Kevin Costner's Russian's Rusty: Washington DC Metropolitan Area Thread II

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I live in Shaw, for my sins, and am currently posting from that big shiny new coffee joint at 14th & V. It's pretty weird--the owners' liberation-artspace vibe is clashing with the clientele, who seem to be Ellington kids using the place as their dorm cafeteria. Could become a Saint-Ex situation, in which an okay place is quickly taken over by 50% decent people, 50% total tools. 10-90 on weekends.

How's the cold turkey going? Quitting smoking for five days is pretty impressive, seriously.

Stephen X (Stephen X), Saturday, 15 October 2005 16:44 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I live in Takoma Park, in the section closer to Silver Spring, which the snootier Takoma Parkers like to call "the bad side." It's like living through "Pretty in Pink." But I think they may be right-- I did get robbed at gunpoint on my third day there.

ng-unit, Saturday, 15 October 2005 18:51 (twelve years ago) Permalink

the cold turkey is brutal... i am OK all day but as soon as i have a beer i need a cig. and of course it has to be nice out today, perfect for sitting outside and smoking. saint-ex wasn't toolified last time i was there but that was a year ago... now they're banning popped collars, right?

bored now (schmanktenputchka), Saturday, 15 October 2005 21:32 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I live in Takoma Park, in the section closer to Silver Spring, which the snootier Takoma Parkers like to call "the bad side."

Silver Spring = hardcore dangerous. Our new Ann Taylor Loft only sells Mad Max style leather vests and bandoliers.

adam (adam), Sunday, 16 October 2005 01:25 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Ha ha ha. The political bumper stickers on every car in Takoma must ward off the bad ju-ju coming from that direction.

ng-unit, Sunday, 16 October 2005 11:26 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Is that place on 14th and V the new politcal utopian place (I forget the name?). Politics and Anglers? Poets and Sandinistas?

I met a friend today at Cafe Bonaparte in G'town. Yummy crepes. Also walked past the C&O canal, around the waterfront park and up Book Hill to the G'town library, which is unfortunately, not open on Sundays.

Dropped some $$ at Urban Outfitters on a green le Tigre track jacket that I soo did not need. but, pretty pink tiger. Went into H&M but the few basic black velvet and black corduroy jackets only available in plus and minus sizes. Was hearkened by the sight of the Lacoste store but not cheered by the merch within. Tried on the navy-blue "boy blazer" at J, Crew, but so not worth the money and the duds at Zara left me cold. The military brigade seems to have ususped the peasants. Found a nice argyle sweater at Commander Salamander but already have the cardigan in a different color scheme.

Tried to go to see Tony Takatani at the E, but couldn't find parking, got confused, gave up and came home. Maybe tomorrow. Must see.

Mary (Mary), Monday, 17 October 2005 00:45 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Kiki & Herb are coming!!

ng-unit, Monday, 17 October 2005 01:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I asked my mom if she would like to go to their show. She looked at their picture in the newspaper, and said, "Gross! Why would I want to see that? ( . . . ) "Are they in drag or something?!"

Mary (Mary), Monday, 17 October 2005 01:21 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Busboys and Poets, isn't it? The name is off putting to me but in fairness I haven't seen it so I don't know a thing really. Didn't make it over to U Street this visit (I am out of town again, hopefully back soon and having an actual place to live instead of house sitting/crashing on friend's couch etc).

H&M at Tyson's Corner had a few awesome tops, navy blue w/knotted detail at the neckline, fantastic. Didn't have any cash though. In fact I was returning a $8 top to get cash for the drive out of the city because I was running so short. oops! Almost bought a totally preppy navy wool fitted blazer with gold buttons from teh Goodwill a few weeks ago, but at the last minute put it back because the sleeves a touch too short (as usual).

Searching for a place to live completely sucks. Maybe I should try to find guy housemates. Whenever I go to see a place and the potential housemate is a girl, I don't know, I either get the smug competitive vibe or the passive aggressive "I don't like you for no reason" vibe. The other day I called up this dude from a Craigslist ad who had a nice sounding place off Connecticut and after I politely ask if the room was still available, he's like (sarcasm) "No, I just really wanted to talk to a bunch of random strangers so I thought I'd post an ad." Hey, excuse you, asshole!

dar1a g (daria g), Monday, 17 October 2005 01:24 (twelve years ago) Permalink

That's the name. I looked at their website and realize they are names after Langston Hughes and am chastined.

Really wanting a preppy navy school-style blazer, so bad I walked into American Eagle today bc I had a strange feeling that I had seen such a garment in one of the various American Teen mags. I only walked a few steps in, didn't see it, realized I'd have to go upstairs, looked at the doorman and walked out again.

I've also seen one from Brooks Brothers which is cheaper than the J Crew one, but not by much, and if the J Crew one had fittedness problems, was a bit boxy, I imagine the BB one would be a lot worse.

Good luck, D. I hope something comes through.

I tried on these Free People plaid pleated and cuffed trousers today, but the zipper was so short--it was very strange, like half the size of the a regular zipper. They were like fake pants or something.

Went through the G'town flea market also, slim pickens but it was a beautiful day.

Mary (Mary), Monday, 17 October 2005 01:34 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I've been hunting for one too, that one I did find was pretty excellent (I think this was the Goodwill in Alexandria on.. is it Rt 7?) but the sleeves.. well, in retrospect I should've bought it. Did you think of trying the boys section, maybe Gap or a department store? It didn't fit in the shoulders sadly, but another great navy jacket I found at a Goodwill and put back was Dior boys, on me it had 3/4 sleeves but that looked OK, somehow.

I was out in Fairfax County for a couple days at a temp job and someone ripped the Maryland Democrats sticker off my car. Now I have to find the spare & see if I still have that extra Kerry for President sticker to put next to it. thanks, Virginia.

dar1a g (daria g), Monday, 17 October 2005 01:42 (twelve years ago) Permalink

4 ilx0rs in one apartment complex!

petesmith (plsmith), Monday, 17 October 2005 02:49 (twelve years ago) Permalink

ha ha, I apologize for my state. My car is sticker free for now, I can't think of anything that I'd really like to put on it, so I have yet to engage in the sticker war. However, my across-the-street neighbors awoke one morning to find eco terrorism had been commited! Someone wrote with chalk on their cars "Gas guzzlers," and similar. The suspect is the son our neighbors who hosted the Dean fundraiser last election period.

Yeah, the Brooks Brothers blazer I saw in a photo shoot was actually from the boys' department, not the pseudo "boy's blazer" FOR WOMEN offered by J. Crew. The J Crew one had kinda puffy shoulders and wasn't very tailored. i would think it would have been more slim-fitting. Blazers are so damn expensive though.

Mary (Mary), Monday, 17 October 2005 02:55 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Maybe the shoulders are supposed to be over-wide, to make you look manly-womanly?

Mary (Mary), Monday, 17 October 2005 03:04 (twelve years ago) Permalink

They always go on sale.. with Crew maybe the petites is better to get the proportions right?

Hm... You could always have the buttons changed..

Gap boys wool uniform blazer

dar1a g (daria g), Monday, 17 October 2005 03:21 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The secret to living in Rosslyn is to get the fuck out whenever possible.

Kaz Sushi Bistro is a shining beacon of hope in the Farragut rectum.

I am perturbed by the number of people who are all up and about and headed to work at 7am. Jesus.

TOMBOT, Monday, 17 October 2005 12:10 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Fed Hate:

We can't just go with tried-and-true DoD solutions because what does DoD know about what our agency needs LOL PWNED

I've been at the same pay grade for twelve years no I haven't heard of the "Peter Principle" how is that spelled LOL PWNED

We need to get this documented and approved by the SES we don't want to do anything without two months of meetings and writeups because it's proven fact that two months of meetings and writeups prior to starting action ensures that I can't be held responsible for my mistakes LOL PWNED

Who cares if we actually do anything all day, we work from 6:30am to 2:30pm so barely anybody notices, not like we're ever around to answer our own fucking phonecalls LOL PWNED

Sent from my BlackBerry Wireless Handheld LOL PWNED

TOMBOT, Monday, 17 October 2005 12:43 (twelve years ago) Permalink

T/S: FISMA vs. DOD 8500.1 vs. Sarbanes-Oxley section 404!!!

TOMBOT, Monday, 17 October 2005 12:48 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Working for the gov't for a while confirmed most of the bad things I'd heard about it, but I must admit that even I was impressed when some of my coworkers developed a watch schedule so that they could take turns sleeping in a large drawer without being caught. This took place, by the way, smack dab in the middle of a bustling research room.

Zack Richardson (teenagequiet), Monday, 17 October 2005 12:50 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I have been to Dreamo's. I have drank teh Sparks. And played teh beer pong (Sparks pong?). Then everyone FOUGHT.

Do they usually have no A/C in that joint or was it just the night we were there?

Allyzay knows a little German (allyzay), Monday, 17 October 2005 13:23 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Oh dear, rumors are afloat that the smallish fed contractor for which I work about to be acquired by a mega huge military-industrial complex contractor! What should I do??? I mean, I'm OK with working for my current Man, but working for the Big Scary Man of two names (first of which starts with an el, second of which starts with an em)? Hmmm.

quincie, Monday, 17 October 2005 14:59 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Actually what I kind of meant to ask is which would be worse: working for the Big Scary Man or becoming an actual fed?

quincie, Monday, 17 October 2005 15:01 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Oh, those guys. I dunno.. my brother works for a smallish contractor and my parents are always like, hey, why don't you apply to places like el em. The difference between that and actual fed is that the Big Scary Man PAYS A LOT MORE.

One of my coworkers at a recent temp gig was a guy who spent the summer working at DOJ. In order to use up all the money in their budget they hired a bunch of temps to shuffle paper and file things and sit around listening to music, at $25/hour. I so missed out.. LOL PWNX0R3D

dar1a g (daria g), Monday, 17 October 2005 15:07 (twelve years ago) Permalink

BSM may pay more, true, but he won't let you go on vacation for more than two weeks. Whereas it appears that Big Gov MAKES you go on vacation every two weeks! Of this I am envious. Also: phat retirement benfits from Big Gov (so I hear; is this actually true?).

quincie, Monday, 17 October 2005 15:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink

LM's bennies, sensationalist style by the WP: Lockheed To Cut Employee Benefits (as in, LM to stop pension program for new employees and cap tuition reimbursement at $7500 a year, which is still like 2-3x what everybody else offers, while doubling the amounts it pays on everybody's health and dental plans and giving everybody $150K in life insurance)

I know one guy who is going back to GS world from LM because our project is totally frustrating to him, and he wants "challenging as in having to use my brain, not challenging as in having to work 60 hour weeks" which I totally understand. He's getting them to match his play at GS-12 step something, which is not bad, and he knows the people there and likes the position.

OTOH he is the only, only, only person I know who has decided to go back to GS from the contracting world who isn't already at basically the GS-15/SES level.

I don't think the Big Scary Man is so scary anymore. 3 weeks vacation! Not 2!

TOMBOT, Monday, 17 October 2005 15:23 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I've had the impression people who become feds stay feds for significant periods of time & eventually become kind of.. weird. Workplace culture v. stagnant. Am I right?

dar1a g (daria g), Monday, 17 October 2005 15:28 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The federal government's hiring practice is to take whoever the fuck they can get and then hope that nobody else will ever give them a better offer. And yeah that also tends to contibrute to stagnation and weirdness!

Northrop Grumman & Lockheed Martin's hiring practices are to offer people boatloads of money so that they don't go to work for anybody else. Which contributes to skyrocketing turnover and a real estate bubble!


TOMBOT, Monday, 17 October 2005 15:30 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Dammit, this has me tempted again to apply at these places. I had ruled out working for a defense contractor because I personally don't believe in it, but man, I could so use the money.. but.. arrgh. No offense intended, many close friends and some immediate family are in this line of work right now.

dar1a g (daria g), Monday, 17 October 2005 15:41 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Gap doesn't support my browser so I can't see the blazer that will deliver me from lack of preppiness. LOL PWNED.

I love working for the government, though I work for the little g, city government. I only work part-time and they offer healthcare and holidays. I don't work Mondays, but every time there's a national holiday on a Monday, I get to work 6 hours less during that week. However, one of co-workers absconded to Lebanon for the past three months, so I have to work every other Saturday to fill in for her. LOL PWNED.

Mary (Mary), Monday, 17 October 2005 15:54 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Another bonus about contractors vice govt direct hire positions: Contractors will turn around and get back to you for an interview (or tell you no) in a matter of days. You can be at a job fair on Tuseday and have a FedEx'd job offer on Friday. Govt agencies' turnaround processes take two to three months or more unless you have an "in" in which case you're still left in a holding pattern for at least a couple or three weeks.

TOMBOT, Monday, 17 October 2005 16:01 (twelve years ago) Permalink

That was exactly my experience. When I decided to relocate to DC I applied for a couple of Fed jobs at NIH, at least two of which I was ridiculously well qualified for. The application process was a complete pain in the ass compared to applying for a "normal" job, what with all the forms and the KSAs and shit.

About three months later (long after I had taken my contracting job), I got a notice that one of my applications had made it out of the first tier of bureaucracy and that whatever office if was forwarded it to would be getting around to looking at it in three MORE months. Now, perhaps there are a lot of people out there who are willing to sit around for six months to find out if they got a job or not, but I'm not one of them.

The job I did take went something like this: sent resume and cover letter on Tuesday. Got a call to schedule an interview on Wednesday. Preliminary offer Thursday. One day of salary negotiations. FedEx with offical offer arrived on Saturday.

Now that I do hiring myself I've gotten to employ the seven-day resume-to-offer-letter schedule, so it wasn't just me; meanwhile, I'm still waiting to hear about that NIH job three and a half years later.

quincie, Monday, 17 October 2005 19:06 (twelve years ago) Permalink

OK, I have a stupid question, so should I go and rent a PO Box in DC or what? I'd been using my friend's address on my resume, where I stay sometimes, and didn't think it was a big deal, because if I don't have a DC area address, who is going to call me back about a job. And every time I see a place to rent I get the questions about where do I work! Of course I'm out of town again so have to drive three hours back to the city to do the PO Box rental.. fuck. I am so out of energy and patience these days.

dar1a g (daria g), Monday, 17 October 2005 23:36 (twelve years ago) Permalink

And why not, I'll just throw this out again, anyone who knows anyone in DC who needs a housemate please hit me up with an email. $800 or so a month is probably about the upper limit of what I can afford. In DC. Not "we're so close to the city, it's right by 395 and outside the door is a bus that takes you on a ten minute ride to the Ballston metro." I really need to live in the city, it's not snobbery, just that it really gets me down to be out in the 'burbs where there's nothing going on and it's hard to get out much.

dar1a g (daria g), Monday, 17 October 2005 23:48 (twelve years ago) Permalink

are you dead set on having a roommate or is an efficiency acceptable?
Because there are places

TOMBOT, Tuesday, 18 October 2005 10:56 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Is it a peculiarly washintonian affliction that by brain keeps spinning "posse comitatus" to the tune of "funky cold medina?"

quincie, Tuesday, 18 October 2005 12:19 (twelve years ago) Permalink

That's a kinda sketchy block isn't it? I briefly lived a few blocks down 13th right by U St, but not far away the neighborhoods aren't so great. Not eager to live in another place where I have to deal with frequent car break-ins and the occasional shooting right around the corner..

dar1a g (daria g), Tuesday, 18 October 2005 14:20 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i would love to live at 13th and u. there are sketchy blocks not far, but living right on u st, right near the green line, and alone! for under $800 ! sounds pretty great.

carly (carly), Tuesday, 18 October 2005 14:29 (twelve years ago) Permalink

It's not at 13th and U though, it's several blocks up the street, meaning it's past this big hill with Florida Ave at the bottom. I'm just saying I did use to live near there (as well as a half mile up toward Petworth) and it wasn't safe at all. Maybe I'll drive past and check it out next time I'm in the city though. I mean I don't want to live in a place again where I am afraid to walk out the door alone after dark, I've done it before and I don't need the stress.

dar1a g (daria g), Tuesday, 18 October 2005 15:03 (twelve years ago) Permalink

It's not at 13th and U though, it's several blocks up the street, meaning it's past this big hill with Florida Ave at the bottom. I'm just saying I did use to live near there (as well as a half mile up toward Petworth) and it wasn't safe at all. Maybe I'll drive past and check it out next time I'm in the city though. I mean I don't want to live in a place again where I am afraid to walk out the door alone after dark, I've done it before and I don't need the stress.

I'm always surprised by how friends of mine have managed to get along in sketchy neighborhoods like "oh, it'll be fine, don't worry about it," but I guess I don't have their good luck.

dar1a g (daria g), Tuesday, 18 October 2005 15:05 (twelve years ago) Permalink

oh, i see. well check out the block. petesmith's friends live over there and were having a nice time last time i checked, but all reports are that things really vary by the block.

when my former roommates and i were looking for a place we looked at a beautiful house on harvard btween 16 and 15, and we talked to neighbors, many of whom had been there for 5+ years and seen the safety of the neighborhood improve greatly. we asked the current tenants if they'd had any troubles, and one replied, "oh no, not at all, no troubles, it's very safe. ...except the day we moved in someone smashed all the windows to my girlfriend's car and stole all her stuff out of it."

which we decided was not okay.

carly (carly), Tuesday, 18 October 2005 15:13 (twelve years ago) Permalink

we looked at a new condo being built near 13th and euclid (at the top of that hill) and it seemed "safe" enough. (the condo units, of course, were tiny and insanely priced.) but yeah, i probably wouldn't recommend walking up the hill from the u street metro at night.

on the other hand, i've had my car broken into twice in two years at 15th & Q, there's been a pcp-enraged stabbing down the block, a mugging across the street last week, etc. nowhere is really all that safe.

um, i don't know what's required to get a p.o. box, but if you need a person on location i could probably help you.

mookieproof (mookieproof), Tuesday, 18 October 2005 17:07 (twelve years ago) Permalink

This thread is kind of negative and bleak, similar to the feeling one gets when living in NOVA, or going out to Adams Morgan on a saturday night.

Anyway, three things I like about the DC area right now:

1). Wonderland.
2). CDepot
3). Mulligan's grill in College Park when it's 4:00 PM on a saturday afternoon, no one is there, and my roomate is bartending.

Can someone address the opinion I've heard that The Black Cat dance nights are like the psuedo-hipster/hipster single person's paradise? I've never been. Not saying I'm a hipster.

Scott H, Tuesday, 18 October 2005 18:09 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i don't know about black cat dance nights, but i maintain that the whole foods at 14th & P is the hipster single person's paradise

mookieproof (mookieproof), Tuesday, 18 October 2005 18:15 (twelve years ago) Permalink

That is probably true about the Black Cat dance nights. I haven't been, though..

I've had the window smashed on my car (U St) and that was annoying but there were regularly smashed car windows on that block all the time (don't leave stuff in your car parked on the street around there, duh..) What I did mind was Petworth someone totally busted up the car door lock, I got mugged, and I also heard gunshots sometimes. Not cool. My friends were always like "oh, it's not that bad around here.." Sure, it's fine, except I worry about having a gun pulled on me again every time I walk out the fucking door!

I guess the degree of annoying stuff you'll have in Logan Circle is one thing but that walk in the dark uphill past Florida Ave is not one I want to be doing all the time, is my sense of it. Right by U St metro and a bit south is OK just because there are tons of people around all the time and especially late on the weekends.

Thanks for the offer re: PO Box, I'm driving back for a couple days this weekend to see a few places and take care of some stuff, I'll just do it then.

dar1a g (daria g), Tuesday, 18 October 2005 18:16 (twelve years ago) Permalink

judging by my purposefully minimal experience w/bc dance nights, i can say that they do appear to be total meat markets

Zack Richardson (teenagequiet), Tuesday, 18 October 2005 18:17 (twelve years ago) Permalink

as i recall cdepot IS a wonderland.

i'm feeling a lot of enthusiasm for this bleakness.

black cat dance nights are best entered into with good friends, a great amount of alcohol and a minimum of self consciousness. i don't know that anything in DC is a hipster/single person's paradise. i don't know that anything in DC is EITHER a hipster's paradise OR a single person's paradise.

carly (carly), Tuesday, 18 October 2005 18:19 (twelve years ago) Permalink

you moved to NYC, right? are you pleased with your choice?

mookieproof (mookieproof), Tuesday, 18 October 2005 18:24 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i am. it was time for a change, though this thread is making me nostalgic for dc. as far as cities go, i like nyc better, though i've been told it's not a good idea to try to compare the two. dc felt a lot more knowable, which is probably why i like this thread, whereas nyc is a little difficult to come to terms with a lot of the time.

this is the first time in a long time that i'm not coexisting in both cities, which might be another reason i'm gravitating towards this thread.

carly (carly), Tuesday, 18 October 2005 18:39 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i'd ask you how dc is for you, mookieproof, but i think that's the general question of the thread!

carly (carly), Tuesday, 18 October 2005 18:43 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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