hemlockone t1_jdng1p6 wrote

Reply to comment by wuwear9696 in Breakfast To Go by waitwhatttt

I've only had Bethesda bagels once, but if I recall bagels etc was a bit more doughy and way more flavorful (not the toppings, but the actual bagel dough has a delicious almost nutty flavor)


hemlockone t1_jdnfke0 wrote

Reply to comment by gamecube100 in Breakfast To Go by waitwhatttt

Nowhere is remotely competitive on the bagels. I think Call Your Mother has different but pretty good bagel sandwiches. (Not that I'll ever pass up bagels etc if I'm in the area.)


hemlockone t1_jae0m2o wrote

I don't think it's gaslighting to say that it's been worse in the recent past (the article says number of homicides in 2022 was about the same 2001). The early 90's was a crazy time in DC.

It is easy to argue that what we are today isn't a good thing, though, even with that information. It is not trending in a good direction, and that value doesn't give me a warm fuzzy.


hemlockone t1_ja0jx94 wrote

U-Haul if you have a driver's license and are up for the manual labor. 19.95 + mileage + insurance.

For that quick of a move, hiring labor might be a little hard, but it's been done a million times. See the other posts. Though, I was able to hire a few people to simply move furniture into a different room for floor refinishing refinishing.

Also, Capitol Heights is a town in MD nowhere near Howard University (I assume the HU). Do you mean Columbia Heights? If so, U-Haul in NOMA (called "Capitol Hill") or Brentwood ("Intown") are both super easy. Use the app or get a key at the counter. (The app is kinda terrible, but 24/7)


hemlockone t1_j9waibk wrote

Reply to comment by akiranoel in Best ramen in dc? by ajswan1269

I had Menya Hosaki for dinner tonight via take-out. I'm constantly amazed at how they survive with so few hours.. but then I taste the ramen and see the line out the door.


hemlockone t1_j9i0lii wrote

If you click that on the map, it lists it as "2024 Concessions Pentagon, Washington, DC 20310". No idea why they Google maps puts it in the middle of an Army Corp water treatment building. (I don't know how many people work there, but I can't imagine it's enough for a big food court.)


hemlockone t1_j91jtfr wrote

I've lived in 16th Street Heights for a decade and would definitely walk all day and night, but that said it is a city. The area around Georgia/Kennedy can be a bit sketchy, though. Around Georgia/Upshur is lively and filled with stores. As you move west to 14/15/16 streets it's tree-lined residential.

As for metro, the nearest is probably Georgia Ave / Petworth. It's a 15 minute walk to Upshur, 30 minute to Kennedy. You might also try the buses. The 70/79 run between those intersections, the metro, and downtown all day long. It's somewhat rowdy around school getting out and at night, but otherwise a frequent city bus. The 52/54/59 on 14th Street is less rowdy and to a different part of downtown.


hemlockone t1_j8ov76i wrote

That seems not done right, then.

A hot desk is a communal space, just like a breakroom table. The space needs to be obviously built to be shared, part of the cleaners' rotation (an added cost, yes, but perhaps less the 4x desks, and the built setup matters. Design for cleaning.)

I'll say that I've worked remotely for 4 years, but I do occasionally (monthly?) use a hot desk at my HQ. They are clearly designed and treated as communal spaces, and I haven't had a problem as a result.


hemlockone t1_j8oqheu wrote

That version of hybrid makes a lot of sense for random connections. Just put everyone in the same room periodically.

The problem, I see, is that it takes a ton of infrastructure. I work in contracting, and the rate difference for an onsite (hosted by the contractor) vs offsite (hosted by the customer) is huge. Some of that is IT load and similar, but a lot is just who owns the building. Keeping that up, but only getting 25% utilization is very wasteful. Perhaps multiple users per desk, but that takes some build out (is it like hotdesking, a timeshare? does everyone have a personal drawer?)

I think the other challenge will be hiring for positions that aren't suitable to do remote. Worse, ones that require the same skill-set as ones that are. Think IT that requires touching the actually hardware, mailroom, anything with sensitive data, etc. I know I won't be applying for any of those jobs anytime soon.


hemlockone t1_j8od6sy wrote

I have a little bit of a disagreement with the first point. 3 years can involve deferred projects and may not yet be a steady state. Not the same as staffing, but there is a bus garage being closed and rebuilt near me. A community push was, "if it can be closed for 3 years, why not just close permanently?". The answer, of course, is that it is putting pressure on the system. Other places have too much load and can't renovate.

That said, I've been remote for 4 years. If my sector actually had offices in DC proper, I might think differently, but the benefits of not traveling and just being able to walk the dog during lunch are huge. There are a lot of jobs that can be accomplished at the same level or better than at the office. Many gov't jobs fall into that.

But, I find hybrid painful. You lose out on spurious connections because the other people are hybrid on different days.


hemlockone t1_j6lauum wrote

Ashburn = as*burn.

What's worst is that they consider it commutable from the rest of the metro region. Like, no, DC's commuting shed is large because people value more space too much, because it minimizes average commute for the metro region, and because you can be mobile in DC after you get off your commuter train/bus. Ashburn is centered between farms (albeit very pretty ones) and ffx; it's much further from the rest of the metro region. You also can't walk to anything once you're there.


hemlockone t1_j6bc3ti wrote

This charged? Huh, https://zerowaste.dc.gov/what-goes-where agrees with you.

As long as I wasn't doing stone, brick, concrete, etc, I used to drop it off at Ft Totten. I used to just drive up, show my driver's license, say "construction debris", and put it in the pile.

I wonder if they'll resume accepting DIY construction debris when Ft Totten Transfer reopens over the summer. Perhaps they have capacity challenges without it?

Edit: the 2012 rules allow "trash, bulk items, recyclables and yard waste only." By the 2016 rules, they added that "yard waste does not include stumps; dirt; stones; rocks; broken concrete; broken pottery flower pots; roofing material; or construction and/or demolition materials". So, I'm surprised they let me in. I never tried to cover up that it was renovation stuff.


hemlockone t1_j65dabi wrote

A car was disabled taking the curve too sharp across the street from me. I live at a 4-way stop where three of the corners have a bio-retention curb extension (https://www.dcwater.com/whats-going-on/blog/working-together-build-sustainable-community #2). When a taxi ran aground, I made sure everyone was physically OK, then walked away because I wasn't particularly sympathetic. If the driver couldn't miss a giant concrete ditch and curb, what's to stop them from missing a child or a person?


hemlockone t1_j65chkf wrote

I think the distance that DC requires between parked cars and the crosswalk is a bit further than needed. I would have thought it was calculated based on the sight distance when braking from the speed limit. The default speed limit dropped from 25 to 20 last year.

That said, the rhetoric around putting street furniture and updates is insane. I live across from extension bioretention that's at the corner (#2 in the image at https://www.dcwater.com/whats-going-on/blog/working-together-build-sustainable-community). When a taxi took the turn too hard and grounded themselves, I made sure they were okay, but I couldn't help but silently think poorly of them because their inability to miss a giant concrete hole after a stop sign doesn't bode well for a small child.