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.

I have jury duty today – sorry if I’m off grid a bit!

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  • skj84

    Rant: Morning from hell. Was supposed to attened a weight class, but ended up running late and missed it. Decided to go to my office gym instead. When I went to take my shower I discovered I left most of my work outfit at home. I had underwear, and my skirt. No shirt, no tights. I’m now working in my gym clothes. Even though we don’t really have a dress code, I hate coming to work in sweats. I may run to H&M later to get a shirt and tights.
    Rave: There may be a silver lining in all this, I didn’t work out as hard as I would’ve if I had attended the class so my gym stuff didn’t get that sweaty. My arms are still pretty sore from Lyra on Monday, so I probably couldn’t have pushed myself in the weight class.

    • That sounds awful! It’s good you’re keeping a good attitude about it, however.

      • skj84

        Thanks! I am enjoying lounging in my hoodie today. Especially since my office is freezing. Just not going to make it an everyday thing.

      • I can relate– a few weeks ago I was traveling to a client site and my bags got delayed. The stores were closed by the time I got in, so I had to show up the next morning in jeans (glad I didn’t decide to wear leggings or sweatpants on the flight!). It’s irrational but I feel less competent when I’m underdressed.

  • Rave: Finally remembered to make – and take – my own coffee with me to work! Ahhh, caffeine.
    Rant: Still didn’t get a chance to do any unpacking yesterday because I was on the phone for so long.
    Rave: But at least I was on the phone with my aunt, who is funny and kind and understand. I want to emulate her example to my nephews.
    Rant: PoP, I know you gotta fund the website, but I feel like I can’t escape the trashy clickbait under the “You may like…” section. Is there anyway to do a “member-supported” type thing? Or something? I don’t want to make waves because I love the PoPville community so much, and I get “free market” and all that, but yuck. I feel like my eyeballs are being assaulted.
    Question: Anyone have any recommendations for a hair salon and/or stylist in the Silver Spring area who doesn’t charge an arm and a leg? I need someone who is good with hair that is wavy/curly when wet and a giant frizzball when dry, hair that can never seem to be either all curly or all straight? I need like, 3 inches of split ends lopped off but I don’t know what to do from there because my hair is so frustrating.

    • Re your rant about ads: is it me or are there more “you may likes” than there used to be? or is it just that they all moved to the bottom? (the bottom is fine, then I can avoid them more easily)

    • HaileUnlikely

      I don’t know if the following has has to do with the width of my monitor in relation to peripheral vision or whether it is primarily a function of ability to tune out distraction, but I quite honestly had never noticed the “You May Like” thing. When I read your post, I thought to myself “What on Earth is LBP talking about? Maybe Firefox blocks it or something.” So I spent a minute looking around the page at parts of the page that I ordinarily do not notice or at least do not give any attention to, and sure enough, there was a little “You May Like” thing on the side with an add for Harry’s (one of those companies that sends you inexpensive razor blades through the mail).

      • HaileUnlikely

        Oh! There’s more of them on the bottom! Never noticed those either!

      • Yeah, they just fade into the background for me as well. (Yes, Erika Eleniak was gorgeous in the ’80s, and no, I don’t care what she looks like now.) They’re on the side and at the bottom, but I never noticed them interspersed with actual Popville postings.

        • Yeah, I guess I just need to “trim” my browser size again or something – for a while I could ignore them but it seems like in the past week they’ve gotten bigger and more obnoxious or something.

        • HaileUnlikely

          I think what is new is that there are now PopVille postings interspersed with ads, in places that used to be only ads. Thus, if you did not look to those places to find PopVille postings–because you have no expectation that there might be anything worthwhile on that part of the screen–you won’t see the ads either. If you look closely you will see that in both the side panel and bottom panel with the ads/Popville postings, there is a little tagline that says “Promoted Links by Taboola.” I think Taboola (whatever Taboola is) just started promoting content from the site itself, in addition to ads, to trick readers into at least looking in the general direction of the adds. It appears that they succeeded in getting you to look there. But note that all of that same content can also be found elsewhere; there is no actual PopVille content that is available exclusively in the “Promoted Links by Taboola” panel.

          • Yeah. I just wish there was a way to block all those “promoted links”. Ick.

          • You could try using an ad-blocking browser.

          • Prince Of Petworth

            You realize I need to make a living. 🙁

          • HaileUnlikely

            I have seen studies showing that there are significant generational differences in peoples’ ability to tune out distractions, and that people who multi-task more get progressively worse at tuning out distractions. I literally did not notice those ads until LBP pointed them out, even though they were right in front of me. I’m not actively trying to tune them out, it’s just how I’m wired. Fret not, though, it appears that numerous other readers can’t help but be drawn in 😉

          • Hi PoP – I do know you have to make a living, I get it. I just think there must have been some sort of reformatting done with the ads being interspersed differently so that it makes it harder for me to ignore the gross click-baity stuff. I can’t put an ad-blocker on my work computer because we literally can’t add any sort of extensions on to our computers – I’m lucky I was able to add Chrome to my computer before they started cracking down on this type of thing. I have ADD, so I’m finding this change harder to ignore….

          • Prince Of Petworth

            There definitely was some reformatting. But aren’t these ads at the right hand side or at the bottom posts?

          • PoP – for me, they’re at both the right-hand side and the bottom. Below the adds-mixed-with-articles on the bottom of the page are all the PoPville articles from earlier….

          • @PoP I would band together with some folks to agree to click on a few high quality ads per day to help boost your revenue……

          • Haha! DCbyDay – that sounds like a good compromise! Keep the site free for users but attract a better class of advertisers!

          • Could it be how you are looking at them? If I look at PoPville on a PC, the ads are really no big deal at all, just on the right hand side, only three, in a box above the recent comments. If I look on my iPad, they are a little more cumbersome, but I think that’s just a format issue and again, nbd.
            Regarding the content of the ads, I’m just curious, are they set ads or based on what we have already been searching for on our computers, I think it’s called targeted advertising?
            Also, PoP’s got mouth to feed and bills to pay. I would rather have ads than pay a subscription. I click on them every now and then.

          • Blithe

            Co-signing. There has definitely been a recent change in the ads — especially the ones on the right of my screen. I think the pictures might be a lot larger than they used to be, and interspersed with the PoPville content, they’re harder to ignore.
            – I will make a point of clicking a few of the more attractive and less intrusive ads to support the site.

      • HaileUnlikely

        To clarify, there were not off the edge of the screen on mine either; I just was not noticing them.

    • Silver Spring salon recommendation: I love Spa Mesu on Fenton St. While I don’t have curly hair, I always have a peaceful time in their salon, and they always listen to the style directions I give them. A haircut there is $40 for just the cut/non-styled blowdry and $80 to walk out of there looking awesome.

      • Thanks for the recommendation!

      • binntp

        I tried Spa Mesu recently after reading the great Yelp recommendations and had a very mediocre haircut. My hair is very thick and straight, and the stylist (Consuelo) cut the layers I asked for very haphazardly, so it falls flat and uneven. That said, the facility was lovely and I would be willing to try another stylist if I knew there was someone who was better skilled at my type of hair.

        • Thanks for the input, good to know!

        • Conseula is usually very good, but I did see a different stylist last time I was there (I am totally blanking on her name unfortunately).

          There’s also Salon Zoma on Georgia Ave–they’re an Aveda concept salon. I went there a few times, but they only accepted tips in cash which isn’t convenient for me, so I stopped going.

    • For salons – Check out Scissor & Comb in Takoma Park. I personally recommend Stephanie (if she’s back from maternity leave) or Billy. I have weird wave/curly hair and they always do a great job.

    • The “you make like” ads I see at the bottom of the screen are PoPville posts (via “promoted links from Taboola”)

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: I have the post vacation blues. Why do I always get them?
    Rave: I didn’t lock my self out of my computer this morning.

  • Rave: Delicious soup for dinner last night with lots of leftovers for tonight – sausage, kale and white bean – so good.
    Rave: Alt Nat Park Service on Twitter
    Rant: The political landscape

  • Rant: Eventually had to “lock” mtpkiddo upstairs last night by closing the gate at the top of the stairs.
    Rant: Woke up to loud thumping above at 4am.
    Rave: Mtpkiddo at least put herself back to bed without coming downstairs (gate was opened at this point)
    Rant: She was up at 5:40 and periodically jumping loudly again.
    Rave: Everyone got up on time and we made it out of the house just after 8 for the first time in months! And while poor mtpbaby was woken up too early, he at least got a cat nap on the bus on the way to daycare.
    Rant: Cannot kick the chest congestion and related cough. Yuck.

  • Rave: Worked out relatively strenuously two days running and the back (actually, ass, but it sounds rude to say that) pain remains at the “ominous discomfort” level, even without ibuprofin. For the first time since September, I’m starting to feel that I might someday be “cured,” and be able to get back to rowing and a little backpacking.
    Rant/Rave: Not fired yet. Have no idea what the deal is.
    Rave/Rant: Still leaving for Mexico on the 10th. Not sure whether or not I’m coming back to work on the 19th.

  • rant: wtf is going on with all the censorship? AHHHHHH
    rave: people need to be smart and find a way around it. which seems to be happening

    • Agreed. I guess my thought is “If everyone just proceeds as normal in defiance of the censorship, Trump can’t really fire EVERYONE right? There’s power in numbers.” Unfortunately it seems like a lot of Departments are still going the “I-don’t-want-to-lose-my-job” route and not taking the chance to say “No.” This concerns me because it’s normalizing censorship — once you start it’s hard to get out.


        • for a man whose tag line is “you’re fired” and whose goal it is to trim the federal budget and “drain the swamp” I actually do know if I believe this….

        • Emmaleigh504

          Reagan fired all those air traffic controller who went on strike in the 80s, so there is a possibility that they do fire everyone.

    • also. had someone in another thread I’m in tell me censorship by US presidents is fairly common and legal……. Doesn’t seem this way to me, but admittedly I’m paying attention now more than ever. Anyone have facts on this one way or the other?

      • This is kind of an interesting question that my wife and I were discussing yesterday. How much of this stuff is crazy Trump stuff, and how much would still be happening if there was different, more bland Republican, or even if Hillary had won? I heard on NPR this morning that having agencies (which are under the control of the Executive Branch) hold off on public pronouncements until everyone could get on the same page is typical. What is not typical is specifically targeting and silencing science and climate based agencies.

        • Some of it would still be happening if a more “normal” Republican had won, but Trump has appointed foxier-than-usual foxes to watch the henhouses, and some of Trump’s actions are unprecedented (trying to get names of specific Energy employees, etc.).

    • Guess who isn’t censored? State and local governments. We’ll try to pick up the slack 🙂

  • Rant: Knee and ankle still don’t feel well. Hoping they calm down so I don’t have to go to the doctor.
    Rant: Truly terrifying actions and policies from Trump.
    Rave: Heading home to my husband tonight so I can bury my head in his shoulder and we can recharge ready to take action.

    • Not going to lie, I think you should go to the doctor if they’re still bothering you. It might be worth the money now rather than potentially making the knee/ankle worse with use/time and then having to spend even more to fix it later.

  • Rant: Minor given the other happenings in NoMa as of late, but on my walk to the Metro this morning I observed a woman walking her dog, letting him relieve himself all over people’s locked up bikes. She saw this and couldn’t have cared less. What a gem.

    • Really? I’ll bet those bike tires have traveled over far nastier things than dog pee.

      • For sure they have traveled over far nastier things than dog pee, but it sounds like the dogs peed on more than just the tires. From my perspective as someone who stores her bike in her living room, that’s a bit grosser than the general road nastiness that gets on my bike. And smellier.

      • “Really” what? I said it was minor, just something I observed this morning that slightly annoyed me.

    • Andie302

      It wouldn’t really bother me if a dog peed on my bike. I mean it’s outside, it dries, I drive it on the road, I don’t really have an expectation that it’s very clean on the portion that’s low enough for a dog to pee on. I’d only be concerned if something was on the seat or handles.

    • HaileUnlikely

      I am at peace with the possibility that my bike, bottom of my shoes, etc., will invariably get disgusting things including but not limited to dog pee on them during the course of ordinary use. That said, I do have a problem with a person affirmatively allowing their dog to pee on somebody else’s bike (or car, or house, or purse that they set down for a minute, or anything else). (I say “affirmatively allowing” to distinguish this scenario from one in which an owner momentarily fails to prevent their dog from peeing on an inappropriate target before at least attempting to regain control of the situation.)

      • This was the woman literally walking her dog up to the bikes so that the dog could pee on them.

        • That’s messed up. I will say that while I try to keep my dogs from peeing on bikes, restaurant chalkboards, and the like, I sometimes zone out for a second and don’t realize it’s happening until it’s too late!

        • Regardless of what else might be on the tires, that’s just a jerk move.

  • anonymouse_dianne

    According to WaPo, a group of Texans left a $450 tip for their waitress at Busboys and Poets and a very kind note. Didn’t say which B & P.

    • I don’t want to make assumptions about who those guys were, but that’s a common practice among oil industry Texans. Part generosity, part having ridiculous amounts of money. My parents met one of those guys at a bar in New Orleans once; after a few drinks he said he had to go, but gave them a $500 bill and told them to keep buying rounds for the whole bar!

    • anonymouse_dianne

      Photo of receipt online at WaPo shows its the 14th Street B&P.

  • Rant: Grill inserts. Holy cow, do they cost. My dreams of a hybrid, rotisserie supportable grill with a separate smoker are out the window.

  • Rant: My therapist had a baby and closed her practice. I’m realizing that I really do need to find a new therapist but am completely lost trying to start the process. Her office was kind of out of the way for me, so I just need to find something closer to Dupont or West End.
    Rave: Realized that I am doing so much better and am utilizing some of the tools she taught me. It’s a long road but I’m making baby steps.
    Rave: Planning a vacation with my spouse. We have so much fun traveling together.

  • That One Guy

    I hope Simon Sinek’s idea that in a contest between a two players-one looking to win a finite game and the other looking to perpetuate the game infinitely-the player trying to perpetuate the game infinitely will ultimately succeed carries over to politics. I’d like to believe, maybe foolishly, that people with sound minds trying to govern this democracy will ultimately trump Trump and his short sighted have to win mentality.
    I’m going to drink some green tea and try to zen/Jedi mind trick myself into a calmer frame of mind.

    • Best of luck! I’m trying to avoid as much media as possible today – I figure I’ll alternate days when I’m plugged in and days when I zen out, so as to not spend every night screaming the F word at the newscast like last night, or muttering it under my breath as news alerts come it. Trying to work on a balance of self-care and finding ways to positively impact what I can….It’s hard.

      • There’s a new app — I’m pretty sure it’s called Countable — where you can review legislation by topic and contact your representatives through the app. That might be a good alternative to having to watch the news with all its commentary while still remaining engaged.

  • Revel: Got an absolutely awesome call from Littlest Anonachild’s teacher last night. He’s wanted to tell me how great he is doing academically and socially, how he’s a little problem solver and her little helper, and how justice driven and opinionated he is, and that if any teacher ever tells me that this is a bad thing, they are full of it (which was already my opinion lol). She’s fabulous, and reminds me of the kids’ DCPS teachers (there really is a difference between the teachers we have experienced in MD and in DC). The funniest part is that SO and I were telling him last night how proud we are of him, and his response was, “I’m just being me… can I play Minecraft now?”
    Rave: Escapism. Planning our annual family vacation to Bethany. We are going with SO’s family again, and the kids are super excited. It’s really nice that the cousins are all getting the opportunity to grow up together and have times like this together.

    • Awesome revel! Especially love anonachild’s response.

    • Question for you, and feel free not to answer this because it may produce identifying information, but did any of your kids go to Truesdell? Based on your previous posts, I know you lived relatively close to where my family does, and we are going through the lottery process for PK3. Please don’t think I am trying to discern your identity; we are just looking for some real parent feedback on the school since it is so close to us. You mentioned above that the DCPS teachers you’ve experienced were good, so I was wondering if it was possibly at Truesdell.

      • Oh, no, it’s fine! I am pretty sure people who think they know me already know they do! My kids went to Powell ES, two were on the dual language track and the oldest in the English-only track.

        • Thank you! Powell is already on our list too. This ranking thing is so overwhelming.

          • It is very overwhelming, I’m sorry! We got in OOB with the lottery for Powell because of sibling preference. We were in Powell before it was an “it” school. I was able to register my eldest with zero waiting list when we moved to DC (his class remains zero waiting list, I believe), and my daughter was on the PK4 waiting list for a very minimal period. Then Obama came, Principal Docal won Principal of the Year, and I was suddenly sweating whether the youngest would get in for PK3. The lottery is not fun for anyone!
            FWIW, I sat on a panel with other parents from various schools (I was on the community cabinet for MacFarland) and the Truesdell parent spoke very highly of the school. Good luck!

  • A Trump guy left a $200 tip at my house. 😉

  • To take my mind of the current goings on in reality I have decided to start planning out our trip to Lisbon Portugal at the end of May. Does anyone have any must do/eat/see/drink ideas? We are pretty open and like exploring and will be there for 5 days. I REALLY need to give myself something to look forward to.

  • Rave: Work is fascinating. I’m so happy about this newish (3 months in!) job. The rough changes of last autumn are paying off.
    Rave: Taking my mind off politics with both mindfulness (hello, no more multi-tasking) and looking ahead to things. Speaking of which, please send me your recommendations for Iceland and Norway. I’m going in May!
    Reminder: Popville book/home goods swap on Sunday, February 12, 3pm at the Kogod Courtyard in the Portrait Gallery. Let’s see who can bring the most and end up with the most.

    • Do you have more information about the book/home goods swap? Sounds like a great event and I’m super interested! Thanks 🙂

      • It’s a pretty informal thing (assuming it will follow the pattern of the two unofficial PoPville cosmetics swaps). Basically, show up and bring any books or home goods you want to get rid of. You don’t have to bring stuff to take stuff, or take stuff to bring stuff.

  • Does anyone have any recommendations for Ecaudor?

  • Rant: Listening to the news in the morning is ramping up my anxiety. I seriously thought I was going to puke.
    Rave: Taking a break from social media to help preserve my own sanity.
    Rave: In honor of the Pro-life March, I have decided to make a donation to help women pay for the costs of their abortions.
    Rave: Baby Artie was in such a lovely mood this morning and greeted me with smiles and sloppy kisses when I pulled him out of his crib.

    • Gotta love the baby love! Mtpbaby often runs at me with a hug when I pick him up from daycare–before running away and giggling as he does so. I have to say, though, toddler & preschooler love is also pretty awesome. I melt when mtpkiddo tells me she’s “the luckiest mtpkiddo” and that she loves me so much. And her jumps into my arms for “special hugs” are pretty awesome as well–even if I sometimes worry that I’ll get bowled over by them (especially from stairs…).

    • On your first rant: After the election I changed my alarm clock to wake me up with WETA rather than WAMU. I just couldn’t deal with depressing news first thing in the morning.

  • Rave: For once I was totally assertive and outspoke in a staff meeting. I’m awesome.
    Rant: Staff members who ask me to reserve a conference room for them. It makes me feel 2 inches tall. Also, why can’t you do it yourself???
    Rant: Husband and I have seriously little money. How will we ever afford a house, kid, etc???
    Rant: Trump. I just……can’t. Everything about him makes me angry and agitated. Also, now convinced that he’s a psychopath.

  • Question: General thoughts on if I ran an extension cable from my window to my car so that I can charge. (fully electric vehicle)? It would go across the sidewalk and happen overnight. I’ve seen a Tesla in the neighborhood (Brookland) do this but I’m scared. I don’t have much hope that more charging stations will be installed in the city with this new administration, I expect all tax breaks/incentives to disappear.

    • HaileUnlikely

      I would not do this. I think it would appear as an invitation for dumb people to mess with your expensive car, there are obvious insulation and security issues associated with having the window open to run the cable, and you’d probably face some significant liability if somebody were to trip over the cable or otherwise figure out how to use it to hurt themselves.

    • HaileUnlikely

      p.s. I’m generally on the haile risk averse end of the continuum, but anyway, that’s my opinion.

      • Yeah, I am definitely naturally up for some risks, which is how I ended up with an electric vehicle at a condo building… my partner is the conservative one.

    • I would not do this, basically for all the reasons Haile mentioned.

    • Any way you can pass by a charging station on your way home? There are some in garages around town including the giant at 7&o nw.

      • Yeah, I used to charge along with grocery shopping at that Giant but now electric taxis have completely taken over. There are no less than 4 of them (for 2 chargers) at any given time.

        • Yea, you’re not lying, but I’d suggest going off peak times if you can swing it. I’ve gone at 9 or 10pm or early morning and not seen any. Good luck!

  • anonymouse_dianne

    Rant: Bored to death at my current job
    Rave: My ADC just asked me if I’d like to be detailed to another project, which is right up my alley.
    It’s making my day and my week.
    Rant: Hiring freeze. For 90 days. These people don’t understand how govt works.

  • I Dont Get It

    Rave: I sold some stock today. Not a political statement it just seemed like a good day to do it.
    Rant: It’s some stock IDGI Sr gave me and I have some strange guilt feelings over it.

  • That One Guy

    Rave: Realizing how nice it is to work without my neighbors radio noise in the background. I feel like I’m able to concentrate and get things done quickly.

  • Rave: This year, lots of fascinating piles of Christmas trees here and there! Owing to the warm weather, the pine smell is wonderful. My neighbor has collected odd discarded wreaths from odd piles and dangled them all in a row from her fence. Creative and smells great.

  • excited for phox tonight at 9:30 club tonight! wisconsin’s finest


  • Rant: was using phone in Chinatown when the homeless man in front of Starbucks started yelling at me not to take his picture. I backed away and deferentially explained I was using the Internet not taking his picture. He started following me and yelling, so I had to go across the street to get away from him.

    No rave, just frustration.

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