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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  • Quotia Zelda

    Rave: I got to sit in on a seminar conducted by my dissertation director at the LOC. He’s brilliant.
    Rave: Playing with all the pretties at Shah & Shah.
    Rant: Scratchy throat. I’d better not be coming down with something.

  • Rave: They’re finally fixing the fence around the soldier’s home! Huzzah! Hope they are going to take down the ugly chicken wire fencing on top of the lovely old fence.

    Rant: It’s taken way too long for them to do fix it.

  • Rave: Tickets purchased for baseball game. Any suggestions for where to grab breakfast beforehand between Farragut West and Navy Yard?
    Rave: Kitten cuteness. They crack me up.
    Rant: Waking up a half hour before my alarm despite being tired.
    Rant: Indigestion.
    Rant: Grumpy. 🙁
    Rave: Planning on going blueberry picking this weekend.

    • Which Baseball game??

      • July 22 midday game. For my daytime date with my wife: drop off kiddo at day care, go out to breakfast, catch a baseball game, go out for ice cream and relax before picking up said kiddo. Yay!

        • Accountering

          This sounds like such a fun day. I know I said this yesterday, but I am quite jealous!

        • LOVE the day date! Maybe Woodward Table?

          • OOPS! Just realized I have an eye appointment in the eastern market vicinity at 11am that morning. But that should fit within the schedule alright. That narrows the location for breakfast ideas, though–any suggestions in the Eastern Market vicinity? (thanks for the suggestion, though, blues!)

          • Any time! Ted’s Bulletin might be a good choice, then.

          • I’ve always loved Pete’s Diner or Le Bon Cafe on 3rd St, by the LOC

          • I love Jimmy T’s at 5th and East Cap. They have a half waffle with eggs and meat breakfast.
            It’s like they get me.

    • Belga Cafe on 8th St SE close to the Marine Barracks. Really good breakfast. You can actually walk to Nats Park from there.

  • Rave: Today’s my Friday! Gotta love the federal government and compressed work schedules.

    Rant: I’ve been fuming about this one forever and was once again reminded of it yesterday. Why is it, that even when metro cars are jam-packed, there are always a few empty seats in the cars that people refuse to sit in!? Instead, they stand next to them, blocking them from use by anyone else, preventing a few more people from fitting in the car. I don’t get this. It’s not like sitting down is going to prevent them from getting off at their stop.

    • Damn if I wasn’t going to post the same thing. These ppl are never getting off at the next stop either. It’s a big bus problem too.

    • It seems that they think they are being polite, like leaving the seat open for someone who needs to sit, but if no one can get to the seat it is really not helpful. My biggest pet peeve.

      • “Being polite” is just one of many reasons why people don’t sit – I prefer not to sit on the bus/metro because I sit *all day* at work; some people aren’t comfortable sitting so close to people for one reason or another; some people don’t like the feeling of being “trapped” in a seat; some people are too timid to ask someone to move… and so on. But yes, if no one else can get to the seat it’s an unnecessary waste of space on a crowded bus. It’s one manifestation of a bigger problem with people on public transportation – people just do whatever they want to do even if it’s at the expense of someone else’s convenience.

    • I was going to rant about the same thing! If you’re not going to sit, move out of the way. My other biggest metro complaint: People sitting on the inside, getting off at the next stop, who insist on getting up/moving towards the door (thus making me maneuver the crowds while the train is moving) as soon as the train leaves the station before. The train stops for more than 3 seconds, you’ll still make it if you wait til the train stops moving.

      Can you tell I had a great commute today?

      • Emmaleigh504

        +1 I wait until the train/bus stops b/c I don’t want to fall on someone when the train/bus has a herky jerky stop.

      • This makes me crazy! Particularly these days, I just make them wait. (acknowledging their need to get out for the next stop, of course)

    • skj84

      Your rant is one of my greatest pet peeves!! So annoying.

    • west_egg

      While it irritates me as well, IMHO this behavior pales in comparison to door blockers. The platform is packed, the car is packed — why are you going to stand right in front of the doors? My favorite are the people who refuse to budge when I board at Chinatown and stay firmly planted once again at Metro Center. I can’t help but conclude that some people get a kick out of inconveniencing other people.

      • Yeah. Nobody should be standing just inside the door unless the train is so full that there’s nowhere else for them to go, or they’re getting out at the NEXT STOP.

      • Agreed. This one drives me crazy too. I got to observe a common occurrence of this at Gallery Place last night. Most of us boarded at metro center and it was pretty crowded. The first guy on at Gallery Place stops right inside the door, blocking everyone behind him. I wanted to applaud the woman behind him who shouted “can you not block the entrance for EVERYONE behind you please and move further into the car?!” He moved about two feet and stopped again, so she and everyone else just shoved past him.

    • Maybe I lived in NYC too many decades, but I have no problem shoving past people who won’t move politely – whether they are blocking doors or blocking a seat I want to sit in. But then, the design of the cars on many of NYC’s subway lines, with seating just along the sides, facing the middle, facilitates better movement of people. And maybe people there are just used to being in closer proximity to others, and moving to let others past, as I found I rarely had to shove or push past someone in many, many years of taking many subway trips daily. I don’t ride the metro here often enough to figure out if there is a social difference in people’s attitudes about moving aside – there may well be.

  • Rant: spent $100 on makeup at pentagon city for my friend (she’s paying me back). I know it’s twice as much in Israel, but holy crap I’m glad I don’t wear makeup.
    Rave: while waiting to meet up with a friend, got talked into buying a bra I didn’t need at VS but wow, is it nice.
    Rave: 4 more days. Friend has another friend who will be visiting around the same time as me so while my friend is working, I’ll have a travel buddy 🙂

    • I feel like that happens to me every time I wander into Ulta or Sephora…

      • Emmaleigh504

        I went to CVS yesterday to pick up some advil to keep at the office. I bought $70 worth of makeup, nail polish, hair care products, and candy for the office candy bowl. I completely forgot to get the Advil. This is why I stay out of Sephora 🙂 I’d spend even more there!

      • I don’t wear makeup because I feel like a little kid trying on her mommy’s “for adults” stuff and I don’t know how to paint, but I see how it can be addictive. One less thing I don’t spend money I don’t have on…

  • Rant/Rave: I went to the ANC1A community meeting last night. It was pretty interesting to hear from MPD and CM Nadeau. It was frustrating to hear residents say they see crimes (drug deals) being committed, but don’t call the police?! Ughhh, that’s kind of important. Also, a little bit annoying to hear MPD say the onus is basically on us to protect ourselves. Yes, it’s important to have street smarts and too many people are not paying attention, but that’s not always going to prevent you from being a victim of crime.

    • What did they say about keeping the Girard Street Park safe? Since the incident on Tuesday could not have been avoided by “street smarts” or “paying attention,” did MPD/Nadeau having any other proposals?

      • They minimally addressed that because there was a 9pm (!!!!) meeting scheduled following the community meeting to specifically talk about that incident. They basically said it’s an active investigation and if you have any information to please call/email. The shooter got away so they’re looking for him. Also, apparently MPD and other “security professionals” have this thing called Roll Call every Thursday at 4pm. MPD officers and other stakeholders get together and discuss anything they have seen, heard…basically facilitates information sharing. The guy (from Muriel Bowser’s office) that explained it did a poor job. He made it seem like it’s open to anyone, but in fact it’s a very closed meeting. Anyhow, his whole point was this is one of the things they do to address crime in the area.

        They also talked about the Lamont Street stabbing. Apparently what happened there was a guy was accosted by 3 individuals who asked him to give them money. When he refused they kicked him down to the ground and then stabbed him. This really scared me because I NEVER have any money!! In fact sometimes I don’t even have my wallet sooo what am I supposed to do?

    • How about little kids on playgrounds? Is it their responsibility to jump out of the way of flying bullets? Wtf.
      That MPD attitude is more than a little annoying to me.

      • I know, I really had to roll my eyes. He gave a few examples: don’t leave a purse, computer, etc. in your car. DUH, that’s an easy one. Another was a guy parked in the alley near his house–which he has every right to do–and then walked through the dark alley to get to his house. He was attacked, hurt pretty badly and spent time in the hospital. Sorry, but maybe that was the only parking spot…poor guy has to park!

      • I think the Third District lieutenant who was slated to speak at yesterday’s 1A meeting was the same guy I heard speak at a neighborhood meeting the other month. He came across as very skeptical of people’s concerns — it seemed like he wanted people to second-guess themselves and NOT report things to the police.

  • Rant: Feel like I’m on the verge of an existential crisis of sorts. I’ve been an existential nihilist for a while and just sort of coasting through life because none of it really mattered. I have no romantic life and a job instead of a career, but I’ve been content with the small pleasures the things I do in my free time bring me. Maybe its age, got one of those round birthdays approaching, or maybe its seeing friends and family reaching major life milestones and career goals, but I’m starting to wonder if I’ve been wasting my time.

    • Emmaleigh504

      I so understand. Sometimes I look around and think, huh this is my life. I don’t see anything changing for the next 40 or so years. I’m mostly content, but sometimes I wonder if I should be doing something else.

    • I’ve been reading the Mein Kampf (nicht Hitler) series, and I think it qualifies as one of those small pleasures you mention, but darn it if it isn’t validating/cathartic.

      • I totally understand in regards to the job thing. I know this is not what I should or want to be doing so I am actively trying to change that. It’s tough though. Do you date? I really have to say when I get really down on work or other things it’s helpful to think about my partner and our life together. I don’t care if I have nothing else, if I have her I know I will be happy. It also makes me care less about work/career.

    • I’ve been in one for years now. Having no partner is hard. Having a boring job that means nothing and is going nowhere is hard – been there. As is having a so-called career that overworks you and sucks all your time and energy and gives you little but money in return – been there too. Long-term unemployed job hunting is the worse, which is where I am now.
      I find when I am busy, then I don’t have as much time to have a crisis (even when I was working a sucky 70+ hour per week jobs – I was having one, but every time I started to think about it, even on weekend mornings, I had to go to work.) Finding a partner helps, but is hard to do when unemployed, working all hours, or working a boring dead-end job if your education level, friends, and your own desires are such that you are expected to have a career.
      People with kids are always busy – when I spend time with friends young kids, they take all my energy and I don’t have time to think about myself. That’s the best antidote I’ve found. A hot parter is also a good one. So, get busy – in any way you can. Date, plan more events with friends, take classes, find hobbies, volunteer, get a second part-time job. Because the existential crisis is real – there is no way it is going to go away once you reach it – you just have to distract yourself from the reality of life as you now (correctly, in my opinion) understand it.
      I don’t know which round birthday is coming up for you, but based on your friends reaching milestones and career goals, I’m betting it is two or three decades before the one I have approaching. So, since you are young enough, consider going back to school or starting work that will teach you something new to do. I did, at 30, and that kept me busy for a few decades until I hit a career crisis, brought on by the financial crisis. Choose something to study and work that you like, that would be my advice. You may find yourself invested in something you care about, which always makes you more attractive to partners. If you are successful at finding a long-term partner (or even if not and decide to do it solo), you may find you want to have children, that’ll keep you busy for decades. Or, you may find work that eases the existential crisis a bit, if you feel you are doing something useful in the world that expresses who you are (such careers are hard to come by, and hard to pay the bills on, I know.)

    • There too. Usually I’m a near Type A, always pushing for the next thing, but everything seems pretty pointless and wasteful right now.

    • To be honest, I think we all get like this sometimes. I think what you have to do is take stock of your life and have an honest conversation with yourself. Are you happy not having a romantic life, or do you want one? Are you happy with a job vs a career? There’s nothing wrong with either of those things. I took a break from my career path for a “job” and it was the best thing for me; now I’m shifting paths into one that I think will make me much happier. Also, and more importantly, stop comparing yourself to others. Your statement about seeing others reach “major life milestones” tells me that you are. The thing you have to remember though is that everyone’s major milestones won’t be the same. Not everyone gets married, for example, and even for those of us who do, many of us do not consider it a milestone. You have to look at your life and see what makes YOU happy.

      • I agree with this entirely, especially the park about seeing other reaching major milestones. Try getting rid of social media entirely for a bit and then see how you feel when you aren’t constantly comparing yourself to everyone else. Just remember, what you see projected by others (whether it be on social media or in real life) is just that, a projection. It’s never the whole story.

        • Agree with both of the above. I don’t use social media. I never expected to have the milestones others did, but I did miss reaching some of the ones I wanted (having children.) You can’t rush the personal stuff, though. A marriage isn’t necessarily a good one. Neither is a cool-sounding career or job, either. Do focus on what you want in YOUR life, and set about trying to accomplish it. Even if you fail at some stuff, just trying will give you some purpose for some time.

      • +500 I think the milestone bday is messing with you. Existential crises do happen, but I think you need a little distance from the milestone to see which feelings warrant further exploration and which feelings are a reaction to the idea that “I’m X age, so I should have done X,Y and Z by now, because society and/or my peers say so.” Everything you’ve done isn’t automatically wrong just because your friends are in different places than you are right now.

        • Yes, you will realize this later, when those friends who got married start divorcing, as 50 percent do. And when it is a nasty, messy divorce with kids involved, you can think you were right to not rush into it to meet those milestones by a certain age, as many do. There are two sides to everything.

          • I’d be happy to share the stories of my divorce with anyone wanting to rush to the altar! And I’ll be honest too, my divorce day was a far better milestone 😉

      • I do agree that the milestone birthday can throw one for a loop. Expecting and accepting that might help. Also, I don’t think it is a bad thing to have an existential crisis in the sense that walking through it can guide you towards some change or perhaps identifying what you want/what can bring you joy. A different kind of example, but I find when I’m jealous of friends or not fully able to celebrate their milestones or goals, it usually is a sign for me that I’m not happy with where I am at in life. And that’s help me it clarity regarding what it is I do want and adjust according.

        My dad’s cancer diagnosis has had me thinking a lot about the meaning of my own life. I find myself pondering, what is it I want my life to look like? At the end, what do I want to be able to say my life meant, what I accomplished? The answers to that — what gives us all purpose, what makes our lives meaningful — are so individual. And the questions are so important to ask.

        And because it seems appropriate, one of my favorite Rilke quotes:

        “…I would like to beg you dear Sir, as well as I can, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.”

        • Definitely agree with what others have said above. We all find ourselves in these existential funks every now and then, but you don’t need to think of it necessarily as a bad thing, I think it’s a normal part of growing up and recalibrating your priorities. Focus on what does bring you joy and those small pleasures and victories in life may be more rewarding and important than you realized. Looking into things like volunteering or making meaningful connections with people you care about can help you feel more engaged and provide an outlet for you while you figure out the longer term changes/shifts you want. to make.

        • I wanted to have a meaningful life. But, in hindsight, choosing exciting, expensive, liberal and less homophobic cities to live in doomed me. I now think that you have to either be richer than I was (had to put myself through school, both times, lots of student debt; and will inherit little or nothing), or live someplace way cheaper. Or stay at one job for decades with a good (defined contribution) pension plan and retire from there (not happening for me now). Because I’ve spent decades just trying to pay the student loans, rent, and then a mortgage on a modest coop, deal with massive gender and sexual orientation on jobs, and now age discrimination (which all built into all the employers in the fields I ended up working in ), and now I have little to show for retirement savings, so I hope to work another 30-some years (’til I am old elderly, or I drop while working) just to get through and save a bit if I am forced to stop working before I die. I feel like I’ll never get my head about subsistence at a moderate lower-middle-class lifestyle to HAVE time to make my life have meaning. It has always been about surviving and paying for the education and a place to live, and unless I win the lottery, always will be. If you have kids, this is all much, much harder. But maybe they will help you out when you are old, if you raise them right and they are lucky in life.

    • That One Guy

      Whoa…this totally resonates.

      Plus, I just finished reading Murakami’s Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage this morning so it’s a more concentrated feeling.

  • Rant: Even though lady insists her profile was clear, it failed to mention she’d be out of town for over 9 weeks this summer. Bah!
    Rave: More time for the gym, I guess.
    Rant: Long drive to Pa Saturday. Couldn’t sell my slot.
    Rave: Gelato in the freezer.

    • I like that last rave. I’ve got Talenti’s salted peanut caramel in the freezer myself.

      • Black raspberry/chocolate for me. 🙂

      • palisades

        I can’t eat Talenti anymore. My dad decided it was a good idea to have his talenti (with talenti in it) next to his talenti with bacon grease in it in the freezer. Gagged and wanted to throw up for an hour.

        • Emmaleigh504

          On the bright side, it wasn’t dead rats in the freezer.

          • palisades

            …yay? At least I wouldn’t make the mistake of eating dead rats! Both containers looked identical on the inside. Thought I was getting a nice mixture.

          • I agree. Dead rats avoids eating a spoon full of grease. Maybe only gelato at home. No mistakes.

          • Hahaha!
            IDGI, whatever happened to Mrs. IDGI Sr.’s deceased rats — did she bury them? Cremate them? Or are they still in the freezer? I can’t remember.

          • I Dont Get It

            The dead rats were thoughtfully wrapped in aluminum foil not in a gelato container ’cause that would be weird. And yes several months ago Lucy and Ethel were given proper Christian funeral and burial and they immediately ascended to heaven together per my father’s wife.

          • Emmaleigh504

            Awww I wanted her to make diamonds out of them. Next rats!

        • Oh! The unfortunate unintended consequences of those nifty Talenti containers..

      • Emmaleigh504

        I love Talenti! At Thanksgiving and Xmas they have divine pumpkin pie and eggnog. My favorite is the Belgium chocolate.

        • I am quite partial to the coffee chocolate and the sea salt caramel flavors.

          • The sea salt caramel wasn’t salty enough for me.

            I should try more flavors though.

          • I agree – it’s not particularly salty. I have a friend who tends to throw extra salt on her sweets for balance. Might have to give that a try.

          • Emmaleigh504

            I haven’t seen the coffee chocolate at my stores; sounds divine! I like the roasted almond too. I haven’t tried the salted caramel b/c I had a bad experience with salted licorice.

          • Roasted almond Talenti gelato? I’ll have to keep an eye out for that!

          • Emmaleigh504

            The Yes in Adams Morgan has it. So good!

    • Weekend visits?

  • Rave: Dinner at Peter Chang Arlington last night with friends. Didn’t try any of the hot and numbing dishes, but what I did try was delicious.
    Rave: Husband has a job interview now.
    Rave: More pictures of my meatball of a baby nephew. Can’t stop looking at them.

    • justinbc

      Awesome, still haven’t been able to get over there and check it out (hoping he trickles into DC). I’ll definitely be going the hot route!

      • We were with someone who thought it was going to be your standard suburban, General Tso’s style Chinese restaurant (hi, please check out the menus online) so we tried to balance the hot with the tame. Interestingly, some stuff marked spicy wasn’t really but everything had great flavor. The Grandma’s Noodle dish was my favorite.

        • General Tso’s Chicken is too spicy for me. I understand what you’re trying to say about Americanized Chinese restaurants, but just because a Chinese restaurant is Americanized doesn’t mean that there is no spicy food on the menu.

          • Most Chinese places can vary the level of spice. I do it for orange chicken all the time.

          • Oh absolutely – there’s plenty of spice at the place from where I get delivery. But they can alter that at your request. We had the Grandma’s Noodle dish sans cilantro, bc it’s the worst for me. All of that to say, many restaurants can take special requests.

    • I Dont Get It

      OMG i just looked at the Peter Chang menu. Please open a restaurant in DC!

    • Emmaleigh504

      Good luck to the hubster!

    • That One Guy

      How was the service?

      I was their the first weekend they opened and the service was horrible. Even the chef was mad and yelling at people.

  • justinbc

    Random: The SF conversation the other day got me thinking… If you could bring ONE thing (specific restaurant, type of food, bit of nature, etc) from another city to DC, what would it be? And conversely, if you were leaving DC, what ONE thing would you want to take with you?

    • justinbc

      For me, I think I would transport Balboa Park from San Diego here (with the caveat that the plants and stuff could survive this weather in this imaginary world). It’s my favorite place in my favorite city, and I love to get lost in there for hours every time I go. As for what I would take, it would probably be ChurchKey (just narrowly edging out Toki), as the importance of a quality beer bar just cannot be understated and nowhere I’ve been in any city compares to them.

    • I would love to bring the weather from somewhere where it’s 70-70 F year-round to D.C.
      If I were leaving D.C., I’d want to take the federal government and its employment opportunities with me. And its free museums.

      • I think I totally agree with this. I don’t have anything to add, really.

      • Oops, I meant 70-*75 F year-round.

      • I’d like to have 2 weeks of winter with snow and grey skies. Then back to spring.

      • Yep. I’d bring San Diego’s weather here. Also a beach of some sort – maybe the Chicago lakefront or San Francisco’s waterfront parks. I guess we have that with the Potomac, but it’s not as ideal as those two.

    • I wish DC had a place like Berkeley Bowl.

      And I love Metrobus. Wish more cities had such a bus system. The longest I’ve waited for a bus is probably 10 minutes. I generally use the 14th and 16th St buses though…

      But textdoc’s answer is one I would certainly agree with too…

    • Totally would love to bring both Balboa Park and the Embarcadero here. While it can’t compete with San Diego Bay, I hope the new Waterfront is an appealing place to be. A good California burrito would be a big plus, too. For one dining neighborhood, though, I would love to transport Boston’s North End here.
      Take away? Believe it or not, Metrobus and Metrorail. For all their profound flaws, they make city life so much better. It’s depressing how bad to non-existent transit is in most US cities.

    • palisades

      Philadelphia’s sport stadium situation. Their baseball, football, and hockey/basketball stadium are all in the same location. It’s an awesome (and convenient) atmosphere. I hate everything else about Philly though.

    • Emmaleigh504

      Import to DC: snowballs, fried bell pepper rings, and parades with throws.
      Export from DC: rent control, DC salary, and views of the monuments when I just run every day errands.

    • I agree with bringing the weather from San Diego here. Food wise, I’d bring Primo, from Rockland ME, here. So good. Not sure what I’d bring with me – has to be something I couldn’t find elsewhere. Maybe Bryce Harper, to play for my new local team? I guess I can have that if I move to NYC in 4 years . . . OK, now I’m angry.

    • binpetworth

      The one thing I’d import to DC (not that this is possible!) would be a beach complete with soft sand and water clear enough to swim in.

      I’d export the great free museums, cool theaters, and attractive monuments.

    • I’d export DC’s diversity – I love that I get to meet so interesting people with such a variety of background/experiences. As far as food, I’d take Taylor Gourmet everywhere.
      I’d import open drinking on select closed off streets. I’m thinking Key West, NOLA, or even some spots in NYC where it’s just picnic tables for a block where people can relax and drink. If this could be incorporated to utilize some of DC’s waterways that seem underutilized, all the better. I hate feeling liked a herd animal inside a fence. Food-wise, I’d say an AYCE crab place. Now that my grandfather passed away my family doesn’t eat crabs like we used to, and sometimes you just want to go and pick crabs!

    • hammers

      I would bring some natural beauty- beaches, mountains, forests, rivers, lakes much closer in. Throw some skyscrapers in the city, and bring in more interesting housing stock. If I were leaving, I would want to export my earning potential.

    • Nothing – some people have a weird sense of how every place is better (there’s an odd amount of that on POP). I love Smorgasburg, Reading Terminal, Pittsburgh’s inclines and bridges, Chicago’s attitude, rivers, and New England’s ice cream. but DC is DC – a hodgepodge of people trying to bring the best of where they are from to one place. It generally hasn’t worked, but it’s getting better. I am also in the middle of really reflecting on what I’ll miss about DC and DC really has some of the best public space anywhere – little parks and playgrounds everywhere. It’s wonderful.

    • I want to import the prevalence of BYO restaurants to DC. We’re getting a pretty good food scene here, but the curated cocktails program BS makes it so much more expensive to dine out. I just want to bring my own $12 bottle, instead of buying 4 glasses for $12. I’d eat out more often if I could.

      • Oops, I meant to say Philadelphia’s prevalence of BYO restaurants. Do other cities have that? I’ve only ever seen it in Philly.

      • You can bring wine to many DC places with a corkage fee which with a cheaper bottle is less than you’d pay there for a bottle. They aren’t advertising it, but you can always ask.

        • There’s another aspect of that in PA (it’s not just Philly, it’s the whole state) – restaurants have to buy their wine from the state, so their offerings tend to be really bad. If you’re a wine person, collecting your own and bringing far better wine to a good meal is very attractive. My father is active in a lot of wine groups and they regularly have “wine dinners” at BYOs in the city. The flip side is a wine list like Dino’s can’t exist in Philly because there’s no way to legally buy such great wine when you own a restaurant. So I think it’s more than just the cost. We actually BYOB’d wine to our wedding, which did end up being much cheaper and much better, than what the location here in DC could offer.

          • Did you see where wdc mentions the cost of drinks as a reason they don’t go out as much? My response reflected that sentiment, and I wasn’t clear if PA had corkage fees such that the overall cost to bring your own here may be higher than in pa, but you’d still save money.

            I’m not clear how your discussion on the pa wine scene added to my comment about dc, but thanks for the new info, I guess.

          • Do other cities have that? I’ve only ever seen it in Philly. good lord you’re a terrible person. I guess I wrongly assumed since you were interjecting yourself where I was posting for a number of days, you had decided to be less of one. But no.

    • I love this question! It’s just too hard for me to narrow down to one thing in each column 🙂
      For what I’d bring to DC… Nice urban beach (like in Rio de Janeiro), moderate weather (less necessary if there were an urban beach, I’ll admit), and a high end market/food hall like The Market in San Francisco. I crave the chocolate croissants from their cafe every single day. Bar Tartine in SF is a close runner up.
      For the thing I would take from DC, I’m going to get sappy and say it’s the down-to-earth people I know here. Yes, DC has its fair share of people who are far from down-to-earth, but I think it also attracts an unusual number of smart, thoughtful, community-minded people and that’s very special. I’ll miss it a lot.

  • Last Sat I went on a mushroom identification walk in Rock Creek (which was a rave, by the way)
    Got an email that the walk is being offered again this Saturday (July 11th) – with the rains there will definitely be mushrooms!
    If interested, see mattshabitats naturewalks

    • Emmaleigh504

      ooh will you be sharing any pictures of what you find?

      • My photo of ‘toad on a toadstool (six bits)’ is on IG 😉
        I’ll write a blog post (with more photos) on mushrooming, after I finish my post on tomato grafting and on restoring old iron cookware…

  • Rant-ish: Wedding weekend that I’m not really looking forward to that much. I think it’ll be fun once I get there, though.
    Rave: And I get to go wine/beer tasting in the C’ville area tomorrow instead of working! Woot!
    Weird: Felt/saw the shower curtain moving while I was taking a shower and turned around to see my 60 lbs dog sitting in the bath tub staring up at me. She absolutely hates getting baths, to the point where she refuses to even step foot in the bathroom, so it was so odd!

    • Is this the wedding with the infamous jellyfish/labia bridesmaid dress?

      • Haha no, jellyfish/labia dress wedding isn’t until December! This one is for the bf’s college friend. The group of college friends going down from DC are okay but not the most welcoming/inclusive. But hopefully it’ll be a good opportunity to get to know them better. 🙂

    • That’s hilarious–did you take the opportunity to give her an impromptu bath?

    • Starr Hill was pretty fun and if I recall correctly gave out a decent volume/variety of samples. Have fun!

      • Starr Hill is definitely on our list! I’m also excited to try the IPC hopped wine at Cardinal Point. 🙂 Thanks!

      • You just made me really want to drive out to Starr Hill this weekend.

    • Emmaleigh504

      Do you have a porcelain tub? My various cats like to get in the tub when it’s hot b/c the porcelain is cool. And I hope you took a picture of your dog in the tub!

      • I was nekkid and soapy and didn’t have my phone on me so no pictures this time. 🙁

  • I Dont Get It

    Rave: Me! After being unknowingly off-course for three weeks on this project, in my panic yesterday I pulled together a hella good document. My boss was very complimentary this morning.
    Rave: Being excitedly greeted at the door last night by a dog!
    Rant: Just not my dog. WDS had a dogsitting job and decided to leave him in my house while he ran errands for his fulltime gig. Although technically a puppy, this dog was pony-sized and was getting into everything–he even found a chicken bone—OMG am I the source for all those random chicken bones on the street? After a long, had day at work I was not in the mood.
    Rave: I will continue to put two spaces after a period until they pry my keyboard from my cold, dead hands.

    • Yessssssssssssss two spaces.

      • +1. I find all of the articles about how using two spaces to end a sentence being THE WORST THING YOU CAN POSSIBLY DO to be really amusing. People really care this much about it?

        • Well, one is obviously right, and two is obviously wrong, but I don’t really *care*, no. It’s so easy to correct, and I don’t want to trouble the old folks who failed to adapt to new technology. 😉

        • I Dont Get It

          Buried in some comments in one of these articles was about a hiring manager who rejected any candidate who used two spaces because he figured they were old. Ick!

    • Are you not supposed to use two spaces after a period? That’s the way I was taught.

      • That’s the way we all were taught, but apparently there’s a movement against it. I agree with IDGI – I’m not stopping, ever.

      • hammers

        It used to be correct because the spacing of typewriters made it hard to note the end of a sentence, but that has since changed since we are no longer using typewriters. I still always put 2 spaces, and probably always will. Even though it peeves off my editors.

        • Neither is correct or incorrect — just differing practice.
          I’m fortunate to work in a two-spaces-after-the-period workplace; I’d hate to have to train myself to use just one.

          • Emmaleigh504

            My work is a one space place. 🙁 We also can only use 2 fonts which is annoying b/c spaces are a big deal in my work and the ones we have to use aren’t fixed space. So start in one font and then end in another approved font. My work has so many stupid rules.

          • My job is indifferent as to one or two, just must be consistent in every document. I prefer two, and so every document that I do secondary review on, at the first sighting of a double-space, i add an extra space to every single-space that I’ve seen.

        • Right. Typewriters used fixed spaced fonts, and so the double space helped the reader see the end of the sentence. Computers usually use proportional spaced fonts, and the period takes up very little space, leaving a bit of extra room before the next letter. Still, I find it easier to read text with two spaces after the period. I add the extra space and probably always will.

          • Huh, I had no idea! I have always used two spaces, I can’t imagine changing.

          • Early computers/text-based Internet used fixed-space fonts (like Courier) too, which meant that it was still helpful to have two spaces after a period.
            Solidarity, two-space folks!

      • I was taught two spaces (learned on a typewriter) but now I use one space. Two spaces looks wrong!

    • One space for the 21st century. Computer fonts correct the spacing. Using two spaces shouts “dinosaur here!” (I train all my interns to run a search-and-replace for two spaces as the very first step in editing a document.)
      Also, your dog anecdote gave me an audible chuckle. “Just not my dog…” Hehehehe.

  • Rant/Rave: I set my alarm for PM instead of AM but still managed to wake up in time this morning.
    Rant: I’m feeling a lot of trepidation about going home this weekend. It will be so good to see my dad and stepmom, but I also think the reality of his illness is just going to make it an emotionally heavy weekend. These are the moments when I don’t want to be a grown up and do the right thing; I just want to become a cowardly ostrich, stick my head in the sand, and not deal with harsh realities.. But I know that’s not an acceptable position to take, so I will gear up and make it the best visit I can. Time can’t be wasted.
    Rave: Fig newtons as part of an unbalanced breakfast. Because I am a grown-up and I can.

    • I was so close to putting a scoop of vanilla ice cream in my coffee this morning. I might follow your lead and breakfast like a grown-up tomorrow.

      • I keep meaning to try this & forgetting until I get to the office and/or have already drunk my coffee. Ugh. One of these days, I will remember! Though right now, we just have butter crunch (my favorite friendly’s flavor!) and that might be weird.

      • Oh, I hope you both have grown up coffee with ice cream in it this week. Such a treat!

    • I feel you on the dad/stepmom thing. I just went through it, and I also am wishing I could escape to a tropical island and just Not. Deal. I’m really, really sorry that you are struggling. It sucks. Time cannot be wasted, it’s true.

  • skj84

    Rave: Fringe starts this weekend! So excited to part of the festival again after a 5 year absence.

    Rant: creeper on Tinder who asked me if I was “full Black or Mixed”. WTF?

    • Your rant reminded me of my Uber driver over the weekend who asked if I’m mixed as soon as I got in. I said yes and then he replied with “I was expecting an African girl. Any time I see a very strange name like yours, it’s always an African girl.” Uhh….ok, dude.

      • I wish you’d said “nope, I’m 100% Japanese” or something.

      • Your given name is similar to a shortened version of a Nigerian name… but I think it’s usually a male name, not a female one.
        But in any event, the guy has no business saying “a very strange name like yours.”

    • emvee

      You should’ve said something like, “I’m half corgi, half black lab! No ever notices!”

  • Rant: it’s much harder to avoid spending money when you have day after day of nothing to do.

    • When do you depart? It was very hard for me not to spend money on maternity leave so I feel ya

      • I’ve got a 12:30 a.m. Megabus to Penn Station on Monday morning. I should get in at 5ish and then I’m taking a shuttle directly to JFK. My flight its at 11:30 and I’ll arrive in Tel Aviv around 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday. Long day of traveling but flying out of JFK saves me $500 (or a trip to Jordan). I’m thankful to be getting paid over the summer (with paychecks slightly higher than during the year) but any time I want to get out of the house, I spend at least $10-15.

  • justinbc

    Rave: 3 jobs currently in the “referred” status.
    Rave: Another job I’m over-qualified for finally posted in SD, where my field almost never has opportunities. It’s hard not to start to want house hunting already…

    • For a moment I thought you meant South Dakota and was really puzzled.

      • Emmaleigh504

        Rave: After the Benedryl talk yesterday I found out that CVS sells plain Doxylamine succinate tablets. This is the antihistamine in NyQuil that induces the NyQuil comma. Benedryl doesn’t make me sleepy which is good for allergies, but not good for insomnia. Since it’s just the antihistamine, no acetominphine it’s safer. It’s also much higher dosage than NyQuil! I got great sleep last night, but next time I have insomnia I’m taking 1/2 a pill.
        Rant: while I was in my Doxylamine succinate coma Donna decided my face really needed a bath.
        Rave? My face is now exfoliated.

        • Emmaleigh504

          grrr wrong place 🙁

        • Interesting — I think doxylamine succinate is also the active ingredient in Unisom. I didn’t know it was available as a generic.
          I had to chuckle at the exfoliation via cat tongue.

          • Emmaleigh504

            I’ve never used Unisom, possibly b/c it’s more spendy or I assumed it had the active ingredient in Benedry like most OTC sleep aids.
            Donna is very helpful. 🙂

      • I still think it means South Dakota. But then, I’m not a federal government insider.

    • Justinbc, congrats on the three referrals. Can you hint at what you do for the gov? I’m also in the process of applying for gov jobs as Fed myself, but the referrals are VERY hard to come by. It probably doesn’t help that I’m trying to switch job series at a higher grade, but I feel like my previous work and grad school justifies leaving my current job series (hoping to leave editing for analysis jobs). Any tips/advice on what has led to your success? Thanks.

      • justinbc

        Switching series is always tough, especially without going down a grade (or even two sometimes). I provide financial support in an area that only a handful of people really have experience in, but conversely only a few agencies need to be advised on. So it’s very beneficial when you find a connection, but finding one is a rigorous task. As for advice, nothing beats volume, even if it’s discouraging to not get responses (I can’t even begin to guess how many “not referred”s I’ve received!). And be generous with your accomplishments in the certs, because everyone else is, not to the point of falsification, but at least to the point where you could argue the case if you needed to in an interview.

      • I know of someone who started as a writer-editor in the government and ended up becoming a regulatory analyst. Not sure what level she switched at, but I think it was GS-12 or below — I think she’s now a GS-13.
        What is your current grade?

        • Thanks. I’m already a 13, which is why I’m concerned. I’ve heard that once you go beyond a 12, it gets a lot trickier to switch job series. The government HR juggernaut can be inflexible like that. Sure, I did tons of analysis work before becoming a writer-editor (a job that also entails analysis!) and received a graduate degree with a policy emphasis, but the HR people probably think of me a copywriter, whose specialty could only be grammar and sentence flow.
          Thanks for the advice, Justin. I’ll continue to plug away with the job apps. My day will come! 🙂

          • Ahh. Yeah, I do get the feeling it would be difficult to switch from a GS-13 job as a writer-editor to a GS-13 job as an analyst. Is your previous analysis work for the federal government? If so, that should could in your favor. If not, you might have a hard time persuading the HR people via your resume/KSA answers that you have experience equivalent to being an analyst at the GS-12 level.

  • rant: I got cut off while riding my bike down 14th street
    rave: I didn’t eat pavement even though I skidded / almost went out of control / almost hit their car
    rant: I usually pick up on drivers’ intentions even if they don’t signal, but I didn’t realize anything until they were right in front of me… I must have been distracted.

    • Or, they just moved last minute with no signaling behavior. It happens. As someone who used to bike a lot, but doesn’t much here, I find as a driver I have to be extremely careful checking my blind spot for bikes before chaining lanes or turning here.

      • I checked helmet cam video, and it was that the guy came from the left lane, across the right lane, and across the bike lane to the curb. I normally keep an eye on the right lane traffic but not the left… To his credit, he did have his turn signal on… bleh.

  • Rant: WaPo published not one, but two columns passing judgement on the passengers who were present on the train during the July 4th stabbing. The always-terrible Paula Dvorak went so far as to negatively compare them to the passengers of United Flight 93. The idea that you one could sit there w/ the benefit of hindsight and declare what you would’ve done in that exact moment is ridiculous. A new low for them.

    • I assure you I am no fan of Petula Dvorak but it sounds like you completely misunderstood her column. If anything, her column was passing judgement on the internet tough guys who are condemn those who didn’t, not on the people who didn’t act.

      • That’s how I read her column too – sarcastic jabs at internet tough-guys. She even gave the example of a real life tough-guy (sort of) who said he may or may not have intervened because it’s instinct, not thought.

        • Exactly. And even the real life tough-guy questioned the wisdom of doing what he did after the fact. I think her column was very sympathetic to the passengers who did not act as they witnessed this crime.

      • Just went back and looked at it again, and you are both correct. I’d just read the other one so I mis-read this one. Edit that, WaPo published one column along those lines.

  • Rant: Old cat on palliative care. I’m a wreck and guilt ridden on how/when to make the decision to end it. For now she seems comfortable, it seems like it’s just best to go day by day.
    Rant 2: A shiva this weekend, I’m geographically the closest so will be representing my family. It’s an old friend of my mother’s, my heart goes out to the woman’s family-she was an artist and wonderful mother.
    Rave: Canker sores are finally getting better. I think that antiviral did the trick, though I may still go get some of that talenti gelato I’m reading about.

    • Regarding your cat, the fact that you characterize her care as “palliative,” tells me that you are a very concerned and responsible animal person. I’m sorry that you’re struggling with this- definitely not an easy thing to go through. It is a tremendously hard decision, but it sounds like you are keeping her in the best care she can be in until the decision has to be made. Take care.

    • I’m so sorry you have to go through this. We had to put our sweet cat to sleep last year after she was diagnosed with cancer and stopped eating. One of the kind veterinarians gave us the advice to keep monitoring her to see whether she seemed to be enjoying the things she used to love, or if she just seemed to be feeling crummy all the time and whether she was having more good days or bad. It’ll be the hardest decision to make and it seems cruel that we are the ones that have to make these decisions, but think of it as the final gift you can give your cat after all the years of companionship. I can tell you that I questioned myself for days afterwards wondering if it was the right time and choice to make and we were devastated, but you will heal with time. You know your cat the best and I’m certain you will make the right decision for her. Cherish the time you have with her and know that she is blessed to have someone who cares so deeply for her.

      • When I had to put my cat down, it was the hardest thing (I think so far, anyway) that I’ve ever had to do. The vet was so kind, though, and I agree with all of the above. What a lucky kitty you have. Take care of you, too.

  • Rave: Wegmans. I love that place. And that pub. And everything about it. I was in town this weekend I would have bought a ton of their delicious looking produce!
    Rave: In their floral section, they had these hanging glass balls with plants in them. I was fascinated by them.
    Rave: Last-minute dinner with friends (who are going to have a baby any day now) tonight!
    Rant: I just struggle with how I’m dealing with the one atty I work with, trying to figure out a different strategy of how to deal, and feeling a bit helpless.
    Rave: My dad’s cat scan showed the chemo is still slowing down progress of the cancer, and it has not traveled to his brain!
    Rant: But apparently he has some ischemic changes in his brain stem, the oncologist says he needs a neuro consult “soon” or he’ll need to be in full-time care, but the neuro appointment was scheduled for the end of September. In medical-land, is almost 3 months away “soon”? I just think…no.
    Rave: Going to visit the friends in Richmond this weekend, lots of fun plans.

    • Great news about your dad’s cat scan! And don’t even get me started on the slow moving nature of medical appointments; that is the source of many rants.

  • Rant: We put an offer on a house 2 months ago that had tenants. We have been waiting patiently for the TOPA to proceed. Now the seller realtor tell us that the tenants moved out without signing the TOPA, he says he can’t guarantee that they will sign it, although they are not interested in buying the place (I am assuming they disnt give the tenants the motivation they needed). The title company says this might cause an issue at closing because when we went under contract they were tenants living in the house. We have the feeling that now that the house is vacated, the seller realtor want us to give up so that they can put the house back in the market (vacant) for a higher price (this was a multiple offers contract). This seems totally unethical but we are not sure how to proceed…any advice?

    • If the seller’s realtor wants to sell the house, he should/will track down the tenants and get them to sign the forms.
      I was in a somewhat similar situation when I bought my house… except that mine was the only offer and I don’t think the seller’s realtor wanted me to give up.
      What does your realtor say?

    • Have your agent reach out to the attorney for the title company, they should be able to provide something definitive one way or the other. Good luck and fingers crossed for you!

    • No advice, but I would be surprised to hear that the tenants moving out of the premises doesn’t have the same legal effect as them signing away their TOPA rights. You mention the seller realtor but not yours – do you not have a realtor who can advise you? Or even better, maybe consult a real estate attorney. And if the law is on your side, I hope you pursue this and get your house. Good luck.

    • Our agent is with redfin, I believe she is not very familiar with this kind of issues, she has been very passive throughout the process.
      The title company lawyer says they need Topa signed. Now the buyer agent says he is trying to track down the tenants to get their signatures but that we should be prepared that they might not sign it! What a mess!!! We didn’t put an offer on some other houses we liked and now this.

      • if you don’t have to use your agent, let me know – I’m not an agent, but I am a landlord and our agent (who we use for buying and selling), has an assistant who knows a ton about TOPA and really answers every off the wall question or concern with TOPA from our point of view. She’s a lifesaver. but if not, I’m sorry you’re going through this. I feel like TOPA is outdated. Helpful for tenants, for sure, but outdated for today’s market.

      • Yes, the title company is right to insist on this. But it may not be true that the seller would rather go through selling the house again, even if they think they could get a higher price. It may be that they and their agent are incompetent to do what needs to be done to get the deal done. The sellers’ agent should be on top of this. A little money goes a long way, especially if the tenants have already moved. If they aren’t able to do it, and the title company can’t get the deal done, then you may be out of luck. This is one of the risks of buying a place with tenants in DC. As I understand it, the next buyers may face the same risk, even if they don’t know it because the house is vacant when they see it. I as a buyer would certainly ask and find out if I saw a vacant house or one not occupied by the owner. The seller is remiss for not incentivizing the tenants to sign – that’s part of their job to provide you with clear title to the place.

      • Did the landlord provide the tenants right of first refusal *before* they moved out? If so you should be good (I say this logically, not legally), because if they are no longer tenants then they should no longer have right of first refusal. Seriously I would contact a different real estate agent/attorney who knows how TOPA works. It will not cost a lot of money compared to how much you are spending on the house and it will at least let you know where you stand legally – getting the wheels to turn in the right direction, that may be a different story.

        • The title agency attorneys are the experts on this. And, even if they aren’t, they control the process of whether you can actually transfer the title. So talk to the title agency attorney, and if they seem off base, talk to one at another agency. You agent should know some you can call.

        • I thought right of first refusal gives the tenants only 90 days to respond. If they don’t act on it or even respond within 90 days, do the tenants even need to sign the TOPA? It seems that even if they can’t track down the tenants, the deal should be able to proceed in another 30 days.

    • Did the tenants receive their security deposit back yet? If not make them sign before receiving it.

      • That’s a good idea, but Mona is the would-be buyer of the house, not the landlord who’s selling it.

      • You have a while to get the deposit back, but I’m pretty sure withholding for this reason isn’t legal.

  • Rave: Finished reading a great book and spurred some introspection – realized that life is pretty good at this point in my life. Lucky for the family and friends who I have, happy with who I am and what I do/done, and have a great guy to share it with
    Rant: Humidity…you win
    Rave: Brother was okay with me missing his bachelor party (yeah!)
    Rave: I had a good excuse and I didn’t really want to fly across the country and drive five hours to camp for two days anyway

    • Sounds like a great book. Title? It always nice to feel good about yourself even what you have done has impacts on others and your decisions can affect so much.

  • Rant: That bizarre Trump interview last night. I was amazed that his poor interviewer could keep a straight face having to listen to that delusional nonsense.
    Rave: I think I’ve found the right apartment! It’s a bit pricier than I would have preferred, but it has almost everything on my wish list. Fingers crossed that I can close the deal soon.
    Rave: The light at the end of the tunnel. I am so looking forward to this move being over and having a relaxing rest of the summer.

  • Can anyone recommend a contractor for a small job in a downtown office building? Needs to be a proper business, licensed and insured, and still willing to take on a one-day job (just taking out a wall and putting in some lights.)

  • Emmaleigh504

    Right place:
    Rave: After the Benedryl talk yesterday I found out that CVS sells plain Doxylamine succinate tablets. This is the antihistamine in NyQuil that induces the NyQuil comma. Benedryl doesn’t make me sleepy which is good for allergies, but not good for insomnia. Since it’s just the antihistamine, no acetominphine it’s safer. It’s also much higher dosage than NyQuil! I got great sleep last night, but next time I have insomnia I’m taking 1/2 a pill.
    Rant: while I was in my Doxylamine succinate coma Donna decided my face really needed a bath.
    Rave? My face is now exfoliated.

    • Oops, I posted a reply to the wrong-place posting. I should have checked the bottom of the thread.
      The reply:
      Interesting — I think doxylamine succinate is also the active ingredient in Unisom. I didn’t know it was available as a generic.
      I had to chuckle at the exfoliation via cat tongue.

  • Rave: Found a job posting that looks interesting! And friend works at the organization!
    Rant: My friend asked one of the people in the department what it was like. Person said “it’s… interesting… the hours are crazy. People are nice though!” So I’m not too sure about that now, but applying anyway.
    Rant: Online applications that force you to disclose your current salary. Grrrr.

    • Good luck with the job prospect!

    • I never do – I fill in something ridiculously, like 10K, if forced to enter numbers. That may not be helping me though. I find it ludicrous of them to ask. I especially hate ones that ask me to state when I need, when I have no job currently. How am I supposed to know what they are willing to pay? I want what they are willing to pay. Just make an offer, damn it!!

    • Is there anyone out there who has ever received a response after posting your resume? It seems as if they are sucked into a black hole.

  • Rave: Crape myrtles blooming around town.
    Rant: My own crape myrtle isn’t putting forth that many flower buds. I’m envious.
    Rave: Got some good feedback from plant guru MPinDC.
    Rant: Yesterday I saw the mail carrier was cutting through my yard to get to the next house (but not in time for me to go call her out on it).
    I’m going to have to put up a sign asking the mail carriers not to cut through my yard — AGAIN. (I had one up for a week a while ago and thought everyone who serves my route would’ve seen it, but apparently this woman either didn’t see it or chose to ignore it.) My sprouting irises are having a hard enough time as it is; the last thing I need is for them to be stepped on.

  • Rant: Still undecided about whether I should apply for a job elsewhere in my organization, given that I don’t think I actually want the job. (I’d be applying mainly to keep my options open in case things at my current job get worse.) If I were offered the job, I’d feel sort of obligated to take it.

    • I never move unless I am miserable at work. Then, I never have regrets, even if the new job turns out to be sucky too. Do you have reason to suspect the current job will get worse? If you suspect it will, then getting the jump on that by apply now to other jobs could be useful. In my experience, if you suspect it will get worse, you are probably right – instincts are usually correct.

      • Not really sure whether it will get worse. It might in terms of workload, but I think it will remain constant in other aspects. I’m definitely not miserable now, just kind of meh. And as you suggest, there’s a lot to be said for sticking with the devil you know.

        • Well, workload never makes me move (even when working ’til the wee hours of the morning frequently.) It is lousy management, and fear that I am being ethically compromised by what they want me to do (somehow, these things go together) that make me leave.

          • The reason that workload is a problem is the management. Current boss doesn’t really understand my job function and certainly is not a good advocate for me. At least there are no ethical complications… that sounds rough.

  • Rave: Still getting positive vibes about a job I really want in Philly. Hoping to set a time to go up there in a few weeks for an in-person interview

  • Rant: I’ve been sick on and off for like 3 weeks now with sinus problems, at this point it’s just a cough that won’t go away. Doc said it was a virus and the cough is post-nasal drip, but I’m getting impatient. I’m taking cough syrup, a cough suppressant with a long name, lozenges, herbal tea, nasal spray, and my usual allergy meds, nothing seems to completely clear it up.

    Rave: Even with the above, I managed to not bomb an important presentation yesterday.

    • Emmaleigh504

      I recently had a cough that wouldn’t go away. I thought it was post nasal drip from allergies or asthma acting up. I went to my doctor to get some of those awesome cough perles, but she thought it might be acid reflux. She gave me the Rx for the cough perles, but told me to try a 14 day course of prilosec first. And it worked! Apparently, acid reflux can present as just a cough. Give prilosec a try and see if it works.
      Rant: I look like a druggie today talking about all these OTC and Rxs. I’m not, I promise.

      • I have the cough perles, but they don’t seem to work well for me. I’ll look into prilosec, might as well try it!

        • Try sinus irrigation – that helps me, and will lessen the post nasal drip on the throat. If the cough is from a sore throat, get a strep test. If you had one, get another one. Viral can turn bacterial with enough post nasal drip on the throat.
          Make sure the cough syrup or suppressant contains gaufenesin. It is the only mucus thinner out there. It isn’t really a suppressant, is more of an expectorant. Helps both congestion in the nasal passages and lungs clear by thinning the secretions – so they drain from your head and are easier to cough up and break up in the bronchial area. I never take a suppressant anymore – just lots of guafenesin. Lots of that and sinus irrigation work best for me. Figured out after having to deal with this, to the point of antibiotics, many times a year for a long, long time. Now, I clear them up easily in the first few days, and never go see the doctor.
          Look carefully at your nasal spray. Many are of a such that after three days or so of use, they make the problem worse, not better. Google the active ingredient to find out. I avoid them (those kind) like the plague now. Actually I avoid he steroid ones as well. They don’t really help me.
          Good luck.

          • Oh, and if you haven’t had stomach acid issues before, before adding yet another med, try skipping evening spicy food & alcohol, and don’t eat late (finish three hours before lying down for the night) and the acid reflux, if that’s a contributing factor, may well go away on its own immediately.

  • emvee

    Rave: Camping and canoeing in Shenandoah this weekend!
    Rant: Not sure how to navigate the relationship with my parents anymore. They are constantly choosing their religion over their kids and it’s just hard to see.
    Rave: Awesome siblings and extended family.

  • Rant: the construction at the old NPR site (Mass & 6th NW) is taking up a TON of space – they’re blocking a lane of traffic on Mass, 6th, and K. It should be limited just to the K side – hardly any traffic goes that way. It’s causing major delays on 6th street with the short light, and I imagine people who commute on Mass aren’t thrilled with it either.

  • Rave: Got to see the twin babies again today on a sono. Two little cashews with big eyes, striking a pose for mama. Two healthy heartbeats.
    Rant: I can’t seem to stop worrying about them. I know the worrying doesn’t help, but I can’t stop.

    • anonymouse_dianne

      Good to hear — I was worried when you weren’t here this morning. 🙂

    • Yay for the cashews! 🙂

    • ” Rant: I can’t seem to stop worrying about them. I know the worrying doesn’t help, but I can’t stop.”

      welcome to being a parent!

      • My dad likes to say “when you become a parent, they insert the worry gene.”
        Also, congrats, Twinner!

    • I was just thinking of you this morning too! So glad to hear this! And ditto jindc–worrying is part of the gig. That said, trying to not worry as much isn’t such a bad thing either, both now and later. But I know that’s a challenge.

    • Oh yay, that is so great to hear! I am teary-smiling at this post! (Is teary-smiling a thing?)

    • Happy to hear your little cashews have healthy heartbeats!

    • Blithe

      Awesome, awesome news! Glad that your little twin cashews are doing well!!!!!! As for the worrying, no, it doesn’t help — but might be one of those things that prepares you for the next few decades of parenthood.

  • Does anyone have more info on the fire at 14th and U NW that was reported on DC Alert?

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