Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

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You can talk about whatever is on your mind โ€“ 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 peopleโ€™s grammar. This is a place to vent and/or celebrate things about daily life in DC.

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  • Long weekend felt very long.
    Rave: terrible-current roommate finally said someone was approved to take over my spot on the lease so I can move out with some measure of peace of mind (not completely until all the paperwork has been signed, this girl is the slowest and laziest person I ever had the misfortune of rooming with). Big weight off my shoulders for now (always a possibility she is lying to my face.)
    Rave: threw out SO much stuff over the weekend, good bye junk. I kept a lot of sentimental things like cards and letters and I most definitely cried over my 19th birthday card from my mom, but also, I didn’t need to move it around with me anymore so I feel better about getting rid of a lot of my stuff from years and years ago.
    Rant: still haven’t heard back from the job I interviewed with that said first they would try to let me know by the end of last week, but now they are going to let me know this week, wondering if anxiety ulcers are real

  • GiantSquid

    Revel: Lovely weekend in Florida with a best friend
    Rant: Too short, no alligators.
    Rant: Mr.Squid got frustrated with the jasmine I planted in the backyard and instead of pruning it back, removed it entirely.
    Rant: He also removed new growth on the climbing rose bush instead of tying it to the trellis.
    Rant: In a shitty mood.

    • Sorry to hear about the gardening-related marital discord. Can you try getting a new jasmine and planting it together — something to turn the bad feelings into good?
      Wasn’t it Mr. Squid who was really depressed but wouldn’t consider therapy (and maybe didn’t even want to talk with you about the issues)? Could this have been a case of him taking out his angst on the plants, or is it just an unfortunate coincidence?

      • GiantSquid

        Oh I’m sure a big part of it was he was bored this weekend, it annoyed him, the plant annoyed him, so this was him doing something about it.

  • REVEL: Assateague Island. How did it take me six summers here to finally go? It was the most amazing weekend I’ve had in this area in a long time. I <3 the beach so much.
    Rave: This is attached to above but after the most stressful work week of my life, I pushed SEND on a huge deliverable at – literally – 11:50 pm on Friday night. I didn't respond to a single work email all weekend long and it felt SO rejuvenating, I honestly just can't believe how stressed out I was.

    Rant: This damn heat.

    Rave: The heat ๐Ÿ™‚ Let's drag summer out just a littttttle bit longer, warts and all.

    • skj84

      My family stopped by Assatuegue on the way back from VA beach a few years ago. It is lovely and very chill. I was so amused to watch the horses strolling around like deer.

  • Accountering

    Rant: Swampass. I thought we were through with this. Sounds like summer is going to give us one more go before fading away.
    Rave: Made In America in Philly. Such a fun weekend!
    Rave2: Diner en Blanc this week – need to find a pair of white pants. This could be interesting!

    • skj84

      I tried to sign up for Diner en Blanc and completely missed the last email with the link. I don’t think it should be too hard to find white pants, since most stores are getting rid of summer stuff it may be easier than you think!

    • White chinos on final sale at J.Crew. I wouldn’t be surprised if Gap had white jeans on final sale, too.

      • Accountering

        I went with a pair of white golf pants. Really enjoyed golf last Friday, and want to keep at it. Figured if I am going to spend $40, I may as well get something I can use!

    • justinbc

      I decided to pass on Diner en Blanc when I found out you have to pay them, and then you still have to bring your own food and seating. So you’re literally paying just to be around other people.

  • Rave: Wonderful long weekend in Chicago with my partner. Had a great time, ate some wonderful food, and even danced the night away one night (which never happens).

    Rant: Coming back to work this morning ๐Ÿ™ especially walking to work in this heat!

    Rave: Still settling into my first 1 bedroom apartment after years of having roommates and loving it! It feels wonderful to come home to a space that is all mine!

  • epric002

    rave: centerplate will be announcing today that CEO des hague is resigning! take that you POS.
    rave: first yoga class since the sprained ankle. holy cow i can barely move today.
    rave: foster puppy is spending a week w/my parents so he can use their swimming pool to help rehab his leg.
    rave: got to babysit our friends’ 9 month old on sunday. she’s a chill, happy baby ๐Ÿ™‚

  • To be totally honest I could take or leave the horses… They kind of freaked me out. But being able to camp right by the beach was heaven. We woke up with the sun and practically rolled ourselves to the beach. The waves were perfect, it’s not too crowded, the bike rental was fun and affordable. It was my two favorite summer activities – camping and beaches – combined into one magical place!

  • skj84

    Rave: Best birthday party ever! I had such a wonderful time with my friends. Plus this weekend was relaxing.

    Rave: Going to Pittsburgh today. I’m literally sitting next to my half packed suitcase waiting for my friend to pick me up as I type this. Bestie’s family lives there and she asked if I wanted to go. I need Pittsburgh Recommendations!

    Rant: Friend who has a tendency to talk over and interrupt people in conversations. I don’t think he realizes he does this, but I need a tactful way to let him know it’s not ok.

    • GiantSquid

      Re: interrupting friend (not to be confused with interrupting cow or interrupting starfish), take him aside and say something like “hey, I’ve noticed you have a habit of talking over and interrupting people. What others have to say is just as important as what you want to interject. Listen and let them finish their thought before you say yours. It’s mutual respect.” We had this issue in our departmental meetings at my last job and it really got on my nerves. I called us all out on it saying something similar to the above. It’s about respect and it goes both ways.

    • epric002

      curious- does he talk over/interrupt everyone, or just women?

    • Whatever you say to the interrupting friend is likely to go over better if prefaced with “You probably don’t realize you’re doing this, but…”

  • binpetworth

    Rant: Missed another PoPville happy hour being out of town on work/vacation.
    Rant: Damned humidity.
    Rave: House-sitting for a friend this past weekend and saw she has a Martha Stewart coffee table book on housekeeping, which inspired me to do a major clean-up yesterday, including scrubbing grout and cleaning closets.

  • Rant: Random dude at the bar asked me what I was drinking, I told him, and he proceeded to take a sip of my drink! It happened so quickly I couldn’t even stop him. Gross.
    Rant: Spilled water on my laptop. I don’t think it can be saved.
    Rave: Three day week for me! And only a two day week next week. Can’t wait!

  • With you on Rave #2. I moved recently and ran out of time to purge everything that needed to be purged. This weekend I was brutal-no “maybe I can use this someday.” Either I had a place and a use for it right now, or it was gone. . The house looks SO much better and more functional.

  • White after Labor Day?

    • skj84

      Pearls clutched! I wore white Sunday and yesterday, but honestly don’t care about that rule. I have this amazing white jacket I can’t wait to bust out this fall.

    • Emmaleigh504

      My thoughts exactly. I’ll it slide if the temp is still hot though. Very warm places like Mobile or New Orleans get a pass and can still wear summer clothes, DC no. Yes, I am the fashion police. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • epric002

        how do you feel about winter white?

        • Emmaleigh504

          winter white = snow = evil ๐Ÿ™‚

          • SFT

            Oh no! I love winter white – just not white shoes in the winter. Actually, I’m pretty against white shoes in general. But a nice white coat or blazer is really sharp!

          • Emmaleigh504

            I never wear white b/c it looks terrible on me, and I really don’t care when other people wear it. I’m just being silly. Though I do hate the name “winter white”; it’s just white people!

      • justinbc

        I will wear anytime, doesn’t really bother me. Seersucker on the other hand, I would never break out in the fall / winter.

        • Emmaleigh504

          Today I’m totally wearing a sundress b/c it’s hot out, I’m not stupid ๐Ÿ˜‰ But for some reason it really bugs me when certain fabrics, like seersucker and linen, are worn out of season. It’s completely stupid of me, but I’m shallow and judgey and I’m ok with that.

  • pablo .raw

    Rave: Back from amazing vacation. I needed it more than I thought.
    Rave: Friends that have been friends forever and will be friends forever.
    Rave: Defeated my fear of heights and did the Skydeck of the Sears Tower.
    Rant: Entering the US from Canada feels like entering North Korea.
    Rant: New portable hard drives that crashed with photos in them ๐Ÿ™
    Rave: Old not portable hard drive that didn’t crash.

  • Rave: Such a lovely weekend! Lots of time at playgrounds and splash parks with the kiddo. We also did some more test riding with the bike seat. She seems to love riding with us!
    Rave: Global entry interview process was SO EASY this morning. Should make upcoming travel easier.
    Rave: heading out to Seattle this weekend for 10 days. We have a lot of fun things planned. It should be a good trip.
    Rant: Trip #4 to the mechanic with dead battery this past weekend. Hopefully the electrical problem is fixed, but we’re not chancing it dying at the airport for a 10-day trip with toddler & accompanying luggage. Still trying to decide between cab, super shuttle, public transit…. maybe begging a friend to at least drive one way? At least we were already planning on bringing the car seat for the plane. On the plus side, we don’t need the pack n play or booster seat – the car seat & stroller are the only bulky items. But I’m not sure what makes the most sense for heading up to BWI. Any suggestions?

    • Accountering

      When are you heading to BWI? Where are you heading? 10-day trip sounds amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Sunday, 5:30 flight. Get back at 4:30 two Wednesdays later. It should be great, assuming my patience with my father in law lasts 10 days. And that my toddler doesn’t wreack havoc throughout the clutter. But I’m optimistic ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I don’t know if this is the case at BWI but at Dulles there is a dedicated customs line for Global Entry which makes the whole arrivals process easier.

  • Rave: the long weekend felt so long I didn’t even know what day it was half the time.
    Rave: my foster dog was so adorable and loveable.
    Rant: no one was interesting in my darling at the adoption event. I had to hand him off to a long term foster…
    Rave:..he’s flourishing at the long term foster’s in a way he wouldn’t be able to with me. He’s too scared of traffic to walk to either end of my block, but the long term foster lives in a quiet area with a fenced in backyard and doggie door. She sent a picture and he’s so happy. He’s Harley at Lucky Dog if anyone is looking for a 3 y/o, 24 lb cutie.
    Rant: it’s still really hard to see them go. And I had to clean dog vomit out of my car.
    Rave: grilling and day drinking with friends in my backyard. It rained before we could grill the peaches, so I might have to do that on my own this week. Mmmmm.

  • Yay for conquering your fear of heights! Did you stand on the glass ledge? I don’t have a huge fear of heights, but I was a little nervous for that one. The rush of adrenaline once I worked up the nerve to stand on it was incredible. I kept getting back in line to stand on it, as if it were a roller coaster!
    Also, major kudos for calling it the Sears Tower! I cringe whenever I hear that “W” word.

    • pablo .raw

      I guess that’s a comment for me? ๐Ÿ™‚ I almost don’t do it, but I got in line and did it. The glass of the ledge now has scratches of my fingernails! I took photos of two girls that were before me and then asked one of them to take photos of me, she took like 5 photos and wanted to take more but by then my legs were hurting! Also the elevator speed is insane. Around 2 floors per second. On the way down it almost feel like it’s leaving you behind.

    • The Sears Corporation abandoned Chicago years ago for the suburbs, taking thousands of jobs and tons of tax revenue with them. There’s no reason for Chicagoans to be loyal to them.

  • Bear

    Rave: The housewarming BBQ was a success, even though it rained halfway through. It was the push we needed to get a lot of little stuff done around the house, like get that overgrown corner of the yard cleared out. And guess what? We found the foundation to what seems to be an old shed back there. It’s got a concrete pad, so it makes a nice little seating area. Now we just need to figure out how to tame the mosquitoes – holy hell they are bad back in that corner. I really don’t want to spray but I think it might have to happen.
    Possible rave: I think we might have a climbing rose bush that was cut down at some point in time. We had one random rose come up under our front porch, and there are new thorny stems coming out of a nearby shrub that was cut all the way down to the ground by the previous owners. There haven’t been any blooms on the new stalks, but they definitely look like rose stems. Anyone know what we should do with them to encourage blooms next year? Prune them? Leave them alone? One of the new stems is close to 7′ tall.
    Rant: Back at work. Waiting to hear about awards on two different projects, so we’re just biding our time at the moment. The anticipation is the worst, at least tell us something so we can move on!

    • I’d probably prune the stems to encourage growth from (near) the bottom, but I don’t have much experience with roses or with climbing plants in general. MPinDC might have better advice.

    • Climbing roses are pruned either in the spring or after they bloom – it depends on whether the rose variety is one that blooms once or blooms twice during the growing season.
      For now you can remove any dead wood and clean up foliage that falls around the bush (can harbor disease)

  • RAVE: Wedding almost here! So ready to get this over with and stop worrying about ridiculous details or crazy family demands.
    RAVE: …uh, also we’ll be married. Yay.
    RAVE: Metro trackwork this weekend is not so bad! Been worried about this for months.
    RANT: The weather. A beautiful summer has turned so so muggy. And I’m just beginning to realize how upset I would be if it rained on our wedding day.

  • Rant: Spent an hour with my wife’s scattered ashes and a plastic pint of cheap vodka yesterday failing again to make sense of things and crying and stuff in an almost deserted Oak Hill Cemetery. Long walk from Georgetown to Adams-Morgan afterward, aggressively alone until the sudden shower washed me into a building entrance and long conversation with a nice lady selling Street Sense. She’s living with her mother and trying to raise her niece on Street Sense sales, because her sister is incapacitated for reasons that weren’t mentioned but are easy enough to guess. We talked about The Temptations and old school soul music and I hit her with a twenty when the sun came out because what are you going to do? Then to the girlfriend’s for much talk of past lives and love and varying gauges of guilt until the pizza came and we embraced Game of Thrones in lieu of further vodka, all of it leaving me hungover in a functional but more cosmic sort of way than usually happens.

    • Ally

      So sorry you had a rough time, though it sounds like it it all worked out in a uniquely-nice kind of way. Some of my best experiences have come out of awful circumstances.

  • Rant: My gawd this heat and humidity, it is so disgusting. I think this is the worst it’s been all summer.
    Rave: Finally (binge-)watching Cosmos. The universe is a staggeringly amazing place! Now I really wish I was a scientist. Also, Neil de Grasse Tyson is totally my boyfriend. <3 U NEIL
    Rant: The hormone-related acne is still hanging on and my dermo is pretty much useless. I already dealt with the horrors of bad skin as an adolescent and teenager; this is not something I should have to worry about over 30 (especially when my looks aren't that great to begin with). Grr.
    Rave: Have gone out with the new dude three times now, fourth date lined up for this week, and so far he seems like a really good and right-thinking fellow. Good conversationalist and fun to be around. He hasn't yet found out that I am an annoying and impossible harpy bitch, but I'm sure that will come soon enough. I'll enjoy this time before he flees in horror (or fades away out of boredom).

    • epric002

      i feel ya on rant 2. over 20 years of dealing with it, and things that work only do so temporarily and sporadically ๐Ÿ™ have you ever tried any of the skinceuticals products? they’re certainly not a cure-all, but i do find they help more than just about everything else i’ve tried. i’m a huge, massive fan of their clarifying clay mask- both as a weekly and a spot treatment. good luck.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: Couldn’t figure out how to print an email today. Apparently, I left my brain at home.
    Rave: A hummingbird checked out my tiny window garden yesterday. Next year I’ll have to plant something a hummingbird might like.

    • Flowers that are tubular and red/orange/yellow/blue are good for attracting hummingbirds. Petunias, verbena, salvia are easy to grow annuals. Scarlet runner bean is great if you have the space for it – this is what first brought hummingbirds to my back yard (then they stayed for the other flowers, plus the sugar water in the hummingbird feeder).

      • Emmaleigh504

        Thanks for the ideas! I’m going to have fun planning this. I’m going to re-arrange most of the garden to make it easier for fancy violets to grow (it’s really too sunny for violets, but that won’t stop me!). I’ve got some new, native violet seeds and some new, fancy violet seeds to plant for next year. Can’t wait!

  • Rant: I really wish I were feeling excited and not terrified about the new job I’m starting next week.
    Double rant: Why am I thinking of a new job as a rant?! Damn anxiety.
    Triple rant: The heat finally caught up with us.
    Rave: Pretty much everything in my life is peachy other than stressing over the unknown.

    • Emmaleigh504

      I try to think of new job/thing anxiety as another form of excitement. Sometimes it helps, sometimes it doesn’t. Good luck on the new job! And remember, everyone has to take time to settle into new jobs.

  • Regarding getting to BWI, it depends on how much you’re willing/able to spend for the convenience of a taxi or Uber. Personally, since you’re traveling with a toddler and some bulky items, I’d take a cab or Uber over trying to wrangle everything on public transportation or SuperShuttle. I’ve taken an Uber blackcar to BWI for a flat rate of $130, but it can be as cheap as $85 for UberX.

  • Rave: Oyster Riot tickets went on sale today! If you are a huge oyster fan (like you can eat 100) you want to go to this.
    Rant: Must wait until Nov. 21 for oyster extravaganza.

  • The posts says “people”, I think referring to both sexes.

  • Were you just covered in sand the whole time? I love camping and would really like to check out Assateague, but the idea of so much sand everywhere is sort of a deterrent.

  • Why is our skin against us??? This recent bout of acne seems directly tied to a change in my hormonal situation, and even though that situation has been resolved, my skin is still very, very angry. Thanks for the Skinceuticals tip. I do love oils and unguents! Also, I’ve heard tell that zinc–supplements or zinc-rich foods–can help. Good luck to you, too! Solidarity!

  • Rave: A plant I transplanted into a container is doing much better now than when it was in my front yard.
    Rant: Swampass weather. And the heat index is supposed to be 100 F at 5-6 p.m.
    Rant: Litter, litterers, and neighbors who don’t pick up litter in front of their houses.
    Rave: Over the weekend, I managed to save a little bird that had gotten its foot stuck in some kind of super-sticky red gumdrop thing on the sidewalk. The poor thing was frantic; I hope it didn’t hurt itself trying to wrest itself free before I got there, or while I was trying to free it.

    • Emmaleigh504

      So glad you rescued the bird! I know nature is rough and all, but I hate seeing animals trapped and then dying. Like that nature show on the flamingos and the 1 gets trapped in the mud. It struggles and struggles but can’t get free. It just gets more coated in mud and more trapped. All the rest of the flock leaves, but the trapped flamingo’s partner stays with it until it dies. So sad.

    • justinbc

      Yeah, I was hoping for some real rain this weekend to help with all the heat, but I think I got about 15 minutes total between the 2 storms.

  • Rave: Great stir-fry last night, and even though I didn’t have the fresh ginger it called for, it still turned out to be great!
    Rave: Less than 24 hours in Dewey – that was all I needed
    Rave: Rose’s on Saturday – 4 hours after we put our name in
    Rave: Living near Rose’s so the wait was not a bother at all, they just texted when the table was ready and we headed that way
    Rant: Fear of posting in comments without being logged in – but someone else already has Andie :/
    Related to my rant: Happy belated birthday Skj84! You have tons to look forward to in your 30’s ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Oops, this was meant for epric002, above.

  • Good call. I would just say “keep it. enjoy.” and walk away. Making him (allowing him) to buy you another drink might just be part of his pick up ploy. That is, he may think “oh I’ve bought her a drink and now I get to talk to her, haha aren’t I suave.”

  • You’re paying for the permits, incidentals, sound system, stages, balloons, etc. You’re not paying the other people to come be with you, they are paying too. Just like you would pay a premium for dinner at a restaurant.

    • justinbc

      Right, but when you pay for dinner at a restaurant you don’t also have to bring your food there. It’s expected that they will provide it when you order it. You wouldn’t walk into a restaurant, fork over $60 and then just sit there without eating. I mean I guess you could, but it would be rather silly.

  • Rant: The weather! I think this week is looking like it’ll be hotter than all of August. I’m ready for fall!
    Rave: At least college football season is here! And GO NATS!!!

  • Youโ€™re paying for the permits, incidentals, sound system, stages, balloons, etc. Youโ€™re not paying the other people to come be with you, they are paying too. Just like you would pay a premium for dinner at a restaurant.

    This looks very cool, wish I was in town.

  • jim_ed

    I need the advice and guidance of the PoPville hive mind:

    I need catering for about 10-12 people this Sunday at my house. Looking for reasonably priced, relatively casual food that I can pick up somewhere in the city that’ll appeal to a broad demographic like the elderly and people who actually enjoy Olive Garden as well as twee urban sophisticates. I’m leaning towards DCity Smokehouse, so I’d be interested to hear if people had an opinion on them or other recommendations. Thanks!

  • That’s creepy. But to insist that Random Dude buy her another drink could open things up too much if she’s not interested in further interaction with him. If that’s RD’s preferred pick up game, he needs to get that he’s likely turning off a lot of women. Either way, such behavior is a pretty good warning sign.

  • Intended as a reply to SparklyKittyTacos way, way up the thread.

  • Rave: Had an amazing training session with the dog this weekend. He is eager to learn and we saw immediate improvements that continued through the weekend. Usually week day morning walks are a battle but this morning was a breeze. Here’s hoping the dog walker can understand my instructions and we keep up the progress.
    Rave: Fun, low-key weekend with my boyfriend. We had the worst service at a restaurant (to remain unnamed) Saturday night and were able to laugh it off.
    Rant: Comically terrible service. Took reservations when they had a private event then tried to seat us in a make-shift table in the alley next to an AC unit, rat trap, and a neighbor grilling out 8 feet away. The manager didn’t apologize but did request that I not go online and write a negative review…
    Rave: Made up for it by heading over to Beau Thai for some gluten-free Thai food and blackberry pear cider. Love that place.

    • Who are you working with for your dog training?

      • I sent out inquiries to a number of area trainers and decided to go with Sidewalk Dog Training. David has a different approach and it seemed to work very well for us. Update: the dog walker reports that my dog was a totally different dog today. Woohoo!

        • Thanks for this tip. I was just about to start looking for a dog trainer. And I’m so glad to hear that you had such positive results!

  • Rave: Even though I had to work this weekend, had a great stay-cation at Hotel Madera Friday night in Dupont. Highly recommend the adjoining restaurant, Firefly. Super yummy.
    Rave: Picked up my new rescue cat, Badness, on Sunday. She’s really underweight and is still adjusting to her new home, but was brave enough to jump on the bed for cuddles last night. Sweet cat.
    Rant: This heat. Yuck.

  • Rave: I see therapist after work. Hopefully he can help me work on my anger issues.
    Rant: Anger issues.
    Rave: Got shirts for work on sale yesterday.
    Rave: Tony Toni Tone’s Feels Good playing through my earphones. One of my favorite songe from the 90s.
    Random question: On the elevator in my building where I lived, I had a t-shirt on with the name of my alma mater. This overly excited girl (smiling big at me, talking loud) on the kept asking me when I graduated. I gave her a vague answer and a side eye considering how she was acting. (I mean it’s just a school.) She proceeded to tell me she had aunts that graduated from the school. Was I wrong for feeling kind of weireded out by the girl? Who gets that excited over the school their autns went to?

    • IMO, the girl sounds overly excited, but you also sound overly secretive. Unless you’re trying to conceal your age, why would you need to give a “vague answer” as to when you graduated?

    • Emmaleigh504

      I think it depends on the school. I have aunts who went to small schools and it’s pretty neat when people have even heard of them. Heck once I had a teacher at my large state school stop class to ask about the shirt I was wearing from the tiny school. Apparently she had turned down a job there to teach at my school. Also, Princeton people will take any and every opportunity to talk about Princeton.
      On the other hand, feeling weirded out by it is totally valid. Just b/c that chick wants to talk about the school doesn’t mean you have to.

    • SFT

      Maybe she’s just a little shy but likes you and wants to be your friend – or has a little crush and has been looking for a way to approach you. And then blamo, you wear a shirt that gives her the conversation starter that she’s been looking for. Or she could be weird and stalkery, in which case you should lock your doors and check the peep hole hourly ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Agree with Justin on this – DCity should fit the bill quite well.

  • Jim_ed, I’ve had good experiences with Maggiano’s. The food is good — and does appeal to a broad demographic. What’s nice too, is that they deliver, and include things like tablecloths and warming stands as part of the set up. It’s very painless, and nicely priced.

  • E. In a city where it can be hard to make connections, someone used the common excuse of your t-shirt to initiate an interaction. That’s actually one of the reasons many people wear t-shirst advertising their history and/or interests — to make it easier to spark conversations. And the “aunt” part was likely an excuse to explain her interest to/in you. No biggie.

  • Forgotten rant: I wish the alcohol content of beer was more prominently noted on the label, particularly if it’s above, say, 6%. Had a few beer with my family over the weekend and was WAY drunker than expected, and felt queasy when I woke up. Turned out the stouts I was drinking were 8% alcohol. So my 3 beers was really the equivalent of 5. Harumph.

  • Rave: Binge watching The Mindy Project Season 2 over the weekend.
    Rant: Don’t bother with Season 1. What a waste.
    Rant: Appointment with my plastic surgeon tomorrow.
    Rave: I’m on a first name basis with a plastic surgeon.
    Rave: New episode tonight of The Singles Project.
    Rant: Every comment above reveals me to be a shallow person. And I secretly wear white after Labor Day.

  • you gotta put it in rice right away.

  • Rant I forgot to include in my earlier post: Still trying to rent out my condo in Adams Morgan. I had an open house on Monday morning, and the one person who RSVP’d was a no-show. Grrrr.
    Tentative rave: I’ve received an RSVP from someone else for an open house for Thursday.

  • I once did that with wine into my toshiba laptop back in the day. Just bought a new keyboard for my model and it was a pretty easy plug-and-play to fix it. Good luck!

  • “Haha aren’t I suave” – this made me laugh so hard!

  • Technically I think winter white isn’t real white, it’s more of an ivory/cream that pairs well with the other dark colors you wear that time of year (black, burgundy…). But yeah, whoever tries to sell you “winter white” wool pants is selling you a huge dry cleaning bill while they’re at it.

  • Why not take the MARC or Amtrak to BWI from Union Station?

  • Rave: made some very good friends last week in northern California.
    Rant: boss badmouthed me to one of those new friends apropos of nothing, despite me putting in 10 and 11 hour days and giving up half my weekend to set things up for him.
    Rave: being wanted by other divisions in my agency.
    Rave: girlfriend and I went on a whirlwind trip to Boston this weekend. She showed me her old haunts. Due to poor planning, we ended up camping in her friend’s backyard, which turned out to be very fun.

  • I think “winter white” refers more to the fabric. It’s heavier, warmer fabric then your light cotton, linen summer whites. Think Mrs. Bush’s pretty white suit at inaguration at few times back. Or Olivia Pope’s gorgeous white coats.

  • Also, be aware that this is a conversational style – I think called cooperative overlapping. I experienced it a lot in New York. He may really not be aware that his conversation habit is bothering other people.

  • I’m often the “interrupting friend” — and it’s quite possible that your friend is wondering why you’re not jumping in enthusiastically yourself. I’m not sure if it’s regional, but having overlapping conversations can be a way to show enthusiasm, and to indicate that you’re paying attention. I think it’s worth bringing this up with your friend — but it could make sense to do it in a way that doesn’t suggest that your friend is being rude — since your friend’s intentions might be quite the opposite. I can say that what works with me is when the pace of the conversation is slow and serious, I don’t interrupt, as opposed to the “oh my gosh, did you see that!” type of conversation. I also have a friend with a quite different conversational style — who calmly says things like “let me finish this thought, I don’t want to forget where I’m going with this…” — which is a kind way of bringing it to my attention.

    • This sounds to me like rationalizing/justifying.

      • No, actually one of the goals of cooperative overlapping is to signal that you are listening and engaged. Google it – sociolinguistics is fascinating!

        • But doesn’t “cooperative” imply that both parties involved in the conversation are overlapping, and by mutual consent?
          I definitely think that there are some people who interrupt because they’re engaged, but others interrupt either because they don’t realize that they’re interrupting and/or because they’re more interested in talking than in listening.

          • Emmaleigh504

            Yeah, I can tell the difference when some is all “Yeah, yeah that’s super cool!” talking over me and just plain interrupting.

  • Pregnant?

  • Girl in elevator…is that you?!?

  • Rant: For some reason, PoPville doesn’t load correctly on my work computer. It’s not a firewall issue; it eventually shows up but without photos or graphics and in an almost unreadable format. I’ve tried both inside and outside the work network–no dice. I don’t have this problem at home, so I can still keep up with the news, but I miss having it at work to punctuate my day. ๐Ÿ™

    • anonymouse_dianne

      This was happening for me at work – I blame the “nanny” software. It has recently improved and the home page comes up formatted properly.

  • Yes that’s true, but when you go out to dinner, you pay more than the $35 fee for an experience like this one. I’m sure they could cater the event with servers and chefs in white as well, but that would make the spontaneity harder and then you’d have to pay $95 (example, not direct price quote).

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