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: explosion at silver spring apartment building.
    Rave: Hoping our communities will rally and contribute. Long Branch Community Center is being used as a shelter for many displaced tenants. They are in desperate need of clothing, food, bottled water & toiletries. Please drop by today or tomorrow.

    8700 Piney Branch Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20912

    • What apartment building?

    • Following total-loss incidents like this, families also often need baby formula and diapers. So if anyone is sitting on a half a pack of outgrown diapers, someone needs those!
      Oh, and please, don’t “donate” your half-used hotel toiletries. When I worked in disaster relief, we had big problems dealing with the trash that people sent. If you wouldn’t use it, don’t expect someone having the worst week of their life to feel good about using it. Do a little better.

  • PSA- there was an abondoned brand new stroller at 19th and Park this morning. If you’re missing one maybe take a look.

  • Rant: I’ve had it with this week. Everyone is grumpy. I am grumpy.
    Rant: Have had to block and report at least two fake OkCupid users over the past few weeks (“at least” because those were the ones that were so obvious it didn’t take any effort on my part). The one yesterday turned out to be a five-foot-two 44 year old bald guy. I hate people. Gross.
    Rant: Metabolism isn’t what it used to be. Had two glasses of wine at happy hour last night, which apparently was one too many. Felt hungover all night, slept for like 9 hours but kept waking up every hour and a half. Gah.

  • Rave: Neighbor who has a young baby brought over baked goods as a welcome to the block gift. I’m impressed that new parents got it together enough to bake. I have been meaning to bring *them* something since we moved in and that hasn’t happened yet.
    Rave: Friendly neighbors who are considerate. This is such an upgrade from the jerks who used to live upstairs from us and play horrible music at all hours.
    Rant: This heat. I want a frozen drink and lounge chair by the pool.
    Rave/Rant? Am I being stupidly optimistic that it seems like Trump’s campaign is imploding?

    • skj84

      I want to be optimistic, and yet I can’t. I won’t be happy until the election is over. And even then I’m afraid of shenanigans going down.

  • skj84

    Rave: Fun time at the baseball game last night! Was so high up I had a hard time focusing, was there mostly there to hang with my friends.
    Rant: Did not hydrate enough and the 3 beers and a milkshake I consumed while there came back to haunt me. Amateur move on my end. I was in bed by 9pm.
    Rave: Bacon to restore my soul this morning. And a strong cup of coffee.
    Reminder that unofficial Popville Happy Hour is this Monday August 15th at Roofers Union. I will probably arrive around 5:15-5:30, depending on how long it takes me to walk over from work.

  • Rant: An “incident” that occurred at my workplace yesterday, which we have all been forbidden to discuss. Which is fine, because I honestly don’t have many details, and the few details I have just f&#king suck. Doesn’t change what happened, it’s just terribly sad and I wish there was something, anything I could do to make it suck less.
    Rave: Kitties are being snugly. Maybe they sense my despondency
    Rave: Working from home today….
    ?: …so that I can get to my neurology appointment on time this afternoon. Keep your fingers crossed and send happy thoughts!

    • I’m sending good vibes your way for your appointment this afternoon, LBP! Good luck!!

    • Quotia Zelda

      I find cats to be very empathetic. Magnolia always seems to know when I need some snuggles.

    • LOL at ‘forbidden to discus’ – they don’t know that place very well. All joking aside, it is a very sad situation.

      • it really is, so so sad.

        • Doesn’t sound like management is encouraging a healthy workplace if serious staff issues can’t be honestly acknowledged and addressed. Secrecy like that sends morale down the tubes very quickly.

          • They mean forbidden to talk to the press.

          • What Anonamom said. And I don’t think anyone knows enough to speak ably to any media, and so should mind their own beeswax, but it raises enough questions to put one on edge.

    • LBP- We definitely work at the same place. I was out yesterday and heard from my boyfriend who is a journalist. So sad and the lack of information is so scary.. I hope no children saw, but I’m not sure how that would be possible.

      • So much for the press!
        But in all seriousness, even if I don’t know what happened, I have a couple ideas and I’m really sorry :/

        • My thought exactly! But he only had the scoop from NBC4, which was more than the system wide emails we received.

      • Yeah, it’s like I totally understand wanting to shield folks from horrible things, and I understand wanting to figure out what the hell actually happened before saying anything, but I do hope they can eventually let us know what happened (and why, maybe?) so that we don’t have to feel scared of everyone/anyone!

        • The thing is though, you could find out more from NBC what happened then what they told, and the info that is out there would probably allay a lot of fears. I’m not sure what was on the system-wide emails for there, but I still get system-wide alerts from another place on campus, and they were SO vague that I could understand why people might be fearful. But from all the given facts right now, it was essentially a domestic incident. Not to sound callous, but that it very different than a random crime or something of that nature.

      • There are news reports about this (for those who, like me, are curious)

    • So much vaguebooking in this thread of comments, lol

    • So I did a little internet sleuthing, and I think I found the incident. But what’s really weird is that the same thing happened AGAIN, in Georgetown. Same relationship, same method. Twice in one day.

    • Good vibes, let us know what it goes (and cats know. they totally know.)

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rave: Have ordered Emmaleigh’s birthday present. I can’t wait until the end of the month to give it to her!
    Rave: Finally finished ordering Eldest Zelda’s birthday present. Yeah, her birthday was in July.
    Rave: After my crankily tweeted struggles Monday and yesterday, this morning’s Red Line Commute of Doom was easy breezy. I actually got in earlier than usual.
    Rant: Goodbye structurally unsound Empire sofa. I will miss you, even with the non-functioning leg (which for years was held up by back issues of the Journal of American History).

  • Rant: Im super frustrated with my realtor…he is not very responsive and doenst explain things well to me! I’m a first time home buyer and just on edge. Maybe my expectations are not realistic. So, question for the POPvillians: How long does it take an agent to prepare an offer? The DC market moves super quickly, so any opinions on when my realtor should actually submit an offer, if I told him 4 days ago, lets do this?! UGHH

    • HaileUnlikely

      When I bought my house, I sat down with my realtor and filled out all of the paperwork for my offer and it took probably about 3 hours total. I was also a first-time buyer and thus required additional explanation on things, which probably made it take even longer than it otherwise could have.

    • They should prepare the offer within hours, I think? I can’t remember exactly, but I remember our agent telling us to give our very best offer because there were 11 other offers on the house. That was a Sunday afternoon so she had it prepared that night, or at the very latest the next morning. You told him 4 days ago to submit an offer and he still hasn’t? If so, that’s unacceptable. I mean the owners could have accepted another offer in that time.

    • I”m going through the home buying process too.. but my realtor prepared my offer within 24 hours… Also, as it’s my first time buying my agent and mortgage broker both told me to call them as often as I wanted. Maybe try calling, reiterating your offer and saying very plainly “I want this in before the weekend.”

      • Yeah, we mostly bid on places in multiple offer situations (because we hate our money and just want to get rid of it) and so our realtor would always prepare the paperwork within a day or so. Honestly, there are so many realtors out there, and in these days of everything being on the internet the only real difference between a good realtor and a bad one is responsiveness and ability to provide good, honest advice. If you’re not getting either of those, time to switch it up. He’s gonna get a huge commission if/when you buy, so he should earn it.

        • Eh, I think a good realtor does a little more than that. Our house was being sold “as is” but our realtor negotiated with the owners and convinced them to fix certain things.

    • Our realtor prepared and sent us a copy of the offer paperwork on a Sunday afternoon (within hours of us emailing him after going to an open house). Your realtor should be more responsive. I wouldn’t hesitate to shop around for a new one if I were you.

    • Not going to lie, it sounds like you should get a new realtor… things come and go in four days or less sometimes. That’s obnoxious.

    • Our agent submitted our offer the day we told him we wanted to submit. I agree with others that you might want to start looking for a new agent. If ours had waited 4 days, we would have lost out on our house.

    • Hours, not days. Hopefully, he contacted the seller’s agent to give a heads up that an offer is forthcoming. Consider finding a new agent…

      • Yes, he said he did that, but im just frustrated because I’ve found so few places I like and would hate to lose out on this because he’s taking his sweet time. I’m giving him this week to shape up or ill find a new one.

    • HaileUnlikely

      Although the following would be regarded as unethical behavior, I suspect that your realtor judged your intended offer to be too low by a large amount and thus did not want to waste his or her time prepping an offer that didn’t stand a chance. If this was the case, the realtor should discuss this with you rather than simply ignoring you, but a realtor moving that slowly is so unusual to hear about that I suspect there is more to it than the realtor simply sucking in a general sense. In any event, what you describe, almost regardless of the reason (ie, barring a medical emergency or similar) is pretty egregious and you should not have to put up with such poor service. Find a new realtor.

      • haha oddly we are offering below ask, but he’s been super supportive of the number I’m going with. I have some very specific reasons why I believe I can offer what I am offering, he agrees, I’m just not convinced he is going to relay those grievances to the other realtor, therefore perhaps making my offer seem silly. (basically Im going to have to spend a good chunk of change finishing the work the developer didnt do…)

    • Fire his ass. An offer should be submitted the same day in this market, if you want to have a chance.
      If your realtor is on vacation – and hence the no communication – still fire him. He should have told you this and worked out a back-up agent. It’s unacceptable.
      That said, there are a ton of flakes in the industry so it’s not at all surprising.

    • Andie302

      If a client told me that they wanted to make an offer and I wasn’t available within the next 24 hours, I would get someone else on my team to cover it for me. 4 days is way too long.

    • Thanks everyone for the replies–and confirming my instinct that he is not doing what he is supposed to be doing. I’m giving him till tomorrow to shape up. I have a lot going on right now and just don’t have time to be stressed about this! Thanks again, Popville

  • Are we going to acknowledge that Bon Appetite Magazine named DC the restaurant city of the year? That’s a pretty awesome accomplishment in my opinion. I think we take for granted how great the food scene is here right now– especially when you consider what it was even just 3 years ago. I have been making it a point to get to as many restaurants as I can (or can afford) and honestly, most of the places I have gone to have lived up to the hype or exceeded it. There are so many great options to choose from and most have done a great job incorporating themselves into the vibe of the neighborhood. The only place I have been to lately that was a disappointment was The Riggsby– cool bar, cool ambience but the food was pretty underwhelming and the service was suspect at best– combine that with the prices.. no thanks. Probably wouldn’t recommend it for a meal but it’s solid for just a drink at the bar. I know we sometimes tend to focus on the negative side of things around these parts but there’s a ton of good going on here right now. I’m a native Washingtonian so it’s been fun to see all the incredible progress. Very proud to call DC my home.

    • skj84

      I’m so incredibly proud to see DC get Restaurant of the Year. As someone who has lived here for 11 years, I remember when the food scene in this city was a joke. It was exciting to watch it grow over the years, and to be part of the hospitality industry during the formative time.

    • That One Guy

      Regarding DC restaurants, anyone have recommendations of a place that does good garlic fries and has a decent selection of spirits at the bar?

      • Clueless

        Not exactly garlic fries but… 1) The Sovereign in Georgetown has “loaded fries” (has some sort of creamy sauce and other toppings on top), they’re delish but also pretty pricey ($9!) + decent drink selection; 2) BonChon has seasoned fries that I think are top notch.

      • Not sure about the non-beer spirits but Gordon Biersch has excellent garlic fries.

      • dcgator

        Bar Dupont has the best truffle fries I’ve ever had. And great cocktails.

    • It would be cool to see a Friday QOTD on the best new restaurants people have tried. I’m honestly a little overwhelmed with the choices and I don’t really use Yelp anymore. Where is it really worth the line/the price/the hype?

    • maxwell smart

      Like the Editor-in-Chief, I would not have believed this either unless someone told me. Although in the 5+ years I have lived here, I’ve been to H Street exactly once and haven’t been anywhere near U and 14th in probably 3 years. So, yeah… all these new places have completely slipped under my radar.

  • Rave: While mtpbaby was hellish to get to sleep last night, he slept until 6:45! Well, sort of–he woke and fussed at 11 but I took my time getting up to his room & he went back to sleep on his own. Holy moly. Clearly I need to give him a few minutes before going upstairs if he’s not all-out screaming. Of course, now that I’ve mentioned it, he’ll never fall back to sleep on his own again πŸ˜›
    Rant/Rave: I think he may have a tooth coming in. Not totally sure. But at least I think I have a reason for the nightly need for ibuprofen.
    Rant: both of my kids prefer me. I really feel for mtpwife. At least the baby only shows his preference when he’s super tired or super upset/uncomfortable.
    Rant: Cannot focus at work for the life of me this week. Must get that under control!
    Rant: Crap weather predicted for the weekend. Perhaps it’s time for a trip to a museum.

    • Good job, mtpbaby! I had a similar realization with Baby Artie. I started to walk into his room a couple times last night and made myself wait. He settled him back down and only woke up at three o’clock to nurse. I will take that as a win. I hope this is an on-going trend with mtpbaby!

  • Rave: was in and out of the DC DMV yesterday in 30 min, got the weird temporary paper license (while I wait for the real ID to come in the mail) and fixed issues with my registration. I was almost disappointed I didn’t get more time to read.
    Rave: feeling optimistic and dare I say enthusiastic about returning to the dating world
    Rant: feeling like the optimism/enthusiasm won’t last.

    • I had a similarly positive DMV experience about two weeks ago! Granted, I still don’t have my plastic licence… Glad it was painless for you.

  • Rant: Did no one else smell the putrid scents emitting from the CH metro this morning around 8am? I was looking all over twitter and hoping someone here would mention it, but now I’m feeling crazy. I had a few moments while going down the escalator wondering “Could that be me!? No one else seems to notice it or mind! What did I sit in on the bus?!” and then I realized others around me were smelling their underarms with the same questions I had in my head. But really – what was the smell?!
    Rant: My friend had to put her dog down yesterday – they found out she had lupus last week and it had been a busy and expensive week running tests and seeing what they could do to help her/increase her quality of life. My heart breaks for her.
    Rave: My dog and how excited he gets when I walk in the door. I snuggled him to pieces last night. Guys, hug your pets!

  • Rave: Alaska. Everything was beautiful, we had at least 4 days of clear, gorgeous weather (Juneau is in a temperate rain forest, so that is rare), we saw so many things and had a lovely experience. We even saw humpback whales bubble net feeding! The green is so much greener there and the blue of the glaciers rivals the blues of the ocean I saw in Tulum.
    Rant: I miss 65-70F summer days. I could barely breathe when I walked out of BWI last night.
    Rant: 8 hours of sleep in the last two night combined. I don’t think I’m going to make it through the day.
    Rave: I get my doggie back tonight!
    On tramping: I swiped through every guy in Juneau in less than a week, with minimal time input. My god, it must be terrible to date there. The tramping, which was mostly innocent, was fun and gave me a good shot of confidence for me next trip. Hopefully there will be real lumberjacks in Montana. But you can only make out in front of the ugliest state capital and Sarah Pallin’s old house in Juneau.

    • “I swiped through every guy in Juneau in less than a week.” OMG! If it’s that bad on the hetero side, I can only imagine dating in the gay world there must be next to impossible.

      • right??? and i feel like the flannel everywhere (i’m totally stereotyping/generalizing) would make my gaydar all hinky.

      • One single hetero woman said that Juneau is a terrible place to breakup. In a town of 30,000 people, which is halved in the winter, I imagine being gay there must be even worse.
        Life must be so different in a town that can’t be reached by roads. It’s so trippy that the main road dead ends on both ends. It’s only about 50 miles long and you have to take a plane or boat to get in or out.

        • I felt similar about Venice when I visited–you can get there via road, but once you’re there, it’s all boats and walking. Totally trippy in a different context.

    • I love everything about this post! yay for fun and enjoyable tramping around gorgeous landscapes, and yay for DOG!

    • Pablo Raw

      Alaska has to be one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited.Even if that meant being inches away from a bear in the wild.

    • Anchorage has a lot more action and a bigger variety of people. My buddy working there seems to be dating a new adventure sports lady, lady geologist, or lady academic every other month. Lots of cool people, it seems!

    • Good for the attempted tramping!!!

  • That One Guy

    Rant: Iced coffee from Chick-Fil-A, while very tasty, kept me up last night. Don’t like the laying in bed waiting to go to sleep but nothing is happening experience.
    Rant: I wish there were more tree lined streets downtown, and/or building didn’t reflect so much heat.
    Rave: Niece FaceTime this morning. She said I have a fuzzy head. I guess it’s time to shave it all off again.

  • Rave: Had the FTS test yesterday so we got to see the little one again. It did not want to cooperate and kept it’s hand in front of it’s face most of the time.
    Rant: Can’t we just fast forward to Autumn? I’m over the heat and humidity.
    Rave: The Other Mrs. Rabbit cracking up over me telling her the truth about what happened to the leftover pie in the fridge. I had split the remaining piece in two and put it on two plates. I then proceeded to eat both pieces. I tried to share it but it proved too tempting.

  • Rant: Lilly King. I get the competitive fire thing, but still believe her comments didn’t show good sportsmanship. I know I’m a few days late on this one, but watching other athletes demonstrate graciousness in their actions and words really drives that point home.

    • Meh, she’s only 19. I don’t think what she said or did was that bad, but then I did read that article in WaPo about the Russian swimmer and it made me feel for her.

      • Splashing the water in Efimova’s lane after winning the race was pretty inappropriate, as was ignoring her rather than congratulating her.

    • Sally Jenkins’s column today puts the outrage against the Russian in a different light. Like so many things, it’s not as black and white as we would believe. Made me think less of Lilly King.

    • Eh, she’s 19, and swimming is her entire life. She works hard to win while clean, and I can understand her hating someone who won via doping (even if WaPo makes the doping seem less morally culpable). Once someone’s integrity is impugned (as Efimova’s now is), everything else they do seems questionable. Plus, it’s a bit suspicious that Efimova has been caught doping twice but swears neither time was her fault.
      I remain a Lilly King fan, even if she gave into her base instincts in responding to Efimova. Her hard work paid off, and she’s a good (and local!) kid.

  • Rant: People who run across Pennsylvania Avenue on green, get stranded in the middle, and plop their oblivious selves right in the middle of the bike track – then look at you like you’re the A-hole as you swerve out of their way into traffic to avoid them.

    Rant: Hipster side eye when I walk into fancy coffee joints on my way to work in a military uniform. Its going to be OK, you’re not occupied.

    Rave: The friggin’ goat!

    • maxwell smart

      The bike lane on Pennsylvania, in general, was a terrible design.

    • I don’t know why the lights can’t be configured to give pedestrians (and more than a couple cars) time to get across Pennsylvania completely. The traffic on Pennsylvania is comparatively lighter, but they get three or four times as much green light time.

  • Pablo Raw

    Rant: I just read the citypaper article about Columbia Heights, I don’t live there anymore but it makes me kinda sad.

  • Rave-ish: On one of the hottest days of the year, I’m home making peach preserves
    Rant: Peaches all over my counters = ant party in my kitchen
    Rave: A/C vs hot stove => A/C wins
    Rave: Went to a great lecture last night on cover crops for small spaces

  • Rant/Rave: Navigating USAJobs is such a PITA, I have resorted to hiring someone to help me with my federal resume, fingers crossed for something more stable!

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