Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

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You can talk about whatever is on your mind – quality of life issues, a beautiful tree you spotted, scuttlebutt, or any random questions/thoughts you may have. But please no personal attacks and no need to correct people’s grammar. This is a place to vent and/or celebrate things about daily life in DC.

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  • justinbc

    For a June PoP HH would you guys prefer the 24th (Tuesday) or the 26th (Thursday)? The 26th is a USA WC match, but it’s at noon so there shouldn’t be conflicts. I’m not going to bother to try to coordinate with every other country’s schedule, so please don’t bring that up. I’m thinking about Mockingbird Hill as a destination, since it’s right by a metro and gets a lot of queries here so I’m guessing there are lots of folks who’ve never tried it.
    Rave: Finally have a weekend with no plans, so I can sit down and setup my new iPod + transfer songs from old laptop to new laptop + setup playlists + figure out new Bluetooth earbuds.

    • Emmaleigh504

      I vote Thursday, b/c Fridays are slow at work.

    • I vote for Thursday the 26th because I can’t come on Tuesday.

      • Another vote for Thursday. And Mockingbird Hill is a great choice! Maybe we could get the big table in the back?

    • Accountering

      I think the venue sounds good. Pretty central location to most of the city. I would vote for Tuesday the 24th. If we manage to beat/tie Germany (or even if we lose) and get through to the knockout stages, Mintwood and I will more likely be in front of the White House chanting USA and annoying the Secret Service, than making it to a restaurant in Shaw.

    • Not a huge fan of Mockingbird Hill, but the 26th works much better for me.

    • also, which bluetooth earbuds did you get? I just picked some up, but haven’t messed around with them. I plan to this weekend so I can listen to the WC covertly-ish at work.

      • justinbc

        JayBird BlueBuds X Sport Bluetooth Headphones – I’ve played around with them a bit just to test the sound, and so far I like what I hear.

    • I didn’t have a bad experience at MH, but I do think it’s a bit overpriced and gimmicky. If we’re going to go for that area, why not All Souls or Ivy and Coney (I also like Right Proper, but it gets really crowded). I will of course defer to you, Justin, just thought I’d throw those out there.

      I’d vote for the Thursday, the 26th.

      • I posted above that MH is a great choice, but I haven’t been to any of these other places and would be happy to try them. It’s your call.

    • skj84

      I vote Tuesday because I have a show Friday I need to look alive! Actually either day works.

    • Tuesday better for me. out of town the 26th

  • Rave: Friday
    Rave: Weird, but the rain this week has made my neighborhood smell really good (or perhaps better than it usually does). I’m not complaining.
    Question: Does anyone know if the Shake Shack in Union has opened? I know it was supposed to open June 9th, but they don’t have the location up on their website, and every time I walk by it doesn’t seem to be up and running yet.

  • Rave: looking forward to a weekend with only one planned event.
    Rant: which leaves me hang-dog obligated to do laundry, so make that two.
    Rave: just got a copy of Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson – gonna go read in a sunny, grassy field.
    Rave: and maybe make some limoncello after.

    • Becks

      YUM! Limoncello! Ok, may have to have two HH drinks! A BLT and something with Limoncello.

      • …make that “start a batch of limoncello.” Won’t be ready until late August. Wanna try making a batch of Zenzerocello (ginger) too.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: The baby rhino that was found next to it dead mother (killed for it’s horn which is not medicine, damn it!). Poor little guy can’t sleep well unless one of the caregivers at the sanctuary he’s in is with him.
    Rave: He was rescued, has good people taking care of him, is getting a sheep as an animal friend/security blanket/snuggle-bunny, and has a rhino cam!
    Rave: World Cup!! I’ve picked the teams I’ll root for in the beginning: Deutschland über alles! and some other teams 🙂

  • Rant: Nothing! Feeling great today!

    Rave: Two festival gigs tomorrow. Maybe I’ll see some of you at the Silver Spring Blues Festival. I’ll be the guy with the harmonica in his mouth. 🙂

  • Rave – Friday! I have no plans this weekend except to ride my new bike and enjoy the sunshine 🙂
    Rant – Bad hair days every day this week. This humidity is gross.

    • Re: the humidity, my hair will be in a pony tail/bun until mid-September.

    • skj84

      Ah summer hair. I generally stop straightening my hair once June rolls around because the fight against humidity isn’t worth it. I got a keratin treatment in March and it’s holding up relativity well. Just really, really expensive.

      • How expensive are they? I have medium-long hair that is really thick (i.e., really prone to humidity frizz)

        • skj84

          The place I went to charges $400. Granted I was a demo model and had the service done for free. I’ve heard other salons charge between $200 to 300. It is worth the price though.

    • For those of us with very dry curly hair the humidity is a godsend! I might even be able to start using shampoo again.

  • KSB

    Rave: The weather for tomorrow looks absolutely beautiful. 5-year-old birthday party, full steam ahead!
    Rave: Brookland’s Finest. Haven’t even been there yet but the buzz is awesome.
    Rant: Insane sinus pressure the last few days. Hello humidity.

  • epric002

    rave: food trucks in petworth last night. brought alvin, who got loads of attention and was pretty darn well mannered for a puppy- even with other dogs and little kids. met textdoc (waves!). hung out with neighbors. good turnout!
    rant: the ice cream truck was a no show b/c of mechanical problems. the meat truck disappeared really early. by the time i stopped gabbing and went to order food, they were sold out!
    request: another food truck night in petworth with more trucks please!
    rave: friday! husband comes home tomorrow!
    rave: got up early so the dogs got an extra long walk AND the dog park was empty so they got to chase some tennis balls. i love it when the dog park is empty.

    • Related raves/rants:
      Rave: Inaugural food truck event in Petworth!
      Rave: Met epric002 and her foster dog Alvin.
      Rant: Gelato truck broke down and did not make it to the event. :'(
      Rant: By the time I finally decided to order a halloumi cheese panini from the Kaftamania truck… they had just run out of halloumi.
      Rave: Overall, a good event. Hoping for more food truck events in Petworth!

      • justinbc

        Reminds me, I need to make baked halloumi again. So freaking good.

        • Halloumi is great. It is the cheap, go-to cheese in the Middle East (so it pains me to pay $10+ here).
          I made a “salad” with lightly fried halloumi, watermelon, cucumber, and basil (mint might be good as well) recently. Pretty incredible.

  • Becks

    Rave: It’s Friday!
    Rave: Happy hour with friends tonight! I want to try that BLT a Popvillian was talking about.
    Rave: My back doesn’t hurt as much today!
    Rant: Not a one!

  • Rant: northbound traffic on Conn. Ave that turns right on Porter St. There is a “no turn on red, 7 am – 7 pm” sign that is routinely ignored. While this doesn’t have too much of a negative impact on pedestrians on Conn. Ave, illegally turning traffic (from all locales) tends to ignore the light at Quebec and Porter and the many, many pedestrians crossing Porter there. If the city wanted to make some serious dough, stationing a cop or camera there would be a good way.
    Rant: the people who stand in doorways on Metro trains.
    Rant: I had a really good question to pose to everyone on my walk in to work, but now that I’m in front of a computer, I completely forgot it. I don’t think it had anything to do with restaurants. But maybe it did?
    Rave: SPURS. Diaw and Green were making some boneheaded/showboating mistakes, but kept it together down the line.
    Rave: Kawhi Leonard. I am guessing he will be christened the next Paul George.
    Rave: just learned about phonautographs.
    Rave: dog-sitting for my parents.

      Has anyone tried the Henhouse food truck? If so, any good? It’s outside my office right now.

    • jim_ed

      Rant: As much as I’m enjoying the Spurs beating LeBron, every time I see Kawhi Leonard shine, I’m reminded that the Wizards took Jan Vesely and Chris Singleton in that draft, which makes me terribly sad. : (

      • Permarant: Ernie Grunfeld.
        Watching the Heat last night made me realize how some of the Heat players get caught watching LeBron rather than playing as his teammates. Also, a lot of stagnant offense with no ball movement.

    • ok, so, phonautographs are my super rave today. Edoard-Leon Scott recorded by essentially talking into speaker which would cause a brush to stencil the pattern into soot on paper. Here’s a recording from 1860: http://www.firstsounds.org/sounds/1860-Scott-Au-Clair-de-la-Lune-05-09.mp3 Not sure the link will work. But, anyhow, the only way folks have been able to hear/recreate those sounds is by using optical metrology to scan the soot. Pretty neato burrito.

  • Rave: Sangria and jazz in the sculpture garden tonight – I can’t believe I’ve been here for 5 years and haven’t gone yet!
    Rave: Despite the gross humidity, my run this morning felt great!
    Rant: Slight shoulder tweak from crazy inversion in pole class on Wednesday – luckily lyra class didn’t hurt too bad yesterday
    Rave: Trying SUP Yoga again on Monday – here’s hoping I fall in fewer times than last time! (FYI I fell in twice last time….)
    Rant/Rave: only 3 weeks into the hubster being deployed…..means trying lots of new things in an effort to keep myself occupied….

    • Hoping to go myself! Every week my girlfriend and I make plans to do it, but she always ends up working too late.

    • LindseyO, where are you doing SUP Yoga? And how can I try it? Does one have to be proficient in SUP first? I expect to suck pretty bad at it, but dying to try and willing to laugh at myself.

      • Florista – I did it at the Key Bridge Boathouse (formerly Jack’s) – I just signed up for a class, Gilt City DC had vouchers for them earlier in the spring so I figured what the heck. I had never done SUP before – which probably contributed to the first fall, but it was a lot of fun 🙂 The instructors were great!

        • I hope they bring it to the Ballpark Boathouse! I’m kind of interested but not interested enough to go to Georgetown for it.

      • SUP yoga looks better in Facebook/Tinder profile photos than it really is. Most people try it once, get the new profile photo, and never go back to it. LOL.
        Just do yoga by the water, you’ll enjoy it more. It’s extremely difficult to focus on your yoga while on a SUP, because you’re constantly worried about your balance and falling in the drink. It’s not a peaceful practice. I wouldn’t recommend it, unless you’re very good at yoga (e.g. an instructor or have multiple years of practice). YMMV.

        • I like the balance poses the best, so I think I’d enjoy it. Maybe not the most peaceful kind of yoga but I bet it would be great for core strength.

    • skj84

      Have fun at Jazz in the Garden. I went last week and probably won’t have time to go again until July.

    • Aaaannnndd….downpours=rescheduling to happy hour 🙂

  • mtpgal

    Question: Has anyone used Scrivener? I hear it’s kind of difficult to learn but really useful for research articles once you get the hang of it.

    • I have and I couldn’t quite get the hang of it. I was using the Windows beta version though, for a creative writing project, so perhaps they’ve improved it or the Mac version is more intuitive.

  • Rant: So grumpy. Nothing really seems to be going my way this week. Work, exercise, relationships, my club sports team, every facet of my life has just seriously taken a hit lately.
    Rave: The sole exception to that was meeting up with my friends post-LSAT
    Rave: Headed to the beach tomorrow so hopefully I’m in for a rejuvenation day

  • Rave: It’s Friday!
    Rave: Heading home tomorrow to spend time with my pops for Father’s Day. Get to see my sis and adorable nephew too!
    Rant: Driving to NC means I have to drive through VA. I’m sure that, even tomorrow morning at 7AM, there will be an obscene amount of traffic on 95S. Ugh.
    Rave: got some good book recommendations from the QOTD post.

    • Maybe leave at 5 instead of 7?

      • Possibility. I get up around 5AM during the week anyway, but not sure I want to do that on a Saturday, and last time I did, I made great time, but had to stop for coffee to keep myself from nodding off. I realize that there are ways that I could beat the traffic (e.g., getting on the road ridiculously early, although 7am on a Saturday should be early enough) but then if I did that, what would I have to rant about 😉

        • Or you could split the difference and leave at 6.
          I don’t go down I-95 South all that frequently, but my feeling is that, given that this ISN’T a three-day weekend, 7 a.m. ought to be sufficient. And as you note, the early start is no good if you’re sleepy while driving.

  • Anyone know if the DC Doner truck is any good? I’m kind of craving a kebab, but I don’t want one of those lamb meatloaf gyros that most of the “kebab” trucks serve.

    • Go to Doner Bistro. (Disclaimer I eat mainly veg so haven’t gotten a doner there, but have heard good things)

      • The DC Doner truck is right outside my building today. Doner Bistro is a fairly long metro trip from me.

    • anonymouse_dianne

      Sandwiches at G next to Kapnos. Kapnos cooks whole lamb on spit, left overs go into lamb sandwich which is excellent!

  • Rant: Officiating in the Brazil-Croatia match
    Rave: Angelika Pop-Up opening party last night. Really cool space, looking forward to visiting it more during the summer.

  • Rant: Helping my boyfriend move this weekend.
    Rave: He will be moving here!
    Rave2: Celebratory moving meal at the newly opened Brookland’s Finest (fingers crossed it will be as awesome as I’ve been hoping!)

    Question to PoPville:
    I will be in Kaiserslautern, Germany the week after next (yay!). I have access to a car…any suggestions on fun things to do and see in that general area (maybe within an hour’s drive)?
    The week after that I will be in Barcelona (super yay!)…what are some must see and dos there?
    I’ve obviously got my own stuff planned…but looking for some suggestions on something that might not be on my radar.

    • Can you drive a standard transmission? Most cars in Europe are stick shift.

      • Yep! I learned how to drive in a manual car (1987 Mazda rx-7…so awesome!) And thanks I was aware of the car situation.

    • There’s a cruise down the Rhine River where you can see all the amazing castles. It’s kinda touristy but it’s so pretty. Heidelberg Castle isn’t far either – also touristy but pretty and a fun afternoon. Fun fact – the American high school for all the military bases has prom there – how cool would it be to have your prom in a castle????

    • If you’re looking to get in some beach time or explore a little in barcelona, take the train to Sietjes, it’s an hour or so way, totally cute town with great beaches.

      • It’s “Sitges.” As for Barcelona, I would get a ticket for one of the red tourist buses that go on a circular route around the city and drops you off at various places of interest such as Parc Guell, Sagrada Familia, Camp Nou, etc. The first two are a must, and the third as well if you have even a small interest in sports — largest stadium in Europe with a great museum. Get your tickets for the Sagrada Familia online and save yourself some hassle (maybe $$ as well, can’t rememeber) by avoiding the lines. Also, definitely walk down the ramblas and then walk around the Barri Gotic. Lots of great day trips as well in addition to Sitges — plenty of other cute small towns along the Costa Brava. Girona isn’t bad either.

    • There’s so much to do and see in Barcelona! Are you looking for any specific types of recommendations?

      • Something a bit off the beaten path. We’ve got the typical touristy stuff on the list, but were hoping for some good beach spots/restaurants/bars/nearby spots or towns that might be of interest.

        • For the touristy stuff, I’d recommend choosing what you really want to see and go early to see those sites. I went off-season to Barcelona and it was crazy packed with tourists, so the earlier you get somewhere, the less likely you’ll end up getting stuck in lines for hours. It’s also good for the budget, especially since most of the places have admission fees. (I decided to spend my travel money more on the food and drink than the sites, which I don’t regret doing!). That being said, I do Las Ramblas once – and only to get to Boqueria Market. I found just walking around and discovering stuff was really the best way to go there. Parc de Montjuïc and Parc de la Ciutadella were especially nice. If you’re looking for nightlife, I loved Sala Razzmatazz. It’s a bit off the beaten path but is very well known there. If you’re a big music person, you’ll love it. Enjoy your trip!

    • I used to live in Rheinland-Pfalz and miss it so much. Trier is about an hour away from Kaiserslautern and has a lot of cool Roman ruins. Wiesbaden is pretty, as are Limburg an der Lahn and Koblenz, although they might be a little far for you to travel. If you like wine, check out the Deutsche Weinstrasse, the world’s oldest wine route.

      Burg Eltz, a genuinely crazy-looking castle, is located a little bit southwest of Koblenz and is definitely worth a trip.

    • Go to the Dali museum outside of Barcelona! Great day trip and fantastic museum. Even if you arent into art, as Dali was known to be a bit of an eccentric and some of his stuff is insane.

  • Rant: Dog slipped out the door yesterday and I spent 45 minutes running around Glover Park barefoot trying to catch her. I thought for sure she would end up in Glover Archbold park and I’d never see her again. I finally got her when she was tangled in an ivy patch. 1/2 second later she would have slipped away again
    Rave: This was in GP and not some of the other neighborhoods I’ve lived in in DC where there would have been tons of traffic and lots of sharp objects to step on
    Rave: A few kind neighbors who did all they could to help, including holding on to my other dog while I ran after #2
    Rant/Rave: It’s Friday and I’m the only one at work

  • Rave: Sweetgreen’s opening next week so I’ll have a healthy lunch option near work (well, a 20-minute walk from work). Occasionally there are days when I don’t have anything to bing for lunch!

  • skj84

    Rave: Fun times at a friends goodbye party last night!

    Rant: Feeling it this morning

    Rant: I realized since I lost my job Ive become incredibly lazy about exercise and I’m feeling it. I walked at least 2 miles each day and my job had me moving around a lot. Now I’m just sitting around the house or leaving for errands. Need to get more active. I trained for my 10k last month, but since I hurt my leg I’ve backed off on the running. It’s feeling a lot better so I guess I can ease back into it. Plus I have two fashion shows coming up and while they don’t have size requirements I know I’ll feel better if I’m fitter.

  • Rant: I’m the one with the long-distance, cross-cultural boyfriend — or at least I was. When I confronted him on Monday about his strange elusiveness, he hung up on me and hasn’t picked up his phone since. Even though I know intellectually it’s for the best, it’s devastating, especially because I’ll never know if I falsely accused him or if my instincts were right. How to find closure when there is no closure?

    • Dang! I am very sorry..time and summer steamy love!

    • So sorry to hear this. Relationships, ones that aren’t even long distance, can be so hard. Chances are, your instincts were right. 9 times out of 10 I’ve found that if I’m getting a feeling about something, it’s correct. Plus I feel like if he didn’t have a reason to be strangely elusive, then he wouldn’t get angry enough to not want to talk to you for several days..he would be angry you feel that way, but then accept it and try to resolve those feelings somehow. Good luck, with time it will work itself out.

      • My thought, too — I felt like he freaked out when I confronted him with only a partial list of weirdnesses and didn’t know how to respond, so just hung up. Or maybe he was just too angry to talk after being (repeatedly) accused, if it turns out he wasn’t lying. (He had an excuse for everything.) Now I have no idea whether the whole 2.5 years was a fake.

    • I’m sorry. Even without the confrontation and hang up, this has been going on a while and it seems that you weren’t happy. So really, rather than dragging things on, it sounds like it’s for the best. Hope you feel better about things soon!

    • epric002

      i’m sorry. but i’m also pretty sure that if there was nothing to hide then he would have talked to you. hanging up/ignoring your calls indicates something else is going on, in addition to some serious immaturity.

    • If having a conversation about someone’s behavior with you provokes anger and disrespect, on an emotional as well as an intellectual level, you can ask yourself if anger and disrespect along with “strange elusiveness” is what you need more of in your life. Since most of us are happier and healthier without these qualities, I hope you will realize that you are too. It’s hard second guessing relationship stuff, I know, but I hope you’ll find closure as you realize that you deserve better than elusiveness and disrespect.

    • Wow. Something must have been going on with him if he hung up the phone on you and ignored you for days. That really sucks. I used to be long distance relationship and it’s beyond frustrating when the other person just cuts off all lines of communication like that and you’re left in the dark. I’m sorry it ended like this but it sounds like it was for best. It will get better as time goes on… meanwhile you can follow Anon’s advice and get yourself a summer fling 😉

      • Thanks, all. Now I just have to decide what to do about the rendez-vous we already planned: go by myself to a mildly scary destination (where I can practice his language, which I’ve been happily studying), go somewhere else, or stay home. For now, I’m curled up on the couch.

        • You should go somewhere else, and take the new boyfriend you’re going to meet tonight. Get on with your life, and don’t waste it dissecting that far away loser.

        • Go somewhere else. Don’t go on your own to where you were going to meet up with him; it’ll just make you think about him.

          • Thanks for all the good advice, Popvillians. It’s nice to know that you can reach out to strangers on the Internet and get back support — and objective perspectives — from people you’ve never even met. Onward!

  • Rant: Boyfriend leaving tomorrow for the west coast for 2-3 months. Sadness!
    Rant: Giant work event that I’m in charge of also tomorrow. 2000 people planning to attend… oof. At least then it’ll finally be over! It’s just going to be such a headache. Probably won’t have a chance to get any of the delicious food or take a break while I’m there either (probably be working 6-7 hours). Squirreling away snacks to nibble on!
    Rave: Boyfriend went to my place and set up his own tv (I don’t have one) with his Wii U so I can play video games while he’s gone… haha. 🙂

  • I’ve googled – but does anyone know where I can buy canning supplies – jars, lids etc? Thanks!

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