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: Migraine all weekend. I think I need to go back to the doctor’s. The frequency I’ve been getting them the past few months is alarming, and the added medication from my last appointment seems to be helping the length/severity somewhat but it’s still too much to deal with. [Why is this happening?!?!]
    Rant: Ended up not going to any of the vigils (much less anywhere else) this weekend because of aforementioned migraine.
    Rave: Pokemon Go.
    Related Rant: Very limited data plan, so very limited Pokemon Go playing.
    Rave? Cool tinder matches!
    Rant: I never know what to say first.
    Related Rant: Matches who unmatch you before you even check your phone.

    • Yeah, I don’t understand the immediate unmatch. I have a little bit more understanding for unmatching if you don’t like how the communication is going, or not going, but unmatching immediately after matching? Why did you swipe right anyways?

      • Andie302

        In my (super limited) experience it was that I, as the friend of the person actually on tinder, swiped right, and then when they matched later they weren’t actually interested in that person.

        • I don’t understand… you were browsing Tinder on a friend’s behalf?

          • No, it sounds like she was just observing how her friend uses Tinder. I’m engaged but still talk with my friends about their Tinder strategy all the time! I even get screen shots of profiles and conversations in our group texts, if a friend’s match is insanely attractive or just bizarre.
            It’s endlessly hilarious!

          • Andie302

            Yes – she was like “here, go ahead” – but I’m less picky than she is, so she ended up with a match or two that she wasn’t into

          • Andie302

            Meaning – I was acting on her behalf with guys I thought she might be into (not for myself, in case that wasn’t obvious)

          • Ahh, OK. So you were doing a sort of initial screening for her.

        • +1
          My buddy does this all the time. He swipes right based solely on the first photo. If he matches, he’ll read more and look at more photos. If he doesn’t like what he reads/sees, he’ll un-match immediately even before chatting.
          I guess be thankful that the person isn’t yanking your chain and wasting your time?

      • I agree. My take on it is that guys just automatically swipe right on everyone (thus accidental likes) whereas I am more likely to accidentally swipe left. (I will unmatch if I talk to someone and am not feeling it — and wouldn’t feel too sad if someone did that to me. But immediately?! Bah!)

        • Plenty of women use Tinder/Bumble in the same manner. That said, I think the average women tends to be a bit more thoughtful than the average man in the manner in which they use those apps

    • justinbc

      Team Red! Luckily T-Mobile has unlimited data 🙂 And my office building somewhat skews the GPS, so it constantly bounces me back and forth between two lures, which also happens to count for hatching the eggs, lol…

      • Ah, nice! Someone in the building out my office window has been set up as a lure during lunch today. I only wish I had T-Mobile (although it actually isn’t taking up THAT much of my data — if I take it easy on the facebook, music, etc I should be fine.) I heard a rumor that areas that are more densely populated with players also attract more pokemon? Hm.

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rave: Great college visit trip with Middle Zelda. Her application list is taking shape.
    Rave: Made a caramel cake for Eldest Zelda’s birthday.
    Rant: Not 100% happy with the way the icing turned out. I think the caramel flavor is too subtle.

  • Rave: What was supposed to be dinner with my sister and her boyfriend turned into dinner with my whole family! It was good seeing everyone, even if it was just for one evening.
    Rant: Still sick. I have been coughing a lung up, and my meds aren’t working. My doctor thinks I’m dealing with allergies. I think I’m dealing with something other than allergies. I sent her a note in my patient portal, hopefully she prescribes me something stronger than allergy meds.

    • Could be both. Once seasonal allergies get going, the post-nasal drip can cause other infections to grow, like strep. Surely your doctor should know this. Happened to me my first spring here, when I wasn’t acclimated to the pollen here.

      • Thats what I think. My sinuses feel fine, I’m not sneezing nor am I congested. I just have this gnarly mostly dry cough. I don’t feel anything in my lungs either. I took some cough meds when I got to work which has suppressed the cough a bit. I’m hoping she can at least point me to something to take along with the allergy meds.

    • GiantSquid

      If I miss a few days of allergy meds, it escalates. The urgent care put me on steroids to reduce the sinus inflammation, and after a week, it was WAY better. A tiny bit of residual nasal drainage and cough, but nothing awful like before. Are steroids an option?
      I’m at the point where, if we’re staying down this way indefinitely, I’m going to get allergy shots. It’s time.

  • Rave: Great weekend with friends, art, and sunshine this weekend. So filling.
    Revel: Interview this week…Fingers crossed!

  • rave: rode the VRE for the first time today.
    rant: messed up with my ticket
    rave:…as a result, got a free ride
    rave: better than metro
    rant: busy morning at work. too busy! argghh

  • Rave: wonderfully fun day Saturday
    Rant: spent Sunday recovering
    Neither rave nor rant: My building is proposing to up my rent 5%, which is less than I expected but I still want to try to negotiate, especially since other people in my building (but less desirable units) did not see any rent hikes. I think I’ll offer 3%, but open to suggestions

  • Revel: started lyfting Saturday. It’s not super lucrative but during morning rush today I made almost $80 in just under 4 hours before tips (just under half have been tipping, which was unexpected)
    Revel: I get to interact with humans!
    Rant: didn’t make it to the rally last night because of babysitting

    • do you live in DC proper? if so, how have you handled your car insurance with lyfting?
      I really wanted to Uber in my spare time andGeico (who I’m with) recently started offering a hybrid insurance for people who Uber/Lyft, but the initial quote was cost prohibitive. I haven’t taken the time to do much shopping around outside of Geico, though.

      • I’m taking a risk and just using lifts high deductible insurance if something happens while I’m giving a ride. I didn’t see a requirement from geico that I need their hybrid insurance, and I looked for it..

        • ah, follow you. I am a slightly paranoid person, and I’ve heard horror stories about insurance companies revoking a policy because someone didn’t disclose they were driving for uber/lyft…so I wanted to cover my bases.
          I am glad you have had a good experience!

        • Yeah, Geico would likely be all over you for that if you have an accident. Good luck with them. They DO care about people driving people around for jobs, even if it is incidental, as I found out when I tried to see real estate for awhile – they care.

  • Rave: Had a fun time tubing this weekend
    Rant: In the grassy field of a parking lot, on a hill, my car door flew open and impaled a 3 week old car. I left a note because I’m a sucker or nice or whatever and I can’t wait to see how much this is going to cost me.
    Rant: I was planning to order a new fridge, now I’m not sure if I should wait.
    Rave: I took today’s picture!
    DOG drama: took DOG to a meet and greet and doggie daycare to see if he can go. He can’t. The floors are slippery, so he ran over to the elevated, fake grass, pee area and sat there. He had to be dragged off when it was time to go. At least he got along with everyone.

    • I am sure it’s still no fun, but I am soooo glad that there was the word “car” after “3 year old” – did a double-take reading about you impaling a 3-year-old with your car door! You did the right thing, which may be small consolation depending on what happens with your insurance, but still, thanks for being a decent human being! Shame about DOG, glad he at least got along with everyone even if he was scared of the floor!

      • DOG succumbed to his first belly rub this weekend, so it wasn’t all bad.
        He looked dubious throughout, but it’s the first time I’ve ever seen him recline on his shoulder rather than prop himself up on his elbow.

    • Your first rant happened to me a couple years ago. I was so upset about it and very concerned that the rain would wash away my note. They took a few days to contact me and ended up saying, “Don’t worry about it! Thanks so much for leaving a note!” What a relief. I hope you have a similar experience.

      • While that would be nice for me, he’s going to get an estimate today. So I will definitely be paying.

        • Arg. Fingers crossed that it isn’t too high.

        • But you’ll just pay your regular deductible, right? Isn’t that how it works?

          • Well, if it was close to my deductible cost, I would have just paid out of pocket to simplify things. But it’s about 1.5 x my deductible, so I’ll call and make a claim.
            This guy is quick. If my car was 3 weeks old, I probably would be too.

          • HaileUnlikely

            If you have a high deducible and this repair is really expensive (e.g., $1500 deductible and repair is $2250), then sure, go ahead. If you have like a $500 deductible and this repair is like $750, if I were you I’d just pay it out of pocket. The claim will cost you way more than $250 in the long run.

          • Actually, it turns out it’s fully covered under my property damage coverage. I damaged the paint too, which will require a few days to fix and a rental car, which my insurance covers. With the rental I think this would be well over $1k.
            Now to hope that my good driver accident forgiveness is for real. I’ve never had to pay out a claim in the 8 years I’ve owned my car.

  • Rant: My great-aunt, who was basically my stand in grandmother, passed away this weekend. Going to the funeral mostly to support my parents. I’m sad, but it’s hard to be super torn up about it when I’ve lost touch with most of my extended family. It’s like she was already gone…if anything I’m more angry about the circumstances that have kept my family apart.
    Rant: Airlines don’t offer emergency/bereavement fares anymore.
    Rave: This may sound stupid but playing Pokémon Go cheered me up this weekend, a distraction from the family troubles and general crappy state of the world at the moment.

    • Ally

      So sorry for you loss. And you are the second person to recommend Pokemon Go. Thank you. I’m getting on that now! 🙂

    • “Airlines don’t offer emergency/bereavement fares anymore.” What?? I thought SinSA said she was able to get such fares just a few months ago. Maybe it’s airline by airline?
      My condolences for your loss.

      • American Airlines and Southwest were the ones I checked, she must have been on another airline. Good to hear some of them still offer it.

  • Revel: Another good weekend racing including winning the “Open 8” over two much younger crews — nothing makes me happier that putting young whippersnappers in their place, dadgummit! More important, daughter was in her first winning boat, so we had lots of medals to haul back to the homestead Saturday evening.
    Rant: Some weasel-y, passive aggressive rat-bastard dropped a dime on my cats and I woke up Sunday morning to the threat of fines and mayhem taped to my front door. It’s not just that I’ve been in that house almost 17 years and local, well-cared for and friendly cats have always kicked back and enjoyed the alley, it’s that someone was too much pf a wimp to knock on my door and speak to me before they called the cat cops. This is how feuds begin. And I think I know who it is.

  • Ally

    Rant: Fell asleep with a key lime pie for the in-laws baking in the oven. Brown key lime pie = bad.
    Rave: Postmates delivered me new key lime pie ingredients at 3:30am! Pie 2.0 turned out great.
    Rave: I didn’t burn the house down.
    Rave: Secret Life of Pets.
    Rave: FridayGirl recommending Pokemon Go.

    • I didn’t know you could get groceries delivered at 3:30am! That’s amazing! I’ll keep that in mind if I ever get sick and need something, or come home from traveling late.
      And I hope you enjoy Pokemon Go! It’s kind of silly and I may not play it long but I think it’s bringing a lot of happiness and a sense of community at a time where it’s much needed.

  • Rave: It’s my parents’ 35th anniversary today. I know they’re not perfect, but they have done an amazing job choosing each other over and over through thick and thin. I’m really lucky to have them as a model for the kind of relationship I want someday.
    Rant: Feeling like that is never going to happen for me.
    Rant: An extremely non-restful weekend (partly due to the false alarm/evacuation in the wee hours of Saturday morning), plus difficulty sleeping the other nights – anxiety, sinuses, migraines. Just an overall crap weekend.
    Rant: Did not make it to vigils/marches.
    Rave: Hoping to have a quiet week in the office, as several bosses are out on vacation. We’ll see.

    • Re the fire alarm rant: either this happened in multiple buildings on Saturday morning or you live in the same building as a friend of mine.

  • Revel: Had an amazing vacation! The beach was great, the kids loved the beach, I had a great time with my BF’s family and getting to know them all so much better. It was very hard to leave!
    Rant: Family drama, I guess everyone has it. So glad not to be up in the middle of it for a change, but it makes me sad to see people so unhappy. Maybe it’s because I’ve done it myself, but I don’t think I will ever understand people who stay together for the kids only to make themselves and the kids miserable until they are teens as a result.
    Rave: It ended up being a virtual digital vacation as well with very little cell service and only wifi to count on.
    Rant; As a result, I feel like I have lived under a rock. I only just caught up on all the going on of last week. My heart aches.

  • I Dont Get It

    Midwestern Nice Rant: There were power outages across the county after several days of severe thunderstorms. The afternoon before my BIL’s funeral, the funeral director called my sister to say that they had no electricity at the cemetery where the chapel and community room were located. Due to circumstances beyond his control, he needed to move the services to the other side of town.

    Midwestern Nice Rave; Oh wait, I forgot to mention that my BIL had recently retired after 38 years with the electric company as a lineman. “No worries” my sister said, “I know people” and started working the phones calling other retirees who had worked with my BIL. Soon the word had spread and by midnight power was restored and the chapel was nicely cooled by the next morning for services.
    Midwestern Nice Rant: Me. Apparently I need to do a better job of keeping track of elaborate excuses for not returning for high school reunions.

  • MAJOR RANT: What the hell is police doing in Bloomingdale?

    • HaileUnlikely

      Related rant: I am more interested and concerned about the recent shooting homicide now that I have learned the socioeconomic status and, yes, race, of the victim. I don’t think it’s because of any special affinity I have for the victim, I think it’s just that it makes me feel more vulnerable when somebody with whom I share a few obvious superficial characteristics is killed, which in these parts happens a lot less often than the equally tragic murders of people with whom I do not share those superficial characteristics. I am enormously uncomfortable and ashamed to realize and admit that I feel that way, but I do.

      • At least you are honest. That is respectable.

      • I think part of it is that often we’re able to rationalize it by telling ourselves that most of the shootings are between rival gang members, etc. We reassure ourselves that since we aren’t gang members or engaged in the drug trade, we’re “safe.”
        An incident like this reminds us that that particular rationalization isn’t always applicable.

      • Blithe

        I commend you for honestly describing and sharing your feelings and concerns in such a public way. The reality is that your particular superficial characteristics may indeed make you more vulnerable in some situations, far less vulnerable in others, and unpredictably vulnerable at least some of the time. The vulnerabilities that you face are likely to be different from those that your godson may face. I wonder if the “wrong”-ness that you feel is, at least in part, recognizing that your own obvious superficial characteristics may protect you in situations where people you love might not be similarly protected. I imagine that there is both some relief in that, and some sense of “wrongness” in that — as in having a sense that such differences on the basis of characteristics that you view as being superficial is, indeed, wrong.
        Last week I took a break from PoPville when I realized that while I was both grieving and terrified, the post that garnered the most comments/attention was one where many people supported the need for small children to run around inside restaurant that was, coincidentally, located about a block from where I lived as a small child. It was a jolt to realize just how much has changed. It was another jolt for me to realize that the differences in priorities and attention was not deliberately callous — but rather, a function of major differences in what we’re likely to be personally affected by.

        • Blithe — For what it’s worth, there was quite a bit of discussion in last week’s RRRRs about the shootings. Probably not as many comments as the Slash Run post, but there was still some thoughtful discussion taking place and people trying to understand each other’s perspectives.
          Maybe to some extent we take refuge in commenting on things that are Not Really A Big Deal precisely _because_ they’re (in the larger scheme of things) trivial, and we’re horrified and (almost) speechless about things that are weighty and important.

          • Blithe

            Thanks textdoc! I appreciate your comments — and definitely agree with your second point, I just wasn’t in a place where I felt able to do that too.

    • Probably the same thing they are doing everywhere else in the city and eotr. Their are so many shootings eotr that go unreported either way they need a massive hiring effort as they do not have the man power to be everywhere at all times. If its not one area its another, or another or another….

  • RAVE/RANT: Pokemon Go. What has my life become. TEAM VALOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • That One Guy

      +1. Is there a way to drop teams or are you stuck?

      • I was wondering the same. I think you’re stuck. (But that’s okay!)

      • What?! No I am not regretting my choice of Valor. Just regretting the state of my life in general due to this game haha.
        For the night is red and full of terrors! Valorrrrrrrr!

  • anonymouse_dianne

    The Washington Post morning mix talks about Pokeman Go and has a beta simulation. Its more popular than Tinder! Sounds very interesting.

  • That One Guy

    Rave/Rant: About a week or two ago I called my sister and told her I had a dream that she was pregnant and that there was snow present. My dad was also present in the dream. Well guess what she said on Saturday. -_-#
    Also took my mom to the ER yesterday because she wasn’t feeling well. It was a weird weekend.

  • Rant: Dear family friend is sick and in hospital all weekend. Worrying and lots of prayers to the universe has been low level humming anxiety in the background since I found out.
    Rave: The lil monster, still in the midst of his sleep issues, was such a trooper with family visits and running a ton of errands this weekend. He even managed a trip to Ikea without crying. He was so tired last night that he only woke up once. I don’t expect that to become a trend, but it was really nice to get some good sleep on the eve of the work week.
    Rant: This is a really busy month – both at home and work. I am just going to have to take each day as it comes.
    Rave: Awesome, supportive partner and friends.

  • rave: met my folks’ new puppy yesterday. adorable.
    rant: have a scratchy throat… hoping it’s allergies.
    rave: got some good feedback on something I wrote
    rant: exhausted

  • RANT: Two slashed tires this weekend. Ugh, the youth.

  • Rave: Had a great 10 mile run last night.
    Rant: Did not consume nearly enough calories during the day to sustain that kind of run. Felt weak and ill about 30 min later. Balancing nutrition when I’m working out a ton is really a major challenge for me.
    Rave: Incredibly grateful of my parents who have been so supportive of my fiance and me the past few months.
    Rave: Get to try on my wedding dress this weekend!

  • DIY question: So, my basement tenant moved out. I’ve begun cleaning the unit and noticed that the water pressure/volume in the bathroom sink seems off — like, half of what it ought to be. I tried fiddling with the knobs under the sink to see if they’d increase pressure/volume, but they didn’t seem to do anything. How do I fix this?

    • when I had that problem (in my kitchen), it was because the faucet itself was blocked. I used pliers to remove the tip of the faucet where the water comes out, and there was a little mesh circle that was filled with sediment. I dumped that out, and the pressure was back to normal.

    • HaileUnlikely

      Agreed with spiggot. Especially if you notice this with both the hot and cold; and if the toilet, bath/shower, any utility sink that may be down there, etc., are all normal. Before you even check that, though, look under the sink. You will see little hoses that connect the supply lines from the house to the faucet. They have little valves on them. Make sure they are open all the way. If these are closed part way for whatever reason, that would yield the same result.

      • Are these the same kind as for a toilet water supply (righty-tighty, lefty-loosey)? I don’t remember them turning to be all the way shut… but maybe I just didn’t turn them far enough.

        • HaileUnlikely

          Yes. They could be the kind that you have to turn and turn and turn, or they could be the kind that only turn a quarter turn total from all the way off to all the way on. In any event, it’ll be obvious which you have once you get in there and play with it a little.
          Whichever kind it is, you’d generally want them to be all the way open for normal sink usage. Also, if they do not turn to shut all the way and turn the water completely off, you’ll want to get them replaced (not an emergency that would require calling a plumber out just for that, but next time you have a plumber around, get that done. You want to be able to turn these off if there is ever a leak in that hose or the connection from the hose to the faucet.

        • As a general rule for sink/toilet shutoff valves, yes, (righty-tighty, lefty-loosey). If you can’t turn them all the way to shut off the water supply, that also probably means that you can’t *open* them all the way either – and that would mean low water pressure. But if there’s low water pressure for BOTH hot and cold, that either means 1) that BOTH shutoff valves are stuck half-open (or half-closed, if you’re that kind of person), or 2) the blockage is somewhere else. Also possible that the valves are stuck AND you have a blockage somewhere else, but why be so pessimistic? 😉

    • You have a blockage. Call a plumber. I’d chalk it to normal wear and tear. Could be at the faucet or could be at the valves.

  • Rant: Millions of tiny brown ants marching around my countertop. Where did they come from? I get the occasional black ant, but nothing like this. Ugh.
    Rave: Blissful weekend staying close to home giving my outdoor space some much needed attention
    Rave: Smitten Kitchen’s watermelon lemonade – so refreshing, especially with mint-infused water plus seltzer water. Would also be good with a bit of vodka 🙂
    Recipe = 1/4 c fresh lemon juice, 1/2 c watermelon puree, 3 T simple sugar, water or water/seltzer (about 1 cup) over ice.

    • my friend swears on windex to get rid of ants fast! LOL. she showed me where she had a bad ant infestation and she said she randomly started using windex around the area. (because she had nothing else around) and she said she hasn’t seen a single ant since.

      so if you have windex around….LOL 😉

  • Rave: Free Slurpee Day at 7-11 today!
    Rant: The line in 7-11 to the free Slurpees today! (well, no, its not that bad..)

  • Rave/Rant: Fabulous time on the lake celebrating a friend’s elopement. Things got sloppy though and the final injury count consisted of a sprained knee/ankle (me), a black eye, two concussions, and a broken jaw…
    Rave: Biked 10km playing Pokemon Go pre-leg injury. I’m having too much fun with this game.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: feeling rushed at work. sometimes things take longer than expected, chill out.
    Rave: got teeth cleaned today and no cavities.

  • Rant: Just heard that a friend is missing, for the second time in about a month. Scared, but there’s nothing anyone can do just yet. Puts everything into perspective.

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