07/22/14 2:10pm

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Any advice or recommendations for moving a Central Air Unit?

“I was looking for any advice / recommendations on moving a central air unit. Our place was recently redone, but when they installed the air conditioning unit, they placed it in the middle of the yard (bizarre right?). We liked the house in spite of this, but now we’re looking to move it and I thought that I would put the question out there before we considered it – Thanks in advance!”

Two Months of Sidewalk Construction on T St. NW in U St. Corridor?

“My boyfriend, who lives at 9th & T, and I noticed construction tape and temporary fencing around all of the tree plots on T st. for multiple blocks. He often parks on T and the notice prohibits parking on this side of the street for two months! Does anyone know what DDOTs going to do here? Hopefully not rip all of the trees out.”

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07/18/14 2:10pm

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Tabard Inn Wedding Woes:

“I recently had the most horrible experience at the Tabard Inn and wanted to share in case this helps anyone who is deliberating whether or not to use them for an inexpensive wedding.

My fiance and I originally agreed on the Tabard Inn as one of the more affordable places to celebrate our wedding in DC. Boy, did we chose poorly. The Tabard Inn has gone through 3 Special Events Coordinators since February 2014. Each time we went in we had to deal with a different, inexperienced person. Earlier this week we met with yet another, new Coordinator to go over room setup, finalize the menu, and arrange a second tasting since the first tasting was horrible.

In the middle of our meeting, the Coordinator begins to engage another couple who just wandered in off the street. After 5 minutes I asked that we get back to our meeting which was scheduled in advance, since we had a lot to do. We left with an appointment set up for 5 pm on Wednesday to finalize everything and have our second tasting.

This is where things head even further south. I received a call at 3 pm from the Tabard Inn for a wine tasting at 530 for 2 people. Wrong on all accounts. (more…)

07/17/14 2:10pm

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To the good samaritan on 6th & M NE – I have your beach towel!

“I’m hoping you can help me reunite this beach towel with its owner. On Saturday afternoon at approximately 2:10 PM, while traveling northbound in the bike lane on 6th St NE, I was hit by a large van turning left from 6th St onto M St NE.

Many people responded (and thank you to all of you), but one was nice enough to wedge her towel under me as protection from the hot asphalt. I was loaded into the ambulance and didn’t realize until going through my belongings after being discharged from the hospital that the towel ended up coming with me.

It’s blue and green and I’d love to return it to you – thank you so much for responding. Though I’d never wish the circumstances on anyone, it was heartening to see the response that the 6th & M corner provided. Thanks again.”

Where’s the canary melon?

“I once had a canary melon. It was delicious. I’d like to find one again. Anyone know where I can find a canary melon in the DC area? Thank you”

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07/16/14 2:10pm

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No Parking Signs:

“Are there rules about where/how to post temporary no parking signs (i.e. the ones that people use for moves or storage units or that companies can use for construction)? A couple have been posted on cones across the street from us, but it seems that they could just be moved at will to another part of the street or another block. I can’t find any info on the DMV or DDOT websites.”

Isherwood NE alley cats:

“Hello, all — As you might know, Chris, the person who died in a fire on Isherwood Street NE not long ago, was a long-time caregiver of the cats in the alley behind Isherwood and D Streets between 16th and 17th streets NE. Chris made sure the alley cats were spayed or neutered and fed them every day. Since his death, I’ve been trying to feed the cats. There are about five or six of them. They appear to be on the tame end of feral (though I’m not an expert). They come close to me for food. One rubbed my ankles when I fed them the other night. I’m not sure how much they’re driven to hunt because they’ve been accustomed to being fed. I decided to feed them because one, it seems cruel to deprive them when they’ve been fed for a long time, and two, I’ve never seen a single rodent in the alley in the eight years I’ve been there. Not sure if they catch rats or if their presence is simply a deterrent. Since they’re all fixed (I think), there shouldn’t be a proliferation of future cats to feed.

My request is this: If you’d like to help with food or feeding, I’d be grateful. Maybe your cats don’t like a new brand of food and you don’t know what to do with it (happens with my fussy indoor cats). I’ll gladly take it. Or maybe you’re connected to a rescue group and could direct folks my way. I’d be grateful for any/all ideas. Thank you for your consideration. — Jill at 16th and D Streets NE”

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07/15/14 2:10pm

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Honda Car Dealerships?

“Has anyone had a good experience with any around the DMV area? We are looking to buy a car, and want to purchase from a dealership for various reasons.”

Internet Service in NoMa:

“My roommate is moving out and taking her DirectTV/Verizon DSL account with her – so I’m researching services for internet. We have used Xfinity and Verizon DSL, and both have been awful (slow speeds, several disconnects, countless service calls, terrible customer service). I’m wondering if RCN is any better?

Verizon FIOS has not made its way to our neighborhood yet. So I’m left deciding – What is the LEAST terrible internet/wifi service I can get?”

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07/14/14 2:10pm

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H2 Bus:

“Can anyone explain the inconsistent patterns of the H2 bus and what causes these issues? It is never on time and occasionally just doesn’t even show up without any warning from wmata.”

Where to buy bruised produce?

“I realize this is a bit of a strange question.. Has anyone come across a grocery store/market in Northwest DC that sells bruised produce? Ideally these would be reduced price bags of a bunch of different fruits/veggies. I’ve seen this in Eastern Market but it isn’t really convenient for me to make the trek all the way out there for that.”

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07/11/14 2:10pm

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Parking Regulations – Motorcycle and Car in One Spot:

“I recently moved into a building near U st, and I parked both my motorcycle and my car within my parking spot, and neither vehicle extended beyond my own spot. I was told by the building manager that I could only have one vehicle as per the Order of the Fire Marshal. I’ve looked up the DC Fire Code, and I haven’t found anything. Does anybody know whether or not it is actually legal, or just the condo association trying to make more money as usual?”

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07/10/14 2:10pm

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Loitering Around 14th and Irving:

“I’m sure this has been brought up a lot, but I have had a lot of issues this past month. I recently moved into Highland Park (1400 Irving) and live relatively close to the parking garage. For those unaware of the layout, there is a driveway between the Potbelly and the clinic that cars go under to get into the parking garage and for employees to quickly park that work at Lou’s/Pete’s/Acre. There are ALWAYS people just hanging out in that parking area, even inside. Numerous times I have seen people blatantly doing drugs, selling drugs, and drinking beer. My frustration has culminated this weekend in being woken up at 2:30AM on the 6th by fire works being set off right below my window (I live on the third floor). I have tried to contact the police numerous times, but it seems that they do not care whatsoever. Even if there is a cop around the area, he/she seems to not care about the blatant drug use and rowdiness.

I am basically questioning about the legality of people loitering within the confines of the parking driveway. Is this considered private parking or not? Has anyone had any issues with people loitering around there buildings at all hours of the day/night?”

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07/09/14 2:10pm

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Can aluminum window shutters handle hot and cold weather?

“I am planning to buy aluminum window sliding because it’s aluminum so it gets hotter and colder. Is this true? Not that I want to side my whole house right now with vinyl.”

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07/08/14 2:10pm

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Interested in Joining a Book Club in NW DC?

“Several friends and I are looking to form a book club in DC. Depending on the size of our group, we could take turns hosting at our apartments or meet in a public space such as a library or a restaurant.

We want to focus on popular, critically-acclaimed fiction books such as: (i) Water For Elephants, (ii) The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, (iii) Gone Girl, (iv) The Glass Castle, (v) The Night Circus, etc.

However, we are up for any suggestions on books. This would be an entirely collaborative process. We are in our mid-20′s and primarily want to meet people who are social and interested in bonding over books and discussion while enjoying wine/beer/snacks :)

Please email me at eunice.s.min(at)gmail.com if you’re interested.”

How soon will new R-4 rules take effect if passed?

“Just saw the Post article about the DC planning office proposing new rules for R-4 zoned homes. The main target of this is pop-ups and the loss of family space, but the proposal is also to ban new 3-unit permits in R4 zones, which means if this happens I won’t be able to get a CofO for my basement since my R4 rowhouse is already a 2-flat house and would become an apartment. Note that I would be creating more housing and not taking anything away from families looking for bigger homes. I’m just wondering if this happens how long before it would take effect and prevent me from converting into a 3-unit building? I have had reasons for putting this off and now is a really bad time to go through the process (will probably have to raise ceiling and install fire sprinklers throughout) but I’m scared about losing my last opportunity to be grandfathered in. Also do people think this part of the proposed rule will be passed and 2-flats like mine will be prevented from getting a basement CofO? Thanks for the help.”

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