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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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  • Rant: Super tired today for some reason. Is it the weather? Is it that I feel like I woke up in a dream but can’t remember what it was? I had to peel myself out of bed and now I’m prying my eyes open.
    Rant: Sometimes I talk to nice people on dating sites and think “Oh, they seem nice,” but then 7 out of 10 days I literally could not care less about actually dating. I used to be excited about this stuff and for the past year or so it just seems like too heavy of a lift to deal with anyone but myself.
    Rant: I am so tired of bringing my lunch, I really want lunch out today but have no realistic way to go get it (unless I want to walk 20 minutes to McDonald’s from my training building. Boooooooo)

    • Re: Dating Rant. I find it is hard to be excited about someone who you haven’t met in person. I can’t judge chemistry until that initial meet, until then it seems like a lot of energy just to grab a drink with someone who you may or may not even want to spend 30 min with IRL.

      • For the reason, you state, I am anti-online dating. As you state, you can’t quantify chemistry, sincerity and many other qualities online. I am old fashion and rather meet people in person. It just seems you have to be careful with the whole street harassment campaign these days.

        • I would love to meet someone in person but I’ve honestly never had anyone approach me while I’ve been out, nor do I have any friends of friends I’d consider dating (at least at this point).

          • And won’t consider approaching someone yourself, I assume?

          • I did once a few months ago and it turned out the guy was getting married a couple weeks later. I’m now less inclined.

          • Yeah, I mean meeting some people who aren’t available or aren’t a match is part of the process of finding someone who is. I wouldn’t let that stop you.

          • But that goes back to my point of “7 out of 10 days… it just seems like too heavy of a lift to deal with anyone but myself,” anonymous.

          • Sure thing, I get it. I’m just saying don’t also undermine your chances on the 3 out of 10 days you might feel like meeting people.

        • well, there’s a big difference between striking up a conversation with a woman over a shared interest in a particular drink or type of game or sports star, vs. just making cheetah-growly noises at every woman who passes and telling them you’ve got what they’re looking for *righthere* and grabbing yourself!

          • Those are the two extremes. From what I have read on here, striking up a conversation in the Starbucks line can be seen as harassment by some.

          • Well, I guess I can understand wanting to be better safe than sorry….and honestly, chances are you’re just in line to get in, get your coffee, and get moving to the next place, so it could be a little weird if someone impeded your progress or slowed your whole morning up. It could be nice, it could be creepy, I guess it just varies too much to make a hard-and-fast rule about chatting someone up in a line….

        • I agree that it’s hard to gauge chemistry online–which is why I generally try to meet someone sooner rather than later in the whole messaging process. However, other than being a bit more safety-conscious in the beginning stages of a relationship that began online (or via a conversation struck up at coffee shop, for example), I haven’t found that the process of actually *building* a relationship is any different than relationships where I met the individual through a shared hobby or mutual acquaintance. It still takes time and patience to determine whether someone is sincere, trustworthy, shares your goals, has similar ethics and values, and is just generally compatible. For me, online dating just broadened the pool of individuals I was exposed to. Current SO and I run in completely different circles and wouldn’t have met without a dating website. But we wouldn’t still be together if we weren’t compatible in real life, too.

        • “I am old fashion and rather meet people in person. It just seems you have to be careful with the whole street harassment campaign these days.”
          Stacksp, aren’t you married? Or were you speaking in general terms?
          With all due respect… I think your experience as a man is completely different from most single women’s experience of dating in D.C.

          • lol. i had the same thoughts.

          • I am not stacksp not do I know him or her, but this is a place to share comments, not to police other people’s opinions as invalid because you don’t feel they apply.

    • Has anyone tried a matchmaking service? I know they are expensive– any tales of success…or woe?

      • I do have a few friends who tried “It’s Just Lunch,” which is matchmaker-esque. The women had zero luck, the men had a really mixed experience.
        Back when I was actively online dating (met current SO online), I found that I needed to take frequent breaks from the whole process. I would do a couple months of fairly intense activity, and then take a few months off to focus on friends and hobbies. It kept me sane, and as an added bonus, I think my profile tended to be pushed to the top of men’s matches when I returned from each hiatus because I appeared to be “new”.

        • On a tangent: OkCupid removed the “Who’s New” feature as of the beginning of the month. So now we don’t appear new and can’t browse that way either, which I suppose also disincentivizes me to look because half the people on the site I’ve been seeing on and off for the 3 years I’ve been here. #fail

      • I considered it, but the company was unresponsive and seemed put off that I had physical preferences. It didn’t make sense to me to blow a fair amount of money when I couldn’t expect a realistic chance of attraction. The company and couple who ran it have since broken up, so I’m sure I made the right choice.

    • I totally feel you. I’m really not a fan of online dating, but then also rarely meet anyone at bars. dating in college/grad school was just so much easier!!!! I guess I’m left with dating people through work, but that’s obviously a challenge (I dated someone that lived in my neighborhood, and that was obviously not a great idea since we ran into each other too much afterwards)

  • Rant: Metro’s proposed fare increases, coupled with reduced service, is going to continue that organization’s downward spiral. Fortunately, I have been bike commuting since 2011, but I remember having to use the Metro downtown for my daily commutes, and the proposed 8-minute headways at peak commuting time sounds absolutely insane. Furthermore, as expected, Metro does absolutely nothing to address their employees’ bloated pensions/salaries and lack of accountability. They need to file for bankruptcy in order to redo everything. Evans said they reduced service, increased fares, and ‘tightened operations,’ so they should now be entitled to a dedicated funding source. No- just no. You guys still don’t get it.
    Rave: Bike commuting.

      • Right, except that doesn’t indicate the peak service reductions aren’t still going to happen.

      • ^year but it still says 8 minute head ways for peak commuting times. That’s just not going to work, especially for those who need to transfer

    • +1. 8 minute headways during rush hour will be an absolute disaster. Incoming trains will be well beyond capacity long before they get close to where everybody works. Many people will simply start driving to work.

      • Agree. Along with the price increase, that’s ridiculous. (I am grateful every day that I almost never *have* to use the metro, I stick to the bus.) If I was a metro rider at this point I’d be seriously considering driving or otherwise ride-sharing at this point.

        • I am. But I’ve never had my own car, I hate driving, and shudder to think at the costs associated with it – gas, maintenance, insurance, etc, not to mention having to buy it straight out. If it’s hard to muster the money for the metro, than how much worse the upfront costs of purchasing and owning a car? Sigh….

          • HaileUnlikely

            I share this fear. If this is implemented on all lines including those that do not share tracks with others for a substantial proportion of the trip (i.e., Red), this will render metro unusable as a rush hour option for people who live more than two stations from either end of the line in the morning and board eastbound trains basically anywhere east of Dupont Circle or maybe Farragut North, or board westbound trains east of Union Station in the evening. Downtown lacks the parking to accommodate everybody who would then want to drive to work. As a homeowner in the Takoma area who can’t afford to live closer in, this would be a strong motivator to leave DC metro area altogether.

          • When I lived in Woodley Park, there were plenty of mornings that multiple trains went by before I could squeeze on one. This was in 2000 – I can’t imagine what it is like now.

        • If you’re a metro rider looking for an alternative, the bus is probably a good choice. I made the switch several years ago and knowing a handful of bus routes has only made it easier for me to get around town more efficiently.

          • HaileUnlikely

            For some who live close-ish to where they’re going. For others, especially coming from further out, that may turn a 30-minute one-way trip into a 60-minute or even 90-minute one-way trip.

          • +1 to haile – even if you are lucky enough to have an express route nearby, if you are commuting during rush hour the bus will probably sit in traffic forever. or, if you live on the 16th or 14th street line, you might watch several buses pass you before you can get on one. on the other hand, outside of rush hour, your bus might only show up every 40 minutes. personally, I prefer taking the bus in general, but it definitely isn’t a total replacement for metro.

  • Rant ( I think): you know the woman’s voice on the new Metro cars? The voice telling you to stand back, doors closing? I think it’s the same voice used in the Dallas airport to broadcast announcements.

    • houseintherear

      They had some sort of contest many years ago to find that woman… maybe she has made a career of it! I’d love a job like that omggggg.

  • Rave/Rant: My favorite series has a new book out today, I started it on the metro,I don’t want to work, I just want to read my book all day

    • Don’t leave us hanging! What’s the series??

      • It’s the Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs, Admittedly it is a guilty pleasure being that it is fiction and has shifters in it, but I like the adventure and the way she brings in some folk lore into her books

        • Oh, I’ve read a bunch of those! I’ll look up the new one, and see how many other new ones I’ve missed…

  • Rave: In a good spot with my parents these days. As much as I’ve complained about previous intrusiveness, they adore my kids and love spending time with them. And it’s kind of fun to hear someone else delight in your kids’ idiosyncrasies. Perhaps I’ll pitch the idea of grandparent pick-up once/week (which my mom has offered numerous times and I’ve always demurred).
    Rant: Night 3 in a row. And probably 40% of the last 2-3 weeks. Good lord. Mtpkiddo isn’t falling asleep until after 10, and then she’s up for 2 hours in the middle of the night. Ugh. Exhausting for everyone involved. Perhaps I should try spending some time with her when she wakes up rather than trying to get her settled as quickly as possible in case that helps her settle more quickly in the long run? I’m at a loss….

    • First, ugh, I am so sorry. When you’re getting those good stretches of sleep, middle of the night wakeups are so hard.
      How old is Mtpkiddo? I found that my daughter always had disrupted sleep during big developmental changes. That included explosions in language development, learning to crawl, learning to walk. Anything big coming up that you can see?

      • Thank you muchly! She’s 3.5. So… not sure about big upcoming developmental changes? I just hope that we don’t roll right from this phase of hers into an 18-month sleep regression for her little brother (he’s 16 months old). Maybe she’s taking care of that sleep regression for him? One can but hope. I can’t help but think that something is keeping her little brain working overtime such that it’s hard for her to fall asleep–but I haven’t been able to figure out what. I’ve started having bedtime chats with her, asking about awesome and yucky parts of her day to see if anything comes up–but nothing substantive yet.

    • I’m sorry Mtpkiddo is having trouble getting and staying asleep. Can you perhaps offer the solutions that work for adults? She can read if she wakes up in the middle of the night, but she has to stay in bed. I would think that she’d fall asleep faster that way.

      • She does often read for awhile, but she’ll also decide that somethings hurts, she needs to go to the bathroom, or she needs help finding something, etc. I can’t decide how strict to be about requiring independence for the things that she can theoretically do herself and is likely looking for attention. I’m sure it sucks to be awake and having trouble falling asleep when no one is around to interact with and it’s dark out, so I’m sympathetic. But I’m also tired and grumpy.

  • I woke up in the wee hours this morning feeling very cold. Cold enough that I didn’t think I could go back to sleep, so I went and got another blanket. The added warmth and the sleepiness resulted in a wave of euphoric comfort and well-being so intense that now I think I understand why people use heroin. (This is kind of how the effect of heroin was described to me.)

  • Rant: Was lucky I didn’t get hit with a stray bullet last night at the corner of M St and North Cap in NoMa. Approx. 10-15 shots fired at a group running across North Capitol in my direction and right past me from two cars that sped off in opposite directions. At least one bullet came through my building’s lobby. Still pretty shaken.

  • Rave: Baby Artie slept until five! This is the first time sleeping through the night in weeks and weeks and weeks.
    Rant: People applying makeup on the metro. I don’t know why, but it skeeves me out.
    Rave: Having dinner with a dear friend visiting from the west coast. Let’s hope Baby Artie holds up ok with a major deviation from his usual schedule.
    Rave: The sweet man who passes out the Express at the metro station. He’s often the highlight of my morning.

    • Yay for your raves, especially the sleep one! That’s amazing! : ) Also love that you’ll get to catch up with a dear friend. Those get togethers can be so centering.

      • We will see if it lasts. His sleep has been all over the place in the last few months (since he cut his first teeth just after Christmas). But I will enjoy the days when it does happen.

  • Rant: Would be nice to see luxury high rise apts/condos being built East of the River (near Metro stations). Also, class A office buildings and retail. Possibly a movie theater? Can’t wait unitl Poplar Point is developed.

  • Rave: even though I was tired, I made myself go to yoga last night – wow! what a workout! Completely drenched in sweat, but glad that I powered through.
    Rant: Of course, now I’m even more exhausted!
    Rant: My roommate is sick, like fever and everything. I hope she feels better soon. I also hope I don’t get whatever she has!
    Rant: I have no food that isn’t frozen and/or doesn’t require a lot of work to become a meal. I need to get groceries tonight but since I’ll be away from Friday til next Tuesday, I’ve got to figure out what can be easily made and portioned so I don’t have to do too much to turn things into food and also don’t waste food while I’m gone.
    Rant: I don’t want to adult today. Can I just go back to bed?

    • Re your food rant: how about something like pizza? could make a couple meals to hold you over until Friday. You could even order one if you don’t want to make it yourself.

      • oh! Frozen pizza! Great suggestion! get a couple pies, that oughta hold me over – may not be the healthiest option, but I’m too tired to care right now! Thanks!

    • Another option–make a tray of baked ziti and a pot of chili? Both freeze well and are very easy to make. FWIW, I like throwing chopped red & green bell pepper into my baked ziti to get a little extra crunch and nutrition.

      • That’ll work well for another time, but I’m just too tired this week, I think I’m just going to pick up some frozen pizzas.

    • Do you have eggs? Is anything in your freezer a vegetable? How about a frittata? It’ll make nice leftovers over the next few days, and any leftover portions can also be frozen for future food emergencies!

  • Rave: second night in a row new cat has been given the run of the house, cat with seniority is growling at her less.
    Rant: all good until about 5am when new cat starts playing with the toy mice.
    Rave 2: made some magically good lentil soup last night, bacon is the secret ingredient.

  • Rant: I hurt my shoulder, but now my entire neck and shoulder area is super tight and achy.
    Rave: scheduled a lunch time massage for later this week.
    Rant: I’m really starting to think I should sell off a large portion of my stock portfolio. I started it a number of years ago for fun, it’s up a ludicrous amount, and I’m worried about an impending crash.
    Rave: I feel so prescient, scheduling a beach vacation over a snowy weekend.

    • Yikes! hope the massage helps your shoulder/neck feel better!

    • re brokerage account – I don’t know how much money you are talking about but I was (I think) kind of in the same boat as you, and I decided to sell like two weeks ago. Of course, now I wish I had waited because I could’ve made even more money!

  • I Dont Get It

    Rave: Not the best news at my DR appt yesterday but I feel positive about making some lifestyle changes which should help alleviate some of the issues.
    Rant: I am very behind on some projects at work…really no specific reason, just unmotivated. Maybe see above?
    Rave: Getting mildly trolled here. 😉

  • justinbc

    Rave: Had the best tacos I’ve ever found in this area over the weekend at Taqueria La Placita in Hyattsville, and honestly they would be some of the best in any city in the country. Warning for anyone making a trip, if you go during prime hours expect a line out the door (but it moves rapidly), and basically everything is in Spanish. Must tries are the lamb barbacoa and the chorizo, and the homemade hot sauce is legit fire deliciousness.

  • Rant: Crazy night last night. I made three different dinners thanks to my SO’s picky habits, the kids begging for something other than chicken, and me going back on my diet. Then did three loads of laundry since I slacked over the weekend. Helped with two school projects, bathed a rather chatty Littlest Anonachild, and finally made it to bed around 11. I am exhausted today.
    Rant: When I finally did sit down and have a minute to myself, I got caught up on my progressive friends’ plans for Wednesday. I am perplexed by the idea of a Women’s Strike. Personally – and maybe this is because I spent too many years as a sole-breadwinner and caretaker – I find it counter-intuitive. My work will still be there Thursday. The kids aren’t going to magically need me less and the bills will absolutely still need to be paid. I mean, I guess it’s great if you can do it, but I also wonder what it will accomplish. I don’t let my kids just randomly take days off school, mainly since I view an education as the key to rising up out of whatever situation you are in, so my daughter’s tail will be in her seat on Wednesday morning. I’m not quite sure what checking out for a day really means or what it really seeks to accomplish. Please, enlighten me.

    • I will be working and wrangling the baby as per usual tomorrow, but I think the idea is that women do a ton of unrecognized labor. If women don’t show up, things at home and work don’t run smoothly. A women’s strike is aimed at showing that, similar to the day without immigrants a few weeks ago.

      And I do agree with you that being able to participate in the strike is a luxury that many can’t afford.

      • I get the aspects of recognizing what women do, and the theory behind it, but I also recognize that (most) men will behave no differently, and (most) women will just pick up the slack on Thursday for what wasn’t done on Wednesday. For work/school, I worry about the real implications; many people do not take too kindly to strikers period, and I worry about the counter-productivity of it.
        I really thought the immigrant’s strike had value to it. This, I’m just not sure of. While I do have concerns over my rights as a woman being infringed upon, I suppose I think that we should be putting more effort into rights that are actively being infringed upon right now. I feel like this is a distraction from other issues and if we would focus more, we could get more done.
        As an aside, I also really cringe at what I am starting to see in Facebook land; there seems to be this growing mentality that if you’re not on board with my cause the way I do it, you’re not doing enough, you’re not progressive enough. It’s incredibly divisive, and elitist.

        • HaileUnlikely

          I agree with you.
          And also, a serious question, not intending to be snarky: Is anybody concerned that low participation in the strike, for perfectly valid reasons such as those you state, will render it mostly ineffectual and possibly even undermine its stated objectives. It will be claimed that women went on strike, but most people won’t experience any effects of said strike. I did not notice any fewer women on the metro appearing to be going to work this morning. I fear that this is going to be a freebie served up on a silver platter for Trump et al to tweet derisively about.
          Again, I’m not trying to be snarky. If even 5% of all women just sat the day out, it would be catastrophic for society, no argument there. But if the participation is as low and diffuse elsewhere as it is in DC (and seriously, do we expect proportionally *greater* participation elsewhere in the the country than in DC?), this will not accomplish it’s objectives and will likely undermine them.

          • To be fair, you said that you didn’t notice any fewer women on the metro today. That could be because the strike is tomorrow, not today.

          • HaileUnlikely

            Whoops. Duh. My bad. We’ll see how tomorrow plays out. I honest to goodness hope that the strike is big and successful, but I really do fear that it won’t be, for the same reasons.

          • Yes, this is the inherent danger of a strike. If not enough people participate then the effect can be opposite to the intended one.

          • My SO is a teacher in Alexandria, and his school district is closing Wednesday because so many students and teachers plan to be off to observe/participate in the Day Without Women.

          • People were concerned about low participation in the women’s march, too, and look how that turned out. I can’t participate; I think it will be difficult for many feds or others in the DC region to. It is certainly a risk, but I hope it is successful for what it is.

        • One of the biggest things that bothers me is that women’s rights are already infringed upon; women make less than men for performing the same work. By not going to work that day, I hope it highlights the value of the work women do. I personally don’t understand how it’s that difficult to differentiate from the purpose of the day without immigrants, but you’ve communicated this for a while and it’s certainly okay to question activities and think deeply about if/how you want to participate in various activities for the causes you do or don’t support. It sucks that some people are so black and white and have adopting the “are you are either with me or against” Bush-era mantra. Seeing it happening in others is helping me notice if/when I do it myself though.

      • I Dont Get It

        I think I red somewhere that you should wear red in solidarity? But I could be confused.

    • That second shift is a bitch, isn’t it? So many days I want to come home and lie on the couch, but then there would be no clean sports uniforms, kids would eat cookies for dinner and stay up playing video games past midnight, and desperate pets would eat our faces in our sleep.

      • It is! Last night, I thought I would be smart and get the older two to help – one emptied the dishwasher, the other loaded it. Wrong. I ended up having to re-organize my cabinets and utensil drawer, and the dishwasher was ran with all of 6 dishes in it, and since it was loaded incorrectly, I had to re-wash the top rack.
        This has me completely re-evaluating adding another dog to the mix.

    • The idea is that people will take notice of how much their lives depend on the work of women., And they will appreciate women for the invaluable contribution they make to society. It sounds obvious that this is the case but it’s not so obvious to people that have their eyes tightly closed to reality.

    • skj84

      I’m working remote tomorrow. My company is minority owned, and has many women in key leadership positions. My office is majority women, only 3 men. So it makes no sense to take the day off. I figure working from home is a good compromise, I’m not using metro, I’m going out for lunch, etc…I will probably donate to a women friendly cause as well. I get the idea of the strike, and support it, but I recognize it is not feasible for everyone. There is a sense of privilege, some of us can afford to take the day off, but most women cannot.

    • Read a couple articles on the woman’s strike in Iceland. Really interesting ideas about how it was carried out and what it did for the country. That said, to each her own on whether to work or not.

    • houseintherear

      Read up on the women’s strike in Iceland for some perspective.

  • Rant: Still unemployed. I have no idea why the IMF didn’t get back to me for the job they posted on LinkedIn. Christine LaGarde and I would be freakin’ soul mates!
    Rave: Keeping busy. A little bit of work trickling in, a lot of working out, housecleaning, cooking. I’m actually good traditional housewife. Last night the girlfriend came downstairs after a call and said, “I thought you’d have put the fish on already,” and I said “I spent two hours cooking this dinner. I’m not going to risk overcooking the tuna because you were stuck on some business call.” She was appeased by the fresh-shucked oysters.
    Announcement: I think the first meeting of NEDD — the networking, exercising and day-drinking support group I’m founding for victims of the Trump economy — will be a week from Thursday, probably at the Raven, probably at 4PM. If anybody actually thinks they might show up and has alternative suggestions re: time and place — what the heck, I got nowhere I have to be. Maybe we’ll bike down to Alexandria or something earlier in the afternoon, for the exercise part.

    • hahahaha – you’ve made NEDD sound so fun. I (almost) wish I could take part (but like being employed, for the time being).

      And I’m sure the IMF just takes forever… 🙂

    • Does the day-drinking occur before, during, or after the exercise? Because you could have some reaaaaalllly interesting results depending!

  • Rant: gave a professional development yesterday with a bunch of disengaged participants
    Revel: enjoying outdoor recess today
    Revel: got a bunch of books from this book giveaway over the weekend. Brought them into my classroom this morning and the kids were so excited!
    Rant: why are all my revels work-related?

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: Robert Osborne died. TCM isn’t the same without him.]
    Rave: Office mate is out today so he won’t catch me falling asleep at my desk b/c I am so freaking tired.

    • I will watch a sad movie tonight in honor of Robert Osborne. I have no idea what made him so perfect, but he was.

  • Rave: Worked out this morning
    Rant: Moving and cleaning out stuff. How do I have so much stuff? Why did I keep 30+ issues of Washingtonian?

    Question: does anyone have recommendations for clothing donations in DC that is transit accessible? I’m moving so cleaning out clothes, but I don’t have a car and the goodwill is not very convenient.

    Also, thanks to everyone for moving company recommendations. I’ve booked with Bookstore Movers they were by far the cheapest and only required me to have 2 hour minimum.

  • Anyone have a list of events going on for the Day Without Women tomorrow? Not working and looking to do something related. Have been busy with work and not participating in “the resistance” as much as I’d like so looking to do something tomorrow. Planned Parenthood have stuff going on since they are about to lose funding???

  • topscallop

    Rave: fiancé and I decided to institute a TV cut-off time after which we instead play a board game, do a puzzle, read, etc. I look forward to no longer falling asleep on the couch in the middle of an episode of something I will have to re-watch to understand what I missed.
    Rant: not feeling well but came to work anyway for meetings
    Rave: I have more sick leave than you can shake a stick at, so I’ll probably leave early and take tomorrow off to rest
    Rant: way too much work to do

    • What time is the cut off time?

      • topscallop

        Between 9 and 10, but I think we’ll keep it closer to 9. Last night was our first try and it went swimmingly. We read in bed for about half an hour and were asleep much earlier than usual!

    • Andie302

      We’re wayyyy behind the curve, but we’ve been playing a lot of Settlers of Catan (from the ap, while watching TV, but still). I’m sort of obsessed!

      • topscallop

        I’m not a fan of Settlers of Catan, mainly because it seems to take FOREVER to get through a game, but we have found some good cooperative games to play together, like Pandemic and Forbidden Desert. I also like gin rummy.

  • Rant: I hate my job. I swear I work for Regina George.
    Rave: Today’s my birthday, I’m healthy, and I have an awesome boyfriend who is totally cool with ordering a 7-foot inflatable T-rex costume for no reason.

  • There was gunfire (several shots) and guys running along North Capital last night around 9pm and the Post, as usual, doesn’t mention a thing about it. This is my new neighborhood & we don’t learn about what happened when shots are fired unless someone is killed. The news needs to do a better job of keeping people informed.

    • Prince Of Petworth

      We covered this a bit @PoPville on twitter https://twitter.com/PoPville/status/838941090904428545 but I needed to do a better job here too – was waiting for an official police report but now I’m not sure one is coming. Will post if it does.

      • right now there are police cars in front of my apartment building and M Street is blocked off. We might get a note from the management saying what was going on, but I doubt if anybody else in this neighborhood will. The post needs to do a better job of covering of the sort of thing in the district, instead ofor leaving it to bloggers to pick up the slack.

  • Rave: I’m in love with my snuggly new blanket from Costco. It’s been named Fluffy, and it’s amazing.
    Rant: So conflicted about the Women’s strike.
    Rave: Visiting friends this weekend. Wine and yoga pants, here we come. There will be gossip and guacamole.

  • That One Guy

    Odd coincidence: two emails sent six minutes apart in my inbox asking me for donations. One is asking for money the other for blood. The saying “me lo pagas o me lo pagas,” comes to mind. Ha.
    I find life amusing for different reasons these days.

  • Rave: My African violets at the office are starting to bloom! (I was a little worried about them — I’d repotted/transplanted them a while ago, and they seemed a little traumatized for a while.)

  • Rant: Norovirus
    Rant: Norovirus striking when you’re 5.5 hours into a roadtrip from Virginia to Canada.
    Rave: We made it somehow by alternating driving and pulling over to throw up some 30+ times. And got to go to the ER in Toronto rather than middle of nowhere PA or NY?!
    Rave: Feeling so much better. Seriously never been so sick in my life. And I got it from a 5 month old baby! I was so naive–oh I won’t get sick, I got the flu shot, I have a healthy immune system. HAHAHAHA all four of us got sick as hell.

    • binntp

      Oh, God that sucks! I had norovirus for the first (and hopefully the last) time in my life about a year ago, and it was the worst 72 hours I’ve ever experienced–even worse than having third-world parasites. Take care of yourself and hope you’re feeling better soon!

      • Yeah, I’m so glad my wife forced me to admit myself after I admitted her (and then threw up in her hospital room!) because I think getting that IV made me feel better a lot faster. I am lucky and haven’t gotten too sick over the years–pretty much never as an adult, but jesus this was the worst illness I have ever experienced! I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. Thanks for the well wishes!

  • Rant: I’ve been trying to purchase a place over the nine months. It’s taken much longer than expected. Now, I am going back and forth between my financing company and HPAP about the required documents needed to close the deal, and quite honestly, nearing the expiration date for HPAP. I feel like these two are divorced parents– ‘Johnny, please ask your mother to pass the salt’.

    Rave: I am glad for the change in temperature; I can finally get outside, as long as I make it home from work on time.

    Rave: My coworker told me it was pancake day and distributed coupons for IHop!

  • Rant: Still sick. I’m on week 4 of feeling low energy, congested and generally “off” after getting over the flu. Apparently it’s severe allergies, but when the urgent care doesn’t prescribe anything to help with that, I don’t really know what I’m supposed to do.
    Rant: Women’s Strike tomorrow. I cannot participate (beyond not spending and wearing red) because of said sickness/excessive time off. Bigger frustration has been the response from my male co-workers and how degrading they’ve been about it. They think it’s “stupid” and “a waste of time” and “everything will run just fine – men can handle it if women want to be selfish.”
    Rave: A new job offer came yesterday from an old employer, unsolicited! I’m waiting for my official offer letter and then will promptly put in my 2 weeks and then all the men in my office can take over my never ending list of duties and all will be fine.

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