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Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

by Prince Of Petworth January 2, 2013 at 10:00 am 55 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.

  • Britt

    Rant: “Not Athletic” Husband kicking my ass on our run yesterday – seriously, I was dying.
    Rave: Seriously, this man has never done sports or athletics in his entire life and now he’s training for a tri with me and kicking major butt. I love it.
    Rant: Not in Philly for the mummers parade.
    Rave: Mummer strutting in my living room thanks to live streaming of the parade.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t know your business lol but consider having blood work done to check your Thyroid. I had the same issue, just thought I was old and out of shape, could barely run a mile and was about to collapse at that. A blood test found a non functioning thyroid, after two weeks on thyroid medication I was running two miles flat out without even breathing hard, it was amazing the difference. I never would have guessed it, just though I was old and my friends were in better shape.

      • Britt

        Thanks for the info and concern!
        I think it’s mostly I plug along for long distances and so when we shorten the distances he turns into a rabbit and kicks my butt. No worries though – I continue to out swim and out bike him, no problem :-D.

  • Rave: Looking forward to making a batch of Crawfish Étouffée at the beach condo this weekend. After looking at all the pics on Google Images, I just can resist:

  • mrsK

    Rave: Home safely after the holidays.

    Rant: Worst turbulence in ten years. I hate flying.

  • PG

    Rave: Nice new year’s day this year, hanging out with friends and family. I made hoppin john for the first time and it turned out great (and went really well with my pulled pork.) Also, bloody marys with sriracha.

    Rant: It’s a new year and I’m still getting emails at work about the United Way CFC!

    • em

      Ditto on the first time making hoppin’ john – it came out great! We made ours vegetarian, though.

  • TG

    Rant: Off to a bad start on the 2013 child rearing front. Baby discovered conditioned vomitting in response to sleep training. Game, set, match.

    • Anonymous

      aww, I’m sorry! about to enter parenthood and interested to see what ridiculous challenges come my way. I’m sure you’ll all get through it okay. and just think, you can guilt your child when s/he’s an adult about this. hugs!

      • TG

        Our first one slept like a champ so hopefully you will have the same luck. Had #1 had the habits of #2, there may not have been a # 2. There is definitely not going to be a # 3. It is all well worth it though.

    • Meg

      My 11-month has an awesome disposition (smiles first thing in the morning), loves all food, rarely cries. He would be the most suspiciously perfect baby ever if he wasn’t such a pain to put down for night time sleeping and naps. We literally have to hold him down for up to 45 minutes just so he’ll settle down and sleep. And then he’ll wake up at least 3-4 times every night. But he wakes up in a great mood, so…I guess we have to live with that.

      • TG

        My kid generally has a great disposition during the day too. I fear the teenage years.

        • Meg

          Re-reading what I wrote, it sounds like I torture the kid. When I say we hold him down, I mean we cuddle with him. When he was a smaller baby, he would really appreciate being wrapped up to fall asleep, but now he’s too big for that, so we have to lay with him and hold him. This will change after he turns one.

          • Anonymous

            hey, whatever works. :)

    • Anonymous

      This sounds terrible! I have no idea what conditioned vomiting is, but it sounds awful.

    • Irving Streete

      My son used to make himself throw up when we put him in the crib, in an effort to have us liberate him. We’d just clean it up and leave him there, though.

      He’s 24 now, and still a stubborn little bastard.

      • TG

        Ha ha.

  • Anonymous

    RAVE: I’m so happy to be out of banking!! All they preach are sell, sell, sell, and more sell. It feels good to wake up knowing I no longer have to sell another checking account or loan.

    • Anonymous

      Capital One, by chance? Their tellers have become so obnoxious with their fake small talk leading into a sales pitch that I avoid going into their branches at all costs.

  • em

    Rant – ish: Saw a couple giving each other a quick smooch as they parted ways this morning (nothing wrong with that!) – but when she turned away, he did a big wiping off of the kiss with his glove and sleeve. Maybe her chapstick or lipstick was revolting, but it seemed out of proportion to what was pretty much just a peck on the lips.

    Revel: The cough I’ve had for the last three and a half weeks finally seems to be losing steam after a course of steroids and mucinex and a week of rest.

    Rant: Lots of business travel in the next few months, so many more opportunities to pick up crud on the plane.

    Revel: The office is still quiet-ish as not everyone is back from the holidays yet.

    • Anonymous

      wife could be sick

      • Anonymous


  • Rant: Milk that was left in the fridge while my roommate and I were gone.
    Rave: Being back in DC!

  • Anonymous

    Rave: Being single!

    Rant: Being single in a big city where I haven’t made many friends yet.

  • Rave: Thinking about this summer’s beach vacation. Last year we went to Virginia Beach, (quiet side of the bay) and that was pretty good. This year thinking about beaches in Delaware.

    Does anyone have a recommendation for a particular beach in DE with an affordable hotel/inn nearby walking distance from the beach? Preferably quiet–we’re not into the party scene.

    • Anonymous

      Lewes is a great beach town without the obnoxiousness & noise of the rest of the DE shore. You can also then drive onto the amazing beach at Cape Henelopen, which is just down the road, and set up for the day.

      If you want to rent a house with friends, rent at Broadkill Beach. I’ve spent the last two summers renting there for a week and it’s really affordable and super quiet. You can also do your own beach bonfires & drink on the beach with no hassles. Just be mature & responsible.

      • This was my reply. No idea why it showed up as Anonymous, considering that I posted other comments today and never logged out.

        • Thanks for the response! I’ll check it out.

  • Rant: Kept waking up last night thinking I’d seen something weird and scary in my room. I’d wake up, not be able to see in the dark, turn the light on, not find anything, and realize I was just dreaming. over and over again.

    Rant: Awarded for a bad night’s sleep with a terrible sinus headache.

    Rave: Quiet day at work.

  • Anonymous

    RANT: Meds making me feel pukey. Ugh.

  • Revel: Nice to see hubs’ side of the family this past week.
    Rant: Vacation was not relaxing, didn’t get a bunch of stuff done I wanted to do.
    Revel: Was asked by friend to help out in a pinch for a work thing.
    Rant: Her employer is a hot mess, if it wasn’t to help out friend, I’d say “hell no.”
    Revel: Great low-key, relaxing NYE with neighbors and delicious New Year’s paella!

  • Anonymous

    Rant: Taxes will rise a bit anyway and pay freeze continues.
    Rave: Having a job so I should not complain.
    Rave: Vacation day from said job.
    Rant: The Post NYE blues.

    • Anonymous

      They have to raise taxes so congress members can get their raise!

  • neednewhob

    Rave: Great date last night.

    Rant: Meeting someone cool, cute, and nice as I move out of DC in three weeks. I lived here for three years, and now I find cute, smart and fun? Seriously, timing is never in my favor when it comes to any sort of dating or relationships.

    Rave to counter Rant: Life is short. I’m going for it.

  • Rave: Nice ride into work this morning. It was crisp and gorgeous out and I loved it. It’s also great to see people who don’t mind a little cold still out there. Perfect day for a ride!
    Rant: The number of oblivious/dangerous/illegal moves by drivers this morning. I was excited by the time I got to the office to do a “How Not to Operate a Motor Vehicle” video till I discovered that I didn’t remove the cap on my contour. Lots of great audio, no video:-(

    What is it about light traffic, weekday commutes? Drivers somehow seem even MORE bonkers and will pull some crazy sh!t when there are fewer of them on the roads. I’m shocked I wasn’t the first on scene for at least two accidents this morning.

  • Colhi

    Rant: Someone leaving a burrito in the office fridge for 3 weeks.
    Rant: My office is by the fridge.
    Rant: The gym will be packed today.
    Rave: Only have stupid small problems today.
    Rave: it’s Wednesday and not Monday!

  • Rant: Guy swerving all over the place on his bike going the wrong way down a one way with sunglasses on at night. After riding into me, he was very upset and kept yelling “ain’t that a [email protected]

    Rave: I was fine and based on his anger at the situation, he seemed more upset by his stupidity than I was.

  • RANT: Back in the office today after spending a week in California visiting family.

    RANT: Still fighting this AWFUL cold that I picked up on my flight to California.

    RANT: Jetlagged and didn’t fall asleep until 4am last night :(

    RAVE: Going to Mexico (Playa del Carmen) next week for scuba diving, Mayan temples, and awesome music. And we have a penthouse condo with a private terrace and jacuzzi.

    RANT: I’m definitely not rockin’ a beach-ready body :(

    RAVE: 3 day week. And then headed back to NYC to see friends on Saturday morning.

    RAVE: Spent NYE in NYC. Didn’t spend too much money, kept the drinking to a manageable minimum, and wasn’t hung over yesterday.

    Overall, a good holiday and I’m managing to spend as little time in the office as possible.

    • I love Playa! Honeymooned there too. I always stress about my bikini body before a beach trip too and then always feel better when I get there and see it’s not that bad in comparison :)

      enjoy – make sure you get to Talum & Chichen Itza (we did the local bus vs a tour – had the place to ourselves practically)

      • We will do Tulum and Coba temples. Gonna skip Chitchen Itza as it’s way too far away, they don’t let you climb the temples there anymore, and it’s the most “touristy”.

        We are doing scuba diving off of Cozumel and then another day of scuba diving in the cenote caverns.

      • Anonymous

        Was it hard to get there by local bus? Am going in a couple of weeks and the tours all seem like you spend more time stopping for souvenirs along the way than at the ruins.

        • Rent a car (which are dirt cheap – less than $20/day) and grab a map. Otherwise, hire a driver with a private car for the day (I think it’s $50-70). Much cheaper that way, you can go on your own schedule, and make stops at interesting sights.

          • Anonymous

            Any suggestions where to find/hire a driver/guide? People post tons of reviews online but never name their guide or where to find them (with one exception, of a guy who won’t reply!). Two young women traveling so some concerns about just finding a random dude on a street corner….

        • We had no problem (even with our limited spanish). We didn’t want to deal with driving as there were warnings about carjackings, etc. We took the bus the night before and stayed over in Piste. We got to chichen itza as soon as it opened, the vendors were still setting up and tour buses pulling up when we were finishing up.

          • A good way to avoid “random dudes” and other rapscallions – remember that everyone in tourist destinations has a cousin/sister/brother etc. who can do whatever you need. if you have a hotel/rental apt. accommodations that you feel comfortable with – ask them and they will organize anything you need.

  • Prince Of Petworth

    A reader asks on the PoP facebook page:

    “Does anyone know if the DC First time buyers tax credit was passed for 2012?”

  • Anonymous

    Rave: Had a great 2012. I learned Italian, finished my MS, started volunteering with an awesome nonprofit, and went on a couple of fantastic vacations. I also turned 30 and have never looked or felt better in my life.

    Rant: There’s a mouse in my house.

  • Rant: At 11:15 pm of December 2012, a dog peed on me (it was hillarious more than anything else).
    Rave: 2012 and all its madness is over, I have big expectations for 2013!

    • I meant to say 11:55

      • Maybe it was the dog’s New Year’s resolution for 2012 and you were his last possible chance.


  • L

    Rant: The fiscal cliff deal. The idea that people who earn $250,000 – $400,000/ year need a continuation of the Bush tax cuts is ludicrous. And meanwhile the payroll tax cut is going away, which will actually hurt the middle class.

  • Anonymous

    Rant: The near life or death situations it takes to cross 16th St at crosswalks in the morning. Even today with plenty of time crossing the street cars nearly hit me and one awful woman flicked me off for inconveniencing her disregard for human life in order to get to her crappy DC job a little faster…

    Rant: I’m from DC and I’m so tired of the attitude of some people here. I went away for a while and came back. Why can’t people be courteous?

  • anon

    rant: My elderly dog didn’t want to wake up this morning. I had to physically lift him out of bed to wake him up. I’m worried this is the begining of the end. But maybe not – he’s had dips before.

    Rave: dog walker says he looked OK at midday walk, so hopefully he was just cranky this morning.

    Rant: Woke up both of last two mornings with a migraine.

    Rave: 2012 is over.

    • Sending you good wishes for your old dog. I went through it 2 years ago. Accept the love and fortune you have shared and be ready to let them go. When they stop eating – after 4-5 days – it’s mercy. Then when you’re ready, there are hundreds of pups needing a home.

      • anon

        Thanks for the kind words. The last time my pup got really sick my vet and I had a long talk about when I’d know it was time. it really made be feel better that I’d know when to do what is best for him. Luckily after a day on IV fluids he got better that time. I know our time is limited, but he’s still got some good days in him. And shelter dogs are the best. :) I got mine when he was 10 from the Washington Humane Society.


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