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Shortage of REAL Problems?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by 350350, Sep 28, 2003.

  1. 350350

    350350 1/2 ton status

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    It seems like times are tough for everyone, and people would have real problems to worry about. /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif

    And for the most part, I like my neighborhood and have good neighbors. That said...

    A little background info so the story will make more sense. I live on the East side of the street, where parking is allowed. On the West side of the street there is no parking, for unknown reasons. The street is not wide enough for parking on both sides, but I still don't know why one side was chosen over the other. Parking is first come, first serve and is not reserved for any particular house. There is no ordinance regarding how many vehicles you can have parked on the street. Personally, I try not to take up more than one of the two spaces available in front of my house, just to be courteous to the folks on the other side of the street who might want to park there. Sometimes this means parking in my yard. Some of the neighbors complain if you park in your yard, although there is no ordinance against that either. I don't worry much about what other people think, and I've lived in town long enough to know that no matter what you do, someone will complain. /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif

    The other day we were sitting on our front step and a couple stopped by that we hadn't yet met from about a block down. At first I just wanted them to leave, but the more they talked the more I wanted them do die slowly. /forums/images/graemlins/1zhelp.gif

    They eventually went on and on about how they were feuding with their next door neighbor because she had a garage sale and couldn't park in her driveway, and therefore parked in front of their house. She also has a boat that she parked on the street for the excruciating length of 5 days, which is why she couldn't park in front of her own house. So these good folks had to endure parking as much as 20 feet farther down the street for 5 days. And somehow they found the strength to go on. What's more, this had all taken place over 2 weeks ago, the lady was now parking in her own driveway, and yet they were still 'mad' at her over it. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif

    Personally, I couldn't care less what my neighbors do. I figure if they will put up with my little quirks I can tolerate some fireworks in the night now and then or a loud party here and there.

    I also realize that my view of things is a bit skewed, as I have some health problems that make it difficult to get through the day now and then without stepping in front of a bus. For me a good day is one with minimal pain, and where other people park almost never even enters my mind, let alone makes me angry for weeks at a time.

    So am I oversimplifying this? The way I see it, these people are extremely fortunate to have such an insignificant problem be the biggest thing they have had to worry about for the past 2 weeks. This is just one example... There is no end to the petty things I see people argue about.

    Paul /forums/images/graemlins/crazy.gif
     
  2. 75-K5

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    Sounds like they need to call the good ol' waaaaaambulance. When are you gonna post the answer to the question you made the other post about??? /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif
     
  3. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

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    That's why city living is for the birds............
     
  4. 350350

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    Sounds like they need to call the good ol' waaaaaambulance. When are you gonna post the answer to the question you made the other post about??? /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif

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    Just weighed in yesterday... I'll go post the 'total'...
     
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    That's why city living is for the birds............

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  6. R72K5

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    exactly ! and no,i dont live in or ever have lived in a real city, but il be damned if the stupidest tiniest crap is complained about by ppl even in this town in this neighborhood even,, i dissociate from neighbors because of this

    its crazy anymore.. i guess it always has been.
     
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    That's why city living is for the birds............

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    Yup... I grew up in the middle of the middle of nowhere, then another 10 miles in. Would love to live there again. I came to the city for two reasons:

    1) Job... Economically depressed is an understatement for where I grew up. You were either a farmer or worked for a business that supported farming, and we all know how rich and famous farmers are. (Not that I really want to be rich or famous, I just didn't care for being poor.) I swore I would never bale hay again, but I have to say that there is no better nights' sleep than that which you get after baling hay from sunup to sundown. Don't sleep nearly as well after 12 hours in a cubicle maze.

    2) Raising kids... There are some great benefits to raising kids in the country, and I still debate which is a better place for kids. But the one thing I didn't like about the country when I was growing up was that I didn't have any other kids to play with. My friends were chosen by who was within bicycle distance. I wanted my kids to be able to pick friends they really had things in common with. Almost every house on our block has kids under 10 years old, and my kids play with them almost every day. If it weren't for the kids I would have told the city to bite me a long time ago.

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    I grew up (and still live in) what can be considered "the country" but it is within 5 miles of town, so I went to school with all the city kids. I did get made fun of some for being the country boy, but after a while people thought it was cool and wanted to come to my house and drive the tractor and other "country stuff." Plus having a lot of property made for some good fun compared to the cramped 1/2 acre city lots. There were no kids who lived around me so I made all my friends at school. It was a pain to have our parents shuttle us around since we couldn't just walk to each others' houses, but I wouldn't have had it any other way /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif.
     
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    im looking to by a house and talked to this one older guy that was selling his, one of the "problems" he had was that he couldn't do anyhting about a guy keeping his fishing boat in his driveway half a block down becouse there was no city ordinance against it, my first thought was "and the other people on this block are like you? mayby ill go looking somewere else". i also got a warning letter from the town that i can't keep my car on stands, it was in the driveway, had the tires and all other parts on, and the tires were about 1/4 inch off the ground becouse i removed some suspention part (can't remember what it was) and couldn't put it back on and the new one i got was the wrong one and had to wait till next day to get the right one. to tell you the truth i kinda expected something like that and thats why i put the tires back on and lowered it as much as i could, i was shocked that they noticed it, i mean talk about looking for problems.
    350350- as far as i can tell right now i would love to have you for a naighbor man, love is in the air lol /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif j/k <--- just in case.
     
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    im looking to by a house and talked to this one older guy that was selling his, one of the "problems" he had was that he couldn't do anyhting about a guy keeping his fishing boat in his driveway half a block down becouse there was no city ordinance against it, my first thought was "and the other people on this block are like you? mayby ill go looking somewere else". i also got a warning letter from the town that i can't keep my car on stands, it was in the driveway, had the tires and all other parts on, and the tires were about 1/4 inch off the ground becouse i removed some suspention part (can't remember what it was) and couldn't put it back on and the new one i got was the wrong one and had to wait till next day to get the right one. to tell you the truth i kinda expected something like that and thats why i put the tires back on and lowered it as much as i could, i was shocked that they noticed it, i mean talk about looking for problems.
    350350- as far as i can tell right now i would love to have you for a naighbor man, love is in the air lol /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif j/k <--- just in case.

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    Yup! Same here. There are several people on our block who have boats in their driveways, and gossip is that some of the people here are trying to get an ordinance passed to make it so you can't keep a boat in the open. Unfreakinbelievable. I wish my problems were so petty. I couldn't care less what my neighbors do on their own property...

    One of the reasons I moved here was that people had stuff sitting in their lawns. The last neighborhood I lived in, I got a ticket for parking my van with one wheel, yes *one* wheel off the driveway and in the grass. There was an ordinance against parking on the lawn in that subdivision, and someone complained. Who in their right mind would even notice that *one* wheel was off the drive???

    So the moral of the story is, check the local ordinances before you buy a house!!! Even that won't do you a lot of good though, because I've lived here less than a year and they've passed a couple new ordinances already... One is that you can't have a vehicle on your property unless it is operable, licensed, and insured. I had one sitting that I didn't drive, and they hassled me over it. So I licensed it and insured it, and let it sit there for two more months just to be an ass. It ran, but I didn't feel like moving it, so there it sat. I threw the county guy off my lawn one day and told him not to come back unless he had a police escort. The other ordinance they passed makes it illegal to park your boat or any other kind of trailer on the street. Now that's not enough and they want the boats off the driveways too... /forums/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif I don't have a boat so it doesn't affect me, but I see it as the beginning of the end. Next they'll pass ordinances about what color you can paint your house... (Seen that too!)

    I understand that everyone is different and some people are bothered by stuff like this... But let them move to the snooty subdivisions that already have these ordinances, don't let them ruin my neighborhood if they don't like it here... This is NOT an upscale area by any means, and I wouldn't have moved here if I hadn't seen other people with project vehicles and boats and stuff in their driveways.

    And I'd be glad to have you as a neighbor too!
     
  11. Shaggy

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    Plus having a lot of property made for some good fun compared to the cramped 1/2 acre city lots.

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    Holy crap, a half acre lot is cramped? Where I live (San Jose, CA - the heart of Silicon Valley), a large lot is about 6000 square feet, any larger and they start to call it an "estate". A 1500 sq ft 30 year old home in decent condition on a 5000 sq ft lot in a decent neighborhood will run you about $550k. 6000 sq ft is just about 1/10 of an acre. The newer homes can be up to 2500 square foot 2 stories on lots as small as 3500 sw ft. Basically the front yards are so small that you could just barely park a Geo Metro in the driveway and only have the bumper stick out into the street. The backyards are about 12 feet from the back of the house to the fence and the sideyards are so narrow that if you and your neighbor both reached out the window at the same time you could shake hands. Literally. You can barely get a push type lawnmower down the sideyard. One of these houses will run you a minimum of 650k, but that would be for one that's only about 2800 sq ft.

    They recently did a study on ohusing in my area, to buy *any* 2000 sq ft house in a decent neighborhood you need to make a minimum of $250k a year. Then you're saddled with HOAs that have rules about everything, where you can and can't park, what color you can paint your house, etc. I even looked at a place that makes YOU pay THEM to maintain your front yard. It's in the CC&Rs, so it's mandatory... I guess they want to keep the whole cookie-cutter look going. I can't even buy a house in the city that I was born, raised and work in.

    So anyways, I just bought a house in Los Banos, a full 100 mile commute from San Jose, and got a place with a lot that is about 12,000 square feet. Los Banos was a farming town that has rapidly turned into a bedroom community for those that work in San Jose but can't afford to buy a house. My 12,000 sq ft lot is huge compared to most of them out there, most are about 6000-7000 square feet. The good thing is that there is no HOA and the city ordinances are very reasonable. I can park what I want where I want and can put vehicles in my huge sideyard. To me "huge" means that I could comfrtably fit 8 vehicles in there, not that I would. A motorhome, a couple of trucks, a car trailer and a slide in camper is all I will put back there, but I'm coming from a condo with a backyard that's about 20x12, so this new place is huge to me.

    OK, that post turned out longer than I expected it to...
     
  12. k5ntexas

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    I'd smell cow crap all day long before I'd pay 250k to live on a cramped ass lot and have someone tell me where to park my trucks. It's the country all the way!
     

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