Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

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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: ALL OF METRO.

  • Question: Hosting about 20-30 family members in DC over Memorial Day Weekend. Most of our activities are already squared away, but we’d like to do a “Welcome” happy hour type of thing on Saturday evening at like 5 pm and trying to decide on a location. We want somewhere that we can gather but don’t necessarily need to reserve space because we expect people to come and go. There will be some older folks so we don’t want it to be too crowded (or at least, we need a home base where old people can sit). Food would be nice but isn’t crucial. Location – somewhere from Shaw up to Columbia Heights, or over into Bloomingdale. Vibe – casual. We were thinking Lost & Found. I also suggested Boundary Stone, American Ice Co., and Wonderland (although worried the latter two being crowded if the weather is super nice). Any other ideas?

    • 1905 is your spot

      • Second 1905. My fiance threw a semi-surprise 30th birthday party for me on the roof, and there were about 20-30 guests. We had plenty of room to wander, stools for people who wanted to sit (they staked out the corner to the left of the bar, which was also covered — helps with the sun), and good food.

    • For that many people I vote Wet Dog. It’s new and has a ton of outdoor space with plenty of picnic tables for folks to mingle.

    • Just a little south of Shaw, but Alba Osteria has a decent happy hour, including weekends, and once brunch is over is not usually crowded.

    • Right Proper or Pub and the People are also good choices

    • Rasputin

      I second the 1905 suggestion. Great patio and is usually not too crowded.

    • leftcoastsouthpaw

      I love 1905, but when the weather is nice, their roof deck gets crowded. I would agree with Wet Dog, since it hasn’t been really that crowded the few times I’ve stopped by.

      • Agree, 1905 is packed on nice evenings. Plus, the stairs to the roof are pretty steep – would be atrocious for family members. Wonderland and AmIce will be too packed, IMHO.
        Lost & Found and A&D should be OK on an early Saturday afternoon, though there’s no outdoor space at either venue. That fact alone should keep the crowds at bay. You could easily take over the backroom at A&D or the front room at Lost & Found.
        Even though I’m not a fan of it of the venue late night, Lost Society is usually pretty empty before 8pm on a Saturday. They have a great outdoor roof deck and an elevator to take the old folks upstairs. A little nicer than a casual neighborhood bar, but the family would enjoy it.

    • Boundary Stone!

    • Dew Drop Inn just occurred to me – and I’m guessing any Catholic students will be out of town / on summer vacation already by MDW. Does that seem like a good option? The downside is that there isn’t much else around there if it ends up being too crowded.

  • maxwell smart

    RANT: Commuting. So as I understand it, the Red Line caught on fire again and is/was single-tracking through all of downtown. Meanwhile there was a police situation on Taft Bridge (Connecticut Ave) over Rock Creek Park and was completely closed, road flares and all, so all southbound traffic on Connecticut had to divert either into Rock Creek Park or through Adams Morgan. Even on my bike it was insanity. As someone who used to live in LA… DC traffic is THE WORST.
    RAVE: Nationals!
    RAVE: Nationals!

  • Rant: This morning’s speculation that the budget talks might be extended into next week. I guess we’re approving funding the government a week at a time now?
    Rant: Mom’s cancer is back. She doesn’t know what to do, and I don’t have any answers.
    Rant: Slept horribly last night. I’m exhausted.
    Rant: My office is a sinking ship. I’m hoping we’re pulled up soon before everyone flees. We were really doing great until January…….

    • binntp

      So sorry about your Mom. That’s tough. Hope she’s able to be at peace with whatever path forward she takes, and you take care of yourself in the meantime!

    • FridayGirl, I am so sorry to hear about your mom’s cancer. Sending you hugs.

    • Sorry to hear about your mom’s cancer.

    • I’m so sorry, FridayGirl.

    • So sorry to hear about your mom, FridayGirl. I’m thinking good thoughts for her and for you, especially as you contend with difficult office/work situations….

    • I’m so sorry about your mom. Sending you hugs!

    • I am so sorry about your mom.

    • For your first rant–I think that they need a little more time to hammer out the details of the longer CR, so they may be doing a one-week CR just to give themselves time to finish up the longer one.
      But more importantly, I am so very sorry to hear about your mom. And I’m not surprised you had trouble sleeping given all of that. I wish I had more to offer, but you have my support, hugs, and prayers for healing. And perhaps a silly recommendation–check out the book “Moody Cow Meditates”–and perhaps make yourself a mind jar. I know it’s oriented towards kids, but I honestly think that many adults could use that visual support in centering themselves when life gets hard.

      • thank you, mtpresident.
        (it also didn’t help that i was on-call for work last night and someone decided to call me at 4am. hahaha…. but that’s done for another few months.)
        I will definitely check out Moody Cow Meditates. It at least sounds cute enough to make me smile. Thank you for all your support.

        • Absolutely. And thanks to AliceinDC as well (I think that’s who recommended it to me for mtpkiddo)–she LOVES that and the piggy meditation book. We’ve read both at bedtime every night since they arrived. And she is totally fascinated with the mind jar we made last night.
          Yuck on the 4am call. Glad to hear you’re not on call anymore for awhile 🙂

    • Thank you for your good thoughts and support, everyone. It means a lot to me.
      I also just realized those were all rants, so I have one RAVE to add: My travel this summer is almost fully approved. Just waiting on the budget folks, who are presumably waiting on… the budget. Hooray! (Despite my mom’s cancer diagnosis she is still absolutely thrilled that I’ll be traveling this summer. That’s my mom <3)

      • So sorry about your mom. The travel will be great. I spent 2 months of one summer on TDY in San Diego while working for the government and it was amazing.

      • Yep, can’t fund travel beyond CR period. Thank you Congress for allowing us to be as inefficient as possible!

    • That One Guy

      I hope your mom has an opportunity to breath and shed the hardships that she’s endured the past few months. .
      Maybe if you can swing it, send her some Blue Apron meals to make sure she’s eating healthfully and has one less thing to think about.

      • Emmaleigh504

        +1 Blue Apron. When my dad was getting his cancer treatment my sister and I gave my parents Blue Apron meals to help out. Dad could only eat home prepared meals so it really helped lessen the burden of grocery shopping and thinking up meals.

    • I am so sorry about your Mom. HUGS.

    • Emmaleigh504

      I’m so sorry about your mother’s cancer. hugs

    • skj84

      I’m so sorry about everything. Hugs Friday Girl.

    • Andie302

      So sorry to hear about your mom!

    • So sorry to hear about your mom. Sending virtual hugs.

    • Thank you all…….

  • Rant: Metro this morning
    Rave: Eight hour of sleep last night. I feel amazing.
    Rant: Feeling so unmotivated at work. I need to get it together.
    Rave: Tomorrow is Friday.

  • Rant: Metro. I was an hour late to work cause of the damn fire on the MFing Red line.
    Rant: I spilled my latte on my white shirt at work. Now I have to go all day with a big tan spot in the middle of my shirt.
    Rave: Telework tomorrow.
    Rant: Menstrual cramps.
    Rant: A ton of work to do that I don’t feel like doing.

  • skj84

    Rant: My roommate sent me an unnecessarily petty text yesterday. We have a frenemy thing going, but I thought we were on the same page. I decided to be the better person and not snark back.
    Rave: Going to my first Nats game of the season tomorrow!

    • I’m having a really cranky day. I could be persuaded to yell at your roommate for no good reason, really. Just putting it out there. And hoping you laugh.

  • Rant: I set off my smoke detector at 6:55 this morning, trying to get some baking in and forgetting about overflowing butter. Sorry neighbors!!!
    Rave: I feel slightly better than I did the last few days. I wish the plans at work would stop changing literally everyday because that is taxing my mental energy, but I’m starting to feel better about the whole thing.
    Rave: Caps! Caps! Caps!

  • Rant: Unemployed
    Revel: Not on the Red Line!
    Revel: My one freelance client called me out of the blue to tell me how smashing the Ted Talk that I helped him with went, how it was the greatest speech of his life and how important my contribution was. In (mumble mumble) years of speechwriting, this (the spontaneous call out of the blue) has happened exactly twice.

  • Rant: I have an extra ticket to Mrs. Grohl and Dave Grohl at Black Cat tomorrow night, and no one to go with me.
    Revel: Want to join me? Email the Prince and he will put us in touch.

  • Rant: When I started planning this wedding I said the two things I wouldn’t spend a lot on would be invitations and flowers. Well. So much for that. I was seduced by letterpress and brunia berry!
    Rave: I’m really looking forward to it.
    Rant: First exam is tomorrow. Over it.
    Rave: Travel planned for Oregon, Washington, and Vermont in the next few months.

  • Rant: Metro. Are you f***ing kidding me?! How do we have such a non-functional metro system in the capital city of one of the richest nations on earth?! JFC!
    Rant: Couples who give each other little peck kisses every few seconds while you’re jammed into a metro car like sardines. I find public displays of affection extraordinarily gross, unless you’re a little old couple and you’re holding hands. Then it’s adorable. But for the love of god, Metro couple, go away!
    Rant: I pretty much hate everything and everyone today.
    Rave: Dentist was awesome and said, “Hey surprise, let’s just get all your dental work done and out of the way” – which allowed me not to obsess over things beforehand. And the night guard didn’t fit like she wanted it to, so the dentist is sending it back for them to redo – I really appreciate her care for my entire well-being, and wanting to make sure things work right from a holistic perspective
    Rant/Rave: Dental care ain’t cheap. Feeling very thankful I set aside a big chunk of money for my HSA.

  • Rant: The teens that hang out at the corner of 14th and V all summer are back. I feel like a cranky old person for complaining but they can be disruptive, yesterday there were two groups screaming at each other across the street and blocking the sidewalk.
    Rave: The first quiet day at work in ages.

    • Wait, are these the same ones that were hanging out at 14th & W St around 4:30 the other day (I think it was Tuesday that I saw them)? There were about 8-10 of them. I haven’t noticed the teens before (mostly just the strange old men that sit at 14th & V in their lawn chairs…) so I’m curious about this issue!

  • Rant: teaching is a damned if you do, damned if you don’t profession
    Revel: today’s my Friday then long weekend
    Revel: got the Nitro iced coffee from Starbucks. I am wired af!

  • Rant: Bills.
    Revel: Cutting cable and installing outdoor antenna on house this weekend! Has anyone done this? Does it matter on which side of the house it the antenna is mounted? Thanks!

    • Before you go to the outdoor antenna, you might see how you do with an inexpensive indoor antenna (you might even have one from an old TV lying around). For me, on the upstairs TV, I have simple rabbit ears, and get plenty of channels, and only have some issues, usually only short interruptions, during really bad weather.

      • Also, the fcc.gov web-site has a tool for mapping the location of antennas. You can type in your address and it gives the local stations with strong, moderate, weak or no signal. Then you can click on a station and it gives you more information as well as placing the antenna on a map.

      • The leaf anteanna (a flat laminated antenna) is vastly superior to all the rabbit ears I tried. Best part is you can cover it with a piece of art.

    • houseintherear

      In my experience, it matters. I believe our tower/signal comes from west and slightly south, but you can google and find it pretty easily.

    • I haven’t installed an outdoor antenna, but I have multiple indoor antennas.
      I’ve noticed that for the channel I watch the most (WETA), the signal is stronger at the back of the house than at the front of the house, and significantly better on the top floor than on lower floors. If you’re putting an antenna on a flat (or mostly flat) roof, it doesn’t seem like there would be much (or as much) of an issue with signal blockage as in the interior of a house, but I guess it depends on 1) which channels you watch the most and where their signal towers are located in relation to you and 2) how your roof is sloped/shaped.
      For what it’s worth, I’ve never had issues with the signals from other channels, but WETA’s was weak enough at my house that I needed an “amplified” indoor antenna — the kind that plugs into an electrical outlet — rather than just a regular indoor antenna.

    • saf

      Mine’s on the roof.

  • That One Guy

    Rave: Beet juice and all the wonderful side effects it provides.
    Rant: Is there ever a sense of community when the eat what you kill mentality reigns supreme?

  • This morning I walked behind a dog with a stick in his mouth. He was practically prancing, with his tail waving and his head high. Then he dropped the stick, but his human didn’t notice and kept walking. His whole body changed. The tail drooped, the prance became a plod.
    His human noticed that, and she stopped for him to pick up another stick. Up went the tail and the shoulders, and he was happy and proud again.

  • Rant: Co-worker was out sick, and she’s back now, and I hate it. Noisy or falling asleep at her desk.
    Rant: Landlord dgaf yard is overgrown.
    Rant: Dog might have declining health.
    Rave: He’s still chipper and loveable.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rave: I have a back-up metro line when the red line is fubar.
    Rant: not much to do at work and I’m bored. it’s going to be a long day.
    Rave: more time to goof off on popville!

  • RANT: Metro ‘sick-out’ tomorrow? WTF??
    Rave: Former coworker just stopped by. SO GREAT to see his face!
    Rave: Missed all the red line commotion this morning – yay for going in early (for once!)
    Rave: Took cash that my wonderful coworkers gave me for Admin Professionals Day and went straight to Victoria’s Secret for a satin robe. If anyone asks, I went to a fancy restaurant!
    Rave: About to spend my lunch hour OUTSIDE!

  • I Dont Get It

    Rave: Very happy with Cleanly—24 hour turnaround and all were nicely folded. Even the socks were matched up! For 18 pounds of laundry it was $23 after applying the $10 coupon I found. I also tipped the delivery guy…

    • WOW! That’s amazing. I keep telling my mom I have to buy her a place down here someday so she can have new fangled luxuries like that.

  • Andie302

    Rant: Big orange troll is coming to my office building today and therefore the snack stand and the elevators plus several floors are closed. Ugh
    Rant: One of the people that had to move up here temporarily today is super annoying.
    Rave: He’ll only be here one day?
    Rant: Hearing for home sharing yesterday went until nearly 6pm (started at 10am).
    Rave: It was civil and it appears that the council understands that they need to make some changes. We’ll see how it turns out!
    Rant: Still pissed about my snacks