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Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

by Prince Of Petworth June 7, 2017 at 9:15 am 126 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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  • MadMax

    Rant: After 5 years in renting out properties in DC we’re having to evict our first tenant, and boy what a doozy. Can’t post too many details while it’s ongoing, but will be sure to provide stories to any prospective landlords out there about the process once it’s complete.

    • Formerly ParkViewRes

      Damn, that sucks. Where are you in the process?

      • MadMax

        She’s received her notice and has two weeks left to comply (which she won’t), then it’s on to the next step. We’ve been trying to get her out for over two years now. Fortunately the city still pays her rent, but she’s made the place awful for other tenants in the building as well as prospective tenants. Just a real pain to deal with.

        • FridayGirl

          Ugh, I’m sorry about that. That does suck.

  • FridayGirl

    Rave: Teleworking today but…
    Rant: Also doing laundry and other things to get ready for my trip.
    Rant: What am I forgetting to do/buy before I go?! I need to sit and brainstorm before it’s too late to go back to Target.

    • TSL

      I keep a packing list on my phone to help remember everything. I use the Google Keep app. I have one list that encompasses all kinds of trips (e.g. business, leisure, witj dog, etc.) and then check off the things that don’t apply for a particular trip. I include things to do in addition to things to pack.

      • MadMax

        I always mean to write a list and never get around to doing it. And I inevitably forget something every single time.

      • FridayGirl

        Oh oh! I actually use Google Keep too. I’m more worried about the things I’m forgetting to put on my list, that I will definitely remember as SOON as I sit down on the plane. Hahahaha……

      • It’s just me

        I use an app called PAckIt. You put in where youre going, dates, whether it is for business or leisure, whether you’ll do laundry, and other things (photography, international, beach) and it creates a packing list. It’s been pretty useful. I just check off the things I don’t need.

        • MadMax

          Thanks for the rec, hopefully an app will help remind me to actually use it 🙂

          • It’s just me

            Sorry – it was Pack Point! Oops.

      • eggs

        YES I do this too!

  • LittleBluePenguin

    Rant: I feel like I have a fever – my eyeballs are hot, my joints hurt, I’m coughing up junk, and am unbelievably tired. WTF?
    Rant: Software issues at work are super annoying and unproductive
    Rant? Went to the vet with older kitty, vet also did not like kitty’s sneezing/coughing fits and wants me to keep an eye on her and bring her in if frequency or anything changes. He said it could be a number of things but don’t google it. I should get her lab work and CBC back Thursday or Friday, so hopefully there will be nothing worrisome there. He did at least say that she’s allowed to drink to her heart’s content, so I guess now I won’t even “Pst!” at her when she’s been lapping at her water fountain for like a minute. Ugh. I feel like the pit in my stomach just got bigger.
    Rave: Chatting with my bff last night helped cheer me up a bit.

    • textdoc

      Fingers crossed for kitty’s lab work and CBC coming back with good results!

      • LittleBluePenguin

        Thanks!

        • textdoc

          Also, not sure how bad your kitty’s sneezing/coughing fits are, but… did the vet think there was any chance it might be allergies?
          .
          I didn’t know until a couple of years ago that cats could even get allergies. Now when I hear my cat making sneezing-type noises, I take it as a sign that I probably need to vacuum. (Her noises are pretty isolated, though… not full-on sneezing fits.)

          • LittleBluePenguin

            He did float that as a possibility, but since I had recorded video of her having one of her sneezing/coughing fits, he seemed to think that might not be what it is – but still, a possibility. He said if anything changed, like an increase in frequency or if she was sneezing up bloody mucus or anything like that, I should bring her in. Which holy crap, if she started sneezing up bloody anything, I would rush her in anyway, no need to be told on that one!

          • textdoc

            Right. I was just thinking (though I’m sure this already occurred to the vet!) that if she _did_ have allergies, her being long-haired might make her especially vulnerable, because the allergens/pollen/whatever could stick to her ample fur.
            .
            Sort of like how they warn humans with seasonal allergies that if you have pollen on your hair, it can give you additional grief while you sleep, so you may want to wash your hair before going to bed if you’ve been outdoors for a while.

  • bizzinger

    Rave: Life is interesting. Too busy, but interesting.
    *
    Question: I want to challenge myself with what I read. What are people reading (fiction or non-fiction) that changed the way you thought about something or was amazingly written?

    • rss

      Luvvie Ajayi- I’m Judging You, Phoebe Robinson- You Can’t Touch My Hair, and Lindy West- Shrill are great books of essays by women with great takes on feminism and race.
      .
      for general non fiction – I think Michael Lewis is a great writer and makes dense material really accessible. My favorite was The Big Short. I just bought The Undoing Project but haven’t started it yet. Jon Ronson usually makes me laugh out loud but also has great insights. I liked The Psychopath Test.

      • Pixie

        I was so let down by I’m Judging You. It felt so unoriginal and I just couldn’t get into it. I loved Shrill. I would also recommend anything/everything by Roxane Gay.

        • rss

          +1 to Roxane Gay

    • FridayGirl

      I finished The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen a couple months ago and really enjoyed it.

      • The Sympathizer was very good. I just finished The Association of Small Bombs; definitely one to make you think.

        • FridayGirl

          I just read the first two pages on Amazon and it looks really great. I’m surprised I hadn’t heard of it before! Thank you for pointing this out — I was actually looking for another book to download for my trip and this is perfect.

      • Irving Streete

        excellent book.

        Read it in conjunction with “A Bright Shining Lie” which us an amazing biography of key player in the Vietnam War and a bitter document of the inevitable failure of the American strategy. Very eye opening. Not that it will remind you of Afghanistan or anything.

    • SPShaw

      A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. The most amazing piece of fiction I have read in a long time.

      • Girl on a Hill

        Seconded. Amazingly well written, but you’ll cry the whole time.

    • NH Ave Hiker

      Do you like history, especially of the Civil War?

      This Republic of Suffering, by Harvard president Drew Gilpin Faust, is an intriguing look at how Americans dealt with death during the war.

    • hiphopanonymous

      As far as amazingly written, try anything by Pulitzer Prize winner Geraldine Brooks. Also in the middle of The Nightingale (WW2 novel, really good) also try All the Light We Cannot See.

    • Being Mortal – Atul Gawande is a really thought-provoking non-fiction piece on end-of-life care in this country. I also really found The Long Shadow of Small Ghosts by Laura Tillman to be haunting, as it made me think long and hard about the intersections of mental illness and the death penalty.

      • hiphopanonymous

        Along with Being Mortal, try When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. It’s written by a neurosurgeon as he battles cancer. Also, Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. He works with capital punishment and death row inmates in the Deep South.

    • jim_ed

      Savage Continent by Keith Lowe. It’s about Europe immediately after the conclusion of WWII, and it was the most eye opening book I’ve ever read on 20th century Western History. Also has some interesting parallels to present day America as we deal with the rise of authoritarianism and ultra nationalism.

    • bizzinger

      Thanks all!

  • hiphopanonymous

    Rant: Pandora mysteriously logged me out and I don’t remember which old e-mail and password I need to log back in! Wouldn’t be a prob if I wasn’t paying for it…
    Rave: Bought a grill and christening it tonight! Can’t wait for sweet potato fries, asparagus and mushrooms, and chicken bourbon sausages!
    Rave: Finally pulled out the bikes last night and rode down to the Capitol to hear the Air Force band. And what a lovely night it was! Also ran into a good friend whom I haven’t seen in months.
    Rant: Was unable to bike back UP the Hill…

    • MadMax

      Charcoal or gas?

      • hiphopanonymous

        Why charcoal, of course!

      • LedroitTigah

        Ive been having this debate recently. as I’m a grilling novice, I want to go with a gas grill. Feels easier, less cleanup… right?

        • MadMax

          Easier clean-up and less work required to get started. Also easier to burn things with gas if you’re not careful due to higher heat. There’s a significant difference in the flavor result though (which really depends on whether you and your partner, if you have one, prefer the taste of smoke/charcoal). There are some pretty cool setups out there now though that half gas / charcoal / other gadgets all in one grill, if you’ve got the space for it. My wife hates smokey flavors in foods, so I went with gas (Broil King 956644 Imperial 490) and although it wasn’t what I wanted I’ve been able to add smoke flavors through wood chip boxes when I really need / want them. I’ve also been able to sufficiently account for the slow-cooking effect of charcoal by using my sous vide for a few hours before putting something on the grill, and TBH the result is better than I ever achieved with just charcoal.
          TLDR, they’re both great if you know what you’re doing 🙂

          • Bobert

            If your wife didn’t have a preference of one over the other, what would you go with personally?

          • MadMax

            Probably the new Weber Summit 24-Inch Charcoal BBQ Grill. They made some serious improvements to it for the first time in a long time last year and it’s just all around awesome.

      • Bobert

        I’ve been waffling on the gas/charcoal decision for a couple years now, to the point of paralysis. I’m either getting the big green egg or one of the higher-end Webers, but I still can’t make up my mind if I prefer the convenience of gas or if I’d rather have the option for great temperature control/smoking ability with the big green egg. Has anyone gone through a similar decision process? I’d love to hear your insights!

  • rss

    question: our dog has a hot spot (don’t google it if you don’t know what it is, they are basically really gross looking boil/blister things). she has never gotten one before. we are trying to keep it clean & use anti biotic ointment per advice of our friend who works at the Humane Society. (and luckily she can’t reach it with her mouth so she hasn’t been trying to chew on it.) any other dog owners experience this? hoping to avoid an actual trip to the vet but it doesn’t look like it’s getting any better after a couple of days.

    • Formerly ParkViewRes

      Our collie got those when I was a kid! I always felt so bad for her. She always tried to chew on hers so we had to get her to stop right away. It’s good your dog can’t reach it. I think it’s okay as long as she isn’t chewing on it and it’s not getting worse.

    • FridayGirl

      Not to poke fun because this sounds really lousy, but when I read “hot spot” I thought you meant your dog had his own wifi network. Haha!

    • That One Guy

      Ice it and maybe put some Aloe Vera on the spot.

    • It’s just me

      My dog got them because he had allergies. I gave him Benadryl until I figured out it was in his food. Switched his food and all was well. Might be worth seeing if he has allergies (please check with a vet for dosage for Benadryl – I’ve forgotten)

    • SV

      My dog has this too, she never had one in 11 years but started a month ago. One would go away with antibiotic cream and another would appear in a different location. They didn’t seem to be itchy or actually bothering her, but I finally took her to the vet last weekend. Cause is still unknown but she’s on prescription antibiotic spray and anti-allergy meds – current spots seem to be healing but too soon to tell whether it stops any new ones. Good luck!

    • Have you cut away all of the fur from around the spot before cleaning it? Also, what are you using to clean it?

      • rss

        hmmm…no we haven’t cut the fur away, although she has very short hair (she’s a pit). we have just been using regular soap and water to clean it.

        • I would still cut the fur even if it is short. The fur can continue to irritate the hot spot, whether it is the fur itself or something that happens to cling to the fur. Regular mild soap and water is the way to go, and continuing with the antibiotic ointment immediately after the cleaning. Our dog used to get hot spots fairly frequently, and this is what our vet said to do. However, if you cut away the hair/follow this regimen and it doesn’t show any improvement in a few days, take her to the vet. She could need a stronger antibiotic.

    • kharr89

      My dog has severe allergies that result in constant, widespread hot spots. He’s on a daily allergy medication, but when it flairs up, we give him Benadryl twice a day (recommended by our vet). Also try giving her an epsom salt bath. That helps dry it out. Good luck!

    • rss

      thank you for the tips everybody!

  • Revel: date last night was actually really nice and I hope to see him again. Haven’t been able to say that in a long time.
    Revel: started an Aqua zumba class on Monday and really enjoyed it. Second class is tonight.
    Rant: it starts at 6:30 near work which is a schlep from my house and I get to leave work at 2:45

    • LittleBluePenguin

      Yay! So happy to read your revels!

    • NotABot

      Yay, congrats on the nice date. And aqua zumba? I’m so jealous! was just mentioning to a coworker how I miss going to Aqua aerobics class. YMCA doesn’t have one after work hours, but I think they have one in the middle of the day.

      • The class I’m taking is at a PG public pool. I also do aquafit at LA fitness sometimes. I’m enjoying both of them a lot.

    • LedroitTigah

      That’s so nice re your first revel. Congrats! Its been a long time since Ive had the same feeling, and even hearing about it from someone else gives me the warm and fuzzies 🙂

    • hiphopanonymous

      AQUA ZUMBA??? I’m so jealous!!

  • NotABot

    Rant: saw an older white male (def a tourist) wearing a “TRUMP” hat waiting to board the Columbia Heights metro this morning during rush hour. Lots of folks on their way to work were looking at him like “What are you doing here?” This is the first time I’ve seen someone proudly wearing pro-Trump things in Columbia Heights. Hope it’s the last.
    Rave: new job is lightyears better than my old job. thank goodness I got laid off with decent severance and started a new job quickly. i actually earned money after getting laid off because of my overlap between severance and starting a new job. also, thanks to DC unemployment insurance, I had even less worries about money in my roughly 5 weeks of actual unemployment.

    • dcgator

      Can’t just be me—I’m noticing a huge uptick in kids visiting DC from wherever wearing MAGA gear. I wasn’t sure if it’s just that a. they don’t really get it, and think it’s a funny/cool slogan b. they’re trolling us or c. they are just buying them as ‘souvenirs,’ a la buying an FBI sweatshirt or whatevs.

      • skj84

        Yeah, I’m thinking its more tourists. I saw someone wearing a “if you don’t like this Country, get out” shirt at Palm Sunday services at the National Cathedral this spring. Gross, but hopefully will not be that common.

        • textdoc

          Yikes. Not only was the sentiment inappropriate*, the idea of wearing a T-shirt with something written on it to services at National Cathedral sounds totally inappropriate.
          .
          * IIRC, National Cathedral is a pretty liberal Episcopal place.

      • Jay

        I’ve always thought it was that these tourists and school groups from Middle-of-Nowhere, Virginia or Remote Mountain Town, Pennsylvania are coming to town to see the White House, so they figure they’ll wear their most DC-related paraphernalia (perhaps sometimes thinking that’s the way people actually dress here)? I also figure these same people constitute about 90% of the people who engage with the sidewalk canvassers (hey look, our big chance to be heard about the issues in DC!)…

      • L2

        I work at a museum near the mall and there are MAGA hats everywhere, tons of teens and tweens wearing them on their DC field trips. I didn’t work at the museum during the last administration, so I don’t know if a million people were wearing obama gear back then. It does make me think it must be hard to be a teen/tween these days; it’s so polarizing. I can’t imagine middle school b.s. combined with this type of b.s. Yikes.

      • I saw a family from India on the mall recently sporting MAGA hats. I had to think they bought them as souvenirs rather than any political statement…

      • hiphopanonymous

        Gah, I cannot STAND the damn teenagers in the MAGA hats! I really want to stop them and ask, “Do you really understand what you’re promoting here???”

        • Irving Streete

          The long-term unemployment, substance abuse, broken marriages and early deaths they’ll grow up to experience will be punishment enough for wearing that hat and supporting that a*shat.
          .
          (Not sure if I’m bitter enough to hope/believe that that curse will come true, or if I’m still idealistic enough to regret that the disintegration of these kid’s communities and the false hope offered by manipulative cynics and demagogues pushes them into the arms of people like Trump and the GOP)

    • wdc

      I don’t think you’re allowed to collect UI during your severance period. When your former employer gets the statement, they will contest it.
      Unless rules have changed since I was in that boat.

      • ZetteZelle

        My recollection is that DC unemployment insurance permits this (at least for lump-sum severance payments), and Maryland doesn’t. I’m pretty sure that the unemployment office did appropriate diligence; if you received payments, your claim was checked out & found to be legit.

        • Anonamom

          When I got was laid off, I was paid a lump-sum severance at the beginning of the month. I was excluded from UI until the following month. I was unaware that my severance would be lump sum, failed to adjust my taxes accordingly, and ended up getting less than a paycheck out of what was supposed to be two. I was also unaware that I was not eligible for UI until the end of my severance period. Don’t be like me; please make sure of what you are actually getting and when your UI will kick in. It’s not a fun place to be in.

        • wdc

          My experience was in DC. The whole issue turned on the wording of my severance docs. I was paid my severance in one lump sum, but the documents said “three months’ salary in severance pay”. So I was ineligible to collect UI for three months after my separation date.
          If the docs had said “$1000 severance pay” instead of “three months’ salary” then I would have been eligible to collect UI the month after my end date.

          • dcd

            It also means you didn’t get paid enough!

          • wdc

            Well, this was in 1958. I’ve aged well.

      • NotAbot

        My employer specified to DOES that I was paid a lumpsum not tied to any time period. There are different rules if your lumpsum severance is tied to a time period, you will be ineligible for severance until that time period ends. One good thing my employer did for us.

  • That One Guy

    Rant: The parent-child heard from her friend that making black garlic was easy and super healthy so $15 worth of garlic was promptly put into a rice cooker to sit for 15 days. Three days in and the house is stinky. I hope to move the rice cooker outside tonight. It’s like a practical joke on me.
    Rave: Weather forecast is cool enough for me to air out the house tonight.

  • skj84

    Rant: A friend/coworker is really struggling right now. She’s dealing with personal issues which is affecting her work, which is causing lots of frustration.
    Rant: I’m really annoyed about having to replace most of the furniture. Especially since roommate tossed the original couch and chairs when she moved in. I’m hoping I can at least buy the dining room set off of her.

    • SWChick

      To your rant; You are not alone. My supervisor is struggling right now. I think she is overwhelmed with everything family and work , it seems she may break soon. Its super frustrating because we work so hard and she is so checked out that our hard work is going unnoticed. We LOVE our supervisor so right now we care more that she gets better but we really need some direction at work.

      • skj84

        I truly feel awful for my co-worker and I know once she smooths out a few things she’ll be fine, but some of the balls in the air pertain to work. Thankfully it doesn’t really affect me, but I know she is being so hard on herself right now which makes it worse for her.

    • hiphopanonymous

      I have a kitchen table and four chairs that we’ll be selling! It’s a black metal frame with glass top, and the chairs are black metal with white fabric. Super easy to transport b/c it’s so light and in really good condition. Not on CL as of yet, so let me know if you’re interested!

      • skj84

        ooh! I might be interested! could you shoot me an email me at musicalfan2 at aol dot com?

  • Anonamom

    Rant: What a week, and it’s only Wednesday. The bank screwed with some deposits, completely effing up my account (AnonSpock – weren’t you the one that had issues with SECU? I totally get it now). The washing machine is out of commission, and we are waiting on a part (of course). Work continues to be hell. The puppy now has diarrhea. And last night I walked out of my front door to see my neighbor allowing his dog to crap in my yard, and then not pick it up. Trying to resit the urge to fill his mailbox with the puppy’s liquid lava.
    Rave: My Whole Foods is now putting the calorie counts on the bakery items. Today I realized that the raspberry danish I always want to get but never do is 310 calories versus the 570 for the vegan scone I usually get. It was delicious.

    • mtpresident

      I can empathize on so many levels! Mtpbaby has been out of day care for over a week because of persistent diarrhea–we thought it was clearing up, but had a recurrence last night. Mtpkiddo has fifty million events for the end of the school year, and I’m not sure how we’ll make it to all of them–particularly with needing someone at home with her little brother, mtpwife seems to have pink eye again (and she needed special steroid antibiotic drops last time), and I actually have time-sensitive work for outside conferences–and a large portion of it has to be done in the office. We’re not just taking things day-by-day, we’re taking things hour-by-hour.
      .
      We will both make it to the other side–the other side of what, I don’t know–but we will make it to the other side.

      • FridayGirl

        Yikes. I’m thinking good thoughts for both you and anonamom today!

      • Anonamom

        Oh god, soeey to hear about the baby! And yes, the end of year stuff is just completely overwhelming. I am done with everything and all I want to do in the evening is collapse into a puddle on the couch. Life is definitely hour-by-hour now. Thank you for the commiseration, and I hope things slow down for both of us soon!

        • Anonamom

          *sorry!

    • Anon Spock

      Yup, twas me. I kept the account as an extra for hum memberships and the like, but I wouldn’t use it as a primary of you paid me.

      • Anon Spock

        Hum=gym

      • Anonamom

        This is the first issue we have ever had with them, but boy was it a big one. Deposited checks on Friday, all was well, until they decided that they would hold one, after already showing it as deposited and available. It finally cleared this morning on the 4th business day. I prefer using them to my other account (NFCU) because there is a SECU branch less than a mile from the house, and the nearest NFCU is some distance away, making cash deposits difficult. However, I’m not dealing with this shit again.

        • Anon Spock

          Secu is generally more convenient for me too, so I usually deposit cash there then write a check to nfcu and mobile deposit.

        • HaileUnlikely

          Most federal credit unions have mechanisms in place to allow you to do most stuff at branches of other federal credit unions. I am a member of NIH Federal Credit Union (branch at NIH and branch at GW University – that’s it) – I do all of my in-person business at various other credit unions. The only time I’ve had to go to NIHFCU in person was to get a cashiers check. Anyway, if you find another credit union better but for lack of branches, you may be able to work around that.

          • Anonamom

            Hmm. I did not know about this. I will absolutely look into it though. I know that I can use my NFCU at most credit unions without a fee, but I’ve never even attempted to do anything else at one. Thanks for the tip, Haile!

          • textdoc

            I didn’t know about this either; will have to look into it. Thanks, Haile!

            My “main” credit union for direct deposit, check-writing, etc. is still SECU of MD, but I do most of my check deposits, ATM withdrawals, etc. at a credit union at my work. It’s a pain for me to get to SECU during their opening hours; I’m pretty much limited to driving up there on a Saturday morning.

          • Anon Spock

            Have you deposited cash at the other fcu Haile?

          • HaileUnlikely

            Yes.

        • textdoc

          NFCU = Navy Federal?

          • Anonamom

            Yep

  • skaballet

    Query: I know several people here have had good experiences with Zenni Optical. Has anyone that used them had a high prescription? I’m -8/-7. I wear contacts 95%+ of the time, but am looking to replace my glasses which are 7 years old and a bit outdated so I’d prefer not to spend a lot since I don’t wear them that much. Since they’re so cheap I’m leaning towards just trying and seeing how it goes, but thought I’d see if anyone has any experience. I’m also considering Warby Parker or Costco.

    • skj84

      I have a pretty high prescription, and astigmatism in one eye, and I had a good experiance. There is the option to choose thinner/customized lenses for an additional fee, but I went with the standard lenses. Its thicker, but not too noticeable in my frame.

    • topscallop

      Rave: Worked out three days in a row!
      Rave: Have successfully avoided temptation in the form of cookies, brownies, donuts, and a candy jar in the office this week! I’m trying to limit the sweets intake to the really good stuff. With that in mind, see question below:
      Question: is there a grocery store in DC where I could get whole vanilla beans for a decent price, or should I just order them online? I need to re-up my stock of homemade vanilla extract, and I just found a recipe for roasted strawberry balsamic frozen yogurt that calls for a vanilla bean.

      • topscallop

        Whoops, that was not meant to be a reply to skaballet. Sorry!

        • FridayGirl

          I looked for vanilla beans around Christmas, only found them at Whole Foods (I think) and they were so expensive I decided to just ditch the recipie :/ That being said if you have better luck please let us know!

          • L2

            Most vanilla comes from Madagascar, and Madagascar had a really bad cyclone this year, destroying a lot of vanilla crops (in addition to homes, people’s livelihoods, lives, etc.), so the vanilla prices this year are expected to be higher than normal.

      • LittleBluePenguin

        You’re going to pay pretty high prices for vanilla beanpods no matter what, but I would recommend, if you don’t need it right now and can wait a few days, that you order from Penzey’s Spices – they are the absolute best, a wonderfully responsible company with great products!

        • L2

          I highly recommend Madecasse for sustainably sourced chocolate and vanilla made locally in Madagascar.
          https://madecasse.com/shop/#vanilla

          • womp

            I use this vanilla very regularly and it’s great! You can find it at WF (P St. location for sure).

    • textdoc

      I too have a high prescription (-9.75/-10, I think), so I’m interested to see what people say.
      .
      Also… have any PoPvillagers with high prescriptions gotten LASIK or other vision-correction surgery, and if so, were they able to fully correct your vision?

      • Anon

        I was negative 9.5 and had Lasik done in 2001. My vision was never perfect after the surgery, but that may have just been my Lasik surgery. I now at a negative 2.5 and wear contacts/glasses. It’s better than being so almost blind, but sucks that I still need corrective wear. I would not consider doing it again (not sure if I am a candidate anyway), but I feel like I made it through once without major complications and I don’t want to tempt fate.

        • textdoc

          Thanks, Anon!
          .
          Yeah, I don’t know if I want to go through the hassle (and expense) if I’d still need to wear contacts/glasses afterward.

          • skaballet

            That’s what I decided. One of my eyes has worse vision than the other and at the consultation they said they could make my right eye much better, but didn’t promise 20/20. I just wasn’t willing to go through all that to still have to wear contacts. It’s worth doing a consultation to see though.

          • Ms. D

            Beyond what I said below, I will note that the procedure has come a long way since 2001. Your best bet is to go in for a consultation and see what they say. Whether or not they can get you to 20/20 depends more on the thickness of your cornea than how bad your vision is now. Their belief is that I will be 20/20 with a touch-up, since I had/have thick corneas. While an additional day of pain and couple weeks of irritation isn’t ideal, it’s not so bad since it’s a one-time cost (they include lifetime touch-ups in the initial cost) and the pain/irritation is really pretty minor and short-lived.
            .
            The biggest annoyance I had was that people didn’t recognize me without glasses! When I went back to work on Wednesday, I said hi to at least a dozen people in the hallway who proceeded to look at me like I was some kind of weirdo before processing who I was! Best one was having a meeting that week where my boss said something like “okay, everyone’s here, so let’s get started.” Someone piped up all “um, aren’t we still waiting for Ms. D? (looks at me) And, I’m sorry…are you a new member of the team? It’s not a great time to bring new people on at this point in the project.” “Mr. X, I AM Ms. D!” He stares at me for a solid 30 seconds and then gasps “I didn’t recognize you without glasses! You got contacts! You look great! I mean, glasses were a good look, too, but…” “I had LASIK on Monday…glad to know I can now lurk around the building incognito!” 🙂

      • Ms. D

        Mine wasn’t quite that bad (high -7’s) and after LASIK I’m 20/60 (can’t remember the prescription number at the moment). It’s worlds better than being completely non-functional without correction. I do plan to go for a touch-up, just scheduling is kicking my butt with other responsibilities.
        .
        It’s not cheap, but if you can do an FSA, it will cover most of it. My glasses are now cheaper, since I don’t opt for the specialty lenses, and I was able to drop to the lower vision insurance that only covers glasses every 2 years, so I save a little on that, too.
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        The procedure itself isn’t that much of an ordeal. It hurt for about 15 hours afterwards, then I had some dryness for several weeks, and a bit of haloing for a few months (which went away). I had the surgery on a Monday evening (after work) and returned to work on Wednesday. Actual surgery took less than 10 minutes, with about an hour in the facility total. Pre-surgery and follow up visits aren’t overly burdensome. For-profit medical care is more efficient, so you won’t wait to be seen (your appointments will happen on time, and you won’t spend time waiting to see the next person you need to).

        • FridayGirl

          This is interesting to know! (Also, I always thought I had bad vision but I’m feeling much better about my LASIK possibilities after hearing that lots of people have worse vision than me (both my eyes are -3ish).)

          • textdoc

            Wikipedia says myopia of 0 to -3 is actually considered “low myopia,” with -3 to -6 being considered “moderate myopia” and -6 and up “high myopia.”

        • Ms. D

          My recent prescription was -2, both eyes. I can use my computer (work and home) and watch TV (40″ TV from about 6′ away) without text (small…I can read cast credits, but not sports scores, for example) without my glasses. Part of what determines your candidacy is the thickness of your cornea, which has no relationship to your prescription or anything, so you won’t know if you’re a candidate until you go in. All consultations are free until they determine you are a candidate. I went to Lasik Plus in Alexandria, which is fairly convenient to the King Street Metro. I have lots of friends who went there. I’m the only one who needs a touch up (also free/included in price), but my vision was the worst among my friends.

          • Ms. D

            Oh, one other reason I’m getting tricky with the scheduling is that it’s better to have the procedure after dark. They dilate your pupils, and bright light HURTS until they go back to normal (a few hours). That means having it in the winter (I believe their last surgery appointment is 6:30 or 7 PM). I had the original in January a couple years ago. Scheduling in December is tricky as people try to use up their FSA’s. You may want to select the FSA option without rollover, so you could have it in January-February (if you select no rollover, you can incur expenses until March 31). Other observations:
            .
            I would not recommend driving afterwards. If I remember correctly, they don’t allow it because your eyes are dilated. You would probably be able to handle Metro (they just use numbing drops in your eyes, so you don’t have any systemic effects from that), but it would be better to have a friend drive you home or take an Uber for speed and comfort.
            .
            You have to wear funny goggles to bed for about a week afterwards, to keep you from rubbing your eyes in your sleep. My dog thought I was an alien with them on. 🙂
            .
            They’ll give you cheap-o sunglasses to wear afterwards for a few days, but it would be a better/more stylish/more comfortable option to buy some “sport” sunglasses (with good side coverage) to use. Plus, since you will probably not need your prescription glasses anymore, YOU CAN WEAR FUN SUNGLASSES! 🙂
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            Budget another $100 on top of the quoted cost for the prescription and preservative-free single-use eye drops you’ll need afterwards. You also need to fill the prescriptions before the procedure. My insurance didn’t cover either, but one was cheap (like $10-15), the other was $50, I think. They’re eligible under FSA, but the $2500 limit isn’t enough to cover even the entire surgery, much less extras. If you do the no rollover option and have surgery in January-February, you may be able to use the next year’s FSA to cover the prescriptions/drops.
            .
            I got a 5% discount for having the federal BCBS vision insurance. That’s a measurable discount (couple hundred dollars) on an expensive procedure, so inquire with the LASIK provider and your insurance as to whether there are any discounts available.
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            I thought it was a thoughtful gesture that they would take your old glasses for donation.
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            Be prepared to be blown away. I had needed glasses/contacts since I was 8, getting to the point where I couldn’t even do close work without correction in my late teens. When I laid down on the table, the machine working on me was blurry, just a few feet away. When I sat up, I could read the clock across the room clear as day! I could read the highway signs on the way home! I hadn’t seen that well in over 20 years. It was a *moment.*

    • lalaru

      I just ordered my third pair of glasses from Zenni last night! My prescription isn’t as high as yours, but for the price I don’t think you can beat them! Zero complaints here!

  • artemis

    Rant: I’m ready for the weekend, and it is only Wednesday.
    Rave: Coffee.
    Rave: It isn’t even 11, and I have somehow managed to finish three major projects.
    Rave: Baby Artie woke up smiling and giggling this morning.

  • cx20020

    Rant: My timing each day for getting onto the metro to go to work has me seeing just the back end of the train each morning. Each day it has been at least a six minute wait. I am thinking ahead of June 25th, when each headway is at least eight minutes…. in reality longer than this. 🙁

  • ShawThroughtheHeart

    Hi everyone!

    • FridayGirl

      Hi!

  • LittleBluePenguin

    Forgotten/Late Day Rant: I had ordered some stickers on Etsy (from two different companies), and yesterday got a notification that they had been delivered to my mailbox. But when I got home, they were not there. Anywhere. I flipped through the junk mail we did receive, but my envelopes were nowhere to be found. Is there any way to track it with USPS? I don’t understand how I can receive delivery notices for two packages from two separate companies, but not actually get it? The only thing I can think of is that whoever delivers mail for our area is crap at it – we have routinely received mail for lady a couple streets away, in the same house number as ours and on a street very similar to ours, so I’m wondering if this time she got my mail? I’m going to stop by her house tonight, but on the chance she’s not there and/or does not have it, is there someone at the post office I should speak to?

    • FridayGirl

      Ugh, sorry about this! I have no advice — but I do have similar stories. (This one time when I was interning in DC about 7 years ago, my mom sent me a post card every week I was here. Half of them never showed up. Exactly one was returned to her house… I kid you not… about 2 years later.) I hope they turn up!

      • LittleBluePenguin

        Bah, I reallly hope that’s not what’s going to happen, I’ll be so pissed!

  • That One Guy

    Late day opportunity notice to potentially get free drinks tomorrow thanks to can’t-stop-won’t-stop tweeting Trump:
    http://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/336710-dc-bar-to-offer-free-drinks-every-time-trump-tweets-during?rnd=1496846425

    • textdoc

      Actual LOL!

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