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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  • Was anyone near 18th and Columbia in Adams Morgan last night around 7:40? I was driving East on Columbia Rd. and saw at least 10 police cars speeding West on Columbia with their lights and sirens going. It seemed like something really big was happening, but I can’t find any mention of it on MPD twitter or the news.

    • I wasn’t in the neighborhood, but had a similar situation last week in Shaw. There were 5-10 fire trucks around City Market at O, residents of the buildings were on the sidewalk in their pajamas, and there was a thick smell of smoke, but none of the DC twitter feeds or alerts registered a thing. It’s was pretty disconcerting.

    • Coming back into town around 10 pm, it seemed like there were sirens and emergency vehicles rushing every which way for the entire trip (NY Ave, mostly).

  • Rant: I thought RRRR got posted super early, then I remembered that I spent 45 minutes in traffic because MDOT thought rush hour was a great time to reduce Viers Mill from 3 lanes to 1 to replace a bus pad. I haven’t been at work for half an hour yet, but I usually get here at 8:30.
    Rave: I picked up two doggies to take to an adoption event yesterday and both got adopted!
    Rant: One peed in my car.
    Rave: Whiskey eggnog ice cream is churned and awaiting a taste test tonight.
    Rant: I tweaked my neck when I pulled myself closer to my desk. Workplace hazards I guess.

  • Rant: Didn’t think to take today off so I could have a four day weekend.
    Rant: My office has finally reached arctic temperatures and I didn’t bring a scarf.
    Revel?: They finally fixed the striping on the new traffic island at Georgia and Newton – at least it’s much less confusing now.
    Definitely Revel: Capital Food Fight tomorrow!

  • Accountering

    Rave: Awesome time at the HH on Thursday! Fun meeting AJNE, and chatting with everyone. These HHs are certainly a highlight for me, and I am excited to keep doing them!
    Rave2: Had an awesome long weekend at the river. 9-course beer dinner was incredible.
    Rave3: Caps won (twice) and Ohio State showed the Spartans who’s boss in the B1G. I still think we are getting into the playoff, and no one wants to see the Buckeyes on their schedule right now.
    Rave4: The small studio in Shaw that I was planning on buying to AirBNB – an offer got accepted about a month ago, but it fell through and it is back on the market. Wondering how low of an offer I can get them to accept 🙂
    Have a great Monday everyone!

    • I was sorry I missed you at the anniversary party, Accountering! I was hoping to welcome you and Andie to the neighborhood, and I guess I got there soon after you had left.

      • Accountering

        I know Andie was asking about you too! Next time for sure! The project in Shaw will be starting in earnest in about a month, so we will be spending plenty of time in the neighborhood I am sure!

        • Great! I think I might know which place you bought, and if it’s the one I think it is, we would live about two short blocks away 🙂

    • Not to be a wet blanket, but… be careful with the buy-to-AirBnB plan. If it’s a single-family house that’s one thing, but if it’s a condo unit, you could run afoul of condo rules.

      • Yes – definitely check condo rules – most will absolutely not allow this. Neither will most rental apts. either. And have you checked out your competition on AirBnb? Right now there are 975 listings (for “entire place”) for under $125.00 a night. 615 are less than $105.00 per night. Filtering just to Shaw/Logan/U St./ Columbia Heights/Dupont Circle gives you 265 under $150.00 a night; 130 under $120.00 a night, and 71 under $100.00 a night.

        • Accountering

          Definitely – we have done our research. Place is a very small 1-br unit with a separate entrance. The lay-out of the space, and the virtual absence of any type of storage or way to set up the unit makes it a basically slam-dunk for AirBNB. Totally understand the concerns with competition – If we can rent it 20 nights a month in the $80-$90 range, this place makes a ton of sense financially.

          • houseintherear

            I rent a guest bedroom in my house (with me in it) for $75/night in Bloomingdale, and it booked *at least* 90% of the time if not more. AirBnb is amazing.

          • Houseintherear: How is it living with different folks all the time? I’m considering the airbnb route in lieu of a roommate in my next place.

            Acct: I assume financing was relatively easy to get; how do things differ with the planned rental vs owner occupy?

          • Are you financing it? Can you get a competitive interest rate when you’re not using it as a primary residence?

          • Accountering

            It is the same as any other rental. We are paying about 1/4 to 1/2 above what you can get for owner occupied. I think we are going to wind up with 4.5% for a 30-year conventional. You also need 25% down, as opposed to 20%.

          • houseintherear

            anon 1.5- I have really enjoyed it, honestly. Nothing but positive experiences so far. People don’t come to hang out in the room- they are out and about and just sleep there, for the most part. So I still get my weekends, and some extra cash. My pets really love having frequent guests too, surprisingly. I think one thing that works well for me is that I am around/home whenever I have guests, so I do not worry about theft or loud parties and destruction. I’d be nervous about that if I were renting out a place where I did not live… but AirBnB’s insurance is amazing, so I guess it doesn’t matter anyway!

        • Accountering

          When I pick out a random 4-day weekend in February, and sort for under $110 (including cleaning) in that area I get 12 places, of which some have zero reviews. Some have middling (4-star reviews) and there are just two other places that are good spots with good reviews.

      • Agreed. Also, were I an owner or renter in that building, finding out that the new owner of a unit in my building planned on effectively turning that unit into a hotel room would leave a very poor taste in my mouth.

        • So it’s a condo? And the condo rules allow you to rent through Airbnb?

        • Accountering

          I will certainly hope to work with them to mitigate any concerns. Good news is that it is a separate entrance, so basically a condo in name only. I can certainly appreciate your distaste for what I am hoping to do, and I guess my response is that I would not seek to tell you what you can do with your real estate, and would hope for the same in return, as long as what I am doing with mine isn’t harming you (it isn’t)
          Plenty of people (thousands – based on Victoria’s number) are doing this, and I can assure you they are nearly as conscientious (nor is there a separate entrance) as I will be.

          • Accountering

            *not nearly

          • It’s not distaste – but concern for my safety and property. I sincerely doubt that all AirB&B tenants are going to treat my home (and yes, the common areas like hallways and other amenities are part of my home – I pay for them with my condo fees) with the same respect that someone with a mortgage or lease would. And speaking as a woman, I would be especially concerned about the cavalcade of people coming through my building that I didn’t know from a hole in the ground. So yes, what you’re doing with your real estate could very well harm, or at least affect, me. I certainly hope that you do vet your potential renters as well as you say you do. However, there’s no need for you to be so hostile about this, and I’d hope you’d approach the neighbors of your new unit in a less brusque manner.

          • Apparently my comment didn’t go through the first time, but I’m glad to know that it’s effectively a condo in name only. However, I was picturing a more standard layout, which could potentially affect residents’ safety as well as the common areas paid for by condo dues, so it would affect more than just you. But good luck in whatever you end up doing.

          • I don’t get it? What is “a condo in name only? ” Is this a multi-unit building where owners own individual units? Then it has to be a condo or a co-op.

            I’m not anti AirBnb – I’ve actually been doing it for 6 years, before there even was an airbnb -( through VRBO & Homeaway.com.) So I’m really aware of all that goes into it, especially the enormous potential for neighbors in the building to have justified concerns. (My rental is an apt. in my own home, so not an issue.) Also the enormous potential for one of them to report you to DCRA. Even if the condo docs don’t have rental restrictions, DC govt. has a great big pile of them.

          • Accountering

            Sorry if I came across as hostile, I certainly am not. Your concerns are concerns I share (in that I certainly would not want anything negative to happen)
            I agree with you, the idea of a building with shared living spaces and hallways and such being used for this doesn’t make a lot of sense, and I could see how that would bother you. We have only been targeting spaces with separate entrances, to avoid this issue.
            The fun thing is, even though we don’t get access to the shared spaces, we still get to pay condo fees at the same PSF rate as the rest of the building! 🙂

        • exactly- I don’t live there but people are entitled to their opinion on a variety of things in RRRR.

          I’d be worried about changing laws re: air bnb more than anything.

          And every condo should have some rental laws – it’s a HUGE mistake for them not to. It benefits you, but as a condo owner, not having any control over rentals hurts many things like mortgage availability for other potential owners, any loans they might need to get, and the ability to sell it. As a rental property owner, I would just be weary of this. But hey, good luck!

          • Accountering

            I agree on the changing laws. Certainly something we have looked at. If the laws do change (DC is slow at this stuff, and AirBNB rightfully fights any attempt to regulate this) it will likely leave some availability to still operate, but just require collecting taxes.
            Even if it does get outlawed completely (and DC can somehow stop them all – NY has had zero success with this) it still makes sense financially to do it and rent it on a yearly basis.

          • houseintherear

            Accountering- just a warning, you do have to pay taxes currently on AirBnB rentals. You will get a 1099 from the site at the end of the year. There’s always trying to sneak around that, but since your address and name (and driver’s lic) are filed with the site, it would be risky.

          • Accountering

            Yup, I do zero for federal deductions, and am withholding an extra $200/pay period for taxes. I am going to get wacked this year.

    • It was great meeting both you and Andie too!

    • pablo .raw

      rant: trying to put faces to the names of all the people I didn’t meet at the anniversary party

    • “I still think we are getting into the playoff, and no one wants to see the Buckeyes on their schedule right now.”
      A lot will depend on today’s rankings, but I think OSU still needs some help. Figure FSU, one SEC West team, and the Oregon/ASU winner will go – I don’t see how OSU leapfrogs TCU in today’s rankings. Perhaps the B10 championship will be sufficient to jump some teams, but if there are no surprises OSU looks to be on the outside looking in. (Of course, how often are there no surprises?)
      Re the condo purchase, I don’t think my earlier comment went through. Can you still get a competitive interest rate on a place you’re not using as your primary residence? (Don’t mean to pry, feel free to ignore if the question is too nosy.)

      • Accountering

        I agree, we CERTAINLY need help. I could still see FSU losing a game. Has there been any other team as underwhelming as they have been? They snuck by Clemson, Louisville, Notre Dame, NC STATE!, and only beat UVA by 14, and The Citadel by 25. The could lose to Florida or Miami.
        Alabama and Mississipi State both have really tough schedules, and the SEC championship. Agree on Oregon/ASU winner. I don’t know the exact scenario of how we get on, but there are still a LOT of big games coming up, and a season ending OSU team that just beat a 11-1 Nebraska team could jump TCU. I don’t know how it happens, but I definitely think it is very doable. I would say even odds as of today 🙂

  • Rave: Last night’s Johnny Marr show at the 9:30 Club.
    Rave: Took my leftover Halloween candy back to Target this weekend for a refund, rather than eating it myself.
    Rant: Prior to Halloween, I demolished two small bags of Starbursts and one bag of sour Skittles. Oh well… you win some, you lose some.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: Micoromanaging boss picked while I was away to make changes to my office. I knew the changes were going to be made, but I would have liked some input. One of the cabinets really needs to be moved about 2 inches to the left. He also took all my rhinos off the cabinet surfaces and hid them up on my hutch. He hates surfaces that aren’t clear. I hate clear surfaces. IT’S MY F*CKING OFFICE!
    Rave: Ranting about my boss here to get the cussing out of my system before I send an email complaining about him to my actual boss.

    • You have two different bosses? (Is one within the contractor company, and one is a government person who oversees your actual work?)

      • Emmaleigh504

        Yep. The fed is the one I hate and rearranged things while I was gone. I’ve spent most of the morning cussing him out in my head.

    • Wait, someone came INTO your office and rearranged things? That’s ridiculous. And you knew this was coming? As in, “When you’re done, I’m moving your stuff around.” WTF?

      • Emmaleigh504

        I’m finally getting an officmate (this is good for me), and she requested the supply cabinets be moved. We all 3 talked about it and agreed to it. But then he went and did it while I was gone which feels sneaky. Plus they are not quite in the right spot, in the wrong order, and he moved my personal things around. So although I knew this was happening and am totally fine with the move, the EXECUTION is crap and I should have been there!
        Another day I’ll bitch about the unfairness of the supply cabinets being in the only shared office in our suite.

  • Rave: Very chill, unproductive but relaxing weekend. Lots of laundry, cooked two nice dinners, risotto on Sat and goulash on Sun. Looking forward to leftovers!
    Rant: Didn’t make it out to brunch this week, but might try to remedy that tomorrow. Are most places serving their weekend brunch menus for Veteran’s Day?

  • Aglets

    Rant: My eyes are itchy and my back is out of whack from moving things around my apartment yesterday because
    Rave: my crumbling plaster walls are getting fixed (hopefully!) today. At least the first step which is going to involve them scraping and scraping and scraping. They said they would cover my furniture with plastic- i hope my cat is cool with this.

  • Rave: beautiful lazy happy weekend.
    Rant: this whole upcoming week is going to be balls to the wall insane. We’re running a fairly sizeable conference with a staff of … 8? We are all getting super trashed after on the last day though.
    Question: any recommendations for salons that are good with cutting asian hair that’s metro accessible? I desperately need a haircut but I don’t want to schlep out to annandale if I can help it

    • madamhelga

      I’m Asian and I went to see Amanda at Glynn Jones in Dupont last week – very impressed. Cuts for women run $70 but well worth it to not see my hair butchered.

      • I LOVE Amanda! I never know how to describe what I want and I always explain it poorly, and somehow Amanda always gets it and makes it perfect. Also, since I feel it is relevant in a haircut thread, I have thick hair, highlighted blonde.

    • gertie_wickler

      I’m not Asian, but I got to Ozuki Salon in Georgetown and am a fan. They specialize in Asian hair and get good reviews. It’s not super metro accessible, but it’s a leisurely 15 minute walk from Foggy Bottom. Lots of buses nearby too.

      • I looked at them, glad to know they have a good rep. the best haircut/perm I ever had was in Japan so maybe that’s the way to go. Do you remember who you get a cut with usually?

        • I’m half Asian so I have weird halfie hair but I wasn’t a fan of Ozuki. But I’m curious to hear who gertie_wickler goes to because I may just have chosen the wrong stylist (I can’t remember her name at the moment)! I also have Asian coworkers who really like Suemi at PR at Partners on 20th and K.

        • gertie_wickler

          When I say I’m not Asian, I mean my hair is the complete opposite of Asian…thin but tons of it, wiry and curly. I color my hair and get pretty conservative haircuts – nothing crazy. I’ve been going to Shigemi for years now and am very happy with her. She’s nice, conscientious, and does pretty much what I ask her to do which is what I want in a hairstylist. It’s also really convenient for me since I work just up the street so I can easily schedule appointments that work well for me.
          Now, based on my observations in the many, many hours I’ve sat in the salon over the years I think there might be other stylists that are better with typical Asian hair…Akiko or Keiko seem to have lots of Asian clients and from what I see they do a great job. It looks like maybe Akiko is no longer there though – she was super popular. Keiko did my updo for my wedding and it was PERFECT. She was great through the whole process and I was so happy with it. Also, my Chinese friend got a cut with her when she was in town once and was happy with it and she’s generally really picky.
          There’s also a new-ish guy stylist there (he’s young and REALLY tall) who has had lots of Asian clients that I’ve noticed while sitting under the heaters waiting for my hair to turn red that seem very happy with their cuts. Their website used to have profiles of the stylists, but now it says to call and tell the receptionist what you’re looking for since different stylists specialize in different hair types…so maybe you could try that, describe what you want but know that Keiko or the new guy (maybe Tony?) would be who you’d want to end up with.
          Sorry this was so wordy, but hope it’s somewhat helpful!

    • I go to Salon Mint in Fairfax and love them. I realize that this is not metro accessible, but wanted to throw it out there in case you don’t find anything else closer. It’s affordable $50 for cut and they do a good job so I’m willing to drive out every couple months. Oh and I go to Annie. My friend really likes Audrey.

  • I Dont Get It

    Rant: Elderly dogs! Lucy went downstairs at 4:00 am, drank some water (there’s a water bowl on the second floor) and then started barking until I got up to turn on a light before she would climb up the stairs. To celebrate her achievement she then threw up on the hardwood floor. Sunday she spent an hour barking at the pumpkin on the porch before I moved it!

    Rave: On the positive side of tomorrow not being a holiday here, it appears most are taking the day off anyway. It should be nice and quiet!

  • Rant: Still sleepy at 10 am.
    Rave: since we are packing to move to another office, I could wear jeans today to work.
    Rant: Acid reflux
    Rant: Scared of surgery coming up next Friday.

  • Rave: I’ve filled 2 of the rooms in my house — the more expensive of the two and have made two offers
    Rant: Waiting to hear back from the two people I’ve made an offer to
    Rant: Losing precious instructional minutes
    Rant: Feeling like I can’t do anything right at work.

    • special_k

      Hello! I don’t know if this is something you’d be interested in, but I thought of your posts about being a new teacher when I saw this:
      We have a pilot test for TPrep that we’re struggling to recruit for that’s supposed to take place next week. We’ve posted this on WesInfo, made a bunch of calls and contacted people in the study area that we know of who have relatives or friends who are teachers but, are still a few participants short. If any one has any contacts that meet the following criteria, please contact us.
      New Teachers Needed for Pilot Test — Receive $30
      Westat is recruiting teachers to pilot test a draft web survey for a national study to understand teacher preparation experiences related to teacher effectiveness. The study is being conducted for the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences. For the pilot test, the study is seeking teachers who are in their first, second, or third year of general education teaching and who teach reading/language arts and/or mathematics in the fourth, fifth, or sixth grade. Participants will receive $30 for pretesting the survey (at a convenient time between Tuesday, November 18, and Monday, November 24) and participating in a 30-minute telephone followup call (on Monday, November 24, or Tuesday, November 25) to discuss how the survey worked and whether the participant encountered any problems.
      Westat employees are not eligible to participate, but friends and family members are welcome. For more details and to determine eligibility, please contact Kerri Wills(email link) (301-294-2860) or Christina Fetzko(email link) (301-610-4996). When leaving a voicemail, please indicate that the call is in reference to the Teacher Prep Pilot Test and provide a name and phone number for a return call.

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rave: Yesterday’s fruitcake experiment was fun. Of course, the fiddliest recipe (America’s Test Kitchen, natch) was also the best tasting.
    Rave: My favorite work event of the year is this afternoon.
    Rant: Nope, nothing.

  • Rave: fantastic weekend: pumpkin beer tasting followed by dominating at the game Pit on Friday; played a show at the National Electronics Museum and got to explore that…followed by delicious drinks and pretty good dinner at Republic in Takoma Park; a brunch meandering from El Centro to Ted’s to Cashion’s and Pop’s to Julia’s Empanadas to home.
    Rant: sinusy earache thing going on
    Rave: I’m doing a part of a photo project tonight in Mt. Pleasant and am excited/nervous about it. I also need volunteers for it.

  • Rant: hipster chick on the red scooter wearing a red helmet, driving northbound on 13th St in Columbia Heights yesterday mid-afternoon, who took a right onto Spring Rd., who apparently does not think that traffic laws apply to you. Your weaving between moving cars and parked cars, and passing moving vehicles on or over the double-yellow line, was putting all of us in danger. And I’m not going to “relax,” as you so stupidly recommended, because I don’t want you on my conscience or anyone else’s when you get hit by a car because you think the rules don’t apply to you. Drive like an asshole all you want. Just don’t do it near anyone else on the road.

    • I see this with scooter drivers all the time. As a motorcycle driver who obeys the traffic laws, it irks me to no end.

    • Haters gonna hate. Drivers hate seeing lane splitting whilst they are stuck for 3 light cycles on Rhode Island Ave. It’s funny to watch them have a tantrum.
      Though, no one should be crossing a double yellow into opposing traffic to get around a line of cars. That’s simply insane.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rave: A person on my staff that was miserable here got a new job and is leaving just before I have to do her annual review. She’s happier and less work for me 🙂

  • First time poster to rant about the ATV gang (gang? group? I don’t know) that was at 9th and L NW last night. I’ve read about them and always assumed people were overreacting, but nope, they were just that bad. After nearly running me off the sidewalk and nearly causing 2 accidents, they blocked off the intersection, stopping all traffic, and did a couple joyride circles before driving off in different directions. People were yelling and honking at them, but clearly that only egged them on. I called the police to report the reckless driving, but I’m sure nothing came of it.

    • austindc

      Well I don’t know if it was the same gang, but I saw the police following (don’t worry guys, they weren’t chasing) a bunch of ATVs down Harvard yesterday evening near GA Ave. Same crap–riding on sidewalks, riding the wrong way down the one way street, weaving in and out of cars, shouting obscenities at the police cars. I will begrudgingly give the police some props on this. They were just following slowly, managing the traffic with their cars, and keeping things as safe as they could.

  • skj84

    Rave: Good samaritans on the metro this weekend. I was on a packed train and the woman behind me absolutely refused to remove her bag from the seat so another older woman could sit down. She was nasty about it too, snapping “i’m using this seat and will not move my bag” at the woman. So I offered the older woman my seat, which she took gratefully. I resigned myself to standing the whole time when a man sitting across from me offered me his seat! He had seen the whole exchange. I don’t know what the woman with the bag’s issue was, but she was getting the side eye from everyone else on the train the rest of the trip.

    Rant: Unexpected travel. My mother has decided to host Thanksgiving in PA, which means I’ll be traveling home twice in a months span. Usually my parents come down here for Thanksgiving and I come back for Christmas. It’s not that I don’t want to spend time with my family, I just really don’t want to do so much traveling in a short span, especially since I just started a new job. I tried to suggest that I stay in DC and got a major guilt trip from her.

    • there are some absolute nuts on the metro and people who take up more seats than necessary on crowded trains deserve to step on a thousand legos in the dark

    • Ugh, I agree about people with bags. Though this morning I goofed – asked a woman to move her bag from the seat, and it turned out to be a couple of bags & she was struggling because she had a surgical shoe on her foot. Oops. I moved to another seat, and then promptly had someone sit next to me & spill water on my bag – but fortunately not much. I think he also accidentally kicked the woman’s foot. At least I wasn’t the worst person on the train?

      • skj84

        Yeah, at first I wondered if the woman had some sort of problem. But just the way she was talking to the older lady and then scowling at everyone made believe she just had a stick up her butt.

  • Rant: The layers of micromanaging that make it all the harder to do my job. Aigh. I hate waiting to the last minute to file things, but it the nature of the beast. EVERY. TIME.
    Rave: I had an amazing, relaxing weekend. I’m in the office today and then have tomorrow off. I will deal with this case of the Mondays.
    Rave: I worked out both days this weekend and started a Couch 2 5k program. We’ll see how this goes.

  • Rant: It’ll be seven weeks since the layoff this week. Trying not to freak out about the job search.
    Rave: Keeping busy with temp jobs, contract work, and info interviews to find out what I want to do next. The universe is surprising.
    Rave: Realized recently that I wouldn’t trade the last 7 weeks of uncertainty and fear for 7 more weeks at that job. That knowledge makes this much easier.
    Rave: Beautiful fall weather!

  • pablo .raw

    Rant: had to leave a party early on Sat. because I was too tired because
    Rave: had too many parties last week, including the PoPville anniversary Party

  • Rave: Beautiful weekend! And fun-filled kids activities.
    Rant: Toddler was a pain at restaurants this morning; might need to take a bit of a break from eating out with her. It was exhausting!
    Question: I’d like to try some work-out videos – interested in yoga, ab work, pilates, but open to other suggestions. We have netflix, hulu plus, and amazon prime on our roku. Does anyone know of anything that can be streamed as part of the membership price on any of these? Thanks!

    • Have you tried looking on YouTube? I’ve found excellent yoga videos (Pino Rizzi is awesome!) and this woman named Ali Kamenova. Really great classes. It’s overwhelming how much is on there so you have to be specific in your search. I’ve been really happy with what I’ve found though!

    • Also, doyogawithme.com is pretty good too. And free.

      • Thanks for both suggestions, I’ll check those out. I should be able to stream youtube either through the roku or by slinging from the computer using a chromecast thingie, so that should work. I didn’t even think to check out youtube!

    • Ekhartyoga.com with Esther Ekhart is great. She’s got lots of youtube videos.

    • Check out the fitness genre on Hulu Plus. There are a ton of options. They are kind of hit or miss – you have to try a bunch to find the videos you like, but the variety is great and there are a couple of yoga videos and one “dance and be fit” video I really enjoy.

    • Emmaleigh504

      I know she gets a lot of hate, but I love Denise Austin. I think you can get her videos through Amazon Prime.

    • Thanks for the additional suggestions – much appreciated!

    • I love FItness Blender videos, especially the core workouts and light weight circuits. They always seems to go pretty quickly but leave me feeling like I had a solid workout. They are all on YouTube. I haven’t really checked out the workout videos on the streaming services but I think there is a yoga channel through the Roku.

    • Gaiam has a great collections of DVDs for streaming. I believe it’s about $15/mo. Also, there are a ton on Amazon Prime that are available for free or rental.

    • skj84

      Second checking out Hulu+. Giam Yoga is good.

    • Ah, I remember sadly with my toddler when we slowly realized we couldn’t take him just anywhere. Now the requirements are: fast-ish service, food he will eat, not too small of a place that his booming little voice would disturb other patrons, and bonus if they have coloring items for the kids. It certainly narrows down the options, but I’m pretty proud to say that we still get a variety of ethnic cuisine and enough places we can go that he’s not that familiar with the Golden Arches.

      • Lol, generally The Diner has worked out great for us for a reasonably quick breakfast, and Meridian Pint is pretty kid-friendly. We might have gotten there too late, though. She’s not into coloring yet (only 17mo) and seemed especially active this weekend. May just need to try again another time & hope it’s a little smoother 🙂

    • I’m late to be posting but if you see this, I am a huge fan of yogaglo dot com. It is an actual studio with online archive of all their classes, sortable by level, goal, instructor, etc, and is less than $20/month. I also keep my netflix DVD subscription to try out exercise DVDs and then buy the ones I like.

  • Rave: Volunteering with my company to pass out info on veteran benefits at the concert of valor from 10-2PM tomorrow, and then going to the concert later at night (which will likely be choas). Seeing 60 minutes last night with the new head of the VA speaking about the changes the agency is doing to help veterans gave me a slightl morale booster that maybe we are doing something for the great good, even if my level is very very low.
    Rant: I think i am single again….actually that is more of a rave. Now i dont need to deal with tired friday girl anymore! (by the way i decided not to ask bargirl out for coffee…you all are right it is not worth opening that can of worms, but if she asked me i would probably do it)

    • Smart move, buddy. I approve of your recent dating decisions 😀

      • Thanks! Trying to use my head and not go based on emotion….I feel so relieved now that I no longer care what happends with Friday girl, and I swear i tried and tried again but the girl just has nothing interesting going on in her life. Take a few week “breather” then head to the PoPville HH!

    • skj84

      I’m semi tempted to check out the concert, but I’m sure it’s going to be a shit show. And the crowds. I don’t even want to think of how much of a mess it will be to get home. The line up is solid though.

      • I’m know I’m getting old when my natural response when I hear “Concert for Valor” is AVOID, AVOID, AVOID. That said, I do hope that by broadcasting on HBO, the organizers are able to raise legit money for the charities involved.

      • I have no choice but to pass through there on my way home from work, so I might use it as an opportunity to practice my nighttime street photography. At least I live close enough that I can walk home from there if I have to.

      • I think I’m going to try to go. If I’m in line and annoyed, I’ll just leave.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rave: Work finally got flu shots. I got mine!
    Rave: It’s 11am and I feel considerably less homicidal. I really wish work would let me work 11am-7pm, it would make everyone happier, I promise.

  • epric002

    rave: stubborn cold is finally improving.
    rant: now husband has stubborn cold. so much for sleeping in separate rooms so i wouldn’t give it to him.
    rant: everything that should be simple is hard. RX refill? dr. didn’t respond to online pharmacy. can’t log in to online pharmacy account. can’t log in to doctor’s account. phone options for doctor’s office don’t include the new location that i go to. online RX refill form on doctor’s website wants to charge me $5. ARGGGGGG!

    • Allison

      Bugh, I have a bad cold too. Husband and I have given up on trying to not give each other diseases; when you live together there’s just no containing the contamination. We just hope for the best.

  • Rave: meeting the parents went really well (even though I met his mother without him there), wedding was beautiful, and the boy and I had a blast on our first weekend away! I’m tired, but only because this weekend was non-stop AMAZING – the bride and groom included me in everything even though they just met me and I was only a +1! (so doesn’t even qualify as a rant).
    Rant: Having to catch up on homework and reading yesterday afternoon and tonight – midterm next week and SGA executive meeting Thursday. It’s going to be a busy week…
    Rant2: Boy is going to be out of town for all but 2 days this weekend, and won’t even get to meet my friend who helped set us up. Is it weird that he’ll probably meet my mom before he meets most of my friends?
    Rave2: Setting up a holiday party with friends for after my finals – I definitely need something to look forward to, and it’s a great chance for him to meet everyone he hasn’t yet!

  • Rant: Drama at home, drama at work, drama scheduled for this evening at Marx cafe, though the friend I’m meeting at Marx has earned her drama and I am hopeful that I can help.
    Rave: Um, endless list of home renovation “to-do’s” moderately less endless — medicine cabinets bought! On to doorknobs and drawer pulls.

  • KSB

    Rant: Trying to be present for a friend in the late stages of cancer. Feeling defeated and slightly numb, all while wanting to do something – the right thing – but there is nothing to be done.
    Rave: Like Mr. Rogers said, watching the helpers jump into action is no small thing. My mom is one of those people, who’s the first to stand up, ask questions, advocate, and deliver. She’s amazing. She’s with our friend and working tirelessly on making her as comfortable and as cared for as possible right now. I’m in absolute awe of my mother.

    • Emmaleigh504

      Being present for your friend must be very difficult, but so nice for your friend. You and your mom sound like amazingly caring people. All the hugs for you all.

    • I agree with Emilie–good for you for being there. I imagine that your mere presense is comforting. And perhaps offering to do or help do things your friend enjoys, whether a puzzle, watching a show, reading a book, a walk in the fresh air – some simple pleasures. Hugs to you from me as well!

    • Simply being present can be a source of comfort and support for your friend.

    • Ally

      Thinking of you guys. I’ve been there and it’s really rough. Letting the friend take the lead in how he/she feels most comfortable seems to have worked best for me. Some friends in late stages prefer to talk about it, some don’t.

    • Right after I moved to DC from my hometown, my grandmother’s terminal illness (not cancer), which she had been living with for several years took an extreme turn for the worse. I made so many trips back home just so I could sit with her. I would just hold her hand and tell her what was going on in my new life in DC (her disease had stopped her ability to communicate). I knew there was nothing I could do to reverse the disease, so I just sat with her. In the end it was a very cathartic experience for me and from what I could tell my visits were nothing but positive experiences for my grandma. It was the only “right” thing I could do for her.
      I am so sorry you are going through this. Your mother sounds amazing.

    • So sorry about this. I’m glad your friend has you and your mom. But I think all these other suggestions are on point – just be with her, tell her about your life, funny stories, all that stuff. It will make her feel like she is still part of what’s going on. Bring over a recent movie to watch together, with some takeout if she can stomach it. Get her a pedicure (if she can leave the house) or a blowout or some other kind of pampering to make her feel relaxed and cared for. When his dad was in the end stages of heart disease, my friend would go up for a weekend or just for the day just to sit in his hospital room and watch football or a movie and just talk. Those trips were hard — and got expensive quickly — but looking back he is grateful for that time together.

    • KSB

      Thanks, all. I know I’m simply having the classic internal battle of emotion (why can’t I do something grand and wonderful and life-altering NOW!?) and intellect (being there and present and abiding is truly the most I can do.) I feel the grief deep in my bones already. F-ck cancer.

  • Rave: I got to follow the birth of my puppy’s litter in real time last night! It was far more emotional than I expected. I’m completely in love with all the little puppies in the group and am so excited to meet the woman who helped breed and birth our future little family member.
    Rave: We get to meet our little guy in person in 9 weeks! Now we have to start puppy-proofing our house and doing all of the other prep work to make sure he has a great start.

    • So exciting! Congrats on your newest family member. 🙂

    • Such sweet raves– enjoy the prep process and congratulations!

    • Wow – watching a live birth would be very cool! What kind of pup are you getting?

      • Thanks, all! We’re getting a mini dachshund. I didn’t get to watch the live birth, but our breeder added status updates and photos on Facebook throughout the day whenever she was safely able to step away from the process for a few moments. It was totally awesome! I also forgot to add a rave saying that I can’t wait to send photos to the afternoon animal fix 🙂

        • Awesome! And congrats!
          Puppy party? 😀
          I am imagining T wearing one of these, hehe:

          • I want to go to all the puppy parties!

            That carrier really wigs me out. There’s a fine line between being treating a dog as a member of the family and thinking of a dog as as an actual child/child substitute. I think people who wear carriers like this pretty much have to be on the wrong side of that line!

          • Update: that whole SITE wigs me out. It’s like a catalog just for people who think their dogs are children in beauty pageants. Where did you find this?!

          • Emmaleigh504

            hahaha I was looking at carriers yesterday and that one creeped me out. Your dog is not a baby, it’s a dog! Also it looks uncomfortable for the dog.

          • My girlfriend is always talking about carrying around our smaller dog in a baby carrier. I had no idea they made one specifically for dogs! I generally agree with Shawess about the creepiness factor, but she’s been fixated on the idea for so long that I might just have to get her one.

          • Caroline, I’ve seen some people with dog slings and front carriers that don’t look as creepy as this one, so I’m sure they exist. But there’s just something about the Baby Bjorn knockoff for dogs that seems really unhinged to me.

          • Yeah, I’m browsing the site now and I see there are less-creepy options that have the feet tucked in (which seems more comfortable for the dog anyway).

          • Emmaleigh504

            You can also get little doggie strollers for the over pampered pet.

          • anonymouse_dianne

            If you like to take long strolls, you will quickly discover that your little guys little legs aren’t up to the walk home. That is why you want a stroller – its either that or carry the pup home. In my former condo at the Newport there was a kinda competition to see who had the nicest stroller for their pup.

          • My Google-Fu is strong, Shawess. 😀
            I think it’s the first thing that comes up when you search “dog body sling” or something like that.

          • Why, oh why would someone need/want a clip on highchair for a pet? My imagination is seriously failing me here.

          • anonymouse_dianne, assuming our dog is about 10 pounds when it’s fully grown, would there be a reason to choose a stroller over a carrier? We were thinking of getting a sort of doggie tote bag for long walks that can converts into a full carrier for more substantial trips.

          • I used to work at Nordstrom, where you are allowed to bring in dogs. An elderly woman used to come in with someone young (daughter maybe?) and the elderly woman would be pushing her dachshund in a stroller. The dog had a little bonnet. It was obvious that this brought her some joy in the face of Alzheimers or dementia.
            IMO that’s about the only use for a dog stroller.

          • Emmaleigh504

            I agree Jeslett, that is good use of the stroller.

          • Agree w/ Jeslett and Emilie504 that this is a nice stroller use. And the thought of a dachshund in a bonnet definitely made me smile all goofy at my desk.

          • I saw a very, very elderly retriever being pushed in a stroller near a lake, the dog was either partially paralyzed or had extreme arthritis but seemed to enjoy watching the ducks. I thought getting a largr disabled dog who likes the outdoors out and about is another valid use of a doggie stroller.

          • I’m still giggling at the puppy purse carriers on that site.

  • Rave: beautiful weather yesterday
    Rave: got to check out those mason biscuits
    Rant: friends i was waiting on to go get them came later than i would have liked so when we got there the only option was a pork biscuit
    Rave: it was tasty
    Rave: all of the bike riding yesterday & the Cosby exhibit was cool to check out on a chill sunday

  • Rave: Good times at the PoPville 8th year anniversary HH. Congrats Dan!
    Rave: Moved from Navy Yard to Bloomingdale on Sat.
    Rant: Even tho I had movers, I’m still sore.
    Rant: I’m in that flux zone between two places. No internet at new place yet so stopping by the old place to move small stuff and work as well.

  • Ally

    Rave: Found out yesterday that I’m going to be a first-time Mom. Scary, but very very cool news.
    Rave: Alton Brown’s performance yesterday at Warner Theater! Excellent show.
    Rave: No, Alton Brown is not the father 😉

  • Query: Did anyone else hear continued booming sounds around 1:30 AM in Columbia Heights? It didn’t sound like gunshots, fireworks, or a backfiring car but it was very loud and went on for 15 minutes. Am I imagining things?

    • Not me… but that doesn’t mean much… I can sleep through pretty much anything. Which part of CoHi are you in? I’m in the north western part of the hood… not too far from the old Getaway.
      I’m intrigued.

      • 11th and Park. It actually woke me up twice. Once around 1:15 and then I think again at 1:30. Was expecting to see something about it on the police twitter or in someone else’s rant/rave.

  • Rave: Went on two solid runs this weekend. Getting back into it!
    Rant: My lungs aren’t too sure about this whole running in the cold thing. Cold-induced asthma seems to be getting worse as I get older.
    Rave: Great weekend with friends, live music, and a ton of movies.

    • skj84

      I’ve been nervous about running again for the cold reason. I have a treadmill in my basement, but nothing beats running outside. Good for you for getting two runs in! I did my first run in over two months yesterday. Feeling it this morning.

      • I actually enjoy running in the cold – I just bundle up with layers. If it’s cold for breathing, I’ll use a scarf or something to breathe through–might that help? Ugh on cold-induced asthma 🙁

        I couldn’t run over the weekend because my foot was being wonky and painful when I put weight on it. Yuck. Seems better today, so hopefully I can get out for a run tomorrow? I was so happy to get our there 3 times last week, and was hoping to repeat that this week!

      • Thank you and congrats on getting back into it!

  • tonyr

    Rave: Beach Fossils @ R&R Hotel
    Rave: Got invited back to the Green Room afterwards (Tommy is friend of my son)
    Rant: Disappointing lack of groupies, hookers and blow

  • justinbc

    Rant: Had a pretty cool rave, I think, but I’ve forgotten it. Mondays…

  • Rave – J-E-T-S

    Rave – Great college football weekend. Every week = playoffs. The official playoff needs to be at least six teams w/ #1 & #2 having a Round 1 bye. No way should the #5 team in the country not make the playoffs.

  • Rant: John Oliver. I just don’t understand the hype around this guy’s show. I find his act annoying.

    • skj84

      WORD! I’m not feeling him at all. Everyone was posting his rant on Lottery tickets today like he’s some sort of genius. Hey, maybe some of us like buying lottery tickets for fun? I know there are real problems with gambling, but he comes of as really self righteous.

      • justinbc

        It’s HBO, it’s supposed to be a little bit aggressive. I always liked him on The Daily Show, and like him even more now on his own. I guess it’s not for every audience, but few shows are.

      • The people buying 1 ticket here or there usually for a bigger jackpot are not the normal person. Some people usually poor folks are buying scratch-offs and lottery tickets when they are struggling and the odds are very low you’ll hit the big pay day. It’s a worthy rant, IMO. I love his show! A donkey getting out of Iraq faster than a translator. Yes, please tell me more.

        • skj84

          I get the issues with low income people spending so much, but on the other hand it is their prerogative to spend money on whatever they want. Be it cigarettes, booze, lottery tickets or any other vice. I’ve never been a fan of telling people how to spend their own money. Also I feel there is a lot of preaching to choir with his show? Like the people who really need to hear what he’s saying isn’t his target audience. So his rants come off as self congratulatory. To be honest i’ve never been a huge fan of The Daily Show either. Just not my cup of tea.

          • I can understand your dislike for John Oliver. Have you considered trying out the likes of Sean Hannity? You may find your views closer aligned with him than Stewart/Oliver.

          • skj84

            Just because I don’t like John Oliver makes me a conservative. I’m a liberal feminist who find Oliver smug. It’s called being well rounded. Maybe look into it?

          • skj84

            there are plenty of people whose political beliefs align with mine that I can’t stand as people. Alec Baldwin is one of them. I don’t have to like someone just because we share the same values.

          • @anonymous 2:18. Wow, your comment. With us or against us huh?

          • I can’t be the only one who sees the irony in someone who uses the tired phrase “Maybe look into it?” calling someone else smug, can I?

          • I don’t think I’ve heard “Maybe look into it” much, but the dismissive “It’s called __________” riles me up, no matter what the topic is.

          • Emmaleigh504

            I find nothing wrong with saying “it’s called…” “maybe look into it” in this context. skj84 has a point and anonymous is just being an ass.

          • They’re all variations on a theme. Smug, trite, dismissive, and they say more about those who use them than those who they’re directed at.

          • skj84

            Just pointing out that personal beliefs come in all shades of gray. Not seeing how that comes off as smug. I felt Anonymous 2:18 came off as closed minded with their comment. Hence the well rounded comment.

          • The thing is that — at least in my opinion — you were correct. It’s the closing zinger that kills the whole thing. It’s a rhetorical flourish that’s used all too often on this site and it makes the author (unfortunately you, in this case) come across as snotty. It also indicates a reliance on cliched internet argument techniques, which lessens the authority with which you write.

          • Agreed with Anonymous 6:09 pm. SKJ84’s point — that Anonymous 2:18 pm was creating a false binary — was a valid one, but was diminished by the use of “It’s called _________. Maybe look into it.”

        • Emmaleigh504

          If it gives them so joy, who cares if poor folks spend a few dollars a day on lotto, or booze, or cheetos, or lattes, etc. It’s their money. being poor doesn’t mean you have to give up all joy in life.

          • I care when I know people personally who are poor but trying to keep up with the Jonses. How do I know? They constantly complain about being poor. As long as someone keeps it to themselves, I’d have little issue with them spending how they please. After working with the truly poor: people using tax refunds to pay the next month’s rent, I would certainly stop them from spending frivolously for a while if the money could be better used to get them over the hump. Those $4-5 coffees/lottery tickets/etc add up.

          • Emmaleigh504

            Since you can’t control how people spend their money, just tell them to quit complaining and move on. It just seems pointless to take issue with how people spend their money. No one will ever do it to your satisfaction. But this is RRR so rant away about the people you know; I’ve got plenty of pointless rants about people I know. No one does things the way I approve of 🙂

        • It basically functions as a regressive tax, though. VERY regressive.

          • That’s the issue, isn’t it? I don’t have a problem with the people who buy lottery tickets. I do, however, have a problem with our government engaging in what amounts to predatory trade practices against people that it’s supposed to be helping. If a private industry engaged in all the deceptive advertising that that public lotteries do they’d have the FTC all over them.

          • Allison

            Yeah, I don’t like the lottery because (among other things) it’s the government doing it. I saw this one woman a few months ago at Safeway, huddled on the floor in front of the lottery machine, mechanically scratching ticket after ticket and throwing the losing ones in a semicircle around her. There wasn’t any joy there, just incredible desperation. When the government encourages you to throw good money after bad, something is wrong.

          • I read somewhere a long time ago that scratch tickets had the worst returns of any other type of gambling. That includes notorious money-losers like roulette. Yet the commercials and print ads make it seem as if riches are just one scratch away. I know all ads are meant to sell things and that we’re supposed to take ads with a grain of salt, but it’s just unseemly when the government’s doing it — especially when we know who’s buying scratch tickets. Look at convenience stores in rich neighborhoods vs. those in poor ones. It’s usually not the ones in rich neighborhoods that have rows and rows of scratch ticket games behind the counter.

        • justinbc

          I think the pendulum balance between joy and disparity is probably way off in this scenario.

  • Rant: Dealing with more than my fair share of people who have cases of the Mondays. Myself included.
    Rave: A weekend where I finally did nothing.
    Rant: Above rave means I have to write a paper tonight. Due tomorrow, of course. Stupid procrastination.
    Rave: Giggling like a schoolgirl over the name of a new property at work. On Mondays, it’s the little things.

  • Rave: Delicious dim sum brunch with two friends yesterday. Roast pork buns and sticky rice in lotus leaf and pineapple buns and and and…
    Rave: The fact that I started to type two co-workers in the above rave, but I’d rather call them friends.
    Rant: Husband losing his job December 31st. We’ve got a good savings built up but I don’t want to have to dip into it – I feel like you never make that money back again. Here’s to hoping for some temp/contract work or for a full-time job before December 31st.

  • Rant: Proposal hell. That is all.

  • skj84

    Rant: Not only do I have to work tomorrow, but my bus isn’t running either. Which means I have to take the train into work, and I was really hoping to avoid metro at all costs tomorrow. Plus my commute is longer when I take the train. Not thrilled.

  • Rave: Had a lovely weekend with my parents. We went to the National Arboretum for the first time (they’re both big into gardening) and had a great time. Beautiful bonsai trees! They helped me decorate my room a bit better as well, haha.
    Rave: Day off tomorrow!

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