for the job, and when it became an issue let me go. If I had known about said requirement I would never have taken this job. I feel so frustrated about this whole situation.

          • That’s a major bummer and seems like a breach of contract if the check was for time you were actually in the office rendering services. If you’ve tried polite letters and/or phone calls to the organization, I’m not sure what else you can do. Can you follow up with the actual HR staff or office manager (not your direct manager)? Hiring a lawyer would likely end up costing more than the original paycheck you’re missing. If I were in your place, my inclination would be to put this behind me and focus my energies on getting the next job. Sorry you’re going through this, but life can sometimes be ridiculously unfair.

          • Have you discussed this with HR at the company?
            He sounds totally friggin’ incompetent and ought to be fired.

          • skj84

            According to HR I get paid during the week I work, rather than the next week. So last week was my final paycheck. I know perusing legal action will probably get me nowhere. I do want him to be held accountable for his actions though. I am going to send HR an email discussing all my issues. I don’t think it will do anything, but it’s worth a shot. I did apply for unemployment today so hopefully that will go through.

          • Ah, I see. Is it possible just a delayed mail issue? Perhaps he dropped it in the office mail when he said he would. but it didn’t go out until the next day. Or it could be caught up with USPS. I’d just give him or Accounting a call (or the appropriate dept.) to check on its status, if you haven’t already (or even if you have).

  • On my way home from work last night a thug kid, unprovoked, threw a rock at me and hit me in the head. When I asked why he did it he called me a cracker and told me to F@#$& off. When the cops handcuffed him later his story suddenly changed and it was an accident and he was just joking around with his friends. The cops let him go.
    Unfortunately Petworth has not been gentrified enough yet.

    • gotryit

      He assaulted you, and the cops let him go?? I hope you took a number… that’s BS.

      • Total BS. Hitting someone with a rock is Assault & Battery with a Dangerous/Deadly Weapon, and it’s a felony. I’d report the officer to his immediate superiors and the DC Office of Police Complaints.

    • I’m sorry that happened to you and the outcome. But your last sentence is some BS.

      • +100000000. I hope you can see beyond your ‘privilege’ to know how incredibly racist that last sentence of yours is.

        • Racist is throwing a rock at someones head and yelling racial slurs at them. You are delusional.

          • gotryit

            There are many shades of racism – not all are physically violent.

          • I never said that what happened to this person wasn’t racist. What I did say, though, was that this person’s comment was racist. If I’m ‘delusional’ then you have excellent reading comprehension…

          • Just speculating here, but I read the OP’s comment as referencing the eventual tolerance for diversity (from both sides) that comes with fully gentrified (read: mixed) neighborhoods. Rather than seeing gentrification as displacing all of the people of color, could it not be the process of creating an area that is comfortable and safe for all people of whatever income?

          • Just speculating here, but I read the OP’s use of “gentrification” as referencing the eventual tolerance for diversity (from both sides) that comes with fully gentrified (read: mixed) neighborhoods. Rather than interpreting it as displacing all of the people of color, could it not be the process of creating an area that is comfortable and safe for people of all incomes, regardless of race?

          • “Rather than interpreting it as displacing all of the people of color, could it not be the process of creating an area that is comfortable and safe for people of all incomes, regardless of race?”
            Except that’s not what happens in the real world.

          • Maybe not in the real world, but I think it does in DC…

          • Wow! I enjoy your naivete NotOP!

        • We tell ourselves we are making progress, but the race perspective gulf is immense. Someone gets caused a racist name and physically attacked and the most remarkable part is that they used the word “gentrify”. Wow.

      • Its not BS in the least to say that he is excited for a day when there are no longer people who will throw a rock and an insult unprovoked living in his neighborhood. Whether that person is black, brown, white, red, or green, I don’t want criminals and people who throw rocks living in my neighborhood.

        I much prefer to live near other middle class people. People who get up, go to work, come home, and grill a hamburger and watch sports on Saturday. To say that is BS is ridiculous.

    • He should be charged with a hate crime. Imagine if he was white, you were black and he called you the “n” word.

      • FWIW, calling someone the “n” word or a “cracker” alone is not a hate crime, because of our first amendment rights.

    • Was this near Barnard Elementary School? There were a bunch of kids throwing rocks there last night. One hit my car and I debated about calling the police, but didn’t. Probably should have…

      • Police will do nothing about rock throwing kids unless the kids confess to purposefully throwing the rocks with the intent to do damage. We had troubles for a while with kids from Harriet Tubman school. They collected piles of rocks in their backpacks then walked down the street trying (and succeeding 3 times) to break windows. This went on for multiple days over a period of weeks.

        Lots of residents kept a look out for them, talked to the police & the principal and positively ID’d the kids. Police said – to our faces – that unless the kids said they intended to break the windows the police wouldn’t charge them. The kids did get a scolding, and the mother of one was told she had to pay for a broken window, but she was in public housing so that never happened.

    • jim_ed

      Assuming this was 4th District, call Commander Missouri directly and let her know what happened, so it can be dealt with properly.

  • Rant: Home inspection uncovered some serious issues in the house we want to buy, and the sellers aren’t willing to fix any of it because they need to get a certain amount of money out of the house in order for them to be able to buy the home they’re looking at. Guess what? I’m sorry that you overpaid for your house and chose to spend your renovation budget on cosmetic things while leaving the roof, asbestos, HVAC, insulation, and structural issues to fester. Not to mention general maintenance like changing the damn air filter more than once every five years. I’m sorry that you now find yourself in a place where you’re losing money on the house you bought. You know what? Not our problem. We knew the house needed work, but we’re not willing to take on issues that affect the safety of the house. If they don’t fix that stuff we’re walking away.
    Rave: The sale on my condo is moving forward regardless and my buyer is willing to let me stay in it up to 30 days after closing if this house doesn’t work out. There seem to be other houses in our price range in the neighborhood we want, so we’ll be fine even if we walk. It will suck to lose the money we’ve spent on the inspection and appraisal, but not worth taking on a sinking ship in the end.

    • Inspection and appraisal is NOTHING compared to buying a lemon that has tens of thousands of dollars in “surprise” costs. Those are sunk costs and should have no bearing on whether or not you buy the place. Definitely walk away, if the buyer isn’t budging.

    • I might say walk away, period. The issues you list are all BFDs, and need to be addressed with care and quality. Can you trust the sellers to do that? And do you believe that the inspection caught everything? I bet there’s more. (Speaking as one who bought a lemon of a house at the height of the market. Ten years later and we’re still dealing with the effects of ZERO home maintenance over decades by the previous owners.)

    • Doesn’t matter. If it’s in the city limits, they will find a buyer. It’s all about leverage, and you have none.

    • Honestly, the only thing that would totally scare me off a house is a foundation/basement water issue. Is that what you mean when you say “structural?”

      • It’s not in the city – they didn’t have any other offers and they have a contract on the house they want to buy that’s contingent on their sale. So actually we do have the upper hand, because we have options and they are running out of them. They now have to report all these issues on their disclosures if they put it back on the market (if they want to be honest, anyway).
        The structural issue is improper repairs to the floor joists in the crawl space – and you can tell in the kitchen where the floor is a bit sloped. It’s not the foundation (thank goodness), but we just don’t know what is needed to fix it. Also in the crawl space there’s a small section of pipe that appears to have asbestos insulation.
        Luckily shortly after I posted my rant we got notice that they are seeking out estimates on the repairs, so they are at least making some movement in the right direction. I would rather they give us an adequate credit so we can oversee the work ourselves.

        • Bear 425 –

          I actually just had some quotes done for joist work on my own house. The cost will vary with how accessible the crawl space is and how easy it is to sister new joists into place. I had estimates ranging from 3K (sistering and new support bracing, no work to various sloped areas) to 18K (which involved pulling up the floor in 2 rooms [850 sq. feet], leveling all new joists, new subfloor, putting the old floor back down, and some random carpentry in various places). Sloping floors generally aren’t that big a deal if the variation is mild and the foundation is sound. Old houses will move over the course of 100 years.

          • Thanks JS, that is helpful. For now I think we’d want proper repairs to the joists so there isn’t more settling, and I think we’re okay with the floors continuing to be a bit off. Our long term plan for the house would be to bump out the back of the house where the kitchen is anyway, so as long as we’re structurally stable we can level everything out when we do that a few years down the road.

          • JS – do you have recommendations for contractors to get quotes from? We just scoped out the guy who the sellers have asked to do the estimate and we’re not convinced he’s qualified.

          • A couple that come to mind are Prime Construction and Premier Home Pro. I got them both from Angie’s List, where they had good reviews, and they were the two that spent the most time in my house examining the project and talking things over with me.

          • saf

            We just had structural work done last fall by Spectrum Design/Build. They did good work.

  • Rant: Went on what I thought was a good CMB date this week but he didn’t follow up πŸ™
    Rave: It’s Friday and I’m looking forward to early morning Saturday run to check out the cherry blossoms πŸ™‚

    • why didnt you follow up?

    • I actually did follow up the next day to no response. I just don’t get it. Side note, but this was my first time trying online dating. Guess I might just stick to the traditional way- I mean it wasn’t like I was having any problems.

      • I’m going to go ahead and assume that the “traditional way” (whatever that is) has resulted in some good dates that did not follow up as well. If it has not happened yet, it will. All that is to say that one “bad” online dating experience is no reason to abandon the whole process.

      • Don’t give up after one date! You have no idea if that guy was seeing someone else, just looking for something that he didn’t see in you, isn’t in a place to date…or who knows what else. Isn’t it at least better that you enjoyed the date than having gone on a crappy one? Chalk it up to experience and move on to the next one! Good luck!

    • And CMB = Coffee Meets Bagel.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: Work sucks more than work should right now.
    Rave: I’m employed and can afford to live a comfortable life.
    Rave: I’m so smitten with Tiny KItty, I want to smuggle her into work so we can all have a little “love and infection” to quote a friends grandmother.

    • I used to bring my kitten to work with me from time to time. Small office full of cat lovers, everyone thought it was a treat. I say do it now, while you can. My kitten is now 20 pounds of passivity, and there’s no taking him anywhere he doesn’t want to go.

      • Emmaleigh504

        Tiny Kitty is full grown, just tiny. Sadly, my work is not full of cat lovers and my particular office set up has some people who are allergic. As an aside, I have a friend who works in a public library in another city and they have show and tell on a regular basis; one of the patrons brings her cat in for show and tell. The kids love it and they get a library cat for a little while. I am so jealous.

        • Your comment made me smile! I remember reading a children’s book about a lion that visits a library. That sets a nice precedent – and puts bringing in a Tiny Kitty in perspective! πŸ™‚

        • houseintherear

          My dog Pablo (the westie) is a therapy dog and goes to the Mt Pleasant library on Wednesdays for their P.A.L. pajama party. You should set that up at your library!! ANIMALLLLLS! And P.A.L. certifies cats and small animals, too, so maybe Donna can get certified!

          • Emmaleigh504

            I’m afraid Donna might lick someone to death! πŸ™‚ I’ll have to look into it, she might like it.

  • Rant: Underpaid. Colleagues all in the 6 figures, doing similar work. I’m about 20% below them, can’t help but compare πŸ™

    Rant: I’ve been working a lot of late nights and I am beginning to feel resentful of everyone

    Rave: I am healthy and have a roof over my head

  • Rant: Just found out the guy I’ve been dating for about a month absolutely does not want kids. Bummed because I absolutely do (in the future sometime) so this effectively ended our otherwise awesome budding relationship.
    Rave: Joining in with other Popvillers ranting/raving about dating in DC. At least I’m not alone!

  • Rave: Falling for someone and he appears to be falling for me, too.
    Rant: His company is going under and he will most likely be out of a job soon. He has some other options but no guarantees. This could leave our relationship in flux, especially if he has to move πŸ™ Wish I could just be twitterpated and not worry about these complications….

  • Rave: The weather – nice enough to go eat at the food trucks!
    Rant: The particular food truck I chose. Now, I’m not a big rant-er, but this was just disappointing. We went to Senor Taco. I’m a sucker for pretty much anything in a corn tortilla, but between the line and getting our food, we waited a good 35-40 minutes – it took so long, I literally didnt have time to sit and eat before I had to go to my next meeting. And the tacos were just sad. The steak was not steak – shredded pale meat – and there was one little piece of avocado draped across three tacos. They were kind of dingy cafeteria level tacos. Sad waste of $8 and a lunch hour – but at least I was outside (and then warned off people still waiting in the stagnant line…)

    • Ooh, additional Rave: I went to Bravo bar on Georgia last night. Super friendly owner, great deals, very satisfying pupusa, and apparently voted one of DC’s best happy hours in Washington City Paper! Go Georgia Ave, Go!

  • Rant: Roommates. Wish I could afford to live on my own.
    Related rants: crazy cost of living while having a low salary (although I love my job).
    Rave: I LOVE sun and warmth and cherry blossoms and spring flowers and just sitting outside in the sun…
    Rave: Have a really great boyfriend, so at least I can escape to his place when the roommates get to be too much.

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