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Hey There, Neighbor!

Posted: November 14th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Misc. | Tags: City Living | 3 Comments »

It’s the First! Snow! Emergency! of the season!

We’ve been caught off guard and been towed before- those tow trucks are like vultures.  Seriously.  The clock chimes eight a.m. and they are speeding down the streets rigging up cars like they are in a race or something.  I suppose they are in a way.  The impound lot is all the way downtown, these trucks that can only haul one car at a time have to really shag ass from Northeast to rake in the dough on days like these.

Anyways.  Our neighbors, who are from out of town- Pennsylvania and Wisconsin if you must know- haven’t moved their cars.  They have the only cars on the wrong side of the street for blocks.  BLOCKS I tell you!  It’s driving me crazy, so I thought I’d try and help.  You know what?  They haven’t woken up from what I imagine is peaceful slumber when I’ve knocked on their door.  And I’ve done it three times.

My neighbors may be assholes but my heart is beating faster and faster the further we get past the witching hour.  Will they be towed?  Oh God I’ll feel guilty if they get towed.  They don’t know any better- they aren’t from here!  Will they wake up in the nick of time?  Will they skate through with nary a ticket?  The drama is all too much for me after a night at work.  Maybe I should knock louder…what am I saying, they are big girls, they can figure it out.

I should go to bed. 

Maybe I’ll go knock one more time.

Or not. 

I don’t want to be the crazy girl.

Update:  Yogi Dad finally got them to the door (he’s a loud knocker) crisis averted.  BTW, they had no idea there was a snow emergency in effect…

*Photo from www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us

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3 Comments on “Hey There, Neighbor!”

  1. 1 Jenna said at 1:28 pm on November 14th, 2010:

    Hey, that was nice of you to warn them! Maybe they'll be a little more friendly towards you now. You really saved them some money. Especially if both of their cars got towed. They would not only have to pay to get them out, but they'd be paying a cab driver as well. Way to do the right thing!

  2. 2 Becca said at 5:35 pm on November 14th, 2010:

    That is SUPER nice of you! Your neighbors better do all your shoveling for the next month.

    We got towed when Livie was 2 months old. Our street was plowed curb to curb (so in St. Paul, A-ok to park there), and we still got towed. And there is no one to fight with. Like the impound lot is going to believe me when I protest? They wouldn't even give me the name of the company that towed me.

    Olivia, DH and I spent 6 hours hanging out waiting to pay $200 to get our car back. Title was in my maiden name, and they wouldn't let DH claim the car without me. Livie wouldn't take a bottle, so she and I were stuck there, waiting in the other car, while DH waited outside in below zero weather. Snazzy.

    You are really, really, nice. I will never park on the street in winter again. Ever. Your neighbors owe you big. I hope they are kissing your feet as I type!

  3. 3 erinclot said at 6:33 pm on November 14th, 2010:

    We got towed when the boys were about a month old- we thought it switched to day 2 after 24 hours instead of at 8am. Went to see Santa downtown at Macy's and came home to no car. I'm so glad the car was in both of our names, I can't imagine having to sit at the impound lot with both boys. My Mom and sister came to watch them while I dropped John off, of course it took like 4 hours and was below zero. Not a happy bunch of people waiting. We have street parking, have always been really good about it, get alerts on our phones and email, just had a bit of baby brain that day I guess. They did seem happy we told them, ran right outside to move their cars.


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