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 Rave Rave: PATRIOTS! Greatest sports comeback I’ve ever seen.
    Rant: Typical Trump stuff.

  • Rant: Armand’s on Capitol Hill closed for good in the last couple of weeks. I’m devastated.
    Rant: Pats win. I really wanted to see Trump handed at least one loss here.

    • Yeah, I’m with you. Even though Ive lived in Boston, I was going for the falcons bc of Trump. 🙁

      • The Falcons won the popular vote.

        • that made me actually lol!

        • i keep seeing people post this, but it just doesn’t make sense. it’s actually like the falcons won the electoral college (let’s say, in this case, more quarters) but the patriots won the popular vote (most points).

          • I think – or at least my interpretation, which may be wrong – was that waaaaaay more people were rooting for the Falcons than were rooting for the Patriots, simply because they viscerally hated the Patriots, but that even that though actual numbers-wise there were more Falcon “fans,” the Pats still won.

    • That’s too bad about Armand’s. I used to live around the corner and would occasionally pop over for some pizza the day after a hard night of drinking. They also had very inexpensive beer and a patio, which was perfect for a very low-key spring/summer evening.

  • Rave: Pigs in a blanket
    Rant: lost my phone Saturday night. Find my iPhone gave me the last location it was before it died at 9:00 am Sunday but it has not been turned on. ughhh

  • skj84

    Rave: had a wonderful time with brother and sister in law this weekend. Getting same day NMAAHC tickets were relatively easy, I was online right at 6:30 and was able to snag four at the time of my choice. We focused on the top levels this time around. Loved the music exhibits, especially seeing The Mothership. Also enjoyed the regional section. We also did Milliniam Stage at the KenCen and Dukes Grocery for dinner. I hope they can come down again soon.
    Rant: I sometimes have anger issues, and I had a bad moment yesterday. I get so fixated on the transgression against me that I can’t calm down. I hate how frustrated I can get. Any suggestions?
    Rave: on my way to NYC! Train ride has been pretty easy, I wish I had the budget to Amtrak all the time. Well, I do if I plan in advance, but geez it gets so expensive the closer to the date.
    Rant: I left my breakfast and leftover beer at my parents house. I kept trying to remind myself to grab it before I left, and of course forgot it was in the fridge. Got a bagel in Philly, but I was looking forward to my ham and cheese croissant. I’ll ask them to bring the beer down the next time they are in town. I left my growler too. Grrr.

    • Sounds like a nice weekend! Following up on your Rant, what kinds of transgressions are we talking about?

    • “the transgression against me…”
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      With no additional information about what happened, I would say: transgression is a heavy word – was it really that serious? And “against you” makes it sound really personal – was it really against you or did you just happen to be the nearest person at the time?
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      These happen to be the two things I rapidly ask myself when I feel irritated by another person. Usually the answers turn out to be “not actually that serious” and “could have been anyone but I just happened to be there.” It doesn’t make the incident any less irritating but it does allow me to quickly move on to more interesting uses of my emotional energy.

      • skj84

        Its probably a bit hyperbolic, but my brother rushed me to be ready to leave by noon on Sunday. I had to change a brunch reso to an hour early because I had to be ready by noon to leave. He was going to pick me up after brunch so we could leave by noon. Come noon, he decided he wanted to stop by one more museum, and he wasn’t going to pick me up. I was pissed off that he flaked on my ride and that I went out of my way to reschedule my day for him. He didn’t seem to think that what he did was wrong, which set me off even more. I really don’t like having my time wasted. Coupled with the fact I wasn’t having a good day to begin with and I went into ballistic mode.

        • skj84

          also I don’t he was being malicious, just clueless. I sent him a text explaining breaking down exactly why I was so upset and he was genuinely apologetic. Which is what I wanted, but it took him a bit to see how his actions were uncool from my point of view.

          • Just reading that account raised my pulse a few beats. I hate flaky people, and those who push me to accommodate them and then don’t have a second thought about blowing me off? I honestly have lost a couple friends because of behavior like that. But my life is more peaceful without someone who’s convinced they’re the most important person of all time in it. It’s like they feel like you should work to be in their life, but they can just say “oopsies, something better came up!” and they’re automatically forgiven. Sorry, there are very few people I like enough to overlook such a major character flaw over and over again, just for the occasional brunch and bitch. I know you can’t just sever ties with family over something fairly small like that, but I’m glad you at least got a sincere apology. Maybe he’ll realize his behavior was selfish and put you out.
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            I am a stridently punctual person. I don’t waste other people’s time, and get really, really peeved when other people waste mine. Is this part of it for you? I’ve noticed other friends who are the same way get annoyed when people flake out, as well. I also wonder how people who behave like that get by professionally. If I flaked out at work, I’d be out the door!

          • Ah, got it. Yeah, I see how that would be really aggravating. It sounds like you are trying to find a tactic to get yourself out of the headspace where you’re pissed off and don’t want to let it go, but also know you’re being a little irrational? I think this is from Hax, but what might help is trying to change that headspace from angry to forgiving. Like, making the choice to forgive and really try to feel it, and then mentally laying down the burden of being angry. Easier said than done, and I feel like I’m writing it in a hokey way, but maybe it would help?

        • OK, fair enough, that’s annoying. I would argue though that this doesn’t pass my “is it that serious” and “was it personal” tests. You just found out that your brother can be clueless and he messed up your day a bit. But you also said that you were already having a bad day, so remember you shouldn’t lump that frustration on him along with the frustration he caused. Keeping your separate frustrations assigned to the correct recipients is important.
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          Also you learned (or were reminded of) something about your brother. From now on, you know that you shouldn’t reschedule your brunches for him (for example). Or if you do, you know that you have a reasonable expectation that he’ll flake. I guess I’m saying that you should assume people will act the way they usually act, and plan your interactions accordingly.
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          And FWIW I think it’s weird that you texted him about it. I feel like that’s a speaking conversation – too much room for tone or meaning to be misinterpreted via text.

          • skj84

            I fell like i get my point across better in written word rather than speaking. I get what you mean, but writing it out eliminated the anger in my voice, which I don’t think he was responding too. YMMV. I got to the point. Told him exactly why what he did was not ok, why it upset me. I also think because it didn’t necessary give him opportunity to interrupt helped. I know I need to not hyperfocus on things that annoy me. I hate that I get so upset. But its so hard to get out of that mode once I’m in it. Like I know I’m being irrational, but i’ve reached the point of no return.

    • Keep in mind Amtrak tickets are pretty flexible. Even if you get the cheapest tickets (I think it’s saver) you can get a credit back for future use as long as you cancel a few days prior to the trip. If you get non-saver tickets you can get outright refund. So if you think you might be traveling, but aren’t sure might be worth it to book train tickets and then cancel if necessary.

  • Rave: juggling three different job leads today.
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    Rant: Train fare to NYC, doing homework on my phone on the 42 on the way to a meeting. Perhaps I should have read up on this guy over the weekend.

  • Rave: It seems like Baby Artie may have turned the corner and his cold is improving.
    Rant: Because of the cold and the teething and the kid who requires an early bedtime, I missed my friends’ Superbowl party this weekend. The past few weeks of solo parenting have made me feel a bit isolated.
    Rave: Partner is home today!
    Rave: The Judiciary.

  • maxwell smart

    RANT: Between work drama and political drama… I’m at my wit’s end. I feel like I used to a patient and friendly person.
    RAVE: Only have to endure 2.5 more weeks until vacation. I might not come back.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: My favorite pen died and someone has taken all the pens in the supply cabinet. Who is hoarding pens???
    Rant: I have one shitty pen left, but it’s fixin to die, too.
    Rave: A nice cup of Paris tea.

    • That’s a work peeve of mine. I actually buy my own pens now and keep them at my desk. Besides, I don’t like the crappy ones they order.

      • Emmaleigh504

        It’s such a crap shoot with our pens. Sometimes we get awesome pens and sometimes shitty ones. And frequently what is delivered is not what was ordered.

  • Pablo Raw

    Rave: Won a photography contest
    Rant/Rave: I took the winning photo with my iPad
    Rave: Getting into minimalism
    Rave: I don’t have a couch anymore because
    Rave: I traded it for a film camera

  • Rave: Haircut over the weekend. Lovely to have some time just to myself.
    Rave: So excited to have less hair–and I can donate about 12″!
    Rave: So much fun hanging out with friends last night, despite getting home late for a school night.
    Rave: Somehow this morning was not the sh!tshow I expected. Playing along with mtpkiddo being Thomas the Tank Engine somehow got her moving and out the door–even running most of the way to the bus!
    Hopeful: Perhaps we can use the Thomas gig even when she isn’t wearing her Thomas shirt. Fingers crossed. Otherwise, it will be VERY tempting to get her several to wear all throughout the week…

  • rave: Friday’s happy hour at Acre 121! Bizzinger & co did a great job organizing, and I couldn’t believe that I know her in real life! DC is a small, small world, and it feels like group houses are our version of six degrees of Kevin Bacon.

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rant: Red Line, natch. I have better things to spend my leave time on.
    Rant: The highly uncertain future of my agency. I go back and forth between feeling like we are totally screwed and thinking things might turn out okay.
    Rave: Even thought my mom is stressed out and dealing with a lot right now, she still takes the time for some really loving and generous gestures.

  • Rave: Beautiful morning!
    Rave: Good weekend, and I managed to not fixate on the news.
    Rave: Have lost 5 of the Trump 10!
    Rant: Not going to rant today.

  • Rave: Friday night’s ACLU fundraiser was amazing. So much energy in that room, it was great.
    Rave: Great weekend with friends, and finding time to make the oatmeal bars someone described last week. It’s 10:15 and I’m not starving, so it’s already a win!
    Rave: Focusing on the good while working to mitigate and fight the bad. Onward!

  • Rave: Had a really nice weekend hosting my parents. Thanks again to everyone for their many suggestions of places to eat, we had a nice meal at Mrs. K’s Toll House, and I’m sure I’ll explore the restaurants on that list over time!
    Rant: Did not sleep enough last night and woke up with right-leg weakness. Trying to figure out if it’s a sign of things to come (migraine? Stroke?) or just part of not getting enough sleep.
    Question: How does one enjoy life while also trying to make plans? I feel like I’m always having trouble swinging from “grasshopper” to “ant” and I can’t seem to balance the two very well….

    • Blithe

      Your rant sounds concerning. I hope that you’re feeling better — and that it’s just a slept-funny thing, not something more serious. Glad that you enjoyed Mrs. K’s!
      . I think if you’re really an “ant”, you make sure to schedule some “grasshopper” time into your plans! Seriously. Maybe the ant could realize that things you enjoy — like yoga, and play, and being social, and time to daydream are also good for you, and plan for them as priorities too.

      • Thanks Blithe! That’s a good suggestion re: scheduling in my grasshopper time. I’m just not good at maintaining a balance – I tend to get stuck in one mode or another, bouncing around like a crazy person and making myself sick with stress. And I agree my leg-weakness is concerning, but I’m slightly-less-concerned than I might otherwise be because I am missing the main artery in that leg (not sure if it was a congenital thing or if it shriveled up after a surgical complication, but yeah, that leg is prone to feeling a bit “dead” when I’m tired, so hopefully I’m just overly-tired!

  • Rant: The sickness has struck my house. Two kids and one adult down. So far, Littlest Anonachild and I (the only two with flu shots!) have remained healthy.
    Rant: I really, really hate to admit it, but that was a good game last night and you have to give it to the Pats for the comeback. Still, eff the Pats.
    Rant: A family member posted that they were disgusted by Coke’s “America the Beautiful” ad being sung in different languages. I was a little taken aback by this person’s xenophobic reaction, and was then told that they are, in deed, closeted racists/bigots; the difference is that we now live in Trump’s America where it is perfectly ok to want a white, Christian (and not just Christian – ‘Bible Believing’ born-again Christian – so all y’all Catholics and Episcopalians got to go too) American where we pretend like English is the only language ever to be spoken.
    Rant: The people who think that Lady Gaga’s performance was political. Because apparently we now live in a world where being pro-Human Rights and Equality is political and some how subversive again.

  • Rant: Littering, manspreading, and other antisocial behaviors.
    Rant: People who can’t be bothered to pick up litter from their treebox areas. Yes, I know you didn’t put it there, but that doesn’t excuse you from the responsibility of picking it up.
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    The other day I picked up what turned out to be a rotted pumpkin that was in the treebox of the neighbors a couple of doors down. It had been there for weeks and finally I gave up hope of them doing anything about it themselves. Unfortunately it was in such a state of decomposition that getting it off the soil and into a trash bag was a messy, messy process.

  • I Dont Get It

    Rave: Mrs. IDGI’s daughter has started paying her own electricity and her son has started paying his mortgage. It only took five months since their mother passed!
    Rant: IDGI Sr starts his chemo next week. He said he feels good though and rode his bicycle 7 miles yesterday.
    Rant: My blood sugar is not surprisingly, up since my weight is up. Boo!
    Rave Because it’s Just So Crazy: My alt-right Facebook friend is convinced that Kellyanne’s comment on the Bowling Green Massacre was a devastating prank on the MSM since they fell for it and published it.
    Rave: Melissa McCarthy!

  • Any recommendations for people/services to move a large piece of furniture bought on Craigslist? I had it done fairly inexpensively a while ago, but now it seems like $100 is roughly the floor for this sort of thing. Does that sound right?

  • Rant: I was really hoping the Patriot would lose last night, like everyone else. I am so sick of arrogant Patriots fans and their team’s dynasty rule over the NFL. And to be married to one is even worse.
    Rant: The puppy cam at my dog’s daycare is down.
    Rant: Changing my tax deductions early last year never happened… My slip-up, but angry at myself that I wasn’t more aware. So that’s a $4,000 lesson I learned this weekend.
    Rant: I wish my jeans would fit.. I don’t want to have to buy maternity jeans! So, I suffer.
    Rant: Late-night volunteer meeting. (Silver-lining rave: I’ve already decided to change into stretchy pants after work. See above rant about jeans)
    Rave: My office is pretty quiet today. Not a lot of raves today.

  • RAVE: Hiking on Super Bowl Sunday was the best! Not a single human in sight for the 5 mile hike at one of the prettiest hikes in the DC area!
    Double Rave: Popville picking one of my photos from this hike to feature – gave me a much needed smile on this Monday afternoon

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