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by Prince Of Petworth January 11, 2017 at 9:09 am 143 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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  • Hookdntx

    Rant: Online dating. I have TRIED most of the apps out there, I take the time to craft my profile, put the pictures up that are recommended, initiate conversations, do the asking to meet up, and I still end up with nothing but pen pals, canceled dates, or being stood up

    Rave: Two 3 day weekends in a row and a short week in the middle. The less time in the office, the better

    • bizzinger

      That sucks. All I can say is that it’s a numbers game, and someone who flakes out (seriously, standing people up is just terrible) is not someone you’re going to want in your life short or long term.

    • topscallop

      Sorry it’s so tough! For what it’s worth, I used dating apps for years and had long dry spells, but that’s how my fiancé and I met, and I know a bunch of couples in long-term relationships who met online. What helped me cope was to keep my expectations low going in to each date, but also not settle for someone I wasn’t that into. There were times I was interested in more but got ghosted on, and times I had to tell the person I wasn’t that into him (a couple of times I luckily didn’t have to say anything, it was that obvious we were never going out again). Also, everyone I know who uses those apps takes periodic breaks from them when they feel like they’re hitting a wall. Patience and casting a wide net are the only tips I can offer.

      • SinSA

        I just joined up again this month – maybe we can have periodic “Wine and Bitch” nights about online dating?

        • topscallop

          I’d be down for that! I can certainly empathize, share stories from my own experience, and help review profiles and messages. Plus, I love wine.

        • PLEASE INVITE ME

          • SinSA

            Oooh yay! Okay. Let’s do it (men and women are welcome)!!

            What are your schedules on Wednesday evening, Feb 15th? Is that good? If not, we’ll set up an email off of the site and work out some dates.

      • skj84

        I’m open that day! Would love to join.

        • SinSA

          Yay! Okay. So…

          Wednesday, February 15th.
          Vinoteca 1940 11th St NW (by U Street Metro)
          6PM?

          yes?

          • SinSA

            And…if this is successful, we can rotate wine bars to try them out. For science. Or find places with wine but also with other things for wine-averse people?

          • LittleBluePenguin

            Yay! I’m in!

          • textdoc

            I’m up for it!

          • I can’t be there by 6, but I’ll join when I can.

          • SinSA

            Yay!! It’s cool if you can’t make it there by 6, we’ll just save you a seat.

          • bizzinger

            YES.

          • Hookdntx

            sounds like a plan to me

  • rfff924

    Rave: I gave birth to a baby boy on Christmas Day!! Definitely a rocky labor and delivery–Had 26 hours of labor and pushed for 2 hours but baby went into distress and stopped descending so it all ended in c section. Then baby boy was in NICU for 2 days due to low blood sugar. All is well now and baby and I received phenomenal (seriously so great) care at Inova Alexandria. My husband and I are so thankful!
    Rave: the adjustment has been tough but I feel like I’m getting the hang of it. Today is my first day going solo with him and he’s sleeping snuggled in my arms. And the weather is decent so we will go on a walk later!
    Rant: feeding is tough. I don’t have the greatest supply.

    • Andie302

      Congrats!!!!

    • Formerly ParkViewRes

      Congrats!

    • dcd

      Congratulations! Also, “I feel like I’m getting the hang of it” – remember that feeling. It doesn’t last.

      • rfff924

        Ha!! This is so true. There is no real routine and things are constantly changing.

    • Anonamom

      Aw! Congrats! Glad you are both doing well now!

    • skj84

      Congrats!!!!

    • wdc

      Hooray for modern medicine!! And for babies!

    • DCbyDay

      congrats! Glad all is well now!

    • eggs

      Congrats!!!

    • anony

      Congrats!! So impressed you have time for pop so soon post birth! and today IS lovely! enjoy your walk!

    • SinSA

      Congratulations!!!

    • That One Guy

      Congratulations

    • LittleBluePenguin

      how wonderful! Congrats!

    • anon

      Congrats! I think you had GD? I did too and my baby also had to spend 1.5 days in the NICU for low blood sugar. It was so hard but the care my baby got in there was fantastic. Take it one day at a time… solo walks are great and so are trips to coffee shops.

    • Congrats! What a great Christmas gift!

    • UDPie

      Congrats! What wonderful news. Wishing you a happy and healthy new year with your new addition.

    • Mazel Tov! I’m so happy for you!
      Run, don’t walk, to the support group at the breastfeeding center in DC. They’re amazing. I had an awful time nursing (and killed my soul trying to do it), and they are super helpful and realistic. Not crazy. and the support group is so important.

    • artemis

      Mazel tov!

      Nursing is hard work. I think that’s one of the things I didn’t expect. In some ways, breastfeeding is much easier than formula (no bottles to warm up in middle of the night or clean), but it comes with challenges. It took us a good six weeks to really get the hang of it. Keep at it, remember that the best thing to boost your supply is to nurse, nurse, nurse. Netflix is your friend, and don’t be afraid to park on the couch with the boppy, the baby, some snacks, and a big old glass of water. Also, don’t be afraid to see a lactation consultant earlier than later — that, and a breastfeeding mom’s group on facebook, probably saved my nursing relationship with Baby Artie more than once.

    • Honey Badger

      Congratulations! Others have provided good advice on breastfeeding support, so I will just add this. If it doesn’t work out, there are other options, none of which make you any less of a mom. I wish someone had said that to me when I was struggling. I ended up exclusively pumping for five months and giving it up all together when little badger was 6 months old. LB then got formula until the first birthday. I’ve felt tremendous guilt about both giving up on nursing and not pumping longer, but in the end LB is happy and healthy and I was a happier/better mom for the choices I made. Good luck!

      • artemis

        +1000 to this. A fed baby and a happy, sane mama are best. However that happens shouldn’t matter. And it shouldn’t be a cause for guilt.

      • artemis

        Also, Honey Badger, I am sorry no one ever gave you the validation you needed with little badger. I hope now you are able yourself MAD PROPS for your commitment to exclusively pumping for that many months. I don’t think I would have lasted a week doing it.

      • AB

        I did the exact same thing you did Honeybadger but I wish I’d stopped pumping sooner. Baby AB turned one last month and he’s doing great but I really could have used the validation sooner too. An article I read on Dlate a while back about the work of the fed is best foundation really helped.

    • J

      Congrats!

    • mtpresident

      Congratulations! Ditto on the breastfeeding support group suggestion–there’s one at the Breastfeeding Center on K St, but there are others around–Inova in Alexandria may well have one of its own if memory serves. If you are looking for recommendations on lactation consultants to have a one-on-one with, Laura Emmons at the Breastfeeding Center is awesome. She was previously a midwife, so she’s got a lot of great knowledge.

    • AB

      Congratulations! Glad that you’re both home and well. I never had great supply either and I felt so guilty for using formula…but everyone here is right: fed is best! good luck and what you end up doing will be right for you and your boy!

      Oh and one thing the breastfeeding center consultant said really helped after we figured out that my supply was really really low. She said some newborns are small enough that they don’t suck very efficiently, so they don’t give your body the production signals it needs so then you’re in the vicious cycle…she said pumping helps some but the only thing that really works is getting baby big enough to suck well enough. She said some babies never get the hang of it though. So to get baby big enough, she said use formula, pump, try and nurse as much as you can but just feed your kid!

  • JohnH

    Rave: Booked my plane ticket outta here for Inauguration weekend and it was a steal. Can’t wait to fly over Palisdades.
    Rant: I’m sorry but this Trump garbage somehow does manage to get worse and worse every day. While I’m sure not every last detail is true on these “new” revelations, I’m sure some there’s truth to some (if not most) of it – and it’s all bad stuff. It’s just pathetic.

  • dcd

    Rant: The National Park Service has completely blocked off pedestrian access along the canal between 30th Street and Thomas Jefferson Street. I know the locks are in dire need of repair, but there’s no reason they couldn’t have left a small walkway – and in fact, for 2 weeks there was such a walkway. But now they closed it off, for no apparent reason other than they DNGAF.
    Rave: Montgomery County has made some long overdue traffic flow modifications at the intersection of Little Falls Parkway and the Capital Crescent Trail, where an elderly man riding a recumbent bike was recently struck and killed. Traffic crossing the trail now is one lane in both directions, and cars turning left from Arlington Road onto Little Falls now have separate right and left turn lanes.
    Rant: Many motorists either DNGAF or think they are exempt from the changes. If there is a left turn lane and a right turn lane, you know what you can’t do from the right lane? That’s right, you can’t turn left. We are not splitting the atom here, people.
    Rant: Sorry to cross-pollinate threads, but this deserves a separate rant. Someone wrote on a thread yesterday, “What does arresting criminals have anything to do with civil rights?” Uh – everything. Civil rights has everything to do with the operation of the criminal justice system. I sometimes despair at the levels of ignorance in this country.

    • wdc

      Wait, there was another recumbent bike accident? I remember a woman being severely injured maybe two years ago on one, on a similar piece of road. Why do people use these things??

      • bizzinger

        There was another accident there last fall in the September/October timeframe.

      • dcd

        Yes, a retired professor from the MD School of Public Health was killed by a 78-yo driver in October.
        .
        People use recumbent bikes, as I understand it, because they are significantly less taxing on the back? other joints/muscles? than regular bikes. There’s definitely a safety issue with them (and also with elderly drivers). But in this instance, I think the road design was primarily to blame. I am unsure whether the recent changes are permanent, or temporary while a more radical redesign is studied, but I am all for them. I can take an extra 2 minutes to get to downtown Bethesda.

    • SinSA

      Agree re: your first rave. Really lame. The construction crew blocked off the top of 30th street last week barring access into the parking garage. When we called DOT, they either hung up on us, transferred us around, or said it was the water company (who said it was DOT) or in one case said that it was a POTUS thing – and a construction person told one of my attys that it was because of “a baby” and he repeated “a BABY??” and then the construction person ran away. So. They’re doing stellar work.

    • dcd

      Belated Rave that I can’t believe I’m making: Marco Rubio. (Caveat: This is in the limited, temporary context of his grilling of Tillerson. We’ll see if he follows through.)

  • wdc

    I’m ready to cut off my long hair. But I dread being a 40-something DC professional woman with the standard-issue DC bob. What to do with my fine, straight hair that isn’t long and plain, but isn’t short and plain? Can I still get away with a Posh Spice circa 2006? Or is that trying too hard?
    Help!

    • DCbyDay

      i’m a huge fan of the lob. it can be styled straight or curled. i love it. and its not as much of a pain as long hair. way faster to blow dry.

      • LittleBluePenguin

        But wait, what exactly qualifies as a “lob” or “Long bob” – wouldn’t that just be medium-length?

        • eggs

          Usually it’s a bit shorter in the back than the front, and there are tons of options to personalize it from there – layers, bangs, how you choose to style it, etc. I wear my hair straight quite often but pin front parts back in different ways, but I can still curl it and have it look nice or pull it half or fully back.

      • eggs

        Agreed, I love mine.

      • skj84

        Agree that the lob is your best bet. It looks chic and you can still pull your hair in a ponytail if needed.

        • anonymous

          Loving this thread, as I am in the same predicament! Any stylist recommendations for a gal with (lots) of fine, straight hair who’s looking for a more fashion-y lob? Around 14th Street would be ideal…thanks!

    • Df

      The standard dc Bob is super overdone and I don’t care what people say, I think it makes everyone look #basic. Maybe try some layers or bangs? Or go for a new color with an ombre or balayage?

      • skj84

        nothing wrong with looking #basic. Not everyone needs or wants to stand out. I say this as someone who loves standing out. Bangs are fun until you have to start styling them everyday. Too much maintenance.

        • LittleBluePenguin

          +1! Yup! Bangs are cute but holy hell they are sooo annoying to have to do anything with!

    • wdc

      Oh, and a recommendation please! I’m currently paying $250 for a cut and color, and that’s ridiculous. I want to pay maybe half that.

      • J

        I swear by Monica at the metro center PR at Partners. She’s been cutting my hair for 9 years and half my friends see her now as well. I’m not sure what she charges for color, but it’s $70 for a cut.

      • mtpresident

        I had folks recommend Eastern Confederate on Mt P st–I have an appointment in 3 weeks. I can report back after.

        • BRKLND

          I did not have a great experience there…although I recently had an appointment at Bristle and it was amazing.

          • artemis

            +1. Melissa at Bristle is amazing!

        • mtpresident

          Oh really? Ugh. Do you mind giving a few details? I’m likely looking for something rather simple, so hopefully harder to screw up?

      • Highly recommend Shawanna, now at Metropolis Salon on 18th St in Adams Morgan. She cuts my very fine straight hair and always does a great job. We’ve gone from an edgy pixie cut through “growing out” cuts. I tried a number of different stylists before settling on her, and no one else could really get it right. I think her cuts are around $60-$65.

      • Anon

        Frank at By Subari (14th and V). I’ve been going to him for about 6 years. Cut and partial highlights cost me $200. I have fine, thin hair and always get compliments on how nice my hair looks. I highly recommend him. I may move to a Midwest state in this upcoming year and I am trying to figure out how I will fly back to DC to continue to get my haircut by him.

      • Missy

        I highly recommend Nekenya at PR @ Partners in Mazza Galleria for cuts – she’s a master with shorter length hair not looking “typical dc” and $60.

        I get color by Justine at Immortal Beloved and she is a goddess! I used to get cuts by Lex there as well, but she moved and is only there random weekends so it didn’t work with my schedule but if you like one-stop shop they’re a great duo! (you can find them both on IG via Immortal Beloved’s handle)! Pricing about what you’re currently paying!

    • anonymous

      I love Jasmine at Salon Cielo (however, she now only works one day a week, so appointments can get tricky). My hair isn’t fine, but I first went to her based on a friend’s recommendation (who has super fine, straight hair). I’ve also recommended her to a friend who never likes how stylists cut her hair and she loved the cut she got. I pay $55 for a cut & style

  • topscallop

    Rant: massive layoffs at my org, communicated in a terrible manner, morale is super low and those of us left have so little confidence it wouldn’t surprise me if even more jumped ship
    Related rant: I don’t know what I want to do next. International development seems like a very uncertain place to be right now. Maybe a career counselor could help me identify options in different fields where my skills would be transferrable.
    Rave: slightly warmer weather today
    Rave: got lots of sleep last night, starting on the couch when I passed out before 9pm watching Daria on Hulu. Fiance said he’s never heard snoring so loud.
    Mega-rant: Obama’s farewell and what’s coming up to replace him. Trump’s morality is Swiss cheese, everyone coming into power is a huge hypocrite, and there are very real and dire consequences to letting the chips fall where they may.

    • skaballet

      Not sure if you want to stay in international development, but Devex is having their annual career fair in March which may be worth checking out at least for networking. I’ve gone before and there are usually a lot of orgs/companies there.

      • topscallop

        Thanks, that’s good to know!

  • kanon

    Rave: #peeotus
    Rant: #peeotus. While the jokes are funny, the underlying story makes me sad. Although, I agree with JohnH; I don’t know that we’re getting the real story, but I do think there are kernels of truth.
    question: Need small gift ideas for a friend (actually former boss). They’ve had serious medical issues, and is in a wheelchair and I don’t think can read well anymore.

    • wdc

      Slippers? Being in a wheelchair can lead to poor circulation and cold feet.

      • AJSE

        +1! Foot duvets from Restoration Hardware are HEAVEN

        • I’ve never heard the term “foot duvet” but I can imagine what it is and I want it.
          Can I get onesie duvet????

          • AJSE

            Omg, they are the best and I will not stop talking about them to everyone. I do need a onesie duvet but for now $13 foot duvets from RH will suffice. Treat yoself!!

          • Emmaleigh504

            Former RH employee here, the foot duvets are wonderful.

    • topscallop

      The sad thing is it’s entirely in keeping with his character if it is true, and no one is surprised by this report.

    • KenyonDweller

      My favorite so far: tinkle tinkle little czar.

  • skj84

    Rave: President Obama’s farewell speech last night gave me hope again. Powerful speech.
    Rant: I found a comforter set in the exact color I’ve been looking for at Bed Bath and Beyond on Saturday for deep discount. Got greedy and decided to come back when I had a coupon for even deeper discount. Of course when I went back yesterday it was gone. I am so picky when it comes to shopping, I should’ve known better than to leave an item I loved.

    • eggs

      Is it available online?

      • skj84

        I haven’t checked, but I believe the sale price was in store only. But I’ll take a look.

        • They’ve been helpful in ordering things for me when they were out in store.

        • skj84

          I checked, it didn’t appear to be available online. I’m going to try the Pentagon City location after work today as a last resort.

          • DCbyDay

            i would call first — they should be able to tell you, that way you don’t have to go all the way that there….

      • TSL

        You can’t use most BB&B coupons online, but you can bring a coupon to the store and have it retroactively applied to a previous in store purchase.

    • Anonymous

      If you don’t have a coupon with you, I have found there (and in the past at Linens N Things), you can ask a sales clerk for a coupon and frequently they will get you one.

  • LittleBluePenguin

    Rave: I’m alive! I made it through moving day!!! Now to just got back a forth a bit to get some left over odds and ends with the roommate, have the cleaners come in Friday, and then turn in keys on Sunday – happy and sad at the same time. But very happy this move is over!
    Rant: I am unbelievably exhausted! Every muscle in my body hurts and i am covered in bruises – I guess moving is a good workout – we hired guys to move us, but I don’t exactly do the “just sit back, we got this” thing – I have to be packing or unpacking or running hither and yon. Now I just want to sleep for 3 days straight.
    Rave: I didn’t have to run back to work at 7 pm for a conference call…
    Rant….which was very good as there was, at that time, a terrible traffic jam in the area near my new place due to a manhunt for someone who stabbed (possibly fatally) two guys at the mall. what a welcome!
    Rant: Commute would have been pretty good except for the sick passenger on the train in front of us. Why, if it’s on a totally separate train, do we have to reverse direction and go back to a different station? Makes no sense. Anyway, I hope whoever needed medical attention was ok.
    Rave: We had an adorable little old nun on our train, listening to her talk helped me stay calm when I was internally boiling!

    • Anonamom

      I saw the notification about the stabbing and thought about our conversation a few weeks ago. I hope this is a one off!

      • LittleBluePenguin

        welp, I’m moved in now, so too late! I mean, the neighborhood itself is actually very nice and peaceful, so eh, whatever. I’m interested to know if the victims were known to the attacker / targeted, or if this was some rando just stabbing people!

        • Anonamom

          Yeah, I hear ya! I mean, I used to live a few blocks from where all the Kennedy Street stuff usually happens and never personally had an issue, so I really do get it. I hope you enjoy the new place!!!

        • Anonymous

          Probably just some amped-up teenager who had one too many Cinnabon in the food court. Seriously though, Wheaton isn’t without its problems but you’re probably more likely to get mowed down by some lunatic driver on Viers Mill Road/Georgia Avenue/University Boulevard than you are to get stabbed. Keep your eyes and ears open when crossing those suburban streets.

          • LittleBluePenguin

            totally agree about the lunatic drivers and my much greater likelihood of being run over vs. stabbed!

    • bizzinger

      So glad the move went well – looking forward to hearing about it.

    • Chinatown

      you weren’t on the Red Line were you? If so, I think I saw your train back up. I thought it was weird.

      • LittleBluePenguin

        Yup. Red Line. That bastardly Red Line is now my main line for commuting to/from work. Gah!

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rave: Dinner at Nando’s with Mr. Zelda. Thanks, NPR for making him crave Nando’s!
    Rant: Too damn many phone calls this week. I hate the phone.
    Rave: But I had a great phone call with my dad. He may feel awful with no energy and no appetite, but he’s still wacky.
    Rant: And we both agreed that the New Orleans baseball team made a big mistake when they changed from the Zephyrs to the Baby Cakes. It’s like my aunt named the baseball team!

  • Anonamom

    Rave: Dear Sugar is my new commute pod cast. Makes me wish Hax would do one.
    Rant: It’s been a rough couple of parenting days. This is not one of those weeks where I feel like I am getting it right. This is definetly one of those weeks where I don’t know what the hell I am doing and am basically making it up as I go along.
    Rave: My boys got up with me this morning just to have breakfast with me. They are pretty awesome kids even if they challenge the hell out of me 95% of the time.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: I feel like I have to answer the same question over and over with this new person.
    Rave: actually got to work on time today.

  • bizzinger

    Following up on an idea floated at December’s cosmetic swap – what’s the level of interest for a Popville book/home decorations swap? Details TBD, but likely in early February. Thoughts?

    • SinSA

      Oooh. Yes! I have lots of books that I no longer need in my house.

      • That One Guy

        Likewise

    • Andie302

      I’d be interested!

    • littlen

      Ooh I’d be interested too!

    • bizzinger

      Great! What about Sunday, February 12, 3pm, at the National Portrait Gallery Kogod Courtyard?

      • SinSA

        I think I could make that!

      • Andie302

        Pretty sure I can make that work!

    • topscallop

      Yes please! the first weekend in Feb would be tough since I’m moving but after that I’m sure I’ll have lots to give away :)

    • LittleBluePenguin

      yes! That would be great!

  • littlen

    Rave: I got a kitty! A lovely, fluffy, chatty black-and-white girl. She is such a sweet and loving cat, one of the most social I’ve ever met. So nice to come home to. :) She makes it very hard to leave for work in the morning though.
    Rant: She didn’t have a name and I’m so terrible at coming up with name ideas. Think some of my top ones right now are Callisto/Callie, Medea, Cinder, and Minerva. Hmm….
    Rant: How is it only Wednesday? Such a slow week!

    • skj84

      I love your potential kitty names! Medea and Minerva are my favorite.

    • Yay new pet!

    • Yay new kitty! Can’t wait to see her in the Animal Fix.

    • LittleBluePenguin

      huzzah! so happy for your chatty kathy kitty!

    • Emmaleigh504

      I love chatty kitties, you can have conversations with them. I hope you are already taking pix for the Afternoon Animal Fix!

      • littlen

        Me too! And she’s very quiet at night (unless I wake up and move, then she chirps at me inquisitively). I haven’t really had a chatty cat before, it’s adorable. :D

        Oh I’m definitely loading up on photos hahaha, been inundating my coworkers and friends with them. Once I get a good one (and decide on a name) I’ll send it in for the Animal Fix!

    • wdc

      Minerva is the best name. Dignified and wise for an older kitty, but you can call her Minnie while she’s young and goofy. It’s perfect!

      • ke

        Congrats! Minerva is my fave too. Or maybe if you submit a pic ASAP Dan will do a special “What Should I Name my Cat” Animal Fix quiz if you want a PoPvillecrowdsourced name.

      • SBinDC

        Minerva ABSOLUTELY. It’s dignified and stately. Like Minerva McGonagall.

        • littlen

          That was the inspiration! ;) Was trying to think of fun cat-related names in literature/movies/etc.

  • Rave: finally joined One Medical and I have a same day appointment!
    Rant: what the hell is happening? I feel a sense of slowly welling anxiety and I’m worried about the impending circus.
    Rave: I’ve had delicious Qualia lattes two days in a row. Ooops, so sad I forgot to order more Nespresso pods in time. Not.
    Rant: that used to be my go-to Friday ‘working from home for about 2 hours before going home to my demanding dog who doesn’t understand working from home’ place, but they’ve entirely gotten rid of wifi.

    • J

      OneMedical is fantastic!!
      ProTip to anyone considering it but balking at the $199 fee – if your insurance is CareFirst, they’ll waive it.

      • I sat on the decision for a while because of the fee, but it’s so hard to get into my doctor in a reasonable time that I would end up going to a variety of walk in clinics, which means all of my records aren’t in the same place, I have no continuity of care, and there’s no connection with care provider. I decided those things, plus same day appointments(!!!) were worth it.
        Apparently I’m in a mood to pay to feel like a rock star between this and the Chase Sapphire Reserve.

        • Anon Spock

          The continuity of care is amazing. I saw another doctor at a different office. I emailed my pcp asking about follow-up from that visit, and the other doctor responded. The email didn’t have the doctor’s name in it, so I’m guessing they share info between offices which is great.
          And I got the reserve 2 mins before midnight. Thanks for all the info.

          • LittleBluePenguin

            Yup! On one level, it sucks to have to pay an extra fee in order to have doctor’s offices competently handle your care (shouldn’t that be standard?!) but on another level, whatever, I would sell a family heirloom if I had to in order to pay for the fee and keep seeing them (Luckily it hasn’t come to that yet!)

    • S

      Agreed–One Medical is the BEST. This may be the millenial in me speaking, but I love their app.

      • J

        Agreed! I love emailing them with questions you know you don’t need to actually see a doctor for, but want reassurance (I’m a slight hypochondriac with major anxiety so I appreciate their response saying no, chest pain when you breathe is a muscle strain, not a heart attack.) They probably hate me but ah well.

  • UDPie

    Rant: So much talking at my work so far this week. Not enough thinking. The meetings are necessary and important but I wish I had spaced them out more!
    Rave: Pony time last night and pizza while watching Obama’s farewell speech with a good friend.
    Rant: Obama having to say farewell.
    Rave: Grocery shopping. Being in one place for more than four days means I can grocery shop and make my own lunch (mind you, I don’t have a kitchen for dinner so it’s been eating out every night)

  • Will

    This photo reminds me of Stienway’s dilemma. How do you keep the the secret of your craftspersonship from being ripped off by some Yahoo? Especially difficult when you’re a family business steeped in a rich tradition.

  • artemis

    Rant: A dear childhood friend committed suicide last night. I’m vacillating between numbness and sorrow.
    He struggled with mental health issues for years. He was so smart, and he could be one of the kindest and also one of the cruelest people I knew. My heart hurts.
    Rave: Supportive friends and a wonderful partner who alway see me through.

    • topscallop

      I’m so sorry for your loss.

    • LittleBluePenguin

      Oh wow, I am so sorry to hear this, artemis. What a difficult thing to have to deal with. Glad you have a partner and friends who can be supportive of you during this time. Hugs!

    • kgw

      I’m so sorry for your loss.

    • J

      Sorry for your loss.

    • Andie302

      So sorry to hear this

    • SinSA

      Oh no. I am so, so sorry. Hugs.

    • I’m so sorry for your loss.

    • mtpresident

      I’m so sorry. That’s awful.

    • anonymouse_dianne

      A friend of mine who lives in CALI took his life this past May. We had many friends in common, spread all over. He never reached out for help; it was there. It’s devastating. My sympathies and sorry for your loss.

    • artemis

      thanks for the support, everyone.

  • Jake Hill

    Rant: I saw an odd post someone wrote on online. (Bear with me)

    ” President Trump Top Plans For 2017: ”

    – Start deporting Illegals

    – Fine companies that hire Illegals

    – Build The Wall

    – Give Police more Military equipment and incorporate it into their uniforms (body armor, AR-15’s, helmets, drive Humvees and MRAPS as Patrol vehicles)

    – Send the National Guard and Police to crackdown on crime and thugs in crime ridden inner cities

    – Knock down crime ridden housing projects and build luxury apartments/condos

    – Crackdown on people leeching off welfare

    – Provide clean and efficient water to poor economy states/cities ( see: Flint, Michigan)

    – Fix up infrastructure


    I just don’t know what to think of this country anymore.

    • Anonymous

      I know that these are the priorities of many of the wealthy toads that fund the GOP with their (largely inherited) wealthy.

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