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In the District, what hasn’t killed us over the past couple of decades—lousy schools, rampant rats, nauseating tap water, high taxes, shoddy city services—has only made us crankier. Complaining about life in D.C. has become our collective pastime. We complain with grace. We complain with fervor. We complain with the tenacity and single-mindedness with which Cal Ripken Jr. played baseball. And now somebody is willing to listen. The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., is offering to record our oral histories (yes, profanity is warranted) and take note of our suggestions for the soon-to-be-built City Museum, which will be dedicated to the documentation of the District’s past, present, and future. My recommendations? The lines should be long, the prices exorbitant, the service atrocious, the dilapidation disheartening, and the desperation palpable. Make your own suggestion when the Historical Society hosts an open house celebrating the future museum, beginning at 1 p.m. at the Carnegie Library Building, 801 K St. NW. Free. (202) 785-2068. (Felix Gillette)