Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

Photo by PoPville flickr user Lauren Parnell Marino

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: PASSION PIT tonight!
    Rave: Scooting out early today to get home and change before grabbing a few pre-show drinks with friends.
    Rave: Sprummer weather

  • Rave: Clips of Amy Schumer. Heart.
    Rant: Being unable to use the amazing playground at Kennedy Rec Center because of the overwhelming smell of marijuana. Kids hang around and smoke pot after school all the time. It’s awful. We try, and have to leave….so I’m just going to give up. There need to be cops posted there after school to keep the pot smokers away from a PLAYGROUND FULL OF TODDLERS.
    Rave: Lots of Kids of Popville members – if you’d like to join (are a parent and want to meet other Popvillers with younger kids), feel free to join – [email protected] Families of all shapes and sizes welcomed – hopefully we can plan some kid friendly happy hours and whatnot!

  • Pablo Raw

    Rave: location location location. It is great to be able to walk a couple blocks to a great brunch or 15 min. to my office with this morning’s wonderful weather.

  • Rant: Unplanned defrosting of freezer while I was away because someone (me) didn’t close the door properly; goodbye freezer full of food
    Rave: Cool post-rain temperature and sleeping with windows open
    Is anyone interested in making kombucha? It is not at all complicated – if you can make sweet tea, you can make kombucha. My “mother” is growing and would benefit from being divided

  • Public Service Announcement: Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and in some D.C. neighborhoods this means that potted plants — especially if they have flowers — are likely to walk. If you have plants that fit this description, you might want to temporarily move them off your front porch/stoop to somewhere more secure.

    • I never thought of this. It’s funny (because, thriftiness) and sad (because, crime) all at the same time. I’m too lazy to move all the pots in. Russian roulette?

    • binpetworth

      Good reminder! I had some begonias go missing off my porch 2 years ago about this time, and never put it together that it might have to do with Mother’s Day until now.

      • It’s never happened to me, but I remember MPinDC and others mentioning plant theft/damage in connection with Mother’s Day.
        I don’t have anything portable to steal (well, I had a hanging plant, but I moved it to the back deck), but I’m hoping that nobody will try to break off a sprig from my azaleas. Last year — the year I planted them — they were already done blooming by Mother’s Day, but this year they’re blooming somewhat later.

  • Rant: not looking forward to Mother’s Day. My mom has called dibs on celebrating herself that day (despite the fact that I am also a mom AND its me and my brother’s birthday). She has already started with the passive aggressiveness and demands. I do not look forward to the catty comments, back-handed “compliments”, and general bitchiness that will undoubtedly ensue. Considering a gift certificate to a good therapist for her as a present….
    Rave: My best friend is going with me to help buffer. Yay for awesome friends!

    • That’s unacceptable. Tell her she gets Grandparents Day from now on, as Mother’s Day is yours. She had (I assume) 20-30 years of mothers day. Time to cede. I don’t understand selfish parents.

      • +1. OP, your story made me think of this bit from Carolyn Hax’s live chat on Friday — not precisely parallel, but related in that it’s about how to deal with someone who wants to monopolize Mother’s Day:

      • She has always done this. She is one of those people who makes everything about her. Incredibly frustrating/difficult to deal with and slightly soul destroying. She is hyper-critical of me and pretty much everything I do, and it has always been this way. I go through spates of distancing myself, and I’m wishing this was one of those times!!! As far as Grandparent’s Day goes, she claims that one too lol

        • Well, why isn’t this one of these times? Mother’s day, feh. But, if its your birthday, you get to opt out. And, I think you’ve been wanting to take that day trip that you’re always talking about; good thing you made reservations.

    • Rant: Georgia Avenue. So much unused potential.
      Rave: Following a disappointing interaction with a councilmember’s staff, actually had a positive experience with someone from the mayor’s office.
      Ongoing rant: Litter, litterers, and people who don’t pick up litter in front of their houses. So frustrating. I wish I could still pick up litter for the entire block, but I know that if I do, the tendinitis will come back with a vengeance.
      Rave: My irises are continuing to bloom, and my creeping phlox looks better after I eased up on the watering (following wdc’s advice).

      • Oops — sorry this appeared out of sequence!

      • jim_ed

        What was the phlox watering advice? I just planted some and the woodland phlox are going gangbusters, but the creeping phlox is kinda meh so far.

        • Jim_ed — I had been trying to keep my creeping phlox well-watered, but wdc said they actually prefer soil that’s kind of dry/well-drained.

          • Oh yay! I don’t actually have much of a garden here, so sharing gardening tips (gained in a former life/house/city) fills a little void. 🙂

  • Rant: Broke up a fight at 1am, so I’m pooped.
    Rave: Submitted for 2 long-term projects which will both boost the resume.
    Rant: Lf in radio silence. She’s sick, but I’m a good nurse when needed.
    Rave: Lunch and dinner packed for today.

  • Rant: My brain decided to turn on around 3:30am and wouldn’t turn off again. This is going to be a long day.
    Rave: Slow cooker dinners. I love knowing that dinner (at least the protein portion) will be ready by the time we both get home tonight.
    Rave: New dining table will be here tomorrow. We need to figure out where to put it since it will not be moved again until the next time we move into a new place (it’s one of those awesome salvaged wood-industrial hardware pieces that is heavy as hell).

    • Bonus Rave: Meeting was cancelled so I get to head home early. This means I’ll actually have time to cook the strawberry and rhubarb compote that I’ve been dreaming of making for the past few days.

  • Blithe

    Rant: First mosquito bite of the season. My blood type apparently both protects against malaria AND attracts mosquitoes. :-/
    Rant: Getting calls on my cell phone with no caller id info — that I can’t figure out how to block.
    Paranoid Rant: Getting lots of junk calls on my phone. Since it’s a number that I don’t give out much, I’m wondering if Verizon makes cash on the side by selling their customer lists.
    Rave: Closet cleaning — both actual and metaphorical. It’s great when stuff that I don’t need anymore can be a treat for someone else.
    Rant: I’m about a dumpster away from being a minimalist.
    Rave: Books! Clothes! Accessories! Guitars! Perhaps minimalism is overrated?

    • Blithe

      One More Rant: I have a table that is about an inch too short. Trying to find non-tacky options for altering this. May just go with “tacky” since it’s in the back room.

      • Allison

        Perhaps you can purchase some decorative screw-in table feet to go in at the bottom of the legs? They could add 1-2 inches.

        • Blithe

          Thanks for the idea! The table has (hollow?) metal legs, with little thingies on the bottom. I’ll check to see if the little thingies (technical term, I know…) are made of something that will accept screws. I’ll also check to see if the little thingies pop out so that they can be replaced with slightly taller thingies.

          • Bed, Bath & Beyond sells risers for beds (for underbed storage) – can’t see why these wouldn’t work on tables.

          • I was thinking the same thing re. bed risers. Although most of them are plastic and not very attractive — as well as taller than the one inch you need, I’ve seen some that are wooden and (I think) shorter. (Maybe 2 inches?)

          • The little plastic squares/cups you can get at Home Depot for putting bedframe legs/wheels on might also work, although I think they’d raise the table only half an inch or so. Maybe two stacked together would work?

          • Blithe

            Thanks MPinDC and textdoc! Those all sound like good options!

    • I used to almost never get junk calls/texts, but over the past year or so I’ve gotten a ton. I’ve always had Verizon. Not sure why it’s happening, but it’s driving me crazy.

      • Allison

        It might help a little if you register your phone number on the national do not call registry at donotcall [dot] gov.

        • Blithe

          I DO have my phone registered on the do not call registry, and it’s not a number that I give out freely. It’s beyond annoying, in part because historically, most actual calls (as opposed to texts) on that line would be legitimate emergencies, so the phone rings, I go into crisis-mode, and it turns out to be junk.

        • I’ll make sure to do that, cheers!

      • Pablo Raw

        Supposedly you should text back saying “stop”. But given that those texts come from robots, what you are actually doing is letting them know that your number is actually a real number.

        • Exactly. The FTC has been going after illegal robocallers (they use caller ID spoofing to avoid being traceable). I don’t know if you’ve heard about the scam calls regarding the IRS and Bank of America, but your best bet is to not answer. There are some services, such as NoMoRobo which may help, but I’ve never tried.

      • I get them from time to time and here’s what I’ve done. First, I block the number on my phone. If it’s a text that came from an email address, you can block that via your account settings on the verizon website. NEVER reply to phone calls or texts. It won’t stop them, and it could make it worse. Forward the text to 7726 (SPAM). You’ll get an auto reply from Verizon asking you for the number or the address that the text came from. Send it to them. You’ll get a thank you message verifying that they got it. I did this obsessively and haven’t gotten any spam in a long time.

    • re: Verizon, I have been wondering this myself. I had AT&T for years and never got a single junk call/text. I switched to Verizon less than 6 months ago and have gotten dozens of calls and texts.

      I actually had a junk call that I picked up (moment of weakness) at which point I told the person that I was registered on the do not call list, and she informed me that her special type of junk call wasn’t included under the do not call list rules?

    • I feel you on the mosquito bites. They absolutely love me! Ugh.

    • “Books! Clothes! Accessories! Guitars! Perhaps minimalism is overrated?” Totally! 🙂

  • Rave: Recently beat out 12 other offers for our first home purchase!
    Rant: Perused Popville, and noted a shooting 1 block away http://www.popville.com/2015/05/shooting-a-couple-blocks-from-nats-park-1030-sunday-night/
    Rave: At least nobody got hurt, to my knowledge.
    Rave: The DC United stadium is breaking ground soon, right?

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rave: some violet seedlings have come up!
    Rant: I can’t remeber if they are fancy sweet violets or the native violets since the marker I had blew away. If they flower I will find out.
    Rave: Dad’s bday present is ordered and should arrive soon.

  • I’d rather be by that waterfall today than in this cubicle.

  • Rant: The man at 7-11 who called me fat. “You see your tummy? I see your tummy. It’s already big and if you aren’t careful it’s just gonna keep getting bigger and bigger and bigger and the rest of you too,” among other things. WTF. He seemed to be friends with the cashier, who apparently thought this was hysterical.
    Rave: The woman behind me in line who stood up for me (don’t worry, I stood up for myself too). Thank you, kind stranger!
    Rant: Spinal tap results not great. Going back on higher dosage of medication. Womp womp.
    Rave: Condo!!! Seller accepted my offer! Ahhh! Slightly concerned about the pet policy (seller’s agent said the policy is super lenient but I’ll feel better once I have written approval) so fingers/toes/paws crossed that the rest of the process goes smoothly!

    • Grr, people can be awful. So glad someone helped stand up for you though! And I’m sorry to hear about the test results. 🙁
      Congrats on the condo though, very exciting!!

    • Wow, what a jerk. And he of course looked like Jon Hamm, right?

    • I am sorry about that happened. Last week in Target, some guy bumped into me and started calling me a fat bitch and followed me around the store for a bit. That was good times.

    • Hooray on the condo!!!! Congrats and good luck with the pet policy!
      Your first rant reminds me of the amazing Insta account @byefelipe. It’s obviously not the same thing — it shows men’s responses to being ignored online — but there are many, many instances of men fat-shaming women for no reason that actually has to do with how they look. It might give you a good laugh if you haven’t already seen it.

      • I should have said it will give you a good laugh while making you feel pissed off about the insane misogyny out there.

        • Haha, I was just about to comment saying I don’t know whether to laugh or cry/get angry reading these! Some of the comebacks from the women are hilarious though and I wish I had thought of them yesterday with the 7-11 guy!

    • Congratulations on the condo! Boo on the jerk at the 7-Eleven, and on the spinal tap results.

    • Who the F says that to a stranger? Geez! Glad you stood up for yourself and that a stranger dod too.

  • Rave: That picture! Where is that from?

  • Rant: power went out for a few hours overnight. So confused when my wife’s alarm clock went off since my clock said 5am (two hours before usual wake-up time).
    Rant: Still so freaking tired. Ready to feel like a normal human without tired-headaches again.
    Rant: Just totally out of it this week between unplanned afternoon at home Monday and the exhaustion. Clearly overdid it this past weekend despite feeling energetic.
    Rant: Still no idea what to do for my wife for mothers’ day. And I know she’s got something big up her sleeve. Argh.
    Rant: SAS programs misbehaving.
    Rave: lovely out? Still searching for more….

    • SAS is my constant, never ending rant. I feel your pain!
      Rave/Rant: my final exam for my SAS class was Monday. So I’m done… until August 31, when classes start again. Damn you, chosen career field.

      • anonymouse_dianne

        Doing SAS for over 30 years now. I heart SAS! That and Statistics has followed me like a bad penny.

        • My biggest problem is that I inherited a complex program (possibly more complex than necessary) from someone who left, so it’s a lot harder to debug when results are goofy. Bah.

    • My power went out too for a few hours! I’m on Park- went outside to look at other buildings nearby and they all had power- so I thought it was just something that tripped in out building. Any idea what the cause was?

      • Oh weird–what block? I was already in bed, but my wife said that the houses or condos across the street (to the left of Sacred Heart school as you’re facing it) had exterior lights on. However, my colleague who lives in one of the apartment complexes at the corner of 16th & Park (on the north-west corner) lost power too. I don’t know the cause, but apparently it only affected something like 254 units.

  • Rant: drug/stolen electronics-dealing neighbor is back. He was arrested and the landlord evicted him, but his mom lives in the house upstairs so he still around and back to his old ways. It’s ridiculous how hard it is to evict Section 8 tenants, even when the landlord hires a lawyer and the tenants are caught engaged in criminal activity.

    Rave: MPD still impressively responsive and even got an MPD lawyer to talk to the landlord’s lawyer about how best to proceed with evicting the mom.

    • I think it’s hard to evict people in DC in general; there’s nothing specific about a Section 8 tenant that makes them hard to evict.

      • Section 8 tenants are harder to evict because they know how to work the system to prolong the process by up to a year. Also, while many are of course good tenants, too many also just don’t care. People who rent in the real world know they have to keep a good reference for future rentals.

      • Actually I think when it involves drugs it is a bit more complicated because the tenant isn’t just evicted, they can lose their voucher, so it requires much more work to evict. At least that is what the landlord’s lawyer told us – plus the fact that MPD needs a lawyer specifically for assisting landlords in dealing with Section 8 housing issues indicates that it’s a more complicated process.

  • Rave: all the date offers. self-esteem has skyrocketed.
    Rant: men who think it’s cool just to call you hot or gorgeous. please call me smart/funny because you can’t fake that with hair and makeup. thanks anyway.
    Rant: scheduling dates when you already have an active social calendar. sacrifices have to be made.
    Rave: warm weather. island girl over here is feeling more at home.
    Rave: show at Black Cat tonight. some new people from my meetup group will be there & one person i find particularly interesting will be too if you catch my drift.

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rant: My Grandpa has entered hospice.
    Rant: My colleague/friend’s wife had a stroke while they were heading to China on vacation.
    Rave: Right now, not much.

  • Rant: got home from babysitting at 11:30 last night
    Rave: made good money. I should babysit more often.
    Rave: after my hissy-fit about the house being gross yesterday, it got cleaned a little bit. Not sure it will last.

    • based solely on RRRR, you should be able to make very good money babysitting! lol

      • I’m able to command a rate on the higher end. I’ve recently become more picky about the jobs I take… Nights only now.

        • you can try Urban Sitter, and share your availability as you wish. I know a lot of people stopped using it once they started charging parents to book, but it could be a good resource for you.

  • Rave: A brutal but excellent practice this morning — the weather, the sunrise, the way the boat rowed, positive feedback from the coach. I feel like I’ve accomplished all I need to today (except snagging the pizza and snuggling up to watch Game of Thrones).
    Rant: Employers don’t seem to feel that I’ve accomplished all I need to today. Darn them!
    Bigger Rave: Apartment rented to a couple of very nice and very excited young people. We each apologized in advance for playing our respective music too loud, so the basis of a sound relationship is established (and I can pay American Express!).
    Rant: I guess when the revolution comes, I’ll be shot with all the rest of the landlords.

    • Emmaleigh504

      when the revolution comes, there will be no more Limousines

    • Pablo Raw

      The real revolution will be when we go to fight against the robots and machines. When that day comes, I’m going against the printers, and it’s not gonna be pretty. *makes “I’m watching you” sign to printers*

      • Emmaleigh504

        Or when dumbass Texans decide the federal government is going to invade and take over.

      • I’m sending my laptop to the Gulag. On the other hand, I want to spend a long weekend with one of the AIs from Ex Machina.

  • topscallop

    Rant: it is 80+ degrees in my house because my AC is broken, still, despite multiple attempts to inform the landlord and ask her to have it fixed
    Rant: landlord has two settings: unresponsive or irrational/yelling/blaming the tenants
    Tentative rave: my roommate may have gotten through to her last night (after getting yelled at) and she is supposedly making arrangements with a repairman
    Probable rant: I feel like Charlie Brown with the football here.
    Rave: Hopfest this weekend, and two dates between now and then.

    • Ugh, going through the same thing with my landlord now. Notified him of broken AC weeks ago, he has sat on his ass and done nothing despite repeated pleas from me. Damn you, shitty landlords! Hang in there 🙂

      • topscallop

        Thanks, you too! Also there’s a free workshop next Thursday and again on June 4 offered by the DC Tenants’ Rights Center you may want to check out; I plan to go and learn more about my rights as a tenant: http://dctenants.com/. This may be a housing code violation.

  • Two things that are neither rant nor rave, exactly.
    1: Last night on my walk home, a guy asked me how to get to 7th Street, then asked if I was walking in that direction. He seemed totally unthreatening — maybe on the autism spectrum and more socially awkward than anything — but I said something very noncommittal and tried to lose him even though we were going to almost the same place because I wasn’t feeling very chatty. But when he saw me trailing behind him by a block or so, he doubled back and asked if he could walk with me. He made awkward conversation with me for about ten blocks then we parted ways. I’m still a bit wigged out by it even though he seemed to just be looking for conversation.
    2: We have a lot of help with the move, but maybe too much help. Everyone seems to have an opinion on what we “should” do with every aspect of the move from beginning to end and of course these opinions conflict. I don’t have a lot of energy to sort them all out now and am glad we’re in no rush.

    • You did a nice thing, whether or not you wanted to. He might have been an out-of-towner, even more wigged by the city than you/we are by strange men.

      • I think you’re right. He definitely was an out-of-towner (actually from India) and seemed to have a sort of childlike innocence about everything. I think it was mostly unnerving because I didn’t feel like I had a good “out” if actually were a psycho.

  • Rant: I’m running out of patience on a number of fronts, but mostly waiting on news of our re-org to reach the peon level. Fallout has already started at the top, but I won’t know if I get to keep reporting to my boss, who is great, or if I’m being moved somewhere. It’s taken over 6 years for me to find a happy place here and I’m not pleased that’s being threatened.
    Rave: bottled my dunkelweizen last weekend and hopefully will find time to brew this weekend…..
    Rant: all of which requires more patience.
    Rave: the weather is gorgeous, the Caps play tonight, on the whole, things are pretty good.

  • Question: Has anyone looked into getting a swimming pool in DC? Or know the requirements(space needed etc) in order to get one installed?

  • Rant: cat is stuck in the crawl-space under the first floor. Not sure what to do to get my cat out… (especially since I’m not sure how she jumped up there in the first place!).

  • justinbc

    Rant: ZZZZzzzzzz tired today >_<

  • janie4

    Rave – basement renovation project proceeding quickly.
    Rant – My contractor hasn’t responded to my emails this week.
    Rave – managing to do my 10,000 steps a day for the past two days.
    Rant – hate doing them.

    Fact of life – it is summer, which means that all the outdoor cats in the neighborhood will be coming by my place, looking for food. I think I emit some kind of neighborhood soft touch/crazy cat lady pheromone.

  • Bear

    Rant: Proposal hell strikes again.
    Rave: At least this time we have an awesome consultant who’s been really good?
    Rave: Garden is starting to take shape – bulbs are coming up and I got another raised bed installed for veggies. We also discovered last year we have a rose bush that the previous owners cut down. We let it come back and it now has about a hundred rose blossoms – can’t wait to see it bloom! It’s the little things that make me happy.
    Rave: PG County Rain Check rebate program. The rebate is allowing us to get rid of the ugly ass concrete walkway in front of our house and put in a big rain garden.

  • Reposting in the correct location:
    Rant: Georgia Avenue. So much unused potential.
    Rave: Following a disappointing interaction with a councilmember’s staff, actually had a positive experience with someone from the mayor’s office.
    Ongoing rant: Litter, litterers, and people who don’t pick up litter in front of their houses. So frustrating. I wish I could still pick up litter for the entire block, but I know that if I do, the tendinitis will come back with a vengeance.
    Rave: My irises are continuing to bloom, and my creeping phlox looks better after I eased up on the watering (following wdc’s advice).

  • Rave: The crossing guard at New Hampshire and R Street is back! He’s been gone for more than a year, I think. His enthusiasm and cheer should be bottled and put into the municipal water supply.
    Rant: Something has drivers at Connecticut and M all riled up, and they’ve been leaning on their horns all morning. Only assholes use their horns to express displeasure in traffic. Remember that, y’all.

  • skj84

    Rant: people who lack boundaries. I grabbed lunch at a bar yesterday. All I wanted to do was read and eat quietly. This older dude proceeds to sit directly next to me in the mostly empty bar and start peppering me with questions. Even after I twice told him I was trying to catch up on my reading. He keeps asking personal questions, I’m trying to figure a polite way to get out of the situation since he could be one of those people who flip out when rejected. I ended up just going back to my reading and he got the clue and backed off. The whole thing was frustrating, I’m a usually a friendly person. I just wanted to sit quietly, this man would not listen.

    • It sounds like we had very similar experiences yesterday. I wonder if there’s a way to deal with this. I keep thinking about the Matt Lauer line from Kimmy Schmidt, ““I’m always amazed at what women will do because they’re afraid of being rude.” I’m not afraid of being rude, exactly, but really what -do- you do in situations like these?

    • Move to the other end of the bar or be blunt I’m not interested in talking with you leave me alone. Being overly polite doesn’t guarantee he’ll avoid flipping out, so why put up with extra interactions for that hope?

      • Allison

        Maybe the following wording for a dense person who doesn’t get the idea from “trying to catch up on my reading” — “I don’t mean to be rude, but I was kind of hoping to have a quiet, alone day today. Perhaps if we run into each other again we can chat some other time. Thank you!”
        Not saying I would ever have the courage to say this in real life. I usually just put up with strangers who want to chat or find some excuse to leave.

        • If I can ignore, I do in most cases, but if someone sidled up to me and wouldn’t take a hint, then my rudeness will come out. I’ve tried nice twice, and I have no fear of violence or a scene.
          Personal questions, hell no.

    • This happened to me once on an airplane. I had my headphones in and was already mid-movie when a guy sat down next to me and started asking personal questions. I hit pause, took off my headphones and I obliged with the “Heading home to see family.” and “Yes, I’m originally from Ohio.” but when the questions heated up and I had to just say, “Sir, If you don’t mind, I’d really like to just relax for a bit and continue to watch my movie. I’m quite tired today. Thank you.” Had he not stopped chatting, I don’t know how I would have reacted. I’m quite introverted when it comes to strangers. Perhaps I could have discussed with him my social anxiety and how our current interactions were making me feel like I could barf?!

      • And meanwhile, he was probably posting on Facebook or wherever about what a “nice guy” he was and how women don’t give “nice guys” the time of day. Facepalm.

        • Awww, and now I feel terrible. Wait, nope. No I don’t. 😉

          • Exactly. The kind of guy who would complain about this is typically in denial about how he was ignoring boundaries in the first place.

    • I’ve experienced this a lot with older men. I try to be sympathetic to their very clearly lonely lives, but it isn’t our responsibility to make them feel valued. I’ve mastered the “get back stare” and usually engage it after saying, “excuse me, I’m busy” or “sir, I don’t want to have a conversation with you.” When it’s in a bar, I don’t worry so much about potential violent responses because bartenders usually step up for me when they see this happening.

      On the streets, however, I’m much more terrified. I have a friend who, after we were cat called, turned and in the perpetrator’s face, SCREAMED “GROSS.” I wish I had her guts.

    • If I really don’t want to engage, I’ll respond using ASL, or bits of other languages I know (my made-up Nordic language usually works)

  • emvee

    Rave: Five mile run on the mall this morning.
    Rant: The fire on 7th this morning. Apparently one of of the DCFD crew didn’t make it out and left behind a little girl. Next time you see a firefighter, please thank them. Let’s not take their work and sacrifices for granted.

  • Rave: first trip back to gym after marathons…felt great and I didn’t miss the top of the high box doing box jumps
    Rant: Can’t seem to get moving after workouts in the morning…need to try to get to work before 915 once this week.
    Rave: Undisclosed – thankfully the addendum provide a nice teaser before next weeks episode “Jay’s Day”
    Rave: The weather – love having the windows open and eating outside

  • Rave – Seriously beautiful azaleas blooming in my neighborhood. So many shades of pink!
    Rant – Have to be in Fairfax for a meeting early tomorrow morning. Not looking forward to it.
    Question for gardeners – I have a south facing balcony that gets a lot of direct sunlight, its only shady for a few hours in the morning. Can I keep some potted herbs there? I only have room for small pots, so I want herbs that don’t spread too much.

    • Take a trip through Takoma this weekend if you have a chance. They don’t call it “Azalea City” for nothin’! (Does anyone “call” it that. There’s a sign on Piney Branch that says so.) Also, to answer your herbs question, anything that’s dainty (chives, parsley, dill) I’ve found does not do well on our porch with mostly direct sunlight. However, the basil, rosemary and sage do just fine!

      • Emmaleigh504

        Dill hates it here, which bums me out b/c it’s my favorite herb.
        Thyme does well here and it has different flavors. I have a lemon thyme that I particulary like. Lemon balm and catnip are some others.

        • Ok, so it’s not just me being a dillweed. I’ve tried every year to grow dill, placing it in various locations, Googling what on earth the problem is. Turns out, “it doesn’t grow well in this area” never came up! I feel like they should sell the seeds and seedlings in the stores with a warning “This is probably going to die soon. Might want to just have a BBQ and use it up this weekend.”

        • Blithe

          Have you all tried growing the dill indoors? I’ve done dill, chives and cilantro in small pots on a (north facing?) windowsill. Maybe it likes being a part of family life?

          • This made me LOL. The only window options this would work in for our house would be the attic, or the master bedroom/bath. Since I don’t want to wake up to the faint smell of delicious savoriness, maybe I’ll try the attic sometime in the near future. Or, I’ll just continue to buy the ginormous sprigs that Whole Foods carries that basically cover all the dill needs for the entire neighborhood for the summer, and call it a day.

          • Emmaleigh504

            When I tried to grow it indoors it died anyway.. It didn’t get enough sun. When I move to Sweden I”m going to have a yard full of dill!

      • I was in Takoma! Those “azalea city” signs make sense now. It’s my first spring living in this neighborhood and I’m amazed by the azaleas.

        • Oh, right, I totally forgot you live and/or play near me! By the way, walked puppy up to the new sushi place Sunday night and she acted like a total grown up while we ate outside. The key, we’ve found, is to bring her blanket with us so that she can chill for a bit while we’re out. She never seemed to have that toddler moment where she got tired and hyper.

          • Yay well behaved pup! Mat work is great for anxious or overly excited dogs. How was the new sushi place, by the way? I haven’t been yet.

          • The sushi is pretty standard. Not great. But the noodle dishes and apps are delicious!

    • Allison

      The National Arboretum has a fascinating azalea garden with lots of different varieties that’s worth a walk through. Also there’s a pond there full of funny little bull frogs that make a sound somewhat akin to a broken banjo.

      • Ooooo, a DC bucket list item. Darnit, I’m out of town this weekend. How long are azaleas in bloom?

        • Allison

          I suppose it depends on the year. I was there last year on May 23rd, and a lot of the varieties had finished blooming. Some of the later-blooming varieties still had flowers, albeit aging ones.

      • That One Guy

        Just as long as you don’t go into the streams. Believe WAMU recently had a story about sewage leaking into certain of the streams there.

        • There are signs around the arboretum indicating that the streams have raw sewage. Pretty gross.

      • Oh I forgot about the azaleas at the Arboretum! I usually take my anti-social dog there to run around and play which means we avoid the more popular trails. I’ll have to make the next trip without her!

    • My oregano, marjoram, thyme and tarragon are very happy on my southern-sun porch. Not to mention the chile peppers.

    • This would be a great place for sun loving herbs like basil, lemon balm, thyme and oregano, lemon grass, rosemary, cilantro and dill.
      Look for fernleaf dill – it’s a smaller type and may work better than other varieties.

  • That One Guy

    LOOK WHAT I FOUND (for the persons wanting to buy cards for sick friends/family):


    Rant: Impulse bidding on an item I don’t need. No, I don’t want to be the highest bidder. Someone else outbid me!!!
    Rant: Boss just volunteered me to administer a file sharing site. Thank you for throwing me under another bus. I think I can find a bus to walk into without the added help.

  • Rant: got SAT on on an almost empty bus last night. Was trying to move my bag and move over since this guy HAD to sit in the back window (I was back there to talk on the phone and not annoy anyone). Finally was able to move over and get him off of me/my stuff (note: there were SEVERAL completely empty seats). Then he started playing with the skirt of my dress, which was lying on the seat next to us. Seriously. Who does that? I ended up switching to a completely empty seat and updating my BF on where I was. Luckily, he got off half way through my ride home. He got off by the shelter – it’s too bad he was so creepy, the bag he sat on was full of food I snagged from an event. I would have been happy to share it with him if he needed help/didn’t sit on me/play with my dress.
    Rave: BF was freaking out more than I was. I think I found a keeper 🙂

  • Rant: super creepy cab driver last night (Should have just paid the uber surge pricing) was talking and was very explicit. I realize that I should have reported him but I was so shocked and just waiting to get out of the cab that it didn’t occur to me to do so at the time. Now I’m mad at myself because he was really gross.

    Rave: Fun night spent catching up with a good friend drinking delicious beers.

    Rave: I just had lunch at Orange Anchor and I can’t wait to go back and try more things!

    Rave: They turned the A/C on in my condo today so I’ll sleep well tonight.

    Rave: My cat, for making me laugh really hard this morning – I am so thankful I rescued her.

  • Anyone know if Virginia Ave is still closed? And why the heck did DDOT close the entrance to 66 from Southbound Rock Creek Parkway? (It makes no sense and makes my commute and hellish)

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