Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

Photo by PoPville flickr user Joe Newman

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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  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: Pretty sparkly thing all packed up to be returned at lunch b/c it doesn’t fit.
    Rave: Making yogurt while I work from home!

  • skj84

    Rave: Working from home. Still in my PJ’s, lounging in my recliner.

    Rant: I forgot my mouse at work. I hate using the touchpad. It hurts my hands after a while.

  • I Dont Get It

    Rave: First day of Fall!
    Rave: WFH in the kitchen with the back door open.
    Rave: Brookland Plumbing arrived on time at exactly 8:30 (he said they had to leave an hour early) and fixed my problem in 5 minutes. YAY I have water in the sink now!
    Rave: Charming Google Doodle today!
    Rave: Raves!

  • Pablo Raw

    Rant: Decided to buy a circular saw. The blade that comes with it doesn’t fit. It’s frustrating because I was excited about cutting some wood pieces and continue with the work I’m doing.

  • Rant: The Pope security theater. No parking on one side of our street at the same time the synagogue near us needs the parking for today’s Yom services. Battle of the religions!
    Rave: I don’t believe in any of it, so celebrating my boss’s birthday with a box of Federal Donuts.
    Rave: Some great Pope at the White House pictures from friends. He seems like a genuinely compassionate man with a love for those who need the most help – so I cant be upset about a little inconvenience from him! Hitler Youth Pope, hell no. This guy, sure!
    Rant: Reading about more Metro horror stories.

  • Rant? Decided to come into the office today despite having permission to work from home. Traffic was a breeze out of the city, but worried about how it will be on the way back, and really questioning my decision.
    Rave: The good part about coming in is my co-worker made pumpkin chocolate chip cookies! All the yums.
    Question: Can anyone recommend a good local photographer who is pretty patient with kids? I’m talking 5 kids ranging in age from four to nine….

    • without a doubt Katie Jett Walls at Red Turtle. We loved working with her and are sad to miss her this fall

    • We have used Rebecca Emily for years, though we have only one kid. She specializes in children though. You can find her at rebeccaemily dot com.

    • Andie302

      I’m the only person in my office today (because we’re right behind the White House and it didn’t make sense for anyone to try and risk public transit, I walked)…I can’t decide whether it’s glorious or creepy! Part of me wants to peak outside to see if our street is packed, the other half of me is happy to stay up here and keep getting ALL THE THINGS done!

  • rant: stuck on the green line last night for about an hour when petworth closed down.
    rave: felt like a tool after seeing that people had to be evac’d from the train! WMATA helps me keep things in perspective, time and time again.
    rave: great night at american ice company made up for the long commute. love that place when it isn’t packed with douche-bros.
    rant: 32 years old and still breaking out. adult acne is stupid. :/

    • Emmaleigh504

      I was stuck for about 30 mins, but had a lovely operator that kept us posted on news as it came in. I get less ragey when metro gives some, not all, detials of the delays.

      • that was another rant! haha. the operator tried to keep us updated but the speaker was cutting in and out so you could only make out about every third or fourth word. so we really had no idea what was happening and we sat between waterfront and l’enfant for at least 20 minutes. finally we got to l’enfant and a girl updated her twitter feed and filled us in that the trains were turning around at U St. total WMATA fail.

        • Emmaleigh504

          I was on the yellow line where everything works better 🙂 I wish my whole commute were on the yellow line

          • SouthwestDC

            It took me two hours to get home last night on the yellow line (from VA). I thought I was going to have to swim across the river.

          • Huh, I think the green line is BY FAR the best metro line. I ride it to and from work everyday and hardly ever have any issues. The yellow line is a close second though.

          • Emmaleigh504

            Yellow would win if they didn’t turn it around early during rush hour. Green seems crowded, but I see it at La Font Plaza.

    • For last rant: see a dermatologist. I hemmed and hawed through my mid-20’s into my early 30’s. For the life of me, I don’t know why because the results have been night and day. Maybe I thought it would just go away since I never had a problem as a teenager, but it got to the point where I didn’t want to go out anymore so I knew I needed to make a change.

      • I think this has been mentioned before, but try giving up dairy. I’m doing the whole30 diet which eliminates dairy, gluten, alcohol, and legumes, and my face has never been clearer. Granted, it could be one of the other foods i’ve eliminated, but I’m guessing it’s dairy since I’ve heard before that cutting dairy can clear skin.

      • yeah, i have a derm. on two topicals, spirinolactone and a medicated facewash… my skin is mostly clear but still get a random pimple (usually hormonal). so i shouldn’t really complain bc its like a 95% improvement, it’s still just super annoying.

  • Rave: working from home.
    Rant: forgot my work laptop at work, so I’m a bit hamstrung.
    Rave: working with the windows open.
    Rant: closing the windows because I have a headache from dealing with my guard dog who needs to protect me from every outside noise.

  • Emmaleigh504

    I hate you triple click

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rave: Working at home today and tomorrow.
    Rant: Because I am a klutz, I banged my head on my desk chair, and now it hurts.
    Rave: Thanks, everyone, for the brunch recommendations!

  • Rave: Easy breezy commute this morning for me! The Pope can come to DC any time! Hoping for a pizza party or something since only one attorney is in the office today but the staff is here!

    Rant: Coffee order isn’t here yet, so all we have is dark roast. I hate that kind. But trying to resist the call from Baked & Wired to just go there.

    Rave: My soup turned out really well, and I have enough in my freezer for later this winter. Yay!

  • Rave: lovely weather for the first day of Fall!
    Rant: my roomie didn’t come home last night and had me pretty worried when i woke up and saw she still wasn’t there. She came home about 20 minutes before I had to leave, and was ok (her phone died, and I suspect she was waaaay too drunk earlier in the evening to check in at all), but it still gave me a scare. We’re both adults and give each other plenty of leeway, but I can’t help getting worried sometimes.
    Rave: She’s fine and felt bad about giving me a scare.
    Rave: Felt very grateful to have narrowly escaped being on the train that had to evacuate between CoHi and Petworth metros
    Rave: Impromptu get-together at Petworth Citizen with some fellow PoPville-ians!

  • Emmaleigh504

    PSA: Unofficiall HH at Southern Hospitality Oct 15. Theme: head coverings. be creative!

  • Rave: Off today even though I’m not near the action.
    Rave: Roomie apologized because she thought she woke me. She didn’t, but it was great that she’s keeping those things in mind now.
    Rant: Too many weekend options, and I’m becoming very indecisive.
    Rave/rant: Ready for this month to be over! On to fall and better things.

  • That One Guy

    Rave: Relatively easy commute in (even snagged a free train ride to Union Station).
    Rave: Picked up my mom’s new glasses. The bifocal part looks way too high on the lenses. They may need to redo the lenses. (I hope she likes the glasses enough not to break them).
    Rant: Feel like a ‘tard for coming in. What’s the point when others don’t make the effort and they live closer in.

    • SouthwestDC

      Today’s commute was fantastic. I wish Metro ran that smoothly every day.

    • “What’s the point when others don’t make the effort and they live closer in.” Did they have the option of telework? Did you?

      • Exactly. If it was an option for all, I don’t see the issue. I’ve had coworkers before that chose to come in when given the option to work from home (in instances such as this, and when there’s a delay or we’re closed due to weather/snow). I could walk to work, but why bother? I’m one of those folks that is equally (if not more) productive when not in the office. I get that some folks are more productive in the office, and they are usually definitely sure to let everyone know that they made it into the office, even when it wasn’t required (that 8am email from the coworkers announcing that they’re in the office, shoot them an email if you need anything!…only I don’t need anything because I planned to work from home, so I have everything I need…)

    • Rant – your use of the word ‘tard which is commonly used as a abbreviation for retard, or retarded.

  • Rave: Daughter came home from a 7-month global ramble last night. She cried a little when she saw me in the airport. I sniffled a bit myself. Daughters are the best.
    Rant: Son broke up with his girl. He’s bummed, and stressed, and we liked her.
    Rave: The three of us back together, in the kitchen. Seeing them together, recapturing the good part of what it was when it was just us against the world.

    • Emmaleigh504

      When he’s ready, I know some fun and smart, single popville ladies.

    • I enjoy your enjoyment of your grown kids. It’s not that I believe that men of your generation don’t think about their kids, but so few articulate their thoughts the way you do. So thanks.

    • I love your raves – having family together around the table is special.
      That is, if you like your family 🙂

      • Emmaleigh504

        After yesterday’s mom discussion I wanted to call my parents and thank them for being such good parents all through my life. But I didn’t want to swell their heads, so I just thought it. I really lucked out in the parent/family department.

        • +1. I am very, very luck to have the parents I have. I love them immensely, even with some of the ways they make me nuts!

    • palisades

      How did your daughter afford a 7 month eurotrip? I occasionally see a person on my facebook go off on similar excursions and wonder if mommy and daddy are bankrolling it.

      • Emmaleigh504

        I have a friend (really my sister’s) who funded his travels in his 20s by working real hard at a popular eatery and saving all his cash for travel. He’d travel for a few months and go back to waiting tables when he ran out of money. I am not that disciplined with money, so I did my 1-2 trips in my 20s with my parents, then waited till my 30s when I could afford more. Sadly, now I have the money to travel, but not the PTO. Curse you contractor job!

  • Rant: I slept so poorly last night. I just can’t seem to get and stay comfortable. Meh.
    Rave: DC feels like a ghost town, and I had no trouble getting into the office today.
    Rant: I’m at work while all the world is telecommuting.

  • Pablo Raw

    Rave: Holy Meetup. More specifically Unofficial PoPville Holy Meetup. On Sunday October 4 at 2:30 we’ll be doing a peregrination to the Franciscan Monastery in Brookland. You’re all invited to join us.

    RAVE: Working from home in my Dad-Bod Shorts, drinking So’s Your Mom iced coffee, watching El Papa on CNN. Nice day!
    RAVE: Helping my GF keep the fast by eating all the chocolate chip cookies in the kitchen.

  • Rave: Super quiet commute this morning! I wish the roads were always this empty. We’ll see how it is this evening though…
    Rave: Saw the pope waving as he went by my work on his way to the White House this morning. Not Catholic, but still kind of neat.
    Rave: Nice morning out. This crisp-but-still-warm weather is nice. I just don’t want it to get any colder…
    No rants from me this morning. 🙂

  • Hi Popvillers,
    I know some of you do airbnb. I need a place to day for a few days in mid-late November after getting back from a long trip. Won’t be able to stay in my apartment because it will be under a gut reno. So I need a place to stay where I can get over some jet lag before I start staying with friends. Looking at November 14-19 (5 nights) or maybe 4 less night if I have to go to Baltimore for a conference. Looking for a studio or something where I can be by myself because I’ll be up at 2am due to jet lag. If you have a place on airbnb or similar can you email me at riojita at yahoo.com? I’m a clean person and will be a good short-term tenant. Thanks!!!

    • I had to stay in an airbnb during a huge renovation on our condo after a flood from a burst pipe. So I feel for you, it’s such a pain. We were out in total of 4 months. anyway, I know you’re asking for suggestions but if you have a specific location in mind you can check on the website of airbnb and VRBO for listings and reviews. gotta love reviews!

  • Smilla

    Rave: First day of autumn! Good riddance to summer.
    Rave: Easy Metro commute this morning. Hope it’s as easy tonight and tomorrow.
    Rave: The praying mantis photo!

  • Best Thing Ever With Neil Patrick Harris. Seen it? I don’t think I’ll be programming the VCR, but it was weird and enjoyable.

    • I can’t decide if I liked it or not. I love NPH, but the show is a bit scattered. I hope they can tighten it up and find an audience, but I have a feeling it won’t make it…

    • On the other hand – THE MUPPETS!! I thought it was great – definitely for an adult audience. That “bear” reference killed me!

  • Rave: Spent a few days working out of the NYC office. Had zero time for any fun NYC things with 16+ hour days but the new boss is great at keeping people motivated and acknowledging when good work is done that I was happy to pull a couple almost-all-nighters. A good boss makes such a big difference.
    Rant: Offensive peripheral acquaintance. (Relevant: I’m part Asian/most people read me as Asian). He went up to my boyfriend when we were out with a big group, said “hey, you’d appreciate this” and proceeded to show him Japanese p0rn. WTF.

    • I hope your boyfriend punched him in the face! Holy crap, that’s ridiculous!

      • +1000 that is NOT OKAY!

      • +1. Even beyond the gross Asian reference, is that a thing that people *do* in big groups?

        • You’re totally right. It’s gross/weird even without the Asian reference. This isn’t the first time he’s done/said inappropriate things. I really don’t know why people keep inviting him out. Sigh.

          • That One Guy

            How did your BF/others react?

          • We gave each other a “is this really happening?” look and just left the conversation. As annoying as this guy is, I don’t feel like getting into it with him because he usually does the “come on, it’s just a joke!” thing when called out. Others just awkwardly looked around and tried to change the subject.

          • That One Guy

            Behavior like that needs to be called out and put in check. You let it slide one too many times and this guy will try something more offensive/stupid.

    • Why would your BF go back and tell you this? Something’s are just meant to be handled as an individual.

      • I was sitting right across the table from him.

      • Why do some people have this weird obsession with Asians and have to comment on it? Three times now I have been walking with my wife in DC and someone has said “Oh, hey you’re Chinese!” or something similar. Okay, and???

        • Exactly. That One Guy, this kind of goes to your comment. I know you’re right that this kind of behavior needs to be put in check, but as an Asian woman this kind of sh*t happens all. the. time and I’m tired. Sometimes I just want to walk away and have a beer instead.

          • That One Guy

            Yeah, I understand the path of least resistance. if you want to be snarky and somewhat passive aggressive you could always clown on this guy by: http://youtu.be/PMJI1Dw83Hc

          • Blithe

            Enjoy your beer! And I’m sorry that you had to deal with that. Like you, I understand where That One Guy is coming from, but dealing directly with such stuff, especially when it happens all the time, can feel like it’s heaping even more on you — and it does, indeed, get tired.

          • Accountering

            So weird. No clue why people think crap like this is even remotely appropriate. If it makes you feel better, to me, your not asian, your just a cool person 🙂
            Though, that one HH where there just happened to be 4 people at the same fairly small HH that independently spoke Japanese was quite cool. I think that likely only happens at the Japanese embassy, and in Tokyo. Or maybe I am seriously underestimating the prevalence of Japanese speakers, but I think it is likely the former 🙂

          • Blithe

            “So weird. No clue why people think crap like this is even remotely appropriate. If it makes you feel better, to me, your not asian, your just a cool person :)”
            Accountering, I’m not sure how to put this clearly — since I’m obviously not attempting to speak for SKT — who identified herself in her post “as an Asian woman”. I’m going to go out on a limb here, and assume that you’re both white and male. Imagine how you would feel, if someone said to you — with evident concern and enthusiasm — that they didn’t view you as being male, or white, or American, or as an accountant — just as a really cool person. I’d guess that you might feel flattered by the “really cool person” part, but concerned that if the person who regarded you as a “really cool person” didn’t notice or apparently didn’t care that you were male, white, American, dot, dot, dot — they would be overlooking some pretty central components of your identity and your experience in the process of acclaiming your coolness in their own, limited, view.

          • Accountering

            Sorry if this got misinterpreted. I simply meant I just see her as a cool lady. We are friends IRL, but I agree, it appears my attempt at making light of the idiocy of others, resulted in just making myself look like, well, an idiot.

          • Blithe

            Accountering, thanks for responding to my comment and for clarifying yours. It was clear to me that your comment was made with the best of intentions. 🙂

        • Emmaleigh504

          My sister’s kids are 1/2 Asian. I used to have pictures of them up at work when I worked in that hell-hole in Florida. More than one person asked, ” Who’s kids are those?” b/c they clearly couldn’t be mine since I’m white. After saying they are my sister’s one person asked if they were adopted b/c I guess it was unfathomable that my BiL not be white. wtf people.

    • Whaat… That’s grossly inappropriate, jeez!! 🙁 I completely understand about you being tired with it and not wanting to deal with him, it’s a shame no one else called him out on it either though. =/

  • Rant: The sickness is back in a bad way and I’m worried I’ll have to cancel my two morning meetings because of it. Turning green does not make a good impression on clients.
    Rave: Just got into Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries on Netflix. It’s definitely going to be my next binge watch.
    Rave: Sunshine and crisp temps. I might get a pumpkin spice something today if my stomach cab hold up because it just feels right. Even if it makes me basic.

    • I haven’t had a pumpkin spice latte in… well, a year. I’m not a huge fan, but you’re right. It totally feels right today. I might get one too.

      • I can’t remember the last time I had a pumpkin spice drink — it may have been like three years ago. Now that you mention it, I’m not sure I really liked the last one I had. Maybe I’ll go with a hazelnut or vanilla drink instead? Those or more reliably tasty and equally fall-like.

        • I had the “new” pumpkin spice latte (they added real pumpkin) and it wasn’t good. At least not the one I had. If you can stomach it, I enjoyed the toasted graham cracker latte I had yesterday. 🙂

          • Good tips! FWIW, I never understood the outrage over pumpkin spice lattes not having pumpkin in them. “Pumpkin spice” is a spice blend added to pumpkin pies or other desserts. It doesn’t have pumpkin in it. It makes sense to me as a stand-alone flavor and doesn’t sound like it’s trying to trick people into thinking it actually has pumpkin in it.

          • I sort of love that Starbucks describes the toasted graham latte as a “less indulgent, more coffee-forward latte.”

          • Question: Suggestions for cheap parking garages/not-sketchy parking that lasts longer than 2 hours in DC? Preferably in the U St. area, but also open to Chinatown or Dupont. When the new guy comes into the city to hang out, we spend longer trying to find parking than we do actually eating dinner, for example. It’s driving us crazy.

          • And that comment ^ was not supposed to go there. Why is this happening to us today?!

          • There is the underground parking garage under Union Row/ Eatonville at 14th & V

          • Red Panda

            Agreed, when I was Chicago a couple of weeks ago and it felt like fall, I decided to go all out and get a pumpkin spice latte. It was not good. Bring back the PSLs without real pumpkin, please!

        • hammers

          chai lattes are great, albeit a sugar blast

          • love chais lattes!! Especially the places that make their mix from scratch, not just pour from the box.

          • Very easy to make your own chai base – steep spices like cardamom, cloves, coriander, cinnamon, pepper (whole spices, cracked or crushed) along with thin slices of ginger and your tea of your choice. Strain, add hot milk if you like. I sometimes add fennel and/or star anise.
            I make a big pot and put extra in refrigerator – it keeps for a few weeks

          • oh my gosh, thanks, MPinDC! I never get chai teas because I never know which ones use anise (to which I’m allergic), so I just avoid, but if I made my own spice mix, problem solved! I never even thought about that option until now!

    • I love Miss Fisher! My only complaint is: I want more.

    • Maybe a pumpkin spice baked good? Seems like you can’t go wrong with something like pumpkin bread. Or pumpkin roll (with cream cheese). Mmm, pumpkin roll…
      Sorry to hear you’re feeling sick again — I hope it subsides soon!

      • Mmm pumpkin bread mmmm pumpkin roll! If I can kick this stomach thing I want both! I need to grow fatter babies!

      • I would like to note that the Safeway on Georgia Ave in Brightwood is probably the least Basic grocery store in the DMV. I went this morning for something pumpkin related for the the “Fall Pumpkin Feast” – muffins, bread, pie, creamer, hell, pumpkin flavored coffee, anything! – and walked out with Berry Streustle.

    • Oh good lord I hope the term “basic” stays in last year’s pumpkin spice season. Ugh.

    • Emmaleigh504

      I just took one for the team and tried the Pumpkin and cream pie at McDonald’s. It’s good, but if they ask if you want 1 or 2, 1 will suffice (not so with the peach pie).

      • I’ve been craving a McDonalds -apple- pie all morning (who am I and what has happened to normally health-conscious me??). There’s actually a McDonalds on my block but I’m afraid if I go once, I’ll go every day I’m still pregnant.

        On a related note, I’m been dreaming about Jell-o pudding. Pistachio flavor specially. I really considered getting it until I looked up the ingredient list and nutrition facts.

        • Emmaleigh504

          think of all the calcium in the pudding! Thuy and Thoa need calcium!

          • When I look at the ingredient list, filled with artificial colors and flavors, it no longer appeals to me at all. I mean, the pudding is like a psychadelic green color. And I think the “pistachios” are actually almonds + flavoring. Ew. Lots of other good calcium sources out there!

          • Emmaleigh504

            you need to stop reading all the ingredient lists! Just some of them! Some whacko colored food is ok now and then.

          • Maybe for me, but not for the babies. I always thought I’d be SUPER healthy as a pregnant lady and only eat completely natural foods, no refined sugar, etc. Having horrible morning sickness, not gaining enough weight and having twins that measure small are making me reassess some of those assumptions (bring on the carbs and fat!), but I don’t expect to budge on the artificial colors.

          • Emmaleigh504

            Green is a terrible color. I bet you could find a nice natural pistachio ice cream or gelato in SF. (I lurve pistachio)

        • Blithe

          fka Shawess, between gelatin (panna cotta) and tapioca (Minute brand is quick and easy) it’s pretty easy to make your own — so you can decide what kind of milk to use, how much sugar, eggs/no eggs, etc. I’m not sure where to get natural pistachio flavoring though. I’m wondering if there’s a brand of ice cream that does a natural pistachio. Perhaps some kind soul in PoPville might be willing to research this for you?

          • I actually just found a pretty simple pistachio pudding recipe online and just might make it! But it funny how particular this craving was for the Jell-o kind. The last time I ate or thought about Jell-o pudding, I was probably 10 years old. I think it was a sort of Proustian thing, but unfortunately with a fairly disgusting food instead of a tasty madeleine.

          • Blithe

            This sounds gross, BUT the combination of carrot juice (instead of milk) and turkish pistachios, with a smidgen of coconut is pretty yum.

          • Blithe

            lol. Yeah, I grew up in the golden age of tang and poptarts, so my nostalgia cravings would not be very palatable now. Glad that you found a recipe that looks promising! I was kind of stuck on how to do that intense artificial “pistachio” flavor ….

          • The recipe I found, from Joy the Baker, uses homemade pistachio paste, which sounds intriguing! Like pistachio marzipan! It sounds really yummy, but since I made homemade banana bread yesterday I probably won’t be making this until next week, if at all.

          • Blithe

            That sounds delicious! And now I’m wondering what pistachio paste rolled up in apricot paste would taste like. Swoon!

  • Ashy Oldlady

    Rant: My comments seem to go into some black hole if I’m not logged in. Is registration now required for commenting?

    • Emmaleigh504

      When I’m logged in at work 1/2 of mine go into a black hole of moderation. So no, registering is not a requirement.

      • Ashy Oldlady

        Something seems to be broken, because completely un-controversial comments that I tried to post days ago are still nowhere to be seen.

  • Rant: Really bad night of sleep. Been up since 3:00AM so I don’t see today being particularly productive.
    Rave: At least I don’t have to actually go anywhere today. Yay recliner days!
    Rave: Butternut squash soup is happening tonight. Gotta celebrate the first day of Fall somehow.

  • Weird: I was thinking about making my dog be black llama for Halloween. Is black llama still funny? Is he over? Can we be a couple costume- black llama and left shark, the misfits? Anyway, I google image searched llama dog costume. I didn’t realize so many people like to dress their llamas up. The best one was a baked potato.
    You learn something new everyday.

    • That One Guy

      Wait, are you open to suggestions? And will Otis allow you to dress him up?

      • I’m definitely open to suggestions. I might make him a dinosaur. Who knows.
        I have no idea if he’ll keep a costume on, but he’s pretty chill.

        • Omg, I can use his polka dot bow tie collar and a thrift store sweater and glasses and make him a hipster.

        • SouthwestDC

          My dog hates his dinosaur costume! Thinking of trying something different this year. Any suggestions for a Mini Schnauzer?

          • Dr. Watson! With a schnauzer mustache, it’d be so cute!

          • My mini Schnauzer mix looks more like a Cairn. I used to dress him up as a bat but everyone would call him Toto, so I finally went with it and got a Dorothy costume. I’m thinking of dressing my dog up as Toto dressed as the tin man this year if I can find a decent costume. I realize this may not be helpful if your mini looks nothing like Toto.

    • yes, the black llama is still funny and left shark together – that’s pretty great! Too bad Otis isn’t a bit smaller, he could try his hand at pizzarat. which by the way, shout out to that rat. Pizza is so delicious, do your thing buddy.

  • Question: Suggestions for cheap parking garages/not-sketchy parking that lasts longer than 2 hours in DC? Preferably in the U St. area, but also open to Chinatown or Dupont. When the new guy comes into the city to hang out, we spend longer trying to find parking than we do actually eating dinner, for example. It’s driving us crazy.

    • Same answer as above. There’s a parking garage right there at 14th/V- alley entrance beneath Union Row, in back of Eatonville etc

      • Or maybe the parking lot underneath the Reeves Center (14th and U)?
        Where is the guy coming from — would it make sense for him to park at a Metro location that has parking and then Metro in from there?

        • Thanks guys, I didn’t realize those were there — I’ll take a look for them on my way home. He’s coming from way out by Dulles. It’d take him longer to metro in than for us to find parking, I think.

          • Logan circle residential goes until 830 in many places and most meters stop at 630. If you get him a visitor parking pass (can request online), then the 2 hrs limit won’t matter.

          • Street parking in the U Street area is pretty difficult to find on a Friday or Saturday night — I was assuming that’s why FridayGirl’s guy was looking into parking garages.

    • bestparking.com – gives hours, rates – a great site.

    • tonyr

      You can park in the Giant parking lot @ 8th/O for free for two hours with validation. They’ll validate if you buy absolutely anything. After that it’s not that expensive and it’s 15 minutes walk to U ST.

  • Rant: Groggy. Slept more poorly than usual.
    Rave: Met up with some Park View/Petworth PoPvillagers last night!

  • Question: I need to troubleshoot a smoke detector. My basement tenant says it’s going off every time she cooks. What other than actual smoke could be setting it off — dirty burners? (The stove is electric, with coil-type burners rather than the smooth-top kind.)

    • Emmaleigh504

      Is the oven/stove vent thingy working? Does she use it Does she have one? I don’t, so my smoke alarm goes off frequently if I don’t remember to open a window or shut the kitchen door.

    • I wonder if it’s a ventilation issue. My smoke detector often goes off if I forget to turn on the vent fan or open a window. It may be worth check to see if the vent fan is working properly and if the tenant is using it.

    • Check the battery. When my battery was low, my smoke detector went off on EVERYTHING. Changed the battery, and now it goes off infrequently. Also, do a self-clean of the oven and clean the burners for good measure.

    • Will ask her if she’s using the fan above the stove; thanks for the idea. I’ll also look at the screen things for the fan and see if they need cleaning.
      Unfortunately, it’s a recirculating fan rather than a true exhaust fan. My kitchen contractor told me he didn’t think he could put a proper vent through the wall. (It’s a thick exterior wall.)

    • Cheap smoke detectors are not good at telling the difference between actual smoke and anything else. I replaced mine with a Nest Protect and have never been happier. It’s not cheap, but you won’t have to worry about it and you also get CO detection. And it won’t ask for a battery replacement at night!

    • Might be worth cleaning the burners, pans under, and inside the stovetop. Steel wool did the trick for me (not brillo pass but steel wool from home depot w/o soap). If your stove is like mine, the coils are clipped in and easy to remove.

      • I used steel wool to clean the drip pan things under the burners when the previous tenant moved out in late spring. I don’t think the burners themselves were dirty at the time.
        Thanks for the idea on looking to see if the drip pans have become dirty again. If they have, I can show the tenant how to remove the burners and the drop pans and clean them.
        If the smoke detector is going off because the battery is iffy, that’s my responsibility as landlord… but if it’s going off because the tenant isn’t keeping things clean, it’s on the tenant.

        • Emmaleigh504

          Even clean ovens can set off the smoke detector with fumes. I had a brand new oven/stove when I moved in and the oven set off the alarm the first time I used it. I blame the no vent/fan. I wonder if the fumes are slowly killing me…

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: I hate my stupid boss and I’m not motivated to even try and do good work. I put in for a transfer, but there isn’t one yet. I have no idea how to cope with this besides fucking around on the internet instead of working b/c my boss fills me with rage. Maybe I’ll rage stroke-out.

    • Oh, I feel you on this one. I hope a transfer opens up soon…. my boss rarely interacts with me now that he knows I’m moving one of these weeks. I think we both prefer it this way.

      • Emmaleigh504

        I’ve decided I have to make him put stuff in writing or have my direct supervisor with me when he gives instructions because he keeps changing them and I get dinged! I’m so over him. I think it’s time to start drinking b/c I got 2 bad upper management reviews b/c I followed his bad ever changing instructions. He’s such a *hit.

        • Gah! I’m sorry! I don’t get directly dinged, but my supervisor does a similar thing where he’ll ask me one question. Then when I get him the answer and present it nicely, he won’t say anything about it and will just ask me a completely different question. Like I didn’t do what he wanted. Who are these guys and how do they get management positions!?

          • Emmaleigh504

            Mine recently made me explain why I did a thing a certain way. I said b/c you told me to. He had no memory of it and then brought it up in a meeting so I had to explain to the group why it was a good thing (it’s not) like it was my idea. I made sure everyone knew it was b/c he thought it was a good idea.
            When I go to the loony bin, I will be sure to let everyone know it’s b/c of him. Also when I get fired for either mouthing off or looking incompetent.
            (I’m having a very bad day 🙁 yay day drinking at home!)

    • Bear

      Been there. Waited six months for the transfer to come through. Was finally told I could transfer back to my old job but I would still need to work with my current boss on proposals. Um…so I can basically take a demotion and still work with my shitty boss? No thanks. Onward and upward!

      • Emmaleigh504

        I’m looking for a lateral move or a demotion (same pay, less responsibilty!), but nothing is open. If I got a promotion to a fed I’d get better pay and benefits but I’d still have to work with. Maybe I should go back to working at the ladies fragrance counter. I LOVED that job.

        • Is what you do specialized enough that there’s no possibility of becoming a fed in an office that’s not under his control?

          • Emmaleigh504

            sort of, but it’s more of the team work ethic. I think if I were a fed he would be less likely to say anything b/c he’s kind of a wimp (he lets 1 fed underling walk all over him in meetings). And it really, really sucks b/c I like the other people I work with. What I do isn’t exciting, but it’s not mind-numbing. That’s a good combo if I could just lose this one guy.
            A this point I don’t even want to see his face. And I don’t have to for the rest of the week!

  • Andie302

    Rave: Live text updates from my friend that’s in labor. This is both amazing and a little creepy all at once. We’re on a group text and a couple of the ladies are nurses, so of course more detail than needed.
    Rave: Haven’t had shoes on since I sat down at my desk: thank you quiet office

    • Re: rave #1, I had the same thing over the weekend and it was awesome! My friend and her husband texted through a big part of the labor and it was fun and hilarious. We (meaning maybe 20 people) had a baby name pool going. It also totally normalized for me phrases like “how’s your cer–x?” and “does your v-g hurt now that it’s over?” to the point where I worry that I’m going to just start talking that way to acquaintances now. I actual had to rein myself in during a conversation on Monday because really not everyone wants to hear that stuff.

  • Blithe

    Rave: Momo’s for dinner last night. Somehow I conflated the Pope’s visit with momo’s. I’d love to learn to make my own momo sauce.
    Rant: All things pumpkin and pumpkin spice. I just don’t get it.
    Rave: I saw krispy treats with embedded oreos in them for sale. Somehow this made me think: America:Yes!!!!
    Rant: How many more days ’til Spring again?
    Rant: I need something Barbara Kingsolver- ish to read.
    Rave: Savannah Bee Royal Jelly Body Butter — expensive, but it smells like Spring.
    Rant: I need socks. Something I’ve been ignoring for the past 5 months.

    • Re: your first rant, I almost feel like just talking about pumpkin/pumpkin spice today got that craving out of my system. I like a good pumpkin pie every so often, but now the thought of a pumpkin spice latte is sort of making me uneasy.

    • Blithe I share your rant re pumpkin spice (which is just cinnamon, nutmeg and all spice) – I like pumpkin spice in pumpkin pie and that’s about it
      Are you looking for comfortable socks? If so, I’ll recommend RedHead diabetic comfort socks. Came across these in buying different kinds of socks for my dad (who is diabetic) to try.
      Dad didn’t like them but my sister and I did, and we promptly ordered a few pairs each. Socks are similar to SmartWool, but less expensive.

    • Emmaleigh504

      I learned about sockdreams.com form a popvillager (epric002?). They have every style you can imagine. I love them.

    • I like pumpkin, so I tend to like things with pumpkin in it (cakes, scones, soups, I’ve even had it on pizza when I was overseas and it was delicious), but I don’t get the pumpkin spice everything – what is the big deal with cinnamon and nutmeg?

    • Blithe

      Thanks for the socks suggestions! I’ll look into them. I was so excited when last Spring hit that I dumped all of my ratty winter socks.

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