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Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

by Prince Of Petworth — June 2, 2017 at 9:15 am 98 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: It’s the last day of work before vacation and I wanted to coast, but got a difficult task first thing. ugh
    Rave: It’s the last day of work before I’m off for a week! Parents arrive tonight. Very excited!

    • Quotia Zelda

      Parents have arrived!

      • Emmaleigh504

        yay!

    • Emmaleigh504

      Rave: On Twitter Metro changed their avatar to a rainbow version of the usual branding. Very cute.

  • MadMax

    Rave: Scored free tickets to Taste of North Capitol.
    Rant: The event was pretty bad. Like I hate to complain about free stuff, but it was just bad. If I had been one of the suckers who paid $100 at the door I would have been furious. Half the booths were serving either cupcakes or microgreen salads, and the few that weren’t had forgettable food (exception being El Camino and Wicked Bloom who both had good offerings). The drinks were thimble sized portions, so you had to constantly keep going back if you wanted more. Hopefully they learn and improve going forward.
    Serious Rant: The country wasted all its energy on covfefe and not enough on climate change deal. This administration is a master at moving the cups around to keep us distracted, and we’re constantly lifting the wrong one. Sigh. It seems like we’re going to need some celebrity to have a Twitter beef with the POTUS for a large portion of the country to actually pay attention to anything of substance.

    • FridayGirl

      Re Taste of North Capitol — I saw Kogiya was there, did you eat their food? It looked good and I want it. (Then again I guess I can get Korean food in Korea in a couple weeks….)

      • MadMax

        Nope, they weren’t there. If it’s the same Kogiya that’s out in Virginia I’ve been though and it’s one of the better KBBQs in the area.

        • FridayGirl

          Huh. Maybe there was a taste of virginia thing last night too and my brain went straight to the north capital event instead of reading? That’s so odd that they’d be on the same night though….

  • Formerly ParkViewRes

    Rave: Thanks to the person who wrote in about soft serve in DC. I started wondering if there are DQ’s in Canada. I looked it up, and yes there are DQ’s here! Even better, there’s one a 12 minute walk from our place. So last night we enjoyed a nice walk and a dipped cone! So good.
    Rave: The weather this week and today. I’m currently sitting at a coffee shop with all the sliders and doors open enjoying a latte and homemade mixed berry pop-tart.
    Rave: It’s the little things.

    • Quotia Zelda

      I love a dipped cone. Some of my favorite childhood memories were going to the library (before the fire department burned it down) and then stopping at the nearby DQ for a dipped cone.

      • topscallop

        Wait, what? Your fire department burned down the library? How did that happen?

        • Quotia Zelda

          The guys at the fire department got bored one night and dropped a fire bomb through the book drop. As I recall, they said they figured they’d get some good practice putting it out. The fire got out of hand, and the library burned to the ground.

          Here’s a link to an article about it:
          http://www.upi.com/Archives/1981/05/08/Three-Knox-County-firemen-pulling-24-hour-shifts-with-little/8070358142400/

          Reading this, it turns out that they did even more damage than I’d remembered.

          • anon

            Crazy. I note that this was a privately-owned fire fighting company – seems like a good argument against that – I never even knew privately-owned fire fighting companies existed.

          • topscallop

            That’s awful

          • textdoc

            Wow — that is absolutely crazy!

      • anonabeer

        “I love a dipped cone. Some of my favorite childhood memories were going to the library (before the fire department burned it down) and then stopping at the nearby DQ for a dipped cone.” Sounds straight out of 1984.

    • Andie302

      DQ was my first job and I’ve loved it ever since. It’s probably a blessing we don’t have any in DC! It’s bad enough that there are 3 on the way to the Cambridge (MD) place!

      • SKT

        My dad’s first job as a teenager was at DQ and to this day, at 63 years old, he brags about his soft serve dipping skills every chance he gets.

        • dcd

          My dad does the same thing, though he was an old-style soda jerk at a diner in Maplewood, New Jersey. Still makes the best ice cream soda around.

      • anonymouse_dianne

        there’s a DQ at 14th and U. Good iced coffee.

        • jkdc

          i think maybe you are thinking of the dunkin donuts?

    • skaballet

      Where in Canada are you? I went to Chocolats Favoris in Quebec and it was AWESOME! It’s softserve and they have about a dozen different chocolates and carmels you can dip your soft serve in. Much better than DQ. They were apparently expanding to other parts of Canada.

      • Formerly ParkViewRes

        I’m in Toronto. We actually have some realllllly good ice cream here too (Bang Bang Ice Cream), but sometimes I really do crave soft serve, which is harder to find.

    • Every time I have eaten DQ soft serve (admittedly only a handful of times in my life), I’ve had a terrible stomachache afterwards–this has never happened with ice cream from other places. Thus, I’ve never understood the fascination/love for DQ. What exactly is in their soft serve?

      • Formerly ParkViewRes

        It’s pretty sweet, so I could see it causing a stomach ache. I got a small and didn’t quite finish it so anything more than that would have been too much. I’m not sure what’s in it exactly, but I’m sure it’s a bunch of artificial crap!

  • FridayGirl

    Rave: Friday and I have a packed evening tonight!
    Rave: Still trying to get my plans situated for this weekend (sorry if you’ve messaged me and I haven’t gotten back to you, I will!)
    Rave: This weather.
    Rave: I’m all raves today.

  • bubbles

    Rave: Friday! Weekend! Visiting with some childhood friends tonight and backpacking tomorrow/Sunday!
    Rave: Today’s question of the day. I love cooking, eating, and thinking about food.

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rave: My parents have landed at BWI and are en route to my house with Mr. Zelda and Middle Zelda!
    Rave: Middle Zelda was nervous about navigating the airport pickup by herself, so Mr. Zelda offered to go along. He’s a soft touch.
    Rant: I have to work all day today. I’d rather be hanging out with them.
    Rave: A friend who is on the PTA board just texted to say that she has extra graduation tickets for us!
    Rant: As a historian of the 19th century, I never thought Buchanan would be eclipsed, and certainly not so quickly.

    • Quotia Zelda

      Aaaand I especially wish I were not at work now that my mother told me they’re going to China Bistro for lunch. I won’t have delicious dumplings for lunch :(.

      • Emmaleigh504

        They are just mean to do that without us.

    • textdoc

      LOL on Buchanan!

  • ajr

    Rave: Niece’s dance recital, vineyard, and sailing this weekend! I’m happy for a fun & sun-filled weekend, especially since…
    Rant: I’m still not feeling great about this new job. Too much shadiness while loudly boasting “fun-filled, employee-centric, retention friendly, yada yada” environments. I’m not 22, I don’t care that there is beer on site, I’d like to work hard, get paid accordingly, and go home to have my beverage of choice there.

    • Anonamom

      My employer recently started doing on-site happy hours for us. While also instituting mandatory overtime. I am starting to believe that crap like that is really just a ploy to get employees to stay even longer, work even harder, and just completely make their lives about work.

      • FridayGirl

        That really sucks, for both of you!
        (My office does happy hours fairly often, but they always start at 3 because they know most of us come in early and leave around 4. If you’re going to happy hour on-site, THAT is how it should be done…)

  • hiphopanonymous

    Rant: Trump. Climate Deal. Greedy Idiot running our country. Greedy idiots telling him what to do. Embarrassment.
    Rant: Just had to Google the word ’embarrassment’ as I couldn’t remember if it was one R or two.
    Rave: Only working a half day today!
    Rant: Spent last night stressing about painting my nails for this wedding, as I currently cannot afford a mani/pedi. Nails look kinda’ awful but really, who’s looking at ME? I think I’m more stressed about this wedding than I was about my own.
    Rant: Having to withdraw $200 in cash for my hair/makeup.
    Rave: Boss just had me order myself a book that has to do with something I”m interested in as opposed to professional development. Sweet!

  • Andie302

    Super rave: Had a wonderful experience last night at Trunk Club and found a perfect dress. If you would’ve asked me what I was hoping for, this dress has literally all of it (cut, fabric type, level of formality, a subtle pattern, etc.). The stylist was dead on with a few other selections too. Her name is Elizabeth Leibler if you want to reach out to her. I always have such a hard time finding things to wear, and of the 15 or so things she selected, almost all of them fit and could work for another occasion.
    Rave: We (my mom, future MIL and SIL) pretty much finished planning the wedding and celebration over dinner! Feeling much less stressed than I was about 36 hours ago.
    Rave: Friday
    Rave: Heading to Delaware alumni weekend to pretend we’re in undergrad for the weekend. Slip cup (and related soreness) here we come!

    • Andie302

      and referral code, in case anyone is interested: https://www.trunkclub.com/my/invite/BM8CC3

    • rss

      Sam Chandler at Trunk Club has picked out my entire wedding wardrobe for last year and this year’s wedding season (4 weddings last year and 5 this year, plus the dress I wore to my bachelorette party). And I have a great time every time I go! Love Trunk Club!

    • Anonamom

      Can I just say, that from the sounds of it, your wedding sounds like it will be awesome. Should I ever go that route again, it will be very similar and followed by a crab feast. I hope the next few weeks go by smoothly, and congrats to both of you!

      • Andie302

        Thanks so much! I really appreciate it!

    • skaballet

      Glad you enjoyed Trunk Club. I had a different stylist, but also had a great experience there. I’m definitely going back!

  • MadMax

    Bonus Rave: SAVOR today! Anyone else going? I’m usually super nerdy methodical in my approach, but I haven’t even had time to look at the list this year. Guess it will all be a surprise for once.

  • Anonamom

    Rant? Rave? 4th Quarter parenting is in full effect. Lunchables in the lunch bags, and something from Trader Joe’s for dinner (plus a trip to Sonic) for dinner every night this week. One more week. I can see the end, and it is good.
    Rant: That also means that I have to start paying for camp. Parents of DC, be thankful for free summer school and DPR camps. Though they may not be the best, and they fill up quick, they are CHEAP. Your children will come out alive. They will enjoy their summer. This will be my second summer of paying for Maryland summer camps where one month for one kid equals what I would have paid for all three for the entire summer before. I may have complained about it at the time, but that Petworth Rec Camp is looking mighty good right now. Good bye, paycheck.

    • It’s nice to see there are parents as excited for summer as the teachers

      • wdc

        I love summer more now as a parent than I did as a kid, if that’s possible. We have a network of family and neighbors and we all sort of co-op the childcare for a lot of the summer, so it’s super chill. No early wake-ups or lunches to pack. No homework. Much less nagging. And my office has summer hours, so I’m out every friday at 2pm and it’s straight to the pool with a gaggle of kids, then home to watch movies and have snacks for dinner and fall asleep whenever.

        • dcd

          This sounds awesome. I wish we could do something like that, but our neighborhood culture is really camp-focused – if my daughter was home all day she’d be bored to tears, because none of her friends would be around. She often does score an invite to the neighborhood pool with a friend – this is the pool that denied Katie Ledecky’s parents membership 15 years ago (!!!) and has a wait list a mile long. We do have an August membership, though. I really, really miss the PG Pool, which we belonged to before we moved – it is so much more chill and fun. We go with friends a couple times a year, and it’s even better now that the kids are older.

          • wdc

            LOVE PG pool. We’ve been on the waitlist for 7 or 8 years now. But lots of our friends are members, so we tag along pretty often.

          • dcd

            We joined the year before the wait list exploded, and it was great. And not only because alcohol is allowed (encouraged). It’s just too far from us now, though, to justify keeping the membership.

      • Anonamom

        I enjoy summer with the kids. During the school year, it’s always rush, rush, rush between school, homework, and activities. Summer allows us to slow down.

    • Formerly ParkViewRes

      Jeeeeez, kids are expensive. Which reminds me, I see parents/kids all over Toronto with their different strollers. I decided to look the UPPAbaby VISTA up since I see it a lot and holy $hit it’s $1200 here!!!!

      • Anonamom

        They are SO expensive. It was not like this when I was a kid. When I was a kid, summer equaled being home, alone, from the age of like, 8 or 9. We played outside all day, and trashed the house, then from 5-6pm cleaned like demons before mom got home. There are some costs I avoided as a parent (like those strollers – eek!), but there are certain things you can’t avoid.

    • dcd

      Camp prices are insane. My daughter also likes to do a variety of things, so we – OK, really, my wife – has put together a jigsaw puzzle for the summer, based on when various camps are, what they offer, how long the programs are, when friends are going, etc. This year, it’s one week of surfing (!) camp at my in-laws house with her cousins, three weeks of regular old (but pricey) day camp, 2 weeks of theatre camp, 1 week of sleepaway camp, and a couple of weeks off, with a vacation thrown in there somewhere. The only good news is they’re all paid for by now.

      • Anonamom

        Surf camp sounds awesome! (and expensive!)
        I managed to get very lucky that the Y’s here have a pretty wide-variety of camps. So the kids are doing: one week of Kitchen Chemistry and Zoology, two weeks of art camp (one is painting, the other just general stuff), and then the rest are standard day camp. They also get one week of Camp Nana (which will be the highlight of the summer for them) and one week of Camp Dad. The Y’s here do a deposit for each and then you pay the balance two weeks before the camp starts. The oldest has decided that he is too cool for camp, so he will be roaming the streets with his friends (not really).

        • dcd

          Surf camp does sound great, and thankfully is being funded by the grandparents. My MIL decided she wanted all four grandkids (ages 10-11) to visit for a week this summer, wisely realized that she needed to schedule something for them to give her and my FIL a break, and hit on this, which none of the grandkids, from suburban MD and the mountains of North Carolina, would be able to do at home. I will say, after looking at the list of activities for sleepaway camp, I want to go.

  • Revel: had my end of year evaluation and was rated effective.
    Revel: 7.5 days left, we are in the home stretch!
    Rant: person who was to move into my house bailed. Finding someone so last minute sucks!

    • Anon Spock

      I always get a deposit to hold the place if there is a long wait with the idea that if they bail they forfeit the deposit. I’ve never had someone back out when I’ve done it.

      • Well we offered her the room Wednesday night for asap and when she was to bring the deposit last night she bailed.

        • Anon Spock

          Aww I thought it was a we’ll hold it from earlier in the month. Nothing you can do about that one.

          • FridayGirl

            Agreed. That sucks. I’m sorry sprite cupcakes!

  • SKT

    Rave: Back from Ireland — the Northern Ireland/Giant’s Causeway excursion was my favorite part of the trip!
    Rant/Rave: Flight home was cancelled and United handled the communication poorly, but it means we got an extra night in a small town in Ireland, which actually turned out to be awesome.
    Rant: No one wants to take ownership of a big project at work, so all the work has landed on me even though it makes the least sense for me to be in charge of it. I don’t know how this happened!

    • textdoc

      SKT – Andie was saying the other day that your brother had gotten a good price for LASIK somewhere and that everyone who’d given his name had also gotten that good price, but she wasn’t sure what the LASIK doctor’s name was. Can you share?
      .
      https://www.popville.com/2017/05/random-reader-rant-andor-revel-1833/#comment-1283531

      • FridayGirl

        Oh! Thank you! Yes, I’m looking!
        .
        Also, I’m really glad to hear Ireland was fun! I’m sorry you came back to a giant project (booooo).

      • SKT

        This was a few years ago, so I don’t know what prices are like now, but he got it done at TLC for $4,000 (which was a $1000 discount). A few friends and my SO also got it done there and were able to get the price reduced to 4k after mentioning the rate my brother got. The initial consult is in DC (I think it was near Farragut North) and then the actual procedure is done at their Tyson’s office. IIRC, Accountering also got his done at TLC? They’re really thorough and honest — I have an uncommon medical condition so they did a lot of research on their end and told me it disqualifies me from getting it done.

        • FridayGirl

          Oh good, this is actually the place I heard about upon some initial googling. It’s good to know that people have had it done there and it went well. I expected it to be around $4000 so I’ll have to inquire what the going rate is these days.

    • WestEndLove

      You may have already posted about this but did you do a guided tour of Ireland or did you do your own thing? My partner and I want to go next year and we can’t decide whether to do a guided tour or do a rental car and put together our own trip. Thanks!

      • SKT

        We were pretty limited on time so we did a guided tour to help keep us on schedule. We looked at Paddywagon and Viator, and ended up going with Paddywagon because it had one additional stop (the Dark Hedges) but I think either would be fun. We didn’t feel rushed at all but if we were going to be there for longer, I think we would have done a rental car to take more time exploring (but I did appreciate the tidbits of history and the guide pointing out things along the drive that I don’t think I would have noticed on my own).

    • wdc

      We loved Northern Ireland, too. I don’t know if anyone could fail to be impressed by Giant’s Causeway! Glad you had a good time!

  • artemis

    Rant: All this talk of soft serve makes me want ice cream.
    Rave: Baby Artie was only up once last night. I hope we are past the worst of the teething.
    Rant: I am so tired, and this week has been so challenging. I need some downtime.
    Rant: Solo parenting again this weekend. I think we need events to get us out of the house so Baby Artie burns off some toddler energy and I don’t lose my mind.
    Rave: Amazing weather this morning.

  • SinSA

    Rave: Kitchen contractors finished their work yesterday. They completed everything on the list mostly to my satisfaction but that was really after I had a meeting with the guy who oversees the crews and he saw what I was talking about, so when the crew arrived yesterday, he repeated more than once “USE TAPE” “CLEAN” and they mostly did. (There’s no more wall paint on my ceilings).
    At least they are gone, I have a fully functioning kitchen and I can begin to put stuff away now.

    Rant: Now, I have to review them. I’m not certain how to do this because as the arm of the IKEA installation team, the cabinets were installed correctly and they look great. But, the rest of the stuff they did (demo, painting, etc.) showed them as being sloppy and careless. They left old food sitting out. Trash all over. It was like a fight every time I asked them to correct their mistakes. Do I review them as IKEA installers, or do I review them as the general contracting arm?

    Rant: Counter person still has not come back to repair the wall damage, or put up the backsplash to hide the gaps between the counters and the walls.

    Rave: I have great neighbors who are handy who are going to help me fix the little stuff that is not done properly/at all.

    Rave: Wearing 1 size smaller jeans today!

    Rave: Going to listen to a great jazz guitarist tonight in Arlington at New District (and then going to grab dinner in Shirlington with a bunch of friends). The music is from 6-9pm, no cover if anyone wants to stop in.

    Rave: My HR director is working with me to find an acceptable title change. And he cheered me up about my renovation stress.

    • Andie302

      You’re getting so close to finishing! Are you loving the things that have been installed so far?

      • SinSA

        Yes, I do love them all!

    • cx20020

      Why not review them as contractors and at some point just mention that they were part of they were/are part of the IKEA installation team? I’m recommending this way because they are contractors (first) who happened to have some sort of connection/gig/contract with Ikea (second). If the relationship with Ikea is severed for whatever reason, more than likely, these folks will still be contractors, which is the type of work they’ve learned.

      • SinSA

        Well, I will do that, but also, when Traemand (the IKEA installation people) ask for my thoughts, what do I tell them?

        • textdoc

          You can tell them what you’ve told us — that they did a good job with the cabinets, but a crummy job with everything else.

    • HaileUnlikely

      Basically agreed with cs20020, with one possible exception: If the review is for Ikea’s website, I’d assign stars/score/whatever based on the Ikea-specific work, but in the comments note that they also did other stuff and that other stuff did not go as well. If this is for Angie’s List / Consumer Checkbook / Yelp / Some other rating not through Ikea, then yes, I agree with cx20020.

      • SinSA

        It’d be for all the review websites.

  • rfff924

    Rant: Trump. I just… it feels like so many, many, many steps backwards with each passing day.
    Rave: I got promoted at work–wow wow wow did not expect it and now I will be a manager.
    Rant: Baby F got his first cold and I spent my night fretting as he coughed away on the monitor.
    Rave: He was actually okay, slept really well other than rousing with the coughing but he would put himself back to sleep, and this morning despite an enormous amount of snot he was all smiles!

    • Emmaleigh504

      congratulations on the promotion!

  • textdoc

    Rant: Got off to a cranky start today when, as I was approaching the east entrance of the Georgia Ave.-Petworth Metro station from the south, a white pickup truck totally ignored the fact that I had the walk sign to walk north across Rock Creek Church Road and rolled through. Even though the light was red, it proceeded to make a very sharp right turn — basically, a U-turn — onto New Hampshire Avenue northbound.
    .
    Rant: As the truck was turning, I noticed that it was a D.C. government vehicle. I was further enraged.
    .
    Rant: I wasn’t at a good angle to get any kind of ID number.
    .
    Rant: A while later, I realized that that portion of Rock Creek Church Road is one way in the other direction. So the D.C. government truck not only ignored my pedestrian right of way, but did so while going the wrong way down a one-way street.

    • textdoc

      TLDR summary: A D.C. government pickup truck failed to yield to my pedestrian right-of-way (I was in the crosswalk with a “walk” signal) while it was making a turn on red after having gone the wrong way down a one-way street.

  • textdoc

    Query for Pixie and anyone else: Did you ever find a good substitute for Target’s fitted women’s tees — the ones that were suitable for wearing under a blazer at work? (Most recently Merona, although there was a point many years ago when their Mossimo line had tees that were work-suitable.)
    .
    I haven’t found a good substitute (though I admit I also haven’t been looking) since I was lamenting the change in fabric, etc. last summer:
    https://www.popville.com/2016/04/random-reader-rant-andor-revel-1551/#comment-1117073

    • Blithe

      Not sure exactly what you’re looking for — or what they have now — but in the past, I’ve purchased tees and tank tops from H & M that I absolutely love. I bought them to wear under blazers at work, but I would not wear them at work without a jacket. They were nice for a jolt of color, but weren’t stand-alone quality (i.e. Talbots). I really liked the fabric, and they lasted longer than I expected given the price.

    • Pixie

      Uniqlo! They have traditional fitted tees and more loose fitting/drapey ones.

    • msfp

      I like the Caslon tees from Nordstrom (which, synergy with above, I found through a Trunk Club box). You may also want to check out the blog Corporette which is a women’s workwear blog but does posts on “bests” for various women’s workwear basics. I think I saw this covered there but I can’t honestly remember what was recommended by author or in the comments.

  • textdoc

    Very random:
    .
    Remember that thread “Arguably one of the creepiest/weirdest Craigslist room ads I have ever seen” (https://www.popville.com/2017/02/arguably-one-of-the-creepiestweirdest-craigslist-room-ads-i-have-ever-seen/ )?
    .
    Somehow while searching for previous PoPville threads on LASIK, I ran into a WUSA9 article/video clip called “Meet the man behind Craigslist ‘creepiest room ad'”:
    http://www.wusa9.com/news/local/meet-the-man-behind-craigslist-creepiest-room-ad/409474394
    .
    Memorable excerpt:
    .
    “Scott says he’s gotten at least 20 responses to the ad in the last month. One almost worked out. ‘I actually met this one girl that I thought was going to be a tenant and literally within that month she showed her real colors, she was really crazy,’ he said.”

    • Ha! I don’t know whether to be reassured that his mother also lives in the house, or frightened…

    • dcd

      OK – if THAT dude calls you crazy, you’ve really got to wonder how far from the pack you have strayed.

      • textdoc

        I was thinking of it more as a pot/kettle situation.

    • Anon Spock

      I almost booked that guy dog sitting. Yikes!

  • NotABot

    Rave: I’M BACK PERUSING PoP
    Rant: my apartment building is proposing having residents pay for our own electric. I’m going to miss having “all utilities” including in rent. It made my life simpler paying one constant fee monthly. Thoughts on how much an electric bill would be for a small 1 bedroom (500-550 sqft) with central air/heat and in unit washer/dryer? Hoping not more than $75 a month, please!
    Rave: finally Friday
    Rave: I’ve been at my new job for over a month & it’s lightyears better than my last job (from which I as laid off)

    • Formerly ParkViewRes

      All utilities (except cablet/internet) are including in our rent and I agree it makes life so much easier! I would think your electric bill would be $75 at the highest (prob June-Aug and Dec-Feb). On average it would be about $50 a month.

    • just my opinion

      It really depends on a few factors. Are you ground or high floor? How much sun exposure does your apartment get? What quality are the windows? Do you run hot or cold? What temperature do you keep your heat/AC at? My electric ranges ranges from $50 to $125 per month depending on the season (1BR, central air/heat, in unit washer/dryer and dishwasher).

      • NotABot

        I live on the 6th floor corner unit in a building that’s like 10 years old. 2 windows with good sun exposure. Bedroom runs colder in winter and hotter in summer than the living room, so that’s probably going to cost me more. Management is giving us a ~$60 rent credit (reduced rent) if they go through with having residents pay for electric, and I wanted to gauge to see if I could stay in that range. Don’t mind going over just not $125. Although my rent is fair market, so I can’t complain about cost.

        • FridayGirl

          My drafty one bedroom (first apartment in DC) never ran more than $75/month or so with the heat cranked. My current (but similarly-sized) better-insulated place with central A/C and W/D runs me no more than $40/month. I’d guesstimate you’d run between the two.

        • HaileUnlikely

          Your usage would have to be far out of line with the norm to *average* more than $125 a month, but it is not out of the question that you might see $125 for 3 or 4 months out of the year (hottest and coldest). Also note that Pepco’s billing cycles are not fixed length. You might get a bill one month for 23 days of service and then get a bill the next month for 38 days of service, so don’t freak out right away without reading the bill first if you get one that’s unusually high or celebrate if you get one that’s unusually low.

  • NotABot

    Thanks, everyone! I’ll let you know how it goes if this goes into effect. I know there was an old PoP thread on utility bills and Pepco, and I wanted to see if folks had more updated input on avg electric cost. Life on a budget, am I right?

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