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General Discussion October 29, 2014 at 5:56 am

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).

Events October 28, 2014 at 6:52 pm

Having a baby; should we buy a car?

Hello PoPville –

My husband and I are expecting our first baby next year and are trying to think through expenses. One issue that we’ve been throwing around is whether having a car would make life with a baby much easier. Neither of have had a car for the last 10 years or so, and we’re generally pretty happy that we don’t have to deal with the expenses and hassle. There are times — perhaps once a week or so — when we like to get somewhere a little more quickly or to a place that’s slightly inconvenient via public transportation, and we usually use car2go then. Obviously, with a baby, car2go would be out.

All this to say, should we get a car? I assume that normal errands with a baby in tow would be harder without a car — we usually walk from the grocery store, but probably couldn’t do that with as many groceries with a baby, for example. And obviously it would take more time to get to doctor’s appointments and the like (we hear little kids have lots of those). Is quality of life with a kid way better with a car? Is it worth the expense? Or do people get by almost as well as they used to in their pre-baby days on metro/bus and on foot? We live in Columbia Heights and don’t have an off-street parking spot, though we think we could pretty easily find street parking around us.

Thanks!

General Discussion October 28, 2014 at 8:57 am

Divorce

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.

Announcements October 28, 2014 at 1:48 am

HOWL-O-WEEN – Wash. Humane Society has adoptable animals of all sizes !

WHS has dogs, cats, kittens, and even a couple of bunnies and guinea pigs right now!
Come to this event and meet a furry animal that fits your pace and living situation.
Oct 31 – Nov 1st 12 noon – 7:00 pm
$10 cats, $31 dogs, standard adoption procedures apply

Olive the kitten needs a home….perhaps in PoPville? This 2 month old female kitten is friendly and affectionate. She has slightly wavy whiskers which is a trait of the Rex breed. Soft kitty, warm kitty…

http://www.washhumane.org/adopt

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Public Safety October 27, 2014 at 11:12 am

Bikes Stolen from 14th and Belmont, 1 Recovered from 14th and Harvard, 1 Missing

Here’s a photo of the missing bike. It’s the one on top of the pile with turquoise handlebars. Here are some more details about the incident:

Unfortunately, my house at 14th and Belmont (lower Columbia Heights) was robbed on 10/21 at about 11:15am and the burglars made off with two of my bikes (as well as several laptops from my housemates).

After the police took off, I headed up to the Columbia Heights metro trying to see if I could find it. Sure enough, I came across some high school kids who had my commuter bike (a Giant Rapid Pro from 2011).

I managed to unseat the guy riding it and scare them off at 14th and Columbia, just a few blocks south of the Columbia Heights shopping center. I’m pretty sure that these guys live at the housing projects between 13th and 14th on Harvard because they were hanging out in the parking there lot for several minutes (police took about 15 minutes to respond). Thankfully, I now have the Giant back.

Unfortunately, my road bike is still missing. This was a custom lugged steel frame that I made myself. It’s unique in that the frame is grey and doesn’t have any logos, graphics etc. The handlebars are a distinctive turquoise color. It has a Reynolds fork, Shimano Ultegra components, and Bontrager tires. I built it as a project with my dad several years ago when I was in high school, so it has huge sentimental value to me. Here’s that link to the photo again.

Any tips about where to post to recover a lost bike would be much appreciated – I’ve already heard of about 5 new forums just through talking to folks about this.

Summary: My grey road bike with turquoise handlebars was stolen from my house and may be located in Columbia heights area, specifically on Harvard or Columbia Street between 13th and 14th.

Public Safety October 27, 2014 at 11:11 am

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.

Home and Garden October 26, 2014 at 9:55 pm

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!

Entertainment October 26, 2014 at 9:32 pm

Local Theater?

Hi!

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.

Thank you

Events October 25, 2014 at 3:51 pm

Dirty wet wipes and used condoms

Wondering if anyone else has had this problem. For a while one of our neighbors (two doors down) was noticing something very disturbing in the alley behind his house. Someone was leaving used condoms and dirty wet wipes (presumably used to clean up the… um… mess) in the alley. He was doing a major renovation project on his backyard and his workers were finding new deposits on a daily basis. He had his crew put up lights on either side of his garage door and the deposits seemed to subside. That is, until we discovered said deposits were being made at OUR house – along our fence and garage door. To add insult to injury, today we found a used condom and a bunch of wipes IN our yard. They have started throwing the stuff over the fence. There is a bright alley light directly adjacent to our garage door, so we can’t help wondering why this doesn’t deter these idiots in the same way our neighbor’s newly installed lights did.

There is an oddly vacant parking pad belonging to one of the buildings on the opposite side of the alley. The building too is weirdly quiet. No one seems to live or work there, but it is fairly well maintained. Some people have reported seeing drug deals going on in this parking area. The presumption among the neighbors is that that johns take prostitutes to this spot, do the deed in the car, and then dump the used bits in the alley (or, now, in our yard).

My question is, does anyone else have this problem? Looking for advice on how to try and stop these a-holes. Call the cops? One of those fake video surveillance signs? ACTUAL video surveillance? Motion activated lights? We’ve never actually seen the illicit activity taking place, but we are becoming more and more disgusted with having to clean up what’s being left behind.

Thoughts?

Thanks.

Life and Society October 23, 2014 at 5:10 pm

High Heel Race hit with parking fees

The organizers of the High Heel Race just posted on FB that the DC Government has requested payment for parking to the tune of $3800. This is a free and community sponsored event. Those of you that come and do not mind giving some dollars towards the fees, I think the organizers would welcome the help.

The 17th St High Heel Race on FB:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/17th-Street-High-Heel-Race/293167114030193

To donate:

http://www.gofundme.com/g79of4

I write the disclaimer that you give if you want. The gofundme site came directly from the organizers FB page, so it seemed legit enough for me.

Public Safety October 21, 2014 at 7:22 pm

Backyard prowlers in Mt. Pleasant

In the “don’t freak out, but be careful” category, our nanny surprised a couple of guys in our backyard on Adams Mill this afternoon. They had come down the steps from the alley and were headed into the basement stairwell; they ran off when she pounded on the window. Not much of a description, but one was a heavyset guy with long dreads and the other looked to be a high school-aged kid.

General Discussion October 21, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Political Vandalism

Thought the Forum would be interested in some political sign vandalism I witnessed last Thursday (Oct 9th) around 7pm on the corner of 17th & T streets in Dupont Circle.

I was walking to my apartment when I witnessed a women in her 30s pushing a stroller with a baby, tear down TWO “Vote Yes on Initiative 71 (Legalize Marijuana)” signs. She casually then walked and threw them into the closest trash can. I couldn’t believe it; and as I walked by her I said “So I guess you don’t like marijuana?” to which she began to inform me that the initative “sends a horrible message to the children in the city!”. I replied, “Oh, so I guess you are just a fascist.” She was pretty flummoxed as I walked away, but even I wasn’t going to get into a political argument with a mother and her baby.

It doesn’t matter that I am pro-Initiative 71; regardless on how you feel about a political issue or candidate, one should never tear down a sign, which I believe is illegal. She is entitled to her opinion, and it should be voiced on Nov. 4th at the ballot box.

Anyone else every witness this?

Governement and Politics October 21, 2014 at 2:46 pm

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

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.

Food and Dining October 21, 2014 at 12:56 pm

Good lunch restaurant for out of town guests

Hi PoPville Community,
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!

Public Safety October 20, 2014 at 4:08 pm

Mt. Pleasant Roof Walking

Hi everyone:

I live on the top floor of a row house in Mt. Pleasant and have been woken up several times in the last year by footsteps on the roof in the middle of the night. Sometimes this happens on extremely cold nights and I can’t imagine why anyone would be walking on the roof in those conditions. I know what animals on the roof sound like and I know what footsteps sound like, so I’m certain that someone is actually walking around up there. Does anyone know anything about this? Is there anything we can do? I’m bothered by it not only because it wakes me up, but also because I wonder if someone is thinking about breaking into the house via the skylight.

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Replied on October 29, 2014 at 5:56 am

Trick or treat, but when?

Even though my house STILL isn’t ready to live in (renovation and DC permit woes), I’ve…
Replied on October 28, 2014 at 8:14 pm

Divorce

Oh jeez. I’m sorry, I looked on the forum and didn’t see any answers to my original pos…
Replied on October 28, 2014 at 6:52 pm

Having a baby; should we buy a car?

Hello PoPville – My husband and I are expecting our first baby next year and are trying to th…
Replied on October 28, 2014 at 10:56 am

Divorce

http://www.popville.com/2014/10/from-the-forum-divorce-in-dc/
Replied on October 28, 2014 at 8:57 am

Divorce

Hi all: Has anyone been through a divorce in DC or have a knowledge of the process? City websites h…
Replied on October 28, 2014 at 1:48 am

HOWL-O-WEEN – Wash. Humane Society has adoptable animals of all sizes !

WHS has dogs, cats, kittens, and even a couple of bunnies and guinea pigs right now! Come to this e…
Replied on October 27, 2014 at 11:12 am

Bikes Stolen from 14th and Belmont, 1 Recovered from 14th and Harvard, 1 Missing

Here’s a photo of the missing bike. It’s the one on top of the pile with turquoise hand…
Replied on October 27, 2014 at 11:11 am

Creeper in Columbia Heights Metro

Waiting for the train Saturday Afternoon when I spied a 40 odd year old black male, thin build, 6&#…
Replied on October 26, 2014 at 9:55 pm

Best composter for town house??

Can anyone recommend a non-worm composter for a DC rowhouse with a typical post-card sized backyard…
Replied on October 26, 2014 at 9:32 pm

Local Theater?

Hi! There’s a ton of local theater in the area. Any fave theater venues to attend? Also, ar…
Replied on October 25, 2014 at 3:59 pm

Dirty wet wipes and used condoms

So sorry, I posted this in the wrong forum, but can’t undo it. I’ve re-posted under Pub…
Replied on October 25, 2014 at 3:51 pm

Dirty wet wipes and used condoms

Wondering if anyone else has had this problem. For a while one of our neighbors (two doors down) wa…
Replied on October 23, 2014 at 5:10 pm

High Heel Race hit with parking fees

The organizers of the High Heel Race just posted on FB that the DC Government has requested payment…
Replied on October 22, 2014 at 4:01 pm

Good lunch restaurant for out of town guests

Remember that the Marine Corps Marathon is this Sunday, so plan for getting to the monuments accord…