80°Mostly Cloudy

Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

by Prince Of Petworth May 3, 2017 at 9:15 am 109 Comments

dc_neighborhood_news
Photo by PoPville flickr user Joe Flood

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.

Follow PoPville on Facebook here on Twitter here, and on Instagram here.  You can also sign up for daily email summaries here.  Please email tips and questions to [email protected]

  • Julia Vipsania

    Neither Rant nor Revel: has anyone put an A/C unit on their roof? How much was it? We are considering it and hearing a ton of conflicting information; some folks say you need a specific rooftop A/C, while others have said you can use a regular ground unit, and the few cost estimates we’ve seen were all over the map.

    Rant: Getting very stressed with all the work we’re doing on the home plus all my assignments at my job. It feels like I have nowhere to rest and relax. Even sleep is hard because I keep waking up to random noises while my fiancé drops things around the house.

    Revel: But everything he does is fantastic and it looks great.

    Revel: David Brooks’ wedding registry makes me feel better about ours. $2600 for a single dinnerware set that looks like it got dropped off the side of a truck? Okay.

    • Irving Streete

      I had an air conditioner installed on my roof. Cost about 10 grand, with internal duct work. I have a regular old rowhouse, they ran a couple of I beams across the roof and put the intake unit on that, with a compressor in the attic (that was not level, so the damn thing leaked into the ceiling).

      Ah, $2600 isn’t that much for a whole set . I’m guessing it was the wife who chose the pattern — Brooks seems more like traditional Wedgwood kind of guy. The real questions are: “what’s up with those tacky wine glasses,” and “did they really not have a set of measuring cups and spoons between them already?”

    • hiphopanonymous

      We only registered at Amazon and Bed/Bath/Beyond. I really wish we would’ve aimed a bit higher! (Although not $2600 higher)

      • Irving Streete

        My wife and i used to joke that we only got married for the china and the silver, which were more expensive than the Brooks’s.
        .
        Actually, it probably wasn’t a joke.

    • Anon

      As much as I dispose Brooks and his utterly amoral self-flagellation, I don’t really have a problem with this dinnerware set. That rustic edge is surely there to ground him to the blue collar American populace.

      • Anon

        *despise

    • Formerly ParkViewRes

      Yes, the company we went with (Polar Bear Air Conditioning & Heating) recommended putting it up on the roof. The cost for the units, duct installation, etc was ~$13,600 and this was a little over two years ago.

    • jim_ed

      Are you looking to have an entirely new system installed on the roof – with new ductwork inside the home, or just looking to replace your current outside condenser and move it onto the roof?

      • Julia Vipsania

        Thanks for asking! Actually, both our condenser and our roof are brand-new (not even 6 months old). We were wondering if it was possible to move the A/C to the roof, or if not, figure out how much a new unit and movement would cost.

        • Andie302

          If you figure this out, please share! Our new roof is being put on today, and the condenser takes up easily 15% of our tiny back yard and makes noise.

          • Anon

            It’s a fairly involved operation that would require renting cranes, pulling permits, structural assessments, etc. You’d save money on putting in ducts/drywall, but I imagine the rest of the cost would be the same. I’d guess something in the ballpark of 7-10k (reusing your current AC unit).

        • jim_ed

          Well if the AC is brand new I would definitely recommend against replacing it. Assuming this is a standard residential AC unit, it likely can be moved, but you’ll have to have an HVAC company give you a price for hoisting it, re-routing the linesets, and cost of install. Also you’ll need an electrician to give you a price for running power to the unit, and it probably wouldn’t hurt to get a structural engineer to confirm your roof can adequately support the weight. Also you’ll want to make sure there’s reasonably safe access to the unit on the roof so it can be serviced at least once a year

          • JS

            I think this is overly complicated. I had my compressor installed on the roof and the HVAC company handled all permitting, the crane, all electrical work, and sited the compressor on a platform built to distribute the load over several rafters. Compressors are not *that* heavy – if this person wants to spend money on a structural engineer for peace of mine s/he is free to do so, but it’s not necessary.

  • kamkelly

    RANT: Getting advanced passes for NMAAHC. I put it on my calendar and was ready at EXACTLY 9am (I was sitting poised a few minutes before, actually), and when the time comes, either my computer or the server or their program crashes and won’t let me sign up. I refresh and more tickets are gone so it’s working for somebody, but not me!

    Rave: The sky is super blue today?

    • maxwell smart

      Obviously too late for this go-around, but when I got mine last month (for July!) I found I could only get the ticket website to work properly with Internet Explorer.

    • jj

      There are still a few tickets left. Open a few browsers and try for 3-4 different sets of tickets, and one of them may work. I logged on at 9:22 and was able to get 4 tix for a weekend. You can’t put all your eggs in one basket with their crazy system.

      • maxwell smart

        truth! When I got tickets (for 6 on a Saturday) I had 8 different browser windows open with different date/time combinations. I sat in the queue for probably 45 minutes before one of them finally rewarded me with tickets. It’s pretty insane – I’ve gotten concert tickets with less stress.

  • That One Guy

    Rant: Who needs enemies when you have family. Went to sleep grumpy/angry and woke up much the same way. >:(
    Rave: Thankful that there’s a splace (space/place) like this where I can vent.

    • LittleBluePenguin

      Hang in there, That One Guy – this too shall pass!

      • That One Guy

        Your right it’ll pass, but not before a wheel chair, computer, and/or muscle stimulator are purchased and more shade thrown around. Knowing how things go I’ll be sucked into this vortex in the coming weeks/months and foresee more travel back and forth to NJ.

  • Rant: my work life balance is slipping, it’s going to keep slipping, and it’s going to become challenging very soon. I wish I could farm out more things, but that would require more money. Ugh.
    Rave: Insanity and yoga yesterday and I feel like a beast, allbeit a tired beast, today.
    Question: does anyone have any favorite dog friendly campsites within an hour of DC? And any tips for camping with your dog for the first time? I’m not sure if he’s going to like it, hence not being too far away from home.

    • That One Guy

      Maybe Prince William National Park or Leesylvania State Park both in VA. Sorry, not 100% sure about dogs being allowed to camp out.

    • kgw

      We are trying camping with dogs this weekend at Lake Anna. Rented a cabin to make the transition easier? We’ll see….

    • Anonamom

      I’ve camped with dogs before and it is SO dependent upon the dog. Years ago, I took my old border collie cross to Shenandoah (tent) and he was up all night long. Every single noise made him perk up. He was good with not barking, but it was stressful for him because he was on guard the whole time. We took my dachshund RV camping once and she did awesome; she wanted to chase squirrels, but other than that she just stuck around the campsite with us. I think as long as your dog isn’t a chaser or a barker, it’s ok to take them to see how they do.

    • anonymouse_dianne

      My family camped at the Gambrills with our dog. He loved the water.

    • mg

      if you’re not aware, there are camp sites along the C&O canal, there are a few that are 1-2 miles from parking. when i use to bike camp along the trail i would see folks with dogs all the time camping. it still feels like camping in the woods but it’s easy to go home if you need to.

  • skj84

    Rave: Took a TRX class for the first time today. It was right up my ally, intense, but short. Will have to incorporate into my workout.
    Rave/Rant: upgraded to an iphone 7. Much more space than my 6s. I have two quibbles though, I’m not loving the lack of headphone jack. What are peoples solutions for charging and using headphones at the same time? Is there a splitter you guys recommend? Or should I just invest in a pair of bluetooth headphones? My other issue is so minor, but its an annoyance. I can just fit my new phone in my old case, but the front facing camera lens is partly covered. So when I want to take a picture I have to take the phone out of its case. I know I should just buy a new case, but I really like the old one.

    • hiphopanonymous

      Rave: Memorial Day weekend will be spent on Assateague Island! Have a hotel nearby and plan on spending most of our time at the beach. Also going to explore the lighthouse on Chincoteague. Super excited that the hubby is into this!
      Rant: A good friend of mine is getting married in a month, which means she will be moving to Petworth. You’re gaining an awesome neighbor but I am very sad to be losing one! After being exiled in Bethesda for 8 years, it was lovely to have friends as neighbors!
      Rant: Apparently it’s my fault I have a pre-existing condition. Was I a horrible person in another life?
      Rave: Office FINALLY got a spot cooler that COOLS! Amazing, having a giant machine in our way that actually does it’s job…..

      • hiphopanonymous

        Oops, didn’t mean as reply…

    • LittleBluePenguin

      yeah, the inability to charge and listen to my headphones at the same time is pissing me off. It just seems like a scheme to force people to spend ore money on unneeded stuff.

      • skj84

        indeed. I listen to music on my phone at work, its annoying that I’m now going to either have to switch to my laptop which takes up bandwidth(seriously my laptop will slow down if I have too many tabs open), or wait until the phone is charged.

    • 1301

      I already had Bluetooth headphones, so I dodged that particular bullet (looooove running with Bluetooth headphones–I used to catch my fingers in the ‘y’ and yank the old ones out of my ears). I also indulged in a new, prettier case, they’re pretty cheap on Amazon! All the new space in the phone is AMAZING.

  • bizzinger

    Rave: At least, I think it’s a rave. Decided it’s finally time to find a new place in DC. Open to neighborhood, but ready for a change and less drama compared to my current place. Any neighborhoods or places you’d suggest?
    Rant: Super-busy day at work yesterday leaves me unmotivated to work this morning. Is productivity hangover a thing?
    Revel: My amazing friends showed up last night to support me at a reading. I’m so very blessed by the people in my life.

    • HaileUnlikely

      Where is your current place? (need frame of reference for “less drama.”) Own or rent? Apartment or house?

      • bizzinger

        I rent a studio in Columbia Heights, I’ve been there about 5 years, and it’s fine but I don’t want to put up with fine anymore. I don’t hear my neighbors in the building, but I hear the people on the street yelling and talking. I’ve been traveling more recently and I realized that I don’t actually sleep poorly, I sleep poorly there because it can be disruptive (honking, yelling, etc) and the building is warm throughout the year.

        • HaileUnlikely

          I live in Takoma and like it a lot. There are lots of newish apartments within 2-3 blocks of the metro. It obviously doesn’t have the same density of amenities as Columbia Heights, but a lot of good stuff seems to be happening in the area now, and there is definitely waaaay less drama than in Columbia Heights.

    • FridayGirl

      Good luck, bizzinger! I wish I had suggestions. I’m also trying to find a new place. I am trying to tell myself that “fine” or “good” is good enough since I’ve been spoiled the past two years and can’t afford as nice of a place as I’m living now. We have opposite issues!

    • saf

      Petworth is a lovely neighborhood.

    • KimmieK

      You should check out Edgewood/Brookland area! I have a studio apartment that will in available in July if you are interested. It’s also listed on Craigslist. Good luck on your search.

    • I’ve lived in the Mount Vernon Triangle area for 6 years and love it. It’s close enough to walk just about everywhere I need/want to go. Lots of restaurant options and shopping necessities (groceries and hardware) are nearby. Several libraries in walking distance. Relatively quiet in terms of drama in the immediate area, though dramatic incidents are never far away in the city. One of the biggest annoyances right now are the traffic tie-ups associated with the big construction project around 395 and Mass Ave.

    • Andie302

      I really liked Hill East, but I was a little more settled than you when I was there. I think if I were looking for a single studio with less noise/commotion than Columbia Heights I would consider SW (where you may be able to get a bigger place in an older building for the same cost) or Eastern Market, since there’s a bit more to do and it’s a little closer in than Hill East. Both of those have more of a community feel. If you’re interested in buying, they also have a couple older communities in SW that sound like they could fit the bill. Being smack in the center of Shaw has it’s perks, but I completely know what you mean about the noise/disruptions. Why oh why do people need to kick trash cans in the middle of the night?!?!?!

    • Jay

      I recently moved out from Dupont to the Palisades and I think it’s great. It’s not a hip or trendy neighborhood and there’s no Metro, but that keeps the prices down for the string of condos and apartments along MacArthur Blvd. What’s more, the D6 bus is pretty solid and it seems like a good neighborhood for bike commuters.

      Surrounded by a bunch of parks and trails, it’s definitely a peaceful part of town, with 100% less random sidewalk yelling and 98% less random motorist honking than Dupont (there is an increase in airplane noise, some percentage of which I blame on the relative quiet that’s otherwise there; some people are really bothered by this, I naturally filter it out).

    • AJSE

      I loved my place next to Stanton Park (just a wee bit north of eastern market). So much to do along Pennsylvania and Mass Aves. The parks are beautiful and quiet. If I could choose anywhere to live in the city, that’d be it.

      • hiphopanonymous

        I’m with you here! I live just a few houses from Stanton Park and really enjoy living on the Hill. Also, it’s pretty cliche, but I can see the Capitol from my front walk and that is AWESOME.

        • AJSE

          Yes! I loved the walk on Maryland by the Supreme Court, too.

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rave: I have a peony from my garden on my desk, and it smells amazing.
    Rave: I am cautiously hopeful about the future of my agency – and therefore, my job (which I love so much).

    • Anonamom

      How difficult are peonies to grow? This was one of the plants I wanted to try, but was warned off them by my mom as being too difficult. Curious to hear what others think.

      • Andie302

        I bought a peony about 5 years after it was past bloom for $1 at Lowes. It’s planted at my rental house and when I was there recently it had 5 gorgeous flowers. I know for a fact my tenants aren’t doing much in the area of upkeep, so I’d say it’s worth a shot!

        • stacksp

          We have a peony bush that was planted from a bulb. We dont do anything special outside of watering it along with the grass.

      • Quotia Zelda

        Super easy, in my experience. They don’t like to be moved, so they might not bloom the first year after you plant them, but they don’t need any particular care other than support for the heavy blossoms.

        I think they prefer to be planted in the fall.

        • Quotia Zelda

          To amplify –
          There are rings/stakes you can buy, and I’ve been known to support a drooping flower with a y-shaped stick from the yard. :)

          Or, tree peonies have tougher stems and don’t need support, but I don’t know much about them.

      • Anonamom

        Thanks Andie, stacksp, and Zelda!! I think I’ll give them a try!

      • Belinskaya

        My 80-something year old overweight grandmother with two hip replacements (to give a general sense of her fitness level when it comes to intensive gardening) had peony bushes (and lilacs and roses) in her yard forever. The only thing she did any work with were the roses, and even then not much. Roses got consistently watered when things were really dry, but the peonies rarely did. The peonies produced flowers every year without fail. Very much set it and forget it. Huge bushes. The blossoms did attract ants, so they’re better off planted away from the house.

        • JoDa

          +1 to the ants. Always disliked my grandmother’s peonies because they were just chock full of ants. I wonder if I tried to sniff one as a little kid and inhaled some ants or something…I’ve always had an irrationally strong squicked-out reaction to ants. Just talking about it is making me itchy…

  • Ava16

    Not a rant or rave, but question for the group: A rowhouse on my block has been under renovation for nearly a year (wowsers). I walk by it everyday and have been following the process. Today I saw a “Stop Work Order” on the door. Any idea why this might be (just generally)? I don’t know much about renovations/construction in DC so I’m just curious what might be going on…

  • artemis

    Rant: I did not sleep well last night. I’m still adjusting to the new mattress, and Baby Artie was up twice last night.
    Rant: Allergies
    Rave: Beautiful weather.

  • O’Donnell

    Neither rant nor revel, but hoping that some of the PoPville community can help out with this one: has anyone been to Scarlet Oak? If so, thoughts? Thinking of taking some family there soon, but I’ve never been there (it had the type of food and price range I was looking for though). Thanks!

    • kanon

      I think Scarlet Oak is fine. The food is okay; not great. The service can be spotty but is generally fine. There is very little objectionable – or memorable – about it, atho the patio is lovely. It’s one of my go-to safe choices for less food-adventurous out of town guests.

    • skj84

      went there for happy hour with friends, its decent. Their brussel sprouts were on point, and I think they had a wine by the bottle special the day we came in. I would say serviceable.

    • SWChick

      I go to Scarlet Oak from time to time because its super close to my home. The decor is pretty. I’ve heard brunch is really good. 1 of the owners is a super nice guy. They have a sister restaurant in Adams Morgan, Southern Hospitality. With the exception of Nats games, its usually pretty bare. The bartenders are nice. The food, just ok. If I didn’t live close, I wouldn’t venture out.

    • jj

      Agree with the others. It’s close to home, so I go often and the food is decent. The patio is also very large. If there is not a Nats game, it’s pretty easy to park over there and it’s also very close to the metro. Bartenders are great.

    • O’Donnell

      Thanks, all! That’s really helpful.

  • LittleBluePenguin

    Rave-ish: weather yesterday evening and today is lovely
    Rant-ish: Feeling jealous today. My brother and his gf are enjoying a glorious week in Costa Rica – this is right after he came back from London – and then they’re planning a trip to France in September. Lots of friends traveling / planning travel, or buying a house / apartment. I want to be happy for everyone, but if I’m honest, I’m also jealous, even of people I love and care about.
    Rant: So much work. I feel like I’ll never get out from under all the paper.
    Rant: The GOP’s latest attempts to repeal the ACA, which now includes basically giving insurance companies carte blanche on who they can refuse and/or how high to raise premiums for those with pre-existing conditions. Pissed doesn’t even begin to describe how angry I feel.

    • CapitolHillHipHopHooray

      I feel you on Rant-ish. I want to plan a quick trip to Italy, and I want to do it with a partner. But I’m just out of a break up. Funnily enough he never had time or money for trips so it’s not just that. It’s that I would like to have someone to go places with. So when friends tell me theyre going traveling with their partners, yeah, Im not as sunshiney as I want to be. It’ll get better.

    • Anonamom

      To be perfectly honest, I think we all have that envy at some point. It’s natural as long as it doesn’t rise to an unhealthy level. I also think it’s important to remember that sometimes what we see on the surface isn’t quite as wonderful as what lies just beneath it. I to combat the jealousy with just being grateful for what I do have, and it’s a constant task to remind one’s self of that. But, you are definitely not alone in feeling that way.

  • Andie302

    Rant turned rave: I tweaked my hip by doing absolutely nothing (seriously, I think it happened on the flight home from Austin while I was SITTING) on Monday and it was awful. Rave because after some heat and advil last night I am feeling nearly 100% better. I wish I thought of heat on Monday night!
    Rave: Austin trip was a lot of fun
    Rant: You can’t be 21 day fix compliant in Austin during a wedding weekend
    Rant: Only partially back on the wagon so to speak because of the hip issue above
    Rant: Cranky AF these last few days. I’m beating myself up over my eating and exercise while simultaneously doing nothing about it, the wedding plans are a source of stress (even as we keep it as low key as I think it could get), and we’re heading back out of town this weekend.
    Rave: This weekend will be a lot of fun. I enjoy my SO’s family and we’ll be celebrating a milestone birthday for him.
    Rave: My brother and his wife (who are always stressed about money, kids, work, etc.) are going to borrow the Cambridge house for the weekend and relax. I am thrilled that they’ll get to use it and relax.
    I can tell I’m cranky based on my lack of exclamation points.

  • AnonForNow

    Rave: Hopped on the scale this morning..down 60lbs. Been working my ass off for 7 months. Still work to do but I feel great.
    Rant: Not sleeping. 3 nights in a row.
    Rant: missed the gym this morning to try to get at least some shut eye.
    Rave: planning to disappear around memorial day. Don’t plan on telling anyone either.
    Rant: Missing someone is hard.

    • Cleveland Park runner

      Congratulations! That’s a huge achievement! What did you do to lose the weight?

      • AnonForNow

        Thanks! I cut portions and literally shrank my stomach. I focus on eating protein and veggies but allowing myself to enjoy a meal out with friends once in a while.

        And I exercise. Every. Day. I have a slow metabolism. If I look at food I gain half a pound. The only thing that works for me is running. And so I run. I went for a slow haul to almost a 9 minute mile. Sometimes I have a busy day, but I can always find a moment to get 2-3 miles in at least. I’m in it for the long haul though and still have a lot of work ahead of me to get into a healthy BMI,

  • SWChick

    RANT: I left my cellphone at home.
    RAVE: I live 4 blocks away from the office.
    RANT/RAVE: If I go home, I wont want to come back
    RAVE: Update on cubicle wars: Last week my supervisor told my loud coworker that he was loud. lol He got really mad but he has been a lot quieter. He gives me the evil eye wherever he sees me but I could care less. No more speaker phone!!! (for now at least.)

  • Anonamom

    Rant: Worked ten hours yesterday, got home and collapsed in a heap on the couch and did not want to move. But that’s not an option when you have three kids who all want and need your attention. My SO very lovingly brought up that perhaps I need to re-examine my work life balance because what I am trying to do is not sustainable, and that while work will always be there my kids will not always be young. I have to be honest, I agree with him, but it is very, very difficult to dial things back at work right now.
    Rant: Birthday next week. So not feeling it.

    • SWChick

      I work A LOT. And I always wonder how on earth ppl do all of “this” with a family? Like, my poor kids may never eat. When Im tired I can just go home and sleep. Hope it gets better.

      • Anonamom

        lol.. well, to be honest, I have two things working for me in that regard – a partner who cooks and food delivery! But it’s not easy and I am left feeling like I’m just not doing anything fully well. After I got home and collapsed, I still had to get up, help with homework, fold a load of laundry, and engage in conversation when I’m still running through my work to-do list in my head. Some days I feel like my brain will just melt from all the information I’m trying to process.

        • Anon

          This is one of many reasons why I don’t want kids.

  • Tall E

    Rant: dating. Stopped for a long break and decided to try again. Felt like I was at a lecture last night. And the one before suggests a second date and then disappears.
    Rave: biked in today and looking forward to an evening training ride.

    • FridayGirl

      Gah. Sorry about the rant! I’ve also stopped for a long break. (The last two dates I had scheduled both got cancelled and I decided not to pursue it further.)
      .
      To piggyback of your complaint about dating, I found it hysterical (really — I lol’d) because someone I had gone on one date with over a year ago popped up as a “person you may know” on instagram the other day. Turns out he’s engaged — to his girlfriend of two years! I can only hope that they had broken up and gotten back together while he was going out on dates (with presumably more girls than just me). Gross.

      • Anonamom

        So kinda piggy backing off this, here’s a gross one for you. I know someone who introduced her kids to new BF about two months ago, telling them that she has been dating BF for a year. Fast forward, they just moved in with the BF. As it turns out, the BF only just split up from his wife in December/January, and the house the woman and kids moved into? In the wife’s name. How skeevy can you be?! I’d love to be a fly on the wall at that divorce hearing.

        • stacksp

          So basically she was the other woman during the separation or tail end of the marriage. People do date during marital separation. Not sure and Im sure you do if the december/jan was the final split up or beginning of the separation process.

          • Anonamom

            She was the other woman. Up until the separation (and during the one year they were ‘dating’), his profile picture on FB was him and his wife. I dated during my separation, and my SO’s divorce was long and protracted, so we were living together (in our house) before his was final, but this particular situation was very different.

        • FridayGirl

          Ugh!!!! (Also, stacksp – I don’t know that I’d call an overlap of 6+ months the “tail end.” That’s quite a long time especially if you’re living in a house in someone else’s name….)

          • stacksp

            The living in someone else’s home is craziness that I couldn’t even address. Very bold and a very serious step

    • HookdnTX

      RE: I feel you on the dating thing. I feel like we just need a “if you are single meet here day” for Popville then credit Popville for all the love matches that happen

      • That One Guy

        But in the case of a separation /divorce who gets custody of PoP? Are there visitation rights?

        • FridayGirl

          Ha!

        • HookdnTX

          That is what the pre-nup is for! (says the person who took the softball team from an ex— the team full of their friends….oops)

  • HookdnTX

    Rant: There are no great breakfast taco joints, I would kill for a bodega or taco shop that served them for reasonable prices ($3-5 depending on the fillings) Somewhere on my work transit.
    Rant: I might just be missing TX
    Rave: Derby things this weekend!

  • topscallop

    Rant: it’s too quiet at work, I’m struggling to stay motivated
    Rant: having major sweet tooth this morning, which I am currently attempting to satisfy with a double hot chocolate
    Rave: this weather
    Rave: I’m very into my outfit today, I walked to the metro like I was in a teen movie after a makeover, full of swagger
    Rave: the haircut I got last night is making me feel lighter and my hair feels much healthier
    Rant: Aveda Institute may not be my choice next time – just snipped a piece myself that was oddly long compared to the rest of its section

  • Anon

    Rant: Putting my dog down soon. He’s just slugging along, and the prognosis was months at the high end.
    Rave: Doggy adventures!
    Rave: Being able to take off work without stress.

    • That One Guy

      Sorry to hear about the dog. I hope he gets to take a great big squeeze out of life before he goes.

    • kgw

      I’m so sorry…doggie adventures sounds like a lovely idea.

    • Emmaleigh504

      I’m so sorry your dog isn’t doing well. hugs

    • I’m so sorry about your dog. Hugs to both of you!

    • Andie302

      So sorry to hear this!

  • jim_ed

    Rave: Read James Joyce’s love letters to his wife. One in particular might be the funniest thing I’ve ever read.
    Rant: The Wizards make me sad. John Wall’s talent is wasted and Ernie Grunfeld should be in jail for the bench he’s supplied.

  • SBinDC

    Rave: I am getting married next month, and the neighbors have a peony bush, which reminds me every morning as I’m walking to work (we’re using blush peonies and white hydrangeas)
    Rave?: When did I turn into someone who cares about wedding flowers:
    Question for DC beer lovers: I can pick two local beers to have at our reception. I love beer on the hoppier side, (I love anything hops + citrus , American Pale Ales, white IPAs, IPAs, etc etc). We were thinking Port City Optimal Wit for the broader appeal/drinkability, since this will be a partially outdoor wedding at the end of the June. What hoppy recommendations do you have for the other beer?

    • topscallop

      On the Wings of Armageddon from DC Brau or Raised by Wolves from Right Proper are both good hoppy IPAs! But not super citrus-y.

      • Anon

        OTWOA will get folks too sloshed too quickly. I’d recommend going to 3 Stars this weekend and seeing what IPA’s they have coming out in the near future. I bet they’d work with you.

    • Anonynon

      I wouldn’t recommend any hoppy beer if its in the summer lol. Optimal wit also I wouldn’t say is super ‘drinkable’ light beers are drinkable. What about a Shandy?

      • OP

        Interesting. Optimal Wit is not my favorite, but SO is telling me it’ll appeal to the Blue Moon/Shock Top/mild beer drinkers. Many of my family are bud light drinkers and I generally hate most lagers, so was trying to pick something with broader appeal–am I off base here?

        • OP

          Also, fwiw “outdoor” means cocktail hour on a restaurant patio, with half the guests on the patio and half the guests indoors for dinner.

      • anonymouse_dianne

        Shandy would be perfect for an outdoors summer wedding.

    • welshie

      I would not suggest On The Wings Of, just because it’s such a high abv and is too much for a lot of people who say they “love IPAs.” Also, probably hard to buy enough cans of it (I think they limit it). I’d probably opt for the Corruption or even the Citizen. Evolution’s Lot #3 is very popular as well. Are you looking for cans & bottles or kegs? I don’t know if Ocelot sells kegs, but they are delicious. And Burley Oak makes an amazing Session IPA called HomeGrown. Manor Hill is in Ellicot City and their website says they do kegs (and they can), they are worth a visit. I really enjoy their Grisette and IPAs.

      I definitely agree with the Optimal Wit. That is very drinkable and everyone will enjoy it.

      From my wedding experience last year, we really wanted good beer but had to balance our love of beer with the ideas that: not everyone loves the same beer, not everyone knows beer, and most people do enjoy basic beer. So we got a bunch of dos equis & Mexican beer (served Mexican food) and three kegs from our favorite local breweries: the big keg was a very drinkable cream ale (your Optimal Wit), and two pony kegs of IPAs. One was a very approachable IPA (your Corruption, Monumental, or you could even get a session (I find them crisper and more refreshing during summer)) and the other was our favorite choice (a unique single hop IPA). The first one to go was the cream ale. I would have never predicted it, but everyone told us people drink the basic stuff. So that’s my advice, go with the stuff everyone drinks. Hope this helped!

      • welshie

        oh yeah, what was said above, 3 Stars might have great beers for a summer wedding. I’d make sure to try them first, though, their beer can be hit or miss in my opinion.

  • ShawThroughtheHeart

    Rant: Is that what allergies are? I didn’t sign up for this! Why now? Who do I call to complain about this?

    Rave: No not really, another rant: Allergies suck, I have an intense week at work with no give, and I feel like a couch is sitting on my forehead.

×

Subscribe to our mailing list