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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  • Does anyone know if Metro’s weekly bus pass renews itself every week or if I have to buy a new weekly bus pass each week? Wish there was a monthly bus pass, but alas.

  • SFT

    Rave: Free extra airplane seat. If you are ever flying Southwest and want a sure-fire way to make sure that no one sits by you, just fly with a baby. People would rather sit in the lavatory than sit next to the people holding a baby! Our little guy did great on his first plane ride – slept for the first hour, ate crackers for the next 30 minutes, and then made a girlfriend and flirted for the last 30ish minutes. Thank goodness that it was only a 2 hour flight, I don’t think that he or we would have been up for a much longer flight!
    Rave: The job offer that’s been on hold for 2 months is finally coming through today. I can’t wait to give my notice!
    Rants: None. Happy long weekend πŸ™‚

    • skj84

      Glad your guy flew well! I’ve never really minded babies on planes. Families need to travel and yes sometimes babies cry, but that’s what noise canceling headphones are for. And it’s interesting to see the little ones reactions to being on the plane! My parents took me on my first flight when I was 3 months old.

    • Accountering

      I honestly think you may be right. I may prefer to sit in the bathroom than sit next to a crying baby for three hours. Mintwood, you agree?

    • Emmaleigh504

      I think it depends on how many drugs you’ve done. If I take enough nerve pills a crying baby won’t bother me at all. No nerve pills and I want to hide in the bathroom just in case there are no babies/kids, but my neighbor wants to chat with me.

      • SFT

        The chatty neighbor is the worst, especially if you have your do not disturb sign up (aka headphones). I was on a flight to Australia one time and an older lady was sitting next to me, she kept tapping my arm to tell me things throughout the flight. I humored her for the first couple of hours because she was sweet and grandmotherly, but after a while I ended up telling her that I was a nervous flyer and needed to sit quietly. I didn’t know what else to do.

        • skj84

          I generally don’t walk to talk to people on the plane. The exception being a friend or family member and even then I’d much read a book than chat. I actually like traveling alone so I can enjoy the solitariness. But yeah, I usually pop my headphones on asap, even if I’m not actually listening to them. Nips any chance of chattiness in the bud.

        • If I’m going to be sitting next to someone for 4 – 12 hours, I like to exchange greetings and a bit of small talk (are you heading home or leaving home? Vacation or work? How long?) then I’m ready to get into my cone of travel silence.
          I don’t mind sitting next to babies/kids – they don’t take up much space and I have earplugs and ambien.

      • Chatty neighbor is THE worst. I had a three hour flight where my neighbor lady tried to convert me to her religion. My headphones, book, and saying I was not interested didn’t put an end to her pushing. I have never been happier to land in Minnesota!

        • SFT

          My mom tries to sell people insurance on the plane. I’ve tried to tell her to stop, but she thinks she’s doing people a favor. I feel sooo bad for her plane neighbors!!!

  • Nerves: company I interviewed with on Monday said they will hopefully let me know by today, just staring at my blank dark phone for now, preparing for the worst (pathological pessimist in me)

  • Just one big rave today: it’s Friday before a beautiful long weekend! Hope you all enjoy it!

  • Rave: Thanks to my parents being in town, my wife and I got to go for a rare pre-work walk! And it was gorgeous outside!
    Rant: Looks like The Diner is still closed, at least according to their website. I was hoping they’d be open by this weekend so we could all go out for breakfast. Anyone know when they plan to open back up?
    Rave: L:ooking forward to a hopefully low-key weekend including a trip to the zoo, the park, and maybe a splash park. Hopefully the weather holds for all of that!

  • Rave: That raise I was promised finally went through!
    Rant: Now I have to battle to get my previous experience to count towards my next promotion, which was guaranteed in email after email from HR for this coming November.

  • Rant: moving and my new neighbor either had a really had day or is just a mean person. Hoping she apologizes once we officially move in bit yelling at a stranger is alarming.

    Rave: moving and getting out of my flooding basement apartment!

  • Rave: Half day today, leaving in about an hour and a half. Think I might try Shake Shack for lunch.

    Rave: Three day weekend and two Blues festivals.

    Rant: None, but I hope I don’t get stuck in traffic this afternoon.

  • I love sitting by babies on planes idk I must be weird.

  • Rave: The bf and I are FINALLY going to the pool on Sunday! East Potomac sounds like a winner. Other, better suggestions are welcome though!
    Rant: Repair guy told me my bike is okay, ride it even though the gears are wonky. “It’s just because it’s new.” Next day bike broke down and chain is jammed. Why do I listen to people??

    • GiantSquid

      Who’s your repair guy? If the gears are wonky, it might be cable stretch. It’s normal for the cables to do that and you can either tighten them yourself if you know what you’re doing or take it in for a quick fix.

  • skj84

    Rave: It’s my birthday! Hello 30!

    Rant: Yesterday I realized how much I hate shopping with others. I don’t particularly like shopping to begin with, and when I do go I’m very particular. If I don’t see what I’m looking for I leave. No lingering around the store. I was shopping with a friend who kept driving me crazy, he was telling me what to buy rather than suggesting and all I wanted to do was browse and figure my vision. This is why I shop online mostly, but I needed things for today.

  • Rave: The pool at my gym is closed for maintenance this week, so I’ve been going to Wilson instead. God I love that pool.

  • Rave: I baked my first cheesecake last night.
    Rant: Cheesecakes take a bit more time than I anticipated. Also, sometimes knowing what goes into a dessert recipe is a bit of a deterrent when you want a second piece. It is kinda like sausage making, maybe sometimes better to not see the process. Or perhaps just motivation to hit the gym a bit longer to balance out that second slice.
    Rave: Long weekend ahead. Lots of plans with lovely family and friends.
    Rave: I can feel fall in the air this morning. I am ready for boots, layers of dresses over tights, scarves, pumpkin everything, boozy bourbon drinks. Autumn is the very best time of year.

  • Rave: Had a much needed quiet night at home last night. Recharged and caught up on my stories.
    Side rave for Formerly Broken Jaw and Eleven: I just found out my good friend grew up with Dr. Lee and his siblings and is still in regular contact with Lee’s sister. Hoping for some juicy behind the scenes gossip.
    Rave: A stranger told me my dog is very polite. It’s not a word used to describe my dog very often.

  • Rant: Saw a mouse running the hallway in my apt last night and screamed and froze. I assume he ran under the crack in the front door.
    Rant: This is the 3rd time I’ve seen him in the last month and I’ve already had the condo association come to seal any holes in my walls and have thrown out any food not in cans or in the refrigerator. Apparently my next door neighbor has also been seeing the guy regularly and their holes have also been sealed.
    Rant: Hardly slept at all thinking of creepy, crawly things that go bump in the night.
    Rave: Long weekend

    • GiantSquid

      Consolation, you’re way bigger than the mouse, it’s probably terrified of you and isn’t looking to start shiznit.

    • At the risk of being a wet blanket… odds are it isn’t just “a” mouse, singular.
      But if you’ve had any holes sealed and are storing all food in the fridge or in gnawproof containers, there’s not much more you can do. (Well, other than traps.)

    • Emmaleigh504

      Get a cat! Then train it to put the corpses in the trash (something I could never train Ashlee to do).
      Semi-gagnifying story below:
      When I was a kid living out in the developing burbs, our neighborhood got inundated with rats from the construction project. All our neighbors were having the exterminator come out all the time and were still having problems. We had lots of cats (big yard, animal lovers) and we never had a rat problem. Occasionally we’d see pieces of rats, but our cats liked to eat them, so usually we saw nothing.

  • Rave: Thanks to the PoPvillagers who recommended Dr Perkins (dermatologist). He was great!
    Rave: Looks like I can head out of town early – looking forward to a weekend in the country.
    Rave: No rants. It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood πŸ™‚

  • anonymouse_dianne

    I saw on the news feed and on twitter that a pedestrian was hit at Ingomar and Wisconsin (my old neighborhood) with life-threatening injuries. I haven’t been able to find anything more. Anyone?

  • Man I could totally use a friend like yours! I hate all forms of shopping, I just want to hand my credit card over to someone who will then buy me some outfits.

    • skj84

      If our aesthetics matched it wouldn’t be that bad! Weirdly enough I like shopping for other people. I actually love picking out Christmas presents. It’s the only time I don’t mind being in stores.

  • Rave: LONG WEEKEND, going camping with my husband, I really, really need some outdoors and relaxation.

    Rant: Huge deadline today and I’m really nervous about hitting it. If we don’t it’s going to ruin my weekend :(. I will stay up until 5 am tonight finishing before I’ll choose to work on Saturday, so I hope it doesn’t come to that.

    Rave: Feeling really, really good lately. Down 15+ pounds, enjoying my workout class, thinking I’m going to start lifting weights. I’ve found an eating plan that mostly works for me and I’m not *too* hungry. I feel really confident that I will reach my goal of 30 total lbs lost, and I can’t wait to get there.

  • Happy happy birthday skj!!

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: Today has not started well.
    Rant: dude was in my office and hour ago and it still smells like his cologne. I’m going to puke.
    Rant: everyone in my work group is a f****** slacker. I’m fed up with them.
    Rave: I’m totally throwing them under the bus at the next update meeting. But I will give them a chance to come up with excuses to tell my boss for their terrible performance.
    I hate everyone. Yes, including you.

    • Emmaleigh504

      Update: The stinky cologne is not from the dude that visited my office (his was stinky, but it’s gone) it’s the dude sitting talking to a lady in an office on the other side of the library. WTF dudes, tone down the scent!

  • Rave: Mini-vacation starts Wednesday!
    Rant: Plane crash/anxiety dreams started last night. It’s going to be a looooong weekend. Ugh. I HATE flying.

  • Congratulations! Here is the regulation regarding time-in-grade: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-2011-title5-vol1/xml/CFR-2011-title5-vol1-part300-subpartF.xml. All time previously spent at the higher grade (I think you said you were an 11) should count towards your 52 weeks needed to be promoted to the 12.

    That being said, your HR people suck. They shouldn’t even promise you a promotion like that. Promotions should be based on merit and not an absolute guarantee.

  • re: anonymous_dianne

    What news feed and twitter account are you referring to?

    I assume the accident was on Wisconsin. Crosswalks without signals on major roads scare me.

    • anonymouse_dianne

      Yesterday it was on the crawl on news 28 and wjla I think. I was working from home. Then I googled this morning and it was @dcems or something similar. The accident was yesterday afternoon.

  • I don’t mind sitting near babies on planes. I’m a nervous flyer and I like seeing babies on my flight because I think, “well if a baby can handle this, so can I.” Plus they’re cute. As for crying, I just use my noise cancelling headphones, so it’s no big deal. I find that young kids/toddlers are way more annoying than infants on flights because they cannot sit still and I always end up sitting in front of a toddler who kicks the back of the seat for the duration of the flight. And there are no noise-cancelling headphones for that!

  • Rave: I had my year end review this week and it was excellent, I exceed expectations by more than one interval. My boss even said that he trusts me and that he’s happy I’ve taken ownership of so many things, and that I have improved exponentially. I also found out my bonus and raise and they are great.
    Rave: the feedback has propelled me, I feel so much more motivated. I wish I got more feedback throughout the year. I need to remember to ask.
    Rant: this is the second year I’ve rated myself lower than my boss has, and I even gave myself higher scores because I thought his would be higher than mine but I still fell short. I bought the Confidence Gap for my kindle and I need to start reading it. I so suffer from imposter syndrome in a lot of areas of my life and I need to get it together.
    Rave: working from Qualia on the back patio. Wow, this is so much nicer than my kitchen counter.
    Rave: fostering another cutie this weekend!
    Rave: day drinking and grilling this weekend!

  • @Artemis – the first time I baked a cheesecake I was shocked at how much cream cheese was involved! It kinda grossed me out. Sometimes ignorance is bliss when it comes to baked goods. I also didn’t let my cream cheese come to room temperature (newbie mistake) and blew out my hand mixer trying to whip up cold blocks of cream cheese. Lesson learned!

  • Bear

    Rave: Getting ready for our long-overdue housewarming party this weekend. Nothing like forced unpacking and cleaning to get things in order! The house is finally starting to look like people actually live there.
    Rant: Busy day of yardwork and errands tomorrow. It will be worth it, though…

  • This is why I always pick up some shrink-wrapped porn in the news stand on the way to the gate. Conversation starts to drag or the pictures of the grandkids come out, off comes the plastic and the conversation stops. Good way to get full control of the armrest, too, when they shrink to the other side of the seat.

  • It depends on the baby and the parents. The last time I flew I was seated next to this sweet little family and the baby did some crying. The parents were trying SO hard to calm him down and were so apologetic. I’d sit next to them anytime.

    But if the child is a screamer and the parents are doing nothing to help them calm down then yes, I will happily take the lav seat.

    • Emmaleigh504

      I was on this one flight where the baby only cried if they were sitting (much like my niece used to do). The parents tried their best to walk up and down the aisle to keep the baby calm and quiet, but we kept having turbulence so the stewardess kept making them sit down. I felt so badly for those parents. They were trying so hard, but the universe was not cooperating.

      • skj84

        When I was younger my ears were very sensitive during take off and landing. I wouldn’t just get pressure they would flat out hurt. By the time I was 5 or so my parents figured out how to fix the issue, but before I was that crying kid on the plane. My poor parents didn’t know what to do.

        • Emmaleigh504

          That’s sucks too, the parents want to fix their baby, but don’t know how. Parents have a very tough job.

        • Bear

          That was me as a kid. I wasn’t much of a crier, but I still remember how much my ears hurt when I flew. I remember how hard the stewardesses would try to find something to work – chewing gum, cups over my ears, telling me to try to yawn, sucking on ice, you name it – nothing worked. Luckily I grew out of it!

          • Ugh, that was me too. When I was somewhere around 5, maybe 4, we flew to Disney World. I wasn’t crying like an infant, but I was pretty upset on the descent. A young couple gave me gum and it didn’t help too much. But, when we got off the plane and were walking down the jet way one piece of it sort of dropped when I stepped on it and there was an explosion in my ears. I lost my shizznits in historic fashion.

  • this, of course, was for the airplane convo up thread.

  • Rave: Headed back to Indonesia tomorrow.
    Rant: Only there for a week
    Rant: I wish there were more Indonesian food options here (both in DC and the US in general). Sate and its sister restaurant in Alexandria are decent, but don’t really quash my craving.
    Rave: I get to gorge on Indo food for a week

  • Rant: The official end of summer. I always get a little cranky when fall is coming on.
    Rave: DC on holiday weekends. So quiet and peaceful, with no lines for just about anything. Love it.

    • Yeah, I feel the same way. It feels like early fall today. Made me happy to see the weather is supposed to hit the 90s next week though. While if we were in mid-July, I might not be too thrilled, it is nice to see summer weather isn’t going away just quite yet..

    • skj84

      I’m getting a little wistful now that fall is coming. Fall is actually my favorite season, but it also signals the end of the year. It’s like once September hits the year kicks in the fast gear.

    • Emmaleigh504

      I feel like we never got summer this year. It was like eternal spring. Fall and Summer are my favorite seasons. Fall has my favorite Holidays, but then winter is the WORST. It’s sort of a love hate relationship with Fall.

  • Rant: The official end of summer. I always get a little cranky when fall is coming on.
    Rave: DC on holiday weekends. So quiet and peaceful, with no lines for just about anything. Love it.

  • Rave: Having people say nice things about my cat in yesterday’s Animal Fix was shockingly gratifying. I feel like I have a more nuanced understanding of why parents brag about and show pictures of their kids so much!
    Rant: None. Beautiful weather makes everything else seem manageable.

  • Rant: Historic preservation is super complicated and expensive. Ugh. I just want to do some renovations to my house.

  • Unthreaded comments = secret ploy to get more people to register πŸ™‚

  • I just got back from Indonesia and I’m pretty sure I’m composed of about 83% nasi goreng right now. Enjoy it!

  • Rant: Some asshole in my building pulled the fire alarm in the middle of the night last night. I learned my building has the loudest fire alarm in the world.
    Rave: I’m getting a cat this weekend! A friend is moving and couldn’t take the cat with him. I’ve wanted a little furry pal for years, but I have to say, I”m a bit nervous that I won’t be a good enough cat owner and it’s such a commitment.

  • I bought it at HTO. The chain is now completely wedged into the crank (crank? axle? the round greasy part with the teeth?) So unfortunately, I can’t really fix it myself without taking that part off and risking further damage because I’m clueless. Luckily, it’s a free repair. Just frustrating that I thought it was safe to ride and then got stuck over a mile from a metro and my hands were COVERED in grease. But they were willing to squeeze me in earlier than originally planned so that’s good. I need my bike back!

  • hispanicandproud

    Rave: Corral assignments were just sent out for the Chicago Marathon which is just seven weeks away.
    Rant: Still need to book hotel for Chicago Marathon. Yikes!
    Rave: Training is going as scheduled.
    Rant: Only one minor injury but hopping along!

  • I think the 40s are the best but 30s are pretty great!

  • I once was on a within country flight in South America and the woman next to me freaked out so much she grabbed my arm in a death grip and would not let go the whole flight (about 90 minutes). I tried reassure her in my inadequate Spanish and to disengage my arm but she just buried her head in my shoulder. I felt so badly for her I just ended up letting her have my arm. I also felt really badly that I’d been hiking that morning and was covered in sweat and bug spray. I guess if you’re a nervous flyer it is any port in a storm. At least a baby can’t grab you?

    • skj84

      When I was flying to Minnesota last month the woman sitting basically sat with her head between her knees the entire flight. I couldn’t even get her attention when the flight attendant came by with drinks. Whatever one needs to cope I guess.

  • Have you moved your appliances? Our mice were coming in under the dishwasher.

  • if you’re a dude you need to try trunk club, if you’re a gal you need to try stitch fix or tog & porter.

  • ^ ugh. for the person(s) who hate shopping.

  • Rave: My dad (who’s not very sentimental) saw me looking at photos of my cat on my computer last night, and asked me to send him some.
    Rant: I don’t remember my dad asking for any photos of ME!
    Rave: Meanwhile, my cat continues to sit on my dad’s lap whenever he’ll let her. I bet they’ll miss each other when his visit concludes soon. (He lives overseas and has been at my house for two months.)
    Rave: Long weekend coming up!

  • Question – Does anyone have experience with DC’s Trap-Neuter-Return program? Or, what to do with a young cat that shows up in your alley?
    This cat doesn’t have a collar, is shy and somewhat approachable but doesn’t seem to be a housecat.
    I’ve been feeding him/her (much to my dog’s dismay) and trying to get her to come closer (I guess I’ve decided it’s a her). She’s a sweet looking tabby with white paws.

    • Yes! The program at the Humane Society is amazing. Give them a call – they will lend you the humane trap. You trap the cat, take her to the humane society, get her fixed, and then you take her back to your alley again. you will need a sheltered place to keep her for a day or so as she recovers in the trap.

      In the meantime, keep feeding her so she sticks around. Google “wash humane CatNiPP” – that will get you to the website.

      • Thanks – I’d left a message for the CatNiPP folks and hoped it was as straightforward as it sounds.
        She seems semi-feral; giving her food and water might help her domestic (tame) side come out.
        Unfortunately I’m going away for the weekend – I’ll see if one of my neighbors will give her food while I’m gone.
        And sorry alley cat, you’ll have to make do with a mix of dog food and homecooked dog food until I can get some cat food.

        • MPinDC — I have some expired dry cat food (I got overenthusiastic on a Target sale and overbought) that I can pass along to you, if you’d like. (I’m still feeding it to my own cat — I hadn’t decided where I was going to draw the line as far as “OK, at ____ months past the expiration date I should get rid of this.”)
          I think I read somewhere that cat food has cat-specific nutrients that aren’t in dog food. So expired dry cat food is probably better for the alley cat than unexpired dog food.

          • Emmaleigh504

            Dog food is lacking some key nutrients, but I think a street cat is probably getting them elsewhere.
            I had no idea pet food expired! I better check mine!

          • I guess what I’m wondering is how long it REALLY takes after the expiration date for the food to taste stale and/or not be as nutritious. I just hate to waste something I spent good money on. (It’s Iams brand — not the most expensive out there but definitely not among the cheapest.)
            Dang Target and your “buy two bags, get a $5 gift card” special!

          • Textdoc I’d read cats shouldn’t get dog food on a regular basis (and vice versa) but for a few days it should be fine. And I’d love to make good use of your cat food if you’re not using it.

          • Yep — your alley cat is definitely better off receiving dog food than receiving no food at all!
            Let’s coordinate on the expired-cat-food front — maybe when you’re back after the weekend?

          • Emmaleigh504

            Dogs are fine on cat food. Dog food is lacking nutrients for cats, but not the other way around. We had dog that only ate cat food (apparently it tastes better), the vet said it was fine but cautioned against cats eating only dog food. The dog lived to a ripe old age.

          • Thanks textdoc, will do.

        • Cat food is generally higher in protein and fat than dog food & I expect over the long term it isn’t the best food for a dog. Which isn’t to say a dog can’t live a long and happy life eating cat food.

    • Emmaleigh504

      All I know is Donna was a failure. She was too nice so they didn’t release her. Which is good b/c now she’s with me.

  • Formerly Broken Jaw

    Rave; Working from home today. And by working from home I mean updating my status report and then doing laundry and cleaning the house.

    Rant: Old lady dogs! They are 17 now and increasingly do their business inside with no warning.

    Rave: They are so sweet though, even if one tried to kill me!

    Rant: No one noticed my Avatar!

    • My last dog got old and demented and un-housetrained. The only thing I could do was limit his space when I was away (the vet ruled out any medical issues that could be treated – no cure for old age and kidney disease). He was a sweetheart and I know he couldn’t help it.
      Love the avatar !

    • Formerly Broken Jaw

      It was a lot of work finding it. Frist I did a Google image search on “Anderson Cooper’s taller, younger, more buff brother.” Nada. Then I tried “Broken Jaw’ images. DO NOT EVER GOOGLE THIS! I was horrified and consider myself lucky! Those poor people!

      Yeah my dogs are old and little confused but I figure they gave me many years of enjoyment.

  • late posting on this but it was super fun seeing everyone at the happy hour the other night! looking forward to the next one!

  • Congrats on the cheescake! The only thing I excel at in the kitchen are cheesecakes from scratch. They are hard and time-consuming, but the results are sooooo worth the effort.

    How did it taste? You can freeze the slices and they defrost beautifully. πŸ™‚

    • Actually, cheesecakes are one of the easiest and most foolproof desserts you can make. You must have had a bad recipe. And one trick is to not overbeat it – too much incorporated air will make it crack.

  • LOL typo on “moolah” – not ragging on you at all, just generally cracked up at the image of the call to prayer now being broadcast into her office 10 times a day.

    Jeslett – YES. Ask for feedback. Don’t do it in a way that sounds insecure (Did I do OK? Did I make a mistake?), but at the end of the project sit down and say you want to go through lessons learned. I love when people who work for me do that – it makes me be a better boss and I view it very positively that they care. Sounds like you’re rocking it!

  • Rant: My boyfriend broke up with me yesterday, completely out of the blue. Absolutely crushed. He says he needs to be alone to work on some problems he’s been dealing with for months, that he hadn’t told me about… Just completely heartbroken. Not really able to function at work today.

    • I’m sorry, that’s awful.
      He obviously has problems if he can’t talk to his SO about important things, that’s the definition of an intimate relationship. Please be good to yourself and know that these are his issues, not yours.

    • I’m so sorry. Hang in there! I hope the long weekend proves restorative — maybe you can schedule some things (social or otherwise) to distract you?

    • Emmaleigh504

      I’m so sorry.

    • Oh so sorry to hear this (and that he’s not been able to share with you the problems he has been dealing with).
      Leave work early – you’re not feeling well (which is true) and need to go home and take care of yourself. If you feel up for company, call a friend and have him/her come over for support and a listening ear.

    • I’m so sorry, littlen. πŸ™

  • Oh Litten that completely sucks πŸ™ Sending you a big hug through the internet. I hope you’re able to take some time this weekend to take care of yourself, vent to friends and family, sulk, or do whatever you need to do.

  • Thanks all. I do have a busy weekend scheduled (although one of the things he was supposed to go with me). I am hurt that he couldn’t share his problems with me – I think he was really embarrassed, and he said he ignored problems until they snowballed. He said our relationship was the only thing that made him happy, but also made him complacent and ignore his problems. Worried about him despite everything.
    Related rant: I have been trying to find an apartment, and found an awesome one a block from him. Right after he breaks up with me, I find out I was offered the place… had to tell them sorry but I can’t now, could not handle living that near him…

    • Never give up an awesome apartment! Seriously. You’re in a crappy heart place right now (sorry) but you have your life to live and a great place to live can make a huge difference. Also it sounds like the guy is messy head, not hound dog bad. Honestly – I’m mid-fifties, and I’ve got a dozen of those guys in my wake by now, all still friends more or less, all gone on to some peace (or at least not desperately calling me at 3 a.m.) If you loved him once he can’t be all that bad, but loving him once doesn’t make him all that good.

      Anyway – great apartments are harder to find than great guys!

  • Glad your little guy did well. I don’t mind babies on planes, I mean, I admit that the sound of a baby crying = nails on the chalkboard for me, but I get it. Babies cry because they can’t talk. What I have a problem with is when adults let their 2-4 year old kids wail at the top of their lungs, run up and down the aisles, kick the back of my seat repeatedly, without even bothering to tell them to stop/make it a teachable moment (“Hey Bobby, there are other people on this plane that may not want to hear you screaming because you can’t have your snack at this very moment. Please try to keep it down.”) Ugh.

  • Happy Birthday skj84!!

  • That sucks πŸ™ Take advantage of the long weekend to take good care of yourself. And yes, eating ice cream in your pajamas is totally a part of taking care of yourself emotionally.

  • I’m so sorry. I hope he gets it together and you guys can work things out soon.

  • Did your dogs have a way of letting you know when they needed to go out that they don’t or can’t do now?

  • Sounds like a scene from the Catfather!

    Rave: My jokes. Am I right? Here all week. πŸ™‚

  • skj84

    Thanks guys!

  • Happy birthday!!!

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