||[Sep. 27th, 2012|09:23 am]
So Dan is out of town for two weeks in Atlanta for a Magic tournament and then Costa Rica visiting a friend. While he lives in Madison, flights are more plentiful and cheaper in Chicago so he drove in last week, parked his car across the street and left me his keys so I could move it for the weekly street cleaning. Of course I forgot to do that Tuesday night but when I woke up in the morning there was no ticket, so I figured I'd dodged a bullet and just left it there. Then when I came home I saw an abandoned car sticker and a $35 ticket had been slapped on it.
I ran across the street to investigate and try to get the sticker off and an older woman who seemed to just be standing around in her backyard came up to me and asked if it was my car. I explained the situations and she said that she'd called the cops about it since it hadn't been moved in a week, including for street cleaning. I told her I'd forgotten. She said "I asked around but no one said it was theirs." I explained I'd just moved in across the street and her response was "Well I don't know you, I just see a car come and go. This is a close knit community and I know where everyone parks." I asked if the car was taking up someone's space and she said no. Then she asked if I needed the police number and recited it from memory. I do not consider this a good sign.
So after calling the cops to tell them what had happened we moved the car to the other side of the street and mostly scraped off the sticker. We'll need to get some special cleaning stuff to remove the adhesive. The cop said I might be able to contest the ticket but I'll probably just pay it to avoid the hassle. I'm just frustrated because if I had moved it Tuesday night or event Wednesday morning this wouldn't be an issue. Or maybe if I had baked cookies and introduced myself to everyone on the block. Lesson learned for when I hold my first party I suppose.
Tonight I'm supposed to meet the neighbors we share a wall with (the house is technically a condo but really is a house). I hope they're less obnoxious.