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Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

by Prince Of Petworth June 1, 2017 at 9:15 am 118 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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  • Nose-in-a-Book

    Rave: Saw the crew changing the plants on 19th St NW and now have a garbage bag of white pansies to take home!
    Rant: Taking plants on the Metro at evening rush is not always the most fun trip.
    Rave: But the blush pink mini roses I scored last summer are doing well in my garden now!

  • Rant: I thought it would be nice to be friendly with the people who hang out on my block. Friendliness is good right? Wrong. Last night when I was walking my dog at 11:30, way later than I had wanted to be awake, one of them was out and instead of just saying hi he wanted me to stop and talk. I told him no, it was too late and most of the women can guess what happened next. He followed me, not taking no for an answer, for almost the entire block. I was scared.
    Rant: I’m mad at myself that instead of stopping and telling him that it is not okay to follow people and that when I say no I am done, I kept walking and yelling behind me it was too late.
    Rant: I need to change where I walk to stay safe from this guy who doesn’t understand that women have autonomy, that I don’t owe him anything, that he is scaring me, and that me giving him exactly what he wants and not paying any heed to what I want is not how “friendliness” works.
    Rant: then I have to come to work and hear coworker joking about how he likes to annoy the women because we they’re annoyed they become cute. And when I tell him that’s an obnoxious, sexist remark I have to hear about how I’m so annoyed and what’s eating me, because women who can’t stand misogyny are militant feminists who can’t take a joke.
    Rant: so no, I don’t have any sympathy for your fragile man bullshit or how you can’t even attempt to empathize with the women are you who tell these stories all the time and are never believed.
    Rave: I slept in a romper and I’m wearing a jumpsuit. Onesie life goals unlocked

    • FridayGirl

      Ugh, I hate people. I’m so sorry these things happened to you Jeslett!

    • LittleBluePenguin

      oh man, that sucks and is so beyond aggravating! Shame you can’t sic DOG on him! I’m actually really surprised he would even attempt to follow you when you’re walking that giant ol’ pup! Sorry your good-hearted attempt to be friendly turned into a mess.

    • That One Guy

      Sorry for the rants.
      .
      What are your thoughts on rompers for guys? It’s supposedly a thing, right?

      • wdc

        “RompHim”. In case anyone wants to google.

      • Do what you want and we should think more about breaking down gender stereotypes in all directions.

    • Chinatown

      Jeslett,

      I’m sorry this happened to you. Unfortunately, dudes like your neighbor and coworker will never get the message. It’s a power thing with them. They get off on making people mad and making a woman talk to them. They think it gives them some control.

    • textdoc

      Sorry to hear about the frustrating experiences with your neighbor and coworker.

    • Emmaleigh504

      I so hear you on your rants. It gets exhausting.

    • Anonamom

      My SO once told me I was cute when I was angry. He no longer thinks that after I was done with him.

    • Pixie

      Ugh that sucks. I hate that feeling of “why didn’t I do xyz” when things like this happen. One time a drunk dude grabbed my ass at a bar and just I ran away into the bathroom. Then I spent the rest of night mad at myself because I didn’t tell him to eff off.

      • Omg, he grabbed your butt?
        We all think we know what we would do in certain situations, but you have no idea how you’re going to feel or how the physiological response is going to affect you. I try to keep that in mind when I’m not happy with my response, but yeah, it’s hard not to have regret.

        • wdc

          +1 to “We all think we know what we would do in certain situations, but you have no idea how you’re going to feel or how the physiological response is going to affect you.”

    • hammers

      “Rant: I’m mad at myself that instead of stopping and telling him that it is not okay to follow people and that when I say no I am done, I kept walking and yelling behind me it was too late.”
      .
      Oh no no no, don’t shame yourself. You perceived a threat, your instincts kicked in, and pushed you towards your goal: getting you and DOG home safely, which you accomplished. Be proud. Sucks that that happened, but he’s the only one who deserves blame.
      .
      signed, someone who is trying to learn to be kind to themselves.

      • textdoc

        +1. And I think continuing to walk and yell behind you that it was too late was a perfectly acceptable way of dealing with the situation.

  • FridayGirl

    Rave: I’m back!
    Rave: … For a week!
    .
    Rant: My office is restructuring (it’s been in the works for awhile) and they’ve recently decided to rip my portfolio into little tiny smithereens. Thinking of bidding to switch to an entirely different branch (but in the same office). Now is the time.

  • M

    What are some non-obvious things to do with kids in DC? I have extended family coming, including two 3 year olds, a 5 year old, and a 10 year old in a few weeks. I have the obvious things down (zoo, smithsonian museums, general mall playtime). What am I missing? Five of the total party (including three of the kids) are coming from overseas so I want to do some general touristy stuff, but not completely bore the rest of the party who have been to DC repeatedly. FWIW, they’re staying in Columbia Heights (right next to the Metro) and I live on the Hill.

    • That One Guy

      There’s the Navy Yard area to hang out at and maybe buying cheap tickets to a baseball game, if there are any home games played next week.

      • bll

        There are also two splash parks in the area–the one at canal park, and the larger one with a waterfall and pool at yards park.

      • M

        a baseball game was my first thought! I think the younger kids are going to skip it, but the 10 year old (and adults) will love it.

        • bll

          there is also the play area at Nats park, so you can take turns going down there…and if you go on sundays (I think all, but double check), they have the running of the bases for kids.

        • anon

          If you feed them stadium sweet junk food treats that they don’t usually get, often younger kids will love the ballpark, too. (Not advocating this, but have noticed it.) For one child I knew, even as they got older, the ballpark treats remained the main attraction.

          • M

            I would love to take them, but the mother thinks they will be too tired by the 7:05 game (we already have plans for the days with afternoon games). Since they will also be jetlagged (these are the ones coming from overseas) I’d have to agree. I may be able to make a convincing argument for the five year old though!

    • wdc

      Wheaton Regional Park has a great playground and a little train that goes on a 20 minutes ride through the woods. Bring a picnic.
      Next to it is Brookside Gardens, which is a lovely spot. Tons of space for kids to run. Ponds and streams where you can poke crawfish and tadpoles. The butterfly house (costs a little money, but completely worth it) is one of the best I’ve ever seen. You can actually sit in the greenhouse and let the butterflies land on you, and no one hurries you out.
      Splash parks are a big hit. We like the one at Turkey Thicket in Brookland.

    • jim_ed

      Second Wheaton Regional Park. Also Glen Echo Park, which has a carousel and usually some interesting activities going on. If you need something indoors to escape our always possible crushing heat, we really like the duckpin bowling in Silver Spring. the balls are small enough that even a 3 year old can easily throw it down the lane.

    • anon

      The Building Museum downtown usually has some interactive (read: play, building things with blocks) exhibits that are great for kids those ages – I spent most of a cold winter weekend with out-of-town visitor twins who were 4 or 5 at the time enjoying the two play exhibits that was there at the time. There are also always some exhibits of interest to the adults (and to the kids, too, often.)
      .
      I’ve also had fun with a young child who loved the Post Office Museum (climbing into the cab of the P.O. truck on exhibit in there was the biggest hit.)
      .
      Going to see Great Falls (I’m partial to the MD side, where there’s nice little boardwalk hiking trail to see them, unlike the VA side where the viewing areas are right near the parking lots), especially on a really hot day to beat the heat in the city, has been a big hit with little kid visitors (and their adults) as well.
      .
      And if they like to walk on trails, Rock Creek Park has some lovely ones – I once started randomly on a trail with an out-of-town visitor near Peirce Mill and we ended up at the equestrian center, where we amused ourselves by watching kids doing horse training in the barn. And the nearby nature center in the park has star exhibits often that are geared to kids (haven’t made it to one yet.)
      .
      I hear the aquarium in Baltimore is also a hit, if you are up for a day trip.
      .
      There’s also a website or two that specifically list places and events of interest to kids in the area which you could find if you google for it.

      • wdc

        I feel as if the Building Museum has really gone downhill, as a family destination. The last time I was there, the interactive room had the same blue sponge shapes that my kids didn’t like 3-4 years ago. (The legos are long gone.) And the little kids room, the Building Zone, is just tired and dirty and most of the stuff is broken. Of course, it’s still a long wait and a fee to get inside.
        Anyway, I’ve taken it off my list of DC things I recommend.

        • anon

          Good to know. Haven’t been there in about four years, I think.

    • bubbles

      Kayaking on the Potomac (if the little ones can sit in the boat). Trip to Mount Vernon. Going to see the planes take off/land at Gravely Point. Ice cream (I’ve been all about Jubilee these days)!!! Maybe a historical neighborhood walking tour? With a stop for ice cream?

    • Drum circle at Meridian Hill park.

    • dcd

      You’ve got a wide age range there. If you want give the 10 yo a break and s/he like climbing and being active, check out Sandy Spring Adventure Park.

    • M

      Thank you everyone! This trip is a logistical nightmare (8 adults, the 4 kids, and a newborn and a variety of other issues). Luckily I don’t have to do the daytime stuff with them, but I’m still trying to help with the suggestions and details.

    • saf

      The Building Museum!

  • bubbles

    Rave: Thanks to a tip from a friend, I secured a reservation for this summer at the restaurant with 2017’s world’s best female chef (according to the world’s best 50 restaurants group)! This will be during the segment of my trip that I’m traveling solo. I think I will appreciate having something so wonderful to look forward to.
    Rave: Working from home tomorrow! Maybe from my building’s rooftop in the sun!
    Rant: Trying to navigate the balance of fully enjoying the trip I’m planning without worrying about overspending. I just dropped 80K points on flights (I’ve been saving forever!), so at least that part is “free.” I’m such a frugal person in every other part of my life that I have to adjust my mindset to be fully comfortable spending on travel.
    Rant: My grandparents are aging rapidly, and I feel torn up about taking this long trip knowing that it means I won’t spend a few weeks with them this summer. I saw them last month and definitely will at Thanksgiving, but it doesn’t feel like enough. I wish they were closer.

    • AdMoKalTri

      What’s the restaurant?

      • bubbles

        Hisa Franko!

        • AdMoKalTri

          OH man – I am going to Slovenia next year so you will have to report back how it is!!

          • bubbles

            Definitely! This will be my first time in Slovenia, and from what I’ve read, probably not my last!

    • Anonymous

      You don’t want to bankrupt yourself of course but don’t pass up new and/or fun experiences because it seems too expensive. I have never regretted money spent while traveling but I have regretted money *not* spent.

      • bubbles

        Yes! That’s the way I’m thinking about it — while I’m there I should enjoy myself. I have been squirreling money away in a separate account for the trip… so, I’m not dipping into my emergency fund or anything like that. It’s just always so much more fun to watch numbers go up, than down!

        • Anonymous

          In ten years you won’t even remember what the numbers were or which direction they were going, but you will remember how much fun you had on that trip.

          • anon

            True, but as I get older, I’d venture to say that in 20 or 30 years, you won’t remember much about the trip at all.

          • Anonymous

            Well, sure, and in 100 years you’ll be dead. Choose whatever perspective speaks to you.

    • Formerly ParkViewRes

      I hear you on the frugal thing. Both my wife and I are so frugal, my wife is to a fault. I feel like I def should have traveled more in my twenties, but I was so worried about spending money and saving. Now I feel like I have a healthy balance of saving and spending on things I truly enjoy–eating out once a week, traveling often, concerts, etc. Tip for saving while traveling is not to eat out every meal. Eat a banana and granola bar for breakfast some mornings, cheap sandwich for lunch, etc.

      • bubbles

        It’s a tricky balance to strike. I’ve found that using a budgeting software, like Mint, where I allocate money to what I want to spend it on helps me rationalize actually spending it on the types of fun things you listed. Otherwise every decision to purchase something can become a struggle. It could be worse (spending all of the money on all of the things)… but sometimes I wish I could just autopilot.
        .
        Thanks for the breakfast tip! That’s a great idea. I’ll plan to load up on those kinds of snacks at grocery stores, and maybe have some light lunches.

        • Formerly ParkViewRes

          I love Mint! In fact, I get excited on the first of every month so I can setup each budget! I just did the June budget this morning, haha.

  • LittleBluePenguin

    Rave: Excited for/nervous about the conference
    Rave: Good thing I checked my ticket because holy moly my plane leaves about 3 hours before I originally thought it did! Had to adjust plans but ends up being nice because I’m actually on the same flight as my boss, and we can share cabs/save on costs, do some brainstorming pre-conference.
    Rant: Soooo tired. Only got about 4 hours of sleep. Not enough!

    • ShawThroughtheHeart

      Good luck!

      • LittleBluePenguin

        Thanks!

  • jim_ed

    Rave: checked out the new ANXO space on Kennedy last night. It’s really well done on the inside, and its nice to have a place to get a drink on Kennedy now.
    Rant: Some of their ciders are outright bad.

    Neither Rant nor Rave: While it definitely fills a hole on Kennedy, I noticed that roughly 90% of the people there had small kids, which this place isn’t set up for – which is fine, its an adult bar – but it shows a giant, untapped market still exists in the neighborhood. Something like Slash Run where kids are welcome early but not late with good food would kill up here.

    • ShawThroughtheHeart

      I went on Monday and liked it too, the inside was nice and relaxing with the open air.

  • hiphopanonymous

    Rant: For the wedding I’m in this weekend, found out yesterday that we get to/have to pick from three hairstyles. (technically, my hair is too short for all three) There’s also a color palette for makeup/nail polish. Did I drop the ball on this for my own wedding? Or was I smart in not worrying about this crap? I’m too old for this!
    Rave: My birthday is on Sunday!
    Rave?: *Supposedly* our Wayfair couches are being delivered today. Supposedly. I’m not very confident that this will happen, as Wayfair says that they are on their way but the delivery company knows nothing about it. HUH??
    Rant: Saturday makes 12 years since my Dad died. Holy crap, time flies!

    • topscallop

      RE your wedding rant, no, you were definitely smart in not worrying about this crap for your own wedding. This is the kind of BS I’ve been lucky enough to avoid as a bridesmaid. I hope the bride is paying for your hair and makeup/nails if she’s making you get them done!

      • hiphopanonymous

        I’m doing my nails myself…no one will be looking at them, anyways!

      • artemis

        This. In all the weddings where there has been hair, nails, and makeup, the bride paid for it.

    • textdoc

      Yikes… mandated hairstyles?
      .
      I can kinda maybe understand having a color palette for nail polish (I guess the nails should match the dresses?), but having one for makeup seems like overkill — different skin tones need different shades of lipstick/blush/etc.
      .
      I have zero recollection of what the bridesmaids’ nails looked like at the last wedding I went to (my brother’s).

    • Pixie

      Curious if the bride is paying for these mandated hairstyles (lol) and make up services?

    • wdc

      Does anyone actually LIKE being a bridesmaid?
      I’ve done it a couple of times. Could’ve done without. It was neither a good nor a bad experience.
      I didn’t have any at our wedding. I could only think of self-centered reasons to have them (to prove I have friends, to make me look fancier by comparison, to throw me a shower or a bachelorette party and to act as assistants throughout) and I didn’t want to do that to my friends.

      • Blithe

        I’ve had some very positive experiences being a bridesmaid — and a couple of experiences that left me with IDGI-worthy stories. None of them required throwing showers or bachelorette parties, making speeches, or doing anything unusual to my hair or makeup — although one outfit included a hat, so we each styled our hair accordingly.

        • idontgetit

          Maybe we need a thread some day on worse wedding stories.

        • dcd

          “”and a couple of experiences that left me with IDGI-worthy stories”
          .
          The bar for wedding party horror stories has been reset by Jim_Ed.

          • idontgetit

            Yes but I still own funeral horror stories.

          • Blithe

            Just out of curiosity: Would a fist fight re-set the bar?*

            * I am, of course, asking for a friend.

          • idontgetit

            Details! Your friend can post “anonymously.”

          • One of the first weddings I went to ended with a fist fight

          • Blithe

            And then there was the time that another bridesmaid attempted to steal my “friend’s” shoes….

          • dcd

            Blithe – it depends on the fight. But it’s certainly in the running – as IDGI said, we need details.

      • Emmaleigh504

        I enjoyed being a bride’s maid to my sister. It was fun to fuss over her getting ready, helping her with makeup and hair, fussing over her dress. She was also pretty low key so there was no bachelorette party to deal with, and other people threw her a shower.

      • Jay

        I really enjoyed being a bridesmaid (bridesman? “bromaid”, as we saw at an adjacent bachelorette party?) the one time I did it. There wasn’t a whole lot to do in the role (helping to plan the party, some minor setup and a few random errands; I also volunteered to be the DJ and make all of the announcements), but I was glad I could contribute and help out a friend wherever she needed it on her big day…

      • kate1228

        I have been a bridesmaid 9 times, and I actually really enjoy it. I mean, brides can be crazy demanding when under stress, but I always loved being part of their special day and doing what I can to make them feel as special as possible. That said — I didn’t have any bridesmaids in my wedding. :) There are always some horror stories, but as a friend, I felt honored to be there to celebrate love with friends and family in whatever capacity they want me. PS – I love love!

      • AVEnue

        I’ve been a bridesmaid 4 times and found it to be mostly enjoyable, if expensive. The key has been that none of the brides demanded or mandated much/anything- makeup & hair was either paid for or genuinely optional, all but 1 you could choose your own dress style in a specific color, and for none of them have the bride had strong feelings about how the shower or bachelorette “should” happen (they just wanted to see us all and have a good time).

        I’ve loved it as an excuse to spend more time with a dear friend, and have been lucky to get along well with most of the other bridesmaids. Most of the time I think you can tell whether or not a bride is going to be low-key (and therefore if being a bridesmaid will be more fun) from the history of your friendship. If I had doubts I’m not sure I would say yes if asked.

        • hiphopanonymous

          This is my fifth time as a bridesmaid, but only two in recent years as an official adult. For the past two–my friends in DC–I have been specifically asked (along with another person) to host the shower. Both have been destination bachelorettes (did not go to this most recent). Hair and makeup were paid for in the first wedding, but for this one I’m paying myself. Overall, they are a fun experience. It’s just the cost that gets me. Next year I’m the ‘best person’ for my best guy friend. Hopefully that plays out a little better.

    • Blithe

      You were smart! This wedding-as-pageant trend is …. (biting tongue) very far from my ideal of assembling a gathering of family and friends to support a new marriage.
      . Happy Birthday!

    • Emmaleigh504

      Happy Birthday! And Best Wishes getting through the wedding!

  • Effie

    Had a dream about most recent ex last night… how is it possible to still think of someone who in the past treated you like absolute crap. Why is my brain doing this to me, yes part of me misses this person, but I don’t miss the way this person made me feel like crap and keep creating instances where I “imagine” them treating me well… :(

    • Andie302

      My mom had a dream this week about my father, who she hasn’t been married to for 30+ years! I think it’s a way of our minds working things through. I definitely had dreams about an ex in my early 20’s where I completely unloaded and still remember waking up and feeling like it was finally finished. Try not to let it stress you too much in your waking hours! Good for you for moving on.

    • hiphopanonymous

      I still dream about my ex-boyfriend, and I’m married! I definitely – in NO WAY – want to be with him still, so I think this is my mind trying to work things through. So weird.

    • Anonymous

      There’s no rule that dreams have to consist of nice things. Anything that’s in your brain, including bad memories, are fair game. If it’s in your dream, it doesn’t mean you miss it or want it back, it just means that you remember it.

    • Planner

      Maybe that’s more of a nightmare…. something to shudder over and delete.

    • CapitolHillHipHopHooray

      Been there very recently. For the most part all the dreams included us being able to reconcile as friends. I’d wake up sad it wasn’t true. Then I would remember all the bad things, how I have exactly zero friends who have put me through the ringer the way he did. All under the guise of love.

      It’s not love. The muscle memory will fade and hopefully the dreams too. Take care!

  • Anon

    Rave: Teleworking!
    Rant: Neighbor replaced their back porch light with a very bright grow light that shines neon red and doesn’t even have plants under it. Due to the odd setup of our properties, my front porch and most windows are facing this light. They’re keeping it on 24/7 and it is giving me a headache. My front door is directly across from it, so I see it every time I come or go, and it shines through the blinds when I have them closed. It’s very odd and I feel taking to them will be pointless.

  • Anonamom

    Rant: People of the world in positions of authority, especially over children, can we just agree that we should at least TRY to do the little things, such as spelling the child’s name correctly? What does it say to a child when you decide that your way of spelling a name is better than the way that it is on their fucking birth certificate? And I’m not talking about a simple error, a mistake. I’m talking about misspelling a child’s name all year long, including on his report cards, including in the year book, and when the child questions you on this, your comment is only that “that’s how I spell it.” Well, fuck you lady. That’s not how I, his mother, spelled it, and that’s not how he spells it. You don’t get to make that choice. And no, it is NOT insubordination for a kid to ask you to spell his goddamn name correctly.
    Rant: I fucking hate the suburbs.
    Side note: Sorry, Dan, for the need for moderation of this post. But I needed that out of my system.

    • FridayGirl

      Gah, that name thing really sucks. (I’ve had people consistently spell my name wrong — and my name is spelled the ~normal way~ — for years, but that isn’t as mean as what you’re describing. I would so go off on someone if they ever said that….) I’m sorry.

    • You have every right to be angry about the name spelling. My HR director, after 7+ years, continues to misspell my first name despite the fact that to send me an email she must see my full name in the send field. Arggh.

    • artemis

      I would follow up with the administration regarding that teacher. I don’t think it is overkill to do so.

      • Anonamom

        I am sort of on the fence about this. I have potentially 5 more years at this school, and will, potentially, re-cisit this same exact teacher three more times between the younger two and my SO’s daughter. My son thinks it’s hilarious, and considering he’s had a rough end of the year, I thinkhe just doesn’t want to make waves. But then, I’m absolutely 100% sure that if she does this to a white kid with a normal ‘white’ name, I can’t imagine what she does to the kids with non-American last names.

    • Formerly ParkViewRes

      “That’s how I spell it.” Wow, what a self-centered ahole. And sorry you’re hating the suburbs!

    • Pixie

      I understand your anger! It amazes how people still manage to misspell my first name when writing emails, even though my first name is right there in my my email address. I automatically think less of people who can’t take half a second to check if they’ve spelled my name correctly.
      .
      In high school I had a horrible teacher who continuously mispronounced my name, despite me correcting him every single time. He told me that was just the way he pronounced it. I hated him.

    • hiphopanonymous

      Definitely NOT okay. I have a very common name that has two different spellings and I will ALWAYS tell you which spelling is correct. Along the same line, I had a former boss who would call me by my coworker’s name all the time. I confronted her and told her, “I am ME and you need to address me as such out of respect.” Well, maybe didn’t sound that awesome but definitely brought it to her attention.

    • anon

      The attitude that that person wanted to spell the child’s name wrong is ridiculous – adult should say sorry for the error to a small child and make the correction.
      .
      I’m surprised everybody else – adults – gets upset. I have a common name with two variant spellings, and I have never gotten upset when people spell it the other way (it’s bound to happen, I figure – and I’m not perfect, either, with name spellings, no matter how much I try to be.)
      .
      I once had a boss who for years pronounced my last name incorrectly as well (quite obviously so, substituting one vowel for the one that was actually there in one of only two syllables), and I never let that bother me, either – I didn’t figure he did it on purpose, that he had just got it stuck in his head wrong (it is an uncommon last name) – even when I had cause to hate him, this was never something I got exercised about.

      • wdc

        If you have been corrected, and you say “Don’t care, going to keep doing what I’m doing” then you’re a jerk. If you’re doing something wrong, and no one corrects you, that is no indication of your character.

        • textdoc

          +1.
          .
          If you’re a teacher, and a kid shows up in your class with (say) an unconventionally spelled name, you might think to yourself, “Poor kid, saddled with that unconventional spelling.” But if that’s how the kid spells his name, and that’s how school records spell his name, then you should bite your tongue and not say anything.
          .
          Now I’m really wondering what Littlest Anonachild’s name is, and if it’s even an unconventional spelling, or just one of two common variants (say, “Steven” vs. “Stephen,” or “Sean” vs. “Shaun”).

          • Anonamom

            This is actually Oldest Anonachild, and it is more along the lines of “Steven vs Stephen.” Completely conventional. Especially in the suburbs. There are other more-common variants, but his is perfectly acceptable as a variant.

    • Ugh, I made that mistake with a couple of my kids…I just didn’t notice that he used a less common spelling of his name in one case and the other I just botched. In both cases, neither child bothered to correct me until I was trying to ctrl + f something online. I felt stupid…I’d never do that on purpose though.

  • Blithe

    Rave: The Kennedy Center!!! Free concerts with George Burton and Daby Toure were wonderful. And I managed to snag a ticket for the upcoming presentation on improvisation this weekend.
    Rave: The Kennedy Center / NIH Sound Health presentations. I love it that DC has enough people interested in the interactions between music and neuroscience to fill a weekend!
    Rave: Totally enjoying — and exceeding — my live-music-at-least-once-a-month resolution.
    Rave: Tracked down and ordered what I hope will be almost all-cotton jeans. I’m really tired of buying/wearing jeans that stretch and slide in horrible ways throughout the day.

    • OffTheAvenue

      +1 about the jeans.
      FYI, Levis 501 jeans for women are 100% cotton in most colors; a few colors are 99% cotton. They are also old-school button fly, so if that’s your thing it’s all good. I order from Zappos.

      • Blithe

        Thank you! The jeans that I ended up ordering are Levis. The odd thing is that I had to sift through the multiple colors of a given style to find the one color that was 99% cotton. Button fly 100% cotton Levi’s would be perfect. And I never would have thought to try Zappos. You have totally made my day!

  • Andie302

    Rave: Trunk club appointment tonight where I hopefully find the dress I’m wearing later this month to get married :)
    Rant: My mom is coming from Delaware (not the rant) and isn’t comfortable driving into the city, so I have to leave work early to go and meet her.
    Rave: At least she’s willing to drive to Shaw (versus Hill East where I used to live, because that’s well within her comfort zone) so that we can just go two stops south together for the appointment.
    Fingers crossed!

    • Andie302

      Bonus rave: reserved a port-a-potty today :) That was a first! Also, for only $80, I feel like that’s a deal!

      • Planner

        I had to do that once, too. It was a lot easier than I expected, and the end result (delivery, set-up , removal) was A-ok, even on National Park lands.

      • idontgetit

        “reserved a port-a-potty today”

        Adding to my bucket list.

        • Andie302

          It’s just a phone call and a few days away – unless you want the “event” one – and then apparently you should’ve called a year ago. lol

    • cachito

      Good luck finding a dress, and have fun with it!

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: work is such a drag
    Rave: The Dead Blonde series on the You Must Remember This podcast. I’m hooked.

    • hiphopanonymous

      Thanks for this! Just starting listening to the episodes surrounding the Manson murders.

      • Emmaleigh504

        That was my entry to the podcast. :)

  • saf

    Rant – I have spent a bunch of time reading stuff today and am annoyed at word usage issues. Weary is not the same word as wary. Gape and gap are two different words, as are loose and lose. Moot and mute also not the same words. It amazes me how many people mess these kinds of things up regularly.

    • dcd

      Marshal and martial.

      • saf

        ARGH!!!!
        .
        I mean, yes indeed.

      • dcd

        Also, imply and infer are not interchangeable.

    • textdoc

      On PoPville, Facebook, etc., I see “wary” spelled correctly only about 20% of the time.

    • Jay

      threw and through…
      Appalachian and appellation (okay, that one was probably just a garden variety misspelling…)

    • wdc

      I just saw someone confuse behest and bequest. As in “At her bequest, I read her manuscript.” And I thought that was weird because it seems to me that those are less common words, and if you know one of them, you probably know the other.
      (Also, (sorry saf!) “usage” is one of my least favorite words. I find it unnecessary. “Use” will always work just as well. And I’m sure I have a thing that makes someone else twitch. So there’s that.)

      • Anonymous

        That sounds like someone getting caught halfway between “behest” and “request”.

  • MadMax

    Anyone else going to the Taste of North Capitol thing tonight? I won two tickets, so I’ll be there.

  • That One Guy

    Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that canned air (a la Space Balls) could be a viable product until today.

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