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: I have to give a presentation at work today at 1. Worst timing ever.
    Rave: That photo. Big sweet kitties. πŸ™‚

    • Me too! And it’s going to last at least two hours – so we’ll be the last people on earth to know the outcome of the game!

      • At least one, probably more, folks will be checking their phones under the table to see the score. Can you arrange in advance a 15 second pause every half hour? fifteen minutes? for a score update?

  • justinbc

    Rave: Heading out of the office to post up for the USA / Germany match!
    Rave: See everyone (who can make it) tonight at Mockingbird Hill for the happy hour! I’ll look pretty much like a walking American flag, or a candy cane, you decide.
    Rave: Saw these lion cubs at the zoo this past weekend, zomg super cuteness overload x10.

  • Rave: WORLD CUP MATCH DAY! USA! Boss is letting us go watch.
    Rave: Got up and finally got to the gym this morning. 30 Minute run was all i could muster but it’s the first step to getting back in shape.
    Rave: Good friends going out to dinner tonight
    Revel: I’m sure I could think of a rant but the raves overpower them.

    Happy Thursday #GoUSA #BeatGermany

    • Good for you (re: working out in a.m.)! I am really trying to but it is so hard. The one time I got up last week to go to the gym in the morning, I barely mustered anything worthwhile. Any tips for getting up and going?

      • Lay out your clothes and whatever else you need the night before. And just keep doing it until it’s a habit (I think I’ve heard it takes 3 weeks to form a habit?). I also take a swig of a 5-hr energy, usually about 1/3 of the bottle. I know it’s everything awful in the bottle but it’s a choice I willingly make.

        • It took me a good couple months of forcing myself into the gym every morning before it became a habit. Now that its a habit, I don’t like to start my day without it.

          I second the the make sure everything is laid out the night before. I also have a small cup of coffee before I leave the house that kicks in on the way to the gym.

        • Yes, make it as easy as possible. I get my gym clothes ready the night before and set the coffee maker to start 10 minutes before I get up. I’m out the door 10-15 minutes after I wake up. Once you get in the habit, it’s automatic, and you get the benefit of a less crowded gym. It’s also a great way to energize yourself at the start of the day.

      • When I was running a lot more the heat was motivation enough. It’s also a great time to run on streets that are usually too crowded with people to consider for afternoon running routes. And the atmosphere is nice, plus I feel like I’ve had a whole day already, just because I went out and saw things. I also really liked the feeling of being done with my exercise early, so any spontaneous HH invitations could be accepted.
        I get really nervous about my alarm when I set it early, so I usually woke up before the alarm even went off, sort of on pins and needles, that got me up and out. That’s not helpful to anyone who can sleep like the dead though, so I think making it a habit through repetition would be best.

      • Try going to bed earlier than you normally do and waking up earlier. You’ll get used to it after a while. I usually don’t work out before work, but I’m usually out of bed by 5:15-5:30 most weekday mornings. I bike a couple of miles to Metro most days, so that’s kind of a mini-workout for me. Really gets my day started right.

        If you start regularly exercsing in the mornings, you’ll find (hopefully) you’ll have a lot more energy during the day and you’ll sleep better at night (allowing you to get up early without feeling exhausted.)

      • Remember that you don’t have to kill yourself or even do a full workout. Tell yourself that all you need to do is a light workout and it’s likely you’ll start feeling a little better as the workout progresses and you’ll end up doing more than you thought. As Woody Allen said, 90% of life is just showing up.
        This assumes that you’re generally getting a reasonable amount of sleep and you’re not too hungover. Fatigue crushes discipline. (Hangovers are self-explanatory) If you’re always dragging, consider picking one or two nights of the week to get to bed at some “unreasonably early” hour. I get up at 4:30am to row and I it’s hard get to sleep as early as I’d like every night, what with cooking and cleaning up, catching up on Game of Thrones and a girlfriend who insists that I talk to her sometimes. So one night a week I just get carryout food, drink a beer or two and crawl into bed with a good book by 8:30. It gets me through ’til the end of the week.

        • Oh man, I thought I was crazy to get up at 4:45. Nice to know there’s a bigger nut out there.

          • ha! i get up at 4:45, too! run 5 miles and then spend the next 45 minutes sweating like crazy, trying to get ready for work….if you see me on the metro, avert your eyes. i’m a mess!

      • Keep a packet of GU Energy Gel right next to your bed, and take it before even getting out of bed. Some people don’t like the texture and some of the flavors. I like the espresso flavor.

      • I’d love to be able to work out in the morning but my body refuses. The only time I can manage is when I’m jetlagged and waking up at 5:00 am.
        Like others have said, step by step. A winning streak starts at 1 (said some motivational speaker)

  • pablo .raw

    Rant: feeling sick. I may need to leave the office around 11:30 or so.
    Rave: US-Germany game!

  • Rant: I changed jobs and am not very happy with my new job πŸ™
    Question: How much time should I put in before looking for a new job?

    • I think its best to leave sooner than later especially if you don’t see things getting any better.

    • That’s a huge fear of mine.. I’m sorry I don’t have any decent advice to give, but sending you good thoughts. Good luck with your decision.

    • My sense is at least a year or so is better for your long term record, but OTOH if you can look without spending too much time, and you luck out and hit something really good, why not?

    • There’s no harm in starting to look now — it might take you a while to find something.
      I’m assuming you’re in the private sector, but if you’re in the federal government, DEFINITELY start looking now, as the process often takes a long time — it can be months and months between when a job is advertised and when someone is actually brought on board.

    • How long has it been? It takes awhile to get settled in a new place. What do you like about the new job? Can you see opportunities for growth, etc?
      If you are confident that this is a bad match and that you’ll leave as soon as possible, then start looking. If you can find another job soon then you move and just leave this job off your resume if you’re only there for a short while.

    • Long enough to be specific about why the job didn’t fit when you are interviewed for your next job.

    • Thanks folks! I’ve been at the job for 2 months now. It’s a good job with a lot of opportunity for growth, but I don’t like the day to day.

  • Rant: To the old man driving the silver Mercedes convertible who yelled “Get out of the way miss!” and flipped me the bird while refusing to stop as I was trying to cross New Hampshire Ave NW after work last night: I was in the crosswalk and had 20 seconds left to get across the street. Yield to pedestrians, please, neighbor.

    • anyone in a mercedes or bmw in this city is automatically an a-hole. I walk extra slow and jump out in front of them whenever possible to slow them down!

      • justinbc

        You purposely slow down people that you don’t even know based solely on the type of car they drive, and you’re calling them an a-hole?

      • I think that makes you the a-hole.

      • huh? why?

        • There is no point to comment on my comment. The OP posted about a bad experience with people who drive fancy cars. I too have witness countless countless times – speeding cars, ignoring signals, just generally driving like they “own the street” and every time it is a benz or a BMW. I dont like them, and my way to protest is to walk slightly slower if one is trying to turn while im in the cross walk. Sorry if that makes me an ass but to me – they are the problem, prentiousness is poison

      • My guess is you probably shouldn’t jump out in front of any car considering it’s possible they don’t see you in time and run you over…

  • Rave: my normally backwards company is showing the US Germany game in the large conference room!!! AND my boss is all about watching it:)
    USA! USA! USA!!!

  • Rant: My condo smelled awful this morning. Either something died in an AC duct or a neighbor needs to take out their garbage.
    Rave: My office is ordering lunch for everyone and showing US-Germany on multiple screens around the office!
    Rave: This picture – need to get to the zoo soon (other than for Brew at the Zoo…)!

    • Emmaleigh504

      My neighbor noticed a horrible smell on her end of the hall. It got worse and worse and she was terrified her next door neighbor had died b/c she hadn’t seen him in a while. Just as she was about to call the apt manager the handy man arrived to remove the fridge. The neighbor was out of town and the fridge died, hence the smell.
      Fun fridge fact: If your fridge is without power for 5 weeks or so and full of food it’s a 10 towel job to remove it. Everything liquifies and it takes about 10 towels to soak up the goo as your remove it from your house forever.

      • Um, thanks for that? =)

      • Yikes and ick on the fridge stats! A friend of mine just told me a horrific story – her condo was just condemned because her tenant turned into a hoarder over the past six months. The neighbors complained about the smell and they had to break down the door. They found the tenant passed out, and the whole place is a biohazard zone now. The toilet was broken so…well, I won’t go into details.

      • Gross. I hope you don’t know that from personal experience….

      • msmaryedith

        Hence the fridge wars, post-Katrina. (Have you read “1 Dead in Attic”? You should, if you haven’t!)

        • Emmaleigh504

          I haven’t but I do have the after Katrina refriderator book. I forget what it’s called. It’s full of pictures of the fridges left out for trash pick up (remember: 10 towel job!) and all the graffiti messages written on them by the owners and neighbors.

          • msmaryedith

            Eww. That book is really great–a good combination of sad and funny. I remember a chapter pretty much devoted to stories of people trying to ditch fridges in other neighborhoods, etc. Civil unrest!

      • saf

        Did you see the post-Katrina fridge exhibit? That really was both gross and thought provoking.

    • justinbc

      Wow, that’s super generous of your office!

  • Rave: Held our book club at the WonderBread/WeWork Office in Shaw. The space is beautifully done and i am so jealous my roomate gets to work in that environment….I need a new job. Anyone got a start up they need a business analyst for?
    Rant: None really, ready for the weekend!

    • An organization I used to work with (YFU international exchange) signed a lease and is scheduled to move to the Wonder Bread Factory in the fall. I”m half tempted to look at job openings – it was a great organization and I’d love to work in this new office space!

      • Well, hey there, other former YFUer. Did you work near the Cathedral or were you lucky enough to be stuck on Goldsboro?

        • I worked there when YFU was on the Rosedale property, my office (with a huge window that actually opened) looked out on the Cathedral. Best office environment ever!

    • skj84

      I love the Wework space! If I could afford an office there I totally would move in. I’ve attended several events in the building and am in awe of what they’ve done with it.

  • Rant:went to see Capital Park Plaza, our last hope for an inexpensive (but market rate) 2BR 2Ba apt in a building with amenities, near a metro, and in a decent neighborhood. Cheaper than we expected, but depressing hallways, oddly laid out kitchens, etc. So its back to NoVa

    Revel: There are some decent places in our price range in non-sprawly parts of NoVa – being able to bike to the metro, or bike commute entirely, expands the range of options. We may look at DC again when we are ready to buy.

    • what is your price range?

      • Would like to stay below 2000 a month (utils excluded) Have seen a few places around 1800 with utils included, and none are acceptable. Might get pushed to about 2050 with utils excluded. Also lots of other fees differ – note we have one car and parking is generally cheaper in NoVa – and usually less for the first car.

        • Check in upper NW – there’s some really nice places going for $1700-$1900 in Dupont, Woodley Park, Cleveland Park.

          • You consider Dupont as upper NW? I think of upper NW as Van Ness, Tenleytown and beyond. Guess it’s all a matter of perspective.

          • maxwell smart

            Man if Dupont is Upper NW then I guess that makes me BFMN

          • wait, 2BRs? In that range in those neighborhoods? Even if we gave up the second bathroom, and the building amenities, I am skeptical – one reason I come to Popville is for rental of the day and I dont recall seeing that. note we will not live in a basement – natural light is important to both of us.

  • skj84

    Rave: Despite not really carrying about soccer I’m actually excited about this game. Going attempt to watch in Dupont this afternoon. I’m actually nervous about the outcome! Damn football fever epidemic.

    Rave: Also excited about Popville Happy Hour tonight! Thanks JustinDC for setting it up. I’ll be the one with pink hair.

    Rant: I actually fell asleep fine for the first time all week yesterday and my sister decided to call me at 1:00am to chat. We are night owls, and she was an hour behind but still. I couldn’t fall back to sleep of course.

    Rave: PoPville brunch at Mothership on Sat! Still have spots open if you want to join.

  • Rant: Bike fall yesterday due to operator error. I was going too slow/wrong angle over a garage exit. Slo-mo sprawling fall in front of a crowd of tourists. Ouch.
    Rave: Two men helped me up & made sure I was ok, another two men (Alex from the Frye Store and his colleague) came up and asked me if I was ok, if my bike was ok. The front wheel was out of line so Alex went inside the store, got his tools and straightened the wheel so I could ride the bike home.
    Rave: Only minor bumps and bruises
    Rave: Kindness of strangers

    Rant: Stuck in the office. Where can I find it online?

  • Rave: I got a super secret invite to watch the game in HD on a giant screen in our auditorium.
    Rave: it’s not super secret anymore, it was sent to all. The more the merrier!
    Rant: it’s going to be weird watching it without drinking and a loud bar atmosphere.
    Rave: ten days off after today, with very few plans. I will hit the Folk Life Festival, then relax with a glass of sangria and my feet in the Sculpture Garden fountain one of those days, though.

  • Rant: Getting a biopsy today to see if I have cancer, eeeek! My doctor hasn’t explained a thing and therefore I feel very in the dark about everyting and I am scared. I am too young for this! (early 20s).

    • GiantSquid

      Um, Luuuucy, you got some ‘splainin’ to do! Start asking that doctor questions. It’s your health!

    • I have had my thyroid biopsied twice to make sure that lumps weren’t cancerous. It is really scary and hard not to freak out. I will say that the doctor who did my biopsy actually answered more questions and gave me more time than my primary care. Come with a list of questions. Just doing that might help alleviate some anxiety and fear.

      I’ll be rooting for you. Keep yourself as busy as possible during the days that you are waiting for lab results. It is hard to do, but being distracted helps to keep the worry at bay. Good luck.

    • Good luck!

    • 1. Don’t be afraid to ask questions
      2. Many cancers are “treatable”, especially those that younger people tend to get (my first cancer experience was when I was 25).
      3. I have no idea what you’re getting a biopsy for or what your signs/symptoms are, but doctors do tend to err on the side of caution, and given your age, I’d say odds are in your favor that you do not have cancer.
      4. If you DO have cancer, there are lots of resources for support and help.
      5. It might sound strange, but getting my cancer diagnosis was somewhat of a relief (since no longer had to think about “what if…”). Of course it helped that I had a type of lymphoma that 85% of patients are cured (and over 90% for young people).

      Good luck!

  • GiantSquid

    Revel: Finally started listening to Welcome to Night Vale. SO GOOD! Like The Twilight Zone in delicious, creepy 25 min installments. ALL HAIL THE GLOW CLOUD.
    Revel: Thunderstorm last night meant this lazy gardener didn’t have to water.
    Revel: Saturday 9:30am at Teaism Penn Quarter is the next Saturday Tea Meet, for those in BikeDC that maybe can’t make it to Friday Coffee Club, like tea, and/or want to meet other cool citizens of the DMV. Pedal on over!
    Revel: After Tea Meet, I’m picking up El Caballo from BicycleSpace and going for a spin.

    • Looking forward to Teaism on Saturday with fellow bikeDC tea drinkers. I may bring knitting, too.

    • Vote Hiram McDaniels for Mayor, fellow citizen!

      • I don’t know about you, but I’m voting for the Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home!! Seriously, Welcome to Night Vale and the Thrilling Adventure Hour GIVE ME LIFE on my morning and evening commute!!

  • maxwell smart

    RANT?: Really, really need a haircut. I’ve been going to the Wise Owl Club in AdMo for the last year or so, but it’s gotten to the point where I have to take a half-day off from work on the hope that I might be able to get in the door. Seriously, the last time I went I got there at 4pm and had to wait until 7pm before I got a haircut. Ain’t no got time for that. So looking for a decent/similar place for a men’s haircut. And let me curtail the obvious suggestion of Diego’s because I’ve tried that (prior to Wise Owl Club) and always left with the conservative republication haircut (despite telling them otherwise) and I’m not looking for something super bougie either. Just somewhere with people who know what they are doing, laid-back vibe, etc.

    • My husband used to go to Urban Style Lab, then followed his hair guy to Immortal Beloved, and now on to Barber of Hell’s Bottom. Fun fact – my husband is one of the guys on their website. :)))

    • Mohammed’s in Park View.

    • There’s a place called Eastern Confederate in Mt Pleasant you might try. It’s under the Western Union office.

  • Rant: I have a luncheon today, so I’m going to miss the US v. Germany match.
    Rave: We’re having people over on Sunday to watch the Netherlands v. Mexico match. Hup Holland!
    Rave: I got up this am and went to the gym! Let’s see if I can make it happen again tomorrow.
    Rant: Work is busy, and I’m not motivated. Zero, zip motivation.
    Rave: Today is Thursday. The weekend is almost here.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rave: So excited about the games today! #GER #GHA #ALG #BEL
    Rave: excited about happy hour: new tasty beverages and new people!
    Rant: I didn’t re-pink my hair so SKJ84 and I won’t be twins.

    • You cheered for Germany over USA?

      Are you German?

      • Emmaleigh504

        No, I just like the way Germany plays. I started rooting for other teams way back when the Men’s US team sucked. I do always root for the Women’s US team. And I took Dempsey of my dead guy list, (he got on it during the Ghana game), b/c he’s been a trooper with that broken nose and the black eye is kind of hot.

  • binpetworth

    Rant: Everybody in my office is planning on watching the game in Dupont or our conference room, while I have two proposals due by the end of the day and am stuck listening to their cheers down the hall!
    Rave: Petworth Safeway opening tomorrow!
    Double rave: My kitty cat, who was diagnosed with diabetes several months ago, is finally regulated! She’ll remain on insulin but we’ve got the dosage down now and she isn’t driving my crazy with her ravenous cries for food anymore.

  • For all you World Cup obsessives: A classic bit of soccer jingoism (and a fun listen) from a very strange man. Mojo Nixon’s “World Cup ’94”. Almost got me into the sport. πŸ˜‰

  • Rave: Week #2 of running 3x/week. Go me! Now that the kiddo is one, it seems time to re-establish a work-out routine. May need to fit some yoga in somewhere too. We’ll see. But for now, I’m thrilled with the running πŸ™‚

    • OH! And Rave2: The kiddo seems to be making slow progress on adjusting to her new room in daycare. She didn’t wake up last night, and the clingyness at home is ever-so-slightly abating. So I think we’re getting there. I just hope travel this weekend and next weekend doesn’t throw things off too badly!!!

  • Advance Rant: Having to listen to all the second guessers if the US team loses. Of course, it’s too easy to suggest how things would have gone better if only they had X, ignoring the fact that the other team could have responded differently to that other strategy, too. Especially when playing the best player or best team in the world, it’s not like they can’t execute against the US via multiple strategies and options.

    Advance Rave: Oldest friend is German origin; I am going to revel in his misery.

  • Rave: USA! USA! Algeria! Algeria!
    Rant: so, husband’s Portland job totally fell through after a month of talks. And we have to go back to US because our EU visa is up. I guess we will couch surf for a few weeks on friends’ couches in DC while praying to all kinds of gods for something job related to show up.
    Rave: have lots of friends who offered couches.

    • What kind of work are you/your husband looking for? The PoPvillage might have suggestions/leads

        • We are both in very un-DC field of work (environmental/experiential graphic design)! I’ve bothered Popvillage about it a few times already. πŸ™‚ We’ve been hoping on Portland because they have so many companies that do our type of work.

          • having spent the past decade in portland, i would be careful about getting my hopes up too much about finding work there — many, many young/early/mid career professionals move there for quality of life (like I did in my 20s) and find an incredible amount of competition for jobs because everyone and their mother wants to move there. i was lucky to land a job before moving there, but my husband spent 3 years looking for a position in a creative field.

          • yep, have been hearing the same thing from many people! definitely will not move anywhere without a job secured.

  • Rant: The game may possibly be postponed because of the flooding in Recife. No joke.


    Rave: Luis Suarez was banned from soccer for four months and nine international games.


    Rave: If the game is postponed maybe it will give Jozy the extra time he needs (not likely).


    Rave: Our chances of advancing went up that much more with Ghana kicking of two of their best players, Muntari and Boateng.


    Rant: All of the dejected fans that are heading for the game and have no clue about the possible postponement.


    Rant: Fans in Brazil that can’t get to the game (because of the flooding) if indeed they do play it.

    • + 1 on the Ban. Much more than I thought FIFA would do.

      So far, FIFA is saying the game is going on.. but many friends can’t get out to the match due to the flooding.

      • IMO, they should have banned him for at least a year.

        • I agree, he should have gotten a full year world-wide ban and mandatory 3 years of weekly anger management therapy.

          But FIFA being FIFA, I honestly thought they were going to go with just a 10 game or so international ban, so the 4 months of total ban from all football activities is way more than I thought.

          We’ll see what happens on appeal though.

  • Great shot Angela!!!

  • Rave: Our CEO is buying us pizza and we’re streaming the game in the conference room!
    Mini Rant: A lot of us kinda wanted to head to a bar to catch the game instead. But hey, I’m just glad that I’m working in an environment where I don’t have to worry about billing hours/making up the time.
    Rave: HH tonight. Excited to try out a new place and meet some new folks. For some reason I thought that it was last week and that I had missed out. Glad I was wrong.
    Super Rave: Soccer, Wimbledon, summer. Hard to not find something to be happy about (yep, even the oppressively hot/humid summer that is DC. It’s all I know. I’m used to it).

  • Rave: It finally happened. In my 20 years in DC I had never seen a Metro bus pulled over for a moving violation. Until yesterday. My office is in Woodley Park and we have a beat cop in the neighborhood who’s pretty fantastic. He walks all around the area of the Metro Station, visiting all of the businesses and getting to know the people. I’ve seen him give tickets to cabs and other passenger cars, but yesterday was particularly fantastic. An L2 bus turned right from Calvert to Connecticut well after the arrow had turned red (maybe 5 or 6 seconds), endangering the pedestrians who now had the walk light. The MPD officer was walking nearby and saw the whole thing. He trotted into the street and up to the driver’s window at the bus stop, told her to shut off the engine and proceeded to issue the ticket. I caught up with him after and he told me that he’s not allowed to give warnings for that type of violation, so the driver got a $150 ticket and multiple points.

    • jim_ed

      If you know his name, I’d recommend shooting an email to the district commander commending him.

      • I do, and we’ve communicated with the commander in the past. Particularly when they tried to remove him from this beat — the businesses in the area freaked out and got the decision reversed.

    • maxwell smart

      While I agree that I have seen Metro Buses do some pretty unsafe maneuvers from time to time, I travel this direction every day and the turn signal from Calvert to Connecticut is way too short – at best 3 cars can get through the light and then it’s another 2+ minutes before the light changes again – this is of course assuming that the driver at the front of the line is paying attention and peels out as soon as the light changes. I have been on an L2 bus and it took us literally 25 minutes to make the turn and the only way the bus did was by pulling exactly the same maneuver you described. It’s a terrible traffic pattern in place there.

      • So call DDOT and try to get the timing changed. What you’re describing is no excuse to endanger pedestrians.

  • Rant: People who think watching the WC game trumps professional obligations. I don’t mean all of you who have flexible schedules, or whose employers are giving you time off, or who can take the time to watch without it impacting your work. I mean the people (specifically, (junior!!) colleagues in my office) who have turned down work because they’re “too busy,” but who also took off at 11:00 today to watch the game. Unprofessional, and not a good career move.

    • Hmm, but is it something that important that can’t wait till tomorrow? US plays in the World Cup once every four years…perhaps you should take off too! πŸ™‚

      • I wish I could. Somehow, I doubt that the federal court where a large filing is due today will be very receptive to, “Can I have an extra day so I can watch the soccer game?”

    • Work isn’t everything, even in DC. If you let something like this impact your judgement of them, shame on you.

      • If someone isn’t fulfilling their work responsibilities then it is an issue. You missed the proposal/filing deadline because you were watching soccer? It does reflect negatively on you.

      • Gimme a break. If someone shirks their professional responsibilities, I should be ashamed if it impacts my opinion of him as a professional? Once again, no one has said that work is everything. But it is something – there is a balance, and blowing off work (and projects with imminent due dates), and putting others in bad spots just isn’t a good idea.

  • Rave: Penny Dreadful on Showtime. Soothes the soul of horror fans.

  • Rant: People who think that the only thing that matters in life are professional obligations/their career. We all have different priorities. And that’s okay.

    • πŸ™‚

    • I see what you’re saying. I agree to some extent, but if I was at an office that frowned on taking time off to watch a game (which isn’t that far-fetched) and/or I had deadlines or work that needed to be completed that day, I would certainly put my professional obligations ahead of watching a ball game. After all, it is my job that pays my bills and keeps a roof over my head, not soccer.

    • It’s a pretty big leap to assume that “the only thing that matters is professional obligations/their career.” That’s far from true. Sometimes those professional obligations do have to take priority. Like when ignoring them puts others in a bad spot, or when there are external deadlines that have to be met. Or, as in this case, both.
      But, you’re right – everyone gets to choose their own priorities. I just hope the consequences (which are not under my control) are something she’s prepared for. The person who this impacts the most is not known for her tolerance when people ignore their responsibilities.
      Just out of curiosity, how old are you, ash?

      • 30. That matters because…

        I realize it was a bit of a leap. Didn’t mean that that was necessarily what you meant, but it’s the mentality of a lot of folks. I can’t get into all of that now because, ya know, I have a game to go watch πŸ™‚

        But in all seriousness, if I were in a position where I absolutely had to meet a deadline today, I would’ve done everything in my power (worked late last night, came in early this morning, worked late this evening, etc.) to get it done. I’m not advocating laziness or a blatant disregard for one’s work, but I do think that it’s important to pause every now and then and realize that there is more to life than work. We’re not on this Earth forever. And at the risk of getting all pseudo-deep/existential, I’m going to go grab a seat in the conference room.

        • I’m 32, and I’ll never forget that once, 8 years ago, during World Cup when Ukraine was playing a very tense the game that I was listening to at work – my super-mean-terrifying CFO called me into her office and pointed at the tv and a chair. :))))

        • Fair enough, and I agree with everything you said. I asked your age because I have noticed a much larger focus on work/life balance among millennials than we’ve seen in the past. For the most part, that’s good. But there are times where it seems to veer into a sense of entitlement (not suggesting this applies to you) – I don’t want to work late/on the weekend/during the soccer game/etc., so I won’t. Problem is, the job you took sometimes requires that – there are deadlines that are not under our control, and they have to be met. There are plenty of jobs out there that don’t require that kind of committment, so if it’s that important to you, them by all means, take one of them. (By sheer coincidence, most of those jobs pay a significantly lower salary.) But if you take this job (and the higher salary), live up to your committments.
          This attitude is not in any way limited to millennials (and as I said, your feelings on this don’t approach this at all) – but it does appear more prevalent among that group.

          • Gotcha. Definitely agree with you. I actually recently made a career switch for the exact reasons that you hit on.

    • +1000 unless you’re a doctor, firefighter, or some other professional who is saving lives, it’s good to take a few hours of once in a while.

  • So stop looking at it. Problem solved.

  • rant: I wanted to call in sick today off to watch World Cup. instead I had to call in sick to go to NYC for a job interview. πŸ˜‰

  • KSB

    Rave: Really great doctor at my checkup this morning. Wasn’t rushed, talked me through the minor issue I brought up and was wonderfully open with explaining his line of thinking. Ordered lots of blood tests as a back-up, which I definitely appreciated.
    Rant: Hit a really hard stop at the professional crossroads I’ve been approaching. I knew it was coming, but now it’s here and time for some reflective decision-making.
    Rant #2: Trying to make time for reflective decision-making.

  • Rave: Came across a job posting for my dream job yesterday.
    Rant: Worried about my qualifications and the level of competition. And I’m a terrible interviewer!

    • Practice! Get some sample interview questions and get someone to go through them with you and give you feedback. It can’t hurt, and it’ll get your brain thinking about the types of information you’ll want to recall quickly at the interview. Good luck!

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