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Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

by Prince Of Petworth June 18, 2012 at 10:00 am 133 Comments

Photo by PoPville flickr user McGhee Street Photography

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. But please no personal attacks and no need to correct people’s grammar. This is a place to vent and/or rejoice about daily life in DC.

  • ew

    Rant: Rush “Plus” on the blue line. My commute this morning was awful…I’m really not looking forward to the incredibly packed trains and long wait time every morning from here on out. Thanks for thinking that one through, Metro.

    Rave: Unexpected follow up from a job lead from about 6 weeks ago. Should have an interview this week. It is also in international development, but a different angle, and working with a region that is not my interest/specialty. It still could have major potential!

    Rant: Monday.

    • Green

      My commute on the Green was fantastic, normally I am: standing with tons of others, today Ihad an entire seat, facing forward all to myself. I hope it is this way everyday of the week!

    • MaryKate

      Question on Rush Plus — why is the evening rush hour service set from 3:30 to 6:00 pm? Why not 4:30 to 7:00 pm, which seems like it would cover many, many more commuters on their ride home. Who is riding home at 3:30 pm? Perhaps I just don’t understand metro traffic patterns, but it seems like they missed the mark on this.

      • anonymous

        Government workers who begin their day at 6 am are usually finishing up their workday by 3:30 pm. They have somewhat peculiar hours in relation to their private sector peers, but I think many of them do this to beat the morning rush and “5:30pm and after” rush.

      • Anonymous

        “Who is riding home at 3:30 pm?”

        I work with military people and most of them leave between 3 and 3:30 (they get in really early). But most of them commute by car. I usually leave around 3:30 as well, but I only live a mile away so I just walk.

        When I was taking 4:30 classes out in Fairfax I would head out at 3pm and 395 would already be getting congested. So a significant number of people do leave work at that time. I agree that rush hour should be extended to 7pm, however.

      • Anonymous

        Metro probably says rush hour starts at 3:30 so they can justify charging more.

      • MaryKate

        I thought there may be a large number of public sector workers who’s work day ends around 3:30, but didn’t really know. However, I greatly question whether the number of workers who travel on metro from 3:30-4:30 pm is greater than the number that travel from 6:00-7:00 pm. Thanks for the responses.

  • J

    Question: Does anyone know what was going on around 13th and Columbia last night around 11:30? Traffic was backed up and I saw cops and am ambulance, but I don’t see anything in the news.

    • Anonymous

      UFO crash – similar to Roswell.

  • Anonymous

    Of possible interest to Petworthians: Gilt has a deal for Chez Billy

    • Thanks for posting. Wife and I are going Friday at 8pm. Super excited to try this place!

      • Boyfriend and I are going Friday at 8pm as well!

  • Anonymous

    Rave: The horizontal polka.
    Rant: Looking at an ad on the side of the screen for a 362 sq ft condo for $235,000. I thought I had gotten used to prices here, but I guess not.
    Rave: Life. My life is super transitional right now but for some reason today I just feel at peace. Perhaps because of Rave #1.

    • Anonymous

      Horizontal polka? Really?

  • Anonymous

    Rave: Leaving for a four-day weekend in Fire Island, NY this Friday!

    Rant: Oppressive heat and humidity to ruturn – might hit 100 on Wed/Thurs.

  • dr dr

    Rant: I planted some flowers and shrubs, but my neighbor’s dog has pretty much killed them by urinating on them frequently. I’ve asked nicely for my neighbor to curb her dog, but she swears dog urine is good for plants, and ignores me. What a bitch.

    • It may not be beneficial, but it doesn’t hurt them. My dog pees on my plants and shrubs a couple of times a day and they are fine. Your problem could be watering – or if you planted the shrubs correctly, or if you got good plants in the first place.

      • C3PO

        It is beneficial in small quantities, but if the dog makes it a regular pee spot, then it will kill the vegetation.

        • Anonymous

          Again, what is your source?

      • Anonymous


      • it depends on the dog and the frequency of the peeing. some dogs have more concentrated pee than other dogs. the more concentrated it is, the worse it is for your plants. a little pee on occasion shouldn’t hurt, but frequent application will kill a plant fast. when our dog goes in our yard, we hose the spot down afterwards. So far, he hasn’t killed any of the grass.

        • dr d

          oh, pee willy tinkles on my shrubs pretty much every day, and the side it sprays is already dead. yes, urea in diluted quantaties is actually beneficial, but concentrated as it is in dog urine, and your plants and shrubs will be toast in no time.

          i spent a few hundred on these shrubs at the garden center, and i’ve drug the hose out to water them pretty much every other day like clock work. yes, they’re planted correctly, but it being their first year, they need extra attention and aren’t exactly ‘established’.

          i’ve tried explaining this to her politely, and i’ve asked nicely several times if she would walk her dog elsewhere as i didn’t appreciate what the dog was doing to the shrubs. and this morning, when it happened again, as i heading out for a coffee, i asked her again. i got a an “eff you” and a line about how if i wanted to live in a nice neighborhood where people had shrubs and lawns i should move further into northwest with the rest of the gays. and she muttered something else that sounded like “effing faggot.”

          nice lady, ain’t she?

          • MP

            Can you erect a temporary fence (hardware cloth, poultry netting) around the shrubs? I know dogs can pee on fences too – but the change might encourage the dog to take his business elsewhere.

            Or how about soaking some cotton balls in something with a strong smell like ammonia or pine sol and placing them around the plant (in a saucer or something so the ammonia doesn’t get into the ground).

          • Ouch – so – as often is the case – lots more levels of difficulty here. You might tell her (with a note also sent to other neighbors – and perhaps little yellow flags in you yard) that you have seen a rat problem in your yard and have had exterminators put out rat poison and suggest that dogs and cats are kept away. Not even really all that big a lie since rats are actually everywhere!

          • Good lord. I am really sorry you had to start your morning that way. +1 on temporary fencing. concertina wire? maybe plant cacti/yucca/really thorny roses?

    • Anonymous

      People urine is good for rude neighbors’ front doors. I swear!

  • imonaboat

    rave: amazing fun at my bachelorette party this weekend.
    rant: not enough hours in the day.

  • RAVE: Hiked on Billy Goat and dipped my toe(s) in the Potomac ;-P
    RANT: Was so tired on Saturday night that I missed Justin Martin at U Street. Damn it sleep!!!

  • Randall Stevens

    Rant: Is it me or has there been a dramatic increase in people bringing coffees/drinks on the metro in the morning? (Or is it just the influx of summer tourists?) Don’t get me wrong, I am not some angry local arbitrarily enforcing area customs, but the metro is not exactly a smooth ride and I usually prefer to arrive at work without coffee spilled down my brooks brothers shirt. Also, it is against the rules, no? Where is the enforcement?

    Rave: I have a TON of brooks brothers shirts.

    • I’m with you on this rant… I promise there is a Starbucks near your work. Get your coffee fix there, and don’t subject others to your desire to break the rules. I don’t want coffee on me, and Starbucks’ lids have an inherent leaky design.

      • actually not everyone does have a starbucks. I work across from the College Park metro and we are in no man’s land (when I forget my lunch I am f’ed). But I carry one an ice tea with a lid and always make sure if it spills, it will be on me and I don’t drink it until I am off. Unlike the person chowing down on an apple beside me squirting juice everywhere…

    • MtP Gal

      Totally agree. And, as a pregnant chick, neither the coffee cup carrying tourist this morning nor the doritoes eating lady the other day will ever realize how close their metro infraction brought them to being covered in my vomit. Too gross? Sorry, guys.

    • TG

      Enforcement probably waned when they arrested that girl for eating a french fry and the judge let them have it over the issue. Plus, they are probably busy with their unlawful searches of bags, which they admit has not resulted in any arrests.

    • I bring coffee, but it’s in a personal thermos w/ a lid, that I don’t open.

  • Meg

    Rave: Philadelphia and New York over the weekend. Weather was perfect, and did everything we wanted to do.

    Rant: DC drivers are worse that New Yorkers, but New York has terrible pedestrians. Brazen and stupid.

    • PG

      After two recent road trips to New Jersey, I’m convinced that New Jersey drivers are the worst on the east coast, maybe even the worst in the country!

      • As a New Jersey native, I’m convinced that Maryland drivers are the absolute worst drivers known to any DMV, followed by drivers from Pennsylvania.

        • Anonymous

          I totally agree with you on MD drivers. They tend to drive in the bike lanes and drive like taxi drivers. VA drivers are bad too, they’re slow and are always lost

        • Anonymous

          I’ve lived in and/or spent significant amounts of time in DC, NJ, PA, and NY. NJ and NY drivers are aggressive, but not stupid. DMV drivers are stupid and are in la-la land all the time. PA (mainly Philly) drivers are, in my opinion, the worst because they are ballsy but also idiotic. I will avoid driving in and around Philly unless I absolutely have to.

      • Anonymous

        Are you refering to actual New Jersey drivers, or drivers you encounter on the Turnpike (which could be from anywhere)? I ask because I grew up in New Jersey but was absolutely terrified of the drivers here when I first moved to the area. I still haven’t gotten used to some of the local customs like racing through a yellow light or making u-turns wherever you feel the need.

        • PG

          I mean actual New Jersy drivers, in the towns I was visiting. It doesn’t help that the roads are so messed up there.

          • Meg

            Is there a real benefit to jug handles?

          • Anonymous

            Huh, I wonder what part of NJ you were in. I don’t think the roads are particularly bad, especially compared to some of the ones here. I’m sure I must sound overly defensive of my home state, but I honestly have no idea where the criticism of NJ drivers and roadways comes from. Much like the mythical “Jersey accent” I don’t think it has much basis in reality.

          • PG

            Anonymous, I was in Fanwood and Summit. I’ve also been to Cherry Hill many times, and the drivers and roads seem much better there. Maybe it’s just Northern NJ that’s so messed up.

          • Anonymous

            PG: Maybe you’re right. I grew up near Cherry Hill and went to college in central Jersey but admittedly haven’t spent much time up north.

  • Moon

    Is it only me that think the developers are over building in DC. Everytime you turn around another lux apartment building? What gives?

    • Short answer: The market doesn’t support new condos right now and the city is experiencing an influx of population and those people want to live in really nice places. Although, it does suck building places that I can’t even afford…

      DC has plenty of capacity for growth. The heeght limits will ensure that it never gets truly overbuilt.

      • Anonymous

        The height restriction may end and good riddance if so. This is not Paris, and we need the residential units.

        • Identified

          This is Washington DC, and the height limits are just fine.

          We have plenty of space still to build on, we don’t need huge buildings blocking out the view of the Washington monument from our more distant neighborhoods. ymmv

        • I like the height limits. I enjoy living centrally and don’t want this turning in Manhattan. There are plenty of options to live reasonably close if you want cheaper property or rent.

        • Anon

          The height limit might be tweaked slightly, in the further reaches of the District, but it will not go away for a long long time – probably never. It’s a reality that has to be dealt with.

    • Elle

      It costs a lot of money to develop new properties in DC, and so developers put in “luxury” units hoping to secure rents/sales that pay for the investment.

      Not to mention, this is still a tight market, as prices demonstrate, so the demand for units (luxury or not) does exist. It would be better if the supply was coming in at more price points, but alas… until we fix and streamline the many regulations (codified and not), get rid of the height limit, perhaps provide additional public incentives to create affodable housing, etc, c’est la vie.

    • Agreed. I’d personally like to see a return of the DC Housing Lottery before any serious discussion of the height restrictions being lifted. There are still quite a number of abandoned properties near my ‘hood that I’d love to see a moderate income family get a chance to rehabilitate, rather than some overpriced developer.

    • Marcus Aurelius

      Some predict a glut is looming, which may bring down or at least stabilize pricing.

  • mc

    RAVE: Loving all of these new, amazing restaurants so close to home. I absolutely recommend Kokeb (the new Ethiopian place) and Salt and Pepper on Georgia Ave. Great food, great owners, and great service. Yum.

    Rave: Couldn’t ask for better weather this weekend.

  • Rant:Can i go to a franchise establishment and just for once NOT have someone screw up my order?

    Rant: Cost of living impacting every paycheck, they’re spent before they come in, DC is trying hard to encourage me to get rid of my car but I’ll move before I’m forced to ride metro, That’s why I never liked living in NY, because it’s too expensive and too much of a hassle to afford a car there. Freedom is life.

    Rave: I took the week of July 4th off. Hopefully I’ll get some sleep then. Oh wait, they’re selling fireworks on my block… s*it! >:[

  • Rave: Rush+ works for me. I was able to commute to work without changing trains. Yellow line FTW.

    Rave: Rant free morning!

  • DC Native

    Rant: Babies and Dogs… not in general, just don’t like seeing them at bars. Babies make my beer taste weird and I don’t like animal hair flying around near my drinks or food.

    Rave: Great weather this weekend made for a great time outside enjoying the city.

    • Thursday

      +230943445. Seriously folks, leave your children and pets at home if you’re going to a bar. There’s no reason they need to be there.

    • I think I’m in love with you.

    • Anonymous

      Were you at The Pug?

    • TG

      Ha ha. Your post made me laugh, especially babies making your beer taste weird. I have kids and don’t bring them to the bar, although they have been to the liquor store many times.

      • An

        The liquor store my parents frequented had a basket of lollipops and would hand them out to the kids “shopping” with their parents. That was the one shopping trip where we always jumped at the chance to go along.

      • tg

        Actually, one on Connecticut avenue has a big cigar box full of lollipops.

    • Anonymous

      Oh be careful…you don’t to get the stroller brigade all worked up. You know, the ones that defended the kid’s mocktail trend.

      You had kids – grow up and stay home, out of the bars, and take care of them. And if you do come out, splurge for a babysitter like all of our parents did!!!

  • maria

    Rave: Did an awesome but very challenging hike this weekend in GW National Forest. Camp site was amazing, and we had great dinner with wine. And did not see any bears.

    Rant: legs and shoulders are hurting.

  • Rant: We took a little too long to put in our first offer (i.e., a day?) and now the house we really like is under contract.

    I know the real estate trolls on here will say “you can never wait to put an offer in! Don’t even think, just do! Don’t you understand the real estate market here?! RAWR RAWR RAWR” Yes, I get that properties move fast in the area. This was the very first offer we’d ever considered, or even had the opportunity, to put an offer in, since we just signed a buyer agent agreement Saturday afternoon. Yes, we wanted A DAY to think about it. Harumph.

    Rave: Maybe the first offer could fall through? If so, we’re next on the list to put an offer in!

    Eventual Rave: Thinking about potential projects/renovations/upgrades was fun. I’m excited to be a DIY-er and make a house our own. And with a house comes a yard–with a yard comes the dog adoption we’ve been dreaming about for months! :-)

    • Anonymous

      I know from experience how frustrating that can be! It’s hard not to get attached to a house when you’re trying to envision yourselves living in it.

      If it’s any consolation, nearly everyone who’s been in this situation– and most homeowners in DC did have this happen to them– later felt it was a blessing in disguise because the house they eventually got was better in some way.

      • TG

        I agree completely. Plus, if it was your first offer, it may be good for you to have some time to educate yourself a bit more on the market, pricing etc. Just because things sell fast does not mean people are making good decisions. In fact, I bet there is a lot of buyer’s remorse out there.

    • You will be ready on the second one. My wife and I did get our first home we put an offer on, and I do semi-regret it at times. Wish I was closer to Petworth Metro, as opposed to the 1.1ish miles away that I am. However, love my street, my neighbors etc, just wish we were a few blocks closer.

    • The first time we put in an offer, we were outbid, which caused much stress and regret. Then, we found an even better house, which we bought, and have always thanked god we didn’t get that first one.

    • My house was bid #7 (I bought in ’02, at a high point of nuttiness when everything was essentially an auction with multiple bids) – and I love it. Whatever you do, don’t feel under such pressure that you bid more than you think you should or bid on a house you don’t really want. There WILL be another one.

  • Anonymous

    rave: pregnant.
    rant: freaking out that something will go wrong.

    IVFer, any updates?

    • Anonymous

      I think you mean me…I have referred to myself as “IVFer” in previous raves/rants.
      rave: three good ultrasounds and just hit the 10 week mark yesterday (Happy fathers day)
      Rave 2: I have graduated from from the fertility dr and have my first regular OB prenatal apt tomorrow!
      rantish-holy cow the worry never stops. Will start prenatal testing tomorrow and hoping for good outcomes.
      and congrats on your pregnancy! the anxiety doesn’t end, you just find new things to focus it on each week. Good luck to you.

      • Anonymous

        yay! I’m so glad to hear things are going well!!! :)

        ugh, I am just trying to take it one step at a time but it’s really difficult after a previous m/c. all the joy has been sucked out of this. first sonogram next week so it will either be the best or worst day of my life. yipes.

        I’m sure you’ll come through all the testing just fine. good luck!

        • Anonymous

          hmm, sonogram, ultrasound, is there a difference?

          • Isn’t “ultrasound” the technique and “sonogram” the image?

        • MtP Gal

          Totally understand, I’m just starting week 15. Thinking good thoughts for you both!

    • TG

      Good luck to you (all of you that responded actually). I just celebrated my 5th father’s day as a Dad and it is awesome. Now we have two and they are so much fun. Of course, I have not slept since 2007 but so be it.

  • Rave: Vacation starts tomorrow!

    Rant: Because of a stupid meeting at work, vacation can’t start today.

    Rave: This is going to be the summer of cousins. I can’t wait to see them!

    Rave: Father’s Day phone call with my Grandpa. He’s 89 and super awesome.

  • anon

    rant: not have the courage/balls/confidence to do what i think is the right thing.

    • op anon

      clarification: the right thing for my personal life…not like i’m having some sort of struggle with morality.

      • Atomic

        Well, I did the right thing over the weekend and we may not be talking about the same thing. I said the words that have been in my heart and mind for a long time, and they were understandably, received with anger and fear. I pride myself on not being ruled by emotions and yet, I’ve never cried that much in my life. Now my days are going from being on top of the world in one minute, to the deepest of the ocean the next. I am confused, feeling guilty, anxious and afraid, and hating myself for hurting the other.

  • Anon3

    Rant: I came on to b!tch about something related to Monday, which I can’t even remember after having just seen the post about Ms. Lim. I’m so sad for her, her loved ones, and the community. I’m so angry and pissed that disgusting filth who would commit such a heinous crime roams these streets.

    RIP, Ms. Lim, and may the twinkle of your eye brightly shine through in your beloved grandbaby.

  • A Lady

    Lament, more than rant: Finding it very difficult to make new friends here, as my old friends trickle out of the city. Lots of friendly folks at various places and events, but I can’t seem to turn them into people to hang out with. : \

    Rave: It was a beautiful weekend, and very fun — even if it was a bit lonely. Short work week and a couple of big events coming up, and I’m about to finish a big project.

    • Anonymous

      time for a summer PoP happy hour?

    • Agreed!

  • Rant: I hate rush+
    Rave: Had the most amazing time at my best friend’s wedding over the weekend. My speech made the bride cry and I drank a metric ton of Jim Beam = SUCCESS!

  • Anonymous

    If you want your cost of living to decrease by a significant amount you’ll need to move further out than that. A two-hour round trip by car (assuming one commutes during rush hour) might get you as far out as Alexandria, which can be pricier than DC depending on which part of it you’re in.

  • Anonymous

    Rave: I have decided I want to start commuting to work via bicycle. I have used Capitol Bikeshare several times but it is a real pain when stations are full and the next closest station is several blocks away. So, I want to get my own bike!

    Rant: I found a 2013 Trek 7.4 that I really like over the weekend for $700. Is that an okay price for a “first” bike? Should I be spending much less than this? I want the bike to commute to work (about 4 miles to both jobs) and for fitness (extended rides on the weekend). Pointers? Thoughts? Am I crazy?

    • Anonymous

      I think you’re spending too much. When your bike gets stolen you’ll be really upset! My bike is a piece of junk and worth absolutely nothing but it’s perfect for commuting. With any new activity that involves buying equipment (whether it’s biking, photography, or whatever) I think it’s best to start small and perhaps trade up if you get more serious.

      • Anonymous

        I bought my bike at pawn shop on U street for $90. PP is right, don’t buy something that is gonna break your heart when it gets stolen. Also, since bike commuting seems to still be relatively new for you, I would start with something cheap to see how much you will bike to work before investing in something nicer.

    • Denizen of Tenallytown

      Too much. Buy a used beater bike under $200 for commuting. It’s just not worth constantly wondering if your bike is safe or stolen.

    • seveneye

      If you really think you’ll get into weekend riding, then no, $700 is not too much. But if it is just for commuting, then yes it’s too much. Commuter bikes get beaten up by potholes, going into and out of buildings (door dings), and from locks and racks scratching them. You may want to go for a dirt cheap commuting bike and a nicer road bike down the road if you want to test the waters on the whole biking thing.

      Whatever you decide, make sure the bike is the right fit for you. Most people don’t realize that bikes come in different sizes.

      • Anonymous

        Yes, they fit me for one. The bike I decided I liked wasnt even in my size and they wouldn’t even let me ride it because I wouldn’t get the correct impression of it. My boyfriend is a sponsored mountain biker but knows nothing about commuter type set ups so that’s why I thought I’d seek some opinions here. I would be able to bring my bikes into both of my office and wouldn’t have to worry too much about them while I was working. I’ve already done some research on those New York Fahgettaboudit locks and those seem to be the way to go.

        Sounding like I’m aiming too high..might do some Craigslist searching but then it’s like buying a used car and you don’t really know how it has been taken care of. The new bike would come with a years worth of complimentary maintenance.

        • maria

          I recommend the guys by Courthouse metro on saturdays or Gtown market on sundays. I got my beater bike there for $200 and i’m still loving it 2 years later.

          And i agree with other posters, maybe you can get a fancy pants sporty bike for weekend long rides, and more of a hybrid/upright for city.

        • seveneye

          Sounds like you are set up to have a nice bike and commute on it too then. FWIW, I spent about the same on my first good bike 7 years ago and have not regretted it despite the aforementioned dings. Good craigs list bikes are very hard to come by in my opinion because they are not always as advertised (or don’t have any measurements in the ad).

    • It really depends if you have a safe place to store it at work and at home. If you do, then I don’t necessarily think it’s too much, especially if your bike is your primary means of transportation and you use it a lot. I want a bike that is comfortable and handles well. It’s really about how it feels when you ride it. If that bike costs $700, and you like it, then it’s not too much. I’ve had four bikes stolen over the course of 20 years, which the people at City Bikes says is about average for a regular biker. Just make sure you have renters/homeowners insurance.

    • I agree about not spending a fortune when you’re just starting out, but at the same time, you want a bike that is going to be comfortable and that you’ll enjoy riding or else you’ll probably never get into it.

      I started bike commuting and some weekend rides about four years ago and I bought a new Trek hybrid bike for a bit less than the one you found. Overall, I’ve been very happy with the purchase, but now that I’ve been riding for a few years I’m thinking about trading in for something else. The only thing I’ll recommend if you’ll be commuting on DC streets is not getting something with a super skinny tire. The streets around here are in terrible shape and you want something that will hold up to that.

      • anonymous

        I second the advice on not using a skinny tire (a road bike tire). I use a hybrid for commuting, and love it! A mountain bike tire would be way too heavy, but I don’t have to worry about messing up my tires with a pure road bike either. Also, if you’re serious about commuting, I highly recommend getting a rack installed on it and adding a pair of panniers. Those things have changed my life. I can haul groceries and other assorted goods- much better than my life before the bike. :-)

        • Agreed. A rack is a must. I went with metal baskets that fold up on the sides of the rack rather than paniers, but that was mostly because the paniers were fairly expensive. In terms of accessories, lights are also a must if you think you’ll ever ride at dusk/dark.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for all of the helpful advice!

  • JF

    RANT: When parents let their kids run down the sidewalk at full speed and dont care if a car may jet out of an alley and hit them. They should be fined for child endangerment.

    RAVE: Going to Santigold concert at 9:30 tonight and can not wait!

    • If they’re running across alleys, that’s a real problem. My son loves to run, but we’ve drilled into him to stop at all driveways, alleys, and corners.

      • JF

        I see it almost weekly and our neighbors in the building next to us let their kids play on the sidewalk in front of the alley that leads to our parking lot and residents speed through all the time. One day a kid is going to be killed or severely injured.

    • Anonymous

      You do know that it’s your responsibility as a driver to stop before crossing a sidewalk right? It’s the law.

  • Monday. Feeling sluggish. Hoping my week of migraine-iness is finally over.

    Rave: getting our rain garden installed this week!

  • Rave: had a great father’s day. The boy slept in until almost 9:00, we had a relaxing game of chess in the morning, went kayaking in the afternoon, and ended it all with amazing grilled steaks and a nice bottle of wine (for the wife and me, not the boy).

  • what

    RAVE: This is my last Monday working for the man! My last work day is Wednesday and then I’m moving to the South, taking the summer off and starting my own business. My first act as my own boss – No work on Monday mornings!

  • Anonymous

    Rave: Delicious improvised lunch– crepes (leftover from yesterday’s brunch) filled with sour cream and sliced tomato.

  • Colhi

    Rave: Awesome road trip to Philly with DC United fans and friends this weekend.
    Rave: 3 points on the road.
    Rant: Philly totally over-reacted to travelling fans.
    Rant: Not a pretty game at all.

    RAVE: Philly fans need to take back their house now.

  • Rave: First home grown vegetables of the season – two cucumbers and one cherry tomato. The tomato I split with my mother since they were grown in her home garden.

    Rant: My back and my knees are hurting from all the weeding I did this weekend.

  • Rave: Spent Friday night learning how to two-step with gay cowboys. It was AWESOME!

    Rave: ALL of my housemates were GONE this weekend!

    Rant: The weather

    • Rave #!: where?? sounds like fun!

      • Anonymous

        If I had to venture a guess I’d say Remmington’s!

  • 16th Street Heights

    Several tenants in my Ward 4 apartment building has discovered bed bugs within the last 3 years. I had never seen one in my apartment, until recently. I contacted the D.C. Department of Health to get information on bed bugs. Later I found an article online stating, the D.C. Department of Health had found bed bugs in their Vital Records section on North Captial Street, NE. Last week, D.C. was reported to be ranked number 6 with a bed bug crisis in the U.S. It’s very hard to eradicate bed bugs and it can be very costly. Faints at my computer. LOL

  • Anonymous

    Is there someone I could contact about getting a speed camera put up? Is this a 311 call or would I go somewhere else?

  • MK

    Rant: Went over to a friend’s house and her bathtub liner was cracked and flaking off. Obviously a bad installation job. Does anyone know anything about fixing these things or at least tell me who can fix it?

    Rave: The weather this weekend and just taking relaxed walks around the hood eating at restaurants, admiring gardens and talking to neighbors.

  • Anonymous

    rave: this week 2 bikers stopped at a four way stop sign on first street nw! that was the first time i’ve ever seen anyone do that in the 9 years i’ve been in bloomingdale!

    ha! including myself ; )

  • Rant: DC Parking ROSA violations

    I can only imagine the number of rants about parking in DC on this thing. Does anyone have experience with receiving and dealing with warnings for out-of-state plates? I have a place to park off-street all the time so it’s not usually an issue, but I didn’t realize they enforced this issue at 3am and thus, received a warning for being parked for the second time without DC plates. It says after 15 days I’ll be “eligible for issuance of a ticket and/or impoundment.”

    Basically, I want to know – if I ignore this and never park on the street again, will I be fine? Or do I automatically get a ticket after 15 days since they’ll know I didn’t register my car in DC?

    Thanks in advance for any help!

    • anon

      Why didn’t you register your car in D.C.?

      • It’s not here long-term and I really dont want to go through the hassle of registering and all that. Plus, I have a place to park it off-street during this time so I didn’t think it would be a problem. It was just me being silly and not realizing this was another thing they patrol for (even during non-zone parking hours).

    • Short answer, if you don’t park on the street again you should be fine. They’ve only warned you at this point, and they can’t penalize you if you’re parked on private property.

      • Anonymous

        I’m having the same problem. I’m only in D.C. for 3 months and have my car parked on the street. I don’t really have any other options. Not sure if anyone had any ideas?

        • 15th St. NW Resident

          Move to Virginia :). They don’t seem to care as much there. I lived there 6+ months with out-of-state plates and never received a notice, ticket, etc.

          • If you’re in DC for only a few months you can apply for a reciprocity permit for temporary residents, which would allow you park on the street without registering your car in DC. It’s good for 6 months up to 1 year.


          • Apologies for the double post! Thought my first one didn’t go through.

        • Lots of possibilities here. Check the DC govt website:

          Or borrow/rent a parking space on private property. There may be someone in your neighborhood who has an empty space/garage they would rent to you. Ask around, check Craigslist, etc.

        • If you’re a temporary resident/student in DC I believe you can apply for a reciprocity permit that is good for 6 months or 1 year. This would allow you to park on the street without registering your car in DC.


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