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by Prince Of Petworth January 12, 2017 at 9:09 am 112 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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  • Quotia Zelda

    Rant: My plantar fasciitis flared up in a big way yesterday.
    Rave: Letterpress workshop tonight! I’m really looking forward to it.

  • Tom

    Rant: If the Metro were a human, I’d have kicked it in the ribs really hard this morning.
    Rave: Boss adjusted hours for 2017 and we get to leave at 4:30 now instead of 5:00.
    Rant: That extra half hour is taken away from my lunch hour; no more midday errands.
    Rave: Leaving before 5:00 feels amazing and I generally eat at my desk so it’s all good.

  • littlen

    Rave: Decided on a kitty name: Genevieve! Vivi for short. Sort of inspired by a character from Gail Carriger’s books. (Recommended for anyone looking for a fun, light read by the way!)
    Rant: Having to be at work instead of cuddling kitty. :(
    Rave: At least next week is only a 3-day week! One of the only good things about next week, but I’ll take it.

    • Andie302

      I love the name! Congrats on the new kitty!

    • SinSA

      Cute name!!

    • cachito

      Congrats on the new family member!

    • littlen

      Oh, related question: Any recommendations for a vet (and ideas of how much I should expect to pay for a routine exam)? I was told that she was spayed and up to date on her shots, but she changed hands a couple of times before I got her and she doesn’t have any vet records, so I figured it’s probably best to set up an appointment to check her over and get her microchipped if she isn’t already. I’m in Adams Morgan and was looking at the animal hospital there, but other suggestions welcome!

      • LittleBluePenguin

        Congrats on kitty and her name – I have been very, very happy with District Veterinary Hospital in Brookland!

        • kharr89

          +1 to District Vet! I have a dog (and insurance), so I can’t speak to the price, but they are amazing.

        • wdc

          Also very happy with District Vet. I can’t tell you what a checkup/ chip would cost, because I only started using them recently, but I can tell you that their tech appointments (for non-medical things) are VERY reasonable, and the staff is great.

      • HaileUnlikely

        I also Haile recommend District Vet. I bring my Good Little Kitty (age 17) and Fuzzy Not-So-Little-Any-More Kitten (age ~5 mo) there. They chipped my kitten during the spay procedure, and the itemized cost of the chip was something like $68. I’m not sure whether it would be different if done on its own rather than during another procedure. For normal care, I can’t give you exact numbers, but a routine exam, a couple of shots, and one medication cost a total of about $150 last fall, and a visit for both cats that included a routine exam, one shot for the older cat, and one or two shots for the kitten, was a total of about $260.

        • wdc

          How are Good Little Kitty and the new addition getting along?

        • textdoc

          How’s the kitten doing? Is she still kinda of crazy, or has she calmed down at all?

          • HaileUnlikely

            Slightly less crazy, but not exactly “calm.” Kitten and Kitty are peacefully coexisting for the most part. Once in a while they even play together, some sort of feline game that looks sort of like children playing tag, where one will sneak up behind the other and gently paw at the other’s back or tail, and then run away while the one that just got pawed gives chase. They also seem to enjoy having these very entertaining little paw fights, where they seem to be swatting at each other’s paws, like not trying to actually hit each other where it counts but just paw at each other’s paws. The only significant trouble at this point is that, as you might guess, the 5-month-old wants to play with the 17-year-old quite a bit more than the 17-year-old wants to play back, which often elicits a hiss or a more authoritative swat. Fortunately the Good Little Kitty seems to have asserted herself as the boss while she was the big one. She is no longer the big one, as they are now about the same size. I just hope that the kitten will still remember who’s boss when she is twice as large and still 17 years younger.

      • textdoc

        District Vet (In Brookland) seems to be very highly recommended — there were lots of recs for it in this thread:
        https://www.popville.com/2016/10/wanted-to-share-my-experience-to-ensure-this-doesnt-happen-to-any-one-elses-pet/
        .
        (That thread was from a reader who was very upset with Petworth Animal Hospital, which was where the reader’s doggy daycare took his/her dog after accidentally injuring the dog.)

        • littlen

          Very helpful thread (and compiled threads within that thread from you as well, haha) – thanks textdoc!

          • textdoc

            You’re welcome! Glad to be of use.

      • Emmaleigh504

        I’ve been happy with Adams Morgan Animal hospital. They are good at explaining what’s going on with your pet and seem to really care. I don’t know if the price is high or not, since I have not shopped around.

      • CityPaws Animal Hospital, specifically Dr Power, is awesome!

        • wdc

          CityPaws is 20-30% more expensive than District Vet. I dropped over $500 getting two cats checked up and vaccinated there.

      • littlen

        Thanks all! I’ll definitely have to check them out. :)

  • rachel

    rave? yesterday afternoon the “I need $8 to get to Sibley Hospital” guy tried to scam me and my coworker at 12th and E downtown. I went along with it for a little bit and then I was like “come on man I know this is fake. They write about you on the internet.” and he laughed, admitted it, and then made me go through popville until I could find a mention of him specifically. (I actually couldn’t – I could only find posts about the 2 tens for a 20 scam.) We ended up talking for a little while.

  • Rave: went to my first appointment at One Medical last night and I think I now know how my dog feels when we go to Friendship Hospital for Animals.
    Rave: but seriously, they welcomed me to the practice when I showed up, the facilities are gorgeous, the appointment started on time, it was great.
    Rant: I slipped and fell in the metro on the way home. I have a lump on the side of my foot and my knees that were bruised from an ice wipe out this weekend are now even more bruised.
    Rave (textdoc will hate this): this week’s Hidden Brain podcast about language and how it always changes. The guest was so enthusiastic about it and made a great case for things like literally eventually meaning figuratively.
    Rant: I think I’m pretty good about not ascribing malice or prejudice to people’s interactions with me, but sometimes in a meeting full of men it’s hard to decide if I’m being left out because of my rank or my gender.

    • dcd

      “Rave (textdoc will hate this): this week’s Hidden Brain podcast about language and how it always changes. The guest was so enthusiastic about it and made a great case for things like literally eventually meaning figuratively.”
      .
      She ain’t the only one.

      • He made a compelling argument. And that’s one of my favorite podcasts.

        • rachel

          thank you for the reminder – I have been meaning to subscribe to this podcast!

        • MPinDC

          The Hidden Brain “getting unstuck” episode is well worth listening to!

    • LittleBluePenguin

      Love all your raves!

    • AJSE

      Oh my gosh…love Shankar Vedantam. I got to see him speak live and he is SO compelling

    • Anonymous

      “because of my rank or my gender.”
      .
      Are you sure it’s one of those two?

      • Anon

        Being left out due to rank is normal and largely accepted all-around: there’s a good reason why Boards don’t invite every employee to their meetings. Now if you think that you’ve been held back in rank because of your gender, that’s a separate issue entirely.

        • I’m talking about a meeting I’m invited to. I’m there because we’re talking about the people I deal with in the program I run. And it’s not like I’m being talked over when I try to say something, I realize that I’m lucky and don’t work in a Mad Men-esque environment, but the general conversation style raised the question in my mind.
          I don’t think I’m being held back in rank based on gender. It’s because I don’t have a pirate flag.

          • dcd

            ” but the general conversation style raised the question in my mind.”
            .
            This, I don’t understand (and yes, I’m a man, and yes, that’s likely why). Can you elaborate?

        • wdc

          I’ve seen this so much over the years. Men asking women to take the notes, get the coffee, regardless of their respective positions. Men talking over women. Men rejecting women’s ideas and then floating the SAME ideas as their own later in the SAME MEETING.
          Women in management need to speak up when this happens. There are a lot of bad habits to change, on everyone’s part. It will take time and effort.

  • That One Guy

    Rave: Washington Gas being really quick to come out to check out a suspected leak at the gas line leading into the house.
    Rant: Washington Gas shutting off the furnace and red tagging it because there was an odor at the exhaust vent. I didn’t worry too much about it until I was in bed and started to google things. Why did I do that to myself.
    Rave: Technician coming out tomorrow so the warm weather today is a blessing.

    • LittleBluePenguin

      oh no! Glad they’re working on it and glad that it’s not bitterly cold out!

  • J

    Rant: Been noticing a few bugs in my kitchen so my building called an exterminator. I was cleaning everything out of my kitchen in preparation last night and pulled out a paper bag that had been between the fridge & the wall. It was CRAWLING with bugs. Needless to say I screamed, dropped the bag, and unleashed a Raid attack all over my kitchen so they are no longer with us, but ew. At least it wasn’t mice or I’d be posting this from the afterlife.

    Rant: After that horrifying experience at 10pm, I didn’t fall asleep til 1:30.

    Rave: my bed is far away from the kitchen.

    Rave: Almost a long weekend.

  • dcd

    Rant: Of all the pernicious proposals of the new GOP Congress/Trump Administration, one that will get little attention outside of DC, and may very well pass, will have perhaps the most far-reaching impacts on American society – more than the ACA repeal, defunding planned parenthood, deportations, etc. (I know the impact of those things is devastating on many individuals, and groups, but I’m talking about long-range structural issues with government here.) The “Promote Accountability and Government Efficiency Act” (please) would make all newly hired federal employees at-will employees. Think about that – no civil service protections, political appointees could fire civil servants whenever they wanted. The chilling effect of this is truly frightening.

    • dcd

      Additional Rant: I find myself in the uncomfortable position of agreeing with Petula Dvorak’s column in the Post today. I hate it when that happens.

      • HaileUnlikely

        Ditto

      • kanon

        I’ve been thinking about this. While I’m not sure I agree, I’m also not sure how to formulate why I don’t agree. I think it comes down to my expectation for the march and related outcomes. I think I see it as more of a rally; more about bringing people who are already on-board with the message together in an effort to build momentum and begin to take steps forward, and less about the culmination of a movement. In that sense, the march isn’t about bringing about any particular stated outcome or convincing any one who doesn’t agree, so outside messaging doesn’t seem that important at this stage. Perhaps that’s misguided. Good thing I’m not the organizer.
        .
        And while it really came across as condescending, her column is forcing me to think this through, which all in all is a good thing.

    • LittleBluePenguin

      For that asshat to be talking about “accountability” is laughable. This whole thing is like a nightmare Theatre of the Absurd!

    • Anonynon

      Sorry but this needs to happen, speaking as someone who has worked with Government for 10+ years….there is no accountability and hear stories all the time where Person X is set to retire in a year and shows up and does zero work. They still wouldn’t fire people willy nilly and it would take a long time to get approval but this really needs to happen….we need government people who want to be there not those collecting paychecks. Sure it could be frightening for some, those who don’t do any work…

      • Irving Streete

        There is certainly a middle ground between current silly civil service rules and “at-will” employment. At will employment works for the private sector because the incentive is there to keep competent people on the job and there are often reasonable metrics by which to measure performance. In a political environment, however, those incentives evaporate. There’s no reason for, say a Rick Perry at energy not to fire ever single individual who has publicly supported climate change, or who promotes energy alternative to Texas oil or contributed to Hillary’s campaign or reveals uncomfortable truths or who simply raises intelligent and vociferous objections to his policies. The firings are consequence-free — it’s not like his CEO bonus will be cut or the shareholders will fire him if he does willful, ignorant damage. In fact, if he has future political ambitions, the incentive would be for him to literally destroy the agency through willful dismissals, and run for president as the guy who crippled the agency.

      • Historian

        Have you actually read about the bill? I think very few people would disagree that there should be more accountability for under- or non-performing employees.
        The legislation under discussion, however, would allow a political appointee to fire a federal employee for any reason at all, including no reason. That is a complete reversal of the principles that have guided the civil service for over 100 years, which establish that the day-to-day workings of the federal government should be free from political coercion.
        Actual quotation from the bill: “Such an employee may be removed or suspended, without notice or right to appeal, from service by the head of the agency at which such employee is employed for good cause, bad cause, or no cause at all.”
        Trust me, for all the faults of the current civil service system – and there are many – we really don’t want to go back to the spoils era. Large numbers of people were fired with each change in administration, and connections and support for the president, not qualifications or experience, were often the primary reasons for hiring a federal employee.

        • kanon

          Right; exactly. Those protections were put in place for a particular reason, and that was to prevent the rampant graft of the 1800s. It also has other practical benefits, such as maintaining a consistent workforce and institutional knowledge.
          .
          There is room to make it easier to remove an underperforming worker, and there is benefit in that. I believe someone here said this, but it is possible to fire fed (they’ve fired 2 people at my organization recently), but it takes a good manager.
          .
          And for each single person who slacks off, there are many many more who do their job, consistently and well and often for not that much money. And people saying they’re going to retire and then slack off their last year is not limited to the public sector, btw. I’ve worked in the private sector, at public universities, in local, state, and the federal government, and slackers abound everywhere. But so do good, hardworking people who want to serve their country in the best way they can, and they do not deserve this treatment.

      • dcd

        “They still wouldn’t fire people willy nilly ”
        .
        That’s cute. Really.

      • kanon

        Also, it’s frightening for all because it doesn’t matter if you actually do work…you could still get fired, say, if your boss saw you made a donation to a particular charity or political party or perhaps turned down their sexual advances or maybe disagreed with them at a meeting or maybe they just didn’t liek how they looked. So, sorry; it doesn’t need to happen.

    • MoreSugar

      Worked in IT in private industry for 20+ years and it was understood that if you don’t work and produce, you will be let go. Now a government contractor on my 3rd agency and am still blown away how little work is done by a lot of unmotivated and untouchable federal employees. Insane wasteling of tax payer dollars every day.

  • me

    Not sure where to post this, but here goes. I’ve got a 7:45 PM flight out of Dulles next Wednesday. It’s international, so I need to be there by 5:15. (yes, I’m giving myself a lot of time, because, Dulles). What’s the quickest way from downtown? I’m thinking I just Metro and do the West Falls Church bus, but really don’t want to drag my bag. And I flat out refuse to use SuperShuttle after the horrible experience I had with them traveling over Christmas.

    • stell

      I didnt mind taking silver line to Reston and then the shuttle (costs $5, comes every 5 minutes i believe?). it was pretty convenient when I took. Just account for the potential metro bs.

    • mg

      as stell pointed out below, the bus that runs to IAD now leaves from Reston (not WFC). i don’t think it would be that bad if you took an uber as you’d be on the early side of rush hour but metro would be the cheapest. and i have the most luck with the silver line and unexpected delays.

    • cachito

      The 5A bus from L’Enfant is pretty great if you can catch it/find a time that works well for you. There’s a bus that leaves at 3:55 that has an ETA to Dulles of 5:02. It only stops in Rosslyn and Herndon and just flies down the access road. It’s $7 on your Smartrip.

    • Quotia Zelda

      Where will you be downtown? This summer, I took the 5A from L’Enfant to Dulles, and it was pretty convenient.

    • J

      I’d take an uberpool.

  • LittleBluePenguin

    Rant: So so so so tired. I hate everything this morning. Everything and everyone.
    Rant: So tired I can’t think of a rave, which I’m sure I do have but my brain is clouded with tired-rage.
    Rant: I cannot believe that our country is going to inaugurate one of the most horrible, embarrassingly stupid, nasty and vicious human beings on the planet. I hate you, America. You’re going to regret this.

    • That One Guy

      You have the following rave: you have a safe warm roof over your head. ;)

      • LittleBluePenguin

        True! I’m just so tired and have so much s*** I’m dealing with at work and elsewhere that I just want to cry.

  • cachito

    Rant: Yesterday was just the worst. My boss told me most marriages end after seven years, but maybe my fiance and I will last 20 before a divorce because they’re inevitable! I had medical issue I needed seen and my PCP doesn’t have any availability, so I had to go to Urgent Care and wait over an hour to be told what I already knew. I missed my bus, got caught in the rain, waited for over an hour at the pharmacy to get my prescription from urgent care. I came home to gas leaking out of my stove. Then I watched Obama’s Farewell Address and sobbed uncontrollably on my bed before passing out and giving up on the day.
    Rave: Today’s a new day? No gas leaks so far, the meds are working, it’s not raining, and I’m going for a run with a friend tonight? And I’m treating myself to lunch today – no leftover soup for me.
    Rant: But not at Chix, because it closed. :(

    • topscallop

      Re: your first rant, that’s super inappropriate of your boss but I would laugh it off. None of his/her business and sounds like projection anyway. Sorry you had such a bad day but at least today’s off to a better start!

      • cachito

        That’s what I ended up doing, but it still really bugs me. I went back and forth for a week or two on whether or not I’d tell folks at my office that I got engaged, and now I sort of regret doing so. Alas! Onto better things and better days!

      • Anonamom

        My boss did the same thing to me when I was about to get married many years ago. He was right about my particular marriage, however, anyome could have seen that coming, and marriage like that skew the statistics. His opinion/bias was based on his perception of marriage – he was on #3 and had only paid off the alimony on #2 a few years before making that statement. Don’t let salty bastards get you down.

    • wdc

      Does your PCP not have a nurse’s line for routine things? I can just call the office for stuff like UTIs, sinus infections, etc. They don’t make me see the doctor if I can say confidently “I have a UTI and need some antibiotics”. Try it!

      • cachito

        I wish my PCP had this. I love the doctor, but her staff is just the worst. I called to make an appointment, actually specifically for a UTI, and they just said “She’s not available.” There was a long pause and I said, “What do you guys recommend I do, then?” and the receptionist said, “I dunno, Urgent Care?”

        I often wonder if it’s worth giving up the amazing PCP for a more “meh” doctor that has a more competent staff.

    • stacksp

      I read an interesting quote that barring abuse and/or incarceration, marriages last as long as at least one of the parties wants it to. As long as there is one party trying, the marriage could potentially last. You will not always be “Happy” in marriage as happiness is a state of mind and your partner may make you “unhappy” at times but that does not stop you from creating your own “happiness” inside your marriage.

    • Irving Streete

      Re: Marriage
      .
      Just ask yourself (and your fiance) the Grateful Dead question (no, not “where can I score some blotter?”): “Are you kind?” :)
      .
      http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/06/happily-ever-after/372573/

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkqyuGi7zwY

      • Anon

        A little blotter every once in a while surely can’t hurt though ;-)

    • J

      Have you thought about OneMedical? I finally made the switch after having a similar experience as you. If you have CareFirst, they’ll waive the fee. There was a similar thread in yesterday’s RRRR.

      • textdoc

        Do you know if that includes the CareFirst Federal Employees Program?

        • J

          Not sure, but looks like it: http://www.onemedical.com/dc/insurance/ (plus I know a friend who is a fed who also got their fee waived). I’d call that number on the webpage and ask.

        • shedidnt

          Yes, it’s covered under FEP Blue.

          When you log in to your account, go to the Secure Message page to Initiate a message, choose OTHER for message type from the drop down menu, type OMG Refund Request for Subject Line, and all your message needs to contain is your name, CareFirst ID number, DOB, phone number and email.

    • cachito

      Thanks all. My boss is divorced so I know it’s just projection, but hell is was not welcome or appreciated (or necessary). I’ve bookmarked that Atlantic article – I’ve read it before but it’s such a good one.

      J – I may make the switch to OneMedical. I’ve heard only good things, and it’s becoming infuriating not being able to see my PCP for something that’s fairly time-sensitive.

  • Anonamom

    Rant: Office mate chomping their gum WAY too loudly this morning.
    Rave: Being able to say “no, mother, despite what you have heard on the interwebs, they do still teach cursive in schools.” But really, if they didn’t would it be such a big deal?
    Rave: Oldest continues his love of Zinn. He was reading about role of women in early America last night and was blown away.
    Rant: It’s coming at the expense of his school reading which I am increasingly struggling to get him to complete. This, of course, is a repeated theme from my own childhood, which makes it even harder for me to enforce.

    • dcd

      Rave: Being able to say “no, mother, despite what you have heard on the interwebs, they do still teach cursive in schools.” But really, if they didn’t would it be such a big deal?
      .
      I don’t think they do in Montgomery County – at least they haven’t midway through 4th grade. And no, I don’t think it’s a big deal (though my wife is pretty exercised about it, and has some decent reasons I can’t recall at the moment). I’m not a good person to ask – I started printing exclusively in high school because my handwriting was so bad. Kids are going to have to learn to read it, though.

      • DCbyDay

        it varies by school district and there is no faster way to get elementary school teacher fired up and fighting with each other than mentioning cursive — some suggest they should be learning types, while some cit research that suggests students retain better when writing in cursive, not just just plain print, and certainly more than when typing..
        .
        Also, it’s sad to think that cursive could be lost completely — would be historical texts

      • Anonamom

        I know it’s not taught everywhere. It was not taught in my kids’ DCPS school, at least up until 4th grade English-only. My mom just loves to pick at me for all the wrong she sees in the American education system, even though it’s her generation who are currently making the policies, not mine.
        .
        To me, this would be the best argument in the world for common core curriculum, or at least the idea behind it. But interestingly enough, the same people I see complaining about it not being taught (or whatever else) are the same people bemoaning any sort of standardized curriculum.

      • HaileUnlikely

        My recollection of my experience with instruction on writing in cursive was that I was taught it in 2nd or 3rd grade (in rural North Carolina), was required to write everything in cursive through about 7th grade, and discouraged if not outright forbidden thereafter. I distinctly recall that on the SAT (or some other big test that felt important at the time), we had to write a simple one-sentence statement basically agreeing not to cheat, and were required to write it in cursive, and most of us, having not written anything other than our signature in cursive in years, found it to be more difficult than it was intended to be.

        • Jay

          Oh man, I had to write one of those “integrity statements” in cursive when I took the LSAT. I hadn’t written anything in cursive for so long and had to think about it so much that by the time I was done writing and put my pencil down, everyone in the room was staring at me and the proctor asked, “can we continue now?” I did not do well on the test…

      • Quotia Zelda

        My kids learned it in MoCo, as recently as 3 years ago, but things may have changed since then.

    • wdc

      They don’t teach cursive at my kids’ school. And my professor friends routinely have kids in their college classes who can’t read it.

  • skj84

    Rave: Treated myself to solo dinner yesterday. Spent the evening with a good steak, cocktail and a book. It was glorious.
    Rant: Ran horrifically late this morning and missed the first 15 minutes of an online training course I’m taking today. I really didn’t miss anything thank goodness, I just hate being late.

    • thismoi

      So curious, since your rave sounds like a dream…where did you choose to go for solo dinner? When I’ve done this myself, I usually go to Room 11. And have 2 cocktails.

      • skj84

        Bar Charley. I sat at the bar for happy hour, but I think they offer it in the dining room as well. It was the most relaxing evening. I recommend treating yourself!

        • thismoi

          They do have such a cozy bar area, sounds perfect for a lowkey weeknight treat.

  • mtpresident

    Rant: Stayed up too late this morning, and mtpkiddo came in right as the alarm went off, so I got up with a bit of a startle. Felt drunk. Ugh. Clearly I need more sleep!
    Rave: Still managed to get downstairs earlier than I have been, even though I detoured back to bed for a five-minute cuddle with mtpwife before getting up and ready for the day.
    Rant: Still running out the door like a crazy person, worried about mtpkiddo making her bus.
    Rave: The friendiversary video that facebook made for my wife & I is HILARIOUS. Apparently, we have only “liked” each other 39 times in 9 years. And the photos/captions they included are so random and often irrelevant.
    Rave: I think that means we live our relationship in real life rather than online, and I think that’s a good thing : )

  • Accountering

    Rant: Really still struggling daily with our countries choice of president. Plenty has been said, but suffice it to say I think less of my country as a result of his election, which sucks.
    Rave: All of the other things! Everything is going really well for me personally – I am going to climb Mt Kilimanjaro this summer with my best friend, marrying my favorite lady this year, getting back to healthy and working out more – all good stuff!

  • That One Guy

    Question: On or after January 20th, can we all agree to petition the White House to have Trump release his tax information? He has claimed that the American people are not interested, but I’d like to believe otherwise.

    • Accountering

      I feel like if he has a petition with several million signatures, he will just have the function shut down. Plus, THOSE people didn’t vote for him anyways, and aren’t REAL Americans anyways!

    • I Dont Get It

      Isn’t Omarosa Manigault a Director of Communications? She’ll know exactly what to do with those petitions. .

    • MadMax

      I think the latest poll numbers indicated that 60% of Americans wanted him to release his tax documents, and the IRS has repeatedly stated that an audit does not prevent someone from doing so. However, given that he’s about to appoint a new person to run the IRS who knows how those laws will be changed in his favor.

  • BigD

    Rant: DC WASA crew across the street from our house last night past 11pm jackhammering open the road to fix a 48″ water main. They had their work lights pointed directly into our bedroom. Even with the blinds and curtains drawn, the lights coming through the clerestory windows near the ceiling of the bedroom made it like daytime.

  • MadMax

    Rave: Alabama losing. I hate sports dynasties, especially in college athletics where the playing field is so uneven between the haves and have nots, so anytime I get to see one crushed it’s great (bonus points for ACC team beating an SEC team). I know it won’t come close to putting the arrogance in check, but I’ll take the brief respite.
    Rave: Federalist Pig is outstanding. It’s even better than the old DCity was. Every single thing on the menu is just loaded with flavor and cooked perfectly. Their Carolina vinegar sauce is even better than what you find in most places in NC, crazy. Thank goodness it’s not located near my house, but also a relief not to have to drive two hours outside the city to find decent BBQ anymore.
    Rant: Wife came down with the flu over the weekend and I’m a terrible nurse since I just started a new job and have no sick leave to take off and care for her. The way the government handles leave is so superior to private sector.

    • Anon

      I thought that the pork belly and the ribs were quite forgettable – over-cooked and under-smoked (flavor-wise), but the brisket and the chopped pork shoulder were outstanding. I really liked that vinegar sauce as well.

      • MadMax

        Hah, well that might be, those 2 items were sold out on our visit so we didn’t get to try them! Although pork belly isn’t really a BBQ staple, so it would be a new experience judging that on its own merits.

    • kanon

      +1 gazillion to your first rave. Also note the ACC has won more national championships in the last 4 years than any other conference, although they’re tired with the SEC/Alabama if you go back 5. I’ll give the SEC the 2000s, but the playing field is way more level now, although (S)E(C)SPN will never admit that.

  • Andie302

    Rant: One of my tenants in my group house is moving out
    Rave: She’s moving in with her boyfriend, and the other roommates have already managed to find an acceptable replacement.
    Rant/rave: She was using furniture that I had as extra, so I can now use that for the Cambridge house – which is great. But I have to figure out how to get it out of the house in time for another roommate to switch rooms all before 2/1.
    Rave: I think I have everything solved and I can use a box truck the same day to pick up attic flooring for the house.
    Rant: I need a little bit of help. This is my fiancé’s busiest time of year, so he has to work even though Monday is a holiday. I do not really want to disturb friends that would spend double the time or more getting to and from the house to help for 15 minutes.
    If anyone knows anyone that would be willing to help for compensation, please have them respond to this: http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/lbg/5956080171.html
    Rave: I feel like I’m going to be getting a lot of crap done in the coming days/weeks!

    • Andie302

      I’ve set myself up for failure – so.many.responses already.

  • RabbitRabbitRabbit

    Rant: Congress and their desire to destroy my profession.
    Rave: Finally made it to the movie theater to see the new Star Wars. To be honest, I loved it more than I thought I would.
    Rant: Trying to clean the house for weekend guests while having Braxton-Hicks is the ultimate suck
    Rave: Portabella cap pizzas make me far too happy

  • DCbyDay

    Rave: Was very close to posting a “How is it only Wednesday?!” Rant this morning….. but turns out, it’s actually Thursday :)
    Rant: Enough work to complete this week that I almost wish it was still Wednesday.

  • Jake Hill

    Rant: I saw an odd post someone posted online. Here it goes (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 Black and Hispanic neighborhoods

    – 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

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

    • textdoc
      • Anonymous

        Obviously he did. People sometimes re-post a previous day’s rant/revel if they think they posted too late in the day and it didn’t get the attention they wanted. Also, many regular users repeat the same rant/revel multiple times if it is still relevant (to them).

        • textdoc

          I’m just puzzled, because I don’t see that posting at 12:30ish vs 1:15ish is going to make a difference. If the OP wants maximum response, posting it at 9:30 or 10 would be ideal.
          .
          And while many readers have recurring rants, they’re not usually verbatim.

      • Jake Hill

        Yeah, I just wanted to see what popville viewers thought of this. Just wondering how “Trump’s Top Plans” would play out if he was to do this.

    • Anonynon

      classic…

    • Blithe

      I saw this nearly identical post yesterday, and I was surprised that Jake Hill posted it as a Rant, and described it as an “odd” post, since the day before yesterday he had a post that was very much in favor of having a more “militarized” police force in DC.
      As textdoc has pointed out, if the OP really wants a substantive discussion or even just more responses, posting earlier in the day might do it. I’m curious, though. Why is “I don’t know what to think of this country anymore” a Rave today — when it was either a Rant or a neutral post-script yesterday? In any case. I’m often up for a respectful debate, but posting and re-posting someone else’s (ha!) “odd post” — with no effort to provide any sort of personal opinion feels like trolling to me, particularly after the earlier posts. Even the joys of leaping into the fray to ask if the “crackdown on people leeching off welfare” would cover, say, those who benefited from the bank bail out wasn’t quite enough of an inducement. Maybe tomorrow?

      • textdoc

        Thanks for articulating this, Blithe I hadn’t made the connection with Jake Hill’s other post about militarizing the D.C. police force, but I felt that the RRRR post was somehow trying to goad PoPville readers into responding.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: No time for Popville this morning.
    Rave: decided to take the Monday after vacation off just in case I need a vacation after vacation.

  • textdoc

    Rave: Digging myself out of temporary/unwarranted morale hole.

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