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When Meter Maids Attack

Would you believe my car was tagged for a ticket in this exact spot shown in the photograph? (This photo is not from when the citation was issued but from when I next had the opportunity to park in the same spot the citation was issued.) My alleged violation was I was parking on a “hill” and didn’t have my wheels crimped to the curb. It sounds to me more like it was a meter maid with a bug up his or her butt.

The ticket for the violation is $47, and to me that just sounds like extortion, so I’ve elected to challenge the citation and submitted the photo of my car in this position as it was when the citation was issued. I looked up the law cited, but it doesn’t specify exactly how much of an incline is required before it’s classified as a hill. This just strikes me as ridiculous as clearly there’s no chance in hell of my vehicle rolling from this position as there is only the slightest of incline to where the vehicle is parked.

Now, like all things its the waiting game for the behemoth of government to review the photo and my complaint and decide if this is a violation. And just to spite the bastard of a cop I’ve made sure every time I park in this spot again to crimp the wheels just in case the bloody bastard makes their way through the neighborhood again. Personally I think I should have the opportunity to challenge the cop in person and if they lose make them pay me the value of the ticket for the inconvenience they’ve caused.

Remembering September 11, 2001

New York City Cop October 2001In some ways it’s hard to believe it’s been eight years since the tragedy of the World Trade Center towers in New York City falling due to two terrorist highjacked passenger planes aiming for and crashing into each tower. In other ways its hard to believe it hasn’t been longer. In any case, this year it seems a little more poignant to remember the tragedy of September 11, 2001 or 9/11 as it seems to be commonly referred to.

I think the reason why I feel like I need to honor the memory of September 11, 2001 is that I had my first trip to New York in October 2001 to attend the Mamma Mia! premiere on Broadway, and this year, in a couple more weeks I will be returning to New York for the first time since 2001 to see Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson of ABBA launch the English language concert version of their musical, Kristina. Kristina is the musical Björn and Benny wrote that tells the story of Swedish immigrants coming to the United States in the late 1800’s. The story is based on the book series known as “The Emigrants” by Vilhelm Moberg. The New York performances are being staged as a concert version of the show instead of a fully staged production at Carnegie Hall. This will be in many cases the public’s first chance to experience the show in English. A workshop version of it was worked on a couple years ago but never heard if it actually had any public performances.

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