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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  • RANT: New reports that the streetcar *might* open in a few weeks. At this point, it’s hard to care.
    RAVE: Long weekend!

  • Rant: Girlfriend under a huge amount of stress, some of which inevitably trickles down .
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    Rant: Girlfriend suffering from insomnia, some of which inevitably trickles down.
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    Rant: Ex e-mailed wanting to get together to discuss life challenges she’s going through.
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    Lesson of the day: Be very careful how you broach subject of contact with ex’s with stressed, insomniac girlfriend.

    • Good lesson to learn. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Accountering

      To your lesson of the day: I don’t think being “careful” should be necessary. For Andie and I, we are both just exceedingly honest about any contact with the ex. There is a ton of trust there, and ultimately, neither of us has control over how our respective ex’es are going to act, what they are going to do or say.

      • People are human. If you’re feeling battered, insecure and chronically fatigued and, out of the blue, someone drops a “by the way the (did I mention much younger?) ex wants to touch base” for a reason that could easily be construed as a pretext, you might not react with rational equanimity. I have a certain guarded admiration for people who can deal with these things logically (though it always ends up badly in the movies) but I’ve never really encountered it and don’t really expect it.

        • That One Guy

          In my mind a girlfriend, in the condition you described, would have put her foot to my face and snapped your phone in half. How did you escape with your life?

      • Also, since it’s not a regular occurrence, there’s no precedent or calming through repetition.

      • I think that being exceedingly honest is always key in these sorts of situations, and yes, Irving Street is absolutely correct that one’s state of mind at the moment of honesty may influence the reaction.

    • Good safety tip Egon

  • Who knew? I just found out that the holiday on Monday is officially (at the federal level) “Washington’s Birthday,” and not “President’s Day.”

    • Yep. I can’t remember where I’ve seen that stated, but the clarification always sounds a little arch to me.

      • I Dont Get It

        What was the clarification? And isn’t Monday actually closer to Lincoln’s birthday (2/12) than Washington’s (2/22)?

        Oh and Happy Birthday Abe!

        • I had an “official document” that had to be signed off at work and the use of “Washington’s Birthday” attracted attention and drove a little Googling. Apparently, the legislation to create the holiday tried to change the name but Congress — no doubt led by unreconstructed confederates in the Senate — wouldn’t approve the name change to implicitly include Lincoln.

        • IDGI — This is the OPM wording I was thinking of:
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          Monday, February 15* – Washingtonโ€™s Birthday
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          *This holiday is designated as “Washingtonโ€™s Birthday” in section 6103(a) of title 5 of the United States Code, which is the law that specifies holidays for Federal employees. Though other institutions such as state and local governments and private businesses may use other names, it is our policy to always refer to holidays by the names designated in the law.

  • Rant: Emails for the 10 year HS reunion have started, along with the fb group. I’m torn between intrigue and dread. The only friend I’ve kept in touch with from HS has promised me that he’ll come with me in solidarity.
    Rave: I can’t deny how fascinating it is to creep on people from HS’ facebook pages. How did one of the manage to have four children since then? I mean. I know how, but also. HOW?
    Rave: This Friday signifies the end of one of the worst, longest weeks I’ve had in quite some time.

    • Back in December, my best friend from high school and I had a great time stumbling across Facebook pages of the “cool kids” from high school. They really lived up to movie stereotypes! Can’t say I would go to a reunion. I do look forward to my fiance’s ten year coming up.

      • Accountering

        In my case, a good number have turned into such losers.Working crappy jobs, putting on weight, living in the suburbs, and supporting Trump.

        • Same. But what really shocks me is how many have adult or nearly-adult children. I’m a young parent in DC, because I had my first at 30 instead of 40+. But back on the farm, many classmates got married and started families right out of high school. Which means they now have kids 20+ years old. I don’t think I’ve seen any FB evidence of grandkids among my former peers yet. But it’s still mind boggling.

          • I’m in the same boat as you wdc, though I had my first kid in my mid-20s (which means you may as well strap a second head on me in DC). My cousin is one year older than me and just had his first grandchild.

          • Same here with kids. I have a 1.5 year old and people I went to school with (only a few) who have grandchildren older than him. A bunch of people I went to school with have kids in high school and some who have already graduated! I am 34 btw.

          • A woman that graduated a year ahead of me (and had a kid in high school) is about to become a grandmother. She’s 35

          • That’s how I feel about the girl with 4 kids by age 28. Her eldest is 7 or 8! I have a dog and was so proud of buying a large plant this weekend, and that’s all the responsibility I feel equipped to handle at the moment. Her kids will be grandparents before my plant bears me any grandplants.

          • Accountering

            That’s central Delaware for you!!

          • Haha — I like the “grandplants.”

    • I didn’t go to my 10 year reunion because I already knew what everyone was up to thanks to Facebook. I saw photos of the reunion and only the popular crowd went anyway, so I’m glad I didn’t go.

      • This was how my 15th was. The same people who you thought 15 years ago would go, went. I really had no desire to drive 30 miles to attend and relive the “glory” days.

        • I think this is how any of my reunions would be. There was pretty much nothing I liked about high school so I don’t think I’ll ever take the time to go back. PSA: if anyone is considering a secondary school for (especially driven but quiet/rule following) kids, I can give you lots of reasons not to!

    • IMO, reunions are worth going to IF you don’t have to fly somewhere, get a hotel, etc.
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      I’ve been to recent reunions and actually enjoyed them more than I thought I would… but I’m not entirely sure I’d want to shell out $$$ if the geography dictated it.

    • Mine’s not too far across the river in VA, and I defriended a lot of people in fb purges over the years, so it may be interesting to go see who’s up to what, and it really isn’t too inconvenient. On the other hand, as an introvert, small talk with 1,200 people whose memories of me include steel toed Doc Martins (no regrets!) and braces sounds pretty exhausting. I have a few months to decide, so we’ll see! I just wasn’t expecting it and then BAM – inbox attack.

    • At least you got invited to your reunion. I didn’t receive an invitation to my 10 year or 15 year reunions. For the 20 year reunion, I got an invitation at the last minute after all of the deadlines for turning in money had passed. It felt like an after thought so I skipped it. Didn’t think I missed anything though since I heard that only the popular crowd went and I couldn’t stand them anyway.

      • For my 10 year they did it by Facebook invite. It was a mess. So many people were complaining that so and so didn’t even know about it because they don’t have Facebook. People complained about the location, cost, time of year. Oh man, I was moving in with my SO that weekend so I was happy to have an excuse as to why I couldn’t go. About 40 people went…I graduated with 500 people soooo yeah.

    • One of the girls at my high school was pregnant with her third at her graduation. Ahhhhhh, Midwest. I don’t miss you.

      • Oh my. Was she raising them?? I knew one girl who got pregnant with her second in HS. But she had placed the first one for adoption, and then was sad about it, so deliberately got pregnant again.

  • Rant: Jerky, stop and go commutes home on the Orange/Blue/Silver lines for the past two nights with no explanation. And then I heard this morning that an Orange line train came within 200 feet of hitting another train near Smithsonian. Sigh.
    Rave: It’s Friday! And a long weekend!
    Rant: I’m a democrat. I don’t like either candidate. Feeling discouraged by this entire election.
    Rave: Early dismissal from work! Going Valentine’s day shopping for DH–something sentimental I know he’ll like.

    • I’m in the same boat, re: your second rant. I was so energized by the last election and I’m already over this one.

    • Accountering

      I am mostly frustrated with the republicans, and as such am happy that both of our candidates seem to be quite reasonable. Frustrated with the ridiculous partisan fighting between Bernie and Hillary supporters though.

      • Maybe that’s what’s frustrating me most? I’m not sure. I think it’s that I was never a huge Hillary fan. Also I’m not a huge fan of Bernie the more I learn about him. I wish Obama could run again, at this point. Or maybe that Warren had decided to run.

      • The partisan fighting between Bernie and Hillary supporters is driving me nuts. It’s disheartening. We need to be united force, not at each other’s throats. I just want this election to be over with.

  • Rant: Furnace seems to be dying again. It just can’t keep up with these cold temperatures!
    Rave: Might warm up next week? Maybe we’ll actually make it until April 1 to take advantage of the manufacturer rebate?
    Rave: Good excuse to do some baking. The peanut butter blossoms were a big hit all around. And I’ve got a craving for home-made bagels.
    Rave: Three-day weekend might afford enough time for making bagels ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I love peanut butter blossoms. My mom makes them every year for Christmas and it’s a big tradition in our household ๐Ÿ™‚

      • So tasty! Especially with the dark chocolate hershey kisses. And using the pre-made peanut butter cookie dough makes it an easy toddler-assisted baking project!

  • Rant: Just learned (from the Petworth News blog) that WMATA is going to be closing the east-side entrance to the Georgia Ave.-Petworth Metro station FOR FORTY-FIVE WEEKS.
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    FORTY-FIVE WEEKS.
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    I don’t know whether to laugh really hard or cry really hard.

  • Rant: The charming fetus kept me up all night kicking me no matter what position I moved into. As if I am the one taking up too much room in this symbiotic partnership?!?
    Rave: Not much longer to go, and I’m growing an active, fiesty little one.
    Rant: I talked to my dad earlier this week, and he doesn’t sound so great. He’s been doing so well with his cancer diagnosis that it took me a bit by surprise. Just an unpleasant reminder that “doing so well” is not the equivalent of cured.
    Rave: Going to see my dad this weekend after my hometown shower.

  • Rave: Home with the husband. Plus he made dinner and we enjoyed watching the debate (and debating ourselves!) last night.
    Rant: Just arrived in NYC last night and off to Philly tomorrow morning early for *my* birthday party and then the next day my godson’s Christening. Nothing like riding the rails/highways up and down the NE corridor…
    Rant: Trying really hard not to be cranky about the above. And to be thankful. And not to be cranky about the husband having to leave for another long overseas trip next Thursday.
    Rave: Had to reevaluate work priorities and decide where to invest my time, and yesterday it paid off slightly through major props from our managing director for an outcome and strategic decision I led.

  • Rave: Belated thank you for the Tokyo recommendations yesterday.
    Rant: Brand new furnace leaking. HVAC guy came last night, believed it was a frozen pipe – nope.
    Rave: It’s new enough that I can say “fix it” without getting involved, or worrying about cost.

    • Additional Rave – The Triumph the Insult Comic Dog visit to a college campus. Hilarious. (Yes, I know I’m terrible, uncaring, insensitive, etc.)

    • HaileUnlikely

      New furnace leaking already? Just out of curiosity, what HVAC company do you use? I’ll need one in the next 3-5 years and would be inclined to avoid them…

      • I would rather not say at the moment, because I’ve been generally happy with them and I’m not sure it’s their fault – there are several possibilities, including the building inspector for insisting on a ridiculous change that could have directly led to this problem. But I’ll keep you posted

        • HaileUnlikely

          Fair enough, thanks. FWIW, the highest rated HVAC company in Consumer Checkbook returned by a search for companies that serve DC is one called Davis & Davis Inc. I found that unfortunately for me they actually do not serve DC, only Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties. Might be useful for you if you have issues not covered by warranty though…

          • I am in upper NW, and have been using Davis & Davis for over a decade now (for my heating system only, since the central AC is separate, was recently installed and I use the company that did the installation for that). Davis & Davis has done regular checks and several times when repairs were necessary. They have been good at working on an older (gravity/hot water) system. I didn’t get it inspected this year, but never had any issue with them coming to DC. I do arrange for off-street parking for them.

  • Rant: I have a friend who’s going through a major depressive/anxiety episode. He needs to see a psychiatrist right away — he has an appointment at the end of the month, but really needs to see someone now. I wish there were an urgent care for mental illness. Anyone have any ideas about where he could go to see someone sooner?

    Rave: weekend.

    • I can recommend the Ross Center they don’t take insurance so you have to pay out of pocket and then submit it yourself but they normally can see people pretty quickly.

    • I would have him reach out to the psychiatrist he’s already scheduled with first. They may be able to accommodate him earlier if he pushes back a little. It sucks that this stuff can be so hard to arrange. Good for you for being there. I hope he’s able to get help more quickly.

    • I’d call National Alliance on Mental Illness (800-950-6264) – they have a great support line that can help you locate psychiatrists with availability. Good luck.

      • Is he in DC or in VA/MD? Because I found there are county health services (at least in NJ) that offer intensive support when a therapist is unavailable. Perhaps there are county services where he is located.

          • If you think your friend is in immediate crisis, he can call:

            D.C. Department of Mental Health Access Helpline
            Call 1-888-7WE-HELP 24 hours a day/7 days a week. A mobile crisis team can be dispatched to your home or other site in the community.

          • The DC Adult services division says the following:
            Same Day Urgent Care
            You can walk into a clinic and be seen the same day without an appointment from 8:30 am to 3 pm. Services include assessment, counseling, psychiatric evaluation and medication management. You may be referred to a community provider for ongoing care. If you have questions, please call (202) 442-4202.

            Additionally, if your friend has said anything remotely threatening to his life or others, or has made any actions/sent any texts/e-mails/facebook messages about the desire to hurt himself or others, please take him directly to the hospital. Don’t wait (speaking from experience here) or question if it’s serious.

    • Thanks to all of you for your suggestions and help, btw.

  • Rant: The upcoming freezing weather. This is my social weekend. I have happy hour tonight, a party tomorrow and want to do brunch on Sunday. While I will not let the weather damper my plans, I’m not thrilled about the prospect of being out and about in sub zero weather.

    Rave: My shows are coming back from winter break. HTGAWM was on point yesterday. Love Viola Davis, she is a masterclass on acting. The House of Cards promo looks good, though I’m so fatigued from real life politics.

    • Ok, let’s not get dramatic. It won’t be sub-zero…unless you’re measuring in Celsius.

      • Actually, the windchills are supposed to be below 0 on Sunday.

        • Windchill, schmindchill….invented by local TV news to make their weather reports more dramatic and drive ratings (same with the heat index). I scoff at wind chill! At any rate, people do OK out in the Midwest, where it routinely gets below zero without wind chill — this weekend’s temperatures seem pretty survivable for bar- or museum-hopping.

          • I do plan on still going out. I have a happy hour that I spent a month planning tonight, and I’m convinced everyone is going to bail. Especially now that they are forecasting snow at rush hour. All those weeks of careful coordination down the drain. ๐Ÿ™

      • Sigh. Not literally sub zero, figuratively. And I will be dramatic. I hate the cold, I hate freezing weather. I will go full theatre kid drama on this mess.

    • I Dont Get It

      Check out “Viola Davis Calls Her Cell Phone Provider” on YouTube for some Viola realness.

    • That One Guy

      As I told someone else, if you’re going to go out remember to cover your entire body. That includes covering your head to cover the shame of being out when you should be indoors.

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rave: FRIDAY! This has been quite a week.
    Rave: Three-day weekend. I really think there should be a three-day weekend every month.
    Rant: Nothing at the moment. I’m feeling a little cranky, though, so I’m sure that will change.

  • Rant: Snow?!?!? Getting to the airport at 6pm is going to be a real joy.
    Rave: My best friend will be in the car with me, so that’ll help a LOT!
    Rant: Having trouble focusing and need to get some crap done.
    Rave: I haven’t passed the point of no return on actually accomplishing it all (yet)

  • palisades

    RAVE RAVE RAVE: Early v-day dinner with the GF last night at Casa Luca. Absolutely incredible meal. We were treated so well. The waiter was knowledgeable and attentive. And of course the food, my god the food. And we got free sorbet at the end for no reason!

  • Rave: Looking forward to some fun this weekend
    Rant: It is unbearably cold out!
    Not sure: Will be talking with my roommate tonight to try to figure out for sure what we’re going to do about our living situation.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: The cold, it’s demoralizing.
    Rave: hot tea, hot soup, and radiators.

  • Rave – I just gonna come out and say it – I love the cold weather!
    Rant – I want the cookie in that photo.
    Rave – Three day weekend coming up and my folks are coming to town, I’m so excited to see them.

  • Rant: Scraped up a car pretty badly getting out of a parking spot yesterday. It was one of those very narrow streets that should be one-way but is actually two-way. I was so worried about hitting the car across the street that I scraped up the car in front of me. I left a note, but ughhhh @ however much it will cost.
    Revel: Got some Valentines from my babies. They’re all very sweet!

  • Rant: Supervisor’s personality is just not my style, and it’s slowly driving me crazy. What are you doing that helps the office, they said. “What kind of things do you need?” Figure it out, they said. And every time I try to do something that I think will be useful it’s either dismissed, or I haven’t done it quite right and have to re-do it, or she just never gives feedback. It makes me want to do even less.
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    Rave: FRIDAY FRIDAY! Wooooooooooooo.
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    Rave: Only a few more months and then two large parts of my life will change (school & work). SO EXCITED.

    • I had a job like that for a few years where I could have written exactly that. I wouldn’t have said at the time that I was miserable, but once I left, I lost weight, my skin cleared up, I took up a worthy hobby, reconnected with people I hadn’t realized I’d lost touch with… A bad job affects every part of your life. Run away!

  • Rave: In a surprisingly good mood. Aiming to enjoy it while it lasts!
    Rant/rave: Need to do some major tidying/cleaning/organizing this weekend in advance of a houseguest’s arrival.
    Rave: For some reason I’m kind of looking forward to it — I did a little bit last night and was feeling pretty energized.
    Rant: Super-cold temperatures.
    Related rant: I’m worried about my daffodils that got confused (?) and started sprouting in January. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see.
    Rant: Not enough sleep. Feeling groggy.
    Rant: My cat’s penchant for pestering me in the morning until I finally get out of bed and hop in the shower… and then when I get out of the shower, she’s nowhere to be found. Hellooo, I thought you were so anxious for my company?

    • I’m having this issue with the cat I’m taking care of. She is right on top of my head until I get up and then gone. Super annoying.

      • To be fair, I should note that she’s not always fickle on that front — often, I get out of the shower and find her waiting for me in the hallway. It makes me say “Awwww…. loyal cat!” ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Clueless

      Cleaning/tidying makes me feel euphoric!

      • Agreed! It’s such a de-stresser!

        • Emmaleigh504

          y’all are welcome to supplement your euphoria by stopping by my place. ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Seriously! I wish tidying made me feel euphoric. I don’t mind deep cleaning and scrubbing, but I really dislike tidying/purging/re-organizing things. My bathroom and kitchen are spotless but I always seem to have piles of clutter around me.

          • I’m getting antsy about starting! I might start taking things off hangers tonight in preparation for KonMari tomorrow!
            I am picturing my life as a more creative, more nimble, less burdened person. How is that not exciting?

          • Happy KonMari-ing Jesslet! I’ve done the KonMari light by breaking it into more manageable pieces (just doing shirts, then shoes, then dishes).
            I enjoyed putting my clothes went back into circulation via donation so they could bring someone else joy ๐Ÿ™‚
            Dreading doing the piles of paperwork – that’s not going to be a light task ๐Ÿ™

          • MPinDC — I hear you on the piles of paperwork. SO. MUCH. PAPERWORK.

          • 3rd-ing the paper work thing. That’s where I ALWAYS get stuck. I would love to just throw it all out because it sure as hell doesn’t “spark joy” but I’m pretty sure I can’t just chuck my W-2s and stuff like that.

    • topscallop

      I hope it’s a welcome houseguest! I too will be cleaning this weekend, taking advantage of the cold forcing me to stay inside as much as possible.

      • Yep! Not the Visiting Family Member I’ve ranted about in the past (though VFM is due to return at some point while in transit back to where VFM lives).

  • Rant: I have been so focused on keeping kids healthy that I failed to keep myself healthy. I see a course of antibiotics in my very near future…
    Rant: Having a moment where I just do not understand the weird dynamic between my BF and his ex. It really makes me question things in a way that I would rather not.
    Rave: The weekend is here! Excited for the Walking Dead on Sunday!

  • Rant: I am completely lost in my contracts class. So lost that I don’t even know what questions to ask. Ugh.
    Rave: LOVED calling admitted students and answering their law school questions. For some reason, not much makes me happier than that kind of thing. Looking forward to giving a tour this afternoon.
    Rant: Having some lung issues in this cold. I can’t really walk up stairs of any length outside or be outside for more than 5-10 minutes without an issue.

    • Forgotten rant: Future [vegan] brother in law challenged me to watch Cowspiracy and give him my thoughts. I don’t think this is going to end well.

      • Probably going to end in Moorder. (Sorry, that was a very, very bad pun, but I couldn’t resist).

        Regarding contracts, I found that to be a really difficult first year class. I remember that one of the treatises (I forget the name) really helped break down some of the concepts of offer, acceptance, consideration, etc., for me. It might be worth taking a look. Good luck!

        • It might be a Cow-tastrophe!

        • Love the puns!

          Yes, contracts seems to make sense to a certain kind of student and no sense to the rest of us. My dad loved it as a 1L but he was CPA first and that seemed to help. I’ll look into the treatise, thank you! I did just buy a few supplements that I will dig into this weekend.

          • Also, don’t be afraid to find a non-gunner study buddy. You may really get torts or civ pro in a way that you can easily explain to another person, who maybe can break contracts down into plain English. Even just talking through some of the concepts aloud with someone may help you to have a few “a-ha” moments.

    • Have you tried one of the guides like emmanuel?

  • I Dont Get It

    Rave: Thanks for the Thumbtack recommendation to get my garbage disposal replaced! The guy arrived on time, did quick, neat work at a reasonable price and took the old disposal away with him. Whatโ€™s not to like?
    Rant: Spending way too much time now running my garbage disposal! Dork alert!
    Rave: I have a clean first floor now since of course I didnโ€™t want a stranger to see how I really live.

  • Rave: Good birthday plans with friends and live music.
    Rave 2: Warm weather in Belize just 2 days away. Popville T packed.
    Rant: The work I need to get done before I leave.

    • Emmaleigh504

      Ohh I love Belize! If you go to San Pedro you should check out the bar at the Spin Drift for the “world famous” chicken drop. Or just go to the bar for a Belikin.

  • Comment Artist

    Rant: The new DC Taxi app. I really prefer using regular DC taxis sometimes, mostly because they typically know the best route from point A to point B, unlike most Uber drivers. But this new app doesn’t work on anything older than an iPhone 5s. My 5 works perfectly fine and I’m sure as hell not upgrading just so I can use this one app. I can’t decide if this is typical shortsightedness by the Taxicab Commission, or stupidity/laziness by the developer. For a half a mil, you’d think it would work for everybody.

    • I’d go with stupidity/laziness by the app developer. But I’m sure if DCTC had any chance to be involved in the app development, they’d find a way to mess it up somehow.

  • Rant: Lost my fitbit somewhere in my house (I think), looks like I need to do some cleaning to see if it’s just under a stack of papers or something.
    Rant: Wish I were going to Belize, or anyplace warm, until the temperature here is above 40.
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    Rave: WeRock! Camp this weekend; ++ for drum lessons and doing something different, not so sure about the student showcase/performing in public

  • That One Guy

    Rant: Spending $400 on an oil change and air filter replacements. Never have I ever spend this much on normal maintenance. Grrrrr…
    Rave:

    • What?!? Did the oil change bring to light other things that needed to be done?

    • I had that happen to me once, but I learned my lesson and paid it but also asked them to show me where the filters were so that in the future I could just say no thanks when they want to change them and do it myself.

    • ….. no longer complaining about my $69 synthetic oil change! Why so expensive?

    • palisades

      You got swindled plain and simple. Not sure why you would agree to that. Oil change prices are almost always listed on a sign somewhere in the car place. Air filters are $10 at AutoZone and can be replaced in 5 minutes.

    • What kind of vehicle? Was it an Oil Change or an Oil Service? Oil Service for my wife’s X5 that is about $300 or so. The actual service includes more than just an oil change but also filter, wiper blades, trans fluid and a few other services. Still expensive but it includes a bit more than just a base oil change that is done at a different interval.

      • WhenI had a smart fortwo the oil change was included in the yearly service, which usually cost about $500-$600 dollars….

        • Oil only gets changed once a year normally or just an infrequent driver?

          • Presumably the yearly service takes place every year and includes a free oil change, and at other time(s) of the year, the owner has to pay for it somewhere.

  • topscallop

    Rant: landlord woes, work woes, weather woes. I am a grump! I wish I could blink myself out of my current situations in all three cases.
    Rave: I have it in my power to make changes in at least one, maybe two of these areas, and for the third, I can wait it out until spring (plus a trip to California in a few weeks should help)
    Rave: I feel very supported by my BF

    • I too, am hoping an upcoming trip to CA helps cure me of the grumps brought on, largely, by my building’s property management company! Now I just need a supportive boyfriend and we can be twins ๐Ÿ™‚ Hang in there, topscallop!

  • Rant: OMG dog, shut up! He is whining incessantly while I’m working from home. He has all of the toys and all of the beds. Leave me alone!
    Rave: almost the weekend. Almost hot chocolate and organizing time.
    Trying to find another rave: traffic will be light when I drive to work Monday and everyone else is sleeping in on their day off.

    • Sounds like Dog needs more cuddles!

      • Nope. Realizing that this was really strange, I took him out…so he could have diarrhea….twice.
        He ate something weird on the sidewalk last night. I didn’t realize he was sniffing at something edible until it was way too late and I have no idea what it was. I’m hoping this passes and no medical intervention is needed.
        Rant: “leave it” only works indoors when we’re training ๐Ÿ™

        • My sympathies. Mine does the same… When it happens, he generally gets plain white rice for dinner that night to calm his tummy and clog him up. (apologies for TMI re: pets)

          • Thanks for the sympathies and confirming my plan to feed him rice.
            And thanks to the boy for being half Asian and for leaving a bag of rice at my house.

        • Awww poor DOG. At least he went outside, right? I give my dog a little pumpkin to help settle her stomach when she eats mysterious street food.

  • Rave: This afternoon I placed in a post office collection box a total of EIGHTEEN PIECES OF MAIL that came to my address that were addressed to people who don’t live there (and with different names than those of the previous occupants whose mail I kept receiving the first 6 months or so).

    • EVERY. TIME. I check my company’s PO Box, there is at least one piece of mail in there for someone else. Let’s say my box number is 6424. I get mail for 2462, 6242, 4626, etc etc. I put in it the mail slot so they can try again, but really, don’t they realize they make extra work for themselves by being so careless? USPS sucks, and it didn’t always sucks, which makes it suck even more.

      • I need to catch the letter carrier next time I’m working from home and tell him not to deliver mail for [Name 1] or [Name 2]. The one guy receives a solicitation from Capital One about every week. I even called Capital One in desperation about a month ago… and they told me to write “Return to sender” on the items and put them back in the mail. So I did (with the previous batch of 6 items), but the mail is still coming in.
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        One of the eighteen pieces of mail was for the same house number as mine, but one street over. The rest had the correct house number and were for people who don’t live there. Two were previous tenants, but the other three I’d never heard of.

      • So in this cases it’s (mostly) not USPS sloppiness. I just don’t understand why these people I’ve never heard of are receiving multiple items of mail at my address.

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