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: Trip to Chicago this weekend to see a good friend. Really looking forward to it and should be good weather!
    Rant: This will be the 4th weekend I’ve been away. Looking forward to being home this weekend.
    Rant: Ugh this humidity!

  • Was recently remember the trash clean up we did with PoPville back in 2009(!). The city was such a pain to work with that we kind of let it fall apart, but I might be masochistic enough to be willing to give it another go. Would the PoPeratti be interested?

  • skj84

    Rave: Relaxing at my friends house. Her parents are very hospitable. We are going to explore Pittsburgh today.

    Rant: When smart people say stupid things. Got into an argument with an ex on Facebook about the celebrity selfie scandal. I posted an article on why we shouldn’t victim blame these women and he leaves a comment basically calling them whores who deserve it since they were stupid enough to take nude shots. He usually seems to have feminist leanings so that was shocking to read. The real irony is since he moved back to Germany he’s been hinting that he wants me to send him “special pictures” to remember me by. It’s like really?! Glad I never did.

    • Emmaleigh504

      I just cannot with people like that. The pictures were stolen!!

      • skj84

        Exactly! The photos were only intended for whoever these women meant to send them to. Not the public. It doesn’t matter if the were saved on a cloud, phone or hard-drive it’s not ok for the hackers to steal them and post.

    • Ugh, I hate that attitude. I saw some celebrity tweeted something yesterday about how “leaked” is a poor word choice. “Leaked” photos, like that time someone leaked into my house and then leaked my safe full of money. So true, leaked is a terrible choice of words to describe something that was stolen.

      • justinbc

        The word is used to describe what happened after they were stolen. If someone just stole them and kept them on their own computer to look at then it never makes the news. It’s only public knowledge because someone leaked them to the public.

        • Fair enough, but the headlines should then read “leaked stolen photos”. I haven’t seen the word “stolen” in any of the headlines over the past 48 hours. Saying the photos were leaked and leaked alone just makes the victim seek careless.

          • justinbc

            There’s definitely legit beef to be had with the way “news” outlets have capitalized on the click-through potential of their headlines in this story. FWIW most of the ones I saw yesterday at least referenced the hack in some manner. Perhaps the ones coming late to the story are using more salacious headlines in an attempt to garner some last bit of attention from what will soon be “old” news.

          • I just walked by the TV in the lobby of my office and a headline said the photos were “stolen and posted”… getting better.

    • epric002

      i read the best comparison this morning: blaming the subjects of the stolen photos for taking them is like blaming people who shop online for having credit cards/shopping online when their credit info is stolen.

      • That is a great comparison!

      • skj84

        That was the comparison I used with the ex.

      • justinbc

        Yeah but at least if someone steals your credit card info and runs up a bunch of charges you’re covered for those damages and don’t have to pay it. Once someone blasts your naughty bits all over the internet for all to see that damage can never really be undone. It’s really unfortunate that one of them was underage as well, but hopefully that means the prosecution can be even stiffer with their penalties.

    • Ally

      They’re exes for a reason. Yeah, I got into a similar tiff — same stance as you — on this topic. Surprisingly, it was one of my friends who is an astronaut (so, I illogically hold him to higher standards) who was doing the victim blaming.

  • Becks

    Rant: I wasn’t able to post, or make comments after my first post last week.
    Rave: Great relaxing three day weekend! I finished the new Amy Tan book, The Valley of Amazement. I was in tears the last 15 pages or so. She is such a good writer and able to connect the generations together in one time and place.
    Rave: My tomato plants have tomatoes! There are 5 regular tomatoes and 7 cherry tomatoes!
    Rant: People who won’t move back on the bus, or move so that you can squeeze past them. And those that glare at you when you do try to move/push past them. It was shoulder to shoulder at the front of the bus this morning. I pushed my way to the back and…There were empty seats! Come on people….Move back!

  • Rant: I have been working from home for two weeks and I hate it! I want to go into the office, ride my crowded S-Line bus, get caught in the rain, bump into friends. I hope we find a physical location for our team soon.
    Rave: I have a new date friday. This girl seems like a much better fit on paper for me than bargirl. Ohhhh the hopeless romantic in me hopes so.

    • skj84

      I get stagnant when I’m stuck at home too. Try working out of a coffee shop for a few hours. The library is a good space as well. There is a coworking space called Cove that is great too, they have locations in DuPont Circle, Capitol Hill and 14th Street.

  • Rave: This photo! I wish everything in life came with a sign like that…I’d be good to go! (Wish I could type with stikethrough, I can think of some fun examples off the top of my head!)
    Rave: Today will be productive at work
    Rant: One snack short today at work and wishing I brought one of the peaches from home
    Rave: But now I’m just googling recipes to turn them into something delicious (I should step away from the Southern Living link now)
    Rave: Dinner en blanc tomorrow. I’m having fun contemplating food (both substance and transit)…we’ll see how this turns out!
    Rant/rave: Round tables aren’t allowed so now we need a square top for a round table – only a partial rave because someone owns a saw AND has extra wood at his place hehe

  • Rave: Wash Express reports that El Camino is set to open in October! Yes please!!!

  • Rave – Had a great time hiking in Shenandoah over the weekend, and I saw a bear on the trail which was scary/awesome. Bears are huge!
    Rant – My job is depressing.
    Rave – Fixing up my resume and getting ready to apply for new jobs.

  • Rant: after a terrific long weekend, I’m having a really hard time focusing on work this week. It still feels like the weekend!
    Rave: It looks like Compass Coffee on 7th St. in Shaw is steadily moving towards opening day. The Washington Post series about it is making me really excited! http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/going-out-guide/wp/2014/08/29/from-the-ground-up-the-health-inspection/

  • Rave: awesome photo! It led me to Beau’s photo stream on Flickr and many other great photos like it. Thanks for a great start to the morning!

  • Rave: This time of year is the tomato sauce making, pesto making and other makings to preserve the harvest.
    Rant: The tomato sauce making is a messy undertaking in my kitchen
    Too much basil – how much pesto, dried vinegar and herb vinegar do I need?

  • GiantSquid

    Revel: Amazingly delicious meal at Masala Art on 4th SW last night. So good! If you enjoy Indian food, please check them out so they stick around.
    Revel: Told Mr. Squid my frustration with his spontaneous gardening while I was gone and how I didn’t like associating him with our absentee landlord doing the same thing. He apologized. We’re cool. We’re both just so over our rental.
    Rant: Trying not to give into urge to buy land way out, build a house, and become a hermit.
    Rant: I think I picked up a cold from my friend or airplane crud this weekend.
    Revel: Amazingly delicious Indian leftovers for lunch.

    • Allison

      Yay! So glad to hear the positive review of Masala Art. I saw they also received accolades in the Hill Rag. Can’t wait to check them out! Lovely to have a good restaurant in the area.

      • We went to Masala Art! Had four beverages between the two of us for happy hour with four dishes and got out of there for under $35 – we were so pleased!

    • Accountering

      Don’t do it! A 1 hour plus commute will not in any way shape or form help with the issues he is working through!

      • GiantSquid

        Oh no, if we turn into hermits, the job situation would most assuredly change. I’d want to run a dog rescue.

        • Accountering

          Oh, you mean actual hermits. Ok, well, then that is different. Can’t really relate, as that doesn’t appeal in the least, but would certainly be interesting!

  • Accountering

    Rave: Having a great day today! Had a great workout today, which felt great after a couple of weeks off (sick) and then Chipotle and poker with some guys I haven’t seen in forever.
    Rave2: Hockey starts soon. I am getting excited!
    Rave3: Coffee is extra delicious today.
    Rant: Excited for it to cool down so I can move out of – “if its hot enough to sweat outside, I am drinking iced coffee mode”
    Rave4: Super excited for fall and campfires, S’mores, and fall drinks!

    • Accountering

      Rant: Had a bit of a scare yesterday. Cleaners phone broke, and I booked a reservation for people coming in today, yesterday. Couldn’t get in touch with her to get a cleaning done today!
      Rave: Got in touch with her friend, who was able to find her and we touched base, and she is handling it today. I know I regularly sing her praises, but she is literally the best. An absolute life-saver!
      Rave2: Booked three new reservations yesterday. Love AirBNB!

    • hammers

      RE: hockey, playing or watching?

    • hammers

      also, rave 4 is everything.

      • Yes. Dreaming of wearing boots every day and baking all things pumpkin.

        • Andie302

          When I saw this response initially I thought it came from Accountering…and I was very confused 🙂 I’m with you on the pumpkin baking! I’ve also never gone apple picking and that totally has to happen this year!

          • Ha! And yes, you must make apple picking happen. I usually go out to Heartland Orchard in Markham, VA or any of the nearby orchards if it is too crowded. I went peach picking for the first time last September in Crozet, which was very fun.

          • Andie302

            Oh man – I already like visiting the Crozet area, I wonder how long the peaches will be on! I’m saving your orchard suggestions. Thanks!

  • homerule

    Rant: The death of Steven Sotloff.

    Rave: Early morning meeting meant I left the house before it was crazy hot.

  • I got a white short sleeved dress – instant outfit. (It feels a little summery but it’s hot as hell out, I can’t imagine wearing much more than that!) Dressing up/costomes is something I never really get into for some reason. I’m pissed I forgot to borrow white jewelry from my mom (who has tons of crap ideal for this) when I was in Delaware this weekend. (Fingers crossed that this comment ends up in the right place – in response to Emilie’s question)

    • Emmaleigh504

      If I knew where to get one, I would suggest a white fascinator, but I do not.

      • homerule

        I have a little white hat/facinator (depending on your definition). Andie, if you’re around Dupont, you could borrow it!

        • Andie302

          Thanks for the offer! I have a big head and short hair – I’m thinking when it’s go-time I’m going to be more worried about food than how my head looks 🙂 But if I get a wild-hair you know where tomorrow I’ll ask on here!

  • Rant/rave: first time I’ve been able to be on here since school started
    Rant: the learning curve is steeper than I had anticipated and I’ve managed to cry almost every day after work out of frustration.
    Rave: the tears are becoming fewer and farther between as I’m beginning to hit my stride.
    Rave: my students are the best!

    • One more rant: yesterday at 630am outside of a 7-11 in Landover, this woman shouts/sings “white girl with a black girl’s booty” or something to that effect. First time I had been street harassed by a woman. Felt less threatening than wherever I had been catcalled by a man, but still uncomfortable and creepy.

      • epric002

        i had a good/bad street harassment the other day after leaving yoga, looking like a hot mess i imagine. a possibly homeless guy sitting on the side of the street yelled out “hey wonderwoman!”. i didn’t turn around. i suppose if i’m going to be street harassed, i’d like to be called a superhero at least 🙂

      • justinbc

        I always wondered if women did this too. I’ve had them say stuff before, but it’s always been complimentary in a respectful way, not really derisive.

      • Andie302

        I had an older lady on my street compliment my tan the other day, but I think she was just angling for a way to speak to me (and maybe work in the comment that she “works” on my street…which I was afraid to ask more about. That’s the house with the red light on the porch.)

    • Congratulations on making it so far! If this is your first year of teaching, fear not: it DOES, in fact, get better, and eventually you will actually feel good at your job. Feeling frustrated and/or incompetent just demonstrates that you’re humble enough to probably be a great teacher!

  • Rant: desperately need a vacation

    Question: Anyone flown the premium economy on Qantas? How much better is it than economy? I’m fairly “generously proportioned” and my legs swell when I fly (separate problems, both of which require extra room on such a long flight), so I’m wondering if that would help or if I need to save frequent flyer miles until I die to fly business to OZ. Thanks!

    • SFT

      Business to Oz is ridiculously expensive – I tried to swing it but couldn’t. I did spring for Premium Economy (I think it was a ~$100 upgrade) on my flight back from Oz in 2010. I was on Quantas’ new double decker airbus at the time, and the whole plane was effing amazing! They had a little area at the back of the plane with a snack bar -you could just walk back there and grab snacks & sodas whenever you liked. Tons of lav’s and really friendly flight attendants. I can’t say enough good things about Quantas. Anyways, the premium economy was pretty great. They give you extra leg room and a foot stool that comes out of the chair, so that may help with the swelling feet and circulation. I think I remember there being extra arm room and a center console-type thing in the middle of the seats. If it’s not too much, I I always recommend any sort of upgrade. I fly business for work, so have become pretty spoiled, but I remember the Premium Economy flight being pretty nice 🙂

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: Woke up on the wrong side of the bed.
    Rant: My grandpa forgot my birthday even tho I wrote it in his diary. I guess I’m not the favorite anymore.
    Rave: Real life actual Swedes approved of my eating by candle light last night.
    Rant: I have no idea how I’m going to move to Sweden.
    Rant: I can’t think of a rave to end with.

  • typing with strikethrough is easy – in Word, right click the word and select “Font” and then choose strikethrough!

    in gchat, I think a hyphen on either side of a word still does it.

  • ^^^ was a reply to Andie

  • Thank you, AJNE!

  • I meant here – so I could share examples. I may have to play around with copying and pasting from Word

    • ahh, gotcha. I̶’̶m̶ ̶n̶o̶t̶ ̶t̶o̶t̶a̶l̶l̶y̶ ̶s̶u̶r̶e̶ ̶h̶o̶w̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶d̶o̶ ̶t̶h̶a̶t̶.̶

      • http://adamvarga.com/strike/ is where i copied and pasted my struckthrough stuff

        • Andie302

          Thank you sir! Off the top of my head:
          L̶i̶e̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶y̶o̶u̶r̶ ̶m̶o̶t̶h̶e̶r̶ ̶
          F̶e̶e̶d̶ ̶w̶i̶l̶d̶ ̶a̶n̶i̶m̶a̶l̶s̶ ̶
          I̶g̶n̶o̶r̶e̶ ̶c̶r̶o̶s̶s̶w̶a̶l̶k̶ ̶s̶i̶g̶n̶s̶ ̶
          H̶u̶m̶p̶ ̶o̶n̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶f̶i̶r̶s̶t̶ ̶d̶a̶t̶e̶ ̶ ̶

          Come on people 🙂

  • Rant: OMG I am still practically shaking. I left for work this morning, and had walked nearly 5 blocks, across busy streets in Petworth, and all of a sudden I hear the sound of footsteps/running behind me. I turn around and it’s my 5 year old daughter! She snuck out of the house and followed me, saying I want to go to work with you. So happy she was able to cross 4 busy intersections and not get run over! Time for a special door lock. Ugh!

  • hammers

    Rave?: Been worried about saving and making sure I am on the right track with finances, retirement, etc, but I have talked to a few people and they assure me I am doing well.
    Rave: New romance on the horizon….had a little hesitation after a weekend spent together, but I was able to talk to him about it and got excited about the prospect again.
    Rant: Oh jeez these people keep moving into my “pod” and they are so freaking loud; I have a job where I read and write all day, so I really can’t mind the constant ceaseless chatter–their job is just different, they have to talk to each other.
    Rave: finally got my internet fixed (after a 4 day hiatus) so I can have music again. It’s not very helpful, but at least I don’t have to hear Joe Schmoe who loves his voice.

    • Emmaleigh504

      my job is like that too. My job is quiet and takes concentration, the ppl in the middle of the library have to talk for their jobs, sometimes all at the same time. I’m not allowed to close my office door.
      Yay new romance!

    • DC offers a free financial planning day in October – you can meet one on one with a financial planner during this event. I went a few years ago and thought it was very useful (and plan to go again this year):

    • Accountering

      I think we chatted about this a bit at the HH? (But again, $58 tab at BOGO, so things were a touch hazy) but the standard for retirement savings is as follows:
      25: .2x your annual income saved
      30: .6x your annual income saved
      35: 1.2x your annual income saved

      These seem like reasonable goals, so if you are on track for that you are just fine!

      • hammers

        We did chat about this! I don’t remember discussing the numbers though. I’m currently putting 14% payroll deduction (half roth, half IRA) so not quite .2x; I also need to diversify. I also have a mutual fund not tied to my retirement savings plan, but I haven’t been able to contribute as much lately. Thanks for your opinion–shows me I could be working a little harder. I think I probably will end up making less money if I get a desperately wanted new job, so I want to do this groundwork now.

        • Accountering

          Sorry for the confusion, the .2x is total savings/income. So if you make $50,000, at 25 you would want to have $10,000 in your 401K/other retirement savings. At 30, say you are now making $75,000, you would want to have $45,000 (.6x) in your 401K/retirement.

          If you are doing 14% with half going to Roth, you are probably in the 97th percentile for people in their 20s/early 30s. You are killing it 🙂 Congrats!

        • Accountering

          If you have a mutual fund outside of your retirement (great idea btw) then you are absolutely killing it! As far as diversification, as long as you aren’t in some sort of specialized REIT or something along those lines, and just in some sort of index fund, you don’t need to diversify any further. What you are looking for is an index fun with low fees. I particularly like Vanguard (.2% yearly fees, as opposed to closer to 1% with other companies.)
          Within Vanguard, I like the Total Stock Market Index Fund (just tracks the S&P 500 – biggest companies in America) but prefer the Dividend Growth Fund. Invests in ~100 huge American companies with a history of growing their dividends. This is where my excess cash (that I don’t use to buy individual stocks) goes. I am nowhere close to this, but I would feel comfortable accumulating well over a million in either of these funds before I felt like I needed to diversify (but at that point, it would be mostly for tax reasons, over anything else – but that is a talk for another day!)

          • hammers

            Yeah I have been meaning to open a Vanguard account, but I had to wait until I have enough funds. I’m just dragging my feet. I have a USAA fund that has a high (around 1% fee), but I’ll get around to it eventually. Thanks for the advice and the confidence boost. By diversify I just meant all of my TSP (govie) is going into one fund and I’d like to do some higher risk portfolios since I’ve got the luxury of time.

          • Andie302

            I wish there was more advice out there specific to TSP distribution. (You know, like I site I can go to once a year and see if my distribution is close to that for my age/retirement projections.) I lucked out…I met with a financial advisor very early on and used her distribution and then didn’t change it for a long time. It went well! Just get it out of the G fund. At my orientation a woman asked a question about it and the response was something generic. The woman immediately replied with “I’d rather be safe than sorry” and the guy that answered back “if your money is in the G fund, you’ll be both.”

          • hammers

            Andie–thanks I needed to hear that!

          • Accountering

            Makes sense hammers. By getting into an index fund you are 100% invested in the stock market, with no bonds. I feel comfortable with that, obviously a bit riskier, but like you said, you are young and very much so have the luxury of time. Vanguard normally has an account minimum of $3,000. When you can swing it, it is worth the time. The difference in fees of 1% vs. .3% is small, but it adds up, and specifically over a long time period, which retirement planning certainly is 🙂
            RE: G Fund. I had never heard of this, but looked it up and I have seen similar products. This is for protecting principal, not growing it, and your 20s and 30s are when you need to grow principal. Sounds like your financial adviser is a smart person!

          • Accountering

            Last comment, I promise! (I have learned more about the TSP today than I ever thought I would!)
            For the TSP, the equivalent fund for the one matches the S&P 500 is the C fund. This is the one I would plow funds into. The TSP fund managers are doing a terrific job on it, as they somehow got administrative expenses below the equivalent Vanguard fund (.029% vs .050%).
            Who said the Government isn’t efficient?!
            I wouldn’t worry about the S nor I funds too too much. Keeping in mind that the S&P 500 are for the most part very international companies IE Apple and GE both get a ton of their revenue from overseas. As long as you are avoiding the G and F funds you are doing fine.

          • hammers

            haha Accountering, the comments are super helpful!! I plan to use the advice. And yes, I am really happy to have TSP, it is highly regarded–I will probably leave the government at some point and am kind of bummed to lose it. A friend of mine sent me the below guide last year, and I have been loosely planning based on the advice there. Might be time for a re-read.

            http://www.learningace [[DOT]] com/doc/1890581/f4c5ea24b81d777aa16f4dc2f366a8b7/rules-of-investing-mar-30-06

          • Andie302

            Hammers, I’m leaving government and still plan to use the TSP. You can continue to contribute, you just (obviously) won’t get any matching contributions. If you go somewhere without matching it may be worth continuing to invest in the TSP. It’ll just depend on your future job.

      • epric002

        holy cow- i almost missed those decimal points on 25 & 30 and was starting to panic!

  • epric002

    rant: dude sitting behind me on metro this morning clipping.his.nails. DISGUSTING.
    rave: bro & SIL returning from the 2nd half of their almost year-long travels soon.
    rave: got CPR/AED trained this morning.
    rave: husband has a phone interview this week! god i hope this works out for him.

    • epric002

      whoops! not that anyone would know, but should have said GF and not SIL- wishful thinking! i hope i’m prophetic in this regard 🙂

    • I know this comes up from time to time here but WHY do people clip their nails in public? I saw a woman clipping her TOEnails on the metro the other day and it made me really nauseated.

  • I am seriously over male babies like that with their Madonna/whore complexes. Grown women have sex, just like you do. And there is nothing wrong with that, even if she’s not having sex with you. Get over it!

  • Rave: Have finally hit the wall at work and am going to try to stop giving myself ulcers over their unreasonable expectations. I am not perfect, omnipotent or able to constantly complete tasks in 1/4 of the normal time required. And it is not reasonable to expect me to be. I am going to try to remember that more and get caught up in their drama less.
    Rant: I think it’s time to look for a new job. I am not usually the type who requires warm fuzzies from my boss, but I’m really getting tired of being run ragged and taken for granted.

  • Rant: Slept remarkably poorly, and had a nightmare that I had accidentally left my cat in a hot car.
    Rave: Received another RSVP for Thursday’s open house for potential tenants.

    • Accountering

      This place should be rented! It is driving me nuts to hear that it still isn’t! Could start listing it on AirBNB in the meantime? 🙂

      • Accountering, the AirBnB idea is tempting… but I really just want to get the place rented out long-term.

        • hammers

          I’m also surprised it hasn’t rented. I just checked your listing–and don’t see any issues there. It’s too rich for my blood, but certainly not for a 1br in the neighborhood. Taking it down 50 dollars might help bring fresh eyes to it (people searching for >1700). When you pull up the map, it comes up 5 times, which sometimes I find to seem a little spammy…I also am not a fan of the ikea chairs in the photo and think they make the place seem small, and I would maybe reposition the bed in the bedroom under the window. But honestly all these things are so small…you should have tons of bites!

          • hammers

            * <1700 of course

          • Hammers, thanks for the feedback! I didn’t know it was possible to do a map search — I was discouraged because when I did a search for “adams morgan,” 1 BD, 1 BA, I got a HUGE number of results, and I wanted my listing to be on the first page of results. But I’ve deleted the two oldest ones and will just work on bumping the existing three (which are already staggered) so that there’s always a listing in the first 100 results.
            Which IKEA chairs were you not a fan of — the POANG “lounge” chair, which is very recognizably IKEA? Or the smaller chairs with the tan cushions? Or all three? 😉

          • hammers

            From a staging perspective, all 3 really (though originally I meant the POANG). It subconsciously makes the space look like it can’t handle real, solid furniture. I would almost rather see the room empty (but that is certainly a personal opinion, and I defer to the masses), or perhaps just without the POANG and maybe a TV stand there instead. Keeping the listing in the first 100 is smart, perhaps try different titles to appeal to different people in your postings (and try one without any caps or asterisks)? My critiques were really minor and shouldn’t have any negative impact on your getting results–it looks like a great space. P.S. the map search is an absolute gamechanger, it is great!

  • RANT: I’m moving into a new place next week with a girl I met on CL and today I get an email from the prop mgmt because she asked them about changing the move in date to a couple days earlier. I’d be totally cool if she’d run this by me first, but since they mgmt said that we both have to sign a new lease to do that anyway, I’m gonna wait until she actually texts me about it. I do have a habit of taking things a bit personally, but I’ve already set up my movers and so on and I had planned it so we could move in on the same day. I’m like 99% sure I shouldn’t be as worked up about this as I am, but I’ve been on sort of a crazy bend this past couple weeks with stress.
    Destress tips?

    RAVE: about to go have lunch with my mom who is attending a work conference a few blocks from me in downtown. Looking forward to seeing her a lot. She’s really the one person who can tell me stuff I don’t want to hear but I actually do listen to her lol

    • Wouldn’t it be simpler to just contact the roommate directly and say, “Hey, the management company contacted me saying that you wanted to change the move-in date — what’s up?” It doesn’t seem like waiting for her to get in touch with you and stewing silently is going to help your stress level.

    • hammers

      My tip would be to bring it up to her. I would probably take it the same way, but I would take a pause and realize that communication is extremely important, especially with someone you are signing a contract with. Why not set the tone? If it turns out she is shady or flaky, or something else, better to find out sooner rather than later.

    • Andie302

      Agree with the two people above. Also, is it a big deal for you to move in two days after her? If it’s the rent premium for the two days then you could ask her to cover it on her own. Are you worried she’s going to take the place over before you get there?

  • Re: leaked celebrity nude photos
    This is why I am a “never nude”. No chance of leaked nude photos!

  • Rant: My boss set up a 9:00 am meeting for tomorrow morning to review a document I’m working on. Unfortunately, due to the office move I took all my notes for updates home and forgot to bring them in today. Now I have to grovel and ask her to move my meeting to later in the day so I can put in my updates.

    More Rants: My new cubicle has low walls and a very wide door opening. There is a long glass wall separating our aisle from the elevator hallway so I feel like everyone is staring at the back of my heard and/or monitoring what is up on my screen as they wait for the elevator.

    From My Intern Tales Vault:
    Intern A: Why are you living in Virginia instead of DC?
    Intern B: Because I brought my horse.

  • houseintherear

    I’m assuming you’re a new teacher, and I want to say… IT GETS EASIER. I promise.

  • houseintherear

    ok… that was for you, iindsay.

  • Can I ask where you keep your horse/any advice on riding in VA? I grew up riding very seriously and want to get back into it but have been discouraged by the costs/how far away everything seems to be.

  • Nm – misread that and thought you were the one with the horse. *headdesk* – one of those days.

  • Rave: Got up early to go to yoga class. It was great!
    Rant: After checking my email, I clicked on a junky article and got the white screen of death. Hoping that home remedies work.
    Rant: I’ve had an unusual amount of problems like that this week: car battery wouldn’t start, something I ordered was defective….
    Rave: My problems are fixable.

  • I know there are other horseback riders on here from previous posts, but I’ll chime in with my experience. I’ve been taking group lessons at Rock Creek Park Horse Center for the last six years. It’s right in Rock Creek Park, near the Nature Center, so much more convenient than a lot of the further flung places. I’ve had a great experience there. They also do private lessons, leasing, and boarding. Their website is pretty good or you can give them a call for more information. A lesson term just started, so you may not be able to get in for lessons right away, but there is a new session every 12-14 weeks.

  • Heh. Keep the intern tales coming!

  • RAVE: a woman has my head spinning, and it’s been *years* since that has happened. It’s amazing and discomforting at the same time. Suffice to say, I will be slightly more disappointed with the blind, cold and unfeeling universe than I am now if this doesn’t work out how I would like!

  • I need a solid restaurant for my anniversary celebration. Suggestions please? Thanks.

  • Rant: Had to ask roommate to leave after he paid rent late 3 months in a row. He’s refusing to go, so I’m essentially forced to live with someone I despise. He feels he did nothing wrong since he paid me eventually.
    Rave: Even with my somewhat different income stream mortgage apps are in the works, so I should be able to buy a home soon and move, so I could be rid of him that way.
    Rant: dc tenant laws. The good landlords/roommates can get screwed pretty easily.
    Rave: Schedule is less busy, so I got in a really nice gym session last night.

  • rave: I just gave my two weeks notice! (well, 2.5 weeks notice) I didn’t realize how unhappy I was at my current job until I accepted the new position, and then it felt like a huge weight had been lifted off of my shoulders. The new job sounds a lot more interesting than what I do now, and (cross my fingers) the people all seem friendly and professional.
    rant: There will be a lot to learn and get used to. And apparently the HUD building has been referred to as “10 stories of basement” which is not encouraging in terms of work environment, but I figure that it can’t be much worse than where I am now.

  • I don’t have a preference. I haven’t been to any of the “new” restaurants from the past couple of years. Roses would be great but I just saw the pic of that line…Cost isn’t an issue, my wife is a vegetarian so options for her would be nice…

    • GiantSquid

      Just had an awesome meal last night at Masala Art on 4th SW. And it won’t break the bank. Rasika is a more expensive, more exclusive Indian option. Beuchert’s Saloon is another solid dining option we love taking friends and family to.

    • jim_ed

      My wife and I just did our anniversary dinner at Crane and Turtle in Petworth and really enjoyed it. Very good food, nice casual ambiance, didn’t have that almost forced feeling of romance that a lot of the typical anniversary type restaurants have. If more romantic vibe is your thing, the upstairs booths at Bistro Cacao on Capitol Hill are great for an intimate dinner.

    • justinbc

      You might want to check out Rogue 24. Their standard carnivore-friendly tasting menu is outstanding, and they also offer one for vegetarians (which I’ve heard from hardcore vegetarians is one of the best in the city).

    • Ally

      I recently ate at Firefly in Dupont Circle (next to Hotel Madera). They have several very, very good vegetarian dishes. Also a +2 to Masala Art. Was there recently and it’s not bad.

    • I already put this in a Rave last week, but I really enjoyed Iron Gate. The atmosphere on the patio was romantic and I was with two vegetarians who loved everything they had. Great cocktails too. They don’t take reservations but on a Thursday at 7pm, we only waited about 10 minutes. I can’t speak to how it would be on a weekend night.

  • I don’t have a preference. I haven’t been to any of the “new” restaurants from the past couple of years. Roses would be great but I just saw the pic of that line…Cost isn’t an issue, my wife is a vegetarian so options for her would be nice…

  • Yes I’m only one on the lease, and yes, it’s legal. Long ago cleared with the property manager in writing.

  • Yes for both.

  • Rant: The board is all out of order. Replies are going to the bottom, well at least mine are.

    • Prince Of Petworth

      “Ed. Note: The site is currently experiencing some tech glitches with comment threading, sign in, and some folks not seeing images. We are working to fix asap – thanks to all who let me know of these issues.”

      Apparently the threading issue is only affecting folks who are not logged in. But obviously still a big problem. Folks are working on fixing it asap but it’s unfortunately taking longer than expected. If it’s any consolation it’s driving me insane too 🙂

  • Well there it is. Thanks!

  • kam,
    try the vegetarian tasting menu at Cityzen
    restaurant eve
    seconding the recs for rasika
    thai crossing has a vegetarian night. i think sundays, but can’t remember offhand

  • Rasika is her favorite restaurant so going there would not be an “anniversary” type experience. Restaurant Eve might be what I want though.

  • Rant: wedding planning.

    Rave: getting married!

    Any suggestions for a shared father/daughter mother/son dance song? Preferably something more upbeat and fun, but not too crazy. I’m not super excited about doing one but future MIL is, so we figured we’d combine rather than scrapping it.

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