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17 January 2008 @ 09:21 am
My across-the-street neighbor...  
... Is such an idiot.  The guy has a huge pickup truck that for some reason he never parks in his driveway (even though the driveway is huge and can fit at least 2 vehicles in it).  He always parks it out on the street.  He and his family have lived here for more than 6 years and he's done it every day.  Our street is not that wide to begin with, so it takes up a ton of room.  I'm surprised that no one has come speeding around the corner and creamed it.  In the past he's parked it in such a way that makes it hard for us to get out of our driveway.  We've spoken to both him and his wife about it, and he would park it closer to their corner for maybe one day.  Then it was back to the same old thing. 

This morning I wasn't feeling too well, but I had to go to work because I have to edit my resume and possibly speak again to the head hunter about it.  This schoolbus stops at his corner to pick up children and every single morning sits there for 10 minutes at least (I guess the bus driver has a friendly conversation with one of the kids' mothers).  I decided that to avoid them I'd go the opposite direction, turning left instead of right once I'm out of our driveway and going up another block.  Today he's parked right smack up against his driveway, which is just about directly across from ours.  I maneuvered so tightly to try to avoid him, but it was impossible. I ended up tapping his bumper.  I got out, looked at his truck and there didn't appear to be any damage, while I have some of his nice paint on my back bumper, as well as a bit of my paint scraped off and a very small crack.

I was so pissed off.  I ran back into the house and angrily told my mother about it.  I was so angry and I had to get to work, and I didn't know what he was doing (I guess in his house somewhere totally oblivious to this).  My mom just told me to go to work and she'd take care of it.  I didn't want her to have to do that but I left anyway. 

I really think these people believe they're the only ones who live on our block.  How I would love to tell them that that isn't the case.  But they're so stupid I don't think it would do any good.  His wife never even stops for the Stop sign on their corner - she just speeds through it around the corner, every single day.  I can't wait for a cop to catch her, but they're never in the right place at the right time.

I so didn't need this.  This guy has all the room in the world to park his truck, from between his driveway to the street corner. And he always picks the most inconvenient spot.  And the fact that talking to them will do no good makes me even more pissed off.

*sigh* Calming down, calming down.....
Current Mood: pissed offpissed off
ridin' the star milestargazercmc on January 17th, 2008 12:39 pm (UTC)
If y'all have talked to him about it before, then he's aware. I'd call the city next time and tell them that someone has illegally parked in the street and is blocking your driveway and you would like the vehicle towed.

Paying some towing fees would likely prevent him from doing it again.
jessm78: angry Danieljessm78 on January 17th, 2008 01:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think he's aware but he just doesn't care. He's really lazy, likes to park the truck right out front there so he can just run out his front door and hop into it. *rolls eyes*

I don't want any trouble with him, but this is getting to be more trouble that it's worth. It's time to take more drastic action. Hopefully paying some fees will get him to wise up a little.
hastiekido: aaahhastiekido on January 17th, 2008 12:44 pm (UTC)
some people can be so stupid and thinking they own the world..
Wants you to kick some ass right?
Have a drink, breath in, breath out and maybe follow the advice in the previous comment?

jessm78: Fire and Waterjessm78 on January 17th, 2008 01:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the hugs Hastie. :) ((hugs back))

It's almost amazing how stupid some people can be. I'm more calmer about it now and I'm going to see what else I can do.
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jessm78: Fire and Waterjessm78 on January 18th, 2008 12:34 am (UTC)
*takes deep breath*
Ah I'm feeling better now!

Thanks hon. I am going to do something about this. Enough is enough.
tiah15tiah15 on January 17th, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC)
Our neighbour does something similar: he parks his truck (really big!) next to his house and ... you guessed it: right across our driveway. Isn't it great ? Even though he drove it away when I asked him to, he just doesn't always remember. And I know for a fact that I can't leave if he's standing in the way. But at least he's friendly.

Back to you: Stick with the tow-idea. Maybe it'll work - and let him pay for your car's damage. (I don't know laws in the US though?) Unfortunately you can't please everyone. Sometimes you have to stick up for yourself.
jessm78: sam/daniel hugjessm78 on January 18th, 2008 12:15 am (UTC)
It is so annoying. But it's nice that he's friendly. My neighbor is pretty friendly too, but he's just so clueless. It's sad.

I am definitely going to bring it to his attention. I didn't see him all day today (wonder if he realizes what happened and is avoiding me...?). I am going to take some action though. This is really the last straw.
Suzotchkasuzotchka1 on January 17th, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
The best thing to do Jess, is to call the police. Call your local precinct and have them come and make a report. And be sure to take pictures too.

Check with your town also about how long things can be parked on the street. In Valley Stream, you can only park on the street for 4 hours even if you're in front of your own house-they can give you a ticket (I've never seen anyone get one though.

Is his truck a commercial vehicle? If so, he may not be able to park it at all in a residential area. So you might want to check that out too.

Hang in there. *HUGS*
jessm78: Long Pondjessm78 on January 18th, 2008 12:22 am (UTC)
I'm definitely going to check into that. I think he works for Suffolk County, but I'm not sure if his truck is a commercial vehicle. It might be. He does leave it out there for hours most times. Sometimes he just takes a day off (I guess he's allowed to do that with his job). It's really annoying.

But I'm going to take some kind of action here - I've had enough.

Thanks for the advice and the hugs. *HUGS back*