Random Reader Rant and/or Revel featuring How was your Commute?

by Prince Of Petworth March 16, 2016 at 9:03 am 177 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.

  • Rave: Quickest commute I’ve had into work outside of a Thanksgiving or Christmas work week. The DC bus system is really great, more people should familiarize themselves with the routes near them so they don’t freak out quite so much.

    • The southbound buses I saw in my neighborhood were already packed and I live pretty far north (northbound looked fine).

    • FridayGirl

      +1000 to this. My bus from U Street to Foggy Bottom was half empty this morning (when it’s usually full) but perhaps that was a fluke. Fastest commute I’ve had since Christmas.

      • JohnH

        There are probably a lot of people who are not commuting today that normally would though. Probably why.

      • The famous boat

        Which line to you use to get from U to Foggy Bottom? I can’t seem to find one that goes directly there.

        • msus

          The S1. Only runs weekday mornings (from U st to foggy bottom) and evenings (in reverse)

        • msus

          to clarify: i shouldn’t have said FROM U st, it merely has a stop there.

          • FridayGirl

            Yup. S1. Alternatively you can take any of the 50s line buses or S buses to the 80, which is actually sometimes faster but not always.

    • Look I where rose colored glasses all the time – but every single morning I see 20+ minute delays on some metrobus routes. Let’s not be ridiculous in the other direction. It is good, but it has it has it’s fair share of problems too. Glad it worked out for you this morning.

      • It works out for me every morning, that’s how I almost always get to work. There are rare times where it’s late, but that’s typically because of some other issue in DC like road closures, not because the bus system itself is faulty.

        • el

          i’m glad your route always works for me, but my bus is continually 20-30+ minutes late, and is often so packed that you can barely get on. Commuting home by bus over the winter sucked. Even when I left early to try to get a head start on rush hour, sometimes my bus would come 45 minutes later than scheduled/Metro tracker would say, so I would be waiting 45 min out in the cold and then packed like sardines once on, and everyone grumpy. In the morning, there isn’t usually as long a wait for the bus, but more than a few times the bus has passed me completely because it was, I guess, too full, so I had to call an Uber.

          It’s not perfect. I still take it because Metro makes me nervous after last year.

          • el

            *always works for you

          • I regularly watch my afternoon bus estimated time tick back and forth, but that’s because it has to travel down K Street to get to me, which is an unpredictable traffic nightmare. 45 minutes definitely seems excessive, sorry to hear that, most bus lines that run through the city should have 2 that would have come through in that time.

        • rachel

          you are lucky that your bus route is so reliable. I lived in Columbia Heights and commuted to Tenleytown most days from 2008-2011 and the H2/3/4 would regularly not show up and then after 30 minutes, 2 in a row would come. Maybe things have changed since then but my guess is that certain routes will always be troubled. On the other hand, when I lived on 16th street and commuted downtown, the S buses were SUPER convenient and as long as I left early enough, not uncomfortably packed.

          • el

            Yea same on the D4 afternoon commute, I often wait 30 min and no bus, and then 2-3 will go by at once.

          • FridayGirl

            East-West routes in the city are not good.
            North-South routes is where it’s at.

      • And, if your alternative is taking leave because your office doesn’t allow telework (as many people were complaining about), then I think a 20 minute delay, assuming that was even the norm, would still be the preferred choice.

        • I’m just saying it’s not all roses and rainbows. Let’s be honest.

          • It’s certainly not perfect, that’s not my argument at all. But that doesn’t negate the fact that many people who live in the city have never even looked to see what their other options are. Most people probably buy/rent houses/condos/ats based on proximity to Metro stops, and don’t even bother to research where their neighborhood bus routes can take them. I’m not saying it’s a magical opioitic ride for all, just that this should provide some of those people with a chance to broaden their commute options so they’re not so SOL next time.

          • Agree – I like the bus very much. In Petworth I rode the 64 all the time. Now I ride the L1, L2 and H2 pretty frequently as well. Definitely good to know they are an option. Also good to know they sometimes suck just as much if not worse as the subway. I’m beginning to think you or I or both of us are starting to think too deeply on this :)

          • It’s Just Me

            I bought my current place based on metro because I foolishly bought my last place based on proximity to transit – meaning in that case convenient bus routes (3 of them). Within 6 months of my moving into the house, one route was re-routed away from my house, within a year, the other two were rescheduled such that there was one bus between 7 and 8 AM, but that didn’t get me to work on time. And the buses changed to run only every hour after 6:30 until 8:30, so often I couldn’t get home from work either. I love busses, and often take them because they’re more convenient to get across town, but I’d never again buy a place based on research on bus routes. They can change too easily. Sure, metro can change times and become much less convenient, but the infrastructure will still be there.

          • @IJM, all very true, and that sounds incredibly frustrating!

          • anon

            i don’t think anyone’s saying it’s all roses and rainbows. let’s be honest, indeed.

      • FridayGirl

        I sometimes get frustrated that my buses are late (usually during the evening commute), but there is comfort in knowing if you’re stuck on a bus you can get out and walk (assuming you aren’t busing to fairfax or something). If you’re stuck in a tunnel, you’re… well, stuck.

        • Agreed – I’m not pitting one against the other I’m just saying that the bus isn’t shangrila!!

          • FridayGirl

            Hahaha… that is true.

      • ***

        I would say between metro bus and metro rail, the bus is more reliable overall. The bus system is not without it’s own share of problems – over-crowding, lines with too many stops, and the mysterious disappearing northbound L2 bus – but those are all fairly minor in comparison the issues with metro rail these days. I do agree that many people are completely unaware of the bus system in this city, which considering how limited an area the metro rail actually covers, is very surprising. That said, fewer people on the bus = more seats for me.

      • DC CapHill

        +1 Ever try to go northbound at 16th and (Eye) from rush hour to about 8 pm? Gooooooood luck. You have to let an average of 3-4 buses go past with people flooding onto them, before you can get on one, and there are so many other stop (another one less than 1 full block away at K, might I add,) that you can forget about it not being a sardine can well before U Street. And that’s irrespective of them being 10-40 minutes outside their normal run times.

        But if you are patient, it will generally get you closer than Metrorail, even if you have to transfer and wait multiple times. The ridership seems to be a bit less crazy as well.

        • HaileUnlikely

          Hint: walk back to the previous stop. Don’t tell others, though, as once enough people catch on, it will cease to work.

        • Is that the one by the church of scientists or whatever that’s being renovated? I used to take that stop, never really had an issue. Although taking the S2/9/whatever down 16th in the morning I would often see several buses in a row ride right on by my stop (around Q St / Corcoran) without stopping because they were already packed full at 7AM. And if it was raining that day forget about it, just walk.

          • FridayGirl

            They’re still pretty bad in the morning, but there are more double buses now and that definitely helped.

        • mtpresident

          I get on the bus with my two kids, small stroller, and backpack pretty much every evening from that spot sometime around 6:15 or so, and rarely (if ever) have a bus full when it gets there. Though certainly plenty of buses fill up at that stop. Occasionally we can’t get on the first bus that comes through, but there is usually another bus quickly behind it that we can get on. Though it does happen sometimes that we can’t make it on for 5-10 minutes, it’s pretty unusual.

        • kmp

          Every M-F. Yes, sometimes I have to let a bus go by due to overcrowding, but during rush hour its only a 3-5 minute wait for the next one. Love my S buses :)

          • mtpresident

            Me too. Also grateful for other bus passengers who are nearly always offering to help me with my stroller or daughter and allowing us to sit up front where I can usually stow the stroller under the seats to minimize our intrusion into the aisle.

    • figby

      I gave up on the bus the second time I inadvertently sat in a puddle of urine. In daylight.

  • gotryit

    Normal-ish bike ride. Great weather.

    • timmyp

      Same here. Was nearly killed by one or two more Marylanders than usual but nothing out of the ordinary.

      • gotryit

        I took 11th st NW heading down instead of 14th st for exactly that reason.

      • rachel

        LOL – same! I left an hour early too, in anticipation of the extra cars, but otherwise my commute was completely ordinary.

      • Marty

        And I almost killed a cyclist who blew through a stop sign as I was turning left at a 4-way stop. I had waited my turn, but the cyclist seemed to feel that the stop sign didn’t apply and just blew though. I didn’t hit them, but startled them a bit.

        • gotryit

          That sucks (on both ends) and was really stupid of the cyclist. I saw a few seemingly new cyclists on the road doing newbie kinds of things. I would have offered some tips, but they didn’t seem interested, and weren’t really close enough to reach out to.

  • Ryan

    Rant: As if all the extra cars weren’t making traffic bad enough, there were tons of cars blocking the box on my way in and I didn’t see a single Judge out issuing summary executions. Lanier, do something!

    • formerDC resident

      summary EXECUTIONS!? wow, the punishment for blocking the box has really gone up since I lived in DC!

      • Mug of Glop

        That’s the problem – it hasn’t.

    • Emmaleigh504


  • Quotia Zelda

    Rave: No commute today.
    Rave: Dreamt about my grandmother, who has been dead for 20 years. She was having a dinner party, so naturally the issue of quality v. stacking loomed large.
    Rave: Today’s Natchez History minute is on Gen. Martin. :D

  • Planner

    My commute was pretty normal. I take the 14th St buses which can be awful on any given day, but today the first one to arrive wasn’t full and actually stopped to pick me up. As normal, stood until about F St, and then there were seats the rest of the way. Even downtown traffic didn’t seem very different that usual.
    I hope it’s all as good on the way home.

  • JohnH

    50% KUDOS to Capital Bikeshare. They did a great job of keeping bikes in stock and docks available.
    However, I am fearful of finding a bike to get home. Then they can have 100% kudos.

    • AJSE

      Ha! Make them earn that full kudos.

    • kl00t

      I’m tentatively optimistic about the commute home, since a) its usually a more spaced-out commute with some people leaving early and some staying late; and b) most people have to bike uphill to go home, which means they may opt for walking/taking a bus/uber/taxi.

  • logandude

    Rave: Beautiful morning for a bike ride in. No problem getting a bike in Ballston (though that was at 7 a.m.). Definitely heavier traffic than usual on the bike trails. The 38B was already crowded and blowing off waiting passengers just outside Ballston.

    • JohnH

      The bike stations in U Street/Logan/Shaw all had available bikes until 8:45ish. Looking the app now, most are cleared out (which is normal for this time) but there are still a few here and there. If you leave to go to work at 9, I don’t really feel bad for you :)
      When I left at 7 am, all 3 stations around me were pretty much full stocked (not necessarily the case most mornings).

  • eggs

    My husband dropped me off at work this morning on his way to work, and traffic wasn’t any different than normal. I’ll probably walk home if it’s not raining when I leave, or take a bus if it is.

  • Pixie

    Rave – No commute for me today, I took a sick day. My non-fed office follows OPM closures but we don’t telework, so we either have to use leave or come into work on days like these. I was thinking of trying out the bike commute for the first time today but… eff it. I have a lot of sick time saved up and I’d rather stay home and chill in the park with my dog.
    Bonus Rave – My cousin had a baby boy this morning!

  • marigold

    Rave: My commute from DC to VA is typically going against traffic.
    Rant: The number of drivers who are unfamiliar with DC roads and kept doing fun things like trying to make a right turn from the left lane and blocking the intersection
    Rave: I survived WMATApocalypse (thus far)…

    • Colhi

      I also commute from DC to suburbs. I know that people don’t usually drive to work but it seemed like today they also don’t normally drive at all. Is it possible that people don’t know what a four-way stop is?

      • anon

        Judging by MD commuters’ normal driving behavior through my neighborhood, I would say that, no, no they do not know what a four-way-stop is.

        • timmyp

          Do they have drivers ed. in Maryland? If so do they teach you that crosswalks are the proper place to stop at a Red light because it sure as hell seems that way.

          • anon

            You know, I’ve often wondered that. So I went to the MD DMV site and according to that, you need to hold your learner’s permit for a minimum of 9 months and complete 30 hours of classroom training and 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training. Plus they need to log at least 60 hours of on-road practice (which can be with a parent).
            It’s actually more than I thought would be required in MD. Maybe they should amend their requirements to include a course on “how to drive in the city like a normal person and not almost run over pedestrians or bikers/ turn left from the right lane/ cut people off without signaling and then slow down / run stop signs or red lights when peds have the right of way, etc.”

          • HaileUnlikely

            Those licensing requirements are relatively new (I don’t recall how new, but well inside of a decade). Also of some note: it was only within the past decade that MD started administering its on-road driving test on an actual road rather than on a closed course. Most MD-licensed drivers over the age of 25-30 were licensed in an altogether different era of licensing and may as well have been licensed on a different planet.

          • anon

            Now THAT makes a lot more sense. Thanks for clearing that up Haile!

          • Mr. Lemon Tree

            Don’t be so cruel…I grew up in MoCo, and I remember driver’s ed teaching us proper driving etiquette like:

            – The shoulder is an optimal place to pass people on the highway
            – When parallel parking, you are permitted to park anywhere within 10 feet of the curb (Parallel Parking is illegal within a 5 mile radius of Rockville Pike)
            – Yellow lights mean triple your speed through the intersection, otherwise traffic cameras or pedestrians may see you
            – One way streets are a suggestion
            – Traffic circles allow drives to make up their own rules
            – You must defend the Old Line State’s pride at all times, meaning no one should:
            -Ever pass a Marylander
            -Get in the way of Marylander…therefore tailgate, flash high beams, or do whatever takes to push cars to switch lanes
            -There is a secret technique to eating a crab while driving. However, if a crab is not available, Utz Crab Chips should be consumed

          • Anonamom

            Just for clarification, I was initially licensed to drive in MD. The requirements at that time were:
            Driver’s Ed (the quality of this really varies from school to school)
            A certain number of hours behind the wheel with the Driving School instructor (I think 2?)
            A certain number of hours behind the wheel with a licensed driver over the age of 21 who had had their license a minimum of 5 years.
            When I took my road test, we did all the normal stuff like parallel parking, three-point turns etc.
            Now, one thing to keep in mind is that Maryland has a lot of transplants just like DC, so just because you have Maryland plates doesn’t mean you learned to drive in Maryland. Also, is depends where in MD you learned (rural versus suburbs), who taught you (I was taught by my old school mom who insisted I learn on a stick), and if you are a natural asshole or not.
            Secondly, I think that the reason most MD drivers suck is that they commute from so far away that by the time they get into the city, they just want to GTFO of their vehicle, and have zero patience or common courtesy left. These people should take Metro, or not work in DC at all, but this doesn’t happen because they are mostly long-tenured Feds who don’t want to come into contact with actual DC and would never actually set foot into DC if it weren’t for a paycheck and Cherry Blossoms.

          • elbeech

            Mr. Lemon Tree, as someone who grew up in MoCo and has eaten Crab Utz while driving (though not actual crabs), I approve this message.

    • Trip Throckmorton

      I love U turns on Memorial Bridge.

  • LittleBluePenguin

    Rave: Walked most of the way to work, then just hopped on the H2 bus at Georgia & Irving because it was right there. Easy peasy commute, I should do this way more often! (It’s just the part that’s closest to work that’s a little tricky because of lack of sidewalks/crosswalks and people who drive like absolute maniacs)
    Rant: Pollen. It hurts to breathe, literally.
    Question for the Populace: Does anyone have any good guided meditation apps they can recommend? Preferably free ones but if not free, then something you totally feel was worth the money?

    • Zooks

      I use Headspace. The first 10 meditations are free & they’re a great introduction to meditation. You can pay for more, but I like the 10th one so I just repeat it. Someday when I have a little extra $$ hanging around I’ll show them some love by subscribing :D. Good luck!

    • MPinDC

      I like Buddify ($3)
      Also check out the Insight Meditation Community of DC/Talks. I really like Tara Brach and Sharon Salzberg; one of Tara’s meditation series is available at the DC library

    • Yay for your easy commute!

    • Anonamom

      Yes, yes you should! I’ve been telling you that for years! ;)

      • LittleBluePenguin

        I know but I’m SOOOO lazy :)

        • mtpresident

          Try to make it into a habit, then you’ll fall into it naturally and miss it when you can’t. I’m trying to convince myself to do the same with walking to day care from work (likely takes an extra 20-25 minutes) a couple of times a week, though it’s a little hard to get out of the office any earlier than I do already…

          • Formerly ParkViewRes

            Agree. Since we don’t have a car up here we walk EVERYWHERE. If it’s 3 miles or less we walk, and I have to say I am disappointed/don’t want to go if we can’t walk haha. We could take the streetcar a lot of places and it would take maybe 15-20 mins, but usually opt for the 25-30 minute walk instead.

          • Anonamom

            This is how I was when I worked where LBP works now. For me, it was much better walking after dropping the kids than either: taking a 14th St bus and getting on what anyone who works at that campus calls the “shittle”; driving and parking in Columbia Heights and then taking the shittle; taking a GA Ave bus down to grab an H bus to get to campus; or walking to the train to go one stop and take the shittle. As you can see, my main goal in all of this was avoiding the shittle. Plus, I’m inpatient and I hate waiting for buses.

    • Therapist

      I like the Calm app. It has guided meditations, body scans and meditation timers from two minutes to 30+, I think, all free. There are extra paid features, though I use it most days for myself and clients and haven’t felt the need to upgrade.

    • kl00t

      Check out Mark Williams guided meditations. The audio files I think are free on amazon, they’re supposed to accompany his and Danny Penman’s book “Mindfulness.”

  • Commute: when I was out walking the dog at 6:30 there were a few more cars than usual on NH/Sherman, but when I drove to work at 7:20 it looked normal in both directions, though I head north up GA.
    Rant: if a promotion falls in the woods does anyone hear it? Or more accurately, I can’t really get myself excited about a “promotion” that doesn’t increase my grade or salary, but just changes my title slightly. I should get hazard pay for managing this person as my first ever direct report.
    Rant: a friend bailed on a trip we were planning. I’m annoyed.
    Rave: warm weather is about the only thing I can get excited about right now.

    • Question: has anyone had their kitchen cabinets painted? Can you recommend someone?

      • JohnH

        If they aren’t incredibly new/nice cabinets, doing it yourself is actually pretty easy and worth it. And I am NOT a super handy guy – actually easier than painting walls with trim, imo, which I despise. A fresh coat of paint and new fixtures can make pretty blah cabinets look pretty darn good and does not cost very much.
        Sorry if you have axed that idea, I obviously don’t have a recommendation…

        • They are fairly new, but the color is not to my liking. The cabinets are really dark, like espresso colored, and my kitchen doesn’t get a lot of light. For a while I had just written it off, like I’m not allowed to paint 2 year old cabinets, but they’re mine and I’m sick of how dark it is in the kitchen. I want to paint the uppers white and leave the lowers dark.
          I just worry that I’ll mess it up and it won’t look good. I’m awesome at painting walls, but I’ll be really annoyed with myself if these don’t look good.

          • JohnH

            Assuming your kitchen isn’t massive and you only want to paint half of them, I wouldn’t be afraid to do it yourself (and you’ll likely save a lot). However, given that it’s a relatively small job, it may be a price range you’re willing to pay to have them done. When I first bought my place, the cabinets were already painted over, so I painted over that myself (while I saved $ to get them re-done) – given that you have finished wood cabinets right now, you may be able to have someone do it to where it looks more finished than a typical paint job. So maybe go the contractor route…

        • HaileUnlikely

          Painting cabinets easier than painting walls? You must either have a special knack for painting cabinets, insanely high standards for the quality of your paint job on your walls, or low-ish standards for the quality of your paint job on your cabinets. I agree with the recommendation to do it yourself, but I find painting cabinets much more difficult, labor-intensive, and generally maddening than painting walls.

      • Full disclosure, I haven’t painted cabinets, but I watched my father do it and I’ve painted lots of other stuff. The main risks are that a) the cabinets aren’t cleaned properly before painting, so the paint peels, and b) the individual coats are too thick and/or not allowed to dry long enough between coats, so the paint stays a little gummy/tacky. If you do it, invest in a $50 paint sprayer – it will help keep the individual layers thin enough so they can dry completely between coats. But also get plastic sheeting so you don’t get paint spray everywhere. There’s a ton of guidance on DIY sites.

    • It depends, does it also add new work experience that could be beneficial to beefing up your resume?

      • Yes, I’m going from not managing people to managing a person. It just feels like a slight because the two other people who had this same situation got pay bumps, allbeit modest ones. They’ve stopped doing it this way, so because it took mine longer to get approved I’m getting screwed.
        It’s like I’ve proven my ability to own this function and take on the other person and now I have to do not only more work, but totally new work, and there is no compensation for what I’ve earned or what I’m taking on. I obviously know this happens a lot in the world, but now is my turn to be annoyed about it. I haven’t even bothered to tell anyone about my promotion.

        • Even if it doesn’t pay off immediately there, that management experience is invaluable if you decide to move elsewhere. It’s something so many resumes are lacking because it’s hard to earn that responsibility.

        • LittleBluePenguin

          I agree with Justin – I mean, you have every right to feel annoyed, I would be annoyed too. But I do think that it can pay off in the end by looking great on a resume if you decide to change companies or even in negotiating with your current one in 6-12 months….

    • HaileUnlikely

      Can’t recommend anybody (I DIY most things, definitely including painting). One really important tip: make sure to wash the cabinets very thoroughly, sand them lightly, and use a good primer that is intended to be used on the surface material in question. About 20 years ago I learned the hard way that skimping on the surface prep tends to have more serious consequences than skimping on the surface prep when painting drywall. Everything peeled within a few months and I had to sand everything down and basically start over. Lesson learned.

  • hammers

    I haven’t decided if I am going in yet… Col hts to Rosslyn.

    • noooooooooooooo

      Dont do it, Co-hi to Courthouse took me 2 hours and 4 buses (thanks to the H1 not running on schedule)

    • dcd

      I used to walk from Columbia Heights to Georgetown – took about 45 minutes (though I’m a fast walker). From my office to Rosslyn would be an extra 15 minutes or so – If you’re able, that’s the way to do it.

      • hammers

        Not able. I’m on a super packed bus as we speak.

        • s.patrillo

          just curious which route/buses you are taking this morning? I was thinking of attempting a 54 bus down 14th, get off at McPherson, walk 3 blocks to Farragut Square and hop on the 38B.

          • hammers

            I took the 64 to the G2 then walked the 20 min from Georgetown. Left around 10, got to work at 11:50.

  • Will

    Smooth Bike ride from SE down to Crystal City. A lot of people on BikeShares*, but most of them had big smiles on their faces. Probably the first time they enjoyed their commute to work in years.

    *be patient with them on the commute home. We are all in this together (contra DC Metro)

    • rachel


  • That One Guy

    Took a personal day. I convinced myself that the drive in and parking situation was going to be too sketchy and best if avoided.

  • NH Ave Hiker

    I could have biked or driven to Fort McNair but figured I have a telework agreement, why not use it and hang out with my dog. Plus I’m probably going to a conference in Baltimore Thursday/Friday so I won’t be in the office until next week.

  • Dognonymous

    The bus routes from home to work aren’t great, and they’re worse going from work to home, so I drove. Glad I went in an hour early or I might not have been able to get into the building’s garage.

  • SinSA

    Rave: Left early, got to work an hour earlier but traffic was still…traffic-y. Still, it’s amazing what I get accomplished when I’m the only person here. Now people are wandering in.

    Rant: Something needs to change. Not sure if it’s my job, where I’m living completely, or what? I think I need a vacation. I haven’t had one since 2013. Going to visit my dad this weekend. Apparently he’s no longer allowed to drive. At least I learned this in advance of my trip this time so I have time to process it. And I’m making him dinner for the first time ever while I’m there.

    Rave: My one partner told me what he was writing on my review and it was very lovely.

    • PoPOverWork

      At first I thought your second Rave was about you polyamorous relationship and I was very excited. Maybe it still is? But I don’t think couples do actual reviews…If you do, please let me know how it is going!

      • FridayGirl

        Hah! Me too!!!

      • SinSA

        Hahahaha no. I don’t have a polyamorous relationship (sorry to disappoint — I have no relationship actually). I just work for two partners, the nice one and Il Divo.

        • dcd

          As a consolation prize, B&W has, this week, the Irish Lad cupcake (formerly named the Irish Carbomb cupcake). Plus, free Guinness tomorrow morning! That’ll start the day off right!

          • SinSA

            Free Guinness tomorrow morning? I’m totally going there!

    • Hill Denizen

      TAKE A VACATION!!!!! It might not solve all your problems, but life is too short to not get out there and do something for you. It might provide some clarity or it might just give your brain a needed rest. I only did one year without a proper vacation (which for me is a week, since I can’t take more time off than that). I thought taking a two “me days” during the year would be enough. It’s not. I was so much more burned out.

      • Andie302

        +1 – Southwest is having a fare sale…just get on a plane and go somewhere you’ve never been before! A change of scenery/pace will be good for you!

        • SinSA

          I’d love to, but the going back and forth the the Midwest every other month this year + surprise dental work (grateful for insurance but still have out of pocket expenses) means a hit to my budget. I can take a vacation eventually. Just not now.

          • tigershark

            A great and wise person at a previous firm told me that you are not allowed to complain about your job or be unhappy if you use less than 75% of your allotted vacation in a year. They give it to you for a reason, use or else you have no one to blame but yourself. Sometimes it is a chore in and of itself to get scheduled, but doing it 3-6 months out for week spells means the partner(s) agree since they cannot cognize a thought that far out, and then its on the books and it forces you to take it as well.

          • SinSA

            I use my days off, tigershark, it’s just not for “vacation” — it’s for other things that require my attention. I took a few days off at Christmas when my mom was visiting me. I just need a time where I go somewhere that I am not required to do work or to see family and I can’t do that now.

          • HaileUnlikely

            As SinSA notes, paid days off categorized as “vacation” aren’t only to go travel places for amusement. In the nearly 12 years at my job, I’ve used roughly 150 days categorized as “vacation” yet have spent a grand total of 5 days of my entire life on what one would typically regard as a vacation in the colloquial (as opposed to HR department jargon) sense of the word.

          • FridayGirl

            I’m late, but I’m with SinSA on this. I only get 12 vacation days a year but for example, last year a handful have had to be spent for academic purposes and others for moving, etc. I finally (for the first time in 3 years) managed to squeeze in 5 days of going home and not having to *do* anything. I have never been on an actual non-family related vacation even though I use all my vacation days.

  • DC1

    Commute: Not bad at all! The good thing about people who don’t usually drive into the city, is that they only know and stick to the main roads. It took 18 mins flat from Brightwood to the West End through the park.

  • domrep

    I usually leave my house around 8 and take the Metro, I woke up about an hour earlier than usual and left around 7:15. I could have walked it, and that was my plan but Uber didn’t have surge pricing at that time so I took an Uber, $6 and money well spent. I really expected the surge price and even checked around 8:15 and it still wasn’t in effect.

  • Ally

    Walked 35 blocks to work. Then evened out all that healthiness with a giant burrito. So, 50/50.

    • LittleBluePenguin

      This made me smile :)

    • CHGal

      Yep. I walked three miles then had an egg mcmuffin. Glad I’m not the only one who thinks this way.

    • CS

      You earned that burrito.

  • DTinDC

    Sky didn’t fall after all. Car Commute and it was the same as any other day. Except that today I saw a young lady running along S Street with her young puppy. She had the biggest smile on her face. The day was already good, but seeing that took the morning from good to great.

  • Trip Throckmorton

    Wonderful! It was like a holiday commute.

  • can_i_park_here

    Great bike commute today. Thanks to Bike Rack and Peregrine coffee for the free coffee on the way in.

  • dcd

    I was dreading this morning, since today is the one day of the week I have to leave my house late (9:00). I went the back way, and made it from Bethesda to Georgetown in 20 minutes. Planning on working late, though, to let the evening mess die down.

  • Andie302

    Rant: My stupid back is hurting again
    Rave: At least it’s only at night?
    Rave: Commute was easy – 20ish minutes walking and it didn’t seem like traffic was any heavier than usual downtown.

  • Hill Denizen

    Rave: Living two blocks from work.
    Rant: Put on four pounds in one week. Apparently no matter how much I work out, I can’t get away with eating a bunch of cookie dough, frosting, cake scraps and other sweat and fried treats. Wamp. Wamp.

    • shadesofpale

      ugh, me now. I work out so much, can’t this just even out the food and drinks?

  • BeverlyS

    Rant to a Rave: took a sick day because my allergies just blew up overnight. Picked up my allergy meds, took one at about 8am, now feeling great. Beautiful day to be home with the dog.

    • figby

      What do you take? I keep reading that climate change is making allergies worse this year. Definitely feeling it Thanks!

      • BeverlyS

        I take Claritin-D, I need the decongestant. Allergies are early this year, I wish I would’ve began my usual course a lot sooner!

  • skj84

    Commute: I bikeshared in from Hill East to Farragut Square. No problem finding a bike at the Oklahoma Ave corral. Ride itself was pretty smooth, I had a couple hiccups, but that was on me getting turned around at Stanton Park, then getting confused about how to get on Pennsylvania Ave. Other than that, smooth sailing. I did notice an influx of traffic, it felt good flying past the cars!

    Rave: Energy boost from the ride. I feel rejuvenated!

    Rant: My lower back really hurts. I’ve never had that happen before.

  • Justin

    Nice day for a bike ride. Shot straight down 14th St, and besides an extended honk from a cab that was mildly annoying, no issues. Makes me want to bike to work everyday.

    • canadianexile

      Same – good bike ride from H St NE to 14th St. at 9:00. Car traffic seemed normal.

      RAVE – More bikes on the road!

  • DCRachel

    I planned on walking or taking the bus, and ended up taking the P6 as I was running late (not that it mattered, my office is a ghost town). Traffic on North Capitol was backed up to the usual levels, but I got to work in record time. It was such a lovely day I got out and walked a few extra blocks.

    To everyone who braved the roads and came to work by car, bus, bike, or on foot, I salute you. This is a crappy commuter day that forces everyone to think outside the box, but we are all in this together. I noticed people with way more smiles on their faces this morning on the bus (and on the P6, that is saying something).

  • TX2DC

    My commute was fine since I drove to work as usual (work provides me a garage spot). There was slightly increased traffic downtown.

  • RabbitRabbitRabbit

    Commute: I work from home so it’s never an issue. Thankfully I don’t have any appointments anywhere so I’m just going to stay put.
    Rave: Avocado on Toast at the Little Beet yesterday was phenomenal. It’s a grown up version of one of my childhood favorites.
    Rant: Made the mistake of suggesting we watch “Up” yesterday. I had no idea that Pixar ever touched the issue of infertility. Not the best choice of movie on a day when we had to go in for a fertility treatment. Resulted in lots of ugly crying.

  • Anonamom

    Rave: So glad I reverse commute. 35 minutes to work, no issues.
    Rant: Work satisfaction has taken a complete nosedive with the new hires. We have a wanderer and a person who just will not be quiet. Adding to that some recent completely non-job but mandatory training I’ve had, I am at the end of my rope.

  • wdc

    Rant: Overbred dogs whose breeders obviously did not have the animals’ best interests in mind. I saw a dachshund today with legs so short that his person had to stop every couple steps while the dog labored to keep up. And a pug who was unable to eat a treat off the ground because his face was so unnaturally flat. The AKC has a lot to answer for. I’m appalled that people breed and buy dogs meant to look like plush toys and then call themselves “animal lovers”.

    • Neonsparkles

      Yes! Especially when you can adopt, rescue so many months-purebred dogs that still look like cute, fluffy toys without the obvious health problems.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: working from home, which I hate.
    Rave: not having to use any precious PTO for the metro mess.
    Rant: so many honking horns this morning when I was trying to sleep late.

  • NotABot

    Biked to work today since it’s beautiful out. It was a quick easy commute. I have a view of 16th street from my window, and I saw the traffic and decided to skip riding an S bus to work. Best decision.

  • Truxton Thomas

    Rave: Standard bipedal commute, with beautiful weather to boot.
    Rant: As always, the only problem was the reckless drivers.
    Rave: A lot of people telecommuting today, so it’s quiet in the office.

  • LedroitTigah

    Rave: My commute was easy. I woke up late, rolled out of bed, and plopped on to my couch downstairs with laptop in hand. Grateful for the opportunity to work from home :)
    Rant: None – am feeling great.

  • Philippe Lecheval

    Traffic on the streets heading into downtown seemed pretty average today. I figure the additional people who had to drive in today were offset by those who stayed home. I expected much worse.

    • skj84

      That was my thinking. Plenty of people were going to tele-work so traffic wasn’t going to be awful.

  • HaileUnlikely

    Commute was pretty normal. My bus was slightly more crowded than usual (79, got on at Eastern Ave) and was too full to allow additional passengers to board at a couple of stops where there is usually still room for more passengers, but it didn’t take any longer than usual.

  • AJSE

    Road bikeshare into work (well, 6 blocks away from work because there were no docks) and only got nearly run over 4 times. I’ll take it!
    Rave: good on Bikeshare for making it free today. My year membership is up on April 1, but I’ll be renewing. They’re great.

  • Mug of Glop

    My normal car commute was pretty hellish this morning on the dozen or so blocks I drive in the city grid, and still pretty slow for my first mile or two on I-395, but then it cleared up and became more normal once I got nearer the waterfront and the Anacostia. All in all, the normally 25-ish minute commute ended up being just over an hour. There were a lot of drivers out there that were obviously not very well practiced at driving in the city – or really seemingly anywhere.

    • HaileUnlikely

      In their defense, driving somewhere that you drive only infrequently or perhaps have literally never driven before, during rush-hour, on a road that is packed with commuters who have driven the same route thousands of times, can be a challenging and intimidating experience for basically anyone.

      • Mug of Glop

        Oh, of course. But that they’re there really snarls things up. That, of course, is no excuse for the people I see every day that seemingly have no experience driving at all, though.

  • Revel: Commute was fine.
    ?: I’ll either get pretty bad news or decent news by the end of the day. My antidepressants are not strong enough for this.

    • mtpresident

      Good luck! Sending soothing thoughts. Regardless of the outcome, you’ll get through this.

      • NH Ave Hiker


    • LittleBluePenguin

      I’m rooting for you!

    • Andie302

      Fingers crossed for decent news!

    • I’m thinking good thoughts for you!

    • Emmaleigh504

      Good luck!

  • MMMkay

    Biked in this morning from Petworth to Farragut. Maybe some heavier bike traffic than normal, but not insane. Overall, a pretty uneventful commute.

  • anonna

    Commute was about average. I regularly take the 63/64. Tried 64 bus- was too full and didn’t stop. People at bus stop had said that several full busses had passed them by. (somewhat par for the course since 64 is usually overcrowded, infrequent and skips many stops)

    Walked over to 63 stop and got on no problem. Took about 15-20 minutes longer than usual 63 commute. (1hr for 4 miles)

    Rant: I wish I had remembered to take my bike in to get fixed last weekend so I could’ve biked today!

  • andy

    My run commute was extraordinarily normal and boring.

  • OP Anon

    Pretty easy commute via bus to my office on K Street. I just went in an hour earlier than usual. I even had to go to Virginia Square for a conference and the agency shuttle was on time. Amazing.
    However, 66 headed into DC at 745am looked like the stuff of nightmares. Horrifying.

  • Anon Spock

    Easy car commute after leaving later than usual. Plenty of parking because of the missed street cleaning.
    Wish I worked nearer to Nandos.

    • dcd

      I was just wondering whether it’s worth it to drive to Nando’s for lunch. (It isn’t, unfortunately).

      • skj84

        There is a Nando’s down the street from my office, but I don’t have time for sit down service. Also I think I just missed the cut off for free chicken. I was in a training until noon.

  • I Dont Get It

    Rave: Concerned about your future Metro commutes? Confused about the sudden spate of problems? Don’t be worried! I talked to Wiccan Dog Sitter last night and he told me that he feared he had inadvertently opened the Portals of Chaos. He walked around the city last night to resolve this (not sure where this leaves Virginia and Maryland Metro riders, sorry).
    Rant: I believe in episode 147 of “Bewitched” Aunt Clara inadvertently opened the Portals of Chaos. Sometimes one just has to be polite.

    • LittleBluePenguin


    • Emmaleigh504

      thank heavens WDS is fixing metro!

    • Anonamom

      Thank you, WDS!

  • ET

    Interesting: It appears that Metro brought in AMTRACK workers and others from other commuter systems to help inspect and it seem replace some of what they found. That seems like 1. the GM is serious and 2. he used his brains and creativity.

  • CPT_Doom

    My commute was actually 3 minutes faster than normal, but I commute by foot nearly every day. Sherman Circle to 13th and L NW, 3.25 mi, around 60 min. each way.

  • U Street Gal

    Rave: My commute was okay although I rarely take the bus so I don’t have much to compare it to.
    Rant: If Metro had communicated this earlier I would have taken my laptop home so I could telecommute today. First I heard of this was when I was in Trader Joe’s and some crazy old homeless guy ran in waving his arms and screaming “The Metro is closing, the Metro is closing!”

    • That’s not nice, IDGI isn’t homeless.

      • IDontGetIt


  • kl00t

    Commute: fine, walked because I didn’t see a BikeShare, and it gave me an excuse to be outside.
    Question about commutes: anyone seen any news stories about how the shutdown is affecting low income workers? I’m thinking about shift workers who may not have flexibility to just not take a shift, or to work different hours or telecommute. I think this is really important, especially given reports (rumors?) that if there are lots of problems found, Metro may consider shutting down lines for 24 hours at a time to do safety repairs in the near to medium term.

  • Nancy

    Telecommuting rules!

  • soulshadow55

    As usual, walked to work from Columbia Heights (near Meridian Hill Park), down 14th to Mass to 9th & E. Lots more people walking, lots of cars and buses on the street. I usually walk home to 14th & U then catch the bus up the hill – hate walking up that hill. But this evening, because of the traffic, I’m sure the buses are going to full so I will probably just walk all the way up. I need the exercise.

  • figby

    Apparently I am the only one who just took Uber both ways (non-surge prices) and it was great (looks around uneasily)


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