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Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

by Prince Of Petworth May 2, 2011 at 12:00 pm 68 Comments


Photo by PoPville flickr user Collin David Anderson

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. I’ll open this thread every Monday and Friday. So anything good happen to you this weekend?

  • Anonymous

    Rant: Terrible weather at Sweetlife Festival. I left early…

    Rave: Looks like serious work is being done at the Independent – the coffee shop coming to Florida Avenue near Georgia. I can’t wait to have something like that in the neighborhood!

  • Greg

    I was happy to hear about the death of Bin Laden. However, I was shocked by the behavior of many GW students acting unruly, drinking beer, and climbing trees in front of the White House fence. If these were mostly Howard University students, the U.S. Secret Service would have shot and killed them.

    • anoon

      You were shocked by college students drinking beer and acting unruly?

      Did you go to college?

      • Greg

        Yes I did attend college. (Howard University Class of 1977)

        • Marcus Aurelius

          Bit of a stretch on the Howard University student analogy.
          Every time I think of how inappropriate some of the “celebrating” was, I remember that this guy murdered 3000 innocent civilians. I’m fairly sure the circle of hell that Bin Laden is headed to will be way closer to the center than the one those who celebrate his death may be going to.

        • anoon

          Yeah. That would explain it.

          • Greg

            Anoon, do you remember the snow ball fights over a year ago at 14th & U Streets, NW. If these were young college age blacks throwing snowballs at vehicles and people, they might have been shot by 3D officers, arrested, and told to leave. There’s still a double standard in this country when it come to race.

        • Jack S

          Greg, please stop. Your whining is unbecoming.

          • Greg

            @Jack S, I am not whining. I am speaking the truth, but I guess you are a part of the privilege in America. I stand by my word, if these were black Howard University students, they would have been shot or arrested by the U.S. Secret Service for unruly behavior. This type of thing happens to people that look like me daily.

            Native Washingtonian

          • Greg

            @Jack S, watching ABC 7 evening news, a tourist group from Idaho thought the GW students were being unruly. I saw guys climing on top of street light poles. This type of behavior by Howard Univerity students wouldn’t have been tolerated by the United States Secret Service and the Metropolitan Police Department. I am glad others that don’t look like me from middle America agree with my views on ABC 7 News.

          • Jack S

            You are speaking your truth, which is in fact just your opinion. Cling to it and feel your victimization. Nothing I could say would change your mind.

          • Anonymous

            yum. victimization is delicious.

          • Greg

            And you have your opinon Jack S. You are correct, you will not be able to change my mind. You have never walked in my shoes.

          • anoon

            Greg- You brought race into the discussion…I was merely pointing out that you must be pretty sheltered or oblivious to the world around you if unruly drunk behavior by college kids shocks you.

            You chose to play the race card, which judging by your tirade it appears you will continue to do long after this discussion ends.

    • steve

      “If these were mostly Howard University students, the U.S. Secret Service would have shot and killed them.”
      – that’s quite a stretch, my man.

      however, I agree that the celebrations were borderline sickening. chanting “USA! USA!” should only be reserved for international sports matches. some of the reaction was weird and only serves to illuminate americans as complete idiots.

      • Max

        I don’t necessarily disagree with either of you, but given the enormity of the event it seems that a little bit of leeway is in order. It’s not in the best taste ever to cheer a death, but surely we can all agree that it’s excusable for Public Enemy #1, on the night of a surprise announcement.

        And speaking as someone who did his own college-graduating much more recently – older folks shouldn’t forget that our generation has grown up in bin Laden’s shadow. We were kids during 9/11. I think the kind of relief/elation we’re feeling may be of a different order than our parents’.

        • MS

          Agreed. I remember watching the Twin Towers come down during my 9th grade geometry class and knowing that the world would never be the same. 9/11 was formative for us in the same way that the JFK assassination was for our parents, and that Pearl Harbor was for our grandparents. We will all process this in our own ways – and just as there is no “proper” way to grieve, I’m hesitant to judge the visceral reactions of a generation with few memories of a pre-9/11 world.

    • Anonymous

      Howard students probably wouldn’t have acted that way.

      • steve

        +1

        • houseintherear

          agreed!

    • Anonymous

      Agreed. There were no loud public celebrations in my neighborhood last night, and I live 8 blocks from the Capitol.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rave: Jefferson Lecture tonight
    Rave: Supper with Schwesti and pal before Jefferson Lecture
    Rant: Sleepy because I stayed up to hear the President’s address. I should have gone to bed and watched it online today.
    Rave: Had Louisiana CRAWFISH with Schwesti and family over the weekend. So delicious!

    • I had a marvelous weekend, too! It was nice meeting you and my family has officially given you the thumbs up.

      • anon

        Emmaleigh504 and Schwesti sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g!

        • Emmaleigh504

          um, I don’t want to disappoint, but I don’t sit in trees making out with my sister. Schwesti=Scwester, “sister” auf Deutsch.

          • Banksy

            Rave: Emmaleigh’s reply. Hilarious!

    • Quotia Zelda

      Rave: Jefferson Lecture!

  • Marcus Aurelius

    Rant – I truly hate the “small” buses that Metro runs. These are the orange buses with the second level in the back where the seats have almost no leg room, and the white buses with the two rows in the back that face each other. These buses offer the worst of both worlds – fewer seats AND less aisle room to stand.

    Rave – My CAPTCHA code – “LAYD” :-)

    • Anonymous

      Takin’ the short bus to work. . .

  • dynaryder

    Rave: we got the bastard.

    Rant: people who think we shouldn’t be glad. The man was a spoiled rich kid who didn’t get his way and twisted his religion to meet his world view and legitimise the killing of thousands of innocent people.

    • steve

      I hope you’re just talking about bin laden’s followers as the people who think we shouldn’t be glad. being embarrassed about frat-boy overly-patriotic drunken chanting over something so huge (and potentially dangerous for us here in dc) has NOTHING to do with whether we’re actually glad he’s dead. also, you can profile him all you want, but that fact of the matter is that he was extremely powerful and that’s not going to go away with his death.

    • steve

      “a spoiled rich kid who didn’t get his way and twisted his religion to meet his world view and legitimise the killing of thousands of innocent people.” …oh my, how history repeats itself in countless ways.

    • Anonymous

      Rave: JSOC for international criminals.

      Rant: Our lack of an effective JSOC in DC for juvenile criminal networks and their leaders.

  • houseintherear

    Rave: It’s my birthday. I’m 30 now, and it’s not so bad.
    Rant: The intense celebration centering around the death of a human being is making me sick to my stomach.

    • anonymous

      30 is awesome! life just keeps getting better… though sometimes I think it does to compensate for the growing awareness you get with age that the world is totally f’ed.

    • Emmaleigh504

      Happy Birthday! I hope today and the rest of the year is a great one for you!

    • anon

      I was 31 when 9/11 happened. So glad the bastard is dead.

      • houseintherear

        I was 20, and I’m still sick to my stomach.

        Is your point that you’re older and therefor your opinion is better or more correct? ‘Cause that argument doesn’t hold water now that I’M 30. :)

    • grumpy

      happy birthday! I had the same reaction that some Americans’ response has been borderline inappropriate, but I’ve been trying to keep in mind that it was mostly stupid (possibly drunk?) college kids outside the White House last night, and I can sort of understand how people with friends/family in the military who have made alot of sacrifices since 9/11 would be cheering at this moment – not so much that yet another person has died in this horendous conflict, but proud that what they or their loved ones have been through has achieved something important – Bin Laden will never be able to orchestrate something like 9/11 again. (not like our troubles are over, there’s still alot of Al Qaeada out there)
      rant: sinus infection came back – I’m off to the doc for more antibiotics…

    • Anonymous

      Happy Birthday! Which parts of your body are starting to creak? P.S. Time to get on the stick and reproduce.

      • houseintherear

        Haha, well my knee is a mess from running, I have pinched nerves bundles in both feet, and my back is so bad I have to get a breast reduction this summer. So, YAY 30!

        I am not destined to be a breeder… I have 714 students, and that’s quite enough children for me.

        Thanks for the bday wishes, PoPville! :)

  • Sleepy

    Rant: My job sucks and my boss is an a**hole.

    Rave:Having a job, I guess. An awesome wife.

  • ForTheShorties

    Rave: Fantastic weekend hiking with my dog in Dolly Sods. Spring is just arriving there. If you like hiking and haven’t been, make the 3+ hr drive and go!

    Rave: Wife returns tonight!

    Rant/Confusion: Feeling conflicted about the Bin Laden celebrations. I understand the feelings of relief and catharsis that were on display last night @ the WH and in NYC. To have a symbol of the 9/11 tragedy finally eliminated must bring some closure to some of the victims’ families. But I’ve always been taught never to celebrate the death of anyone, and there is much more work to do to repair our reputation and standing with many parts of the world and to extricate ourselves from those relationships which ignite the flames of hatred.

    Rave: Having friends I can openly discuss these confusions with!

    • Anonymous

      What part of Dolly Sods would make a scenic but easy/not life endangering hike? I’ve been meaning to visit with toddlers in tow. Pics I’ve seen look pretty.

      • ForTheShorties

        Dolly Sods doesn’t lend itself to easy circuit hikes, but if there’s a short hike you could do, I would recommend starting at the Bear Rocks trail trailhead, heading south on Dobbin Grade trail and then heading back to FR75 on the Beaver Dam Trail. This would be a total of 3 miles or so, and you’d get to see the unique part of Dolly Sods – upland bogs more typical of Canada.
        Good resource can be found here:
        http://www.lrh.usace.army.mil/_kd/Items/actions.cfm?action=Show&item_id=6589&destination=ShowItem

  • thomasrufus

    Rant: Monday blues–counting down to the weekend already

    Revel: I remembered to bring my lunch today.

  • yuppiehell

    Rave: They finally killed a piece of crap; I woke up this morning gotta be happy I’m alive and well.

    Rant: Hell week of school, my condo needs a serious deep cleaning, People who are sicken that some college kids were happy that monster was dead. Just because you have the genetic make up of human being doesn’t make you a human being. I guess we shuld be sad a murder is dead. Though this doesn’t change anything, maybe makes things worse. Justice has been carried out. People need to stop with this holyer than now attidude and reconginze we somebody took out the trash. I guess we should moron Hitlers death. According to the hippies.

    • anonymous

      By dehumanizing actions of a person and dismissing them as a “monster”, you fail to understand how we got to this place and how to prevent it from happening again. Your “hippie” comment makes absolutely no sense.

      • Anony

        +1

      • yuppiehell

        No your right Bin Laden is stand up guy and we should mourn his death. We all should be sad. As I mentioned before that this might make things worse as I understand that this tit for tat stuff just sparks moer violence. And I also mentioed that this one death doesn’t solve the war on terroism. So yes I think you are a tree hugging hippie. Peace in the middle east will occur when you turn that place into a giant parking lot.

        • Petworthy

          “Hell week of school”
          Hopefully you are not getting a degree in English, Political Science, or Rhetoric.

          • yuppiehell

            I save the grammar and spell check for the contracts I write that piss away the your tax dollars

        • petvet

          aaaand point missed.

          • yuppiehell

            What the point that calling Bin Laden a monster and not understanding his thought pattern behind his actions were based on US and its intenational policies. That if we continue to interfere in other areas of the world, we will continue to receive terrorist threats of violence. Was that the point? I actually think you missed my point. Because my comment was towards the tree hugging hippies who want to havee memorial for bin laden.

        • steve

          “Peace in the middle east will occur when you turn that place into a giant parking lot.”

          wow, despite my misgivings about your intelligence and the clear lack of value of getting into an internet argument with you, I’d like to say:
          you, sir, are a horrible, hateful, wildly ignorant human being. I can only hope that you live a totally isolated life and that you never procreate. that is all.

          • Principal Anderson

            +1

            …what you have just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

          • Ha! This whole Bin-Laden thing is really bringing the internet tough guys out.

  • RU12

    RAVE: Flying fish coffee opened this weekend! So happy we have an awesome neighborhood coffee shop.

    Rant: no pastries left on Sunday. Of course we’ll chalk that one up to opening weekend. Still love you guys – thanks so much for taking a chance on Mt P!

  • PG

    Rave: We finally got Bin Laden!

    Rant: Bert is still out there:

    http://politicalhumor.about.com/library/blosamabert.htm

  • jch

    Rave: Biked 50 miles on Sunday!
    Rant: Meteorologists seem to always be wrong, stupid rain!
    Rave: Beautiful weather on Saturday, so i got to do some much needed yard work.
    Rant: Tourists/pedestrians standing on the Mt. Vernon trail at Gravelly Point watching the planes land. Are you aware of your surroundings and want to get ran over by a biker/runner?

  • JTM

    Rave: Fiance and I had our offer accepted on our first house this week!

    Rant: Between getting married and closing on said house within three weeks of each other, not sure when we’ll sleep in the next month.

  • 14th St Heights

    Rave: great time at the plant sale at the Franciscan Monestary. Bought tons of plants!

    Rave: planted most of them and put down 8 bags of mulch.

    Small rant: I’m a little sore today.

  • Anonymous

    Rave: Beautiful weekend, went to the zoo and didn’t get stabbed, and satisfying news last night.
    And still no mosquitos!

  • Greg

    Why is there censorship on this blog for sharing an opinion? My comment was removed. This is why there are tensions in DC between racial groups.

    • Anonymous

      there are racial tensions because you’re spamming this site?

  • Freddy

    I wish I could win the lottery and pay off some bills.

    On the issue of the GW students, I agree, there behavior was out of control. I saw young men climbing up trees and street poles in the local news. Let’s be honest, if these were black students from Howard University caring on in this manner in front of the White House, the Secret Service would have put a stop to this behavior. Someone might have gotten shot by law enforcement. Black men are treated differently by the police due to the negative imagine provided by the white news media.

    • photodork

      yikes. lot of racists in this thread.

  • PG

    Rave: The market outside of Union Station is back. I can buy bread from Lyon Bakery on way home from work now!

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