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For me, resignation is just being too tired to be angry anymore - A little less than a happy high
komos
komos
For me, resignation is just being too tired to be angry anymore
Someone asked me not too long ago why it is that I don’t talk a whole lot with my neighbors. I wish I could say that it was as simple as being shy and not having a lot in common with them. These are both true, but neither would necessarily result in the isolation I often feel in the neighborhood. I take into consideration that I am “the other” – a single male with liberal leanings living in a neighborhood composed largely of conservative working-class families. Again, these differences shouldn’t be enough to cause the rift that exists, and they’re not.

No, what causes the tension is that so many of my neighbors have nasty streaks. The first hints were little things... the woman who “supervises” her children outside by occasionally bellowing at them through the window; the man who stacks garbage to block your car door when you park in front of his house; the parking spaces that get marked all winter, even when there’s no snow on the ground; the guy who threatened me with physical harm when I caught his kids whipping a dog with sticks and told them to knock it off. All manageable, really, but it doesn’t stop there.

Yesterday my car was towed because one of my neighbors complained to the police.

To be fair, I had let my registration lapse, and so put myself at risk. In fact, I was aware of the risk enough to spend most of this month parked at the Alewife garage. Yesterday, I left it home thinking that I should stop taking the chance of being pulled over and just leave it and take care of the necessary paperwork. As near as I can tell, the “abandoned car” complaint was made about twenty minutes after I started walking to the T, which means that it was towed maybe 30 minutes before I walked out of the RMV with new registration in hand. I came home and the car was gone. Last night I got to waste two hours of my life and $150 to get my car back*.

Now, if this were an isolated incident, I’d understand. What irks me is that even though there have been plenty of other unregistered vehicles parked on our street**, the only ones that have ever been towed have belonged to my housemate and me.

Maybe I’m paranoid, but it just doesn’t seem like coincidence.


*Incidentally, if something like this happens to you, bring cash. The bottom-feeders at the tow yard will not tell you that it’s the only form of payment they accept, and the yards are generally not accessible by public transportation.
**One sat untouched as long as six months. It belonged to a woman whose sister is on the police force.
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komos From: komos Date: October 27th, 2004 09:12 am (UTC) (Link)

As I said to Pablo, "It blowed"

What I really want to do is put signs along the street that say:

WHAT

IS

WRONG

WITH

YOU

PEOPLE???
wildflowersoul From: wildflowersoul Date: October 27th, 2004 09:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah!!! Teh Suck. I'm with Ms. E, sounds like tire slashin' time.
komos From: komos Date: October 27th, 2004 09:52 am (UTC) (Link)
If you get one more person, you can be a trio of Righteous Avengers with your own costumes and theme song even.
tenillypo From: tenillypo Date: October 27th, 2004 09:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Done!
komos From: komos Date: October 27th, 2004 09:58 am (UTC) (Link)
You'll be like Teen Girl Squad, only much hotter more serious.
margimello From: margimello Date: October 27th, 2004 10:03 am (UTC) (Link)
THAT TOTALLY SUCKS!! YOu must retaliate. Or hire thugs.
komos From: komos Date: October 27th, 2004 10:10 am (UTC) (Link)
I have a team assembling as we speak.
margimello From: margimello Date: October 27th, 2004 10:17 am (UTC) (Link)

brrrrr

If you lived somewhere warmer I would totally kick ur neighbors' asses for u.
komos From: komos Date: October 27th, 2004 10:20 am (UTC) (Link)

Revenge is best served cold?

You can curb-stomp a couple of them come summer.
cosmicserpent From: cosmicserpent Date: October 27th, 2004 10:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Your neighbors probably thought it was the car of one of those dangerous "fabulous twenty-somethings" that they've been warned about in the media.
komos From: komos Date: October 27th, 2004 10:12 am (UTC) (Link)
God forbid... they'd drink all of our scotch!
mudguts From: mudguts Date: October 27th, 2004 11:21 am (UTC) (Link)
nothing is more aggravating to me than people who cant mind their own fucking business.
imagine youre casually smoking your doobie and the next thing you know cops have come to confiscate your explosive materials.

i fucking hate people.
komos From: komos Date: October 27th, 2004 01:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

I probably don't need to say this, but doobies and fireworks are not a great mix.

Back in school, the lovely young woman I was enjoying with decided it would be a good idea to light a roman candle in her apartment. Luckily, the fuse burnt out before having the device fire in our faces. Not so luckily, she then decided that it would be a better idea to break the end off the candle and touch her lighter to the material thus exposed. Something in my head said this was a Very Bad Idea, but I was laughing too hard to stop it.

Before we knew what was happening, there were multi-colored fireballs bouncing around the apartment. Then, using my amazing powers of quick thinking, I grabbed it and ran out onto the roof... which would have been great save for the fact that when I got there, I pointed the candle at an open window across the street, so our neighbors had multi-colored fireballs bouncing around in their place as well.

Fortunately, no one was hurt and no damage was done, but Holy.Mother.Loving.Crap.
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: October 28th, 2004 10:41 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: I probably don't need to say this, but doobies and fireworks are not a great mix.

I wanted to comment on this yesterday, but LJ was doing some "routine maintenance" thing that prevented it:

This story made me laugh out loud!
komos From: komos Date: October 28th, 2004 11:53 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: I probably don't need to say this, but doobies and fireworks are not a great mix.

Yep. So began my days as a stoned slacker Jon Stewart fan.
schmi From: schmi Date: October 27th, 2004 08:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's horriying!! I know it sounds excessive, but maybe you could move to where there are people that you could like?

I don't know where you live, but Portland, OR sounds like the kind of place where you would fit in.
komos From: komos Date: October 28th, 2004 05:49 am (UTC) (Link)
There are people I like here, it's just that they're not my neighbors.

Portland was listed in the top five cities chosen by findyourspot as ideal places for me. Still want to visit the Pacific NW before I start thinking about relocating, though. ^_^
schmi From: schmi Date: October 28th, 2004 08:13 am (UTC) (Link)
You should visit!! You will fall in love with it. :)
Especially Seattle and Portland.
komos From: komos Date: October 28th, 2004 11:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Man I'm itching to travel again.
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