Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

by Prince Of Petworth May 2, 2017 at 9:15 am 72 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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  • Anonamomtobe

    Rave: 16 weeks pregnant….
    Rant: and sooooo miserable. No one told me “you will feel really sick. All day. Every day.” That was not in the brochure.
    Rave: only 24 weeks to go?

    • artemis

      Congratulations. I’m sorry you are still feeling sick. I started to feel better around the sixteen week mark and enjoyed the sweet spot of the second trimester. I hope the same happens for you. I can’t say that I enjoyed pregnancy as a whole, but I will say that the means by far justified the end. Hang in there!

      • artemis

        *End justified the means.

        I need more coffee.

      • Anonamomtobe

        Thanks for the words of encouragement!
        Yes, everyone was like – you will feel better at 12 weeks….
        then it was 14 weeks….
        then it was 16 weeks….
        Hopefully I’ll start feeling better soon – but I gotta say, I’ve lost a bit of hope about it!!
        But yes, I mean, this is my choice and we spent a lot of $$$ to make this happen! So just gotta roll with the bed I made, I guess.

        • artemis

          You are still allowed to complain. I choose to be pregnant too, and I still had moments, when riding by Planned Parenthood and trying not barf on fellow bus passengers, where I felt more adamently pro-choice than I ever did before becoming pregnant. Even when it is a relatively easy pregnancy, it is no walk in the park.

        • mtpresident

          Ugh. Some women are just really unlucky on that front. I hope you feel better soon! Take care of yourself and take things one day at a time. Sending hugs!

        • Anonamom

          I don’t want to discourage you, but with my second pregnancy, there was no reprieve until the third trimester, and that’s when the heartburn kicked in. What really made me feel better about it was just giving into to what my body was doing and let it happen, if that makes sense. Congrats on the baby, and hang in there!!

        • Honey Badger

          I didn’t still feel sick at 16 weeks and I still hated being pregnant. +1 to artemis that you are allowed to complain about the process even if you chose to become pregnant. I’ll also admit on the anonymous interwebs that I mostly hated the newborn months as well. I still don’t know what to do with a tiny baby and the sleep deprivation killed me. Now that little badger is a bit older, though, I love it. It’s okay not to be completely enamored with every phase of bringing another person into the world. A lot of it is really hard.
          Also, congratulations and I hope things get a bit easier for you soon!

          • mtpresident

            Oh my goodness, yes on the newborn stage. I thought I was a baby person until I had my own. Apparently I’m a baby person when it comes to other peoples’ babies. Toddlers, though? When it comes to my own (and possibly those of others)–totally fascinating.

  • E

    Rant: Realized that I am totally and completely out of shape . Last week, the fire alarm went off at work and I had to walk down the steps which wasn’t hard at all. Coming back up was the problem. After walking up 7 flights, I was winded, breathing hard. I know I slacked off for a few months because of some medication I was taking that was making me really sick but I didn’t think that it would’ve had that much of an effect. At 40 years old, I shouldn’t be this bad off.
    Rave: I started slowly just walking 30 minutes yesterday to start gradually working out regularly again.
    Rave: The weather outside.
    Rave: Got a seat on the train this morning.

    • Anonymous

      I too am in th 40+ club I got a fitbit as a gift I love it. It ‘holds me accountable’ for being active and I compete with my friends.

  • artemis

    Rave: New mattress is a vast improvement. And having a king-sized bed is amazing.
    Rant: It is going to take me awhile to get used to the new mattress.
    Rant: My office is so overly air conditioned.

  • dcgator

    Rant: In an English basement room (my room directly faces the street), and my basement neighbors like to smoke outside their front door, which then wafts into my room (even with windows and door closed!). Thoughts on what I can do, aside from talking to them (which I plan on doing)?
    Rave: I was somehow able to get a Bikeshare to work, AND able to drop it off. The Great Bikeshare Surge of 2017 has begun.
    Rave: New New Yorker sub—reading it weekly isn’t as tough as I thought it might be.

    • Anonynon

      would a fan help keep the air flowing away from your room?

    • Anon Spock

      Get your landlord to seal the Windows and door.

    • Pleasanter

      I’ve read that using positive air pressure in your apartment helps keep external smells/air out. Maybe worth a google?

  • mtpresident

    Rant: Went to bed feeling like crap, woke up feeling like crap. Still feel like crap.
    Rant: Shepherding little people through the morning routine while feeling like crap is not for the faint of heart. At least they were mostly on top of things this morning.
    Rave? I think? Caps last night. I’ll take the win, with cautious acceptance. Waiting to see how things go tomorrow.

    • Emmaleigh504

      hope you feel better soon!

  • LittleBluePenguin

    Rave: Feeling better emotionally and physically right now.
    Not sure? Seeing headache specialist on Friday, and am curious as to what her assessment will be on how this new med is working. It seems to do well if I catch it in time, but if I don’t, and/or just wake up with a migraine like I did yesterday, then it’s not nearly as helpful.
    Rant: My dad’s facebook account got hacked/duplicated yesterday and boy, was he grumpy about that! I don’t understand people who duplicate random people’s FB accounts – like, what is their goal? what are they after? Creepy AF!

  • Anonamom

    Rant: Littlest Anonachild lost his glasses at recess yesterday. The substitute teacer apparently could not find them. From what I got out of it, there’s a possibility his ‘friends’ were involved, the same ‘friends’ who pulled him down from the monkey bars the other week. Now I am waiting on a phone call from the principal who called me to discuss Littlest Anonachild’s behavior surrounding them going missing in the first place. It’s too early for this crap.
    Rave: Marched him up to the school and found the glasses within a few minutes of asking him where he was playing at. So at least I don’t have to buy new glasses!

    • ShawThroughtheHeart

      “Where’s the last place you saw them?”

      Good job on the find, A+ Moming right there.

      • Anonamom

        That is exactly what I did! Surprised the teacher didn’t think to do it at the time!

  • Anon

    Query: Looking for instrumental music to listen to while working from home. I subscribe to Google Music and haven’t had luck with the preset stations I’ve tried. Any recommendations for specific artists, albums, or stations?

    • Pleasanter

      I like the station that’s called “jazz for work” or “jazz for reading” on Google Play Music.

      • Anon (OP)

        Thank you! They both look really promising. I’m going to try them out now.

    • That One Guy

      Debussy or Chopin? You could always just tune into classical weta.

    • Jay

      What type of instrumental are you looking for… any particular genre, tempo, or mood? I have dozens of recommendations of stuff I really like, but there’s a world of difference between, say, William Tyler, Blanck Mass, Haiku Salut, the Haxan Cloak, Mocean Worker, Chris Forsyth, Battles, the Budos Band and Christian Scott, all of whom I might suggest… do you use Spotify?

      • Anon (OP)

        Wow, thanks. I’m looking for music to listen to while working so nothing too mellow or frenetic. Honestly, something I can have on in the background to kill dead silence that won’t distract me from work but with the occasional energetic song. Most of the stations I’ve tried remind me of being in Nordstrom. I have a free Spotify account but not a paid one. I forgot to mention that I use Chromecast. I’m in a music rut so recommendations outside of this are also welcome. Thanks!

    • anon

      Try movie scores–tons of playlists on Spotify dedicated to movie scores (some of my favorites: Last of the Mohicans, Legends of the Fall, River Runs Through It, Brooklyn, Life Is Beautiful…)

  • Irving Streete

    Rave: The girlfriend and I zipped down to Atlanta to surprise mom for her 81st birthday. Back in the day, she used to love Kris Kristofferson, so i stub hubbed a couple of tickets for the show next Thursday at the Warner, wondering if she could be talked into coming up to DC and if she was still carrying a flame for old Kris. We’re at one of those suburban chain restaurants we end up at when dad makes the reservations waiting (forever, as it turned out) for dessert and, out of the blue, mom starts telling the girlfriend how great Kris Krstofferson is and how he landed a helicopter on Johnny Cash’s front lawn to get his attention and sell him “Sunday Morning Comin’ Down.” Couldn’t have set it up better if I’d tried. Needless to say, the gift was a hit.
    Rave: Mom actually decided to leave cranky old, knee replacement recovering Dad on his own for two days and actually come up for the show. The love each other, but boy does she need a break.
    Question: While we’re on the subject, what semi-adventurous, not too loud restaurant should I take take mom to?

    • artemis

      This is such a lovely story. Maybe Zaytinya or Rasika?

    • That One Guy

      Makoto or Fiola Mare come to mind.

    • anonymouse_dianne

      Tom – the WaPo restaurant guy – always recommends Corduroy as being quiet and tasty.

      • anonymouse_dianne

        PS huge Kris Kristopherson fan here. Did you know he thought he had Alzheimers and it turned out to be Lyme disease which he was able to be treated for. Read about it in Rolling Stone.

        • Irving Streete

          I did know that. I saw him on Colbert a few years ago and thought he was too stoned to breathe, then i heard it was Alzheimers, and then i heard he’d been misdiagnosed. Didn;t know it was Lyme Disease, though. As a fan, did you ever read the shoutout he got from Bob Dylan? (worth slogging through the whole speech on general principles).


          • anonymouse_dianne

            Thanks – good read! Best concert I ever lucked onto – Bob Dylan with Tom Petty as back up and the Grateful Dead at RFK. Watching them (Bob and Jerry) struggling to remember the words to “Desolation Row” was a blast.

          • saf

            Man, I saw that Dylan/Dead/Petty tour, although I was at my parents’ place for the summer, so I saw it in Buffalo.

    • LovesToEat

      Kinship! Their designer did a great job including noise-dampening materials and tricks — the undersides of the two tops have material to catch sound!

  • AliceInDC

    Rave: Exams are over and I’m on the drive back to the D.C. area for a couple weeks!
    Rant: Have a paper to finish from home. It’s actually a contract to draft and I’m not too concerned. Just ready to be really done.
    Rant: Tiny Dog hates the car.
    Rave: Need to do some summer shopping! I haven’t shopped in awhile and I’m looking forward to it.

  • bizzinger

    Rave: 12 days until Iceland and Norway!
    Rant: So much to do between now and then. Work is nuts.
    Rave: Bantam King for dinner last night. Eat there.

    • Formerly ParkViewRes

      What do you have planned for Norway?! We’re going to Iceland, Norway, and Ireland in August–cannot wait!

      • JS

        If you can, stand on Kjeragbolten. Really makes you feel alive.

      • bizzinger

        Seeing fjords and hiking some mountains on the west coast, and then seeing Oslo. i’m there for their National Day on May 17, where people put on fancy clothes and drink champagne at street parties. Can’t wait!

        • LittleBluePenguin

          Oh! Have fun! I want to do all of that sooo badly!

  • flieswithhoney

    Rant: so many cyclists don’t understand that their riding affects others. Just because bikes don’t come with a rear view mirror and turn signals doesn’t mean you can only pay attention to yourself. Like the cyclist that passed me while I was waiting for pedestrians to clear the crosswalk. No! Stop behind me and wait! Sigh.

    Rave: cooler weather makes both dog and me happy.

    • Pleasanter

      +1 to the cyclists not stopping for pedestrians. I do my very best to yield to pedestrians, especially at marked crosswalks. Sometimes I can’t stop fast enough or don’t see them in time (usually when they pop out from between parked cars), and in those cases, I say sorry!!!

      We can all stand to be a little more careful and a little more patient!

      • flieswithhoney

        Yeah, sometimes pedestrians do pop out of nowhere when you’re almost at the crosswalk and there’s no way to stop in time. I used to feel bad about that but then I realized it’s better if I slow down and swerve versus stop hard enough to catapult myself over my handlebars into them.

  • Pleasanter

    Rave: I’m 11 months post-surgery (disc replacement in my neck) and got a clean bill of health from my surgeon today.
    Rant: I still have lots of residual neck tightness and pain. My surgeon recommends acupuncture at this point since I’ve already done rounds of physical therapy, trigger point/steroid injections, and chiropractic.

    Question: Anyone have an acupuncturist recommendation?

    • ExDCer

      I have not had surgery, but I’ve had a lot of neck troubles. After years of both acupuncture, chiropractic work and massage, I have to say that massage and the chiropractor (specifically Active Release Technology) were what got me back to 100%. Acupuncture, not so much. Good luck.

      • ExDCer

        Not “both”, when there were three things I tried…

      • Pleasanter

        Thanks so much. I’ve only had temporary relief through massage. I might look at going back to the chiropractor – it’s been 6 years since I’ve seen one.

    • anonymous 11

      I’ve been very happy with Welch and Yonkers for acupuncture (they’re by Farragut West). I have also heard good things about Pekoe, which is in Shaw, but I have not had treatment there.

  • Anonymous

    Rave – The Art Place at Fort Totten is looking better than expected similar to O Street Market could be a game changer for that area. It has the Red a green line just needs a spark
    Possible Rant – Is it really $60 for kids (8 and up) to do the DC bike ride? Just to ride to ride on public streets? Seems excessive.

    • Apparently it’s now $70. That’s just crazy…$70 to bike through the city?! How are they even going to enforce that?

      • Anonymous

        A family of four is supposed to pay $280 to ride their bikes through DC? I want to do the event with my daughter but this price seem ridiculous.

        • mg

          hmm didn’t know about this (need to mark my calendar for the traffic!) but i can see how they have to charge for this. it’s 20 miles of road closures, including insurance, medical support etc so it’s on par with a marathon in terms of logisitcs and resources.

          don’t be a race bandit, or in this case a bike ride bandit!

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, it sounds like a lot when you put it that way, but if you want them to close the roads and provide supporting services it’s going to cost you. Maybe a glide through Rock Creek Park on the weekend is a better activity for the family.

  • Idontgetit

    Rave: Great lunch yesterday in Durham at Geer Street Garden. Thanks Textdoc for the suggestion!

    Rant: Speakers at this conf who think they are preachers and make us repeat “good morning” if the first wasn’t insufficiently robust.

    • textdoc

      Glad to hear it worked out! I’ll have to try the place myself someday.

  • That One Guy

    Rant: Feeling Grumpy, and resorted to eating mini chips ahoy cookies to no avail.
    Rave: Maybe I’ll watch Little Shop of Horror tonight if my mood hasn’t improved. That’ll do the trick, right?

    • Sooooooooo Happy!!!!!!!!!!

      Oh mini chips ahoy sound so good right now. I’m trying to cut back on sugar and just can’t seem to just quit it cold turkey. I saw funnel fries at Shaw’s Tavern and again at Looking Glass over the weekend and felt the universe had turned against me. I could just taste the sugar melting on my tongue.

  • mwmp

    rant: my commute by car. this super aggressive dude followed me home last week because i yielded to pedestrians turning left on adams mill and yesterday a lady honked and flipped the bird because i yielded to a bus. the guy following me home had me in tears. i shoulda called the cops.

  • Revel: 28 more days of school!

  • anonymous 11

    Rant: DJ in our office building courtyard is making it really hard to concentrate.
    Rant: My hair does not like this recent weather.
    Rant: Took pants for tailoring to the dry cleaner and they messed them each up in different ways. Does anyone have a tailor they recommend (for women’s clothes)?
    Rave: I remembered to bring my lunch today at least.

    • Cleveland Park runner

      Swank Tailors in Arlington is amazing. They do really high quality work, and it’s not terribly expensive. Worth the drive.

      • Different Anon

        I need a gown hemmed ASAP and they sound great but I don’t drive :( I’m going to bookmark them for other items, though. Thanks!

    • Janie4

      Cheryl Lofton – 9th or 8th and T NW. She’s great.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant/Rave: very slow at work. having to find stuff to do is annoying.
    Rave: Had a great time and the Jefferson Lecture last night.

  • hiphopanonymous

    Rave: Came away from the Spine Doc appt with a Rx for anti-inflammatories and 4-6 weeks of PT (starting tomorrow). Apparently it’s the sacroiliac joint, not the siactic nerve. Yay?
    Rave: Can do PT right here in the building!
    Rant: Appointment was up in Friendship Heights, and it was all I could do to NOT run up to Bethesda and PLAY HOOKY. Such a lovely day………………..
    Rant: S-I-L coming to town on Thursday and house is a complete disaster. And this coming from ME, the Type B!

  • BuggyinCoHi

    Rant: I wish it were more acceptable to ask and tell people about bed bug problems instead of keeping it in like the plague. I also wish I had a way of knowing just how prevalent they were in DC – am I doomed to just keep getting them over and over? Right now I am convinced it is inevitable, which is a shame.
    Rave: The problem is hopefully done with (for now) so.. yay!

  • bruno

    Rave: Clover! So tired of computers, I stopped the bike in a Shaw alley on the way home to gaze on a green empty lot. On its fringe, bunches of pale violet clover. Clover! You have been there all my life, and there you are again, this spring too. Clover. I cut some strands and put them in water at home.


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