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Trick or treat, but when?:

“Even though my house STILL isn’t ready to live in (renovation and DC permit woes), I’ve taken the time to decorate my lawn-port-a-potty and will be there, probably with candles on the porch, giving out candy for the kids.

3 questions:
1) When should I be there to catch the earliest trick-or-treaters,
2) How much candy is a safe bet? (I got 4 bags / about 400 pieces)
3) and when can I expect it to be late enough to go down to Meridian Pint after the last of the pillow-case-carrying high school kids are done?

Fair warming: I’m super nice until I get some adult lying that they’re carrying a bag for “a sick kid at home.” ‘aint no kid so sick they don’t go out on halloween (I mean it’s possible but 99% of the time it’s a lie).”

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Creeper in Columbia Heights Metro:

“Waiting for the train Saturday Afternoon when I spied a 40 odd year old black male, thin build, 6’1″, with a creeper mustache (essentially looked like Mayor Gray with more of a goatee) walking around with his phone pointed up. I spied him out of the corner of my eye taking a picture of my girlfriend — then he walked off. I followed him over as he was taking more pictures of other women on the metro platform. I confronted him loudly ensuring the rest of the platform was aware of this creeper and told him to delete the pictures he was taking. He proceeded to fumble with the phone acting like he had no idea regardless of the fact I caught him red handed with a picture of the girl he just took a picture of in his gallery. Called him out loudly of being a pervert and walked away which infuriated him (perverts dont like being called out?) He approached me again and quickly changed face and called himself a pervert and showed me he was deleting the pictures. This kind of person exists on the metro people — keep an eye out for him.

Light brown skin, early to mid 40s, goatee, relatively tall (6’1) short brown hair. Was dressed casually in a light brown sweater shirt with khaki pants. Using an older model black android phone.”

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Best composter for town house??:

“Can anyone recommend a non-worm composter for a DC rowhouse with a typical post-card sized backyard? My husband (surprisingly) would rather try his hand at composting rather than pay for a service. Any related recommendations also appreciated. Thanks!”

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Local Theater?:

“There’s a ton of local theater in the area. Any fave theater venues to attend?

Also, are any of the local universities ‘the’ theater university? I have noticed in my home state that there was a huge disparity between the quality of the theater departments at different universities.”

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Divorce in DC – can you recommend lawyers or other resources?:

“Hi all: Has anyone been through a divorce in DC or have a knowledge of the process? City websites have not been useful thus far. It would likely be a No Fault divorce, if I understand the terms correctly. We’ve been married ~2yrs, both live in DC, have no children or joint financial accounts. Only major joint expense is home we purchased in 2009.

As we’re on fairly good terms, I’d like to keep the process as fast and cheap as possible, hence considering mediation and/or No Fault, but I’ve also been advised to first consult w/an expert, and one that has my interests in mind to someone that has my interests in mind. (Plus, its just easier to talk w/a real person sometimes.) Also may want to hire someone to do the paperwork.

So: anyone done this before? Any recs on info resources, lawyers, etc? Tips, things to watch out for? Any help much appreciated. I feel overwhelmed.”

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Good lunch restaurant for out of town guests:

“I was wondering if any of you had suggestions for a good (Saturday) lunch place where, to quote my mother, “there’s a lot to walk around and see”. I’ve taken them to all my favorite places in Capitol Hill/Eastern Market and they’re doing the “big” monuments on Sunday. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!”

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is it legal for condo HOA to impose different rules for renters vs. owners?:

“Condo building HOA is proposing enacting a new rule that would prohibit renters from having pets. However, any owners who live in the building, are permitted to have pets.

Just curious if anybody is aware if this is legit? Is it ok to apply different rules depending on your status of being an owner resident vs. tenant resident?

All current renters would be grandfathered in. Not sure if it matters, but this building has approximately a 54% to 46% owner to investor ratio.”

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recs to fix basement flooding during rain and leaky porch roof?:

“Today’s heavy rains brought to light two unrelated issues in my Mt. Pleasant rowhouse. I’d love suggestions for people/companies to contact to fix either or both problems!

1. The basement is underground and has a door that opens to an outdoor stairwell that leads you to ground level. At the bottom of the outdoor stairwell is a drain. On days with heavy rain, the drain can’t keep up with the amount of water pooling at the bottom of the stairwell and it flows under the basement door and into the basement.

We’ve had the drain snaked and have sand bags against the door, but water still gets through during a prolonged heavy rain.

I’m not sure whether I need (1) a plumber to do something to the drain, or (2) a contractor to replace or otherwise better seal the bottom of the door, or (3) both, or (4) some other solution entirely. Thoughts/suggestions very appreciated!

2. I noticed today that the roof of our front porch is leaking in several places. I don’t see any obvious holes in the tar on the top of the roof, but they must be there! Suggestions for someone who can repair the porch roof, which has wood slats on the underside that need to be preserved?

Thank you!”

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Peeper in Columbia Heights/Mt. Pleasant:

“Hey y’all – anyone ever had a problem with this before? I live on Park road (the “Parkade” across the street from the church on 16th) on the first floor. There’s a road behind my apartment complex for the townhouses and complexes nextdoor. On Saturday night, my fiancee was asleep while I was reading, and I noticed some movement on my window sill – a short, young, Latino man climbed up to look into our window! I immediately got up and would’ve taken a picture of him, but thought it must’ve been a raccoon or cat., as my vision was obscured by our curtains. So, I just banged on the window and yelled for him to leave. He immediately left and took off. For some detail, we’re about three or four feet off the ground, so the guy really must’ve wanted to see something. Obviously we have bars, but it’s still pretty freaky.

Anyone dealt with peepers before? Is it worth doing anything besides reporting it to the building management/my landlord? Is this something to be worried about becoming worse? We have several families with young children on the floor, so I wasn’t sure how else to handle it. Let me know if you guys have seen anything lately!”

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Inclusionary Zoning Unit-Experience/Advice?:

“I applied for the housing lottery a while back and recently got a notification that I was one of the selectees chosen to purchase a unit in a new condo building. I’m not sure how many other people got the same notification, but I was obviously pretty excited that I might be able to own a condo for an affordable price. I have been told that other selectees and I will need to submit letters of interest, approval letters from lenders, and documents to verify our lower-income status.

My question is…what are the odds and how exactly does DCHD choose the individual who gets to purchase and inhabit the unit? I am confident in my ability to get a mortgage approval-but I haven’t lived in the city very long. My tax statements still use a previous address, in fact.

Anyone have experience with IZU buying? I shouldn’t get my hopes up…right?”

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