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: Three weeks from hell with childhood illnesses. RSV, ER visits, stomach bug. And my son is so thin, anytime he is sick and doesn’t eat, it’s another layer of stres.
    Rant: Parents who knowingly send their children to preschool sick. How do I know? When a parent posts on social media how sick their kid was the night before, then they’re in school the next day…no bueno. They’re selfish jerks.
    Rant: Insomnia
    Rave: Flexible job – I got to stay home yesterday
    Rave: My folks, who always watch my son when he’s under the weather without question. I’m very lucky and it reminds me that the move was a good idea even if I’m lonely
    Rave: Found a decent GP, so that’s a good thing

  • justinbc

    Rave: After 7 years with my original Canon DSLR it’s finally time to upgrade the body, and likely some new lenses as well. So many options now though I’ve been (rant) pouring hours into researching to make the “right” decision. I have at least narrowed it down to three options, the 6D and 5DM3 from Canon, and D500 from Nikon. Anyone with experience with any and want to add a real human perspective (rather than all the nerdy techy reviews I’ve been reading), would be greatly appreciated!

    • I use the 6D (have 2 bodies) and love it. What do you like to shoot? 6D is great for low light, is lighter weight, slightly smaller body, 5DM3 has more AF points and better for faster subjects (sports, etc). 6D is less expensive, and overall I love it. Check Canonpricewatch for good deals and sales.

      • justinbc

        Primarily landscape (will likely buy the 16-35 ultrawide to pair with it) and people, so I’m thinking the 6D should be great without the need for the extra AF on the 5DM3. I like the WiFi upload capabilities as well.

        • I have the 16-35 as well, and understand the 16-35 f4 is significantly better (and sharper) than the 2.8 version. If you are doing landscape than you might not need the 2.8 anyway.

      • justinbc

        Thanks for the website, after a bit of looking this should save me several hundred bucks!

    • Speaking as someone who’s carried Nikons for 25 years, if I had a bag full of recent Canon mount glass and accessories, I would be very hesitant to completely switch. It might be a good opportunity to upgrade your “walking around” zoom, but if you’ve already got fancier lenses like a fast prime or a wide zoom and a decent flash why have to replace those, too?

      • agree 100%. you cycle through a lot of camera bodies over time, but lenses (unless dropped) last forever. Stick with Canon if you’ve already got good Canon lenses.
        I have the 5d mii and love it. great in low light and use it with the 24-105 mm as a walking around lens. I cant add much to the 6d vs 5dmiii discussion as I’m purposely not researching new camera bodies as I cant upgrade right now and don’t want to be tempted (but i’ll be following this thread….)

      • Agreed. If you have Canon glass (and if you’re familiar with their system) I’d stay Canon (and I’m a Nikon girl!) – I really don’t think it’s worth switching between systems.

        I will say I have a Nikon D5500 and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the wifi capabilities for travel. It’s not as convenient if you shoot in raw obviously (you need to store images as both which eats up your memory cards or else think far enough ahead to switch back to jpg mode for stuff you want to wifi) but it’s great for sharing on FB, etc while traveling!

      • justinbc

        My current Canon is ASP-C, so if I were to upgrade to full frame most of those lenses would wind up cropped, hence why I will be getting new lenses no matter what body I go with. In principle I totally agree with your sentiment though.

    • Might be a stupid question, but how do you know when it’s time enough to upgrade?
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      I bought a Canon xTI as a gift to myself about 10 years ago, and as much as I like it I’ve been salivating over newer models, but am hesitant about whether it’s “worth it” or if I should just learn how to use my camera better.
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      I generally only use my fancy camera when I travel somewhere cool (so 1-2 times a year), but have been debating a course or getting more into it for years now. My camera isn’t great at low light, so something better at that is tempting. Trying to figure out if the expense is justifiable…

      • I really really recommend Eliot Cohen’s classes – http://www.washingtonphotofocus.com/ I took one with him and it was so helpful – a good class might help you access your needs better.

        I upgraded my camera this summer – I wanted a better ISO range (helps with low light), faster shutter speeds and the wifi capability. Mine was also about 10 years old – they have gotten better since then so if you have the $ (and can find a good deal) might be worth it.

      • justinbc

        I’m not sure there’s a universal answer. I guess whenever the technological advances get to a point where you want them enough to fit them into your budget? In my case, I bought my 40D in 2009 and always intended to be my entry into “good” photography. I’m not really sure that I really need a new body even still, I get tons of great images from it that I use for books and wall prints. But I’ve got a huge tax return coming up and nothing I “need” to buy, plus a big honeymoon trip that’s almost entirely in outdoor settings so I want to capture the best landscapes I possibly can. The convergence of those two are why I’m personally choosing to upgrade, the added features, better ISO, better aperature, full frame vs cropped, wifi support, etc are all bonuses that make the decision an easier one.

    • I have quite a bit of experience using all sorts of pro-level Canon and Nikon equipment, and I much prefer the way Nikons feel in hand over their Canon counterparts. The buttons/screen layouts seem more intuitive to use. If I wasn’t heavily invested in Canon, I’d go to the Nikon equivalents, based solely on ergonomics. (They’re all close-enough in terms of tech for my needs.)

  • Anonynon

    Rant: Those 8.5% dog fish heads x3 last night + no dinner = massive headache this morning
    Rave: Coffee is helping
    Rant: Trying to be casual and suave but moving forward, how does one do that without revealing all his cards at once?

    • Any of my more successful relationships and my (current) most successful relationship have come out of both parties not doing the “casual and suave” thing for too long. Be yourself, be honest, and don’t get too caught up in what cards you’re revealing. Assuming you’re talking about relationships, that is.

  • Rave: Made it half way through the week. Last week most feds weren’t even back in the building at this hour. That blizzard was really a wonderful once-in-a-lifetime long weekend opportunity.
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    Rant: Relationship drama that seems to rear its head roughly once a month has made me realize that I have no clue what I’m doing in a longer-term relationship, including how often I need to see my SO and whether a relationship that’s on the long-distance side of the scale is sustainable (emphasis on MY Needs compared to His Needs compared to everyone else’s opinion that they seem entitled to).
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    Rave: Trader Joe’s Orange Cranberry scones in those paper bags that they keep near the register. They don’t always have them in stock, but boy oh boy when they do I am so excited about my morning snack.
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    Rave: Discussion with classmates last night made me realize for the first time in over 2 years that I am not the only one with a full-time job who feels completely incapable of coming home and focusing on homework (I vacillate between kind of wanting to throw up when I think about it, and finding enough other things to do that I don’t get to it), and who doesn’t really even like what they’re directly studying anymore. Doesn’t make having to figure it out any more tolerable, but at least I’m not the only one with this struggle.

    • One of my biggest tips for full time worker/part time students is to stay at work after you’re done for the day and flip to school work mode. If I went home I would get distracted by the dumbest stuff, but if I stayed at work, I could listen to lectures without being tempted to clean the bathroom.

      • Great advice. I’m in school full time and I even have to make myself do this. If I take my reading home, it takes me three times (at least) as long to get it done. I need like three snacks, to watch one last show, and then wash the dishes from said snacks. The library or school lounges are way less conducive to procrastination.

      • Ditto. When I was in school I’d actually come into the office on the weekends to do homework because I found I could focus better. Fewer distractions, and if I didn’t need the internet (pre-wifi) I could spread out in a conference room and have even fewer distractions

    • For the first issue (how often), talk to the bf. For the second, if you’re questioning whether 1-2 hrs away is too far, it probably is.

    • I think that the reality of a semi-long distance relationship is that one day the distance is not an issue, and the next day it becomes an issue. You can be trucking along and everything is normal and hunky dory with the distance, and then, boom, something happens and it’s an issue. For me, this used to manifest in me getting angry… like, my needs are that I need to see you on weekends and once during the week, and when that once during the week visit didn’t seem to be as such a high priority to him as it was me, I would get my feelings hurt, thinking that must have meant that he didn’t feel the same about our relationship, that we were on different pages, or whatever. It took lots of communication to overcome this, but overcoming it has strengthened our relationship in way that I don’t think we would have even had the opportunity to if we lived in the same city. We also had to deal with our individual needs and the opinions of other people, and really, what I learned was to fully understand why others were saying what they were saying; sometimes it’s genuine, helpful advice/concern, and sometimes it’s people projecting onto your relationship. At the end of the day, you need to decide what is best for you, and only you know truly what that is.

      • “You can be trucking along and everything is normal and hunky dory with the distance, and then, boom, something happens and it’s an issue.”
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        This is it exactly! And the situation is completely understandable from both of our perspectives (our work schedules are different, I have school + work, etc.) but it has been difficult to sit down and have the talk about what we each feel we need and how we can get there. Clearly, we need to do that.

  • Rave: My brother and s-i-l and nephew have concrete plans for a visit in April – I am sooooo excited, and DC is so pretty in the spring and fun to show it off!
    Rant: Feeling overwhelmed by pretty much everything in my life, and it’s leading to this bizarre paralysis that is in no way helpful and making everything worse. But I just don’t even know where to start.

    • LBP, I totally feel you on your rant. Treat yo’ self this week, don’t be too hard on yourself. If there are one or two easy things (I mean like, stupid easy, like cleaning your desk) you could do to gear yourself up each morning, that might help you start biting off small chunks of the more overwhelming tasks… (just don’t be like me and end up cleaning all day. Hah!)

      • Ha! No, cleaning all day would be a big part of the solution! It’s more just everything, every aspect of my life – financial, personal, living space, and especially work – feel like a wave that’s just building up and up and getting ready to knock me off me feet, and I feel paralyzed by the hugeness of it all. I’m not sure how better to explain it without going into more detail than I’m comfortable in this sort of forum. But thanks for your kind words, all the same.

  • Rant: Less than two weeks left to fundraise for the Cherry Blossom 10 miler and I’m only half way there. I might have to drop out or shell out even more money. Not having Facebook anymore is actually hindering fundraising.
    Rave: Maybe I’ll run the GW Parkway again instead. Last time I didn’t have a great run so it might be nice to try for a PR. Or maybe I’ll run a half marathon.
    Rant: My brother deploys in 2 days leaving behind his wife and 2-year-old twins. So tough.
    Rave: Body Pump last night at the gym. Love that class!

    • What’s body pump? Just looking at possible fitness classes – sounds interesting.

      • It’s an hour long weight lifting class where you focus on one muscle group for an entire song. There are 10 tracks total and the class follows the same format: warmup, squats, chest, back, triceps, biceps, lunges, shoulders, core, cool down/stretch. The point is to do many repetitions at varying speeds with lighter weights (from 5lbs-50lbs+) compared to what you’d use if you were doing free weights/bench pressing on your own with less reps. I like it because it keeps me honest in terms of weight lifting and getting a total body workout and I’ve seen some pretty decent results. Just a warning, the first time you do it, you will likely be sore for DAYS. But by the second class the soreness will be much improved!

  • Rant: Intense, upsetting dream last night where I basically dredged up every childhood issue in a very public argument with my mom and stepdad. I woke up in a cold sweat at four am.
    Rave?: At least I have something to maul over in therapy tonight.
    Rave: I managed to make it to the gym this morning and felt much better (and more awake) after a swim.

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rave: Mr. Zelda’s best friend and wife coming for a quick visit this weekend.
    Rant: Mr. Zelda sort of spaced on the date until last night! The house is not quite a trash heap, but we do need to do some quick tidying.
    Rave: Arrived home last night to find a king cake on the kitchen table. My parents are the best.

  • Anybody need a room in woodley? $965/month
    Revel: workshop day! Much more chill than being in the classroom
    Rant: I miss my babies! I hate leaving them with a sub

  • Rant: Ever since the snow, I feel the metro much stronger underneath my house.

  • Bear

    Rant: I have to find a new dentist because mine doesn’t take my new insurance. I love my dentist, this is really sad! And I HATE testing out new dentists, it’s the worst. Does anyone have recommendations for dentists who take CareFirst? Preferably in/near downtown?

  • Rant: Day 6 of headache/migraine. Yesterday it was mild enough to work, today I need to go home. It NEEDS to end.

    Rant: Several weeks ago I realized that two heirloom family rings were missing. Last night I realized the ring I had made for my 18th birthday and a small sapphire ring from my travels are also gone. Only my cleaners have been in my house. I’d call the police, but I doubt it’ll do any good. Just UGH.

    • Call the police and the company you hired. You have a clear idea of who committed the crime. If they pawned them, you can get that back since it’s stolen. I’d also check craigslist to see if they’re for sale. If nothing else, you can get them fired.

      • +100 to this. There is no downside to calling the police. Seriously. At least for the sake of other people whose houses they are probably also stealing from.
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        (And as a fellow multi-day migraine sufferer, please go home and rest! I know how bad it sucks.)

  • Rant: Feeling very out of sorts today. Had a terrible run yesterday even though weather was great, just couldn’t get into a stride.
    Rave: Obama’s proposed funding for heroin/prescription drug abuse treatment. Desperately needed in my home state and my home town.

  • Anyone in Columbia Heights want to give guitar lessons to a 3rd grader? Very basic, short lessons, like 20 minutes. Looking for someone nearby so that it’s not such a hassle to get to our house for said basic, short lessons.

  • Rave: It’s 50 degrees in Ann Arbor today. I’m a winter person but I did just enjoy a nice sunny walk without a coat.
    Rave: Very much looking forward to a trip home this weekend.
    Observation: This is my first time living with a cat and while I’m enjoying house/cat sitting, I have to say I don’t really *get* cats. I thought I wanted to get one at some point but I think I’ll stick to tiny dogs. My fiance is thrilled that I’ve had this learning experience.

    • re: the cats- i thought the same thing for years. i think it matters very much if the cat is “yours” or not. i could take or leave other people’s cats, but mine have become SO affectionate and loving over the two years i’ve had them. i think they can bond with their owners (well, feeders) and that the bond makes a difference.

      • Ditto! It takes time, but the cat I have became very dog-like over the years. Like runs over to meet me by the door when I come home on time, runs over to meet me by the door while complaining loudly if i’m late, sits near me on the couch, begs for food in the kitchen, etc.

  • Rave: first run in 2.5 weeks after (mostly) getting over the flu… felt great to be back out there and an added bonus was the weather

  • Rave – I ran two miles last night for the first time!
    Rant – Between the run and the gym class I took on Monday, every muscle in my body hurts.

  • Rave: Not as sore or out of shape as I thought I was.
    Rave: Finally found a contractor, and they came in under budget.
    Rave: Keeping track of my macros is tedious, but worth it.
    Rant: Didn’t bring enough food to work.
    Rant: Pooped!

  • I Dont Get It

    Rant: They moved the Porta-Potty to the sidewalk so I no longer live in El Casa de Portaview.
    Rave: I’ll always have my selfies!
    Rave: DC DPW picked up my mountain of garbage bags yesterday!
    Rave: Intentional or not, funny comments on the Bear post today.
    Rant: Getting sucked into ‘People v. O.J. Simpson’. Wasn’t it bad enough the first time?

  • Rave – Howard University’s Meridian Hill Hall …the vacant dormitory at 2601 16th Street NW (map) will be redeveloped into prime real estate for DC renters.
    Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners has entered into a 99-year ground lease with Howard University, and plans to turn the building into 200 rental units. The development team also includes MacFarlane Partners.
    “Howard University owns assets that are underutilized or not being used at all, as was the case with Meridian Hill Hall, our University will be far better served by eliminating the maintenance costs associated with them and deriving significant financial benefits that can be reinvested back into the University and operations,” Anthony Freeman, vice president of real estate for Howard, said in a press release

  • Rant: You know what grantees? Get yourselves together.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: I think I’ve gotten into a cycle of rebound headaches.
    Rave: had a lie in this morning.

  • I am an avid reader but I don’t post/comment a lot. I am a shy person and that’s what’s prevented me from coming to happy hours. I have gained a lot of helpful advice from reading a lot of the relationship stories! which are much appreciated.

    so I have my own rave/rant today!! I FINALLY got out of a long relationship that was no good. the person is lazy, no initiative, takes no responsibility for actions. AND its all about what they want when they want. I was paying for everything and I didn’t even get to do the activities I wanted. so you know what. Good bye! good riddance. I do not have time for a 29 year old man who acts like a 12 year old.

    • Hi she anon! Good on your for getting yourself out a bad situation! Best of luck moving forward.
      I hope to see you at a HH sometime soon. There are a lot of self described shy people there and really, the only thing better than relationship advice from random people on the internet is drunk relationship advice from random people you met on the internet.

  • Rave: I’m pregnant and most days am happy about it.
    Rant: I’m pregnant and uncomfortable, and still have time to go!
    Rave: Work is really great about my pregnancy and I get a generous maternity leave package.
    Rant: I still feel worried about taking all that time off, but know once the little spud is here, it will take all my attention.
    Rave: I’m healthy and have a good pregnancy thus far.
    Rant: It’s terrifying!!

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