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Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

by Prince Of Petworth December 31, 2013 at 10:00 am 43 Comments

Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr. T in DC

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

    Rant: Rolling my unstarted 2013 New Year’s resolutions to 2014. And if I were being totally honest, most likely 2010, 2011 and 2012 also.

    Rave: No one else in the office! Just me and my shingles!

  • Anonymous

    Rant: The lace pattern in this baby blanket is not looking right. Debating whether to frog it back to the beginning (and lose several hours of work) or forge ahead and hope it resolves itself. The shower’s in three weeks so I don’t have a whole lot of time to lose.
    Rave: Only fellow knitters will understand my rant probably. :)

    • MetMet

      As my mom used to say, “Those are just the little details that show it’s handmade.” : ) If under time pressure, I would keep on going. It’s for a gift, not a contest, so as long as it turns out looking like a blanket I think it will be appreciated. I’m a lazy knitter though, so take that for what it’s worth.

      • Anonymous

        That was my rationale last night, but now I think I’ve talked myself into starting over. The mistakes in the beginning are probably going to drive me crazy, and it’s not a big deal if it’s not done in time (the baby doesn’t arrive until March and I can always mail it).

      • Anonymous

        Exactly. You can’t be OCD about these things. A kid won’t notice the difference anyways.
        If it makes you feel any better, they’ll probably end up puking or peeing on it at some point in the future. ;-)

        • Anonymous

          It’s more for my own satisfaction than the baby’s. I’d rather it look like leaves, like it’s supposed to, than a mess of holes.

          • Anonymous

            Start over. If it’s bothering you now, it’s likely that it will continue to bother you the more you knit. In my limited experience, knitting problems rarely resolve themselves, although there are ways to transform them so that they are no longer “problems”. The baby won’t care, and the baby isn’t holding you to any schedule. The goal is not to be “perfect” but to be pleased with your efforts and the results. Happy knitting! (Yes, I have a few projects stored away — waiting for that dreaded transition from circular needles to double points. )

    • TropicBird

      It’s sweet that you are knitting a baby blanket, but I hope you are making a very tight weave. We got several of these from relatives when our first born was on the way, and while we appreciated the sentiment we called them “Baby stranglers.” They never got used because they had loose, decorative patterns that are a total choking hazard to be in a crib with a newborn.

      • Anonymous

        You’re not supposed to put any blankets in a crib until the kid is over 1 year old anyway. I think having those blankets is wonderful to wrap the baby in under supervision and then when the baby becomes a toddler, they’ll use it themselves.

  • Anonymous

    Rave: Cheetahs eating organic, free range locally sourced lean meat and cutting into ecologically unsupportable populations of local wildlife
    Rant: the local wildlife has rabies

    • TG

      Ha ha.

  • Rave: the office is closing at 2 today!
    Rant: I have a lot to do before then.
    Rave: I’m having people over to watch the Winter Classic tomorrow!
    Rave: no matter the cost, I will be watching it in person next year!!!!
    Rave: milk punch.

    • Emilie504

      Mmm milk punch is awesome!

      • I’m accustomed to shaking it, but I just found a recipe on Smitten Kitchen that calls for freezing it so it’s a milk punch slushy. I’ll be trying that tomorrow.

  • bruno

    Pancakes are becoming a Popville theme :^) Now I’m hungry.

    • hahaha it’s true – I can’t resist posting!

    • textdoc

      Those pancakes look very tasty!

    • kken

      The pancake pics here always look so goddamn tasty. But what I find is when I actually go out and get some pancakes, halfway through I am like “I should not have eaten that. I definitely should not have eaten that.”

      • I used to have that same reaction, especially with IHOP pancakes. Then I discovered the Pioneer Woman’s recipe for sour cream pancakes and it totally changed my life–so moist and light and not leaden in your stomach like regular pancakes. In fact, maybe I’ll make some for breakfast tomorrow!

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, I get bored halfway through. Pancakes are not very interesting.

      • Anonymous

        drink plenty of coffee with your pancakes to avoid starch coma.

  • gotryit

    Rant: HVAC contractor tried to pull one on me. We were supposed to close out our contract last night, but when I looked at the air handler with him, the filter was too big and sticking out the side. He tried to tell me that it was OK that the filter door doesn’t close. WTF? Bad contractor! No I’m not paying you the final amount.

  • not telling

    Rant: Getting dragged out of bed at 5AM this morning due to an explosion outside my apartment and standing outside while the fire was put out (glad to know the local news is all over the rabid raccoon. But the entire city could blow up and WTOP would simply say traffic was moving at speed on the American Legion Bridge).

    Rave: Early release in 47 minutes so I can go home and go back to bed!

    Rave: Hot firefighters!

    • James

      We must live in the same building (Capital Park Plaza in SW). At least, the power’s back on. Though not the heat in some apartments. Not fun with the coming temps.

      The firefighters were indeed attractive. Not that one can fully appreciate it at 6am in the freezing cold with no power.

  • Anonymous

    Rave: Got to work from home today! Yeah!

    Rave: Tomorrow off!!

    Rant: Nothing to do on NYE, don’t feel like getting into a mess, but would like do a quick drink & count down with friends and then go home to get some sleep, but everyone is out of town… Pretty sure someone will call this evening though.

    Rave: I’m just a gigolo, and everywhere I go, people know the part I’m playin… Because, I ain’t got nobody… :P

  • Anonymous

    Rave: New Years!
    Rant: being sick :(
    Rave: boyfriend who will drop everything to take care of me!

  • DC20009

    Early dismissal today — leaving at 1230! Happy New Year!

  • Anonymous

    Rant: I’m getting a lot more of these annoying “you are posting too quickly, slow down” errors lately. Is something broken? I’m not posting that quickly at all.

    • Park

      YES. Me too. I got that error yesterday on the first comment I’d posted in several weeks.

  • Anonymous

    It’s a daily thing for me also.

  • bizzinger

    Rave: Great week in Texas with family
    Rant: Time with young nephews left me with a bad cold that’s knocked me out since Saturday night.
    Rant: I need this cold to go away/enter a ceasefire by tonight. I have tickets to go dancing, darn it! I can’t be coughing everywhere.

  • ET

    I can’t be the only person glad 2013 is over. I didn’t like this year.

    • Anonymous

      My girlfriend agrees with you. Nothing but declining health and expensive doctor’s visits all year. I hope 2014 is better for both of you.

    • Anonymous

      My retirement portfolio went gangbusters. S&P500 up 30% for the year. If you have a retirement account, be thankful for that!

      • Anon5

        Yup, the DJIA and S&P are at all-time highs. Personally I blame Obama.

        • Dave

          No, blame Bernanke,

          The only reason for such an amazing run in the market is the Fed’s unprecedented bond-buying campaign, and the banks who get the money directly have no real economy in which to invest, so wealth on paper is where the money ends up. The result is an overinflated bubble at nominal all-time highs, naturally.

          I hope to see everyone just as excited (in an angry way) when the market takes an equally large fall, when the Fed’s easy money dries up.

  • rayul445

    Having a tough day at work today. I was told by one staff/colleague that my problem “is that my nose is in too many things” and to “get out” of the office. I reported him to my supervisor….note I’m a higher grade than him. Oh did I mention that he called me a “young lady” mind you I’m 47, yes he’s in his 70s but really?

    Going over policies and procedures document with 2 other staff and why do they have to always need to give me an example when one isn’t needed. I will edit as you ask…don’t make me listen to your exhaustive example.

  • Blithe

    Rave: It’s been a rough year with challenges in many directions. I’ve learned a lot, and I’m still standing.
    Rave: I’ve started my New Year’s resolutions early this year. .
    Rant: I am SO not good at biting off little pieces and chewing slooowly. So maybe if I change the metaphor to something else the process will seem easier.
    Rave: 2014

  • Bear425

    Rant: 2013 ends with the news of a colleague’s unexpected passing. Heartbreaking.

    • AMDCer

      I’m so sorry to hear that.

  • KT

    Rave: took the day off to watch my Hokies play. Go Hokies!
    Question: does anyone have any Brixton tickets available tonight? looking for 3.
    Happy New Years Popville!

    • Anonymous

      Playing hooky for the Hokies

  • Thanks to Dan for posting the photo of our sadly departed Meow Meow, I only wish I sent one in while she was still living so her mom could have bragged more. Thankfully our Cali trip is distracting us a bit but there are still times where it hits us both out of the blue. Life changes so fast. Hope you all have a great evening tonight and a prosperous 2014.


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