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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  • Rant: spent the whole commute wondering why it felt like I had a twig in my eye. Get to work and pull out my contact to find a hairline crack in it. So now I’m working with one eye blind (I”m a -10.00…)
    Rave: Maybe this is a good excuse to go home early?

    • skj84

      Ugh on your first rant. That happened to me yesterday. Luckily I had a back up pair. But scratched contacts are my version of Hell.

    • Yeah, I think that’s a good reason to go home early. Or at least to go home, get your glasses or backup pair of contacts, and come back.
      My vision is around -10 too. On the occasions when I’ve had to get by with one contact lens, it usually gave me a headache. It might be tolerable for an hour, but not for a whole day.

    • I think either requires 1) going home or 2) wearing a pirate’s eye patch for the rest of the day.

    • Blithe

      I’m adding one more voice to the choir: this is a good reason (not an excuse) to either go home early or to dash out and get a back-up. Wearing the contact with the crack causes problems. Working with one eye blind, also causes problems. Since I’m SURE that you would not want to either cause problems with your health and well-being, OR impact your work in any way because you need your contacts to function well, if only so you can perform your job to the absolute best of your ability, you really owe it to yourself and to your job to go home early. 🙂 I’m hoping that the PoPville Enabler will chime in and note that since you’re going home anyway, you might as well take advantage of the unanticipated chunk of free time to window shop for nice new glasses just in case you want to get a backup pair to leave at work.

    • ugh this happened to me once when I was DRIVING so I went to Sears Optical which was in the mall I was headed to and they said they couldn’t sell me one contact to cover me to ensure a safe ride home. I drive home with one eye closed, which is really difficult. I hope you get to go home, and keep a pair of lenses (glasses and contacts) at your desk.

      +1 to the eye patch 🙂

      • SouthwestDC

        For a while I was on a brand of contacts that tore easily, and it always seemed to happen when I was driving in the middle of Tysons during rush hour or something. Now I keep an old pair of glasses in the car as a backup, and extra contacts at work.

    • Emmaleigh504

      Def go home. You’ll get headaches and all sort of bad karma wearing 1 contact. and I recommend going home and staying home due to said headache. Treat your self right!

    • thank you all for your encouragement- I am defs going home (and staying, plenty of pto left right now). The one eyed life is no bueno. Seriously considered the eyepatch though, just to have a good conversation point.

  • Rant: I feel like death
    Rave: husband is taking son to Please Touch Museum for the morning tomorrow so I can sleep
    Rant: missing Whisked pies for Thanksgiving. They’re such a delicious treat
    Rant: Why isn’t it cool out? I think part of feeling like death is the inconsistent temps and just having to adjust when I’m already broken
    Rave: I hope you all have a great weekend

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: The very well educated in tech person at work who doesn’t understand email. EMAIL!
    Rave: I understand email.

    • +1. One of the smartest and most experienced people in my office seems to be regularly confounded by e-mail. Basic concepts like addressing and using the cc line seem to trip her up all the time. If she wasn’t so great at everything else she does, I’d be thoroughly sick of all the times I’ve had to swing by her desk to follow up on something she had in fact completed but I had no record of.

      • Emmaleigh504

        My person has not shown any great skill at anything but bugging the piss out of me. She comes to have a conversation about the thing she is going to email. Just send the email and forgot the convo! I don’t like her, so the convos are kind of hellish.
        Rant: I only like 1 person I work with b/c the Micro Manager has driven off everyone else.

    • It seems like this town has more than its fair share of people who are very well educated, and just plain stupid at the same time.

    • This crap is so sketchy. I’m glad Mary Cheh grilled Bowser’s hand picked developer. He sounded like a bumbling idiot.

  • That One Guy

    Why isn’t there a turkey meat pie creation to encapsulate all the Thanksgiving food requirements in an easy heat and serve package?
    Rave: I am, hopefully, getting over this cough thing that’s plagued me for weeks.
    Rant: My calf cramped up as I was stretching in half sleep. Was it ever painful.

  • Rave: Started Couch to 5k this morning; I used to run a lot before I had my child and I wanted to try some different cardio.
    Rant: My hip flexors hurt.
    Rave: Going to try my hand at the new Smitten Kitchen pecan pie with golden syrup AND the chocolate layer this weekend.

  • Rave, sort of: After weeks over planning and overthinking when I’d like my parents to visit and how I would tell them I’d like them to visit three weeks after the babies were born, I had a very nice conversation with them yesterday explaining it to them. They took the news very well, agreed it made perfect sense, and said they would do whatever I thought was best and most helpful. It seemed like a very big success all around.
    Rant, I think: A few hours later I got an email from my mom saying “I have to confess that Dad and I are really eager to see you and [husband] and your new life in San Fransisco.” Which, knowing them as I do, sounds like they’re actually not okay with my choice at all and want to come earlier. And again after the babies arrive.
    Question: Am I overthinking this again and should I even address it? All I know is that babies are due in two months, I’m moving in one month to a place that needs a lot of work, and I’m already so big I can barely walk, let alone care for visitors with a lot of their own needs. I was really happy with the choice I’ve made but now I feel like a crappy daughter for not being more accommodating. So much for healthy boundaries, I guess.

    • Set the boundary and stick to it. Think of it as early practice with drawing the lines you need to draw for your own sanity and the family you are creating.

      Also, don’t give into the guilt bait (if that’s what it is, you know your mom better than I do). I would just respond, “Husband and I are also excited for you to see our new apartment and our life in San Fran when you come to visit on X date.”

      You have enough on your plate right now. Don’t think you are a bad daughter. We can’t be all things to all people all the time.

    • Ally

      It should be your call on who visits and when. I delivered 5 weeks early via emergency c-section and the last thing I wanted to deal with was house guests — even family. That being said, I welcomed the help from my Mom after a couple weeks. So, maybe see how you feel after you give birth and make a call on timing then? All the best!

    • Stick to the boundaries you’ve set — if your mom is trying to hint to you that she wants to visit both pre-birth and post-birth, well, too bad.
      If I remember correctly, you were thinking that your parents’ visit was likely to be more of a net minus than a net plus — your thinking was that they were unlikely to be all that helpful with the babies. If that’s the case, it’s generous on your part to have them come even three weeks afterward.

      • Re: net positive/negative, yes, you remember correctly. They really want to be helpful and in some ways they genuinely are, but that help comes with a fat dose of unsolicited advice, criticism, guilt-tripping and second guessing. There’s never a great time for any of that, but yeah, this is an especially bad time.

        • Yeah, the “fat dose of unsolicited advice, criticism, guilt-tripping and second guessing” sounds like the last thing you need when contending with TWO newborns.
          Maybe you could delay later than three weeks post-birth? Or avoid giving them a firm commitment so that they can’t hold you to it?

    • At this stage, I feel like you have to do what’s right for you. Of all the times for others to be accommodating of your wishes/needs/desires, now is it. Speaking as someone who can overthink something to death, yes, I think you are overthinking things. If you feel like you need to respond, perhaps something along the lines of “Yes, I’m eager to have you and Dad visit as well but I appreciate you understanding why we’d like/need to wait until after the babies are born.”

    • agree, stick to the boundaries. In all honesty, before 3 weeks they’ll be a huge inconvenience for you. Really. Get set up, don’t worry about being a crappy daughter now that you have to worry about being a good mom. Those two are often at odds. Sorry this is an added source of stress.

    • You’re in such a state of flux right now that I think it’s considerate of you to even think through their feelings on when they will be visiting. I say stick to the plan that you are comfortable with and hopefully everyone will be too happy, once the girls arrive, to worry about guilt tripping. I feel for you, family stuff can be so tough.

    • This kind of passive aggression only works with two parties… the one to give the hint, and the one to take it. Don’t take it. Just reply that you’re really eager to see them, too, and you’re looking forward to January.
      Remember, you don’t have to attend every argument you’re invited to.
      Now, if she goes on to be more explicit, eg, “Dad and I want to come for Thanksgiving. Are you telling us we’re not welcome for Thanksgiving?” then you might have to engage. I’m not saying it can be done in a way that will satisfy HER (because your mom and my mom seem to be the same mom,) but it can be done in a way that will make you feel like you did your best with the cards you were dealt, and save you the after-action guilt.

  • Rave/Rant: Pregnant, but I don’t feel anything. I know it’s early (9 weeks) and I should be happy that I’m not throwing up, but how do I know if everything is okay?
    Rave: It’s Friday! I did not get Wednesday off so I’m pretty excited for the weekend.
    Rant: I hate work. Every person, every sound, the building, the elevators, etc. I think I need a vacation…

    • Ally

      I felt nothing for about the first 4 months and even felt “not pregnant” at times, which resulted in me compulsively taking pregnancy tests for the first 3 months to make sure everything was fine. 1) You’ll be okay!, and 2) Consider getting a cheap home doppler. Once you have a heartbeat, being able to look for it on your own can be comforting (but be aware that they can be tricky to use so don’t worry if you don’t hear it one day).

      • +1 to the doppler. I’d be happy to send you mine for free, since I don’t need it anymore and was just wondering what to do with it. Shoot me an email at shawessdc at gmail if you’re interested.

      • Just wanted to through out a caution for home dopplers. Be sure to check with your OB or midwife for correct use, especially in terms of frequency. It is not recommended that they be used often at home. Also, the home doppler most likely will not be able to correctly pick up a heartbeat until closer to 13 weeks or so.

        • This caution is definitely warranted. While I think they’re perfectly safe, it’s not easy to find a heartbeat early on and that can be scary if you assume it means there is no heartbeat. It’s sort of a fun toy if you take the results with a big grain of salt — it’s AMAZING when you do find a heartbeat — but you definitely need to use it knowing that it’s easy, as a non-expert, to misinterpret the results.

      • I’m sorry but this “you’ll be ok” drives me crazy and for me, it’s hurtful on top of everything is. I know you mean well but sometimes, that simply isn’t true. Sometimes things don’t turn out ok. I’ve been in the not ok place multiple times with my pregnancies and there is simply no way of knowing that it’s true, no matter what stage of pregnancy you’re in. So I ask everyone out there, please stop saying this. You hope everything is going to be ok and you wish the person well.

        On the doppler, I got myself one and it’s been of huge comfort. It’s true that it can make you anxious if you’re having a hard time finding the heartbeat. That being said, according to my MFM and regular OB, you’d have to use it for several hours every day for it to become a concern. If you’re looking for 10 minutes a day, listen for a minute or two once you have it there’s no need to worry. Finally, I’ve become better than my OB at finding the baby’s heartbeat with it (which she said isn’t suprising).

        • “Sometimes things don’t turn out ok … please stop saying this” I have had an early miscarriage and am also a big worrier, so I completely agree with this. That said, with each passing week the chances get better that all is okay, no amount of worrying will improve the outcome, and there is little that anyone can do at 9 weeks other than hope and pray that everything continues to progress well. So while I totally agree with you, AB, I would also say that nothing the OP said stands out as particularly troubling or unusual. And I hope the OP can make it through the coming weeks with as few worries as possible.

          • I understand and respect that Shawess and I know deep down it’s neither unusual nor particularly bad. I’m sorry about your miscarriage. I come at this from this life experience: two late first trimester miscarriages and a stillbirth. I’m now 32 weeks. So for me, even simple words, even well meaning ones, can be simply devastating and I think it’s fair to ask people to think through things, even little ones before they say them.

            While it’s true that statistically, the chances of something going wrong diminish with each week that passes, when you’ve been the statistic, more than once, what’s innocuous to everyone, is not to me. More specifically, when I hear you’ll be ok and there’s no need to worry, the subtext of what I hear is this: you’re grieving too hard/wrong/move it along. But I lost a child and that child can’t be replaced with another and I’ll miss her always.

            So my plea was for one of compassion towards everyone: you never know people’s history and it’s easy to upset someone with even well meaning words. A shift from “you’ll be ok” to “I hope everything turns out ok for you and baby” is not only easy, it’s kind and it’s not a burden.

          • Beautifully said, AB. And I am so, so sorry for your losses.

    • Congrats on the pregnancy! I was just recalling the other day how I took HPTs for much longer than I needed to (even after dr had confirmed pregnancy) because I had no way of knowing if things were okay and doing that somehow (crazily) gave me peace of mind. As we’re now trying for our 2nd, I imagine I’ll be in the same boat again since it’s hard to feel any sense of comfort until you start feeling them move around. But just know that things are fine and enjoy that you are feeling well.

    • 1) take a vacation
      1) you likely won’t feel much. And then it hits you. I never threw up but felt bloated (prob because of IVF). If you feel good, take that as a good sign! A home doppler probably won’t work so early. It’s easier said than done, but I hope you can relax and enjoy….I felt a big relief at week 13, but there’s always a worry you have to work to quiet sometimes. hugs.

    • Also: Congratulations!! As others have said, it’s totally normal to feel nothing different at this point and that’s no cause for alarm. I would actually recommend that you -not- take HPTs any more at this point for the simple reason that they are very unlikely to be accurate. If g-d forbid you did have a miscarriage, it would take a while, maybe weeks, for your HGC levels to fall below the point where they would register as negative on the test. But getting to 9 weeks is a big milestone, so I doubt you have much to worry about. I say, enjoy -not- having morning sickness or other pregnancy-related maladies! Im jealous 🙂

  • Rave: Friday!
    Rant: I think I could sleep 20 hours and still wake up feeling exhausted.
    Rave: Lots of fun social time planned with friends this weekend.

  • The panda video reminded me of something I read this week. That Winnie the Pooh was based on a real bear, a girl bear. From Canada. Why did A.A. Milne have to make her a boy for the books?

  • Rave: Made two Kitchn Cranberry Cakes yesterday after reading about it here—one with the pecan topping and one without. Deep love for both of those cakes.
    Double rave: I get to telework 3 days every week, and sometimes I take it for granted; it makes life livable.
    Rant: Telework cuts down on my walking time/number of steps every week; I need to make up that walking during the extra time I have at home. I’m kinda old, and walking a lot has a very positive effect on how my back feels.

    • Cranberry cake question: Do you think it would be tasty with (a smaller amount of) dried cranberries? My regular stores here don’t have fresh cranberries and I’m dying to try this cake.

      • You could try soaking the dried cranberries (perhaps in orange juice) to rehydrate them. Or just used them dried – bit of a different flavor than fresh cranberries, but I expect the cake would still be delicious

      • I really love the fresh cranberries in this recipe, and probably wouldn’t make it if I didn’t have them—but that’s just me. If you do make it with dried, let us know how it turns out.

      • Emmaleigh504

        Check the freezer section, my store always has frozen cranberries.

      • You might want to consider cutting down on the sugar if you’re using dried cranberries. The fresh one add a certain amount of tartness to the cake, which is fairly sweet on its own.

  • Rave – We got our wedding photos back and they’re amazing! I can’t stop looking at them.
    Rave – Hoping to check out the Renwick Gallery today at lunch.
    Rant – Blindsided by a terrible migraine on Wednesday and spent my day off on the couch being useless and not doing all the stuff I planned.

  • Rave: It’s Friday!
    Rant: When I left the house this morning, the yard was filled with evil, evil seedpods from the golden raintree on the street. (I guess it must have been windy overnight.) That tree is a MENACE.
    Rant: Visiting Family Member arrives this weekend. (Not for a random visit, but for an upcoming family event.) God grant me patience.
    Raves: My irises (well, one specific cluster of them) are continuing to bloom!

    • If the family member and family event are the ones I think they are, then I’m sending you all of the best wishes in the world to get through that. This too shall pass.

      • I think the event itself should be fun. Not sure about the rest of it — my mom is trying to strongarm me into staying for Thanksgiving, and I’m not sure I really want to.
        I was reading your question about your mom’s proposed visit (especially the guilting aspect), and people’s advice, and thinking that I need to keep all of those points in mind for my own situation! It can be difficult to say no to a strong-willed parent, but it’s incredibly empowering to realize that saying no is in fact an option.

  • I Dont Get It

    Rave: A nice young lady offered me a seat on Metro last night.
    Rant: First a friend told me yesterday I dress like my 85 year old father and now people are offering me seats on Metro? I need to really step up my game!

    • I Dont Get It

      I realized recently that most of the staff at the CVS Pharmacy know me by name. How did all this happen?

      • SouthwestDC

        Former pharm tech here: because they have to check your name approximately 1000 times during the process of filling and dispensing your prescription. 🙂 I’m terrible with names but even I knew anyone who got regular refills.

      • anonymouse_dianne

        LOL – when I’d come in to get insulin for my diabetic cat they’d say “Scratch’s Mom” is here. Prescription filed under “Scratch Rhodes”

  • Query (tangential to yoyotan’s post): Has anyone here with really bad nearsightedness (like -10.00) had LASIK or PRK?
    I was thinking this morning that I need to look into vision surgery NOW, because if I want to do it in 2016 I ought to put some money in an FSA for it, and if I’m going to set up an FSA (I don’t currently have one) I need to do that before the benefits open season ends in a few weeks.

    • I had LASIK done a few years ago, and I am very pleased with the results. I don’t know exactly to what degree I was near sighted (I never had contacts, so I never knew the numbers). Let’s just say that I was pretty helpless without my glasses and had been wearing them for 23 years before I had LASIK. I also used my FSA to help spread out payments for the procedure, which really helped a lot.
      Full disclosure: I don’t actually have 20/20 vision now. I have a slight astigmatism in one eye that requires me to wear glasses when I use the computer or drive at night. TBH, I actually missed glasses. They were such a part of me, so I was a little excited that I had an excuse to wear them occasionally. I got LASIK because my eyes kept getting worse and worse each year. Even though I still have the slight astigmatism, I see very well without glasses for most things and my eyesight has remained stable.

      • Also, I should add that if you are serious, you should schedule a pre-op consultation with an ophthalmologist. I would get a recommendation through your regular eye doctor. The consultation is free and will determine whether you are a candidate for surgery or not (not everyone is because of varying factors in different people’s eyes).
        I went with Dr. Clinch at Eye Doctors of Washington based on the recommendation of my optometrist.

      • I had lasik about 3 years ago and feel the same way. I was a -7.5, and now I can see just about anything without glasses, but feel better reading with glasses because of the astigmatism. It’s worth every penny.

    • Thread from last year with people’s specific recommendations for doctors/practices:

    • No joke, LASIK is the best thing that ever happened to me. I do have 20/20 vision now (better than actually), but I don’t kid myself that it could change as I age. So I fully enjoy it while I can! But traveling and life in general is pretty great without having to worry about glasses and contacts. Usually pre-op appointments are free, so first make sure you’re a candidate, one of my friends is not, and they can answer any of your questions/concerns.

  • Rave: It’s Friday and it’s beautiful outside.
    Rant: Wedding planning is hard. Two venues I am really interested in won’t get back to me.
    Question: What’s the follow up for this? I don’t want to come off as pushy but I’m trying to get things done. One vendor responded the same night to an initial email, then went silent. Followed up a week later and her assistant said she was on vacation and would respond to emails early the following week. That week has now passed with nothing. The second venue said they would be in touch shortly (form reply email) and it’s been a week with nothing. I know they are busy and I don’t want to bombard them, but I feel like they don’t want my business either.

    • Follow up with both over the phone. I did a lot of major event planning in a previous life (of not full-time student) and you really have to keep on top of these venues sometimes. Usually if you put in a call they will get back to you quickly and you can always follow up again via email a couple of days later, referencing the phone conversation. If they are still not responsive at that point, definitely move on because you don’t want to deal with an unresponsive venue throughout wedding planning.

      • Second this. I mean they’re managing multiple weddings/events so understandable they get busy. However, if they don’t respond after multiple emails and phone calls you DO NOT want to deal with them when you’re actually planning a wedding there.

        • +1 to this. If they’re not trying to woo you now with good customer service, it’s unlikely they will be responsive when you actually need them. I didn’t think about this when I booked my first wedding venue and actually had to scramble for a new venue a few months out because I couldn’t deal with the total lack of responsiveness I faced.

    • yeah- email them again and if you don’t get a reply and an apology within 24 hours go with someone else. These people want your business. I know it is stressful because you want to get things booked before the good vendors are gone- but just as in finding a spouse there are plenty of fish in the sea- and if the vendor is not communicative now what will they be like when it is closer to your date?

  • Rave: It’s Friday and it’s gorgeous!
    Rant: I am so incredibly overwhelmed with work at the moment that I want to cry a little bit. I will most likely be awol all day today, but I just had to come and vent a bit. Just so. much. to do.

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rave: FRIDAY
    Rave: Working at home with the snuggly kitties and the silly puppy.
    Rant: Nothing today!

  • Rave: Allergy testing this morning. Love the doctor, the office, everything.
    Rave: Not allergic to antibiotics!
    Rant: Definitely allergic to pork, which indicates that I may have an allergic to beef and lamb as well caused by a tick bite. More testing is required for this.
    Rant: Also potentially have an esophageal condition and have to have a scope with biopsy now.
    Rant: The doctor said I’m rare. Not exactly what you want to hear in relation to medical conditions.
    Rant of all rants: I am not allowed to eat pork until my testing comes back and potentially after. No bacon?! No spiral ham at thanksgiving?!?

    • You’re the 2nd person I’ve known allergic to pork. I thought the first was bs until he pulled out an epipen. Hope you don’t lose anymore meats. 🙁

      • Apparently it’s pretty rare. The allergist was shocked when he casually strolled by while I was getting the skin test and saw the reaction. I’m also hoping not lose anymore meats! At least chicken is safe :/

    • Noooooooooooooooooooo don’t lose bacon!

    • I Dont Get It

      A tick bite may have caused these allergies?

      • Yes!! It’s called Alpha-gal and is a relatively new thing, but increasing in prevalence. I’m still researching it but apparently all animals accept humans and apes have naturally occurring Alpha-gal, and the transmission occurs when a tick had fed on a mammal with it and then a human (ew). Transmission is similar to Lyme’s. But is causes inconsistent delayed reactions to the carbohydrate in mammal meat. So although I am clearly allergic to even a tiny amount of pork, it may take eating half a cow to react to beef. It’s also weird because for most food allergies, the immuno-component in your blood that causes the reaction is binding with the proteins, but in this case it actually binds with te carbohydrates present in meat. It’s just weird all around!

      • SouthwestDC

        My aunt and uncle got this allergy about a decade ago. I don’t think anyone knew it was caused by ticks at that time, so it was baffling that they both started breaking out in rash whenever they ate red meat or pork.

    • That One Guy

      ?!?!?! I had a tick bite a few years ago. Given my ever increasing food-related allergies your post have me scared.

      • Oh for Christ’s sake. Only a tiny percentage of ticks even carry this. You’re as bad as my girlfriend with her lyme paranoia. I’ve had dozens of tick bites– they usually are harmless.

        • As much as I would love to agree with you here, having had two kids I our house diagnosed with and treated for Lyme’s and now this, I’d personally like to carpet bomb the world for ticks. Having said that, the tick that causes Lyme’s and the tick that causes this are two different types.

          • I’m sorry to hear that, but I still don’t think it’s a good enough reason to ever avoid doing anything outdoors. Nature is good for our health too!

          • Oh, absolutely not!! This will not keep me from enjoying the great outdoors in the slightest, nor would I encourage anyone else to stay inside. There are precautions you can take, and of course you should always check for ticks. I mean, live your life! Also, while it sucks if this is my diagnosis (wont know for two weeks), it’s not completely life threatening and I have an epipen for when it is. It’s not the end of the world to not eat bacon… Or so I keep telling myself!

      • It’s worth looking into. The test for it is pretty specific and not available at all labs. I had to wait around forever to get it done there to be done at their lab (so much for spending only four hours there!). The allergist I saw deals mostly with food allergies, and he explained that food allergies in adults are pretty rare, though the ones that usually develop are either shellfish or nut. He said the meat thing is very new.
        Random this for the expectant moms out there, he told me that one of his colleagues is currently in a research study that is showing a correlation between increased prenatal folic acid use as a contributing factor in food allergies.

  • Rant: Expensive medication. It’s listed under my insurance’s covered medications list, which I specifically checked before signing up but because it’s “non-preferred” I have to pay full price. I don’t understand how these things work.
    Rave?: Found an online discount through GoodRX so the medication is now $200/month instead of $500+/month.
    Rave: Tons of fun weekend plans. Happy hour with bf’s coworkers, friend’s bday brunch, and another friend’s engagement celebration.

    • Ugh — sorry to hear about the $200/month hit for medication.
      Is your employer currently doing a benefits open season? Maybe you can shop around to find an insurance plan that charges you less?
      That reminds me that I need to figure this out with my own health insurance — I received a mailing saying that my current plan is going to increase the co-pays for various tiers of medications. But since I don’t know offhand which drugs are which tiers, I’m not sure how it affects me. I know there’s one generic that I get charged more for than for other generics, because it’s a different tier or something.

      • This is actually the end result of shopping around, unfortunately. My former employer paid for anything that wasn’t covered through insurance so I paid nothing out of pocket, which is why I had no idea this medication was so expensive until now! Oh well. Sigh.

    • SouthwestDC

      I’d like to see a thread on insurance recommendations. The plan my employer offers is really expensive so I’m thinking I’ll shop around for something better, but don’t know where to start.

  • Did anyone see what happened at 19th and L just now, in front of Staples? Well, maybe half an hour ago? I saw crime scene tape and a homeless person’s belongings.

    • That One Guy

      There were a lot of police cars racing down L Street in that direction at around 1:00. I counted 3 police cars and 1 police van.

      • I was just there at 1:10. Lots of police in the area and an unmarked police car forced aside all the traffic back up on 19th to get to the intersection in a hurry. Very weird.

    • My friend was there and said it was “takedown of a shirtless man with a beard” by “50 or so cops” (possible exaggeration, no clue).

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