Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

by Prince Of Petworth June 9, 2017 at 9:25 am 32 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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  • SinSA

    Rave: My refrigerator is awesome.
    Rave: FRIDAY!
    Rave: I am going to see my friend’s band tonight in Bethesda and I am really looking forward to it!
    Rave: My giant pile of stuff that I’ve needed to take to Goodwill is now out of my house!
    Rave: New bed delivered tomorrow!
    Rave: Seeing friends this weekend at a cookout!
    Rave: A couple of my friends offered to come and help me out with some of the renovation fixes on Sunday!
    I’m not ranting today because I have had a lot of rants recently and today I am just going to be happy.

  • hiphopanonymous

    Rant: Literally NOTHING to do at work today. NOTHING. Ugh, it’s going to be LOOOOONG.
    Rave: Going to Yards Park tonight!!
    Rave: Started running again last night…did the PT prescribed run 1 min/walk 1 min and used the Couch to 5k app to tell me when to change. Wow, did I get out of shape!!
    Rave: Walked to the Capitol to hear the Army band, and they were playing a song that I played in high school and had totally forgotten about…Blue Shades. It is such an awesome song! Amazing how one can remember parts of music that you haven’t played/heard in at least 17 years. (Extra Rave: friends who are music teachers and can identify songs by clips caught on a cell phone).
    Last Rave: The term “Testi-comey”!

    • AMDCer

      I also heard the term “Comey’s Homies” to describe the FBI colleagues who came to the hearing to support him!

  • skj84

    Rave: OITNB is back! Watched the part of the first new episode on my commute today. I don’t have as much binging time this weekend, I hope I can stay ahead of spoilers.
    Rant: I’m supposed to be working a side gig this weekend and it seems a bit shady. Helping a vendor sell merchandise at Pride and they expect us to provide our own bank for change? I don’t want to drop, but that rubbed me the wrong way.

  • Rant: Terrible muzak piped into Gallery Place station this morning…and it was loud synthesizer to boot!
    Rave: Taking in a Nats game this weekend…
    Rant:…when the temps are supposed to be 95 and my seats are in direct sun.

    • skj84

      I just don’t get that music. Like why Metro? Just let us wait for our trains in peace. Or play classical music.

      • Yeah, it reminded me of Las Vegas, where you cannot escape the music piped everywhere on the strip. And this was at 6:00 in the morning!

    • Quotia Zelda

      It’s horrible – like the soundtrack to a low-budget motivational film from the 80s.

    • hiphopanonymous

      The building I work in plays music/muzak, and since my office is near the lobby I hear it ALL OF THE TIME! The worst is when they play the flute music – it’s like being stuck in a Renaissance Festival for 8 hours. Makes you want to dance around a May Pole or something. ::stuffs cotton in ears::

    • AdMoKalTri

      I liked when they did the Christmas music in December! But this stuff? THIS needs to stop.

    • anon

      Maybe they are doing it to prevent muggers from hanging around in the station? It must might. Though the commuters have to put it with it while they are there…yuk.

  • I’m going to be teaching a bunch of babies next year
    Revel: I have all summer to figure it out

    • mtpresident

      what grade?

      • 1st.

        • mtpresident

          Lol–my daughter is just turning 4 and 6-year-olds seem so big to me! But it’s all about perspective. My aunt taught K or 1st for her whole career and loved it–I hope it ends up being a great experience for you too!

        • anon

          Oh what a fun age! Though I suppose it will be challenging to teach that grade now that kids are supposed to all learn to read in kindergarten, and not all do. Though I can’t imagine what grade of kids below college age wouldn’t be challenging to teach!

  • MSinDC

    Rant: Roommate who owns the house has kinda been a butthead lately.
    Revel: I got a new/used bike for cheap from a friend who moved back to Cali
    Revel: I get to housesit/dogsit for three weeks while friends are out of town and the pup is literally the sweetest.

  • topscallop

    REVEL: my dear friend just had her baby this morning and he’s beautiful! I can’t wait to meet him and hear the whole story (they induced on Wednesday so it was a looong labor!) I made some freezer-friendly food for them last night, any other recommendations from parents who remember what those first weeks were like? What was great to receive, what did you crave? I’ve read online that things that can be eaten with one hand are good, and some new moms crave fresh fruit…also we’ll just drop off the food, no expectations to hang out unless they want us to.
    Rave: Friday, seeing friends tonight, fun weekend planned with my fiance. Wonder Woman and kayaking, break out the DC drinks passport, maybe some naps. I’m in such a great mood!

    • mtpresident

      Offers to hold the baby & allow for a nap or to do some household chores (laundry and the like) can be super useful as well. Yay for your friend!

  • LittleBluePenguin

    Rant: Fighting off a sinus infection or something and I think I’m losing. I had a fever of 101.2 by the time I got home from work last night. Tylenol helped a lot but I feel like the fever is flaring up again. I’m going to call it quits around lunch time.
    Rave: FaceTimed with my brother and his baby last night, my nephew is just the cutest thing and melts my heart. Brother is going to giving his 2 wks notice at his job, because as he says, he’s working 6 days a week and is not in the house from 6 a.m. til usually 8 pm, and the pay is just not worth being away from his baby so much. So he’s going to start looking for another job, something that will allow him to provide for his family but also participate in it. We had a really good and honest conversation, and I can’t express how happy I am to be able to talk with him like this!

    • bizzinger

      Love your rave!

    • dcd

      “Brother is going to giving his 2 wks notice at his job . . . So he’s going to start looking for another job,”
      Wait – so he’s going to quite his job without another job, with a baby in the house? Unless there a separate stream of income or assets that will pay for everything until he finds something new, this seems awfully risky to me.

      • anon

        I suppose it would depend on exactly what he does, and how easy it is to pick up work in his area of expertise. I trust (hope) he knows what he is wading into. (From my perspective, unemployment is really much higher around here than the numbers stay, but that’s based on my areas of education and work/to many years of experience/unfavored gender, etc.

      • LittleBluePenguin

        I agree, I’m nervous about this as well, but he has some friends who work in recruiting, he’s going to exchange teaching them how to care for / landscape their property for them working with him to spice up his resume, get out there, etc. He’s not exactly looking for a spot in a law firm, he’s more than willing to go back to landscaping jobs etc, he’s just tired of the job he’s been doing, since the hours don’t allow him any time to really spend with his family and/or looking for a new job. His fiance works a very good doing pharmaceutical and equipment sales for veterinary hospitals, so at least there is another stream of income, but yes, it’s a little nerve-wracking.

        • Anonamom

          Many moons ago, I took a step down in my career for similar reasons (I was also separating from my husband and knew I didn’t want to be the Kim who was never there). It is a decision that I have never regretted, even though it took me a while to recover monetarily. I’m sure your brother will make the decision that is best for him and his family!

          • I know it was probably some weird auto-correct, but I had to laugh at “the Kim who was never there.” Were you separating from the North Korean leader? :)

          • textdoc

            It took me a while to figure out that “Kim” must be autocorrect for “mom” — at first I thought that maybe she worked at the same place as her ex-husband and both of them had the surname Kim, and then I thought maybe it was Anonamom’s first name and there was another woman named Kim at the office.

      • Camel

        Wow, I’m sure he hadn’t thought of that at all.

  • That One Guy

    Rant: The circle of people trying to get me matched up with someone has grown to include my mom’s pastor’s wife.
    Rave: I think I’ve successfully scared off the person with my deflection tactic. She stopped reading my messages after I brought up Kierkegaard and religion. Boom.

  • Who knows: went on something that may or may not have been a date last night, but while we were talking a guy came over to use and gave us his Jamestown Revival tickets because he couldn’t use them and my drinkmate(?) was wearing plaid, so it seemed appropriate. Anywhere, we’re going out again tonight to the concert on another ‘is this is a date?’ thing.
    Rant: I want to sleep forever
    Rant: I’m telling myself DOG is slowing down because he has a scraped pad and it’s getting warmer. Denial is a wonderful place that I hope to stay in because I don’t want to start crying on walks.
    Rave: he still looks up at me with that doofy-ass smiley face, out of nowhere, a couple times a walk.

    • Planner

      The last time I went on a ‘is it a date?’ half-way through it, the guy started to ask me for advice on how he should ask someone in his office on a date. So… I figured that I was not on a date.

      OK, I guess, however, our not-a-date entailed walking from 16th & U Streets to the Lincoln Memorial so once I knew it was not a date, it was a very long time before I could end it. That’s a nice walk for a date on a lovely fall evening; much too far if not. Oh well. (I wonder whatever happened to that guy…. no, I don’t.)

      • textdoc

        “half-way through it, the guy started to ask me for advice on how he should ask someone in his office on a date.” Ouch!!


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