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Old 04-30-2014, 02:41 AM   #37501
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Old 04-30-2014, 04:40 AM   #37502
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Having an unexpected day off. Normally Friday is my day off but it has been quiet in the store and all chores are done. Since we get a shipment in on Friday it seems logical to switch days, instead of being bored today I have something to do on Friday.

I've just sorted to photographs I picked up yesterday. And later today I'll go pick up my order at the craft store, hopefully everything will be in.
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Old 04-30-2014, 02:31 PM   #37503
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Happily punching flower strips with my new punch and die cutting flowers and sticking them together. One of my next lay-outs will be of the Dutblin botanical gardens. I'm probably making too many strips and flowers but I also have to print the pictures of two visits to the Keukenhof so they'll be useful then.

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Old 05-01-2014, 03:13 PM   #37504
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You just got to love the inefficiency of my city council. (eg. When it's slippery and they put salt on the roads in the inner city within a couple of hours it is followed by the sweeper card that cleans it all up)

For as long as I can remember we've had problems with patron of one café parking his car, on an almost daily basis, on the side walk on the corner. Almost blocking the door of the lingerie store (and before that, our store). Talking with the guy is impossible, even the police gave up, and the café refused to force him to park somewhere legally. Eventually the council put a wooden bollard on the corner, but he pushed that out of the street with his car, he did the same with the big stone bollard (he's got a big Range Rover).

Eventually, about ten years ago, the council put down a big stone. It's the bane of every driver who wants to round that corner whilst backing up (it's so low you don't see it) and of many drunken cyclist. But no more Range Rover.

The council recently decided/discovered that it was a special type of stone and it warranted a plaque. So they took out the stone (back was the RR) to attach the plaque. When they put it back today it turns out the plaque is upside down.
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Old 05-01-2014, 03:31 PM   #37505
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For as long as I can remember we've had problems with patron of one café parking his car, on an almost daily basis, on the side walk on the corner.
A former co-worker was a long distance trucker in his younger days. He described finding himself stuck trying to maneuver his 18 wheeler in a city by an illegally parked driver. A police office told him he had to move his truck, and he said "How?" The cop said "That guy isn't supposed to park there, and I've already had conversations with him about it. Drive right over him if you have to!" My friend complied, with two blown tires on the illegally parked car as a result. He couldn't come back to see if the car's owner had actually learned anything, but he would have loved to see the reaction.

For your range rover driver, a big sticker saying "You aren't supposed to park here!" affixed to his driver side windshield that can't be removed without professional help seems appropriate.

In NYC, that sort of behavior gets you towed by the city, with a hefty fine to retrieve your car from the city lot.
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Old 05-01-2014, 03:50 PM   #37506
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A former co-worker was a long distance trucker in his younger days. He described finding himself stuck trying to maneuver his 18 wheeler in a city by an illegally parked driver. A police office told him he had to move his truck, and he said "How?" The cop said "That guy isn't supposed to park there, and I've already had conversations with him about it. Drive right over him if you have to!" My friend complied, with two blown tires on the illegally parked car as a result. He couldn't come back to see if the car's owner had actually learned anything, but he would have loved to see the reaction.

For your range rover driver, a big sticker saying "You aren't supposed to park here!" affixed to his driver side windshield that can't be removed without professional help seems appropriate.

In NYC, that sort of behavior gets you towed by the city, with a hefty fine to retrieve your car from the city lot.
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The police in the Netherlands is much too nice. When they see his car they go into the café and ask him to park somewhere else. He drives away in the car and comes back, in the car, five to ten minutes later (when the police is gone) and parks on the corner again.

If a truck driver would do what your friend was allowed to do he would get a fine and would probably have to pay for damages.

But the stone is back and he can't park on the corner anymore. Now he parks his car in the spot which is meant for loading and you aren't allowed to park there for longer than 10 minutes, but at least he isn't blocking anyone's door.
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Old 05-01-2014, 03:56 PM   #37507
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The police in the Netherlands is much too nice. When they see his car they go into the café and ask him to park somewhere else. He drives away in the car and comes back, in the car, five to ten minutes later (when the police is gone) and parks on the corner again.
And there aren't fines for illegal parking? That's startling as cities are always in search of additional revenue.

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My friend did it because the cop told him to. He wouldn't have considered it on his own.

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But the stone is back and he can't park on the corner anymore. Now he parks his car in the spot which is meant for loading and you aren't allowed to park there for longer than 10 minutes, but at least he isn't blocking anyone's door.
And what happens if he does park there longer than 10 minutes?

It sounds like your municipality has regulations, but no penalty enforced for breaking them.
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Old 05-02-2014, 10:24 PM   #37508
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Downloading the latest "There is no such thing as a fish" podcast. It's made by the elves (fact-finders) of the tv series QI. It's both educational and fun and if you like fun facts a must-have for your podcast subscriptions.
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Oooh, thanks for that. I love QI and this sounds right up my street. Off to investigate it now.
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