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« on: December 01, 2008, 04:54:08 PM »

This morning, I woke up and saw Ed, my neighbour's parking job.



He's a strange fellow - tends to sit in his car a lot and just listen to the radio. I've seen him pull out into the parking lot and just back into the spot again - not actually going anywhere, just moving the car... sitting in the car for a good length of time. I think this is just so he can get out of the house or something. He's in his 70s or 80s. He's been in an accident recently - the side of his car is all scraped up and his front headlight is broken a little bit.

My assigned parking spot is right next to his. I'm terrified that he's going to nail my car at some point though with his terrible driving. I'd go over to talk to him, but I really don't want to start a feud. The previous people who owned our home had a feud with him over parking as well. I'm tempted to show this photo to our home owners association, but I'm determined to not become 'that neighbour', who tends to start these feuds. But this isn't the first time - it's just clearly the worst time I've seen it. Partially on the lawn, no less.

I'm concerned that he really should just not be driving at all.
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« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2008, 05:00:56 PM »

What's that white stuff?

On a serious note, check with your local DMV/DPS and see if there's a way to file a complaint.  I know some locales have a way to request someone be re-tested so that they can be stopped before mowing down a local marching band.
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« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2008, 05:03:37 PM »

Quote from: Isgrimnur on December 01, 2008, 05:00:56 PM

What's that white stuff?

It snowed for the first time this season last night. Got about half an inch or so, I would guess.

So of course, traffic was abyssmal this morning. Took me 90 minutes to do what normally takes 40 on a bad day.

And to top it off, my office was closed on Friday for the holiday. I had a birthday gift I ordered from amazon and a woot purchase I ordered for myself during the last woot off coming in the mail. Naturally both were "delivered" on Friday, and both are nowhere to be found.

It is not a good day.
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« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2008, 05:15:57 PM »

He's totally in his spot. What's the problem?   ninja
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« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2008, 05:29:59 PM »

you should write 'LEARN TO PARK YOUR CAR' in the snow on his windshield.
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« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2008, 05:49:06 PM »

Quote from: CeeKay on December 01, 2008, 05:29:59 PM

you should write 'LEARN TO PARK YOUR CAR' in the snow on his windshield.

And since the medium is snow, we know there's only one proper way to write that message.
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« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2008, 06:06:29 PM »

Quote from: CeeKay on December 01, 2008, 05:29:59 PM

you should write 'LEARN TO PARK YOUR CAR' in the snow on his windshield.

But you'll need to write it backwards, since it sounds like he never sees the outside of his car...

Check with your RMV or local police department - he may no longer even have a license.  Also, check the expiration date on the license plates, it is likely that your home owner's association has rules about leaving unregistered cars on the property.

In the meantime, I'd park in the visitor parking area - and tell the association why you are doing that.  Mention your desire for anonymity, which I believe is wise, for now at least.  Anything you can view, they can too, and they should be able to act on their own observations.

I don't envy you, I lived in one half of a duplex; the other half was occupied by a certifiable Crazy Lady.  Several months, numerous police reports, a few lawyer visits, and a deposition later... she was gone.  So was I of course, because she was so nutty that I knew I'd get a brick or firebomb through my window some night, so I had to give up reasonable rent and a good landlord, thanks to her.   mad
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« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2008, 06:10:56 PM »

Quote from: DragonFyre on December 01, 2008, 04:54:08 PM

He's a strange fellow - tends to sit in his car a lot and just listen to the radio. I've seen him pull out into the parking lot and just back into the spot again - not actually going anywhere, just moving the car... sitting in the car for a good length of time.
He's probably wondering why his neighbor is always staring at him.   ninja2
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« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2008, 06:19:04 PM »

I have lived in a cul-de-sac for nearly 15 years. Most the neighbors have changed during that time but a few are the same. One that hasn't changed have parked a van on the street and then in their drive way for the entire 15 years. The van has moved maybe three times in that period.

Somebody (not me) called the local police about the van years ago and now the cops show up from time to time just to check on it. There must be a local ordinance against non-moving vehicles. The neighbors (the wife) has taken the whole thing personal and calls the cops on everyone in the neighborhood for any small thing. Musical instrument being played after 10, call the cops. Trailer parked at your house, call the cops. Didn't like your neighbor not willing to pay for fence repair, call the cops. Plants growing over the property line, call the cops.

The worst part of this mess is that I believe the guy who originally called the cops moved out more than 10 years ago, but his legacy lives on.

By the way, the cops think she is a nut but they have to respond to each call.
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« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2008, 06:43:37 PM »

Quote from: Scuzz on December 01, 2008, 06:19:04 PM

I have lived in a cul-de-sac for nearly 15 years. Most the neighbors have changed during that time but a few are the same. One that hasn't changed have parked a van on the street and then in their drive way for the entire 15 years. The van has moved maybe three times in that period.

Somebody (not me) called the local police about the van years ago and now the cops show up from time to time just to check on it. There must be a local ordinance against non-moving vehicles. The neighbors (the wife) has taken the whole thing personal and calls the cops on everyone in the neighborhood for any small thing. Musical instrument being played after 10, call the cops. Trailer parked at your house, call the cops. Didn't like your neighbor not willing to pay for fence repair, call the cops. Plants growing over the property line, call the cops.

The worst part of this mess is that I believe the guy who originally called the cops moved out more than 10 years ago, but his legacy lives on.

By the way, the cops think she is a nut but they have to respond to each call.

Trust me, they are as sick of her as you are.  First chance they get to legally stuff it to her, they will, lol.  Guaranteed! 
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« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2008, 06:46:03 PM »

Quote from: Scuzz on December 01, 2008, 06:19:04 PM

I have lived in a cul-de-sac for nearly 15 years. Most the neighbors have changed during that time but a few are the same. One that hasn't changed have parked a van on the street and then in their drive way for the entire 15 years. The van has moved maybe three times in that period.

Somebody (not me) called the local police about the van years ago and now the cops show up from time to time just to check on it. There must be a local ordinance against non-moving vehicles. The neighbors (the wife) has taken the whole thing personal and calls the cops on everyone in the neighborhood for any small thing. Musical instrument being played after 10, call the cops. Trailer parked at your house, call the cops. Didn't like your neighbor not willing to pay for fence repair, call the cops. Plants growing over the property line, call the cops.

The worst part of this mess is that I believe the guy who originally called the cops moved out more than 10 years ago, but his legacy lives on.

By the way, the cops think she is a nut but they have to respond to each call.

This is why I am glad I live in the country.  If I want to set a vehicle on my property, then I can because it is my property and I don't have to answer to some damn association.  If I want to let my grass get a foot tall, I can.  If I want to let my fence get into disrepair because I want to be a lazy bastard...yup you got it I can, because it is my property.
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« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2008, 06:46:37 PM »

Thank goodness for awesome neighbors. My culdesac rules.
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« Reply #12 on: December 01, 2008, 07:08:20 PM »

I've always thought it would be funny to carry a pack of pre-printed "Nice parking job, asshole!" cards in my car that I could put on people's cars and run away, like some devilish little imp.  In reality though, I think it might just get me killed.

I remember once in college I was walking with a friend through a crowded parking lot and saw some car parked across two spaces.  I said really loudly "Holy shit, look at how this jerk parked!"  Of course, said jerk was sitting right in the car with the window down at the time.  Luckily it was some middle-aged woman just waiting for her kid to come out of the building, so I didn't quite fear for my life, but I still felt like a douche and apologized profusely.
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« Reply #13 on: December 01, 2008, 07:25:03 PM »

Quote from: Moliere on December 01, 2008, 06:10:56 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on December 01, 2008, 04:54:08 PM

He's a strange fellow - tends to sit in his car a lot and just listen to the radio. I've seen him pull out into the parking lot and just back into the spot again - not actually going anywhere, just moving the car... sitting in the car for a good length of time.
He's probably wondering why his neighbor is always staring at him.   ninja2

At night while the wife and I are watching TV, his headlights blast into my living room. For fifteen to thirty minutes straight sometimes. I don't really have to stare at him.
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« Reply #14 on: December 01, 2008, 07:26:16 PM »

I once had to park slightly over the line in a parking lot because the car next to me had encroached on my space. This bumped me slightly over into the next parking space. When I got back to my car the original offender was gone and someone had left me a note written on the dust of my car about being an asshole and terrible parker. The lesson here, keep your car clean.
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« Reply #15 on: December 01, 2008, 07:36:06 PM »

the greatest thing about parking in snow is you can be a complete dick on purpose and no one will ever notice because no one can see the lines. though it doesnt work if you only 1/16th like in the picture.
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« Reply #16 on: December 01, 2008, 08:11:54 PM »

Quote from: kathode on December 01, 2008, 07:08:20 PM

I've always thought it would be funny to carry a pack of pre-printed "Nice parking job, asshole!" cards in my car that I could put on people's cars and run away, like some devilish little imp.  In reality though, I think it might just get me killed.

I remember once in college I was walking with a friend through a crowded parking lot and saw some car parked across two spaces.  I said really loudly "Holy shit, look at how this jerk parked!"  Of course, said jerk was sitting right in the car with the window down at the time.  Luckily it was some middle-aged woman just waiting for her kid to come out of the building, so I didn't quite fear for my life, but I still felt like a douche and apologized profusely.

Holy crap, look what just popped up today on my AutoBlog feed!

http://www.autoblog.com/2008/11/30/say-it-like-you-mean-it-with-nice-parking-cards/

Much more understated than my idea, though smile
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« Reply #17 on: December 01, 2008, 08:48:05 PM »

Quote from: kathode on December 01, 2008, 08:11:54 PM

Holy crap, look what just popped up today on my AutoBlog feed!

http://www.autoblog.com/2008/11/30/say-it-like-you-mean-it-with-nice-parking-cards/

Much more understated than my idea, though smile

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no to be sexist...but seriously, its always younger women and soccer moms who pull this shiet. that and pretentious d-bags.

i know of a few douche bags that could def use this on their cars...cars that i see parked horribly on a daily basis. i think i'll just bring 5 pages of "nice parking" with 4 per page when i'm at school...all for a total of 50 cents. hell of a lot cheaper than w/e these guys would charge
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« Reply #18 on: December 01, 2008, 08:52:48 PM »

If I had to wager a guess, I'd say your neighbor's listening to too much radio porn and it's getting in the way of his driving skills.  icon_twisted
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« Reply #19 on: December 01, 2008, 09:23:49 PM »

Quote from: DragonFyre on December 01, 2008, 07:25:03 PM

Quote from: Moliere on December 01, 2008, 06:10:56 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on December 01, 2008, 04:54:08 PM

He's a strange fellow - tends to sit in his car a lot and just listen to the radio. I've seen him pull out into the parking lot and just back into the spot again - not actually going anywhere, just moving the car... sitting in the car for a good length of time.
He's probably wondering why his neighbor is always staring at him.   ninja2

At night while the wife and I are watching TV, his headlights blast into my living room. For fifteen to thirty minutes straight sometimes. I don't really have to stare at him.

Beware the day he hits the gas instead of the brake and ends up in your living room. paranoid
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« Reply #20 on: December 01, 2008, 09:39:46 PM »

Quote from: Simon on December 01, 2008, 09:23:49 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on December 01, 2008, 07:25:03 PM

Quote from: Moliere on December 01, 2008, 06:10:56 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on December 01, 2008, 04:54:08 PM

He's a strange fellow - tends to sit in his car a lot and just listen to the radio. I've seen him pull out into the parking lot and just back into the spot again - not actually going anywhere, just moving the car... sitting in the car for a good length of time.
He's probably wondering why his neighbor is always staring at him.   ninja2

At night while the wife and I are watching TV, his headlights blast into my living room. For fifteen to thirty minutes straight sometimes. I don't really have to stare at him.

Beware the day he hits the gas instead of the brake and ends up in your living room. paranoid

Lol, that sort of happened to me, in a way.  When I was a cop, I had to investigate a car accident in a parking lot of an apartment building.  A resident was trying to sell his unregistered car, so he couldn't let anyone test drive it, legally.  One buyer said he'd be interested, but he'd at least have to start it up and back it in and out a few times before deciding.  Long story, slightly shorter - I get to the scene and the car is "parked" on the hood of the car opposite him, on the other side of a median strip.  He really did hit the gas instead of the brake, and hard - the car bounced over the curb, went airborn, and landed on the front of the other car.  The owner of that car nearly cried when he saw it, because he had just bought it that week, a brand new Saab.  I felt bad...
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« Reply #21 on: December 02, 2008, 05:26:53 PM »

Quote from: DragonFyre on December 01, 2008, 04:54:08 PM

He's in his 70s or 80s. He's been in an accident recently - the side of his car is all scraped up and his front headlight is broken a little bit.

...

I'm concerned that he really should just not be driving at all.

The first thing that crossed my mind was the possible onset of Alzheimer's. To park a car like the pic in the OP, and then look at it and walk away and leave it, was probably not conducted by someone in their right mind, IMO.
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« Reply #22 on: December 02, 2008, 05:31:12 PM »

maybe it's time to ship him off to one of those places that store smelly old people slywink
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« Reply #23 on: December 03, 2008, 12:17:59 AM »

So THAT's where my old neighbor went. What a freak. Good luck Dragonfyre!
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