Long ago, I saw a cartoon in a magazine: A guy arrives home late to a
neighborhood where all the houses are alike. He stops at a pay phone
and calls his house, so that they turn the lights on and he can find the
house he lives in.
I thought you were going to tell the one about the
guy who had too much to drink. Cop pulls him over.
After the field sobriety test, he gets back in his
car and drives home. About ten minutes later (five
minutes in donut years) the cops are knocking on his
front door. Brief conversation, and some loud denials.
The cops and the intoxicated fellow walk through the
house and open he door from the kitchen to the garage.
There sits the cop car, lights still going around.
Christopher A. Young
Learn about Jesus
On Thu, 16 Oct 2014 11:34:42 -0400, Stormin Mormon
A friend stopped by with a rental last night. When he used the fob,
the lights all flashed INCLUDING the back-up lights.
Then when he opened the door, everything on the dash and all the buttons
on the door lit up. Not just some but every one.
It's not much, but it's something I can look forward to.
I don't think so. There was short-lived talk about parking stickers,
but it drowned in discussion of visitors who stayed for a day or 10.
Absolutely. There was a time when there wasn't enough parking. A lot
of people seemed to have an extra car, and there might even have been an
abandoned car, but that only lasted for a year or two. Plenty of empty
I agreed with you, but couldn't help myself. Stuffed a note to the
owner in the door, and then when no one was looking, I tried the doors.
Both are locked. PT Cruiser, tinted windows except next to the front
Very few elderly. The one old woman I know lives far from this and
parks her car in front of her house. But one can die at any age.
Still, if he's dead now, he was dead two weeks ago too. The mailmen
are supposed to keep their eye out for someone who doesn't empty his
mailbox. (Did I say this already?)
I didn't know about the HOA until the end of the closing. I wasn't
from Maryland either. Every neighborhoood built by a builder, since
maybe 1970 or 75 in Baltimore County** has to have an HOA, though it
doesn't have to meet or collect dues.*** I think the most important
clause, which I"m sure every HOA must have, is the right to repair a
house if the owner doesn't, and to put a lien on the house for the cost
of the repairs. I think the goal was to prevent a slum-like house from
dragging down the n'hood, and though there's no real chance*** of that
now, in 50 years things might be different.
***I take that back. If someone was sick for years or died and it took
a long time for an heir to get good title, a house could deteriorate a
lot, with no one but the HOA to repair it .
**Or maybe multiple counties. Maryland has a lot of state laws that
apply only in certain counties. I didn't know states could do t hat
after the 14th amendment's equal protection clause.
***Ours has to collect dues because there is some land that belongs only
to the HOA, like the island in the middle of the parking lot. And
because we own our own streets and have to plow them and sometimes
On Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:01:18 -0400, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
You have a point. I've thought of going door-to-door to find the owner,
but I expect I would bump into the biddy who tried to get it towed in
the first place.
Maybe two weeks from now. before the tire goes flat again.
Now that I think about it, every house in that "building" has 2 spots
right in front of the house, but this one is parked in general parking,
in the center, or between two parallel streets if you look at it that
way. That would imply if he lives here, he has three cars,
maybe his, his wife's, and one teenager. But I can't imagine a teenager
letting his car sit for a month. Or maybe all of them his.
What's really fun is when you come in slightly less than sober and park your
rental in a large hotel's multi-layer underground parking lot. The next
morning you realize you don't have a clue where you parked the car -- or
what it looks like. I think that must be why they invented those key fob
things that make the car go whoop whoop when you're close.
Even a large parking lot can be trying. I drive a small Toyota or ride one
of several bikes. Everybody else in the state drives a XXXL extended cab
F350 dually. You could hide an Abrams tank in most of the parking lots.
Right but when I went there, there was nothing about license plates.
Only names, states, and optionally, cities. Or phone numbers.
I want to look up a plate.
There WAS an ad on the original page that offered those lookups for $5,
not 25, but when I put in my own plate number, I got
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make sure that Firefox is permitted to access the Web."
Oh, it did work a few minutes later. Wow. And they want 5 dollars.
With a "future payment" a week from today of 20 dollars. I never saw
that ruse before.
It still might well be worth it, sometime, that is, assuming there isn't
another payment due after the next one.
On Thu, 16 Oct 2014 04:46:35 -0700 (PDT), trader_4
I"m not sure if you're talking about my situation, or not. But note
the last post in this thread, that when I made crystal clear that I
didn't want to know the owner's name, only if it was stolen, he DID
check that for me.
Even though I only asked if it was reported stolen, he had assumed I
wanted to know who the owner was, maybe because other people do ask that
Maybe the first guy would have checked also, if I had been crystal clear
with him. But he certainly didn't relate to me like I was a stalker,
etc. He sounded bored and told me he couldn't do it. I said, "Well,
thank you." and he said "You're welcome".
(On the second call, the woman convinced me that they had no ability to
run plates at her office, but she sounded bored too.)
Anyone except a 911 opersator who answers the phone for 4 or 8 hours is
bound to be bored.
If I were in charge of the police, I wouldn't have them give out the
owner's name either, unless someone filed a traffic accident report.
I think most cops know that a lot of people don't trust them.
micky wrote: "When I first noticed the sticker, two middle-aged women from
who were driving out of the n'hood stopped to talk to me. When I said I
would pump it up, they praised me for being a good guy. "
If I noticed a car like that, one tire flat and a HOA or any other sticker
on it, I'd LEAVE IT THE FUCK ALONE AND STAY AWAY FROM IT.
One additional car, in such condition, will not have any impact on my daily
life, nor should it on yours. Unless you're either retired, or sitting on
a significant sum of money meaning you have 35-45 extra hours per week to
do nothing with but obsess over a possibly abandoned car.
Build models, feed the homeless, explore local politics, start a musical ba
SMH... This whole thread is a big waste of time.
I wouldn't care who or what praised me. I still wouldn't want an
abandoned car in my neighborhood, and anyone who leaves a car untouched
in a residential neighborhood for three weeks, especially without
informing the neighbors, deserves to have it towed. I certainly
wouldn't touch it or open the doors or pump up the tires.
During the summer of 2001, on a VERY extended driving tour of the US,
early morning as we love to drive along a coast, somewhere in New England,
we were confronted with being thwarted. The road path no longer seemed to
support/allow us following along the coast. Faced with FOUR lanes of one
way TOWARD us [yes, FOUR lanes, and not a single vehicle in sight and
early sunrise in process!] I drove to the 'right' of the yellow line,
which on retrospect was the parking lane. So, envision us driving ever so
slowly along the parking lane, adjacent to all the businesses essentially
going the WRONG way with CA license plates, too. We were enjoying the
sunrise, the quaint town, albeit strange to have that many oneway lanes
preventing us from following the coast, only to look ahead and see, YES! a
black and white just nosing into the curb a slight distance in front of
us, blocking our path. My heart sank. But we kept the 6 mph pace gently
driving along the parking edge, until we got beside and noticed the
officer's car was parked in front of a donut shop and he was so intent on
getting into that shop, he did NOT even notice us! Thank you, God! We
could clearly watch his face as he exitted his vehicle and dashed for the
shop's door. Whereupon, we went around, and on our way, finishing the
drive along the coast.
The HOA in the past has been a big problem. For decades I think there
was no towing unless an owner wanted his car towed (or a repossession),
but there was a period for a year or more when a lot of people who live
here seemed to have 3 cars.
I should say that there are two parking places, nose in, in front of
almost every house. A few houses farther from the street only have one
space, including me, but I only have one car. People like me who have
two cars, park on in the center.
The center is a grassy island with extra parking, for about 30 cars,
The car in question is parked in the center, at the other end from where
I live, so even though townhouses don't have wide lots, it's still
almost the length of a football field to the middle of the next building
(Usually 8 houses per building)
During the period when the center was full, the president of the HOA
signed a towing contract that let the tow company drive around and tow
any car they thought violated the rules, and they did that. They cruised
in the middle of the night and towed cars before dawn. The president,
though about 60 years old, is either very ignorant of the ways of tow
companies, or she was getting a kickback. I think it was a kickback.
I know she's dishonest.
Everyone rebelled and now a resident has to call to get a car towed.
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