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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  • Rave: Treating myself to lunch. Deciding whether I want spam mitsubi if the truck is around or a ruben melt. Both solid options. So happy my new-ish office is a lot closer to good lunch spots than my old office.
    Rave: It’s Friday. Work is … peaceful. I don’t want to jinx it. Time with friends today.
    Rant: Slept poorly again last night. Why does this keep happening?!

    • skj84

      Spam Mitsubi. I take it you’re talking about Abuni food truck? I feel its easier to find a Ruben melt in the city.

      • YES! But they haven’t posted the location yet. Usually they’re near Farragut on Fridays so I have high hopes. I suppose the ruben will be my backup if Abunai is too far from my office.

        • Bah, they’re all the way over at L’enfant. My hopes have been dashed.
          Maybe next week I can get spam mitsubi…

  • skj84

    Rave/Rant: I really want to buy a ticket to Green Day today, but its the same day as South by South Lawn. Which I don’t even know if I have a chance of getting chosen. But if I somehow get a ticket for Green Day and South by South Lawn I wouldn’t be able to sell the ticket, they have super strict anti-scalping rules for this event. Which I don’t begrudge, its just making me pause on whether I should buy a ticket. Of course I may get locked out of 9:30 clubs website, so it may be a moot point. I don’t even know why I worry about these things.
    Rave: NYC next weekend, I haven’t been in almost 2 years. I need to figure out what I’m doing while I’m up there. Definitely entering in the Hamilton Lottery, but other than that no real plans.

    • If you get tickets to both, you should easily be able to sell the Green Day ticket, no? (Do the events even overlap? Is the white house thing during the day or evening?)

      • skj84

        Didn’t get through for Green Day. But if I had, only the ticket holder can use the ticket. Ticket Holder must show ID to pick up the ticket, and enter the building. I’m actually really annoyed, I tried to purchase right at 10am and tickets were sold out within seconds. I had both my laptop and phone going.

    • If you don’t win the Hamilton lottery (which you almost definitely will not), check out the Color Purple. I saw it a few months ago. If it weren’t for Hamilton I’d say it’s the best musical I’ve seen in years.
      Or see Spamilton: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/09/theater/spamilton-review.html
      If you really want to see Hamilton, keep an eye on the secondary market. Prices go down the closer you get to the show. There are seats for this weekend for less than $500 each including fees (which is still outrageous, but less than $1100).

  • Rant: my company does our pay increases strangely, instead of just rolling with pay increases when they happen we pay out a retroactive lump sum back to the start of the fiscal year, two months after it started. Umm, I was supposed to get mine today but it’s not in my check and payroll kind of doesn’t want to hear it. The annual salary you gave me on paper isn’t going to be what you said if you don’t give me two months at my new rate.
    Rave: but we’ve finally dipped our toe into the 21st century, I’m streaming a live meeting while I work from home/coffee shop.
    Rave: brewing my pumpkin beer this weekend.
    Rant: antsy about having more space, saw a super cute house in Mt Rainier, but I’m not going to do anything about it.

    • I really like the Mt Rainier and Hyattsville areas, there are some really cute affordable homes there. Although I can’t move there because of the stupid PG county breed restrictions 🙁

      • Bear

        I live in PG county, in Riverdale. I often wonder how strictly the breed restrictions are enforced, because I see a ton of neighbors with pitbulls. We’ve been talking about adopting a dog and I would LOVE to adopt a pit, but that’s been a concern for us.

        • Yeah I don’t how how strict they are with enforcing the law. I’m sure there are ways to get around it by claiming the dog as a mixed breed or therapy dog. But I’m not sure I’d take the chance moving there with my dog, she is small (~35 pounds) but she’s still a pit bull. I know that the DC shelter won’t adopt pit bull type dogs out to residents of PG county, but they will adopt out bull dog mixes.

    • When my company does that (retroactive pay raises in a lump after the fact) it’s because the managers don’t get the paperwork to finance in time. Finance hates it too.

      • This is our company policy, every September you get a lump sum retroactive to July 1. I think it’s weird, but it’s also kind of tidy that your salary aligns with the fiscal year.

    • Do you like living in Mt Rainier? I am seriously considering that area, but there aren’t a ton of 1br or even 2br options. I probably don’t want a 3+ br place. Would love to hear more about people who live in that area…or riverdale hyattsville

      • I live in Parkview, but I’m eager to hear what any other people say about living there.

      • My buddy lived in the arts district and loved it. Only moved to buy a place in Banneker Ridge but he loved renting over that way. He rented at Palette at Arts District.

        • Saturday, September 10th. There will be over 100 exhibiting artists and artisans, Maryland breweries, food trucks and vendors, and live entertainment. The event will take place in downtown Hyattsville from Noon – 6pm.

          I live in Edgwood but Franklin’s in Hyattsville used to be our weekday spot when dining with our two kids before before Monroe Street Market & 12th street developed. We almost moved to Arts District but did not want to change schools.

      • Bear

        I really like Riverdale, and there are a lot of smaller houses around – not sure if you’re looking to rent or buy. Good community, close to the arts district, close to the new Whole Foods (this can be a pro or a con depending on who you talk to), plenty of bike trails and parks, easy commute into town with the MARC station right there.

    • Related questions about MD homeownership. My mother in law heard from someone that senior citizens don’t have to pay property tax in MD, so now she wants to move there. I can’t find any indication of this online when I Google it though. Does anyone know if that’s true?

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rave: FRIDAY. This has been some kind of week at work.
    Rant: Too much running around required this weekend. I want a loooong nap.
    Rave: Midsome Murders on Netflix. Murderous English villagers soothe my soul.

    • I really need to pick up on Midsomer Murders. I love Brit TV, and detectives in particular, but seem to have used them all up.
      Except Midsomer, so there’s a whole new obsession just waiting for me.
      (What I would really love is some new Mrs. Bradley…)

      • Quotia Zelda

        Midsomer Murders is especially fun because the series started filming in the 90s, so the fashion and hair are such a throwback. It’s like reliving my adulthood, one murder at a time.

  • Rave: mtpkiddo was super excited about school when I picked her up yesterday.
    Rant: mtpkiddo was a hysterical mess this morning about not wanting to go to school/not wanting to get on a particular type of bus.
    Rant: struggling to keep it together.
    Rave: got three things off my desk yesterday, so today can be low key at work.

  • They got their sign fixed! The “uni” used to be out, to the delight of arrested adolescents everywhere.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: waiting for a phone call before I can start my work. I hate having to wait on phone calls.
    Rant: new office mate is a slob! There is a q-tip on the floor that’s been there for days! a q-tip!
    Rave: HH after work to get to know some work people better.

  • Rave: While not 100 percent better, Baby Artie appears to be on the mend. He was much more is usual happy, babbling self this morning.
    Rant: My throat feels like I swallowed glass. Drinking lots of water and tea today.
    Rave: It is Friday! The weekend cometh.

  • Watched most of the first season of Jane the Virgin on y’alls recommendation, and thank you! Although I won’t be sad when Rogelio meets a mysterious/ tragic end. He’s annoying.
    I wonder if other people are offended by this common thing like I am: When you tell someone you have a cold, and they immediately put up their hands, or say “don’t give it to me!” or even make a cross with two fingers as if they’re warding off the minions of Satan. What, did I look like I was coming in for some tongue kissing?? It’s just RUDE. The proper response is, “I’m sorry, I hope you feel better soon.” or even “Aw, that sucks.”
    Just me?

    • Eh….I kind of understand you preferring sympathy to people shooing you away, but by the same token, it sucks to be unnecessarily exposed to more germs. I mean, if you can shut yourself away in your house or office, that’s probably preferable to going all over town sowing your germs. Obviously, it’s not always avoidable, and I do get it, but I guess I just see both sides as being justified.

      • I agree. If someone is just a little sniffly I tend to be sympathetic but if they’re coughing all over the place I am less so (I’ve actually had bosses, thank goodness, who have made people go home because they’re coughing all over everything).

        • As a manager, I absolutely encourage folks to take sick days. We don’t track them, so it’s not like they need to save up for an emergency. Though I understand that other places limit sick days.
          Yeah, I guess it’s my impression that there’s selfishness vs sympathy thing happening. And such blatantly expressed selfishness is rude, no matter how justified.

          • HaileUnlikely

            Sick days are not tracked? I am not even conceptually familiar with any such thing. Wow. As I’m sure you know, a lot of employers have shifted to having a single bank of PTO, rather than dedicated “sick” and “vacation” days, which makes taking PTO because of illness feel a whole lot like “wasting” a “vacation day” and creates a perverse incentive for people to come to work when contagious but not incapacitated.

          • HaileUnlikely – Yep! I think it’s one of the worst moves (of many terrible moves) that employers have made lately, exactly for the reasons you said.

          • We don’t track vacation time, either. Take what you need, just stay on top of your work. We got rid of PTO tracking because no one ever used all of it. And they wanted to do half days and comp days for travel and it was a pain. This way people are more inclined to take proper vacation, and actually re-charge their batteries, rather than trying to cram it all into a long weekend so they can save their days for some future need.
            People work here because they want to work here. And I make it clear that this lasts until someone abuses it. So far, so good.

          • Interesting. I’ve heard that often leads to people using less vacation time because there isn’t a clear allowance.

          • HaileUnlikely

            Wow. That sounds great, but is completely foreign to me. I literally did not know that any such thing was done anywhere until you said it just now.

          • I think it’s not uncommon in trendy tech companies.
            We’re a non-profit working with some difficult subject matter; it’s very important for us to keep people from burning out. Or checking out. And because it’s pretty specialized, hiring is arduous, and training takes a long time.
            Mtresident, that’s definitely true when people first start. They just don’t know what they have a right to. But most of our staff take about 3-4 weeks, which is what they would have been allotted if we tracked time. The bonus is that they take it in bigger chunks, knowing that they didn’t just blow the half-day they needed for their kid’s play. And that’s a solid win for morale.

          • HaileUnlikely

            I work at a small non-profit affiliated with a very large parent company which has several thousand employees across the country; for all things HR-related (leave, health plan, etc) we follow the lead of the aforementioned parent company.

          • I’m taking a two week vacation this month. After that I’ll have two days of PTO that I’ll need to make last until the end of the year. I’m glad I have a strong immune system or else I’d never be able to go on vacation!

    • Glad you like Jane the Virgin. But…confession, I love Rogelio!! I think he’s so much fun. It’s such a cool show – enjoy 🙂

    • That seems like a crazy thing to be offended about. They’re not judging you to be a terrible person. They’re saying they don’t want to be sick.

    • I vote that you’re allowed to be annoyed by the reactions, but not offended. I also think that if the cold is mild enough that you’re out and about, you can;t expect a ton of sympathy — your presence suggests that it’s merely a minor irritation. And, finally, (he continued as though anyone really cared what he thought) I don’t think you need sequester yourself at the onset of a mild cold. People who recoil in horror at the fact that you came to work with the sniffles are even more annoying than the ones that make the sign of the cross.

    • skj84

      I once had a coworker act like I had the plague when I was forced to work with bronchitis. Like I know you don’t want to get sick, but acting like I’m some sort of irresponsible monster for coming in was a jerk move. She could have kept her mouth shut. I didn’t even want to be there, management forced me to come in.

      • I have no understanding of how there can even be a “management forced me to come in” when one is sick. What does this mean????

  • Bear

    Rant: Two disappointing notifications at work today. My team is a bit deflated, as am I. Sucks when hard work doesn’t pan out.
    Rant/rave: Switching from my current OB practice to the midwives at WHC. Rant because it’s kind of a pain in the ass to do this at such a late stage, but rave because I feel much more comfortable now.
    Rave: Baby kicks are getting harder – I think I actually was able to feel his foot yesterday. Crazy! And awesome.

    • I changed my practice right before this pregnancy and am so glad I did. I’m sure it’s a little tough to switch at this point, but if you are more comfortable that’s huge!

      Baby kicks are nuts to watch. This baby is pretty much nonstop active and the other day I saw it flip or something–like a wave across the stomach. Very alien like but pretty cool! Can only imagine what this will start to look like once the baby is bigger!

    • Congrats! I know you were struggling with that decision, and I am glad to hear you feel good about it. I hear wonderful things about the midwives at WHC.

  • Rant: Feeling exhausted and a little cranky. I keep having sneezing fits and my sinuses hurt like the dickens.
    Rave: It’s Friday! Hope to have a fun weekend ahead!
    Rant: Still haven’t gotten anything for the baby shower in a week! Grrrr! Too hard! I’ve been avoiding this registry like the plague because it’s so chock-full of terribly expensive things.
    Rant: Is it 5 pm yet?

    • Can you do a gift certificate to where they are registered? Or maybe a gift certificate for future babysitting?

    • Or a cute outfit or some of your favorite children’s books… I think it’s less necessary to buy from the registry for a baby. Don’t buy a different type of X than is listed (like they have one type of high chair and you select another), of course, but if it’s all expensive stuff then just buy something sweet that you know they’ll use. Alternatively, a gift card for take-out that they like might also be useful for when the baby arrives.

  • That One Guy

    Rant: contact dermatitis.
    Rave: iced coffee.
    Rave: Green Day’s Wake Me Up When September Ends not so ingrained in my mind this year.
    Rant: hearing that it’s been 15 years since 9/11. Things used to be so much simpler then.

  • Green Day sold out. MFer. I got in line at the exact second they went on sale!!

    • I was working three different browsers, refreshing each in turn. And then they tease you by giving you the little graphic of the guy walking across the screen towards The Door To The Tickets or whatever, and you think that if he makes it to the end, and you move to the next screen, you’re in. And so you watch as he gets closer and closer, waiting for some popup that says “sorry, sold out,” and he gets closer and closer and you’re staring at the screen, heart pounding because even if it’s just a stupid ticket to a show, the suspense is unbearable and bam! you get to the end and the next screen comes up and you reach for your credit card and realize it says: “no tickets available” Bastards.

      • EXACTLY.
        I was on two computers, one about a minute behind the other one. After the first one let me down, I turned to the other, hoping that maybe there was a glitch and the second would give me a better answer.
        It did not.

  • I Dont Get It

    Hope This Isn’t a Creepy Rave: I felt like the grocery cashier was possibly checking me out yesterday. Huh? Since he was considerably younger, I just marked it down to me being hungry and light-headed since it was lunch time and I had had nothing to eat all morning. When I got home, I realized my receipt was for a ridiculously low amount and when I looked closer, realized he only charged me for one of the three frozen Beef Bibimbap Bowls I bought. Is this how the millennials flirt? Or was he just feeling sorry for me since I was also buying cat food?
    Rant: All heck has broken loose at work.

  • Rant: Frustration with work. trying hard to compartmentalize or push aside but ugh.
    Rave: Return home tonight to be with husband and we have no plans for the one day we get together before he leaves for three weeks, other than a reservation at a supposedly incredible Chinese restaurant.
    Rant: Thinking through how to not end up in a bad management situation in the future. What would you ask at an interview to judge management style and overall office culture? I’ve read up on this but haven’t found one that seems to work for me.
    Rave: Puppy kisses and helping out a friend.

    • Andie302

      If available, ask other team members what they like about the office. If the culture is good, it should be one of the first things they mention. I took my current job because I knew how good the supervisor is from personal experience. If he leaves, I’ll be reassessing my position here immediately. I’m sorry you’re dealing with crappy work culture – it’s so distressing, and definitely hard to compartmentalize.

      • A good supervisor can be so helpful but if they are in a terrible system and unable to effectively support/protect their supervisees… that’s where I run into issues and I want to try and see how I can avoid that in some future situation.

    • Bear

      Bad management can really tank a job. I went through a series of terrible management situations at my previous company and it sucked all joy out of my job. I’m in a much better situation now – I wouldn’t say the work itself is as fulfilling, but I’m so much happier with how things are run. This will sound terrible, but the thing that convinced me that the new place would be better was that they actually fire people who turn out to be dead weight. My previous company had a serious issue with accountability and lax management, so even though I’m under more pressure to perform now, I appreciate that people are held to certain standards and we all know what is expected of us.

      • Yes – that’s where I’m at now with the difficulties of management and accountability. UGH. And I’ve seen it at my past place. And now I ended up with a nice manager but stuck in a terrible system. I can see how letting people go is a way to show accountability and standards – I’d appreciate just some decent HR that actually support the staff (shocker!) and some normal/non-matrixed management methods. Not asking for much but feel like my life would be so much better and I’d be able to work so much better.

        Did you just rely off industry knowledge or people you know in the org to understand how your current place is managed?

        • Bear

          I knew a couple people in my current company, so that helped with the decision. I was also just DONE with my last place so I probably would have left regardless of where I got an offer. A pleasant surprise when I got here was also that staff support and opportunities for professional development are much better.

    • I’d think asking for some measures of employee retention would be helpful, though that might only be telling if there are big issues driving people away.

    • Totally in the same boat as you regarding your second rant. I’ve asked people what they like about their jobs, how long they’ve been there, what are the some the challenges specific to the position, and I ask how, if hired, I’d interact with other coworkers (is there a lot of teamwork/group work). Not sure if these are best questions so I’m interested to hear what others suggest.

  • Prince Of Petworth

    Rant: On twitter the humorless and easily outraged thought I was serious about calling a part of town #SouthShaw. (Yesterday there was a New York Times article mentioning North Shaw which doesn’t really bother me to be honest. Shaw is huge geographically and if you want to narrow it down – power to you.)

    It’s just the things some people get outraged about is truly mind boggling. Never mind daytime shots fired – that’s just part of city living. Never mind a woman getting smashed in the face at 10am and her bag stolen at 4th and K St, NW. But God help you if you don’t know the exact neighborhood boundaries/names whatever.

  • Rave: Any morning that you wake up with Alison Jiear’s I Just Want to Dance stuck in your head is a good morning.
    Rave: Medication issue has been solved after what felt like a million hours on the phone.
    Rave: Lots of baby flutters this morning. I love that feeling.
    Rave: I woke up in the middle of the night really wanting palak paneer and immediately informed the Other Mrs. Rabbit (who was up reading work emails for some reason). She told me this morning that she’ll handle dinner tonight because she’s never had a chance to make it before. She’s pretty awesome.

  • Revel: I really do have a great group of students this year.
    Rant: I’m quickly becoming bffs with our union rep.
    Revel: I’m not feeling as stressed out last year as I did last year.

  • Rant: S4 bus driver did not stop at 14th and K NW even though I requested the stop. I asked why when he let us off at 13th and he said that 14th isn’t a stop. Right.
    Rave: It’s Friday.
    Rant: Boyfriend has to work on Sunday, but fortunately not early.
    Potential rave: the singing guy may have stopped singing.

    • Re your first rant: Ugh. Maybe it’s just me but the buses have been obnoxiously bad all around the past few weeks. My bus that used to come every day at the same time has been a no-show every day for three weeks now. I’ve reported it twice and confirmed that no, the schedule has not changed. Then last night on a 50’s line bus the bus driver wouldn’t close the door to the bus even though there was no more room — so people kept tapping their cards, then she got mad at them and called the police over and they basically suggested everyone get off. Ended up walking home in the heat.
      Anyway – did you notice if they did the rotation of drivers recently that they do every 6 months? I’m thinking that might be it.

      • I’ve had a couple of really bad drivers lately. The bus is full to bursting, and they’re driving like it’s MarioKart. So everyone on their feet is lurching and swaying and it’s really unpleasant.
        Plus, not driver-related, my favorite top got snagged by someone’s bag. I managed to keep my hand between my shoulder and the buckle on his bag, but I let my guard down for one minute, guy turned, and *rip*.

      • I do not have a regular enough schedule, and (fortunately) have several different routes to choose from, so I don’t notice driver rotations. I do recognize drivers I’ve seen before.

    • Not the bus’ fault, but man the traffic on 16th st has been awful this week. Or perhaps it really is just that much worse in the 5:30 vicinity compared to the 6:15 vicinity? I may have to leave earlier than 4:30 to make my commute home work to grab mtpbaby and then pick up mtpkiddo from the bus drop-off reliably before 6.

      • I got on the bus at 4:30 in foggy bottom and it took me almost 45 minutes to get to 16th and Irving last night — there was a moving van parked in the rush hour lane and it backed traffic up all the way down to U Street. I actually got off and walked.

        • Yuck. Unreal. I was 10 minutes late to pick up Wednesday because of an accident on 16th st. I left earlier yesterday, and still only had a few minutes to spare despite no accident. Unbelievable!

          • Ugh! Yeah, this is not cool — and it definitely has gotten worse the past few weeks than it was over the summer.

      • Traffic seems to have really began to back up, even along 15th street cars line from Columbia heights down to florida. It seems EVERYONE wants to move around right at 5pm

  • Revel: Just discovered Thip Khao has my new favorite Happy Hour! Tasty $5 – 6.00 cocktails and incredible food – grilled chicken hearts were delicious. Even the more “normal” food – chicken skewers, calamari, wings etc. were extra good – with interesting spices & sauces. Also, Jeff was one of the best bartenders I’ve met.

    Revel #2: My recent pet sitter fell in love with one of my foster kittens and is adopting her. Also has a friend interested in the other 2!

    Rant – Adopted kitten suddenly came down with a gooey eye this morning.

  • Rant: still bummed about being friend dumped/ghosted for no apparent reason. c’mon, dude, how hard is it to respond with a text saying sorry you’re busy or dating someone and won’t have time to hangout (ever again)!
    Rant: stress and hormones -> face breaking out. just what I needed when my confidence is at an all time low.
    Rave: gym was not too packed last night. weight room is now my favorite place. feeling the burn today.
    Rave: bonded with some coworkers are the trials of modern dating. at least my mother isn’t pressuring me to get married soon like some people’s mothers!

    • Not to play devil’s advocate, but many people prefer you to just not respond than to directly tell you that they don’t want to hang out with you anymore. The reason given in that message is usually a lame excuse (like no time) or saying something hurtful about you. I know I prefer people to just not respond after a few calls or texts from me than to tell me bs or something mean – I get the message and move on.
      As a result, I also do this with friends I don’t want to hang out with anymore because I’m past the age of wanting to argue about whether they are jerks, mean, controlling, or whatever it is that has just made me sick of hanging out with them – I’ve already pointed out my issues in a number of conversations and gotten nowhere, so I’m sure they get why I’m finally not into hanging out with them anymore.
      You could look at this as the kinder way of being dumped by a friend – I certainly do.

      • Yeah, I get it. Long story but this situation is different since we used to date. For real friends I care about, I expect a conversation. For sorta friends, I can deal with a fade. I called this yesterday like getting dumped twice.

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