Random PoP Observation: Urban Catch 22?

by Prince Of Petworth February 19, 2008 at 11:29 pm 10 Comments

Have you noticed it is staying light out much later?  That is a great feeling, knowing Spring is around the corner.  But here is the catch 22:  I can’t wait for the longer days but I’m dreading the inevitable shootings that will come with the longer days and warmer weather.  Does this mean I’ve become jaded?

Similarly another catch 22:  I can’t wait for the warmer weather so that I won’t have to pay anymore $237 heating gas bills (Ed. note: and that is keeping the thermostat at 58-60 degrees, ok, 62 degrees when I have company over) but I don’t have the scratch to the tune of $14,000 to put in central air conditioning.  I know, I’m living a very tough life…

  • morgan

    dreading the inevitable shootings? did they stop? not in my hood. but you’re right, spring brings along crazy energy. it gets much rowdier.

  • c

    The true sign of spring in DC is when you can’t step outside without hearing Daddy Yankee blaring from someone’s car.

  • Jason

    haha, i was thinking the same thing, i cant wait for it to get warm again but im not looking forward to the shootings, homicides are down 28% this year so far, id like it to stay that way: http://mpdc.dc.gov/mpdc/cwp/view,a,1239,q,561242,mpdcNav_GID,1523,mpdcNav,|.asp

  • Flipflopirate

    This will be my first spring/summer in Petworth… now I’ve experienced relatively low levels of hooliganery since I’ve been here and other than the constant Police Siren soundtrack wouldnt even consider P-worth a hazardous hood. However, I have taken the time to consider the rammifications of warmer weather and local crime. Is it really all that bad?

    …as for the Daddy Yankee, bring it on, this honky loves raggaeton.

  • bogfrog

    Prince, do you actually have insulation in your house?
    You know it costs $46 for 12 batts of R-13, which should insulate 1 small room. A staple gun is $16. Tonight I am picking up the insulation for the attic and I know it’s more expensive than R-13. Still, the end result is cheaper and toasty warmer than shivering in your own home

  • Steve

    PoP…do you have a programable thermostat? I do. Automatically dips to 55 when we leave in the am and 58 when we go to bed at might. It realy helps the gas bills. The most I have paid is $111 last month I can recommend one for you if you want. Let me know.

  • Toby

    My bills are a little lower, but not by much. Most of the time I just tell my husband and kids to put on sweaters, socks and longjohns. Though sometimes I splurge and crank up the heat.

  • Prince Of Petworth

    Steve, please recommend. Is it easy to install? Remember you are “talking” to someone who can barely boil hot water…

  • Parkwood Person

    They are totally easy to install- if you can match the colored wires to the right color, you’re good.

    I’d look for one that has more than one day programmable- so you can have a different setting for M-F and Sat/Sun. They also sell 7 day programmable ones.

  • Steve

    Pretty easy to install. Gotta match the right wires to the right terminal. It is one of those things that if you get it right it works and if you don’t it doesn’t. The wires are usually color coded, but it your house is like mine the wire colors might not have any relation. I installed the LUX TX 9000TS (http://www.luxproducts.com/thermostats/tx9000ts.htm) it was rated a best buy on consumer reports. You can buy it one line at Ace Hardware. It doesn’t support a two or variable speed fan in the furnace or a/c though. If you have one of those things have a HVAC service company install one that will work with your system. I use and recommend Argent Heating and Cooling. Ron Gallant is the guy to ask for. You can email if you have more questions.


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