July 7, 2010

MD and VA vs. the Dreaded DC Cab Driver

Posted in musings tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:57 am by silversprung

Granted, it was late at night, (okay, more like 2am) but that’s what happens when the D.C. fireworks start at 9:30pm, right? So picture this: silversprung spouse and I bid adieu to our 4th of July friends, who live off U Street in the District, and walked out to the corner to begin the cab hailing process.

There, we discovered roving bands of angry, tired, (and many intoxicated) people with arms outstretched competing for passing taxicabs. And we were only an army of two. Plus, we had to say the dreaded words that make D.C. cab drivers cringe in disgust: “Um, we’re going to Maryland.” Read the rest of this entry »

March 12, 2010

Ode to Renting

Posted in musings tagged , , , , , , , , , at 10:16 am by silversprung

Today is the final full day of my ten year tenure as an apartment renter, and I thought I’d take this time to reflect back on some of the good times and the bad times in my rental history.

For example, the time my “super” (who was anything but) decided that mice in my apartment was something I should get used to.  Mind you, I was in a 300 sq. ft. studio at the time, so there weren’t too many places for me to go without being in the line of sight of the mice. Eventually, I pounded on his door at 2am and he brought up a box of about ten glue traps and threw them on the floor. I then proceeded to find half-dead mice in agony all over my apartment. Read the rest of this entry »