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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  • Rave: Geese flying north.
    Rant: Baby boomers.

    • Hey, hey, hey! You’re just bitter because, even in the newest, hippest bars, you have to listen to our music.

      • Your music was your ONE good thing. Well, some of it. When it comes to education, the environment, and the economy, you got a lot of ‘splainin to do.

      • (is this my son?)

        A bunch of PoP post-yuppies with grad degrees (often benefiting from the still-incomplete but significant progress towards racial, gender sexual equality begun by boomers) and living in $400,000+ houses in neighborhoods that you’d be afraid to drive through if we hadn’t done the dirty work back in the ’70s and ’80s (help me here, IDGI!) complaining about education and the economy?
        I tell ya, kids these days, they got no gratitude.

  • Accountering

    Rant: Our Mayor. She is absolutely the worst. They finally released the rest of the sites they considered for the homeless shelters (nice job on the transparency promise Bowser!) They looked at putting the W1 homeless shelter at the strip mall right across the street from DC Reynolds, I don’t think she has any clue how to run a city. I would love if we could get someone in office who could at least focus a bit on economic development – the last thing a corridor like this stretch of Georgia Ave needs is a homeless shelter on top of the Park Morton issue. Thankfully, the spot was too small. I don’t even live near this stretch, but this would have been a horrible move.
    When do I get a chance to vote against her again?

    • binntp

      Sadly, I have to +1 your rant. And why is she leading a trade delegation to Cuba?

      • +100. And she’s in Cuba on a taxpayer-funded vacation, who is she kidding?

        • Didn’t she just get back from a tax-payer funded “delegation” (which included many spouses of the District’s delegates) to China? Let me guess – they’re flying private?

    • You’re angry that they evaluated and rejected a site that was submitted in response to the RFP? For real?

      • Accountering

        Well, anger is quite a strong word. Perhaps annoyed, or flabbergasted, but yes, to even consider this site was extremely poor judgement in my opinion, and speaks volumes to how oblivious her and her administration is when it comes to issues the entire city is actually facing.

        • So this seems reasonable to you?
          Mayor: We need sites for a homeless shelter. Does anyone own an appropriate property?
          Warrenton Group: How about our property on Georgia Ave?
          Mayor: No thanks, it’s not big enough.
          Accountering: Mayor, you are absolutely the worst. You have no clue how to run a city. I can’t wait to vote against you. To even consider this site was extremely poor judgement.

          • Accountering

            Well, considering there was something like 30 sites total considered, knowing government procurement to some extent, I think it’s safe to say the process was quite a bit more involved than that, and there was quite a bit more time and effort extended on a site that in my mind is an absolutely terrible option.

        • HaileUnlikely

          Do we know what the criteria was for making the list? (I don’t mean the criteria for being considered, I mean the level of consideration needed to make the list.) Does it’s being included on the list mean that it was actively considered as a good candidate but just narrowly rejected, or does it mean it was a property that existed?

          • It’s supposed to be everything they considered:
            “For more than a year, District government searched for feasible sites for the short-term family housing. In order to close DC General, we needed a total of 270-280 total units – spread across all 8 wards. We were looking for roughly 30,000 square feet per site, preferably close to public transportation and other services and amenities, and sites that are economically feasible – and able to be developed within a 24-30 month timeline. We started by looking at District-owned properties in the city’s inventory. Once we had exhausted that inventory, we looked for properties to purchase or lease. We released an RFP in late 2014 to get the best proposals from the community. And then last summer, we hired a broker to help us identify sites in wards where we had not yet identi ed feasible sites. In total, we reviewed 28 responses from all eight Wards. This was a rolling RFP process, so sites were evaluated when they were brought forward. Because District government had committed to nding a total of 270-280 units, we could not bring the full package of sites to the Council or the public until we had agreements in place for each one – otherwise, we would not have met the 270-280 goal, meaning we would not be able to close DC General. Following is the list of sites we considered.”
            And it sounds like the Ward 1 site that actually came close was 1724 Kalorama Ave, NW, which was rejected due to “Unsuccessful negotiation”.

    • “They looked at putting the W1 homeless shelter at the strip mall right across the street from DC Reynolds” Yikes! That was a narrow escape.

    • I’m not fan of the Mayor, but castigating her for because a site that she rejected was unsuitable and should have been rejected faster seems to me to be nit-picking a bit.
      Also, it’s pretty funny (not haha funny, hmm funny) that your outrage is based on the fact that the rejected site is across the street from a bar, and not because it is across the street from a school. Never mind the middle school kids, we can’t have homeless people coming into contact with hipsters!

      • Accountering

        I was using DC Reynolds as a landmark, as many who post here are probably familiar with it. My frustration with our Mayor on this does not relate to the fact that it is across the street from a bar, or a school, or next to a church.
        It is that this stretch of GA Ave is an absolute mess right now, and badly needs investment, market rate apartments, and eyes on the street. This shelter, if built, would have taken a prominent corner that should have been a good opportunity to bring in market rate housing, and instead further prolong the fact that this stretch of GA Ave is a mess right now.

        • +10000.

        • But it didn’t happen. It was rejected, and for all we know, it could have been rejected for the very reasons you give.

          • Accountering

            This is true, but we will never know, because our mayor, who ran on transparency, has decided that the opposite is the appropriate action here. As such, I feel I am well within my rights to castigate her for her poor decision making ability, even when she got this one right.

          • HaileUnlikely

            It appears that you are taking the approach of castigating the mayor for everything that she does, because you don’t like her, without regard to whether your stated reasons for castigating her in a specific instance are valid. I agree with you with respect to lack of transparency, but castigating her for considering (whatever “considering” means) prior to rejecting a site that you don’t think should have even been “considered” (again, whatever “considered” means), if sustained, could have the effect of detracting from the seriousness of your criticisms of her that are actually supported by facts. (“Oh, it’s just Accountering b!tching about the mayor again…”) I didn’t vote for her either, I don’t like her, and I don’t think she’s doing a good job, but your attacking her at every turn for any reason or for no reason gets old after a while.

          • Accountering

            I don’t think this is remotely true. I have tried to like her, and where she has done well, I have been happy to lay praise. Regrettably, those opportunities have been few and far between. Ultimately, yes, I think she has done an exceedingly poor job as mayor. This program, while difficult, had a horrible roll-out. I understand that few people want this in their neighborhood, but to not even give details on the decision making was ridiculous. She ran on transparency (well, really she ran on platitudes) and we aren’t even getting that (well, we are still getting the platitudes)

          • You’re well within your rights to castigate her about whatever you want. Just don’t be surprised that others see your complaints as equivalent to the old “Thanks Obama”. You’re claiming the mayor is the absolute worst for making a decision you agree with, just because you think it’s possible she came to that decision the wrong way. And you’re complaining about the lack of transparency in the decision, when the only reason we know it was submitted is because they released the list of submissions and the reason for rejecting them.

          • I think I have to agree with HaileUnlikely and jcm. There are lots of things for which Muriel Bowser deserves criticism… but this particular thing isn’t one of them.

      • Isn’t it more the idea that homeless individuals often struggle with addiction issues, so putting a shelter across the street from three bars and a well-stocked liquor store might not be the best idea?

    • What’s a W1 shelter? Is this different from the family shelter that a bunch of people on Kennedy Street are pissed off about?

  • Rave: I saw a woman at the Farragut North metro with a PopVille bag yesterday! I really wanted to ask her if she was a regular on the site, but chickened out. So if you’re reading lady with the PopVille Bag, you rock!

    Rave: Grandma is responding well to treatments. She was able get out of her bed yesterday with assistance. Mom says they are now deciding where to release her. Either her home, my aunts house or a rehab. Thanks for all the good wishes yesterday.

    Rant: I’m really out of shape. I’m working on a show that includes a lot of movement and I’m so sore right now. I need to start working out.

  • Rave: Girl Scout cookies for breakfast today.
    Rant: Desperately want to make it to a good friend’s wedding this summer but it’s in Hawaii over 4th of July weekend, which means it’s really expensive. I wish I hadn’t spent so much money being a bridesmaid in the Bridezilla/labia dress wedding last year.
    Rave/Rant: I’m really liking Blue Apron with all the new recipes we’re trying and the lack of food we’re letting go bad, but it’s never quite enough food for the SO, so he ends up needing a snack or even a second dinner sometimes.

    • Ha, my SO is the same way. Seems like no matter what he eats, he’s hungry two hours later. And is always in perfect shape. Jealous of that metabolism…

    • If you enjoy the BA recipes that much, why not save them and just scale them up? I’ve heard of people cutting back their deliveries, but continuing to make their favorite ones themselves. Also, I’ve been thinking of trying BA, but I’m a fan of a pretty hearty dinner and we both love leftovers. Doesn’t sound like a good fit for us.

      • Andie302

        I’m tempted to double-up and do the 4 meals because I also really like leftovers, but part of the reason I enjoy is it that the portions feel like a healthy amount. The food is so good that I can totally see myself over indulging and then only having a tiny amount leftover.

        • I also like it for the portion control aspect of it. Also that they send just the ingredients that you need because I have issues over-buying at grocery stores and then letting produce go bad before I can use them.

        • My husband and I thought of doubling up too! I miss not having leftovers when we do Blue Apron, although every now and then we’ll get a recipe that makes a ton food, a lot of pasta ones are like that. Other than I really love Blue Apron.

  • Rave: Having the other Mrs. Rabbit take a bite of the shredded chicken lettuce wrap with Thai peanut sauce and pickled vegetables I made last night and instantly saying “Oh my god, we’re making this again.”
    Rave: Had a long chat with my best friend last night. I love how she still gets me after 16 years.
    Rant: Suddenly feeling very old for saying my best friend and I have known each other for 16 years. We met junior year of high school.

    • My best friend and I met my sophomore year of high school – in 1999. Which is craziness. Old friends are amazing – it’s so great to have someone who’s known me more than half my life 🙂

  • I Dont Get It

    Rant: My sister’s seemingly healthy Cocker Spaniel suddenly became ill and was subsequently diagnosed with immune-mediated hemolytic anemia on February 16. After several vet trips, including one Monday when the vet said she thought things were improving, my sister came home from work yesterday and found that Jojo had passed. She and her husband are devastated and now she is wondering if this was triggered by vaccinations (she is not an anti-vaxxer BTW). Trying to be a good brother…and trying to be more patient with my senior citizen dogs.

    • anonymouse_dianne

      So sorry for your sister’s loss. Cockers are a very popular breed and have some hereditary issues from being in-bred.

  • Ranty rant: I’m tired of being treated like I am an idiot at my job. It’s this vicious cycle of control that my boss lords over me, like I’m not capable of doing anything. I literally can’t even be trusted to send out merged letters correctly. I have a master’s degree. I’m so unmotivated to do anything ever because I’m so tired of being pushed down every day.

  • Bear

    Rant: my 10-minute MARC ride took over an hour today because of the fire at Union Station.
    Rave: I actually slept well last night!

  • Rave: Great time in Charleston with DH for a needed long weekend. Food highlights: Husk (duck confit, cornbread); Dixie Supply & Cafe (chicken & waffles); Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit (cinnamon biscuits, delicious french press coffee); Monza (crispy thin crust pizza and $29 for a liter of wine).
    Rave: Up to 6 miles running, felt great to run outside on the water.
    Rave: It’s already Wednesday. Who cares that my to do list is a mile.
    Rant: I love DH, but he managed to leave me just braised cabbage for lunch when he scooped out all the chicken by mistake for his lunch. It did make me laugh and at least the cabbage is delicious!

    • That’s a nice list of restaurants! If you like to cook, I highly recommend Sean Brock’s cookbook, Heritage. A lot of the recipes are labor intensive, but some are more accessible. Plus, it’s a great addition to the “what I’m going to make when I retire and have tons of time) compilation of recipes.

      • Thanks for the recommendation! Beautiful cookbooks are also part of my dream for a large kitchen with a dedicated space to display and read them in. I’m afraid I won’t see that dream come to fruition if I stay in the DC metro area… but one can hope! There’s nothing I love better than cooking for the ones I love.

    • By mistake??

      • Totally a mistake. He had to go to work earlier than usual and was sleepily gathering leftovers for lunch and assumed that buried beneath the cabbage (there was a lot of cabbage) was more more chicken. I got to rib him for it 🙂 He’ll probably make me dinner tonight to make up for it.

    • Quotia Zelda

      I still dream about the cornbread at Husk.

      • It was so ridiculously good… I mean made with bacon? Yes please. Because we ate all of that and pretty much licked our plates clean we didn’t have room for dessert. But I was okay with that. It did make me laugh that pretty much nothing on that menu was vegetarian. Welcome to the South!

  • Rave: It’s my oldest’s birthday! I can’t believe we are in double digits already!
    Rant: I completely forgot to wish him a Happy Birthday this morning. I am on codeine cough medicine and have not been functioning well in the mornings, and it just completely slipped my mind. I feel awful.
    Rave for him? My Mom Guilt will absolutely result in more/better birthday presents which he will no receive tonight instead of at the weekend when I was originally planning.
    Rant: On codeine cough medicine (and other meds) because I have bronchitis and bad breath sounds. Doc said I was pretty close to pneumonia, if not already in the beginning stages. I would not have gone to the doctor yesterday if it had not been for the extreme side eye I got from a Sister of Charity (the Mother Teresa nuns) I was sitting next to at the DMV yesterday; it dawned on me that if my coughing concerned someone used to working with the really sick, then perhaps I should make it a priority to get checked out. So, thanks for the shade, sister!

    • Sorry to hear you’re so ill, but glad the sister scared you into getting it checked out and you caught it in time to hopefully kill it dead!

    • Emmaleigh504

      I hope you feel better soon.

    • That line about the Sister of Charity giving you side eye made me laugh embarrassingly loudly. I hope you feel better soon.

      • lol… you should have seen the texts I was sending… “Little Sister of Charity – lepers in India? No problem! A lady with a cough in the DC DMV? Ah, hell no.”
        I swear, the coughing started when I caught a whiff of the guy on my other side who reeked of pot. Also, how is it that in this scenario I’m the one getting the side eye?!?

  • Rant: Evil, evil heartburn. Sometimes I think I may never sleep through the night again.
    Rave: PCP wrote me a prescription for a medication that is category B. Please gods of medicine and sleep, let this be the solution I need.
    Rave: For someone who usually needs eight hours of sleep to function, drinks daily coffee, and currently is enjoying neither, I somehow am managing to hold it together.
    Rave: Wednesday! Half way through the week. And I have fun plans with friends this weekend.

    • Do you have a recliner? I used to sleep in mine sometimes when the heartburn was really brutal. I hated the idea of getting a recliner, but my husband really wanted one. When it turned out to be the perfect thing for heartburn, aching back and hips, etc, I let him crow all he wanted, because that was all the satisfaction he got out of it. He certainly didn’t get to sit in it. 🙂

      • No recliner. But piling up three pillows in bed seemed to do the trick and helped me sleep for a few hours this morning.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: feeling stupid at my job. Seems like my work keeps getting redone by someone else.
    Rave: AO is not so awful today. I forgot to bring in more tea, but she has some and it’s actually pretty tasty. Yay tea!

  • Rant: Groggy this morning. The grey rainy weather makes it soooo hard to get out of bed. I want to see the sunshine!
    Rave: Coffee.

  • Accountering

    Rave:Great morning! Got my garage rented out last night for storage, guy paid already, and then went up to clean out a couple of last things in the garage this morning, and he is moving in stuff today.
    Rave2: Cooked dinner last night, love our Blue Apron!
    Rave3: Caps! Went to Monday’s game, and heading to the game tonight with Andie!
    Rant: Was driving down Georgia Ave this morning, and saw a woman who weighed at least 300 pounds, wearing a construction helmet, t-shirt, and no pants. That is a tough situation all around.

    • I Dont Get It

      Your rant=WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Your rant just made me LOL at my desk. Thank you for that visual!

    • Near Park Morton?? I have also seen a plus-plus-sized woman hanging out in undies and a t-shirt, right there by the mural of the telephone. No hard hat, though. Is it possible there are TWO women who enjoy pantslessness right around there?

      • Accountering

        Bingo – just a few blocks south of the metro. Perhaps it was the same woman, but she has since acquired a hard hat.

    • … Was the woman okay though? If she was walking around like that and seemed like she may have been having a mental health problem I probably would have made a phone call instead of just laughing about someone overweight not wearing pants when it’s cold and raining out. Not to be dramatic or anything. But c’mon.

      • HaileUnlikely


      • Accountering

        Had she looked like she was in some sort of imminent need, I certainly would have. This seemed like a relatively normal day. I normally have no issues calling the police, or homeless services when it is cold etc, but is this a police worthy call?

        • Depends on the situation. I’d say spotting someone without pants might warrant a homeless services call (particularly if this has been a repeated sighting). But perhaps that’s just me.

          • When I saw the pantsless woman last summer, I was thinking what you’re thinking. Mentally ill/ homeless? In some other distress? So I watched her for a minute while I waited for the light to change.
            She was standing on the sidewalk in a purple thong and a see-through white tanktop (IIRC), putting a bag of trash in the trashcan, and talking to another woman who was not seemingly troubled by the more-than-half-nakedness of her interlocutor. Just a couple of neighbors, havin a chat on the sidewalk. One of them in a purple thong and little else.
            Same place, same description; Accountering and I have likely seen the same person. And when I saw her, it seemed that her only problem was an excess of confidence.

          • binntp

            “…it seemed her only problem was an excess of confidence.” I LoL’ed 🙂

  • Rave: my little sister joined a sorority last year, and it’s been soooo good for her. Last night she went to what I think is basically like “office hours” for sisters who want to talk about things confidentially, and she talked about how her anxiety is so bad that sometimes she can’t make herself leave her dorm room to go eat dinner. So the girls in her sorority brought her an enormous bag of food (peanut butter, granola bars, etc.) and a note telling her they love and support her. I’m so glad that even though I can’t be there, she has other “sisters” who can help take care of her.
    Rant: One of my roommates is moving out. Not for at least a month, but still – I’ll miss him, and also now we have to go through the process of finding a new roommate, and the whole logistical mess of the lease, and also all of the bills were in the name of the guy who’s moving out, so we’ll have do deal with all of that too.
    Rave: I think I have a date tomorrow! To watch a basketball game, so even if it goes terribly, we’ll still have things to talk about.

    • Love your first rave. The awful sororities all over the media totally overshadow the meaningful, supportive, and loving chapters – like the one that made my undergrad experience so great. It’s wonderful that your sister felt comfortable going to her other “sisters” and they were so supportive.

      • I think it helps that the sororities don’t have housing. Also Greek life isn’t a huge part of her campus, so that makes it much less intense.

        It’s also actually the same sorority that my other sister was in – my mom paid for her to fly out to be able to be a part of the youngest one’s initiation ceremony, which is apparently a thing, because my grandma surprised my mom at HER sorority initiation.

        • We had a house but it was owned by the school and only about 15 people lived in it. It was a cozy, safe place not a crazy place with chefs and 90 women. I think that made a big difference. Now living in Ann Arbor… I don’t think you could have paid me to be in a sorority at Michigan. Oh wow. I’m the first person in my family to “go Greek” but occasionally we had sisters or moms come to initiation for this purpose. It was very sweet.

    • Anybody but me think the sisters need to be encouraging her to go for medical/psychological help for the extreme anxiety instead of encouraging her to stay in and eat peanut butter and granola bars for dinner? And to go to dinner with her? Such anxiety isn’t uncommon, and it is treatable. Better to do it now, when she has health care and more time, and more friends close by, than she will have later when working. I think it is better to deal with problems like this earlier than later.

      • She’s been getting help, but the university only has a psychiatrist one or two days a week, so if she needs someone she usually calls her psychologist from home, who is an angel and takes calls from her even though she’s not getting paid for it. And the note that came with the food said “we hope you’ll call us if you want to go to dinner, but if you aren’t up to that, here are some snacks!”

        It’s hard to get someone to accept help when that help would require talking to strangers, which is what sets off the anxiety in the first place.

      • Anon, I was thinking the same thing. The problem isn’t the food supply; it’s the underlying anxiety.

  • Rant: Finally got a project at work, but it is almost as vague as not having one. I’m starting to think I just don’t belong in my field.
    Rave: There’s a possible long-term job opportunity on the horizon.
    Rant: This weather is giving me a headache.
    Rave: Semester half finished.
    Rave: Really really really looking forward to sleeping in a little this weekend. Like until 9am. That’s all I want. I’m not feeling very functional….

  • Rant-ish: Wondering how bad things would have to get at my job before I would consider leaving for a job at a lower GS grade. (There are very few openings at my current GS grade.) It’s definitely not that bad now, but I’m wondering how much worse it’s going to get.

    • In the same boat. Going down a grade seems ridiculous, but I don’t want to get stuck in my current position just because I’m in a grade that’s higher than I’d qualify for in other areas of the gov. Le sigh.

    • If it’s the pay you’re worried about, the cost of living allowance is higher in other areas than here, so if you were to move you could probably take the lower level job and not feel it as much (if at all).

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rant: Meetings. So many meetings.

  • People on Park Rd between Sherman and Georgia never pick up their dogs poop! There is poop everywhere! It is just so inconsiderate.

  • topscallop

    Rant: Was drawn into a political argument on Facebook yesterday
    Rant: this week feels so slow. Every day I think it’s at least one, if not two days closer to the weekend than it actually is
    Rave: seeing BF tonight after a couple nights apart due to conflicting schedules. He’s the best.
    Rant: it’s warming up here this weekend but I’ll miss it because I’m heading home to the Pioneer Valley for a little QT with parents who are recovering from injuries
    Rave: I get to see my family and eat my hometown comfort foods and watch all the HGTV shows my mom has discovered while being couch-bound

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