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: Crappy sleep last night, partly due to kiddo waking up at 4am, and partly just because.
    Rant: –> Still tired & cranky this morning; so hard to get out of bed!
    Rant: vaguely nauseaus this morning. Blech.
    Reached a milestone this morning; found the belly bands (well, one of them at least) & am now wearing one. I really haven’t gained wait but my pants were feeling so uncomfortable as I got through the day.
    Still searching for a rave?

  • epric002

    rant: this shitty weather is just exhausting. i am so tired of being cold.
    rant: GS-15s who behave like petulant 14 year olds. grow the eff up already.
    rave: was dreading last night’s dinner with a family member but it went much better than expected. thanks to whomever suggested brabo- it was very good!

  • Rant: I was planning to apply for a federal job that closes today, but I’ve procrastinated and am not sure I can do it in time. I haven’t even figured out how to get my current SF-50 from my electronic personnel folder.

    • Emmaleigh504

      Don’t give up before you try!

    • You have until 12:00 am to submit – hope you can retrieve your SF-50 and get it done this evening!

    • You should be able to access it from your current work computer through AMS (Access Management System) using your PIV card. Next, click on the eOPF icon and it should be pretty simple from there.

    • Emilie504 and MPinDC, thanks for the encouragement, and SWChick, thanks for the super-specific tip! Looking at my SF-50 right now. 🙂

  • Rave: Got tickets to Shen Yun at the Kennedy Center, Guster/Kishi Bashi in Cville, and Steve Rannazzisi at DC Improv. So many fun things coming up! I just need to get through March.
    Rant: Had my Lasik consultation and Lasik was ruled out. Uncertain if I can get PRK until I get several more tests done (and it’s not looking great). I just want to be able to see!! 🙁

    • Sorry about your rant! Can I ask why you’re not a candidate? I’ve asked about it before too and they say that I’m not because my myopia is too severe (-12 for contacts).

      • I have a condition that elevates eye/optic nerve/brain pressure because of too much cerebrospinal fluid in the skull. Apparently Lasik and the steroidal eyedrops they use during PRK recovery can affect eye pressure so I have to do a bunch of tests to make sure I don’t react to the eyedrops first but the doctor didn’t sound too optimistic.

      • Ah, a fellow severe myopia sufferer! I asked about getting it a while ago (I’m a -9.5 in contacts). The doc said that he wouldn’t recommend it then but in 5 years or so the science would be more advanced and I might be a better candidate. I hope science comes through for us!

    • I’m glad they were honest. There was a string of ppl getting lasik that shouldn’t and they went blind. I’m wondering why not prk. Never heard anyone being rejected for it.

    • I’m super jealous you’re going to Cville to see Guster. Have fun! I wish they were coming here.

  • Rant: I need a new city and/or new friends. It is way too early to be talking about the 2016 presidential election in my book.
    Rave: Baseball is so close. I’ll just ignore politics and think about baseball.

    • justinbc

      I’m pretty sure the talking heads started discussing 2016 candidates as soon as Obama won in 2012. Blame the campaigning / fundraising cycle here in the US that’s so absurd.

      • +1. My office has been discussing 2016 for a couple years now. I’m so over it.

        • This reminds me… maybe I should complain to my radiology place that their mammogram technician has a Ben Carson magnetic sticker thing on the electrical panel box in the mammogram room, right in your field of vision while you’re getting mammogrammed. When I’m going in for some kind of medical procedure, I really don’t want to be thinking about the technician’s politics.

  • Rant: The wait for the results of the DC school lottery is driving me insane! I check the site a few times a day, even though the results won’t be available until Friday (although, rumor is that they posted them on Thursday last year). Buh!
    Rave: Feeling pretty good today, despite having trouble getting back to sleep in the middle of the night.

    • Any chance you can summarize your experience with the DC school lottery system? I’m curious to know generally how people feel about it.

      • So far, it seems good and fair; my son will be (hopefully) entering PS3. It is annoying having to go to so many open houses and we ended up ranking some schools that we couldn’t visit, so basically based on their website/word of mouth/DCUM. That was one really nice thing about LAMB being outside the lottery- we just entered, figuring we could visit if we got a realistic number (we didn’t). The wait is really hard and it’s frustrating to have such uncertainty. We will almost certainly get into our in-boundary school (Truesdell), but I’m not sure that I would send my son there…

      • My experience was slightly different to the OP’s since I had sibling preference for my son’s PK3 place. I think every family’s experience is different – you get some families with spreadsheets who agonize over lottery strategies for months (even years), some who visit where they can and go from there, and others who aren’t so wrapped up in it. For me, it was easy – first choice, the school with sibling preference, second choice the nearby HRCS I knew we’d never get into, third choice my in-bounds DCPS school. For me, I was not going to commute halfway across the city in order to send my kid to an “it” school, and location was key. But for others it is different. I agree that the waiting is absolute agony, even knowing that chances were he would get into the first choice school (only in-bounds with sibling preference were ahead of him in ranking).

    • I am SO glad to not have to deal with that this year!! I know there are some parents in my kids’ school who enter the lottery every year hoping for a better place (they are at a highly sought after DCPS, but there are parents every year who jump ship for some HRCS or other), but I’d rather keep mine in a consistent learning environment and work to make the school what I want it to. FWIW, last year I did not see my son’s results the day before, but they were posted first thing Friday morning. I got the results before getting out of bed!

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rant: Definitely coming down with something.
    Rant: My stupid insurance company.
    Rant: Everything. Bah.

  • Rant: friends kindle was stolen from her car on saturday at cardozo
    Rave: Roger from Pleasant Pops found it and posted here! I went to pick it up for her last night. Cheers to Pleasant Pops and their Pleasant People! And thanks, Popville!

  • Rant: Weird dreams this week which made me oversleep.
    Rave: Almost everything I wanted for groceries was on sale.
    Rave: Vegas trip in the works!
    Rant: Loud ppl on the bus. Why must you tell into your phone? Ugh!

    • Bonus annoying if they’re using a fracking *speakerphone* on the bus and the conversation doesn’t include “start CPR” or “better call the President.”

      • Second bonus rant: listening to music through headphones that’s loud enough for me to hear clearly.

  • justinbc

    Rave (I guess?): We put deposit on our Savannah cat kitten (he will be named Greebo) yesterday, he’ll be arriving in about 8 weeks. I’m allergic to cats though, so it’s time to start up the allergy shots, doh.
    Rant: Quotes so far on the master bath reno have varied from $20K to $60K+. It’s almost LOL worthy how far apart some of them are.

    • Not surprised about the quotes at all. It really depends on whether you go with a contractor or “fancy” company that has a showroom, designer, etc. Also, obviously depends on fixtures, tile, size of bathroom. I found that some of the companies that gave us the highest quotes were quoting based on top of the line everything even though we will not be using those type of materials.

    • Savannah kitten?! Ahhh I’m so jealous, they’re gorgeous and seem like they have great personalities. You’ll have to share photos at the next happy hour! Boo on the allergy shots though… That’s dedication.

    • anonymouse_dianne

      Congrats on the Savannah. Who are you getting him from and what generation is he? Mine is an F3 and she is the most affectionate lap cat ever. She and the Aby do zoomies every night.

      • justinbc

        F3 from Sweetspots Savannahs in Leesburg, so nice to find a local breeder.

        • anonymouse_dianne

          I fostered an F3 who came into rescue thru the Bengal Rescue Network and he convinced me that was what I wanted. When his owner called me, he recognized his voice Over the Phone! Amazing. You are gonna have a lot of fun with this guy – it will be worth the shots and pills. I’ve not heard of this breeder and got my girl from Hampton Savannah and Bengals – but they brought her up to Richmond area and we picked her up in a parking lot. She was perfectly quiet in the car until we stopped and McD’s for food. Ah. What 18% Serval will do.

          • justinbc

            Yeah we looked at Hampton too. She really wanted a silver / grey one, so it was just a matter of who had one available first. I’m definitely going to have to break-proof the house with this big guy, we’ve got lots of expensive things laying around that will now just wind up in storage somewhere.

    • I have a cat and my boyfriend’s very allergic. But he takes a daily allergy pill which has drastically reduced his symptoms — when we first started dating he would react even when not in my apartment (damn clingy cat hair!), but now my cat will come sit on his lap and he has virtually no reaction. Might be worth a shot (hehe) before going the allergy shot route

      • justinbc

        Yeah I’ve had dogs (also allergic) and cats before and Zyrtec works wonders for alleviating some of the irritation. My thinking is that with allergy shots directly targeted at your specific allergen then they would be even more effective, because even with Zyrtec I will get some itching and sneezing, although nowhere near as bad as if I took nothing.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: the car/truck that has no muffler that cruises around my hood every night at about 1:30 looking for something. Parking? rumble rumble rumble coast coast coast rumble rumble. faint rumble rumble rumble rumble. rumble rumble rumble coast coast coast rumble rumble. Making. Me. In-sane.
    Rave: Had to do something at work today that I hate, but it wasn’t so bad. And it will look GREAT on my monthly report.

    • Farragut

      Are you sure it’s not a drug dealer? Allison and I would see it in the parking lot across the street from our old place in Columbia Heights, and we’ve seen it a couple times in Waterfront, too..

      • Emmaleigh504

        I have no idea who or what the vehicle is. I only hear it. One day I’ll get out of bed and look out the window.

        • Farragut

          I don’t recommend what I did when we thought we saw a deal go down a few months ago. We were watching them out of our window, and I decided to take a picture on my phone in case something happened and I could give it to the police. Unfortunately, I forgot to turn off the flash. A good ten seconds of sheer adrenaline there!

          • Emmaleigh504

            yikes! that is totally something I would do. Luckily I can’t get a good pic of the road from my window, so I won’t even try.

        • Are you sure it’s not the beat-up early 80s Camaro that parks at Cliffbourne and Calvert (or Cliffbourne and Biltmore)? It’s the biggest piece of crap I’ve ever seen. Prior to the work starting on Calvert, the owner was able to keep it in a non-zoned spot for months on end (never moved it). Now he’s got to move it all the time due to street cleaning.

          • Emmaleigh504

            Could be, I have only heard it, but I’ve been listening to it nightly since before they tore up Calvert. There’s also a beat up old pick-up truck it could be. I guess tonight I need to get out of bed and see who it is! Then I can write a passive-aggressive note that will show up here 🙂

          • I call that Camaro the “Rusted Batmobile.” It’s a huge piece of shit. I will be on the lookout for the crappy truck, too 😀

          • Not a bitchin’ Camaro, then?

          • I’d give them the credit they deserve if it was worthy of the title “Bitchin’ Camaro.”
            This one is almost entirely rusted throughout and the interior is trashed. I am going to look for a muffler, but I doubt they have one.

  • Rave: Woke up to the smell of fresh brewed coffee – must have somehow programmed the coffee to be brewed at the right time, even though the time on the coffee pot is incorrect. I suspect the house elf was making amends for previous mischievous behavior
    Rant: Substitute mail carrier who actually delivers the mail (thru mail slot) rather than leaving it between screen and front door. Why is this a rant? Because pup catches the dangerous invading mail and slays it.
    And magazines/catalogs need to be thoroughly shaken to subdue them
    Rant: Yoga class that left me with sore back – too many forward bends and twists, and even though I modified practically everything I still ended up hurting. The WSC standards for instructors are low.
    Rave (I hope): Going to the Purple Patch tonight

    • WSC’s standards for almost everything are low. Luckily, I love Bill so I stick it out. But once my contract is up…it’s going to be hard to justify the expense – I might switch to Chinatown which is in the $20/mo group.

    • Check out Past Tense for yoga! I’ve been a member there for years and love it. They’ve got great instructors.

      • Thanks – I’ve been feeling reluctant to pay for classes when I belong to a gym (although I went to Unity Woods for years because my instructor was amazing, plus I was taking dance classes as well).
        Are there teachers you’d recommend (I don’t like vinyasa/flow classes)?

        • Hmm… that may limit things a bit. What is it that you don’t like about vinyasa/flow? And are you looking for something more challenging or focusing on basics?
          Sonja is one of my current favorites. I also really like Bethany & Jeanette; Jeanette tends to do a lot of core work which is nice but sadly for me her classes are a little harder to translate into pregnancy-friendly versions. Caitlin is very good. Ronni was one of my favorites but is primarily subbing right now. John Horan’s classes are very unique & often a lot of fun with unexpected music selections. And I just took a couple of classes with Michael, and liked those a lot. Most of those are some type of flow/vinyasa class, though, so you may not be as keen on them as I am.

          • Flow generally has me feeling rushed (of course this depends on the instructor/pace of the class) — and I do NOT like sun salutations.
            Looks like Past Tense has a slow flow class — will give it a try! Thanks for teacher recommendations!

          • Sonja tends to do slower transitions–so you probably wouldn’t feel as rushed. (And you can always do things at your own pace) Other than that, I can’t remember who tends towards slower/faster paces.
            If you haven’t been, you can get an unlimited 10-day pass for around $20. So you can check it out & see if there are teachers/styles you mesh with. It’s a great way to check the studio out!

      • I have heard so many negative reviews about past tense! i am glad you enjoy it- it would be so convenient for bad weather days! i may have to check it out. do you have a fave instructor?

        • Really? I’ve never heard negative reviews, but I also haven’t gone nearly as frequently since June 2013 since it’s been harder to fit in with a small child. I used to go 2-3x/week. My teacher recommendations are above. Though I should mention that a lot of the folks I don’t mention are just teachers I haven’t taken a class with. There are a number of new instructors in the last year and a half & I haven’t taken classes with all of them.

    • Emmaleigh504

      Your pup is so brave!

      • I can totally see her shaking those magazines into submission. 😉
        Would it be worth investing in one of those box/cage-type things that hooks up to the mail slot on the inside of the door? Or does the substitute mail carrier work infrequently enough that it’s easier to just piece the mail back together?

        • I thought about that textdoc – it’s only a few times she’s done damage to something important. Fortunately I could get another 1099, and the bank accepted a check with tooth marks.

        • Emmaleigh504

          I used to live in a place that had a box in the wall to hold the mail. The mail man put it in the slot and then we opened a little door to get it. I loved it.

    • On the yoga class rant, what could or should the instructor have done differently? I’m just curious because I do yoga occasionally and am always sore afterwards. Isn’t it up to the students to listen to their bodies?

      • Having sore muscles after a class is generally positive – they’ve been working. But I was feeling injured sore.
        One of my major complaints about WSC is that instructors don’t instruct (explain how to do poses/exercises correctly and safely, offer modifications). I definitely agree that students should listen to their bodies and do what feels comfortable/safe. This can be difficult in a class with beginners, where the teacher says “now do this” (going into advanced pose) — everyone else tries to do the pose.
        I took Iyengar yoga for years – their emphasis on precision, alignment and safety is deeply ingrained.

        • +1 re: your criticism of gym today teachers. I personally wouldn’t even advise a friend to start yoga at the gym if s/he was a beginner. You need basic instruction with a teacher who teached alignment and does adjustments. There are just so many ways to injure yourself in yoga if you aren’t careful. My pet peeve is instructions who do inversions (like shoulder and head stand) in beginner classes. Newbies shouldn’t be doing advanced poses without careful supervision.

    • Agreed, I always thought WSC’s yoga classes were sub-par. Better than nothing, but not as relaxing and centering as a really well-run class. The only gym-based yoga I’ve ever been really pleased with was at Mint.

    • justinbc

      I really love VIDA’s (Navy Yard location) yoga instructors if you’re considering switching. I’ve had 4 different ones so far for various classes and they’ve all been great.

      • epric002

        have you had chris? he left yoga heights for vida- i loved his classes!

        • I took a bunch of the Navy Yard VIDA’s free outdoor yoga classes last summer before the gym opened and Chris was my favorite instructor (I think it is the same Chris). He was wonderful. I hope they do the free outdoor class program again this year. It is a perfect way to decompress after work.

        • justinbc

          Yep, Chris taught my first class at VIDA. Liz also teaches there and at Yoga Heights and I really like her style.

      • I’ve learned that the gym/studio needs to be close enough to home to not require public transport – my motivation is often low and needing to take the bus/metro would be an easy out for me (especially on cold dreary rainy days)

    • Have you ever taken yoga with Jon Horan at WSC Dupont? I’m not sure if he teaches elsewhere, but he is fabulous.

      • He’s also at Past Tense (part of my list above). He is unique but a lot of fun.

        • boom! there ya go. 😉

        • he’s also very good at giving modifications for all levels and open to communication- he remembers names and you can always mention that you prefer slower flow. he’s great at incorporating lots of requests to suit everyone.

    • Is Buddha B convenient? On U St. Groupon just posted a deal there- 10 classes for $39. It may be a cost-effective way to check out new teachers/styles and supplement your gym membership without breaking the bank.

      • Buddha B is really good, I like it a lot. They usually have a better deal than that; I was able to get 20 classes for $35 last year. Look around the deal websites.
        However, coupon deals are only good for 1st time students to Buddha B. If you’ve ever taken a single class there (and thus registered in their system), they won’t let you activate the coupon deal.

      • Great suggestion – thanks!

    • Tape it shut? Put a note to mail carrier beside it? Seems like an easy fix…

  • Rant: The weather today. Cold and dreary. I hate it.
    Rave: Got some new statistical software (R) on work computer just in time for training on it. Normally, this does not happen at my job.
    Rave: Walked 2 miles yesterday and fell asleep like a baby last night.
    Rant: Had a hard time waking up this morning. Still sleepy at 10am.
    Rant: Crazy ass coworkers. You need an entire pitcher of water for just yourself to take up a whole lotta room in the office fridge? Really? And why to you have a bed tray with a porcelain teapot on it taking up what little counter space we have in the break room?
    Rave: Thank God for earphones and almost 9 hours of music on my phone.

  • Rant: not sure if my child has his first ear infection (going to the doc later today), but yesterday at about 5:30 he started screaming and basically wouldn’t stop all night save for a few blocks of sleep.
    Rant: My landlord is a f’in idiot. If you spend $1M on property, you should ACT like you spent that much on the house. She doesn’t are at all about the condition of the property – a shingle is loose on the roof and she’s like “oh well”. So she’d rather it fester until there’s water damage? She could have a great property and if she invested in it, we would maintain it very well. But it’s not my job to improve her property.
    Rave: Can’t wait to close on our condo and have some financial cushion.

    • Oh no–poor guy! Hope you can find something definitive at the pediatrician’s office & that it’s a reasonably quick/easy fix. (Waiting for viruses to run their course can be the worst!)
      I’m so confused by your landlord. Sounds like such a dumb way to deal with property. Then again, our house was owned by slumlords who live in DE for 10 years before we bought it, and you could tell that they didn’t maintain hardly anything in that time frame–just slapped up a new coat of paint before selling. So some people just don’t care? Or something?
      Have you seen the offers yet, then? Sounds like there’s something good?

      • I don’t understand my landlord either. She went through the long process of getting a COO for the basement, went through all the city inspections before she rented it, etc. But she’s done NOTHING to the property. Nothing. There’s trash – like old planters and stuff) in the back yard area (behind a little brick wall) that she hasn’t gotten rid of. There’s overgrown ivy in front – we’ve told her if she has the ivy removed, we will plant seasonally in that area. Regarding the mice, she was like, “how was I supposed to know it required an expert?” um…..I could have, when you said, just set a trap – there’s never more than a few. She also said “I’m doing the best that I can”. I was like….well, then perhaps you need an actual property manager to do these things for you. The onus isn’t on us to repair her property from the state it was in when she purchased it. It’s a nice house and she could see a big return on investment AND higher rents if she’d just do something. There really are few things I hate more than people who don’t take care of their property.
        our condo had 7 offers in 4 days. We picked one a good bit over list price with a 21 day closing and bigger deposit.

        • 21 days!!! Holy smokes. I didn’t even know you could do less than 30 days. We did 30 and did not sleep well throughout the whole month. Super stressful time and so glad it’s over.

          • if you have all your financing in a row, it shouldn’t take 30 days. We have a couple of weeks, and since the appraisal went through and the condo doc review is over, I think everything is fine. Hopefully!

          • My partner is not a US cit so it added a lot of issues to the process, but we got in under 30 days.

          • ohhh that makes sense. As far as I can tell, this is just a young lady buying her first place by herself. Just like I was! I actually chose her because I wanted someone who was going to enjoy the place (even though I could have gotten a little more). I didn’t want an investor.

  • Mug of Glop

    Rave: Ran the past two days, so I seem to be recovered from RnR DC.
    Rant: Stupid eternal ankle soreness is back, though.
    Rant: Didn’t get into the Marine Corp Marathon this morning.
    Rave: Gotta pick another fall race. Road trip to … Chicago?
    Rant: My posts are about running again.
    Rave: Taco salad tonight!!!

    • justinbc

      There’s also the Army 10 Miler for fall races, although not nearly as challenging if you’re looking just for marathons.

      • Mug of Glop

        I’m enough of a masochist to already be signed up for a smattering of shorter races over the summer. I just need to find a flat-ish marathon to beat my completely arbitrary goal time, which I missed last year in Philly by less than two minutes.

    • I’ve heard very good things about the Richmond marathon which is only a couple weeks after MCM (and it’s cheaper.)

      • I’ve run the Richmond half a couple times and a lot of my friends have done the full. It’s a great course, upbeat crowd, and ends with a nice downhill.

    • Chicago is one of my favorite races – do it! I’ve done the MCM twice and Chicago and for a big city marathon – Chicago wins!

      Now if you want to stay local – the Freedom’s Run in WVa is one of the most scenic and fun small town marathons I’ve done.

      • Mug of Glop

        Whoa, tons of responses! Yeah, I’m thinking about running Chicago or possibly Philly again. Or returning to my homeland and doing the Detroit International Marathon, perhaps. Philly’s pretty local, and I’ve heard there’s one nearby-ish in Pennsylvania that’s nearly completely downhill that I’ll have to check out.

    • Sorry, you might want to check out the Newport, RI marathon on 11 Oct. I ran it 2012, great place to visit and a breathtaking course on the water and past the mansions.

      • justinbc

        Didn’t realize they did a marathon there, but having walked the Cliff Walk I can imagine it would be a pretty awesome destination run.

        • Cliff Walk itself is a little to narrow for a race (although I trained on it all the time), so the course mainly follows the bay, the ocean and the mansions on Bellevue Ave. There’s also the Newport 10 Miler coming up on 7 June which uses some of the best parts of that course. I’ve run both, and they’re definitely great destination races.

  • Rave – Cadbury mini eggs!! The best chocolate candies ever invented and they only appear during Easter.
    Rant – Can’t stop eating Cadbury mini eggs.
    Rant – Dreary cold weather this morning.
    Rave – Started taking the dog out jogging and she seems to like it. She’s more focused on her running instead of barking at other dogs.

    • re: cadbury mini eggs- sometimes I buy extra bags and hide them in the back of my cabinets to find at a later date. nothing like surprise best seasonal candy EVER in the middle of august when i’m trying to find that last jar of tomato sauce!

    • Becks

      Evil! Cadbury mini eggs are evil, and delicious; and I will be buying several on my way home tonight! And putting them in the butter door so I don’t see them. I found that if I freeze them or keep them cold, I am less likely to devour the lot.

    • My mom is obsessed with Cadbury mini eggs. She drove up to visit a school with me this weekend and loaded up for the drive. There were so many empty bags after 6 hours of driving…

    • The only redeeming factor to the multiple trips I’ve had to make to the fabric store over the past couple weekends was the cadbury mini eggs at the check out counter. BRB, gonna go run to CVS now.

  • Rave: My mom found a 1-bedroom apartment for $89/night at 14th and RI Ave. on AirBnB.
    Rant: This weather defines bullshit
    Rave: It is supposed to be 70+ tomorrow

    • your first rave – there are a few in that area because my MIL used to stay at them before she decided my sofa was fine (which it’s not, but that’s a different issue). But depending on the day, you should check at a few area hotels which can be the same price – my MIL used to spend $99 on an airbnb and the Cambria would be the same price, or the Kimpton. Only worth it because of the reward programs if she’s a requent visitor (my folks paid $89/night for their last stay at the Helix, but have since stayed at the Cambria as it’s closer to me)

    • My parents (60-62 years old) somehow manage to find a room at the Omni in Woodley on the non-tourist weekends for close to $99 a night. They like staying there because a) it make them feel ~fancy and b) free street parking seems to be easy enough to come by if you’re willing to drive around a bit. The not having to pay $25/night for valet hotel parking alone makes it a bargain in their eyes.

  • Rant/Rave: I can’t decide where to go on vacation.

    I was almost decided to go to Bali. Then, I looked at the State Department website, and there is a warning specifically for Bali that indicates terrorists are planning attacks on Western interests. I’m an adventurous type person, but, with the mid-2000s bombings in Bali, I’m afraid that I won’t be able to relax. So, it’s back to the drawing board.

    Anyone have a suggestion? I’m looking to get off the map.

    • justinbc

      Bali is really over visited at this point. Trash is piling up in record amounts and it’s ruining their water supplies. Are you just wanting somewhere in SE Asia or anywhere in general?

      • Doesn’t really matter. Last year, I went to Thailand and absolutely loved it. So, I was thinking of heading back to SE Asia.

        Vietnam and Cambodia sounds interesting. But, the time that I’m thinking of going is in the middle of the wet season.

        I even thought about hitting up Hong Kong, and venturing into mainland China.

        Ideally, I’d like to spend a couple of days in an interesting city or two, where the US dollar goes far. Then, I’d like to go to a very remote beach or island.

        • Becks

          Cambodia and Laos are amazing!

        • I assume your trip would be in the summer then? To elaborate on my previous Indonesia suggestions, I’d say fly into Jakarta and get the hell out of there. Visit Jogjajakarta and/or Solo. Then fly to Ambon and go from there to a beach in that area (there are a few options).

          If an interesting city to you is a crazy, fun one like Bangkok, then I’d say skip Indonesia. Food is SUPER cheap, but booze is as expensive as it is here. It is also a conservative culture (by SE Asian standards). Go to countries in Indochina instead. If you mean interesting like in a Kyoto kind of way, then Jogja and Samarang work.

        • justinbc

          Hong Kong is one of my favorite cities ever, I highly recommend it, but that would be a very different type of trip. Singapore would be a similar type of awesome city trip. For remote stuff, msus seems to have some great suggestions. Outside of Asia, I just got back from 3+ weeks in Morocco and it was the best trip I’ve ever taken. The amount of cultural and landscape diversity is unreal.

    • I’ve been to Bali. It sucks. Awful traffic, people everywhere, and other than Hindu temples, there really isn’t much unique to the place IMO. Indonesia is one of the largest countries in the world. Go to another island instead. Lombok is right next to Bali and less crowded. If you’re more into cutural stuff, Jogjakarta (no, not Jakarta) has some cool stuff. It’s an old capital. Samarang, another city on Java, is also supposed to be cool. Mt. Bromo is a popular place to visit as well.

      And if you want to get off the beaten path, there are literally hundreds of islands you can visit. Also, starting in April, no visa fee for Americans!! (currently a visa on arrival is $35)

    • Have you considered Korea? I don’t know if it’s really “off the map” but you could easily do Seoul –> Busan –> Jeju Island.

  • Stupid, selfish, moochy sister in law just asked me to take my 14 year old nephew for three days in two weeks. He’s a sweet kid, but I see him maybe once a year for a couple of hours at Christmas dinner. She had to call my mom for my number. If you don’t know someone well enough to have their number, you don’t know them well enough to invite your kid to their house for a weekend. The kicker? He’s coming out her with his grandparents (her parents, not mine) who have a hotel room for a week. She just wants him to stay with me because they have things to do in the evening. He’s 14! He can hang out with a pizza and his ipad in the room for a couple of hours. I volunteered to take him to dinner and hang out, but not to stay with me. I told her I had an insane work schedule (true) and that my tiny one bedroom isn’t conducive to guests (also true). This is so typical of her and I’m so sick of her sh!t.

    It could be worse – she asked my mom to take him out here and have both of them stay with me for two weeks. Um, HELL no.

    Soooo, anyone have any ideas on what to do with a 14 year old boy for a couple of hours on a Friday night in April? He’s not big into sports and he’s homeschooled with two younger brothers, so he’s a little young for his age.

    • Walk around the tidal basin/monuments? Those are pretty cool all lit up at night. And you could do a picnic for dinner.

    • epric002

      will there be any movies in the park by then? is going for a bike ride too sporty? what about going to a sports game? (will the nats be playing yet? i’m not a baseball fan…)

    • Why didn’t you say no? It sounds like a bad plan for all involved, especially the kid who will be able to tell that he’s not welcome (which is the worst feeling)!

      • I did. I told her that he couldn’t stay with me. And of course, I’ll hang out with him. I have no issues with that whatsoever. It was the presumptuous – ness (is that a word?) of his mom assuming he could stay with me that really gets under my skin. If she asked “hey can you hang out with him on x night while my parents have a work dinner?”, it would be no big deal.

    • Take him to an all ages concert of some sort. Buy him some Ramones, Rage Against the Machine, Hendrix, and Weird Al. Send him home with a copy of the Anarchist’s Cookbook.

      • epric002

        i like your style 🙂

      • I am so so so tempted to take him to a punk show. (He’s definitely getting some Black Flag – it’s historically DC, right?) and walk around 14th and U around midnight. In all seriousness, I really do want to expose him to the world beyond the small town my whole family lives in. Maybe the college tour?

        • First Friday in April – a burlesque Weird Al extravaganza at Black Cat. That’d have a lasting effect.

        • This is a fantastic idea! If he’s been pretty socially isolated, it would really do him good to see some things outside of his limited worldview. I think that visiting some colleges is a wonderful idea – he will be seriously looking/touring in 2-3 years anyway.

      • Becks

        +10, I second expanding his musical influences.

    • Spy Museum! And seconding the movie idea, that is always fun and will give you something to talk about.

    • Be nice to him. He’s the one relative who will wipe your chin one day.

      • It’s also not his fault

        • Oh, completely! He’s a great kid. His mom, however….

          • Blithe

            Could you ask him what he might like to do before his visit? And maybe point him to some websites, tell him about the suggestions people here have proposed and maybe a bit about what you’re willing to do? It’s great that you’re willing to help him expand his world a bit.

  • hispanicandproud

    Rave: Pooch is back from a six day stay at the hospital! Got a stone removed from his bladder and now can pee normally.
    Rave: Thanks to bestie for picking up the pooch yesterday and taking excellent care of him. I got lucky in the bestie department!

  • Bear

    Rant: Trying to decide next steps at work. I have the opportunity to transfer, but not sure into which program or into what position. I really want my current program to be successful since it’s in my technical area of interest, but the leadership is…um…lacking. To say the least.
    Rave: I have options, even if none of them are perfect.
    Rave/rant: Wedding planning. Making some progress, but goodness there are so many details. I love that we’re getting married in 6 months and according to the checklists we’re already like 6 months behind in planning. Luckily we know a lot of people int eh service industry so we’ve got most of the big things covered.
    Questions: Any recommendations for photographers and table/chair rental? We’re going the backyard route so we’ll have to manage some of those logistics ourselves.

    • What’s your photog budget? I found that prices vary WILDLY! Like $2k-$10k!

      • Pablo….? Otherwise, we got our from the wedding photojournalist web site. It’s a good resource. I did capital rentals for chair rental.

      • Bear

        I am very torn on this one. I was a photographer in a past life and I know that you get what you pay for. It’s the one thing I will probably be pretty picky about. But our overall wedding budget is about $15k, so we can’t drop a ton of money on any one thing. So, I’d say in the $2-3k rang. Looking for a single photographer (it will be small enough that I think they can get by without an assistant), digital image release, and no need for a fancy album. Oh, and someone who will at a minimum cull the out of focus and improperly exposed images before sending proofs. It drives me nuts when photographers just dump thousands of images on a client without editing them down to the ones that are usable. Sorry…pet peeve! Rant over.

        • epric002

          based on your specifics, i recommend moe nazemi, who did our very small wedding. http://www.moenazemi.com/

        • Yeah, I hear you. Our wedding budget is $12k, but photography was at the top of my list regarding importance. If you want to email PoP and get my email I can provide you with my photog and a link to my engagement photos (so you can see if you like his photos haha). He is exactly what you describe except he does use an assistant–however it won’t cost you more.

        • Kelly Hahn. She is in Frederick, MD but will travel for a nominal fee I believe (I think it was $50 to come to my wedding in Haymarket). She is so awesome.


    • We used Linda Wang for our local engagement photos. A friend used her for her wedding and the photos were stunning and she got significantly more than she paid for. We felt the same way after she did our photo shoot.

    • Our friend Jen Adams did ours (J.A.S. Photography) and she should be in your price range. I highly recommend her. https://jasphotographydc.wordpress.com/

    • Bear

      Thanks everyone! Looks like I have some options to consider, which is great.

  • Rant: nothing farking works in my building. No toner, things aren’t being sent to the printer. Desks are falling apart and nobody is fixing them. My clock had read 5:30 since January. How is this acceptable anywhere?

    • Your friendly neighborhood Ops person encourages you to report ALL difficulties. You would be AMAZED how many people bitch about a problem that they have not reported.

    • houseintherear

      If it makes you feel any better, it’s the same in MontCo. On top of the broken crap, we don’t have soap in the bathrooms OR paper towels. You can imagine how quickly sickness spreads around here. Hope it gets better for you soon-

      • Half the time only one or two stalls in the bathroom has toilet paper! When we’re out of toner, the head honcho b*tches at us about making too many copies (which come from our semi-annual ration of paper). They’re ridiculously stingy with supplies “there’s no tape”. I need one of the VA districts to hire me.

  • Rave: prosecco on tap
    Rant: I can’t have prosecco on tap in my house. No joke, I’ve thought about it, but it would have to live next to my hot water heater and that wouldn’t be good for my beloved bubbles.
    Rave: great times with friends and excellent dances last night.

    • Any alcohol on tap at home sounds like such a great idea until you actually try it. I’ve dreamed of a kegigerator for years, but recognize that I would probably never see my belt buckle again.

      • How long will a keg last in a kegerator or similar tap device?

        • I honestly don’t know because this isn’t actually a reality for me. I would think it would be a small keg though.
          I brew beer and don’t keg it primarily because I fear I would do all of that work and then not drink it before it goes bad. Also, you can’t really give away small quantities to people and you can’t save any for aging, a rainy day, variety if it’s in a keg. In short, I know very little about keeping things in kegs.

  • Anonynon

    Rant: Lost basketball game last night…I think I had 10 out of my teams 13 pts in the first half and ended up with 20 at least..I do hate loosing though.
    Rave: Black Cat on Friday

  • Blithe

    Rant: Another dreary, yucky day.
    Rant: Using restraint: trying not to even think of shopping for brightly colored accessories that I don’t need in a vain attempt to counteract the dreary, yucky day. Today would be a very good day to go to a cat cafe.
    Rave: Just discovered the kombucha bar at Whole Foods. The ginger is really, really awesomely good. Now I have a crunchy contribution to chatter about brews, vintages and single malts. Bwahaha.
    Rave: It’s a good day for closet cleaning — so at least I’ll be accomplishing something while I procrastinate on doing tax preparation stuff.

    • If you decide to make your own Kombucha (very easy), I’ll soon have a scoby to share!

      • Blithe

        Thanks! I’m not quite brave enough — yet — to make my own, but I’d enjoy hearing about your adventures. 🙂

        • I used instructions from thekitchn com “How to make kombucha tea at home” — I make black tea then add the scoby (along with a bit of tea from previous batch, or vinegar) and then let it sit on counter. In a week =>- kombucha. Transfer to bottles, put in refrigerator, enjoy.

  • Becks

    Rave: I made slow simmered bean and ham bone soup yesterday! It is so good.
    Rave: Lady Carlotta actually sought me out to snuggle on the sofa yesterday.
    Rant: My knees hurt.
    Rant: What is it with people who are small enough for their seat area, but insist on elbowing and sitting on you; taking up your seat area on the bus!!! I am tired of getting elbowed in the ribs because of someone else’s lack of respect for others and complete oblivion to those around them!

  • jim_ed

    Rant: As our street has become more expensive, the people buying new flips have become less and less friendly. If you move to a new neighborhood and see your neighbors outside, maybe say hello and introduce yourself instead of refusing to look in their direction and ignoring them? Likewise, if your new flip has an old trashcan you don’t want or need, get rid of it instead of continuously dragging it in front of my back gate? I get that some people are introverted and want privacy, but at least having the common decency to say hello once isn’t asking much.
    Rave: Got a chance to talk with our new ANC commissioner last week, appears responsive to neighborhood concerns and not insane, which is really all you can ask for in an ANC rep.
    Rave: The start-up CEO on yesterday’s Bisnow panel who was hilariously inappropriate, dropping F bombs and cocaine references during the discussion in a room full of squares. That was awesome.

    • justinbc

      One of the first things we did when we moved into our new place was host a back/sideyard BBQ and give out hot dogs and cookies to all the neighbors who came by. It’s made a world of difference in getting along with everyone and being generally convivial in passing. And I’m a lot less worried about package theft and not having bars on my doors / windows.

      • epric002

        +100 the weather quickly got cold after we bought/moved in so we weren’t able to meet a lot of neighbors initially, but right before xmas i made a bunch of mini loaves of banana bread and made husband come knock on every door on our block so we could introduce ourselves and meet our neighbors. our block is very friendly, (almost) everyone waves at everyone else; i recognize most of my neighbors, and most of them recognize me, which makes me feel much safer; and we all know that if we’re not home that our neighbors are keeping an eye on things and will let us or the police know if something sketchy is going on. being friendly with your neighbors, imo, is a good personal safety practice, in addition to just being a nice thing to do.

        • That was part of the advice at the crime prevention/neighborhood watch training session I went to last week.

          • epric002

            to make and distribute banana bread to your neighbors? 😀

          • Epric002 — LOL! No, to get to know your neighbors. 🙂

          • If you want to be an actual neighborhood watch “block captain,” you’re supposed to go door to door and compile the names and contact numbers for everyone in the household, and then distribute that information to everyone who took part.
            My concern with this is that I’m not sure I want all of my neighbors to have that information about me. Although I think most of my neighbors are trustworthy people, in some cases I think the neighbors may in fact be the criminals.

    • HaileUnlikely

      I’ve had similar observations of newcomers in my neighborhood. There aren’t many flips near me (in Takoma), and many of the homes on the market are still very affordable by NW DC standards, but for the most part the people moving away were older African American families or widows and were very friendly, and the people moving in are young white individuals or couples who seem to actively strive to avoid contact with their neighbors. And to your point, the one big flip in my neighborhood, in which a developer demoed a little (probably < 1000 square foot) brick house and built a brand new 3000+ square foot vinyl-sided house which towers over all of the other modest houses in the neighborhood, is now occupied by people who have managed to achieve 100% success in eluding all neighbors for an entire year by strictly entering/exiting through the rear of the house where he parks his car. Not one neighbor has met him.

      • SouthwestDC

        My neighbors only enter/exit through the rear of their house where they park their car, so I rarely see them either. But they’ve been living there since the 60’s. I don’t think it’s a newcomer habit, just a people-who-have-garages habit.
        You shouldn’t take it personally that a neighbor’s daily activities don’t put them in contact with you as often as you’d like.

        • HaileUnlikely

          I don’t take it personally, as it obviously isn’t directed at me, personally. I know most of my neighbors, and zero of them have met the occupants of that house in the year that they have been there.

          • SouthwestDC

            Oh, I thought since you mentioned it you must have been bothered by it somehow.

          • HaileUnlikely

            Nah, just concurring with Jim’s observations. I have to admit, at risk of sounding like the judgmental ass that you may reasonably conclude that I am, that I’m not super-interested in getting to know the guy who bought the one brand new enormous house that towers over and literally looks down on all of his neighbors in their modest, ordinary houses. Oh, and the first observable thing that they did after moving in was to enclose their entire yard in a tall wooden fence that you can’t see through at all. I think he thinks he’s better than the rest of his neighbors and enjoys looking down on us and our tiny little houses but is also afraid of us so he has to put up his big fence and come and go through the back. Sorry, I’m a judgmental ass.

    • Emmaleigh504

      You could always introduce yourself to them as you welcome them to the neighborhood. Take over some welcome cookies and give them the neighborhood scoop.

      • jim_ed

        My wife attempted to say hi to one of the newcomers recently while she (my wife) was out walking the dog, and the lady just blew past her without so much as an acknowledgment, so I think we’re going to skip baking for them. At this point, it seems to be a conscious decision to pretend the neighbors don’t exist.

        • Emmaleigh504

          Maybe for the next new neighbors you get you could introduce yourself with cookies (store bought, no need to get crazy and actually bake!). It’s easier for you to welcome new people and introduce yourself since you know who’s new. They may not be able to tell who lives on their street for a while. Besides, it’s the neighborly thing to do!

          • Yeah — I think it’s sort of a White People Who Are Used to Anonymous City Living (and being wary of all unknown persons) cultural thing. If you introduce yourself, they might respond a little better.

          • Emmaleigh504

            And maybe the culture they come from expects the neighbors to welcome them, so they think the neighbors are standoffish. But if you’ve said hi and introduced yourself and they ignore you after that, they aren’t worth knowing. And you can warn the new neighbors about them when you welcome the new neighbors to the neighborhood.

        • Relatively new neighbor a few doors down – I’ve introduced myself, said hello when I see him outside. And, when we meet on the sidewalk he looks right past me. Once I could understand, but this has happened many times. And yes, I say hello as he walks past…

          • Emmaleigh504

            I’m only recommending doing it once. If they ignore you after that, they’re assholes. Let it go.

    • Agree! Also, you have a beautiful wonderful porch, use it! Or say hi to me when I’m on my porch. I wish more people hung out on their porches and didn’t just scurry inside.

      • Emmaleigh504

        And now I’m reminded of the embarrassing things that have happened when saying hi to the neighbors. There was a time when my sister with her still very new drivers license waved to the neighbor and drove the car over a bush. It got stuck the neighbor had to help us unstick it. Then there was the neighbor that my mom would say hi to as the neighbor walked the dog. My mom always fell down the steps when she saw that lady. Then I dog sat for my parents and waved to the dog walking lady and fell down the steps. Sometimes it does not pay to be neighborly! lol

      • epric002

        as soon as the weather’s nice i will move back on to my porch!

  • Rant/Rave: Had to get my run in on the dreadmill last night but luckily the gym has cable and I do not. Nothing like watching the Duggars skydive to keep your mind off the mileage!
    Rant: A girl in one of my groups of friends is driving the rest of us crazy.
    Rave: Going to a bridal show on Sunday with a newly engaged friend. Will make sure that she steers clear of all dresses that resemble body parts.

  • Rave: outside of work stuff is going great. I just started a new series of interviews with DC bartenders/liquor purveyors/restaurant managers called Drink City over on DC Focused.
    Rave: heading to NYC in a week! I’m looking forward to the Dream House and to taking pics in Grand Central Terminal.
    Rave: teleworking.
    Rant: c’mon, Spring, get your act together.

  • Andie302

    Rave: I got to see the house for the first time since last Wednesday morning
    Rant: but it doesn’t look a lot different.
    Rave: The back wall is all the way gone, the footers are poured, and hopefully they’ll start framing today.
    Rave: Accountering did a stellar job of giving away bricks while I was gone.
    Hopeful rave: Better weather tomorrow, fingers crossed!

  • Rave: Escalator at Foggy is finally repaired
    Rave: Pineapple salsa…
    Rant: House of Cards isn’t as good this season – still good just not binge inducing
    Rave: Only rant is a freaking TV show…Woo hoo!

    • Oh, yum. I love pineapple salsa. It’s nice and easy to make for potlucks, too!

    • palisades

      I’ve found that with so many television show options, I feel less guilty dropping out when I’m not longer interested in it. House of Cards being a prime example.

  • Rant: First backslide in a while last night, was really down and had a hard time sleeping. I’ve been doing pretty well the last couple weeks…
    Rant: Seriously, it’s been 7 months. This is ridiculous. I feel like I won’t be completely over it until I meet someone new, but I’m also still not in a good place to try dating again… Just frustrating and I wish I was less relationship-focused.
    Rant: Warm up already, DC! 🙁 Tomorrow is supposed to be nice, but then it’s going to get cold again. I just want it to be green and sunny and warm enough that I can sit outside with a book.
    I need a rave… Rave: Got the ball rolling yesterday on planning my friend’s bachelorette party. I’m looking forward to that, it should be a lot of fun!

    • Sorry to hear you weren’t feeling so great. Hope you’re feeling a little better today!

      • Doing a bit better, thank you. 🙂 This, too, shall pass – it’s just taking longer than I would like!

    • Good friends, fun activities, and staying busy are always good things to take your mind off an ex. I’m lucky/unlucky to be very unfocused on whether I’m in a relationship or not I think in part because I’m always busy.

      • I do try to keep very social and hang out with friends as much as possible, but it’s just been harder with the colder weather… I’m also one of the few single people in my friends groups and sometimes being the Nth wheel doesn’t really help. I have definitely been trying to think of fun new activities to get into!

        • Sorry to hear you had a rough night. I just ordered a bunch of 8×10 canvases from Amazon to play with because I felt like I needed a new hobby that I could do by myself and be creative. I’m not at all artistic but I get anxious when I’m bored so I figured I would try something totally different.

          • On a somewhat similar note, I’ve just ordered some adult coloring books 🙂
            Johanna Basford’s Enchanted Forest and Secret Garden

          • I forgot about adult coloring books! I did them with my boss after she had a concussion and it was a lot of fun to color. Thanks for the reminder– I’m going to go order one.

          • They’re out of stock a number of places — if you don’t find them in your favorite bookstore try Powell’s

          • My parents have been trying to get me to do more drawing/painting (I did it a fair bit when I was younger), but it stresses me out and makes me frustrated. I have an inferiority complex since my dad is an artist and my sister is way more artistically talented than me. :p I should give it a go again though, just for me.

          • Maybe start with a coloring book? There are a lot on Amazon. Just picking a color may be less stressful. Or come paint with me and feel far superior! 🙂

          • I got some watercolor paint and Chinese brushes and brush art books to try out – hah, maybe we could get together for a PoPville art time! 😉

        • There is an activity club for singles I always hear about on the radio. Maybe something like that would be better. My friends are all single or they can go out alone anyway, so it’s much easier, but my hobbies have taken over, so I’m slacking on friend time.
          I’m a bit of a loner, so good events are always on deck even without companions. Fave is kayaking and listening to music on the Potomac.

    • I feel ya on all your rants. I’m currently read David Burns’s “Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy” and really recommend it. I’m about halfway through and have found it very enlightening and helpful. Just wanted to pass it on!

      • Hah you know, I actually have this book – it was recommended to me about 6 years ago when I was first diagnosed with depression but I never got around to reading it. I guess I should actually give it a go! Thank you for reminding me of that.

  • Belated rave: Finally checked out Pete’s Apizza (at Columbia Heights) on Monday, thanks to MPinDC’s tip about their having a 50%-off deal on Mondays through the end of March.
    Slight rant: I guess I’m just not all that into Neapolitan pizza — I prefer a thicker crust.
    Rant: Somehow I thought that getting cat litter from the Columbia Heights Target and taking it home by Metro would be totally feasible, since the 15-lb. box has a handle. Never doing that again unless I bring a wheeled cart.
    Rave: Warm weather tomorrow!

    • I Dont Get It

      My Target Cat Litter Story:

      Sweet Old Lady Behind Me in Line: That’s what I need to get, kitty litter but it is too heavy for me.
      IDGI: Do you want me to go get you some?
      SOLBMiL: At Costco?

    • palisades

      My cat litter story:
      Checking out at Costco with a bag of litter.
      Guy cashier: heh. gettin it for your girlfriend huh?
      Me (guy): No. Cats aren’t just for women, dude.
      I was dumbfounded.

      • Ugh at the cashier, but great response on your end!

        • palisades

          I should have said something better, but it really took me by surprise. Who says that?
          Another fun shopping story. Many years ago, at Home Depot with mother and brother.
          Cashier: Dang, making your mom buy you stuff on Mother’s Day?
          My brother (in the weirdest voice I’ve ever heard): YOU DON’T KNOW ME

          • This seriously made me laugh out loud even though it may be funnier if I actually knew the context better :).

  • I Dont Get It

    Rave: I got all DIY and fixed my bed.
    Rant: It broke this morning. I’m taking it out and shooting it—time for a new bed for me!
    Rave: The Olsen Twins are four people.
    Rant: Vendors who lie!

  • Rave: I found a gift card in my pocket. Subway for lunch 🙂
    Rant: FARRAGUT NORTH! I hate you Farragut North. I also hate the metro riders who are transferring to the Blue, Orange, Green or Yellow (further down to L’enfant) who refuse to walk the 2 blocks to Farragut WEST to avoid the congestion on the red line during rush hour. I do understand the riders who need to stay on red to transfer at Gallery Place but COME ON! I hate the RED LINE. Yesterday I got off a Farragut North and walked to West. The BLUE LINE IS AMAZING! smh
    Rant: Metro
    Rave: I plan on sleeping all weekend.

    • Your rant is that people who want to get on the green/yellow lines get on at Farragut North, where they can transfer in 2 stops, as opposed to walking two extra blocks to Farragut West, where they transfer in 5 stops? There is no spot on the green/yellow lines that is takes fewer stops to get to from Farragut West than Farragut North. The essence of your complaint is that people should walk longer, and spend more time on the train, to lessen congestion at your preferred metro stop. That’s reasonable.

      • “I do understand the riders who need to stay on red to transfer at Gallery Place” quoted from above. I understand the Gallery Place transfer, thanks .

        • Then why this complaint: “I also hate the metro riders who are transferring to the . . . Green or Yellow (further down to L’enfant) who refuse to walk the 2 blocks to Farragut WEST to avoid the congestion on the red line during rush hour.”

          • Emmaleigh504

            sometimes it’s ok to hate metro riders just for being in the way whether they have a good reason to be there or not.

          • +1. To me this post basically read “I hate everyone in general today.” It’s not the rider’s fault there is only one line on the red line route when the blue line just happens to have 2 other lines that go to most of the same stops, thus easing congestion. But I hope your day has gotten better!

          • I didn’t really understand the rant either, but I liked Emilie’s comment.

  • Rant: I really do like my job, but it so unnecessary for me to be in the office every.single.day. We’re an old-school, buttoned up organization, but I’m sitting here in my nice clothes cold, uncomfortable, and very unmotivated. For the first time, I starting to see the connection between my environment and my ability to be a “creative”. I want to make soup at home with my snuggly dog.
    Rave: Heading home for Easter and a 4 day weekend! So excited, it’s been over a year since I’ve been home. Turning off all e-mail.
    Rave: Put slightly disabled dog on glucosamine supplements a few months ago and he is noticeably walking further, is more active, and (unfortunately) has taken up jumping on people to greet them. He’s like a bowling ball, so that’ll take some undoing.

    • I feel the same way about my job (although I don’t really like my job to begin with.) My boss and all the higher-ups are super old school and 100% against teleworking. We’re actually not allowed to work from home at all, so when the office is closed because a snowstorm we’re technically not allowed to check work email or do any work. One time I worked on a presentation I had to finish during a snow day and was amazed at how productive I was at home, in my comfy clothes at my kitchen table, warm doggie lying at my feet, and a nice cup of tea in hand. I got more accomplished in 2 hours working at home than I do 8 hours sitting in my cold, uncomfortable cubicle. It’s frustrating because 99% of my job is computer work that could be done anywhere with an internet connection.

    • palisades

      Wow. To your rant. Hit the nail on the head.

    • I completely agree. I’m pretty sure I’d be a lot more productive in all areas of my life if I could work from home one day a week.

  • Rave: ADORABLE little girl in my building who talked my ear off in the elevator this morning about how her name is Anna, “just like in Frozen” and then gave me a blow by blow of the plot – all in about five minutes. I think her mom wanted to crawl in a hole and die of embarrassment, but it was so cute. I’m not really a kid person, but I nearly died of the cuteness.

  • Rant – alternative work schedules/part time. Yes, I know you negotiated for Fridays off, and I know your kids don’t go to daycare that day. But that is not the same thing as being totally unavailable. In this profession, we work extra hours – nights, weekends – routinely, but if you decide to go part time, apparently that is all off the table. You don’t work on your day off, and you don’t take calls past 5:00 on the days you are here. Except that’s not how it works, and it’s not a great idea to (i) dump your scut work onto someone very senior to you, (ii) inconvenience senior people, and clients (especially clients). I will think long and hard before working with this person again.
    Rant: On one hand, this feels like a “get off my lawn” moment – but I really don’t think I’m unjustifiably irritated.

    • justinbc

      That sucks if the work is being shifted to others. I take AWS and would never ask others to cover for my duties, and during deadlines I just cancel it and collect the OT.

    • Really? I work AWS, and do not take calls or emails on my day off. The people more senior to me make 10x what I make, so I assume they are being paid the big bucks for their extra time to work nights and weekends. I don’t subscribe to the sh!t runs downhill and the junior people get dumped on. When my boss is making 800k and I can barely pay my rent, I do not for one second feel bad turning my phone off when I leave the office and “dumping” work onto someone very senior to me. Maybe your professional is different from mine, but we rarely have emergencies and there are rarely any tasks that couldn’t wait a day or two to get done. The only emergencies are manufactured by senior staff to conform to some internal deadline that means nothing, so no thank you I’m not going to stay late or work over the weekend for a made up deadline and the pennies that they are paying me.

    • If the person is compensated for all the extra time they would spend “working” at home, then it’s not right. However, a lot of jobs confuse boundries (not answering email at home) with “demands of the job”. My office expects us to answer emails all the time, ect. I just stopped. I’m not paid for it, it doesn’t go mentioned at review time as though I am providing quick information due to accessability, and the office isn’t flexible at all when I need them to be. Work/life balance is important to a lot of people, but it seems our culture now sees it as a negative.

      • Work-life balance certainly is a valid choice, and that’s as it should be. But you know what you can’t do? Make one choice, and then pretend you made the other choice. If you choose to work at a big law firm, with the salary that goes along with that, you don’t get to pretend you made the work-life balance choice, especially when it involves dumping work on colleagues. Going part time reduces your workload, yes, but there are certain times when you need to suck it up and work on your day off because the client, the court, or your colleagues require it – just like the rest of us do when we work on the weekend, or at night, or take our laptops on vacation. Fridays do not suddenly become encased in amber just because you went part-time.

        • justinbc

          I’m honestly surprised that big law firms even offer an AWS option.

          • Agreed. Though that option might only be available to support staff (admins, paralegals, IT, etc.)
            I’ve never met a private sector lawyer with AWS.

          • I shouldn’t have used “big law,” which has a specific connotation. While the firm is large by any definition – 400+ lawyers – it’s not what is traditionally known as “biglaw.” Part-time is not that uncommon, believe it or not, and it’s not a problem when used responsibly.
            And I see I’ve outed myself – darn internets.

        • It used to be the case that “part time” attorney positions at big law firms were considered to be a joke because the attorney ended up working pretty much a full schedule but getting paid a part-time salary. Honestly, I am glad that the expectations of the position now fit the title. I hear what you are saying on the need to suck things up sometimes and put in some extra work. But if the person negotiated for and got a particular work schedule, and he or she is sticking to it, and the people paying his or her salary are cool with it, kudos to him or her. If you think you are being ill used by this situation, take it to management.

          • ” But if the person negotiated for and got a particular work schedule, and he or she is sticking to it, and the people paying his or her salary are cool with it, kudos to him or her.”
            If this was a job with a regular schedule, I’d agree. But being a litigator in a large law firm isn’t compatible with a set schedule. Client needs and responsibilities are unpredictable, and “Oh, sorry, I’ll give it you to on Monday because I don’t work Friday” often means that someone else has to deal with it. If you work an 80% schedule, and can get all your responsibilities done – fine. But rigidly insisting on the same day off every week is not the same thing. I’m not going to go to “management” – to the extent that term has any meaning in a law firm – because some people have no problem with a part time schedule, and the program isn’t changing anyway. I just won’t use this individual on future projects. It’s a simple solution – but it doesn’t lessen today’s frustration. Or the fact that someone – perhaps me – is going to have to work Saturday to pick up the slack.

  • justinbc

    Rave: Just got our SAVOR tickets without any hiccups from Ticketmaster, that was a nice surprise.

    • Ooooh so jealous! Mr. Eggs and I have been talking about going for years now, and every year we look at the prices and have the same “eeeeesh” reaction and say we’ll go the following year. I think I’ll set aside $300ish over the next year and surprise him that we’ve already got money set aside for it.

      • justinbc

        It’s definitely worth it if you’re into that kind of thing. I’ve been to pretty much all the big gala type food & drink events in DC and this is easily my favorite.

        • Do you just do general admission, or one of the salons? The Beer and BBQ looks good . . .

          • justinbc

            The first year I did some salons, after that I learned that you spend so much time in there learning cool stuff that you could be spending drinking and eating on the floor, so I just pass on those and attend some of the SAVOR week events around the city where you can see the same guys talking.

          • I totally agree with Justin. The first time I went I did a salon that ended before Savor started, that’s the only way to do it. Even being in the building when it started, only trying beers that I’d never had or probably couldn’t get, it was still impossible to try everything I wanted to.
            It’s definitely pricey, but I think it’s worth it. I’ve been twice and have never waited in a line longer than 3 people to get a beer and I’ve tried some great stuff there.
            If you do get tickets make sure to arrive well before it starts because the line to get in takes a while.

  • Rave: Marine Corps Marathon confirmation came through early this morning! This will be my first. Pray for these legs!
    Rave: Soulsa Family Reunion at Pure tonight. This was the one of the first salsa dancing socials I experienced when I moved to DC 8 years ago. I miss it and can’t wait to dance.

  • skj84

    Rant: Recruiter who made me feel totally inadequate about my experience . I know I’m a non traditional candidate. I know that I’m not as accomplished as many other candidates. You saw my resume, why did you call me if you don’t think I’m a good fit? Frustrating!

    Rave: debating buying a mattress from a hotel liquidation. A queen bed is $145. Good idea or not? I really need a new bed and I have a tight budget.

    • two words: bed. bugs. Don’t buy a bed from a hotel.

      • I would be worried about this too. If you’re on a budget, perhaps you could try to get one off Freecycle and check with the owner to make sure it’s had no exposure to bedbugs.

      • jim_ed

        This can’t be overstated. And think of all the other things that happen on a hotel mattress, which people don’t treat with any ounce of respect, since its not their own bed.

        If you need a mattress and are short on cash, you have a couple of better options. Mattress stores usually have a loss leader for most holiday sales, usually one or two models for less than $200 for a queen. We bought our guest mattress this way. Also, you can find off-brand mattresses for super cheap at discount furniture stores. There’s about a dozen of these on New Hampshire Ave once you cross into Maryland. And finally, assuming you already have a queen mattress, you could spend that cash and just buy a nice memory foam mattress pad and put it on top of your current bed. It may only last 3-4 years, but it should be pretty damn comfortable.

    • I went on a job interview once where someone did that to my faceE! It was awful. Why in the hell did you bring me in here just to embarrass me? This wasn’t the job I applied for in the first place. How did you get my resume? Why are you such a d-bag??? (This was 4 years ago and I’m still bitter about it!)

    • I’ve never done this before…but I guess I can see both sides of it. My worry would be that it would have something wrong with it. I think it would depend on the hotel it was coming from. If you trust that it’s not infested with bugs or something based on that, you can always get a mattress topper from Overstock for less than $100 to put on it and you’d be set.

    • SouthwestDC

      That’s happened to me a few times. Why waste your time and mine if you have no intention of hiring me?
      But it’s worse to be qualified for the job you applied for and have them try to sell you on a totally different job. I once applied for an engineering position, but at the interview they drilled me on my Word skills and had me do a typing test. Then they offered me an office manager position that paid half as much and had nothing to do with engineering. I guess the job I applied for had already been filled but why do they think I would have agreed to that?

      • “I guess the job I applied for had already been filled but why do they think I would have agreed to that?” My guess: because you’re a woman and not a man. Somehow I don’t think they would’ve been offering a male engineer an office-manager position.

        • SouthwestDC

          That’s what I thought too. And then friends/relatives accused me of being arrogant when I told them I turned the offer down. I don’t think anyone would have faulted a man for not wanting his engineering degree to go to waste.

  • Rant – #potholepalooza: According to today’s PR, this is apparently the single most important thing Bowser has ever done in her life.

    • Sadly, it probably is.

      • Emmaleigh504

        isn’t it an annual thing? like it would happen with or without her?

        • Yeah, she’s administering a program that was created years ago. Way to go Bowser! You should def take credit for that.

          • Exactly. Drives me nuts. I feel like she’s probably going to take credit when the weather finally warms up too. “Mayor Muriel Bowser presents springtime!”

          • Accountering

            Should we start the process of re-naming streets in her honor now?!?

          • Yes, and I think you’re the right the man for the job, Accountering.

          • Accountering

            How about the “Muriel Bowser Waste Treatment Plant at Blue Plains”?
            I would also be willing to give her the “Muriel Bowser Transfer Station at Fort Totten”

          • Naming the transfer station after her might be too much of an honor — in my experience, it’s always really efficient and the employees are very professional and courteous.

          • I agree with textdoc. The transfer station is one of the things the DC government gets right. The employees are great, and helpful, and it’s an easy and efficient way to get rid of things that won’t, or shouldn’t, go in the trash. Best of all, they’re generally diligent about keeping out interlopers form the suburbs.

    • I’m still waiting on them fixing a pothole I reported on Mar. 19 when DC allegedly had a 72-hour turnaround.

  • Rant: Why do the 16th Street buses run in packs? Why not space them out? I missed two articulated buses (the long ones) this morning that were bumper to bumper and nearly empty. I had to wait 5 minutes for the next bus to arrive which was almost at capacity. Why can’t WMATA run individual buses at shorter intervals, instead of in clusters or packs? Is that too logical?

    Rave: It’s almost regular season.

    • Complain to WMATA — they’re not supposed to run in packs like that, but apparently sometimes the drivers do it on purpose because it makes it easier for them. (Or something.)
      Give them as much information as possible — the route number, time, etc.

    • DC has commissioned [yet] another study of the 16th St corridor to generate solutions for improving bus service. Don’t hold your breath…

    • I think they get bottle-necked in heavy rush hour traffic. They’re not really agile, so one eventually catches up to the other. Also, the first one is making every stop. If a stop is empty, the second bus will pass by it without stopping. Hence the packing.

      • I think it’s a combination of both. Most of my commuting is goes from one end of a bus line to the other. Sometimes multiple buses headed the same direction start out “bunched,” which is problematic (and I do try to submit feedback to WMATA about this) but often my bus will start out on time and somehow end up behind the bus that left 15 minutes before us. How that happens, I don’t know — traffic flow I guess.

      • I get on the bus at the very beginning of the route (federal triangle area). They sometimes are in pairs. It isn’t just the traffic that’s causing the bunching.

        • But that could be from previous bunching, causing the first of those buses to actually be departing late, while the second one is on time.

  • Rave: The wildlife rehabilitator checked on the injured goose I reported on Monday and is keeping me posted by email. Seems that it was the female who was hit by the truck and she is in the process of laying her eggs. The rehabilitator agreed her wing appears injured and she will be consulting with other rehabbers about next steps. Still no easy answers, but I feel comforted that I did what I could and I’m not the only one who cares about these two.
    Rave: Kind words from a couple of Popville commenters yesterday.
    Rave: I am seriously deficient in vitamin D. This could explain a lot and it’s treatable!

    • I’m glad that the injured goose is getting attention and that you are feeling a bit better about the situation. That kind of thing really affects me also.

      I had a physical last month and learned of my severe vitamin D deficiency. I feel so much better after 6 weeks of supplements!

      • Thank you!
        Yeah, a vitamin D deficiency was not on my radar. I’m happy to hear the supplements have worked for you and so quickly! My prescription-strength tablets are waiting for me to pick them up!

    • epric002

      get better soon, goose! since she’s not a frank, what’s her name?

      • Get better soon, Abigail!
        Thanks for your post yesterday. I really hope that it wasn’t as bad as it looked on Monday and she can recover from this. But those birds like to stroll across the street multiple times a day (causing me fits) and unfortunately, they’re not built to just fly out of harm’s way when a car appears.

  • Any good recommendations for Tulum lodging? (on the beach, not in the town)
    I’m leaning toward Uno Astro Lodge, but there’s a ton of places online. Not sure which one is worth the money.

  • Late rant: One of my students just added me on facebook. I teach third grade! I declined, but I made myself a fan page which I expect nobody to like, but I guess he can follow me there if he really wants to know what (child-friendly) things I’m up to.

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