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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  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: the worst the in the world happened while I was in New Orleans: Frankie and Johnny’s was out of bell peeper rings.
    Rave: Dad wasn’t as sickly as I feared.
    Rave: Wedding was fun.

  • Rant: finally received my luggage Sunday afternoon after they sent it to the wrong place in Ecuador
    Revel: was able to extend my trip for a few days for free due to Delta’s screw ups
    Also: I’ve been hanging out with some people in their early 20s. They’re super cool but my age is showing to me!

  • janie4

    Rant: Metro last night (I’m on the green line from L’Enfant). Took me an hour and a half to get home.
    Rave: My cat has acquiesed to taking his medication with good enough grace.
    Rave: I did enough laps around the platform while waiting for the train last night that I hit 10,000 steps pretty easily.
    Rant: Forgot to leave a check for my cleaning person. She’s good about it, but it makes me feel like a heel.
    Rave: rained last night, so I don’t have to water today.

    • The rain stressed me out. My roof needs to be fixed, but the roofers all my neighbors have used (which are apparently very good) are $$$$ so Ive been holding off…. 🙂

  • Rant: Commute from hell this morning. My bus was running way late so I decided to street car to Union Station, and switch to the circulator. I still ended up being 30 minutes late for work.

    Rave: I gave myself purple highlights last night. Safeway had this comb in hair color on sale so I figured why not? It washes out and the front of my hair was pretty light as it was. The color came out pretty good, though the product is kinda gummy. Fun temp solution until I can get my hair colored again.

    Question: I’m taking Megabus to Pittsburgh on Saturday and want to figure out if 1. There are rest stops, 2. If so where are they. I generally pack my own snack and coffee, but I really will need to be able to get up and stretch my legs at some point. I’m not thrilled about 7 hours on a bus, but it was my best option.

    • Yep, 1 rest stop halfway (Arbys and general gas station amenities). I think its about 3.5 hours in, about an hour before they drop off the Morgantown folks. Also worth noting, its super hard to find a cab where they drop (and in general in the burgh) you so make sure you have someone to pick you up.

      • Thank you so much!!! My hotel is within walking distance of the Megabus drop off point, and I’ll probably end up taking uber for any other transport. But thanks for the heads up!

      • last time I was in Pittsburgh I had no trouble getting an uber X from the convention center (where megabus drops off).

      • +1 on Uber. Was really convenient and drivers were great in Pittsburgh when I used it last year. Much better quality of drivers than we have in DC. Rates were cheaper too, IIRC.

  • Rave: I love how Skype can make thousands of miles magically disappear.
    Rave: I need to figure out what to do with 4 pints of blueberries. Also, why did I think it was a good idea to buy that many when I’m home by myself this week?
    Rave: The commentators for the England v Iceland Euro 2016 game yesterday were on fire! It was pure gold. I particularly loved when one of them described the game as “all of the English players have decided to have their worst games of their careers, simultaneously.” Brilliant.

    • You can make blueberry muffins and blueberry coffee cake and freeze them for future breakfast treats.

    • Emmaleigh504

      you can make blue berry butter with all those blue berries. it’s divine! http://foodinjars.com/2010/06/june-can-jam-slow-cooker-blueberry-butter/

    • You can freeze the blueberries themselves too–spread them on a cookie sheet until the outside is frozen, then you can put them into a ziploc bag. They keep great that way and then you can use them for muffins/pancakes/cereal/whatever whenever you want.

    • Second Blueberry Muffins. You could do blueberry pancakes as well.

    • blueberry buckle!!!

      • +1 for Blueberry buckle! Then I would freeze the rest of the berries so in the middle of winter you can make a blueberry pie to remind of you of summer.

    • 5th and Catsworth

      YES. Ian Darke and Steve McManaman are my favorite soccer commentator duo. They used to do lots of the Premier League games when ESPN was broadcasting them, but now that it’s over on NBC Sports I never get enough of Darke & Macca. They just have the best chemistry. Go Iceland!

    • I texted my boyfriend that exact line from the England game!! It was so funny, and completely true! I have NO idea why Rashford came on with only 4 minutes left… He was the only interesting thing in 90 minutes from the English side.

  • Rave: I made and ate dinner, washed all the bottles, and put baby to bed before 7:30 last night. And I managed to get the crock pot going for tomorrow’s dinner. I feel like a wizard!
    Rant: That’s probably as productive as I will manage to be this week.
    Rave: Baby Artie has the best smiles. Mothering a three month old is way more enjoyable than carrying for a newborn. It is cool to watch him become more aware of the world and social every day.
    Rant: I’m really afraid that I’m at that stage where all I talk about is my kid. Meh.

    • Lol, that’s alright–babies loom large at that age. It just gets better, too! I’m marveling at how MtPbaby kind of scoots around and really wants to stand/walk.

    • lol.. “I’m really afraid that I’m at that stage where all I talk about is my kid. Meh.”
      This reminds me of my pre-kid days where I just knew it all: my kid wasn’t going to be told the great “Santa Lie,” and Tooth Fairy? Nope. I was not going to be one of ‘those’ moms whose entire existence revolved around their kids. I was going to go after my career and climb that latter no matter what, etc, etc, etc.
      Meanwhile, the Santa lie was told (though not very well – I’m pretty sure they all know), we make ‘tooth fairy’ bargains (as in, my kids will wink and do air quotes about the ‘tooth fairy’ when they lose a tooth and try to get more money out of me). My entire life is planned around their schedule. I changed career paths when I knew I was getting divorced, let go of school, and got off the career ladder. ‘
      But I regret nothing and I would do it all again. Being a mom is awesome, and my kids – though they may be less welcome at restaurants/bars/in public by certain people and certain establishment – are great.

  • RIP Pat Summit–an inspiring force to be reckoned with.
    Rave: MtPkiddo, while willful, makes me laugh on a daily basis.
    Rant: MtPbaby had a just-barely fever at the end of the day at daycare and is home today.
    Rave: My mom is home with him.
    Rave: Now that she’s under less stress, she’s less critical, so I don’t feel quite as much like I’m walking on eggshells. While I’ve always got my guard up and know better than to look for real support, I’m glad things are a bit more relaxed.
    RAVE: Two of my favorite people are having their baby in the next 24-48 hours. YAY! Can’t wait to meet their little one 🙂

  • Revel (?): Coworker asked if we set a wedding date, and I started bellyaching that no, we can’t set a date due to extenuating circumstances. She had been with her partner for 24 years before they were even allowed to get married, while I’ve been engaged for just over one month. Good perspective.

    Rant: Have a debriefing for an event we hosted a few weeks ago. Boss is all concerned because ONE person complained. One out of hundreds and we have to change things. Makes my blood boil sometimes.

    Revel: Dancing. Dancing always makes me happy!

    Revel: A mother who is supportive.

    • “She had been with her partner for 24 years before they were even allowed to get married, ”
      .
      Are we allowed to know the story behind this?
      .
      “Revel: Dancing. Dancing always makes me happy!”
      .
      Just a line from a Wilco song that’s been going through my head: “Unlock my body and move myself to dance.”

  • Question: I have a tenant who’s moving out this week. I have a bad feeling the unit isn’t going to be left as clean as I think it ought to be, and that I’m going to have to do additional scrubbing, etc. Is it reasonable for me to expect the unit to be left as clean as it was when the tenant moved in? If so, how much would be reasonable for me to subtract from the security deposit for the extra cleaning? If not, how much dirtiness is permissible?

    • I moved out of my apartment a few months ago, and I was planning to hire a handyman to repaint, and have my cleaning service do a thorough move-out clean. My landlord contacted me and said that he could just deduct $300 from the deposit for painting, touchups, and the deep-clean that I was responsible for in the lease. Sold! It may cause a lot less stress for you and the tenant if you just make an offer like that up front.

      • Landlords are supposed to repaint between tenants; why are you paying for that? Touchups also sound like normal wear and tear.

    • I think the usual standard is for the tenant to leave the premises “broom clean,” which means reasonably clean but not immaculate. If your standards are higher (and it sounds like they are) I would just bite the bullet and bear the expense of a deep cleaning if that will make you feel better. Deductions from the security deposit can be made for actual property damage that has been caused by the tenant, unpaid utilities, etc. Of course, if the tenant leaves the place as a hazmat site that’s a different story and you could deduct for the cleaning.

    • I have had many landlords over my life and this current one has in the lease that we will be charged $200 from our deposit for a cleaning fee. May be a little extreme for some people, but I liked the transparency and knowledge that I don’t have to move out AND THEN return to the apartment to clean. It also ensured that when we moved in, our apartment was totally spotless. Most places I’ve lived in have specified in the lease how clean a place has to be when we moved out, but only one city I lived in nickled and dimed if the place wasn’t absolutely spotless.

    • If you left it white glove clean, it’s probably not reasonable to expect that in return. However, it should be cleaned, no items left behind, etc.
      Normal wear and tear is to be expected: small scuffs, etc, so you can’t deduct for that stuff.
      Reasonable is subjective, but I’d suggest hiring a cleaner and deducting their costs rather than trying to price your own time to determine what is reasonable.

    • Painting, cleaning, and minor repairs due to wear and tear are on you. Plus, the costs are a tax deduction. Are you not claiming rental income on your taxes? Why wouldn’t you be deducting these costs?
      The deposit is used to compensate you for negligent damage by the tenant outside the course of normal usage.

      • Also, OCD level of cleanliness is not within the reasonable expectations of landlords. Pretty much every place I’ve lived in required the place to be “broom swept” as the landlord expects to be sending in a cleaning crew prior to the arrival of new tenants.

    • Well this whole thread really opened my eyes. I’ve always immaculately cleaned places before I move out. Last place, I even hired a cleaning company myself so I wouldn’t have to worry about doing it or being charged for cleaning. I guess I’ll just be asking my current landlord when I move out what he expects, it’s never been in a lease for me (just “clean” generally, never specified HOW clean, so I assumed perfectly clean). I’ve rented 8 different places in my adult life and have always done this lol!

      • I always clean a place when I leave because I hate leaving someone else a mess, but I’m not killing myself getting up scuffs when they’re supposed to paint anyway. I couldn’t fathom paying a de facto cleaning fee nor paying for painting. I’m questioning whether either is legal actually.

  • Rant: TV show hangover. I (slowly) binged Peaky Blinders and watched the last one last night. One, I love Cillian Murphy, two, Tom Hardy. Really good show – now the one year wait for the next season :/
    Mega Rant: I hit a nasty pothole a few weeks ago and scraped the bottom of my car. In this scraping and bang, my power steering hose was damaged. I didn’t realize and kept driving until my power steering was basically out. The $400 bill for a new power steering hose and pump has taught me a major lesson in procrastination!
    Rant: I really need to get better at not sticking my head in the sand.

  • dcd–did you have a chance to check the contact info for your catsitter? Thanks!

  • I Dont Get It

    Rant: I noticed over the weekend that Lucy had stopped barking. Yesterday morning, for the first time ever she didn’t follow me upstairs after breakfast or bark demanding me to carry her upstairs, She seemed content sleeping by her dog dish so I left her alone. I saw this movie recently and know how it ends. 🙁

  • Rant: I woke up this morning convinced it was Saturday and that I didn’t have to get up so early and go in to work. But then I realized, a few minutes later, that that in fact, was not the case.
    Rant:I cannot breathe in this weather/humidity. Ugh.
    Rant: Feeling uncertain about so many things.
    Rave: Just a few more days til a long, busy weekend with friends and family!

  • Rave: Got an awesome job offer I was hoping for! Job entails a temporary relocation for four months, ergo:
    Question: PoPVille, do you have any recommendations for how best to temporarily rent out a rather nice two-bedroom condo? I’ll be gone for essentially the academic fall semester, so I am thinking a professional student or recent professional transplant just settling in to the city would be an ideal tenant.
    Rave: I’m so excited for a change of pace! I will miss DC, but it will be nice to get away.
    Rant: I have so much to do before I move!
    Rant: Pat Summit’s passing. What a mighty woman she was.

  • Rave: Saw lots of former co-workers this morning. So nice to see them all and catch up.
    Rant: I like the work I do, but like it best when I do it away from my co-workers. Team meetings just reinforce that this won’t be a long-term place for me. I need to work with other professionals who challenge me and who I can learn with, not just teach.
    Revel: Feeling fed and happy this days. Busy with things I’m excited about, seeing family soon, and feeling valued and secure. So good, and I want to savor it. Like all feelings, it’ll be fleeting and I want to enjoy.

  • Rant – found out one of my grad school friends lost his 4 year old in an accident. I can’t imagine the pain he and his wife are in.

    I thought I had other rants, but, after hearing that, I don’t.

  • Rant: window a/c units. Or, lack thereof…..I have a window unit for my bedroom but haven’t installed it yet this summer because I’m tired of using plywood on the sides. The window is extra large/wide, and I can’t find one of those accordion things that fit it. Does anyone know of where I could order a custom one so I can use my a/c unit once again? This heat is killing me 🙁

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