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Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

by Prince Of Petworth January 27, 2017 at 9:09 am 110 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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  • Whitney

    Rave: it’s friday
    Rave: I love Seth Meyers. in a way, he is keeping me sane lately.
    Rant: Trump. always Trump

    • That One Guy

      Part of me feels Seth Meyers, is partially responsible for Trump running for President because of his monologue/speech at a White House Correspondent Dinner.

      • Whitney

        haha that seems to be the general feeling, but it’s not like Seth knew Trump was so dang sensitive and would do such a thing.

      • AJSE

        Seth himself feels partially this way per his interview with Obama alumni on Pod Save America last week. Jon Favreau et al said during their interview with President Obama on the same podcast that he also feels responsibility re: the speech they wrote for President Obama for that WHCD. FWIW President Obama said he does not blame either speech at the dinner.

      • JohnH

        Why was Trump even at that dinner? I don’t think Seth had anything to do with it – he had floated running for political office prior to that and obviously got very political prior to that dinner with Obama’s birth certificate. I don’t think that one dinner changed anything. He hated Obama well before that.

        • textdoc

          He hated Obama before that, but the recent Frontline “The Divided States of America” depicts the WCHA dinner as a pivotal moment in spurring Trump to run for office.
          .
          For a normal person, I don’t think it would’ve made a difference. But for someone as super-sensitive as Trump, who can’t abide being made fun of, I think it might’ve had an outsize effect.

          • DCbyDay

            i honestly think it has really contributed to him being so vindictive in office. he just wants to un-do everything that Obama as done.

  • FridayGirl

    Rant: Thought I could get Warby Parker sunglasses using my vision insurance and be reimbursed, now realizing that I can’t locate any out-of-network coverage option for my vision insurance. Grrrr……. (And no, I don’t want to go back to my eye doctor because then they’ll want me to get a new exam, etc and my prescription is good for another week! I might just pay out of pocket.)
    .
    Rant: Health insurance is behind on processing wellness rewards so I can’t use those either. Jerks!
    .
    Rave: Work feels nice today. Even though it’s chaotic everyone is in a much better mood than yesterday when everyone seemed panicked an full of grief.
    .
    Rave: I have a date tonight! YEAH!

    • SinSA

      Good luck on tonight’s date!

      • FridayGirl

        Thank you!

    • That One Guy

      Regarding the glasses do you have an FSA/HSA account to tap into for them? If so, that may be an option for buying and then reimbursing yourself.

      • FridayGirl

        I don’t, which may have been poor planning on my part. Since I was also thinking of using my wellness card benefits that we get yearly, I’ve emailed my insurance to ask if there’s a way to get reimbursed from that since they have a notification that they’re weeks behind on loading the money to people’s cards. Le sigh. Worse comes to worse, Warby Parker is not that expensive and I’ll wear them for at least two years so it won’t be a huge deal.

  • ShawThroughtheHeart

    Rave: Not quite a hike, but a nice walk in the woods planned for this weekend.
    Rant: No snow on the ground
    Rant: What the heck happened in Adams Morgan last night? Sound like gunfire woke up most of my friend’s building in Kalorama, no police response, and I only even see one tweet about it.

    • phenomenal username!

      • ShawThroughtheHeart

        Thank you. Longtime reader, figured I’d start chiming in here and there.

        • FridayGirl

          Welcome!!

      • Emmaleigh504

        +1

      • Now I’m gonna have Bon Jovi on the mind all day…

    • ATLien

      I heard it, too. At one point there were two men (seemed to be in uniform… maybe building security guards?) shining their flashlights into units in the Promenade Apartments from the street and yelling “knock it off.”

      • That One Guy

        Now I’m going to have Outckast and Bon Jovi on my mind.

  • SinSA

    Rave: Friday! And going to Strathmore tonight with a good friend. I’ve been looking forward to this for months!

    Rave: I asked my realtor to get comps for me for homes sold in my area and she did it 2 hours after I asked her. That’s amazing service. I want to have my ducks in a row just in case.

    ??: So, I’ve been diagnosed with bronchitis but I’ve been battling sinus infections/this thing/a cold/whatever since the middle of December. Right now, the doctor has me on an inhaler, steroids and a cough syrup at night. I’ve been invited to a long-planned party tomorrow night and a few people attending are immuno-suppressed/susceptible to everything and I am concerned as to whether or not I should bow out? I called my doctor’s office to ask (I would never want anyone to get sick because of me, and while I’m feeling a lot better, I’m still in recovery mode). What would you do?

    Rave: Starbucks Snickerdoodle hot cocoa (and the gift card I got from my co-worker for Christmas to go to Starbucks)

    Rant: Trump. Because: Trump. And his minions. I’m sad that the whitehouseleaks twitter account is no longer.

    • Soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Happy!

      I would say based on previous experience – call the host of the party and explain you really want to come, but you’ve got bronchitis – you’re on serious meds, but you’re sensitive to others and are thinking you should bow out. See what the host says. More often than not, they’ll tell you not to come b/c babies are present or friends who are susceptible to everything don’t want to be near you – but who knows – maybe your symptoms are being controlled now with the meds and you’re free to party. Good luck!

    • Emmaleigh504

      I would go. From my understanding, bronchitis is not contagious, it’s the underlying illness that progressed to bronchitis that is contagious. It’s unlikely that you are still contagious with the underlying illness.

  • Andie302

    Rave: Friend of friend that I mentioned doing great things at Masa 14 got a stellar review in the Post today for taking over at Ripple. He had big shoes to fill and I’m not surprised at all that he did well! Good for him!

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/ripple-under-ryan-ratino-review-happy-finesse-in-cleveland-park/2017/01/26/84e268da-e33e-11e6-a547-5fb9411d332c_story.html?utm_term=.0b85af77834f

    • That’s awesome – I went the other week – and it was great.

    • SinSA

      Oh, I can’t wait to go back to Ripple! I love that place.

    • Irving Streete

      I ate at Ripple a couple of weeks ago and was very impressed with your buddy’s work. Very different from his predecessor’s but equally good — I actually liked it a little better but, then anything remotely French gets me going.

    • Cleveland Park runner

      I’m so excited to hear this! We hadn’t yet tried the new Ripple and on a whim made a reservation for a couple of weekends from now. Very excited to try!

    • anonymouse_dianne

      That’s fantastic for your friend! Another plus is that the owner is the President of the Board of Directors at Humane Rescue Alliance and often does wine tasting and other events for the benefit of the shelter.

  • That One Guy

    Rant: I’m a cold snotty mess. Wasn’t expecting for the weather to be this cold/windy this morning.

  • dcd

    Rave: Going to Sfoglina tonight. Anyone been? Any recommendations?

  • skj84

    Rave: I’m taking myself out on a solo date tonight. Going to grab happy hour at Union Market then see Fences at the Angelika Pop Up. I need my solitary recharge time like crazy!
    Rave: I’m working on a cosplay project with my sister. I’ve never cosplayed before and I’m really excited about brining my characters to life.
    Rant: I recognize I might be falling into a dating pattern. Why is it I keep falling for charismatic dudes who are non-commital?

    • Soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Happy!

      So I really am digging your solo date idea. Might have to steal it – or at least the Angelika pop up part since I’ve been meaning to see Fences and I have yet to try the Angelika pop up. Regardless, have fun!

    • divebar311

      I third your solo date idea, I need to do that! I had no idea Fences is playing at Angelika, thanks for sharing (I promise not to crash your date)!

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: general feeling of dread that never goes away.
    Rave: Fun activity planned with Quotia Zelda Saturday and I have a surprise for her from New Orleans.
    Rave: got an extra $130 dollars in my paycheck b/c payroll messed up my transit deduction. I didn’t even notice when it happened, so it feels like free money.

    • Quotia Zelda

      A surprise!!!
      It’s a box of silver, isn’t it?

      • Emmaleigh504

        It’s not jewelry.

        • Quotia Zelda

          Oh, I know! Weird NOPL books from the 70s!

          • Emmaleigh504

            One of her jobs is weeding, lord help us!

  • wdc

    Someone mentioned a kale-bean-sausage soup they’d made. Got a recipe? I have about four leaves of kale left and some freezer-burned italian sausage, and I always have beans!
    I’m trying to get better at using up everything I buy, eating all the leftovers, and generally not wasting so much food. Also eating out less, to save money, to hedge against the dark future… see FQOTD thread.

  • J

    Rant: Pro-lifers on the and their signs on the metro this AM
    Rave: Fridayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy. And I’m housesitting this weekend with the cutest dog. Puppy snuggles cure all.

  • Soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Happy!

    Rave: Couldn’t get in to see the doctor for this never-ending cold/cough that I’ve had since I saw the doc last December – so they agreed to just call in a new presciption! What? – no copay, no time off work to go see the doc – you’ll just call in the meds? I’m so happy right now.
    Rave: Heading to B-more for an artist talk tomorrow with new friends! Excited!
    Rave: That article people posted on popville discussing how to stay outraged while also staying sane. Perfect timing. Thanks to whoever posted it!
    Rave: six weeks into my new job and my boss gave me informal feedback that my performance is exceeding expectations based on comments from my colleagues. I had been feeling a little anxious as some of the work is new to me and I wasn’t sure if I was turning it around quick enough, but I guess I’m doing ok. Yay!

    • MinEdgewood

      Yay for doing great at your new job – those first few weeks are always nerve-wracking!

  • Anonamom

    Rave: working from home! A rare opportunity for me. Instead of sitting at my desk internally bitching that I can’t concentrate due to various office noises, I am sitting in my living room with my dog, a cup of coffee, and blissful silence. I have already accomplished more in a few hours than I would by lunchtime.
    Revel: Yesterday was report card day, and all of the young ones did great. An interesting side note, my oldest has three teachers, and the way each one of them describes his personality is funny; one person’s disruptive class clown is another person’s “delightful humor and sunny disposition”
    Rant: SO’s oldest did not have a great report card. Anyone have any ideas for motivating teenagers to actually want to graduate high school?!

    • LittleBluePenguin

      re: motivation to want to graduate – “so that you can graduate and never have to deal with that high school b.s. ever again?”

      • Anonamom

        Tried this, doesn’t seem to care.

    • anonymouse_dianne

      A dead end job in food service. That was my motivation just out of high school.

      • Anonamom

        He seems to think that McDonald’s managers make really good money. He has actually offered his up as a future career opportunity. Not saying this isn’t a valid option, but the salary would not sustain the type of lifestyle he desires. We have also tried explaining the cost of rent/living in relation to earnings. I realize most teenagers have incredibly thick skulls and a natural inability to hear adults speaking to them, but this one… yeesh

        • BRKLND

          Has he had a job yet? I think that was a really rude awakening for me when I was 16 and saw how much money I actually got in my check after taxes and everything else…I knew right then and there I needed to go to lots and lots of school.

          • Anonamom

            I absolutely think that he needs a job. He just turned 16, and I think this summer that will be the expectation. I think you’re right that this would be a good motivator.

          • wdc

            Same. Having a minimum wage job as a teen is important. But unfortunately, at least in the city, increasingly hard. Those jobs are taking by people supporting families and willing to work any shift, on no notice. No employer wants someone who is only available on weekends, or on days when he doesn’t have band practice.
            I’ll also add: I wish my parents had clued me in on their expenses. They were always very tight-lipped about money. They considered it tacky to talk about what things cost or what one might earn. They never said “We can’t afford that.” They just said “no”.
            So even though I was a hard worker and pretty good at money management by the time I got out on my own, it was a wake-up call to realize I needed to pay rent AND utilities. Gas AND insurance. I hadn’t quite understood how it all adds up.

          • dcd

            “Having a minimum wage job as a teen is important. But unfortunately, at least in the city, increasingly hard.”
            .
            I was just about to post this. All of the jobs that I and my friends had growing up are filled in the city by adults, not teenagers. (Those that exist – not a lot of jobs mucking out stalls and baling hay in the city.) I painted a house, worked in food service (for an unhappy month), and mostly worked in retail. I can’t remember seeing a younger teen doing anything like that. In my neighborhood, the teens all seem to babysit and cut grass, which is great, but really isn’t the same as having a full-on job.

          • kharr89

            @wdc yes! I thankfully grew up very privileged (and I also had a job from the time I could have one), but I SO wish my parents and even school were more open about costs of living and what their salaries were. Eventually I started asking questions and they were glad to help me learn. In a college ethics class I took, the professor once did a survey (I forget for what purpose) where he asked us what amount of combined household income we thought we would need to be happy. Let’s just say I was the only in the class brave enough to fess up to thinking I needed 6 figures haha.

          • DCbyDay

            something that may help wake him up to the cost of living vs hourly wage — and is something my parents my parents did — was actually charge market rate rent to make a point. They took in a family member at one point who was convinced they could survive without a full time job, so they charged them expenses. (this was post school and would only really work in your case during the summer), but it gives real-life forced experience in budgeting. They also saved all that money and gave it back to the family member when they truly felt they were ready to move out and be on their own.. but never said up front they were doing that.

        • Anonamom

          Wdc – what you describe is very similar to how he was raised in the pre-Anonamom era. His dad took great strides to not discuss money and make things look easy – too easy in my book. He has no clue how hard his father has struggled financially. Now, my SO does explain things, but I worry it’s too little too late. One of the reasons I have always been real with my kids is so that they understand the value of money, understand how hard I work for it, and understand that you have to work hard in one way or another to succeed.
          This is one of those sides of blended families that isn’t so great. I feel like I’m up against history I am no part of and still left wondering what right to having a say I really have.

        • DCbyDay

          I think McDonald’s managers even need a HS degree. General service no, but to move further up, I think they want a HS diploma and they do treat their employees decently and offer educational assistance

  • UDPie

    Rant: Swam last night, used the pull buoy, and still ended up with knee pain. Called the knee doctor and booked an appt. It’s the knee that’s already had two surgeries.
    Rave: Escapism in the form of books.
    Rant: Husband is down – he’s been so incredible with this performance review crap but then his mom’s best friend passed away (he’s already lost his parents years ago) and it really took a lot out of him. He’s so strong that I forget sometimes how much he must be hurting.
    Rave: Had a great call with a “rockstar” in my field that is interested in joining the work I do.

  • MinEdgewood

    Rant: Just found out that my landlord needs to move back into the condo May 1st…. right after we had finished working out that my boyfriend will move in April 1. (Definitely don’t blame her though – her family situation changed unexpectedly, and this is plenty of warning!)
    Rave: But on the upside, I/we can move closer to work, and the timing will still work out for my boyfriend and I to move in together when we expected. And given that we’re searching together we have some flexibility on budget.
    Rave: Thinking about finding an apartment is temporarily distracting me from Trump. And whatever awful thing he’s doing next.

    Any suggestions for reasonably good apartment management companies or buildings? I got very lucky the last time I searched a year ago (moved into the first apartment I looked at, and only visited 2 or 3 others), and my landlord has been great. Most likely looking in Adams Morgan/U St/Columbia Heights although plenty of flexibility – would like to be within a 15-20 minute commute of Dupont.

    • Emmaleigh504

      I can’t recommend Bernstein management buildings enough. Several people I know and I have lived in their buildings for years, and we all love them. They are reasonably priced, take care of the buildings, update when necessary, are responsive to maintenance requests, and hire good people to work in the buildings.

      • MinEdgewood

        Oh that’s great to know, thanks! I remember seeing their buildings when I was looking before, and was impressed with how reasonably priced they were.
        My previous management company was so incompetent and frustrating that I am loathe to move into a new building where we might have similar problems.

    • AB

      Keener Management–I’ve lived in one theirs for years…examples of awesome: oven broken, inform them at 9am, new one installed by noon. Hubby deployed, ceiling light out, ceiling light replaced by the time I got home from work, AC died during heat wave on a weekend, maintenance there within the hour to replace it…(I’ve lived in the unit for 10 years…)

      • logandude

        I also really like Keener Management; have lived in three of their units over the past six years. They stick by the rent control rules and don’t play games that lead to surprises later, and I’ve also found their property managers to be very responsive and approachable.

    • J

      I second the Bernstein Management recommendation. I would avoid Borger, or maybe it’s just my building manager who is extremely incompetent.

  • Rant: my darling students are so kind to point out the fact that I look pregnant or have acne.

  • Clueless

    Rant: Sick again… twice in two months. My immune system is so crappy. germs, y u do dis

  • justbeachy

    Question: does anyone know if Matchbox Chinatown is wheelchair accessible? Or have other suggestions for a large group for dinner tomorrow that includes someone in a wheelchair? Thanks!

    • ke

      If you look on Yelp, they often include whether a restaurant is wheelchair accessible. They say Matchbox Chinatown is accessible. Hamilton or maybe Zaytinya may work too. But I would call to confirm accessibility and to make a reservation for a large group on a Saturday night.

  • LittleBluePenguin

    Rant: Going to spending the next 24 hours helping run a research conference. This is not quite how I wanted to spend my Friday night / Saturday
    Rave: But I like these folks and the things that they’re researching could personally benefit me someday, so I’ll go along (plus, again, they’re awesome people)
    Rave/Rant? My roommate’s long-distance bf is visiting the north for the first time ever. I only got to exchange a few words but he seems nice, I guess. He seems to treat her well, which she deserves. But it’s weird watching people get all googly-eyed and acting in ways I think are superficial and fake. Meh. If I ever fall in love and anyone ever catches me acting all mushy, you have my permission to punch me in the face.
    Rant: I’m sooooo tired already! How am I going to run this conference?!
    Rant: Feeling super low today thinking about how f’ed my country is. And just about life in general.

  • maria

    RANT: I heard some people on here complaining about high Washington Gas bills. Mine was literally double or triple a typical winter month. A rep was unable to answer any questions about increased charges or their claim that I had used double the gas this month compared with last (the most gas I have ever used, apparently; I was out of town for a week of the cycle and it has been really warm generally, so this seems fishy). I filed a report with the DC PSC. Anyone had any luck with them, or want to commiserate further?
    RAVE: Friday

    • ke

      Us too! It was double. I was going to look into it over the weekend. Please update here with any response.

    • thismoi

      Same here! Granted, I think my is still very low comparably, but it did double from the previous month, and I was also gone for 10 days of the billing cycle. I did notice that my billing period was 39 days this time, but that still doesn’t explain why the price has doubled. On the flip side, my electric bill was $20 last month, so that makes it sting less. Has anyone considered trying to go the social media route to get some traction with them?

    • kgw

      I called Washington Gas and they said that after a certain amount of your usage, the price to get the gas goes up to almost double. The rates to purchase gas are quite a bit higher than last year. I did research other suppliers, but those rates are even higher than Wash Gas. I think it’s to pay for the recent website upgrade.

    • LedroitTigah

      It was me!!! Another friend also had their bill double! I haven’t yet checked the rates – but this is a real thing!

      Dan – if you see this, could you make a separate post on this issue? Did Wash Gas change their rates and we didn’t notice?

    • Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Happy!

      I recommend that if you want the absolutely correct answer to this you contact the DC Public Service Commission and have them investigate for you. I’ve found the customer service reps will often give you different answers that aren’t quite right. I’m not knocking the info the person gave you, but if you really want to know what’s up contact the utility commission. They’ll investigate on your behalf and then get back to you. I had an issue for over 9 months with pepco and the commission took 2 weeks to get it resolved. It was painless.

      http://www.dcpsc.org/Consumers-Corner/Utility-Bills-Complaints-and-Service-Providers/Utility-Consumer-Complaints-Mediation-Inquiries.aspx

      • Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Happy!

        And now I’m seeing that you did contact them. Yes – I had great success. They followed up to say they were working on it and then followed up to give the resolution. It was fantastic.

        • maria

          Ugh, thanks everyone. Yes, the PSC rep on the phone was very polite and he did say that they were fielding other calls about this but (professionally) did not want to speculate as to the reason until they investigated. I’ll post again if I hear back.

    • Mona

      Wow, we had a pretty high bill as well!

  • textdoc

    Rant: I noticed yesterday that some of my daffodils were apparently confused by the unseasonable weather and started sprouting out of the ground. I also have a confused hyacinth that started sprouting a week or two ago, but seems to have held tight since then.
    .
    I hope my confused flowers can survive until their regular sprouting time and then pick up where they left off. (If they leave off.)

    • wdc

      I saw a whole yard full of crocuses this morning. The usual February snow is going to be unpleasant for them.

  • Idontgetit

    Rave: I know it is probably cruel to say I am enjoying it but two people are finally really swatting back at my alt-right Facebook friend today.
    Rant: Two implementations this week. Too much! I’m not 35 any more!

    • I Dont Get It

      “Voter fraud has been a thing for years. They suspect Edgar Allen Poe died because he was a patsy in these schemes. Found at election time, far from home, wearing someone else’s clothes and heavily soiled. Look into it, it’s eye opening.”

      • textdoc

        Did someone actually post that?

  • hiphopanonymous

    Rave: FRIDAY – isn’t that enough? Everybody’s working for the weekend…
    Rant: Eye still twitching, still blaming Trump.
    Question: Heading to the DMV tomorrow morning to update my license with my married name. Which DC location is best?

    • Anon Spock

      Rhode island is my go to. Sometimes the line to get in is long, but I’ve been able to get in and out quickly. Recommend getting there when they open to lessen the wait in the cold.

    • FtLincolnLove

      I second Rhode Island Ave. When I went to update my license after getting married, I got there right when they opened and was out within 20 minutes. I recently had to go there to deal with a separate issue, arrived around 10:30 am, and was once again out within 20-25 minutes.

    • Anon

      I’ve had good experiences at the SW location. Hardly any other customers even on a Saturday morning.

  • AliceInDC

    Travel help wanted: I’ll be in Europe at the end of March. I have two full days to spend in either Amsterdam or Bruges — where is a better place to spend 48 hours?
    Rave: Tiny Dog is the cutest in his winter apparel.
    Rant: Sprained my wrist boxing and seem to have aggravated it horseback riding last night. Ugh.

    • textdoc

      Have you been to either destination before? My recollection is that there’s a LOT to see in Amsterdam, whereas you could see all of Bruges’ sights in a day or less.

    • JohnH

      Both are very pretty. Amsterdam is great (and I don’t even smoke pot!). Depends what you’re looking for – if you’ll rush to see as much as you can in Amsterdam, you may be exhausted. You could go to Bruges and see everything in 2 days and still be able to relax through meals and such. If you’re able to accept the fact you’d only see a little of Amsterdam in 2 days if you wanted to also be “chill”, then I’d do Amsterdam.

    • Andie302

      A friend JUST told me that Bruges was the favorite city they’ve ever visited (but I don’t know if they’ve been to Amsterdam). I don’t know if it was because I was exhausted, but Amsterdam wasn’t really for me. I spent 3 or 4 days and by the time we took off I was ready to see something new. I also don’t smoke pot and don’t care about the elusive trade. I’ve put Bruges way up on my list after hearing about it from friends.

    • artemis

      Bruges is gorgeous. I had one of the best meals of my life there (randomly wandered into a restaurant and that dessert is forever the platonic ideal of chocolate mousse). It is a small town compared to Amsterdam though. I would say there’s much more “to do” in Amsterdam, which is also one of my favorite cities. If you go on a weekend, be sure to visit the farmers markets in Amsterdam and eat all the cheese.

    • kgw

      I love Amsterdam and preferred Ghent over Bruges. Bruges was touristy and boring. I enjoyed my tour of Anne Frank’s house and loved the Van Gogh museum. I also loved shopping in the 9 Streets area. If that’s not your jam, then you can rent a bike and cycle around, or check out some off-the beaten path things to do like the Cat Cabinet (http://www.kattenkabinet.nl/en) and the Our Lord in the Attic church (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ons'_Lieve_Heer_op_Solder).

    • AliceInDC

      Thanks all! I have not been to either city and both are on my short list – unfortunately we won’t have time for both. I’m traveling with a friend I have never traveled with before but I think we both might be looking for something a bit more low-key (plus neither of us smoke). Sounds like Bruges may be the way to go this time. I appreciate the feedback!

  • MPinDC

    Rave: All the alt gov twitter accounts, including rogue potus staff
    Rant: If rogue potus is real, then I need to change my vote on the FQOD poll to horrified (somewhere between uneasy and terrified)
    .
    Rave: Looking forward to making chicken wonton soup (smitten kitchen recipe) and having some restorative down time this weekend

    • textdoc

      MPinDC, not sure if you saw my gardening rant above. Are my daffodils that got confused and started sprouting in January likely to be OK and still flower in late March/early April?

      • MPinDC

        They should be fine – only worry would be if it freezes when they start to flower.

    • JohnH

      While I certainly wouldn’t be surprised if the rogue potus tweets weren’t far off from the truth, I don’t think it’s a legit handle. I think they started spinning off after the national parks (some of them even say they aren’t handled by actual staff).

  • textdoc

    Rave: My date canceled for tonight.
    .
    Ordinarily this would not be a rave, especially since he didn’t cancel until _after_ I got in touch with him to ask what time this evening he had in mind. (His reason sounded legit — car problems.) However, I’m actually kind of pleased because after agreeing to the date, I’d had invitations from friends for a party and a movie. So now I can go to at least one of them!
    .
    Rave: This is the first OKCupid guy to cancel on me. (It sounds like other PoPvillagers have had a whole slew of cancellations, no-shows, and other lameassedness.)

  • Blithe

    Rave: I’ve plans for live music tonight. Twice in one week seems pretty awesome.
    Rant-ish: I’m meeting up with someone from my childhood that I’d rather avoid. I’ve been overtly non-enthusiastic. I’m trying to avoid being painfully direct in ways that I feel would be cruel. Ugh.
    Revel: I may have finally found some boots that are perfect-for-me-now. Blunnies-love!
    Rave: I’ve been reading a LOT of fiction lately, and have been soliciting recommendations, since at best, I hope to be drowning myself in fiction for the better part of the next four years.

    • Blithe

      Shit. Beyond Rant: I just read that the woman whose behavior sparked the the lynching/murder of 14 year old Emmett Till “made it up”. Just ’cause. Oh America! So now I’m going to read a little deeper into this mess than the Chicago-ist version. Wake me up when September ends. Or whatever.

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