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: That photo!

  • Rant: got so distracted talking to people on the train that I missed my stop. Most impressively, my stop was also theirs but I didn’t realize it until after they got off.
    Rave: At least it was a green train instead of yellow–walking to work from Waterfront isn’t much further than walking from L’enfant Plaza.
    Rant: It is gross outside. Boo on mugginess.

  • houseintherear

    Bloomingdale peeps: I am trying to figure out who (if anyone) received notice of last night’s late night work at the 1st and V tunnel project sight. Please reply here or to enotsnil at gmail if you live within a block or two of the sight and let me know if you received notice. Thank you!!

  • Rant: DDOT has done a really poor job of alerting people about the new traffic pattern on Eckington Lane and Florida. (Now right turn lane can go both to NY Ave and eastbound FL Ave.)…
    Rant: Which led to a school bus driver opening her door, yelling, and cursing at me for a full minute at the light this morning to turn onto 1st St. NE while we both waited for traffic to clear to turn, because I didn’t “read the f***ing signs”.
    Rave: 3-1-1 was responsive and apologetic when I reported the incident once I got to my office. I hope that the bus system retrains its drivers on that confusing intersection. It feels like an intersection where you can’t win, and people just get angry going through it.

    • That intersection is THE WORST and I can’t believed they changed the traffic pattern without more signage. This will only cause more confusion in what is already a confusing intersection.

      But more importantly, IMO, a school bus driver should never exhibit signs of road rage (justified or not). What a terrible example to set to the kids who may go on to learn that such behavior is OK.

  • Rant: Once again had a potential tenant cancel last minute on coming by to see the house. After I left an event early to get home in time to show. I did let them know how upset I was. I hate having my time wasted.

    Rave: Booked my flight to Minneapolis! Yay Southwest sale! Non stop too, though I do have to fly out of BWI.

    • Again, I recommend doing an open house. It’s way more efficient to have, say, 8 people visit the place during a two-hour period than to deal with everyone one by one.

  • Rant: Blindsided and betrayed by someone I considered a close friend and confidant. Too stunned and hurt to be angry yet. I genuinely have no idea what I’m supposed to do.
    Rave: Had a great week at work – apparently I’m super productive when I’m not distracted by sunshine!
    Rant: This weather though…
    Rave: Woke up to an inbox full of support (and cat videos) from my friends. Always good to know that for every (insert favorite insult here) there are still some decent humans out there.

    • Had this happen to me, and friend break-ups are the worst. I think the best thing to do is to just not communicate with this person for a few days to process. Quick reactions from either you or the betrayer never lead to well-thought through decisions.

    • Trust no one! Been burned one too many times. Sorry to hear it, etg

    • They’d been helping me through a hard breakup and I came to learn that for the past several weeks they’d been hooking up with my ex all while “helping” me and letting me pour out all my feelings to them. Not even sure what response is appropriate in a situation like this.

      • Oh, my. I am so sorry. Best to cross this person off and move along. I’m so, so sorry

      • Wow, that’s pretty galling. I agree with Anonamom, cross that friend off the list and wish that self destructive couple “well.”

      • That One Guy

        They, as in multiple friends??? Whaaaaaat?

        • I’d imagine it’s just one person and etg was using the pronoun “they” in the colloquial sense that people sometimes use for singular entities, esp. if they’re trying to avoid specifying “he” or “she.”

      • Oh wow, that’s messed up. I don’t think I could let it go without saying something to this “friend.”

      • That’s terrible.
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        I don’t think you’re obligated to make any kind of response, but if you do, you can mention that this person’s behavior was deceitful and duplicitous.
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        Even carrying on with someone’s ex well after the breakup dust has settled is a potential landmine for a friendship. Doing so in the immediate aftermath of the breakup — and doing it surreptitiously, acting as confidant(e) to one party and booty partner to the other — is a distinct conflict of interest.

      • holy moses, that’s awful! I’m so sorry you’re going through all this, etg. Hang in there!

      • That is…AWFUL.
        it happened to me too, while I was going through my divorce. I asked her to please “make sure he is okay” and she….did that, I guess.

        I’ve been betrayed more recently too, but by a “friend” who told a guy I REALLY liked (I mean, I wanted to write bad poetry and stupid love songs about this guy) very incorrect, highly confidential information “as a friend” (to him, he’s her friend, not me).

        And I learned some things.

        My advice is: definitely you have to go through the anger and hurt and betrayal. Be furious.
        You should be. Feel blindsided and upset and yell and scream and shake your fists. Totally warranted. Eventually, and it’ll take more time than you want it to be because time is really stupid, when you’re able to take deep breaths, and look at all of your friends (IRL and online) who’ve rallied around you and realize not everyone is an asshole, but also? There’s no reason to ever speak to your double secret agent former friend ever again. Karma has a way.

        • I agree with this advice.
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          I would also caution about getting suckered into “responding”. While you will need an emotional outlet, you should look to other friends (yeah, I know) or family for that, not these two perpetrators. Get yourself untangled from this mess, walk away from these people.

          • I agree. They don’t deserve your time or to see you get riled up (especially if either of them were looking for that to happen). Just walk away.

      • I’ve actually been in a similar situation before. It really sucks and hurts right now, but I promise it will get better. First thing I did was cut off communication and contact with them, and deleted them off FB. Hugs.

      • Whoa. I’m so sorry, but I absolutely agree that you definitely need to just cut them out of your life and move forward.

      • I revised my advice! You need to drop them both like the losers they are. Ugh! Im so sorry!!!

      • I’ve been there… sorry you are there.

        When it happened to me, the only response I could manage:
        Excommunication

  • Bear

    Rave: Got some bloodwork back and we’ve cleared a major pregnancy hurdle. Going to be time to go public soon!
    RAVE: It’s a boy!!!

  • My cats don’t like the Tidy Cats Breeze system. Does anyone want to take it off my hands? I have the box and five bags of pellets (but no pads that I could find). About $100 to buy new. I’ll take half that. Email me if you want to give it a try! ee.dc.resident @ gmail

    • anonymouse_dianne

      I saw this on TV and planned to look into it. Why don’t your cats like it? I have two and one just hates it when the pan is dirty.

      • Can’t really say why they didn’t take to it. One cat used it pretty regularly but the other only used it for #1. And as long as the regular box is available and clean, they both prefer that.
        Maybe I didn’t acclimate them well enough. You’re supposed to do a week-long introduction/ habituation routine.

      • I have this system, I’m sorry your cats don’t like it 🙁

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: this impostor syndrome has me paralyzed with fear. I don’t want to do any work b/c it’s just going to be terrible work.
    Rant: wish it were all in my head, but boss is always giving feedback to the group about how badly we do our jobs.
    Rave: I don’t have to think about work tomorrow and the next day.

    • That One Guy

      Watch something that basically said that micromanaging bosses are that way because they probably were doing that type of work before they were promoted. So they know how to do the work but don’t know how to manage/ lead because they didn’t learn that skill set so they’re not very effective leaders. Thought that was some interesting insight.

      • Emmaleigh504

        this is exactly the situation. He want’s us to do everything the way he used to when he had our job, which is not always the best way to do things.

    • The Peter Principle. People are promoted above the level of their competence. They feel crappy about it too, and express it by being jerks.

  • Rave: quiet at work today!

    Has anyone used ubereats? maketto is on there now, tempting to get lunch delivered but is pricey

    • I can’t speak for DC, but I used it in Toronto once. It is pricey–the only reason I did it is b/c they put a $10 coupon on my wife’s bike so that offset the cost! It took a lot longer to get the food than the estimate even thought it was a fast-casual type place. Then the driver had a hard time finding the condo.

  • Rant: self assessments.
    Rave: almost the weekend and I have some fun plans. It looks like it’s going to be sunny for the bourbon and bluegrass event at the Lincoln Cottage!
    Rant-ish: I feel like I got a kindergarten level lesson this week: sometimes the thing you thought you really wanted is actually not as awesome as you thought it would be. It’s not bad, but it’s not all sunshine and unicorn glitter farts.
    Related: making out with someone significantly taller than you is challenging.

  • Rave: Looking forward to the Powell Carnival tomorrow at Roosevelt, and hoping I don’t eat it completely during the Parents vs Teachers soccer game. If you are looking for something to do tomorrow, it’s at the Roosevelt football field 10-4, stop by for some cotton candy and a snocone!
    Rant: My gospel free days are coming to an end. They are re-hiring my former co-worker.
    Rave: She was/is a good worker, and I look forward to having her back. Also, boss is going to give her ear buds 😀

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rave: For once this week, I went to bed at a decent hour.
    Rave: Working at home. So nice to avoid the commute every now and then.
    Rave: Prom for Middle Zelda tonight. Her dress is adorable on her.

  • That One Guy

    Why did Kermit’s version of Rainbow Connection pop up in my head??? Someone make it stop.

  • Rave: Super action packed weekend: one friend’s graduation tonight; Spirit game tomorrow night; another friend’s birthday BBQ on Sunday. It’s nice getting back to a normal-ish routine after many months of not normal.
    Rave: I’m getting better at not allowing the anxious thoughts to overcome me, which is why the above rave is possible.
    Rant: That bloody bird outside my bedroom window decided that 4am was dawn. It’s not. I swear it’s not.
    Rave: Transformed the leftover veggie tray from our party last weekend into the most amazing roasted vegetable pasta dish. I wish there were leftovers.

  • Rant: I live on a high floor balcony and have a aphid invasion in our balcony garden
    Rant: I think it came from one of the nursery plants we bought but am not sure
    Rave: My GF is beginning to enjoy cycling more and more

  • Rant: Still so tired. Had a crappy night’s sleep.
    Rave: On the plus side, my throat is feeling a bit better
    Neither: I’m not sure if I’m feeling better enough to go out. Potential date tonight, and it would be nice to see this person again, but I’m still sort of a sniffly mess, and that’s not exactly sexy. Guess I’ll decide later based on how this day goes….

    • Clueless

      Last item: I say take the time to rest and heal further tonight! If this other person is cool (which I assume they are), they’ll likely understand if you end up rescheduling.

  • I Dont Get It

    Rant: Me! Second call this week to Geico Emergency Road Service for a jump start. I keep forgetting to turn off my lights when I exit from the passenger side. Must donate this car soon!

    Rant: Approval for expenses in advance for those driving or flying to our All-Hands meeting in Baltimore next week. However, getting MARC fare approved is taking a ridiculous amount of time. Not my fault that our group’s AA doesn’t live in the DC Metro area.
    Rant: Why is this meeting in Baltimore anyway when DC is the HQ?

    • I take it the door on the driver’s side doesn’t work?
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      I agree with your idea of donating the car. In the meantime, maybe WDS can smudge it? 😉

  • Rant: Online retailers that send the wrong product, then expect you to ship it back to them if you want a full refund. This has happened to me twice in the last two months. The first time, I successfully fought it (with Amazon), and this time I don’t have the energy or desire to wage that battle (with an Etsy seller).
    Rant: Recall on a baby item I use all the time
    Rant: Need to return another baby item because it doesn’t work as expected.
    (Sounds like I might be spending some time at a shopping place this weekend.)
    Rant: Sleeplessness making me grouchier than I need to be.
    Rave: I can’t remember a time I’ve been more excited for a Friday

  • Rant: A little cranky today, in part because…
    Rant: … I bought a very expensive ticket for an event the weekend after this one and (omitting complicated story) I don’t think I’m going to get my money’s worth out of it.
    Rant?: I haven’t yet tried to argue my way into a partial refund. Maybe I should.
    Rave: I guess it’s a good thing that my finances aren’t so constrained that the ticket to make a big difference.
    Rant: Still, I dislike the feeling of wasting money.
    Rave: It’s Friday!

    • Additional rant: Whoever is supposed to be maintaining the landscaping at my office building isn’t doing a very good job of it. Not only are there several dandelions growing untrammeled, there’s one that’s about four feet tall!

  • Rave: we just went under contract on a house we have been eying for a month! It started quite overpriced and was reduced a couple of times until we felt the price was good.
    Rave/Rant: we will need to do some remodeling before we move in.
    Question: Any recommendation for custom closet builder? I saw this closet during the open house on 1532 MONROE St NW, it is now under contract, look at picture #15. Thanks

  • This morning I saw some police trailers parked in a 15-minute hotel loading zone.
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    They didn’t look like they were going anywhere within 15 minutes.

    • Oops… I thought I was posting in the police week thread.
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      Consider the above an additional rant.

  • Revel: Pentatonix show at Meriweather Post Pavilion last night.
    Rant: drunk guy who stood up during the show, blocking my view.
    Major rant: everything else about MPP. What a cluster.

  • Rave: back commenting here
    Rave: dating a tinderfella for a little over a month now. I like him. not sure how he feels about me.
    Rant: tinderfella is the worst at picking a day to go out. still waiting to hear back about our next date even though i agreed to days based on when he said he’s free. please don’t ghost on me!
    Rant: speaking of ghosts, my friend was ghosted on by someone he was seeing exclusively for like 6 months! WHO DOES THAT?!

  • Rave: My home is a kitten “frat house” with 3 crazy little brothers (Milo, Leo, Diego) and their own “foster” brother baby Huey. http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/pet/5584219950.html

    Rant: I’m so tired of bathroom talk! Every NPR and other news program feels like 24/7 bathroom laws. Yes, it’s an issue, but seriously. . . .? If I hear one more story I think I will have to go stick my own head in my own toilet.

  • That One Guy

    The sun is out. Everyone go out and catch it before it disappears for another month!

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