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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  • One night of bright lights on a trailer won’t stem a neighborhood crime wave… Busting trap houses that are pretty obvious in Petworth will though, but DC must have already spent it’s SWAT budget on speed cameras by now.

    What’s up with all of the speed cameras suddenly switching locations?

    Had a great NYE at a house party, beats clubs every time… People are always more socially inclined at house parties, not so much in DC clubs/bars.

    Wish my job had a 4 day week work option… Coming in 5 days a week is for suckerz.

    • Accountering

      Speed camera’s and police budgets are not an either or thing. If you think about it, speed cameras should theoretically INCREASE the police budgets.
      Speed cameras are moved around to catch people speeding. That is the point.

  • Rant: Idiots talking loudly and banging around in the alley last night. It’s really nice that you all apparently didn’t have to get up this morning, but I did. Thanks a lot, jerks.
    Rant: Soooo tired, and the boss decided he was coming in today after all. So today is going to be rough.
    Rave: Vacation starts tomorrow. Not a moment too soon.

    • Emmaleigh504

      ugh I had some guys who thought smoking and talking loudly right outside my window late at night was a good idea. Go out front and smoke like everyone else, don’t do it on the roof by my window! What made it worse was their convo was soooo boring.

      • Wasn’t there someone on PoPville several months back who had neighbors who were very loud and very bro, and who was reporting on the content of there conversations?

  • binpetworth

    Rave: Got a full 8 hours of sleep last night for the first time in weeks.
    Rant: No Friday question of the day!
    Rave: If that’s my only rant, I guess I have it good 🙂 I just really like reading folks’ opinions on favorite things.

  • rave: Fabulous stay at home new years. Literally just a movie, ramen, and cuddles. Couldn’t ask for a better time.
    rant: People/my friends still having ridiculous high school tier drama. Another reason why i’m glad I avoided all the parties I knew about.
    rant: office heat is off. Freezing my butt off for real.
    rave: going for korean tofu soup tomorrow in annandale with my bf and my old college roommate. I can already taste the burn. So excited.

  • Rave: It’s Friday.
    Rave: Optional telework day today. Will be going home around lunchtime!
    Rant: Migraine. Oi.
    Rave: Woke up this morning feeling surprisingly refreshed, despite the migraine. It’s a new year and I’m ready for new opportunities (including, but not limited to, a new apartment and new boyfriend at some point this year). Woohoo!

    • Pablo Raw

      I can’t telework, but at least I have the option to lunch at home when needed since I live so close. It is nice.

      • Ah, that is nice! I’ve eaten so many Trader Joe’s frozen meals over the past year for lunch at work, not that there’s anything wrong with that. It just gets boring. That being said, I think I lied to myself. Still in the office. Heading out … eventually. Hungry.

        • Pablo Raw

          You will know the meaning of “boring” related to food, the day you get excited because CVS is the new lunch option near your office 🙁 fortunately things have changed around here, but for a while it was terrible!

          • OH NO. That is bad. I didn’t even know it was possible to have such a lack of food options near a big city. I at least have a [lousy] cafeteria and Subway, in case of emergency.

          • At my old job we had a CVS… about a mile away. The only thing that was really in walking distance was a Quinzos, until that closed. I always wondered why none of the food trucks bothered to come down our way. They would have made a killing!
            There are things I hate about working outside of DC (Crystal City) but it’s nice having millions of lunch options now.

          • Pablo Raw

            Not “near” the city, I work near Rhode Island Metro! There is a subway relatively near, but eventually I got tired of it. I even tried the Popeye’s 🙁 but it was always so full and long lines I never was able to get anything.

          • Oh, huh! That’s interesting. Popeye’s isn’t that great. But the long lines… I used to work in Rosslyn and there’s a MILLION places to eat, but the lines were still at least 20 minutes long during a normal lunchtime. I’ll never understand why so many people get lunch out so often. But that’s just me.

  • Rant: husband’s new year resolution is to divorce.
    I’m sure I’ll find a rave eventually, right now I’m just angry. My coffee is pretty good this morning, I guess that’s something.

  • skj84

    Rave: I had fun hanging with my sister NYE. We went to the Red Derby and played games in our cocktail dresses.

    Rant: Sister had a bad panic attack while we were walking to metro. She wanted me to call an ambulance, but I managed to talk her through it. This is the second time I’ve dealt with someone having a medical emergency on New Years!

    Rave: We were able to get Ubers twice on NYE without surge pricing!! We took an Uber to Red Derby and got one coming back around 1:00am. We did have to wait 30 minutes for the last one, but it was worth it.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rave: so much extra cash in my account! I’m rich!
    Rant: because I forgot I have to pay rent.

    • Ha, that happened to me last night. Just got back from a few weeks of travel, checked my finances and thought, “Wow, my travels were a lot cheaper than I expected!” Then I realized I hadn’t paid my January rent yet…

  • Rave/rant: I’m working for the first time in 4 weeks.
    Rant: I have serious jet lag. Focusing on work isn’t much fun.
    Rave: Office is dead quiet at least.
    Rant: USCIS is god awful. I will just leave it at that.
    Rant: While I’m DHS-agency bashing, l will mention CBP too. I went through 8 countries immigration/customs lines the past 4 weeks. The longest was here in the USA. Customs was ridicously slow yesterday at IAD. At least passport control, while very crowded with a super long line, moved pretty quickly.
    Rave: I won’t be making any international trips again until at least 2016, so won’t have to deal with CBP for a long time (and which is why I haven’t enrolled in Global Entry)…

    • I travel internationally occasionally for work. It is frankly embarrassing to come home to the USA and wait for hours at IAD. I have complained in person, over email and online about the lack of timely service. Every other country I visit – in Asia, Africa, Europe, etc has been able to get me into their country is no more than 30 mins. Typically the wait is less than 10 mins. What message does it send about our country?

      • Yeah, it’s disgraceful. The 2nd longest wait was in Qatar, where I had to deal with a lazy ass immigration officer who was picking his nose and fiddling with his blackberry while working. At least I have never seen a CBP officer act that unprofessionally.

    • IAD is crazy slow! I travel internationally for work every 4-6 weeks so Global Entry makes it so much better, but compared to other airports – IAD is the worst!!

  • Rave: Had a fantastic NYE. Started off catching up with Andie and Accountering (if you’re reading today, thanks for hosting. So sorry we couldn’t stay long!), met the new boy’s friends for the first time and they were all awesome and friendly, and ended the night at my brother’s with some friends I hadn’t seen in a while.
    Rant: Yesterday’s hangover. I’m still tired.
    Rave: I have a good feeling about 2015. 🙂

  • Rant: Heard a pop-pop-pop coming from the direction of the Petworth Metro after I returned home on New Year’s Eve/Day, around 2:30 a.m. I reported it to 911 as suspected gunfire.
    Rant: Accomplished nothing on New Year’s Day, unless “sleep” counts as an accomplishment.
    Rave?: I guess I must have needed it.
    Rave: Teleworking with cat on lap.

  • Rave – Rang in 2015 with great friends, delicious paella, and a rather intense discussion of Pitbull’s global reach. I also may or may not have teared up when discussing my appreciation of Taylor Swift. I’ll blame that one on prosecco.
    Rave – Made major progress on knitting my friend’s baby blanket and it’s looking amazing. Now I want to make every a baby blanket for every little one I know.
    Rave? Rant? – Puppy prep is getting real. I’m trying to do everything “right” but there’s so much to do and learn before the pup comes home in a week.

    • Make sure the new pup can’t reach the baby blanket you’ve worked so hard on!!

    • What are you doing to prep for the new puppy? I’ve been contemplating starting the process of getting a new puppy..and I’m getting overwhelmed with where to start.

      • – Finding/buying supplies. Our breeder gave us a list and I’ve spent a lot of time looking into options. There are a million types of supplies of each kind (just think of how many types of dog food there are!), and each has pros and cons.
        – Looking into vets and pet insurance.
        – Puppy-proofing.
        – Finding a trainer.
        – Reading training sites and books (although not as many as I would like yet. I’m planning to do some more in the next week).
        -I’m probably forgetting something.
        I’ve never had a dog, so this is all new and I may be taking it more seriously than I need to. But it also seems like a lot of work upfront can prevent trouble down the line and make us and the pup happier overall.

        • Emmaleigh504

          You could probably train Miss Sassy yourself, no need for a trainer. It’s pretty easy if your dog isn’t a problme-dog. And we all know Miss Sassy is not going to be a problem dog. It’s also pretty fun and a great way to bond. I decided to train a new dog my family got when I was a teen. He loved me the best after that. Even after I went to college I was always his favorite.

        • Shawess, I’ve been following your puppy preparations and it brings back so many memories! It’s been almost three years since I brought my own dachshund pup home, but I can still remember how nervous I was to make sure I didn’t mess it up. I’m sure you’ve probably read and researched a ton already, but I highly recommend “The Puppy Primer” and the puppy play dates at Fur Get Me Not and Metro Mutts NE. I think lots of early socialization really helped my dachshund avoid the stereotypical dachshund protectiveness, etc. The puppy stage is a lot of work, but it will all be worth it. I’m biased, but dachshunds really are awesome. Have fun!

          • Thanks so much and YAY for dachshunds! I wasn’t aware of these puppy play dates and really appreciate that suggestion, as well as your book recommendation. One of the things that makes me most anxious is the period in between taking him home and getting him ready for dog parks and other interactions with big dogs. When do you think he’ll be safe at puppy play dates and is there anything I can do to help prepare him? Apparently dachshunds have a real Napoleon complex and can hold their own with digger dogs, but he will weigh about 4 pounds when I take him home, so attitude can’t get him out of everything….

          • *bigger dogs

          • Are there really dog parks that are secure enough to hold such a tiny dog? Especially a burrower?

          • Jeslett, that’s my worry, too. We have an enclosed yard that should give him more than enough space for exercise and play, but I might need to find a way to help him socialize without bringing him to a full-on dog park. Any small dog owners want to arrange a puppy play date soon?

          • Shawess one of my dog park friends has a small pup that could squeeze through the bars on the fence. She bought him something that looks like an inflatable airline pillow – a puppy bumper that makes his head too fat to fit through the bars.

          • MPinDC, that just made me laugh out loud 🙂 I wonder if his puppy friends snicker at him behind his back.

          • Re: size and playing with other dogs, I started taking my pup to the play dates right after I brought her home at 8-9 weeks old (she was also only about 4 lbs). They check to make sure the dogs are started on vaccinations, and they segregate the dogs by size and energy level so that no one gets hurt, and make sure they have a positive experience / teach you what to look for in dog play. Both the trainer I worked with and vet advised me not to take her to dog parks until she was fully vaccinated and bigger, and even then to stay in the small dog section if in doubt. Even though dachshunds can “handle” big dogs, you still need to be careful with rough play due to the size difference. You’ll get to know your pup’s personality, but mine ended up not being a “dog park” dog. She has big dog friends from the neighborhood and from her pack walks, but being in a group of big dogs just isn’t her thing.

        • Good for you for doing advance planning! When I brought my first dog home from the shelter, I totally wasn’t ready – I had to go out and get food/leash/etc AFTER I brought him home. Note: I wasn’t planning on bringing him home that day but was told essentially “come and get him”
          If you don’t have these on your reading list, I’d recommend the Monks of New Skete book (The Art of Raising a Puppy) and the Puppy Primer book by Judith McConnell (or any of her other books)

        • awesome! thanks for the list..yeah I have a cat now, so I’m planning on getting a puppy, instead of an older dog. If I didn’t have a cat, and didn’t have to worry about the dog getting a long with the cat..i would probably get an older dog..which would of been easier then all the house training, etc

          • epric002

            arg! just fyi, you can adopt an older dog who is good with cats 🙂

          • Emmaleigh504

            That reminds me of the puppy I trained as a teen. His name was Tristan, and all he wanted to do was play with the cats. The cats were having none of it, of course. Kelly, the tough as nails alpha cat, used to sit on a table in the a hall where she could see almost everything going on in the house. Tristan would come bounding down the hall to play with her, and she would stick her claws in his nose. He LOVED it b/c it was the only way the cats would play with him. Poor Tristan, bobbing his smiley dog head around in joy with cat claws stuck in his nose.

          • Emmaleigh504

            or adopt an older dog who wants nothing to do with cats. My parents last dog was scared of the cats, so avoided them at all costs.

          • If you get a dog from a rescue group that places them in foster homes you will know a lot more about the dog’s disposition, especially with cats. Many foster homes have cats and dogs.

          • I have looked a little bit into older dogs..and by older I mean 3 or 4 years old so. I’m just nervous from hearing horror stories of people getting an older dog that just can’t adapt to its new home like a puppy can. Also, I’ve seen the show “Cat From Hell”..so I’m nervous I’ll turn my awesome social happy cat into grumpy cat.

          • peshothecat, I know that the age you prefer is really an individual choice and there are lots of benefits to adopting a puppy.
            For what it’s worth, I’ve adopted three adult dogs over the years and had zero adjustment issues with two of them and some minor adjustment issues with the third (that didn’t take long to resolve). Sibs have had similar experiences with adopting adult dogs.

          • epric002

            i’ll echo mpindc that we (and my parents when i lived with them) had no issues integrating adult dogs (4+ and 5+) into our households. if you don’t want to deal with everything puppy, you can definitely find a shelter/rescue who will help you find n cat-liking adult dog who should make an easy transition to your home. another idea is foster to adopt, so you can “test out” dogs in your home, while also helping the rescue/shelter out at the same time by fostering 🙂 whatever you decide to do, good luck!

          • I’d just add that although I’m a one-pet household, sibs both had pre-existing cats when they adopted their adult dogs.

        • Look into puppy kindergarten options (Spot on Training on H street has one) – it’s really good for training you to train the dog, and gets the dog some controlled interaction with other dogs, too.

          • Great tip! I’ll be looking for puppy kindergarten classes located closer to Shaw/Logan if anyone has any recommendations to share 🙂

          • amen to this! we found that obedience classes were 50% about training us as owners and 50% about training our puppy. plus, if you take a class with other people/dogs (as opposed to working 1-1 with a trainer) you can learn from other owners’/dogs’ mistakes. Classes are obviously really a really productive way to socialize your dog, but it’s also valuable (for both you and your puppy) to socialize your puppy in a safe space. Like, you might not know what to do if a dog is an ass to your puppy at a dog park, but if a dog is an ass to your puppy in class you’ll have the support and expertise of the trainers to help you.

          • Toni Woods (Anytime Canine) is wonderful and does puppy preschool classes at Wagtime! Congrats on your new pup!

          • Sunnytime, THANK YOU. That’s what I’m going to do!

        • Vet: Union vet. I’ve gone there for 5 yrs now, and love the docs and staff.
          Pet insurance: I have vpi, but at this young age I think you should be good with most of them. You just need to decide if you want to cover routine visits or not; that is the biggest differences I see among plans. I believe you need to get a vet visit in before you buy insurance as they would exclude any pre-exisiting conditions.

  • emvee

    Rave: Proud of myself for sticking to my 2014 resolutions of more books + exercise.
    Rave: 2014 was actually pretty good to me. New job, move to DC
    Rave: Dogsat my brother’s sweet dog for a few days, which meant double the dogs in the apartment. Coming home to two wagging tails is the best.

  • Rant: Oh man, the new year has not been awesome on the sleep front. New Year’s revelers woke up my daughter two nights ago & she had a hell of a time getting back to sleep. Last night I’m not sure what woke her up – though her baby einstein crib aquarium thing has been malfunctioning, so that might be it. Ugh. And I’ve been having such a hard time falling back asleep that I’m losing hours of sleep each night. I felt so awful yesterday that I took a 2.5 hour nap instead of watching the winter classic. Ugh.
    Rant: Bummed that our HVAC guys had so much trouble getting the old water heater out that they scratched up our wood floors/stairs in the process of getting it out. So sad for the 108-year-old original wood floors 🙁
    Rave: Had a blast out with a few friends from my mom’s group. It’s an awesome group of ladies & I’m so glad that we’re still hanging out.

  • Pablo Raw

    Rant: New Year’s party plan A didn’t work, had to cancel plan B due to
    Rave: unexpected family call and ended up with
    Rave: plan C which was nice; late hanging out with friends in a part of town I didn’t want to go because I didn’t feel safe but got a ride with friends.
    Rave: Rum punch

    • Pablo Raw

      Rant: I’m not an advocate for violence but, at what point is ok to throw a cinder block to a car because its alarm keeps sounding several times a day? at least once per hour?

  • I Dont Get It

    Rant: Rolling over 2014 resolutions like unused cell phone minutes.

    Rave: Spending New Year day going down Serial rabbit holes on Reddit.
    Rave#2: 2015!

    • Ooh. What did you think of the Natasha Vargas-Cooper Reddit threads? I haven’t had the chance to wade through them much yet, but they seem really juicy. I was really underwhelmed by her Jay interview and am sure I’m not alone.

    • I feel like Serial + Reddit = full time job! I’ll rely on snippets and opinions fro Popvillians instead 🙂

  • For the next Gin and Gardening gathering – how’s Sunday Feb 1st?
    (This is another PoPville spin-off group for those who enjoy gardening, gin, or getting together with a group of PoPvillagers. No gardening experience needed)
    Also, Rooting DC will take place on Feb 28th at Wilson HS – it’s free and a very worthwhile event. Added bonus – in previous years there has been a huge seed giveaway (flowers herbs and vegetables)

    • Emmaleigh504

      Sounds good to me!

    • I really do want to come but that sunday evening I have another conflict. Would it be possible to do it in the afternoon or on the 8th? I’d love to do some seed trading! I saved a fair bit this year, and I don’t need 100 hot thai pepper plants.

      thanks for the rooting dc info.

      • Tall E either of those options would work for me. Or Jan 25th
        Emilie, when do you go to Sweden?

        • Emmaleigh504

          End of Feb, so those work for me too.

          • any of those would work for me!

            I have no seeds to trade, but would happily barter gin drinks for seeds 🙂

          • AVEnue did you have any luck ID’ing your tree & shrub?
            My sister follows a Facebook group called Plant Identification. You post a photo and some basic info and will get some very educated responses from one of the 35,000 members.

          • AVEnue, I think I saw you on the Metro on Wednesday morning but I was too chicken to say hi because I couldn’t remember your real name, and could remember only that your PoPville name had “AVE” in it somewhere.

          • Textdoc, if you ever happen to see me (or if you think you might see me), I hope you’ll say hi.

          • Shawess, I’ll endeavor to be less chicken. 🙂 But first we have to meet!

          • No need to be chicken with me, Textdoc — I’m pretty friendly. I’ll try to make sure this happens. It’s getting weird that I’m “talking” to so many of you every day and have no idea what you actually look like. At least in the case of Emilie, I have a good visual 🙂

      • I could do a Sunday evening as long as it’s early enough not to overlap with “Downton Abbey,” or Sunday afternoon as long as it’s after ~4 p.m.

        • +1 to being home by 9pm! I’m excited for another season.

          • Emmaleigh504

            I hope poor Edith has a better season. She always gets the crap end of the stick.

          • I have mixed feelings about “Downton Abbey” — the various plot twists recently have seemed really contrived — but I’m a sucker and will be watching it nonetheless.

          • Emmaleigh504

            It was really so convenient for Charles Blake to be an heir since Mary seems to really like him, but she knows she won’t be happy with someone who isn’t rich and titled. I’m still rooting for Evelyn and Edith to get together. Why don’t they see that they should give it a go?!

          • I like Charles Blake. I’m a little disturbed by the ads for Season 5 that show Tony Gillingham proposing to Mary that they become lovers — seems like an arrangement that would hold all kinds of peril for Mary (remember “poor Mr. Pamouk”?) and very little for him.

          • Emmaleigh504

            Tony is smarmy. I don’t like him. I want Mary to somehow get a lot of money, so Downton is secure, and then just spend the life a rich lady going to parties and taking lovers. I want Edith to be a rich career lady and take lots of lovers, but more wisely. They both need to talk to Phryne Fisher about “family planning”.

  • Rave: It’s 2015 & I’m back on PoP
    Rave: giving online dating a second chance this year. don’t let me down, men!
    RANT: for those of you who remember, I met someone from online dating that I liked a bit and we decided we’d be better off as friends. I was down with that. Long story short, I tried to hangout with him as friends, and he agreed. After communicating with him longer, I realized he’s not a nice guy. Definitely not gonna be friends ever.

    • This has the makings of an excellent short story.

      • Pablo Raw

        I think so too, but IMO she needs a more “drama friendly” name.

      • It’s a great story that involves sex dreams and internet blasting.

        • Do tell more.

        • skj84

          It’s Friday, I’m off work and have a mimosa. Please provide the entertainment!

        • We’re here all day!

        • Emmaleigh504

          not so patiently waiting…

          • I know he reads this blog though. SO HI!!!
            I texted him to hangout just as friends (this was explicit) when I get back to DC. He asked what I meant by friends? I explain in so many words that it would be non-romantic as we agreed upon a while ago (FYI, he was the first one to say he wasn’t romantically interested.) He then replied, that he only hangs out with friends naked. That was the firs time our convo took this tone. It was unexpected.

          • I played it cool. He agreed to hangout as friends. Then again, out of nowhere, he said he had a sex dream about me. He said that never happens to him, and he had to share.

            Again, I played it cool., but it really started to bug me. I told him he shouldn’t have told me about that dream or talked about being naked since we were clear from the beginning that we would only work as friends and that was not cool. He said that he was JOKING and thought the dream was funny (it did happen). He said he still didn’t see me in that light and he didn’t like the fact I was being “uptight” about his humor. He then proceeded to say that he couldn’t believe that I liked him and that he hadn’t changed his mind about me. He said he would not apologize for his behavior because he doesn’t do that.

            I was livid. At least admit it was not cool to say that to someone you knew was interested in you and then say hahaha it was all a joke. Some joke. Joke was really on me huh.

          • Emmaleigh504

            ugh what an ass.

          • There’s more…
            I tried to apologize because MAYBE I was being too uptight. I said I am still interested in being friends.

            He was not receptive and continued to BASH me. Basically called me humorless, troublesome, and exhausting for not being to take his joke. This was after I apologized for being uptight. I was being genuinely apologetic and he was really mean spirited. and rude.

            I know he was a blog, and he’s been talking ish directed at me. No names but one not so nice one was posted less than an hour after we stopped communicating. I wonder who that was about. There have been many more posts.

            I foolishly tried to extend an olive branch one more time because kill em with kindness, and he mocked me for it on the internet again, multiple times.

            So for all the ish you posted about me and the bad feelings you made me feel about myself, here’s this lengthy post. Enjoy.

          • Yuck. Good riddance to him! Hopefully you’ll have better luck online dating this time around! 🙂

          • Emmaleigh504

            def good riddance.

          • Pablo Raw

            Nice ending!! *standing ovation*

          • dcgator

            Basically, he heard what you said about just being friends and figured he might be able to change your mind. When you were entirely unreceptive, he decided to bash you to make you feel bad for rejecting him. Don’t worry about it; you’re good, and he’ll move on, trying to get someone else to fall for it.

          • Wow, bullet dodged! This is becoming a PoP Friday tradition…

          • He lives in the neighborhood where I work. I saw him on the metro platform today. I really wanted to flip him the bird again. Yes, I flipped him the bird before. I restrained myself. Won’t let him ruin my day. Good riddance indeed.

          • binpetworth

            I think dcgator has it right. There’s a certain group of people who can’t stand even the most polite rejection, and therefore have to become all mean and nasty to make it look like you’re the issue. Good riddance.

          • SouthwestDC

            Is his name Roosh by any chance? The attitude sounds an awfully lot like a (now notorious) blogger my cousin went on a few dates with back in 2005. The discovery of his blog (with a few posts inspired by her) was both hilarious and horrifying.

          • What is UP with people lately? Yikes. Also I’ve come to the conclusion over the past few years that I really don’t have to apologize for being uncomfortable about something. Your gut instincts were right. What a creeper.

          • Emmaleigh504

            I agree with Friday Girl. No need to apologize about being uncomfortable with something, particularly his asshat behavior. He, however, is in the wrong with not apologizing for his behavior b/c he doesn’t do that. Nice to see he thinks he’s God’s gift and never does anything wrong.

          • You can’t spell ASS without his initials though. I think he’s really insecure based on his old blog posts. He knows he isn’t that physically attractive, so c’mon, at least have a good attitude!

          • Ugh, how awful. And his behavior reminds of some of the techniques discussed in Gavin de Becker’s Gift of Fear – the “oh don’t be so uptight” reaction to you. As if it’s your fault.
            If you are curious like me and start to google the blog Caroline referred to — STOP. I had to go wash my eyes out with soap after looking at his page. It’s over the top misogynistic and not worth viewing.

          • Thanks, everyone! I was really down after he started mocking me. You all made me feel better about the situation.

            He calls himself a progressive and a feminist, but he also told me to “chill” too after I told him why I thought his comments were not okay with me. I then sent him a little article that broke down why people should never tell women to chill. Basically, being told to chill insinuates that women are crazy and attempts to invalidate their feelings and opinions. He was not receptive to that. Don’t tell me chill!

    • skj84

      Holy crap! What an ass. You dodged a bullet with that one.

  • Rave: hubby and I decided to move out of DC later this year to someplace far away and start anew – yay for a change, better schools for our little one, more living space and slower pace of life!
    Rant: hubby and I decided to move out of DC later this year to someplace far away and start anew – boo for leaving our friends, missing all the big city amenities and excitement, and scared to change careers after a decade in D.C.! I keep reminding myself that if we hate it we can always come back.

    • I would do the same if I had kids. I think it’s admirable that parents choose to stay here, but it seems like such a hard life (especially for those in the DC suburbs).

      • I think it’s a tough call and depends a lot on where you live. I have a friend who’s trying to decide between staying in DC vs. moving to the suburbs and having a tough time with the decision. My family is in Mt. Pleasant and we’re nearly 100% sure we’re going to stay put. We feel very lucky to have a neighborhood school that seems, at least at first glance, to be reasonably good and commutes that are very reasonable for the area. But it’s hard.
        On an unrelated note – I’m still so used to “my family” meaning my parents/sister/etc as opposed to my wife & daughter. I guess I’m starting to get used to that shift. Weird that it would take so long.

      • Accountering

        Meh, sitting in traffic and living in the suburbs seems like a much harder life tbh. I have zero interest in mowing a lawn.

        • That’s what I mean. Lots of people move from DC to the suburbs as a sort of compromise, and I think that’s the worst of both worlds. You’re still struggling with the high cost of living but also spending so much time in traffic.
          Living outside of a major metropolitan area (or in a less congested/cheaper metropolitan area) seems like the best solution, if you can find jobs there.

    • Ahhh!! Congrats on the big decision though. The thought of being single and leaving it all behind after 7 years here gives me anxiety. I can’t imagine factoring a family into that decision! I

    • emvee

      Good luck. Moving is one of the most stressful things a person can do, so make sure to take care of yourself in the process!!

    • thanks for kind words of support! I agree with the poster who noted that the DC suburb commute would be awful! For us the calculus was: stay in D.C. proper vs. move to an entirely different city /state… the DC suburbs wasn’t something we wanted to do. I thought I wanted to be in D.C. forever…how quickly kids can change things!

  • jim_ed

    Rant: Without thinking it through I bought straight leg jeans instead of bootcut the other day and now OH GOD I’M WEARING DAD JEANS.
    Rant: The DC USA Best Buy tried to charge me a 33% open box fee to exchange an unopened item for the more expensive model because I didn’t have a receipt (it was a christmas gift). I understand this if I’m trying to get cash back, but I’m trying to give you MORE money for a higher end product. This is a dumb policy.
    Rave: John Wall is leading the All-Star voting for East guards. Nice to see him get the national recognition he deserves.
    Rant: The collapsed circus tent that is the Redskins.
    Rave: I’ve noticed increased MPD patrols and haven’t heard gunshots in like 5 days in Petworth, so….progress?

    • dcgator

      Don’t worry, straight leg jeans aren’t Dad jeans if you wear them right. I wear straight leg all the time…just make sure they’re slimmer or at the very least tapered. In my mind, Dad jeans conjure up images of blue and shapeless washed denim (not very unlike Mom jeans).

    • And stretch waist elastic things… to me they aren’t Dad jeans until you get those.

    • People still wear boot-cut jeans? I have a particularly douchey association with boot-cut jeans. Straight-cut all day every day (so long that they fit well, obviously).

      • binpetworth

        I’m female & only wear boot-cut jeans. My hips and thighs never look good in skinny leg or boyfriend jeans, and the rise is never right in straight legged jeans. It sucks though that boot-leg jeans are hard to find at most women’s department stores.

    • UGH, I just heard some shots a few minutes ago (north Petworth near Kennedy)…

      HAHAHA: “collapsed circus tent”! That’s a good way to put it!

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: just got another %$#@ &!@% equation to do research on. I HATE equation research.

  • Accountering

    Rave: Caps and the Winter Classic! Had an AMAZING time, and loved getting the win!
    Rave2: Ohio State! Can we get past the nonsense that the SEC is so superior to everyone else now? The SEC got worked yesterday, the top 5 in the SEC West all lost, two of them to B1G teams.
    Rave3: Closed on the house in Shaw this morning!
    Rant: I did not get much sleep, and drank altogether way too much these past two days. That first sip of beer at 9:00am on Thursday at the Fan Fest was PAINFUL!!! 🙂

    • The game was awesome. The fan experience was awesome. I’m sitting on my sit upon right now! Okay, I’m not, but I didn’t launch it after the Brouwer goal, I took it home.

      • “Sit upon” = some kind of seat cover?

        • SouthwestDC

          I guess you’ve never been a Girl Scout 😉

        • justinbc

          I just assumed it was a typo, I guess it’s a thing though.

          • Take two pieces of tarp/fabric/etc, sew three sides together, stuff with cotton/newspaper/etc, sew shut and “sit upon” it. And yes, I was a Girl Scout all the way up to 7th grade when it wasn’t cool anymore in junior high. It’s essentially a butt pillow. Keeps your bum warmer, drier, cleaner and more comfortable.

          • SouthwestDC

            The Sit Upon epitomizes what I resent about Girl Scouts– the boys get to go on all these crazy backpacking trips, while we’re busy sewing cushions for our butts. God forbid we get dirty on the rare occasion that we have to sit on a log or something.

          • Emmaleigh504

            My mom was a boy scout for just that reason. When I was a girl scout it depended a lot on who the mom was. One year we had the super jesus freak so we did lots of crafts and homemaking crap and xmas stuff, so much xmas. She also always found a way to slip some bible verse into our hands when we left. It sucked. Before that we had the cool modern mom so we got to go camping and learn to cook outside and fishing etc. It was so much better with her.

          • I lucked out too. Our dads were really involved so we did really cool stuff. We had sit upons, because we used them camping. Like in a campground camping, not in someone’s backyard. I learned to sail, to pitch a tent, to use a compass and sell the hell out of some cookies. I learned some basic cooking stuff and did crafts of cours,mainly because most grade school girls love some crafts.

          • Also – Boy Scouts have much cooler activities and facilities because their alums give a lot more money. So former Girl Scouts, please consider some donations. Cookie money only goes so far.

          • epric002

            girl scout activities totally depended on the troop leaders. i definitely did all the traditional stuff and had a sit-upon, but in middle school i was in a troop that did nothing but camping trips (and cookies). seriously, that was the only activity we ever did, and i loved it.

          • The Bloggess has a post up about Girl Scouts at the moment, and some questionable decisions happening at the corporate level. Not her usual. But of interest to anyone who supports the organization.

          • I wanted to be a boy scout so bad. They did way cooler things, namely hurtling themselves down a giant hill in a rickety box. My dad had a soapbox derby trophy in the basement when I was a kid and I was so jealous he got to do that.

          • I just watched Troop Beverly Hills last night – it’s such awesomely bad ’80s, especially with cocktails (Netflix, FYI!) Needless to say, they did not make Sit Upons.

      • WOW….literally have not thought of the word “sit-upon” in about 25 years (wait, how old are brownies? …maybe 20 years…). Thank you for that! ha!

    • justinbc

      The SEC took a beating yesterday and the past couple days. I would still rather not play in that conference than the ACC or Big 10, other any other, when it comes to how easy it is to make it through unscathed, but hopefully this at least puts a dent in how easy it is for those teams to leap up in the polls next year.

      • Accountering

        That’s my hope as well. Beating Ole Miss should not automatically propel you to a top 3 spot nationwide. I agree, top to bottom it is likely the best conference, but they aren’t the world beaters people make them out to be.
        Especially enjoyed the fact that Wisconsin beat Auburn, shortly after Ohio State just beat Wisconsin by 59 points.

      • Accountering

        To clarify, I agree the SEC is still the best, but when I was hearing things like “Ohio State would only be the 6th best team in the SEC West” it was getting a bit ridiculous. Still super excited to call my older brother (guy who made that statement) to gloat 🙂

        • dcgator

          Older brother sounds like a straight SEC homer…I still think the SEC is great, but I’ve given up on the whole Bowl-games-meaning-something thing, and not just because the SEC has been hurting recently in the postseason. Clearly championship bowls matter, but I have a hard time caring about the whole ‘transitive property’ of who beat who. Any given Saturday, amirite? Go Gators.

  • tonyr

    Rave: TGIF – I could get used to these one-day work-weeks though
    Rave: Made is past December 31st without getting fired which means …
    Rave: Bonus eligible
    Rave: Bump in pension account for 2014

  • Rave: The Winter Classic was incredible. The game was great and they thought of everything- every seat in the stadium had a foam sit-upon to keep your butt warm and there were guys wandering the concourse selling hot chocolate and Bailey’s hot chocolate in Winter Classic mugs. I was even super smart and brought a small folio to keep my gorgeous ticket pristine.
    Rave-ish- the ex situation was actually fine. It was a good reality check and reigned in my crazy brain.
    Rave: work is closed today, so I’m not even burning a vacation day sitting on my couch watching HGTV shows on demand.

    • Oh, I do have a rant: foster dog is totally gaming the ‘bodily functions for treats’ system. Not only is she peeing twice on walks, but now she’s employing the fake out squat. She kind of squats for a second and then looks up at me all sad and expectant, waiting for a treat. So now I have to be the idiot that stands behind the squatting dog, checking on the bodily functions. Thanks Payton!

  • epric002

    rant: leak in basement. haven’t heard back from plumber.
    rant: after many days of puppy raves, puppy has been a total glassbowl since 2015 started. NOT COOL.
    rave: working from home today.
    rave: dinner tonight with college friend and her husband who now live in seattle.
    rave: husband flirt poled glassbowl puppy this morning and that appears to have mellowed him out a bit. hopefully the glassbowlness is just a result of his schedule being disrupted with the holidays.

    • Oh man, holiday disruptions are tough on pups and kids alike!

      • epric002

        that’s exactly what i told husband when he was going nuts this morning after puppy

        • epric002

          GODDAMMIT I HATE MOUSE TOUCHPADS! that’s exactly what i was telling husband after puppy: ate a xmas ornament, tore open a bag of m&ms, and stole a croissant off the counter. he NEVER does stuff like that at our house. and of course he was hungry b/c the nut didn’t want to eat his breakfast this morning. puppies and kids!

          • Oh nooo! Not a good way to start the morning. My parents dogs steal things off the counter every now and then. Over the holidays, an entire blueberry pie went missing. We finally figured out the Golden Retriever had blueberry remnants on her nose.

          • epric002

            lol. i have no idea why he stole this ornament. it was wrapped up in tissue paper inside a gift bag, and was not made of anything remotely interesting to dogs- and he didn’t eat it, he just broke it. he’s mostly calmed down now and is munching on a bully stick/snoozing/harumphing at things i can’t hear while i work/procastinate on pop 🙂

          • Emmaleigh504

            A colleague used to regale use with stories of what-Comet-ate. Comet her bernese mountain dog who ate everything. Dish towels were some of his favorite things to eat.

          • My dog ate my mom’s dental night guard over the holidays. Good times!

          • anonymouse_dianne

            My Savannah steals things and puts them in her food bowl. I gave up wearing watches cause she kept stealing them and chewing up the wrist band. Same for my Crocs. She has ruined two pair, others I now have to keep in a drawer.

  • Rave: NYE progressive party was really fun, a great way to spend the evening and start 2015.
    Rant: Fire Department coming to my building at 2am January 1st. Better safe than sorry to investigate the slight smoky smell, but it made it really hard to fall asleep after. They were really nice, wishing us all a happy new year as they left.
    Rave 2: made my own hoppin’ john after the annual party I go to was cancelled, here’s hoping it does mean good things happen in 2015.

    • Emmaleigh504

      After the party was cancelled, I decided to go with the much easier Swedish tradition of pizza on New Years day.

  • Rave: Finally had a needed chat with someone I was hanging out with, and boy were my feelings right. She expected dates, hand holding, etc even though we previously agreed to be casual. She was just holding on hoping my feelings came around.
    Rant: We’re no longer swapping moving help, but I’m sure it’s for the best.
    Rave/rant: Enjoying my time off, but ready to get back to the grind next week.
    Rant: Got a call about a fraud alert without any specifics only to figure out it was not the card I actually had a fraud issue with. Why wouldn’t you ask for my reference number to figure out the company first?

  • Rant: Four weeks from today is my last day at this job.
    Rave(ish): Although there’s no new job yet, leaving this one is probably for the best. I haven’t been treated very well for the last couple of years, so I am hopeful the next thing will be better. (At the very least, I am hoping to work someplace where I don’t refer to my closest colleagues as “The Jackals”, and that’s being polite!)

    • Good for you! I once worked at a place where a clique of girls referred to themselves as the “mean girls,” and took that as a point of pride. The name was 100% accurate, too. I couldn’t leave that place quickly enough.

  • justinbc

    Rant: Results of both playoff games yesterday were absolutely terrible. I now have to root for the team that just blew my team out, because the other team is just way too obnoxious. Ugh.
    Rave: 3 more days off to recover from last night’s blow out.
    Rant: The nonstop beard groping that girls kept doing at The Passenger on NYE. It’s really not that cute, even if you are, especially since I’m not single. If you absolutely have to touch someone’s face/beard at least ask beforehand. It probably happened close to 100 times over the course of the 8 or so hours I was there. I would think that women, who are constantly harassed by men, would be more aware about an invasion of someone’s personal space, but maybe they think if they’re hot they can just get away with it?

    • palisades

      That must be one gnarly beard.

    • Ugh – I would never think to touch someone else’s beard without permission.

    • I’m not going to defend the beard-touchers (ew), but will say that I can understand the impulse some may have had to touch Justin’s beard. Dude’s beard is nice and on the long/thick side. I would blame prosecco — or in this case Fernet? — for the lack of impulse control.

      • palisades

        I wonder if this new beard revelation will skew anyone’s preconceived idea of what Justin looked like.

        • Another reason for people to come to happy hour? For everyone other than Justin?

        • Emmaleigh504

          I thought his beard was a well known fact, or is it the lusciousness of it that’s new?

          • palisades

            Well it’s my first time hearing about it (i’m relatively new if you haven’t noticed)

          • Emmaleigh504

            I did know you are relatively new! or at least your name is. I just thought since he mentioned his beard a couple of times recently, it is a known thing. I gotta remember not everyone remembers the same things I do. 🙂

          • Emmaleigh504

            and not everyone reads Pop as obsessively as I do 🙂

          • palisades

            I think I’m full blown popville obsessed at this point. No shame

          • Emmaleigh504

            Oh goody! come sit next to me at the next HH and lets compare notes!

          • justinbc

            Palisades, my photo used to actually be me, so lots of people just knew it by that. After I changed it I got relatively less hate messages on here, so I guess some people just really didn’t like looking at my face lol.

      • justinbc

        Shawess, yeah, if it had been any other time than NYE I would have been much less tolerant and actually said something. I’m pretty thick skinned so for the most part I let everything go, and certainly wouldn’t ruin someone’s evening by being confrontational about something like that. It’s just more annoying knowing the stuff women go through, to see them turn around and do something pretty similar to guys.

        • You do realize, Justin, that this just means that on any other night, just as many people want to touch your beard, but just aren’t drunk enough to actually go for it. (Sorry to put that imagine in your head.)

    • Pablo Raw

      I’ll never have a beard like you, but if I was in your situation I would have a 1$ sign. I would be at least $100 dollars richer by now! 🙂

  • Rave: Enjoying a quiet office today. I’m sure all hell will break out next week when everyone returns.
    Rant: People who reply to emails when clearly they didn’t read the entire thing.

  • Rant: didn’t realize storage facility would be closed on New Years Day so I had to wait until today.
    Rant: should have splurged on professional movers instead of some guy from Craigslist. He did the job but didn’t want to mess up the floors so left a lot of my smaller items inside the door. And I have a giant dresser that I couldn’t really help him carry upstairs so it’s sitting in the moving room.
    Rave: my landlord at the brightwood house is awesome. I’ll miss her.
    Rave: I live in Woodley again!

    • I was going to ask if you liked the person, but that’s an obvious no. My situation is a bit different in that it’s basically 2 things I need help with which I can carry. Would you mind sharing his info and price?

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rave: Cold Kentucky rain

  • Andie302

    Feeling super rave-y today!
    Rave: Awesome NYE celebration with friends old and new.
    Rave: One of the best birthday’s I’ve had in a long time yesterday!
    Rave: My niece, Kennedy, arrived this morning. Mama and baby as safe and sound!
    Rave: Closed on the Rhode Island place this morning.
    Rave: Mentally invested in a healthy start to the new year!
    Rave: Accountering 🙂
    No rants

  • Rant: I so desperately hate my job. The problem is that if is objectively a decent job, and I am really good at it. And I NEEDED the week+ I was taking off over the holidays that got cancelled because of the plague. I just broke down in tears because I looked at my schedule and realized that I won’t be able to get any time off again until at least April. Ugh.

    I need to figure out what I want to do. I have really thought about alternatives, but none of them sound appealing. Anyone ever used a career coach and have one to recommend? I think it may be time for a career switch, but I have no earthly idea what to do.

    • Rebecca Dallek is great and specializes in women’s career changes, if that applies to you. dallekcoaching.com

  • anonymouse_dianne

    The Monks of New Skete were popular and relevant in the ’70’s. Training techniques such as the Alpha Roll are considered inhumane and obsolete now. (Make Cesar Millan look like a wuss!) Better to stick with operant conditioning, eg clicker training. I got Karen Pryor’s book/kit when I wanted to do ct with my cats. There are several Yahoo groups (might be on facebook now a days). Look for The Other End of the Leash by Patricia O’Connell (? not sure of the last name).

    Also http://warl.org have puppy kindergarten classes which fill up quickly. They only use positive reinforcement.

    • I’m not sure if this post was directed to me, but will thank you for it in any case! I definitely prefer a training approach that only uses positive reinforcement, and appreciate these leads.

      • anonymouse_dianne

        Yes, Shawess, It was in reply to the puppy conversation. I’m at work and that sometimes messes with the threads.

    • epric002

      cannot recommend clicker training enough. it was a lifesaver for us with the foster puppies, and we still use it with formerly foster puppy with great success!

    • I was the one that recommended the Monks of New Skete (along with Patricia McConnell) up the thread – my mom used some of the New Skete techniques to train her puppy but I’m sure she wouldn’t have done anything hurtful or demeaning to her dog.
      A quick search indicates the Monks have made considerable changes in their training since the 70’s, for what that’s worth.

  • Does anyone know why recently there has been a large police presence and floodlights at night on 11th and N NW? I hadn’t heard of any particular crime reports, but both NYE and last night, there have been police vans parked on the corner, and at night they have a giant floodlight illuminating the area.

    • This is speculation, so apply all appropriate disclaimers, but I wonder if it has to do with the recent prostitution stings in that area. Maybe the MPD is trying to send a strong signal that the area is closed for business?

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