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by Prince Of Petworth February 13, 2017 at 9:09 am 95 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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  • FridayGirl

    Rant: New professor for this training course who goes really slow, gives half-answers to questions, and then has to rush through the rest at the end of the session so we don’t go over.
    Rant: Finally got a message from someone I was actually interested in going on a date with and then he dropped off the face of the earth. Oh well.
    Rave: Figured out how to shorten my new commute from 1.5 hours to 1 hour. I’m ok with this. But I’m really, really looking forward to being back in my new office. And spring.

    • SaraEP

      lol to your rant… i’m with ya. shit is so ridiculous. the struggle is real, stay strong!

  • Andie302

    Rant: I dropped my iphone yesterday and cracked the screen. It is not functioning.
    Rant: Last night, the flashlight turned on and wouldn’t turn off. It killed the battery. I charged it overnight and this morning was informed I haven’t backed up my iphone in 68 weeks.
    Rant: Because it’s old AF and has to get plugged into a computer, which is also broken.
    Rave: I believe the outcome of this will be a shiny new phone with a new case. I’m reallllyyyy hoping to save everything from the last 68 weeks first though.

    • That One Guy

      Assuming it’s just the screen apple should be able to replace for around $150. Good luck.

      • JohnH

        A normal size iPhone screen replacement (not those obnoxious plus) is $129 at an Apple store. I don’t know that for any specific reason….sigh.

    • Effie

      get the Lifeproof case.. comes with a great warranty, and I’ve never cracked my screen when I have dropped my iPhone (and I’ve definitely dropped my phone now plenty of times)

    • artemis

      Get a case with a raised lip. It took me a couple of tragedies to realize this was the key to keeping my screen crack-free.

  • pamela

    rave: John Oliver is back. Thank you Jesus
    rant: this wind. got knocked over today. not fun.

    • LittleBluePenguin

      Ah crap! I think I forgot to DVR Last Week Tonight! I’ll have to see if I can do that sometime tonight…. Thanks for the reminder!

  • mtpresident

    Rant: Received the order I placed two months ago. I had successfully disputed the charge with my credit card company a month ago, so I was shocked to receive it to say the least. I’ve emailed them and offered to return them if they send me a prepaid envelope. We’ll see if they’re responsive now–they certainly never have been in the past!
    Rant: Mtpkiddo up at 3:30 this morning and I had a hard time falling back asleep afterwards. Fortunately mtpkiddo actually fell back to sleep unlike Friday.
    Rave: Fun weekend with sweet kids.
    Rave: My parents took mtpkiddo for the day on Saturday, and they had fun together. They also made me a birthday cake for my birthday this week and told her it was a surprise–but of course she couldn’t hold that in & ran out to greet me and bursting out that they had made me a cake. It was super sweet.
    Rave-ish: Took mtpbaby to get new shoes and his first haircut. He was unimpressed with either experience, but he looks like such a little boy instead of a baby. It’s a little startling!

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: Have to teach a class today and I hate teaching, so of course I dreamnt about teaching all night.
    Rant: Forgot to take my pills and don’t have any with me. It’s going to be a long day.
    Rave: Giving myself permission to not take on new tasks the days I teach.

  • blues

    Rant: Up multiples times the last two nights with the kiddo, who’s got the upper respiratory funk going around DCPS right now.
    Rave: Heading to Florida this weekend to visit family.
    Rave: Husband has an interview next week.

  • UDPie

    Rave: Took a Thai Massage class last night with my husband. It was awesome to connect and learn and now we have skills we can use on each other! Loved it.
    Rant: Looking ahead at our schedule over the next couple of months – crazy travels and we’re trying to coordinate but it looks like we might be ships passing in the night for a couple of weeks at a time.
    Rave: Exciting places to travel to for work we love.
    Rave: Saw a favorite old musical this weekend and still loved it.

    • stacksp

      Where did you take the massage class?

      • UDPie

        Up in NYC at a yoga studio. If you come up to the City, I’d highly recommend it! They also teach Acroyoga

        • dcd

          Rave: I made it a whole 30 minutes before succumbing to the urge to make a joke about Thai massage and “skills we can use on each other.”
          Rant: Thirty minutes isn’t a long time. I really should grow up.

          • UDPie

            Oh don’t you worry. Many a jokes were used in the class as well ;-) And yes, the skills are SFW but who knows where they might lead!

  • dcd

    ???: Caught up with an old friend on Friday with whom I had a serious falling out 8 years ago, and haven’t really spoken to since.
    Rant: Reconnected with him at his mother’s funeral this past spring.
    ???: Friendship will never be the same, but probably can get back to something reasonable.
    ???: Found out friend’s recently widowed father is dating a 40 year old woman who went to high school with his kids and is an old family friend who he watched grow up. None of my business, of course. But when I think of that scenario in a different context – my daughter dating one of my close friends 30 years from now after his wife passes away – the creepy factor goes off the charts.
    Rave, I guess?: The woman’s parents are apparently in favor of the pairing. Again, none of my business, and it really doesn’t matter if a 40 yo woman’s parents approve of her relationship or not. But – wow.

    • CatieCat

      I grew up with a girl who’s mom was always the youngest and prettiest. Well turns out she was 16 when she had my friend– and the father? her best friends dad. He literally started dating his daughters friend when they were still in high school. Makes your story seem conservative!

    • textdoc

      The “widowed father dating woman who was a friend of his kids” thing is a little bit weird… but as long as the “half [older person]’s age plus seven” rule applies, I’d say it’s OK.

  • That One Guy

    The humor was not lost on me when the police near the White House on H street pulled over a jeep with following don’t tread on me (VA) license plate: “LIM FED.” Good stuff.
    I hope the wind doesn’t blow/knock down any toddlers.
    As a kid, I used to like jumping with the wind to feel like I was flying a little.
    Rave: Nate King Cole’s Spanish album.

  • LittleBluePenguin

    Rave: Had a wonderful weekend of me time doing yoga workshops, building fires, watching SNL, and just unplugging from as much of the negative news as I can. I know I can’t keep my head in the sand forever, but I feel refreshed and need to do this more often.
    Rave: Found a much safer route to walk to the metro over the weekend, so now I should be able to get in some extra steps without as much fear of crazy drivers (I mean, they’re still there and they’re still driving like bats outta hell, but I think this is a much safer, and seemingly faster, route).
    Rant: That wind last night freaked me out as I watched the trees flailing about through the skylights over my bed!
    Rant: I seem to have some sort of awful simultaneously runny and stuffy nose and I don’t know what to do – I’ve blown my nose so much it feels like it might fall off!

  • skj84

    Rave: Saw Moonlight this weekend and I was blown away. It was achingly raw and just really stuck with me. So far my favorite Best Picture film out of the ones I’ve seen. Planing on catching Manchester by The Sea on Saturday, and La La Land on Sunday.
    Rave: Loved the Grammy’s last night. Beyonce, Bruno Mars, A Tribe Called Quest and the Prince tribute were my favorite. Really wanted to love the BeeGee’s tribute but I felt it was too truncated. Hated Adele flubbing George Michael’s tribute. I know she wanted to do her best, felt she could’ve handled that better. Especially after seeing Lady Gaga and Metallica seamlessly finding a solution to the their mic problems without stopping at all.
    Rant: The wind is freaking me out. Working from home, but I’m going to have to leave the house at some point. Really afraid of getting hit by debris.

    • Anon

      The Bee Gees tribute was mostly horrible, largely due to Demi Lovato’s seeming inability to sing. Her voice was so teensie and she completely lacked any enthusiasm. You could see the BGs guy cringing when she was on stage. How can yo perform The Bee Gees and stand absolutely lifeless on stage?
      I really disliked the Metallica performance (unrelated to the mic issues). It just felt so forced and dated all around.
      Also, Beyoncé got robbed.

  • BookaholicAnonymous

    Rant: Found out that I need a new furnace/ HVAC unit
    Double rant: Then my car started handling funny and the check engine light came on
    Potential future rant: Waiting for the “third thing” to break
    Raves: at least my emotional life is in good shape. Over the weekend, I made a possible new friend, cleared a major milestone in my romantic relationship, and broke out of my comfort zone with a hobby. Let’s hope all of these things will provide me with some emotional fortitude as I deal with every mechanical thing I own freaking out on me!

    • When shopping for a new HVAC unit be sure to inquire about noise from the outside unit. The one I installed for my basement apt. whines. (Fortunately it only bothers me, not my tenant.)

  • RabbitRabbitRabbit

    Rant/Rave: I am so ready to not be pregnant.
    Rave: Officially on maternity leave!
    Rant: This wind is a flipping beast. I really wish it would die down a bit so I can go for a walk outside.
    Rave: Tea cookies and coffee are a ridiculously awesome mid-morning snack.

  • J used to be in DC

    Rant: I had no idea that Room 11 closed it’s cafe service. I was planning to go next week for breakfast when I’m in town. Boooo!

    Anyplace else that I should check out? That’s new?

    I’m already going to Compass because I bring beans back. I’m the bean Sherpa.

    • mtpresident

      I think they closed in anticipation of moving things over to the new space in Mt P. Fingers crossed that happens soon! We can’t wait for the new bakery/cafe to open!

      • FridayGirl

        Wait, are they moving the whole place over? Or just breakfast/cafe? I haven’t heard about this.

        • mtpresident

          I may have misunderstood or misspoke–but I thought that Paisley Fig did the catering for Room 11, and they’re moving into the former Heller’s space. And I thought Dan reported that they’d be closing down their operations at Room 11 in January in anticipation of the move?

          • FridayGirl

            Ohhhh — I misunderstood. I didn’t realize they catered since I’ve only been to Room 11 in the evenings. I thought you meant they were moving! And I was like “Noooo!”

          • mtpresident

            Looks like they are still providing food for evening and weekend service, but not daytime during the week: http:// www. room11dc.com/

          • maria

            FYI paisley fig is run by room 11’s owner’s wife. they are practically one and the same (extremely talented couple!).

          • mtpresident

            Awesome! We cannot wait to welcome them to the neighborhood!

  • anon

    I want to have my gas fireplace replaced because it is just too large for the space it is in. Does anyone have a good contractor to replace a gas fireplace? Unfortunately, I had a good one in my last home, but I can’t find his card and my Quicken just has it listed as “Fireplace Repairs” with no contractor name.

    • anon

      Also, if they’d be able to build shelves around the fireplace, that would be a bonus :) Thanks

  • Hold the Door

    Rant: Low back pain, need a sports massage. Anybody got recommendations for a masseuse that does well with low back pain for an active person?

  • Rant: 300 kids crammed into the cafeteria to listen to the world’s most boring assembly. Later today I’m supposed to go over all the offenses that warrant a long term suspension or expulsion with a bunch of 8 year olds, including sexual assault, weapons, and drugs.

    • That One Guy

      It’s a sad commentary on society that you have to have that sort of expulsion discussion with 8 year olds.

    • Anonamom

      So, sort of related… Being that the kids are from DC, have a liberal mom, when the oldest did his “Drugs are Bad, Mmm’kay” unit it in health this year, he did poorly on the Marijuana portion because he tried to argue the medicinal benefits, and wasn’t fully aware that Maryland (especially our part of “the County”) is not exactly as cool with pot as it was in DC…. Oops.

      • Ben

        “he tried to argue the medicinal benefits” lol!!!

  • bv1837

    Rave: The sign in that picture!
    Rave: Valentines date to see Roe tomorrow night. Perfect feminist antidote to a decidedly un-feminist holiday!
    Rant: Wind partially knocked some piece of metal off the building next to ours, and it was banging around all night.

  • BeverlyS

    Rant: Hit by an errant small tree branch this morning but came out unscathed. Minus my dignity however, because I screeched so loudly from surprise that a car stopped. Nothing to see here (awkward wave).
    Rant: Have to have a discussion with a colleague in another department who inadvertently caused a major issue in my department; and put me in a weird position with a client. Nothing too serious, but just about open communication and needing teams to be on the same page. Ugh, just don’t want to do it since she’s one of my best work buddies. But, alas, here we are.
    Rave: Long weekend ahead and I get to spend it with family who I haven’t seen in a year!

  • hiphopanonymous

    Rave: Yesterday was our three month wedding anniversary, so busted out the cake! Still perfectly moist and wonderfully delicious.
    Rave: Apparently it was two years ago today that husband and I became “Facebook Official”. So excited to celebrate Valentine’s Day with him; he is going to looooooooove his present!
    Rant: Coworker who is ALWAYS sick. There is always something wrong, be it a cold, a headache, “tummy trouble”. I should probably feel bad for her but really, it just annoys me.
    Rave: Finally got the hubby to watch Harry Potter! We started at the beginning and are most of the way through “Azbakan”. I keep telling him to wait for “Goblet of Fire”, as that’s when it really starts to get good!
    Rave: Took our new camera, lens and tripod to the Tidal Basin this weekend and got some AWESOME night shots! Super close-ups of the Capitol……from the Tidal Basin! That lens is amazing!

    • anon

      On your sick coworker… any possibility she’s depressed? It’s simpler to tell your coworkers you were out with a physical ailment than to get into the (stigmatized) truth.

      • FridayGirl

        +1. Or an underlying condition (Although I would hope if it was a serious ailment that they would tell *someone*)

    • rss

      I have a coworker that is “sick” all the time too, and it’s really tough to be sympathetic, especially if you, like me, end up having to do their work, go to meetings on their behalf, and otherwise fill in for them because they are never there.

  • Anonamom

    Rave: Extremely productive weekend. My house is sparkling, which is not a small task with five kids around. I’m sure it won’t last long, but it will be nice while it lasts.
    Rant: The teenager is testing us.
    Rave: The other kids are not (yet), and really are great kids. Such good kids, in fact, that my mom actually gave me a compliment the other day, that even though she “doesn’t agree with my choices” the kids have all turned out to be extremely well-behaved and well-mannered. I guess I should take what I can get!
    Rant; Have no clue what to get my SO for Valentine’s Day. I hate hallmark holidays and think they are dumb, yet I still fall into the trap every freaking year.

    • Tom

      In reference to the vday rant: SAME. I’m copping out and going the flowers-and-chocolate route. On the plus side, we’re cooking at home this year! We were in Philadelphia for vday last year so we went out to a restaurant. Was a pretty sweet spot, but the woman at the table next to us was making a bit of a scene. From what I was able to piece together, she showed up super drunk; at one point her husband just got up and left the table, so she started chatting with us. (He eventually came back.)

      • Anonamom

        Oh. Wow. Now, to be perfectly honest, that is exactly something that would make our Vday memorable!!

  • SinSA

    Rave: Getting different estimates for my kitchen remodel is fun!

    Rant: The IKEA kitchen home planner is awfully buggy and frustrating for me. Not sure if IKEA will be the way to go but I’m visiting the store next week to look at what they have.

    Rant: Low grade fevers are back. Not sure what’s up with that.

    Rave: Bruno freaking Mars.

    Rave: Great time at a friend’s party over the weekend!

    Rave: Looking forward to seeing many of your smiling faces at Vinoteca on Wednesday night for Wine & Bitch! I should be there around 6, possibly slightly beforehand depending on traffic.

    • I’m also in the kitchen remodel mode (though mostly two steps then stalled out.) I have liked CliqStudios so far. But I also put in an Ikea kitchen in my rental apt. 10 years ago and the cabinets have held up wonderfully. Do not use their faucets.

  • Anon

    Rant: that &pizza ‘nozzle who’s paying desperate workers to get &pizza logo tattoos is ruining the Kramerbooks institution

  • I Dont Get It

    Rant: A Facebook friend passed away several years ago from pancreatic cancer. Anyway, it’s been a bit odd each year when Facebook asks us to wish her a happy birthday. Most who post recall a special memory but there are always a couple who post making it clear they didn’t know the woman is no longer with us. Geez.
    Rant: The ugly comments on the WaPo article about the Oroville dam. Why do I read these? And why do I waste my time responding?

    • dcd

      I know I’m going to regret asking this, but what are the nasty comments about the dam breaking? I’m having a hard time imagining.

      • textdoc

        Re. “what are the nasty comments about the dam breaking?” — From a verrrry quick skim, it appears that some commenters are arguing that this happened because California spent money on illegal immigrants/”sanctuary cities” instead of the dam.

    • textdoc

      I think reading the reader comments on WaPo articles is one of those things where you know you shouldn’t do it, but periodically you do it anyway and then regret it. Like eating an entire sleeve of Thin Mint cookies in one sitting.

      • jerseygirl

        If I manage to eat only ONE sleeve of thin mints, I consider that the model of restraint. the regret only kicks in after I finish the second sleeve. :)

        • textdoc


    • Anon

      I now have several dead friends on facebook and one of my big fears is I’ll inadvertently wish one of them a happy birthday.

      • There’s not a lot that bothers me about being single, except not having someone to give all my passwords and last wishes to. If I die, I would like someone to take down my Facebook page at some point and to have access to my phone so they can contact people.

        • wdc

          There are a bunch of apps for that. Google dead man’s switch.
          Basically if you don’t show any online activity or respond to any of the service’s prompts for a certain period of time, it sends out your pre-written emails.

        • Last year before a gigantic world trip – I did all the will stuff. Online – super easy and really left me feeling extremely liberated. Print stuff out, get a fireproof box for $50.00, contact one person to have a copy of passwords etc. Facebook does have a way to handle death. Seriously, you can sort out your life in about 6 hours and spare your loved ones a world of grief. Maybe a good task for Valentine’s Day!

  • textdoc

    Query: Did the unofficial PoPville book/home-goods swap end up taking place on Sunday? I didn’t go, in part because I wasn’t sure if there were going to be any attendees (after Bizzinger and Andie posted that they could no longer make it).
    Wed. 2/15 – 6 pm – Vinoteca (1940 11th St NW, by U Street Metro) – organized by SinSA – “Wine and Bitch” session to discuss online dating, review/critique profiles (if desired), share success/horror stories, etc..

  • topscallop

    Rant: long and busy weekend of putting our new place together, and there’s still so much to do.
    Rave: I live with my sweetie in our own apartment!
    Rave: started thinking ahead to honeymooning in South Africa, probably in December, and looking up adventures and restaurants. Suggestions welcome!
    Rave: got to the gym this morning, even if my workout wasn’t as long or intense as it probably should have been.

    • joan wilder

      Lots of choices for South Africa. I highly recommend some time in Cape Town and wine country. We stayed several days in a cottage on a working vineyard outside of Franschoek. It was a-m-a-z-i-n-g. You could spend a few days in the city and then it’s a beautiful drive down the coast, past the penguins, and out to wine country. Our place was one of the Jonkmanshuis Cottages at Vrede en Lust. It tends to book up far in advance over weekends because they host weddings but during the week stays are possible.

      • topscallop

        Thanks! We’re focusing on Cape Town but I was also looking at Kruger National Park. I like the idea of renting a car for a couple days. Wine will definitely be a big part of the trip!

        • It’s just me

          I am really late for this, but i liked Chobe national park in Botswana MUCH better than Kruger. The animals just hang out on the river and you can see them much more easily vs. going on 3 hour game drives in Kruger and maybe not seeing anything. Just fly to Victoria Falls and you can do a safari into Chobe from there.

    • wdc

      Might be more than you have time for (one very long day’s drive, or two more reasonable days), but the Garden Route along the coast is magnificent. Best sunsets anywhere. And once you get to the other end, make sure to visit Addo elephant park near Port Elizabeth. We lucked out and found ourselves in the middle of a large herd, and it was magical.

  • textdoc

    Rant: Forgot one of my layers today and am cold in the office.
    Rant: Was listening to the howling wind last night and thinking, “If I didn’t know better, I’d think it was end times.” Then I thought: “Hmm, Donald Trump is in charge of America and its nuclear arsenal. Maybe it IS end times.”
    Rave: Got a lot of house-tidying/organizing done over the weekend AND went out for a bunch of social events (Friday night, Saturday night, Sunday brunchtime, and Sunday evening).

    • textdoc

      Additional rants/raves:
      Rant: Didn’t make it to the unofficial PoPville book/home-goods swap (if it did indeed happen — I’m not sure whether it did)…
      Rave: … because I was having brunch with a new friend. (And I didn’t want to dash off when I wasn’t sure whether the event was still happening.)
      Rave: I may have saved myself from temptation (if the swap did happen) — I need to be getting things OUT of my house, not bringing new things in.

  • Rant: Ulta took all my money yesterday
    Rave: got complimented on my new eye shadow this morning
    Rave: I’ve been making a point to watch youtube tutorials about things I want to learn more about and I’ve gained skills!
    Rave: I’m really excited about Wednesday, not sure how much bitching I have to do right now though

    • makeup tutorials?

      What are your favorite Youtube makeup tutorials? I am looking to increase my skills too!

      • I like the Small Things blog but other than that I tend to search for specific techniques or products. If you have a popular palette you can just search for that and any other details, like ‘daytime’ or ‘formal.’
        I also learned how to change my car’s side mirror and replace an outlet from youtube videos.

    • SinSA


  • bizzinger

    Rant: Couldn’t make the book swap yesterday. Although it’s not like I need to bring more books into my house.
    Rant: Screw cancer.
    Rave: Looking forward to seeing people Wednesday at the Wine and Bitch. I’ll be more cheery then, promise.

    • SinSA

      You don’t have to be cheerier on Wednesday. There’s wine. It is ok!

  • artemis

    Rave: Baby Artie slept through the night for the first time in weeks and weeks.
    Rave: I got a lot of much needed rest this weekend. I am feeling much less anxious and on the verge of tears than I was almost every day last week.
    Rave: I just finished up a major project. Can I go home now?
    Rave: Visiting with my bestie this upcoming weekend. I cannot wait.

    • mtpresident

      So glad to hear that you’re better rested. Poor sleep was such a contributor to my anxiety after mtpkiddo was born. I hope you are able to continue to get enough rest to function. And yay for Baby Artie sleeping!

      • artemis

        Thanks, mtpresident! I think Baby Artie’s teething (and subsequent poor sleep) coupled with my own difficulty sleeping and anxiety about the general state of the world just put me in a bad place last week. My therapy session was a gentle reminder that self-care is essential, so I’ve been trying to be better about eating well, getting to bed at a decent hour, working out, etc.

        • mtpresident

          Ugh on last week, but glad to hear about your renewed self-care efforts. I’ve been less successful on that front of late as well, partly because I’ve been staying up too late reading–but at least I’ve finished the book now! I don’t doubt that you have people to reach out to when you’re having anxiety issues, but feel free to reach out if you need a fellow mom’s perspective/support.

  • LedroitTigah

    RANT: I have a slight smile in one of my dating app profile pics. Some guy asked if I was sad, because of my face. MOTHRF*CKER, I don’t smile all the time, so don’t ask!!! UGH, got me in a bad mood. Why do people message if theyre going to be mean?!?!

    • textdoc

      “Why do people message if theyre going to be mean?!?!” He might have been “negging” you:

      • FridayGirl

        +1. I immediately block anyone like this. Otherwise they seem to send the same thing 6 months later.

      • LedroitTigah

        Oh goodness – thanks for the links. And barrrrrf re the practice.

        • textdoc

          You know, now I’m wondering if someone did something similar to me a while ago and I just didn’t realize it at the time — I vaguely remember getting a message from some guy saying I looked “wistful” in my photos. (I had a slight smile.)

  • Pleasanter

    Rave: Wood Brothers at 9:30 Club on Saturday were incredible. They put on such an awesome and fun show.
    Rant: Workplace drama

  • Anon

    Kenyan McDuffie panders to hotel lobbyist to stick it to home owners who host on airbnb. More government intrusion and burden for a policy that is already in place.


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