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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  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: wtf New Hampshire
    Rave: after work seeing some people I haven’t seen in way to long

    • Hey, as long as NH is feelin’ the Bern, I’m cool with them!

      • The Bern may win the nomination, but he will never be elected president. Therein lies the problem.

        • Oh, I don’t know about that. A lot of people say “Oh, I like Bernie, but he’ll never be elected.” If everyone who liked Bernie voted he’d have a hell of a lot better chance at being elected. Also, I haven’t looked at polls since yesterday but last week RealClearPolitics (?) was still predicting that Bernie would win in a match up against Trump and I believe also Cruz. He was more likely to win against them than Hillary.

          • It is way too early to give these polls any credibility. Most people just aren’t paying attention yet. Anyone who thinks that a self-declared socialist who wants to raise taxes and vastly expand the federal government is going to be elected president is living in a fantasy land.

          • We shall see come November, eh?

          • Kenyondweller, you’re too hung up on the label. The polling shows that the vast majority of Americans want Medicare for all, campaign finance reform, higher taxes on the wealthy, maternity leave, and strengthening the middle class. These issues resonate across the political spectrum in spite of party label. Most Americans don’t realize that they are actually way more “socialist” on the issues than they personally identify.
            The issue is whether Bernie can convince folks to come to that conclusion for themselves.

          • As FridayGirl says, we shall seem come November, eh? πŸ™‚ I’m not the one that is hung up on labels. These labels matter to the American public. The attack ads against Bernie practically write themselves. If you haven’t already, watch Fox News for awhile. They are practically giddy over there about Sanders. No one feels the Bern quite like Rupert Murdock and the RNC. As for the Obama comparisons, there are important differences between the two, too many to go into here.

        • Everyone uttered the same pablum after Obama won Iowa in 2008. It feels like the same exact situation all over again – the momentum, the authenticity, the urgency of the message, etc. And what happened in 2008?
          Frankly, no one is excited about a Hillary campaign aside from 2nd wave feminists and those who depend on Democratic Party Inc for their paycheck (probably quite a few people on PoPville). Independents don’t like her and Republicans sure as hell won’t vote for her. Bernie can actually peel off working class voters who have been voting for the GOP the last few election cycles. His NRA rating will actually go a long way, as ridiculous as that is. No way in hell does Hillary have that chance of snagging blue collar whites in swing states.
          Regardless, I think we may see Bloomberg enter this race if Hillary sustains more damage. If Bernie wins either Nevada or South Carolina, Bloom’y is in the race.

      • Emmaleigh504

        I will never forgive them for picking Trump.

  • rant: The weather forecast says it is going to get feaking COLD!

  • That One Guy

    Question: is the use of punctuation, more precisely a period, while texting frowned upon? A friend tells me that using a period denotes anger or being curt.

    • What?? That’s the first I’ve heard of it.
      (Pro-punctuation here.)

    • I saw an article about this a couple weeks back but I can’t remember where it was published. I’m sure someone else here would know. However, I always use proper punctuation (as I would in any email/letter/etc.) and so do many of the people I know — and I don’t believe we have been viewed as angry or curt. So I’d say that assumption is a load of BS. But that’s just my personal opinion.

    • I think that using a period in a text comes across as trying to end the conversation (which I suppose in context could mean being angry/curt), unless your text has more than one sentence, and the period is just needed to separate the thoughts.

      • For what it’s worth, though… that study was conducted in the UK, where people use less punctuation in general. (And often end texts/e-mails with “x,” which is a friendly rather than a romantic gesture.)

      • I was thinking of this article… Maybe it’s because I spent too many years in the UK, but I see ending a text with a period in a sort of negative light.

        • Especially in the days of emoji’s and with short texts- hard to decipher tone. I tend to over indulge in exclamation points so people know I am excited and have a positive attitude!!!!!

        • Ha! Is this why most in the UK end with an “xx”?

    • I Dont Get It

      This “rule” is dumb. Period!

    • Emmaleigh504

      It depends on the context. Multiple sentences need a period, but a phrase doesn’t. Sometimes lol or an emoji is will denote the end of a friendly text or conversation.

    • That One Guy

      James Joyce is smirking in his grave.
      Maybe I’ll just text emoji and see what happens.

    • My wife is a bit curt when she has a period, but I love her anyway.

    • Sometimes I omit the period in a one-sentence text if I’m in a hurry and don’t want to switch to the numbers screen. Otherwise, I always use proper punctuation, spelling, and grammar in texts (and emails). I also spell out words and avoid acronyms and abbreviations like IMO, LOL, etc. But I’m an old fuddy-duddy who resists letting convenience spoil the English language. Soon I’ll be dead and the kids can communicate in abbreviations and emojis without people like me clogging the interwebs with needless ones and zeros.

    • Not to combine two hotly debated grammar points, but my phone automatically adds a period after a double space. Since I’m not giving that up, text recipients will have to live with the resulting periods.

    • oh
      hells no

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rave: Mr. Zelda seems to have gotten over whatever was making him a cranky pain in the ass the past couple of days.
    Rant: Stupid groundhog lied. Where’s my early spring???
    Rant Too freaking many meetings.

    • Hahaha — I was thinking the same thing this morning re. the groundhog and spring!

      • The outer fringes of the 10-day forecast are encouraging, though (yeah, yeah, low reliability, but I’ll cling to anything to get through this cold burst).

  • You guys: I have NEVER smelled someone else’s gum before that I can remember. Yesterday on my metro ride home I smelled two different varieties!
    Rave: Luckily it doesn’t bother me…it was kind of pleasant.

    • Haha! I’ll bet it’s because of yesterday’s post… now we’ll all be smelling for it.

      • I Dont Get It

        Geez, I was just gonna post above that using periods in texts are okay as long as you aren’t chewing gum but figured everyone had already moved on πŸ˜‰

  • SusanRH

    Rant: Just read the resignation letter of Jullette Saussy. OMG I knew our EMS system had problems, but had no idea it was this bad. Why can’t the city keep people like her employed? Our EMS system needs a major overhaul, but likely the Mayor will appoint another person from within and we’ll be stuck with the incompetence.

    Here is her letter: http://www.scribd.com/doc/298789450/Jullette-Saussy-Resignation-Letter

  • Rave: Back from an awesome vacation to see the family. I wish we could have stayed longer but I’m just happy we were able to visit.
    Rant: The rest of the week is going to be super busy when all I want to do is watch movies in my pjs.
    Rant: I still can’t get the image of this husband berating his wife in waiting room of my doctor’s office yesterday out of my mind. It really bothers me.
    Rave: I’m feeling more upbeat than I have in months.

    • Oh, I hate when stuff like your rant. Though I fully understand context counts a lot in these sorts of situations, it’s never easy to see and always makes you wonder if someone acts like that in public, private must be so much worse.

    • RRR – I had a similar situation on Monday in the waiting room at the doctor but it was a son berating his 85 year old mother. He went on and on and on for at least 20 minutes (the time I was in the waiting room). It was horrible, I can completely relate. I almost said something at one point, but I had to continue sitting next to him and wasn’t sure how he would react. The front desk person finally came out and stopped it once they knew it was going on.

  • Rave: I have made some really wonderful friends through PoPville and am so happy to have them in my life to help me sort things out and get a clearer head.
    Rave: Booze.
    Rant: Still feel like this sinus infection isn’t clearing up. Did I mess up with the booze? I know they say you shouldn’t drink while on antibiotics, and I didn’t until last night – hoping I didn’t shoot myself in the foot with that move. Mucinex seems to have stopped working as well.
    Neither: Trying to stay really calm and zen today and take things one step at a time.

    • still with the sinus infection and congestion? the last one took a few days to feel better for my wife, but eventually did. Fingers crossed your congestion improves soon.

      • yeah, usually I’m feeling much better within a few days of starting antibiotics, but this is now day three and I’m not making much progress. I’m afraid the next step is a visit with an ENT, but they’re going to tell me what I already know – you have crappy sinuses (thanks, genetics!) but we can’t do anything about that because with your other issues, we’re not touching you with a ten-foot pole. πŸ™ and I don’t want to pay a $40 copay to hear that!

    • Emmaleigh504

      I hope you feel better soon!

    • LBP, I hope you feel better soon!

    • I hope you feel better soon. My understanding is that alcohol just makes antibiotic side effects worse, not destroy efficacy — so you’re probably OK.

      • oh, that’s great! Cause I’m taking probiotics (spaced appropriately distant, time-wise, from my antibiotics) at my doctor’s advice, so things shouldn’t be too awful.

  • I Dont Get It

    Rave: Booked someone to install my garbage disposal through Thumbtack although that means
    Rant: I need to take down my Lenten tree before Friday.
    Rant: Lucy is being extra annoying today, barking for no reason.
    Rant: A few weeks ago I bought an extra heavy dog dish because Lizzy kept knocking the old one over splashing water everywhere.
    Rant: Now she sits in it or stands in it while eating, splashing water everywhere so I moved the bowl away from the food dish and now
    Rant: I keep bumping into the dish splashing water everywhere. #FML

  • That One Guy

    Rant: went rock wall climbing in my neighborhood gym and it sucked. Why does the “rock wall guy” not open up the wall and instead act like a personal trainer. You’re getting paid to manage the wall.
    Rant: need to build up hand strength.
    Rave: first time to the gym, literally, in years. Maybe this is the year where I start to get in some semblance of physical shape.

  • Rave: Nice. impromptu meetup last night with LittleBluePenguin, Hammers, and a friend of LBP’s.
    Rave: Tasty cocktails.
    Rant: I knew I was a lightweight as far as alcohol is concerned, but I didn’t anticipate that TWO cocktails were going to have the effect they did. I was in bed at 9, with a little bit of that “the room is spinning” feeling.
    Rant: This morning on Metro, the woman behind me was clipping her nails. ALL of them, not an isolated hangnail or torn nail. (The latter two scenarios would be excusable.)
    Rave: When I exited the Metro station, I was pleased to see/hear Countertenor Dude singing, rather than the usual no-talent buskers who perform with backing tracks.
    Rant: Got a hangnail after arriving at the office and discovered that the nail clipper I usually keep in my cosmetics bag is not there. I have a vaaaague recollection of having used it in my bedroom and not putting it back afterward.
    Rave: Was able to resolve hangnail without clipper.

    • It looks like I inserted an extra period in Rave #1. I swear I wasn’t doing it in response to the discussion on texts. πŸ™‚

    • Ha! I was thinking the same thing re: the drinks! man, I got back to my place, went to pour a glass of water, and totally missed the cup, resulting in a nice big spill! Had to eat some cereal and drink a bunch of water to get rid of that “the room feels a bit wiggly” feeling! Glad to know I’m not the only one! On a positive note, I slept like a log!

      • Where in the world did you guys get drinks? Not sure if I should go get one or avoid. Haha.

        • FridayGirl — This was at Walter’s (Walters?), a new-ish bar between D.C. Reynolds and Looking Glass Lounge (in northern Park View, near the Georgia Avenue-Petworth Metro).
          It’s actually a sports bar and I have zero interest in sports, but as long as there isn’t a significant game on, it’s workable. And they have a good happy hour (runs until 8, includes $5 specialty cocktails).

          • Ah, that does sound like a good happy hour. Maybe I will try it eventually — but just with one cocktail. Thanks!

    • Omg, a woman sitting behind me on the bus last week was clipping all of her nails! I turned around and looked at her but she didn’t stop! Like, it literally takes one minute. People must have a minute at home to do that, right?

    • Ha! I have the same problem with more than one cocktail yet I’m still always surprised when it happens.

    • hammers

      heh! I was feeling pretty good, but a little louder than normal after my second!

  • Rant: home with a sick kiddo… I can just see those vacation days ticking away.
    Rave: extra time with middle anonachild and having the ability to actually get down to the pharmacy to pick up some prescriptions that have been sitting for a while. I really need to look into mail order prescriptions.
    Rave: I’m lucky enough to have vacation days and job security when I have to take off. Yesterday’s discussion of homeless families really irked me; I don’t think a lot of people really get how hard it is for families who don’t have that sort of thing and are literally one sick day away from losing it all. Compassion seems to be in such short supply these days.

    • Grgghhhh irked me too. It is just really frustrating when people act like homeless, jobless, or whatever it may be are living some high life off the government. And it really sucks for a child in that situation.

  • Rant: Cranky that I’m still away from my husband…
    Rave: Get to be with him for seven whole days starting tomorrow night!
    Rant: Two of those seven days will involve obnoxious logistic gyrations to celebrate my birthday (the party my mom planned on an inconvenient date and location) and then celebrate my nephew’s christening.
    Rave: Had a great bike ride to the office. Now to embrace the nomadic life and set up in front of a window and write.

  • Rave: marginally better sleep from the baby the last two nights. I’ll take it!
    RAVE: daughter has been much more agreeable and less melty the last two days. I’ll REALLY take that one.
    Rave: 3-day weekend coming up with not much planned.
    Rant: wish I could have come up with a cute idea for daughter’s valentines but store-bought cards (that come with temporary tattoos) will have to do.
    Rave: If that’s my worst rant of the day, I’m not doing too badly!

  • Rave: Recent convert to overnight oatmeal, using apple cider gives it a great flavor. Also converted my father and sibling!
    Rave: Getting excited for band camp this weekend- I’m going to learn to play the drum in 3 days. And form a band, and perform in public πŸ™‚
    Rant: Sidewalk re-construction is shaking my house

    • I like the cider idea! More details? We’ve recently gotten into overnight-cooked oatmeal as well.

      • Wow, I’ve done overnight oats almost every weekday for 2 years now and have never heard of using cider. Huh….

    • I was inspired by a recent WPost article ” Why muesli is so basic but satisfying β€” and how to make it ” – interesting history of the making of muesli, recipe is at the end. I tried it a few times w/grated apple and decided it made it too sweet/watery
      Now get off my lawn you construction guys. You’re stepping on my pansies!

  • Rant: In order to become a more mobile workforce or some crap we were all given bluetooth headsets. We got to choose between over ear or half headphone with microphone. We can (in theory) take normal calls on this and it integrates with blah blah blah. I hate it. I have yet to make or take a call successfully with it. I tried listening to pandora with it, but it’s one ear! It sounds awful. I feel like a robot wearing it just in case someone calls me. I barely ever get calls!
    Rant: per usual, IT has given us something that we have no administrative rights to update. The software was out of date as soon as I got it and I can’t update it myself. Guess what? It’s not getting updated, I just don’t care enough to contact IT about a thing I don’t even know how to use.
    Rant: This is officially the day I became an old curmudgeon who is totally out of touch with technology.
    Rave: my dog cracks me up and he kissed me last night. Maybe he’s not totally devoid of affection.

    • Ha! So much about technology makes me feel curmudgeonly too! Glad DOG is a bright spot in your bluetooth-ridden day!

  • Rant: Really cranky about the fact that I won’t see my fiance for six weeks. While long distance generally is not my favorite, I am REALLY not a fan of work travel to three different continents with crazy time zone changes. Stupid work.
    Rave: We had a great early Valentine’s Day celebration. I’m a big Valentine’s person and I’m grateful to have a significant other who also embraces it.
    Rant: Have an oral argument in 15 minutes. Then have to argue four times on Saturday. Did 10 straight hours of research yesterday. This has been the week from hell at school.
    Rave: Helping out the Admissions Office tonight to call admitted students and answer their questions. That kind of thing and giving tours is always a nice refresher on why I love Michigan – especially needed during the week from hell.

    • That’s really rough. I feel you – I’m coming off 4 weeks with my husband away across multiple time zones and countries (mostly Asia/SE Asia), he’s back for a week and a half (cause it’s my birthday!) while I live in DC and he’s in NYC. And then he’s off for another two weeks. It’s been rough but the work travel was worth it in that he feels passionate about the work and loves the people he works with.
      If he doesn’t have one already, urge him to get an unlocked phone and a so Whatsapp/Skype/check-ins aren’t limited to Wifi enabled places. And get a little widget on your phone/computer so that it shows you the time in his new location. Best of luck!

      • topscallop

        I feel you too! I just got back from 4 weeks in 3 countries and missed my SO like crazy. Viber was a lifesaver.

      • Thanks all, for the advice and the words of solidarity! I’m hoping we will be okay since he has a paid work phone and will only be in major cities in Asia, Africa, and South America. I will look into Whatsapp and Viber.

        UDPie – I always feel for you when you talk about your DC/NYC commute. That sounds so hard but it sounds like you are managing it as best as possible. We will be doing that this summer when I’m living in NYC and he’s in DC but at least it will just be for 2.5 months.

        • (There’s also KakaoTalk!)

        • Definitely look into Whatsapp – I love it!
          Thanks so much for the support – it’s rough but my husband has a great job, we live in a great place, and we’re lucky I have a supportive boss who is ok with telecommute 2 days/week. It also helps that DC and NYC are such cool cities and we have good friends in both, so no one gets bored πŸ™‚

    • I’m feeling your rant. My fiancΓ© leaves tomorrow to go to India for three months and I’m going to miss her so much. At least she’ll be in the same time zone the whole time, and I’m visiting in March.

  • Kukki Bakemono

    Rave: I leave for Reykjavik, Iceland tomorrow.
    Rave: Just discovered there is a small cafΓ© near my hostel called “C Is For Cookie”. Cookie Monster is my spirit animal as you can tell by my username.
    Rave: I am so excited for my trip I think I may just pee mys…oh…well…too late.
    Rant: Wore light colored pants today.

  • Rant/Rave: Dating is exhausting. Taking a break, deleted all my apps. Maybe I’m doing it wrong.
    Rant: Valentine’s Day.
    Rant: Hating that I care about Valentine’s Day.
    Rave: Exploring a new bar tonight!

    • Just try limiting to one or two apps, having all is overwhelming. There ARE good people out there on dating apps, it just takes a lot of filtering and a lot of ‘ok dates’

      • That’s good advice — I should try it. I had narrowed down to OKC, Hinge, and Tinder, but that’s still too much. When I first started dating (a couple months ago after an LTR), I enjoyed meeting people just for the sake of it, so the ok dates were pretty interesting anyway. Now I find them to be demoralizing. Maybe that’s more evidence for a break.

        • You know yourself best, taking breaks is always a good thing. I don’t know if your a guy or a girl, but bumble is a good option (especially if your a guy).

          • Ooh! Can you explain Bumble to me? Why is it good for guys? I’m a girl, and had very little success with it. I generally found that the vast majority of guys I wrote to never wrote me back. I don’t think it’s what I’m saying, because on the other apps, generally people I talk to respond and a good number want to meet up — but I also rarely text first. On Hinge, I found that when I texted first, 9/10 times the guy never responded.

          • Realized that was unclear — I tried texting first on Hinge and then gave up because the response rate was so low. So maybe this is just the burden of whoever talks first, regardless of gender?

          • I used hinge for a while, it seemed like you get matches but people don’t actually use it to go out with each other…more of an ego booster if anything. Bumble is good for guys because in theory the guy should be selective on the girls he picks, and then once a match occurs the girl has the option to review the match and not get any creepy message from the guy if they decide it was an accident or something. When I got messages I usually took that as a sign that the girl was interested in chatting and if he clicked I would ask her out. I would say a more creative first message to a guy helps, although sometimes its hard to be witty based on the limited info given. Iv gone out on 2 or 3 bumble dates and I would say they have been much better matches then using OKC or Tinder

          • Cool, thanks. I’m sold. That will be my try-again-but-only-one-app-at-a-time app for when I’m ready to meet more strangers πŸ™‚

  • Rant: Employer told me they have no duty to provide us drinkable water, but they do so as a courtesy. Wow. I suppose it’s true, but wow, so no access to potable water in an office is cool? I’m perplexed. Am I wrong?
    Rave: after work seeing friends!

  • Garment sewing brunch update as promised: 11 am Sunday 21 Feb, lower level Penn Quarter Teaism. Look for the table(s) with piles of fabrics. We usually hang around for about 2 hours. Bring any fabrics, notions, patterns, etc that you would like to swap, and/or a big bag to drag home your new goodies (many people are desperately trying to reduce their stashes, stuff not wanted at the end is sometimes taken to a donation center afterwards). This is a low-key, friendly group, primarily garment sewing but some people also do quilting/costuming/home dec/etc.

  • Rant: Was looking at the 7-day forecast and did a double take when I saw that the predicted low for Saturday night was a single digit (8 F). Yikes!!

  • Rant: Is there a cold going around with a prolonged sore throat and lots of congestion? It seems like a lot of people I know have had something (no flu-like fever) that’s been lasting for over a week… and I don’t want it. But also, it makes me sad to keep avoiding people…. Boooooo……

    • Yaaaaassssss. This is what the kiddo has, and sadly, I now have a tickle in my throat :/

      • I had the tickle in my throat for about a week. Sudaphed helped clear it up, but its still lingering a bit but not as irritating as the first few days.

        • Bah! Well that sucks. I hope you guys feel better :/ Co-workers and boyfriend both have it. Now I’m playing the will-I-get-it-even-if-I-try-to-avoid-it game and wondering if I should just proceed with my life as usual since clearly no one is getting better soon. Lame!

  • Rave: 32 weeks along and still feeling great. though anxiety about what to buy before the babe comes is on the horizon.
    Rave/Rant: sending husband off on his last pilgrimage to Mecca, I mean to DC, for the next 6 months at least. Very jealous and wish I was going with him, but I know he will have a blast.
    Rave: huge deadline at work was yesterday and after working multiple 12 hour days in a row, I’m dedicating today to Popville. πŸ™‚

  • I Dont Get It

    Bonus Rant: The Scaffold Otters outside my window are wearing Hazmat suits. Should I be concerned?

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