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Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

by Prince Of Petworth — December 20, 2012 at 10:00 am 84 Comments

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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.

  • Rave: Great show with my band last night, there was much more people than we expected.
    Rant: According to the photos of the show, I’m in urgent need of a haircut
    Rave: New lens for my camera(s) !

    • What’s your band’s web link? I’d love to check out some new local music!

      • http://www.northeastcorridor.net/ the show I was talking about is our monthly Live Band Karaoke at Chief Ike’s. Thanks!

        • Excellent, will check it out once I get home, can’t access the site on my work PC… 🙁

  • SB

    Rant: Sitting at work with nothing to do because all the higher-ups are on leave.

    Rave: I’ll be on leave all next week.

    Rave: Sitting in the office eating chocolate and reading a novel.

    • Isn’t that first RANT really a RAVE? No one there to bother you (hence, you get a lot of stuff done) and you should just leave the office at 4:30pm.

      • SB

        It’s not a rave for me. It’ll be three days of nothing, which I really can’t stand. I prefer to be busy so my days go faster. If it was just one day, it’d be ok.

  • Rave: First RROR that I can actually post in in months!

    Rave: House renovation project is wrapping up, I have lots of great pics detailing the project from start to finish, I will likely do a write-up of the process for POP some time soon, I have moved back into my house! no more rent+mortgage for the foreseeable future!

    Rant: I need to buy solid furniture and a TV, just bought a car, I am in debt for life, hope I stay employed, really need a vacation, but happy the 1.6 year long process of renovation is finally ending. (sigh of relief).

    Rant: If life as we know it ends tomorrow (Mayan Prediction) I’m really going to be upset that I bought a year’s supply of toilet paper at Costco yesterday. >:/

    • check out ryans relics in baltimore – cheap way to furnish a house, and it is possible to find good stuff there. they’ve got a website, and post to craigslist fairly regularly.

      we are about to embark on the renovation process, and i am dreading it. looking forward to the end result though!

      • Thanks! Will do!

        Doing this renovation (a top-to bottom job) was a tough process, the planning and demolition work alone took up most of the time, but now that I’m at the end it was worth it, and my house is a lot lighter, warmer, and welcoming. If you’re doing a gut job, be sure to plan on moving out while work is done, it’s the best way to start. If you’re doing 203k my write up may help you, stay tuned! 🙂

        • Can’t wait to read your 203(b) write-up! So I guess you need to plan out all your expenses for renovation ahead of time and your loans is for both the property purchase and the renos? Is there a minimum percentage you need to put up as a downpayment?

          If possible, I’d love for you to thoroughly cover the financing aspects of the project and pitfalls/issues when dealing with lenders.

          Thanks and congrats!

          • I did my 203k on a house I already owned (For over 14 years), Not too sure about the down payment requirements for a newly purchased house… I did indeed have to break down individual budgets for all items involved in the renovation project in advance, this was harrowing, as the only item that came within budget was the front door of the house! Luckily I waited until recently to take advantage of big price drops on appliances from Black Friday Sales, otherwise, I’d have to cut my appliance expectations short big time. You only have to specify the budget for items, not necessarily specific items you plan to install during the renovation. It’s important to get additional estimates and not cut your budget too short or you’ll end up paying money out of pocket on top of the loan which will be bad if that has to happen after your project.

            Having a quality General Contractor, Architect, and a good HUD consultant to work with was paramount. I had really good people working for me. I’ll give their contact info in my summary. Getting permits was much easier than I thought it would be as well, DCRA isn’t as bad as everyone said it would be in that aspect 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Rant: Trying to teach myself how to make Cha gio (vietnamese spring rolls) from scratch. Got the taste right, the crispy roll right, but can’t for the life of me figure out how to get the filling to be dense/compact. It’s like all air inside!?

    • *

      What are you using as the filling? you need something that acts like a binder–like the meat. if you’re making veggie spring rolls, then something starchy like taro root is good. My mom’s are made with taro root and its delicious.

      • Anonymous

        Cellophane noodles, pork, crab, carrot, onion.

  • chln

    Rave: 2 A’s my first semester of grad school!

    Rave: After tomorrow, I’m off through New Year’s.

    Rant: My own fault, but I’m SO not finished xmas shopping.

    • Your R&Rs are literally the same R&Rs I have.

      High 5 for straight A’s!

      • Anonymous

        Thanks! And, a big congrats to you too! Doesn’t it feel pretty awesome to see your accomplishments reflected in a good grade? Flying high over here.

  • TG

    Anybody know of a good gallery or store where I can buy some reasonably priced photographs of Washington DC architecture.

    • maria

      Yes! that one photo place in Dupont Circle. It’s on Connecticut on the right hand side, just a block up from Q st metro exit. I have gotten presents there before and people loved it.

      • TG

        Thanks. I am going to try there first since I work nearby.

    • saf

      Go to the Downtown Holiday Market (F Street between 7th and 9th NW) or to Eastern Market. You’ll find great photos of both official Washington and of DC neighborhoods.

    • Anonymous

      Check some of the museum gift shops (e.g. Building Museum)??

  • Anonymous

    Rant: No X-mas gifts yet (!)
    Rant: Super stressed boyfriend, really wants to move to a small town and hates it here. Can ya’ll be a little nicer, esp when driving, so I can get him to stay?
    Rant: Really nervous about my DL test tomorrow (I feel like a 16 year old)
    Rant: Another non-white Christmas…
    Rave: One day left of work before I start my new job!!!!

    • How long has he lived here? If less than a year, he still might come to like it.

      Maybe he should drive less too if that’s what’s stressing him out?

      • Anonymous

        He hit the year point in October, but crappy roommates and job and money stress are all he sees 🙁 He would drive less but he works near Baltimore…just trying to stay supportive, but it is hard to see him down in the dumps when Christmas is his absolute favorite.

    • TG

      I am from a small town and have always appreciated the sense of small town community. The way I emulate that in the City is by being a regular at the same places. It actually works for me as I am a really social person and love to chat everybody up and perfect strangers are not always open to such things.

      • Anonymous

        exactly. here in the city we don’t call it “small town community”. we just call it “community”.

      • Anonymous

        That’s actually a great idea!

  • On the Hill

    Rave: Husband comes home tonight after second business trip in two weeks!

    Rave: Feeling much better after a few days with a cold/cough — just sound terrible. Thank you, prescription cough meds!

    Annoyed with myself: Realized sick leave and vacation time are from the same pot at new job. Two weeks total. Should have negotiated that better.

    Rave: It’s Christmastime, y’all! Despite crazy family crap and feeling under the weather, it’s still the season of pine trees and red bows and maybe even snow!

  • Rant: Home sick with a virus that hit me last night – throat swollen shut, low fever.

    Rave: I have some sick leave to use.

    Rave: New jar of good honey to use with my tea, made myself a good breakfast and am now getting ready to watch some movies.

  • Rave: Finished all the Christmas shopping last night, thanks to a trip to many Dupont circle shops.
    Rave: It’s my Friday! Hopping on a plane first thing tomorrow morning.
    Rave: Slowly but surely weaning myself off the tons of Christmas sweets in the office. If I start now, I’ll be ok by the actual holiday…

  • Anonymous

    AARGH: what can I buy for my wife? She got me something that cost $300!

    • Diamonds.

      • Anonymous

        Diamonds are always the answer.

        • dcd

          Not if you have $300 to spend, they aren’t.

    • If not diamonds then..

      A puppy

      • anon

        Never, never buy a pet as a gift. Lots of puppies and kittens get sent to shelters after Christmas because they weren’t wanted gifts.

      • Anonymous

        A puppy wearing a diamond-studded collar.

    • saf

      First, the $ shouldn’t matter.

      Second, what does she want or need that she would enjoy getting as a present? Without knowing that, it’s so random.

      If I were your wife, I would want jewelry or small kitchen appliances, given the price range.

      Or maybe an iPad.

      • anon

        Yes, mini iPad would be the best!

    • Anonymous

      I have a handpainted silk scarf that coordinates with my winter coat, and I wear it EVERY DAY. Take a good look at your wife’s coat, make a note of color and details, and go into some uppity boutique and ask for help.

    • KenyonDweller

      I always go for shoes. (My wife hates diamonds.)

    • Anonymous

      A set of cooking pots or a vacuum.

      • Anonymous

        And the card for a good divorce lawyer. 🙂

    • maria

      Diamonds only if she likes that sort of thing. How about some cool chunky statement necklace? the ones at JCrew are about that amount. Or a bunch of thin gold/silver stacking rings. Or cashmere. Or very nice colored leather gloves.

    • Jewelry is a pretty individual thing — I’d say it’s a bit risky to buy expensive jewelry unless you know your wife’s tastes really, really well.

    • Anon

      She is your wife dude, what does she like? Concert tix? Tickets to a play or opera? Or sporting event? Jewelry? Art? Gadgets? Maybe a cooking or language class? Spa or salon treatment? So many possibilities, really.

    • Anonymous

      Gift certificate for a massage and cozy slippers (I love my Ugg slippers- for in the house only)

    • Anonymous

      A bottle of single malt scotch.

      • Anonymous

        You’re my kind of Anon.

    • Not all girls love jewelry 😉 Get something she might enjoy – spa service, cooking class for two (if she likes to cook), get away at a b&b or something she’s interested. I know I loved it when I got an IOU for SUPER expensive shoes that I’d been drooling over for months.

  • Rant: Haven’t found a duck yet and it’s too late to order a turducken…steak for Christmas dinner?

    Rant: No duck means no duck gumbo made with the leftovers.

    Rave: I still have stores to check and my normal grocery claims they are getting some ducks, so fingers crossed.

    Rave: I may still have steak on Christmas, just for breakfast like my grandparents used to do.

    Rave: I love thinking about food.

    • PeachyKeen

      I could’ve sworn I saw whole ducks at the Whole Foods in Clarendon yesterday.

      • I’m hitting up Whole Food in Alexandria today.

    • emmaleigh, if you have to ability to get out there, springfield butcher usually has ducks. I was in there last weekend picking up venison for xmas eve, and I saw a sign about turduckens, but not sure what there process is for ordering one.

    • saf

      For duck – Eastern Market Poultry. Or call Wagshall’s.

    • Might I suggest a standing rib roast? Incredibly easy to prepare: salt & pepper on outside, slow roast in oven til it hits the doneness you want. It’s essentially prime rib. Not inexpensive and if you need a bigger cut, you’ll want to order from a butcher (Union at Eastern Market is great).

      • Hmmm that is an idea… I need to ponder this awhile.

      • And it’s on sale at Harris Teeter right now for 5.99/lb. They will also cut it to whatever size/number of bones you want. Super easy to cook – just have a good meat thermometer.

    • Anonymous

      I see ducks all the time at Shopper’s and Giant.

    • Try giving these people a call ……


      If you can track down a copy of last week’s City Paper there’s a $5.00 off coupon.

  • PeachyKeen

    Rave: I love the Mariah Carey song “All I Want for Christmas Is You’ It makes me shake my bun everytime.

    • Anonymous

      I used to LOVE the My Chemical Romance version of this song!

  • Rant: What happened with the Uber rape claim? Why have there been no updates? I seriously doubt the legitimacy of that email, but I’d still feel better knowing it didn’t happen.

    Revel: Almost time to go home–even if this is what awaits me, it’s better than the office! http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/tourism-ad/1424422/

    • There was no rape

      • JB

        I did not read the thread. Was it a hoax?

      • Anonymous

        You were there?

      • Whoopi

        It wasn’t “rape” rape.

        • Anon

          Wait–it wasn’t “rape” rape? What does that even mean?

    • On the Petworth Yahoogroup digest I received this morning, the Cleveland Park posting was reposted, along with the following text:
      I’m (belatedly) pasting in a disturbing post initially on the Cleveland Park listserv, which the moderator of the Chevy Chase Community listserv reposted. In the thread that followed, someone suggested that this story might have been cooked up by a competitor of Uber. But the Cleveland Park moderator, Bill Adler, responded that the story had come in from a neighbor of the family who had no ties to the taxi industry. I’ve included some initial comments on the Chevy Chase listserv.

      This is a rather fragmentary account and I’m interested to see more information as it emerges. I’ve never used Uber so have no direct agenda in posting this, except for my concern for public safety.

      Nancy Roth
      Jefferson St.

  • Rave: Listening to music from Les Miz for 2 days straight!
    Rant: Not leaving town until Saturday afternoon but can’t see boyfriend before then because he has no time for me.
    Raaaaaaaave: Going home to a white Christmas!
    Rave: Roommates and I exchanged gifts last night and they loved what I got them! It’s nice–after all of this time, and even though they annoy me sometimes–to live in a HOME and not just with random people.
    Rant: Mind is already on vacation and cannot focus on what work still needs to be done before I leave.

  • Britt

    Rave: Philly – such a cool city. I miss it.
    Rave: Coming back to a city you love – it was so cool to see former colleagues and discuss next steps on a very exciting project!
    Rant: 6:30AM train. Ugh. Didn’t sleep a wink last night, afraid I’d oversleep.
    Rave: Other than a run tonight, no plans so lazy evening and early to bed it is!

    • Anonymous

      Did you get a chance to visit Paddy’s Pub?

      • Britt

        Nope – and it was cloudy up there! Can you believe it? 😉

  • DC2Dc

    Rave – First day post break up that I feel happy!
    Rant – Love in my heart, no where to put it.

    • JS

      Slather it all over yourself.

      • DC2Dc

        JS, that’s the BEST thing I’ve heard yet 🙂 Truly made me even happier!!! That is exactly what I am going to do! whoohoooo

  • Rant: Dreading Xmas, most lonesome time of year for me. Can we fast forward to Jan 2nd?

    Rant: Need to find a PCP so that I can get a physical hopefully sometime next week.

    Rant: Strep throat and a painful abscess on my shoulder.

    • Fast forward to Jan 6 and it’s king cake season!

      Good luck finding a PCP, good ones are difficult to find.

      • Anonymous

        I thought PCP was easy to find here. At least it was in the 80s. Love boat!

  • Rave: Finally got my work schedule and I have a five day weekend! WOOT! Can’t wait to see the fam this week.

    Rant: Mom wants me to attend a holiday party right after I get off the bus on Saturday. I want to go, but after I have time to go home and rest, and change.

    Rant: Caught off guard by the rain. I didn’t bring my umbrella with me today. Thankfully my coat and boots are waterproof, but my glasses and hair aren’t

    Rave: So glad I moved my hair appointment from today to tomorrow. I would’ve been pissed if I had spent money on a blowout and my hair got wrecked by the rain.


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