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: Awesome weekend. Went on a date Saturday to Tour de Fat (my favorite event of the year), had a fabulous time, so we decided to go on a date again Sunday, too.
    Unknown: I’m leaving for the summer in a week and a half.
    Rant: Summer subletter sent the rent check — and didn’t include the security deposit that I 1) mentioned several times and 2) that he agreed to by signing the sublease agreement. ::gently bangs head against desk:: Get with the program, people!

  • justinbc

    Rave: Almost finished painting downstairs, just need to apply second coat. The colors really turned out awesome, much better than I expected.
    Rave: After a week working from home babysitting the kittens I’m actually glad to be in the office and not constantly telling something “No!”.
    Rave: Awesomecon wasn’t really “fun”, but it was certainly entertaining. I’m glad the tickets I got were free. If I were single, and happy to stay that way, I would have spent a lot more money there yesterday.

    • Farragut

      Why wasn’t AwesomeCon fun? I haven’t had a chance to go yet, but I was thinking about it for the future.

      • justinbc

        There’s just a limited number of activity type things that I would classify as fun. Outside of playing video games with random kids in a big room or tabletop games there’s really nothing that’s interactive. It’s really just walking around to look at a bunch of different stuff for sale, photo ops / signatures with “celebrities” (D-list, with a few minor exceptions), and people watching for all the costumes. It’s a neat thing to go check out for sure, just not my idea of traditional fun.

        • Farragut

          Yeah, that’s some of why I’m been hesitant of “Comic-Con” style cons, though the Doctor Who actors would’ve been the biggest draw for me. No panels or anything else interesting? Hmm.
          I haven’t gone in a few years, but I always liked the setup for Capclave, the local SF/F convention that’s book-focused. The last time I went I got to go to interesting panels and talk to some of my favorite authors (and find new ones).

          • There are a ton of panels at AwesomeCon but the lines to get in to any of them are crazy (IMO) without the VIP passes.

          • I’m basing this entirely off of last year to be fair. Last year we waited for 2 1/2 hours and barely made it in the room for Billie Piper’s panel, and missed out on Sean Astin’s entirely because we waited to get into the con itself for over 2 hours.

        • This is how I felt last year. If I had the extra money for meet and greets/VIP sessions then it’d likely be more worth it for me.

          • justinbc

            We had VIP passes (gift), but it wasn’t really explained what the benefit of that was. I didn’t see anything anywhere that looked like it was off limits to any type of pass holder.

          • The VIP passes were supposed to come with a bag that contained a shirt and lanyard and comic and poster, if I remember correctly. Also allowed you to get to the front of lines at autograph signings and meet and greets, I think…and some panels should have had reserved VIP seating up front. That’s how it worked last year I think.

          • justinbc

            Oh, darn, I definitely did not get any of that stuff…

        • I honestly don’t understand the appeal of these ‘cons. It’s a bunch of people obsessed with corporate-owned media franchises. Meh.

      • I thought it was fun! It was more low key than bigger cons I’ve been to, but that meant not having to line up for hours to see the big panels, and really being able to comb through the stuff for sale.(At SDCC the exhibit hall is too crowded to pick and choose.) Some of my favorite actors were there. If you’re involved in the fandom, it’s very exciting even if they aren’t very well known outside of the show. Wandering around, people watching and talking to the artists in the exhibit hall is my idea of fun and I’d rather do that than interactive games/activities though…so ymmv.

        • justinbc

          Yeah, I haven’t kept up with comics or watched anime in probably a decade, if not longer, so I really didn’t know any of the artists or contributors. Lots of neat stuff to look at though.

  • jack5

    Rant: Mosquitoes congregating on my front porch… I’ve tried citronella candles, repellent spray, and they won’t go away. Thinking of burning the porch off my house to fix it for good. 🙁

    Rant: Parents that don’t watch their kids… A toddler strolled onto our court while we were playing basketball and we had to stop playing, and no one dared to touch the kid out of liability fears. We looked all around for their parent and couldn’t find them, completely ruined the momentum of our game.

    Rave: Wedding for a good family friend coming up! I’m stoked. I haven’t been to a good wedding in years and I don’t have to do anything except get hammered and be happy for her. She is 14 years younger than me though, makes me feel a bit behind the curve in my own life, but still glad I haven’t had a gut wrenching divorce as well, because I probably would have if I got married earlier in life.

    • Emmaleigh504

      Get and use a ceiling fan for you porch, no more mosquitos.

      • Anyone done this? If so, how much did it cost?
        (Not the fan itself, but running an electrical line to the porch ceiling and getting the whole thing installed.)

        • Emmaleigh504

          Don’t most porches have electrical already, for the porch light? (not a home owner)

        • Don’t you already have an outside light? I’m sure they can use that or tap into it somehow? no?

        • Emilie and anonymous — The light for my front porch is the wall-mounted kind, not the ceiling-mounted kind.
          So there is an electrical line outside… but not one going to the middle of the porch ceiling.
          When I had floodlights added at the edge of my back porch, the electricians were able to run the wires along the rafters (if that’s the right word). But my front porch doesn’t have any exposed woodwork, meaning that any wiring would be more obtrusive. (Unless I could get them to thread it into and through the porch ceiling.)

      • Ally

        Or even a regular fan (I have one of those tabletop retro ones) if all you have is an outlet. Helps immensely.

        • I would do this, except 1) no outlet and 2) concern that the fan might disappear.

          • Blithe

            Are there screw in outlets that can be put in the socket for the light? That might be more trouble than it’s worth though. Maybe a battery operated fan?

          • Blithe — There are, but they’re Not A Good Idea because outdoor outlets are supposed to be GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter), and a socket turned into an outlet in this manner wouldn’t be.

      • jack5

        Good idea, I have a light there now that can be swapped out. The fan might also be a nice way to keep the porch cooler. I live close to a metro stop tho, I fear that may encourage ppl to hang out on my stoop to cool down tho, but I guess that’s better than mosquitoes. :\

      • We’ve had a ceiling fan for a few years. They are around $120 at Home Depot for outdoor grade and very easy to install, if you have an overhead light box. Our fan is on our light switch so we can turn it on or off with the light, or if you just want the light on, you can shut down the fan with the chain. It has given us about 2 to 3 extra months that we are able to use our porch. I highly recommend it.

    • The bugs seem particularly bad this year. Ran the Mall this morning in the pre-dawn hour. As I got to the Reflecting Pool and passed under the street lamps, I realized I was running through black clouds of mosquitoes, etc. Gross.

    • Use Mosquito Barrier garlic spray on your yard and get the gutters cleaned.

    • Ally

      Yeah, having been through a gut-wrenching divorce (and now very happily married late in my 30s), I can absolutely second the slow-and-steady approach. Have fun at the wedding!

    • Rave: Fun, busy weekend!
      Rave: Spent a few hours by a friend’s pool yesterday afternoon. So nice!
      Rave/Rant: Tried Soulcycle, as a friend got a free class for people to try. On the one hand, really good workout. On the other hand, I was in nowhere good enough shape to do that. Also I never mastered the art of standing up while biking so I kept falling over while trying to combine that with the pushups/upper body exercises. Also damn those bicycle seats are uncomfortable. So sore!
      Rant: Mosquitos. Got my first bites of the year while outside last night. The nasty little things love me and if I miss covering even an inch of skin with bug spray they will land right there. They got me all over my feet/toes. Grrrr.

  • Rant: What’s happened to the area in front of Park Triangle in Columbia Heights? Trash everywhere, all the grass is dead, the water feature seems to be half busted…when this was completed a couple years ago, it was so nice! Is anyone responsible for this area?

    • The city is responsible for it, but I think the maintenance budget is inadequate. I suggest contacting your council member, Brianne Nadeau.

  • Rave: Vacation was awesome and badly needed.
    Rant: First day back at work after a week and a half, and still a bit jet lagged. Ugh.
    Rave: Inbox was nowhere as awful as I feared.
    Super Rave: Co-workers organized an early National Doughnut Day celebration. Conference room table was completely covered in deliciousness!

    • justinbc

      Your coworkers sound fantastic.

      • That they are! There were a lot of really, really good doughnuts, too, including Astro and Sugar Shack. The post-vacation diet is on hold.

        • justinbc

          Ever since Tiffany left GBD, Astro has easily become my favorite donut supply shop in DC.

          • Blech! I give Astro a chance every few months because the whole city seems to think their donuts are the bees-knees, but they just aren’t that good. None of them. They rarely have cake donuts, the filling is always lacking, and oftentimes they taste stale. For the life of me, I can’t understand the hype.

            GBD is where it’s at 10 times out of 10.

  • Mug of Glop

    Rant: My stupid air conditioning is now going on two weeks of not working. It was 84 F in my place yesterday. Gross.
    Rant: I’m on the science machine today, and it’s about 62 F in this room. All that acclimation is going to be lost.
    Rave: That was the worst thing to happen to me over the weekend.
    Rant: I sound pretty depressing today.

    • Mug of Glop

      Actual Rave: My stupid meeting this morning just got cancelled!

    • As someone who needs it to be cold to go to sleep at night, my sympathies.

    • Back when I was a science grad student and couldn’t afford A/C in my apartment, I’d spend some nights with a sleeping bag in the lab. Damn right it was cold there!

      • Mug of Glop

        In grad school, we had a facility full of rooms of science machines. Two of the rooms across the hall from each other were respectively the hottest and coldest rooms in that building. Spending a million dollars each on science machines: no big deal. Putting them in a room with a reasonable climate? Are you crazy?!

  • Rant: Ugh, I know better than to try to force an article of clothing onto my daughter that she doesn’t want to wear. Created a tantrum that didn’t end until my wife got her out of the house & on the way to day care.
    Rave: Awesome weekend filled with lots of fun–splash park, play date, strawberry picking.
    Rant: Waking up before the alarm goes off & I’m already tired. 🙁
    Rave: Made substantial progress on name selection over the weekend–we actually have a front runner that we like for both boy & girl options! 🙂

    • Emmaleigh504

      I suggest Emilie (nickname Lily or Millie) for a girl and Emil for a boy 😉

      • I’ll keep your suggestions in mind 😉

        • Emmaleigh504

          I also like Margret (Daisy) and used to like Charlotte (Lottie)–damn royalty! Then there’s always faves like Donna, David, Kelly, Brandon, Brenda, or Dylan. Perfect names for anyone!

    • Farragut

      I like using the SSA’s baby name site to weed out names that will be too popular (as a David born in the ’80s, I was sick of too many Davids running around).

      • Farragut, do you and Allison have news you haven’t told us about yet?

        • Or are you just thinking about names for sometime in the future? 😉

        • Farragut

          Haha, nope! We actually picked names out like 7 years ago, though, and it ticks me off every time I see the popularity of the names we picked go up every year. We’re still a couple years off, I think.

    • Even though we haven’t gotten pregnant yet, the name debate has already started at our house. If it’s a boy, the name has already been settled on several years ago. If it’s a girl, it may cause WWIII within our family. According to both my mother and mother-in-law, we favor “old lady names”.

      • What are the “old lady names”?

        • Rose, Cordelia, and Hazel are my top picks that have already been vetoed by the mothers.

          • Hmm… those ARE kind of old-lady names. 😉 Although I have a friend with a daughter (around age 6, I think) named Hazel, and it doesn’t seem like an old-lady name on her.
            If you do go with Hazel, she’ll have her very own theme song from the golden age of big beat (Loop da Loop’s “Hazel” — Original Bobby Dazzler Mix):

          • FWIW, we head off opinions on names by not sharing until the baby is born. You’re (mostly) less likely to get criticism once it’s attached to a living baby. My mom was still unsure of our daughter’s name until she heard lots of compliments on the name from people she told about it–but at least we didn’t hear about it until random strangers and friends of hers won her over 🙂

          • justinbc

            Those definitely sound like old lady names. But I like mtpresident’s idea a lot. I sure as hell wouldn’t give anyone’s opinion, other than the procreators, any merit when it comes to selecting the name.

          • Emmaleigh504

            My name used to be an old lady name. I remember meeting other Emilies who were slightly older than me commiserating on the old ladiness of the name. Then the mid 80s and 90s hit.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: I keep having anxiety dreams. Last night’s included a DC festival that used Mardi Gras colors and looked really fun. Then I accidentally overheard Harry Reid, Brian Williams, and Jim Graham (mayor of DC and council member who looked like Walter Isaacson) talking about some legislation. I said, “oh, is that the thing that’s going to piss off the Republicans?” I had no idea what I was talking about and they got very anxious. After they realized I was clueless they let me watch the press conference where they announced the thing that would really piss off the Republicans. Later I realized Harry Reid called me Emily and I got very nervous. Later there was a run in with some school kids and more festival people. All this happened while I was trying to get to work, but was late b/c I fell asleep on metro and got lost. When I woke up it was 1pm and I still hadn’t found the yellow line.
    Rave: ramblings ahoy!

    • Ally

      Ha! That one’s pretty good. I keep dreaming that I — superhero-style — take on the BTK killer and insult his manhood in the process. Must be the heat. 😉

      • Emmaleigh504

        The anxiety dream I had over the weekend was that I went back to college (should be fun, right?) and I was mistaken for a freshman (theorhetically awesome), but I kept getting lost, and my roommate (same as real college) kept saying we were from Minnesota or Montana or something. Also protests, more getting lost, and living in Kirby Smith (horros of filth).

        • I keep having anxiety dreams that I am simultaneously re-enrolled in high school (or college) AND employed in my regular job and wondering how much longer I can pull it off without anyone noticing.

          • Emmaleigh504

            I used to have the high school anxiety dream and it ALWAYS involved the lockers that were blown up. But not like a central part of the dream, just that I had to pass them while lost. I’m always lost.

          • I also have recurring dreams in which I’ve either stopped attending a class or never attended at all, and I’ve missed the deadline for Drop/Add and am afraid I’m going to get an F.

          • textdoc, I HAVE THIS DREAM ALL THE TIME!!!! I have it for both college and high school. It’s usually a math class and often involves losing my schedule in some way, and then figuring out that I haven’t been attending the class and knowing I’m going to fail.

          • My second high school had different schedules for different days of the week. Another feature of my recurring dreams is that I don’t have a printed schedule to refer to and it’s early enough in the semester that I don’t know it by heart.

          • Are you me?

    • I had an anxiety dream that I had an exam coming up and had lost the notebook for the class. I haven’t been in school in years, so I’m not sure where that came from.

      • Emmaleigh504

        My school anxiety dreams are never about tests or grades, just being lost. Being lost is probably my biggest real anxiety, so of course I always get lost.

  • Rave: A fun brunch celebrating a good friend of mine yesterday at Lincoln.
    Rant: Day drinking = day hangovering. My late afternoon was a little unpleasant.
    Rave: Fell down a rabbit hole of dancing supercuts and was reminded how great Sam Rockwell is.
    Rave/Rant: Last night’s GoT episode was epic and amazing, but totally full of things that creep me out.

  • Rave – I just applied to my dream job!
    Rant – The job is in Ohio.
    Rave – It’s strawberry season! For the next few weeks my goal is to eat as many strawberries as possible.
    Rant – Red line this morning was a mess.

    • Good luck with your job application! I haven’t been to Ohio, but I know a few people who have found it charming, if that makes you feel any better.

    • Go strawberry picking! We picked over 5 pounds of strawberries in very short order yesterday morning and it was a lot of fun.

    • At least, if you move to Ohio, your vote will count like in triplicate. I’ve always dreamed of living in a swing state!
      (Among other living situations that I dream of, many not perhaps for discussion in this forum).

    • Where in Ohio? Cincinnati is surprisingly awesome, Columbus is ok, Cleveland is…bearable I suppose.

      • It’s in Cincinnati. It’s complicated because my fiance has his dream job here in DC…. so we’ll see what happens.

        • Aw that’s hard! Good luck with the application/interview process, and the deciding what to do process if you get it.

        • My brother lives in Cincinnati. Well, just outside. Good luck! If you get it and decide to move, hit me up and I’ll give you all the scoop on where to live, etc.

    • bluemagnolia

      Cincinnati is amazing! I lived there for a few years and still go back to see friends, and it has changed so much over the years. There’s a great bluegrass music scene, tons of festivals, great little museums, and generally a beautiful historic town. Sure it’s Ohio, but it’s relatively inexpensive to get out (think Chicago, NYC, etc). Highly recommend!

  • Ally

    Rave: First weekend in weeks that was disaster-free and actually relaxing.
    Rave: Enjoying this pregnancy-induced-sweet tooth while I still can: Highly recommend the cinnamon donuts with Kahlua cream at Matchbox.
    Rave: Hill Easters getting together tonight for a meeting with DC Police to address the recent crime uptick in the neighborhood.

  • Rant: DCity Smokehouse: I went yesterday evening after all the raves I’d heard and was disappointmented. I ordered The Big Beef and I felt both the beef and the potato salad I ordered with it had way too much vinegar. Oh well.

    • I’ve been wondering about DCity, and fear the same result if I go. Grew up on Memphis, Kansas City, and Arkansas bbq (yep, amazingly good!) and so am always disappointed when I try it in DC or NYC. But hope (and bbq yearning) springs eternal, so I’m bound to try it soon.

  • Question: Someone on here (Irving Streete?) was extolling the virtues of Blue Star ranges. How have you found cleaning open gas burners, as opposed to sealed burners? Do you make up for the additional hassle with increased efficiency? Also, if you have the interchangeable grill/griddle, how does it work, and do you use it often?

    • Don’t have the griddle, so I can’t speak to that.

      There’s no way around it, cleaning the burners is more of a pain than sealed burners would be. You just have to hit the disaster quickly and, every now and then get all zen with your some decent tunes, you cleaning products and your range. I don’t mind, but I have a very affectionate relationship with my Blue Star and we both like a little Grateful Dead every now and then.

      • Thanks – I really love the efficiency, large oven and other features, but the cleaning is a definite downside. I’ve read a lot online from people who claim that open burners actually are easier to clean, but that seems like post-facto rationalization/justification.

    • justinbc

      I convinced my coworker to get a Capital Culinarian for her kitchen remodel (one of the only other open flame ranges) and she thanks me for it regularly. It took her a while to get used to cooking on it, but she swears she would never go back now.

  • That One Guy

    Rants: Dog woke me up at 3:30 am with his panting so I decided to take him out just in case. He only peed once before deciding to come back in. Woke up at 5:30 to take him on a proper walk. Lack of sleep = subpar decision making = buying decaf coffee (WTH).
    Rant: 16th and K street smelling pretty rank this morning like a sewage line broke.
    Rave: online shopping yielded cheap Lytro camera.

  • Rave: What a nice weekend! Kicked it off with the impromptu PoPville ice cream happy hour, then spent the rest relaxing with the husband, dog and my BFF in equal parts. Delightful.
    Rave: Chelsea Peretti “One of the Greats” on Netflix. I almost hurt myself laughing.
    Question: I’m trying to figure out a place to go for dinner this weekend that’s near Gallery Place, fairly affordable and good for a group of five to sit down for a couple of hours. We all eat everything but prefer not to have pizza or pasta. Any recommendations?

  • Pablo Raw

    Rave: As some of you know, I recently acquired an amazing piece of technology called Toaster Oven; a friend brought me some amazing bagels from somewhere on H St. and now my life is complete.

  • Rave: Made pesto for friends with basil l picked fresh from my herb garden less than an hour before we ate it. Pretty amazing stuff, and the whole herb garden is not only flourishing, but looks great, in a slightly odd (for a rowhouse front yard) in a farmer Brown sort of way.
    Rave: Final details of the endless home reno coming together as the Arts and Craft-ish tile backsplash behind the stove is now up and I realized a — literally — 30-year dream and picked a lamp from Artisan Lamps in Woodley Park: an antique bronze Art Nouveau piece that is about as erotic as a piece of lighting can be, and both matches and shames the large French liqueur poster that takes up much of one dining room wall.

    • Emmaleigh504

      I’d like to take this opportunity to invite myself over for a delish pesto dinner and to check out this amazing lamp. Is 7pm ok? I’ll bring dessert.

      • Heh. Girlfriend’s out of town. I’ll call at the 8675 number….bring strawberries. — Tommy
        Unfortunately, chandelier isn’t yet hung and looks vaguely like a lifeless robotic cephalopod washed up onto the dining room table by a particularly vicious storm.

  • Rave: Vacation and friends family are awesome.
    Rant?: Supposed to have a date on Thursday, and the woman is giving me a weird vibe because she keeps insisting how she loves to plan last minute even after I made it clear that is rarely going to work for me. I have only asked to firm things up a few days out, so I don’t think I’m being a super planner or anything.
    Rave: Doing a tough mudder with my gym crew.

    • “[S]he keeps insisting how she loves to plan last minute even after I made it clear that is rarely going to work for me.” That sounds like a pretty fundamental incompatibility.

      • I would agree except we’ve already settled on a place. It just seemed strange to me someone would keep emphasizing something like that in the middle of planning a date. She’s accommodating my need to plan, so why keep bringing it up?

        • I hope this doesn’t mean she’s going to flake out on you at the last minute. Or try to change the venue at the last minute.

          • I agree. This situation makes me wary…

          • I hope not because that would be extremely childish for someone in their mid-30s esp. when she initiated the planning and picked the location.
            As much of a planner as I am, I already have something else fun I could do, so I’m not stressing.

      • I dated someone like this. He was all about “be more spontaneous.” Needless to say, it did not workout between us. My iCal approves.

    • Emmaleigh504

      There is time for spontaneity (between 2:45-3pm on Tues, according to my father) and there is time for planning things. This is a time for planning, you already have a day, your date should just commit. (says the non-planner)

      • She already committed 99%, and we’ve even swapped numbers. She picked the place actually.
        La- she said she’s a bad procrastinator, and if I hadn’t mentioned it she likely wouldn’t have looked or anything until the last minute. Spontaneity is fun at the right time.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: Emily has a firm deadline today and will not stop procrastinating on Popville. She’s about to be put in timeout.

  • Rant: Head spinning as I try to manage a work responsibility that just got thrown at me – not a part of my job description, not what I was hired to do, and on a really tight deadline with a lot of coordination/collaboration and leadership involved.
    Rave: Trying hard to embrace the opportunity and to make something good out of it. Consciously trying to stay positive.
    Rant: Good friends with kids. It’s a real struggle to always be the one accommodating, trekking out there, etc. etc.
    Rave: Good friends with kids. It’s also a really wonderful to see the family grow, and love the little ones, and experience it all before we take the plunge.

  • skj84

    Rave: Fantastic time at Tour De Fat! My group spent most of the day standing in the wading pool. Lines were better this year, though the special beer tapped out right as I got to the front of the line.

    Rant: Didn’t love Sweetlife that much. Maybe because I’m outside the targeted demographic, but I felt so out of touch. Other than Charlie XCX and Calvin Harris, I didn’t know many of the groups that were playing, the median age of most of the attendees was 20, and it was way too hot.

    Plus the festival went way too late! It ended at 11. I was ready to go by 4 and couldn’t leave until the after the last set. I didn’t even get back to the drop off point until 12:30 and I had to Uber home. I did enjoy Charlie XCX set, and I really wanted to enjoy Calvin Harris. But at that point i was exhausted, and I wasn’t in the mood for DJ. It was really repetitive. The light and graphic arts the accompanied his set were cool, but I think it could’ve been shorter! And Taylor Swift never showed up.

    • She’s on tour – in Detroit according to her instagram.

      Now we see if he shows up here for her shows later this summer. The plot thickens…

      • skj84

        She was rumored to make an appearance last night. Her opener, Vance Joy also had a set, and there was a notice about a “special guest” going around. We all assumed Tay Tay would grace us with her presence! Oh well.

    • I skipped Sweetlife this year. I went last year, but I felt way too old at 25!

  • That One Guy


    What’s the most plausible conspiracy theory you’ve heard?

    • Emmaleigh504

      Stevie Wonder! He caught a falling microphone stand! or maybe the Denver Airport…

    • Emmaleigh504

      I’m really disappointed in the responses to your question. Maybe Pop will take pity on us and make a Friday Question of the DAy (not this Friday, I’ll be out gallivanting, any other Friday is good 😉 ).

  • Rant: I was away Memorial Day weekend and BF went away this past weekend…miss him 🙁
    Rave: BF gets back tonight and we’re back to our normal schedules this weekend 🙂
    Rant: Super gross humid warm mornings for running
    Rave: I’ll be faster in the fall as long as I keep running
    Rant: AC at the house is terrible and the upstairs never seems to cool down
    Rave: Chinese food Monday at work today!

    • I wonder if more people experience this same issue. My downstairs is vey nice and chill- but upstairs especially in the spare bedrooms it’s on the warmer side. Wonder what I could do to fix that if anything.

      • HaileUnlikely

        What is above the upstairs bedrooms? An unfinished attic? Can you go up there? If so, how much insulation do you have (i.e., approximately how deep is it?) If you have less than about a foot and half depth of insulation, you could probably benefit from getting more.

        • Think there is like 2-3ft of space from ceiling to roof, I say this because that’s the space from the skylight to the ceiling. The master bedroom which is in front of the house is cool.

      • I rent…so not sure how much insulation we have but I know the windows are terrible…in the winter the heat is always escaping and the upstairs is always freezing while the downstairs is warm and in the summer the opposite happens…nice and cool downstairs and warm humid and gross upstairs

        • It probably has a lot to do with the windows, which sucks since you’re a renter and can’t do much about that. We replaced our crappy windows in January and it felt so much warmer in the house! And now we keep our AC set at about 75 and it is really cool downstairs and upstairs.

          • I have this same problem. When I moved in two years ago, not bad. This past year, super drafty in the winter and now I have my A/C set to 68 to try to cool the apartment down, but my indoor thermometer that I hung on the wall won’t go below 75.

    • HaileUnlikely

      p.s. Do you have similar difficulty heating your upstairs in the winter? If so, close most/all of the registers on lower floors and see if that helps at all. I have very poorly designed ductwork in my house – I have to close most of the registers on the first floor to get any significant heat or ac upstairs.

  • Blithe

    Rant: If you know you’re running late, let me know BEFORE the time we were supposed to meet — that way I can relax and run late too. Grrrrr.
    Rave: Found a summer commute-worthy shoe — by Crocs. They look like a cross between espadrilles and skimmers, and have quite decent arch support for that kind of style. We’ll see….
    Rant: Robo-call from the “IRS” listing a “Private” name and number vaguely threatening a law suit if I don’t call back immediately. Uhhh, no. I’m seriously tired of predators.
    Rant: Feeling ranty. And wondering where I can buy bean pie. Which is a nice prescription for ranty-ness.
    Rant: Slimy salad and moldy strawberries. I’m SURE that when I was a kid, groceries lasted a week without spoiling.

    • Your first rant has to be my #1 pet peeve.

      • Blithe

        Thanks for the info. There’s no identifying information on the caller ID, and I hung up without writing down the number. If I pick up a call like this again, I’ll be a better citizen and make a complaint report.

    • I agree with your last rant. I go to the store every other day now, because the few times I buy things for the whole week, they always go bad before I get to Friday. That never used to happen when I was younger and my parents were buying food for the week. I don’t understand.

    • For the berries, when you first get them home wash them in a mixture of water and white vinegar. Helps keep them from molding (after a quick soak/swish just rinse them with water and set aside to dry before storing). I’ve been able to get my berries (mostly strawberries and blackberries) to last close to 2 weeks by doing this.
      No help on the salad…turn your fridge/crisper down cooler? My fridge is crazy, I came back from a 2-week vacation to find the salad greens and vegetables I bought the week before we left mostly still good. I’m guessing it’s just a little colder than normal? It’s also anecdotal, but I’ve found organic greens to last a bit longer than regular.

    • I am intrigued by the idea of cute Crocs! Care to share the style name?

  • Rave: I had a great time at Tour de Fat, it’s always a highlight of the summer.
    Rave: I had a great time at friends’ engagement party on a lake I didn’t even know existed. Boating fun!
    Rave: went to an awesome Kung Fury party. I’m still not sure what to make of the 30 minutes of my life I spent watching Kung Fury, but I still had fun.
    Rant: allergies kept me from some fun stuff yesterday, though I still managed pedis and lunch with a good friend.

  • palisades

    Rave: Finally had the fried chicken meal from BlackJack. Great food, but the portions of the sides were pretty measly.
    Rave: Biking in the city. Love taking in the sights.
    Rant: Nationals. Horrible way to end an amazing month of baseball. We have some tough teams in town for the week, so our bullpen needs to get their crap together, and our offense needs to wake up.

  • Rant: I am deeply in like for the first time in 10 years. I don’t think the other person is, and even if they were, they’d likely be off limits because of a work situation.

    Rant: I took my favorite rings to be resized this weekend. The jeweler could do one of them, but they said the other was too tricky and resizing could mess up the setting or crack the stone. Anyone know of a really good jeweler where I can get a second opinion? Thanks!

    • Shah & Shah has done an amazing job with my jewelry, and that of some friends. They reset my friend’s antique engagement ring that was falling apart with great care. They aren’t a storefront – they’re in an office building at Connecticut and K. http://www.shah-shah.com/

    • I would highly recommend Dino at Market Street Diamonds in Georgetown. He reset a Depression-era glass pendant for me from it’s original (and broken) brass setting to a 14k white gold one that no one thought could be done without breaking the glass. It’s now stunning. I would suggest calling to make sure Dino’s actually at the shop before going.

  • Rave: Tour De Fat on Saturday. Went with by BFF and really enjoyed Charles Bradley’s performance.
    Rave: friend crush. when are we going to hangout alone, buddy?
    Rave: date with the “low match” tonight. no expectations. just ready to have fun.
    Rave: made a new girl friend. I have a good feeling about our budding friendship.

    • If friend crush is the guy who already expressed an interest in dating, I’d say you won’t hangout alone until you say something. He seems like a nice guy, so I cannot imagine him wanting to be pushy after he has expressed an interest. The ball is your court now.

        • +1 for me too.
          But also YAY for the low match date. I’m looking forward to hearing about it!

      • Trust me. He knows I want to hangout with him. We have some plans in the works. I think I know what’s stopping him from actually asking me out. I heard him tell a friend who suggested that he ask me out because I’m single and we’d be a good match, and he said (whispered loudly) “But I don’t want to be a rebound.” He found out that I was dating someone like 2 months ago and haven’t really dated since. hmm…

        • Emmaleigh504

          y’all need an intermediary to literally push you together!

        • Dating someone for a little while a couple months ago really isn’t a rebound, but if you’ve mentioned this person or something then I can see why he may feel that way. Bringing up the ex will obviously make it appear more serious than it may actually be.

          • Anon Spock: I think you’ve got it. Our mutual friend didn’t help by claiming that he bets my former flame wants me back and that I’m his biggest regret. Men.

          • Is that true? I really think you need to get things rolling and set the record straight. Sounds like the friend wants you; why else block like that?

          • Mutual friend has a gf. He’s just being nice. Will have to find time to set the record straight. He was clearly jealous of my relationship with my guy friend until I told him that he’s dating my friend. He said that guy obviously wanted to date you first. True but I wasn’t interested. It’s like he thinks he has to compete with all these guys and really he doesn’t!

        • Ok, so did he ask you out before (or at least just the two of you hanging out)? Like months ago? And you said no? Or eh, it’s too early? Something like that? Then yeah, he’s probably not so keen on going for try #2. I’d have to agree with Anon Spock too.

          If he has never asked, then a) does he ever date? Maybe he’s just super shy when it comes to women or b) he might not just be into you like that.

          Just my two cents.

          • Never asked me out in the past. We’re new friends. And he did explicitly tell me he does not date a lot and that it’s been a while since his last relationship…years. Let’s just say I’ve dated more people in the past few months than he has in over a year.

    • justinbc

      I really wanted to check out TDF this year but just couldn’t finish painting in time, argh! It was such a great day to be outside too.

      • There’s always next year! Although it seems so far away….

      • It was fun, but it was really hot out. Saw some lobster people. I swear some sunscreen company needs to cosponsor and hand out sunscreen and have sunscreen booths.

        • YES, right? I got pretty sunburnt last year but it took until the evening to show. This year I stopped at CVS and bought a kids SPF 70 sunscreen and it worked fine.

        • skj84

          Yeah, the heat was intense. I forgot to put sunscreen on before the ride. I don’t burn as much as get sun rash. My face and shoulders hurt.

        • justinbc

          Yeah my partner was outside most of the day doing yard work while I was inside painting. She looked baked when she came in but somehow she’s immune to burning (must be the Italian genes).

          • But we all know that you still need full spectrum sunscreen even if you tan instead of burn, right?
            And ideally you apply it before you leave the house.

          • Emmaleigh504

            apply before you get dressed so there are not missed spots around sleeves and collars. And don’t forget your ears!

          • justinbc

            Probably, I try to avoid playing doctor (although I apply it liberally when I have to go out myself).

          • But then you have to reapply! I only burned last year because it wore off by the early evening…

  • Rave: Great mini vacation for four days. Miami is always fun.
    Rave: Seeing a young guy move so an older lady could sit on the bus today. Made me feel good.
    Rave: Happy Hour with old coworkers tonight on H Street. Haven’t been there all summer.
    NO Rants today!!

  • Rant: Cancer. the hospice nurse gave my uncle about two weeks left to live, and ever time i have tried to take a trip to visit him, my Aunt says it’s not a good time. I want to respect her wishes, but I’m also sad that I won’t get to say goodbye. I spent so much time with them when I was in college. I wish he’d been able to see more of my son, who is named for his father. It’s just upsetting when the wishes of one are counter to yours. but hers trump mine, so I guess that’s life.
    Rant: Why we let people suffer. Instead of doctor assisted suicide, we have to let people decline food and water until their body shuts down and pump them full of morphine to alleviate the pain. It’s so upsetting – I’ve watched three loved ones make that choice (grandmother, she was 98 and just done, grandmother, who had severe Parkinsons, and now my uncle).

    • I’m so sorry. And agreed, there are so many saner and more humane ways to manage death than the way we do it here.

    • I am so sorry about your uncle, jindc.

    • I’m so sorry about your uncle. And also so sorry that it’s been tough to try to make plans to see him. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that your aunt lets you visit, but I think you’re probably right that it’s good to work with her needs as well.

    • Blithe

      I’m very sorry about your uncle.
      – I don’t know if this applies to your situation but I’ll put it out there just in case. When I was caring for my Mom, there were times when she was exhausted, and adamantly did not want visitors. Since I was the person in the middle, I took a lot of flak for trying to enforce her wishes. While I’m sorry that you haven’t been able to spend time with your uncle, it’s possible that in respecting your aunt’s apparent wishes you are also respecting your uncle’s. I’m glad that you have such good memories of spending time with him to comfort you.

    • I am not sure how it works in your family but is there a way that you could gently tell your aunt that it is very important that you see him, give her a few different dates to choose from and say that you’ll be coming one of those times?
      It’s never a “good time” for anyone, and I’m sorry if she feels inconvenienced, but this issue? It isn’t about HER or what she wants/needs right now- yes, she’s his wife, but you are part of the family too. It’s about you, your uncle and the relationship you have with him. (Sorry, I take this a little personally as my father is not well).

      • nahh- I appreciate it, but she’s the care taker. I think it’s partly that she’ll feel unnaturally obligated to take care of us, but also that she doesn’t want us to remember my uncle this way. I never said goodbye to my grandmother, because I did not want my last memory of her being in her bed unable to do anything. I wanted my uncle to see my son because of how happy he made him, but he will have those memories and we share pictures every day so he can see them if he’s able. I don’t want to strain my relationship with my aunt at all – she’s amazing. I just feel helpless.

  • valentina

    Rave: Game of Thrones! Winter is here!
    Rant: Games of Thrones. WW scared the crap out of me. I had a hard time falling asleep and thus I am sleepy this morning.
    Rave: The weather! I don’t care how hot it gets, I prefer sunshine to bitter cold any day!

    • justinbc

      Haha, I tried going to bed right after GoT last night and my mind was all over the freaking place. The double espresso I had around 7 probably didn’t help either.

    • It was sooooooooo good!!!!

    • That One Guy

      I’m disappointed. The show has any number of great plots and subplots. They shouldn’t have introduced the Night King, at least not yet, because it changed the story to a classic good versus evil/common enemy. I feel like the impending undead invasion will bias how the story lines are written now that we’re getting to the point where the book and show diverge.

      • They already introduced the Night King though. They seem to be on a schedule of one White Walker/wight episode per season, and I think this was it for this season most likely.
        I’m excited because I think it’s 100% the most important storyline in the entire show (and books obviously) and it’s so easy to totally forget about it. Winter’s here!!

        • Also – I wonder if they’re going to get into the White Walkers’ motivations and whether it really WILL become a classic good versus evil thing. I’d say there’s probably plenty of opportunity for it to not go that way.

  • Rave: wonderful weekend on long island for my friends’ wedding. I’m so happy for them.
    Rant: broke my finger by slamming it in the door of a bagel establishment in Silver Spring on my way out. It took FOREVER for them to find a band-aid when I asked for one (at first they just directed me to CVS and gave me a wad of paper towels) and pointed me to the pop machine when I asked for ice. I then had to ask for a bag. I wonder how they handle injuries when they have people slicing bagels there all day but that’s none of my business…
    Rave: lots of good things planned for the next week with babysitting, my friend’s party, field day at school, etc.

  • Rave: Lazy weekend. It was wonderful.
    Rant: Weird, high pitched beeping coming from the alley last night. It went on nonstop from 12:30AM-8AM and was so loud I could hear it through my earplugs. Thanks for disrupting my sleep, jerks.
    Rave: I am drinking all the iced coffee this morning it is making everything better.

  • Rave: My mom was released from the hospital!
    Rave: We just harvested our first eggplant from our garden. I am so looking forward to dinner tonight.
    Rave: Wife surprised me with a new USWNT jersey just in time for the Women’s World Cup. She’s so awesome.
    Rant: Low-grade fever but I don’t actually feel sick. My skin’s just uncomfortable with the simultaneous warm but cold feeling.

    • Bonus rant: I totally forgot it was the first of June and thus the start of SCOTUS ruling season. I always have SCOTUSblog running on the side to follow the rulings as they come out and I totally forgot today (for the first time in years). This makes me very sad for some strange reason.

  • Rave: amazing weekend being social, enjoying DC

    Rant: after a random chat with friends checked FB to find that Elizabeth Lauten, the woman who was really harsh on the Obama girls is still working for the congressman, what do you have to do to get fired in this town?

    • Blithe

      As to your rant, it probably depends on who you work for and what their values are. I remember thinking that E L will either get fired, or get a significant raise. I guess she got the raise. 🙁

    • I’m not entirely sure that’s correct. I don’t know her extremely well but I don’t believe she ever updated it on Facebook. I could be totally wrong though!

    • Farragut

      eggs is correct; Lauten resigned last December. Her LinkedIn page has already been updated.

  • Random Columbia Heights parking question – what are the rules for Kenyon St. in between 11th and 13th today? I’m going to Wonderland after work today.

    • Bikebusmetrowalk! =s more drinking too

    • Is Kenyon Street one of the streets that has the weird parking restrictions where you can’t park on one side of the street before 7 and can’t park on the other until after 7?
      Wonderland is close enough to the Columbia Heights Metro that it seems like it’d be easier (and more drinking-friendly) to go there by Metro.

      • It is not. There are alternate-side restrictions, and one day a week they switch. The restrictions will lift at 6:30 or 7, so if you time your arrival correctly whole blocks of parking will open up as you arrive.

    • On Kenyon you can’t park west of 11th until 6:30pm (although a lot of people do so by 6pm). That’s all that I know because I bike it every day around that time.

  • emvee

    Rant: Yep, doctor confirmed it. My cornea is scratched in two places. Antibiotic drops and no contacts for the rest of the week.
    Rant: I somehow caught a cold when it’s in the 90s and the AC was busted.
    Rave: The AC is finally fixed! Joyous day!
    Rave: Planning a backpacking trip to Dolly Sods.

  • Rave: Had a great weekend. Very relaxing.
    Rave: Discovered the dog park in Lanier Heights/AdMo is only a 10 minute walk so I no longer have to use the 11th St mess.
    Rant: Dog owners at Lanier Heights/AdMo dog park this morning were super rude and when a woman with a large, aggressive dog showed up they told me I should probably take my pup and leave because that dog doesn’t like new dogs.
    Rant: Don’t take your aggressive dog to a dog park!

    • Good to know about that dog park. Maybe the other owners were doing you a favor. You should ask when’s a better time to go when non-aggro dogs around.

  • Question: Has anyone done a master closet re-do and who did you use? Did you use someone separate for design and then labor? I know a lot of people will say oh this is something you can easily DIY, but let me tell you, I’m totally hopeless at DIY. I’m also not looking for top of the line. anyone?
    Rave: so…close…to moving back home. From water damage incident in February. To say I’m over my contractor is an understatement.

    • justinbc

      I did two of them building my own design through easyclosets dot com and I highly recommend them. Very quality product, they will work with you Q&A over the phone, and even if you have to pay someone to install them the handyman costs will be much less than having them custom built by a closet builder.

    • anonymouse_dianne

      I re-did a reach-in closet that ran the length of my bedroom using Elfa and the Container Store. BTW their stuff goes on sale at the end of December. They were able to supply labor and he picked up the parts and took away the trash. Not the top of the line but better than Lowe’s. Which I have now and the cats have trashed just jumping on the shelves.

    • I just had mine done about two weeks ago! I used Capitol Closet Design (recommended by another PoPViller) and was very happy with them. They were easy to work with, and did the design and installation. It was less expensive than I thought it would be.

  • Rant: Hot weather and humidity.
    Rave: Highs in the 70s predicted for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday!
    Rant: My gardening pants, after having developed some tiny holes in recent months, are now starting to fall apart for real — big tears across one knee. None of my regular pants are ones I feel like demoting to gardening-pants status. So I was looking on Target.com for simple khakis… only to find that they had a ton of palazzo pants and practically nothing as far as more basic stuff. I might have to resort to Walmart. To paraphrase the song “Institutionalized”… all I wanted was some khakis!

  • Rave: New fragrance-free antiperspirant/deodorant (ordered from Amazon) arrived over the weekend. (I was ranting last week about how Dove had stopped making their fragrance-free one, which I’d been using for many years.)
    Rant: It seems to be a roll-on pretending to be a solid. (It describes itself as a “gel.”) I could’ve sworn I’d used an antiperspirant many years ago that was a clear, gel-like solid… but this one is more on the liquid-y side. It’s covered with a plastic thingy with holes in it, and when you turn the dial, the gel comes out of the holes like noodles out of a pasta maker.

    • anonymouse_dianne

      I like Kiss My Face liquid rock. You can buy it at Whole Foods or Yes! It’s a roll on liquid but not sloppy. What I have is “lavender” but I don’t get any fragrance sense.

  • Question: Anyone have a good strawberry cake or strawberry shortcake recipe they’d care to share? I’ve done some searching online but haven’t found anything that grabs me yet. I’d like to put the many strawberries we picked to good use for my daughter’s birthday party this weekend.

  • Rave: Fun weekend! AwesomeCon and Post Hunt!

    Rave: Going to see the guy I like tonight, I’m making him dinner. I’m also going to bring up the “Are we dating?” question, and I am very, very nervous that he will say no. But better to know, I guess, than to be in limbo?

    Rant: My dad’s “chemo-brain” is getting significantly worse. I’m going to see him in a few weeks.

  • Somewhat of a stressful weekend, went wedding venue hopping. I think the most frustrating thing about this process so far is the fact that some of these locations don’t open on weekends. Maybe they make bank and don’t need to open on weekends, whatever the case may be, you would think they’d have hours of at least 9-12 or something. Kinda ridiculous that I basically have to take a day off work to see a venue. Come on now…

    • What type of place are you looking for & for how many people? I saw a neat spot for a wedding on the roof deck of a restaurant by Navy Yard this weekend, though I’m not sure how many people would be accommodated. I got married at the National Press Club, and it was fantastic. We thought about it because my wife is a journalist, but there’s no requirement of membership, etc.

      • I think no more than 150 people. I even dug up an old thread on Popville and a lot of the places mentioned as potential wedding venues are the ones we’re looking at, i.e. Oxon Hill Manor, etc. We’re being open minded, drove as far as Frederick this past weekend. We’re gonna try and make it work and see if it can be done here locally, if not…probably a Destination Wedding.

        • I think there are some really gorgeous places on the water on the Cheseapeake Bay if you’re willing to look out that way. I’m a sucker for weddings outside, specifically on the water, though.

        • I suspect the Press Club can accommodate you if that sounds like something you’re interested in. Everything (besides cake/flowers/etc) is done in house so you don’ve to worry about table & chair rental or finding a caterer. It’s a neat venue because they have photos of everyone who’s spoken there, from politicians to journalists to comedians. The food was great and the coordinator was great to work with. My experience is five years old, but it worked out really well for us.

        • What are your “hard” requirements? If you drove as far as Frederick you shouldn’t have that much of a problem! I will say I would have passed on anything that didn’t have weekend hours. Life is too hectic to try and visit venues during the week! In fact, my fiancee’s work life could never accommodate that!

          • As another poster stated, we looked as far down as the Chesapeake but we’re most likely doing a Friday wedding so basically we don’t want our guests to have to drive far, get stuck in traffic or pay tolls. Traffic is something out of our control but 99% of our guests live within the beltway so we’re trying to be cognizant of that. The good thing is since posting that, I’ve sent some e-mails and made calls and I’ve gotten a few replies and even have a visit scheduled right after work.

  • Rave: back home and it feels great.
    Rave: all the cool people I met over a long weekend.
    Rave: old friends coming out to see me.
    Rave: Amtrak.
    Rant: air conditioning unit resulting in street closures.
    Rant: WMATA!

  • RAVE: Switzerland is so gorgeous in the summer. Spent the weekend running on the river, hiking the Alp foothills, and eating lots of good food. Access to incredible nature is on the doorstep of each major city. It’s damn expensive, but everything works perfectly in this country. And lower taxes than the U.S. despite plenty of good social benefits (cheap/free school, cheap day care, maternity/paternity leave, cheap and comprehensive national health insurance, etc.)
    RANT: Need to figure out a plan to move here.

    • 1. Seduce and marry a Swiss person.
      2. ???
      3. PROFIT (or at least move to Switzerland)

    • laduvet

      a post from Switzerland!!!!! yeahhh!!!


      a support your decision 🙂

    • Emmaleigh504

      I’ve come up with 2 plans for Sweden: mail order bride or visiting and over staying my welcome. If you come up with better ideas in your quest for Switzerland please share!

    • justinbc

      If you happen to be in / stop in Zurich, I really loved the Widder Bar (in the hotel) and Ole Ole Bar. Two polar opposites in terms of atmosphere, but both equally awesome in their own right.

    • emvee

      My SO grew up in Geneva and is itching to get back. From what I’ve heard from friends and family who have visited or lived over there, it sounds disgustingly idyllic. And by “disgustingly” I mean “I’m jealous.”

    • Given what you do for a living, I think you’d be pretttty well positioned to end up there. I wholeheartedly support the idea.

  • Rave: My improv showcase went well and I’m always overwhelmed by how fun it was to perform afterwards.
    Rant: Friends that I invited to said showcase didn’t attend. I don’t usually organize things to do, but it’s disappointing when I no one shows up.

  • Rant: Car needs a bunch of work all at once (new tires, new window regulator, muffler repair) and everyone’s telling me I should just get a new car. The car is not particularly old by my standards (10 years/140,000 miles) and it’s also sentimental to me because it’s the first car I’ve ever owned. It seems silly to throw in the towel just because of some minor/routine things that are going wrong.

    • I’ve found that once a car starts going downhill, it goes downhill fast. On the other hands, if expensive and vital drive train stuff is still holding on, you can probably get a few more miles out of the old beater.

  • Hey! That’s me…..!!! A friend just sent me this link. Umm…does that count as a Rave?

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rave: Met deadlines!
    Rave: Kristin St. John’s friend sent her a link to her picture.

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