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Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

by Prince Of Petworth — December 21, 2012 at 10:00 am 57 Comments

Photo by PoPville flickr user BrennaLM

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.

  • RANT: My amazon package got stolen. It had my mom’s x-mas gift and now I don’t have anything for her 🙁 Traveling international tomorrow morning and have yet to pack so I won’t have time to get her a new one.

    RAVE: Amazon refunded me, they are the best. Favorite company, ever.

    RAVE: Going to Argentina to see my mom tomorrow! Happy Holidays everyone!!!

    • Amazon has started a ship to “locker” location at various convenience stores/areas around dc. I wonder if they could do same day? GOOD LUCK!

    • eabod

      Someone stole a package from Amazon off my front porch in Park View the other day… It was a box of dried wheatgrass. I’m pretty sure whoever stole it will be more annoyed that they stole fucking wheatgrass than I was annoyed that it was stolen (since Amazon has already replaced it).

      Enjoy the wheatgrass, ass.

      • eabod- your comment had me cracking up! Thank you for the laugh! ☺

    • Anonymous

      It’s too bad Amazon doesn’t treat their warehouse wage slaves, I mean workers, better.


  • Rant: Still not feeling great. Stupid viruses.

    Rave: Came in today and it turns out we’re closing shop at noon. Hello, afternoon on the couch!

  • Anonymous

    Rant: Rubbish blowing around NH Ave north of Petworth metro.

  • airjordans

    Rant: shooting on H street this morning in the line of people lined up for air jordans. Typically Ghetto. I mean, jeez…why is anyone surprised. You have a bunch of people, half of which I can guarantee are on the dole, line up for hours to spend hundreds of dollars buying a pair of shoes, and do so while packing heat.

    • Anonymous

      That’s racist!

      • Anonymous

        1. That comment didn’t mention race. 2.The statement is true.

        • Merry Christmas

          Yeah, but anyone with half a brain can read the subtext of that comment. I wish airjordans a Merry Christmas, and hope Santa brings him/her the ability to get beyond stereotypical blog commentary next year.

          • JB


    • anon

      Ahh… I saw a bunch of people lined up outside the shoe store City Beats on Georgia Avenue this morning, and was completely perplexed. Now I know why.

      • DC200009

        Yeah same here – I saw the crowd outside the shoe store on 14th just south of U, but had no idea what it was about.
        I am so out of the loop.

  • saf

    Emmaleigh – did you find your duck?

    • Not yet. The office party lasted longer than expected so I didn’t go to Whole Foods yesterday. I’m less committed to duck today, now I’m pondering pork loin.

      • Anonymous

        how ’bout pork shoulder? Love that boston butt.

      • anon

        Try Harvey’s Market in Union Market: harveysmarketdc

        They have have duck (and goose) in the case in the past, call them before you head over, though.

    • Scored a duck at Whole Foods on my lunch break! There is duck gumbo in my future!!

      • Anonymous

        You use leftover duck in the gumbo? I can’t imagine the leftover meat from just one duck can be enough for a pot of gumbo.

      • Believe it or not I saw “duck bacon” at Safeway the other day. I wasn’t brave enough to buy it, but I am intrigued.

  • Rant: Hubs is in a mood and its bringing me down. So much to be thankful for this holiday season!

    Revel: Gift shopping is done and some have been deployed!

    Rant: No one’s in the office and not a whole lot to do. Feel like I’m wasting a day I could be doing laundry and packing.

    Revel: Youngest bro and fiancee sent us a package of cookies. Can’t wait to eat them and then mail them back some.

    • Anonymous

      You’re gonna eat the cookies, then mail them back? Gross!

      • I think the poster is going to also make cookies and mail them…

  • Anonymous

    RANT: I have a job where most of the time I DO NOTHING!!! It is like some version of solitary confinement, just with an office. I go bonkers just staring at the wall. If there was no Internet, I would have to read the phone book all day or something. And my anger at the futility of the situation just builds and builds and builds!!!

    Then, when somebody comes in asking for something, I JUMP out of my skin and SNAP at them like a horrible person!!!! I don’t get why! I am a mild person by temperament, though I can be impatient.

    Am I like a dog that’s been left in the house all day? What gives? I hate this!!!! Any pop psychologists out there?

    I went from a job where I worked 55-60 hours a week and wanted a promotion, i.e., BIGGER CHALLENGES. Then I came here, totally misunderstood what this office does apparently, and have work maybe 20 hours a week.

    What is your assessment PoPville PeoPles? I can’t just snap my fingers, poof and disappear from this job as things stand . . . how do I make this job (and myself!) bearable?

    RAVE: I got my wife Christmas presents yesterday.

    • Anonymous

      Is there a supervisor or someone higher up you can talk to? Can you tell them that you don’t feel challenged and don’t have enough to do to fill a work day?

    • Anonymous

      no advice, I’m just jealous. daydreaming about what I would do with all that downtime at work. sigh…

  • Rant: Didn’t sleep well last night and don’t feel like being at work on such a slow day.

    Rave: Grandpa sent me a Downton Abbey T-shirt for Christmas. I think it’s bribe to get me to stop watching Sherlock which he loathes.

    • Does that qualify for the working from home program 😉 ?

    • DC20009

      I don’t want to believe anyone would give up Benedict Cumberbatch for such a small bribe.
      (Is your grandfather a Holmes purist? I usually hate Sherlock Holmes; this version is the only one I’ve ever enjoyed….)

      • No way I’m giving up “Bendy Dick Come on My Snatch”! I love his Holmes and hate all the others. Grandpa thinks it’s crime against humanity or something that Sherlock doesn’t ride around in a horse drawn carriage.

        I will happily enjoy both Sherlock and Downton Abbey this season.

  • Rave: Good workout this morning
    Rave: After a post-workout stretch session my back/neck/shoulders feel normal – I guess stretching does something.
    Rave: The world hasn’t ended!
    Rant: Three flights on Sunday to get home to West Coast…Delta let me change my shitty itinerary please!

  • zandunga

    RANT: How should elementary schools handle the issue of bullies? Family members were of a kindergarden girl were protesting outside Mundo Verde Charter (16th and Park) because the school if refusing to allow the girl to change classrooms due to a bully in her class. I know kids in that school and they say the boy is a bully.

    I guess if they move the girl to a class where she would feel safe in would be admiting to having a bully in school.

    • Pete


      Zero Tolerance on Bullying means we will protect the bully by quieting the victim.

      I take the bus near the protest today and heard others at the stop mentioned that the school kicked the victim out of school. Don’t know if this is true or not.

      • choc

        I am a parent at the school; the parent announced that they left the school on their own, they were not asked to leave.

  • Anonymous

    RANT: The hurt and missing someone after a breakup doesn’t decrease linearly as time passes. I’ve just been hit with a massive wave of sadness and regret and there’s nothing I can do about it.

    RAVE: Great friends.

    • Anonymous

      Condolences, I know how much this sucks, and you’re right- some days you feel like you’re going backwards. But, I think even though there is some “noise” — if you were to plot the pain on a smoothed, moving average graph the trend would be going in the right direction.

      • Anonymous

        Thank you. This made me cry but it also made me feel a little better.

  • Britt

    Rant/Rave: Getting called out for not responding to texts/a call from my best friend. Sucks that he feels I’ve neglected our relationship but grateful he can just out and say that and not hold a grudge.

    Rant: Some people (not best friend) assume immediate responses via text. Just because I have cell doesn’t mean I check it constantly and have time to respond to every text…

    Rave: Quiet at work but lots of work to do. Can actually work without interruption…

  • valentina

    Stumbled on a mom, dad, and kid protesting outside of Mundo Verde Public Charter school this morning on 16th and Park NW. Their signs said things like: our kid was bullied at Mundo Verde, Mundo Verde does not listen to children, and Mundo Verde forced our family out. It sounded like the kid was bullied but not taken seriously by school administration. I think its cool that parents are teaching their kids about civil disobedience early on- and to make sure bullying is taken seriously.

  • Annon

    Sad about Christmas without my mother who died in October – I feel like I’m just going thru the motions. I know it gets better with time but I have a ways to go.

    • Anonymous

      Oh I’m so sorry, that must be so hard.

    • anonymous

      Sorry for your loss. Hope you have a peaceful Christmas. This is also the first Christmas for my grandma without my grandpa- they were together for 67 years. The “firsts” are always hard for all of us.

  • Anonymous

    Rave: Shopping is all done! (although if I stop by the Holiday Market after work I might pick up something extra for the gf – jewelry or something.)

    Rant: The Macy’s coupon I had didn’t apply for what I bought last night.

    Rave: I still saved $50 on what I bought there.

  • dcndc

    Rave: At the airport, going home for almost an entire week! Happy Holidays!
    Rant: At the airport, waiting an extra hour and a half due to delays.
    Rave: Free Wi-fi!

  • AnonToday

    Rant: Cough/cold progressing through stages — currently at the post-nasal drop phase. No voice. Gross.

    Deflated: Mom and Dad are still in a trial separation phase after 41 years of marriage (Mom initiated it, shock to everyone esp Dad) so holidays are weird. Having brunch with her tomorrow — hoping it goes well. Just want it to all be over.

    Rave: Love my immediate colleagues.

    Rant: We’re all going to get a talking-to about arriving right at 9am instead of 9-ish. I have a hard time with really rigid structure. Yes, that sounds lame and like a total slacker, but it’s the truth.

    Rave: My husband rocks.

    Rave: PopVille. I really look forward to reading these comments everyday to see how folks are doing.

    Ok, I’m done now. Apparently there was more on my mind than I thought…

  • rave: 2nd haircut to fix original bad hair cut. Now looks stylish and cute and was 1/2 the price! Think I found my new stylist!

    2nd rave: last day in office until January 2 🙂

    • Anonymous

      Who did you go to to get your stylish cute haircut?

      • Carol @ U st Bang (my pilates instructor recommended her as well)

        • Anonymous


  • djdc

    Fed govt closed on the 24th. nice.

    • saf

      So happy! I was already off work, but now the boy gets to be home with me too!

  • MK

    Rant: Cannot get rid of hives. Don’t have a clue what caused them. They go and come and are driving me crazy. Tired of being in a benedryl haze.

    Rave: Got the last tasso from Three Little Pigs last night. Pure heaven.


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