Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

by Prince Of Petworth May 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm 59 Comments

Photo by PoPville flickr user rpmaxwell

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 week?

Photo by PoPville flickr user fromcaliw/love

  • WDC

    Rant: Witnessed some astounding bad behavior by an on-duty cop, sent in a complaint, and heard nothing back from MPD. Figures.

    • !

      Typical. What was he/she doing this time?

      • WDC

        Talking on a handheld cell phone, while driving, while another driver did the most dangerous and blatantly illegal thing you can do in normal traffic not 15 feet in front of him, then ignoring said crazy-dangerous-illegal maneuver in order to cruise merrily on his chatty way. I sent all the identifying info, time, location, etc. Bupkis.

        • Anonymous

          Just because you don’t hear back, doesn’t mean it wasn’t addressed. Follow up with the watch cammander.

        • ess

          I don’t know if you made a formal complaint to the Office of Police Complaints, but you might want to. If you don’t get a response from them, other people to contact are the District Commander for the area, Chief Lanier, your councilmember, and Phil Mendelson (who chairs the Public Safety committee)

  • WDC

    Rave: Something is happening to the burned-out house near 14th and Oak. (Burned down in December 2009.) They’ve demolished the little bit that was left standing, and are doing jack-hammery things around what used to be the basement.

    Would love to hear any scuttlebutt. Is a new ground-up house planned?

    • mv

      Rave: the phrase “jack-hammery things” made me laugh :)
      Rave: going camping this weekend!
      Rant: rain.
      Rant: biking vs driving vs walking. this argument will never end, will it?
      Rave: PoP makes me happy, even though I don’t live in DC anymore!

  • PG

    Rant: Work blocked The Onion

    Rave: Girlfriend got me (among other things) good cigars and a humidor for my birthday!

    • photodork

      Did this happen today?

      Rant: Me too.

      • PG

        Yeah. They used to not block The Onion but they did blockl the AV Clu. Now I can get The AV Club but the Onion is forbidden.

  • Rave- The hubby has an interview today that could change the course of our lives.

    • Anonymous

      Rant: hate the term “hubby”

      • MAR

        Me too!

  • Amy

    Rave: Metro bus driver. Route 64 going north, 5/18, around 5:45 p.m. I got on the bus with an older woman who had several bags. After scowling at two tourists asking the driver for directions, she then barked at the driver to lower the bus for her. He did. She got on, without paying, dumped her bags on two seats then sat across from them, taking up a total of three seats. She finally paid two stops later. Got the bags and put them next to her, still taking three seats. At the next stop, asked the driver to open the back door, and when he did, threw trash out onto the street. After that, she proceeded to slowly enjoy a piece of bread, delicately wrapped in a napkin. The driver politely asked her to stop eating. She didn’t respond, kept eating. He asked again, a bit more forcefully, and advised her it was against the law. She again barked at him, saying, “Just do your driving.” She finished that piece of bread and then ate two more, again wrapped in a napkin. Obviously, she’s extremely concerned about her hands getting messy from bread but not at all concerned about the public bus or public sidewalk which are perfectly appropriate placed for depositing her trash and crumbs.

    When I got off the bus, I thanked the driver for trying to enforce the rules. He said no problem and told me he was on the lookout for the polcie. Hope he found them. As a rider it’s so nice to see a driver not only taking his role seriously, but remaining polite in the face of rudeness. I commend him. His last name is Fish. If you see him on the 64 route, smile.

    Rant: arrogant, selfish, trashy lady who ate her processed crappy wheat bread on the 64. I hope she got a ton of shit from some rude DC cops.

    • houseintherear

      It always kills me how no one on the bus, or nearby in these types of situations, SAYS ANYTHING to people like that. No wonder she does what she does when nobody seems to care!

      • Amy

        Yeah, I thought about confronting her, especially after she threw the trash out the door. Totally ridiculous behavior. I mulled over in my head what I could say that would get the point across in a constructive way. Then I thought, why not just call her a dirty old bitch when my stop came. A lost opportunity … I wonder if either approach would have made any impact on her?

        On the topic of bus/train food/drink consumption: the fact that one can’t do this here is fantastic. The T in Boston is filthy and infested with rodents/insects because you eat/drink with abandon.

    • !

      Wait a minute, you can’t eat on buses? For some reason I always assumed you could (not that I’ve ever had a desire to eat on the bus, but I do sometimes sip coffee from a travel mug).

      • TaylorStreetMan

        no eating, drinking, or playing loud music (ie, without headphones). All are customarily ignored.

        I’m glad the driver at least tried to enforce the rules. I would have liked to see him put her off the bus. Or better yet, stop the bus and make her pick up her trash.

        Of course, they have a schedule to keep, so it makes that kind of thing tough to pull off. Good luck finding a cop who gives a ____. (See the first comment on this thread).

      • saf

        No, you can’t. Just like on the train – and there a signs stating this on every bus.

      • GDopplerXT

        Just because it bears repeating: it is against the rules to eat or drink on Metrobuses. Please take the time to read the signs that are posted throughout the buses and trains that indicate this.

        Especially you morning coffee drinkers, please get your coffee after you get off the bus, not before you get on. (I’m pretty sure there’s a Starbucks at both end of your route.)

  • DrewPal

    Whats fun this weekend?
    The world is ending.
    vitaminwater uncapped seems fun.

  • StubsDC

    Rave: It’s my birthday tomorrow!

    Rant: Apparently the world is ending, so it doesn’t matter. Guess I should eat cake today, just in case.

  • victoria

    Rant – Too much salad in the garden.

    Rave – Just realized there is a third layer in a packet of Milanos!

  • MSF

    Rave: I got a new job! Switching from publishing to the tech industry and it comes with a pay bump.

    Rave: I don’t have to commute via 2 trains and a bus all the way out to Lanham anymore! Where’s Lanham you say? Exactly.

    Rant: I now have to commute via 2 trains and a bus to McLean.

    I may not always have access to an easy commute, but when I switch out of a job I’m unhappy at, I don’t care as much. Stay thirsty friends.

    • StubsDC

      Congrats. And, speaking of, does anyone else in PoPville work out in Annapolis. I was thinking I’d like to share a ride a couple days a week.

      • houseintherear

        The commuter bus from Riva Rd. park’n’ride to Union Station is awesome and super cheap.

    • Lemon Meringue

      The nice thing about Lanham is that no one is really commuting out that way, so the traffic is light.

      • MSF

        Well, I usually can get a seat on the orange line. On the other hand, the F13 is often busy in the morning and full of interesting people.

  • anon

    Rant/lament: I was hoping the poster depicted in photo #1 was an anti-lottery poster… but it turns out to be an ad from the D.C. Lottery.

    I was never a fan of the lottery, given how it functions as a “poor man’s tax.” I like it even less now that I see discarded lottery tickets in my new neighborhood (Park View) along with other litter.

  • Anonymous

    Revel: One of this week’s comments — “bringing command structure accountability into the equation”

    Rant: I have to spend $100,000 by the end of June and just can’t seem to find a way to get it spent! Come on folks — free money here, free money! jeeze.

  • Wish I Could Walk

    Rant – Rush hour is unfortunately something you have to deal with if you have to drive to work…and unfortunately, I have to drive. I can over look cars cutting me off and people walking through crosswalks perhaps when they shouldn’t… but what really annoys the absolute sh*t out of me is when people on motorcylces or mopeds decide to creat their own lane and pass all of those patiently (sometimes fuming)waiting. It is a licesnced vehicle. GET IN LINE LIKE EVERYONE ELSE!!!!
    **Note, almost everyone morning, 830 am on Florida Ave there is a serious jerk with a Member’s Only Jacket who rides a Honda with a lady friend on the back who has an Obama sticker on her helmet who take a left at Noras Restaurant and head towards Mass Ave. Has anyone seen this couple?

    • Anonymous

      Lane splitting is actually not technically illegal in DC. (Source: http://www.lewisandtompkins.com/library/motorcycle-laws-for-washington-dc-district-of-columbia-helmet-laws.cfm)

      Rather than fume at those who are clever enough to switch to two wheels, why not join them? If being able to lane split isn’t a big enough incentive, you might be interested to know that motorcycles and scooters get anywhere between 50-140 MPG depending on engine size.

      • Wish I Could Walk

        I actually do want a motocycle but it’s not practical with work.
        I stand corrected on the letter of the law. Although, interesting that it is not legal in most states.

      • El Gringo


        As a courtesy, (and matter of self-preservation) I don’t move up the line on my M/C while traffic is moving.

        But damn, if traffic is gridlocked at 14th & whatever street b/c some jackass absolutely had to block the box for his/her left turn???

        I am SOOO gonna weave through that jammed-up clstrfk.

        Plus, cutting in line is only rude b/c it makes other people’s wait longer. At least in my case no one has EVER “got caught at the light” b/c they were waiting on me to move my ass. I’m halfway down the block by the time the first car crosses the intersection…

        • Anonymous

          Exactly. Motorcycles are simply so much faster than your average car that they rarely actually cause delays for others. Even if they’re turning left, there’s usually plenty of space to slip past them, unlike a car which would block off the whole lane.

          Another thing to remember is that to stay safe, most motorcyclists wear armored jackets which become very hot in the summer when the bike’s at a standstill. Furthermore, being caught amongst a dozen exhausts can quickly become a nightmare where the only escape is the gap between the rows of cars up to an intersection.

  • anon

    Rave: Headline on the cover of today’s New York Post – “Frog Legs It!”

  • Said

    Rant: Managed to lose my wallet somewhere between U St. and Adams Morgan earlier this week.

    Rave: Lisa & David; the couple who found my wallet that same night and actually delivered it back to my door step with all my cash, cards and ID in it. I would have met them anywhere to retrieve it but no, they said they lived near were truly that kind and decent. THANKS SO MUCH LISA & DAVID!

    • MP

      Love it! Hope good karma follows David and Lisa.

    • yo yo yo

      That makes my day. Nice to know that not everyone in DC is a crook.

  • Rave–Ernie the Flying Dog Adventure #3

    Rant–The Rapture is tomorrow and I still have 300 things on my bucket list to accomplish…guess I won’t. :)

  • Jack5

    Rant: Those Lottery Intervention commercials are horribly annoying, Playing the lottery in DC does nothing but falsely get your hopes up. “Winners” always live in the middle states. They should stop trying to act like playing the lottery will cheer you up. Especially after you pay the taxes on winnings. Bah!

  • Prince of Pet Worms

    Rave: My coworker suggested I start a worm farm for my compost, and I did! I love it!

    Rant: It’s hard to name 1,000 worms. I don’t mean to be prejudiced, but they all look the same to me.

    • houseintherear

      Hehe. :)

    • MSF

      There is so much win happening here.

  • Da Don Diva

    rant: Still hurt of the breakup with my ex.

    rant: I will never love again.

    rant: I wish I were dead.

    • anonnette

      Sorry to hear this! I know it sounds like corny advice but do your best to try and laugh. I seek out comedians like Patton Oswalt, David Cross, Dave Berry when I’m really depressed, which happens more often than I’d like. Their albums are easy to access on Rhapsody, iTunes and the like. It helps to laugh even if you don’t find anything in your life to be very funny right now. I promise, it will relieve the pain for an hour or two. Peace and you will get through it!

    • Veronika

      you’ll meeet someone infinitely better and then wonder, “was i really heartbroken over that loser?” you will love again. and again. and again. cheers to you

    • Da Don Diva

      Thank you for your kind words.

  • That Ain’t Dog Pee

    Rave: Finally got brave enough to use the Pole Dancing Class Groupon I purchased over 11 months ago.

    Rant: I neither felt nor looked sexy while doing it. Awkward and geeky, definitely. Next time I’ll take a few tequila shots before class.

  • rant: haven’t seen my co-worker in hours, wondering if he was raptured…

    rave: he left his ipad on his desk, if he was raptured I claim it!

    • ork

      Yeah, it’s gotten awfully quiet around my office, too. Wondering if a botched rapture process would result in zombies…

  • Laurie

    Spread the word to your neighbors, especially those who have pets but may not be online:

    Ward 4 Animal Health Fair – Saturday, May 21 @ Upshur Dog Park

    Join the DC Department of Health and the Friends of 16th St Heights Parks for an Animal Health Fair!

    – Free vaccinations
    – DC dog and dog park licenses
    – Microchipping
    – Learn about DC’s animal laws and emergency preparedess
    – Ask the veterinarian
    – Learn about the Friends group and join the Upshur Dog Park community
    – Free dog treats!

    Saturday, May 21
    9:00 am – 12 noon
    Upshur Dog Park
    4300 Arkansas Avenue, NW

    The cost of a dog license is $15 for a spayed or neutered dog and $50 for an unspayed or unneutered dog. Pay with checks or money orders payable to “DC Treasurer.” NO CASH ACCEPTED.

    If your pet has been vaccinated before, please bring the vaccination records.

    Cats and dogs must be at least 3 months old to receive a rabies vaccination.

    All pets must be brought by a responsible adult. Dogs must be secured on a leash and cats must be secured in a carrier box.

    District law requires that all cats and dogs over 4 months old be vaccinated against rabies and that all dogs be licensed and wear the license tag.

  • MC

    Rave: Made delicious red velvet cupcakes!
    Rant: Used red dye #40…

  • Brookland

    Rant: I quit smoking this week.
    Rave: I quit smoking this week!

    • MichelleRD

      Congratulations! From my first-hand experience, it’s tough stuff but the reward is huge.

  • Allison

    Rant: Watched a bunch of stupid kids on the metro eat a box of Jolly Rancher Chews candy, throw the box on the floor of the car, stomp on it, and get off the train. I picked it up on my way off the train and threw it away. If there weren’t 5 of them and I wasn’t convinced they would beat the living crap out of me I would have said something… I never say anything for fear of my safety but always fume about it for too long afterward.

    Rave: It’s my first anniversary with my husband on Monday!! And he’s cooking dinner!

  • victoria

    BABY DUCKLINGS!! Just hatched in Meridian Hill Park – swimming in the bottom fountain. Go See!!

  • Analnymous

    “OOhhh.. I bet he is huge!”


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