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Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

by Prince Of Petworth May 23, 2017 at 9:15 am 111 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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  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: Exchanging pleasantries with the good looking guy on my floor at work; the only reason he knows who I am is because I fell spectacularly in front of him one evening. So embarrassing.
    Rave: Donna slept like the dead last night, no early morning kitty antics.

    • FridayGirl

      Re your rant: that’s actually kind of awesome. My very first boyfriend I only met because I literally ran smack into him when I got out of the elevator a floor too soon. The world works in mysterious ways, I’m just sayin’ :]

    • Blithe

      So now that he definitely knows who you are, you have a ton of wonderful lines to use — if you so desire. Including such conspicuously corny gems as: “I bet you’re used to having women falling all over you. And I have to say that you definitely seem worth falling for….” Boom tish! ;-)

      • Elvis’s Mom

        How about – “I’m normally very graceful except around incredibly handsome men” “Oh no, have I tipped my hand?” “Well, that’s less than what I tipped the last time, amirite?” OK, stopping now. Lowering caffeine dose.

    • jumpingjack

      Isn’t that the beginning of every rom-com ever made?

      • ShawThroughtheHeart

        Rant: I can’t think of any more good puns right now re the above situation. I am trying to function without caffeine. Who will join Blithe in this appealing opportunity?

      • Emmaleigh504

        Y’all are all so optimistic and positive! I’ll try and get that to rub off onto me so the embarrassment will subside.

    • wdc

      Many moons ago, a young airman bumped into a young lab tech in a naval hospital, making her drop her sandwich. She snapped at him to watch where he was going. (She was pretty fed up with cocky young airmen.) The next day, he showed up in her lab with an assortment of sandwiches to apologize. They had lunch together. They got married three years later, the week after he returned from Vietnam. I was born a few years later.
      :)

      • LittleBluePenguin

        That is an incredibly sweet story!

      • Emmaleigh504

        what a sweet story!

      • SinSA

        This makes me believe in love and warms deep parts of my cold black heart. :)

      • mtpresident

        Awwww–I love it!

      • Blithe

        Awwwwww! Heartwarmingly awesome!

  • SinSA

    Rave: Cabinets are installed and they look wonderful.The flooring looks great, too!

    Rant: The various contractors in my home have left garbage (noticed last night that someone’s lunch from LAST WEEK was sitting on a box almost next to my garbage can wrapped up in a plastic grocery bag – I hadn’t touched it because I thought the stuff wrapped up was for the project — until last night), they got wall paint on my kitchen ceiling and the contractor said because painting the ceiling was not part of their contract, I’d have to buy the paint and pay extra for them to do it, but I disagree because my ceiling was fine before they did that. I have to paint the hallway wall, too, because they got drywall stuff on it (that part is not in the contract) so I guess that’s where all my extra money will be going. And I have to get my entire ceiling painted, not just the kitchen now (instead of waiting for later) because of the paint situation. I sent photos of everything to the head person and we’ll see what, if anything is going to be done about that. They have to come back after the counters are installed to hook up the plumbing, install the garbage disposal, hook up the dishwasher and gas stove again.

    Rave: Getting counter top measurements today.

    Rant: Manchester.

    • Andie302

      Hopefully they’ll do the painting for free or close to free if you cover the cost of materials. All the progress is so exciting! A friend is going through a similar renovation but he’s taking on a lot of it himself and not having nearly the success you are!

      • SinSA

        Do you mean painting the entire ceiling? (The kitchen ceiling, dining room, hallway, living room and entry are now all open to each other so the entire expanse would need to be painted.

        • Andie302

          If they have to do that much (since they are connected) I bet they’ll have to charge, but hopefully give a discount since they messed up the ceiling in the kitchen! I was thinking they could just do the one room, in which case I would hope they would do it for next to no cost since they messed it up. I like dcd’s approach below – it’s at least worth a try.

    • dcd

      You haven’t paid them fully yet, have you? If not, this is very simple: “It’s your responsibility to not mess up the house. You have to return it to it’s original condition. That means painting walls/ceilings that you spattered with paint/plaster/whatever.” Take pictures. And that’s the end of the discussion.

      • FridayGirl

        +1

      • SinSA

        I have not paid them fully yet. I already sent photos of the paint splattered ceiling, the missing trim from the bottom of the walls, the drywall stuff on the hallway and definitely photos of where I found someone’s days-old lunch and half drunk water bottles laying around.

        So now because they messed up the kitchen ceiling, just to be clear, I can ask them to paint the entire ceiling now (all of it, not just the kitchen) on their dime?

        • dcd

          If it’s all connected, I’d say yes. Look, you didn’t spill the paint, and you shouldn’t have to incur additional expenses because they were sloppy. Nor should you have to settle for a home where it’s apparent that part of the ceiling was painted and a connected part isn’t. If they can paint a only the part where they spattered paint, not have it be noticeable that’s fine, and all you can insist on, but if not, yes, they paint the whole thing. Frankly, I’m not sure why you should have to purchase the paint, either.

      • dcd

        And let me add, don’t pay until you are fully satisfied, and make sure the amount you are holding is consequential. I have made that mistake several time in the past 2 years of home renovations. I want to be a nice guy, they have to pay their vendors, it’s typical that you pay most and leave a small amount as a holdback, we have good relationship that I don’t want to jeopardize, blah blah blah, so I pay most of the invoice, and then mysteriously your phone calls don’t get returned for weeks. No more. I have told my contractor that I’m not paying any more until the job, including punch list items, is completely done. He’s pissed. Tough. Finish the job, in a timely fashion, and you’ll get paid. If not, you won’t. That’s it.

      • anon

        Yes, it is possible (and often done) to paint walls without getting paint on a ceiling you don’t intend to repaint now. That’s what small paint brushes, and painters tape, and a piece of cardboard held in a hand to get a nice one, and and a wet rag to immediately remove any paint from where it isn’t supposed to be, are all there to help do. Are they purposely trying to increase the scope of the job, or just sloppy? Whichever, I don’t see how this is supposed to be your problem.

        • SinSA

          I really think based on the work, and the fact that they have left their stuff all over the place, that they are sloppy.

          They’ve left scraps of materials as well, I am uncertain as to what I am supposed to do with them — do I wait until they come back to finish before getting rid of various items?

          For the cost of the cabinet installation, I paid half of that up front (and so I owe the other half to that company, Traemand). For the demo/painting/floors I paid almost all of that already, with a few hundred to give them once they hook the plumbing, etc. back up and the job is complete.

          • dcd

            THEY get rid of their waste. Not you.

        • Formerly ParkViewRes

          My wife and I aren’t amazing painters yet we painted 90% of the walls in our house without getting paint on the ceiling. This should not be an issue for professionals.

          • SinSA

            When I bought the place, my friends and I had a painting party and there was only paint on one small corner of the ceiling in my bedroom (of all the rooms that were painted) — plus at that time, I had professional people come and paint all of the ceilings in the house because they had smoke (from the previous owners being smokers) and weird circle images burned into them from lamps in the living room. So my ceiling has been pristine for 7 years. Until now.

      • Accountering

        I agree with the above. Do not relent on this one. They are being ridiculous – even to paint the entire ceiling in one floor is like $250. $100 in materials and $150 in labor (for them)

    • wdc

      I bet they won’t want to bother with the ceiling, so they’ll knock $200 (or something) off the final total. I’ve had that happen a couple of times.

      • SinSA

        Well, we’ll see what happens. I sent the 3 sets of emails last night (photos take up a lot of room) and I have not heard back from the company at all. It’s still sort of early, granted, but I am surprised at the radio silence. (Also, one of my contractors yesterday was kind of a jerk — he told me he’d give me at least a 30 minute heads up when they would be done with the cabinet installation, and then I get a text message suddenly in the middle of the day that said “What time u come here??????” and I said “My understanding is that you were going to call me 30 minutes before I had to leave my office to come home.” and he said “Forgot to call. Sorry.” (I’d never met this guy until yesterday)

    • HaileUnlikely

      Sorry they’re slopping up your house. Question about the hall, though: what is the “drywall stuff” that they’ve gotten on the walls in the hallway? If you mean joint compound (dried paste-like substance sort of like spackle), that’ll wipe right off with a wet sponge or towel. Depending on the age and sheen of the paint underneath, it likely won’t be noticeable at all.

      • SinSA

        At first, to me, it looked like white paint. I will try to wipe it off the wall when I go home tonight.

        • HaileUnlikely

          Is it just splattered about or does it look like it was applied kind of evenly? The reason I ask is it’s possible they had to cut a small hole in the wall to do something with plumbing or electrical and that they patched the wall already but didn’t repaint it yet. On the other hand if it appears to obviously be splatter then you can probably just wipe it right off and the wall will be fine underneath.

          • SinSA

            It looks like it was applied evenly. There’s no electrical work or plumbing on that wall. They did remove a closet, though. And because it’s not a part of the kitchen, they aren’t required to paint it, per my contract.

          • HaileUnlikely

            Hmm. If it looks like it’s applied evenly, it sounds like for some reason they opened and patched the wall there. Hell, given other evidence of sloppiness, maybe one of the workers stumbled into the wall and busted a hole in it with his head and then patched it.

          • SinSA

            At this point? It would not surprise me.

  • Effie

    Rave: Long weekend ahead – looking forward to some nice weather
    Rant: How can people befriend you and then never talk to you.. it seems like a common trend that not a lot of people want to put in effort to get to know you, or easily just put you aside. I’m beginning to count the number of times I am being disappointed back-to-back. Feeling a bit disheartened and underappreciated, and I don’t have a mean bone in my body.

    • Anonynon

      that sounds like acquaintances more than friends, acquaintances are easy to come by in DC but someone you actually hit up regularly to chill and shoot the sh*t with is hard to come by. People are cliquey

  • Formerly ParkViewRes

    Rant: People on Craigslist are soooo flaky.
    Rave/Rant: Found someone for the room, she filled out an application and sent over the fee, ran the background. Everything looks good, so explained next steps to her, she said great. I sent over the lease yesterday afternoon and she hasn’t sent it back yet. Not panicking yet, but sent a follow-up.
    Rave: Showing the room to like 10 people this week and positive thoughts that this will be done before June 1.
    Rant: Manchester. The world we live in.

    • anon

      Not necessarily flaky. She’s shopping for places, probably had to continue to look at other places while you ran background and decided on her, so now she’s considering other places (possibly). Maybe she just needed some time to actually read the lease (some people do that), or maybe she has some things to add she needs to add to it based on conversations you’ve had. Don’t panic – it’ll be clear soon enough whether she’s returning the lease signed or not.

      • Formerly ParkViewRes

        No, she already said she was ready to move forward. And to please let her know if the place was still available so she could end her search. I already told her the background passed (it takes about 5 minutes). Anyhow she responded, but said she wanted to ask about the safety of the street and neighborhood before she made her final decision. Which is fine, but at this point I would have thought she discussed that with the potential roommates.

  • mtpresident

    Rant: Supposed to go to a baseball game tonight and….
    – it might get rain delayed/postponed
    – mtpkiddo might have an ear infection
    – mtpbaby wasn’t quite himself last night/this morning
    – so, the baseball thing might not happen. boo!
    Rave: Got almost everything we need ordered for mtpkiddo’s birthday party! I think this is going to work out alright despite being out of town two weekends preceding the event.
    Rave: impromptu play date on the way home from school last night. I love when things like that happen–I don’t get to connect with other parents enough because of everyone’s busy schedules, so it’s great when we can. All four kids had a ball playing together for the 30ish minutes we were there :)

    • mtpresident

      New Rant: headline that even one alcoholic beverage/day has now been linked to an increased risk for breast cancer. Bah. I guess it’s one more reason to cut back on the evening habit of drinking a beer, but I don’t wanna.

      • artemis

        But breastfeeding lowers your breast cancer risk, so can’t you just drink your beer and call it even? ;)

        • mtpresident

          Here here!

      • Formerly ParkViewRes

        IMO you can’t live your life like that. Tons of things can cause cancer and you just cannot avoid it all.

        • Anonymous

          Can’t agree more. Besides, in several years someone else will do a study that says the opposite. And none of that will be relevant when {insert other medical calamity} happens, so I would just go ahead and have that beer.

        • eggs

          I totally agree.

      • Percentages without a baseline are meaningless. Current stats for breast cancer in women age 30-40 is 1 in 227. So a 5% increase is still only 1.05 women in 227. For women age 60-70 it is 1 in 28, so a 9% increase is more significant, but still, I’ll choose martinis over longevity any day.

      • Pleasanter

        Boooooo! Hopefully a new study will contradict that one soon.

      • mtpresident

        Thanks, all–you’re totally right. And I didn’t really look much at the numbers–just the headline and wrote down my gut reaction. I think when it comes down to it, cancer is so much more prevalent partially because longevity has increased. So if it’s not one thing, it’s another–we’re not exactly made to live forever.

    • wdc

      I get the feeling that everyone loves an impromptu playdate/ family get together. But so few people seem to suggest them, because we all assume that everyone is busier than we are, or that busy is a good reason to forego a little fun. As if busy were its own activity.
      Moral of the story: Play more, busy less.

      • mtpresident

        I think some of the issue is that pick-up is around 6pm & most families want to get dinner started, etc. But I do love when the impromptu play dates happen. Though I do need to get more contact info for other families to set things up for the weekends more easily.

  • MadMax

    Rave: Great trip to Qatar, enjoyed it more than I expected. Visibility was pretty shit on most days though. The Museum of Islamic Art and the EastWest-WestEast installation out in the desert were both really cool.
    Rant: Super jealous of the architecture of the high-rises there, I wish we could get that type of creativity here, even if not in DC then maybe across the water in Arlington.

    • FridayGirl

      Welcome back!

  • BRP

    RAVE: we’ve been given permission by our management company to turn out 1br+den rental into a 2br!
    RAVE/RANT: we’d love to get on the property ladder, but our apartment is so great and getting a second bedroom makes it even better – we’re never going to move out!
    QUESTION: does anyone in the populace have recommendations for contractors/builders/whatever that install temporary walls? Management has just told us we can go ahead and get it done but I have no idea where to start.

    • SinSA

      Try Thumbtack and/or Amazon Home Services for estimates.

      • BRP

        thank you!

  • bizzinger

    Rave: Amazing trip to Iceland and Norway. Beautiful, relaxing, and the quality of life there was inspiring.
    Rant: Back to work, but at least it’s a three day weekend.
    Rant: The news. Pretty much all of it.

    • Formerly ParkViewRes

      Nice! Iceland is amazing, right? We just started planning our itinerary yesterday for our trip and I am so excited!

  • FridayGirl

    Rave: Starting tomorrow I’m on vacation until next week!
    .
    Rave: Then I’m back for a week then I’m abroad for a month! Huzzah!
    .
    Rant: I’m going to have to find an apartment when I get back. I’ve sent over a dozen emails to possible places, some apartments that were available in July are already gone, and others I got excited about either didn’t email me back or were misleading (like the very nice condo unit I wanted that said it was available Jul 1 but then told me they meant June 1st and I pointed out their error…) Oh well.

    • Janie4

      I know a unit that will be available early July. What’s your budget?

  • artemis

    Rant: Home with a sick Baby Artie.
    Rave: The neighbor is installing a new sidewalk, so he had construction work as a distraction this morning.
    Rant: Working to get a project out the door even though I have to use sick leave for the entire day. Why do I do this to myself?
    Rave: Said project is mostly finished (good job me for not slacking off yesterday), so this shouldn’t take too long.
    Rant: Bombing in Manchester
    Rave: The internet pettiness of Trump’s picture with the glowing orb made me laugh so much yesterday. I’ll take my laughs where I can find them.

  • dcd

    Rant. Got a cortisone shot in my elbow because of recurring tendonitis. While scheduling doctor appointments for first think in the morning usually is a good thing, this is not one of those times. Ow. Not going to be a terribly productive day.

  • Blithe

    Rave/Rant/: Just found out about the Music and the Mind programs at the Kennedy Center. The one I really want to go to conflicts with something else that I signed on for. Since it’s listed as a Millennium Stage performance, maybe it will be live streamed and also available in the archives. Fingers crossed.
    Rave/Rant: A friend wants to celebrate my birthday, which is really sweet. But said friend is somewhat obsessive about making plans and somewhat flaky about keeping them. I’m appreciative, but daunted by this one. And not really looking forward to “meeting in the middle” on a day that means altering other plans.
    Rave-ish: Realizing as I wrote the above, that I am somewhat flaky about making plans and somewhat obsessive about keeping them. And I’m cool with that.
    Rave: Shopping my closet! I found 3 pairs of shoes in pristine condition. I’m set for summer!

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rave: Got a decent night’s sleep for the first time in forever.
    Rave: Very nice (and not-too-long) spring band concert for Youngest Zelda last night. His last concert of middle school.

  • LittleBluePenguin

    Rant: Not enough sleep last night. In a terrible mood this morning. Stayed up late waiting to hear from friends who live near Manchester (I know it’s extremely unlikely, but that’s the same thing I thought when the attacks in Paris happened and my friend who I couldn’t get in touch with ended up having been at the football match where a full-scale attack was foiled). Leaving the house, I found another dead baby blue jay on the sidewalk. Feeling quite hopeless and depressed at the moment by the cruelty of nature and mankind.
    Rave: I know there is good in the world, I have friends and family who love me and love others, and I just have to keep fighting through my dark thoughts and doubts to see that I am also surrounded by wonderful things and loving people.

  • Anon

    Question about urgent care: I think I have strep throat. I’m covered under Kaiser (20% co-pay for any urgent care, doesn’t matter in or out of network) but, in the interest of convenience, would prefer to just go to the nearby MedStar. Does anyone have experience with this? How much is it going to cost me for a visit to the MedStar? Should I just go to the Capitol Hill Med Center? Thanks in advance.

    • Andie302

      I don’t know how convenient it is for you, but I’ve had excellent care with the Kaiser urgent care on Capitol Hill (as well as other Kaiser spots, in case there’s one closer to where you are now). Not sure if MedStar is just for the convenience factor, in which case I don’t blame you.

    • Blithe

      I haven’t done out of network — but I have been extremely happy with the care that I’ve received at the CHMC near Union Station.
      – If you do decide to go to MedStar because it’s convenient, you might want to give Kaiser a call or chat to be absolutely certain that “I think I have strep throat” meets their criteria for “urgent care” that’s urgent enough for them to reimburse you for an out-of-network visit.
      tldr: Simplest to just go to CHMC.
      plus: This may not be a factor for you, but if you take the red line, you won’t even have to step outside to access the clinic.

      • Anon

        Thanks Andie and Blithe. I’m in Adams Morgan and would prefer not to go all the way down there today – my coverage doesn’t state anything about in network/out of network (under Urgent Care coverage it literally just says “N/A” under that piece) so I figured it wouldn’t make a different where I go. I’ll give them a call to confirm.

        • Andie302

          I wonder if they have primary care/urgent care at their West End facility. Mental health and OB-GYN are there, and that could be easier than the Hill for you to get to. The only time I’ve gone out of network is when I am out of town, so no direct experience with your scenario.

          • Anon

            They don’t, already checked. Thank you though!

    • Emmaleigh504

      When I’ve gone to MedStar they took my insurance and my insurance billed it like a doctor’s office. Bonus they had the antibiotics I needed for strep on sight for cheap so I didn’t have to go to the pharmacy. All around good experience.

      • Anon

        Do you have Kaiser? I’ve been to MedStar before and it’s been find but I was under United at the time.

        • Emmaleigh504

          No I don’t. Not very helpful am I.

          • Anon

            It’s okay, I was just trying to avoid a phone call since it’s hard to talk. Thank you anyway :)

    • SinSA

      Oh NO! I hope you get checked out asap — and I’m sorry you’re feeling bad. :(

  • LedroitTigah

    Rant: In a terrible mood. Granted, I think my period is coming soon, and my hormones are all out of wack, but am also feeling very unappreciated at work, my office is chaotic, and I need a vacation. Like, a long vacation where I can go off grid and turn off news, etc. But I’m also house poor.

    Then something like Manchester happens and I feel like an assh*le for complaining about anything.

    So…my terrible mood continues.

    • Missy

      Whoa. Exact same rant.

  • annoyedneighbor

    Rant: My neighbor has decided he’s a musician. He thinks he’s the best thing since sliced bread. He is not. I’m trapped listening to him practice due to paper thin walls, and its the worst. He’s like the Enigizer bunny, he keeps going. Technically he’s not being disruptive so I can’t ask him to stop, I just wish someone would bust his bubble.

    • _____Woods

      what is he playing?

    • Blithe

      No, but you can tell your neighbor that you can hear him clearly — which he genuinely might not realize. Also, what instrument? If he’s practicing by himself, some instruments can be hooked up to headphones. Others can be played without amps. It’s great that you recognize that your neighbor is not being deliberately disruptive, but it could still be worth giving him a heads up.
      – When I lived in a place with paper thin walls with a similar concern, and didn’t know the neighbors, I turned on MY music so that they could hear it. When they stopped, I stopped. My goal was not to be obnoxious or to try to out blast them, but to let them know that yes, even music played at reasonable levels could be heard through the walls. This actually turned out to be a successful strategy.

      • annoyedneighbor

        He’s singing. Its more the fact that is is horribly off key most the time that bothers me, rather than the fact he is singing. Its like an assault on my ears.

    • Anonymous

      A lot of people practice something in order to *become* good, not because they think they already are good. I know you’re frustrated by the noise but no need to be insulting. If you don’t want to try speaking to him directly I can recommend some Bose noise canceling headphones, they work very well.

      • annoyedneighbor

        I know that, and he is never going to get good. If you had to listen him everyday you’d know how I feel. Its grating. I’m not going to go up there and insult the man to his face, but I damn sure will judge his awful voice in the comfort of my own home.

  • CityKitty

    Rant: moving sucks in general but preparing to move abroad with no help from my family has been overwhelming; having to donate, sell and figure out what to do with random items is hard . I just want it to be over. The cleaners will come on the weekend but at this point I don’t even care about getting all of my security deposit back
    Rave: Cleaners who work on weekend
    Race: Minimalism

  • anon

    Rant: Went to the Walmart on H Street last night because I had another errand in the area. Man, that Walmart is TERRIBLE. The grocery store portion is seriously abbreviated in comparison to the one on Georgia Avenue and the one in Fort Totten Square — not just smaller, but also an inferior selection. I had only a few items on my list, and half of them were either out of stock or that particular Walmart didn’t carry them.
    .
    Pre-emptive rant: I’m sure some snarky person is thinking it serves me right for shopping at Walmart.

    • HaileUnlikely

      FWIW what you describe sounds like about what I would ordinarily expect at WalMart, however, I have been very pleasantly surprised with the selection in the grocery section at the Georgia Ave WalMart in Brightwood; it’s all-around much better than I would have expected. When I go to the Brightwood Safeway and find that they only have 2 registers open and they both have lines all the way to the back of the store, I often leave and go to WalMart.

      • anon

        Yeah, the Walmart in Brightwood is the one I usually go to. I’ve been to the Fort Totten Square one maybe twice, and their selection seemed to be about the same as the Brightwood one. The H Street one does not compare favorably to either. I will never go there again.

  • anonymous

    RANT: WMATA putting industrial air fresheners in the ventilation systems of the Metro cars in order to give off a “clean” smell. First, why don’t you try cleaning the Metro cars first? Second, who still uses air fresheners and willingly wants to breathe in toxins? Seriously, air fresheners have got to be something only uneducated people do nowadays. No consideration at all for people with allergies, asthma, etc., or people who just don’t want to breathe in cancer-causing chemicals. FAIL.

    • Anonymous

      Where did you hear that WMATA is doing this? I’ve not heard (or smelled) anything about this.

      • anonymous

        Washington Post today (local/transportation section online). Apparently, they are trying it out on the Green line first (and not all cars), so you may not have experienced it yet. Unfortunately, the Green line experienced higher cleanliness marks in their most recent polls, so they are chalking it up to the air freshener effect. Uck!

        • Anonymous

          Weird. Green line is my most frequent line but I didn’t smell anything today. But yeah, this is a very dumb idea.

    • wdc

      Gag. There are very few natural stinks that smell worse than chemical “air freshener”.
      .
      (Though the dig at “uneducated people” is unkind, when you can probably infer from the size of the air freshener section at every store that you’re going to insult someone nearby with a statement like that.)

      • anonymous

        Wdc, you are correct- it was unkind. However, I have a hard time not being frustrated with smokers or air freshener users, who think it is alright to subject others to their cancer-causing chemicals in confined spaces. I don’t think you can deny that the use of air fresheners reveals a certain level of ignorance. We need to collectively discourage its use!

        • mtpresident

          insulting people is probably the least-effective method at encouraging people to change their behavior if that’s your goal.

          • mtpresident

            Though I do agree with the premise of discouraging the use of air fresheners–especially outside of one’s own home.

    • Emmaleigh504

      Ugh that’s what that smell was. I thought someone had really crappy and strong perfume or lotion.

      • Nathan

        I smelled that too this AM on the green line. Yuck.

    • anon

      As a person who gets severe asthma from a lot of air “fresheners” (there’s nothing fresh about them), I have to award Metro an award for sheer stupidity. There are a lot of us out there. And they are actually trying to increase ridership? By making a not-insignificant portion of their riders sick with life-threatening asthma attacks? Really Metro? What kind of idiots are running that place???

  • Pleasanter

    Rant: passed over for promotion at work. We’re hiring externally instead. I understand why, but it still stings and I’m feeling down about it today.
    Rave: going climbing and paddle boarding this week – two of my very favorite activities aside from biking!

    • jj

      I’m sorry, I know how that feels. It feels harder being rejected for an inside job than an external one.

      • Pleasanter

        Thanks, JJ! It does suck, but I was able to have a good and candid talk with the hiring manager about it just now, and feel better!

  • hiphopanonymous

    Rave: The NY Times article on how 4 y/olds don’t act like Trump…because they act BETTER than Trump. Makes me laugh and gives me more faith in humanity!
    Rant: SUPER tired last night and still today. Kept dozing off while watching TV, went to bed early…still exhausted today with a headache. UGH.
    Rave: My haircut and highlights = I love it! (This doesn’t happen often)

  • topscallop

    Rave: new job starting off well, and I have lots to read and learn to get up to speed on things but it’s all new to me and interesting so far!
    Super rave: my commute is SOOOO much better
    Rant: weather
    Rave: going home for the long weekend, I haven’t seen my parents since the holidays
    Rave: meeting a friend’s new baby tonight. I need to pick up a gift but I’m not sure what to get.

  • Kam

    Rant: Manchester
    Rant: Monsters, losers and 45’s vocabulary
    Rant: 45’s geography (telling a room full or Israelis that he just got back from the Middle East
    Rant: Found out yesterday that there is no aftercare today
    Rant: I have too many rants to mention
    Rant: I have a cold
    Rave: I live a blessed life

  • Andie302

    Late question for the gardening set: We have a spot in our front yard that’s about 4’x8′. Right now it’s got mulch (and remnants of three mums we planted last fall). It’s located under another huge tree, so it gets low light. I was thinking of filling it with hostas (because they’re hard to kill) but I don’t want to make a rat sanctuary. Any ideas/suggestions?

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