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Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

by Prince Of Petworth — June 5, 2017 at 9:15 am 69 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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  • fiona

    rant: Trump’s twitter rants. amazing.
    rave: coffee!
    rave: went to the march for truth….
    rant:….but was dissapointed it was not a march. instead, it was speech after speech. and a lot of chants. got old fast

  • FridayGirl

    It’s a big week for me, getting bigger –
    Rant: A colleague unexpectedly passed away over the weekend. I’m drafting condolences this morning.
    Rave: I’ll find out the results of an IZ apartment lottery I entered on Thursday. Fingers crossed, please let me be number one on the list for a unit. There’s 30 units available to my hopes are high.
    Rant: Spending 20+ hours on a plane on Friday.
    Rave: Got one of those cool trtl neck pillows that holds your head up. And praying that maybe I can get an upgrade since there are at least 20+ economy plus seats and almost 10 first class seats left. Any suggestions on how to swing it without asking straight out?

    • bizzinger

      Good luck with everything!

      • FridayGirl

        Thank you!

    • textdoc

      I take it this is United? Do you have mileage status with them?
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      I think if you ask straight out, you’d have to pay for the upgrade. I’d recommend doing the online check-in as soon as it opens — that might improve your chances for an upgrade.
      .
      I’ve occasionally received free upgrades on United, even when I haven’t attained Premier status that year. I think it’s because I have a sh*tload of miles (which I need to start using).
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      But I’ve never really been able to figure out in advance whether I’m likely to receive a free upgrade on any given flight. And the only problem with having received a free upgrade one or more times is that thereafter you’re always hoping for a free upgrade, and a little disappointed when it doesn’t materialize. 😉

      • FridayGirl

        It is United! I am a member of their mileage program but I don’t have any miles yet (aside from this trip), so that’s probably out. I suppose my best chance is checking-in immediately when it opens 24 hours in advance of my flight and trying to snag something that way — free or not. At this point, I think I’d be willing to pay some for an upgrade since the flight is so freaking long, but we’ll see. (And thank you!!)

        • UDPie

          Hey there – not to burst your bubble, but I’ve been on many a United flights where they leave the economy plus section open, not offering upgrades to people. I’m not sure why they do this but they do. And they’ll chase people out of the economy plus section if they attempt to sit there (even when there are tons open). So definitely doesn’t hurt to ask but I wouldn’t bet on the possibility of an upgrade.
          Have a nice trip – United has pretty decent seats and great in-flight entertainment options and every seat usually has a plug, so that’s nice. I was just on an 11 hr flight with a super old plane (different carrier) where the safety video was on a DVD and kept skipping and there was no in-seat entertainment, the restrooms were falling apart, and no pillows were distributed. I certainly missed United then!

          • FridayGirl

            Oooof. Thank you. Better to have my bubble burst now than when I’m crammed with all the other people in the back. Ha! I feel like United must be one of the only airlines that is bah-hum-bug-ish (I know Virgin does bidding for upgrades, which is cool, and when I’ve flown Asiana and Korean Air they’ve offered people in my group random upgrades, which is also cool. Stupid United…)
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            I AM glad they have plugs though! I was actually wondering about that! That’s a relief!

          • textdoc

            Yep, I think if you don’t already have some miles on United, the possibility of a free upgrade is zero.
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            But you can definitely pay for an upgrade to Economy Plus if you think it’s worth it.

          • FridayGirl

            Textdoc, I agree. If they offer it, it may be worth paying though — there are literally so many available seats that there’s a possibility I’d be able to spread across an entire row (or at least have no one in the middle seat). United did already send an email to mileageplus members being like “you should upgrade!” so i’m hoping they’ll give people a chance at a slightly reduced rate as we get closer. We’ll see. (Can everyone tell I have no idea how this works? Hopefully by the time I retire I’ll have enough miles not to worry. Hahahaha….)

          • FridayGirl

            (And I say “slightly reduced rate” both because of wishful thinking and because the seats that started at $169 extra have now changed to $116. Keep going down, United, c’mon…!)

          • UDPie

            How long of a flight are you going on? I was recently on a United flight to Hong Kong for 16 hours and had an aisle regular seat and was decently comfortable. I’d say the economy plus seats are good to two things – 1. knee room and 2. early boarding. Knee room can be solved by making sure you don’t put a lot of stuff in the seat pocket ahead of you (take out the magazines and shit and put them above in overhead + put your stuff above and only put stuff you need for takeoff in the seat with you). Early boarding is important if you only have big carry-on luggage and desperately need to secure overhead space. Definitely go to SeatGuru (dot com) to look at the particular plane you’re flying on to make sure you choose the best seat in the plane – they’ll also tell you what the seats have in terms of plugs, in-seat entertainment, etc. Good luck!!

          • FridayGirl

            Thanks, UDPie! Yup, it’s a 15 hour flight to China (after a 5 hour flight to SFO…) so it’s a doozy! I’ll check seatguru. I’m in an aisle right now on both flights so I’ll weigh my options at check in and maybe just hang tight.

          • just my opinion

            If you want to pay for an upgrade with United, you can do it online. You don’t have to wait until check-in. If you are a Fed, Economy Plus over 12 hours is reimbursable, so I would just pay if you want the legroom. A lot of the EP seats may disappear closer to departure as the window for those seats for Premier silver customers opens at check-in.

          • FridayGirl

            Alas, I took an extra day at the front so an upgrade isn’t reimbursable for me (or else I certainly would have taken it! It was between that or getting in and going to work like 10 hours later… no thanks.)

      • textdoc

        To clarify… when I said, “I’d recommend doing the online check-in as soon as it opens — that might improve your chances for an upgrade,” I meant that I thought _maybe_ “earlier check-in time” was a factor in determining who (among people with Premier status and/or a lot of miles) gets a free upgrade. But those times when I’ve received a free upgrade, I’ve never really been able to figure out why.

        • BRP

          one of the two times I got a free upgrade, it was because I *hadn’t* checked in online ahead of time and every economy seat had been claimed by the time I got to the airport. they put in me in Economy Plus because it was that or bump me from the plane. (this was in 2009, so maybe it was a different time…)

          • textdoc

            Hmm, interesting.
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            I’ll keep that in mind for the future… but getting an aisle seat is important enough to me that I’d rather have an assured aisle seat in regular Economy than gamble on the chance of getting a free upgrade to a (quite possibly non-aisle) seat in Economy Plus.

      • cx20020

        I’ve experienced the opposite– I wait as long as I can to check in (usually at the airport) and have better luck with getting free upgrades, rather than checking in early and not getting them.

        • FridayGirl

          Oh, interesting….. (This did briefly occur to me, actually, but I dismissed it originally because I still have that long leg to the west coast at the front-end, meaning I’ll still check in earlier than a lot of people on the international leg, probably.) I’ll see how I feel come thursday.

    • LittleBluePenguin

      Wishing you luck on all these things, and peace as you work on some condolence messages….

      • FridayGirl

        Thank you, LBP….

  • E

    Rant: Freaking out about my presentation this week. I am presenting a poster that is supposed to arrive in Minneapolis at the hotel when I arrive and I’m scared that it won’t arrive on time even though the office sent it via FedEx on Friday to arrive when I check in this coming Friday. I’m also scared that at the conference, I’m going to draw a blank if someone asks me a question. I think this is just my typical worrying/overthinking self rearing its ugly head.
    Rave: Saw Wonder Woman yesterday while attending my first Meetup with fellow comic book/sci-fi fans. I loved the movie. I hoped that Lynda Carter would’ve made a cameo but she didn’t. Anyway, glad to see it.
    Rant: Still not getting enough sleep. I keep going to sleep after midnight every night and I am feeling the effects in the morning.
    Rave: 2 hour Gotham finale tonight followed by new episode of Still Star Crossed.

  • Irving Streete

    Raves: Son married to a great woman, certified open water SCUBA diver, excellent tan, minimal hangover and listened to the howler monkeys in the rainforest. Great nine days in Belize.

    • FridayGirl

      Nice!

    • Andie302

      Awesome! Congrats on gaining a new daughter-in-law!

    • textdoc

      Congratulations! And that sounds like a great trip.

    • LittleBluePenguin

      That all sounds awesome!

    • Blithe

      Wonderful Raves! Congrats!

  • SinSA

    Rave: The person my counter top guy sent to repair the wall damage, etc. to the installation did an incredible job and had it looked like that, I would not have needed the counter people to install back splash. he does not work for the counter company and kept asking rhetorical “Why didn’t they do…?” questions as he was working and telling me what should have been done and asking why it wasn’t.
    Rant: But the counter people came and installed back splash and it’s not sealed, it is pulling away from the wall, the caulk is not cleaned up. I told him I wanted to pay him less money and he got pissed and said no, and that he’d send someone out to fix it and I told him it was worth it to me to pay the remaining balance for him to NEVER send anyone to my home again.
    Rant: Now I have to find someone to fix it. Called the guy from Sunday, have not heard back from him.
    Rant: My refrigerator DIED. I knew it was going to do that eventually but really, NOW? The amount of food that I literally just bought that had to be thrown away makes me cry.

    • textdoc

      Sorry to hear about your fridge. Was it an older one, or did it die an early death?
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      The “he”/’him” in the Rave (“The person … did an incredible job”) and Rant (“I told him I wanted to pay him less money”) are different people, right?

      • SinSA

        It was an older one, but man, I loved that thing (even though it was probably 10 years old by the time I moved in, 7 years ago). It was a matter of time, I guess.

        Yes, they are 2 different people — the guy that did an incredible job was sent by the counter people to repair the wall damage and he also helped close the gaps between the wall and counters themselves. It was impeccable work.

        • textdoc

          Ahhh. If it was 17 years old, that sounds like a reasonable lifespan… but of course that does nothing to ease the sting of having to throw out food, especially food you’d just bought.

          • SinSA

            I was so excited to cook this week. 🙁

  • LittleBluePenguin

    Rave: Great time at the conference this weekend. Did not pass out or completely trip over my words in making my presentation, and just found out that I actually won a small prize! I wasn’t the first, but I wasn’t dead last, either! Whohooo!
    Rave: Things went mostly smoothly getting out of Orlando, besides a bizarre two hour delay on the way back which necessitated a $48 Lyft ride and meant I didn’t get home til very early yesterday morning.
    Rant: Currently waiting on reimbursements, which means I have no money until my paycheck hits (or the money I transferred from my outside savings account comes through, which shockingly takes like 5 days, whichever comes first).
    Rant: Some big shooting in Orlando that I just heard about like 5 minutes ago – what the what?
    Rant: London terror attacks. F*ck these guys!

    • Oy… Is this the conference that was rescheduled from last year? I hope you get your money quickly!

      • LittleBluePenguin

        Yes, and yes, I hope so too, but it’ll be at least 2 weeks before that all gets processed and back to me. Oh well!

    • Anonamom

      Congrats on the Poster!!! Don’t minimize it, you should be super proud!!

  • UDPie

    Rave: Back from crazy work trip that involved four continents and mixing massive amounts of work interspersed with awesome brief moments of respite/relaxation (Bali and Hong Kong for those parts) with my husband.
    Rant/Rave: Had a day full of meetings (but not back-to-back, so it’s like 30 minutes of free time every 2 hours to basically not get anything real done) but looks like some of getting cancelled.
    Rant: Hitting the end of the Good Wife. Looking for my next show to enjoy (imagining it might have to be the Good Fight).
    Rave: Best friend’s wedding this weekend – helped her with her dress this weekend and she’s going to look stunning!

    • FridayGirl

      Bali and Hong Kong?! That’s awesome! (Even if the work part was chaotic.)
      I hope you end up getting more free time to catch up today than you anticipate!

  • MaryMay

    Rave: Happy DC Pride everyone!!
    Rave: Ariana Grande did such a great job with the Manchester concert.

  • 1301

    Rave: My apartment building apparently has circuit training classes on Saturday mornings. I went this past weekend and there was just me and one other person, so it was basically a free personal training session.
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    Rant: Omg my poor body. Everything hurts. Like. Everything.
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    Rave: T-minus 10 days till Firefly!!

  • Revel: holy crap, I have a date tomorrow for the first time in ages. It’s been so long I don’t even know what to do with myself.
    Revel: after 13 showings of the room in my house, we finally have someone to fill it!
    Rant: got rear ended by a bike when a bus pulled out in front of me and I had to stop abruptly. I was pretty shaken up over it.

    • LittleBluePenguin

      Oh! yay to your revels! and boo to your rant, I hope you and everyone involved are ok!

      • He’s okay…just wasn’t paying attention. It didn’t stop one car from passing by to scream out “you’re an a-hole” though. There’s a decent sized scratch on my trunk but I’m just glad there was no serious injury.

  • skaballet

    Rant: UPS requiring me to be home for a delivery so my delivery didn’t come Friday as expected and I didn’t get to assemble it (table) this weekend.
    Rave: Now I’m working from home waiting on said delivery.
    Rave: Got to see friend in town from NYC this weekend which was really nice.
    Rant: I got burned at brunch on Sunday, but had a nice time anyways.

    • textdoc

      Burned? Literally, figuratively, or sunburned?

      • FridayGirl

        Hahaha i had the same thought!

  • hiphopanonymous

    Rave: Ended up have a LOVELY time at my friend’s wedding this weekend, despite all the reservations (and costs) going into it. So much fun and so happy for them! And everything went off w/out a hitch! 🙂
    Rave: Yesterday was my birthday, and it was also lovely! My husband got me a vase full of lilies, a birthday banner and balloons, and next weekend is taking me to Chincoteague! Plus it was GORGEOUS out, so I got to read in the park.
    Rave: Get to leave early today for PT. Any reason to leave early!
    Rant: Have very little money to get through the week until payday on Friday. I can do it but sure hope that nothing comes up.

  • dcd

    My daughter won an iPad at her school carnival. I have no idea if this is a rave or a rant.

    • anon

      I’d say you could turn it into a rave by putting some time into helping her find some things she can do on it that will be good for her – whatever her age and interests are – there are great drawing/painting aps, learning languages, or any other subject she’s interested in – rather than leaving her to finding just the social media and celebrity crap kids seem spend all their time on these days.

  • Blithe

    Rave: The Music and the Mind presentations that I attended at the Kennedy Center! I wasn’t expecting to hear Esperanza Spalding, so that was a treat. I’m very nerd-thrilled with the whole experience.
    Rant: I need to practice. I need to focus on cleaning out closets. I need to focus on losing weight. All of those things kind of go together: What to let go, how to let go, what to keep, and figuring out what’s missing as I clear the detrius away.
    Rave: My first pair of FitFlops. In metallic blue. With dangling beaded chandeliers that bounce when I walk. I’m too old for light up sneakers — so this is what I get instead.
    Rant: With all the temperate, intelligent, compassionate, US citizens over 35 who are capable of critical thought, I really don’t get how such a combination of mediocrity and evil is apparently in charge. I console myself by hoping that this might be an awful but necessary step in the eventual direction of broader progressive actions.

    • anon

      Good luck with the closets. I find resolving to focus on losing weight and getting rid of stuff from my closet don’t go well together.
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      My best bet for letting go of the stuff that currently doesn’t fit is when I completely give up any hope of losing weight – because when I think I will actually do it, then I like to keep favorite stuff in good condition, some never worn (due to weight gain before I got the stuff hemmed to fit me) that I just can’t fit into now. When I accept that the weight isn’t going to go anywhere near enough to ever wear stuff again, it is easier to donate it all. .
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      The items that still remain difficult to let go are the ones that would fit with a small 5-10 lb weight gain, which is really a small portion of what I’ve gained (which 10 lbs. for decades used to fall off really quickly, mostly around my waist, if I just started working out regularly after not having been doing so, but alas, that doesn’t happen anymore). So now I find myself trying on clothing to determine if it would fit with just a tiny weight loss if I go seriously working out again (I’ve been stalled by a knee injury that is getting better only slowly) or if I need to be at least 15-20 or so lbs. less to fit into something.
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      Then my back starts to hurt from trying on clothing that is too small, and I give up. I truly wish you better luck than I have with the closet cleaning (and the weight loss!)

      • Blithe

        anon, thanks for the positive wishes and for giving me some food for thought! (Corny humor totally intended.) I’ve also been dealing with a knee injury that has been healing surely but slowly, so you definitely have my sympathy! Both my closets and my weight loss process will likely to require lots of small but consistent steps — which is Not the way I usually approach things — or myself. I can definitely use some luck with this, and I appreciate your comments. I hope that things go well for you. Maybe we’ll run into each other at the donations bin!

  • Rant: Last week I posted about my neighbor who followed me. I ran into him again, on a different block, on Friday afternoon and he stopped me again, but this time I told him I wasn’t going to talk to him because he followed me and that is not okay. Then he went on about how he didn’t follow me and eventually moved into “I think *you* were following *me*!!! It was like a slow motion gaslighting trainwreck, just watching the gears turn and remake reality in his head. He also said something about living in the neighborhood at the end, but I didn’t hear the whole thing.
    Rant: I might have made things worse by telling a friendlier neighbor about the situation
    Rave: that neighbor, though he has asked me out a number of time, but has since stopped, was right there with me about how the following is not okay and he added that it’s sexual harassment. Based on previous conversations with him, I wasn’t expecting that, but I’m pleased.
    Rave: new haircut
    Rant: waaaaay too little sleep

  • CapitalDame

    Rave: My 13 year old niece is coming to visit!
    Sort of Rant: she hasn’t been to DC since was 9, but already did the basic tourist stuff.

    Any recommended activities for a tweenage girl?

    • Hookdntx

      Is she a big reader? The Library of Congress reading room is great for book worms.
      The other options I can think of The Botanical Garden is always a amazin and full of stunning flower displays, Jazz in the garden for a picnic dinner, Sunset Kayak or SUP on the Potomac, Millennium Stage performance at the kennedy Center, Shakepeare theater performance

      • CapitalDame

        She IS a big reader, thanks for the great idea!

      • anon

        I find that by that age (v. 9) that girls tend to have a pretty clear idea of what they might enjoy, and what they don’t want to do (leaving some room, of course, that they may be mistaken and actually enjoy something they don’t think they will (and vice versa) due to their rather limited experience), so I’d offer a bunch of different possibilities (maybe with photos viewed online) to see what sparks her interest. Some kids like museum viewing and other indoor activities) some prefer only to be outdoors in nature and active more, some like both kinds of activities, some have special interests (a form of art/dance/music or other art form, or an educational subject, or a sport) that they like to check out while in town.

    • BookaholicAnonymous

      Hookedntx has some great ideas! I’ll add:
      –if she’s into sparkly stuff/girlie, there is a big exhibit at the Hilwood Estate of basically all of Marjory Merriwheather Post’s jewels.
      –along those lines, would she be up for a proper tea at one of the swankier hotels?
      –also hotel-related–a day membership at one of the hotel pools might feel urban and glamorous
      –if she’s outdoorsy, RCP, Roosevelt Island, or one of the local parks in the inner counties for hiking. At 13, she could probably handle Sugarloaf and some of the easier Billy Goat Trail stuff too.
      –though you say she’s done a lot of the touristy stuff, there can be a big difference between 9 and 13 in both maturity and attention-span. She may be ready for the Holocaust Museum or the NMAAHC (which didn’t exist when she last visited). She might also enjoy an encore, more in-depth trip to something she remembered from before.
      –Shop at Union Market or the Fish Market and cook together.
      –eat crabs!
      –picnic at an outdoor movie

      • CapitalDame

        Thank you, I hadn’t heard of the Hillwood Estate exhibit! She’s not super into hiking, but she does like water and waterfalls, so maybe Great Falls if she gets up early enough, or a boat tour.

    • ke

      Looks like you have some good suggestions. Other than reading, is she particularly into anything else? A few ideas – check out the ranger programs at the Nature Center in Rock Creek; go for a hike or horseback ride in RCP; high tea at one of the local hotels (possibly pricey); do a themed historical day, like seeing Lincoln’s Cottage, Ford’s Theatre, and having lunch/brunch at Lincoln; check out Truckeroo (if it works out timing-wise) or maybe a concert at Yard’s Park; go to a Nats game; check out Eastern Market.

      • CapitalDame

        Thanks! Like most kids, she’s into technology. I found this place called Local Motors in National Harbor that does free tours of their 3d printing facility and has a stem section. So, that’s going on the list. Unfortunately Nats aren’t in town, but jazz fest in Yard’s Park will be!

    • Blithe

      I think lots of people have made lots of great suggestions! One advantage of DC is that it offers most visitors many opportunities to do things that are different from what they could do at home. So maybe make some suggestions and talk with her about her interests so that she can start thinking about, and maybe even researching, some of her options before she gets here.
      — To add to the current list, visitors that I’ve had in her age group have often enjoyed the National Cathedral — with gargoyles, history, grounds, and sometimes afternoon tea; building tours like The Mansion on O Street; the Newseum (big hit with several), and the National Geographic Museum. Many have enjoyed doing the trolley tour, and I once did an evening tour of monuments that was very much enjoyed. At the end of the visits, many kids named restaurants and shopping as highlights, so Shake Shake, Pentagon City, and Hard Rock Cafe (or today’s cool equivalent ) might be fun options for some kids, while specialized stores and exotic-to-them restaurant options might be good options for others.
      .

      • CapitalDame

        These are all great, thanks!! Your point about highlights for kids is a good one. I’m adding Madame Tussaud’s to my suggested list. Definitely not my thing, but I can see how a wax replica of Selena Gomez could appeal to a 13 year old girl from Michigan.

  • topscallop

    Rave: Working on writing our wedding ceremony and loving that it can be whatever we want. Secular! Poetry! Glass-smashing!
    Rave: I have a fiancé who listens and has taken to heart my request to take on some of the “mental load” around meal preparation. He also cleaned up the kitchen after using it last night to make his lunch for the week, and left the sink gloriously empty. Dishes in the sink overnight, except for the occasional pan that needs to soak, is probably my top household-related pet peeve.
    Rave: Got back to the gym this morning, though not early enough to take the class I wanted to join
    Rant: rain

    • LittleBluePenguin

      Your second rave is great! stuff in the sinks (besides something that needs to soak overnight) is also my biggest pet peeve! Actually no, second-biggest – first is toothpaste that someone spat into the sink but didn’t bother rinsing down the drain!

  • Anonamom

    Revel: Fabulous weekend. The highlight was taking all the kids and the puppy hiking nearby. It turns out there’s some awesome trails not even 10 minutes from our house. The puppers got some off-leash time since the trail was deserted, and swam in the reservoir a couple times. The kids all had a blast despite some initial declarations of hating nature from some of the former City Kids.
    Rant: Work. My co-workers do not seem to be doing well with the mandatory OT thing and it feels like everyone is moments from snapping.
    Rave: Looking forward to vacation in a month. I’m absolutely going to need it!

  • bubbles

    Rave: Beautiful weather for backpacking this past weekend, and a good experience for friends who haven’t gone before
    Rave: Not sore from backpacking, which I think I can credit to my workout schedule for the past three weeks!
    Rave: A slower paced morning with SO before leaving for work this morning
    Rant: SO broke the coffee carafe at home and hasn’t replaced it yet. Luckily it has a single serving size that still works- but when is one serving of coffee enough?
    Rant: the Saturday attack in London. I wish eliminating terrorism could be simpler than it is.

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