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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  • Rant/Rave: Have to wait until Monday to see if my offer was accepted, but so far, I’m the only offer on the table, and the agent likes it.
    Rave: Lots of gym time this week, but sore as hell!
    Revel: Less than 2 weeks to swearing in!

    • Where are you (tentatively) buying? What is the swearing-in about — are you being sworn in as something? (Law enforcement officer?) Or can you not really say?

  • gotryit

    Rant: Sharp customer service! Their stupid microwave drawer started burning something electrical, and it’s taken them over a month and still no unit replaced. They’ve been trying to ship it for over 3 weeks. They go on my poop-list along with #$^%@ Ford for crappy products and poor customer service.
    Whoever likes to ramble about government inefficiency and the virtues of the private sector need to meet these @%$^$s and their shipping company.

    • ” Whoever likes to ramble about government inefficiency and the virtues of the private sector need to meet these @%$^$s and their shipping company.”
      Or just deal with Comcast. Absolutely Kafka’esque. I’ll take a DC government agency ANY DAY over Comcast.

      • I’ll take a DC government agency over most other government agencies honestly, although my only interactions have been with the tax office and DMV. Both good experiences, especially compared to the crap I’ve dealt with at the fed level (both for work and for personal matters).

    • Blithe

      Gosh, I wish that I could get some of those folks who like to ramble about government inefficiency to wait on hold with Verizon for me. I was startled when I bought a new phone recently that the sales associate helping me had to call Verizon, and was put on an extended hold. I get that they’re not concerned about wasting my time while I’m on indefinite hold, but their own staff? smh

  • Mug of Glop

    Rant: Most of my rants and raves these days are about running. I’m turning into a one-trick pony. Stupid running taking over my life…
    Rave: Got new running shoes!

  • Rave: Bancroft tree sale after Hunger Games matinee.
    Rave: Perfectly uneventful weekend planned.

  • Rant: Somehow I managed to leave my purse in the front passenger seat of my car last night.*
    Rave: By some miracle, when I went looking for it this morning, IT WAS STILL THERE AND THE CAR WINDOW HAD NOT BEEN SMASHED IN. Unbelievable!!
    * It was probably a disruption-of-normal-routine thing — I was focused on not forgetting my backpack and a Target bag from the back seat.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: Busy Friday at work. I hate busy Fridays. My Fridays will be busy for about the next 6 months at best since we are so short staffed. Any engineer/librarians/research type people looking for a job change? gmail me at emmaleigh504!
    Rant: I have to do some banking at a bank branch and the closest one to me is at the police station. Police scare me.
    Rave: Finished all my Xmas shopping last night and only have to mail 2 small packages this weekend!
    Rave: My life is pretty damn good.

    • Emmaleigh504

      My company is hiring is what I didn’t say very clearly. They also have spot for a chemical researcher if that’s more your speed.

    • I forwarded your email to someone who is a librarian for the gov’t in case she was looking.

    • Does the position require an MLS? I don’t have one, but I have 20+ years library/information professional experience.

      • Emmaleigh504

        It does not require an MLS. Database research is what they are looking for.

        • Emmaleigh504

          and it’s in Alexandria not DC.

          • Dang! Even if it’s Metro accessable, that’s still way too long a commute for me! And I worked in a major chemical company’s library for over ten years! But that’s okay. I’m not planning to send any resumes out until I get my TS clearance.

          • Emmaleigh504

            It’s on the yellow line! But yeah, long commute. For the chemical position they want someone with a degree in chemistry, usually a Phd.

    • your comment yesterday about cuff-links and holiday parties made me remember I have rhino cuff-links I never wear – am bringing them on trip for big meeting.

    • “My Fridays will be busy for about the next 6 months at best since we are so short staffed.”
      This is going to sound snarky, and it’s not meant that way – it’s something I have to do from time to time.

      In the 2 hours 18 minutes since this post, you have posted 28 times (on this thread, I haven’t checked others). That’s averaging one post every 5 minutes. It may have gone up by 5 or so in the few minutes it took me to write this post. (OK, that was snarky. Sorry.) Close the window – don’t minimize it, close it – and I bet you’ll be able to leave early today.

      • binpetworth

        I don’t know Emilie or the exact nature of her job, but I can attest that some jobs–mine included–involve a lot of chunks of actual work then waiting for clients/vendors/superiors to answer a question/return a call/approve your work. So even on days when I’m “busy” there can be lag times between actual tasks–which are perfect for Popville posting 🙂

      • Emmaleigh504

        lol I knew someone would point that out! My job has lots of down time where I’m actually working (ok a machine is doing it for me) and I’m able to post. And for most of the morning I was actually just a human being sitting where people could ask me questions, but I was not able to do my normal work, so popville it is! I’ve been very productive this morning and have crossed off 1/2 my work to do list!

        • That sounds incredibly frustrating. On the flip side, I can look at the (copious) number of posts I have on any given day and realize that the reason I am crashing on a project is my poor time management/procrastination. Hence the closing window suggestion.

      • Emmaleigh504

        and I wouldn’t be able to leave early even if I could get all my work done by quiting time 🙁

        • Yeah. I’ve never had any job where that was the case!

          • Same here. My dad managed to snag a job like that. He was generally on the tennis courts by 3 PM every day (started his work day between 7:30 and 8 am). He’d get grumpy if he were still doing work at 4 PM. He said the only person he was ever jealous of job-wise was a friend who was a math instructor at a local junior college because she had even more free time than him and got paid pretty well.

  • palisades

    Rant/Rave: My girlfriend told me what she wants for Christmas (I always ask what she wants for bday, xmas, whatever and she actually told me this time) and now I’m freaking out because it’s sort of specific but not an exact product. She said a simple gold necklace with a understated pendant. I’m thinking something in the $100-$150 range. I have found a couple things on Anthropologie that I like.

    Any suggestions?

    • Emmaleigh504

      I just learned about workhorsejewelry .com and really like their rings, maybe they have a necklace she will like.

    • This is exactly what I’m going to ask my husband for for Christmas. I’m having a hard time finding something that fits exactly what I have in mind as well. I would check at Nordstrom. They’ll also make it easy for your girlfriend to return/exchange if she doesn’t love what you pick out.

      • palisades

        Yeah I can’t believe I didn’t think of Nordstrom. They’re also really good about price-matching in case I find it cheaper elsewhere.

    • Etsy is always a great place to find unique jewelry.

    • Etsy is a good place to look for something like that. I have a few gold necklaces with simple pendants I’ve found on Etsy that I’m considering buying.

      • palisades

        So many etsy recommendations. It scares me, there is just so much….stuff. I’ve heard horror stories about mass-produced chinese junk flooding the etsy market lately.

        • gertie_wickler

          It can be overwhelming sometimes…I think if you search for “gold necklace” and then filter for homemade and your price point, you’ll weed out the crap.

    • gertie_wickler

      Look on Etsy!

    • epric002

      echo recommendations for etsy. i also like maya brenner’s stuff.

    • I’m getting mine a waffle iron from Costco. That’s what she asked for! Plus some dvds and maybe some jewelry.

    • Yes! I purchased this exact thing for my partner last christmas. This is the etsy shop I used and it turned out beautifully: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SivadoStudio?ref=l2-shopheader-name

    • www. dogeared. com has awesome stuff and its good quality. they also sell at Nordstrom but the website has a ton more options. I really like the “small bar necklace, gold dipped” and also the “karma large 2 linked necklace, gold dipped, 18 inch”

    • jim_ed

      I’d recommend the holiday market in Chinatown. There are always 5-6 vendors selling necklaces of this type in that price range. That way you can see/feel the stuff before you buy.

    • Kohl’s has really good jewelry prices this time of year.

    • The Christmas Market in Chinatown by the Portrait Gallery usually has tons of jewelry artists. It will be unique and probably not as expensive as some big stores.

    • @palisades: Try searching for “handwriting jewelry” on Etsy if you want something really meaningful and/or romantic. You can provide words from a handwritten card, letter, etc and they can recreated in the form of jewelry.

    • When she said understated pendant she meant big enormous gem stone. Possibly set in a open teardrop shaped gold setting. Trust me on this.

      • Or should could have asked for the thing she actually wanted. If I asked my husband for an understated pendant and he got me an enormous gemstone in a gold setting, I’d be totally confused and very disappointed.

  • Rave: Columbia Room tonight and the theme is wrecking ball, which I think is brilliant.
    Rant: Now I have Miley Cyrus stuck in my head.
    Rant: I’m feeling discombobulated and thrown off my routines after Thanksgiving. The ramp up to Christmas isn’t helping me get back on track.
    Rant: I can’t drink for an entire week leading up to a liver test. This is not the time of year for that.

  • Rave: I won the Photo Archives contest!

    Rant: I’m too fat for an awesome Popville shirt. And I do a fair amount of traveling, so it would have been great to wear around the world. I’m debating getting one just to have it, or owning to the fatness and getting a tote bag.

    Rant: I have to work all weekend. We’re waiting for the thing we have to work on (it’ll probably be dropped on us around 6 today) and we’ll have to turn it around by Monday. And we don’t know if it is going to be a modest assignment or ridiculously hard. The people who are in charge of the process are trying to figure out the scope of the work, but the clients won’t tell them. So we’re all on edge. ARGH.

    • Emmaleigh504

      you could just take the shirt (or bag, the bag can travel too!) with you when you travel and lay it on the ground or something when you photograph it. I thought of doing that with my shirt since I never knew when a good photo op would present itself and didn’t want to wear it every day. I ended up schlepping it around in my bag and throwing it over other shirts for photos, not the most flattering look. Get creative with your popveille gear!
      Congratulations on winning!

    • Congrats on the win – and thanks for the reminder to bring my shirt on this trip. Hoping for a snowy Russia PoP-Pic.

  • epric002

    rant: the intersection of tilden & beach drive in RCP during the evening commute. there are way too many glassbowl (maryland) drivers who ignore the no left turn sign, and so cause tilden to back up to connecticut. who do i contact about this? park police?

    • epric002

      request: how are the DC protests being organized? how do i find out so i can participate?

      • gertie_wickler

        I’m interested in knowing this too…

      • I can’t answer the first question, but @mcbyrne on Twitter live tweets the protests, so you could find out where to go from that account or contact her directly. There is also a #dcferguson hashtag on Twitter.

        • epric002

          thanks for the suggestions. i’m not on twitter- have you seen info on any other platforms?

          • DC Alerts lists street closures and attributes them to protest activity if that’s the case. They update the alerts frequently, so you could just follow the street closures 🙂
            http:// hsema.dc.gov /page/alertdc

          • I’m not on Twitter either but you don’t need to be to read DC Alerts and the DC police feed. Both seem to have street closure/demonstration info.

      • There are a number of protest groups on Facebook. I’d look up Ferguson DC group on FB or as Shawess suggested twitter. I also think there are things put up on Instagram as well.

        • epric002

          thanks! i found the black lives matter group on FB and they seem to be covering DC protests so maybe i can get some info on the next one before it happens

    • +50000 for glassbowl, it is my favorite curse-implied phrase.

  • hispanicandproud

    Rave: Went to first yoga class yesterday after a four week hiatus because of dumb appendectomy. Namaste, bitches!

    Rave: Attempting my first run today at noon after four weeks of not running. I can’t wait to get out there in the rain.

    Rave: Cleaning lady coming today. I’m looking forward for apartment to shine.

    Rant: Waking up an hour earlier today to clean before cleaning lady comes to cleans.

    • hahah I clean before the housekeepers come….and housekeeper days are my favorite days of the month. that said, between canine and child, the apartment is clean for about 24 minutes.

    • If you care to share – I’m curious as to how your recovery has been from the appendectomy. I know of 3 people in 2 states (Ok fine, 1 state + DC) who had the surgery – the first was 10 years ago, the most recent this past June – and all 3 suffered terrible complications. My brother (10 years ago) nearly died he became so infected and had to have a follow up surgery. My cousin (this year) has had 2 follow up surgeries since June because of re-infection. (The other person was my dr’s kid. I know he had to have a follow up surgery, but I don’t really know the details of my dr’s life, let alone his kid’s life!)

      • epric002

        one of my brothers had an appendectomy in arlington about 2ish years ago (almost exactly- it was the 30th of december) and he hasn’t had any complications.

      • hispanicandproud

        TammyM, recovery has been okay so far. First couple of weeks there was a lot of discomfort and I would get very tired rather quickly. The left incision is still healing and is a bit bumpy. I have been massaging the cut to help the healing process. I am trying to take it slow but am anxious to get out there and run. I hope I’m not pushing it. My neighbor had hers removed three months ago and she’s had some complications but she said she did too much too quickly.

      • The appendix a finnicky part. I had mine out. It started like a stomach ache after dinner and by 1am it kept me from sleeping so we went to the hospital. Getting it before it bursts is key, if the appendix ruptures either before or during surgery there can be all sorts of complications.
        The actual removal is pretty straightforward. They can do it laproscopically now (if they catch it before it bursts) so the incision is only 1″. I was walking around ok within 3 days and switched to large doses of Ibuprophen instead of the percoset tabs almost immediately.

        • hispanicandproud

          My stomach ache started on a Sunday night and finally after having major fever on Tuesday at work I decided to go to the ER the next day. After that it was out in a matter of hours. They yanked it out through my belly button. I had an allergic reaction to the iodine contrast (shell fish) for the CT scan and broke out in hives. That was the worst of it all.

        • Yeah – whether the appendix burts makes all the difference. For my family members, theirs did burst so that explains the complications. I’m glad to hear others have fared much better! Hispanicandproud — don’t rush into things too quickly! Let your body heal!

          • hispanicandproud

            TammM, yes, I am taking it slow. I am missing a 5K race this weekend with my running group but I’ll be there for breakfast!

        • My appendix ruptured while I was traveling – fortunately I was in Japan and not trekking in Thailand or other remote area. Hospital for 10 days and then probably two weeks of taking it slow but no complications.
          Being in a Japanese hospital was one of the more challenging cross-cultural experiences I’ve had.

          • Whoa! Where in Japan?

          • Tokyo – I ended up in a Japanese hospital where the surgeon was really the only English speaker. Fortunately the friend I was staying with spent time with me, and someone from the embassy came and brought me magazines, diet coke and yogurt (yes, your tax dollars at work!).
            The positive cultural difference came when I had to pay what my insurance didn’t cover – something like $10,000. My parents wired the money to the embassy and I went to collect the money to take to the hospital. The embassy staffperson gave me the money in yen, in a brown paper bag, and assured me it was safe to walk down the street carrying the money in a bag.

          • And I got a complimentary Polaroid picture of my post-operation appendix!

          • Emmaleigh504

            Did you frame the polaroid and hang it in your bathroom?

          • Emilie although unframed I’m sure I still have the photo along with the detailed MD report (appendix out, [photo taken] patient fine)

          • Emmaleigh504

            Time to frame it and decorate a bathroom around it!

    • hispanicandproud

      Rave: Lunch run went super! I took it nice and easy and ran 2.5 miles. The gym worker bees said I had a nice glow to my face! Super happy.

  • Rant: at home with the cold everyone else has. Had to cancel my volunteer shift at the White House
    Rave: It’s Friday.

    Anyone have recommendations of a training course for how to talk to the press or media? Thanks!

  • Rave: Going to see a friend perform in a show tonight that has gotten stellar reviews. This is not new for her (she’s ridiculously accomplished), but it’s still nice to see good things happen to one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. Plus, always fun to see a new show.
    Rant: Have to drive to Shirlington in the evening rush hour. Blargh.
    Rant: Rumors of my office move appear to have been greatly exaggerated. Looks like we’ll be in sub-par office space for the foreseeable future.
    Rave (and ancillary rant): Still across the street from Baked ‘N Wired. Good for delicious coffee and baked good, bad for fitness efforts. Their breakfast biscuits are fantastic, and my biggest recurring food weakness.

  • Blithe

    Rant-ish : Learning things the hard way. Yet another teacher yesterday pointed out that it’s the process that’s important — more so than the form of the result. So I’m practicing patience. And trying to hold onto this in a results and productivity oriented culture.
    Rave: I”m working on a short story for a writing contest in Bethesda, and I actually have two things that I’d like to submit. I’m trying to decide between something light and magical — that’s a good story, and something much better written that multiple people have described as “dark, very dark”. Either way, I’m glad that I’m moving forward with my writing.
    Rave: I actually have more raves — but need to deal with a few things on my To Do list first. I’m often stunned by how much more I get done when I have a list, especially when the list includes a few easy to check off accomplishments.

  • Blithe

    Rant-ish : Learning things the hard way. Yet another teacher yesterday pointed out that it’s the process that’s important — more so than the form of the result. So I’m practicing patience. And trying to hold onto this in a results and productivity oriented culture.
    Rave: I”m working on a short story for a writing contest in Bethesda, and I actually have two things that I’d like to submit. I’m trying to decide between something light and magical — that’s a good story, and something much better written that multiple people have described as “dark, very dark”. Either way, I’m glad that I’m moving forward with my writing.
    Rave: I actually have more raves — but need to deal with a few things on my To Do list first. I’m often stunned by how much more I get done when I have a list, especially when the list includes a few easy to check off accomplishments.

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rave: Interview today for a director’s position in my agency.
    Rant: I’m about 90% certain it’s just a courtesy interview.
    Rave: Don’t care!

  • Rave: I am seeing Taylor Swift in July!
    Rant: This week’s episode of Serial isn’t sitting well with me. I generally think of Sarah Koenig as a “reliable” narrator in the sense that if she says that she thinks something, I tend to believe that she really thinks it. I found at least two things fishy in this week’s epsiode.
    – The first was SK’s continued efforts to justify Christina Gutierrez’s work. Gutierrez seems like she was/became an utterly crappy lawyer, if not a criminal/thief in her own right. It’s hard not to draw that conclusion just from the sound of her voice and her bizarre lines of questioning. The apparently unjustified legal fees just add to the list of reasons to think she was a fraud.
    -The second was Sarah’s dismissal of the importance of the appeal. As I understand it (and please correct me, any lawyers out there), the lawyer plans to question Gutierrez’s competence in representing Adnan. It seems like that is -super- important.
    I’m trying to figure out if Sarah Koenig’s approach is strategic or just off base.

    • OMG, did you read Gawker this morning? Taylor Swift make-out session with a Victoria’s Secret model.
      Personally, I think she is an ATROCIOUS dancer. But I still think she’s the cutest thing since sliced Wonder Bread 😀
      Have fun at the show!

      • She totally is the cutest thing. And if she’s actually with Karlie Kloss, good for her, but tbh, it doesn’t really get me that excited. Pop star dating a model? Old news.

        • If she is really gay or bi, I certainly did not expect that. That was surprising to me and she played the “straight girl” quite believably for all these years.
          That said, she’s a self-promoting marketing super-machine and this seems to play into that perfectly. Damn you, Taylor Swift!!!! 😡

          • I’m hoping that @feministtaylorswift weighs in on this.

          • Meh. Sounds like the celebrity equivalent of straight college girls making out in a bar to get guys’ attention.

          • In a way, Feminist Taylor Swift already did weigh in: @feministtswift · Oct 20
            You can want who you want / Boys and boys and girls and girls / And people who have non-binary gender identities
            Either that or it’s just a PR stunt like Anon11:17 says. Either way, I find it pretty unremarkable. #womenscollegeeducated

          • Also, it’s not really clear that that’s what was happening. It’s a pretty terrible picture. I don’t care what she does or who she does it with, but I wouldn’t consider anything “confirmed” from an incredibly grainy picture taken from far away.

          • I agree, jeslett. And the entertainment press really loves making up Taylor Swift scandals.

        • Eh, I’ve had drunken girlfriends smack me on the lips out at the bars and we’re as straight as they come. Just drunken silliness. And they could just be trying to talk over the music or a million other things.

          Even if they are a couple, whatever. You do you Taylor.

    • Emmaleigh504

      Oh lucky! I’m not sure I”m ready to go to a concert of hers, but I bet it will be a blast. I want to get invited to one of her house shows so I can watch all the teen fans die. If you haven’t seen her on Graham Norton, you mush watch this clip. It’s adorable! [link in separate comment]

    • I agree with your second Serial finding, but I think I can help answer the first: SK is clearly rooting for Adnan, and Adnan had such a high opinion of Christina, so I think there’s a bit of bias here. I am glad she played a fair number of trial recordings of Christina, as well as jurors’ opinions of her, so I’m able to form my own opinion (which is similar to yours).

      • Have you read the newest entry on splitthemoon? If not, I’d be curious to hear your thoughts after you do.

      • All Serial listeners – please tell me you’ve been reading Split The Moon and if you have not — google and read the recap on Episode 10 !!!

        This line from Split the Moon summarizes her recap of Episode 10 and bolsters the opinion of CG that most Serial listeners have had since the start: “In Adnan’s case, we were there. And our story is this: No defense prepared + constant demands for money + excellently preserving the record for appeal + demanding an appeal fee even before we exit the courthouse = some major bullsh*&”

        • palisades

          Fascinating. But I think she might be at the opposite end of the spectrum of SK. She’s so incredibly emotionally invested, that I think it might be blinding what she is hearing on Serial. I never got the idea that SK is being charitable to CG.

          • This is where I wonder if the framing of the episode is somewhat tactical. SK may think that listeners now have a good sense of how the next episodes will play out — CG is deemed unfit, the case is re-opened, Adnan walks, Jay is vilified — so she wants to leave us guessing.

          • palisades

            @Shawess: Yeah I’ll be completely honest, I have no freaking clue where this story is going. I’ve tried my hardest to ignore the white noise and speculation about what has been going on in real time. I’m just bummed there are only 2 more episodes!

          • @palisades, it will be interesting to compare notes at the end! I think that the white noise and speculation has become part of the story, and may even impact the outcome, so I’m interested in following that part too. But it’s possible that I may be sort of ruining it for myself, too.

    • palisades

      I really don’t think she was trying to “justify” her work. I think SK was just aware of how much the viewers thought of CG as completely incompetent. SK brings to light the fact that CG was, at one time, a brilliant lawyer, but as Adnan’s case dragged on, she got more and more bogged down with medical problems and money problems.
      Regarding the appeal, I think SK was attempting to hamper expectations about the appeal. People hear that and begin having wild assumptions that Adnan will be released any day now or something. She’s simply saying it’s just one step in an arduous process.

      • Very, very good points.

      • Totally agree with palisades. I don’t think SK was justifying anything regarding the defense lawyer – she was just trying to give listeners a full picture of what was going on with the defense. As for the appeal thing, I think she was trying to show the reality of the legal process to prevent listeners from getting too carried away about what it means.
        In the bigger picture, I also think SK may be trying to tone down the expectation of a blockbuster conclusion that seems to be growing among listeners (at least that’s the impression I get.) I don’t think there will be a TV-style ending where we find out what really happened and everything gets wrapped up nicely.

  • Rant: Arena Stage ticket prices! I really want to see Fiddler on the Roof and Five Guys Named Moe. Looking on their website, the tickets are pretty expensive. I don’t want to spend $400 on tickets (for me and my gf) in the next couple of months! Anyone know about discount tickets? I might just have to convince her to go to one of the cheaper week night shows.

    Rave: Going to see The Nutcracker at the Warner this weekend.

    • Have you looked on Goldstar?

    • epric002

      i love warner’s nutcracker! enjoy 🙂

      • Thanks! We wanted to see it there last year but it stopped playing a couple of weeks before Christmas. Ended up seeing it in Bowie, which was nice, but not the same. My parents used to take me and my brother to see it at the Kennedy Center when we were kids. I always loved seeing it there (although the giant dancing rats kind of freaked me out.)

    • For cheaper tickets, you could try joining Goldstar and seeing if they’re offering any discounted tickets for those shows.

    • Not sure your age, but I think they have under-35 or under-30 discounts. I think you can sometimes get discounted tickets through groupon as well. Good luck!

    • skj84

      Second Goldstar. Also Try Ticketplace DC for half price tickets. Sometimes Arena sends out special offers to their mailing list. Also thank you for supporting local theatre!

      Huge fan of Warner’s Nutcracker. I haven’t been in a while, but it’s such a sweet show. I love seeing the little kids in the audience all excited about the performance. Reminds me of the first time I saw the Nutcracker as a little girl.

  • Rant: having one of those days where I’m regretting my decision to become a teacher.
    Rave: all the MD state taxes my county had been withholding but shouldn’t have, they gave it all to me in this paycheck.
    Rant: I’ll be here til 8 tonight because I volunteered to be part of a math fair. Whhhyyy?

  • SFT

    Rave: I hired cleaners to clean my house yesterday. It’s quite possibly the best money I’ve ever spent. Stuff that I had no idea was supposed to shine is shining!
    Rave: I really love my new job – much less stress and it affords the ability to hire cleaners. Now I just have to make it through the next 48 hours with my dad and life will be good!
    NO RANTS!!!

    • Good luck with your dad! I was wondering when you described his behavior yesterday… is there any way to find some humor in his disagreeableness, like coming up with a “Complaints-from-Dad Bingo”?
      It does sound rough, though. Seems like there are many people whose _in-laws_ find fault with every last thing they do, but there’s a kind of baseline assumption that our own parents won’t be so universally negative.

      • SFT

        I’ve diagnosed him with OCS (Only Child Syndrome). Not all only children are afflicted with this syndrome, I have a few friends who are only children and they couldn’t be more wonderful. In fact, I’m raising an only child, so it makes me even more determined to keep this from happening to him. My grandma babied and coddled my dad until the day he married my mom, and then my mom, being a “good southern wife” of the 60s waited on him hand and foot. It’s only made things worse. He feels like everyone in the world should wait on him hand and foot, that we should all agree with his ideas, and that the world revolves around his lazy boy. He also had an abusive alcoholic father, so while my grandpa was kicking his ass, my grandma was wiping his ass. It’s just a mess and there is no fix. When you confront him, even in a joking way, he gets table flipping mad, so we just endure because keeping the peace is a much better option. I make lots of jokes about his behavior, it’s just my coping mechanism, but in reality there isn’t much humor in it.

        • 🙁 Good luck this weekend.

        • Gah. Sorry about that – there’s no advice that I can think of. You have far more patience than I do – I’d have disassociated myself from him long ago.

          • SFT

            I’ve kept at least a thousand miles or so between us for the last 15 years. The hard part is my mom, she’s amazing and a total saint for what she’s put up with for 42 years. It’s harder now that there’s a grandchild. My dad is soft and sweet with my son (he’s only seen him twice) and it’s totally thrown me for a loop. He was never like that with my brother or me, so it’s really confusing, but good I guess.

    • Cleaner recommendation?

      • SFT

        The Cleaning Authority. They are priced reasonably and will get the dirt out of places you didn’t even know had dirt. Call the Alexandria office: 703-619-6200.

  • Rant: Bus broke down on my way to work this morning. It did yesterday as well. I have some really weird, bad bus luck. I’ve had two Bolt buses get into accidents in the same month, and another time two metro buses get into accidents in the same week… and now this. @_@
    Rant: Came in to work to find out my computer apparently got infected with a virus. Aaargh. Our computers are old and terrible and they don’t keep them updated, but I have no idea where I picked that up. Sigh.
    Today is just a ranty kind of day. 🙁

    • epric002

      i got a virus on my work computer a couple of weeks ago too. i now have a new computer, which is SO MUCH faster than my old crappy one. i had no idea how bad it really was until i got this new one. i hope you get a new one too!

      • Haha no, I wish… They said it’s one of the oldest ones. And it keeps having issues that they are trying to figure out. 🙁

    • Emmaleigh504

      Thanks for the warning! If I ever see you get on my bus, I’ll say hi and exit immediately! Hopefully your day gets better quickly!

      • Haha seriously. The week where the two metro buses I was on got into accidents, I was seriously just telling the friend that I was with about my bad luck with buses. I just told her about today, and she said “Yep. Never getting near a bus with you again.”

  • Rant/Rave: Colleague I suspected was getting a divorce told me about it a few days ago. It seems to be an amicable separation and the kid is taking it well. I dint ask any detail because it is none of my business.
    Rave: Working from “home” (currently from Czech Republic) for one week and off till next year. We will be travelling to Prague, Vienna, Brussel, Milan, Verona. Beside Prague and Vienna, we will be staying with family, I love my international family 🙂
    Suggestion: POP, could we have a feature where new comments since the last time the reader checked the site are colored differently? As a software engineer I know it is not easy to implement it will be so nice to have, many websites do it. I check this site multiple times a day, I always have to read all comments to see what is new, it is so annoying.

  • Pablo Raw

    Rant: Life if a very fragile thing. A person I photographed and had some nice interaction on FB (she was from another city) was injured on a car accident and passed away. Our last talk was less than 2 weeks ago. I didn’t know her well or even consider we were friends, but it is just really strange.
    Rant: Rain ruining my photography plans.
    Rave: or not?

    • Oh, no… I’m so sorry to hear that. Even if you don’t know someone well, it can really shake you to hear they’ve passed away. 🙁 Very sad.
      Yes, this weather just does not want to cooperate, does it?

    • Blithe

      I’m sorry for your loss.

  • Rave: The Waitresses “Christmas Wrapping” – new fav Christmas song.
    Rave: Laundry day today – aka the wash n fold service came to pick it up. Sending it out was best decision ever made!
    Rant: Having to turn down party invites b/c of travel

    • Quotia Zelda

      I love that song so much. I like to play it together with “Last Christmas.” Why yes, I AM a child of the 80s.

    • RAVE: Love that song too, and always look forward to hearing it at least once every year, but for maximum nostalgia, I am longing to hear the Kinks’ “Father Christmas.” And yes, “Last Christmas” is pretty awesome too, and definitely one I will stop and sing along with whenever I hear it on WASH FM (and yes, I listen to the radio in my car during my commutes, since I’ve yet to join the word of iDevices and such).

      RANT: I was stood up for a date a few weeks ago because I don’t have an iPhone or some other such device, and the proposed date assumed I “had the app” and was messaging me throughout the afternoon, to no avail. The thing is that she had my phone number, the time we were meeting, and the address, waaaaay back in the text of our chats.

      • Send her your post from the other day re the benefits of Yoga. I bet your date will be rescheduled.

      • I have never continued using the app once I’ve swapped numbers and planned a date even if I knew for sure the person had it. It’s just impersonal to me. I’d suggest just mention it next time, hey, I don’t have the app so make sure you call/text me. I’d think a reschedule should work here since it seems wires got crossed.

        • That was evidently the last straw for her. Our previous two attempts to get together were dashed by respective illnesses, viral bronchitis (her) and some sort of upper respiratory infection (the same thing? me), so this was the third attempt, and the only one that came closest to fruition. Evidently, my not having a smartphone communicated more than any of our fun dialogue. It was weird.

    • I Dont Get It

      Did you see Glee’s ersion of Christmas Wrapping?

  • skj84

    Rant: I drank too much wine watching Peter Pan last night and feel like crap. I can’t focus, my head is killing me, and my stomach hurts. I may need to drag myself out to find hangover food if I want to get work done today.

    Rave: I really enjoyed Peter Pan. Yes it was super cheesy, but I love that NBC produced live theatre for the screen. I do hope this becomes a regular holiday thing.

    • Emmaleigh504

      sorry you are hurting this morning!

    • I Dont Get It

      I think I heard somewhere they are doing “The Music Man” next year. Should be fun!

    • SFT

      I watched part of it, and I think it would have been better with a live audience. There’s just an energy that an audience brings to stage actors that you can’t get from a camera and crew alone. I wonder why they don’t film a live stage production?

      • skj84

        I agree. I felt the actors could’ve feed off the energy of an audience. Especially after the bigger production numbers.

        • SFT

          Plus the scale of the whole production seemed a little odd. I don’t want to keep bashing it, I mean, kuddos to NBC for bringing live theatre into our homes. I just want it to be better. And Little Shop of Horrors would be awesome!

  • Rant: woke up with a scratchy throat and feeling like i may be coming down with something
    Rave: still have tonight and tomorrow during the day to get it out of me before we party so i will be headed home asap and cranking the fireplace all the way up
    Rave: Snowball tomorrow
    Rave: didnt seriously hurt myself in the bicycle crash this past sat… swelling in my hand has gone down etc etc although i am still very bruised in numerous places
    Rant: still cant run
    ?… where can i find a really long Victorian santa jacket/ robe?

  • rave: gym third time in a row this week.
    rant: gym third time in a row this week. I can barely walk.
    rave: Friday! This has been such a challenging week. I’m looking forward to a quiet weekend.
    rave: My partner is gone until Wednesday, which means I get to dominate the remote control and sleep in the middle of the bed. Bliss.
    rave: Catch up lunch with a dear friend today.

  • I’ve been doing yoga for over a year and feel really stuck. I’ve felt a little bored and uninspired with most of the vinyasa level 1/2 classes. I’ve jumped around to a few studios in town, but so far nowhere has felt like the right match. So…where do y’all go to yoga? Any really good classes/teachers you’d recommend? I still don’t know if I’m doing things “right” (in quotes because I know there’s no right way, but I want to be sure I’m not going to injure myself!) and I’m a little bored of the same basic poses over and over in every class. I have my own practice where I do the poses I have fun with, but like I said- if I’m not doing them with correct alignment, I’m hesitant to push myself. And I’m fully aware that yoga is not simply about getting a good workout, and it takes years to “master” poses, etc. I’m writing this because on the days when that’s what I want, I’m not finding what I need. 😉

    • I suggest checking out Unity Woods and Iyengar yoga in general (other studios may have teachers certified in Iyengar yoga). That was my base practice for a long time and they do teach you the right way to do the poses, including what props to use for your level of flexibility. I still cringe in gym yoga classes at how the teachers do not correct the students. Anne was my favorite teacher but Lori, Steve and Joe are excellent too.

      • Thx for the suggestion. I have taken a few of John’s classes and love them. It’s getting to Bethesda that isn’t always convenient with my work schedule. I wish more local studios taught Iyengar! That was one idea though- to take more classes at UW. It’s just not a studio I can get to on a very regular basis. The Woodley studio is an option obviously. I think I’m just looking for a mix of Iyengar and vinyasa maybe? Ideally, I want an Iyengar instructor assisting me through a tough vinyasa class…is that asking too much? lol)

        • I highly recommend Unity Woods although sadly the Woodley Park studio is closing soon (or has closed). They’re looking to open another studio in DC, hoping/wishing this happens soon.
          Anusara Yoga may be another option (Willow St Yoga) for more precise teaching.
          You can also look at where Unity Woods teachers teach (outside of Unity Woods). Rocky Delaplaine (excellent teacher) has a class at a Tenleytown location.

          • Great suggestion. I’ll look into it. And thanks for the update. I hope they open another location!

          • I just checked the Woodley Park schedule and they have classes scheduled through March 2015. And as someone else recommended on this thread, workshops are also an excellent way to improve your technique/poses.

    • In terms of knowing if you’re doing poses “right,” you might want to find a studio with an Iyengar focus. They do a lot more adjusting and tweaking your posture to make sure you’re aligned correctly. I see people in most yoga classes doing poses very badly (and perhaps counterproductively) and never get corrected by the instructor, and I know I’m not in the right position either but can’t figure out what’s not quite right, and instructors never do anything (most never leave their own mats). I haven’t been there yet (next week, I hope!) but have heard that Unity Woods is good in this regard. I’d also like to hear from others recommending studios/instructors who take this aspect more seriously.

      • I think my frustration is that when I learned things in Iyengar, I’d then go to vinyasa classes and yes- I’d be happy that I could practice what I had learned. But it’s always the same routine. (And no, these weren’t Ashtanga classes!) There are so many poses I want to try and work on, but feel like most classes stick to the basics.

    • I’ve found that Sonja Kubota Johansson at Past Tense is really good at helping make sure you’re doing poses correctly. I imagine that if you asked her ahead of time, she’d pay closer attention as well. She probably teaches at other studios as well, but I don’t know where.

      • Oh – and in general, I’ve found that the teachers at Past Tense mix things up and incorporate different types of “play” time at the end of classes. So you might get more variety than you’ve been experiencing as well. But I don’t have anything to compare it to, since that’s really the only studio I’ve used.

      • How have I not heard of Past Tense?! And John Horan teaches there- I love his classes at the Dupont WSC. Thanks so much for the recommendation!

        • I love John too – he’s a riot. On occasion, a singalong has broken out during his classes. Though maybe that only happens when I’m there – I may be the dork that starts it….

    • I’ve posted here before that I really like yogaglo dot com. It is less than $20/month and a way to try video classes of a host of styles. I also got bored with the same Vinyasa classes everywhere and found studios in town too crowded. Once people are getting kicked in the face during class we need a bigger studio…

      • I have an account with gaiam and doyogawithme. I’ll look at yogaglo too. Thx! I also find a lot of great ones on youtube. Guy named Pino… can’t remember his last name- is excellent and he’s a big goofball.

    • I am loving Yoga Heights. They seem to have a devoted coterie of budding yoga masters for being such a new establishment. Might I suggest, since you’re so wisely concerned about proper form, that you spring for a private session or two with a teacher you respect, so that you can receive truly singular, detailed attention and critique of your form for even basic postures? My experience thus far is that as good as anyone gets, more attention to form in the context of where you are in your practice can always make even relatively basic/simple poses challenging.

    • epric002

      i practice at yoga heights and like them, but miss chris parkison who left for vida navy yard. i only ever took his back to basics class but he is a great instructor. have you thought about doing some private yoga classes so you can learn some modifications that will make your regular practice more challenging?

    • I’ve practiced at Georgetown Yoga and really enjoyed the classes with Joan, Maryl, and Molly. They all provide very specific instructions on the poses, hands on adjustments, and mix things up quite a bit. I would also recommend looking to workshops that go more into detail about specific poses, for example Gtown Yoga has offered workshops on arm balances, inversions, etc.

    • Naomi Gottlieb-Miller at Lighthouse Yoga Center is a master at teaching great alignment and getting you into poses you thought you’d never get. She teaches an advanced asana class on Mondays and a mixed level class on Wednesdays. It’s a really small studio so it’s a good idea to sign up in advance. Her background is in anusara but she’s moved on from that. Highly recommend.

  • I know this is really, really random, but this is my DC politics rant:

    I live in Ward 4 and want to support a good new Council candidate. Instead, I get Muriel Bowser endorsing her 31 year-old campaign fundraiser with nothing but ties to her and her community relations work (is there anyone in Ward 4 who felt like Muriel and her team was really looking out for the demands of Ward 4, e.g., schools?) to represent Ward 4.

    Ward 4 is basically the most diverse ward in DC with a lot of better-educated, more-experienced, people who work tirelessly for the ward, for DC, not one candidate and don’t spend their time getting others to pay to play in DC politics hobnobbing with the likes of “Uncle Earl.”

    Why would I or anyone support some insider like that to get a king-maker’s blessing to get on the Council and do whatever Muriel wants?

    Also – the only other candidates I’ve seen jumping in don’t seem to be much more than this either. Give me someone with Mendelson’s experience, Grosso’s politics, Catania’s brains, and Barry (RIP)’s connection to actual people.

    So – I know that’s obscure and irrelevant to many here, but it is my actual rant of the day. Hopefully it gets a sympathetic nod or at least a laugh out of some here!

    Rave: being involved in DC politics actually is rewarding because you really can help shape DC and my involvement to this point makes me feel I’ve actually helped my neighborhood. It’s an amazing feeling, despite frustrations like this. I recommend anyone here who’s even just curious find a way to get in, get involved and don’t remain on the periphery.

    • binpetworth

      Have you thought about running? Seriously, if you’re that passionate and can convey it to others, I would vote for you! And I echo your sentiments, as a fellow Ward 4 resident.

    • epric002

      agree- was pretty disappointed to read the article in the express this morning about him.

    • Accountering

      Very disappointed to read that Muriel simply “appointed” one of her cronies to this. The fact she is already saying he will be a great CM is a joke. What about the democratic process?
      Without a doubt, the one benefit of this endorsement is it ensures that, once again, I would crawl over broken glass to Truesdell Elementary to vote against whoever it is that she endorsed.

    • Not in Ward 4, but +1 to all. And lest we forget, this is how we ended up with Mayor Bowser – Fenty anointed her his successor in Ward 4. That’s turned out well. #sarcasm

  • Rave: first Friday of my new job! Its been a good, albeit quiet week, but I’m so happy to be here. I even have my own office, and I’m trying to think of ways to decorate nicely. Any tips?
    Semi rant: this whole rainy damp week is making my back feel like wood. What’s up with that? At least we have rain tho

    • Emmaleigh504

      Decorating: rhinos! (If you need any, I have some you can borrow.) and an office plant.

    • Check out poppin.com for really colorful desk accessories (and other office stuff). They can really brighten up an office space, particularly if you work in a basic white/beige/grey office.

  • RAVE: Sooooo excited to see the extraordinary Irish vocalist, Karan Casey, tonight, with Lunasa. I last saw Casey AND Lunasa (separately) 17 years ago, and her voice is spine-tingling, and never fails to make me wistful.

    RAVE: yoga, orgasms and such.

    RANT: I just wanna be loved, is that so wrong?

  • Rave: Five hours until vacation! Wife is getting sent on a total boondoggle work trip to Miami for just a few hours of work on Monday, so we’re making a long weekend out of it.
    Rant: Never been there. Any must dos/must eats while we’re there?
    Rave: Really excellent batch of homemade vodka sauce last night! And yes, *most* of the vodka made it into the sauce.

  • Another random question. By when do people need to remove election signs? My neighbor has a huge one up in the ally entrance on 17th between Church and P. He’s a big Bowser supporter as she gave a speech on his doorstep at the High Heel Race.

    • i believe private property owners can keep whatever they want on their own property. election signs on public property are suppose to be removed 30 days after the election. Which was yesterday.

    • They have 30 days to remove them from public space. Is the sign on the neighbor’s own property, or in public space?
      One of my slacker neighbors (the one who left his yard unmowed and had 3-foot-tall weeds in it) still has a yard sign up saying “April 1 – Muriel for Mayor.” I suspect the sign will still be there when she’s inaugurated, and perhaps even if/when she runs for re-election in 2018.

      • ugh, this may only apply to vacant lots but i’m pretty sure you can have the city come out and mow any lawn with stuff that high as it’s a public health issue at that point (rats breeding and stuff like that) and they will charge the owner the service fee.

        • I complained to DCRA multiple times over the summer. (I even got a Twitter account for the sole purpose of tweeting to DCRA, in the hope that they’d be more attentive to my tweets than they’d been to my e-mails.)
          As far as I can tell, the only time they actually came out and inspected (early June), another neighbor had mowed the offending lawn the previous day (and dumped the clippings in the yard in a fit of pique).
          The enforcement period ended October 31, but I need to follow up (again) with DCRA to see if they can take some action. I should probably also loop in my ANC rep. At least the weeds are starting to die down a bit with the cold weather, but it’s still ridiculous.

    • I’m pretty sure you can’t do anything about a sign on his private property. I know exactly the sign you’re talking about, your best bet is to (kindly) ask him to remove it.
      You are, however, allowed to remove and trash any signs on the street/lampposts/trees/etc.

    • It’s a gigantic poster on the side of his row house so I guess I’ll get used to it. Thanks everyone.

  • I Dont Get It

    Rave: Playing ”Cards Against Humanity” while watching “Peter Pan.”
    Rant: Hungover.

  • Question: what time should I get in line if I want to get a seating at Little Serow around 8 or 9pm tonight? I don’t want to get called too early, my friend can’t make it to Dupont until 730pm at the earliest.
    Rave: going to Little Serow for fish week!
    Rant: I’ve had weird stomach issues/nausea the last few days. Little Serow will either exacerbate these issues or totally cure me.

  • Rave – Last day of temp work – I start officially at my job on Monday 😀
    Rant – Can’t celebrate until I get through my final Tuesday night
    Rant-ish – hosting a school thing tomorrow. I just want to sleep in then study, but need to pull my weight. Hopefully it goes smoothly and I can study during it.
    Rave – Nutcracker and introducing boy and mom to each other next weekend! Now to just find time to clean so my mom doesn’t go back and rearrange/clean/judge my entire apartment….
    Rave – the raves definitely outweigh the rants

  • Rant: The possibility that the 3rd st tunnel will be shut down so a developer can build a new development in the area. That would be a total disaster!


    • That is ridiculous, and would be a traffic catastrophe.

    • jim_ed

      Eh, this screws commuters more than city residents, and I have zero sympathy for them. This project will also be great for the city, re-connecting the grid, so I’d rather them hurry up and get it done with rather than appease people who don’t live here and feel entitled to traffic-free commutes.

  • Rave: Thanks to everyone that posted a response to my question yesterday.

  • Quotia Zelda

    Bonus Rave: Ran into my cousin’s wife while I was out having lunch. She’s awesome.

  • Rant: the UVA story Rolling Stone published has a lot of holes in it according to a WaPo article that came out today. It’s this kind of thing that makes it even more difficult for rape victims to get justice.

    • Holes that were never exposed when she publicly told the story over and over. UVA has an awful lot of money to cover their behind.

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