Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

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You can talk about whatever is on your mind โ€“ 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 peopleโ€™s grammar. This is a place to vent and/or celebrate things about daily life in DC.

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  • Whoa, that picture!

  • rave: when i watch too much british tv and my brain cant switch back to an american accent.
    rant: too much british tv. was up too late. lol
    rant: Monday
    rave: starbucks.
    rant: people at metro
    rave: snow is disappearing. slowly. but it’s getting there….

  • Rant: Having people in my friend circle let me down professionally. If you don’t want my business, just say so.
    Rave: Snow melting= more parking
    Rant: Tough trying to stick to specific macros.
    Rec: Any local general contractors you’d recommend? Looking to get stone repaired among other things.

  • maxwell smart

    RAVE: This weather! The snow was fun for a week, but honesty, I’m good with a one-and-done winter. Let’s hope that Groundhog predicts an early spring tomorrow!
    RAVE2: Bus routes back to normal. No more WMATA Russian Roulette

  • Farragut

    RAVE: Had fun as Laser Tag this weekend for a friend’s birthday.
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    RANT: Oh my god I’m so out of shape–my thighs are still sore, 2 days later, from all the crouching I did.

  • I Dont Get It

    Rave: TurboTax is huuuuge! I noticed at 10:18 am on Sunday that I had an email from The Turb saying that they had my W2 information (thank you ADP). By 10:58 am I had filed my Federal and DC taxes with mortgage interest, interest income and some stock sales reported. It seems that in the past DC was not ready this soon to accept electronic filing so weโ€™ll see how long it takes to get my small refund. Also I like that with TT you can file now but schedule your Federal tax payment if you owe for later so I will be paying my small amount on 4/18. Yay!

    Rave: My two neighbors immediately to the right of my house are having the fronts re-pointed. Good for them, I wish I could have joined them. Yeah there will be noise for a few days but I hope this means that we can all paint when it is over and do a better job coordinating paint colors this time.
    Small Rant: Porta Potty taking up half a parking space.

  • hammers

    Rave: rearranged all of the furniature yesterday. Feel like my place finally has some “flow”– I’d almost consider a housewarming 2 years in.
    Rave: Feeling in control and feeling like despite the fact I’m not where I want to be, I’ll be able to get there.

  • Rave: Walked to work this morning – wet hair don’t care
    Rant/rave: Spent much longer than anticipated on a nice bonus for my rental tenants yesterday (upgrading their blinds) – but in the end they look nice, are installed correctly (thank you accountering!) and the girls love them.
    Rave/rant: Third girl (that lives in the basement) is moving in with her boyfriend. Happy for her, but now to find a new tenant. If anyone is looking for a space in a group house near Stadium-Armory please connect with me through Dan or on here. It’s too soon for the CL ad, I have to get updated pics.
    Rave: Generally feeling better this morning. I think being outside helped, and the warmer weather, and the fun weekend with my mom, and liking my job right now. And I’m willing to bed that not drinking so much also has something to do with it.
    Rave: Both Pasteur and Rappahannock in Richmond were excellent!

  • Rave: Without realizing it, I gave up caffeine again.
    Rave: Spring is just around the corner and I can’t wait for it to be here.
    Rave: Amazingly, I fit into the other Mrs. Rabbit’s dresses again. I love being able to raid her side of the closet.

  • Accountering

    Rave: Great weekend! Ran 6.5 miles yesterday morning – running across the Key Bridge was breathtaking with the frozen river, and the sun shining brightly.
    Rave2: Finished putting up new blinds in the rental house. Lowe’s has a pretty neat self-contained machine that precision cuts the blinds to the 1/8 of an inch, and then install was pretty easy. 6 blinds, an hour to install, and $200 for 2″ faux wood blinds that are pretty high quality, and look very nice.
    Rave3: Got a CaBi to the office this morning! Still having a tricky time figuring out the best way to get from Shaw to Farragut – any recommendations?

    • What’s the rental house — the one you’ve been AirBnBing? Or is this a new and different property?

    • How far is it? If it’s less than 2 miles I’d walk once the weather warms up! Which according to my phone it’s 55 today so maybe today is a good trial!

      • Accountering

        It’s about 1.5 miles. I have already walked a half dozen times, and enjoy the walk, but biking is nice too. Just haven’t found the right stretch yet. R St to 17th is fine, but you miss a lot of lights on R, and 17th south gets a bit sketch when it turns into a freeway right after Mass. I tried 7th to L today, and that was pretty meh, no bike lane until you get west of Thomas Circle, and that circles a bit sketchy. Just trying to find something that moves reasonable, and feels reasonably safe from MD drivers trying to kill me.

        • How about R St over to 15th, and then down 15th to the Cabi dock at L St – you’ll catch a lot of lights on 15th as well, but at least it is protected bikeway all the way. I do have to admit that, for anything below Mass Ave, I do prefer walking to bicycling – too many construction sites and left-turn lanes disrupting the bikeways, and the traffic makes it too stressful to bike.

          • Accountering

            This could work. I know 15th south is timed horribly, I will give that a shot though. Perhaps the move is R to 17th, and drop it at the CaBi station at 17th and Mass, where the 17th st bike lane ends.

  • Rant: Still in a bit of a funk. Still processing friend’s death and thinking a lot about mortality, am I living the best life I can, etc. Overwhelmed at the scope of work sitting on my desk waiting for me, and wishing I could work from home for about a week to just sort of catch up and get away from phones, distractions, etc.
    Rave: Had a pretty nice, if very unproductive, weekend, minus the funeral on Saturday that I forgot about until Friday afternoon. Although even the funeral was nice, in a weird way. Saw an ex-boss there and amazingly felt like all my resentment and bitterness has faded and was able to embrace her like an old friend.
    Rave: Going to see a bunch of old friends and a few ex-coworkers at a dinner tonight, and feeling like I can hold my head up high again.

  • Rave: I received an amazing shower on Saturday. It was so much fun, and I left just feeling so loved and supported by my amazing community of friends. And I got to spend a lot of time with my best friend who lives on the west coast.
    Rant: A percentage of my friends have come down with the stomach plague, including my bestie who flew in for the weekend to host the shower. I felt terrible for her. And I’m really hoping it passes me by.
    Rant: Very tired this morning. I did not sleep well last night.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: I really could have used 1 more hour of sleep today.
    Rant: database down at work which will make monthly reports difficult.
    Rave: I have a nice cup of tea.

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rant: Working with earbuds in and music on because the Office Princess is being unpleasant so someone on the phone. I hate sitting next to her.
    Rave: Dixie Chicks

  • Rave: Great weekend in friends in Philly. Our lives have changed together, and it’s wonderful to bask in their friendship. Also, cheesesteaks.
    Rant: Missing the boy. Between his and my travel, it’ll be a week until we see each other next. Yes, I know that’s not a lot of time, but still…
    Revel: Warmer weather is wonderful!

  • Rant: Forces conspiring to keep me up until midnight last night.
    Rave: Article accepted for publication! So glad to cross that project off of my list of things to do for good (other than the proof process, of course, but that’s fine). It’s been a long time coming.
    Rant: Toddler in meltdown mode most of the weekend.
    Rave: At least she was reasonably easygoing and chipper this morning. Fingers crossed that she’ll be similarly easygoing tonight when I’ll be trying to get both kids to bed on my own at roughly the same time….

    • Oh! Another Rave: using pre-made peanut butter cookie dough to make peanut butter blossoms. Enough of a project for the toddler to help, but super low-fuss. Usually I prefer to make cookies from scratch, but this was a fun & easy baking activity to do together. And so tasty! Especially with dark chocolate kisses instead of milk chocolate ones ๐Ÿ™‚

  • already thinking about lunch. a good chinese restaurant in chinatown?

  • Rave: Fun weekend with friends and resting. Watched Grease Live yesterday, and loved every minute. I’m so happy networks are embracing live theatre.

    Rant: My roommates are fighting. I’m not involved, don’t want to be involved. But I’m sad they are having a tiff. I think we are all under a huge amount of stress right now. I don’t know if I should try to mediate or let them be.

  • Rave: Drum workshop yesterday, drumming at national Cathedral on Tuesday and a weekend band camp where I’m going to take more drum lessons. All the drums!
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    Rave: My pup celebrated her 6 year adopt-a-versary this weekend with extra treats, extra walks and a dog-friendly adopt-a-versary cake ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Yay! Congrats on the adoptaversary! Did you make the dog-friendly cake or buy it? We just celebrated 2 years with our doofus dog and I’d love to give him a cake!

      • I too was wondering about the cake — a human-suitable cake that dogs can eat too? Or a cake meant for dogs?
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        Now I am preoccupied with thoughts of cake. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • She gets homemade dog food (mixed with dry) so I took a handful of homemade, added peanut butter, crushed up dog treats and cheese, coated with egg and more crushed up dog biscuits to make a nice sized cake. Baked for 10 mins (really just to warm everything up), served drizzled with yogurt.
        The things I do for my dog ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Query: We saw a home that we really liked with our realtor yesterday evening, but it’s not where we’ve envisioned living. I’m unfamiliar with the area near Langdon Park. I’d appreciate any feedback readers might have…

  • Rave: Lucky enough to have the first world “problem” of trying to decide what new cellphone to buy. I am leaning towards returning to Apple (I had an iPhone several models ago and have an Android phone now).
    Does anyone have an iPhone 6s Plus (or 6 Plus)? I feel like I should have a bigger phone but the Plus models seem huge to me. I’m just thinking about the practicality of carrying something that big around.

  • gotryit

    Rant: employer (federal government) withheld too much social security taxes
    Rant: payroll (federal government) says they can’t correct it even though the IRS (federal government) says they should
    Rant: now I have to fill out some obscure and unclear form with the IRS to try to get it back
    Rant: anger w/ stupid bureaucracy makes me want to vote Trump
    Rave: OK, I don’t actually want to vote Trump

  • Rave: My friends boyfriend is proposing and has looped me and another friend in to conspire/capture/celebrate. I am so happy for them, and so excited to be a part of everything!

  • Question: Trying to plan a 2 week trip to Indonesia/Malaysia focusing on Bali and Borneo. Anyone have any trip/tour recommendations? Probably will spend a week on each island. Any tips appreciated!

    • I have many many tips, as I lived in Jakarta for several years. Depends on what you like to do. If you’re into diving, go further east, not bali. If youre into hiking, try rinjani on Lombok (though it erupted not too long ago, so not sure they have redone the paths). Lombok has some of my favorite beaches in Indonesia, and great surfing too (ekas breaks). I had a really great time visiting orangutans in their natural habitat in Kalimantan (Indonesian borneo) – that’s likely a week long trip alone. Invest in at least a few nights in a fabulous resort (worth it).

      • Thank you! I think my plan is to do more active than resort time, if I can help it. I’d like to do my hiking and sightseeing than beach time/resort time. Do you have any tips for where to stay in Kalimantan? Seeing the orangutans is definitely on my list!

    • My trip was eons ago, but Borneo Rainforest Lodge in Malaysian Borneo was magical, with incredible wildlife. We also visited former headhunters somewhere along the Rajang River in Sarawak — mind-blowing.

    • Bali/Indonesia –
      Just off the coast of Bali on Java is Mt Bromo. It’s one of three mountains in the massive Tengger Volcano complex. Stay on the lip of the volcano in Cemoro Lawang and then enjoy a great pre-dawn hike. One of the highlights of all my travels in Southeast Asia. Otherworldly is all I can say.
      In Bali, go to Ubud. It’s sprawling and there are way too many tourists, but it’s still great. Eat Babi Guling.
      Kuta has a great beach, decent surfing, but is otherwise pretty awful. Good for a night of people watching (drunk Australians mostly). But you won’t go more than five feet without being hit up to to buy the crap in their shops, girls, or drugs.
      Borneo –
      Gunung Mulu is an incredible national park. If you’ve ever seen the Planet Earth documentary about caves where they show the giant pile of bat dung, it was filmed here. Great opportunity for canopy walks, nature exploration, formal tours through caverns, and spelunking courses and seriously rigorous hiking trips.
      Kota Kinabalu (capital of the Sabah state) will be the better staging point for Borneo adventures, especially if you want to hike up Kota Kinabalu (the mountain). Nearby islands for beach trips, jungle treks, Orangutan sanctuaries, and great diving are not too distant. To be honest, I think it’s easy to eat up two weeks in just one of the Malaysian Borneo states.
      A note about the timing of your trip.
      Bali is very popular with Chinese tourists (Borneo to a lesser extent). I would recommend avoiding these destinations from July to mid-August (When schools let out and families go traveling) and during the Chinese New Year holiday (variable, but falls in January, February).

  • Rant: I really need to get a short term rental so that I can get the equity out of my house and look for a new house. Otherwise I apparently don’t qualify for the mortgage for the new house because the bank thinks I own both houses – WTF? How do other people do this? A short term rental is going to cost me an amazing amount of money, and there is no guarantee I’ll find a house in that amount of time. I’d prefer to be able to stay in my place until I find a new one.

    • This sounds like your loan officer either doesn’t understand what you’re trying to do, or doesn’t have that option available so he/she is giving you bad advice. People sell their homes and buy new ones simultaneously all the time. You make the offer for the new place contingent on the closing of the other place, usually leave a 2-3 day gap for funds to transfer from the sale, and get the buyer of your old place to let you stay those 2-3 days in your previous home. All this is addressed in the contracts for both sales. Unless you’ve got some nuance that you haven’t shared, this is pretty standard stuff. Let me know if you need the name of a few mortgage people. I’m happy to share. (I have my real estate license and refer clients to them regularly.)

    • Accountering

      Does this mean you are trying to purchase a new home, and rent your old home, but you can’t but the new home, without the rental income to offset the mortgage on your old home? I am trying to follow this, but it doesn’t make a ton of sense.

    • I’m not sure how the rental helps exactly. Wouldn’t it add a 3rd rent/mortgage to the mix? Have you looked at other banks?

      • I’d be able to sell my house, get the equity out to put down on the new one, and rent until I find one. If I could find a seller willing to take a contingent offer, it wouldn’t matter, but in this market, I haven’t been able to. And I need the cash out of my house to qualify for the new mortgage.

        • I was just in this position a year ago (whew, time flies). I think you’re making this too complicated – put your house on the market, get a contract on it, and then make offers on other places. You may be able to eliminate the rental altogether, or at a minimum not lock yourself in to a long lease, and you avoid the unnecessary financially complicating factors.

          • Plus, the way you envision doing this you have to deal with TOPA – why would you voluntarily add that into the mix?

          • Huh, there would be no TOPA. Unless I am understanding this incorrectly he would sell his house, find a short term rental for himself (3-6 months) and rent until he finds a place to buy. In this scenario the equity/down payment is in the bank, no contingency. Also, it sounds like he has made offers on other places and been turned down. I have to say if I had multiple offers on my house and only one of them was contingent I probably wouldn’t pick that one unless it was a really strong offer.

        • I’m surprised the lender is requiring you to actually have cash in hand from the sale of your house to qualify for a new mortgage. Don’t people use the money from the sale of their current house to buy new houses all the time? There must be a way to do it. Anyway, as others said, it sounds like you should shop around to other lenders. If that doesn’t help, maybe consider storing your stuff and trying to crash with a friend/relative as an alternative to a short-term rental?

    • I’m trying to purchase a new home and sell the old one. I’d love to write a contingent contract (it is what I did last time I moved), but in this market, sellers aren’t accepting them.

      • They do complicate things – but if your place is already under contract that will help greatly. The best thing you could do is get a buyer that’s flexible (maybe in a month to month situation) where they can give you up to 90 days to find something new, and be ready to close on a date certain after you notify them. This could mess with their financing (particularly) their rate lock…so it’d have to be the right buyer.

      • Would a “bridge loan” be a workable alternative to having an I-have-to-sell-my-current-house-first contingency in your contract? (Do lenders still do bridge loans?)

    • I’m not clear on what you’re trying to do. Are you trying to purchase another home and keep your rental? or will you be selling your existing place? The only way possible if you are keeping the place- is to either have a huge down payment and plenty of reserve for both homes. if you are selling- that should be easy- and have several options. You can try to do a lease back from new buyers, but the bank should be able to qualify you based on the future sale of your home.

    • A lot of mortgage people will let you count 3/4 of rental income from a signed lease as income. As long as a lease is signed, you might not need to move out before you buy another place.

  • Rant: I found out on Friday afternoon that a dear friend died. The more information I found out about this, the more heartbroken I am. I was supposed to see him in April when I traveled to his state for a music thing. His mom and sister both asked if they could come and meet me instead. This is so hard. Depression lies. It LIES. And it steals people away. I just am unable yet to wrap my head around the fact that I am actually never going to see him again, that I’ll never hear from him again. Do I send flowers to the funeral? Are they pointless? (Right now everything seems a little pointless and stupid, so forgive me for asking that).

    Rave: I haven’t cried yet today so that’s good, right? Also raves for friends who checked up on me periodically.

    Rant: For the “friend” who got VERY UPSET when I cancelled on dinner last night and explained why – I didn’t want to really be in a public place.

    Rave: Despite all of this, I had a lovely date on Saturday (he also knew what was going on). I guess I made it through well enough, because he called me yesterday to ask me out on another date this week. So I will go.

    Rant: Il Divo (I’m just calling the newish partner that, now) who can’t understand that things don’t just “happen” because he wills it to be so. There is a process. Respect the effing process.

    • I am so sorry for your loss. You could send flowers to the funeral, they’re not pointless. You could also make a donation in your friend’s name to the mental health charity of your choice (or if there is one that the family recommends). The family may have a preference, so if there is an obituary, see if there is something that says “In lieu of flowers, donate to X”. No matter what you do, send a card to his mom and sister telling them how heartbroken you are, and include in the card a good memory of him that you’ll always cherish.

    • Oh man, SinSA – I’m so sorry for your loss, that’s just so tough. I always like donating, when and where I can, to a cause or charity that may have been near and dear to the person lost/ person’s family.

      • I would much rather donate to a cause or hospital that he’s had an impact on/with. I’ll contact his mom this week and see where and if it’s something she would think is a good idea. (I’m also sorry for your loss)

        • I’m sorry for your loss. I send a sympathy card about 2 weeks after the funeral, and a thinking of you card 4 weeks after. Everyone else goes back to their regular life, but the family is still grieving.

  • Co-worker crush is being super friendly. I’m in the middle of a divorce; he has a live-in girlfriend with whom he has serious differences in important values. She’s younger and prettier than me.
    I want this to happen, but I don’t want to be the other woman. And I don’t want to embarass myself if his friendliness is just that.

    • All the Carolyn Hax columns I’ve read on this topic are making me hear the DING DING DING alarm bell when I read your post.
      .
      If this guy is coming on to you while he has a live-in girlfriend, he is being inappropriate (regardless of whether they have “serious differences in important values”). Bad enough if it were someone you knew outside of work, but given that it’s your co-worker, this has the potential for things blowing up in all the wrong ways.

      • Accountering

        As happens quite often (except with pop-up related matters! ๐Ÿ™‚ I agree with Textdoc here. Take this one slow, and tread very carefully. Could be the right situation, but given all of the things going on here, just be very careful IMO.

      • Oh, believe me, I know. Having been out of the dating scene for a long time, I am no good at figuring out what’s flirting and what’s just normal friendly adult behavior. I can’t help but be cautious. I do know he’s not “coming on to me”. He is completely appropriate. We’ve worked together for two years, and our friendship is just getting stronger/ better. I’d jump him in a minute (if not for the girlfriend, and my lack of confidence, but especially the girlfriend) but being as clueless as I am, I have to wait for something more concrete than an enthusiastic interest in my weekend activities and a pleasant compliment on my new haircut.

        • Even if he were flirting with you, would that mean anything? Plenty of people who are “taken” flirt, without any intent of things going any further.
          .
          If he were definitively interested in you romantically… what then? Do you have any indication that he would break up with his live-in girlfriend? Breaking up is a lot more difficult once two parties are living together, and some relationships that might otherwise have ended (or ended earlier) get dragged out when cohabitation is involved. (I speak as someone who learned that point the hard way.)
          .
          Even if he were interested in you and wanted to break up with the girlfriend… do you think he would be ready for a relationship? If you two got together and things didn’t work out, would it impair your working relationship?

    • Please don’t be a side chick. It never ends well.

      • Didn’t I say (repeatedly) that I am opposed to that?

        • Right… but what sort of chain of events are you envisioning here? Do you see any imminent signs of the guy and his girlfriend breaking up? If you don’t… wouldn’t you be better off re-channeling your energies elsewhere?
          .
          Sometimes, someone who’s unavailable (whether because of distance, already being taken, etc., etc.) is attractive precisely _because_ they’re unavailable. Perhaps you’re focusing on someone who’s taken because subconsciously, you feel like there’s less “risk” than with crushing on someone who’s actually available, and whom you _could_ actually date?
          .
          Don’t get me wrong — I understand that a strongly felt crush/attraction is difficult to talk yourself out of, particularly if you’re seeing this person every single day. But I think you could do with some distraction, particularly of a less-fraught kind — i.e., not a coworker, and not someone who’s already taken.

    • You’re in the middle of a divorce and want to start up something with a person who is already in a relationship? This sounds like a supremely bad idea and a disaster waiting to happen.

    • special_k

      Honestly, I think your best bet here is to work on your confidence and self-esteem. Not with respect to this guy specifically, but in general. That might also add clarity to what is definitely a sticky situation. Best of luck!

  • Accountering

    Rave/wish: Keeping my fingers crossed for the Iowa Caucus tonight. Please, please just let Hilary/Cruz win this one. I would be quite happy to see the electable Democrat and the unelectable Republican win. A Cruz/Clinton matchup this fall would save me the $30/month I will otherwise wind up donating, and some time saved from not having to knock on doors in Virginia.

    • Anonynon

      Hillary is electable? We will see about that one!

      • Accountering

        Yes, despite all of the bluster about Benghazi and Email gate, she is still very likely our next president. If an indictment were forthcoming – don’t you think they would have gotten there already? I trust the Justice department understands the stakes here, and they aren’t sitting on their hands. Their inaction to me, is action.

    • +1000 to this. Although I’m a Bernie fan. But I believe him and Hillary can battle it out just fine, I’m most worried about Trump.

      • Emmaleigh504

        This whole Trump thing has me deeply embarrassed and terrified.

        • Right? Like I literally feel like I should start making a contingency plan of what other country I might be able to move to if he’s actually elected. My brain keeps saying “There’s no way” but then the news seems to prove otherwise…

          • Accountering

            Theres no way… He is doing very well amongst uneducated white male republicans. That’s all well and good, as there are lots of them that vote in republican primaries, but a general elections sees a lot more minorities, women, and college educated folks. He isn’t close to putting together a winning coalition to take Ohio, Virginia, Florida etc, the types of states he will need to win the White House.

          • dcgator

            Hey Accountering….PLEASE BE RIGHT

          • Echoing dcgator – please oh please be right! Cause I’m currently feeling like FridayGirl, trying to come up with a contingency plan!

        • Here’s my issue: you may move to a different county, fine. But I’m more worried about my 401k/investments if he’s president.. Those will still be out on the market wherever I move, and I think his crazytown plan for this county will take our economy into a nosedive. Is anyone else worried about this, or is it just me??

          • Anonynon

            I don’t think its just you.

          • Allison

            I have this fantasy that if he becomes President, he’ll just be kind of corralled around by bureaucrats and nothing will get done. Because everything that a President wants to get done ultimately has to get done by staff level GS government employees and contractors. But what if they just…… you know……dragged their feet and kept coming up with reasons things couldn’t get done? And then he would bluster and fluster and threaten to blow the house down, and realize he’s surrounded by civil service employees who are just waiting out his term.

          • Allison — Unfortunately for the scenario you propose, there are a LOT of political appointees in higher levels of government (though obviously this depends to a degree on the agency. The president will likely be surrounded by appointees and insulated from regular GS employees.

        • I don’t think Trump could become president — the Republican Party establishment is pretty worried about him and is going to do its best to stop him from getting the Republican nomination.
          .
          I don’t think Trump could win a general election unless it involved one or more left-ish independent candidates.

  • Rant: DC Pools plan to start charging 5$ a day for residents. Free pools is the best part of DC? WTF?
    http://www.dcregs.dc.gov/Gateway/NoticeHome.aspx?NoticeID=5805079

    • gotryit

      I’m pretty sure those fees will continue to be waived for DC residents.

    • This came up on one of the listservs yesterday, and the DC official replied the same day (on a Sunday nonetheless – props to DPR on that one!). DC pools have technically had a fee for years, and it is waived for residents. This will continue to be the case moving forward, so no need to worry.

  • Rave: Hosted a wonderful dinner last night. I made Smitten Kitchen’s cognac dijon beef stew which was AMAZING. We drank awesome wine including a bottle we brought back from France on our honeymoon. And we had wonderful conversation. I have such great friends.
    Rant: Had trouble sleeping the past few nights. I’m so exhausted.
    Rave: Decided to work from home. I’ve been productive–it helps that my incentive is a favorite TV show for every 1,000 words written.

  • Anyone found a set of keys in Truxton circle area?

    Been retracing my steps 4 times now and can’t seem to find them (and spent night locked out of my own home). Live in Eckington and walked to Shaw/Truxton Circle and back but no luck. Keys are a blue fob, red Capital Bikeshare key, green Seattle Pronto Bikeshare key, USPS mail key, and a cabinet key on a faded green carabeaner. Thx!

    Keys would have fallen out if on the street either on the Unit and 100 block Q St NE, Unit to 200 block Florida Ave NW, 200-500 block R St NW, 1600-1700 block NJ Ave NW, 400 block Warner St NW, 1600-1700 block 5th St NW, 1700 block 6th St NW.

    • You might try calling Capital Bikeshare to see if anyone has contacted them — if I were the person who’d found this keychain, that’s whom I’d contact in the hope of getting it back to its owner.
      .
      (When I found a lost keychain a few years ago, I called the gym that was identified on a card (or maybe it was a fob) attached to the keychain. They gave me the name and phone number of the keychain’s owner — it turned out she was my next-door neighbor.)

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