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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  • Rave – there is a tiny ray of hope in budget autonomy for DC
    Rant – the threat to Museum Square Apartments

  • justinbc

    Rave: Nappy Tabs back on SYTYCD.
    Rant: Rudy still on the show. How does anyone like this guy?
    Rave: Zack and Amy’s routine…might have been the best of the season so far.

    • I’m totally behind on watching. Need to catch up! Yay for hulu plus 🙂

    • Emmaleigh504

      SYTYCD does not fit with my mental image of your home life. I kind of love that you watch it 🙂 Popville, breaking stereotypes right and left!

      • justinbc

        Hah, an ex of mine who happened to be a dancer got me hooked in season 4 and I’ve watched it ever since 🙂 It’s one of the few competition based shows where I think the people have genuine talent to showcase.

  • Rant: Guy who did the fade away and then sent a booty text several months later is now sending me snapchats every few days (nothing scandalous) despite me ignoring them. Yesterday, I took a screenshot and sent it to a friend to show how ridiculous it is, and was promptly informed that snapchat tells the sender when you take a screenshot. Haha, oops!
    Rave: Michael Strahan. That guy makes my mornings really pleasant.

    • just curious- his cheating on his fiancé doesn’t bother you? I figured he’d catch some heat with female viewers.

    • You can send Snapchats to everyone in your contact list quite easily. So there’s a good possibility that he’s not sending them exclusively to you, but to a large group of people. Not that this is any less annoying, but it might be a smidgen less “creepy” than you’re imagining.

  • Rave: My 24 hour gym. I got a great workout this morning around 4:45 and still got to work early. I’m going to try to to this at least once a week from now on. I should be exhausted, but the exercise has given me lots of energy. Also, went to be around 8:45 last night.

    • I couldn’t agree more. I get up at 5 am, swim for two hours (6-8 am) and I’m sat at my desk at work before 9 am. Rather than being exhausted when I get to work, I’ve got bags of energy up until about 9 pm when I force myself to go to bed so I don’t fall asleep on the couch!

      • I always feel nauseous when I get up that early, with inflamed joints, so working out is much harder. Amount of sleep I’ve gotten doesn’t seem to matter. Does anyone else have this problem?

        • Emmaleigh504

          I feel nauseous early in the morning, too. No joint problems though.

        • I’m with you, especially as 40 rapidly approaches. Early morning is the only time I can reliably work out without cutting into family time in the evening (I’m exhausted by then, anyway). I usually start my 4-6 mi runs around 5-5:15, but really easing into that first mile helps a ton. Well worth it when I have energy and I’m not a zombie at my desk at 4PM.

      • Where do you swim? I’m looking for a morning pool, now that I don’t belong to WSC anymore.

  • Rant: I accidentally entered my workout info on my fitness pal twice yesterday, so I ended up going way over my calories and I didn’t realize it until too late. Creating a calorie deficit sucks 🙁
    Rave: I’m doing my first overnight foster this weekend! She looks like the sweetest thing! (It’s with Lucky Dog.)
    Rave: boyfriend’s mysterious knee issue that came out of nowhere resolved itself before his GAP Trail ride, which started this morning. Go bf!
    Rave: I’m going to the beach tomorrow by myself because I’m off and I feel like it. I’m taking myself out to seafood dinner while I’m there.
    Anyone been to Chesapeake Beach?

  • Icky: I went to my neighborhood deli this morning to grab a bagel and coffee. The owner/cashier started yelling into the back for ‘Phillip’ to come help with the orders coming in. I heard (who I assume to be) Phillip yelling from the back (it sounded very muffled), but thought he was just yelling from a storage room or something. The owner guy continued to yell ‘Phillip, Phillip’. I finally peek around the corner and realize that Phillip is yelling back from the men’s room that “it’s gonna be a minute”. Awesome!

  • Formerly Broken Jaw

    Rant: People who shuck their sweet corn in the grocery store! Stop it y’all, you look idiotic and shucking the corn jump-starts the conversion to starch even faster.

    Rave: Sweet corn!

    • I never shuck in the store. I grill my corn with the husk on.

    • epric002

      don’t some stores put out bins especially for in-store shucking? i seem to remember this from when i was a kid…

      • Yes, my store has big trash cans right next to the corn for this express purpose. Also, there are so many other amazing ways to prepare fresh corn besides grilling.

      • But what came first, the shucking or the trash containers? What would happen if the stores took away the containers – would people still shuck their corn?

    • SFT

      Huh? Isn’t that why the store has those big boxes out, so that you can shuck in the store? Better to keep the stringy mess in the store than in my kitchen.

    • After getting home and finding my corn to be gross too many times to count, I’ve started shucking at the store. Is there a better way to tell if the corn is ok with the husk on?

      • Emmaleigh504

        just pulls some husk back and check, then put it back.

      • Formerly Broken Jaw

        Check the husk, is it still vibrant green? The silks of the tassels should still be fresh and soft, not dried. If you run your fingernails along the rows of kernels they should feel firm, tight and plump. Better yet, don’t buy at a grocery store; buy from a farmer’s market!

    • I shuck in the store. When I do it at home I always manage to get the little hairs all over the place. Does it relaly bother you that much?

    • anonymouse_dianne

      Or zap it in the microwave with husk on – then it is a breeze to clean it.

    • I’ve wondered why people do this! I can see pulling back some of the husk to make sure the kernels are plump, but you can also tell this without removing the husk.
      Corn tip I learned from my mother – if the tassel is brown/sticky the corn is likely to be fresh. If the tassel is black/dry then the corn is past its prime.

      • I pull it back just a little to make sure there aren’t worms. They are usually right at the tip if they’re there at all. I’ve cooked one worm too many not to check.

    • I usually get rid of the stringy stuff but leave the rest of the husk on. My understanding was that the stringy stuff can make it go bad faster, but I may be misinformed.

    • Emmaleigh504

      This drives me nuts too! Some how the bins and shuckers are always in the way.

    • I always buy at the farmers market because it’s fresher than the stores, even in full season, and shuck at the last possible instant to slow the transformation of sugar to starch. Of course, with farmers market corn its not the silk so much as the worms that are the pain in the neck. Damn organics!

  • Rant: Too many Type A people in this city. I mean way too many!

    • SFT

      I think this city (or the demands of certain jobs in this city) can bring out the Type-A tendencies that some of us have lurking under the surface of a cool, calm demeanor. Before moving to DC I was a cool cucumber who always enjoyed the present – and now sometimes I find myself able to feel my heart pounding and anger brewing when someone or something slows me down. I don’t like feeling that ways, and it’s something I’m working on.

      • Opposite experience here– I’ve mellowed out more since moving to the city. Maybe all the walking and green spaces calms me down.

        • SFT

          I’ve always lived on or near the beach, so the lack of sunshiney days and smell of salt water really gets to me. Even after 7 years, I haven’t found my calm place here.

        • this totally happened to me. Back in California I was the most type A person in the room. Now I’m here and surrounded by people even more type A and suddenly I just want to chill out and let everyone else take care of things.

      • +1; I didn’t really realize I felt the same way until you articulate it.

      • So true. I have definitely become less of a pushover since moving here, but I do miss my go with the flow demeanor.

  • valentina

    Rant: What comes first, the car or the move? Trying to relocate to another state wnd I will most definatly have to have a vehicle but I don’t know if I shoud try to buy car then move or move and then buy a car?

    Rant: Found out a friend of mine is going to be a grandmother. I’m not a mother yet.

    Rave: It’s Thursday

    • Wait until everything is finalized for the move – i.e. you have the written job offer in hand, you’ve found a place to live, etc. Then look for a car shortly before you actually make the move. If you’re going to buy a “pre-owned” vehicle, then search the inventory online here and in the new state. See if prices are remarkably different (they can be) and how much the taxes & fees will be (they vary by state and you can potentially save yourself hundreds, if not thousands, depending on the price of the car).
      For instance, my brother is in the military and based out of Camp Lejeune in NC. He wanted to buy a pre-owned Prius and the prices were much higher down in NC near the base than in the DC-MD-VA area. I suspect this is because inventory is lower there and the military guys take their cash bonuses and blow them on new toys (they’re not very price conscious). Do your homework, it’s a big ticket item.

      • valentina

        Thanks! I was hoping to buy something REALLY cheap for cash. Carpayments suck. I am trying to save as much as I can for the move and the car. If I buy before I move that will also put me behind in saving, but if I buy after, I am afraid of not being able to get around that well. The place I want to move to doesn’t have an extensive public transportation system and from what I heard it’s not that reliable either.

        • Using the military example above, my brother told me that I should look for a new (used) car out near Ft. Belvoir – that the guys will buy cars and then have to sell them quickly because they are being deployed overseas. Might be worth a look at Craigslist…

    • Also consider whether having the car here might help with the move (hauling stuff to Goodwill, etc.) or make it more difficult (now you have to figure out how to get a car and a UHaul to where you’re going)

      • valentina

        That’s very true. I don’t think I can drive a Uhual with a car attached alone from here to Texas.

        • Auto taxes in TX are actually higher than here. Interesting.
          DC: 6% “Excise Tax” for vehicles under 3,499 lbs; 7% for vehicles 3,500 to 4,999 pounds; 8% for vehicles 5,000 pounds or more; 0% for hybrid vehicles rated over 40 mpg by fueleconomy.gov
          MD: 6% “Titling Tax”
          TX: 6.25%
          VA: 4.05% ($75 minimum)

          • Allison

            Since Texas doesn’t have a state income tax, they make it up with other high taxes. Property, cars, sales, etc.

          • I don’t think I’d use 0.25% difference as a basis for a decision. It will cost more than that to rent a trailer for the Uhaul.

          • If Valentina is considering a hybrid, it’s definitely worth considering to buy it here in DC.

    • I bought my car before I moved (from DC to Alaska) because I needed a way to move my stuff. I bought my car in Virginia and when I told them I was going to title the car in Alaska they charged me Alaska sales tax, which is zero. Plus, I got to stop at Dollywood on the drive and I got only one speeding ticket.

      • Accountering

        You drove from DC to Alaska? Isn’t that like 4,000 miles?

        • I was about to say it was a hell of a lot more than that, but according to google maps, Anchorage to DC is around 4,200 miles. Anchorage to San Francisco is 3,000. I was suprised it was only 1,200 different.

          One summer I drove from San Diego to Quebec City via Boston, then to DC. That was close to 5,500 miles. Fun times.

        • I actually just drove to Seattle and then put my car on a barge. But yeah, it was about 3,500 miles.

  • Rave: Flew down south to see family for a few days after submitting the beast of a proposal last week. It was my first time home (aside from an 18 hour stopover) in over a year. Had a great time with my niece and nephew, and my mom and sister only drove me a little crazy! Also brought my future stepson down with me so he could see his grandmother who lives near my parents. Was a lot of fun to travel with him and my parents loved spending time with him.
    Rant: Got a lot of “when are you two getting married” questions. Not helpful.
    Rant: Dad’s health issues are concerning. He’s aged a lot in the last several months after a bad case of pneumonia and lingering respiratory effects from it.
    Rave: My sunflowers are mutants – I planted varieties that were supposed to grow to 5-6 feet. I can home after being away 5 days and several of them are at least 8 feet tall. And so pretty! Also, lot of tomatoes and peppers are coming in.
    Rant: Something stole the first big heirloom tomato off my plant, right when it was about to ripen. Not happy.

    • You might consider harvesting tomatoes when they start to show color and let them ripen on a counter. The plant can devote energy towards ripening the next set of tomatoes. And, it’s less likely that someone will take a half ripe tomato.

    • A squirrel probably stole it. I caught a squirrel on the tree with one of my tomatoes in his mouth that’s 4 times the size of his head. It was actually a green tomato, so pick them before they ripen on the vine.
      They can carry massive tomatoes.

      • If this happens again, please take a picture, so all of our days can be made.

        • Little bastard was quick, I chased him as I tried to take a photo. The irony is that he already had eaten one-third of the tomato. He grabbed the biggest one in the garden 😡

    • I am so sorry about the tomato theft! That happened to me too and its SO frustrating. I hope you’re able to enjoy the rest of your tomatoes!

      • I mean, I expect some animal theft, but the first tomato? That’s just cruel. My guess is it was a squirrel, or possibly a deer – we keep hearing they’re bad in our neighborhood, but I haven’t seen any yet.
        My neighbors up the block have nifty raised beds with removable vaulted screen covers. I’m going to have to build some of those next year. I didn’t have time to do anything like that this year – I was already late getting things into the ground after we moved so I just plopped everything in the easiest spot I could find in the yard.

        • My disappeared tomatoes were the first as well so I absolutely feel your pain. It just adds insult to injury.

          Vaulted screen covers? Sounds fancy and effective. If you come across a good how-to or wanted to share the process next year, I think many POPvillagers would benefit as it seems to be a common problem.

  • Rant: People who bathe in perfume or cologne before going to work. STOP IT. You are suffocating everyone around you. There are multiple such people in my office who spend the majority of their day outside of my cubicle, and between the daily headache and the fact that I can somehow *taste* flowers all day I’m probably going to lose it soon.
    Rave: This weather! Hooray for decent temperatures!

    • Emmaleigh504

      We need a PSA to tell these scent bathers that your nose gets used to the smell which is why you don’t smell it anymore, no need to put so much on, everyone else can smell it fine. 2-3 sprays or dabs is all you need!! If you layer your scent you only need 1-2 sprays and it will be more subtle and last longer.

      • Becks

        I would prefer over perfuming to not showering. A long time ago at a job far away, my office got a new hire. He didn’t shower! I couldn’t stand within three feet of him without gagging. It wasn’t a medical problem, he just didn’t shower! He was fired after five months. Honestly, I am grateful I never had any projects with him.

        • Emmaleigh504

          Ugh people at my work don’t do laundry enough. There’s always a scent of dirty laundry wafting down the hall. I can even tell who works at my place at the metro stop by the smell. But we also have a few guys that bath in scent. I can smell them coming down the hall in my office within an office. I really don’t know which is worse.

  • Rave: Got out for a run this morning! And I had a post-kid best time for the route and for the zoo! 🙂
    Rave: My wife’s HFM blisters are getting much better and less painful. She was able to scoop the litter box and feed the cats this morning
    Rave: My kid cracks me up. She’s such a goofball. We haven’t gotten into tantrums yet, and so far I’m loving the toddler stage.
    Rave: beautiful weather today! And hopefully Lafayette Park will be open this evening so kiddo & I can feed the ducklings in the fountain.
    Rave: No rants! Even the traffic on 16th street was ok since it was nice enough out to get off the bus early and walk a few blocks further to get to day care. Happy Thursday everyone 🙂

  • Rave- Love DC, but considering a move to the other Washington. Does anyone know if there are Popville-like sites for Seattle or Seattle neighborhoods?
    Rant- The process of moving.

    • i’m considering the same move. i’m betting local newspapers and their websites will serve other towns better than our newspapers serve us.

    • There are – Seattle is great but the “Seattle Freeze” is real and it is tough to make friends – harder than DC.
      With that said – its a fantastic city that lives like a big town. Jealous you are moving to my hometown – wish I could move my career and friends there. But equally excited that the roots I’ve planted in DC are starting to grow some really great plants.
      PoP has my email if you want to contact me.

      • I found it much easier to make friends in Seattle than DC, but I’m very outdoorsey, and didn’t connect with many people here, whereas in Seattle, they will practically take your citizenship away if you don’t hike/bike/climb/run/paddle.

      • Great, thanks andy2!

    • Capitol Hill Seattle! http://www.capitolhillseattle.com/
      Also The Stranger’s Slog: slog.thestranger.com

      • I just visited Seattle for the first time this past weekend – my boyfriend is from there, and his parents live on Capitol Hill. Great city!

  • Rave: Responsive ANC and DCRA people! The house next door that has been empty for at least the last 5 years and abandoned for the last year or two, and also accumulated crazy amounts of trash lately. Maybe it will stop smelling like a cess pit and looking like a dump sometime soon!
    Rant(ish): Guilt for rocking the boat. I don’t want to live next to trash and an open air bathroom, but I also feel bad for making people work – both gov and home owner (who I think might actually exist somewhere out in MD, although no one knows how to contact them and they haven’t shown up in years). I don’t know what that says about me!
    Rave(ish): Linens of the Week development! Excited to see what happens (and to not hear the chorus of back-up beeps starting at 5AM), but also a little nervous for having to live through the inevitable construction. Also not clear on how much will be demo-ed. Look forward to the meeting next week!

    • How did you get DCRA to act? I have a situation with an illegal boarding house (not a group house) that is unsafe and they constantly dump stuff in the alley and use the public trash can for their personal trash. DCRA came out and inspected it about a month ago but, so far, no change.

      • I emailed our ANC rep, who promptly reached out to DCRA and a couple other folks. There is now an inspection scheduled and I think at least one ticket issued (via a separate 311 request), but I’m not sure what comes after that. I’m hopeful that something will happen – having neighbors on that side would be a nice change!

    • Accountering

      Why would you feel guilty about making people “work?”
      You are doing the right thing. Our governments job (at least that department) is to work on issues like this. That is what they are paid for. The homeowner has a responsibility to his neighbors (you) and the city as a whole to make his house habitable and safe. He has done neither. You are in the right, and should not even feel a shred of guilt.

  • Rave: Brother is popping the question to his bad ass girlfriend – can’t wait to celebrate with them.
    Rave: I’m known as the big mouth in the family – but was entrusted with this news and haven’t told one family member in 3 weeks. Its been killing me!
    Rave: Best and longest friend and I had the best chat last night – so lucky to have a friend I’ve known and been close with for nearly 30 years.

    • Allison

      Three weeks, wow! I recall being told a few days before, and even keeping my mouth shut, my intuitive mother was shaking me by the shoulders by day two yelling “what do you know!? What do you know!?!”

  • justinbc

    Rant: How are there still people who don’t wash their hands after using the bathroom at the office? I can see / hear you walk out! Ugghh, thankfully the most common offenders I witness are not in my direct report.

    • +1000 on your rant. The bathroom etiquette on my floor is something below caged monkeys.

    • SFT

      We have a poster on the inside of the bathroom door – something akin to what you’d see in a kindergarten class – that says “Did you remember to wash your hands?”. It’s a tad shocking that you have to remind grownups to wash their hands after using the restroom!

    • GiantSquid

      Here’s a fact pertaining to current events: you can kill the Ebola virus simply by washing your hands.

      • Maybe that needs to be on a poster in the bathroom.

      • Unless you’ve been in contact with an Ebola patient, this is blatant fear-mongering.

        • Allison

          I think that’s the joke. 😉

        • justinbc

          If the end result is not having someone give me a binder to review with their unwashed filth on it, I’m OK with it.

        • I think it’s the opposite actually. Knowing that the virus is killed so easily should ease any fears (however small) of getting it since we live in a place where hand-washing is so common and readily available.

        • GiantSquid

          Oh please, it’s not fear mongering. It’s a fact being stated in a thread about washing your hands. Fact is, hand washing, if done correctly, kills quite a few germs and is a better long-term option rather than creating drug-resistant germs with that horrible anti-bacterial hand goo.

    • pablo .raw

      I hope you don’t work in a restaurant 😀

  • Emmaleigh504

    That was me this morning..Rant: headache that made me car sick on metro.
    Rant: insomnia and then when I finally got to sleep, horrible dreams.
    Rave: Donna woke me up from my bad dreams, just like Ashlee used to do. I love my kitties.
    Rant: blew a fuse this morning getting ready for work. No green smoothie for me today.
    Rave: rent, so Miguel fixed it while I was on my way to work.

  • Rave: job interview today! Should I pull my hair back to appear more professional? It’s thick, curly, and long.

    • Rant: The girl who took my order at Dunkin Donuts was visibly sick. I ducked into the bathroom to wash my hands while waiting for my order, so hopefully I won’t catch whatver she has, but I wish these people could get sick days. The poor girl really should not have been there today.

      • Yeah, if there is any category of workers who should have liberal use of sick days, it’s people who handle food.

    • skj84

      I would pull it back. I think a bun or neat ponytail is much more professional than hair down. For all hair types, not just curly.

      • epric002

        i think it depends on the style. when my hair was long enough for a pony or bun, i felt like a ponytail on me made me look like i was going to work out/didn’t have time to do my hair that morning.

        • Yeah, my hair is too thick to twist into a bun, and ponytails don’t always look right depending on the day. I guess I’ll try it before I go and see how it looks. Right now I have the front pieces pinned back so it’s off my face, and I think that looks ok, albeit in an Elaine Benes sort of way.

    • Emmaleigh504

      Most advice will say yes, but I never do (mine is mostly fluffy). I figure they should see some parts of how I will be everyday (hair and tongue rings). If it’s a problem I don’t want to work there. Tho my field is way more casual than something like a law firm.
      Good luck!

      • Did you see that Orange is the New Black episode where the Dress for Success lady disqualifies Nikki for having unprofessional hair? I could totally relate to that.
        My field’s fairly casual, and one of the interviewers sounds like a casual kind of guy. The other is someone I’ve worked with in the past so she knows what my hair is capable of. 🙂

        • Emmaleigh504

          lol yes! I covet Nicky’s hair! My hair is too thin to achieve that much big.

          • My hair would look like Nikki’s if I was in prison and didn’t have good access to hair products, so I’m thrilled that someone thinks it’s covet-worthy!

          • Emmaleigh504

            My goal in life is to figure out a way to make my hair that big 🙂 So far the Ouidad products are helping, I just need to grow it longer and perhaps tease the underside. My super dream of a Utah-bump in the back will not be achieved without a fall 🙁

    • Pull it back – more to keep it out of your face than anything. And then you’re not tempted to touch it or play with it – that’s my “tell” when I’m nervous.

      • Ahh, that’s a good point. I play with mine reagrdless of whether I’m nervous or not, so I should probably stow if out of the way.

    • Allison

      I had long thick curly hair when I was interviewing for jobs too. When I didn’t straighten it, I pinned back the front pieces on top of my head in the middle with bobby pins. Kinda like this. http://manouvellemode.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/front-french-braid.png

    • A year ago, we were interviewing for a part-time position and after the interview my boss said that she didn’t think the woman was very professional because she had her hair pulled back in a ponytail.

      Which is absolutely ridiculous. I say do what you want.

  • hispanicandproud

    Rant: No rants today. Life is great.
    Rave: Met a new friend this weekend and excited about the days and weeks to follow. Couldn’t have come into my life at a better time. You win some, lose some and some you keep forever.

  • Rant: ISIS/IS. What a bunch of dicks.
    Rant: Putin. What a dickhead.
    Rave: catching up with some old friends (I call them boat people) at Cantina Marina this evening.

  • Rant: I’m losing my job.
    My current field is not one I’m interested in working in anymore. I know that more of my skills than I realize are transferable. Can anyone here recommend a headhunter who may be able to help me figure out some options for transferring to another field?

    • Some folks posted a website last week or two weeks ago that matches your skills to other professions… hopefully they will see this and repost!

  • Rant: that Yaweh cyclist who wanders around downtown. He blares religious music from speakers on his bike, and rides around erratically. He’s cut me off and nearly run me over 2 out of the last 3 days by randomly weaving between lanes and making u-turns in the middle of the street. Who is this guy???
    Rave/Rant: Spending the weekend catching up with friends! Having a long-distance boyfriend means I’ve been spending the past few weekends with him, and haven’t seen my friends as much as I usually do. I’m looking forward to catching up. on the other hand, i miss my boyfriend.

  • skj84

    Rave: Feeling a bit better. At least not as sore as yesterday.

    Rant: Went over my budget at Happy Hour yesterday. Which means I can’t spend as much today. I’m trying so hard to be better with my finances.

  • Becks

    Rave: Tons of strawberry flowers and soon to come….strawberries!
    Rave: Sprained back received the go ahead to start yoga. I am going to go slow and try it at home 2-3 times a week for now.
    Rave: I got to my metro train stop this morning and saw a woman asleep . I woke her and asked if this was her stop, and she very startled asked if this stop was Crystal City. It was. She was so grateful that I had woken her. Woo Hoo! I did my good deed for the day and it turned out ok!

    Question: I posted this question yesterday. What is your monthly Metro cost? I pay 150 a month from NW DC to Arlington.

    • Emmaleigh504

      I pay about 150-170 from Adams Morgan to Alexandria. It varies depending if I’m lazy and take the bus to the metro stop.

    • $0. I ride my bike everywhere. My company gives me $50/mo towards Metro, and my balance is around $500 because I rarely spend it.

      • justinbc

        I thought Metro cards max at $300? Or do they just give you cash?

        • Emmaleigh504

          My pre-tax withdrawl won’t load to my card if I (HR) takes out more than the $130, so it sits in another account until I manually load it so I don’t have to pay taxes on it. Maybe Jerseygirl has a similar account.

        • Nope, it goes higher. I was adhering to company policy to put a “regular month’s” amount on there, $100 from MoCo transit benefit and the rest pre-tax. But I had a stretch with no regular months and it piled up to $325. I canceled the benefits in November when I moved from Columbia Heights to Park View and now I’m down to $12. I’m so sad I have think about adding money again, but I’m also a little guilty because I feel like I was steeling transit benefits.

    • $100-$120 a month (PG Plaza metro/green line to downtown); I get about $90 in transit benefits (I telecommute twice a week) so my out of pocket for non-work rides is about $10-$30 a month assuming I’m in the city at least once over the weekend.

      • Oh, I do bike significantly too so I save on bus/metro rides when I need to get places near my home and when I use bikeshare when I’m in town.

    • Currently $0 because I walk, but if I get this new job I’m looking at $120 a month to Crystal City from DC.

    • skj84

      When I worked downtown about $40.00 a week on metro. Don’t spend nearly as much now that I’m not working.

    • $270 for Metro. It’s now something like $5.10 a day to park in my station’s garage, but I rarely drive (I bike instead.) I get smart benefits for travel. My company doesn’t pay for metro, but they take $100 (pre-tax) from my paycheck and add it to my SmartTrip once a month. I never have less than $200 on my card.

    • Around 120 a month. Retired and so no commuting, but girlfriend lives out near West Falls Church. We love each other, but neither of us is going to move, so it’ll have to remain a long-distance relationship.

    • Doesn’t this simply depend on where you live and where you work? If you live far out and work downtown (or live in the city but commute out) you’ll pay more than if you live and work downtown.

    • Becks

      Thanks everybody! My company reimburses me for the metro but may be switching to auto deposit. I was just curious to compare the various costs and travel.

  • Rant: in-laws. Don’t seem to understand that my spouse is not the organizer in our family, but keep e-mailing spouse rather than me to organize birthdays/ask for things. Then when I respond to e-mails, they ignore me and call spouse instead! I’m so confused… I’m only trying to help, but they seem to want to keep me at arm’s length. This has been going on a while, but we’ve been married long enough (years and years) and I’m nothing but nice and friendly, so I feel like they should be ok dealing with me by now.

    • Maybe they feel like your spouse should be responsible for the things they’re asking ormaybe it annoys them when your spouse doesn’t answer and you step in…like they feel they are burdening you. I wouldn’t take it personally!

    • 1) Sounds like they maybe it’s about connecting with their child rather than shunning you. Although it may be more practical from your view, why do you need to be involved?
      2) Does spouse tell them to talk to you in these situations? If spouse is playing their game and not yours then you have no chance here.
      3) ” I’m only trying to help, but they seem to want to keep me at arm’s length.” You can’t force people to let you help and you can’t force people to embrace you. If arm’s-length is the closeness of your relationship with your in-laws, that may just be where it has to be (and that’s a lot closer than many in-laws, fwiw.)

  • Rant: Having to send a resignation letter via email because boss is on leave and won’t be around to get it until I’m well into my two weeks notice. I feel so incredibly awkward about it. Anyone ever done this? I was going to call and leave a voicemail and follow up with email.

    Rave: Going to a position that is infinitely better for this stage of my life, with a huge pay increase to boot. YAY! Just gotta get through the next few weeks.

    • Allison

      You could make it seem slightly more formal by writing up the letter on nice letter head, signing it (by print or digitally if you have that capability) and then sending it as a PDF attachment to a short e-mail.

    • justinbc

      I would say you’re already doing enough by even writing an in-depth email, rather than just walking in and announcing that you’ll be resigning.

    • I did this once. My boss was working from home for like 4 straight days, and I needed to do it. So, I just sent an email saying that I didn’t want to do it via email, but needed to give notice.

      And, then I got a call two minutes later . . .

  • Rave: The growing-out-my-bangs period has come to an end! They are officially tuck-behind-the-ears long.
    Rant: I think want bangs again

  • Rant: I am still having a reaction to the t-dap vaccine I received earlier this week.
    Rave: My partner is gone for the next week, which means I get unlimited control of the remote and can sleep in the middle of the bed.
    Rave: This weather.

  • pablo .raw

    Rave: vacation. It’s going to feel strange to not have any obligations!

  • Rant: I have gained a substantial amount of weight since May.
    Rant: I can’t get motivated to exercise as much as I was (so the gain makes sense).
    Rant: I know there is no quick way to get the pounds off.
    Rant: I can’t find the motivation to even start.
    Rant: My pants are tight.
    Rant: This sucks.
    Rave: This isn’t the heaviest I’ve ever been, and I know with some effort and motivation I can get back down to where I want to be. Now to get on it…

    • skj84

      Don’t think about it just do it! You seem to have plenty of reason to want to lose weight, find a way that you feel comfortable to do so. Walk more, go on a bike ride. Even if it’s baby steps just be active.

    • You don’t have to be motivated to start. Just start. I know, easy to say…..but give it a try. Plenty of times I’ll say to myself “but I don’t feel like going to the gym, or working out, etc” and I’ll do it anyway. I give myself permission to stop after 10 minutes – and I’ve yet to stop. The challenge is always getting started!
      Good luck – you can do it!

      • I do the “only 10 minutes” thing too. Once you’re dressed and out and 10 minutes into a workout, that’s the hardet 99% and sticking with it a little longer seems easy.

    • Could be a sign of a thyroid condition. Have you seen your primary care doc?

  • Rave: week one of teacher training is done!
    Rant: one more week of driving to upper Marlboro
    Rant: I still need to find somewhere to live for the next 4 months.
    Rave: there’s a wawa on capitol heights that’s on my way home

  • anonymouse_dianne

    rave: job interview next Thursday
    rave: job is a promotion and more convenient
    rant: wish me luck!

  • Formerly Broken Jaw

    Ugh! I just got back from sneaking out to get a haircut at lunch. As I was parallel parking the car behind me honked his horn. I thought perhaps he was trying to pull out since he had his lights on. I checked messages and then got out of my car and this old man got out and started yelling at me that I had hit his car. Isn’t this sometimes a well-known scam? I park on the street at my house and I’m a damn good parallel parker. I’m about 99.99% sure that I didn’t hit him but maybe there was the slightest tap? Anyway we went back and forth with an unproductive round of You hit my car/No I didn’t hit your car. Finally I just walked off—now I’m a bit paranoid that he did something to my car (it’s 15 years old and has been parked on the mean streets of DC so really outside of something to my tires, there’s not much he could do to it that hasn’t already happened).

    Then I walked inside and my Chipotle bag broke and my burrito bowl spilled on the floor. FML today!

  • Rant: Made major faux pas on Facebook. I was posting while being extrememly depressed and angry and put some stuff in my status that really upset a family member. I deleted said post but still feel crappy about what I did and scared about my mental state that led me to do it.
    Rave: the weather today!

  • Additional Rant: I ordered a rug from Home Depot and it arrived filthy. Like, not a bit dirty, but filthy. At first I thought it was the large plastic bag around it that was dirty, but no, it was the rug. I can return it to the store (I already called customer service to tell them it arrived this way) but I was hoping not to have to load an 8 ft square rug into my little car.
    Rave: at least I found an affordable 8 ft square rug. A replacement is on the way, here’s to hoping it arrives clean.

    • anonymouse_dianne

      I’ve found some cool rugs on Overstock.com. They only charge $

    • anonymouse_dianne

      I have found some nice rugs on Overstock.com. You can see oth

      • anonymouse_dianne

        other people’s ratings and they only charge $2 to ship. Sorry these are messed up. Blame Comcast.

        • Thanks! Yes, I’ve seen some there, but the price at home depot was under $150 and had free shipping and is returnable to the store. I got screwed paying to return a rug once already, I’m trying to to stick with free returns.

  • It’s late enough in the day that probably no one will see this, but does anyone have a recommendation for an exterminator? I have wasps’ nests on the upper floors of my house, where I can’t get at them.
    A roofer told me that the wasps would go away in October, but it seems to me that whether I get someone to kill them now or to apply Viper (as recommended by another PoPville person, to keep the wasps from returning) later, I’m going to need to get someone with tall ladders and without a fear of heights to do something.

  • Not a rant or revel, but a question. When people refer to the DC area as “the DMV,” what does “DMV” refer to?

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