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by Prince Of Petworth July 7, 2017 at 3:15 pm 0

Photo by PoPville flickr user Jim Havard

“Dear PoPville,

I have rented out my 4-5 bedroom house to families for the last decade. It is in a very sought-after neighborhood. Since I am an absentee landlord, I mostly staying with friends when I spend time in DC. But I am getting tired of being a guest and am considering converting about half of my house’s large english basement into a small unit that I could occupy when I am in town a few months a year. It has a separate entrance and I would figure out a way to separate utilities or work out a cost-sharing deal with the tenants. The house is solidly built and I doubt they would ever be aware of me, and vice-versa. I have no interest in annoying or snooping on my tenants! I am curious if your readers would find such an arrangement acceptable if the house otherwise were what they are looking for and the price were right?

by Prince Of Petworth July 7, 2017 at 1:15 pm 0

Photo by PoPville flickr user nevermindtheend

“Dear PoPville,

Yesterday afternoon I was riding the Red Line from Takoma to Dupont Circle. I was reading a book on my iPhone, which is what I typically do on the Metro, when suddenly an unknown image appeared on my screen and a message asked if I wanted to accept the image from someone I didn’t know. I believe this was the AirDrop functionality that I had recently enabled to send some photos to a friend and forgot to turn off. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth July 6, 2017 at 12:45 pm 0

Photo by PoPville flickr user John Sonderman

“Dear PoPville,

While enjoying a picnic with 3 other friends at Picnic Area 16 in Rock Creek Park on the 4th of July, I witnessed and had a disturbing interaction with U.S. Park Police. First, I watched as two officers pulled up at the picnic grounds next to ours, about 80 yards away, where a Hispanic family was peacefully enjoying the holiday afternoon. The two white officers jumped out of their SUV and immediately started rifling through the bags and coolers of the family (in front of their young children, no less). We watched quietly from our table, troubled but silent. After the officers appeared to take some items from the family and place them in their truck, they then drove quickly across the grass toward the table where we were picnicking.

The officer driving, stepped out of his truck and as he walked toward us, said, “This is my 24th 4th of July spent away from my family.” It was obvious that he intended to let us know that he was in a foul mood and that we were required to have a respectful attitude toward him if we wanted this interaction to end well. He made reference to smelling alcohol in the air (all the more unbelievable since he drove over from a distance of about 80 yards) and said that it was weird that we were drinking out of mason jars on the picnic table. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth July 6, 2017 at 10:00 am 0

Photo by PoPville flickr user Phil

“Dear PoPville,

I know fireworks are so yesterday, but can we talk about the increase in popularity of the explosive bomb-like fireworks this year? You know the ones I’m talking about. See attached videos. Is it just me or were there more of these than usual? My front door transom broke after one of these let off near my house. In one video you’ll see a car roll past the device 3 seconds before it explodes while another car waits ten feet from it.

There was a block party in my neighborhood where they kept lighting them off. We tried asking them to stop. The police came 3 times. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth June 30, 2017 at 2:30 pm 0

Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr.TinDC

“Dear PoPville,

I am looking for a clinic to receive my weekly allergy shots. I was told by my previous allergist that I could find any willing medical clinic (not necessarily an allergy clinic), but have called around to many places who say I should only be looking for allergy clinics. Do any of your readers have a go-to clinic for weekly injections? I live near 14th and Florida – am looking for a place I can walk to or take a short metro ride to.”

by Prince Of Petworth June 29, 2017 at 2:45 pm 0

“Dear PoPville,

I’ve been researching this topic for months with little success, so now I’m hoping that the local citizens of PoPville might know of a good solution.

We recently moved into a new place in Edgewood with a small-ish backyard and no storage for lawn care tools. Six months in, and the grass is mostly dead due to multiple factors, but for the most part, it’s because of our dog. We’re planning to redo the entire yard, and I’d like to give our little guy a place to go that won’t turn into a mud pit/dust bowl shortly after installation. I’ve considered mulch and pea gravel, but he likes eating both (weirdo).

This pretty much leaves me looking at synthetic grass solutions. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth June 28, 2017 at 12:30 pm 0

“Dear PoPville,

I had a discussion with a friend after receiving the tab at a restaurant for a to-go order and was wondering:

How would you tip on a to-go check if you saw a taxable $2 to-go fee? I’ve dined-in at the same establishment and received to-go containers for leftovers and was never charged. So I can only assume the fee is for the individual(s) that bag the order…therefore a tip wouldn’t really be needed?? I was conflicted and was wondering how others view to-go fees plus tipping etiquette at restaurants.”


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