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: That photo
    Rant: I could not get myself out of bed this morning.
    Rave: I still managed to get myself to work on time.
    Rant: Baby Artie isn’t feeling well. Spring needs to arrive. I’m over winter and cold season.

    • That One Guy

      That photo looks like the perfect place for meditation and/or napping.

    • Ugh, I know on your last rant. Mtpbaby’s congestion kicked into high gear again last week and it’s so frustrating. It’s too high up for saline/steam/nose frieda to really effectively get at, so the poor little guy just ends up coughing and sounding like Darth Vader. Fortunately, it doesn’t seem to be interrupting his sleep thus far. I am very grateful for that considering his big sister’s sleep struggles of late!

  • Rant: same two cyclists keep riding side-by-side, taking up both lanes of the 15th cycletrack. Of course they also cut to the front of the line at stoplights and people get stuck behind them b/c they can’t pass. I know, I know, not important in the big picture.

    Rave: an old friend is visting and it’s so good to see her.

    • I also get irrationally ticked off at cyclists who cut to the front of the line at stoplights. Pass people when everyone’s moving! Also, riding the wrong way in the bike lane is so unsafe and not cool at rush hour!

      • FYI: It is legal in the District of Columbia for bicyclists to pass a line of waiting cars- on the right- when the light is red. I do this all the time. I’m sure it’s annoying to drivers, but I’m also sure having to drive a car in this city is annoying. Them’s the breaks. I agree that “salmon” (those who go in the opposite direction of a bike lane) are dangerous riders.

    • It also seems that the line cutters are always slower than me. So, I pass them, come to a light, they jump to the front of the line, and then I have to pass them again. Very frustrating.

      • Here’s to hoping our next rides will be frustration-free!

      • Yes! Me too! I actually talked to a biker who did this repeatedly going south in the 15th St. bike lanes, and she was just oblivious. Biking in the city is not just all about me me me.

      • I share your frustration. However, this is the EXACT complaint drivers have about cyclists – “I pass them, come to a light, they jump to the front of the line, and then I have to pass them again. Very frustrating.” It strikes me as a little tone deaf for cyclists to complaint about the same thing.

        • Your mistake is to refer to “cyclists” as though all cyclists do the same thing. Believe it or not, sometimes I’m a cyclist and some times I’m a driver. Shocking, I know. The cyclist vs. driver dichotomy is ridiculously over simplified.

          • Oh please. When you are driving you are a driver. When you are on a bicycle you are a cyclist. This isn’t some philosophical debate and yes, people can be both at various times. However, it is not possible to legally be functioning as both a driver and a cyclist at the same time.

        • it is safer for cyclings to be a the front when a light is red (having cars both in front of and behind you when you are trying to accelerate sucks). Also, maybe try not passing them, it is clearly not getting you anywhere faster since you keep running into red lights. It is all the other cars on the road that are making your commute suck. As a cyclist (and driver) I hate when drivers fly past cyclists when the light ahead is clearly red (often while staring down at their cell phone) only to have the cyclist get back in front of them. It is usually clear that the driver is just pissed because they feel entitled to get where they are going faster than someone who is on a bike because they spent a bunch of money on their car, and AMERICA!

          • I agree with all that, and you’re missing the point. In the example Kenyon Dweller gave, he is the driver – he passes someone who is slower than he is, they legally jump in front of him at a light, so he has to pass them again. He’s frustrated by that, and his implication was that the other cyclist did something wrong. That seems like a bit of a double standard. I’m not suggesting that he should act like the driver; I’m suggesting that we expect driver to suck it up and deal, and we should expect the same of cyclists.

    • Andie302

      When I start to get frustrated about other bikers I try to focus on the fact that biking (particularly to work) is so much better than any other alternative. That helps me hit the reset a bit, but it’s easy to get frustrated when people are inconsiderate.

  • That One Guy

    Rant: Call me crazy but I think the coffee cups and lids are conspiring against me. I can’t seem to walk, with my morning coffee, without it leaking from where the seam of the paper cup meets the lid. Is it just me?

    • It’s not you! The trick is to make sure the lid hole is not lined up with the seam 🙂 Happy sipping.

      • That One Guy

        I’m mindful to make sure that the sipping hole is on the opposite side of the cup seam and still manage to have leakage. 🙁

        • I was never able to solve this problem (I think it’s a design flaw with all cups). I just hold a napkin along the edge of the cup near the seam.

        • This is correct, it doesn’t always have to do with the alignment of the hole. You can still get leakage if the seam and lid don’t form a good seal. If they don’t you can get leakage if coffee splashes up against that part of the lid, or even just from condensation forming inside the lid and leaking out. This has happened to me when my coffee was literally just sitting on my desk. FWIW it only happens when I buy coffee at this one place, so it’s something about the cups and lids that they use.

        • This always happens to me when I get coffee from Pret. I can’t seem to get their lids to seal correctly.

    • Take the lid off! no more leaking!

  • Rave: Flynn OUT – only a hundred more crazies in the admin to go.

    • I was watching the news last night and they were talking about it, then mid-sentence, the news anchor say “oh, wait, what? This just in – he’s resigned”. The look on his face was hilarious.

  • Rave: Pitchers and catchers report!!!
    Rant: Still no closer.
    Rave: Sunset has been later and later, with the result that there’s still some light out on my evening commute. Delightful.
    Rant: prix fixe menus. Canceled reservations at Ripple tonight and exchanged for this weekend. I want to choose from the full menu!

  • Revel: had an unannounced formal observation last week and got 4 components scored as distinguished (4 on a 4 point scale, they are rarely given out… I had never received this score before on anything)
    Rant: invitation with a +1 to a destination wedding where you only know 3 of the other guests and are single af.
    Revel: got tons of heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, balloons, and roses from my students.

    • Nice going on the rating for your observation!

    • Emmaleigh504

      Congrats on the good scores!

    • ugh same on the wedding rant…. told myself i have 6 months to figure that out….. we’ll see how that goes.

    • binntp

      I went to a destination wedding solo (at a resort called Couples, no less) knowing almost no one and have to say, it was a blast. First, even couples tend to be less couple-y at weddings. Second, if the beach, cabanas, food, etc. is good, you’ll hardly notice, especially if the resort has activities (mine had yoga, fruit carving, etc.) and you bring some good reading material. I wouldn’t let it hold you back if you otherwise would be inclined to go to this particular destination.

      • I went solo a wedding that wasn’t a destination but it was a long way to travel (upstate New York) and totally agree with the couples-act-less-couple-y at weddings comment. I knew a few people but ended up hitting it off the most with a couple at my table that I had never met before, but were enjoying one of their first nights out since having their first kid. I ended up hanging with them through most of the party and after party and had an awesome time making new friends!

    • Are the other guests you know close enough friends to team up & plan together? If not, bring a friend. Speaking as someone planning a wedding, I’d have no problem with you bringing a friend instead of a “date”, especially if it’s a destination wedding. Actually, going off of personal experience I’d rather you bring a friend and have a great time then chance it on a date you barely know.

  • skj84

    Rave: Took a boxing class this morning that gave me life. I think I’ve found my new workout. Speaking of work outs, what does everyone tend to eat before morning classes? I’m finding I have problems keeping my energy up, but I don’t want to eat too much before coming in.
    Rant: Boxing Gym only had one shower so I ended up walking to my office gym to take one. At least I had all my work clothes with me today. And the showers at my office gym are heavenly. For a such a basic gym, they have nice rainforest showers in the locker rooms.
    Rave: Feeling somewhat upbeat today? Despite being single, I feel ok. And I look cute, my hair and glasses combo is on point.

  • rave: #byeflynnecia

  • Rant: Writing thank you notes. I have hated doing them since I was a child but I am committed to finishing this stack of them from the shower (the envelopes are already stamped – oddly enough the thought of wasting the price of a stamp is enough incentive for me).
    Rave: I get to bake the Other Mrs. Rabbit heart-shaped cupcakes after I finish. I’m thinking chocolate with cream cheese frosting.
    Rant: I don’t think I’m getting my wish of a Valentine’s Day baby.
    Rave: Hot chai on a chilly day. It’s pretty much perfection.

    • You will be so happy to have those thank you notes done before the baby comes. Hang in there! I know the waiting at the end is maddening.

    • binntp

      I used to hate writing thank you notes, too, until I saw some TV show where the hostess broke it down to a 3-sentence formula: 1) Thank the person for the specific item. 2) Explain how the item will be used, or (if not useful), provide some other compliment about the item. 3) Wish the person well.
      Ever since, it’s been pretty easy to crank them out in front of the TV.

      • My parents made me send thank you notes growing up (even to family and very close friends) and now I don’t mind writing them, although that could also be a result of the great stationery I’ve received over the years.

        Agree with binntp, that’s generally my formula, then depending on how we received the gift say it was great having them at the event (or holiday), or we missed seeing them, looking forward to you in the future.

        • Emmaleigh504

          My aunt made my cousins send thank you notes from an early age, and I look forward to their thank you notes every year. All that early practice made them great note writers.
          (my mom made us send them too)

    • Just finished our wedding thank-yous…at the three month mark. We had actual cards with handwritten messages, as opposed to the collage that people seem to be doing nowadays. Glad we went that direction. Then again, small wedding made it easier to accomplish!

      • Handwritten notes are really tasteful and appreciated. These generic printed thank you notes people get (where the gift isn’t even mentioned) are a real turn-off. My aunt, an etiquette instructor, has been telling clients/students to avoid them. Hopefully the person who gave you the gift put some thought and care into it- is it too much to ask for a thank you note that takes 2 minutes of your time? Gratitude is a great thing.

    • Pre-stamping is genius. I have a combined engagement/Christmas thank you note in my bag that I *still* haven’t sent because I can’t manage to get myself to a post office for the correct postage.

  • Rave: JC Lofton Tailors. As a queer woman who wears exclusively menswear, my experience buying clothes is, at best, expensive and worst frustrating and demoralizing, which is why I paid an arm and a leg for a custom jacket from a company in San Francisco where people like me are the target market. However, I had to get final alterations done here, and kind of made a shot in the dark and picked JC Lofton Tailors; the jacket came out wonderfully and I also felt the pricing was fair. Even better, I was treated with total respect and NOT met with blank stares when I brought in a garment and explained what I wanted!
    Rant: I had to search high and low and scour internet reviews to see whether a tailor had worked with butch women before–couldn’t find much of anything. When I leave reviews, I really try to mention my experience as an LGBT woman (if it’s pertinent). I feel like so many LGBT resources lists in DC are outdated, and I am always so grateful on PoPville when commenters mention working with service providers from an LGBT perspective.
    Rave: custom worsted alsport tweed jacket with wood finish buttons 😀

    • Saint Harridan is also a good resource, although they may or may not have closed down??.. check them out.

      • Yeah sadly they closed this fall :/ Though I do have a suit from them I generally like. I ordered both this jacket and the suit for my wedding from Kipper Clothiers

    • Totally second JC lofton! The shoe repair downstairs is also reasonable but JC basically recreated a suit for me after weight changes and it looked like a million bucks afterwards.

  • Rave: Flynn is out.
    Rave: Crazy Ex Girlfriend is hilarious!
    Rave: Tomorrow: Wine & Bitch at Vinoteca at 6PM, for anyone who wants to rant/rave about their dating lives, help with profiles or just drink wine. I’ve contacted them regarding bar space and haven’t heard back, so I’m hoping for the best. We’ll see how it goes.
    Rant: Still sick. Doctor wants me on more antibiotics, which I have to go and get.

    • skj84

      Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is my favorite comedy show hands down. Its intelligent and funny, and the music is brilliant. Also I did a theatre festival with the actress who plays Heather many years ago. I’m so glad it got renewed for a 3rd season.
      Can’t wait for Wine and Bitch tomorrow!

    • Sounds fun – I don’t have any great stories but am happy to review profiles. And drink wine!

    • Hope you feel better soon, SinSA!

  • Rave: Breakfast at Smoked and Stacked. Delicious and not nearly as much of a gut bomb as I thought it would be.
    Rant: Daughter home sick again today.
    Rave: Pitstop at Buttercream Bakeshop for treats for the family tonight.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: So sleepy this morning so of course Donna wanted extra attention. I hate having a morning kitty.
    Rant: My sweet tooth is back.
    Rave/Rant: So much money on my Starbucks card for coffee and snacks.

  • Does anyone have ideas about where I should look for a rental space to use as an art studio? I’m not really looking for a shared artist work space, just somewhere (someone’s unused garage, empty commercial space, etc.) that’s at least 10 x 15 feet and has electricity (I weld). I’d also be interested in buying a space if that was available. Thoughts? I’m planning to post in the Forum here and on craigslist, any other suggestions would be appreciated.

    • Andie302

      My finance has a basement with an insulated door and electric that his tenant is moving out of at the end of the month. The nearest intersection is 7th and Farragut. If you’re interested, email Dan and he can put us in touch. I can’t remember whether rent he’s getting now is $125 or $150.

  • Rave: HUGE shoutout to Anonamom for telling me we might not be responsible for the latest MedStar bill 18 months after the service! I called yesterday and spoke to a lady who was not helpful and basically said yes, we owe it. Called again today and spoke to the nicest, most competent man. He said oh no, you shouldn’t be responsible for this, but let me confirm with my supervisor. He came back and said yes, this is our fault. We never billed you for this, so you couldn’t have known about it and we will go ahead and make the adjustment!
    Rant: The fact that I have had to question every single bill from that hospital and we were there for almost 24 hours yet they couldn’t diagnose a simple health issue.

    • HaileUnlikely

      Awesome, glad that worked out! Just out of curiosity, who was your medical insurer at the time? I ask because I have CIGNA and they state clearly on their standard Explanation of Benefits forms that the insurer will not pay providers for bills issued for the first time more than XX days after services were rendered (XX is either 90 or 180; I don’t recall which) and that the CIGNA’s contract with the providers prohibits the providers from billing the patient for it either (i.e., CIGNA’s contract with the providers stipulates that if the providers wait that long to bill, they have to eat it). CIGNA has been very helpful to me in getting incorrect bills straightened out with providers on multiple occasions.

      • Anthem BCBS. They were helpful in the beginning when MedStar tried to stick us with the bill. I forget how long it took them to send that initial bill, but I want to say it was 4-5 months, and then trying to get them to submit it to insurance took some time and then they messed up, insurance denied it so they had to submit again. It was finally settled in September 2016 and the visit was in September 2015! But then they came in with the “Physician Services” bill last week. Just mind boggling that a hospital takes almost two years to send out a bill.

    • SO glad this worked out for you guys!! But I share your frustrations. They are such a PITA!

  • Rave: Happy Valentine’s Day, y’all! I’ve never been this excited for this day in my LIFE!
    Rave: My work day started with my department creating a 40 second dance video to the new Bruno Mars song. Seriously no better way to start the day. I love being surround by fellow dance-lovers!
    Rant: Still recovering from surgery so cannot raise my arm high enough to actually ‘do’ my hair. Day by day…
    Rave: It’s almost lunch time, which means I have an hour in which to return to my awesome book. Currently reading “People of the Book” by Geraldine Brooks and loving it…………

  • Still looking for the perfect Valentine? You can’t do better than Rainbow! Seriously, she has turned out to be one of my sweetest foster kitties ever. https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/pet/5970401665.html

  • Ive never understood why, in a news conference, the President gets to choose the reporters who get to ask questions. Why not just be fair and pull names from a fishbowl? Didn’t matter so much before we got the Cheeto in Chief, but with so much other obfuscation going on, shouldn’t we demand at least a tot of fairness in press coverage?

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