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Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

by Prince Of Petworth June 18, 2014 at 9:55 am 189 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.

  • Eco

    Rant: Can someone please explain the marketing strategy behind Restoration Hardware decision to sending me 12 pounds of catalogs, all delivered at one time.

    • Anonymous

      Some of the fake tanner the CEO uses went straight to his brain! Now they have lines of products nobody wants and a marketing strategy straight out of 1985 when you used to look forward to the JC Penney catalog!

      • Anonymous

        Seriously, I remember going into one of their stores about 10 years ago and it was pretty awesome. Tons of high quality faucets, knobs, pulls, etc.

        Now, it’s like another pottery barn filled with cheap junk.

        • Emilie504

          I worked there when they started to move away from the awesome stuff to the ugly stuff. It was really a fun place to work and I got an excellent discount for my parents who were remodeling their kitchen. But now everything is fug and the furniture is to big to fit in any of my last 3 apartments.

          • dcreal

            Ha- I’m just the opposite. The one thing I love about RH is the scale of the furniture. I got an oversized coffee table that I love from there.

          • Emilie504

            My parents have some of their furniture, and if I had a place big enough for their furniture I’d have it, thanks to 40% off :) I do have their linens and towels; they have held up really well over the years.

          • I agree it’s impractical for the size of most DC apartments. The cost is also incredibly prohibitive, too.

          • RH is always the first place I look when I’m shopping for a new piece. And I love the catalogs for room ideas. To each their own.

    • AA

      technically it was 17 pounds… unless you got a lighter version.

      • Anonymous

        oh daaaaaaamn! Eco’s poor…

    • dcreal

      I got the same thing. Funny I use it as a foot stool while relaxing on my porch chairs…

    • cleary

      Ugh, these are THE WORST. I’m so glad I unsubscribed from their catalogs, but two people in our building got them and they’re ENORMOUS. No one needs that much catalog. Go home, RH, you’re drunk.

      • Anonymous

        I threw it right into the trash, sadly. Complete waste.

        I think the worst part of that marketing strategy was the fact that the poor mail delivery people were stuck toting those things around.

    • Mine actually weighed 14.5 pounds! I’m thinking about collecting lots of them and use them to build an actual house.

      Plus I’ve never seen so much identical furniture in brown, beige, ecru, toffee, cream . . .

    • Momo

      NPR’s Marketplace just did a short story on this. Apparently, it’s cheaper for the company to send one giant catalog, rather than smaller ones throughout the year. Not defending them, just thought I’d mention it in case anyone was interested.

      • Anonymous

        Yes, it’s worth noting that explanations for things like this almost always come down to money and to some extent inertia.

    • Anon

      I got it too and it went straight from my front porch to my recycle bin.

  • Anonymous

    drunk guy at 14th and rhode island had a lot to rant about last night. he did not seem happy at all

  • Becks

    Rave: Today is my Friday! I have a four day trip planned and I can’t wait until five.
    Rant: Bad neighbors front yard is becoming a giant ashtray. There are butts all over the sidewalk.
    Super rave: 12! Count ’em 12 Bluebonnet sprouts!

    • Jen Jen

      +1 to your bluebonnets. That warms my non-garden havin’, Texan heart.

      • Becks

        :) I have fantasies of a yard of Bluebonnets!

  • mtpresident

    Rant: why is my pediatrician’s office so inefficient? We were at the office for a 9:30 appointment until 11:30 yesterday , and that didn’t even count the trip to the lab for the lead test blood work. The office didn’t seem that busy. Just absurd. Part of it was the wait for the pharmacy to fill the vaccines at the end of the appointment since the insurance company apparently doesn’t reimburse enough, but that was only the last half hour. I like the doctor but like the random subs less. At least they’re always great about getting us in for sick visits. But Ugh, spending that long with a baby /toddler in an exam room is brutal!

    Rave: kiddo is doing awesome. And her transition into the next room at day care is going better than anticipated thus far.

    • SFT

      Do you rummage through the drawers like I do? We found a huge lolly pop stash at our last visit, which made the wait much better. No bigger rush than hiding lolly pops in your pockets while the husband is on lookout for incoming nurses :)

      • mtpresident

        HA! That’s an awesome idea. Didn’t think of that. I’ll have to try that out next time if we don’t switch pediatricians….

        • Anonymous

          Even if you do switch pediatricians, always find the lolly pops!

          • Anonymous

            Why bother. They’re sugar free. :(

  • kken

    Rave: USPTO just cancelled the Redskins trademarks. Suck it Snyder.
    Rave: Tomorrow is my Friday

    • Farragut

      I came here to rave about the Patent Office decision, too. Thank goodness!

      • ladybird

        Same here!

        Rant: I’m embarrassed about how many people on my newsfeed are upset about this.

        • Farragut

          The lack of empathy and sympathy with this team’s name is disappointing, as well as all the public support for it.

          Next step, the Cleveland Indians logo! *shudders*

    • Anonymous

      BOOOM!

    • NoFoundation

      Agreed!! This was wonderful news! Here’s hoping change is on the way!

    • GiantSquid

      I liked the suggestion of the Washington Red Pandas that someone made a while back. Make Rusty the mascot.

      • Pixie

        Brilliant idea!

    • Emilie504

      Awesome!

  • Anonymous

    Rave: US Patent office cancels Redskin trademark registration, says the name is disparaging.
    Rant: Don’t think this will make one iota of difference to Dan Snyder

    • Anonymous

      kken beat me to it — rave on!

    • Farragut

      I think it will have to make a difference to Snyder, if not to the NFL as a whole. The NFL gets a lot of revenue from selling merchandise. If any Tom, Dick, and Harry can print up stuff with the name for cheaper, the NFL loses money. If nothing else, this will drive a wedge between the previously tight Snyder-Goodell alliance.Trademarks matter a LOT in the sports business, and I really can’t imagine Snyder sticking with it for more than a year or so (depending on what legal action is left, if any).

      • Anonymous

        IP lawyer here. The loss of the registration doesn’t make a huge difference. It just means that it’s not on the federal register anymore. They still have common law rights to the “good will” associated with the redskins brand. So, people can’t start infringing the name without consequences.

        • Farragut

          Well, shoot.

        • kken

          Correct me if I’m right tho but common law is very local, regarded to states, yes? So each state’s jurisdiction would have to make an individual ruling if cases are brought up?

        • Anonymous

          Damn, another case of lawyers taking the fun out of life. ;-)

  • NoFoundation

    Rave: Realized yesterday that with my savings, I could spend about 8 months living unemployed in DC. Not a whole ton, but it makes me even more sure that deciding to quit in August is the right thing for me. I know it’s probably not the right move for my career but I think I’d rather be volunteering at an organization I really care about that actually does good work, than be this miserable 40 hours a week.
    Rant: Not sure if I should suggest working part time at my current job before putting in my two weeks.
    Any advice PoPvillers?

    • cbc

      I would go by the 6 months of savings rule personally. Maybe spend 2 months travelling and exploring careers?

      • Anonymous

        I feel like you should have more than 6 months these days. Not sure what field the OP is in, but I had a really hard time finding a new job in Electrial Engineering. It took me 5 months of working around the clock filling our applications and going on interviews. Nearly drained my savings. And this was in 2006 when the economy was a lot better.

    • Andie

      I’m federal and wanted to leave completely until my boss offered part-time. I’m hoping that two soul-sucking days per week is much more tolerable than five (and I only intend to keep it up for a few months if all goes well). It can’t hurt to suggest it if you think it’ll work with what you have planned!

      • Anon

        I didn’t know changing to a part-time schedule was possible as a federal employee. I’m one too and I’ve been wanting to quit for far too long but don’t have anything new lined up. Do you mind if I ask if it was a difficult process?

        • Anon2

          It’s possible if your agency has a budget for non-full time equivalent employees. In my experience, those positions are very limited. At my current agency, each office is allowed 1 non-full time equivalent (part time). Your HR or CFO would be able to tell you if your agency has any non-FTE positions.

        • Andie

          I’m not through the process yet but will let you know how it goes. I’m sure HR will screw it up, I’ll continue to be paid, and then expected to pay it back in lump sum five years down the road. That’s what I am expecting anyway :) I’ll keep you posted on how it goes! Hopefully it’ll be raves instead of rants.

          • Anon

            Good luck! It sounds like a great way to transition into something new down the line. I’m rooting for you and living vicariously :)

          • Anon

            LOL – well the best way to make sure you don’t have to pay back 5 years of money is to check your leave and earnings statement and follow up with HR if you notice any problems.

  • Emilie504

    Rave: Had yesterday off and had so much fun glued to the telly.
    Rave: No rants for today!

  • Pixie

    Rant – It’s been over a week and I still have have this stupid cold! Why????? I feel miserable.
    Rant – My shirt never stays nicely tucked into my skirt. What is the secret to neatly tucked shirts that stay neatly tucked?
    Rave – Tomorrow is my Friday, whoop whoop!

    • Anonymous

      I think the secret is having a straight up-and-down figure. Curves mess with the lines of clothes. Totally worth it, though, right?

      • Anonymous

        Exactly. Curves are the reason my skirts are always rotating, my shirts won’t stay tucked, and my button-downs have big gaps between the buttons. Combined with my naturally curly hair my chances of ever looking neat and professional are shot to hell (but I can rock the bohemian look really well!).

        • Emilie504

          I’ve taken to sewing my button up shirts closed, but my best strategy is not to ever wear them. My curls and my curves are very happy with my casual work place.

          • Anonymous

            Yeah, I’ve stopped wearing them too. And I only wear shirts that look fine not tucked in. But I do love skirts despite the rotating. Especially since pants have their own challenges for curvy women.
            I’m trying to amass a collection of dresses so I can avoid all these problems.

          • has anyone ever tried a shirt from http://campbellandkate.com/?

        • Pixie

          That explains so much of my (professional) wardrobe problems!

          • Pixie

            Also, dresses FTW!

        • ash

          *High 5 to the fellow “bohemians”*
          .
          As far as the neatly tucked shirts, I don’t know what to tell you other than finding a really good tailor. Unfortunately that can get to be a bit expensive.

        • skj84

          most of my business stuff consists of dresses. or skirts and non button down top, with a cardigan. Especially wrap dresses. Curve friendly! I don’t think I own work pants. I have a small waist, bigger butt and long legs. It makes finding pants in general a struggle. I usually stick to skirts and dresses and leggings. I love leggings. Again with the versatility.

          • Anonymous

            Wrap dresses are curve friendly?? I was just about to add the caveat that a wrap dress will never be finding its way into my collection of dresses (unless I want to be constantly be flashing my coworkers!).

          • Andie

            I can only do wrap dresses with a camisole underneath. Otherwise it would be wildly inappropriate!

          • Anonymous

            I can only do wrap dressings with a camisole and leggings. At which point I might as well ditch the dress since I’m wearing another outfit underneath

    • Anonymous

      “What is the secret to neatly tucked shirts that stay neatly tucked?”
      .
      Frequent re-tucking is the secret.

    • Anonymous

      Tuck into underwear (unless you go commando)

    • i have a long torso and broad shoulders, so nothing stays tucked. raise an arm? whole shirt tail pulled out. tops, especially dress shirts, aren’t long enough to stay tucked in, even to underwear. ugh. as awful as bodysuits are, at least you don’t have to worry about things coming untucked. :(

      • SFT

        Yes! Everytime I put my son’s onesie on him I secretly wished that they made them for adults. I totally forgot about body suits. I rocked those hard in the 80s and 90s!

        • skj84

          I own a couple leotards. I love the versatility!

          • Pixie

            Well I guess I need to buy some leotards!

          • doesn’t that make bathroom visits much more complicated?

          • Anonymous

            You get the kind that snap at the bottom – not true leotards but function like one (except snaps = easier to use the bathroom).
            I have a long torso and these generally don’t fit well.

          • skj84

            snap bottom are fine. I took dance when I was little and there are ways of using the rest room without removing the leotard. You do have to get creative.

  • cbc

    Mixed rant/rave: My last Friday in DC.
    I will have to search for DC bucket list threads in PoP. Does anyone have suggestions, or even suggestions for must try restaurants in DC?
    I’m right by the Bojangles fried chicken in Union Station… worth it? My days need to be filled with eating.

  • JS

    Rant: the DGS meeting about the Old Hebrew Home. DGS staff let the attendees take control of the meeting and then didn’t have any good answers for pretty much every question asked. Hard to imagine DGS being deliberately evasive /end sarcasm.

    • David

      As you may know, I kept my mouth shut during the meeting, but I agree that the method used was very inefficient. When I was at the hearing before the historic preservation board to protect the facades of 1125 and 1131 Spring, the woman behind me said she was an architect for the project. Perhaps DGS and DCHA aren’t being as forthcoming as they could. I posted my thoughts on the property’s disposition on yesterday’s rant/revel. I may be a minority in my perspective though.

      • saf

        I totally agree with your thoughts on this building.

        • Anonymous

          I partially agree, and partially disagree. Still, you should have spoken up during the meeting on a priority or two — and only one or two. A specific, reasoned comment or two can help reset the tone for a community meeting.

    • +1 pretty unprofessional and annoying to sit through.

  • RANT: I am so fed up with my job. It has been a very long 6 years, but I don’t have the motivation to look for a new opportunity, likely due to job-induced sadness and aggression. I really want to quit but don’t have the savings to do so.
    Rave: Happiness is a warm puppy. Or my mom’s old dog. She really is a mood lifter :-)

    • Anonymous

      Hahaha, you and I have almost identical rant/raves.

    • Sudden Debt

      I can relate to job induced sadness. But I find some relief in applying for other jobs whether or not they pan out.

      • BH

        Totally agree with all of the above. Feels good to apply even though every position is getting huge numbers of apps. Sigh….

  • KSB

    Rant: Those new, really dim traffic lights you can’t see until you’re right up on them. Are they energy efficient? Is there a purpose to them? All I see is people who slam on their brakes when they get to them or creep up and disrupt the flow of traffic.
    Rave: Lucky to have a great partner. He’s an awesome husband, father and friend and I’m reminded every now and again how thankful I am to have him.

    • textdoc

      Agreed on your rant. I’ve wondered about those newfangled traffic lights too.

    • Anonymous

      Are they the polarized lights? At tricky intersections with weird angles (like on the circles) they use polarized lights that can only be seen from a certain angle to prevent people from getting confused about which signal pertains. But it does mean you can’t see them until you’re right on top of them.

      • KSB

        There are ones at Logan Circle but I’ve also seen them at standard four-way intersections. Drives me nutty!

  • skj84

    Rave: Had a job interview yesterday. Its for a part time resturant gig and I would have to work weekends, but it pays well and I would be able to use the rest of the week to look for a full time thing.

    Rant: I don’t think I did great. I couldn’t get a good read of what the manager doing the interview was looking for. Plus the interview its self was really short. He asked a few questions explained the job and then it was done. I didn’t even get to ask questions myself. Going to drop off a thank you note and hope for the best.

    Rant: The heat. I know I have no right to complain considering the winter we just had. But damn. Not to mention trying to figure out a nice outfit that I wouldn’t sweat through was a bit of a challenge.

    Rave: Ended the night cabana side at Penthouse Pool. I forgot my swimsuit so I couldn’t get in the water fully, but it felt great up there. Definitely want to to that again this summer.

  • Dateless

    Rant/Advice: I am feeling totally discouraged lately, as it feels like I can’t get a date to save my life! Week after week I find myself meeting new guys, having long, great conversations, and then nothing! Nobody even asks for my number anymore. Am I doing something wrong? Should I be more proactive? FWIW, I am no supermodel, but I am decently attractive. Or so I used to think…

    • Anonymous

      You need to be pro-active! If you are not 100% invested in something then do not pursue it, if you really want to date you need to let the guy know your interested here and there to give him the confidence to keep asking you out. – Just my 2 cents (25male)

    • Anonymous

      Why don’t you ask for their numbers?

    • jerseygirl

      when i was single i used to ask guys out fairly regularly. if i meet someone and i’m interested in them, i’ll ask for their phone #. i think it goes both ways, that it shouldn’t just be the men asking women out. my girlfriends all call me fearless, but why not? if i didn’t know them before, and i ask for their number and they don’t give it to me, then the end result is still the same: we still don’t know each other and i will probably never see them again.

    • Anonymous

      Male perspective: yeah, be proactive. If you’re just waiting for other people to do something, then you have no control over what happens (and it’s possible that nothing will happen), and you can easily become bitter with the results. For me, it’s a complete turnoff when a woman assumes it’s my responsibility to make all the moves. Definitely take a role beyond just being a charming conversationalist.

      • Accountering

        Another male perspective, yes, please be proactive! Guys aren’t all terrific at this, and there have definitely been times when I was having a great conversation, and didn’t even think to ask for a number. There have probably been multiple times when guys are kicking themselves later for not getting your number! Get after it!

  • Rant: I think I’m developing a condition that doesn’t allow me to concentrate on anything I’m doing. The strange thing is that it happens 3 times a day, at noon, at 3:00 and then at 6:00.
    Rave: World Cup!

    • fellowpetworthian

      Pablo I seem to suffer from the same affliction! :-)

    • Colhi

      +1

    • Emilie504

      I think it’s a highly contagious condition, I have it too!

      • skj84

        It’s an epidemic!

    • Kam

      I have it too, it is like a good plague.

    • I’m suffering it right now…

  • Rave: Finished my last grocery trip outside of Petworth – new Safeway opens NEXT WEEK!

  • Irving Streete

    Rant: Sticky boxers. Brought my clothes and breakfast to rowing practice so I could go straight to work (shower there) and the pineapples leaked.
    .
    Rave: Cute vegan in accounting suddenly finds me fascinating.
    .
    Rave: Major project done for the year. All the top honchos in my agency (including the head) will think I’m the cat’s meow through the weekend. I’ll worry about the other 51 weeks later.

    • Anonymous

      What does it mean when the pineapples leaked? A euphemism for….?

      • Irivng Streete

        I hadn’t considered the euphemistic aspects of that phrase, which is unusual for me.

    • Allison

      Do you think the cute vegan finds you fascinating because you smell like pineapple?

    • MPinDC

      I’d think that no boxers are better than sticky boxers!

    • Jen Jen

      Sticky boxers is a great band name. I call dibs!

      • NNON

        Include a small bottle of pineapple scent with the sticky boxers to attract vegans (and presumably vegetarians), some bacon scent for the meat lovers.

        • NNON

          I mean, Sticky Boxers®

  • GiantSquid

    Rant: Lonely. Mr. Squid is on travel this week and probably next week. Feeling distant from friends.
    Revel: Bike has arrived at shop and is ready for assembly
    Revel: Couldn’t figure out how to stop auto bill pay on DC Water’s site. Sent a note on Twitter, they put me in touch with someone and took care of it.
    Rant: Have to stop autopay because there’s only one water account for our place and downstairs unit. I’m not paying for the neighbors’ water, even if they are nice. Landlords need to step up and figure this out.
    Question: New downstairs neighbors have put the trash can in the front flowerbed/yard. I thought I read somewhere that there are regulations on where the cans should be stored but can’t find them. Help? If nothing else, it looks poor and I don’t think they want to deal with people throwing their loose trash (eg. dog poo) in there.

    • Florista

      Rave: Cool person in PoPville offered to help me shop for a new bike!!
      Rant-ish: Hoping I can remember how to ride one in order to impress said new person, or more accurately, prevent self-embarassment.
      Rave: Overwhelmed by such a generous offer of time – it’s one of our most precious commodities!
      Rant: Need to come up with the bike-bucks.

      • GiantSquid

        Aww, thanks for the smile. People get so worked up about biking they forget it’s fun. Anything I can do to help them remember that is worth the time.

        • Florista

          I hate to think of people being lonely, particularly since I spend a good deal of time by myself also! As to biking, I’m all about the fun part. Cheers!

  • jerseygirl

    Rant: it’s 90F outside, and my office is so over air conditioned that i’m under a blanket with my space heater on.
    Rant: fellow cyclist going the wrong way up the bike path this morning, which made me break hard, and then miss the next 5 lights on my commute. I have my commute timing down to a science, and a 2 second delay throws the whole thing off!
    Rave: one of my besties who is a medical resident finally has a weekend off, so i finally get to see him!

    • textdoc

      Re. your rant #1: I was in the same situation on Monday. What is it with offices and over-airconditioning??

    • GiantSquid

      See if there’s a wall thermostat you can adjust. My coworker and I were freezing and discovered that another co-worker had adjusted the thermostat as low as it could go. He’s in an office with windows and often has the door closed, so yes, it’ll get warm. I bumped it up and now the temp is tolerable with a light cardigan.

      • Anonymous

        I’m in the same boat and have no access to a thermostat. It’s 62 in my office. Loved reading the email telling employees to go into “energy savings mode” for the heat wave while I was sitting with a fleece on my lap, wearing my socks for the gym, running a space heater, and clutching a cup of hot water to thaw out my fingers. Something makes me think there there’s a way to save a lot more energy than if I turn off my monitor when I go to lunch.

      • jerseygirl

        unfortunately, the heat/AC is controlled centrally by building management. according to my thermometer, my office was at 63F when I came in this morning before i started cranking my space heater.

    • skj84

      I hate over AC. I always carry a sweater with me because I know I will end up somewhere with the AC on full blast. I used to wear hose year round at my last job. I could not go barelegged or I’d freeze from the AC.

    • caroline

      Same here. I gave up on wearing summer clothes to work, and am currently wearing wool pants and my warmest cardigan. I’m still freezing though! I keep going outside to warm up. What kind of sick person finds this comfortable?

      • guys in suits. if they relaxed the dress code for men then they wouldn’t have to turn office buildings into arctic outposts in the summer.

        • Anonymous

          Hey if I could wear wear a skirt and sleeveless top to the office I would. That ain’t going to happen in my lifetime. On the other hand, it’s perfectly acceptable for a woman to wear a suit, so that’s a possibility too.

          • caroline

            What’s a possibility? A suit’s not keeping me warm in an aggressively air-conditioned building where I’m expected to mostly be sitting all day.

        • jerseygirl

          this is the explanation that someone gave me, but it doesn’t quite add up: in the winter our office was heated to 69F, which is warmer than what it’s currently being air conditioned to 63F. don’t men wear warmer/heavier weight suits and clothing in the fall/winter like the rest of the world? also, almost no one wears suits in my office — only if you are going to the hill, in which case you’re not going to be in the office suffering in your suit!

        • women *typically* have more flexibility in their professional wardrobes than men do. and temperature settings are often written in to the building leases. according to this article, it’s actually better to have the office warmer than colder. http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2013/07/29/frigid-offices-bad-for-business/

          • Anonymous

            I don’t care how much more flexibility we have. I shouldn’t be wearing winter clothes (I might even bring in my winter coat tomorrow), and still be too cold to focus on work, during a heat wave.

          • ^ are you the same anon as @ 1:43? i’m not saying you should have to wear winter clothes; i agree that offices are over ACed. i thought 1:43 was was saying that since women can wear suits too that was a possible explanation for why offices are so cold. i was pointing out that women often don’t wear suits b/c they typically have more flexibility in their wardrobe choices. i.e., i’m wearing a pencil skirt and short sleeve cardi set while my male colleagues are both wearing suits. so, i’m cold in the office, and they’re not. but i also don’t die walking to/from the office, while i’m sure they’re miserable trekking around outside in suits.

          • textdoc

            Agreed with Anonymous 2:10 p.m.
            .
            Can’t men in suits take off their suit jackets? Surely a long-sleeved shirt with a tie would be considered suitably formal.
            .
            And it’s not just office buildings with men in suits that are kept overly cold — when I worked in an office building in the ‘burbs that was “business casual” M-Th and permitted jeans on Fridays, it was freezing there too.

          • textdoc

            For what it’s worth… I’ve had only one job where the office was warm enough for me to wear skirts or dresses. I end up having to wear pants all the time, and short-sleeved tops (so I don’t die outside) paired with a long-sleeved blazer. And often a turtleneck to boot, because sometimes it’s still too cold with just a blazer.

          • Anonymous

            The worst offenders of over air conditioning are grocery stores and movie theaters.

          • Anonymous

            Grocery store is one place where I’d rather have over air-conditioned than under. I’ll suffer a little if it means the food stays fresher!

        • caroline

          Are suits that much warmer than wool pants and a sweater? I’ll wear whatever if takes to stay warm and semi-professional-looking, but a suit would be overdressed where I work and I don’t think it would keep me any warmer.

  • artemis

    Rant: Back in the office for the first time since Thursday, and I haven’t managed to accomplish anything.
    Rave: Yoga and then dinner with awesome friends last night.
    Rave: My best friend is in town this week for work. i am loving all the time with her.
    Rave: Our belated wedding celebration picnic on Saturday was an amazing success. The weather was incredible; lots of friends came; and we had more than enough food and beer.
    Rave: I have the best, most generous in laws I could ever hope to have.

  • Chapin&14

    Rant: I find out about my contracts re-compete this friday, which is kind of nerve racking…I have not had much success applying for jobs recently (even though my resume continues to build out i havent even had a response in about 20 applications, and i am targeting stuff i am qualified for)
    Rave: Its hump day already (had monday off) hoping this week goes by fast so i can begin figuring out how the next 6 months of my life will be (looking for a job? same job? same company new client?) we will see…

  • Anonymous

    Rave: Caipirinha’s for the first time
    Rave: 7th date
    Rave: HOTTT morning sex, twice.
    Rave: The smile plastered on my face. I really like this guy a lot :)

    • Anonymous

      Congratulations on your recent intercourse.

      • That…

        …is worthy of a Hallmark card.

        • Lonely Island

          A cake is more appropriate, me thinks.

    • Irivng Streete

      TWICE? What time do you get up (or, you know, awaken)? ;)

      • Florista

        SO jelly! Just once would be more than sufficient…congratulations!

    • Jen Jen

      Get it, Anonymous!

  • Anonymous

    Rant: The weather. I grew up here but I just can’t handle summers anymore.

    • GiantSquid

      Upstate NY is lovely this time of year, for about three months.

      • Anonymous

        After those 3 months upstate NY gets even better! Nothing beats October in upstate NY!!

        • GiantSquid

          Maybe the first two weeks in October.

        • Sudden Debt

          White Christmases are the best, IMO.

      • saf

        Yes, this is the best time of year to visit there. Come back before the snow starts in October though.

  • SBinDC

    Rant: My girlfriend has a cat from hell. He’s about 3 years old and is somehow simultaneously aggressive and emotionally needy. Sometimes he’ll be sweet and snuggle but generally speaking he crouches on his cat tree and swipes at or bites people who go by, or will sit on the floor 2 feet from the couch and suddenly lunge at your ankles and feet. He paws at the wall and knocks off pictures. He cries a ton (he’s neutered) and at night he tears through the apartment, including our bedroom. He’ll jump on the dresser and bookshelf which he’s not supposed to do, and my GF hears it and responds to him by spraying him with a water bottle by the bed. He then squeals and races off the furniture, knocking things over and waking me up in the process. This happens about 10 times a night, 3 or so nights a week. He has somehow figured out how to actually turn the knob to open the door, so we can’t shut him out, but even when we are able to wedge the door closed he paws at the door and cries for hours. He gets plenty of attention and is generally healthy, but I’m at my wits end. Any suggestions, PoPville?

    • textdoc

      Yikes, that sounds rough. For nights, can you try shutting him in a bathroom?
      .
      For the other issues, maybe kitty Prozac? Some people were describing it as very effective in the recent thread about the Craigslist guy who was threatening to get his cat euthanized unless someone adopted it.

    • Emilie504

      Exercise him a lot before bed so he’s pooped and goes to sleep. Jackson Galaxy had a family build an obstical course for their cat that was keeping them up all night. It helped the cat not be bored and they were able to sleep at night.

    • wdc

      Lots of people swear by Feliway, which is a pheromone to spray or diffuse in the air. It’s supposed to chill cats out. I tried it and didn’t have any luck with the problem I tried it for, but I’m in the minority.
      Otherwise, get a laser pointer and use it a LOT.

    • textdoc

      If he’s been raised as an “only cat” there’s a possibility he might not like other cats (or not know how to interact with them), but perhaps he’d act up less if he had a playmate? Maybe you could do a trial adoption from a rescue group.

      • foster!

        • textdoc

          I was thinking about suggesting fostering… but if the OP’s cat doesn’t get along with other cats, period, then it would probably be unpleasant for all parties involved.

    • dcreal

      sorry but this made me lol…..but I feel for you.

    • Anonymous

      Spend the night at your place.

      • SBinDC

        haha true, but I’m planning to move in in a few months! this has to end!

    • NoFoundation

      Wooooof. This sounds exactly like my ex-roommates cat. Any chance your GF works at lululemon?

      • dcreal

        Did you mean Meeeoooooow?

    • Anonymous

      I grew up with a cat like this; it’s why I’m a dog person. You should look into the TV show My Cat From Hell and see what the host suggests to families going through similar issues. Good luck!

    • Anonymous

      It’s summer…he wants sex, like the rest of us animials.

    • Anonymous

      He may need more exercise than he’s getting. I would start there, along with trying Feliway, which is hit or miss. If those don’t work, then off to the vet and discuss Prozac. People are often reluctant to medicate their pets, but it has proven to be very effective and can be used temporarily. You two definitely can’t be happy with the situation and my guess is the cat isn’t either. Good luck!

    • Anonymous

      Easy, tell her its you or the cat, if it really bothers you.

      • ick.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, and as someone who had pets before I met my current GF, if she had said that I would have said “ok bye.” I would never want to be with someone who would think it’s ok to give me an ultimatum like that.

        • Anonymous

          +1.

  • Anonymous

    Revel: World Cup!
    Question: Don’t suppose anyone knows a great place to watch the game on Sunday without having to get there at noon, do they?

  • Kam

    Rave: USTPO cancelling the Washington Football Club’s trademark. This gives me a little faith in humanity. Regardless, I am sure that they have warehouses full of stuff with another name as a contingency plan but then again we are talking about bullheaded Dan Snyder, the same guy who refused to change the name so we will see.

    .

    Rant: Going to my uncle’s wake today.

    .

    Rave: He isn’t suffering anymore and is in a better place.

    • Emilie504

      I’m sorry for your loss.

  • Anonymous

    Are there an public racquetball courts in DC?

  • Anonymous

    Does anyone know of any parks in DC (other than Rock Creek Park) that have grills?

    • Pixie

      Fletcher’s Boathouse on the C&O Canal has grills and picnic tables.

    • GiantSquid

      The Anacostia River Park might have them.

    • Upshur?

    • jim_ed

      I could swear that Garfield Park on Cap Hill has them, but its been a few years since I’ve been to it.

      • Anonymous

        I’m pretty sure you’re right.

  • Anonymous

    WBJ

    ‘Food and beverage sales totaled more than $68 million in the 14th Street-Logan Circle corridor alone in 2013 — *more than Dupont Circle ($37.7 million) and Georgetown ($61.6 million).*

  • Andie

    Rant: My dad passed out at work.
    Double rant: Apparently this isn’t the first time. He just didn’t bother to tell my mom about it before.
    Rave: His vitals were fine.
    Rave: My mom convinced him he needs to be checked out by a doctor immediately.
    Rant: Because he’s gone through this before his opinion is that it’s a waste of time; this is because he hasn’t been properly diagnosed. It’s not healthy or normal to have constant dizzy spells and pass out…WTF!
    Rant: He is the most capable, loving, smart man that I know…why can’t he pull his head out of his rear and take care of himself (or let himself be taken care of)!
    Rave: Maybe this will be a wake up call.
    Rant/Rave: Until I got this news it was a solid morning. Ups and downs I guess!

    • skj84

      Do you think it was the heat or he could be diabetic? My father is one of those people who won’t see the doctor either. I don’t know if it’s a generational thing but it worries me. Hope your Dad gets better soon!

      • Andie

        They checked his sugar level and it was okay. He was in his air conditioned office at the time. He’s had some health issues in the past that I don’t think have been completely resolved. They’ve just been dragging out so long that he’s lost hope of getting back to his old self (and has deteriorated more in the process). It’s sad to watch – and he is in his mid-50’s…not old at all! My grandparents in their 90’s are healthier. Thanks for the well-wishes!

    • littlen

      Scary!! =( I hope everything is okay and that he gets it sorted out quickly! I don’t understand people who balk at going to a doctor’s when there is clearly something wrong…

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