Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

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You can talk about whatever is on your mind – quality of life issues, a beautiful tree you spotted, scuttlebutt, or any random questions/thoughts you may have. But please no personal attacks and no need to correct people’s grammar. This is a place to vent and/or celebrate things about daily life in DC.

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  • Rave: Friday. YAY!
    Rave: A good friend is coming to visit me tomorrow from Richmond and we’re going to check out China Chilcano and potentially, the Funk Parade. A Day of Potentially Awesome!
    Rant: Friends who are inflexible with their child’s schedule (I don’t have a child. Maybe this is necessary? But not all parents I know are like this).

    • Just a comment on the parent thing, from another non-parent (so take it with a grain of salt and all of that). One of my nieces was completely fine with a flexible schedule. The other was a rip-roaring nightmare if her schedule wasn’t kept pretty regularly. As they grew up, it became clear that was just their temperament, plus some mild medical issues on the part of my one niece. So, for everyone’s sanity (the parents’ and anyone they were visiting), my brother and SIL had to keep their schedules with very little deviation to prevent an epic meltdown that was not pleasant for anyone.

      • That’s what I’m wondering, if it’s to avoid a total meltdown. Trying very hard to be understanding of their life and schedule now that they have a child.

      • This. I’m not a parent, but I have a lot of small children in my life. And I think the need to stick to a rigid schedule really just depends on the age and temperment of the child (and sometimes on the temperament of the parents — different people have different thresholds to deal with chaos).. Sometimes, deviation from the norm just isn’t worth the disruptions that it causes.

        • ….and the disruption can last a few days depending on how bad. As a mom, it’s not worth it to my own sanity. If there’s something that requires flexibility, we tend to divide and conquer. And thus don’t get to do much fun together! But unlike some folks, I’m totally OK with nap time being in the car, which helps.

          • We’re all invited to attend a friend’s party which is over 3 hours travel time for me (2 hours on train, then carpool with friends I’m staying with for another hour). Baby’s bedtime is set (and she sleeps in her car seat or her bed) and the party begins in the early evening. More time will be spent traveling than at the actual event (over a holiday weekend). I would hate for a meltdown to ruin everyone’s night, though, or potentially the days following so, I am working on accepting this situation. This little girl is adorable and sweet but that may be due to the schedule her parents keep her on? (She’s almost 2)

          • If it bothers you, can you make other arrangements?

          • Having weathered many two year olds of varying temperaments, three hours of travel time is a lot and will usually set even the most flexible tot off. There is a point where a toddler can go from sweet and adorable to little monster, for some it starts at 18 months, some two, for a lot three (hello threenagers). Be flexible. Your friends aren’t trying to be inflexible, it’s just that they are being ruled by a significant, unpredictable force that happens to be cute and adorable.

          • Honestly, that sounds like a lot of travel time for a 2 year old. Rather, that sounds like a lot of time having to deal with a two year old while in-transit. Is it 3 hours each way? Are you staying overnight? It would have to be a damn close friend for me to do that…

    • it’s child dependent. For parents like me, we’re SOMEWHAT flexible, but since my kid is a bad sleeper, the nap is too important. And trust me, they’re probably inflexible for prevent the child from having a melt down, which is to your benefit. Some kids are flexible, some aren’t. Better to error on the side of NOT messing with a good thing unless you need to. They very likely aren’t doing it on purpose (unless they’re like “oh…we can’t go the ____ because little Henry/Silas/Olivia/Larla can’t be near gluten, TVs, non-organic fabrics, or be without his pre-nap yoga session.”

    • Thanks for the support earlier this week, PoPville. Trying hard to support those around me and while failing miserably I know a little is better than nothing and nothing will ever be enough when faced with disaster, double lung transplant, extreme anxiety, loss of child, and cancer…. (yes that’s the list of my loved ones categorized by their perils)
      Rave: Barn. Horses. Outdoors. Bicycling. My Husband.
      Rant: Scoping out an exciting but huge change for about 6 months to start soon. But having to wait on management to make any plans.
      Rave: Looking forward to this weekend with mostly uninterrupted time with my husband. Hoping that spending time together around DC will shore me up to be a better support to those I love.

      • Woops – not sure why this showed up here. Sorry!

      • Oh my goodness. I hope you are taking the time to take care of YOU too.

      • You are coping with so much right now! Don’t be so hard on yourself – as I think someone said yesterday, simply not vanishing when a loved one is dealing w trauma puts you leaps & bounds ahead of others. Just continue to be there for them whenever you can, and keep prioritizing caring for yourself in whatever ways feel best. I hope you have a wonderful relaxing weekend; you definitely deserve it!

    • I’m actually considering not going.

    • No, it’s an hour for the child/family to travel to this function. It’s me that has an extra 2 hours of travel time on top of that.
      Like I said, I am understanding that this is their life, now that they have a cute adorable unpredictable baby girl, it is just frustrating sometimes when there’s not a 30 minute window of flexibility, every now and then. I am certain my attitude would change if I had children – it is a huge reason why I am considering not attending and just seeing my friends a different time.

      • Ugh, wrong area. Sorry everyone.

      • Could you consider driving? That way you can stay later at the party and then see your parent friends when you stay overnight at their place?

        • I don’t drive (I never got my license, and usually this is a non-issue for me, just in the middle of the country where there’s no public transport it becomes one). It’s also possible we’d know others there, but unsure at this point – I think the hardest part about it is that I’m being asked by my friends with the daughter to decide RIGHT NOW what I want to do, and this party is not happening for quite a while. I need to speak with the party planners a bit more before any decisions are finalized and I asked for my friends to let me do that.

      • I’m confused… the people who are coming to visit from Richmond and the people who are inflexible about their child’s schedule are two different sets of people?

        • I think it’s two different events with the same friends–they’re coming to visit this weekend and also potentially driving SinSA the last hour to get to a party, where they’ll only stay a short time on account of 2yo’s bed time.

          • I am sorry I was being confusing – Friends with 2 year old and I are all friends with the people having the party at the end of the month.

            Friends with 2 year old live an hour out from where this party is. MTPresident is correct – we’re going the last hour together in the same car.

            However, friend visiting me tomorrow is totally separate from the party.

    • Also childless, one of my close friends has a toddler now. It seems when she was around 2-3, she really had to keep to her bedtime of 7:30pm. Nearly every time we would meet during that time period for after work drinks or even cooking in around 7:45 a major meltdown would occur. We found better times that worked with our schedules.

  • justinbc

    Rave: Successfully got my mom setup streaming music last week and went the entire week without playing tech support at all. That’s progress.
    Rave: May 21st is looking good for the PoP HH that month at Bluejacket after talking over with them. Hopefully Greg will be in that day and can go over some beer info with the newbies.
    Rant: OMG, there’s just too much going on this weekend. Seriously, event planners, space your shit out next year! This happens every year on Derby Day, and it’s always a pot luck of picking out what to go to.
    Random: Someone was asking me about Morocco yesterday but I didn’t see it til today. I’ll link my Flickr below and you can scope out pictures (they’re sorted by city / album), and if you have any questions about specific stuff just ask here (today) or at the HH. Would love to give out recommendations as we explored a lot of the country.

    • justinbc

      Flickr albums to peruse:
      (still haven’t finished compiling my “best of” album, sorry, for now you’ll just have to dig by city)

      • topscallop

        That was me! Thanks so much, I’ll be in Morocco for the next HH but maybe the one after that I can come and share pictures 🙂

        • justinbc

          I saw you had asked about the High Atlas, was there anything in particular you wanted to know about? I cannot recommend Kasbah du Toubkal enough (see day 16 and 17).

          • topscallop

            Toubkal is an option we are considering, but we haven’t finalized our plans yet except to go from Marrakech to Fez. I really want to do side trips to Essaouira and Chefchaouen. In the mountains it would be cool to stay in a Berber village. Are the waterfalls worth hiking to, do you know?

          • justinbc

            No waterfalls for us since we were there in February. I will say though that of all the places we visited Essaouira is the one that I would return to when I’m retired and have limitless time to enjoy. It’s such an awesome peaceful town that actually still has a lot going on.

    • Pablo Raw

      Even for a not very social person like me there are too many things to do this weekend!

    • Allison

      Aw man, the one time HH is remotely near my house and I’ll be out of town for the weekend.

    • Allison

      Yah, Running of the Chihuahuas is this weekend too! One of my favorite events. ^_^

      • justinbc

        I didn’t even know about that one, another one for the list!

      • Where IS this? It sounds amazing.

      • justinbc

        Thankfully that’s on Sunday, rather than Saturday!

      • Ally

        +1. Had no idea this existed!

      • What time on Sunday is the Running of the Chihuahuas?

        • Never mind; I googled it.
          Running of the Chihuahuas IV
          Celebrate Cinco de Mayo and the Fourth Annual Running of the Chihuahuas Sunday, May 3 | 1 to 4 pm | The Wharf, SW Waterfront
          Kick off Cinco de Mayo with On Tap Magazine, Corona, Cantina Marina & The Wharf at the Fourth Annual Running of the Chihuahuas for Charity!
          What: Music, food trucks, cold beer, dog contests, a family friendly FREE event with Chihuahua races.
          When: Sunday, May 3, 2015 | 1 pm to 4 pm
          Where: SW Waterfront, DC, between 6th and 7th Streets.
          Why: A benefit event for Rural Dog Rescue and DC’s funniest Cinco celebration!
          Come cheer on the racers, grab a Corona or Corona Light, food from the Red Hook Lobster Truck, Sol Mexican Food or Captain Cookie and enjoy live music from Hand Painted Swinger – there’s no better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.
          The party is free to attend and dogs are $20 per dog to race. Spectators welcome. Race proceeds go to Rural Dog Rescue of DC.
          Please note, due to high demand, the total number of dogs racing is capped at 96.

          • This or sundress fest…. pretty sure sundress fest will win, mainly because land sharks are the worst.

          • SouthwestDC

            I went the first year they did it and it was ridiculously fun. Back then it was the perfect size, but like most DC events it’s probably gotten too big by now. I know one of the Chihuahuas racing this year and I hope I’m able to see past the crowds!

      • Oh no…one more event! Whatever. ..

    • skj84

      Feel you on the full weekend. I’m fully commited both days and now have to schedule my brother in. I love being sociable, but this is not going to be a relaxing weekend!

  • Rant: It’s that time of year when I’m sick of my students. I love them dearly, but the ones with behavior issues are really wearing me down.
    Rave: Taking today off – partly for a mental health day, partly for a dentist appointment.
    Rave: Thanks for all the birthday wishes yesterday. I was too busy to reply then.
    Rave: Embassy day tomorrow!

  • goaldigger

    Rave-Caps won!
    Rant-ATM card frozen yesterday (bank can’t tell me where it got compromised). Rave-at least have temp card for the weekend.

    • Anonynon

      that was pretty special ending to the game! They kept saying the caps need an over time hero, I was saying we need a 3rd period hero!

      • Accountering

        Joel Ward is quickly crowning himself as the most clutch person in DC sports history. That was especially sweet, winning at MSG and taking the series lead. Huge win, and starting to wonder if perhaps we have a chance here.

        • Aaagh! Stop trying to make “clutch” happen!! 😉

          • Accountering

            He’s so clutch!!! 🙂

          • But is he also “fetch”? 😉

          • Lol, there was an entire blog post on Sport’s Bog (or Caps Insider?) about his derriere–does that count?

          • Speaking of “stop trying to make — happen,” is anyone else hearing/seeing “on fleek” all the time now? I really wonder where that came from and how it became such a thing so quickly.

          • Haven’t seen “on fleek.” What is it supposed to mean?

          • … and I just sort of answered my own question: bustle.com/articles/55940-what-does-on-fleek-mean-a-brief-timeline-of-the-phrase-that-no-one-really-understands

          • John Stewart also does not believe on fleek is a thing, but I’m working it into my daily lexicon to remain accessible to the young’uns.

          • Even though I will probably never use this phrase because it would seem totally unnatural coming out of my mouth, I am SO glad I just saw that Vine. That girl is so much cooler than I am. I could watch that in a loop for a long time without getting sick of it.

          • justinbc

            Fleek definitely needs to not be a thing.

  • Rave: FRIDAY FRIDAY I can’t explain how happy I am that it’s Friday.
    Rave: Dacha for the first time this weekend. (How have I not gone sooner?)
    Rant: Just realized it’s the Kentucky Derby this morning, and the Funk Parade, and apparently many other random things. Hoping Dacha and other places aren’t completely packed Saturday.
    Rant/Rave: Lots of interest from people wanting to sublet my apartments. Almost no one who is looking to move in after June 1st. I don’t leave until the end of the second week of June, so that’s not happening. Bah.

  • Rave: The new Rising Appalachia album. It’s just so good.
    Rave: I was actually on the ball this year and have already ordered a Mother’s Day gift.
    Rant: The rain last night knocked off all the lovely pink blossoms on the trees and on to our car.
    Rant: Why on earth did I agree to be in Richmond on Saturday morning at 9am?

  • Rant: When ppl stand in front of an empty seat on the metro and look at you like you’ve lost your mind when you try to sit in the empty seat. (the only seat left on the train) Seriously?
    Rave: Umm Its Friday?
    Rant: My entire body hurts from my workout last night
    Rave: My entire body hurts from my workout last night. I need to put on a bikini soon. 🙂 Cant wait for a rooftop swim once my apt opens the pool.
    Additional Rave: The weather for this weekend will probably be the best of 2015 thus far! I’m so excited! No real plans, just excitement for good weather!

    • skj84

      Your first rant is one of my biggest pet peeves. Either take the seat or stand over it. You don’t get to pick both. Also annoying is when someone stands over your seat on an empty train. A guy did that to me yesterday. WTF?

      • Last year there used to be a guy on my bus fairly regularly that would SPECIFICALLY block women into their seats on half-empty buses by standing in the aisle and holding the holding bar on the back of two seats. It always creeped me out, and I’m completely amazed none of the women ever said anything because I would have chewed him out.

        • skj84

          Ugh. I think I would be too scared to say anything. I once had a guy block my seat with his wheelchair while trying to solicit me for money. I was about to climb over the seat to get away. Luckily he moved once we got to the next stop.

      • Isn’t it horrible? I think some ppl are really just oblivious and in their own world. :-/

        • Like people who lean against the poles in such a way that there’s little or no real estate left for people to hold on to them — which is, of course, their intended purpose.

          • I had a seat on the metro today but saw a guy standing against a pole and I became (internally) irate for the people standing around him….Yes, I think people do it because they’re in their own worlds, but I don’t know how people react when you say “excuse me, no one can hold on if you lean against the pole” ….

          • Emmaleigh504

            I make sure to grab the pole where I normmaly would so the leaners have to move. Sometimes that doesn’t work, so I sick my thumb nail in their back, and sometimes THAT doesn’t work!

          • Emmaleigh504

            *stick my thumb nail

  • Can anyone recommend an architect for a basement remodel? We don’t need someone to manage the project from beginning to end. We just want help redesigning the space and some suggestions on materials, and then we will take it from there. We have managed remodels before and are comfortable acting as our own general contractor. We’re just struggling with how best to use our new basement and know that we need professional help with that part of the project.

  • Rave: SO glad its a weekend.
    Rant: Weekends are never relaxing
    Rave: SMC festival – will overload on ice cream, for sure. Hopefully the weather holds and we can have a nice day with my son kissing cows and wanting to try ice cream then not liking it.
    Rant: Need a babysitter so my husband and I can go to some movies this summer, but Urban Sitter now charges to book. Which doesn’t make sense – they should be charging providers for backround checks and booking, not the people wanting to book (like open table). blurgh.

    • I love my babysitter. If you want, drop me an email (maybe PoP can connect us) & I’m happy to pass her name/contact info along.

      • ohhhh – are you on any of the local list serves? I sent a request but I def feel like people are thinking I’ll poach their sitter, which isn’t true – I couldn’t afford weekly sitting nor would I want it. Just wanna see a movie! And NOT the Avengers (sorry!). I’ll ask POP!

        • I’m only on the Mt Pleasant one, but should probably explore others. But yes, feel free to drop me a line & I’ll pass the info along. We only do occasional babysitting too–no time for weekly dates! 🙂

    • I live in woodley park and do some babysitting on the side. Let me know if you’re interested.

      • I will keep that in mind too–We’ve never had trouble scheduling with our babysitter, but there could easily come a time. Good to know, thanks!

  • Rave: CAPS!!!! YAY CAPS!!!!
    Rave: Nats kicked butt at citi field yesterday too 🙂
    Rave: Friday & beautiful weather ahead.
    Rave: kitty cardiologist visit yesterday went fine. Need to keep an eye on things, but in a 12-18 months away check-up time period, not every couple of months.

  • Rave: Friday! I am so grateful you are here.
    Rant: So so much to finish before the end of the day. My to do list just seems to keep growing.
    Rave: Dearest darling friends in town this weekend and a ton of social events are planned.

  • Oh, RAVE: U St Farmers Market returns this weekend

  • Rave – Friday! Going to NY for my nephew’s birthday this weekend!
    Rant – Missing all the fun events in DC this weekend.
    Rave – Just finished reading Being Mortal and I think it’s one of my favorite books. I want everyone to read it. A bookstore employee at the Takoma Busboys recommended it to me and I have to go back there and thank her.

  • Bonus rave: Landlord came over with some landscapers. They’re gonna dig up all the weeds and plant some bushes and ivy so we won’t have to mow the lawn! They’ve also agreed to dig up the rubble in the back but clear all the vegetables we’ve planted.

    • Excellent!
      That was totally my plan in landscaping my yard (and later my treebox area) — I did NOT want to mow.

      • Yeah it sucks. We were either going to pay someone to do it or buy a mower, which is an annoying purchase when you’re renting. I’m glad to avoid both.

      • I Dont Get It

        As a kid I had to keep 2 acres mowed. Needless to say there is not one blade of grass in my yard!

      • Accountering

        This is next on my list too! My plan is to pay someone with a pickup to come and take up the top 4-6 inches of soil, take it away, and start from scratch with ivy and hearty bushes.

        • Is this for the place in Shaw or the place in Petworth/Brightwood?
          FWIW, my experience with an elevated yard behind a retaining wall (which I imagine is the case for your place in Petworth/Brightwood, but probably not for the one in Shaw) is that the soil — at least the top several inches of it — is really good quality. So getting rid of it might be throwing out the baby with the bathwater, especially if you then have to buy 4-6 inches of topsoil to replace it. It might be better value to pay someone to dig up the weeds, but leave the soil itself.
          I dug up all of my weeds with a trowel (and occasionally a shovel), but I learned recently (too late!) that there’s an actual tool made for weed-pulling: http://www.amazon.com/Fiskars-Uproot-Weed-Root-Remover/dp/B0030MIHAU/

          • There’s something very satisfying about digging up and pulling out (for instance) dandelions. They can have disgustingly long root stalks, and it feels good to get to the bottom and tear them out.

          • Accountering

            Maybe this is the move. Pay someone to come over and spend 10 hours just weeding the crap out of it. Get rid of every last weed.
            I hear you on the satisfying thing. I will be very excited to have it taken care of. But I have no interest in spending a Saturday doing it 🙂

        • justinbc

          Yep, that’s what I just did with our entire raised yard area. Mulch, rocks, and lots of plants, but no room for grass (aka weeds). Now to figure out wtf to do about the overgrown treeboxes I have to take care of…

          • Treeboxes can be fun to beautify, but often have more limitations than a regular yard does. With my treebox areas, I found that I can plant only stuff that doesn’t need to go very deep into the ground — the soil turns clay-ey after just a few inches, and there are roots from the nearby street trees. (Which surprised me — I thought their roots would be deep, not shallow.)

  • Rave: CAPS! That was a much needed start to the series with the Rangers. It’s only game one, but I really hope the Caps and Lightening advance, if only to stick it to Martin St. Louis.
    Rave: jam packed Saturday and relaxing Sunday, I like the way this weekend is shaping up.
    Rave: back to regular work from “home” Fridays. I’m currently checking out Colony Club and I like it.
    Rant: upper levels are getting info on our company wide restructure and I’m getting anxious waiting to find out my fate. No one is getting laid off, but this is a huge reallocation of resources. It seems like my group is out of the loop, which is only adding to the stress. I had a great quarterly review yesterday, but that only made it worse because everything we’ve been working towards might be different now and we have no idea.

  • Ally

    Rave: Shacking up with the hubbie at the Lorien in Old Town tonight. Anyone tried Brabo next door? If so, thoughts?
    Rant: This will probably our last solo jaunt for a while since our little one’s joining us here in a couple more months and I’m in full weeble-wobble pregnancy mode. Tying shoes is a major accomplishment at this point.

  • For work, I have to read some leadership/management books of my choosing for my management development plan. Anyone have any that they liked and felt were useful?

  • Rave: It’s Friday.
    Rant: I need to renew my driver’s license by my birthday and I just don’t feel like doing it. I’m lazy.
    Rave: Last night while fooling around on Youtube, I ran across 2 videos from the 90s that made me reminisce and smile: More than Words by Extreme and Bryan Adams’ Anything I Do (I Do it for You). I was totally into these songs back in the day when I was in high school/college.
    Rave: Saw a job in Atlanta that I qualify for. Plan on applying, hoping I get it so I can move from DC.
    Rant: Loud folks in the office. Really folks? Just keep it down. I don’t need to hear about your personal life all the way down the hall.

    • MORE THAN WORDS IS MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE SONG OF ALLLLLLLLLL TIME!!!!!! I also watch the youtube video from time to time. I hated when Frankie J (I think that’s his name) remade it. I LOVE that it gets played in heavy rotation in Malls, grocery stores and just about everywhere else. When I was in college and worked at Lowe’s Home improvement, it would play throughout the day. Whenever I hear it, I sing it loud and proud. Ppl always stare at me like “how do you know this song?!” lol

      • Emmaleigh504

        omg the lyrics to More Than Words! Come on lady sleep with me or else I won’t know you love me. I enjoyed all the those people back in the day that thought it was romantic to dedicate it to there b/gfriends. Same with Every Breath You Take, not romantic at all. He’s a stalker.

        • “More Than Words” is much more obvious than “Every Breath You Take,” though.

        • Never got that meaning from More Than Words. I just liked how the music sounded. I’ve never liked Every Breath You Take. I agree, it sounds like a stalker anthem.

    • Atlanta? Hey, good luck with that.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: My eyes aren’t focusing properly. At first I thought I just needed reading glasses, but now I’m realizing I can’t keep middle distance focused too well. I bet it’s all the time I spend on the computer for work.
    Rave: Going to my country home on Saturday for nectar ice cream and waffles!

    • regarding your focusing issues, one of my older sisters had this issue and it turned out to be hypothyroidism.

      • Thyroid hormones are so weird.

        • Bear

          Don’t get me started. I’ve had hypothyroidism since I was a teenager, was stable until I hit my early-mid 30s and the last couple years have been awful. Can’t get it under control and I’m really tired of the symptoms.

          • Yuck, that sounds obnoxious. I’m sorry. Mine needs regulating during pregnancy (more so this time than last time–ugh) but so far seems to be otherwise fine. My mom had crazy thyroid issues (oddly, until she was pregnant, but not after) so I know I’m lucky to mostly not need to deal with it.

      • Emmaleigh504

        Interesting. I’ll see if Dr Google thinks I have that or possible a brain tumor.

      • Emmaleigh504

        Dr Google says I don’t have Hyperthyroidism.

        • hyper or hypo? might need to check both. either way, if you’ve got an annual check-up coming up (or even if you don’t), it should just be a simple blood test if you’re at all concerned.

          • Emmaleigh504

            whoops didn’t even see that O. I’ll have to see what Dr Google says about that.
            I’ m not really concerned. I just had a physical and was deemed healthy. I just like to see what kind of horrible illness Dr Google gives me.

          • Emmaleigh504

            ack who doesn’t have those symptoms! But I’m not too worried about it, Dr Google told me I have skin cancer and my spleen needs aputating. I think those illnesses get priority for treatment.

        • Wait! I already have your spleen!

  • Rant: trying to pull off some crazy logistics this weekend: finish recording multichannel audio piece for Saturday night (at Pyramid Atlantic – it’ll be weird), watch the Derby (just the race – my family makes a series of last minute phone calls to bet a nickel each… my mom always picks horses by name), finish a track for a compilation, the running of the chihuahuas, dinner at a friend’s house right after, as much NBA playoffs as possible, and wrap up another Drink City piece for DC Focused/PoPville. I’ll need a weekend for my weekend.
    Rave: nothing negative in my rant – just self-inflicted busyness.
    Rave: this weekend looks like it’s going to be pretty wonderful for almost everyone.

  • jim_ed

    Rave: Mayweather vs Pacquiao tomorrow night – FINALLY! Yeah, it may be 4 years overdue and both fighters are entering their twilight, but still, this is without a doubt the biggest fight in the last 10 years.
    Rave: This is just a great sports weekend. Baseball, the NFL draft, Wiz and Caps still kicking. Lots to look forward to.
    Rant: The enormous Elm tree out front of our house is dropping a disconcerting amount of its foliage already, which makes me concerned its sick. I’m going to have to call a city arborist to check it out, because if it dies and falls on a house, it’ll likely kill someone.

    • justinbc

      I really hope Pacman can go the distance. I would have so loved to see this fight during their prime.

      • Agreed. Although it’s about 6 years too late, it’s still great that the fight is finally happening. But, I think Mayweather’s style is extremely boring. He just plays defense, counters, and wins on points. Hopefully it’s not a snoozefest.

        • jim_ed

          I think this will be an action packed fight. It’s not going to be a deathmatch brawl like Ward-Gatti, but Pacquiao is an active fighter, and I think Mayweather will want to win this by KO to cement his legacy, so I expect him to be more aggressive than usual, especially in the later rounds.

          • AYKM? Mayweather will be actively running from Pacquiao. Mayweather is scaaarrd. That’s why it has taken sooo long for this fight to happen.

  • Rant: Jerks who cut my tulips — they had just opened!
    Rave: They didn’t get them all.
    Double-Rave: I think I know who it is… looking at you, Maryland plates. Good luck with the ROSA violation.

  • Rave: everything after 5pm today including: birthday dcity smokehouse, embassy tour on saturday, another birthday dinner with my parents, and hopefully, some grocery shopping.

  • I Dont Get It

    Rave: Newly polished sterling silver mint julep cups for Saturday.

    Rant: Can I Funk while drinking mint juleps?

    Rave: Newly sharpened kitchen knives thanks to Logan Hardware. $9 for two knives and well worth it!

    Rave: WDS continues to date Dr X who lives in a condo building I approve of. Maybe I will be able to get rid of WDS this year! Please?

    • I Dont Get It

      To be more specific, official Kentucky Colonel mint julep cups. I was named a Kentucky Colonel by the governor when I left Kentucky. I was also named a Sagamore of the Wabash by Indiana’s governor when I left that state. State’s seem to be glad to be rid of me!

    • Emmaleigh504

      I’ll be over Sat for mint juleps!

  • Really hoping this doesn’t show up as a reply again. I swear I’m not computer illiterate.
    Rave: Very happy right now with my social calendar, and I’m trying to actually schedule down time so I don’t consistently burn out (might be an MO for me).
    Rave: My first VA Gold Cup tomorrow! Giant hat borrowed! Dress secured! Now planning picnic supplies.
    Rave: Sundress Fest! I’ve never been but I’m generally happy when everyone is wearing sundresses.
    Rant: BFF / Former Roommate / Future Bridezilla is moving to Bethesda. It’s not a surprise, and I don’t visit her much where she is currently in Van Ness, but she’s *that much* further away. And in Bethesda.
    Rave: These weird almost rainy skies are gorgeous.
    Rant/Rave/Unknown: Since I started wearing contacts again, men talk to me more. They’re even using the word “chivalry” in normal conversations. I wore glasses for so long because a) I’m lazy and b) I read somewhere that people find those wearing glasses to be generally more trustworthy and approachable. This is a weird experience. Plus the elevator thing.
    Rant: Hate everything that Ted Cruz is and could ever be.
    Rave: Actual May Day Protest in CA.
    Rave: PoPville in general warms my heart. Even when it tells me upsetting things like more ColHi violence.

    • justinbc

      I hope you still feel that way when you realize that EVERYONE is wearing them LOL.

      • I’m one of those hippies who went to one of those hippie schools where indeed, everyone did wear them. Looking forward to the “at home” feeling!

        • justinbc

          The men wore sundresses at your school?

          • Quotia Zelda

            There were no men at my college, but our neighboring hippie school did have men wearing sundresses.

          • Sundresses, capes, skirts, strategic duct tape, paint… and that was when parents were around. We also had a small nudist-type colony that was more active and hidden from visitor view most of the time.

        • Random question – did you go to Hampshire College?

          • No but we are *extremely* similar, and are often compared. We also had more time to wear sundresses because we didn’t make the mistake of existing up north.

          • Antioch?

          • Or perhaps Warren Wilson?

          • Oh, sorry, didn’t think this was actually of interest. New College of Florida. Narrative Evaluations + Alternative Education + Sunshine State = awesome.

          • I was curious because I went to Hampshire and did not have a good experience there. I did get a great education, and that’s what counts, but as a working class city kid I did NOT fit in at a private hippie college in rural New England.

          • To be fair Pixie, I don’t think I would have either. NCF is luckily (for me and most students there) a public school. There’s always going to be insanity at a small institution, but I think the fact that it was affordable (debt-free! yay Bright Futures!) changed a lot of the dynamics that could have been.

          • justinbc

            I’m curious, are those types of schools considered “accredited universities” when filling out job applications? Do you find employers view them one way or another?

          • justinbc

            (genuine question as I know nothing about them or how they compare to other alternative schooling options)

          • Yeah, toats. We’re accredited by the same body who accredits UF, so if you’d hire them, you might as well hire us. The same way no one would think twice about hiring an alum from Oberlin or Reed, Hampshire, Antioch, Kenyon and NCF grads do pretty well once someone googles us. Also we typically produce better writers than large universities. (Bonus, NCF has one of the highest per capita rates of Fulbrights. Despite Rick Scott’s hatred of us, we do really well).

          • @Justin yes, Hampshire is accredited. It’s been almost 10 years since I graduated and I’ve never had any problems applying for jobs or grad schools.

          • justinbc

            Good info, thanks. I have some child-raising friends who are considering going this route.

    • Accountering

      Thats a lot of rants/raves! Agree on Ted Cruz. What an a$$hole. Can’t wait to see the republican clown car/presidential nomination process chew him up and spit him out like the loser he is.

      • Yeah, sorry about that. Today has all sorts of things happening. Plus the collapse at watergate. :/

      • justinbc

        Can we just put a ban on all Texas or Florida politicians from running for President?

        • +everything please yes please oh god I left Florida why is Rubio messing with DC gun laws // why is Jeb running // why everything make it stop

        • Accountering

          I would vote for this constitutional amendment in a second. Hey, they want to disenfranchise us… We should disenfranchise them?!

        • Although sometimes good politics can come even from a Texas politician (for example, if you accept that LBJ was important in getting the Civil Rights Acts passed).
          And how about Annise Parker, the lesbian Democratic mayor of Houston?

  • Anonynon

    Rave: That thing iv been raving about is still good…
    Rant: Neighborhood is going to be a mess this weekend for the funk parade
    Rave: My neighborhood has a funk parade
    Rave: DC sports

  • Bonus rant: arrived at the dentist on time for my 10:30 appointment and still haven’t been seen. Wtf. It’s too early in the day for them to be this backed up. I think I need to find a new dentist.

  • Accountering

    Rave/Rant: Murder charges filed in Baltimore. Sounds like this one was 100% on the cops. Glad to see the AG step up and file charges, sad that this happened overall. Hoping this brings some peace to the city to see the wheels of justice turning here.

    • justinbc

      I really can’t imagine what would have happened in that city had they not filed charges. Now it’s up to the jury.

      • Accountering

        Agreed. Sucks that this case will now have multiple more points for rioting. Presumable, if they are found innocent, there will be more riots. Feeling for the city and its people this week.

        • justinbc

          Depends on the jury composition. If it’s truly representative of Baltimore, then it would take a bumbling prosecutor to really screw it up. Not that such a thing hasn’t happened before, but man, it’s gonna be tough finding a jury without bias here.

      • Based on the number of people charged and the charges, I imagine they’ll be found guilty on at least something. Did you see they arrested the guy who filmed Freddie Gray’s arrest though? There has been some gross mishandling, everything from the suspension/delay of habeas corpus to “disappearing.”

  • laduvet

    Rave: Looking forward to Gold Cup shenanigans! My vintage fascinator is out of control!
    Rant: I need my furniture on craigslist to sell!! Any one interested in real wood vintage furniture??

    • If you’ve had it up for a while and it’s not selling, try lowering the price incrementally until you get some interest.

      • laduvet

        it’s not about price – more of a personal style preference 🙂

        • There’s usually interest in just about anything, depending on the price. The question is whether that price is one you want to accept, or whether you’d prefer to keep the stuff in storage or something.

  • skj84

    Rave: My brother and sister in law are coming to visit this weekend. I haven’t seen them all year even though they live the closest to me.

    Rant: Jam busy this weekend. I have a photoshoot, job fair, and birthday party tomorrow. Plus I’m taking Bro and Sis in Law to Funk Fest. I have to figure out 3 different outfits that I can carry, I don’t think I’ll have time to go home and change!

  • Rave: Date night tomorrow. Dinner and a play.
    Rave: Ladyfriend taking a bit more initiative with planning things which is appreciated.
    Rave: Car getting fixed but nothing major is wrong.
    Rant: Had to call PM after putting in a request online to get my dishwasher checked. They always seems busy.
    mini-rant: Banged up front the gym, but going to try and get some more time in this week.

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rave: Eldest Zelda picked out the girliest prom dress in the history of prom dresses. It’s like a magical unicorn crossed with cotton candy. She loves it so much.
    Rave: FRIDAY
    Rave: Waffles and nectar ice cream with Emilie this weekend.
    Rave: Also, gardening. This is the year the deer will not destroy attempts to grow blueberry bushes!

  • anonymouse_dianne

    Rave: off yesterday for my birthday! Heard New World Symphony Wed night at Kennedy Center.
    Rave: sis took me to Chez Billy Sud for b’day dinner. Excellent French style and quite affordable.
    Rave: Running of the chi dogs on Sunday. I’m going to Arena and can catch the beginning.
    Rave: It’s May all ready. Where is Spring?

  • Rant: Hard to take this technical writing training seriously when the presenter has multiple grammatical errors in his slides and told us we should “write good.”
    Rave: The training gets me away from my officemate and his constant gross eating sounds. I think he’s trying to set a record for most apples consumed in an hour.

    • Hahaha on your rant — reminds me of bosses I had who had the job title “writer-editor” but would say things like “Give it to Michael or I.”

      • This is an outside company that my company is paying to conduct the training. You’d think they’d know better!

      • I had a boss who always referred to himself as “I” – I decided it was an ego thing, that he couldn’t ever use the lowly “me” even when correct.

      • Rave: $250 parking ticket was reduced to $75 by the nice hearing officer – definitely worth the time to go to a walk-in hearing!
        Rave: Actual job interview next week, for a real job. First in months, other than talking to headhunters about contract jobs.
        Rant: Its sort of a no-rant day. Oh, other than that I have to go write some KSAs for yet another fed job application. When will this end? I so want to have a job to complain about again!

        • Yay on the interview! Congrats!

        • I should have gone to the hearing for my alleged DPW violation. Now they’re issuing me a fine for an “untimely response” even though I mailed the damn response 2 days after getting the notice of violation.
          So now I have to pay $75 because DPW didn’t pick up my recycling when they were supposed to, and another $75 because DPW can’t process their mail quickly enough. I wish I could fine DPW for being so incompetent.

  • Question for the masses:
    if my building is getting a substantial upgrade, for example a pool, will that mean it can raise rents to market rates on unoccupied units?

    • Aren’t buildings generally allowed to raise rents to market rates for unoccupied units?

      • not in rent-controlled buildings, from what I understand

        • Emmaleigh504

          My building is rent controlled and they raise rents on unoccupied units. Substintial improvements also mean they can raise rent on rent controlled units, but not more than the 10% cap. If no improvements are made then the rent control increase is tied to inflation or something, so they may not be able to increse to the full 10%.

    • Does the substantial upgrade have any bearing on whether it can raise rents to market rates? What would be the connection between those two things?

  • Rant: The staggering, never-ending problem level of criminal mortal violence in DC and Baltimore being usurped in the news by likely negligence during an arrest that led to a tragic death.

  • Rave: After 4 years in a public service job being grossly underpaid, finally got a raise at work that allows me to pay my bills without panicking
    Rant: After suppling my new work documentation to Dept of Ed for my IBR plan they are taking all of it in my new loan payment. More than double my prior payment, even though the raise is no where near that kind of money…

    • I’d ask for a review. When I submitted my amended tax return, they had it, but they still used my old amount for the payment. They may have done some bad math in your case.

    • I’m on the GS scale so every year my IBR changes a little (supposedly commensurate with my salary), but one year it was cut in half (from $800 to $400), the following year it went back up- but was still lower than my first year out of school when my gross income was about $30,000 less. I think (?) my situation is uncommon but I can definitely tell you that they make mistakes — in my case it was just in my favor, at least for one year.

      • Same thing happened to me. Not nearly as dramatic though. Went down $150 and my pay had gone up around $10k. Year later it jumped back to the old amount (even though my income didn’t change).

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