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Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

by Prince Of Petworth — November 8, 2016 at 9:15 am 100 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.

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  • Revel: we get election day off, which is good because I got a ridiculous amount of crap dumped on me for the remainder of the week.
    Rant: total time spent standing in line and voting at Oyster Elementary is about an hour and 15 minutes. I don’t remember it being this bad in 2012.
    Rant: getting formally observed tomorrow in math. That’s the subject I’m the least confident teaching. Bah.

    • LittleBluePenguin

      You can do it! I’m rooting for you!

    • Emmaleigh504

      I’m rooting for you, too. You’ve got this!

    • mtpresident

      You’ve got this! And hey, you have an extra day to prep or practice.

    • Thanks guys!

    • SinSA

      You are going to rock math class SO HARD tomorrow.

  • AMDCer

    Rave: I voted!
    Double Rave: For a woman!!
    No rants today, yet….

    • emvee

      I second your raves!

    • Truxton Thomas

      Rave: She’s got this!

  • hilgal101

    RAVE: I VOTED FOR A WOMAN FOR THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES THIS MORNING

    • Mrs. Banks

      Well done! Sister Suffragette

      • AMDCer

        Nice!

  • eggs

    Rave: Had the incredible opportunity to vote for our first woman president, and to vote against hate and bigotry.
    Rave: Had ZERO wait at my polling location at 7:40 this morning!
    Rant: Very, very, very nervous about what the news will look like tomorrow, no matter which way the election goes.

  • skj84

    Rave: I voted! In line at 7:15am out 8:05am.
    Rant: Wasn’t very nervous last night, but now I am.

  • bje22201

    Rave:Had a good time at Tweed Ride this past weekend. Lots of fancily dressed people. It’s a great time, and I like that it’s a great mix of everyone/every type of person. Especially like going through the busy spots of the city with people eating outside, and you can see on their faces “WTF is this?!?!”. Also, I found it funny that people wanted to take my picture (the handlebar mustache wasn’t just for the ride, it’s an everyday thing)

    Rave:This coming weekend is another cyclocross race. Had a good time at DCCX, and am getting more comfortable with the whole racing thing.

    • bje22201

      Also, my dog did really well at Tweed Ride, and didn’t try to bite anyone.

  • wdc

    I have a story to tell you. Draw from it what conclusions you will on an important day.
    I was waiting for the bus a few months ago, and struck up a conversation with a very old man. He’s from Tennessee. He is not well off, and he likes to play the piano, so he’s figured out all the churches along 16th street that do free breakfasts for seniors and have a piano that they’ll let him play.
    He told me that before he moved to DC, he’d never been friends with a black person, but now most of his friends were black, because that’s who he meets at the churches. He said he has a “special friend”, a black lady who’s ten years younger. He said this with a suggestive eyebrow-waggle. (Cute, though, not creepy.) And then he said, unprompted and with somewhat cheerfully, “It doesn’t matter that she’s black, because our parents are all dead.”

    • mtpresident

      What a sweet and hilarious story. I love it. Thank you for bringing a smile to my face 🙂

    • This is a wonderful story! Maybe the next time I hear a piano playing on 16th St, I’ll pop my head in to see if he and his lady friend are around.

    • Emmaleigh504

      lol

    • I Dont Get It

      I LOL’d at an inappropriate time in a teleconference when I was not on mute. I hope they didn’t think that was my critique of the RES DATA MODEL not that I even know what that is.

      Thanks for sharing!

      • mtpresident

        HA!

      • textdoc

        LOL, IDGI!

    • FridayGirl

      This is amazing. Thank you for sharing, wdc!

    • I love this story!

    • That One Guy

      This sounds like the basis for a hallmark warm and fuzzy movie.

    • textdoc

      Very sweet story~

  • mtpresident

    Rave: Can check off getting my flu shot & getting my daughter her flu shot.
    Rave: Despite being nervous, she was super brave and very excited to get her dum-dum lollipop and stickers.
    Rant: Poor kid seems to have another cold. Or perhaps the old one never fully went away? Ugh.
    Rave: Both kids slept a little later today than yesterday. And we pulled off slightly early bedtimes, too! We’re making headway on adjusting to the time change 🙂
    Rant: Just heard from my friend’s husband. She is not doing well–no longer seems to hear or respond to questions. I just hope she isn’t in pain.

    • artemis

      I am so so sorry about your friend. I hope she’s not in pain and is getting good care.

      • mtpresident

        Thank you. I’m certain that she’s getting as good care as possible. And I trust that she’s in as little pain as possible, but I don’t know what that bar is. Damn cancer. This woman is truly incredible–amazing boss, mentor, and friend, and she had already been through and beaten so much else in her life (previous cancer, had a pacemaker, etc). Trying to cherish my memories and what I’ve learned from her but still just feeling so damn sad. Ugh.

  • maxwell smart

    RAVE: SUPER glad I early voted Friday – it made for a good excuse to leave work early and then go to HH to celebrate. Lines looked super long this morning – the line for the AME church on M went all the way down past L street!

  • bizzinger

    Rant: Election nerves made it difficult to sleep, and I just want to eat all the Halloween candy to take the edge off.
    Rave: Worked out for the first time since breaking my foot in September. Lunges felt so weird, but I’ll get there eventually. Especially since I’m eating all the candy.

  • OP Anon

    RAVE: saw the massive line at my polling station this AM and once again I’m glad I vote by mail. I <3 no-fault absentee mail voting.
    RANT: absurd that some states *cough*NY*cough* still require a "valid excuse, subject to penalty of perjury" for voting via mail.
    RAVE: hedged my portfolio very cheaply yesterday, after put options plunged by 45% in value. Not taking any chances with election surprises. I think the bigger risk is the GOP plunging the country into a constitutional crisis (blockading the SC, arranging impeachment charges ahead of Inaugeration, etc). Lots of volatility ahead, IMHO

    • Cleveland Park runner

      Not consenting to a particular nominee for SCOTUS isn’t a constitutional crisis. It may be inconvenient for some cases or some preferred outcomes, but it isn’t constitutionally problematic. In its history, the Court has had–by design–five, six, seven, eight, nine, and ten justices. Not once has it imploded.

      • textdoc

        IMO,. it’s a real problem if one party thinks it can block the other party’s nomination for SCOTUS for FOUR WHOLE YEARS. The idea of doing it for 9-12 months was bad enough, but come on, an entire presidential term?? People need to stop being sore losers and let the process go through.

        • +1. Not only that, what are they going to do if Hil is reelected? And if her successor is also a Democrat? Hopefully at least there’s a chance the majority party will flip in the interim…

        • Cleveland Park runner

          It seems unlikely to me that they’ll succeed in blocking for that long. But even if they do–it’s a political problem (and one that can be fixed at the polls), not a constitutional problem.

  • LittleBluePenguin

    Rave: Woke up feeling slightly more hopeful that the world isn’t going to complete crap.
    Rant: Went to bed way too late…
    Rave: Because my cousin and I were just hanging out laughing at an SNL rerun and other silly stuff. Laughter helps.
    Rant: Lined my eyes but somehow forgot to put mascara on. That NEVER happens! Ugh! No wonder people asked me if I’m ok – I look like a zombie! (and feel like one, I’m so terribly tired!)

    • wdc

      I hate how much more makeup it takes to make me look presentable now than it used to. I went WEEKS at a time without a dab of makeup in my 20s. Now if I go to the grocery store without at least a little mascara I feel like the world’s biggest schlub.

      • LittleBluePenguin

        haha – my eyelashes are really light, so you can’t actually see that I have any unless I’m wearing mascara! I feel like I look like a zombie raccoon right now.

        • Emmaleigh504

          I want to get my eyeliner tattooed on, but fear I may look weird if I forget mascara b/c I have light eyelashes. But then the thought of never having to do eyeliner again seems totally worth it.

          • Cleveland Park runner

            Apparently you can get your eyelashes tinted, so you could permanently have your eyes made up. I’m cold to the idea except for in the mornings when I’m wasting time putting my makeup on.

        • DCbyDay

          whenever this happens to me I make an emergency trip to CVS ASAP! I cant stand it!

    • The other night I only lined one eye. Thank goodness I noticed before I left the house.
      I feel you though, I feel so naked without mascara.

      • LittleBluePenguin

        oh wow! ha!

      • textdoc

        Going for the Clockwork Orange look? 😉

  • Timmy

    Love this house. They switched form Halloween decorations to election decorations really quickly!

    • OP Anon

      They must have a storage unit filled with lawn decor. The amount of stuff they put out is truly astounding.
      I think their Election decor is very similar to their 4th of July decor 😉

      • Timmy

        Ha on the July 4th vs. Election decor. I am embarrassed to admit that I hadn’t made that connection (lacking a bit of sleep over here).

        But I’m with you on wondering where the heck they store all this stuff! Maybe you’re on to something (U St storage spot is pretty convenient!).

  • That One Guy

    Rant: I feel like I need to go pet a dog and/or play with one.
    .
    Has PoP ever had a secret santa? Anyone interested in such an idea?

    • That could be really fun. How would the logistics work?

      • mtpresident

        That does sound like fun! Might be hard with tangible gifts unless people are ok with sharing their addresses. Another option might be fun notes/jokes/photos/whatever that could be sent electronically?

      • Anon Spock

        Organize a happy hour and let Dan do the swapping. If you can’t attend, make other arrangements.

        • I could definitely do that.

        • DCbyDay

          do like a white elephant style exchange rather than secret santa – then you dont have to get something for someone specific

        • Or how about a HH gift drive for Toys for Tots or some other charity drive? There are only so many scented soaps that can be swapped around, and shopping for kids is much more fun.

          • TBD

            +1

          • That One Guy

            I like this idea too!

      • That One Guy

        Um…that was a random thought so this is what comes to mind quickly:
        -set rules regarding gifts (max $/food/no food/hand made or store bought, etc)
        -people sign up/commit to participate (through email?)
        -names are drawn/people matched up and told who they are secret santa to
        -set a date for HH/gift exchange
        -gifts are collected at HH/gift location (as people walk in?) and handed out once everyone is assembled?
        -keep people in suspense and have a reveal later on on PoP or have a reveal after all gifts are opened?

        • mtpresident

          That sounds fun 🙂

        • Yep, I love the idea of doing this at a happy hour!

          • FridayGirl

            Same!

        • Emmaleigh504

          Elfster will do the matching up of people and allows you to make a xmas list and ask questions of your person anonymously.

    • skj84

      I’d be down. I think Reddit does a secret santa program. My sister participates. I agree maybe swap info at a Happy Hour. Or maybe sign up with google groups? I still have the Popville brunch group info , we could use that?

    • wdc

      I was wondering about a PoPville match for holiday meals. If someone has extra space at their table, finding a Thanksgiving orphan in the neighborhood. Humans of New York does it (but maybe just for Christmas) and calls it HONY For the Holidays, and it looks lovely.

  • emvee

    Rave: Women! Latinos! Latinas! Voting for a women for president and knowing that latinos are coming out in record numbers to support her!
    Rave: Waterproof mascara, because it’s 10am and I’ve already cried three times today.
    Rant: This election forcing me to purposefully distance myself from some family members.

    • TBD

      I love your first rave 🙂 I can relate to your rant. I’ve lost a lot of respect for certain people, and I feel like that’s only going to change if they issue a mea culpa.

    • PopOverWork

      I also have been in tears all day. Super RAVE!

  • SinSA

    Rave: Voted! For a woman to lead our country!

    Rant: When people I work with play stupid and refuse to accept any kind of responsibility for situations, instead throwing other co-workers under the bus when it is zero percent their fault. If I were the head of the office/the secretary who did that yesterday, I would feel ashamed of myself and embarrassed for not knowing something that is basic knowledge in my field.

    Rave/Rant: I have a job interview tomorrow for a position that would be a step up from what I am currently doing, which is exciting. However, I’ve heard bad things about the firm and the position from a number of friends/co-workers and I don’t know if that’s a job I want to take. But I’m going anyway, because it can’t hurt to gather information.

  • I Dont Get It

    Rant: My Alt-Right Facebook fan who reassured everyone this morning that if somehow Hillary is elected, the House would immediately start impeachment hearings to impeach her before she takes office. Huh?
    Rave: It’s so telling that hardly any of her 3400 “friends” ever replies to her posts. I suspect most long ago blocked her posts.
    Rant: My polling place moved and now according to Google, is a 17-minute walk from here. What is this, pioneer days?

    • Anon Spock

      If only people understood what are impeachable offenses.

      • dcd

        The problem, though, that an impeachable offense is whatever a simple majority of the House of Representatives says it is. So it doesn’t matter what an actual impeachable offense is, just what 217 GOP wingnuts vote. I have a less than healthy confidence in their opinions on this matter.

    • anonymouse_dianne

      It’s still at Ellington/Meyers at 2501 11th St. The early voting place was in Columbia Heights rec center.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: had such a good hair day yesterday, so of course today my hair is a disaster.
    Rave: Voting after work.

    • AMDCer

      That seems to be my fate as well…

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rave: I voted!
    Rave: And it’s Founder’s Day at my Seven Sisters college.

    • Quotia Zelda

      And a Rant: My slip is slightly too long for this dress, which I didn’t notice until I was already on my way to work. It will be bugging me all day as I readjust and readjust.

  • Rave: voted for a woman to be President!
    Rave: finished Good Girls Revolt last night and it felt like perfect timing. My mother couldn’t get a credit card or a mortgage until she married my dad and she was the older, more educated one. So many women were trapped in situations they didn’t want to be in and I feel so immensely lucky to be alive right now. Life would have been very challenging as a thirty-something single woman in 1970.
    Rave: bought a new jacket and pants at the thrift store last night and helped another woman find the suit section. Pantsuit Nation unite!
    Rant: still nervous

    • mtpresident

      My mom cancelled a credit card after she got married because the company automatically shifted it to my dad’s name after they got married. Ridiculous.

    • TBD

      Yes, my mom keeps telling me to watch this so I understand what her generation faced and how things have improved. From what I understand, it shows Eleanor Holmes Norton’s efforts in representing women in an employment discrimination lawsuit, so even more relevant.

  • artemis

    Rave: I don’t have a pantsuit, but I’m wearing purple, white, and gold in honor of all the suffragettes who advocated so I have the right to vote.
    Rave: I took Baby Artie with me to the polls this morning. And I cried as I submitted my ballot. My son was born under the second term of our first black president. May he enter pre-k under the presidency of our first female president.
    Rave: I’m feeling more optimistic this morning than I was yesterday. Thank you, pantsuit nation.
    Rave: Last minute visit from my friend last night who stopped by and had Thai food with us.

  • flieswithhoney

    Question: thoughts on if I’ll be able to drive to and from 14th and V/W tonight? On election night 2008 there were cars stuck on U st b/c of the crowds…

    • CHGal

      2008 was called fairly shortly after the West Coast polls closed. I don’t think that will be the case tonight. There’s also not the “run into the street” kind of excitement this time around (which makes me very sad).

      • Cleveland Park runner

        If Hillary wins PA, FL, and NC, it’ll be over. I imagine we’ll all know fairly early tonight.

    • wdc

      I was in that 2008 crowd on U Street… happy night. 😀

    • flieswithhoney

      Thanks, CHGal. I was in the crowd, too, wdc!

  • topscallop

    Rave: I’m so glad I voted early.
    Rave: Planning to get in on some free stuff/deals today with my “I voted” sticker
    Revel: Feeling optimistic about the election outcome for our country and our world
    Rave: short week and fun plans for the next couple of weekends. And then it’s the best holiday ever! Here’s hoping we have much to be thankful for. I predict many a “mazel tov cocktail” will be imbibed.

  • Irving Streete

    Rave: After late night conversation about w/girlfriend who has impressive (if depressiong) firsthand experience with late night vote counts, I checked the final polling numbers for Busk/Gore and Bush/Kerry to see if they had actually “blown” polling leads on election day or if the optimism I felt in 2000 and 2004 was misdirected and the polls were actually more or less right. Turns out that, although Gore overperformed his numbers, in both cases, the polls pointed to a Republican win. Therefore, ipso facto, QED, the polls always right and will be right right today and Hillary will win. Probably.

  • RabbitRabbitRabbit

    Rave: Voting with my newly-sworn in as a citizen wife while 6 months pregnant with a little girl for the first female president = so many tears. It was beautiful.
    Rave: We had awesome timing to get to the polling place so we only had to wait a few minutes… and the line was out the door by the time we left.
    Rant: I really wanted to wear a pant suit this morning but none of mine would zip up. White blouse and leggings had to do.
    Rave: As odd as it sounds, goat cheese on a cranberry muffin may be the greatest thing I’ve eaten in a long time.

    • artemis

      I love your raves. And goat cheese on a cranberry muffin sounds delicious!

  • Tract44

    Rave: After a mishap during early voting because I forgot my proof-of-residence, I voted today! It only took 30 minutes and was actually much faster than the early voting line. I’m getting an absentee ballot next time though.
    Rant: I’ve been sick going on 2 weeks, can’t shake this congestion.
    Rant/rave: Going on a big trip to the UK next week, but it feels like I have so much to do before then, and I’m doing it all while being sick!

  • Blithe

    Rave-ish: I’ve been feeling extremely anxious about this election — and the possible fallout. Last night someone directed me to the Politics and Polls podcast, and I’m feeling much more hopeful about the outcome of the actual election, even though I”m still quite worried about fallout on multiple levels.
    Rave: USA made Frye boots are on sale.
    Rave: While I waiting in line to vote, I chatted with a fellow graduate of Wilson HS — from Warren Buffet’s class. It was a nice reminder that sometimes I have important things in common with people who’s lives are very different from my own.
    Rave-lol: While standing in line to vote I noticed that I had on a blue and white shirt and red shoes. USA! USA! lol

    • MPinDC

      Love all your raves, especially the last one !

      • Blithe

        🙂

    • Blithe

      Autocorrect fail: Whose lives….. Not “who’s” :-/

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