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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  • Rant/Question for Popville: Who can I talk to to get either parking enforcement and/or those traffic directing people to come to 17th Street (Farragut area) in the morning. In my 2 minutes on that street daily this week ive seen at least 3 cars turning right from M and/or K street going the wrong way. (The street is one way during rush hour.) Ill admit the signage isnt great, but maybe because of the increased car commuters this week it has gotten worse. This morning we tried to yell and people and warn them, but they thought we were crazy and almost got in head on collisions with cars racing down 17th past Rhode Island. Just wondering if anyone in popville knew who would be the best person to contact, if anyone. Seems like a bike cop could even sit there and write some tickets!

    • Accountering

      This has happened a couple of times in the past few days. Not sure what has changed. Today it was some jackrabbit from VA in an old pick-up truck, turning right from K.

      • Accountering

        Feels like the move is just increased signage indicating that it is 1-way during those certain hours.

      • Yes, the signs arent huge, and to be honest, many drivers (cough cough maryland) dont read signs anyways (no turn on red, etc.) At the least i think putting one of those traffic flow people on the corner directing people would help.

    • Your best bet is probably asking the the lieutenant for that police service area to increase enforcement, and asking the ANC rep (and potentially the Councilmember) for that area to pressure DDOT for more/better signage.

    • That One Guy

      Are you talking about the street (thought it was 16th Street) that turns one way south during rush hour? I was initially confused by what you were describing.

      • 17th street NW between K and Rhode Island (Could be mass ave, but im not sure) is one way going southbound between 730am and 930am. Cars driving WEST on M street routinely turn right onto northbound 17th street even though its one way. Cars (and bikes, in my case) are heading southbound in all 4/5 lanes and its a dangerous situation.

  • Rave: That’s my garden haul of raspberries!
    Rant: I think we’re failing to get mtpkiddo enough sleep. Time to start leaving earlier so we can get home & get the evening started earlier so she can get to bed earlier.
    Rant: It’s going to be damn hard to start that right now with birthday excitement and pride parade, etc.
    Rave: My little girl is turning 3! Her birthday shindig at school should be fun.
    Rant: the inevitable meltdown when I leave to go back to work afterwards.
    Rave: looking forward to pride parade tomorrow! Extra excited that Braden Holtby will be marching. Maybe he’ll sign my Holtby t-shirt if I bring a sharpie!

    • How long did it take for the raspberries to bear fruit? The girls have been begging for a bush, but I wasn’t sure if it would be worth it.

      • We got a few berries here and there the first few years. I think this is the first year it’s gone crazy, and we’ve had it 4-5 years.

  • At almost 10 months, New Baby Kitty is almost 15 pounds. Not fat, just massive and muscular. Lucky for us he’s pretty chill and tolerant! Not so lucky that he still likes to wake me up by sitting on my chest and kneading my neck.
    Another car question: Pre-purchase inspection? I found the car I want, but the seller is a pretty shady-looking small dealership. I can’t imagine I’d have a lot of recourse if it turned out to have issues. How to go about getting it inspected before I fork over the cash?

    • Aw! New Baby Kitty sounds like my “baby” kitty – she’s 13 lbs of almost solid muscle, but I have to watch her closely or she’s going to turn into a ball of blubber! Hope we see NBK in AAF again soon!

    • That One Guy

      Caveat emptor. If they’re not willing stand behind what they’re selling walk away. If you have doubts also walk away.

    • Do you have a mechanic you trust who could check it out for you?

      • No, but I think there were some recommendations here recently.
        I’m mostly wondering about the logistics. Does the seller let me take it on trust for a few hours/ days? Do I buy it with an agreement that I’ll get all my money back if I change my mind within a certain period?

        • I have done this before. I told them upfront that I was taking it to my mechanic (my dad) to be looked at. They were so confident with the quality of the vehicle, that they were all for it… until I brought it back and there were actually serious mechanical issues. Just tell them that’s what you are doing, that the mechanic will be doing a visual inspection/test drive only, and that you’ll have it back soon. They will most likely only allow you to a non-invasive test and will most likely only allow you to have it a few hours. If you do any sort of invasive testing, then they may try to blame you for any sort of issues found (“that damage wasn’t there before, your mechanic must have done it”). You could take it to pretty much any MD Inspection center for a standard MD inspection. This won’t catch everything, but will give you a good idea as to what’s going on with the car. Also, as always, get the carfacts report. Good luck!

        • I think they should agree to let you take it to the mechanic to be checked out. I don’t have experience with this, but I think they’d let you do this–perhaps with some kind of deposit or something? Perhaps call to inquire and see what they say–hopefully someone else around here has a bit more experience they can lend to the situation, though.

          • Accountering

            If they won’t let you take it for a mechanic to check it out, you don’t want the car, nor the dealership. Full stop.

          • That was my inclination, but I wasn’t positive since I haven’t bought a used car before. Thanks for confirming!

          • Oh yes, that’s a given. I’m not buying it without an independent inspection. I just don’t know quite what to expect or how to go about it.
            The MD inspection tip is a good one! I bet I can find someone to do that on a Saturday afternoon… Or a big Toyota dealer, maybe?
            Carfax indicates one front-end accident, “car functional”. But that leaves a lot of room for interpretation.

          • wdc – have the mechanic check the motor mounts. Those can be broken or damaged in front end collisions. If not fixed correctly, it can cost a lot and can also cause damage due to unnecessary movement. Also, just thinking about it, you can have the alternator and battery tested at Autozone for free and it takes like 5 minutes.

          • Good call!
            It’s a Prius, so I definitely want to have the battery checked out by someone who know’s what they’re looking at.

        • Or maybe you could have them take the car to your mechanic of choice, with you signing something in advance saying that you’re paying for the cost of the inspection/tune-up?
          (No personal experience with this myself.)

  • Rave: What a beautiful morning! That lovely, cool breeze and sunshine helps start things off on a good foot!
    Rant: Man there were a LOT of angry drivers/cyclists/pedestrians this morning! Saw so many people pulling crazy stupid stuff on the roads. Everybody, just chill!
    Rave: Fun time staying up and gossiping with my roommate last night, even if it meant I went to bed waaay later than I should have.
    Rant: I wanted to go watch the Pride Parade tomorrow but it looks like it’s going to be so freaking hot, I’m not sure if I should bother….don’t feel like getting sunstroke!

    • hammers

      Tomorrow is going to be cool and breezy. Tomorrow is going to be cool and breezy…. (head in sand regarding the heat– since tomorrow is my moving day)

      • oh god hammers! uh, yes, yes, you’re right – tomorrow is going to be cool and breezy! Tomorrow is going to be cool and breezy!

      • I just looked at the forecast. WTF — highs of 93 on Saturday and 92 on Sunday?? That seems excessive this early in the summer, particularly after Wednesday and Thursday this week being so pleasant. (I guess Wednesday and Thursday were unseasonably cool.)
        Best of luck with the move!!

      • Hammers, get it done early and you’ll be good!

        • hammers

          we don’t get the truck until 11– womp. maybe I’ll see if we can adjust this. this weather has been unpredictable, to say the least.

          • I’d try to pick it up early, just to ensure you get the truck you want. UHaul frequently overbooks rentals. I’ve showed up and they’ve been out of the vehicle I’ve rented. They’ll usually upgrade you to a larger vehicle, but that may not be ideal depending on your parking situation or the distance you need to travel (big truck = more gas). One time they didn’t have a truck and I had to wait a couple hours for them to drive one from another lot to me. Total pain in the ass.

          • Yeah, it doesn’t hurt to ask if you can get the truck earlier. Good Luck!

  • Rant/Question about Lost+Found: I found a Fujifilm digital camera left on one of the benches at Farragut Park last evening. I didn’t what to do, and didn’t want to just leave it there, so I brought it home… Is there a special lost+found to submit stuff found in public parks / city property?

    • Ordinarily, I’d suggest contacting whoever’s in charge of the police service area, but Farragut Park is probably National Park Service domain. (Someone correct me if I’m wrong on this.) You could try contacting Park Police to see if they have any kind of lost and found.
      Also, try looking in Craigslist’s lost and found section to see if anyone has posted a “lost” ad about the camera.
      Have you looked at any of the photos? You might be able to get some leads that way — maybe posting on PoPville/Facebook/etc. to see if anyone can identify the people in the photos.

    • Maybe look at a couple of the pics to see if there are any that are recognizable and post them here and in lost camera forums to see if you can ID the owner?

  • Rant: Missing Oldest Anonachild’s end-of-year awards ceremony today and Middle Anonachild’s on Monday. Being a working mom straight up sucks sometimes. Previous employer was wonderful about these things (honestly, probably in part due to DC Parental Leave). While I love Current Employer, I feel hella guilty taking any time at all off.
    Rave: Gorgeous weekend weather on tap! Honestly, I’m ready for some heat!

    • Can you plan something special with them this weekend? Maybe a celebratory dinner? And I feel you re: being a working mom. I’m new to balancing work and home, and I feel like a jerk when I’m the last person picking up an infant at daycare. I’m determined to make the weekends count.

  • I Dont Get It

    Rant: Lizzy, 17 years old, passed away this morning. She had been in sharp decline the past 36 hours so it was not a surprise, and if anything somewhat of a relief. She was always a timid dog and in the past couple of years this tendency had gotten worse and she cowered whenever I tried to pet her. I hope she is at peace and is free of whatever earthly fears that haunted her. She leaves behind her sister Lucy and some sad human companions. She is also survived by the cat who clearly DGAF.

  • Revel: Had fun with the kiddos at field day yesterday. Ended up soaking wet, but I guess that makes me the “cool teacher”
    Revel: Race day tonight! A 5k is probably not a big deal to a lot of people, but it means a lot to me, especially since in the beginning running 60 seconds was a huge struggle.
    Rant: A kid asked me if teabag is a bad word yesterday.
    Rant/revel: Car shopping this weekend. I’m checking out a 2009 Corolla and a 2005 Matrix.
    Revel: 6 more days of school!

  • Rant: Lost the access card for my apartment while I was out on a run last night. Getting in and out last night and this morning was a mess.
    Rave: I can get a new later one this afternoon.
    Rave: Tiny Dog figured out how to build himself a cave/fort out of blankets last night. My mom sent me a video of him making it and then settling in. He looked so cozy. I can’t wait to be reunited with him next month!
    Rave: Fiance is visiting and hopefully we will see some movies. I haven’t seen a movie in ages. I really want to see Me Before You and The Conjouring 2.

  • Rave: My friends from NYC are coming to visit me this weekend!
    Rave: I started the 21 Day Fix last week (food only) and this week, I started to work out. I’ve worked out every day this week for 30 minute (and I am not someone who works out) — even got up early this morning to fit it in since I knew I wouldn’t get to it tonight.
    Rant: I have this weird bump(?) on the base of my toe, it feels like bone, and I’m thinking it’s because of wearing heels, but I’m not sure. I’m wearing flats today but is this a thing I need to worry about? It’s been there, or noticeable for a few days now.
    Rave: I love my outfit today! I feel very put together.

  • Rant/Rave: Had an inappropriate dream about my Inappropriate Crush. (This is the friend of mine who doesn’t live in this area but is frequently here on business… and has a girlfriend back home.) I’ve been trying to stop crushing on him, but I’m not really succeeding.

    • NO! No no no no no. Dream content can’t be helped, so don’t feel guilty about that, but the cold light of day is very different. Also, repeat to yourself “he has a girlfriend back home.” You know you don’t want to be “the Other (Wo)man”

  • Rant: Woke up feeling general frustrated at life. Things are just not where I had thought they would be at this point of my life.
    Rave: Discovered tiny bell peppers in my garden. We only got one last summer, so I hope this is a good sign.
    Rave: Homemade strawberry milk – I really needed to use up the last pint of strawberries from the farmer’s market.
    Rave: Having a spouse who is cool with me skipping events that I know I can’t handle yet… like the half dozen baby showers we have been invited to attend.

    • I’m so sorry for your first rant. That’s really tough, I know. And I wish I had more/better words to help you feel better. But, to the extent you can, try to live your life and do things you enjoy even as you’re dealing with this set of frustrations. {HUGS}

    • I’m so sorry on your first rant–that is so tough. I’m glad it sounds like you have such an amazing partner in life to journey with you, even if you’re not quite where you were expecting to be now. I’ll be sending positive thoughts your way.

    • I used to think like that; for example when the really cool kids who wore the sharpest clothes would show up in school i’d think, ‘if only I was one of them, ahh…but then I’d snap back to the reality that the clothes don’t make you cool, it’s the person you are on the inside that truly counts.’ Forget that perfect perfect world and those pie in the sky goals, just always be grateful and mindful that it could always be alot worse.
      FWIW, a look back at those kids in those dated trendy clothes, what the heck was so cool about them anyways, what was I thinking?! Your.Time.Will.Come.

    • Hang in there, Rabbit^3. I hope things get better for you soon.

    • RRR – I empathize. Last night I just stared at job postings and fantasized about what my life could look like if I’d taken another path. Hang in! There are often still great detours even when our lives don’t look like we thought they would.

    • I’m sorry about your rant. I get how you feel, I used to beat myself up for not being as accomplished as my peers. My philosophy is there is no straight path in life. Some of us have to travel a twisting road to reach our goals. And thats A ok.

    • I hope that, like your spouse, you are also “cool” with skipping those events. Be gentle with yourself. And good on you for taking the time and space you need. Sending you hugs and wishes that things start to move in the direction that you want.

  • Revel: Had my NT scan yesterday and everything looked great. What a relief! We got to see baby’s arms moving all around, legs kicking, hiccups, stretching. At one point s/he stuck his/her tongue out at us. When I laughed, the baby got all bounced around haha. I felt my anxiety cloud lessen a great deal; I don’t want it overshadowing this whole pregnancy, regardless of what the future brings. Just awaiting some blood results now, but yesterday was amazing news.

  • Rant: Very weird and slow salary negotiation process.

  • Rave: Got a package in the mail that made me smile! I love when I (occasionally) splurge and buy myself something I’m really going to enjoy.
    Rave: Found a new medical practitioner I think I’m really going to like.
    Rant: It is so hard to find the right doctors, etc., for a long-term healthcare relationship. Don’t get me wrong; I appreciate the life-saving and life-prolonging work all in the medical field do. It can just be really hard to find ones who you click with and understand your values and concerns.
    Rave: Road trip this weekend to see old friends!

  • Rave: Got to see a great friend who helped me through some hard times on Wednesday as her family was passing through DC on their move back to US after being overseas for a long time. Took the day off and we took our daughters to the zoo. A great time had by all!
    Rant (mostly joking): I got usurped in my 2 year old’s pecking order of importance for the first time by my friend’s six year old. I really got a good glimpse of what the teenage years will be like when her friends are way more important than me. Remember kid, I’m the one who keeps the cabinet stocked with fruit bars!
    Rave: Fun-filled weekend ahead with the Pride parade tomorrow and a baseball game on Sunday. And it will be hot enough to break out the water table and play outside!

  • maxwell smart

    RANT: I’m pretty sure the office manager came through the office this morning with the annual raise letters and I did not get one, which would be the first time in 5 years. On one hand, I was one of only few people who got a performance raise in February, but it was noted that it wasn’t in place of or would preclude an annual raise in the summer. I’m so annoyed right now I can’t even focus on work.

  • Blithe

    Rave: So much free music! Multiple concerts at UDC and the Millennium Stage that I want to go to. I’m glad that the Millennium Stage concerts will also be live streamed.
    Rant: With Prince’s death and Ali’s death, it really feels like the end of a cultural era. On the heels of these losses, I’ve been fighting irrational fears re: Stevie Wonder’s health. At least I know my fears are irrational.
    Rant-ish: I am so not looking forward to changing guitar strings. Two of them will be complicated, and I don’t yet have a backup plan if things go awry. I’m wondering if I can pay/bribe a friend to supervise…
    Rant: The quality of my neighborhood Whole Foods is sinking, the nearest Safeway closed, the Giant is small, and the closest farmers market has only limited, early hours. I may have to move up (down?) from toting reusable bags to granny cart for foraging.

  • watch out for your bags/briefcases, commenters. my wife was at a work happy hour at a bar at 20th and K. two guys came into the bar and grabbed bags/briefcases from the ground near her table and dashed. rude as hell.

  • Rant – when did Peapod switch their cut off time from 6pm to 5pm. Just missed adding a couple of things I needed. Phooey.

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