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Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

by Prince Of Petworth November 21, 2012 at 10:00 am 61 Comments

Photo by PoPville flickr user brunofish

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 celebrate things about daily life in DC.

  • Has anyone used the pirate cabs outside of Giant? Are their rates better than just getting a cab?

    Rant: Family decided to add items to Thanksgiving menu and I need to go major grocery shopping without a car.

    • Lulu

      There was discussion about this a couple months ago – perhaps you can search for it on PoP, or PoP can point you in the right direction.

    • Anonymous

      why can’t you just take a regular cab?

      • or Uber (but admittedly not worth it if the grocery store is a 5 minute drive away).

    • Anonymous

      I once took one and noticed that the pirate cab driver had a little steering wheel sticking outside of his pants. I asked him about it and he said, “Arr, its drivin’ me nuts!”

    • Search on this topic. They aren’t “Pirate cabs” but courtesy drivers. Traditionally they were older retired neighborhood men who drive you & groceries home as a courtesy and you give them some money as a courtesy. I’m not sure if others are now infringing on the tradition however.

      • Yeah, but “pirate cabs” sounds so much more edgy…

        • Anonymous

          In other cities they are called gypsy cabs

        • Anonymous

          I was in a cab last night, and we were rammed and boarded by a pirate cab. They threw my hack into irons and forced me to walk the plank. Fortunately, I landed in the back seat of a convertable. But that’s another story…

  • Food

    Rave: Coworker made breakfast burritos for everyone.
    Rant: No one wants to eat/try any.

    • Anon

      Where is your office?

    • Anonymous

      That’s because breakfast burritos are one of the most disgusting things to eat.

      • You obviously have not lived in SoCal.

  • Anonymous

    Rant: Bored at work. Hurry up clock!

    Rave: Dreams of green bean casserole dancing in my head

  • Rant: at work with nothing to do.
    (Potential) rave: hopefully being able to leave in 2-3 hours.

  • Lulu

    (Grateful for amazing family and friends, roof over my head, full belly, and gainful employment is all implied)

    Grateful raves: PoP, four more years, our men & women overseas, PT for my knee successful and complete; and lovelovelove. Happy Thanksgiving, PoPville! :)

  • utterlyanon

    Rant: I want too much.

  • Anonymous

    Revel: 4-hour early dismissal! I’ll enjoy the afternoon of freedom!

  • rave: officially made it past the 10.5 week mark (thus surpassing the date of miscarriage #1)
    rant: 6 days until the next appointment, when we’ll get to (hopefully) confirm that the peanut still has a heartbeat & is still growing
    fingers crossed for not having another holiday ER trip (first miscarriage presented immediately after sending my parents on their way post-Passover Seders)

    • Anon

      Woohoo! Fingers crossed for you!

      Rant: Giving up hope on the pregnancy front. Been trying for a year, no luck. Hit the at-risk age of 35 last year so not like its going to get any easier.

      • Ugh, I’m so sorry – feel free to ignore me, but have you considered getting checked out by a reproductive endocrinologist? It’s possible that something simple might help, and insurance often covers all of the diagnostic testing, even if fertility procedures themselves aren’t covered.

    • DCGee

      all the best to you……..wish you luck

    • Anon good nurse

      Mazel Tov – hoping the months ahead are happy and healthy for you both!

    • ctk

      Awesome news. Good luck!

    • Anonymous

      CONGRATS! and GL!

      I know the anxiety… I’m 20 weeks, but heading to visit family where we were when I started having a miscarriage. I can’t help but associate that place with the worst day of my life.

    • Thanks everyone!!!

  • Rave: Only working until 2!
    Rave: Boyfriend actually OFF today, so he’s meeting me here for lunch, hanging out a bit, then we’ll leave together. Nice gesture!
    Rave: Contra dancing on Friday night–can’t wait!
    Rave: Department is super sweet and tried to throw me a surprise party yesterday…which is hard to do because I’m the admin and we have a small office!

  • PG

    Rave: My dog’s picture on yesterday’s animal fix.

    Rave: Got a turkey ready for tomorrow. It goes into the brine tonight, into the smoker tomorrow morning. I love Thanksgiving!

    Rant: Have to work Friday. Only a half day, but I woul still rather take the whole day off.

  • Rave- Super excited to be cooking tomorrow for friends!

    Extra Rave- Knowing that I’ll be coming home to a clean apartment tonight!

  • rant: working on Friday even though my office is closed
    rave: working from home on Friday
    rave: phasing forward!
    rant: holidays will not be anything special to me, but I wish everybody the best time with family and friends.

  • Anon good nurse

    Rant: my mom being responsible for thanksgiving every year. I get it, my MIL is relatively newly divorced (almost 2 years at this point), but considering how often I hear how perfect my SIL is, you’d think she’d want to spend Thanksgiving with her. Not once in 5 years that I’ve been with my husband, has she been home or had her mom to her for Thanksgiving. I feel bad that my mom is responsible for entertaining someone she really doesn’t enjoy spending time with that much.

    Rant: my SIL is now pregnant, and I will no doubt have to hear about it all Thanksgiving, about how beautiful she looks and how my MIL can’t wait to be a grandma. It’s all good – I’m happy for my SIL, I mean, I don’t like her at all, but good for them. We’ll never see the kid so there’s that.

    Rant: Having to hear about how amazing my now-pregnant SIL is about 5 weeks before we start an IVF cycle because my husband can’t get me pregnant. My MIL doesn’t know, so I can’t blame her for my taking it insensitvely.

    Rave: My mom thinks my MIL is a loon, so we get to share in that joy!

    • Anonymous

      Have you ever heard the Garfunkel & Oates song “Pregnant Women Are Smug”? You’d probably appreciate it. I can’t post a video link, but it’s pretty easy to find. :)

      • Anon good nurse

        hah no, I’ll have to check it out. My Husband told my SIL abotu the IVF because she’s a doctor (which of course means she’s an expert in all things, right?). She said, “who is going to give her the shots”. So, pardon me for not feeling the desire to be supportive of her these days on top of my already luke warm feelings for her.

        Blurgh will look for it to make me laugh!

    • Anonymous

      I realize your husband probably won’t be reading this, but I’d still steer clear of ever using the phrase “my husband can’t get me pregnant”. Even if you don’t use it around him, if that’s the narrative you use in your head then you’re officially not a team and you may start to resent him for something he can’t control and could just as easily be your “fault”.

  • HOUSE FIRE – can’t tell if its on Alison or Webster near the intersection with 4th St.

    • Anonymous

      According to @dcfireems on Twitter: Fire showing 1st Floor, 2 Stry Mid-Row Ord Construction – 333 Webster St. NW – Units on the scene

      Is is bad?

      • Smoke seems to be controlled. Ambulance was sent into the alley a few minutes ago but haven’t heard it leave – so I imagine that is a good thing.

  • Anonymous

    RAVE: Not having to go somewhere for Thanksgiving this year and act like I am having a good time. :-)

  • Anonymous

    The post about the renovation with the fruits trees reminded me of a rant/rave:

    Rave: My neighbor told me to feel free to take figs from her tree, and I love fresh figs!
    Rant: The squirrels always get to the figs before I do. The figs go from being hard and green (you can’t pick them at that stage) one day to being gone the next.

  • Anonymous

    Rant: When people start getting out of their seats on their bus before their stop. They make everyone who is standing move around and makes it unsafe for anyone else.

    Rave: Getting off work early today, beautiful weather, and a 4.5 day vacation!

    • Anonymous

      haha that is annoying!

    • Anonymous

      Also when people that are seated more that 1/2 way back in the bus exit the front door.

      • veezy

        I thought I was the only one that felt this way. Drives me nuts.

    • I’m guilty of doing that on the train sometimes. But here’s my thing: If we are approaching my stop, I start moving and gathering my things so that my seatmate will know that I am getting off next. I don’t expect them to immediately stand up and let me out if we are still moving. Most people, however, automatically stand up and let me out. I do the same thing if the person on the inside starts moving.

      • Anonymous

        If I am on the aisle seat and the person on the window seat starts rustling around I do not get up until that person says “excuse me.”

        Why don’t you just speak up rather than passively makes noise? How am I supposed to know if you want to get up or are just putting somethign away.

        • anon

          It makes it easier for both people if the aisle-seat person lets the window-seat person out earlier.

          Is it really that much bother for you? Are you the same person who said he/she wouldn’t give up a seat to a pregnant woman because she “chose” to become pregnant and therefore deserves no accommodations??

          • Anonymous

            I’m not opposed to letting anyone out earlier. I’d just like them to say “excuse me” rather than huffing and puffing and wondering why I haven’t moved to let them out…

        • C3PO

          They are passive; you are passive-aggressive. What a happy team you are.

  • Anonymous

    Rave: Tomorrow (and Friday), my first weekdays off from work since Labor Day!

  • 17th St

    Revel: 3-hour early dismissal today – out at 2PM.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • NotinDupont

    RANT: Passively homophobic “friends” who make the dynamics in our social circle awkward. I will not eat you alive, that is not what gay means…uhkk!
    RAVE: They make up a small percent of the our friends
    RANT: That they can’t just disappear

    • Anonymous

      Why are they your friends then?

  • Rave/revel: Thanksgiving always makes me realize just how much I love my life and everyone in it. Sappy, but true.

    Rant: Need to hold back on the pie so I can still fit into my pants!

  • Veezy

    Rant: Too much to do at work. Managers who don’t communicate well.

    Rave: Cooking for friends tomorrow! It should be so much fun!

    Rave: Finally hosting a party in my apartment!

  • On the Hill

    Rave: Hosting a small Thanksgiving gathering tomorrow. Haven’t hosted for a few years, and the husband and I enjoy cooking.

    Rant: Mom asked Dad for a trial separation back in August. It came out of nowhere, and she seems convinced that we can all just pretend that the awkwardness doesn’t exist. Didn’t invite her to Thanksgiving. She has siblings nearby and Dad does not. Just found out she’s staying home alone. Feeling guilty and annoyed at the same time. Just want it all to get resolved.

    Rave: My Dad rocks.

  • Anonymous

    Rave: My father turns 75 today, and he’s in really good health.

    Rant: He lives overseas, so we won’t be celebrating with him. Maybe this spring or summer we’ll have a chance to make up for this. I’ve never used Skype, but I’m going to try to skype him tomorrow.

  • Anonymous

    Rave/Rant: So craving pulled pork.

  • MK

    Rant: Came down with a bad sinus infection and will probably miss Thanksgiving dinner with friends.

    Rave: Will order a Peking duck dinner from the Chinese place and spend a peaceful day alone and be thankful that sinuses are the only things wrong in my life.

  • Anonymous

    Rant: Working on Thanksgiving argh! Parade, football, 50 car pile-up, European financial crisis, the usual…
    Rave: Hubby is a great cook and covering turkey duty at home. Looking forward to getting out early and a great meal.


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