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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  • skj84

    Rave: The Simones winning gold last night! Simone Biles dominating gymnastics and Simone Manual surprising everyone with a well earned gold. Both are so inspiring.
    Rant: My roommate’s internship is over and is moving out on Sunday. She was so chill and I’m not looking forward to finding someone to fill the room. My landlord is giving us extended time since we had another flood last month. Hopefully this process will be less traumatic than the last.
    Unofficial Happy Hour is this Monday August 15th at Roofers Union! Projected start time is 5:15ish.

  • Rave: Friday!

    Rave: Hanging out with friends tomorrow night.

    Rant: Going to a club which isn’t so much my thing, but it’s good to step out of my comfort zone for a little bit and do something they’re really excited to do.

    Rant: Is it weird that the guy I had a talk with about feelings/relationships has yet to respond? When the discussion first came up a few months ago, I at least gave him the courtesy of telling him I thought we’d be better remaining friends within 2 days of thinking about it. Then when I thought I’d try, and had a very good talk with him, I told him I didn’t expect an answer right away, but it’s been almost two weeks. So I guess that’s an answer? I’m kind of annoyed. But still glad I said what I did.

    • dcgator

      I’m not gonna lie, whenever someone rants/raves about online dating (e.g. FridayGirl and LBP, I think?) I always have to read the entire anecdote thoroughly to make sure the guy is not me. In re your rant, though: I agree, no communication for this long definitely seems like an answer.

      • Haha! dcgator, i’m sure you’re a fine guy. I think it’s hard sometimes to explain the full extent of situations without being so obvious that they might read it and know it’s them (which is how I came about!) so some things are left out.
        But I agree about SinSA’s situation — I’m sorry to hear that he decided to just not respond at all. That’s not cool.

      • Ha – no no, I’ve given up on online dating, gator!

      • This isn’t from an online experience, I know him in real life. (But I have also given up on dating, honestly.)

        • dcgator

          Is there no PopVille dating

          • dcgator

            Dammit, do you ever have Lync just decide to restart on its own, forcing you to accidentally click “Post Comment” too early? No, just me? Anyway, what I meant to say: Is there no PopVille dating app yet?

          • I think several people have joked about PoPville dating only to find there aren’t enough single guys, from my understanding. :/ [And re Lync: it is both the bane of my existence and the reason work is so great.]

          • PoPville has LOTS of single (straight) women, but very few single (straight) men.

  • Rant: Getting passively aggressively scolded on the bus last night by a woman who repeated “I’m so sorry your child is elderly or disabled.” nearly a dozen times. Scolding anyone else in a seat in the front of the bus was an afterthought.
    Rant: At least–if not more so–as mad at myself for defensively engaging rather than just grabbing my 3yo and plopping her on my lap with her 9mo brother like I usually do when the bus is crowded or someone needs a seat.
    Rave: Getting thoroughly entertained by mtpbaby at dinner–our cat was licking his toes and he thought it was the funniest thing ever.
    Rave: Mtpwife and I got each other the same anniversary card this year. It’s even funnier because mtpkiddo helped me pick it out.
    Rave: At least one other family in mtpbaby’s day care class is planning on contributing to a teacher’s lost wages with us. She was out for 3 weeks with pneumonia and didn’t have sick leave to cover the last week because she’s pretty new to the center. Not sure yet if others will contribute, but I’m very glad to know that we’re not alone in wanting to provide this kind of support to our beloved caregivers.
    Rave: Happy Friday everyone!

    • Was the scolder by any chance a heavy white woman with white hair and quite a bit of chin hair? If so, you have my sympathy. She’s been around forever, and is more of a blight on the neighborhood than any three drug addicts and all their litter.
      She has tapped me on the shoulder to tell me my kids shouldn’t skip on the sidewalk because “it’s dangerous to other people”. She told me that my child was over the weight limit to ride in a shopping cart (kid was standing on the foot-level bar at the end). She sat in the very front seat on the bus, with her foot stuck out into the aisle, and said “Ow!” loudly every time someone bumped it. At rush hour. She yelled at me “you dropped something! Littering is illegal!” AS I WAS REACHING DOWN TO PICK IT UP. Nasty old goat.

      • I only barely noticed because I was so caught off guard. She got on at Irving to go north on 16th st and she was white, but I didn’t notice much else because I was scrambling to get my stroller and back pack and get up. She very well could have been the same person, but I don’t know. The behavior certainly sounds similar, though!

      • HaileUnlikely

        I know who you are talking about, wdc, and agree in spirit, though wouldn’t take it quite as far as you did.

        • Although she has made it personal on multiple occasions, that’s fair. I should just shake it off (shake it off). She’s likely not playing with a full deck.

          • HaileUnlikely

            She’s never gotten physical with me or put a gun in my face. I can’t say the same for all of our lovely neighbors.

          • I’m sorry. The most negative experiences I’ve had, living in CH for 10+ years, are the sexual harassers (who’ve never actually touched me and have never involved my children) and the old bat in question. She upsets my kids.

          • Given your experiences and her focus on my daughter (assuming it’s the same person), I wonder if she has something against kids for some reason.

      • I hate to say it, but there’s a goat in training that lives on N Street near Logan Circle. She’s young and slim, so not the person you’re talking about, but likes to loudly shame people with a holier-than-thou attitude.
        In some ways these people make the world a worse place with their constant bullying than the people committing crimes.

      • There’s a woman fitting that description (although I haven’t noticed the chin hair part) who walks around Columbia Heights and sometimes yells at pedestrians (“the cops’ll get you for jaywalking!”) or at cars (she was yelling “TURN YOUR LIGHTS ON!” at every car turning at 14th & Monroe one night). Wonder if it’s the same person – behavior sounds similar.

    • Did you get video of the baby getting his toes licked? A giggling baby is probably the path to world peace or ending malaria or something. Just need to figure out how to apply it…
      And good for you for helping out the daycare teacher. They do not have it easy. πŸ™

      • I tried! But the cat stopped licking his toes and didn’t do it again while I was recording. So I have happy shrieks and clapping, but no giggling at getting toes licked. I’ll need to try again. I totally agree on the healing powers of baby giggles.
        And thank you. I totally agree they don’t have it easy. I’m always startled when I realize how little they make for doing so much to help our kids grow and develop.

  • Rave: I requested a tree to replace the one that died in front of my house, and I put the kind of tree I wanted in the comments box. Within a couple days, they had replied that I was scheduled to get the tree I wanted. 311 win!
    More than a rant: I cried on the bus this morning when I learned that Khaled Harah was killed yesterday. The other White Helmets will carry on, but it’s a terrible and sad blow to the movement.

    • Jealz…. they took down a dying tree in front of my building and refused to replace the 50+year old tree with a new one because it was “too close to a stop sign” and I didn’t even request a type of tree….

  • Rave: I haven’t missed work due to migraine in over 6 weeks! This is HUGE!!
    Rave: Rave #1 is probably b/c there is a light at the end of the tunnel for some of the major stressors in my life.
    Rave: Was invited to show my art at a future RAW artist event at the Howard Theater. Anyone ever done a RAW event as an artist or gone as a guest? Good or bad experience?
    Rave: I’m testing out a 300sf office at work this morning to make sure it’s ready for the executive to move in next week. I feel important sitting at my desk looking at my sitting area with couch and looking out onto 19th Street. It’s quite a change from the 120sf office I share with 3 people. And all the windows!!!! I love natural light.
    Rave: I finalized my budget for the year and if I keep to my plan I’ll have 6 months of emergency savings before the end of the year, plus a separate fund started for vacations. I promised myself I’d travel more and now I’ll be able to with dedicated funds!
    Rave: I slept so good last night – 7 hours straight!
    Rave, Rave, Rave. I don’t feel like ranting this morning!!!!

    • Wow! Love all your raves, they sounds fantastic!

    • That is wonderful. All of it!

    • skj84

      i.e RAW, I’ve particpated as a model for an artist. I think its a decent showcase. I’ve only done the shows since they were at PennSocial, Weds will be my first event at Howard Theatre. I’ll post my thoughts!

      • They gave me a complimentary ticket to check out the August RAW so I’ll be there too. I was just trying to figure out if it was worth the commitment since you have to sell 20 $20 tickets or cover the cost out of pocket.

        • skj84

          Yeah, as long as you market yourself I think its shouldn’t be that hard to sell tickets. My artist keeps trying to make us models purchase tickets to hit her goal. Which I flat out refused, I’m not getting paid for this, and taking time off from work to participate.

  • Rant: People on the metro who don’t offer their seats to obviously very pregnant women, people traveling with small children, the elderly, and the disabled. It is even more annoying when said people actively avoid eye contact so they don’t feel compelled to give up a seat.
    Rave: Friday! I’m so happy that the weekend is almost here. Looking forward to sleeping in and baby snuggles.
    Rant/Rave: My mom and stepdad are coming to visit this weekend. I have very mixed feelings about it. My family is challenging and complicated, to put it mildly.

  • Rave–taking the day off to run some errands/accomplish some long-held off tasks
    Revel–also scheduled hiring someone else to clean my house. Love it!

  • Revel: spent the last four days back at work. It was great to see everyone and get this training in a small group where I could ask all the questions i needed to without feeling stupid.
    Rant: spent the bulk of yesterday moving boxes into my 2nd floor classroom that didn’t have any air conditioning for the first hour without an elevator. 11,000 step goal met by 1pm.
    Revel: I counted 3 baby watermelon growing in my garden.
    Rant: I planted watermelon and cantaloupe and theyre taking over the garden. The vines have covered the oregano completely and are crawling up the tomato and basil plants.

  • Rave: One of my best friends announced that he’s getting married on the beach in Puerto Rico next spring! Trying to decide if I’m out of my mind for considering going with an approximately 8 week old infant.
    Rave: Apple butter. Seriously, that stuff is magical.
    Rant: Politicians (and I use that term lightly in this case) using sarcasm. Sorry, but I find it totally inappropriate.

    • Can you plan to go but get trip insurance that would allow you to cancel? 8 weeks could be a really easy time to travel–or it may not be. But it’s hard to predict in advance.

    • Agree with mtpresident. Plan to go, and plan for it not to work out. Traveling with an 8 week old is easier than with, say, an 8 month old. And both way easier than with a 2 year old! But you can easily get grounded by an ear infection or something common like that.

  • Rave: Visit with neuro went well, we’re going to try a few holistic options (vitamins, minerals, etc) and check back in a couple months before we decide if we need to go to the nuclear option (please god no!), and at least I’m under someone’s care in case I have another ER/hospital worthy migraine. (again, please god no!)
    Rave: Choosing to feel optimistic.
    Rave: Yoga with kittens tomorrow!
    Rant: Have been sleeping pretty poorly for the past week. I’m so tired but I wake up at 4ish and can’t go back to sleep! Grrr!

    • Oops! Guess I should have read further before commenting above. So glad the visit went well. Fingers crossed the holistic options help. Dare I ask what the nuclear option is?
      Have fun with the yoga with kittens! That sounds adorable.

      • I agree with what mtpresident said about the visit going well and the nuclear option! I really hope the holistic treatments work well for you.

      • Thanks all! Really looking forward to some relaxing this weekend – yay kitties! And nuclear option = anti-seizure medications, which I’d reallly like to avoid if I can!

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rave: Lunch with a good friend today. It’s been too long since we’ve gotten together.
    Rant: I had hoped to go to Monday’s HH, but something has come up and I don’t think I’ll make it.

  • Clueless

    ???: Has anyone been invited to/participated in ‘Diner en Blanc’? Looks fun but also sounds like a looooot of work.

    • jim_ed

      Diner en Blanc is the strongest argument for bringing back the public guillotine during the Sanders presidency in 2020.

    • Andie302

      We went the first year and it was fun, but yes, a lot of work. We got tickets to the second one and ended up not going because of the amount of effort. It helps to have a plan in advance, a good cart, and keep things as simple as you can. I think I did a gazpacho, a vegetarian noodle dish, and tiramisu in mugs so that they were easy to transport. I’d have to be in the right mood to participate again, if that makes sense.

      • Clueless

        Makes total sense. If I ever have the chance to participate, will heed your advice. A flash mob dinner party is just so interesting to me…

  • Rant: Parents had to put down the family dog last night. We knew this was coming sooner or later, but I was hoping to get home this weekend to see him one last time. At least he’s not in pain anymore. RIP Buddy!

  • Rave: Simone Manual was awesome last night!! Loved that race. Loved her reaction.
    Rant: I’m normally patient and have been okayish with NBC Olympic coverage but did we have to have a Phelps countdown (up?) clock to next race which was a SEMI FINAL and not even a FINAL?? I get it–impressive he gets the gold in the IM and only half an hour later must swim again. But I feel like because of that, they didn’t show Simone Manual’s medal ceremony!!!
    Question: What do you tell your landlord when you’re expecting? My DH says no reason to tell, but I think it would be weird if our landlord showed up and we suddenly had an infant. But I also can’t think of an actual compelling reason to tell…

    • I don’t know about DC, but in NYC, landlords should be notified because they are required by law to provide barriers (or something like that) on windows that are below a certain height and could be fall risks. So perhaps there are some legal requirements they have to do to prepare the apartment? Lead paint rider? Stuff like that? By the way, congratulations!

      • Lead paint rider should have been signed with the lease, so yea, you haven’t seen any lead disclosures, I’d get them asap. Maybe give ota a call to see if we have any nyc esque rules. If not, I wouldn’t bother.

      • Good point on the lead paint! I just looked at our original lease–thankfully our landlord is pretty by the book and we have the disclosures. Also, thanks Anon Spock, giving OTA a call is a good idea.

      • My lease has a clause about all occupants including children being named on the lease, so if it were me, I would tell after the baby was actually born. I would check the lease and see what it says; but in general, I’m sort of with your husband on that one. Congrats though!!

      • HaileUnlikely

        Serious question: are landlords in NYC required to provide those things only in units with children? I thought, possibly incorrectly, that those were always required.

        • I don’t know – we live in an older building on the third floor with big beautiful windows and we don’t have any barriers. But I remember a clause stating that should we have children, we have to notify the landlord so they can take appropriate action for barriers…

        • Only required with children under a certain age – something like age 10 and under if I remember correctly. …. Signed, long time NYer
          Does DC have such a law?

          • HaileUnlikely

            Not that I am aware of, and if so, it is very obviously widely ignored and unenforced. There are lots of large apartment and condo buildings with non-zero numbers of small children but zero units with NY-style window guards or any functional equivalent.

      • Also, if you are in a condo unit, some condos have rules about the number of people who can be in a unit (usually a per bedroom limit). Kids under a certain age often don’t count. If you’re in a condo, it would be worth checking if the condo has rules like that.

    • +1. Couldn’t stop the tears from flowing watching Simone Manuel touch the wall for gold last night.

    • Check your lease – mine has a clause about telling our landlord because of the maximum occupancy for each unit.

    • Ugh, yes on your rant! My husband and I were rolling our eyes so hard at that Phelps “count-up” clock.

    • I don’t know, I don’t feel like I need to see any medal ceremony.

    • I thought it was really funny that the commentators kept chattering about him having difficulty getting out of the pool–he’s not a kid anymore, his body hurts more, etc, etc.

  • rant: today’s weather
    rave: we’re going to the Shenandoahs this weekend and it’ll be a bit cooler there! I’m so excited for four days of swimming and hiking and grilling and relaxing.

    • Where are you staying? I’ve been wanting a weekend mountain getaway, but haven’t motivated myself to actually do the research.

  • Rant: Turf battles for funding. So frustrating when the big guys horde funders, restrict access, refuse to fund you from proposals you contribute too AND belittle you about your lack of fundraising success. And yes, we’re all on the same team here.
    Rave: Even though it’s hot out, I’m so happy to be back on my bike!
    Rant: I’m not currently ill but I’ve had an illness in the past which will change how my life looks if I try to start a family. And I’m waiting on two important doctors to provide me with important information on how I’ll be impacted but I’ve waited for months now, and it looks like I’ll have to wait until December at least.
    Rave: Trip planning – China was likely but we realized we could only go during the national day period. So now it seems Ecuador or somewhere nearby…

    • Andie302

      Turf battles drive me insane! We had a very senior leader disparage one of our sub-programs in front of an all-hands training because he clearly doesn’t understand that turf battles exist. It was disappointing on multiple levels.

  • Major Rant: My mom is going through some really hard stuff over the next few months and I’m really worried about her. There isn’t much I can do except to be supportive (which I am apparently not very good at since my support usually involves problem-solving and there really isn’t any solution to these problems). It’s especially frustrating because if I was even minimally wealthy, the largest part of the problem could be solved in a matter of days. If you could, please send some good vibes/prayers/etc. into the universe for her.
    Minor Rant: 13 mosquito bites on my legs Wednesday alone. I’m allergic so they get huge and bruise and look terrible but it’s too hot to wear pants.
    Minor Rant: I’m having a shindig at my place (BBQ + drinks) in a week. Currently I have 6 people attending (including myself) but I am tempted to invite a few more. At the same time, I’m not sure if 8-10 people will be too many. Should I just leave it? Or invite them? I never do things at my apartment but I don’t want to get overly excited about this and go too crazy with it either….

    • skj84

      I would invite them. You never know, people may drop off closer to the event, so you probably even out at 6 people in the long run. And even if they don’t people don’t mind cramped space! I held a brunch at my house and had 20 people crammed in my tiny common area at one point. Everyone still had fun, its the company that matters.

      • Oh wow… 20 people?! That’s amazing. Its a very good point that a few people might drop off closer to the event (and I can definitely accommodate 10 people without a problem if they do all show!). Thanks!

      • My principle in life is to always have more friends than place settings, but always enough wine glasses to go around.

    • You can still be supportive by trying hard to just listen when she needs to talk and by offering distractions when she needs that. I’m a big fan of notes and care packages, too. Sending good vibes and prayers her way and yours!

    • I know how you feel about wanting to help your mom (and not being rich really sucks) — but I will send good vibes out that all will be okay. I agree re: being there as a supportive listener, since your normal let’s fix all of the things approach won’t work here (I do that too, it’s so frustrating when it can’t just be fixed!).

      And yes, invite a few more — people may drop off, or you may just have a ridiculously good time!

      • Thank you for your advice and party feedback, SinSA! I just invited a few more, and I’m glad to hear I’m not the only person whose first line of support is trying to fix things. I was feeling a little crazy there for a bit.

        • Definitely not alone–I’m a fixer by nature as well. But I’m trying to do better at listening in general.

    • Clueless

      Sending positive vibes to both you and your mom. And to your minor rant, I’m suffering with random bites on my arms and legs even though I’m hardly outside these days (because it’s so hot) – these suckers are constantly lurking and they are EVERYWHERE. πŸ™

      • Thank you. And yes, I think you’re right about the mosquitoes! The only time I’ve been outside has been waiting for the bus for 5 minutes or so, and then walking home from the bus stop. It’s crazy that they managed to bite me so much in that time!

  • Rave: Perseid meteor shower viewing party tonight!!!

    • skj84

      I hope the skys are clear. I tried to look out last night and it was too bright and too cloudy.

      • Does anyone know if meteor viewing will be good next weekend? I’ll be in the Shenendoah then.

        • Better than in DC, but not as good as tonight.
          If the skies are truly dark, you’re actually going to see a few shooting stars whether or not it’s a named meteor shower. It’s happening all the time, just not always bright enough to see through even moderate light pollution. We were out in the middle of nowhere a couple months ago and in a half-hour of lying on the dock at 11pm, spotted about six.

          • According to what I’ve read, last night/early this morning was the prime time to view this year’s shower, but I’m hopeful there’ll be good showings through this weekend!

  • It’s way too hot to go outside! Wouldn’t it be great if you had a couple of KITTENS to play with inside??
    My 4 foster kittens are super loving, friendly, bold, sociable and ready to go! Fully vetted, all shots, spayed and neutered. Adoptions over the summer fall off since people are on vacation, so we really need to clear the shelters. If you’ve been thinking about adopting (the perfect) kittens, now is your chance. They will be at an adoption fair tomorrow from 12-2 at PetMAC in Friendship Heights. Or fill out an application online and come meet them at my home. http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/pet/5695313598.html

  • Rave: NEW JOB. It happened so incredibly fast. Sad to leave great coworkers but happy to be moving on. Raise, promotion, title change, better flexibility. I’ll take it!
    Rave: Olympics last night – those performances were incredible.
    Rant: The weather. What else is new?

  • Rant – This weather. Blah.
    Rant – Work trip to Las Vegas next week, one my least favorite places. And the weather there isn’t much better. At least it’s a dry heat, right?
    Rave – Stayed up way past my bedtime, again, to watch the Olympics and it was worth it. Great swimming and gymnastics last night.

  • Rant – Bombings in Thailand. I was already stressing about my trip this week, and now this makes me super duper nervous. Rationally, I know the risk is still very, very low and this can happen anywhere, but still.

    • I’d be very cautious, and probably purchase evac coverage. There have been rumors that the king died a couple weeks ago, and I don’t expect a peaceful transition. Or anything good, really, if the prince gets into power.

      • Those rumors about he king having passed have been circulating for a while – at least since I was there a couple months ago.

      • Yeah — it’s too bad the king didn’t make his daughter (the one who’s done all of the public work, etc.) his successor.
        I didn’t realize that there were rumors that the king had died. IIRC, he’s been in the hospital for at least a year. (Maybe two years?)

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: forgot to water my plants last night. I hope they don’t die in today’s heat/
    Rave: busy morning means day is 1/2 done in the blink of an eye.

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