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Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

by Prince Of Petworth May 26, 2017 at 9:15 am 132 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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  • ShawThroughtheHeart

    Rave: after three weeks of travel/family visits (all of which I enjoyed), I am excited to do very little this weekend, and do it well. Catch up on work, laundry, life, sleep.

    Rave: Super intriguing meeting in NYC yesterday.

    Rant: Train to NYC was 3:15a.m. yesterday (long story) to make a 7:30a.m. meeting, train home almost immediately afterwards was delayed, then had to stay up and watch double overtime hockey. Sleep levels are low. Spirits not as much because I’m delirious, living on caffeine and a dream.

    • Jay

      forgotten rave: results of the double overtime hockey!

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rave: Middle Zelda found herself a summer job.
    Rant: Up at 5:30 to drop Youngest Zelda off at school for a field trip.
    Rave: Early dismissal today. I see a nap in my future.
    Rave: My parents will be here in one more week.

  • ajr

    ?: My first week at my new job has been strange. I feel so discombobulated. I was with my last company for nearly five years and there was a lot of comfort in knowing the ins/outs so thoroughly. It was time for a new challenge but I hope I made the right choice with this particular company/role.
    Rave: Boyfriend bought a new fun car this week and we’re excited for some little day/weekend trips this summer. Since the weather is supposed to be questionable this weekend, a trip to Luray Caverns is in the books, and hopefully some other fun but chill activities.

    • topscallop

      I feel you on your ? as I’m also in my first week at a new job. I was at my last job 4.5 years. The biggest adjustment to me is the culture, as the new company is a lot bigger and some of my team members work remotely, so I’m not really getting to know people in the office as quickly as I’d like. At my old job, the people on my small team ate lunch together nearly every day, while here there’s a lot of eating at desks. At least with the work I feel like I can catch on fairly quickly, though some of the systems they use for project management seem unwieldy and overly complicated.

      • ajr

        Yes, same! It’s a much larger office and everyone keeps to themselves. I’m a very social person so I’ve been feeling a bit down from sitting quietly with little interaction.

    • hiphopanonymous

      On your Rave: We just bought a Jeep, and are super stoked about soon-to-come adventures! So far have tried off-roading on the beach and in the mountains. Also all set to haul large items.

      • wdc

        Off-roading? I didn’t realize that was still allowed, given what we know about erosion and habitat loss and such. Are there specially designated areas where you can tear up the terrain without worrying?

        • hiphopanonymous

          Okay, not “off-roading” so much as “driving on trails/gravel roads”. George Washington National Forest is a great place! There’s a gorgeous lake that you can only access with a vehicle equipped for such driving.

      • ajr

        Yay! Boyfriend went the complete opposite direction: a tiny 2-door convertible. He was surprised that I was so OK with it but I told him do it now or at age 65 (we’re discussing marriages/kids in the 5ish-year range).

        • hiphopanonymous

          Haha, this was definitely purhcased with kiddos in mind.

      • Effie

        @hiphopanonymous did you get the soft top or hard top? I heard so many issues with both. Heard about water leaks and wind noise associated with the soft tops, and on the flip side heard about the difficulty of both removing and storing the hard top when not in use. Which would you recommend?

        • hiphopanonymous

          It’s actually a Jeep Cherokee, so basically an SUV. Still fun!

    • womp

      oh my, I relate so much to your ?. I made a career move last October and it hasn’t been the smoothest of transitions and it’s certainly a personal challenge, but I am finally feeling more comfortable after rough patches here and there. I am sending you good thoughts and hope that it works out for the best. Be kind to yourself during this time and give yourself room to adjust and grow. Best of luck!!

      • ajr

        Thanks for sharing your experience! Everyone here keeps saying how great of a place it is to work and a lot of folks are very new so I’m kind of wondering where my “ah-ha!” moment is. But it’s the first week so I need to remember patience (which is not my thing…)

        • Anonymous

          FWIW I don’t think I’ve ever seen the “a-ha” moment happen in the first week. Probably even in the first month. It takes a while to figure out what’s going on. Barring egregious circumstances, I wouldn’t even think about whether you’ve made the right move for a couple of months at the very least, since you need a bit of perspective to do that.

        • topscallop

          There are a ton of new people at my new job, too, which makes it a bit challenging to figure stuff out – seems like not many people know what they’re doing yet!

    • anonymous

      I may have cried on the first day of my job. At my old organization there was a large group of people my age who all ate together, often made plans outside work, and are still among some of my closest friends. My “new” (this was 7 years ago) team were perfectly nice, but older and more kept to themselves. I also had no idea what to do, or what I was supposed to be working on.
      .
      Needless to say it got better, because I’m still here and love it. I figured out that it takes me a while to feel comfortable (perhaps more so than other people), and it happens incrementally. Hang in there

  • FridayGirl

    Rave: Being home is nice, despite all the difficulties that home entails this year.
    .
    Rave: Being back in Asia two weeks from today will also be nice.

  • liveDCworkVA

    For the next 7 weeks I will be working remotely/from home… does anyone have any favorite spots for telecommuting in the Logan/Shaw/Dupont neighborhoods? I’ve had my eye on Slipstream but haven’t investigated… usually I only telework one day at a time, so I hole up in my apartment. I think that might be a little too isolating for such an extended period of time!

    • skj84

      Coffee shops: Coffee Bar, Slipstream, Big Bear. The Shaw library is also a good space, and you can rent the meeting rooms for free if you have a library card. Also consider a coworking space. Cove is good and has locations all over the city, including Dupont and Logan. WeWork Commons might also be a good option for you. Mulebone on 14th street offers free coworking space during the day.

      • liveDCworkVA

        Thanks for the recs!

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: so tired b/c I stayed up late finishing the book I was reading, then starting a new one.
    Rave: Woke up early enough to make some coffee. I may have to do this every morning.

    • wdc

      Whatcha reading? If it was good enough to keep you up late, maybe I want to read it too.

      • Emmaleigh504

        I just finished The Six: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters by Laura Thompson. Then I started Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann. When I finish a book I have to start another one right away or I feel lost.

        • womp

          these sound really intriguing! did you enjoy The Six? And has Flower Moon started well?

          • Emmaleigh504

            I did enjoy the Six, but I’m fascinated by the Mitfords. It was a little more scholarly than other books I’ve read on them, but still a good read. So far the Flower Moon is good. I’ve only gotten through the first chapter though. I have high hopes for it after hearing the author interviewed on Fresh Air.

          • Planner

            I too am fascinated by the Mitfords, but always end up a little depressed by the end. They started out seeming so fun, but end up so seriously real. But such is life I guess.

            I think I too easily confuse them with the fictional characters in “The Pursuit of Love” and “Love in a Cold Climate”.

  • Blithe

    Rave: Long Weekend Music Listening Goals: Eric Dolphy – with, and without John Coltrane.
    Rave: Sleeping in.
    Rave: Friends who will cheerfully share their porches, their pets, their kids, and their cooking skills.
    Rave: I’m enjoying a No Rant Friday. So far….

  • SinSA

    Rant: Only realized this week that I had to get a permit for my contractors to hook my oven back up (it’s a gas stove) – they said they thought they had mentioned this. They had not mentioned this.
    Rave: Got the permit and it was super easy!
    Rave: Helped out an attorney while he was out of the office for the week and he wrote me (and cc’d the Office Administrator and HR telling them) that I was awesomeness personified! Made my entire week!
    Rave: FINALLY getting a haircut tomorrow!
    Rant: It’s going to be pouring so I need to figure out what to do besides an umbrella to make sure it stays looking nice and I don’t have color running down my face.
    Rave-ish: 2nd date tomorrow, but not thinking there’s a love connection (but he’s nice, so I guess why not?)
    Rave: Going to listen to a live acoustic set tomorrow night in Bethesda if anyone likes fun music and is around and also wants to do that, feel free!
    Rave: The brewery I booked a summer First Friday music series for wants to open on Wednesdays and have live music every week! Eventually they’ll pay me (I just have to figure out what I want that to look like, structure-wise)
    Rave/Rant: Lots of listening to music and asking everyone I know to help to find good people who are available and want to play at a brewery on a Wednesday night.

    • topscallop

      Will musicians get paid for performing? Do you have an email address I could share with a friend who’s in a couple bands, see if he’s interested?

      • SinSA

        They will get paid! Limit is 3 musicians total (per licensing/capacity issues) per group, we have a set rate — have them go to newdistrictbrewing.com and submit under the Contact Us section.

    • It’s just me

      If you don’t care about looking good in the moment and just want to keep your color – I’d get a rain bonnet (like my grandmother used to wear when she got done at the salon) and use an umbrella. You should be able to find them on Amazon or at a Target/CVS

      • SinSA

        Okay! There’s a CVS nearby, I should be able to make it there without disaster to get a rain bonnet. Thanks for the suggestion!

        • It’s just me

          Shower cap would work, too, in a pinch

  • eggs

    Rave: Heading to Richmond for a couple days over the long weekend! Mostly going for breweries…we’ll see if we make it to all of them we have on our list.
    Rant: Was planning to take the pup with us to some of them, but the weather for tomorrow looks like it’ll be rainy. Hopefully Sunday is nice enough for that!
    Rave: Pool opens this weekend! Hoping to make it out there when we’re back on Monday if the weather’s good!

    • SinSA

      Oh the breweries and cideries in Richmond are so good!! Enjoy!

    • rss

      I went to Richmond for the first time in January and loved it! For breweries – we went to Stone, Hardywood, and Legends. I think my favorite was Hardywood. Stone was a close second but if I recall correctly it was a little bit farther away from the city.

      • eggs

        Hardywood is 100% on the list. I nixed Legend and Stone for different reasons, mostly due to time, and so many other really stellar breweries. I’m excited!

    • In between pints – check out the VMFA – it is really good, even if you aren’t a museum type.

  • jim_ed

    Rant: I’m a groomsman in a wedding this weekend thats the type people write into “Dear Prudence” about for lousy behavior from the bride and groom.
    Rave: Got new air conditioner and security system installed. I was kind of on the fence on whether we needed a security system, but the day before the install our next door neighbors house got burgled. Glad to have it now.

    • mtpresident

      Can you spill on any of the details for your rant? Your misery could be our entertainment….

      • textdoc

        Seconded!

        • rss

          third!!! I love dear prudence.

      • jim_ed

        Hah, yeah I can dish since its an out of town wedding. Anyhow, I’m a groomsman for a buddy from high school that I haven’t stayed real close with since, but we were good friends back in the day, so I had no problems being in the wedding party. Then information about the wedding starts to trickle out.
        .
        First up – gotta buy the suit instead of renting it. Ok, I can always use a new suit for the closet, that’s reasonable. No no, not this suit. It’s a blue blazer with gold buttons and baggy khaki pants. Wearing it can only be described as “suburban Dallas real estate agent” or “Regatta Night for the Young Republican Club at the country club”. There is no way I, or anyone else who doesn’t refer to themselves as “The Skipper” would ever wear this again.
        .
        Then there’s the wedding date and time – Memorial Day Weekend in Va Beach. Literally the worst traffic weekend of the year getting down there. Any other weekend but this one. And it’s on Sunday, at 9:30am. The time probably wouldn’t be a problem except for the fact that the bride and groom have told the groomsmen that we have to set up the venue. At 5:30 IN THE MORNING. Literally the whole thing – set up tables and chairs, linens, place settings, centerpieces. I don’t like being expected to provide free labor, and sure as hell not before dawn. Then last week I get an email with the details of my wedding day duties – and this may come off as petty but it really irked me – where they confirmed I needed to be there at 5:30 am, but wrote in parenthesis next to it in all caps (MAKE SURE YOU’VE EATEN BEFORE COMING TO SET UP!), like I’m the hired help. You expect me to do your wedding setup for free, before dawn, and you can’t even bother to supply maybe coffee and bagels? What are you going to do if I eat a bagel while setting up, fire me?
        .
        Further down in this same email they also mention for the first time that we need to break down the venue after the wedding is over, at 4pm and everyone else has left. Maybe I’m being a dick, but these requests are absurd. You’re adults, hire someone to do this stuff. This isn’t college where everyone is broke. Its a lot of hubris to expect people to do this, and to not even ask or be cool about it, but just make a detailed list of duties and expectations while ya’ll are getting ready and not also doing it. My wife has repeatedly offered for me to skip it, but my best friend is also a groomsman, and has threatened bodily harm if I ditch him in this endeavor. I would have bailed had these expectations been expressed early on, but they’ve only been sent recently, so I’d look like awful ditching it now. I think that was intentional.
        .
        So yeah, that’s my personal bitchfest for this week.

        • Anonamom

          Oh, wow. That really is ridiculous. However, I must admit, it’s sort of nice to hear groomsmen are now stuck buying some ugly thing they’ll never wear again too – yay, equality! ;)

        • Formerly ParkViewRes

          Okay, the suit sounds awful! And WTF you have to set up the venue at 530am?!!? And no food, coffee, NOTHING!? That’s so rude. And breaking down the venue? WHAT, our venue did all this stuff for us? Where the hell are they getting married? It’d be really tough for me to get through this whole weekend without saying something by the end of it.

        • ajr

          That. is. insane.

        • Emmaleigh504

          wow that’s pretty nervy of them

        • Bobert

          Tell them you have to dip right after the ceremony; blame it on the wife. “Oversleep” the 5:30a start time, making sure to turn off your phone. “Sorry bro, the battery gave out.”
          .
          But looking at the bright side, at least now you’ll be able to fit in at Smith Point?

          • dcd

            Yes, this. You have my permission (along with your buddy) to skip both setup and breakdown. And frankly, I agree with your wife. You and your friend should both fall ill in the next 6 hours or so. That’s complete BS.

          • HaileUnlikely

            FWIW I like Anon 11:36’s idea better. For your wedding gift to your friend, rent a van, load it up with guys milling about in the Home Depot parking lot looking for work, and drive them down to Virginia Beach (and pay them, of course). Good times will be had by all.

          • Wife

            Wife here. I am totally ok with him blaming it on me should he choose to bail at some point. I also offered the sick kid route, since she isn’t allowed to come with us.

          • HaileUnlikely

            Hell. Combine both. Drive Home Depot day laborers down there, drop them off (one of them dressed in your suit!), go have fun on the beach, skip the wedding, and return later to pick up the day laborers.

          • textdoc

            Is there still time to get your money back on the suit and to cancel the hotel reservation without penalty?
            .
            If it were me, I think I’d be having a “sick wife/kid” incident right about now.

          • Wife

            @textdoc there isn’t really time to cancel at this point since we drive down tomorrow.

          • dcd

            I bet you can cancel the hotel. And if you can’t, it’s a sunk cost.
            Option A: Spend money on hotel and clothing. Get up at crack of dawn to provide free labor for “Friend’s” wedding, and then again after wedding. Filled with resentment.
            Option B: Spend money on hotel and clothing. Ditch “Friend’s” wedding, spend relaxing, fun weekend with Wife and best friend (who also ditches wedding.” Perhaps harm friendship with groom (I’d be prepared to live with that, but YMMV).
            .
            This is not a hard decision.

        • mtpresident

          I’m so glad I asked–that’s incredible. I guess it will count as a bonding experience for you and your buddy? Maybe plan to pick up bagels and coffee & bring them to the site. And agreed with anonamom about the suit thing. Hilarious. Thank you for indulging our collective curiosity! And ditto womp’s request for a post-wedding recap.

        • Anonymous

          Maybe your wedding present to them can be to hire some labor? Ugh, sorry.

          • mtpresident

            This is brilliant! Though may be difficult at short notice. Day laborers somewhere? Can they be hired on a Sunday?

          • textdoc

            Is there a Home Depot in Virginia Beach?

        • Pixie

          Oh my GOD that is crazy. Are they getting married in the middle of a park and need to bring in all their own stuff?? And forcing their wedding party to do it for them?? WHY. That is absurd and also so rude of them to force their guests to basically set up and take down their entire wedding for free. Eff that.

          The suit thing, yeah that sucks but as someone who’s been a bridesmaid before and had to purchase numerous hideous dresses that I never wear again… I can’t really feel that bad for you ;-)

          • georgetowner

            Maybe tell them you love your new suit so much you don’t want to risk ruining it while hauling furniture around? Wouldn’t want to pop a gold button while dragging chairs around, right?

          • jim_ed

            Honest to God, the moment after I paid for it I had the realization that this is how every woman feels when the bride makes them buy some awful dress but swears “I chose a dress you can totally wear again!”. One small stroke of luck is that I fit reasonably well into suits off the rack, so no alterations and a seemingly generous return policy means I’m absolutely attempting a return next week. Even store credit would mean I could get something that doesn’t make people assume I’m at the office to invite them to a timeshare sales pitch.

        • That One Guy

          The only thing left to do is suck it up, get the wedding out of the way, and hope them the best as go about the rest of your life. OR if you want someone can take you “hostage” but that’ll turn out poorly like a comedy movie with similar plot.

        • SinSA

          Wow. I am speechless!!! My wedding party did decorate my reception (but the staff set up tables/etc. but the ex was there to help and supervise (I was not allowed to be there).

        • Anonymous

          “a buddy from high school that I haven’t stayed real close with since”
          .
          Maybe this is obvious in hindsight, but this seems like a red flag to me.

        • eggs

          That is all absolutely absurd. I would not have made it to the wedding as part of the party. I’m reallllllly interested to hear how the bride and her bridesmaids are going to have time to get ready, assuming they’ll have hair and makeup to do before 9:30 but after you’re done setting up (probably around 7:30, conservative guess?). Please report back next week with all the fighting and issues that are bound to happen.

          • eggs

            Or the bride and bridesmaids won’t be involved in the setup and it’ll just fall on the groom and groomsmen.

          • textdoc

            +1 to “Please report back next week with all the fighting and issues that are bound to happen.”

          • Wife

            The bride and bridesmaids are not involved in the set up (quote from the 5 page detailed timeline: “Do not bother {bride’s name} with anything because it is her wedding day”. From the timeline it looks like the groom isn’t going to be there for set up either. All on the groomsmen.

          • Anonamom

            Oh, hell no. Bring a flask (or a fifth, wth) and get to day drinking early. What an ass.

          • mtpresident

            +1 to anonamom. Wow on the timeline. (FIVE PAGES?????)

          • eggs

            Holy crap. That is so not ok.
            .
            How early are these bridesmaids getting ready? I got started at 5:30 for my wedding, which was at 11am. I had 3 bridesmaids and myself to get through hair and makeup. They’re going to be getting up at like 4!
            .
            Also I guarantee you she’s feeding her bridesmaids. What bs that they aren’t feeding you guys too. I’d take it out of your wedding gift cost.

          • dcd

            I was a groomsman at a wedding with a five page timeline once. It was ridiculous – and even there, the only labor involved for the wedding party was “Carry two coolers of drinks down to the rented trolly so we have refreshments as we drive all over Chicago taking photos.”
            .
            I also feel like this would be a great PoPville Friday question – what is your most ridiculous wedding experience? I have a few doozies, but I don’t think anything that rises to this level.

          • Anonamom

            idk, eggs, I would not put it past her to be the type of bride who is requiring her bridesmaids to buy their own dresses (which, in order to match the horrendous gentlemen’s attire has me picturing something out of the 80’s, perhaps one of those sailor/prom dress combos), pay for their hair and make-up (with her choice of stylists, of course), and I would imagine they are also being told to eat first. People who skimp on the actual set-up of their location, and are so cheap as to have a 9:30am wedding (who DOES that?!?), plus tell the groomsmen to eat are in no way feeding their bridesmaids.

          • dcd

            FWIW, this would have been the last straw for me: “Do not bother {bride’s name} with anything because it is her wedding day.” You ant me to set up the wedding, but them instruct me to not bother you about it? Eff that. If that didn’t make you quite immediately, and if you really want to go out with a bang, you have a golden here. Is the bride really leaving the setup completely in your hands, and you have carte blanche to do as you please? (I assume she’ll provide instructions, but things get misplaced.) I urge you – I beseech you – get creative with setup.

          • Anonamom

            Totally agreed with dcd. Wedding in the round anyone?

          • Formerly ParkViewRes

            @Anonamom I don’t think it’s the norm for brides to pay for bridesmaid dresses, hair, makeup, etc anymore. I’ve been in five weddings in the past seven years and I paid for all of those things myself.

          • Wife

            @dcd the whole timeline was the last straw for me, but I’m not the one in the wedding. I will however support jim_ed if he does decide to tell them off in mic drop fashion.

        • hiphopanonymous

          So my wedding party helped set up for the reception…but A) it was voluntary, B) they were in town with nothing else to do (wedding in the middle of Iowa), and C) it was amidst a whole TEAM of people. Also D) I think they generally wanted to help by doing whatever the could for us. Oh E), it was a Friday afternoon, NOT the crack of dawn.

        • It’s just me

          This sounds a lot like my best friend’s wedding. But not at the crack of dawn. And she did bring food in for lunch, but it was a big ol’ meat tray, when she knows I’m a vegetarian. And she threw a fit when I said I was headed out to find something I could eat. Good times.

        • idontgetit

          Doesn’t your “back problem” prevent you from doing manual labor? So sad that you will miss out on that part.

        • LittleBluePenguin

          no, just…no! This is insane! I would “fall ill” like, today, and tell him he needs to find another groomsman. Or, if you’re feeling brave, tell him to his face “No way dude, this is bullsh*t. I’m not free labor, and if you think you can treat me as such without even caring enough to provide breakfast, then go with god, but I won’t be at your wedding.” Absurd!

          • wdc

            +1. Tell him what’s up. Don’t let him go through life thinking this is an acceptable way to treat people.

        • You know the easiest way to break down the venue? Set the place on fire! But seriously, that is beyond nuts. And count me in for wanting to be regaled with the full play by play next week.

        • Just. Say. No. Seriously. Both you and your best friend need to just say no. Call the groom. Tell him – “I’m happy to stand up for you, but I am not able to show up at 5 a.m. and I can not set up the venue or break it down. If you need help hiring caterers, I’ll be happy to make some phone calls and get you a proposal. Please let me know if you still want me to attend.”

          Ideally, this should have been done when you were first asked, but it is still entirely unrealistic.

        • Hookdntx

          At least for the clean up, you can be “too Drunk” to rememeber

          • ShawThroughtheHeart

            This is an incredible disaster. I’m almost giddy for how ridiculous this is, but then I feel bad you’re part of it. The thing that stinks is at least one or two folks will bail, and so for the folks who do stay it’ll end up being a ton of work, take too long, everyone will be in a bad mood, etc.

            It’ll be like when in your 20’s a friend was underprepared for a move and it took 10 hours and it’s 8pm, there are three people left, and you’re all just pissed.

          • dcd

            And when you help someone move, they at least buy you pizza!!

        • textdoc

          Generally speaking, I think it’s bad form to renege on something after you’ve committed to it… but this situation might call for an exception.
          .
          If you stick with it… what about having the groomsmen draw straws, and the one who draws the short straw is responsible for finding a bunch of day laborers at 5 a.m. at Home Depot and getting them to do the setup? You could split the cost amongst the groomsmen.
          .
          I would be strongly tempted to instruct the day laborers to set up the chairs in a big circle. Or the shape of an octopus.

    • womp

      can we get a full write up after the weekend re: your rant?! for commiseration only of course :)

      • idontgetit

        Is there usually a RRRR on the Monday of a three day weekend? I don’t know if I can wait until Tuesday.

        • SinSA

          Can you make an exception for this specific thing?

        • textdoc

          You guys are making me snort out loud!

    • textdoc

      Jim_ed, you may also want to submit any write-up to Carolyn Hax’s Wedding Hootenanny — I think it’s in June?

      • eggs

        YES

    • jim_ed

      Thanks for all the suggestions, from the slightly passive aggressive to the outright felonies. I’m glad the office has emptied out for the holiday because I’m laughing at my desk.

  • LittleBluePenguin

    Rave: It’s almost a three-day weekend! And I’ve got the whole house to myself! I’m going to clean, and hopefully visit a few stables if the weather isn’t super gross, and maybe venture out on one of the “field trips” Popvillagers suggested yesterday.
    Rave: FaceTimed with my sister-in-law’s mom last night, who is an equestrian, to hopefully get some tips on what I should look for / what I should ask, etc. in my visits/research. Feeling slightly less lost in this process
    Rave: I got home last night 2 minutes before the skies opened up and poured rain and lightning. It’s the little things, like not getting utterly soaked and/or electrocuted, that count!
    Rant: You know how a couple days ago I was saying how my grey cat had never in her life thrown up? Well, I should have knocked on wood after that boast, because wooo-boy! Last night she threw up everything, and I mean everything down in the basement! Gross! Guess that confirms that she cannot eat meals with fish! (I had tried mixing in some “Broths” with salmon and veggies, to try to thin out her wet food/get her to eat a little less. Whoops!)

    • LittleBluePenguin

      Forgotten Raves: should hopefully be getting my night guard this afternoon from the dentist (it wasn’t done correctly the first time so the dentist sent it back for them to redo, which i appreciate, I really hope it works this time!) AND a fun yoga and beer event tonight!

      • Formerly ParkViewRes

        I just recently got a night guard and love it! It’s helped so much with my sleep at night. It was crazy how they fitted me for it too. They did it digitally and took photos of my mouth/teeth rather than impressions! Fits like a glove.

      • anon

        Qustion for you two – I had a night guard but it never fit because my jaw is in differnt positions when I’m awake vs when I sleep and my teeth align VERY differently. How did they know what position to have your teeth in to fit you. I know I need a (good fitting) guard, but my last experience (granted – 20 years ago) was SO bad. Thanks

        • Formerly ParkViewRes

          Hmm, not sure, but they took digital images of top and bottom including the bite, but I only have a top guard. Did you have both bottom and top? When I picked it up my dentist had me put it on and tested the bite.

          • anon

            I only had a top guard, but it was really misaligned with my bottom teeth when I slept. FIne when I was awake, when I didn’t need it. Part of my problem is my jaw pops in and out of socket easily (gross, I know)

  • Anonymous

    Rave: Thanks to everyone for their help with the “suit situation” yesterday. My sister is off to her presentation this morning. The idea to call ahead for personal shoppers before we went to Tysons was a great idea given the time constraints. It was a tough day, but we found something that would “do.” My sister is unhappy with what she got/how she looks, but I hope she can put it out of her head for the day!

  • mtpresident

    Rave: Got more/better sleep last night–I feel much better today, and better equipped to handle what the world throws at me.
    Rave: Travelling with friends this weekend–4 adults and 3 kids in one condo for the weekend should be fun!
    Rave: Some sun. We needed rain, and I love a good thunderstorm, but it’s a nice change of pace to have the sun shining.
    Rave: Ignoring rants for now. I just don’t feel like dwelling on them.
    Rant: Except this one–my cousin just had a biopsy after a mammogram found a lump. Characteristics make it unlikely to be cancer, but waiting for test results is always hard. Trying to be supportive without causing too many reminders.

  • Planner

    Rave: Short Friday before a long weekend! Two hour early dismissal – yay!
    No particular plans for the long weekend other than home stuff. Finally ready to completely re-org my closet and pack up stuff to get rid of. I have been feeling this purge coming for a while.
    Also napping.

    Rant: Is my manager the only person who doesn’t realize it’s Friday? Sheesh.

  • hiphopanonymous

    Rave: Staying just outside of Assateague ALL WEEKEND! Super excited to be out there, even if the weather forecast is crappy. Hoping to curl up with a book, be it on the beach or in the hotel.
    Rant: Looks like we may end up just waiting for these Wayfair couches after all…June 8th isn’t THAT far away anymore…
    Rant: Really need to move my monitor, as I sit twisted for 7 hours everyday. Just too lazy to do it, as it means cleaning my messy desk…
    Rant: Trying to schedule a darn birthday party! My b-day is the day AFTER a friend’s wedding that I’m in, so that weekend is out, then peoples are busy other times…so complicated to get everyone together in one place!
    Rave: Birthday tattoos, anyone?

    • Anonamom

      Birthday tattoos are always a good idea!

  • textdoc

    Rave: From the photo in today’s RRRR, it appears that Target has a whole Pride section! Very cool.
    .
    Rant: Feeling groggy.
    .
    Rave: Hoping to get some rest over the long weekend.

    • Formerly ParkViewRes

      That’s so cool! I’ll have to stop by Target when I’m in town next month.

    • idontgetit

      I was at Target at lunch and saw it in the wild. Nothing in bear sizes though…and some interesting product choices like a unicorn pool float!

      • textdoc

        LOL on “bear sizes.”

  • Beau

    Rave: a good friend is in town tonight through Sunday. We’re going to hit some breweries Saturday. I’m trying to decide whether we should do two or three. Denizen, 3 Stars, then Hellbender. I’ve been to Denizen. He’s been to none. Any recommendations? One to avoid?
    .
    Rant: saw a dog (bichon frise-ish) running free with a harness on 3rd St SE last night around 8:45 pm. It ran up the ramp to 695 W/S. By the time I got up there, it had crossed to the inner shoulder and was running east, against traffic. I hope it was magically saved by a passerby, but the shoulders there are particularly narrow and the cars are going highway speed.

    • textdoc

      :( on your rant.
      .
      Did you have a chance to call 911 or Animal Control (202-576-6664)?

      • Beau

        I thought about 911, but figured that was inappropriate. I didn’t think to call Animal Control. I’ll put their number in my phone. I was in an uber and the uber driver okayed the plan to pull up next to the dog on the ramp so I could get it in the car. The dog was really fast, though, and had made it up the ramp and then somehow across half the highway before we had a chance. I think the dog had been off-leash at Garfield Park for a little run.

    • HaileUnlikely

      FWIW, I like all three. However, I would say, if your friend is into brewing and/or environmentalism, go to Hellbender and go on a tour. Their brewmaster is really into it and puts on a great tour and talk about how they brew, minimize water usage, donate byproducts of the brewing process to local farms, etc. If you just want to chill and drink beer but not so much into that stuff, I’d go to 3 Stars and Denizen.

      • Beau

        Awesome. I think we’ll hit Hellbender first for the tour, then head to 3 Stars for chilling out.

    • Anonymous

      I would definitely recommend 3 Stars. Hellbender is not too far away from 3 Stars; I like their beer but the one time I popped into their brewery it didn’t seem like a great place to chill and have a couple of drinks, but the guy there was nice. Have not been to Denizens.

    • saf

      Hellbender is the weakest of those.

  • Anonamom

    Rant: Feel like I am crawling to the finish line of another week, but what’s that I see on the horizon? Oh yes, it’s more work!
    Rant: Last night felt like a scene out of a Carry On movie. Here we are in the midst of a thunderstorm, the power has gone out three times. My darling daughter goes against my wishes and brings the puppy (did I mention said puppy is now larger than Old Lady Lab full grown?) upstairs. In the 5 seconds it takes me to walk to the kitchen, the puppy has already jumped on the counter, knocked over a plate of raw, cut up chicken breasts, and scarfed at least 2 before trying to snatch a third from the dachshund. Cue hysterics from the kid, another power outage and two more kids freaking out, and me deciding that I have had enough with parenting for the evening.
    Query: Does anyone have any ideas at all for getting a 6 year old to not lose their glasses? We have so far had four instances where Littlest Anonachild has set them down and forgotten about them, one of which ended in the glasses just being gone, one which led to a frantic playground search, and two that made me realize my house is way too big. I thought about getting him one of those old lady lanyard things, but apparently that increase the risk of them getting broken.

    • houseintherear

      A couple of my students use the sunglasses strap thing, like what a boater would use. I guess they’re a light foam material maybe? And they strap against the head. When they take them off, they put them around their neck and twist the glasses to the back. Seem to work well!

      • houseintherear

        OH! Just remembered the best idea- a few years ago, one of my students was losing his glasses every second and the parents decided he had to buy his own glasses (if they were not a new Rx), and he had to earn the money to buy them by doing various chores at home and good deeds at school (the parents asked teachers to email them when he went out of his way to do something nice/helpful).

        • Anonamom

          I love this idea, and may use it when he’s older, but for now I think he would actually be like, eff it, I won’t wear glasses then. But he really, really needs them and his eye sight will only continue to deteriorate without them. I may break down and get the strap though. I guess broken glass are better than gone glasses (if they do break)?

      • Cleveland Park runner

        +1 to Croakies (that’s what houseintherear is referring to). They’re really great, and they even come in kids size.

        • Anonamom

          I just ordered some! Thank you all for the recommendation, and Amazon for the 2 day shipping!

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, I recall my sister used one of those for her kid. Basically made it a bit of a hassle to take the glasses off at all, and if they don’t come off so easily they don’t get lost so easily.

    • anon

      I’d also try to figure out why the kid is taking off the glasses – is there a problem seeing some things through them? Are they blurry at close up, such that the kid sees better without them? Or are the frames uncomfortable (usually over the ear or at the nose piece)? Because, although I was 9 when I got glasses, a bit older than your kid, I remember putting them on in the morning and not taking them off all day (unless I was going swimming, of course) because I liked being able to see things that weren’t close to me (I was nearsighted.) Or maybe they are coming off for rough and tumble activities to protect them?
      .
      For that, I would recommend the kid having a large, colorful and easy to use hard-shell glasses case that lives in the kid’s backpack pocket (all kids have backpacks these days, no? we didn’t back when I was young – the only pair of glasses I ever lost was a pair I put in the breast pocket of my CPO jacket – remember those? – which I then took off and slung over my arm while walking home from school on a warm day – and I only took the glasses off because one temple was broken at the time, and they didn’t balance very well on my face when walking with only one arm) – and the kid is taught that whenever they glasses get taken off, they get put immediately in their case, and then in the backpack.
      .
      If they are taken off at home, I’d have a set place where the kid gets taught that the glasses get put for safety, and they get put there, and only there – on this dresser or nightstand in the kid’s bedroom, and on this one surface in the living/dining/kitchen area, perhaps a third area if the kid spends time in a basement or attic play area – and they get put only there. Six is not too young to be taught these things.
      .
      But seriously, find out whey the kid is taking them off all the time – there’s likely a fit problem with either the less or the frame. (Which isn’t to say the head strap might not also help. ) But little kids may not know that if the glasses are blurry or pinch somewhere that that is something that can be fixed – it isn’t necessarily part of wearing glasses, but I can see a kid not knowing that and finding it easier to just take the glasses off.

      • textdoc

        I was wondering the same thing (why Littlest Anonachild keeps taking off his glasses).

      • Anonamom

        This is late in the day, so not sure if anon or text doc will see, but you raised some good points that I wanted to respond to.
        .
        At first, they were being taken off at recess, whichever we thought was because of sun glare. The second pair I got him are transision lenses, and this definitely helped for a little while. The pair that got completely lost were the non-transision pair, and they were taken off at recess most likely because of glare (incidentally they were apparently found by a lawnmower at school today). We decided that at recess, he will take them off and put them in his (very colorful) case. This has worked well so far.
        .
        At home, he just takes them off for no apparent reason. We’ve lather-rinsed-repeated that if he takes them off they are to go in the case, but he always forgets. We remind him when we see without them to at least put them away, but it’s when it goes unnoticed that they get lost.
        .
        I do think that this current pair needs an adjustment, and I plan on taking him Monday for that, as well as to pick out a new spare pair. I’m going to have him try a different frame style this time so maybe that would help if there is a fit issue (the two pairs were exactly the same RayBan wayfarer type frames). As far as the vision goes, he has an astigmatism and just has one significantly weaker eye. He does say that he sees much better with them on, but he still thinks he’s ok without them (which he’s not), and I think this feeds into taking them off. He will be going back every six months until there are no changes, sonthis is something I can bring up with the eye doctor again.
        .
        Thank you for your perspective, anon!

  • Rant: Damn, there is some crazy incompetence going on here.
    Revel: But I only have 11 days left!

  • That One Guy

    I don’t know the guy personally, but still sad to read that he lost his wife to brain cancer—she had literally just given birth when diagnosed. If anyone wants to donate/read about it see loganlo.com.

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