Real World DC preview

December 30, 2009

Tonight, the long anticipated Season Premier of the Real World DC airs at 10pm. If you aren’t at The Roots show like everyone and their mother, or out at a long lasting happy hour as I plan to be, I would love to hear what everyone thinks of this. This past summer was entertaining, running into cast members here and there and maybe even stalking the Real World house at 20 and S since I live right next door. I would not be surprised to see myself on camera, to be honest. I know they did make an appearance at Goody’s as well, so hope my people there get some fame from this if nothing else.

Spoiler alert – I just stumbled upon this article . If you, like me, are not planning to alter your life to be home in time to view the show on air tonight, read this for a stellar review. Sums it up nicely.


The Year in Review

December 30, 2009

Time flies when you’re having fun, and on that note, another year has passed us by. Here’s a quick summary of some of the important things that stood out to me in 2009:

  1. Inauguration – first black President of the United States inaugurated on January 20, 2009. This alone was historical. But what made it even more surreal was being in DC during this time and being a part of the celebration. I have never seen anything like that in my life and I feel incredibly lucky to have been a part of it all.
  2. Metro disasters of 2009 – this, on the other hand, is something I’d rather forget. No doubt everyone heard about the nine deaths in June on the red line. Apparently, the death toll for 2009 is now at 12. As recently as this past Sunday, another person was struck by a metro train. Will this madness ever end?
  3. Move to DC – I finally made the move in May.  While I was initially pretty homesick for Arlington and do sometimes miss living in the Clarendon bubble, I can now say that DC has grown on me. I love the convenience, I love the diversity of the people, I love being able to walk everywhere. I officially love it. Really, what was I thinking living in Arlington for almost 5 years? My Clarendon days can be summarized in their entirety by the Arlington Rap. One of the few things Arlington has going for it are my friends and Goody’s. But, I still love you ATown.
  4. Michael Jackson’s death – sad.
  5. Tiger Woods – I’m so sick of this story that I choose not to elaborate on it, but figured I had to mention it here.
  6. UConn beats Notre Dame…in football – in case you live under a rock, UConn beat Notre Dame, in South Bend no less, on November 21, 2009. I love my UConn basketball, but you can’t beat a good football game, and this was a historic win. After only six years (is that right?) as a 1-A program, Huskies football is officially legit. Next year, we play Michigan..holla. And don’t forget to check us out in the Papa John’s Bowl this Saturday at 2pm.  Unfortunately here I do have to mention the senseless killing of cornerback Jasper Howard. RIP
  7. DC Blizzard of ’09 – DC gets pelted with almost two feet of snow in December, bringing the city to a standstill. Even though the storm was on a Saturday, the feds closed the following Monday, which I really couldn’t complain about. Having a storm like this in December begs the question – what is in store for the rest of the winter?
  8. Sara becomes more domestic – by domestic, I mean I started to cook this past fall. A miracle in itself, I know. But I am actually enjoying being creative in the kitchen, when just this past summer, the most I did was make grilled cheese (with the cheese, if I was lucky) once every two months. Not bad if I do say so myself. Guess that’s what these cold winter months will do to you.
  9. I realized how lucky I am – most of you probably know that we had some illness in our family this past year, and we were successfully able to get through the tough times together. Unfortunately, I know of many others who were not as lucky. I am thankful that my family is now healthy and we have only emerged stronger from this year’s adversity. Tough times like these make you realize what is really important in life, and that is family and friends. Make the most of your time with them while you still have it. Love you guys.
  10. Health reform passes – I didn’t think this would actually happen this year, if ever in my lifetime, but it actually has. We only have to get through conference, and let the madness begin. After not being able to successfully pass reform since Medicare and Medicaid were created in 1965, it is pretty much a miracle.
  11. Ted Kennedy passes away – was shocked to see this on the news this past August morning. While we all knew he was afflicted with brain cancer, there was no warning that he would pass so suddenly. If there is a bright side to look at here, we passed health reform in his name and I think it fueled the fire.
  12. DC records lowest homicide rate in 40 years – This year, only 138 deaths have been recorded due to homicide in the District. Fine, Arlington only had 2 this year (yes – TWO!!!! see Clarendon bubble). Despite 138 seeming high, it is 25% lower than last year. Compared to the 479 homicides in 1991, 138 is a walk in the park. Are you kidding me with 479?
  13. Still single – a friend once told me the old wive’s tale that if a girl wear’s red panties on New Years Eve, she will be proposed to within the year. I wore red panties on NYE last year, and as far as I can tell, am still single. But hey, while the lack of sex certainly sucks, I’d rather be single than in an unsatisfactory relationship or an unhappy marriage. Call me picky, but in my old age and with some extensive, excrutiatingly painful experience, I have finally determined what I am looking for in a man. Here’s to meeting him in 2010. Maybe I’ll test out some black panties this year.
  14. Drank too much – I know this is also hard to believe, but DC got the best of me again in 2009 and I partied entirely too much. Way more so than I would like to admit.  I don’t know if it was a combination of boating, my delinquent friends, Dewey debauchery, or a combination of all of the above, but I plan to make 2010 a much slower drinking year, which is a good thing. And yes, I am still planning to do the Dew, don’t fret.
  15. Sara discovers blogging – last, but probably most importantly, I discovered blogging. While I’ve only been in the game for a few months now, boy, has it been a ride. Looking to go bigtime soon (i.e. publish web address on facebook). I even have randoms reading the thing, although I have no clue how they got a hold of it. Your readership and compliments on the blog keep me going – thanks for all the encouragement! This whole blogging thing is entirely too much fun.

That’s about all I’ve got for you now folks. 2009 has been a joy, but it’s time to move on to bigger and better things in 2010. Only time will tell what life has in store for us. Celebrate what you’ve accomplished in 2009, and think positively for 2010. Happy new year everyone!

the crowd at President Obama's Inauguration

our view of the Inauguration

Windy DC = garbage all over the city

December 29, 2009

So yesterday I mentioned the cold, but have you seen this wind? It is now not only horrendous outside, but downright unpleasant. Usually I work up a sweat walking in my big puffy coat to work. Not today. Today I had to pretty much de-thaw upon entering the building. So I’m walking down T Street to the metro this morning, and notice garbage strewn everywhere along the sidewalk and street. Figure one garbage can blew over from the wind. I keep walking and notice more and more garbage in lawns and just all over the place. Turn the corner onto 13th street and then see the culprit is not one, but every garbage can in the vicinity. Garbage cans on lawns, in the street, I even saw a newspaper rack knocked to its feet. This wind is pretty impressive. Does anyone else find these pictures amusing?

metro blogging material is endless

December 28, 2009

I’m blogging on the metro. I am sitting in the handicap seats, obviously. Dude across from me is blatantly picking his nose. This is no average pick. He must be digging for gold or something. My guess is that he ate it too, but I’m not entirely certain; the dig was so disgusting that I had to look away. He also makes this odd grunting noise every 10 seconds or so. Perhaps he actually belongs in the handicap seats. Or shall I call them seats for retarded people?

By the way, have any of my DC readers been graced with the presence of this one highly entertaining metro driver? I was just on his train. He is so excited about driving the train; always livens up the commute. It usually goes something like this “orange line train to Vieeennnnaaa.” He talks like a gameshow host or something. I suppose riding metro can sometimes be like a game with the randomness that happens on it, so that is fitting. Just glad he wasn’t one of the drivers axed for the many metro issues of 2009.

I am icicle

December 28, 2009

It is horrendously cold outside. The only thing this crap is good for is skiing and cuddling. Any takers?

See also blizzard babies. Not saying I want to have babies, that might detract the takers.

December 28

December 28, 2009

special shoutout to my friends Jen and Ant, as today is their 30th and 29th birthdays, respectively.  Happy birthday friends!  😀

shooting yourself in the foot > dealing with Verizon Fios

December 28, 2009

The highlight of the drive home to CT for Christmas was my sister, Jean, duking it out with Verizon Fios.  I haven’t had that kind of good laugh in a while.  Long story short, my sister had some serious issues with their customer service.  I for one, found it odd when Verizon Fios called me a few times, leaving a message that they would be coming to my apartment to fix some problem I had called about.  Being in DC and forced to utilize the monopoly that is Comcast, I figured they just had a wrong number.  Well I happened to pick up one day when they called, and realized that they were actually calling for my sister.  People do mistake Jean and I constantly, but this was a new low.  How they got my number we have no idea.  Regardless, I play along, and ask the date and times that she should be available for when they stop by to fix the issue.  They give me the date, and then tell me that they are giving her/me an ALL DAY window for when they should stop by.  Now, normally service technicians will tell you to be home from 8-11 or 4-8.  But ALL DAY?!!!  Are you kidding me with that window?  I was dumbfounded and literally laughed at them when they told me this.  This, in fact, wholeheartedly called for a phhhhhhh.

But that isn’t the best part of the story.  Each time they would tell my sister to be home on one of these days to fix her internet service, giving her the all day window no less, they neglected to show up, but recorded that they did show up.  This started back in August.  After a while of wasting entire days waiting around for them to show, Jean just gave up trying and thus has not had internet service from August through December.  And of course they still tried to charge her, not believing that she didn’t have service during this period.  I remember on numerous occasions over the summer I would ask her to do something, and each time she told me she had to wait at home for Verizon Fios to show.  I and other friends were repeatedly dumbfounded that she was still dealing with them.

Example email chain:

On Wed, Oct 7, 2009 at 11:48 AM, Sara wrote:
Anyone up for Sunday brunch at Beacon Hotel this weekend?  I’ve been meaning to check it out.  Unlimited mimos and bloody’s!
(still have yet to check this out if anyone is interested)
On Wed, Oct 7, 2009 at 12:15 PM, Jean wrote:
ugh can’t waiting for f’ing verizon to come repair my services…again!!! have fun though!
On Wed, Oct 7, 2009 at 2:58 PM, Karch wrote:
Jean….really?? that shit has been broken since july or something…get it together!

So here I am, driving, and Jean is on the phone for 45 minutes with these people.  She has called so many times that she is on a first name basis with the Arlington President.  “I’ll just call Marty,” was threatened a few times when Marty’s minion wasn’t doing much to help the cause.  Jean was getting so worked up, laughing at how absurd the whole thing was, that the entire right side of the car was fogging up.  I’m just driving along, dying laughing during the whole conversation.  Other things uttered in exasperation were “I feel like I just have a big X marked across my forehead,” “I’d rather shoot myself in the foot than deal with Verizon Fios again,” and “I feel like I’m losing my mind.”  The kicker was that despite what she has dealt with already, Marty’s minion had the audacity to ask her to go back to her old apartment (likely another all day window where they would not show up), so that they could get proof that her internet connection was broken.

Jean – “but I don’t live there anymore.”  Repeat x3.

Apparently her and her boyfriend (Dave) calling 10,000 times was just for kicks and was not enough proof.  If they weren’t able to come out again, they were planning to charge her the full amount for internet service she didn’t have for five months.  Pure brilliance.  Picture me crying in the drivers seat.

I know people complain about Comcast, but never in my life have I heard of worst customer service than what she has dealt with at Verizon Fios.  At least it has given me some decent blogging material.  Moral of the story: if you are debating between Verizon Fios and some other service provider, remember that you will likely waste entire days waiting for them per their all day window, and even then, they will probably not show up.  Better off going with that other provider, for pure sanity’s sake.