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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  • RAVEx1,000,000: Got a verbal job offer!!!!! Waiting for the formal offer letter now, but they said that they can meet my salary requirements, so I’m sitting on pins and needles, checking my email every 5 minutes. I am so excited to tell my current employer to suck a big one. It’s been 3 years of being worked to death for low pay and no appreciation! The new company has fantastic benefits and has a much more competitive salary (and a free parking spot in the building!). I’m so excited to give my notice. Come on offer letter!!!!!!

    • Congrats!!!

    • Prince Of Petworth

      Knock on wood – congrats that’s an awesome feeling!!

    • This is awesome! Congrats.

    • Sweet. Congrats!

    • I’m sure you didn’t mean this – “I am so excited to tell my current employer to suck a big one.” – literally, but in case you’re tempted, please please don’t burn any bridges on the way out the door. It’s tempting, and there would be an immediate, visceral satisfaction, but you have a long career in front of you, and who knows when someone from your past will turn up again.
      Oh, and congratulations.

      • Absolutely not – I would never burn a bridge this big and important! In my mind, I’ll be giving them all the finger, while politely thanking them for the opportunities to grow both personally and professionally!

    • Accountering

      Congrats! Has to be one of the best feelings in the world when you have been working towards something, and they call and tell you they want to hire you! Congrats!!!

    • definitely don’t quit until you have a letter with a firm offer and start date.

      Trust me.

      I had a verbal (from a huuuuge company) and when I found out what the (horrible) pay was, I told them that salary was fine if there was some flexibility since I had a new baby….and then they said they decided to go in a new direction. I’m sure I shouldn’t have said that I had a baby, but they tout themselves as family friendly. Sooooo you NEVER know – hold on to a job until it’s a firm offer!! That said, congrats!!! sounds awesome!

    • Becks


  • Rant: Overslept and did not make it to the gym this morning. This getting up and working out before work is hard to implement!
    Rave: My plans for the evening were rescheduled so I can get some rest and hopefully make morning yoga tomorrow.
    Rave: I’m feeling less anxious than I have in the past few weeks. I think the combination of sleep, talking to good friends, and good self-care is helping.

    • Good for you for trying to get to morning workouts. I am too much of a zombie in the AM to make that happen.

  • justinbc

    Rave: PoPville HH tomorrow at Mockingbird Hill, hope to see lots of you there!
    Rave: Training the first two days of the week has made the in-office time much more tolerable.
    Rant: Moving offices again next spring / summer. Not liking the new design.
    Rave: Back patio area finally complete, will be sending in some before / after shots soon. Releveling out all the old brick was backbreaking stuff, but it looks so much better now.
    Rave: Break from projects for a few weeks until the new doors come and then it’s on to painting! Still shopping for the perfect colors for our black/red/grey schema.

  • Farragut

    RAVE: Did anyone else stay up for the Nats-Brewers game? I could only last till the 13th inning… but hallelujah on Zimmerman coming through in the 16th!
    RANT: My wife has our e-reader so I can’t continue my rereading of the Dresden Files, dang it. πŸ™‚

    • You shall pry the kindle from my cold, dead hands.

    • I stayed up until Zimmerman hit the home run and then went to bed figuring the game was over, which it was. I had to keep watching even thought I’m not even a Nats (or Brewers) fan because when it goes so long, you sometimes see interesting stuff, like a position player pitching at some point.

      • Farragut

        Apparently LaRoche was going to pitch in the bottom of that inning (Williams was saving Soriano), but poor LaRoche, Zimmerman hit a dinger. πŸ™‚

  • skj84

    Rant: I haven’t been sleeping well the past few weeks. I’ve always had sleep problems, but they seem to have intensified. When I was younger I took sleep meds, but I really don’t want to go down that route if the issue doesn’t get better.

    Rave: I colored my hair a very non traditional color this week. I’ve always wanted to do it and figured I might as well try it out now. I’m turning 30 in 2 months and I realized life is too short not to have fun. Not that 30 is old or anything, but still it’s a milestone that’s caused me to really evaluate my life.

    Rant: My best friend made a hurtful comment about my style choices yesterday. She wasn’t trying to be mean, but telling someone their outfit choice is “tacky” isn’t the most tactful thing to say.

    • Emmaleigh504

      I’ve been getting terrible sleep lately, too. I blame all the blasted summer sunlight. It keeps me up later and wakes me (and Fat Kitty) up earlier. I’ve been using a sleep mask to the hide the sun, but that gives me a head ache from the fast switch from dark to light. What have you been trying?

      • binpetworth

        I also have an Evil Cat waking me an hour before sunrise each day, so I can sympathize!

      • skj84

        Ambient Noise on my phone or laptop. I sometime sleep with a mask, but I don’t know where mine is currently. May buy a new one. I was also considering moving my bed. Its up against a wall right now, but I want to push it under the window in my room. I dunno new position helps my sleep fung shui?

        • Emmaleigh504

          I think I’ll try a bed move, thanks!

          • I always do the bed move. Even if it’s just sleeping at the foot of the bed, somehow a different directions makes me sleep like a baby. As I’m typing, I’m thinking about what a dumb saying that is. Babies wake up all throughout the night and for some bedtime is a real fight. What a dumb saying. Sorry for the random ramble…but I recommend switching bed positions!

          • Emmaleigh504

            lol my dad has that same rant about “sleep like a baby” and “hair cut” and a myriad of other sayings. I’m going to try a bed move or sleep in another direction tonight!

        • If you need ambient noise to sleep, this one is an excellent rain generator! You can customize the rain, very cool: http://mynoise.net/NoiseMachines/rainNoiseGenerator.php

    • TOTALLY feel your rave! *high 5*

    • I feel your pain re: insomnia. I had it for years and I tried EVERYTHING to solve it. Pills, working out, sleep hygiene, baths, drinking, etc. What finally killed my insomnia was an old ayurvedic practice called oil pulling. It’s supposed to purge your body of toxins. A few days after I started doing it, I began to be tired at the right time on a consistent basis. I still get the occasional insomniac night here and there, but for the most part, the issue is gone. So I don’t know if it will be the magic bullet for you that it was for me, but it’s worth a shot.

  • Rave: Didn’t think I’d make it but made the City Bike group ride last night before the Adams Morgan outdoor showing of Rushmore. Ride was fun, didn’t even really have to change to show up in my “prep school” outift and the weather and crowd was awesome for the movie. Bike valet also gains +1000 pts for the night.

    Rant: Bike’s rear wheel needs to be trued and my chain is skipping. πŸ™

  • Rant: I stay up late, regardless of how early I need to wake up in the morning. And this morning I had to be up at 5:30 in order to deliver an on-line training beginning at 6:30 am. Now I need a nap.
    Rave: Virtual training means no need to put on professional attire, and since I’m working from home a nap is in order : )
    And rave: Being able to get into a restorative yoga position and have a non-power nap for 15 minutes.

  • Accountering

    Rave: Awesome time at EGPAF 25th anniversary gala last night at the Newseum,
    Rave2: Got to meet Nancy Pelosi, and snap a couple of pictures. She is a very cool lady.
    Rave3: Big life event is going to be accelerated significantly. I am so ready for that!
    Rant/Rave: Missing the POPville HH to go to Le Diplomate – as opposed to celebrating in front of the White House. I will hold off on the party at the White House for when we beat France on America’s birthday to go through to the semi-finals! πŸ™‚

    • Emmaleigh504

      Beating France on the 4th would be so sweet! (even if they did help us break free of England’s shackles)

      • Accountering

        I think we have fairly returned the favor a couple of times (well, a little the first time, and a lot the second time!) πŸ™‚

        Agreed on the win though! Everyone says we have no chance, but that’s why they play the game!

    • I’m curious about Rave3.

    • Let Diplomate is terribly overrated. Don’t waste your time or money there. Also, we have almost no chance to beat France this year.

      • party pooper

      • Accountering

        See above RE: That’s why they play the game.

        I have cancelled probably a half dozen reservations to Le – haha – so I am actually going this time!

        • If you like foie gras, get it there. It’s so light and fluffy, which you don’t usually expect, but has a ton of flavor. It’s a huge portion as well.

  • Rave: Saw a bald eagle coasting over the confluence of the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers just after dawn, unperturbed and unimpressed by the somewhat larger “birds” hurling down the runway on the river’s far bank.

    • That’s very cool! I just signed up for a sunset tour of the Anacostia River via pontoon boat this Friday (sponsored by Anacostia Watershed Society). It’ll be my first time on the Anacostia River – and I’ll be looking for the eagle.

      • They’ll probably take you well upriver from where I was rowing, as there is very little nature remaining to explore at that junction — Fort McNair/East Potomac park on one bank and Bolling AFB on the other. But, for all one hears about the terrible state of the Anacostia watershed, it seems to support an amazing amount of wildlife. And, eagles do cover quite a bit of territory (I assume), so he might sail by. You’ll have a great time.

      • That boat trip sounds really fun! I’ve seen bald eagles soaring around Teddy Roosevelt Island and around the C&O Canal in Georgetown. Hope you see one on Friday!

    • Accountering

      We see a fair number of bald eagles at the river house in Tappahannock, VA. Such a cool animal! Have seen them snag fish out of the river as well.

  • Rant: We’ve been renting out (nominal fee, no formal lease) some unused space behind our house to a neighbor for use as a parking spot. It’s been a great arrangement for all so far, but we’re finally ready to do the renovations that we’ve long contemplated, and that unfortunately will result in that space finally being used by us – it won’t be available to park on anymore. When I told the neighbor about it recently, he got really angry. Now he’s saying I should have consulted him first, and offering all sorts of alternatives that would leave him with a place to park (on my property) – but they aren’t what we want to do. We’re ready to proceed, but he’s insisting on meeting with us to discuss the plans. Need some advice – do I have to entertain discussions on this? And do we have some sort of obligation to change our plans to accommodate him?

    • epric002

      quick answer: if there was no formal agreement, no and no. how much notice did you give him? it’s your property. if you *want* to have a discussion with him, then go ahead, but if you’ve already made your decision i’d caveat agreeing to a discussion with “but we’ve already made our decision”.

    • Accountering

      Do you have any obligation? I would say none whatsoever. As this is a neighbor though, and good relationships with neighbors are better than bad ones, I likely would meet with him and spend the time to figure out if there is another possible solution, or just to simply explain that another solution isn’t possible. Likely worth the 20 minute meeting to address his concerns, and avoid the hard feelings.

    • Sounds like you’ve given him some time before work is going to start? No reason to further discuss or change your plans. Just be nice and say “I’m sorry but we need to move forward with our house renovations and unfortunately, we need that space to make it happen.”

    • While I don’t think you’re obliged to meet with him, for the sake of the neighborly relationship it might help to meet and acknowledge that it will be inconvenient for him to find another space. And be clear that you plan to use the parking space on (whatever date).
      If he wants to negotiate you can listen to him but be a broken record when it comes to your plan. Yes I understand you have another suggestion, and I’m planning to do x. Yes parking is difficult (or whatever), and I will be doing x.
      When you’re ready to end the conversation, end it.

    • I’d humor him with a discussion. Maybe him feeling like you’re considering his position will ultimately make the blow of him having to find somewhere else to park a bit easier. The more notice you can give him the better. But epric002 is right, it’s ultimately your property!

    • Ha!! Sounds like the Powell/Thompson discussion yesterday… better be ready for the discussion to be brought up on your local listserv and wait for the petitions to begin….

    • The neighbor sounds like a big baby. WTF. So long as you give him 30 days’ notice, I don’t understand what the big deal is? Things change and people need their property back, that’s not so hard to understand.
      My guess is that you might have been charging below market rate for the space and now he’s freaking out because he’ll have to pay more for a new spot. But that’s his problem, not yours. If he’s pissed at you about that, he’s a crummy neighbor and a poor planner.

    • Sure you can meet with him, but there’s No need for you to give him details about your plans other than to reclaim your property space for you use.

    • I don’t see the point in meeting with your neighbor “to discuss the plans” – even if it is just to humor him. This meeting will only consist of him coming up with all kinds of ways that you can change your plans to accommodate his needs. Having this meeting will just confirm in his mind what clearly appears to be an expectation that he has some say over what you do with your property and that he has a right to park on your property forever. Forget about being neighborly. You’ve been neighborly enough already by giving him a heads up about the coming work. From what you are describing, he is not going to be any less upset about this when the meeting closes and you say “we appreciate your concerns, but it’s our property and this is what we will be doing.” Nip it in the bud now.

    • You might also point out that renovations are messy, and his car could be damaged even if you figured out a way for him to continue to park. Really, you are thinking of his safety and the safety of his car. Plus, the construction crew may need him to move the car at any time – think of the inconvenience.

      The more you can present the situation as beneficial to him, the easier it will be for him to accept it.

      • The OP said the space “won’t be available to park on anymore.” I read that as a permanent change, not a temporary one. I don’t think there is any way to present that in a way that this neighbor will perceive as “beneficial.” The neighbor wants to change the plans so he can still keep parking on the property in perpetuity. Unless the OP is going to consider that type of change, he or she should just apologize to the neighbor as politely as possible and state as firmly as possible that the work is going forward as planned.

        • If the OP wants to minimize the damage to the relationship with the neighbor, diplomacy is called for. by which I don’t mean telling the truth, or actually considering the other party’s proposal – just giving the appearance of considering the other party’s proposal.

          • I hear what you are saying. I just cannot think of any earthly reason why you would want your neighbor to think you are actually considering his proposals to alter your plans for your property so that he can continue to enjoy discounted parking for the rest of his life. The neighbor has already offered “all sorts of alternatives.” So now the OP should go through each of these alternatives in detail and explain why each is unsuitable? Where will that lead? To another group of alternatives. Given what has been said, the OP’s best bet is to politely and firmly indicate that plans have been made and the neighbor will just have to figure something else out.

  • Rave: stand up desk!
    Apartment-living rant #1: as I got on the elevator this am, a woman’s dog was peeing on the (carpeted) floor. She apologized, and when we got off at the first floor, I stopped to get coffee. I didn’t hear her say anything to the concierge, but figured she would on the way back in. We passed as I was walking out, and she didn’t say anything! So I stopped and told the concierge, who said this has happened before and this lady never tells. So gross and inconsiderate; mistakes happen but tell management so they can clean them!
    Apartment living rant #2/question: a resident appears to be training non-residents in the fitness center, hogging space in the fitness center for at least 2-3 hours. I grudgingly concede that residents should be allowed to bring in personal trainers, but I think the reverse shouldn’t happen. I’m considering complaining. Is that unfair of me? Am I being unreasonable?

    • You are absolutely not being unreasonable. You pay to use that space, and you’re losing the ability to use it because someone is running a business.

      • You don’t have nearly enough information to reasonably conclude that the person is running a business.

        • It is possible that she is offering this for friends, which I would also take issue with. Her clients/friends wait outside until she or someone else lets them in (a key is required for entry), and I have observed her train 3 people back to back. However, a key is required for entry into our building, so presumably the concierge lets them in, and so the am concierge is at least aware of this.

          • I was just pointing out that dcd’s comment was not reasonable based on the available information. If this person is running a business then I’d say that’s no good. If she is doing this for friends, then it probably depends on a) whether there’s a policy about letting friends use the gym and b) whether she’s abusing that policy (if there is one).

    • If it doesn’t affect you, I don’t see the point in complaining about it.

      • Farragut

        It is affecting hanon, though, the trainer is taking up space at the fitness centers for a few hours.

      • Well she uses the limited equipment. Usually the one bench in the room, but this morning she trained 2 separate people using the same machine the entire time. Also, I pay a premium in rent for this facility, so why I should then have to share space/use of the equipment with someone who doesn’t.

        • Is this a one time event or has it happened a few times? If it is an isolated event I’d say let it go this time but if it becomes a pattern then asking them to make room for you and/or complaining to the building management would be reasonable.

    • What’s the policy of your building? Are residents allowed to bring guests/non-resident family members? If so, I think that complaining is unreasonable — unless what this person is doing hugely hampers the ability of residents to use the space. In the same way that a resident might bring in a trainer for help, I can also imagining a resident helping a friend get started on an exercise program. I would only complain if it seems clear that this person’s behavior hampers the ability of residents to use the facilities — i.e. if the expectation is that people can use the equipment for 30 minutes if other people are waiting, and this resident far exceeds that, or if it’s truly clear that the resident is running a business out of the building’s fitness center, as opposed to being an “expert” helping out friends and family.

  • Rant: Our summer interns here are never hot. Literally zero in 5 years.
    Rave: At least I’ve got someone to pass along the grunt work that I’ve been procrastinating on for the past 6 months.

    • Rant: The staff members where I intern are NEVER hot. Literally zero in 5 years.
      Rave: This staffer that I am interning for is about to get canned for not doing any work for 6 months, and I’m being considered to replace him!

    • You must not be working on the red side of the aisle. I’m constantly shocked by some of the red state interns. Why, oh why, do you want to look like Ann Coulter?!?

      • Because that’s Right Side’s definition of “hot.”
        From a Fox News perspective, I’ve found that the right side of the aisle tends to be conventionally more attractive (bottle blondes, nails always done, perfect outfits, fake tits, fake tans in January, etc). The House isn’t getting any business done, so they have time for such frivolities.
        The blue side of the aisle tends to work longer hours and looks frumpy 90% of the time due to lack of sleep.

        • not sure if looking frumpy is from lack of sleep though..good one!

          • Haha, good point! Though, there’s still plenty of attractive people on the left side of the aisle, IMHO. Personally, I’m not into the overly done-up, Southern genteel/preppy look that is so popular with the GOP’s operatives. The Democrats just tend to not give a shit about that superficial stuff, while still looking professional. They have bigger priorities, in my experience.

          • justinbc

            Krystal Ball’s not so bad, especially considering she’s a mom.

        • Sans Elizabeth Warren. She gives me lady-wood. I really want her to run for president!

  • Rave: Went on a short vacation this weekend – was SO nice to get away.

    Rant: Realize that even though my surgery was almost a year ago, my leg hasn’t really fully healed. My gait is really bad and walking was extremely painful – not just in the bad joint, but the muscles are tight and painful too because of the weird gait. This may derail my plans to take a longer vacation in the fall because I’m not sure how fun it would be if I can’t really walk. And the only thing keeping me sane is thinking about this longer (once in a lifetime type of) vacation

    Rant: My squash plant has some kind of white stuff on the leaves. Not sure what it is or how to fix it (or if it will affect the editability of the squash itself). Anyone know where I would go to find this type of information out? Any good plant stores around?

    • Are you in PT? It could really help with some of the issues you mentioned. Not just the actual sessions, but with follow-up exercises that could improve the muscle tension, etc. I hope you’re able to get some relief and take that longer vacation!

      • I am still in PT. I’ll talk to her when I see her on Friday. I knew it was still hurting, I just didn’t realize how much until I really was walking more than I do in my every day life. I’m bumping up against the point at which I’ll either need to schedule the long vacation or not. Hopefully it’ll all work out.

    • What you’re describing is likely powdery mildew, a common problem with squash, cucumbers and similar plants. Take a leaf to American Plant Nursery, Behnke’s or Johnson’s and see what they think. Also look at UMD’s Home and Garden Info Center – they might have the answer.

    • did you do physical therapy? after 4 surgeries to fix a broken leg, I spent 6 months doing gait retraining exclusively (on top of the year of straight up normal PT to regain ROM and strength back in my injured leg). My brain got used to my leg being screwed up, and even after the joint and muscles had healed, I got into the habit of limping, which in turn put more stress on my already compromised joints. Also, I don’t know what your issue is, but prescription orthotics helped me tremendously. And, it may not look cool but i totally rocked the old lady cane for a full year because when I got tired and walked too much my leg would start hurting, and i just needed the extra help. yeah, 27 years old with an old lady cane was pretty hot, but i took that thing all over uganda, kenya, south africa, and india. better than not being able to go to those places, or maybe worse — going and then being so fatigued and in pain that you can’t enjoy your trip.

      • Thank you for this comment – that is very similar to the trip I’m planning to do! I still have my cane, I just don’t use it anymore. Maybe I need to pull it out again. And my PT does think my muscles just haven’t gotten used to working correctly after three years of being messed up and two surgeries to fix the problem. This made me feel better. Thanks!

        • my PT told me the general rule of thumb is that it takes TWICE as long to recover as you were injured for (up to a certain point). So if you were dealing with an injured knee for 3 years, it can take up to 5-6 for your muscles and soft tissue to fully recover. I know a year seems like a long time, but your leg (probably) isn’t used to the extra strain above and beyond your normal daily activity.
          get well soon!

  • rant: got yelled at while I was stopped at a red light in the bike lane on my ride to work this morning by a driver who wanted to turn through the intersection on the red. Unclear where I was supposed to go? onto the sidewalk? Can’t people wait 30 seconds for the light to change? there were 4 other cyclists clustered behind me all waiting for the light to change, so it would have taken us just as long to back up/get out of the way.
    rave: these long summer days! getting home from work it feels like i’m getting a few extra bonus hours because it stays light out so much longer.

    • justinbc

      +1 on long daylight hours, I love it.

    • Just stand your ground, smile and wave back at the driver.

    • When a driver honks at me for the same reason (blocking their turn on red from the bike lane) I usually fire back with a smile: “Would you rather I was a car in front of you? Then you really would have no option of turning on red”. The entitlement of some asshole cyclists in this city is matched or exceeded by foaming-at-the-mouth drivers who wants cyclists to behave like cars (“If they want our respect, dammit!”), but when cyclists DO follow the laws as road users they get angry for “being in their way”. People just suck.

      • yes…i politely explained that i was in the bike lane, and was waiting for the light to turn and had no where to go, but it was still annoying and somewhat scary. I hate it when drivers get aggressive and start revving their engines. you never know if they are actually going to run you over or not. I have had a driver get out and punch me when I was in the bike lane and he was trying to parallel park. honestly, i’m 5’2″ and 110# it’s not like i’m scary or threatening!

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rave/Rant: new fed position at work opened up, so now I’ll be spending my weekend focusing my resume for that.
    Rant: Position closes monday so the prolly have someone in mind, and I have a good guess.
    Rave: So excited for all the fun things tomorrow!

    • Farragut

      Don’t forget too that there’s a lot of competition and many jobs are closing after a week or even less. One of the guys I know in HR at my federal agency was talking about how OPM was (I think) was allowing agencies to reduce the amount of time a job has to be offered since they get inundated with hundreds of applications. In my agency’s case, though, it’s mostly vets getting all the new jobs. I’m like one of three non-vets in my office.

  • KSB

    Rant: how long does one need to wait before expecting people to get with new traffic patterns? There are three new traffic patterns on my relatively short commute within DC and people blatantly disregard the new patterns every day. It’s been more than a month now and I see the same cars at the same time of day doing the same old thing… c’mon.
    Rave: Littlest one has been with grandma for the last two nights and sleep has been AMAZING. I feel like a totally new person (and she’s sleeping well for grandma so it’s a win-win!)

    • Is Washington Circle on your commute? All those new traffic lights are crazy. I was in the cab the other day and the driver just ran 4 red lights in a row going through that circle.

      • KSB

        No, but M Street just off Thomas Circle is one of the areas with a new traffic pattern (they’ve turned the left and middle lanes into through-ways and the right lane is a turn-only) and there are constantly delivery trucks parked in the left lane, essentially reducing the capacity down that stretch by 50%. And there seem to be new lane markings around Logan Circle, which is throwing people off slightly (I didn’t even count that in my tally) but that circle always has crazy people trying to exit from anywhere and ignoring the traffic signals. Bottles the mind…

  • Rant: This year has kicked my ass, and I am tired. All good things – big promotion, bought a house, etc, but after 7 work trips (3 international), prepping my condo to sell, buying a house, putting a lot of work into said house…I am spent. And…
    Rant: Can’t take time off until an RFP we’ve been waiting on is released and proposal is submitted. We’ve been expecting it “any day now” for several weeks. Sigh.
    Rave: It’s all worth it…I just need some rest!

  • Rant: Bus driver totally and deliberately f##ked with my yesterday. I was headed toward the bus stop at Irving & 13th st. when a bus passed me. I saw the light turn red, stopping him behind about 10 cars from the stop, so I sprinted. Caught up to the bus, knocked on the door – I know they aren’t supposed to pick up outside of official stops – I didn’t expect him too – though I have often seen buses do it and it would have been nice – but at least he would know I was running for the stop.

    He just pointed at the bus stop – I waved thanks and jogged toward the end of the block. The light turned green, the cars in front of him cleared, then he absolutely sped up and blew right past me as I was about 10 feet from the bus stop.

    Rave: Mr. bus driver (H2 on Irving St. between 14th & 13th at 4:35 p.m.) I am gleefully beseeching karma to inflict all manner of pestilence upon you – boils, hemorrhoids and leprosy are headed your way!

    • Not to be an ass but if you knew that they aren’t supposed to stop at nonsanctioned bus stops, why did you just keep running to the sanctioned bus stop? Seems to me like you wasted valuable time and caught the ire of the bus driver.

      • Because the bus was almost empty and there was no one else waiting at the stop so – as I already explained – I wanted him to know I was running for the stop. There – does that make you be less of an ass?

        • im gonna side with the drive on this one! So annoying when people do that, although it brings a smile to my face when people who run to the stop get the door shut in their face or just nearly miss it. I have no sympath because there already was 5 people who ran and got it before that last person missed it. If the drive doesnt stop the maddness it would continue for several minutes before it could leave the stop

          • Silly me – I forgot that people like to respond without reading the actual post. Here’s the important bit you missed – “he absolutely sped up and blew right past me as I was about 10 feet from the bus stop.” He SPED UP.

            I’ll give you all your sour scolding – fine. I’ll grant that I may have mis-interperted his nodding and pointing to the nearby bus stop as “go there I’ll pick you up,” instead of “F-you – run all you like but you can just damn well wait for the next bus.”

            But if he had been driving the speed limit I would have easily beat him to the stop. He SPED UP – a lot – in order to pass me.

        • None of that negates the fact that you knew what the rules were and tried to circumvent them to get you way. Lessons learned I guess/hope.

        • Eh, just go to the bus stop and wait for the next bus. It’s pretty straightforward. Drivers shouldn’t be looking out for potential passengers who are not quite at the bus stop yet. You tried a little sneakiness and it didn’t work out, it happens.

    • What a mean bus driver. I think people misunderstood – she was AHEAD of the bus, he knew she was running for the bus stop, and he didn’t stop. That is terrible, especially since the bus was empty. I hope he hit every red light for the rest of his shift.

      • I didn’t misunderstand. She tried her luck getting on the bus early and the driver didn’t let her. When the driver got to the bus stop she wasn’t there yet, so he didn’t stop. Sounds like if she had gone straight to the stop she would have ended up on the bus. Maybe that seems harsh to you but for me the drivers should pick up passengers at the stop, and drop them off at the stop – it’s so simple. I don’t understand why people expect little personal favors (and yes, that is what we’re talking about here) from bus drivers.

        • You did misunderstand. She clearly stated that she didn’t expect the driver to let her on at the red the light. She was letting him know that she was heading to the next stop.
          Victoria–don’t let all the people with reading comprehension problems get you down.

          • You are missing the point. There is no reason to “let a bus driver know” that you are going to the bus stop. You are either there or you or not, plain and simple. If you don’t want to get left be there early. I ride the bus everyday and whoever said that it could end up being an all day chain reaction is correct. Be there or get left, that simple. Nobody is trying to be mean or smart but it is what it is. We have all missed busses, it happens. Take it for what it is and move on, nobody is going to grant anybody any favors because you let them know what you are trying to do. I can’t begin to tell you how many times people are pounding on the bus as they run to catch it, people on the bus are yelling for the driver to stop and wait…the list goes on but at the end of the day the drivers have a schedule to keep and they are likely already late so if you are not at the stop you are likely to get left. If Victoria thinks that she was really wronged, she can call it in and report that driver but my guess is that she will get laughed off the phone and told what I and others have already said.


            The real issue is the drivers that blow by people at the stop (even when the bus isn’t full) because they want to get to their break earlier or they are really far behind. That is unacceptable. These are the drivers that need to be reported, reprimanded or replaced.

          • KenyonDweller, Kam and I on the same page for once on this. You don’t “let the driver know” anything – you go to the bus stop and wait for the bus. If you are at the stop, the driver will pick you up. This is so freakin’ simple I can’t believe I’m still discussing it.

  • Rant: People that waste their talent doing stupid shit.


    Rant: Humans that bight other humans (granted they are not fighting for their lives).


    Yeah, I am looking at you on both counts Luis Suarez. Fifa doesn’t play that so you may be out of the World Cup and you potentially just messed up your chances for a lot of money at your next home. Liverpool dodged that bullet.

    • tonyr

      I tried to download a video file of the racist cannibal’s career highlights last night. It took ages beacause it was three megabytes. Thanks, I’m here all week.

      • LOL! I had to read that one again and then I got it. LOL! Yeah, I am still asleep (please see my recent rant).

  • Rave – Saw an awesome show at Gypsy Sally’s last night. I love that place! There was some great swing dancing going on at the front of the sage that was so fun to watch.
    Rant – I cannot swing dance. And I did not get enough sleep last night.

    • skj84

      ooh some of my friends posted about that show! I can lindy a little, but I get intimated by my friends who are way better. There are a few places that offer classes in the area. Gottaswing an Jam Celler are both great.

      • Oh, I didn’t hear about that show/dance πŸ™
        I’m going to recommend Jam Cellar (thejamcellar.com) over Gottaswing. They’ve done such a great job in the past few years really bringing in beginners, making them feel welcome, bringing them up to an intermediate level, and populating their dances that way. I really respect what they’ve done lately.

    • I used to be able to swing dance — I probably still could but I would be afraid of everyone making fun of me for doing something totally ’90s (?).

      • It’s only totally 90s if you do it to Squirrel Nut Zippers. Lindy hop is flourishing all over the world. Last month hundreds of people went to NYC to celebrate the posthumous 100th birthday of one of the original lindy hoppers. There was an article about it in the New York Times.
        If you’re a scientist or engineer and you’re looking to find more people like yourself, you should lindy hop. Seriously.

        • skj84

          +1000 on the science/engineer factor. I’m not really into science, but most of my dance friend are engineers of some capacity or work in a lab. I just had this conversation with someone about why the dance community attracts science minded people. Bill Nye is a Lindy Dancer. He’s pretty good apparently.

        • Emmaleigh504

          fascinating. I need to learn more about these lindy hoppers and why scientists and engineers are attracted to it.

        • So I just Googled “lindy hop” and yes! That’s the kind of dancing I saw. These dancers were freaking amazing. They glided and twirled around so effortlessly it was like they were on ice skates.

  • Rant: The BS they keep doing on over on 3rd and H st and Mass Ave NW. I swear it seems like every so often they try and fix, repave, redo, change, makeover, alter that intersection right there leading to 395. It is the biggest cluster and it adds on a lot of time to the commute in the morning. Everything is going great now because of the summer, school is out, less traffic and everything is wonderful until you get to that area and then it just slows to a crawl. So annoying.


    Rant: My daughter (13 months old) decided she wanted to get up at 5a this morning. She has been sleep trained since she was roughly 5-6 months old so she goes to bed at 7p and generally wakes up around 6:30-7a. I played ball last night so I was really tired so getting up at 5a was the last thing I wanted to do. I wonder if her getting up early like that has anything to do with her being weaned from breastfeeding (she has been eating normal table food for awhile now).


    Rave: Regardless of all of that MY DAUGHTER IS AWESOME!!

    • Emmaleigh504

      Your rave makes me smile.

    • As your daughter gets older, she’ll need a bit less sleep. So maybe she’s hit a maturation point. Maybe you could try putting her to bed at 7:30 or 8 — unless she’s totally exhausted, and see if the shorter total time will help her shift back to a later wake up time. Also, now that there’s more daylight, she’s going to bed and waking up in daylight — could this be a factor? If so, using blackout curtains/blinds might help her sleep a bit later.

      • That is a good point, I will have to look into that more if this continues (this was the first time). I would love for her to have a later bedtime as I often don’t get home right until it is time for her to have her bath (which I normally give her, it is our bonding time) and be put down. That is one of many downsides of taking public transportation to and from the middle of nowhere Springfield while living in NE DC. But at least I have a job so there is that.

    • KAM, Almost exact same rant and rave today. My 18 month old son woke up super early today too, but we had fun. Must be something in the air. Or, more logically, early sunlight and the transition to new foods.

      • Yeah, no matter how early it is, seeing her smiling at me makes me melt every time. I truly can’t believe how fast time is flying. Is yours still breastfeeding and if not, how long did the total transition take? We would have had her completely weaned but we went out of the country and so my wife breastfed instead of buying local milk so basically that put us back to square one. But the good thing is that she eats table food with no problem but just have to break her from the breast. We stopped the morning feedings and she drinks vitamin D as daycare and only does about 5 minutes of breastfeeding (after dinner and bath) right before she goes to bed.

  • Rant: I’ve had insane dreams lately. Last night I was at the top of some sort of open-air elevator watching people on a skyscraper across the street climb up a ladder 80 or so floors so they could do pull-ups while dangling outside over the aforementioned 80 floors. And then I was riding a bike through the everglades? So strange! I don’t like dreaming.
    Rave: Doesn’t that mean I’m getting deep, restorative sleep? I hope so!
    Rave: Stopped at Union Station on my walk home and scored a cute pair of peep-toe black pumps from Nine West for $29
    Rave: Popville HH πŸ™‚

  • RANT! from the MVSNA FB page: “yesterday evening, a 20 to 30 person group of what we believe are 9 to 12 year olds rushed a resident at our Mount Vernon Triangle area condo, entered the lobby and started threatening and harassing the concierge. They apparently had just created havoc at the Hampton Inn. After leaving the condo, they proceeded to angrily throw rocks at the glass doors but luckily did not break anything or get back inside. MPD arrived long after they had left. The responding officer said he knew this group and that they normally hang out in Chinatown.”

  • Serious Question: I need to get some exercise — and wonder if there is the equivalent of an adult playground someplace. I’d love to climb, swing, etc — to “play” rather than work out. Someone yesterday mentioned city playgrounds as an option, but the ones near me have equipment for smaller kids and playing fields. Is there any place where someone 5’6″ can just play? I want to do something that feels fun — not like exercise stations, if that makes sense. I’ve heard that Paleo folks have play-based workouts. Can anyone recommend a primal play program?

    • This has been my “business I want to start but never will” for years–a gym based entirely on children’s game, inspired by the fact that I’m an adult who loves swings. People would come to my gym and go to “classes” of dodgeball and giant parachute, or ride around on those little scooters you sit on, right?
      That being said, have you looked at active stuff that’s kind of exercise-y but not really? A slow bike ride through Rock Creek park or kayaking might be a good way to get moving without feeling like you’re working too hard.

    • Flight Trampoline Park in Springfield may be what you are looking for.



    • There is also a spot called Skyzone.


      I can’t remember the one I read about in the Express a couple of months ago but you might be able to google it, I think they had different classes and such. Sounded like fun.

    • maybe you can try parkour? there are a few gyms around town that offer parkour programs. i also hate going to gyms so get all my working out dodging traffic on my bike–gets my heart rate up from the exercise and the adrenaline! or you could always join a soccer league or something… good exercise and as long as it’s recreational (not like some of the uber competitive leagues) it can just be good fun.

    • Thanks MUCH for all of the suggestions! The trampoline parks sound great! And I’m curious about the trapeze school as well! Anonymous 12:11 — let me know if you change your mind. I’d love to do swings, a little skating, hula hoops, that thing where you have a ring around your ankle and jump over the moving string..l followed by a run through the sprinklers! πŸ˜€

  • Rant: Still have pain in my left heel after over a year of going to 2 podiatrists. I’ve been icing for half and hour every night but still I have occasional pain.
    Rant: Depressed about giving up my hope of starting running as a hobby becuase of above rant.
    Rave: I’m alive. I have a good job.

  • justinbc

    Question: Anyone planning on attending the Dupont Circle showing of the USA / Germany match tomorrow? What time do you think you need to arrive to be able to reasonably see anything? If you went in 2010, how was the experience? Trying to debate taking the office there tomorrow….

    • I’d be more concerned that it will be hot as balls tomorrow (89 degrees and 60%+ humidity) and I’d be stuck in direct sunlight for 2 hours. Sounds miserable to me. I’ll be drinking a beer in the A/C while taking a “long lunch” from the office.
      Any idea where to go for lunch + World Cup watching? I’m on K/19th, so I can head toward the area near World Bank or also head toward Dupont Circle. Pretty flexible. I’d like a good crowd, but I don’t want to be miserably crowded.

      • justinbc

        Hot weather doesn’t really bother me, and I’ll have plenty to drink at HH later πŸ™‚ There are lots of bars in Dupont that will be showing the game, Public probably has the most TVs.

      • Look on L Street for lunch — Black Rooster or Mackay’s will have the games.

      • I’m at K and 19th as well and I watched at Mackey’s for the Ghana game. It was very crowded by the time the game started by my friends and I got there about 30 minutes prior to the start and got a table. They have a lot of tvs and bonus the happy hour starts at Noon. I will be there again tomorrow, probably try to get there around 11:15/11:30.

        • Thanks, I will try this. I’m meeting a friend for lunch who works across the street from Mackey’s, so this is perfect. There’s only two of us, so we don’t need a big table.

    • I went in 2010 and it was a blast! A bunch of friends and I camped out at least an hour early had a great spot where we could see the screen and watch the game. It was a lot of fun. This time I’m worried it’s going to be super crowded because of all the advertising I’ve seen and the number of people I’ve heard going (especially who work in the area). You definitely need a good spot otherwise you can’t clearly see the screen so I’d say to get there at least an hour early but I’d be curious what others think.

      • Actually I take that back, if it is just you I bet you can squeeze in among the crowd. If you had a group I would say the earlier the better.

  • Rant: This stupid depression I have is really bothering me. I know I slacked off of my meds yesterday but I shouldn’t feel this bad yet should I?
    Rant: Coworker in the next cubicle is too damn loud when she has telephone meetings.
    Rave: I have a relatively good job.
    Rave: I have my physical health and family.

    • My depression ebs and flows. I’m sure that not taking your meds recently isn’t helping, but probably isn’t the only cause. I would think it’s too soon to feel a difference. It’s great that you’re still able to focus on the positives. Get back to your meds and maybe add in something to your schedule you would enjoy (maybe even just a night off from commitments) and see if that doesn’t help center you. Take care and hope things get better for you quickly!

    • Emmaleigh504

      Maybe you need a new medicine. When my mom was really sick with depression she went through several drug cocktails that would work for a while and then stop working. I would monitor it for a week or so (less if you feel really depressed!) and make an appointment with the doctor. Good luck!

  • GiantSquid

    Rant: Super, incredibly, unbelievably bored at work. I get excited when there’s email in my inbox because it might be something to do. Confirming it is time to move on.
    Revel: Starting to feel less apprehension and maybe a little excitement about what the will bring
    Rant: Thinking I should have done a half-share with the CSA. Not able to go through all the veggies before they go bad and that’s wasteful.
    Revel: Revlon’s Matte Balm lip pencil. Great color, no slimy feeling, and it’s twist-up rather than needing a pencil. I want to buy a few more colors.
    Rant/Revel: Still want to do something funky like nose piercing or tattoo. Mr. Squid is not a fan of either.

  • pablo .raw

    Rave: Nothing. Started my day watching a debate about “nothing” between Physicists and Philosophers. Fascinating.

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