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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  • Question: anyone know the chances of the city allowing me to put in a swimming pool in my backyard of 18ft wide rowhome? Looking to take advantage of the size of my lot.

  • Rave: Had resounding support from the Person who matters most at my work in front of many people who matter.
    Rant: Still staring down no funding…so hopefully that person puts money where their mouth is…
    Rave: Sun and breeze and tea and a beautiful historic library waiting for me.
    Rant: Allergies. And a long weekend of packing and sorting shit waiting for me.

  • Andie302

    Rave: Hair turned out as I was expecting! It’s going to take a few days to get the styling part down, but I like it, and suspect in a week or so I’ll really love it
    Rave: Finally fit my mouth guard last night
    Rant: Woke up and my jaw was popping uncontrollably
    Rave: But only for a little while
    Rant/rave? Managed to only spill boiling water onto the stove and floor instead of pouring it down my bare legs when I was trying to get the mouth guard fitted last night. That was way too close of a call for my comfort, and I’m so glad the dog didn’t happen to be at my feet – yikes!
    Biggest rave: Closing on the place in Cambridge tomorrow – old-timey stuff, here I come

    • Where did you go for your haircut? What style did you get?

      • Andie302

        I go to Zhen at Dupont Nails and Spa (or Spa Logic, depending on which door you enter from). I cut my ponytail off to donate and went pixie cut this time around. I haven’t been this short for about 15 years, but I’m looking forward to it for the summer!

        • Pixie cuts are so fun! I had one 5 years ago when I cut my hair off in solidarity with my wife after her head injury. Had one in college too. I’d been toying around with going super short again but I haven’t decided.

  • Rant: I had to fall on a sword at work because other folks are unwilling to take any blame. I’m royally pissed.
    Rave: Almost the weekend
    Rant: Have Nats tickets for Sat afternoon, but it looks like we might be rained out again.
    Rant: Am also getting sick (house guest is sick so I think she passed it on to me – another reason to stop having so many house guests!!)

    ….Can you tell its been a long week? 🙁

  • I had a great swim today for the first time in months. I had shoulder surgery in Jan., and I finally feel like everything is back to normal. It felt so good to feel the cardio working at peak level (for me), not to mention the shoulder.

    • I’ve had a couple shoulder surgeries, that’s super impressive you’re healed enough to swim already! That’s awesome.

      • Thanks. My surgery was AC joint–serious but not as bad as rotator cuff or some other surgeries. My surgeon and PT have both been impressed by my recovery, so I guess I’m fortunate.

  • Rant – the stretch of road on 1st street NE just north of K. The manhole covers stick up about 1.5 inches – I hit one today, then somehow dipped down into a pothole and shredded my tire. Maybe my rim. So looking forward to changing my tire in my work clothes in my work garage this evening.

  • Rant: I can barely swallow this morning. My throat hasn’t felt this bad in a long, long time.
    Rave? Working from home in case I have plague / so that I can try to nap once or twice / so that I can drink tea 24/7
    Rant: Supposed to go to my cousin’s graduation this Saturday, but the weather is supposed to be shitty and I don’t know if I’m going to feel up to sitting for hours on hard benches / tiny chairs, wherever we end up…
    Rave: Almost Friday, which means almost the weekend!

  • Rave: I may be going to Minnesota to see my sister in August! Right in time for State Fair and our birthday. I am so excited for State Fair. All the food. All of it.

    Rant: still no takers for my place. I’m now feeling a bit of irrational rage at my former roommate for not helping one bit when I initially started showing the place. She moved out abruptly, she didn’t help with boosting the signal to our networks, and I wouldn’t let me show her room without her being there. Or spruce it up so I could take pictures. I know its not her fault I haven’t found anyone, but I’m annoyed all of this has fallen on me when she was the one who decided to move out.

    • Have you had people come by to see it, but no takers out of that group?
      Have you tried an open house yet?

      • I’ve had a few people come by to see it either in person or virtually. I’m trying to work an open house into my schedule. The biggest issue is time. I had tenants who dropped out last minute. They were due to move in at the end of May and decided last week they didn’t want to move forward. I’ve had my month planned out for a while, and now I’m scrambling to find time to show the house. I’m out of town this weekend. I think thats my biggest frustration at this point. I have to switch my schedule around.

        • To avoid this situation, I only hold a space if I’ve received a deposit which my lease says I can keep if they decide to back out.
          Basements- maybe it’s a fear of floodng or bugs.

      • and admittedly also its a bit of a difficult sell. It’s a smaller space and both rooms are in the basement. They both have windows and plenty of light, but people aren’t always on board with basement. I actually have no problem, I’ve almost always stayed in a basement room. It never occurred to me that basement is an issue! While it is not the fanciest place in the world there is a lot of good going for the place, its pretty close to a metro and bus lines, plus H Street, has off street parking, onsite w/d, and rent includes utilities.

      • Does your Craigslist ad now have photos of the rooms that are up for rent?

    • I’ve seen plenty of messy pics where people apologize because they’re in the middle of moving. I’d suggest taking good pics now and saving them for later.
      If you’re doing a new lease, put something in there about showing the room with x amount notice that way someone can’t add ridiculous conditions like being home during showings.
      There are lots of subletters looking. If it’s allowed, s do that until July/August when finding someone should be easier.

  • Rave: Date night last night catching Synetic Theater’s preview night performance of The Man in the Iron Mask. Ridiculously good.
    Rant: Got home way too late and woke up way too early this morning.
    Rave: I bought the most adorable gift for our friend’s graduation from nursing school this weekend.
    Rave: Rocking the curly hair today and loving it.

  • Rant: I miss sleep.
    Rant: I think I may have accidentally woken up mtpbaby one of the times by going in after a scream that may have been a cry in his sleep. Ugh.
    Rave: Both kids are back in daycare today. Fingers crossed they both stay for the full day for the first time in a week!
    Rant: mtpkiddo having usual side effects from antibiotic. Probably time to push yogurt in addition to upping the gummy probiotic.
    Rave: Scherzer’s 20 Ks. Wow! That’s just amazing.

  • Rave – Today is my Friday! I’m heading out of town tomorrow for a long weekend in the country.
    Rant – It’s going to rain. Of course.

  • Rave: I got a ticket to see Hamilton in NYC!! They released a bunch of tickets last night (not resellers) and I managed to snag one for December. Merry early Christmas to me!

    Rant: The Big Bad Boss is visiting our office for the first time. We’ll see how *that* goes. We’re all on pins and needles.

    Rave: Kind of stood up for myself with the head of our firm re: complaints lodged against the erratic/abusive behaviour of one of the partners I work for. I laid it all out as to who he’s “gone after” (I had a count of 8 various staff members and attorneys) since he began working here in September. She said he operates in a different reality than the rest of us do, and I asked her what her plan is to deal with this situation — is she investigating all of these emails/verbal complaints that she’s received from staff and attorneys, and will there be any consequences for his behavior/attitude, or will he just be allowed to continue along like this? She looked a little bit taken aback but said “it’s being noticed” (One of the things I looked at on the EEOC website about “hostile work environment” was that you need to see if the higher-ups have been made aware and have done anything to stop this — they won’t look at a claim unless this has happened, because you can’t fire someone for just being a jerk, it seems).

    Rant: I need to get my budget under control again now that my life has sort of calmed down. Daunting but I can do it, right? Scary.

    • Oh man, congrats on the Hamilton ticket!! I’m so jealous. Enjoy the heck out of it!

    • Congrats on the Hamilton ticket! I saw the ticket block open up yesterday and tried to get one. No luck. 🙁 . At this point I figure try my luck at the lottery next time i’m in NYC.

      • I tried the lottery last time I visited NYC with no luck but someone has to win, right? I keep checking the confirmation email to make sure I wasn’t having some sort of stress induced hallucination or something.

        • Yep! I won lottery tickets to see “Into the Woods” at Shakespeare in the Park 4 years ago. On my first try too! I’m hoping I still have that luck within me.

          • OMG I bet that was as amazing as I think it would be. 🙂

          • It was fantastic! Amy Adams was the Baker’s Wife and Donna Murphy was The Witch. It was an abstract production and way different from the original staging.

    • Congrats on Hamilton. The key is to watch the website to see when they open the new tickets. That’s how we got tickets (not from a reseller) for November! Sometimes they do American Express pre-sale, so its good if one person who wants to go has an AMEX

    • God, SinSa, that lawyer sounds like such a jackass. I really hope your firm takes responsibility and deals with him.

    • HI, I hate to say it, but hostile environment applies for Title VII claims, so just being the World’s Biggest Glassbowl doesn’t subject him to any legal claims. Welcome to the world of being a lawyer…..I left my first firms after three months because the partner I worked for was, literally, psychopathic and narcissistic. But he was so in an equal-opportunity fashion, so no claim.

      • Unfortunately, I have to agree with EEATTY. And I assume the partner has a decent book of business, so the idea that management will do something or get rid of someone who has clients is probably farfetched. I worked for a man that was senile and abusive to all the associates and yet had clients and was a recognized name, therefore management looked the other way. Law firms tend to have revolving doors with respect to associates. I guess what I am trying to say is don’t let it surprise you when nothing happens. But maybe I am wrong. I only worked in big firms, so maybe a smaller firm is different.

  • Tentative rave: This morning I took my car to a nearby mechanic (recommended by Jim_Ed in a recent mechanic-related thread) to get a punctured tire plugged and to get an oil change. Fingers crossed that it all goes well — if it does, I could stop trekking out to my usual mechanic in the ‘burbs, at least for routine stuff.
    Rant: So very tired.

  • Rave: Still busy staring at my sparkly new ring! 🙂 We’ve been talking about and alluding to getting married for so long now that it’s taking a while to set in – what is ACTUALLY HAPPENING.
    Rant: We have no money and DC is expensive. Even the church is expensive!
    Rant: So boooooooored at work and today is NOT FRIDAY!
    Rave: My pansies love this weather – I’ve never seen pansies so big!

  • Rant: Had a really crappy evening where I somehow managed to get dragged into my BF and his ex’s drama. This, in it’s self is a big enough rant as is, but when you consider that yesterday was my birthday, it just takes it to a whole new level.
    Rave: Another year older and another year wiser while still getting carded on a regular basis. I guess I can’t complain!
    Rant: But what I can complain about is this goddamn weather!

    • topscallop

      Happy birthday! Sorry there was drama, I hope you got to celebrate too.

    • Andie302

      Happy Belated Birthday! Is there any chance that she knew it was your birthday and pulled some of this on purpose? That sounds like it could be some serious attention-seeking on her part. Sorry you had to deal with it, and hopefully you at least got some cake/a cocktail/something!

    • Emmaleigh504

      Happy Birthday!

  • topscallop

    Rant: I had one of those awful dreams last night where your teeth fall out. In my dream I was in a car with the big boss from my organization’s funding agency when it happened. This probably indicates work anxiety but I actually feel okay with work these days.
    Rave: reuniting with BF tomorrow after a week apart
    Rant: this weather is SO irritating. It’s supposed to be spring! Stop raining!
    Rave: leaving work early for celebratory margs with a friend today

  • Rant: bikers on Mt. Pleasant street (and around the neighborhood) who ride on the sidewalks. I can’t walk my dog without a biker unapologetically almost hitting us/speeding past us, at all hours, but most often I see them at night. Ugh, why can’t they ride in the street like I do when I bike??

    • +1 to this rant. Too many close calls with my dog.
      They have the right to hit the sidewalk, but a little courtesy goes a long way.

      • HaileUnlikely

        Agreed with “They have the right to hit the sidewalk, but a little courtesy goes a long way.” A couple weeks ago I was running further north on 16th St (up by Carter Barron) and a guy who was coming up behind me on his bike first bumped my foot with his wheel, then bumped me again with his elbow/shoulder/handlebar as he passed me, did not apologize or anything, and just kept going. This was an adult in his forties or fifties, not some punk teenager. I didn’t take it very well and ran alongside him and informed him that I would likely take it less well next time. I have absolutely no beef with people riding bikes on the sidewalk where it is legal to do so, and honestly, you’d have to be out of your m*f* mind to ride in the road on that stretch of 16th, but yeah, a little bit of courtesy goes a long way.

        • Wow! I hope he apologized! (somehow I doubt it, though). Yeah, I agree with both. I most often experience this on Mt. Pleasant, which is a pretty quiet street (as far as DC streets are concerned) and it’s by no means dangerous, at least IMO. But yeah, if it’s legal to ride on the sidewalk, do it, but come on, don’t almost hit me and run over by dog!

        • That’s particularly odd because the sidewalks up there are so wide and uncrowded. He should have had plenty of room to pass safely.

          • HaileUnlikely

            There were mitigating/aggravating circumstances depending how you look at it. There was a low tree branch hanging across half of the sidewalk. I had to move over to go around it, and he couldn’t be bothered to wait until we both got around it to pass me.

    • 14th Street in Columbia Heights north of the metro all the way up is the worst for cyclists on the sidewalk. There’s a bike lane RIGHT THERE. One of my kids got hit a couple years ago, because the rider was weaving around, looking back over his shoulder to shout at some friends. I wish 1. the rules were enforced (downtown) and 2. we could expand the no-bikes-on-sidewalks rule throughout the District and then enforce it. It bothers me more than litter and sidewalk weed smoking.

      • HaileUnlikely

        Well, there exists no research demonstrating that bike lanes created by painting lines in the road are any safer for cyclists than not having them and forcing the cyclists to ride in the same lane as the motorized traffic. I get your beef, but I don’t agree that “cyclists should have to use the bike lane because there is one.”

        • Especially on 14th street north of the CH metro. That place is a mess for driving. I’m sure cyclists want to share the road with cars about as much as wdc wants to share the sidewalk with cyclists. People (including peds!) just need to pay attention to what they’re doing, whatever mode of transport they are using.

          • That area of 14th is really bad for biking. But, I always ride in the bike lane anyway because it would take a real jerk to bike on those crowded sidewalks. I agree though that biking on sidewalks should be legal if done safely and respectfully, both of which seem to be rare.

  • Pablo Raw

    Rant: dealing with external hard drive issues; no information is lost, but the whole backing up thing is very annoying
    Rave: Seriously considering working by myself the rest of my life in architecture and photography.

  • Rave: The little monster slept for a four hour stretch last night! That’s the longest stretch of sleep in his short little life.
    Rant: Little monster has not pooped in four days and he is so grumpy.
    Rant: I never thought I would ever be this invested in someone else’s digestive system.
    Rant: The Marie Reed pool is closed until next summer. So much for swimming so low impact exercise while this IT band issue resolves itself.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: new person just doesn’t seem to be that bright. And ending a conversation with her is painful, so many un-needed pleasantries. There is no need to say thank you 5 different ways.
    Rant: I’m grumpy and can’t think of a rave.

    • Emmaleigh504

      Bonus rant: someone brought delicious smelling barbecue into the library. Now I want barbecue.

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