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: Beautiful weekend, beautiful weather and T-12 days til my late-summer beach vacation! No complaints here πŸ™‚

    Rant: Ate lunch at Brown Bag (14 and L) on Friday, then saw it was ordered closed due to “imminent health hazards to the public” later that day. Still trying to get info on why. Emailed DOH. I’m no hypochondriac (and I feel fine) but I do want to know what the deal is… Any advice?

    • I’d advise you to not eat there again until they reopen. πŸ˜‰ In all seriousness, if you feel fine then I wouldn’t worry about it. Could be something as relatively-low-key as water taps not getting hot enough. I wouldn’t schedule comprehensive tests just yet.

    • I ate lunch at a nearby Indian place, only to find an article posted on this site later that afternoon about how it been one of many area restaurants recently shut down health department because of vermin/rats. It reopened the day I went there for lunch. Nothing happened to me, but I’m never eating there again.

      • Thx for your input. I suppose I’ll just let it go although it bothers me that it’s not publicly reported! Seeing as I spent like $12 on a salad I’d like to know what the problem was haha. Looks like the info on forced closures used to be posted online but I haven’t found anything more recent than 2013. Makes me miss North Carolina where every establishment has a sanitation grade posted.

  • Rant: Saturday’s weather thwarted my plans to go hiking and was all-around gross.

    Rave: Sunday’s weather. Brought out the camera, starting walking around, and taking a bunch of photos. Discovered a new (to me) coffee and dessert place that was amazing.

  • Rant: just moved to DC this weekend. First day here. Movers delayed 2 days and my new neighbor yelled at me for getting a fence estimate (ten seconds after meeting me), and lamented about the changes in the neighborhood.
    Rave: another set of neighbors baked us cookies, and yet another brought us fresh baked bread.

    • Accountering

      RE: Your rant – tough luck for that dude. Its not your fault in any way shape or form that the neighborhood is changing. It is going to keep changing. Sounds like a bitter, petty neighbor. Oh well, you will find most neighbors will welcome you, but you are bound to have some bad ones (just because you will meet so many, due to proximity!)

    • skj84

      Welcome to DC! Sorry about the sucky neighbor but hope everyone else in your hood has a better attitude. Also welcome to Popville as well!

    • Emmaleigh504

      Welcome to the city! There’s unofficial Popville happy hour tentatively planned for Sept 25, come meet a bunch of us! Justinbc has been kind enough to plan it.

    • justinbc

      What was he upset over regarding the fence? He thinks it will make his old part look dumpy by contrast or something? Most people you meet will hopefully be much more welcoming and friendly. What neighborhood did you move in to?

  • binpetworth

    Rant: Silverfish. Every summer they seem to invade my bathroom and kitchen and I can’t seem to get rid of them.
    Rave: Gorgeous sunrise this morning (though sailors should take warning if I remember the old adage correctly)

    • UGH Silverfish! I am not sure exactly why but they freak me out more than any other bug around here. I heard they like books/paper/cardboard which I think is why they love my basement, but I wouldn’t imagine you would have a ton of that stuff in the kitchen?

      • binpetworth

        I’ve heard they like moist areas, which may be why they gravitate toward those rooms. Fortunately, I have not found them near my books/closets/bedroom, but you’re right they’re so icky. The only good thing about them is they disintegrate quickly when you smoosh them.

    • Get plugs for all your drains and keep them blocked until you use the sink or bathtub. They come up through your pipes. It’s a very easy, low cost fix. I hate them too.

      • Silverfish are so creepy. Also helpful is that they detest cinnamon and cloves. I make little pods of cinnamon and cloves inside a breathable fabric (and tie them up with nice ribbon) and place them where the silverfish come in (typically in moist areas as you said: below cabinets, below the kitchen sink by the pipes, all over the basement, and behind the toilets/sink). This plus my dehumidifier has kept them away for quite a few years.

  • Anybody know what the story was with Independence Ave. being closed on Sunday along the mall? There were police cars blocking both ends of the road. I rode my bike along the sidewalk and there were cars stopped at random intervals along the road, and people with walkie talkies (not secret service, dressed very casually) telling people not to go in the street. I should’ve just asked, but I didn’t think to at the time.

    • sorry, i meant Saturday, not Sunday.

    • It was the Nation’s triathlon. Which got changed to a biathlon because of sewage overflow in the river.

      • Independence was closed on Sunday for the Nations Tri, but it was also closed on Saturday when I rode my bike down to rack in for the Tri. I don’t think Saturday’s closure was Triathlon related, so I was wondering if anybody had heard why it was closed.

        • There was a 5k (Press Club Beat the Deadline) on Saturday morning which crossed Independence on 3rd street, but that would have been fairly early in the morning. If it was later in the day or at a different place then I don’t know what it was.

  • RAVE: I looked at myself in the mirror this morning and thought, “Damn…I am smoking hot!!”

  • RAVE: An amazing and beautiful weekend full of productivity, biking, awesome music at Bohemian Caverns, and the ever-present reminder that we – humans – are indeed just another ape.

    RANT: Despite being more excited by an amazing woman than I have been in many many years, I must take a step back. It became apparent that she presently has a boyfriend, and I long ago lost any enthusiasm for “the pursuit.” If someone wants to give you their time, they will do so. If they don’t, they won’t. She’s giving her time to this guy. Not me.

    • re: your last rant – Just be certain you know that’s what she wants, too. I was in a relationship many years ago but had the potential to develop a relationship with another guy who was brilliant and funny and really challenged me. We admitted we had feelings for one another, but it never went any further because I had a boyfriend. But the relationship with the boyfriend was not going well, and to be honest I was looking for a way (or at least a reason) to get out of it. Had this other guy made a move, I would have taken the leap and not looked back.

      • I am going to respectfully push back a little on your statement–knowing that some other person had feelings should be enough for you to decide to get out of your relationship, right? I’m confused why you still needed that other person to “make a move”?

        Maybe your point is that the OP should make sure s/he’s made his or her feelings clear to the woman before dropping pursuit, which I agree with. But I don’t think they should do anything more–they then need to move on and take care of themselves, if this woman can’t see what she’s missing !

        Good luck OP.

      • I agree with Anon 11:15. I know this is all in the past, but this kind of behavior blows my mind. Why would you wait for him to make a move, when he already told you his feelings? It sounds like he was quite respectful of your relationship by not making a move, but did at least let you know. Which is what I recommend to the OP; tell her your feelings if you haven’t already. I also can’t stand it when people who are not happy in their current relationship but won’t get out of until they have next lined up.

        • Answer: people are deathly afraid of being alone. They can’t handle that sort of introspection and instability. So many of my friends (mainly females are guilty of this, in my experience – YMMV) have someone else lined up before they break-up with the person they are currently dating. It sucks, but it happens frequently.

  • Rant/Rave: Walking around in ungodly hot weather on Saturday but had a nice time with the dude I was with.
    Rant: Have been accosted three times in as many days by an old man in the park where I walk my dog. I’m just minding my own business, and he comes barreling down the sidewalk yelling at me to get out of the way. Yesterday evening’s encounter rattled me so much I couldn’t sleep.
    Rant: Monday morning on an hour’s snooze.
    Rave: It’s not hot outside.

    • Rant: I am coming to terms with the fact that someone I let into my home took all of my jewelry, I think the dog waker did it but have no proof.

  • justinbc

    Rave: Saved almost $1500 on the Miele espresso machine I bought this weekend.
    Rave: Found new coffee cups and saucers from Restoration Hardware too, and some new drapes to hang! Unfortunately they don’t sell window hardware at the store, which led to…
    Rant: Got everything I needed to hang the drapes for 2 big windows at Pottery Barn, but one of the tie backs was the wrong finish. Argh, the ordeal I’m having to go through just to get the right one is a massive PITA.
    Rant: Merrifield only stocks the roses I wanted to plant during the spring, which means the big section of the yard where they were going to go will just be empty from now til then.

  • Rave: Drove down to the Lockn’ festival near Charlottesville, for a couple of days of excellent tunes and inner-hippie-channeling. a very wonderful and necessary break from DC — even the obvious yuppies (like me) go native almost immediately and the whole vibe is mello and low key — and the music excellent.

  • Rave: college football, specifically VT. A great win for a great program. Go Hokies!
    Rant: Monday and recess is over.

    • justinbc

      Congrats on the great win, always happy to see Ohio State get embarrassed.

      • Accountering

        That was not embarrasing for Ohio State, just a matter of a QB who couldn’t complete a pass, and VT was way more efficient on third down (thanks again to our QB’s inability to complete a pass). Definitely a disappointment – but certainly not an embarrassment. Sorry to set that straight. Here is hoping we can find an option at QB, or this season could get ugly and wind up with a December bowl game and an 8-4 regular season.

        • justinbc

          Quantify it however you want, but an 8th ranked team getting beat by 2 touchdowns (at home no less) to an unranked squad is embarrassing, or should be, given the ego that OSU usually boasts.

        • I think the loss had more to do with OSU’s o-line. I’m not sure Miller would have been able to handle the heat VT was bringing that much better, especially to overcome 2 missed FGs. I understand the need to look for an easy scapegoat (unprepared r-Fr QB), but VT dominated in almost every area. Also, in general I think OSU was over-ranked and VT was under-ranked (but with so much new personnel understandably so).
          In all it was refreshing to see VT pull through and not continue the chokies trend.

          • Accountering

            Agree that the offensive line was not up to par. Don’t take this as sour grapes, because it is not, but VT did not dominate in the least. All VT dominated in was 3rd down conversion. Yards were even (324 to 327) – Turnovers were even at 3 each. VT actually had 40 more penalty yards. The difference was 100% the 3rd down conversions. VT was 9/17, OSU was 4/16, including several 10+ yard conversions from VT. If the third down conversions were 7/17 and 6/16 (2 less for VT and 2 more for OSU) and OSU wins that game.
            Tough loss for sure, and they definitely earned the win though. Sucks to start 1-1 for sure!

          • If you look at stats, then they were even, I’ll give you that. But over the course of the game, OSU was on its heels the entire time. Defense, offense, and special teams. Sure, OSU got VT on a few 3-and-outs, and capitalized on some big mistakes, but VT drove the pace and play on all sides of the ball. OSU did not execute their own game plan; they responded (poorly) to VT’s.

          • Accountering

            I certainly watched the game, and have to disagree. We were on our heels because we couldn’t get off the field on third down. Give a lot of credit to VTs QB, he did a great job, and certainly dominated J.T. Barrett. The handled the pace of the game, because they were on the field more, because they kept converting on third and long. Point being, they deserved to win, certainly agree with that. Crappy start, and hoping we can figure something out at QB.

  • Formerly Broken Jaw

    Rant: After a weeklong break from working out I returned to the AB-Y and discovered another outbreak of Bro-dom requiring me to give some well-deserved side eye to two Bros making excessive grunting noises. I may have also spotted a new Basic who will be monitored for symptoms of excessive brunching.

    Rave: New crop of interns soon!

    Rant: Hangover!

  • Anyone know what the fire alarm was last night near Florida Ave in Dupont/Adams Morgan? Around 7pm, but it went on for a while.

  • RANT: Water issue in the upstairs bathroom has now ruined my downstairs ceiling. Another water issue in the front of the house has ruined the front plaster wall.

    RAVE: My buyers home warranty covered the plumber to fix the leak.

    HELP! I cannot find a decent person/company to fix the water issue/repair my plaster wall/ceiling. Recommendations please!

  • Formerly Broken Jaw

    Rant: After a weeklong break from working out I returned to the AB-Y and discovered another outbreak of Bro-dom requiring me to give some well-deserved side eye to two Bros making excessive grunting noises. I may have also spotted a new Basic who will be monitored for symptoms of excessive brunching.

    Rave: New crops of interns soon!

    Rant: Hangover!

  • Mug of Glop

    Rant: I’m three decades old today. Ugh. Still no closer to having it all figured out.

    Rave: Finally got my new couch and dining table delivered to my new apartment! They’re pretty great, but kind of expensive from Room & Board.

    Rant: Need to get dining chairs to match the table. I need chairs that are wrought or “natural” iron or match that color, and aren’t brown wood looking. The furniture stores in the district all seem to want upwards of $300/chair and the antique/second-hand places (e.g. GoodWood) just never seem to have the right thing. Any furniture advice?

    • Mug of Glop

      Additional rant: There’s either a science machine or a microwave near my office this morning that’s beeping loudly and constantly. I should have brought some bourbon for my Earl Grey. Is that a thing?

    • skj84

      Welcome to 30! I just joined the club myself, but so far it seems fine. Don’t worry about figuring it out. I tortured myself over not having it together but in the long run it doesn’t matter. I think we as a society put too much emphasis on goals and deadlines in life. In doing so we set ourselves up for disappointment and anxiety. .Just enjoy life and take it easy.

    • Emmaleigh504

      Congrats on the new furniture! Enjoy the process of finding the perfect chairs. It’s a scavenger hunt! (happy birthday too, no one has it figure out, so just enjoy yourself)

    • GiantSquid

      First: HAPPY BIRTHDAY! The answer to life, the universe, and everything doesn’t happen until later, but hopefully you’ll enjoy your 30’s.
      Second: Yay for Room & Board! They’ve been great with furniture delivery and you get what you pay for so those items should last you a long time. Excellent investment.
      Third: Good luck with the dining room chairs. Chairs are expensive. They’re the reason we bought our dining room table and chairs on Craigslist.
      Lastly: Maybe the beeping is an alarm needing new batteries? Put some bourbon in your tea, it’s your birthday!

      • R&B is good stuff, and love their quick and affordable furniture delivery. Their delivery guys managed to hoist our outdoor sofa up from our back balcony to our roofdeck when it wouldn’t fit through the door to the roof. Didn’t destroy a thing!

      • tonyr

        Seems that we’re all keeping Room and Board in business. They just delivered my new couch and coffee table on Saturday. They were floor models and they offered to knocked $800 off if I bought the pair there and then. I hemmed and hawed, but went back the following day and got $1000 off! Also the couch fitted down the steps, through the security door, down the passageway and around the right angle to the fornt door with no problems.

      • Mug of Glop

        Oh yeah, the R&B stuff is pretty great. I need to have some of my friends come sit on my couch, as it’s a bit too plushy in its new condition. I’m convinced there is no competent architect designing small apartment/condo buildings anywhere because they’re all awkwardly shaped with barely navigable hallways, but the guys managed to get it in with little fuss. And it definitely wasn’t an alarm. It sounded like a child playing with a microwave.

    • Try IKEA? My friend went all Room and Board on most of his furniture but couldn’t justify the prices for dining charis so he was able to find some more affordable ones at IKEA. Also try Community Forklift in Hyattsville, MD.

    • Can you share which table? I would be happy to online window-shop chairs for you!

    • Meh… who says you have to have it all figured out by 30? I’m 32 and I definitely don’t have it all figured out. I used to have that same mind set… that I needed to have things figured out by a certain milestone age. I found that kind of pressure was really toxic for my psychological and emotional well being. Now I just take life one day at a time and try to enjoy the ride. A lot of times it’s still easier said than done, but on the whole I’m a lot happier than I was 4 years ago.
      Also, being a 30 something is totally awesome. Happy birthday and welcome to the club πŸ™‚

      • do people really expect to have it all figured out ever? just learn to be happy. cut out the things that make you unhappy.

        • My friends who have it “all figured out” usually have a lot of help from their parents (or their spouse’s parents). That ain’t gonna ever happen for me, so I stopped comparing myself a long time ago and learned to love my life.

          • well, yeah. i hear that. money would solve 95% of my problems.
            i could figure out a whole hell of a lot if i wasn’t worried about being homeless.

        • Mug of Glop

          I think I’ll just move the line for being an actual adult to 40, now. I’ve already moved it from 18 to 21 to 25 to 30, what’s another decade?

    • I bought my dining table from room and board and love it! But I agree that the chairs there are terribly expensive. Instead, I bought the chairs from crate and barrel, which were about half the price of R&B ones.

      • second on crate and barrel chairs – also they make different chairs in the same color so you can get some nice chairs then get a matching folding chair or two that you can tuck away and pull out when needed.

    • justinbc

      Check out Community Forklift maybe? Although it still might be rough if you’re looking for actual wrought iron.

      • Bear

        Ruff & Ready, on 14th between Crittendon & Decatur might have some good options too. It’s kind of a crap shoot there, though – some days they have great stuff, many days they don’t.

    • Happy birthday to you too! I’m 33 today (though I look 25) and my life is pretty much always a hot mess. That said, I’m an eternal optimist and love my girlfriend, family, friends (who are basically my surrogate family), and travels. I just back from a week at Burning Man and have never had felt more rejuvenated.
      Your 30s are awesome. Embrace it. And stop comparing yourself to others. πŸ™‚

      • Mug of Glop

        Happy birthday to you, too! We share a birthday with great composer Antonin Dvorak, former teen heartthrob and current possible citizen Jonathan Taylor Thomas, and the anniversary of the original airing of Star Trek in 1966.

    • When searching for your chairs (online, for example) try looking under the section for patio furniture. Wrought iron chairs are often listed as outdoor furniture, even though they’d be perfectly fine for a dining set.

    • hammers

      happy birthday! if it makes you feel better, I’m dreaming of having things “figured out enough” to have Room & Board furniture…see, it’s all perspective!

  • i have mice. this sucks. i’ve killed 4 already, but really hate setting out traps. this is the first time i’ve lived without owning a cat for jeeez, like 20 years almost. unfortunately i’m in no position to get a new cat.

    • skj84

      Try peppermint oil. Apparently mice hate the smell of it.

    • Patch the holes in your walls. Even the smallest of holes and cracks (mice can fit through any small space).
      Stuff said holes with tin foil, then spackle over them. Super easy fix and way better than rounding up dead carcasses.

  • SFT

    Rant: Cat hair!!!!! With the amount of cat hair that I vacuum up every day, I have no idea how my cats aren’t bald!

    • binpetworth

      I hear ya. My cat actually has a bald patch on her butt from chewing her hair incessantly, but I attribute it to the heat/mosquitoes. But I could make a whole other cat out of what she sheds daily.

    • This is why I don’t have a cat. I am still picking cat hairs off a fleece jacket that I had when I lived with a roommate’s cats nearly 10 years ago.

    • Emmaleigh504

      I think Moon Unit Zappa has the the right attitude on pet hair: it will help the cops/CSI track you down if you are kidnapped, or identify the body if you are murdered. Keep it on your clothes for forensics! πŸ˜€

  • Good weekend which saw my girlfriend and I begin to plan our trip around Europe next May. Weather was nice for the most part, too bad Washington lost yesterday, that was disheartening.

  • GiantSquid

    Rant: Contracted crud from my airplane trip Labor Day weekend. Have been sick since Thursday. I hate being sick.
    Revel: Have discovered Purcellville, VA, and I’m crushing hard on it. Just need Mr. Squid to find a job that works with living there. Great bike/coffee shop there.
    Rant: Still feel an intense need for change. Not sure if it’s a job thing, place to live, drastic haircut, or what.
    Revel: Made two amazing salsas yesterday and killer zucchini muffins.

    • If you moved to Purcelville, would you still commute to DC or would you look for jobs out there? I am daydreaming these days about the area around Millis, MA which is such a stinking cute town and would get us close to a niece and nephew. Not sure if I want to deal with an hour commute to Boston, though!

      • GiantSquid

        No, we’d both need new jobs. I do some freelance graphic design on the side so I’d have something to carry me over until a new gig shows up but Mr. Squid would have to have something lined up, ready to go. As much as I think we’d both love working in a bike shop, me slinging coffee, it would not allow us to live in the style we’re accustomed to. So just a crush for now…

  • Rave: I think I’m starting to hit my stride with this whole teaching thing.
    Rant: 10:30 lunchtime
    Rave: brightwood coffee shops are more interesting than woodley ones
    Rant: I still miss my old ‘hood

  • Rant – Was hit hard by baby lust this weekend while attending my nephew’s birthday party. I don’t want kids right now, and I’m not sure I ever want to have kids. But I had definite baby lust all weekend… all those cute babies and proud, happy parents. Ugh stupid hormones, leave me alone.
    Rave – Walking to work this morning in the cool, cloudy weather. Come on fall!

    • justinbc

      What about them is it that’s making you want them? Is it only certain babies, or just seeing parents who are happy to have babies?

    • Proud, beaming parents on a Saturday afternoon = frazzled, disheveled messes Monday through Saturday morning.

      • Generalizing makes you appear unintelligent.
        Pixie, you know what’s better than babies (although I love me some babies)? 6 and 7 and 8 year olds. I had the most fun weekend ever. Except not “ever”… because my weekends are pretty much always fun. Pool and park, and cooking and reading and watching Phineas and Ferb and playing video games together, and hanging out with friends whose kids are the same age. Life has honestly never been more all-around satisfying than this.

        • Emmaleigh504

          As an aunt I say 4 year olds are the best. They love life and are still young enough to be adorable and worship the ground you walk on just for hanging out with their fun little selves. Then skip over to 14+ and you get to introduce them to cool music and do things to their hair to make their parents cringe.

          • I love being an uncle because I get to do all the fun stuff, but I don’t have to raise them (or pay for them). I hate being the “bad cop,” which is required if you want to raise a decent human being.
            Being a parent is a totally different level of crazy/satisfaction/gamut of emotions than playing the part of the “cool uncle.”

          • Emmaleigh504

            I completely agree!

          • Four was a good age, I agree. But at six, they are much, MUCH less needy. They can reach their own snacks and work the TV (this means no more 7am Saturday mornings for parents), read their own books (but will still let you read to them while snuggling), and give you a solid run for your money at most video games (but still be genuinely happy when you win because they love you so much). Their taste in TV is much better. (No more Caillou; instead, the very cool aforementioned Phineas and Ferb.) They are more savvy vis a vis ant poison, stairs, electrical sockets, and other everyday killers. They almost never have “accidents” requiring you to buy emergency clothes at a CVS. Basically, six/ seven is 100% of the fun of four, with only about 30% of the stress and required maintenance.

          • Emmaleigh504

            One of the first things my parents taught us kids was to get our own breakfast. Milk, cereal, fruit were always where we could reach it. Working the TV is another good early age life lesson. If my sister’s kids could work their overly complex TV system at young age, almost any kid can. Sleeping in FTW. Also, aunts/uncles get to sleep in whenever they want πŸ˜€

    • epric002

      curious, as i’m in a similar kids/no-kids boat as you- was this your first baby lust? i’ve never had it.

      • Yes, this was the first time I felt like I really wanted to have kids of my own. I’m an aunt and godmother to 4 amazing kids (ages 1-4.5 years). I love hanging out with them and babysitting them every chance I get, and I’m happy to give them back to their parents at the end of the day. But this weekend, I felt something different, like I wanted to be a parent myself, which kinda freaked me out because I was so content and happy just being an auntie and didn’t really see kids in my future. I think part of it was being one of the few non-parents at this party, so I felt so out of place… like I was missing out on something great.

        • epric002

          good luck! i’m also an auntie to 2 and i LOVE it, but have never felt that i want to be a parent. my husband and i have agreed on a general deadline after which age we would not pursue biological children. i’m in my early 30s w/no indications of a biological clock/baby lust thus far, but i guess that doesn’t mean it won’t show up one day. occasionally i try and convince myself that it wouldn’t be so bad to have a kid….but i’m not very good at it. i always talk myself out of it for a number of reasons πŸ™‚

    • lust is sexual desire. is that what you’re trying to say?

    • SFT

      Being a parent is a big life changer. I had no idea. I love being a mom to my 1 year old, but I do daydream about sleeping in, having no responsibility, and being able to pick up at a moments notice and jet off to wherever the wind blows (aka my old life). When I hit 30 my biological clock started ticking and I hit snooze for a few years. Make sure it’s something that you really want and it’s not just a fleeting urge. Being a parent is a huge responsibility, but there are so many rewards that make it all worthwhile. That being said – more power to my non-kid-having friends who have made the conscious decision to live their lives kid free. Choice is a beautiful thing!

      • houseintherear

        “having no responsiblities…” I can only laugh and SMH that people still say this about child-less adults. I mean… SERIOUSLY?! Damn, I sure wish I had no responsibilities. How do I sign up for that?!

        • I get what you’re saying but as a fellow childless adult, I can also acknowledge that if I had my current responsibilities + a child that I was responsible for keeping alive and raising, I would have a lot more responsibility and a lot less freedom. “No responsibilities” is an over-generalization, and everyone’s situation is different, but I can’t be bothered getting too upset about these types of statements.

        • SFT

          Sure, as a childless person I had responsibility. And so do you, clearly. But I did not feel it in the way that I do now. I’m responsible for another life, and that comes with so much more pressure. Paying rent/mortgage, building a career, tending to family issues, etc – it was so much easier when I only had to worry about myself. The emotional weight of my decisions is much heavier now!

          • really the emotional weight of all of our life choices are entirely dependent on who we, as individuals, are, and our circumstances. child-bound or child-free.

          • Emmaleigh504

            exactly Anonymous 3:59, everyone’s situation is different and colors life decisions. Nobody wins the most responsibility contest.

          • I’m child-free and totally understood what you intended by your statement. No offense taken. Having multiple lives depending on your ’round-the-clock care is a huge burden that I don’t have to deal with. I still have responsibilities, but having those in addition to trying to care for a child would drive me insane.

          • SFT

            Oh for the love. You are the one, Anon 3:59, turning it into a contest. I’m speaking to my own experience, no need to turn it into something it’s not. Stop.

  • Rant: getting the run around from a company that doesn’t want to accept a credit card statement as a proof that I purchased a defective product. The store where I made the original purchase is closed, so they can’t help me sort this out. It sucks that they’re quibbling about this. It also sucks that I’m sure that I do have the receipt buried somewhere in the pile of boxes of papers that have gone unsorted and unfixed since I moved 9 months ago.
    Rave: So thrilled that I got a wonderful summer day at the pool on Saturday. That made me very very happy.
    Rave/rant: discovered box mix for Red Lobster Chedder Bay biscuits. Now recovering from eating WAY too many biscuits.

  • Rant: Just another Manic Monday. Wish it was Sunday.

  • skj84

    Rave: Wonderful time in Pittsburgh with my friend and her parents.

    Rant: Unfortunately her father is a smoker. He didn’t do it that much while I was there, but the house had enough of scent that now my luggage smells like smoke. I didn’t notice how bad it was until I got home. There are a few things in the suitcase that I didn’t wear that I now have to wash again, including a dry clean only dress. I spayed it all with febreeze but the smell is still lingering.

    Rant: I had to break up a near fight this weekend. Went dancing with some friends and one of my girlfriends accidentally bumps into another woman on the dance floor. It was dark and crowded and things like that happen right? Well this other woman gets so upset that she sends her boyfriend over to confront my friend. I have to jump in to keep this frat boy in a popped collar from getting into my friends face. And he kept coming back! At one point its me and one of his friends trying to diffuse the situation. So beyond ridiculous that this stupid girl was so affronted she had to send a man over to threaten two women. ANd that he actually complied!

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: Every week Donna has a new and exciting way to wake me up at 4am begging for breakfast. Last week it was whiskers on my nose, this morning she swatted my nose with the tip of her tail. She’s discovered my nose is my Achilles Heel. That cat is too smart for her own good.
    Rave: Grandpa sent me an adorable birthday card. Apparently he was out partying with the militia in celebration of my nativity, so the card was delayed. (the card had some Rev War militia on it, don’t ask, I have no idea)

  • Question: I am looking to remodel my bathroom. I’m a pretty basic person. I don’t want/need top of the line stuff — I just want the job done right. Anyway, can anyone recommend a contractor?

  • Rave: Snagged a bike share bike for my morning commute!
    Rave: There seemed to be a lot more cyclists on the road, both on regular bikes and bike share bikes. I ended up riding with the same 5 or 6 other cyclists for a mile or so and it was a pretty great feeling…. definitely made me feel more visible (even though I already wear a reflective vest) and part of a greater biking community (even though I didn’t actually talk to any of the other cyclists).

  • skj84

    Forgot to mention that Popville brunch will probably be the last weekend of September which is the 27-28th. I’m traveling a lot this month and it’s the only weekend I have free. Let me know what days works best!


  • This place is soooo good: http://www.popville.com/?s=firehouse&submit=Search
    Ate there several times this weekend.

  • Ally

    Rave: $1000 profit from the weekend charity poker tournament!
    Rant: Couldn’t find my hairbrush this morning and I now look like lemurs decided to build a nest in my hair.

  • Rave: finally bit the bullet and made an account here (had been posting as anon/under whatever name to came to mind – so finally joining P’ville for real.
    Rave: BFF’s wonderful wedding this weekend.
    Rant: Seeing her so happy (and so many of my friends) reminds me how unhappy I’ve been recently and how I need to take actions to change this.
    Rave: Hopefully going to yoga tonight for the first time in ages – need to get out of a rut and make working out fun again.

  • Bear

    Rant: Got stuck in Union Station today due to a motorcade that had pulled up to the tracks. They were holding all of the passengers from the commuter trains while whoever it was got into the motorcade and drove off. I’ve never seen that before – there were 3 secret service SUVs and 2 limos pulled up to the doors leading into the station next to the tracks. Whoever it was seemed to come in from the track on the far right of the station. Not sure who would be coming in via train – is Biden still taking the train from DE?
    Rave: Chill weekend with not much to do. Took advantage of a back to school shopping trip for the future stepson to buy myself some new shoes. I went a little overboard and bought a few pairs, but they were from Marshall’s and TJ Maxx, so it’s doesn’t count, right?
    Rant: Still no word on either on my proposals. The waiting is killing me! One of them is a pretty sure thing (sole-sourced), it’s just a matter of the client clearing some bureaucratic hurdles…which they’ve been trying to do for almost a year now. The other really should have been awarded by now and it’s making me (and everyone else who bid on it) very nervous that there’s this much of a delay.

    • Bear

      Related rant (remembered this after reading kken’s rant below): finally learned how to identify poison ivy, and discovered that it’s basically lining the fence on both sides of our backyard. I’ve never had it, so I don’t know how allergic I am to it, but I’m scared try and pull it up. Thinking I should probably hire someone to do it, unless people have other suggestions?

      • Don’t try to pull it up. Unfortunately, weed killer is the only thing you can use that won’t pose a risk of you contracting poison ivy. You can wear a biohazard suit and that stuff will still find its way to your skin. (Source: grew up in Texas. Have had poison ivy all over body.) Any professional worth his salt won’t probably pull it up for you either, so save yourself the cash and dump weed killer on it yourself.

  • Rant: Went camping this weekend, got poison ivy on my face.
    Rant: 3 hour wait at minute clinic in west end and they told me to go to urgent care in dupont.
    Rave: 5 min wait at urgent care and got my prednisone.
    Rave: I survived the heat this summer. All in all, it was very mild and it was a summer of a lot of firsts for me, despite living in DC for 12 years.
    Rant: Not being able to touch my gf because of poison ivy.

    • How did you get it on your face?!? It must also be on your hands.

      • Yup, started on my hands and wrist. Since it was super hot out, I was constantly wiping sweat on my face. Thus, ivy on da face. Ugh and I’m hyper allergic to it too. Nurse was like usually we see break outs like this 3 days after exposure, not the next day. Doh!

    • Accountering

      It was literally one of the worst, most disgusting things I have ever had. Took almost a month to fully go away. Thanks a lot – hill between Adams Mill Road and Beach Drive!

      • i had to go for the big guns right away and get prednisone steroids prescribed to me to kill this shit face. having it on your face could lead to serious health issues.

    • JRPenguin

      I only ever had it as a child *knock on wood* and never on my face, but I feel ya! I was one sleep-deprived and itchy 8 year old one summer.

  • justinbc

    Additional rant: Saw the full released Ray Rice video this morning. If the NFL did see the video (they claim they didn’t) and still gave him only 2 games they are going to get some major, deserved backlash. Here’s to hoping they reopen the case now given the extent of the footage.

    • That was shocking. From the first video I assumed she was passed out from drinking (which didn’t make anything in that video OK, but explained why she was a ragdoll). Knowing it was because he punched her in the face? Wow.

      • Steroids are a helluva drug. It’s why cops and pro athletes are volatile, rage-filled goons.

      • I have no idea how you could possible think she just passed out from drinking. Rice was charged with aggravated assault, accepted a plea deal that involved multiple years of probation and anger management counseling to avoid the possibility of jail time, and was suspended from the NFL (albeit for a paltry 2 game) – what about this says she just passed out from booze? Or am I just missing the sarcasm here?
        I agree that the NFL should be ashamed, and that there appears to be a significant question over whether they saw the video before announcing the suspension. But it’s very unlikely that the suspension will be beefed up – I’m sure the CBA covers the “double jeopardy” problem.

        • No sarcasm. I’ve seen people passed out from drinking but my experience does not include a lot of people getting punched in the face. So when I saw the first video where the woman was unresponsive, I drew on my own experience and figured she was passed out from booze or drugs. I haven’t followed this story close enough to know more than what’s in the headlines so didn’t know what the back story of the footage was claimed to be, about the plea deal, etc.

    • justinbc

      Rave: Ravens just cut Ray Rice. This is possibly the only thing the Ravens have ever done that I’ve been a fan of.

    • I can’t bring myself to watch the video… but you’ll be glad to hear the Ravens just tweeted that they have terminated his contract.

  • Rave: The one shy/spooky foster kitten has suddenly made a breakthrough, with lots of snuggling and petting. Before, I couldn’t even find her, let alone pet her. Perhaps turning myself into a tuna vending machine has something to do with it?

    Rant: Trying to understand/compare dental insurance plans is worse than actually having a tooth pulled

  • Rant: I’m not doing so well on this work trip. The work days have started at 6:30am and ended at 11pm the last three days, with wake up time at 5:30am and not being able to fall asleep until almost 1am (due to extreme exhaustion?).
    Rave: Some of the events have been fantastic and I am grateful to be a part of it.
    Rant: 5 more days of this schedule.
    Rave: A friend told me that 5 days is nothing in the scheme of my life. I’m trying to think about it this way but I’m too tired to be actively positive.
    Rave: My parents volunteered to watch my dog and have been sending such cute text and photo updates. Though my dad did inform me that he has no intention of giving my dog back!

    • Where are you located? If there’s a significant time change, I’m sure the jetlag is also kicking your ass.
      Good luck on getting through it! I’d probably overdose on caffeine at some point, lol.

      • Detroit so luckily I don’t have to manage jetlag on top of the lack of sleep.

        Thank you! I’m not a coffee drinker but I’m ashamed to admit the hours I started drinking Coke yesterday…

    • My parents have threatened to steal my dog multiple times!

      Don’t worry about indulging in a few bad habits this trip. I travel frequently for work and it gets me through some long days (why yes, I WILL have mcdonalds for dinner…) But if you’re drinking caffeine/sugar and you body is not used to it, it may be keeping you up. Try no caffeine after 2pm or so.

  • Rave: boss is out of town for the week.
    Rant: forgot to drop off my rent check this morning.
    Rant: missed a spot shaving. And I have an “informational interview” at 1. I may run to CVS and buy a razor. Or eat. I’m hungry. But I won’t eat anything with onions. That’d be bad.
    Rave: whatever the hell happened with Flickr Explore and me this weekend. 3 pictures went as viral as has ever happened for me.
    Rave: biked into work today.

  • Rant: Apartment hunting. Argh argh argh.
    Rave: Just got asked to do a job interview.
    Rant: Trying to get time off to do a job interview while currently employed. They wanted to do an interview tomorrow, but I would have to take the whole afternoon off (will take a while to get there from my current job) and the day is probably going to be busy. Asked if I could do beginning/end of a different date. Hopefully they’ll be fine with that. I’ve had a couple other interviews, vague “doctor appointment” excuses are probably wearing a bit thin…

  • Rant: Tried the Greek Spot on U and 11th this weekend from all the great recos given here last week in the Best Carryout Post. Have to say I was disappointed. While the pita was amazing, the chicken and orzo in my Chicken Souvlaki platter, were both exceptionally bland. Not sure if it was just a miss so I’ll give it one more shot.

  • Rave: Huge rave to the employee checking licenses at the shredding place on Saturday when he stopped some entitled wench who thought she could jump out of the line and just zoom past everyone to the front and make a run for the entrance. Not only did the guy stop her car but he made her turn around and go to the end of what had become a very long line of cars.
    Rave2: New condo called 13th Street Flats near Otis Place made me want to give up my house. I was lured in by the ice cream truck out front on a brutally hot day and the wonderful food inside. The condos were big and all two bedrooms. If only I had the money.

  • JRPenguin

    Rave: Finally giving in and getting a username.
    Rave: Skipped a lot of things this weekend after feeling over-scheduled.
    Rant: Could have used that time for chores around the house but didn’t.
    Rave: 2 dates this week!

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