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Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

by Prince Of Petworth January 10, 2013 at 10:00 am 107 Comments

Photo by PoPville flickr user caroline.angelo

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.

  • Anonymous

    Totally freaking out about a presentation today. Breathe.

    • Anonymous

      Good luck. Just be yourself and your presentation will flow. :-)

    • Anonymous

      Just picture all of the audience in their underwear.

    • Anonymous

      I was in your shoes 2 days ago. I was all worked up and nervous and once I got started everything went awesome. Just be yourself. :-) Good luck!! Let us know how it goes.

      • Anonymous

        It went well thanks. I knew PoPville would show the love. It usually goes ok but the anxiety is just pretty terrible in the hours leading up to it. Wish I knew how to make it stop.

  • Charlie

    Rant: Is it fair to say that we will likely have a new Safeway sooner than any action in the empty commercial spaces on the bottom floor of the Park Place apartments? What’s happening with this?

    • lei

      I inquired about those spaces around a year ago. At the time, I was told that there was a “legal issue” that was preventing them from renting the spaces. I don’t know if they just didn’t want to rent to me and that was their exscuse or if that was the truth…

    • Anonymous

      To double your rant, remember that Fenty gave his campaign chair a 20 year tax break for the property, and those vacant spaces are not generating any sales tax. Nice, eh? They ought to slap the vacant propety tax on those spaces.

  • Rave: interesting photo opportunities ahead, I may try to find a model(s) for a photo project/contest through Popville…

    Rant: I wish I could tell.

  • anonymous

    Rant: My male and female cats are having a lot of conflicts lately. Both are rescues from different places, so they are not related. They’ve never been “friends” in the past year I’ve had them, but the latest conflicts are getting tiresome. The alpha female is being challenged by the male, who apparently doesn’t like his beta status. Will probably have to buy some more Feliway in addition to having time-outs.

    Rave: Glad I can afford my two cats. They can be mischievous furballs, but I love them nevertheless.

  • Rave: Finally found a reliable dog walking service after suffering for far too long with MetroPetDC. The reliability and peace of mind I now have are priceless. No more missed walks, late walks, lack of communication, different walkers every day. This is bliss!

    • Anonymous

      Do you mind sharing which one?

      • I love my dog walking service. Independent Buddies is run by a woman who has a couple walkers. She’s based in NoVa but comes to DC. I’ve been with the service for more than two years.

        The owner, Min Min Oo is very responsive and responsible. When I was out of town and my boy wasn’t eating, she cooked chicken and rice for him and brought it over and took a cell phone photo of him eating to reassure me. She’s been fantastic. Daily walking service and vacation care.

        Min Min Oo
        Independent Buddies

  • rant: i’ve been fending off a cold all week, so i have been taking really good care of myself in hopes that it would never come to fruition. woke up early this morning with a full blown cold. fantastic.
    rave: at least it’s almost the weekend and i can really rest then.

  • Caroline

    Rant: When I entered DCist Exposed last week I thought I might have a chance at winning. Now, not so much. There are way too many good photographers in this city!

    Rave: Ambar on Barracks Row is opening next week and it looks beautiful on the inside. And I think Nooshi must be close to finally opening since they have a Now Hiring banner up.

  • AnononThursday

    Rave(?): May hear back on a job interview soon, the process has taken months and I’m still not certain I would take it if offered. Excellent company (people, benefits, salary), just not positive about the content of the work. Any thoughts?

    Rant: First paycheck with the increase in taxes. Sigh.

    Rave: Alive and healthy, with only great things ahead of me. All of this will work itself out in the end.

    • Caroline

      I felt that way about my job when I first started, but it’s grown on me so much and I’ve stayed here for over six years with no plans of leaving. Plus they paid for my Masters degree! I also do volunteer work that gives me professional growth opportunities I can’t get at this job.

      • AnononThursday

        Thanks, that’s good to hear. It’s a very different industry and I think I would find that challenging. Plus I would be leaving a sinking ship, so if nothing else it could always be a transition opportunity.

    • Honey Badger

      After having worked for a number of different companies, I would take a good work environment over my first choice for job responsibilities any day. It just makes such a difference to quality of life. Plus, you’re unlikely to be able to change the culture of an organization if you’re at a bad one, but you might be able to adjust your responsibilities once you’re there.

  • Anonymous

    Rave: Picking up our sweet puppy on Saturday. EEEK!

    Rant: Nothing. So excited about our puppy.

    • lexic

      Yay, congratulations!

    • I recommend you sign up for puppy kindergarden at Happy Hounds in Kensington. Jessica, the instructor, is awesome. Plus it totally wears your puppy out! I also recommend The Power Of Positive Training for training tips!

      Have fun!

  • Irving Streete

    Rave: After a bureaucratic struggle, Temple U. admitted defeat and will grant my son his diploma this weekend.

    Rave: Son started new job Monday, going to Richmond for the session, then heading back north to manage his boss’s re-election campaign.

    Rant: Looks like politics is now the official family trade.

    Rant: Mom not here to see it.

    Rave (with rant potential): Son moving back home to manage NoVa race, so it won’t just be me and the cat any more.

    • Anonymous

      As another Anonymous mentioned above, if your son and the cat start to have problems, I recommend multiple water bowls, litter boxes and Feliway to diffuse the tension.


      • Irving Streete

        Forget the cat — will that work when he and I butt heads? :)

        • saf

          You are the alpha cat. Either bop him on the nose with your paw, claws in, or scruff him and carry him to his bed.

    • MAR

      Not to be nosey…but your Rave piqued my interest…can you comment on the circumstances that Temple U would have messed up on something like that?

      Rave: Found a pretty sweet new apartment (as far as I can tell) and it is suprisingly pretty affordable.

      Rant: Needing to find a new apartment due to break up with a cohabitating significant other. Having a hard time with the situation…even though I know he is not the person I need to be with, but still have feelings for him…and I feel like the worst person on earth right now for initiating said break up and causing the heartache. :(

      • Irving Street

        My son transferred to Temple. In order to get a degree you have to earn your last 30-odd credit hours at Temple. Even though he’d been there for several (many, actually) semesters someone simply misread his transcript, dinged him for graduation on the technicality and, when they were called on it, said “it’s too late to change it” until May. Kudos to his counselor who apparently read the riot act to the appropriate person and got it fixed. He was probably traumatized at the idea of dealing with my son for five more months.

      • Hello Goodbye

        MAR — re: your rant
        Life is sometimes hard like that. You can only do what you think is best. Chin up!

        • +1. Sometimes it just has to be done, and better to do it as soon as you come to that realization instead of putting it off; that would just make it even more emotional and painful in the end. Props to you for going through with it.

          Good luck MAR!

          • MAR

            Thanks for the encouragement!

  • Rave: this wedding might actually happen. Who says you can’t plan one in a month!!!

    Question, last one, I promise! I feel like I have been abusing PoPville’s knowledge lately:
    Does anyone know an accordion/bayan player? I will post on Craigslist, and already contacted a few groups that came up on the Google search. And task a friend to hunt down the guy who plays at the Woodley Park metro station…But if anyone has any personal recommendations, I’d love them! Thanks guys!

    • Anonymous

      wow, a month, congrats! is this shotgun style? ;)

      • NO. But EVERYONE asks me that. ;) I just don’t like party planning and big weddings, wanted to do it small and quick.

        • And it’s more like 2 weeks for planning and then giving everyone a month to do travel arrangements. And I only cried once!

          • Anonymous

            ha, well congrats either way. :)

            curious how you found a venue so quickly? or are you doing a friend’s backyard kind of thing (romantic, I love it)? I have a friend who is thinking along these lines for his wedding too…

          • I think it’s easier during winter because no one else is getting married. We were only looking at places that had no rental fee and would provide cocktails and appetizers – since the last thing we wanted to do is deal with catering vendors. I think we looked at every restaurant/club/bar that has a second floor or a back room that they rent out.

            I like the backyard idea too, but I have to be ready for a snowmageddon.

    • Bayan – I’d reach out to Ukrainian parishes (national shrine or St. Andriy’s) as they likely have a parishioner who plays.
      Congrats on the wedding!

      • Duh! Totally didn’t think of that. I did email the Ukrainian embassy too asking for recommendations. Will reach out to the parishes. Thank you!

        • Радості тобі і удачі!

          • Щиро дякую!

    • PG

      House of Musical Traditions might be able to help you:


    • Totally not the same but I know a mandolin player…

    • saf

      Frighteningly, I know several accordian players.


      • Anonymous

        Do you know what “perfect pitch” is?

        When you toss an accordion into a dumpster and it lands on a banjo.

      • Super! Thanks saf.

  • utterlyanon

    rave: moving back in with family to save money and go back to school.

    rant: moving back in with family.

    rant: moving in general.

    rave: discounts on computer equipment and software because i am now a student again!

    rant: my credit card bill.

  • Rave: I was recognized this morning! As the Associate of the Month for December there was a picture of me in the newsletter and this morning in Starbucks someone said, “Hey, are you the person from the newsletter? Congratulations!” It was really neat.

    Rant: Just got off the phone with an old lady who talked my ear off about how “If you are Christian you shouldn’t vote for Obama, Obama isn’t Christian, our government is run like a communist country.” Lady, I work in an office full of Reverends/Pastors/Priests and we ALL voted for Obama!

    Rant: Escalator AND elevator out at Dupont this morning. Man, am I out of shape! On that note, the newly opened elevator at Bethesda is already out of service.

    Rave: Todd Snider is coming to the Birchmere in March! Awesome!

    • anonymous

      Please don’t tell me you work with Roman Catholic priests (sigh). The thought of them openly supporting a rabidly pro-abortion administration is depressing when it flies in the face of our Church teachings. Planned Parenthood just released their 2012 figures, revealing they have had a record year both in the number of abortions performed and the number of taxpayer dollars they snagged (all while their “preventive” services have actually decreased). Plus, true to Margaret Sanger’s eugenics mission, they continue to disproportionately target their clinics in minority neighborhoods. Ugh. You have the right to be pro-choice, but priests have an especially grave moral problem on their hands. They should know about Humanae Vitae more than anyone.

      • anon

        This kind of orthodoxy is part of the reason many U.S. Catholics have moved away from the church.

      • You have a right to be pro-choice. Just like you said.

        I see no issues whatsoever with a priest taking issue with a church belief that they fundamentally disagree with. These kinds of issues specifically, and gay marriage as well, are what have driven my wife and I completely away from my parent’s Lutheran religion, and when we do start going back to church, it will likely be episcopalian.

        Also, posting on a DC blog, to put it mildly, your opinion is certainly in the minority. Nothing wrong with that, but just a fact.

      • Anonymous

        nobody is “pro-abortion”, honey. get some perspective.

      • Yet if there was no PP, odds are there would be even more abortions since many fewer women would have access to affordable birth control.

        And rabidly pro-choice? What makes Obama’s administration any more pro-choice than previous administrations? I’m curious- really.

        • anonymous

          To answer your question: Just for starters, they immediately reversed the long-standing Mexico City policy. With Obama’s landmark healthcare legislation, Catholic institutions are being forced to cover abortifacients like ella under their healthcare plans (and no, the financial shuffling trick that was supposed to be the administration’s way of appeasing us did not suffice- that is why us Catholics- and a lot of others- are in the courts, demanding our religious liberty). As a state senator, Obama himself refused to allow a Born Alive Infants bill pass through his committee. In Illinois, they were trying to protect infants who were “accidentally” born alive during botched abortions and being left to die in closets. The idea was that if someone is born alive by accident, they should at least be provided care and not neglected to die like a piece of unfeeling medical waste. Obama, astoundingly, would not support even that, especially after being lobbied by NARAL and others. Even my pro-choice friends don’t quite have the words for that.

          • anon

            Many people on this board are probably more familiar with the “Mexico City Policy” under the name “Global Gag Rule.”

            I find it hard to understand how an insurance plan’s covering SOMEONE ELSE’s contraception can be perceived as somehow infringing on anyone’s religious liberty. If you don’t believe in contraception, then don’t use it.

          • Not all Catholics – as this Catholic is rapidly pro-choice.
            I don’t want to dictate my morals (influenced by my religious tradition) on anyone else. Nor do I want others imposed on me.
            Pro-choice supports freedom of religion!

          • If by “Catholic institutions are being forced to cover abortifacients” you mean: Obama finally followed through and made sure there is a separation between church and state, then your right. Your employer has no more right to tell you about your healthcare decisions than I do.

      • Boris S. Wort

        An organization that has functioned for decades, perhaps centuries, as a global child molestation ring has no right to opine on matters of morality.

    • The funny thing is that she probably doesn’t have a clue of what Communism is, or how communist countries were run. I had to study marxism and leninism as part of high school and university, and lived under a socialist economy so that kind of comments always make me laugh.

      • JenDC

        THANK YOU. Everytime someone refers to this “communist administration” or how “Obama is a socialist” I wish they should be immediately define their terms, as most don’t know WTF they are talking about.

  • anongardener

    Rant: two young female cats that hang out on my porch are attracting some very determined toms. i want to get them fixed asap so the yowling and smell will stop. have contacted 3 different TNR groups and Wash Humane, and no one has gotten back to me. I understand they are volunteer/busy, but seriously. all i want to do is borrow some traps.

    • anongardener

      Need more coffee. Wanted to add – does anyone have humane traps they are willing to lend? i need 3. i think i can trap one of the toms – he’s young and stupid.

      • saf

        I have one I could lend.

        Email me. PoP can give you my email address, or forward an email along.

        • Awesome! if I can even get one cat trapped it would be great.

          POP, can you hook us up?

    • Hmm, maybe try asking some rescue groups if they have any you can borrow? I think some might keep them on hand — not so much for TNR, but in case one of their cats gets outdoors and can’t be readily located.

    • Try Alley Cat Allies. They’ll have good advice

  • 16th Street Heights

    I been reading in the Washington Post about Condominiums built at the old Washington Convention Center site. Condo’s are going up all around D.C. I read in the New York Daily News many celebrities are purchasing Condo’s at an upscale building in Manhattan with 18 inch thick walls. Wow, that sound nice to keep the sound out. I wonder if the new Condo’s being built in D.C. have thick walls and or somewhat sound proof? I live in a building with overcrowding with large families/groups, unruly children running and playing in the hallways and in apartments over your head. Maybe I will win the Powerball or Mega Millions this year to be able to afford to move into one of the new Condo’s downtown in Washington.

    Faints at computer!

  • Rant: I can not take riding in the metro not only having to listen to someone else’s music through their over-volumed crappy headphones but more and more punk kids believe they are above the rules and don’t even plug headphones in. I might snap on one of these punks soon.

    Rave: We’re nearly halfway through January and in just over a month and a half will be looking towards spring!!!

    • Anonymous

      Also, loud musical ringtones and people who let the phone keep ringing so they can listen to the song.

    • JB

      You see, the kids these days, they listen to the rap music, which gives them the brain damage. With the hippin’ and the hoppin’ and the bippin’ and the boppin’, they don’t know what the jazz is all about!! :)

      • Anonymous

        And all of the nasty language they use! It’s always the filth and foul and I’ll filth and foul, filth and foul and, yeah, ya filth and foul face, and I’ll filth and foul, foul, filth!

        • JB

          Well played, anonymous. My boss is probably now certain that I’m not doing any work right now!

        • SingLikeSassy

          Thanks for the afternoon laugh!

    • 16th Street Heights

      Timmy, I hear you loud and clear. I agree with you 100%. Another thing that annoys me riding the Metro and Metro bus, people talking loud on their cell phones. I don’t want to hear someone else phone conversation. If you say anything to unruly people regarding their bad manners, they will curse you, attack you physically, or maybe shoot you.

      Faints at computer!

    • 1,000,000,000,000 times agree. Drives me f*cking NUTS.

      • Thank you all for making me realize I’m not the only one who this drives insane. Especially you Bill Cosby!!

  • Anonymous

    Rave: The Columbia Heights dude on metro with pink leather shoes! Work it buddy!

    • LMAO

      “How You Doing”

  • Anon

    If you aren’t willing to confront them about it, invest in some Bose headphones, they are spectacular.

    • Anonymous

      Seriously?….and have someone steal them right off your head.

  • +1000 on your rant.

  • Britt

    Rave: Great night out at the barn last night – it was so warm!

    Rant: Sweaty gross dirty furry horse… I looked and smelled “awesome” on my way home from the barn.

    Rant: Feast or famine at this office…

    Rave: Feast time right now – lots of interesting opportunities – now how to turn that into actual work…

  • Anon

    Proposal: Seeing as the “Washington” Redskins play in Maryland and train in Virginia, the District of Columbia isn’t gaining much from its relationship with the team. The use of “Washington” does seem to benefit the team though, in allowing them to claim representation of the Washington Metropolitan Area instead of having to choose affiliating themselves with Maryland or Virginia.
    And as many people in the District of Columbia, including elected representatives of the city, feel the name “Redskins” is offensive, I propose that the District of Columbia make the continued use of the city’s name, Washington, conditional on changing of the team’s nickname to something unobjectionable.
    If the existence of the “Washington Redskins” is not going to benefit Washington, District of Columbia in any way, we can at least ask that the team no longer besmirch the city’s good name.

    • anon

      Does a city government have to provide formal consent for a professional sports team to use the city name?

      (Genuinely curious.)

      • Original Anon

        I honestly have no idea. I know a team can be required to use a city’s name, as Anaheim demanded of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

        • City Planner

          Anaheim only became an issue because the team’s lease on the Angels Stadium (owned by the City of Anaheim) required that the team name include “Anaheim” in it. Other than that type of very specific contractural circumstances, a city has very limited control over use of its name. In the Redskins’ situation, they are located in the Washington Metropolitan Statistical area, as defined and used by the Census Bureau (and other federal agencies) which would give them a legitimate claim to the use of Washington, and make it pretty unlikely that the District of Columbia would get very far in trying to legally force a name change. In addition, the District would have to start enforcing its ‘trademark’ of the name Washington on every other entity in the metropolitan area using it without DC permission and I think it’s safe to assume that that would not be possible.
          If the goal is to change the Redskins’ name, I think it’s back to the drawing board.

      • KenyonDweller

        I don’t know either, but I doubt it.

  • Rant: Breakup with boyfriend is way harder than I could have ever imagined. It’s been 6 weeks and I still cry daily.

    Rave: I was called “striking” and told I have a “great look” by 2 random strangers. Will use those tidbits to fight my self-loathing mood.

    Moral of the story: Need to figure out how to be more positive

    • Ugh

      it’s been years and I still cry. Was the love of my life and though I have tried to move on and date etc, nothing else makes me feel the way I did with my ex. I know pathetic right? but I try everything I can….

      • Anonymous

        Not pathetic–it’s human. But perhaps you’re not really letting yourself move on because you’re attached to the old narrative: that he was the love of your life. Doesn’t make things easier, but if you can let that go, a great new love may come along.

    • Anonymous

      It sucks, but it just takes time. Good luck and hope you can revel in the compliments!

    • Anonymous

      You may want to look into yoga/body work therapy. I know it sounds strange and I was skeptical myself at first. But after 3 (90 min long) sessions… I feel so much better about my breakup than I thought possible. It has been much more effective for me than talk therapy. Yes, essentially I cried and talked about my breakup for 4 1/2 hours but I came to many realizations and found a peace I never thought I’d have.

    • Britt

      Yes! I rode down L Street yesterday and saw so many cars and pedestrians blocking the bike lane!

      • Snap a pic and send it in. Let’s shame these people and get awareness out there for better enforcement.

    • JenDC

      OMG, hilarious. I’m not even a cyclist and I think this is awesome. Bravo.

  • Rant: Work is hard. Damn nodes.

    Rave: Got a nice thank-you note from my apartment buildings’ staff for the holiday card I sent. It was a nice surprise.

  • Anonymous

    Raves: I’m getting a raise (and I sure as hell earned it). It’s a BEAUTIFUL day out!

  • skj84

    Rave: Feeling much better! Tylenol cold and sleep are my friends.

    Rant: Work turmoil. Drama abundant!

    Rave: Beautiful weather this weekend. Going Ice Skating on Saturday with friends, hope there’s ice left to skate on!

    Rant: Haven’t heard back from guy I was dating. I thought things were going well, then bam! No calls, No texts. Oh well there are other fish in the sea!


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