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Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

by Prince Of Petworth June 16, 2017 at 9:15 am 119 Comments


Photo by PoPville flickr user Tim Brown

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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  • FridayGirl

    Rave: China is going well!
    Rant: But I still love Korea more. It will be nice to be there and then come home in a few weeks.
    Rant: Struggling with bad migraine the past few days….
    Rave/Rant: Supposed to go to the Leshan Buddha tomorrow, so hopefully my head feels better when I wake up in the morning.

    • So cool – feel better!!

      • FridayGirl

        Thanks, PoP!

    • MadMax

      Sounds like a great trip, in spite of the pain. Avoid any mysterious local remedies!

      • Emmaleigh504

        It might be fun to try some mysterious local remedies. Never know, it may work.

        • hiphopanonymous

          I’m with Emmaleigh on this one! Go for the herbs!

        • textdoc

          China has enough problems with adulteration in regular products (like baby formula). I would NOT try random herbs in China — or any traditional remedies based on endangered/exploited animals.

          • Emmaleigh504

            Good point about endangered/exploited animals. Rhino horn is NOT medicine!

          • MadMax

            Neither is tiger phallus.

          • FridayGirl

            Hahaha agreed! I joked briefly with my mom about acupuncture before deciding even it was off-limits….

        • That One Guy

          “It’ll be fun, what’s the worse that can happen.” Said everyone who was later screwed in a movie plot. HA.

    • Ms. D

      Make sure you’re taking allergy meds. The pollution gets me good there!

      • FridayGirl

        Thanks, Ms. D! I’ve been wondering if that’s what triggered this headache. (It’s been rainy too and I have bad mold allergies.)

  • Rant: I’m gettin’ old. Thought I’d enjoy a nice iced coffee this morning, but now I have terrible reflux.
    Rave: When I adopted my kitty from King St Cats, there were several “what about me?” overlooked/special needs kitties that needed adoption. All but one has found its furrever home now!

    • LittleBluePenguin

      Yay! I love your rave so much! Sorry about your rant, tho!

      • By the way, did the vet ever give you a definitive diagnosis for what’s going on with your kitty?

        • LittleBluePenguin

          well, he said overall, everything came back fine, minus some slightly elevated kidney markers, but they’re not too bad, probably just more indicative of her aging, and switching to some Rx food might help. He’s wondering if there is some underlying infection that might be causing the sneezing/coughing fits, so I’m going to bring her on Monday to get an antibiotics injection, and we’ll see if that helps, and we’ll go from there. So not too dastardly, but not a completely clean bill of health, either.

          • Well, that’s better than a costly chronic condition! Sorry she has to go back, but glad it doesn’t seem to be anything too serious.

    • Anonamom

      I’m with you on the reflux! It’s also a great reminder that I’m getting old from the inside out. I look a lot younger than my age, but there goes my GI system reminding me that I am, in deed, closer to 40 than 30! Thanks, body!

    • I’ve got 6 “What about me?” foster kittens right now looking for homes! https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/pet/6179238549.html

      • textdoc

        To be fair… those are kittens, and not special-needs, so they’re probably not getting overlooked like the “What about me?” cats binntp mentions.
        .
        Those kittens are adorable, especially the tabbies! Is that cone-shaped scratcher the one you picked up from me? Looks like your fosters have given it quite a workout!!

  • “Juice” Terry Lawson

    Shout out to Ron, who sells Street Sense outside the 14th Street Trader Joe’s. He’s a great guy and was on the cover of a recent issue.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: Had dream that I wanted to hook up with Paul Ryan. We worked together or something and I kept calling him Ryan Paul, but the hook up was still going to happen.
    Rave: Woke up before actual hook up started. Not enough brain bleach for that.

    • LittleBluePenguin

      That’s not a dream, that’s a freakin’ nightmare! ugh!

    • dcd

      You have a thing for cheesy grins, tank tops, and regressive tax policy?

    • Anonamom

      Oh, my. I think you need a therapist, stat. This is surely a sign of some deep-seeded self-hatred. (kidding of course!!)

      • Emmaleigh504

        I think I need a therapist for the trauma of the dream!

  • MadMax

    Rave: Scored some floor seats for Ed Sheeran in September as a surprise welcome back gift for my wife.
    Rant: Appliance dealer emailed me this week to tell me our cooktop won’t be in til late July…kitchen demo is supposed to start next week. Sigh.

    • Anonamom

      I lived through a kitchen renovation with a newborn once. Worst experience ever.

      • MadMax

        Thank god for the new Whole Foods on H, I’ll be living off the hot bar for the next 6 weeks most likely.

  • hiphopanonymous

    Rave: Work event yesterday was AWESOME! Everyone is raving about it. Also, I got to wear a beret, which is always a reason to celebrate.
    Rant: Realized when I was *almost home* that I’d forgotten to pick up a prescription that I needed LAST NIGHT and this morning! Had one hour to get to Georgetown from the Hill…and made it with 5 minutes to spare. UGH, I hate traffic!
    Sad Rant: Our fish died last night! 🙁 Pretty sure it’s the DC water…poor guy couldn’t breathe. RIP Wilson. 🙁
    Rant: When I purchased my Birkenstocks I decided on the pair that was slightly too large instead of my heels right up against the edge. Now greatly regretting this decision, as these sandals look ridiculously floppy. Also obsessing over this…can’t return, so must get over it.

    • MadMax

      Why can’t you return them?

      • hiphopanonymous

        Been wearing them for a few weeks. My fault entirely!

        • MadMax

          That shouldn’t matter if the place you bought them from has an “x days to return” policy, worth a shot if they’re bothering you that much!

          • Anon Spock

            I’ve always seen will accept unworn merchandise as a staple of clothing return policies.

          • textdoc

            +1 to Anon Spock. Maybe there are places that allow you to return shoes that have been worn, but if so, I haven’t encountered them yet (outside of places like L.L. Bean or Lands End where you can return anything at any time for any reason).
            .
            I’ve always assumed that once I wore shoes outdoors, they were unreturnable.

          • HaileUnlikely

            I think REI will let you if you are a member, though I might be wrong. A few stores that primarily sell running shoes and gear (e.g., RunningWarehouse.com) definitely allow it.

          • MadMax

            “I’ve always seen will accept unworn merchandise as a staple of clothing return policies.”
            Yeah, sure, but have you ever returned anything to a store in DC and the cashier actually GAF about really anything? That’s certainly not my experience with people here. They’re not getting paid (usually) minimum wage to be policy wonks.

          • MadMax

            “I think REI will let you if you are a member, though I might be wrong.”
            You have a year to return goods to REI, you could climb a mountain in them and they don’t care. They want to make sure you’re happy with the product. It used to be a lifetime return policy, but sometimes people would abuse it and return 25 year old products.

          • HaileUnlikely

            Good to know, thanks. That’s what I thought, and I am a (newish) member, though I have not actually attempted to return anything that had a visually-obvious degree of wear on it, so I wasn’t sure if it was literally everything or if they had exceptions for things like shoes.

          • MadMax

            I think due to the nature of the types of products they sell (a lot of outdoor camping, hiking, etc gear) you can’t really know how well it will perform UNTIL you actually use it. It’s very different than buying a shirt and saying OK this fits. 🙂

          • textdoc

            “Yeah, sure, but have you ever returned anything to a store in DC and the cashier actually GAF about really anything?” For what it’s worth… I’m pretty sure that some of the time when I’ve returned shoes to Target, the cashier has taken a shoe out of the box and looked at the sole.
            .
            (Although that might’ve been a suburban Target. I try to avoid returning things at the Columbia Heights Target, though its Guest Services line is no longer as hellish as it once was.)

          • Anon Spock

            Can’t say I do much clothes shopping in dc proper, but every time I’ve returned shoes they check the sole for wear.

    • MPinDC

      In one of my dreams last night my Birkenstocks were worn out and the straps were about to break. Shuffling around downtown with floppy birks…
      .
      RIP Wilson

  • Anon

    Rant: so tired of seeing Father’s Day ads for the last month or more. Miss you dad ☹️

    • CapitolHillHipHopHooray

      Feel you. Wish you could opt out of Father and Mothers Day stuff.

  • That One Guy

    That photo reminded to ask what happened to the Friday series where PoP interviewed various individuals? I like reading then.

  • skj84

    Rant: Something got messed up in payroll and my paycheck didn’t process. Manager is working on it, but I’m afraid I won’t get this weeks paycheck until next week. I leave for vacation tomorrow, and have stuff other bills coming up. Really need this check.
    Rave: I have enough in my account that its not a total emergency situation. 3 years ago that would not be the case. Glad I’m better at saving and managing my money.

  • artemis

    Rant: I am so tired and just emotionally spent at the end of this very long week.
    Rant: We’ve made the decision to euthanize our Grumpy Old Cat this weekend. She had a tumor as well as chronic kidney disease. She’s barely eating anything and has lost so much weight. It is the humane, right decision to make, but it doesn’t make the loss any less sad.
    Rave: Grateful in a sense that this is happening now and not later in the summer when my partner will be traveling for work.
    Rave: My awesome in laws who are always available when we need them. I really did win the in law lottery.

    • textdoc

      So sorry about your cat.

    • Anonamom

      I’m sorry, Artemis. Going through having to say goodbye to a pet is never easy. Hugs to you and your family. I’m glad you have the support of your in-laws

    • Andie302

      I’m so sorry to hear this and glad your partner will be there with you for the mutual support

    • I’m sorry to hear about your cat. Be sure to be kind to yourself and don’t second-guess your decision; it is the right one. Hugs!

    • Blithe

      I’m so sorry. Hugs to you — and to the Grumpy Old Cat if she would like them.

    • Emmaleigh504

      I’m sorry about your cat. You are absolutely doing the right thing to keep her from suffering.

    • LittleBluePenguin

      oh man, I’m so sorry artemis, that’s so hard! It is the kind decision, but it doesn’t make it suck any less. Hugs to you and your partner!

    • MPinDC

      Sorry to hear about your sweet Grumpy Old Cat, saying goodbye is never easy.

    • anonymouse_dianne

      Sorry you are losing Grump Old Cat. It’s the right thing to do. When you are ready there are tons of kittens.

    • artemis

      Thanks for your thoughtfulness, everyone.

    • anonymous

      So sorry to hear about your cat- always a tough decision, no matter how right it is. I’m sure she had a better life than most cats (and maybe most humans!), knowing she was well-loved and cared for.

    • So sorry – it’s always hard, but so much better knowing you can spare her suffering.

    • LedroitTigah

      I’m so sorry re your cat.

  • blues

    Rave: The lovely lady who gave me her Whole Foods bag after my bag from Trader Joe’s broke this morning on the way to work. I tried jamming everything I purchased into my purse but it wasn’t going to work.
    *
    Rant: 0 desire to be at work today.

    • hiphopanonymous

      +1 to lovely, helpful people! Last night while stuck in traffic we saw a family whose cooler got flipped and dumped its contents everywhere in the crosswalk. Three people passing by stopped to help them retrieve all of their items.

      • blues

        That is awesome.

  • topscallop

    Rave: it’s Friday!
    Rant: I think it’s going to be a long day, because I don’t have very much to do. I’m only 3 weeks into my new job but I think I could be doing more
    Rave: talking to my manager shortly, I’ll ask again for more to do
    Rave: fun weekend ahead, including a relatively short road trip to a wedding in VA that my fiance is getting very excited about (snacks! podcasts! meeting up with other friends for lunch on the way!) and then meeting my friend’s new baby when we get back
    Deep breath: I downloaded a simple-enough looking knitting pattern to try and make this kid a blanket, but I haven’t knit in years and all I know how to do is knit and purl. Oh well, I’ll give it a shot and see how I do. If I can’t figure it out myself, my mom can help me when I go home for a visit late July.

    • Andie302

      When I was deployed I had a lot of downtime between the beginning and ends of my shifts, so my mom sent me a beginner knitting kit with printed instructions. I seriously spent more than an hour trying to get started. I think that was one of the top three most frustrating things in my life. I concluded the drawings were deficient. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it! I haven’t tried knitting since!!!

    • Anon-a-knitter

      Hi! I have found that books/drawings are totally useless to me (and I’m a visual learner!) but there are an abundance of awesome videos online to help. My favorites are on Purl Bee, a blog by a knitting store in NY. The ladies at Looped in Dupont are also the NICEST and saved me from myself multiple times 🙂

    • textdoc

      Paging serious knitter MichelleinMD20721!

    • artemis

      Youtube is your friend! That’s how I taught myself the basics of casting on. I can still only knit and purl but I taught myself all that via Youtube tutorials.

      • Anonamom

        Agreed with this!! I never could hang with knitting, but I re-taught myself to crochet between baby #1 and baby #2 and actually got very good at it. If you are at all interested in crochet, I highly recommend the Art of Crochet by Teresa on YouTube. Her videos literally walk you through every step, and not just the easy stuff. I went from plain old blankets and granny square to making stuffed animals, booties, hats, and even dresses and sweaters by watching her videos and then branching out to patterns.

        • TSL

          +1. Crochet mistakes are much easier to recover from than knitting mistakes.

    • MadMax

      My wife is a pretty serious knitter and she’s in a few groups here in the area that teach people of all levels different patterns, and help them with patterns they’re working on. If you’re interested get my email from PoP and I’ll find out from her what their contact info is.

    • Blithe

      A Good Yarn, in Fells Point / Baltimore has (used to have?) drop-in classes where knitters could bring their projects and get help when they got stuck or needed congenial company while they worked on their projects. I don’t know the knitting stores here, but it could be worth calling a few shops to see if they have something similar. — Also, if you haven’t started it yet and the pattern looks too complicated, maybe consider picking another pattern? It will be equally cute, I’m sure, and possibly a lot less stressful for you.

    • topscallop

      Thanks, all!

    • jerdlngr

      Not sure where you’re located, but: I’m a serious (i.e. obsessed) knitter and am part of a knitting group that meets at the Columbia Heights Panera, at 14th & Irving. We meet every Saturday afternoon from 3ish-whenever. If you need help feel free to stop by sometime.

  • MPinDC

    Rave: Getting on the elevator, my bus app says the bus is now zero minutes away. Still, by the time I get outside the bus is just pulling up to the stop. Zero minutes can be 59 seconds
    Rant: The day before when the bus app says the bus is 4 mins away, then 5 mins away, then 22 mins away
    Rave: Multiple bus routes can get me from here to there and back again
    .
    Rave: Made broccoli farro salad (Smitten Kitchen) again, this time with farro instead of freekeh AND a crispy fried egg (also Smitten Kitchen). So good!!

    • bll

      that broc faro salad was amazing! we made it twice in two weeks, and I’m really looking forward to making it again. also how delish did the broc rubble crostinis look?!

  • Anonamom

    Rave: It’s Friday. But…
    Rant: Still working this weekend.
    Rave: Vacation in 2 weeks! But…
    Rant: All I can think about is everything that I need to do in the next two weeks at work.
    Side Note: Someone posted one of those “Millenials just have no work ethic” things on Facebook last night and it absolutely enraged me. The person who is really falling down on my team right now? The Boomer who can’t keep up, who decided to take the advice of another Boomer on another team to just “stay under the radar” as opposed to get up to our speed. So Boomers can take that shit, and their pensions and generous retirement packages that are no longer a thing, and shove it up their asses.

    • LittleBluePenguin

      I love you, Anonamom! I almost just spit out my coffee reading your side note! Hang in there, you can almost taste your vacation!

      • Anonamom

        LOL – and now you’ve just reminded me of Tina Turner in Drag. Yet another example of Boomer bull shit! Sigh. Has any one seen my fucks? I seem to have lost them all.

        • LittleBluePenguin

          Yeah, but she finally got called on it! Good riddance!

    • idontgetit

      The Baby Boomers I work with are the worse, and I’m technically one of them!

    • Emmaleigh504

      Huh. I just realized that I work with mostly Gen Xers. We have one Boomer on our team. However, our customers are a mix of Millennials and Gen Xers. I think people like to retire from my work.

      • MadMax

        I’m glad that as a Gen X’er people generally don’t blame us for much of anything.

        • AMDCer

          Agreed. Though we also don’t get credit for much, either…

          • MadMax

            I’m OK with that. People generally don’t show up with pitchforks over indifference.

        • HaileUnlikely

          Haha. Same here.

    • Ms. D

      Ah, the “pre-retirement” period. Unfortunately, in my office, the people on that are generally poor planners/performers in many aspects of their life, and they can’t retire because they don’t have the savings to do so. 1987 was long enough ago that only a very few active employees are still covered by CSRS. Even those that are and are on the pre-retirement plan generally have not been promoted as much, so their pay, and retirement benefit, is lower (hence the need to have savings; also the massive attitude to younger people who supervise them or “upstage” them in performance). So we get people trying to “coast” for 5+ years, while everyone else picks up the slack in a busy and understaffed office.
      .
      Fortunately my team is awesome. And all gen-X. But the Millenial employees we have (my team works with most other teams on a regular basis) are generally bright, driven, and curious. There’s always a few bad apples in every bushel, but at least for us, this is usually because of a job/skills mismatch, and they either work hard to be better at their job or accept help in finding a position they’re better suited for with the skills they currently have. Much preferred to the late X’ers and Boomers who throw their hands up in frustration at the slightest change and/or rant about how they used to do our job with “pen and paper” and don’t understand why the computer is necessary. I told one a while ago that if he was just going to complain and not pay attention (yeah, I’m in a position where I can say snarky things to people and there won’t be blowback that hits me…I have so many gems :)), that he was welcome to go ahead and calculate 130,000 lines of data by hand, but I would make sure no one was assigned to help him.

  • Andie302

    Rave: Got a text from my best friend this morning on my way to work: “This time next week you’ll be married” – I’m excited that it’s so close, and have seriously been feeling the love from family, friends, and strangers alike. People really do love love.
    Rant: Too chicken to put “Second time is a charm” on our wedding cake – mainly because that means I’d have to type it in an email. Is “Eat, Drink, and Remarry” equally tacky?

    • textdoc

      “Eat, drink, and remarry” made me LOL!

      • MPinDC

        Ditto!
        Put whatever makes you happy on your cake!

      • Anonamom

        I love this too!
        .
        Also, as a potential second-timer myself, I get it. For us, if we ever do it, it will most likely be on December 31st, and I think we’ll just send a screen shot of clicking the “married, filing jointly” as an announcement with a line to the effect of “just thought you might like to know we’re going for that extra deduction!”

        • Andie302

          My birthday is January 1st and 12/31 had a lot of appeal for us for several reasons: friends/family already plan on some sort of outing, you get the tax benefit of the whole year (I mean, the fiancé is an accountant), and I’m already celebrating my birthday. We just didn’t have quite enough time to pull it off! I love the idea of a NYE wedding through – you always have the next day off!

          • Anonamom

            It’s a strong contender! I am better off single, he isn’t. So he’ll have to convince me of that one! But i love the idea of a NYE wedding. Who doesn’t want fire works every year on their anniversary? Actually, scratch that, I know the answer to that one lol

          • eggs

            I’ve wanted to go to a NYE wedding for so long but none of my friends were willing to hold theirs on that date 🙁

        • LittleBluePenguin

          ha! Love it! And I love the “Eat, Drink and Remarry,” it’s clever and funny and not overly-serious!

    • artemis

      We had a small family wedding and a picnic that summer with friends. For our wedding picnic cake, we write “XXX days without divorce proceedings” — it made everyone laugh. I don’t think “Eat, Drink, and Remarry” is tacky.

      • Andie302

        I love it!

      • Anonamom

        Bahahahaha! I love this!
        .
        Divorce is such a funny thing. When asked about mine, I usually say it was the best $85 I ever spent (filing fee in DC at the time).

        • Andie302

          So true. The weird one for me is that my parents were married before they met. It’s strange to think about the whole other life they had with someone else before they got together and that those people then went on to have family’s with other partners. It’s fascinating to me.

          • artemis

            I find it fascinating and also comforting. So many people have this concept of finding “the one” and that there is only one soulmate (blech!). I like the idea that some relationships are only for a season (and no less valid, important, or meaningful as a result) and that we can have lovely (although different) lives with a variety of potential partners.

            I think of my LTR before I met my husband; that person is now married with a son very close to Baby Artie’s age. Our lives would be so different if we hadn’t parted when we did.

          • MadMax

            In a world with seven billion people it’s terrifying to think that there would only be One. I’m glad most of society (at least in the U.S.) has moved past that. I think the nature of disposable relationships we have now might be a bit too far over-correcting, but it’s better than the alternative at least.

          • Anonamom

            I tend to agree with MadMax here, and also artemis. What’s always seemed crazy to me is that my situation could have been very different had I just gotten pregnant two months sooner than I did (while visiting the UK and rekindling things with a former The One, as opposed to with an, ok, this could be fun for a minute future ex-husband). I tend to think of things in the moment any more. I love my SO and we work, but one day that may change, and that’s cool.

          • AMDCer

            When I first read this I thought it meant that your parents had been betrothed at birth and married to each other before they met one another… Reading comprehension fail – would have made for an interesting story, though!

          • textdoc

            AMDCer, I misread it similarly for a moment — that they were already married _to each other_ before they met!
            .
            (Like in those stories of medieval/Renaissance royal marriages where the parties were married by proxy.)

          • Andie302

            haha not the clearest communication – married to other people before they met!

        • Andie302

          So true. The weird one for me is that my parents were married before they met. It’s strange to think about the whole other life they had with someone else before they got together and that those people then went on to have family’s with other partners. It’s fascinating to me.

          • Andie302

            Hmmm…don’t know why this showed up twice! Dan you’re welcome to delete the duplicate if you’re watching closely.

    • Emmaleigh504

      I love “eat, drink, and remarry”! It’s fun!

    • topscallop

      “Eat, drink, remarry” is hilarious and you should do it. How exciting that you’re a week away! Yesterday the Knot reminded me we’re 100 days away from ours. Yay for love!

    • MadMax

      Sounds funny to me, if you’re going through it a second time I’m sure you’re already aware how little what other people think matters 🙂 We definitely took that into consideration with our planning.

  • LittleBluePenguin

    Rave: It’s Friday already – dang, being sick makes for a very short week!
    Rant: Didn’t sleep well last night, kept waking myself up with coughing fits and then getting woken up by my older kitty have sneezing/coughing fits.
    Rave? I have an appointment for her to get an injection of antibiotics on Monday evening, so hopefully that will help her feel better
    Rant? Not sure how much this will cost, or what it means if it does help – will she need more?
    Rave: Grateful to have a little bit of a savings set aside for things like this – or for whatever the stat chest xrays I had on Monday will cost me!

  • idontgetit

    Rave: My medical procedure yesterday went well and the good news is they eliminated some of the potential “bad” causes but
    Rant: More tests need to be run.
    Rant: The Lyft driver on the way home who twice drove down one-way streets (“That’s not what GPS said!”)
    Rave: Amazon Prime Beef.

    • Emmaleigh504

      Glad your procedure went well. Best wishes that your tests are good.

      • textdoc

        Ditto!

      • LedroitTigah

        +100000

        also, what is this amazon prime beef you speak of?

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rave: Spent yesterday morning at the National History Day awards ceremony. Always a great time. It does my heart good to see so many young people excited about history.
    Rave: After several busy weekends in a row, nothing planned for this weekend. I may go for a hike, or I may just stay in my jammies and read books all weekend.

  • Planner

    Afternoon Rant: OF COURSE the day I have to leave early – just at 4pm, not like I am living it up a lot – there’s a deliverable that is supposed to go through me, except the people upstream aren’t delivering…
    although we asked them for it COB Wednesday….
    and OF COURSE my immediate colleagues are all avoiding me as they know I will have to drop it on them, to handle the last step,
    because I will not miss this doctor appt,
    which has been on the team calendar for three months.
    (Ironically, the appt is about blood pressure….hah!)
    Thanks! to all of them. Bah.

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