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Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

by Prince Of Petworth — June 13, 2017 at 9:15 am 135 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: Having to tell my office mate to clean up his mess b/c he is a slob who leaves trash on the floor. I even had to tell him twice b/c he skipped the trash under his desk.
    Rave: Meetings got cancelled.

    • textdoc

      Yikes — leaving trash on the floor in the office?? Who does that???

      • Anon Spock

        Only thing worse is a hoarder. That was awful!

  • flieswithhoney

    Rant: 7! cyclists blew through a series of stop signs ahead of me in the sharrows on 11th this morning. Cars aren’t expecting me to obey the rules of the road thanks to my fellow cyclists leaving me at risk of being rear ended.

    Rave: made it into work early (for me). And a/c at home and work.

    • JohnH

      One thing when I bike to work is cars often (I’m not saying always…) are very timid around bikes – not expecting you to stop at stop signs, etc. Obviously I’d rather that than aggressive, but as someone who doesnt just blow through four way stops, etc. it would get a bit annoying that I’d slow down and come to a stop only to have the car that had the right of way sit there and wait for me. It almost makes things worse as it makes bikers expect to get the right of way automatically.
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      Also, I’ve noticed a lot of pedestrians doing the same thing..yielding to bikers.

      • flieswithhoney

        I’ve experienced both-cars leaving a 10 foot buffer and other cars tailing you and trying to pass at the first opportunity. Because of the timing of the lights on 11th near U, the former more than the latter seems to occur. Cars are rushing to make the green light or not be stuck behind a wall of bikes going up 11th. Yesterday a fire truck buzzed me because I was waiting in a left turn lane (to turn left) and the truck decided to go straight. That was a new low. Sadly, the go pro needs a new battery so no video.

      • Blithe

        So what would you suggest? My limited experience as a driver and my considerable experience as a pedestrian has led me to the conclusion that more often than not, cyclists will expect to get the right of way, and will behave unpredictably. Since I can’t predict their behavior, my behavior becomes more timid — to use your word, because I’d rather be safe than sorry. While this might suggest that I need more training re: driving and even walking in areas that share space with cycling, this also suggests that as drivers and pedestrians share spaces — both streets and sidewalks — the rules of the road need to be both clarified, particularly as the spaces themselves may change, and consistently followed and/or enforced.
        tldr: JohnH, do you have any suggestions that would address your concern?

        • Anon Spock

          I almost never give my right of way to a bike. This situation has certainly caused some angry cyclists and a few have stumbled when they expected to blow the stop sign but couldn’t. I have no desire to hit or be hit by a cyclist , but I can’t play this game where I try to figure out what they’re doing. I drive cautiously, signal well ahead, and give 3ft+ when sharing the road. I’m always looking around when walking even in the crosswalk.

  • indieavese

    Rant: I boarded an orange line train this morning at my usual stop. It was the front car and unusually crowded. There was only seat open in the beginning of a row, and a young man had sat in the aisle seat and placed his backpack on the window seat. Although I had my headphones in I could see the woman who got on directly in front of me motion for him to move his bag. He refused. Conversation ensued, I’m not sure what was said or what his reasoning was for being unable to move his bag. When I finally turned the music down in my headphones, I heard the woman again say “Could you please move your bag”. I couldn’t hear his response but the woman didn’t ask again and stood until she could get a seat when the train cleared a little. Again, I don’t know what was said in the interim but the woman sounded courteous enough in her request. The young man had pushed his legs out enough that she wouldn’t have been able to get past him. This woman wasn’t elderly but she was older, probably in mid fifties. Myself, her and the young man all got off at the same stop. She touched his shoulder and said something to him when we got off, but I didn’t hear. I caught up to her and apologized for not speaking up. I could tell she was so frustrated she was close to tears. I too felt frustrated for her. There was a post a while back that shamed a Metro employee for sitting in a handicap seat and having his back next to him, but I have a feeling that man wouldn’t have refused to move his bag. I’ve never seen anyone refuse to move their bag. The whole train ride I wanted to speak up and call him an asshole, but I think I’d rather just remind him to treat others how he would wish to be treated (especially on the morning Metro commute in the summer).

    • Emmaleigh504

      I wonder what I would do if someone refused to move their bag after I asked. I’d probably just glare at them for the rest of the ride.
      I’m also dying to know what he said, why is his bag so important?!

    • That One Guy

      The only reasonable assumption is that he was blind, deaf and mute. Why else would the bag and he be motionless. Ha!

    • hiphopanonymous

      I saw this happen once a few years back. A young woman refused to move her bag so a man could sit down. There were other seats available, but he wanted to be with his friends who were in the next seat up. For starters, this man was at least in his 50’s or 60’s. He was also pretty drunk, which didn’t help the situation, and started calling her a b**** and other horrible things. Other people in the car offered to give him their seats, but he just wanted THIS ONE. This lasted multiple stops, him standing over her and berating her. UGH, it was awful.

      • dcd

        “I saw this happen once a few years back.”
        .
        Uh, no you didn’t. What you saw had virtually nothing in common with what indieavese saw. Compare: 50-something woman courteously asks young rude man to move his bag from last available seat so she could sit down; man refuses, woman persists in courteously asking and man still refuses v. 50 something drunk man asks young woman to move bag when there are other empty seats available, young woman refuses, drunk man proceeds to berate and harass young woman even though he could have sat down elsewhere.

        • wdc

          Yeah, drunk man verbally abusing young woman makes all the difference here. She was smart not to want that guy sitting next to her.

          • HaileUnlikely

            I agree, but even as a man, that’s a no-win scenario. I’d rather get up and move to another part of the car/train than pick between getting stuck sitting next to a drunk guy or else do something that I know darn well is going to start a confrontation with a drunk guy.

    • HaileUnlikely

      This past Sunday I was on a crowded S bus headed downtown. There were several older riders and a couple of young men (likely late teens or early twenties) in the priority seats in front. A woman likely in her 70’s, who was clearly struggling to stay standing while the bus was in motion, got on, stumbled her way from the fare box to the priority seats, looked right at one of the young guys, and said, “You’re gonna get up now, son!” He did, and he looked quite embarrassed. It was pretty great.

      • AnonCT

        Not great. Rude. Had the right to the seat. Still rude.

        • RD

          What? Troll on.

        • womp

          LOL riiiiight.

        • Anon Spock

          I tend to agree. I’d be taken aback if someone said that instead of excuse me. I usually move if I see an elderly person get on though.

        • HaileUnlikely

          FWIW I think this was one of those “you had to see it” sort of things. The guy was not playing with his phone or talking with anybody and was looking right at her as she boarded, she was wobbly enough that I was seriously concerned that she was going to fall, and she was old enough to be the guy’s great grandmother. Sure it was an objectively rude thing for her to say, but between her age, his age, and the specifics of the situation, she gets a pass in my book, it was pretty f*cking great.

          • FridayGirl

            +1. I want to be that elderly lady’s friend. People not moving from the priority seats is a huge pet peeve of mine. (That’s what’s rude! There’s no way a few younger people *all* needed those seats over an old wobbly lady.)

      • INWDC

        Good for her, though it’s sad the young men (although let’s not call these guys men…since their behavior clearly doesn’t reflect it) didn’t have the mental capacity to offer an elderly person his seat.

        • HaileUnlikely

          I basically agree, but the incident itself was clearly embarrassing enough for him that I don’t think worrying about what noun to call him really adds or changes anything.

          • AnonCT

            Replace “son” with “boy” and tell me it doesn’t matter. Both are condescending – one adds a little something more (both invoke the same history).

          • HaileUnlikely

            I’m not following your point, AnonCT. INWDC basically said I was giving the young guy too much credit by calling him a man. I was saying given the totality of the story I wasn’t too worried about giving the appearance of giving the young male person involved too much credit, because it was sufficiently obvious that the point was the opposite.
            .
            Anyway, regarding use of “son” or “boy” or whatever, in this case, both individuals involved happened to be of the same race. I’ll grant that under certain combinations of age and race of the parties, this would have been fundamentally different.

          • INWDC

            AnonCT you are missing the larger point here, and if that’s the case you’re either being incredibly obtuse or trolling (which a few commenters already called you out on earlier).

      • wdc

        I like it when the drivers ask for a seat for a passenger who needs it. I’ve heard (not often enough) “this bus isn’t moving til we get a seat!”

        • HaileUnlikely

          Agreed. I was actually pretty disappointed in this driver for starting to drive while this woman was still standing. She was really unsteady on her feet and I was afraid she was going to fall (and this still would have been the case even if it was an empty bus – she still had to take several steps to get from the fare box to the first seat)

      • MPinDC

        Haile I’ve seen something similar on the S bus – priority seats full, everyone looking at their phone, elderly woman w/cane gets on. Five of the riders in priority seat don’t look up from their phone, one man looks up as woman wobbles past. Just past priority seats, there’s a man sitting in aisle seat with his bag on the seat next to him. Elderly woman asks if she can sit down, he picks up his bag but doesn’t move so she has to squeeze by him. And I’m shouting in my head WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE???

        • ZetteZelle

          In situations like that, I ask the elderly person, “Sir/Ma’am, would you like to sit?” Usually that jolts someone in the priority seats to stand up & offer their seat; if no-one gets up at that point, I announce loudly “Can someone give up their seat?”

        • Anon Spock

          #1 pet peeve. Just turn sideways.

  • That One Guy

    Question: Who sells good iced coffee/americano/tea? I know it’s subjective but curious where other people go for their fix.
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    Uniqlo airism is awesome for this humidity.

    • Rasputin

      I have the same question re iced coffee. I frequent Starbucks for sheer volume.

    • _____Woods

      +1 for airsm

      • Anon

        What Airism items do you like or recommend? I’m looking for women’s clothing but still curious which items actually work in DC summers. I have an Airism camisole which is comfortable but I don’t wear it on its own.

        • Bobert

          I’m firmly convinced that the airism stuff is only meant to be worn as an undershirt. As such, it works great! I always lament when I run out of clean airism undershirts and have to wear a cotton one. (Mind you, you’ll still end up sweating buckets given the high humidity/heat, but less so than if you’d worn a cotton undershirt.)

      • TKPK

        Seconded. Recently discovered and quality of life improvements abound.

    • JohnH

      Have a friend who spends $4 on what is essentially a small iced coffee at a nice coffee shop. They always moan and groan when it comes to getting something not at some specialty coffee place – so we finally had them blind taste test prepared their way with their coffee place and Dunkin’….Dunkin’ came out the winner.
      .
      I will say I think hot coffee can be more distinguishable. But iced coffee? Eh. There’s some places I do not care for (Starbucks), but for the most part…iced coffee is iced coffee. Most expensive doesn’t typically mean better.

      • anon

        I really hate Dunkin’s iced coffee. That said, I like a lot of milk in my coffee, so it may be the poor quality of their milk. It makes a big difference – I love La Colombe’s coffee, but it is the quality of their Trickling Springs grass-fed, organic whole milk that makes it over-the-great for me – it turned me on to buying only that milk for home use. Who wants a cup full of hormones and antibiotics?

      • lizcolleena

        The only thing that would make me go out of my way for the most convenient iced coffee is if I know a shop did frozen coffee cubes instead of regular ice cubes.

        • Cleveland Park runner

          Starbucks is doing a test run of frozen coffee cubes in a few cities, including Baltimore. FYI.

        • FridayGirl

          Doesn’t Odd Provisions in Columbia Heights do that?

    • womp

      i like la colombe and compass for a good cold brew on tap. i prefer compass tho…and they have great iced tea with several different flavor selections. the iced english breakfast is classic and strong, and the moroccan mint is really refreshing.

    • ymous

      I am really digging the Cold Brew Fog at Peet’s these days. It has a small amount of chicory-infused simple syrup, which gives it a touch of flavor and sweetness (but it’s subtle).

    • INWDC

      Everyplace where I’ve ordered nitro cold brew has been good…something about that process seems to enhance the taste qualities of iced coffee. You pay a premium at most places for it, but to me that is worth the extra cash.

  • artemis

    Rave: Baby Artie only woke up once last night. I am cautiously optimistic that this may signal improved sleep. It has been a rough few weeks in our household.
    Rant: The light was out at Georgia Ave this morning, which made getting to the metro a harrowing experience.
    Rave: Parenthood, and other life events over the past few years, have made me much more assertive. I had no problem yelling at a car to wait as it creeped into the crosswalk.
    Rant: Our cat’s kidney disease seems to be progressing. She’s eating less and has lost weight over the past week or so. I have an appointment with the vet on Saturday. I knew this was coming at some point, but it doesn’t make it an easier. The goal is to lavish her with love and keep her comfortable and well as long as possible.

    • I’m sorry to hear about your kitty. It’s so hard when you know what’s coming. You are doing right by her to simply enjoy the time you have together.

    • Emmaleigh504

      I’m so sorry your cat isn’t doing well.

    • hiphopanonymous

      Awwe, poor kitty! My mom’s cat, who is almost 18, has the same problem. We’re just loving on her until it’s time.

    • Andie302

      So sorry to hear about your cat. Sending hugs!

    • pixelcat

      So sorry to hear about your cat. I haven’t been following your story so I don’t know how long ago she was diagnosed, or how old she is, but came here to post a few things that can help make her feel comfortable (my cat was diagnosed with CKD back in March, and sadly abruptly passed away a month later, most likely due to undiagnosed heart issues).
      Try changing up her food, give her lots of options. I found my cat would love eating one food for a day, then completely refuse it the next. I ended up with 6 or 7 different types/brands. Go for lower protein if you can get away with it, a number of vets say lower protein puts less strain on the kidneys. I was lucky, my cat took to the special kidney diet dry food right away, but was very inconsistent with the wet versions.
      The biggest thing that helped my cat was the fluid treatment. Your vet can do this, but you can also learn to do it at your house and purchase stuff online (or possibly from your vet). A lot of folks recommend 100ml every day, I was doing 50ml three times a week (due to his heart) and I could REALLY tell the difference in his behavior. He went from hiding under the bed ALL the time, to coming out and laying on the couch with me or next to my chair when I was working from home. His appetite also greatly improved.
      And if you haven’t done so already, I suggest searching for “Tanya CKD”, her website is super comprehensive for the disease and really helped me out. It can give you a lot of ideas for things to try with your own cat, to make her feel better as long as possible.

  • mtpresident

    Rave: taking advantage of needing to go in for a late-morning “graduation” ceremony/party and taking a mental health day (morning?).
    Query–artemis, did you ever find a good therapist downtown?
    Rant: Not sure my decision to watch the last inning of last night’s Nats game was a good one. Ugh, our bullpen. Please, Lerners, pony up the money for a solid closer. Closer-by-committee is just not working for us.

    • Cleveland Park runner

      +1 on your rant. How many games have we lost thanks to our bullpen? 20? The trade deadline is 6 weeks away, but we can’t wait that long. Please, Lerners, hear our call and get someone NOW.

      • dcd

        I get that sports fans are prone to hyperbole, but the Nats’ record is 38-25. I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t be 58-5 if the bullpen was better.

    • artemis

      Hi, mtpresident. My therapist is on Capitol Hill (which is close enough to my office that it makes it workable). If that location works for you, get my email from the Prince and I’ll email you directly. I also can’t find the original thread where a lot of people recommended therapists to me, but I remember that Andie had a friend who has a practice in Dupont. Textdoc, is your Googlefu better than mine this morning?

  • Andie302

    Rant: Slept past the second alarm this morning (mainly because Mocha didn’t do her normal thing and wake me up, she snuggled up with my legs instead).
    Rave: I wasn’t late for work
    Rave: Honeymoon booked
    Rant: Cambridge place isn’t renting all that well. I know it’s because I’m just getting started and only have a couple reviews, but I’m anxious not to bleed money on it. I also need to take my DSLR and get some better photos. We haven’t been able to enjoy it ourselves lately, so I think that’s why it feels worse. This too shall pass! I can swing it even if no one rents it, but that’s not ideal.

    • H_E_Pennypacker

      Great job on the speedy recovery to get to work. Always a great feeling. Where are you going on your honeymoon? I’m planning mine and my SO and I love to hear about other people’s experiences. Photos are a HUGE selling point. Use that camera!!!

      • Andie302

        We are flying into Ho Chi Mihn City and flying out of Bangkok two weeks later. I look to only spend 2-3 days in Vietnam. The flights were ridiculously cheap so we’ll be able to splurge in other areas.

        • H_E_Pennypacker

          Nice!! We did Hoi An, Hanoi, and Cat Ba island last September. I love Vietnam.

          • Andie302

            Would love to hear if there’s anything we shouldn’t miss! The trip isn’t until October, so we haven’t spent a lot of time thinking about it yet.

          • H_E_Pennypacker

            My recommendation would be to definitely stop by Hoi An if you can. In a few years it will be kind of touristy, but right now it’s amazing. Absolutely gorgeous beaches, it’s really really inexpensive, great food, and you can get suits and other clothing hand-made for dirt cheap.

        • dcd

          I don’t know if you’d be excited by this, but TWO restaurants on the Pellegrino Top 50 list are in Bangkok. I think the price of each is about (or less than) $100 per person, which is a fraction of the cost of similar places in Europe or the US. For reference, the restaurant that is number one on the list, Eleven Madison Park, after beverages and tax (gratuity is included) will easily run over $500 per person. If you enjoy great food, it’s a no-brainer. (I get grumpy every time I discuss this, because I didn’t think of it until after I returned.)
          .
          If you are interested, I have a couple of recommendations for Bangkok and Chiang Mai – restaurants and tours.

          • Andie302

            Yes please! I will just save it for when we’re ready to start booking things and making decisions. Thank you!

          • dcd

            I think we did 5 food tours in 4 days, and I didn’t book all of them, so I may have to follow this up with another post at a later date.
            – The Grasshopper Adventures food adventure bike tour in Chiang Mai is great. Fairly short rides and several stops, the highlight of which is wandering through a market, picking out what you want, and then sitting down and eating an absolute feast. (If you’re a maniac about food safety practices, this may not be for you.)
            – While in Chiang Mai, eat all the Khao Soi you can. I’ll try to get some recs later.
            – SP Chicken, a roast chicken place that is the partial inspiration for a Portland restaurant empire, is delicious. It’s pretty well known, but it was recommended to me by Anne Marler, Johnny Monis’s wife, while I was sitting at the “bar” at Little Serow, so it’s got a good pedigree.
            – In Bangkok, I’ll again have to follow up on the food tours. We took a canal food tour that was great.
            – If you’d like a cooking class, Silom Cooking school in Bangkok did a very nice job. I still make the pad thai, panang curry, and red curry from the cookbook I walked away with. My whole family loves the pad thai.
            – I’d really think about the fine dining places, especially since you’ll be on your honeymoon (congratulations to both of you!). If you Google the Pellegrino Top 50 list, Gaggan (a progressive Indian restaurant at roughly $150 price fixe) is number 7, and Nahn (Thai cuisine either ala carte or price fixe at $75) is number 28. In your shoes, I’d do both, if you have time.
            – The famous pad thai place Pad Thai Thip Samai in Bangkok is fine, but not great. We did it as part of a tour, but I wouldn’t make a special trip. It is quite a spectacle, though – they make the pad thai on the sidewalk.

          • Andie302

            Thank you again for all of this!

  • textdoc

    Rant: Replacement “temple tip” I ordered for my glasses was too loose and has come off. I’ve been retracing my steps but can’t find it. It was cheap — I think two from Amazon for about $2 — but it came from China and the shipping took 3-4 weeks. And since the replacement didn’t match the original “temple tip,” I really needed two, not just one.
    .
    Sour-grapes rave: Maybe it wouldn’t have been possible to make it tighter anyway. (I was going to try heat-treating it with a hair dryer, based on something similar I saw in a YouTube video.)
    .
    Backstory rant: The original “temple tip” got cracked and finally broke after I took my glasses to be adjusted last year and for some unknown reason the optician 1) felt compelled to straighten out the curved metal part before bending it back to be curved again and 2) did so without removing the plastic (?) temple tip, thus cracking it.

    • That One Guy

      Mayhaps a trip to the frame mender store on 17th(?) will fix the cracked temple?

      • textdoc

        I still have the pieces, but I think the cracked/broken temple tip is sufficiently cracked/broken as to be unfixable, I’d imagine. (It’s like a little sleeve that fits onto the end of the earpiece, about 3 inches long.)

  • MPinDC

    Rant: Ants in my plants which might be harmless, but in this case they are herding scale (on my lemon tree) and mites (on my orchid). Yes, ants are herders.
    Rave: ASL classes started again at Mt P library

    • hiphopanonymous

      Totally just read “Ants in my pants” and was thoroughly confused!

  • hiphopanonymous

    Rave: New couches have arrived! Bonus Rave: They fit through our narrow basement door!
    Rant(ish): Just hit me now. New couches are faux leather. Our place is ALWAYS cold, thus I’m ALWAYS COLD and now the couches will always be cold!
    Rant: Work event on Thursday and there are still pieces up in the air. It’s getting a bit stressful, but thankfully I don’t have much else to do right now. So I’ll sit and wait for things to fall into place.
    RAVE: My oldest brother texted last night and asked when would be a good time for them to visit! He hasn’t been here since 2006 and hasn’t expressed interest until now, either! Unfortunately I won’t have any spare vacation time to spend with him but still, a visit is a visit!
    RAVE: Going to Mexico for a week in November! Must get to work on my passport!

    • anon

      A cold sofa sounds like it would be nice in this heat! One word: throws – curl up on your sofa wrapped in them.

    • Anon

      What I wouldn’t do for a cold couch right about now!

    • eggs

      Sounds like a great excuse to invest in some super fuzzy, soft, warm blankets for the couch!

    • MichelleinMD20721

      I can teach you to knit!

  • Alex

    Rant: Studying for the bar exam. It’s worse than actual law school.
    Rave: Law school is done, I have almost no debt and I have a job.
    Double-rave: The folks who told me I was making a huge mistake by going back to school at my age/leaving a solid career/should be popping out kids instead were wrong…
    Rant: ….so long as I pass the bar

    • bubbles

      congratulations on finishing school! good luck studying!!

    • Andie302

      Keep after it! I can identify that 8-10 weeks as some of the worst in my life, but coming out the other side and moving on was wonderful! Good for you for the job and lack of debt – those are both huge!

    • H_E_Pennypacker

      You’re way ahead of the game Alex! Keep up the good work. Bar exam sucks, but short term pain long term gain, right? Also, there’s NOTHING

      • H_E_Pennypacker

        [oops hit enter] like the feeling of finishing the bar exam and being free! There’s light at the end of the tunnel!

    • anonnnn

      I actually really want to apply to law school and the only things holding me back are your “double-rave”…glad to hear another perspective.

      • Alex

        Thanks for the words of encouragement everyone!

        @anonnnn, don’t let the naysayers hold you back if you’re sure this is something you want to do! One thing that made me feel better when making a decision to apply was meeting with a financial planner who helped me plan/budget a 5 year strategy and understand how law school debt would impact my other financial plans. Good luck with your decision!

        • dcd

          Question – is Roger Schechter still doing the Torts review for BAR/BRI?

      • dcd

        The reasons for the double rave can be found in the single rave: “I have almost no debt and I have a job.” If you can swing the first part, that’s a start – then, if you are confident you interview well, and have the discipline/aptitude to do well, the second part hopefully will come together. That said, the job market for recent law grads is rough, especially if you have six figures of debt.

        • Formerly ParkViewRes

          Can’t agree with this enough. Wife graduated from law school debt free and it makes a huge difference. So many of her classmates and colleagues are struggling because they have six figures in debt from law school.

          • dcd

            I had six figures of debt 20 years ago, and it was mostly dumb luck that I didn’t screw myself. I graduated at the right time both with respect to the job market and the DC residential real estate market, and was able to clear the debt in 7 years (and it should have been sooner, but I was a financial idiot when I graduated – but I had a lot of fun). Yes, I did well, which created a lot of opportunities, but many people in the exact same situation in different years graduate into a very different scene.
            .
            I also remember internally rolling my eyes at a college classmate who took a full ride at William and Mary instead of attending Georgetown Law. Like I said, I was an idiot.

      • anon

        I’m sure you probably don’t care much for random Internet naysayers, but there are so many good reasons to not go to law school. Sure, there are plenty of people who have found fulfillment in a legal career, but there are at least as many who are stuck in jobs they loathe because of student loan debt or because they can’t find anything else. (I know because I’m one of those and I work with dozens more).

        Shortly before my first year of law school, some random woman on the bus gave me this advice, but as a confident and optimistic 1L-to-be, I wrote her off as just a disgruntled crank who didn’t understand *me*. It turned out, she was right and a more realistic evaluation of the legal profession and its job market would have told me that it’s a lot easier to draw the short stick – even with good grades at a good school – than I had liked to think. Having been in your shoes, I understand the reluctance to hear the message that the woman in the bus tried to give me, but now that I’m in her shoes, I also see the other side of the coin that I wish I could have seen earlier…

        • artemis

          I have been that random woman on the bus given unsolicited advice about law school. 😉

          I always tell people 1) don’t go unless you know you want to practice law and 2) unless you have a nearly full ride or are willing to work at BIG LAW when you get out. The debt load is no joke. I don’t practice, and we are managing with my six figures of debt. I don’t regret the decision to attend law school, but I would be in a different financial situation without those massive monthly loan payments.

          • dcd

            Also, willing to with at BIG LAW =/= able to work at BIG LAW.

    • dcd

      If you want some unsolicited advice (and even if you don’t) – pace yourself. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. The exam starts six weeks from today/tomorrow (depending on your state), which is really a good amount of time. I assume you’re taking a prep class – prepare for each class, attend each class and pay attention (though I have a feeling I’m dating myself, and no one attends live classes anymore). Put in 6 to 8 hour days, but no more. After Independence Day is the time to kick it into high gear – that’s 3 weeks out, and you can sustain a rough schedule for that time. Six weeks, in my experience, is too long to really kill yourself.
      .
      That’s just what worked for me, of course, you know yourself better. Congratulations, and good luck! (Also, remember – what do they call the guy who passes the bar exam by one point? A lawyer. There are no extra benefits for a perfect score.)

      • Alex

        Haha, I appreciate the advice dcd, particularly the last point!

        And I absolutely agree on the debt issue. The main benefit, at least in my mind, of going back to school later is that I had 10+ years to save up for tuition, which made financing school without taking out much in loans possible.

  • maxwell smart

    RANT: Nationals Bullpen.

  • AnonyShaw

    Rant: Another terrible date last night. That makes three in less than a week. I’m thinking of taking a break for a while. These dudes are just…ugh.

    • Sorry, that sucks

    • _____Woods

      are you doing any filtering ahead of time? Like talking to them…feeling them out before? I know for me sometimes i had higher expectations than others, just based on enthusiasm and timelyness of text responses and conversation.

      • AnonyShaw

        I think I’m filtering! But I’m also kind of in “I’ll go out with anyone!!!” mode right now. So maybe you’re right. For all three there was a week or two of messaging or texting, all three seemed cool enough to meet in person. Then, one was super serious and boring, the other did not look like his pics and talked about himself the whole time, and the last one was actually great, but has stopped communicating since Friday. So… I’m thinking there has to be a better way than this online thing, right??!

        • _____Woods

          I mean not really, iv met people through mutual friends in the past and things can be just as bad as an online person. IE giving me tons of mixed signals (kissing me) then telling me shes not over her ex. Its a crap shoot….either way!

    • Margrave of Mt. Vernon

      Pace yourself. You’re clearly killing it, just don’t over do it.

  • In one hour, my kids will be on summer vacation.
    In three hours I will be on summer vacation

  • bubbles

    Rave: Great pool weather.
    Rant: Bad outdoor running weather, and I can’t stand treadmills. This morning’s run was a slog.
    Rant: 2017 Stanley Cup Champion. I’m so bitter. Bah.
    Rave: Keeping myself busy while SO is on a two week work trip. Lots of happy hour dates and volunteer shifts scheduled.

  • Anonamom

    Rant: Puppy has a sock and underwear fetish, that seems primarily focused on me. I really have lost count of the number of socks and underwear she has either puked or pooped in the last month or so. She is a complete thief, and snags them and swallows them very quickly when you aren’t looking for the slightest second. We keep her out of our room, but she still seems to find them.
    Rave: She’s passing them one way or another. I have known many people who have spent many thousands in surgery for the same issue.
    Revel: Kids are out school! No more packing lunches!… for the next few days at least. Camp starts Monday and back to packing lunches. Womp, womp.

    • Anon

      I had a dog years ago that would steal dirty underwear and bring them out to the yard, so when the UPS man or mailman would come to our house, the lawn was littered with dirty underwear.

    • wdc

      Retriever, right? My lab did that. Always dirty underwear, and always mine. He would usually shred them, but always left some recognizable piece in some highly visible location. Little bastard.
      He outgrew it somewhat, but never 100%.

      • Anonamom

        Yep, Chessie. I have taken great lengths to ensure that nothing is left within her reach, yet, always she snags them and swallows them whole. She has swallowed pairs of socks bundled together too. I just don’t get it! And at this rate, I am going to go broke buying new underwear!

    • Socks and underwear are bad, but pantyhose/tights can actually kill ( or cost thousands of dollars in surgery.)

  • H_E_Pennypacker

    Rave: I just got a perfect performance review at work. Always a good feeling to be validated.

    Rant: My dog contracted hook worms and they are incredibly difficult to get rid of. We’re thinking he somehow sniffed or ingested infected feces, though we’ve never seen him eat poop. Hoping the final dose of medicine applied to his food over three months does the trick. We tried the oral liquid medicine but it didn’t work. We’re also treating him for heart worms, which he had when we adopted him. Poor guy. So many worms. As a PSA, please adopt older dogs, when we adopted our guy he was four years old and had a litany of problems, but he is the best dog ever. We love him so much and we’re happy to see him heal and progress.

    Rant: Bridge spot (my favorite skate spot) is in terrible shape. The construction in Navy Yard has destroyed what was a skater created skate spot. No taxpayer dollars whatsoever! I’ve met so many cool people there and used to love skating it.

    Rave: Went to bridge spot yesterday and tried to clean it up a little bit, got some skating in before cracking my board! Not bummed though, its just an excuse to buy a new board and to support Bureau skate shop on U Street. I love summer.

    • Bobert

      Bureau is closing soon, FYI.

      • H_E_Pennypacker

        Rant: Bureau is closing soon.

        • _____Woods

          I have one of their boards….think I should save it or skate it?

        • _____Woods

          also, can we be friends. love the handle/picture

          • H_E_Pennypacker

            Skate it!! and thanks, lets be friends!

  • MtPConrt

    Was out near DC USA on 14th Street on Sunday evening around 6pm. It was a pretty ugly scene – tons of police presence, three people in cuffs in separate incidents (not a group being arrested together). Several young folks in their early 20’s passed out cold on the sidewalk, got screamed at and called (demeaning expletive for female genitalia) while walking with my very young child. I’ve lived within blocks of this area for eight years – first time I’ve observed this kind of chaos, especially so early in the evening.

    • wdc

      Whaaa? That’s awful!
      Did you get a sense of any unifying factor? Seems strange that there would be arrests AND passed-out folks all happening at once in one place without some connection. I’m used to seeing an older drunk or two sleeping it off, but not younger folks…

      • MtPConrt

        I got the sense that some of the drunk/passed out kids had overindulged at Pride celebrations, based on their age and attire. That doesn’t account for the arrests and overall sense of menace and chaos.

    • Joshua

      This is really the first time you’ve seen it like this? I’ve lived near Columbia Heights for about the same number of years, and I’ve experienced that sort of uncomfortable, menacing, chaotic type of atmosphere in that general area more times over the years than I can count. And all the development I’ve seen in that span has only made things marginally better.

      • wdc

        I’ve lived a few blocks away for way longer than eight years, well before the development.
        And I’ve never seen that concatenation of shadiness. Yes, there’s always a bum or two. Yes, I see arrests sometimes, but not often, and not multiple unrelated arrests at once. And I get screamed at on average once every three years.
        For all those things to be happening at once makes it more severe than the usual low-level urban grit to me.

      • I’ve lived here for 30 years (14th & Columbia, now 14th & Irving) and while there is always s**t going on, this sounds different.

  • Anon. no. 5

    I’m not usually a RRR guy, but I had to come here and share I saw my first active (non-marijuana) open drug use in DC yesterday. Dude was shooting up (presumably) heroin on the sidewalk on the 100 block of M St NW. Good times…sigh /s

  • Anon Spock

    Late query: I’d like to ride a horse. Any recommendations locally for an absolute noob?

    • Andie302

      For convenience, I’d say the trail ride is Rock Creek Park. Generally horses that do trail rides like that repetitively are very calm and learn the route to the point where it just becomes habit for them. I haven’t done that particular ride, but have had great experiences all over the place with that type of trail/ride. If you tell them you’re new they’ll give you some pointers and the slowest/calmest horse.

  • Missy

    Rave: Finally got a puppy on Sunday! Adopted from Lucky Dog Rescue after a long search with breeders that didn’t work out. Feeling so happy about how it all played out – he’s perfect for us!
    Rant: Puppy training. Yikes! I knew it would be difficult but no idea this difficult (dumb, I know). I am feeling very overwhelmed over how to train him well so it can be a good relationship for us all many years to come. Any recommendations most appreciated (he’s 10 weeks and a lab mix – we live in Navy Yard so also looking for all things dog: dog walker (when he’s old enough) or puppy daycare, vet, meet ups, etc.!)
    Rave: He’s just awesome.
    Rant: Leaving him 🙁 I can’t wait for a weekend of nothing but puppy bonding!

    • Congrats on the puppy! Send pics for the Animal Fix soon!

    • topscallop

      If you need a pet sitter, my fiance and I live in Barracks Row and lovvveee dogs but our lease doesn’t allow one. We dogsit for Jeslett sometimes and are happy to expand our client base if you’re going out of town!

      • Missy

        Topscallop – I actually might need to take you up on that! My husband and I had a pre-puppy trip to Chicago planned for June 30 – July 5. He’s too young for boarding (and really would hate for him to be in that already anyway). If you’re available I’d love to chat about options!

    • Anonamom

      Congrats on the puppy!! We are going through this right now too, and at 10 weeks, it was rough. Our pup is 5 months old now, and things have gotten better. My main suggestion is exercise, exercise, exercise. I try to walk ours in the morning and in the evening, and the high schooler takes her for a walk when he gets home too. She hasn’t quite been able to go long distances, so each walk is only about a mile. Her behavior is a million times better when she gets plenty of exercise. She does great on a leash too. We also chose to crate train her, and she does awesome with that now. As far as commands go, she did great with “sit” early on, but that’s it. She has also really attached herself to me versus my partner, so she doesn’t listen to him as well. But hopefully we can work on this as she gets older. It’s a marathon, not a sprint!

    • That One Guy

      Two suggestions are to get him used to having his teeth brushed and the vacuum cleaner, if you use one.

      • anon

        i cannot stress the above more. and riding in the car!

    • Relax – it’s a puppy. Gonna be a little nutsy. Be consistent in corrections. Here is the best dog training site in my opinion. https://dogmantics.com/

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