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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  • Revel: professional day!
    Rant: lost it on a kid yesterday. He deserves better than that, even if he did a shitty thing.
    ?: what am I protesting this weekend? I just got my “nevertheless she persisted” t-shirt.

  • Rave: Threatening some subcontractor whom you stiffed for $50,000 in gold-plated doorknobs with “SEE YOU IN COURT” may be intimidating, but that same threat made to a panel of federal appellate judges has far less effect. Moron.
    Rave: Thanks to yesterday’s Craigslist ad thread, we now know that the President is, at worst, only the second craziest person who resides in Washington DC. So, Scott, thanks for that, I guess?

  • Rave: Half day of class today.
    Rant: Super long day yesterday and long morning with a new professor who is very nice but not engaging.
    Question for the PoPulace: Best take-out near U Street that’s not sandwiches? I want something different for dinner tonight. (Pizza, tacos, etc. are all fair game.)

    • Well the best would be Fast Gourmet but they are sandwiches (mighty, mighty delicious sandwiches -if you’ve never been you haven’t liiiivvveeddd). If El Chilango does take-out that would be my choice. They make a decent taco, probably second only to the taco powerhouse that is Taqueria Habanero/Mezcalero.

    • A bit expensive compared to sandwiches, but there’s no doubt the best take out is Ooh’S and Aah’s on U Street. Pica Taco at 14th and Florida is great too.

      • +a million to pica taco. my fav takeout in DC is their spinach enchilada meal covered in their homemade green & white salsa.

    • dcgator

      &Pizza, Amsterdam Falafel (although I prefer eating there bc of the mess I make+extra toppings), The Greek Spot, and seconding Tacos El Chilango.

    • Best takeout spot near U Street (and let me also add most underrated spot).. is KoChix.. hands down!! KoChix sits right off of Rhode Island Ave.

    • DC Noodles

  • Rant: Mtpkiddo was up at 2:45, and came downstairs on and off for the rest of the night. I’m so tired.
    Rant: She must be exhausted. This evening is going to suck.
    Rave: TV. These are the situations that tv was made for 🙂
    Rant: mtpbaby cranky & has less of an appetite. But at least he slept well last night–we thought he was going to be the one keeping us up in the middle of the night since he barely ate dinner other than applesauce and guacamole.
    Rant: I’m so tired. Did I already say that? Ugh.

  • Rave: Watching the video of hundreds of Utah residents yelling at Rep. Jason Chaffetz to do his job. Makes me have hope!
    Rave: Ordered a box of oysters from White Stone oysters for a impromptu oyster festival with some friends this weekend to celebrate my birthday
    Rant: This weather!

  • Rant: I said “good morning” to a woman pushing a stroller down my block today. She took the cigarette out of her mouth, gave me a nasty look, and said “I don’t know you.”
    Rave: A month of bringing my lunch from home and entertaining friends at home instead of going to restaurants has paid off. I’ve lost the few pounds that were making my clothes snug, and my credit card bill was WAY lower than usual. When I spend less than my monthly usual, the difference goes into a vacation account.
    Rave: AND I’m getting a raise this month, retroactive to January 1st. Might get to take an overseas trip this summer after all!

    • Based on comments here, I’m guessing most women don’t like strangers talking to them.

      • Sounds like the stroller-pushing woman is a curmudgeon. There is a woman who lives in my neighborhood who I went to college with–same year and major–who I once approached. She acknowledged the connection but still kept repeating, “But I don’t know you.” I see her all the time but haven’t spoken to her since.

    • LOL at your rant. Some people….

  • Rave: For the first time this week, everyone is at school and at work.
    Rant: AnonSpock, you were right. My refund will be delayed because I qualified for the ACTC.

  • binntp

    Rave: Got my tax return refunds today–exactly one week after I filed.
    Rant: But I owed DC this year, and man they moved quickly (2 business days) to collect!
    Rant: I think my elderly kitty is facing her last days/weeks…she has several chronic diseases, including congestive heart disease, and she’s been eating less and less. I knew this was coming, but the reality is always harder than the theoretical.

  • Rave: Federal judges who can unanimously do their judge to tell Trump to stfu and get out of here with his unconstitutional ban.
    Rant: I feel like it’s one step forward and fifteen steps back. The ban is struck down but more Trump puppets are put into positions they have no business being in.
    Rave: People on this site who can make me laugh until I cry with their comments. Seriously though, I’ve met – both in person and virtually – some of the nicest, funniest, coolest, most talented people through PoPVille, and I’m really grateful for it!
    Rave? It’s freezing cold, which is normally not much of a rave, but I think it gives me a good excuse to have another fire in my fireplace tonight!
    Rave: Looking forward to a great weekend full of me time!

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rant: These days, by the time we get to Friday it feels like I’ve worked 3 weeks.
    Rave: It’s Friday!
    Rave: Hanging out with Eldest Zelda and the cats last night.
    Rave: The Chaffetz town hall.

  • Rave: Refund 1 is in the bag.
    Rave?: Date this weekend. Trying what the kids do: only communicating in the app until after the first date at least
    Rant: Gym is kicking my butt.
    Rave: Seeing solid progress in strength and technique.
    Rant: Two people on my team with horrible breath. The two people I have to work with most closely, of course.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: all this weird up and down weather has my rheumatism acting up.
    Rant: I keep having to tell the new person to clean his desk area. he leaves trash every where.
    Rave: really enjoying the books I’m reading.

  • houseintherear

    Rant: I’ve had food poisoning for three days. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

    • Emmaleigh504

      I hope you feel better soon!

    • I’m no doctor – but three days seems like a long time for food poisoning. I’d go see a doctor! Get better!

      • +1 I’ve had it more times than I care to count, and the worst (can only lay flat on my back to avoid falling over) was 2 days.

      • houseintherear

        I feel like it’s a long one too, but I don’t “feel bad,” as weird as that sounds… just can’t keep anything down except water (sometimes) and popsicles. So I don’t think I’m dehydrated. Maybe I’ll hit a clinic tomorrow. Thanks for the sympathy, ya’ll : ) I’m having a major pity party, especially since I have to miss a real party tonight because of this crap.

        • yeah, I’m not a clinician but that sounds more like norovirus – I had it two years ago and couldn’t keep anything – not even water – in so after three days, I had to go to the ER for IV hydration. The docs there diagnosed me with norovirus (they were initially worried it might be c-diff, oy!) and said I needed to drink gatorade or gingerale, something with a little sugar in it, in order for liquids to stay in me. And then after a day or two, start a BRAT diet. Hopefully you feel better soon and get diagnosed, but this does not sound like food poisoning to have lasted this long.

        • oh, and I felt “fine” beside the n/v/d if I tried to eat anything, didn’t have a raging fever or anything. But after 3 days of not being able to keep my food or water in, I felt reallllly weak…

    • binntp

      You poor thing! Are you sure it isn’t a norovirus/gastroenteritis given that duration? Either way, drink lots of fluids with salt/sugar to hydrate and take care of yourself!

  • skj84

    Rave: My new glasses came in from Zenni Optical. I ordered two pairs, one that is similar to my old pair, and one that is pretty eclectic looking. Wearing the eclectic ones today. This is the most coverage i’ve had in vision-wear in years, two pairs of glasses in my current prescription, 1 in my old, and a full supply of contacts.
    Rant: Its taking me a moment to get used to the new pair.

    • do you like your zenni glasses? I’ve looked at a few pairs… but after years of paying a lot for glasses… I am weary of cheaper pairs… It’s like I’ve been conditioned by the man to pay more… Although I doubt my normal, non-name brand glasses are any better than what I would get from Zenni… just a dumb markup.

      • skj84

        So far so good. A lot of my friends swear by them. I went with the cheapest option for both pairs in case they didn’t work. I was more weary of them not fitting rather than cheapness, but I agree that most glasses are probably no better quality wise. I still have my expensive name brand glasses from 7 years ago, I’m curious if these will last as long. If anything I’ve found a cheap way to purchase many back up glasses/accessorize to every outfit. I’m also looking at getting a pair of “regular” glasses at Warby Parker. Still affordable, but might be better quality.

      • Quotia Zelda

        I’ve had Rx sunglasses from Zenni for years. They’ve held up really well. One pair did die, but that’s because I dropped them in the driveway and then drove over them. No issues with the lenses, either (but mine is not a complicated Rx).

    • I’ve never heard of them, but they look similar to Warby Parker. Just curious if there is any reason you went with them over Warby. Am looking to replace glasses soon and was considering Warby.

      • skj84

        I didn’t particularly love any of the pairs I tried on at Warby Parker a few weeks ago. I think they are better quality, but really trendy. While I like trendy, it rather pay $7-$25 for a pair of glasses than over $100. I didn’t see any basic glasses there.

    • can someone please help me?… My doctor gave me a prescription for my glasses, so I took the prescription and ordered a new pair of glasses. I have VERY poor eyesight and need the kind of glasses that they have to try and condense as much as possible, otherwise they’d be like coke bottle glasses. I wore glasses up until I was about 18. Then I switched to contacts and have been wearing contacts for about 10 years. I recently put my new glasses on and it feels like I am in a fishbowl and gives me a headache, I didn’t have this problem with glasses when I was younger. What is going on?

      • My eyesight may not be as bad as yours, but I have that issue, too. I think it’s just a function of moving from contacts to glasses. With contacts you have clear peripheral vision that you don’t have with glasses. I never wear glasses outside of the house because I’m too nervous that I’ll run into things, or worse, fall down stairs.

      • skj84

        I got the fishbowl feeling the first hour or so wearing my glasses, but feel fine now. I think your eyes need to adjust to the lenses. Can you get them adjusted at your doctors?

        • Thank you AMDCer and skj84 – yes I actually have to go very slowly downstairs because I can’t see right and I may fall down them! I need to get them adjusted at doctors, great suggestion.

  • Rave: birthday weekend with some great plans for this NPR junkie and the best friends one could have.
    Rave 2: finally ready to adopt a second cat again. A possible foster has been identified 🙂

  • Literary Query: Has anyone read “The Circle”. Holy crap it’s creepy. And yet, I can’t put it down.

  • Rant: Dear robo-lady doing announcements on 7000 series cars: it’s pronounced “wheelie” reston-east, not “wiley” reston-east. Your melodic mispronunciations are driving me crazy.
    Rave: 7000 series cars.

  • That One Guy

    Rant: I would take a page out of Homer Simpson’s play book and punch myself in the stomach to send a message to my body to get its act together but wouldn’t you know it, my body proactively took measures upon itself and Nelson Muntz HaHa-ed me. I woke yesterday with abdominal pain like someone was trying to punch me in the stomach and instead hit part of my rib cage. D’oh. WTF, stupid stomach/liver/pancreas/gallbladder area. Don’t make me drink you into submission because I’ll do it for your own good.
    In other, more, uplifting happenings I’m taking my mom beauty product shopping, because she’s down to using sample products, tomorrow after lunch. Her birthday is coming up and this is my sort of gift for her. It beats coming into work and catching up on things.

  • Rave: “SEE YOU IN COURT!” Ha. Even better was Hillary’s response: “3-0”.
    Rant: My boss likes to pretend he’s my father sometimes. While this could be a good thing, it’s really annoying. I understand he’s trying to help and encourage but it really makes me shut down.
    Rave: #ProductOfPublicSchools
    Rave: Warm weather this weekend!
    Rave (I guess?): It was pointed out to me yesterday that I can “be done” with politics because I have the privilege of doing so. It’s true. I’m white, I’m Christian – the only thing against me is that I’m female. And thankfully, TMI, I already have my birth control. I’m not saying it’s good that I’m privileged – I’m just glad that I was called on it. So, to whoever it was, thank you for pointing that out.

    • On your last rave–it’s good to be aware, but I also thought there was value in the suggestions of pacing oneself to avoid burnout.

    • Re your rave: I missed yesterday’s conversation, and something tells me I might get dinged for this, but I don’t think privilege is so clear cut by demographics. (Actually I took a whole course on this in college.) Yes, there are obviously people who may be less-privileged in obvious ways (i.e. racial and religious minorities). And yes, we should be conscientious of that and act accordingly. But there are also white people who live in tremendous poverty, and men who have life-threatening cancer diagnoses etc. All of these things fall into an incredibly large realm of “politics.” Given the broad scope, I don’t think anyone can truly “be done” unless they are either willingly apathetic or are the people in power.

      • Privilege is a broad brush. Privilege doesn’t mean everybody in the demo has to benefit (and even if they’re really poor the average white person is better off than the average black one, btw). Single parent white households have more wealth than 2 parent black and Latino ones. Take into account most single parents are women and the wage gap, that’s huge.
        The not all just isn’t helpful.

        • Right but if we’re saying that an INDIVIDUAL can afford to be non-political, then we’re not talking about groups. We’re talking about how an individual self-identifies.

          • HaileUnlikely

            Taking a immensely complex and wide-ranging phenomenon and dichotomizing it often leads to generalizations that appear to hold up a lot of the time but are also wrong more often than we care to admit.

    • On your boss rant, I have the Dad boss problem too. It’s really hard because it’s not mean or horrible, it’s mildly patronizing but when you try to explain it to anyone else it doesn’t really ever sound that bad.

  • Rave: ordered a new bathing suit for girls weekend
    Rant: I really don’t need another bathing suit
    Rave: Caps are killing it right now
    Rant: I don’t want to think about the post season
    Rave: taking care of adult business with a physical today, eye appt next week, dentist the week after that. I think I need a hearing test and skin cancer check too, but I have to call insurance about whether those are covered.

  • Rave: That photo makes me nostalgic for my old job
    Rave: And then I realize they probably all wanted Trump so…F that.
    Rave: If you ever need to have a work function (more formal) at a restaurant with a private room, I’ve been incredibly impressed with NOPA. They’re wonderful to work with. I’m planning my second event and I know it’s hard to find great places. This is one of them! I’m going to look at DBGB for another event that’s for an older crowed but hats off to NOPA!

  • Rave/Rant: Job hunt. Going back and forth between remaining in the field I’ve been in or completely getting out of the corporate world and doing something new. The question is what though?
    Rant: Winter–ready for spring.

    • Oh another big rant: MedStar WHC sent us another bill for $200. This is from September 2015 at this point!! It already took a year to get the first bill sorted it out. Seriously how the hell are you in business if it takes you a year to 18 months, or more to bill people?

      • You may be able to get out of this one. They have 12 months to bill insurance or eat it. If they waited that long, you may at least be able to get it reduced.

        • Oh for sure. I am going to call them and put up a fight. At this point I cannot trust any bill that comes from them. I’ve had to question them every step of the way and point out why they’re wrong.

          • Sent to collections after sending proof of payment. Took months to get it off my credit report. Worst hospital at least for billing.

          • Based on our experience it’s the worst hospital for care too. We checked in at 11pm, wife had to spend the night in what is basically a dentist chair, took 10 hours to actually be admitted/get a bed. They ran so many tests yet could not say what was wrong. Finally a specialist came in and ordered more tests, but still couldn’t say what it was. Signed her out AMA, months later we moved to Canada and it came back. Went to urgent care and the doctor diagnosed it in 5 mins… gastritis. US healthcare in a nutshell.

  • Rant: I’m no Trump fan, but the default “combat mode” to everything that comes out of the administration is wearing on me. Protest is great, but so the constant “resist” drumbeat will eventually work against self-interest. Case in point – Betsy DeVos is visiting a DC public school today; she’ll be met by a massive teachers union protest. All this in defense of the most expensive school system in the country with the lowest student proficiency level.

    • In a city where the public school children have some of the highest levels of poverty and the system needs to deal with a large number of special needs children. Expensive school system and low student proficiency is a surface comment that people how don’t understand the multiple challenges of educating children use as short hand to try to make a complicated challenge appear easy. Betsy DeVos has proven in her work in Detroit that DC public school families should be the very people fighting her the most.

  • Hi all, I may not be able to make it to Sunday’s book swap, but I hope to. Just didn’t want people waiting around for my awkward self.

  • hammers

    rave: feeling good enough to post
    rant: months of depression
    rave: exciting work trip at the end of the month, and selected for another work trip in May!
    rant/rave: I hope to work somewhere else before May.
    rant/rave: spending – I justify so much spending on things like work trips- gotta have good outfits, new luggage, etc. etc. it’s a bad habit.

  • Rant: New home for foster kitten “Rainbow” fell through.
    Revel: That means she could still be yours! Super beautiful and very affectionate (once she warms up to you.)

    • Hey – genuinely curious – why do kittens need to be adopted in pairs or into a home with another cat? I’ve seen it on quite a few adoption ads… I’ve always had cats but only one at a time and I know a lot of buildings/landlords have a one cat per unit limit.

      • Kittens in pairs keep each other company. Playing, wrestling etc. helps tire them out and makes them well adjusted. Kittens in pairs are much less likely to develop behavioral issues. (Too busy wrestling with each other to claw your sofa!) Grown cats often like a cat buddy too, but they are better at being alone. And some cats do need to be singles. The advantage of adopting from foster care is that the personality of the cat is pretty well known.

    • Do you know of any catch and release or catch and get adopted in dc? Several stray cats near me, and I’d like to get them vetted to make sure they’re neutered at the very least. I can’t get close enough to check ears, but they seem decently tempered.

      • anonymouse_dianne

        Call WashHumane / HRA – they have a program for community cats called CatNipp. You can find them on Facebook.

  • Rave: Planning to address our save the dates over my spring break in a couple weeks. Any recommendations for good writing pens that will look nice on an envelope?
    Rant/Rave: Sometimes I really miss living in Brooklyn. Planned a quick trip in March mostly to get my haircut and eat at some of my favorite spots.
    Rant: Really need that haircut.
    Rave: Feeling strong.

    • If you’re committed to hand writing them, more power to you, but if you don’t really care about that – Minted will print them for pretty cheap. I paid $28 for 90 envelopes. You just download a template and enter your guest names and addresses. There are a variety of formats and styles. I did this for my save the dates and invites, but not for my thank you cards (which are still in the works), and it was exhausting hand writing them all. Good luck!

      • I printed clear labels out. I know, not hand writing is considered blasphemy, but…

      • This is good to know. The company we ordered the save the dates from charged quite the premium to address the envelopes so we passed on it. I think we only have 50-60 envelopes so I figure I could handwrite them over a few days… but we will see how that goes in reality. Thank you!

    • houseintherear

      Go to an art store (a real fine arts store, like Plaza) and they will have a good selection of calligraphy pens. Buy two of the size you choose (many of them run out of ink quickly)- I’d recommend a very small size. Hold the pen to an angle from bottom left to top right if you are right-handed, and the opposite for left-handed, and write normally but with a little flair, and they’ll turn out great.

  • Rave: Friday.
    Rave: Weekend.
    Rant-ish(?): Apologies for waking you up (if I did) to my neighbors on Lamont St (Mt. P) for screaming around 7:30 this morning. A dog lunged at me and grabbed my forearm with teeth bared… thankfully my coat saved me from any damage but it was scary. Y’all need to be on the look out for a short woman walking two large fluffy dogs. They were both leashed but damn. Totally unprovoked.

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