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The Cranky Club
I must say crankiness is getting upset over petty annoyances. This is rule breaking and I applaud you for sticking to your guns.
By: Tabor on August 24, 2015
I don't blame you! I would've purchased a large sawhorse with a sign on it about being towed and set it at the end of my driveway as a warning.
By: Alex J. Cavanaugh on August 24, 2015
Yup! I've noticed that lately your posts have revealed a less than cordial feeling to them. However, this post is certainly worthy of a raging bull. That said, it is your former dwelling.
By: Daniel LaFrance on August 24, 2015
Good for you. Some people just never have any manners or respect for other people's property.
By: Latane on August 24, 2015
There is no excuse for such blatant inconsideration. Not YOU... the bozos who insisted on parking in front of your driveway. Too bad you couldn't have made some citizen's arrests. In my book, this example doesn't qualify for induction into the Cranky Old Man's Club. Anyone would have been provoked to take actions.
By: Susan Swiderski on August 24, 2015
Good for you! That's not being cranky - they were ignoring your obvious no parking sign. We used to live at a 3 way stop and our house was right at that intersection. We would see all the neighbors going to work and coming home blowing through the stop signs; not even a California stop. So on a nice day our daughter and I would sit in our lawn chairs and like Olympic judges would hold up 9.0 or -1.0 depending on whether they stopped or not. Eventually we made a deal with our local motorcycle cop. He could park in our driveway and ticket all the folks. Some neighbors thought that was beyond rude- others admitted it was a good idea as we had so many little kids playing outside. Even so it really did not make a big difference. Cheers and have a great day!
By: Kathe W. on August 24, 2015
You did good, Stephen. I'll bet no one who got his car towed ever parked there again.
By: Catalyst on August 24, 2015
I would have called a tow truck for the FIRST car parked there!!
By: fishducky on August 24, 2015
I don't call that cranky, that is just taking care of your family. It would have been fun seeing all the stunned looks and you did make the tow companies year.
By: Akansas Patti on August 24, 2015
First, I love that house! And parking being such a premium and you being blocked out ...or in! I don't blame you for being furious. I wonder if you could have used cones to block the driveway. Whatever, they deserved the tow, from the picture it was pretty obvious. Especially because in the city, when you see an empty space, the first thought before taking it is always, "Why hasn't this space been taken?"
By: cranky on August 24, 2015
I'm with you on this one. Blocking someone's driveway is just rude. If you had not marked it, that would have been a little different but when they know they shouldn't park there and do so anyhow, they should expect to be towed from time to time.
By: Rick Watson on August 24, 2015
Being a person across the street from a large playground that was once used for football practice and games, and having our entire street blocked regularly by all the parents who could not, of course, be expected to walk more than five feet, i agree with what you did and applaud you!
By: messymimi on August 24, 2015
Cranky is as cranky does... This is not cranky. I consider cranky as "irritation for no reason." You had valid reasons: 1) You needed a place to park. 2) You PAID for a place to park. 3) You had it posted "no parking" and 4) you're gonna have a heart attack if they kept parking in front of your house, in spite of it all. It's official: I say NOT CRANKY. :-)
By: Cherdo on August 24, 2015
By: Val on August 24, 2015
I can sympathize with you being cranky. Many people get cranky if somebody parks in front of their house when it's a legal parking place. dDn't feel guilty.
By: red on August 24, 2015
I agree...this is not cranky. This is someone sitting on your property. I would compare it to someone walking into you house and plopping himself on the couch. Wouldn't you call the cops then, especially if you wanted to leave your house?
By: Pixel Peeper on August 24, 2015
You did the right thing. You may have been "cranky" but those who parked in front of your drive were either stupid or arrogant and inconsiderate or all of the above.
By: Tom Cochrun on August 24, 2015
Cranky old man club? Not you. You are one of the most considerate men I have ever known. It's interesting that someone could think that courtesy and a response to a lack there of could warrant being called cranky. I can't say that I'm surprised if it comes from the entitlement generation.
By: Michael Offutt on August 24, 2015
I had the same problem! You can see clearly it is our driveway. I would leave notes and finally I called the cops who fined the owners. It still did nothing. I then met my present hubby who is my private pitbull. People know now not to cross him and it has never happened since. I find people inconsiderate with a sense of entitlement when they do something so blatant. Knowing my hubby, he would have sat out there and told anyone who dared to keep moving or else. I would be smiling ear to ear watching their cars get towed.
By: Birgit on August 24, 2015
It's a good thing you moved. You really had no choice but to have the cars towed, yet I understand the pangs of guilt.
By: Robyn Engel on August 24, 2015
It sounds terrible frustrating, good for you!
By: John on August 25, 2015
Justified crankiness, in my opinion!
By: Sage on August 25, 2015
I would have done the same thing!!
By: The Bug on August 25, 2015
I don't blame you a bit. My only question: Why did you wait so long to get the towing company involved? (Yeah, I guess I'm now Cranky Old Man III. ;)
By: Scott Park on August 25, 2015
Hi, I'm new to your blog and loving it so far. Lately I've been telling my husband (he's quite a few years older than I am) that his age has turned him into a cranky, ornery man - the kind that will one day frighten neighborhood children. I must say, you held off and were far more patient with your parking situation than my husband would have been. It's probably a good idea that you moved. You would be living with guilt (the poor old woman with the luggage and packages), remember her, that was my grandmother and she'd just recovered from a hip replacement. LOL. I felt a tinge of guilt for that particular tow, just reading about it. Sooner or later, the guilt would've eaten you up or some thug would've vandalized your property. Good move, pun intended. So, for my first visit here, I don't find you to be a cranky old man. You haven't started taking your anger out on children, pets and the elderly. Have you? I enjoyed visiting your blog and will be back. I'm eager to read your book. Take care, Melissa http://melissasugarwrites.com
By: Melissa Sugar on August 25, 2015
Good for you! I turned into a Cranky Old Man years ago, and I do yell at kids running across my lawn, and dogs. :D
By: LL Cool Joe on August 26, 2015
At 56 years old, I'm often worried that I might mutate into a miserable, mean-spirited old man - rather like some neighbours we had who would moan incessantly about the 'noisy' kids playing in our street. But parking over someone's driveway must qualify as one of the most potent irritants known to man. Personally, I've no sympathy at all for your victims.
By: Bryan Jones on August 27, 2015
i was in the lift the other day at work, listening to a girl on the radio being interviewed. When i found myself tutting at her constant use of the word "like" i knew i was officially old
By: don\'t feed the pixies on August 27, 2015
I think it's hilarious and I'm totally on your side. I lived in NYC with a car for years and was never towed. Why? Because I could read signs! (And we had alternate day opposite side of the street parking. That was a joy, let me tell you.) I'm firmly in the Cranky Club. I'm practicing the "Get off my lawn!!" yell.
By: Lexa Cain on August 27, 2015
I can hear Clint Eastwood as "Dirty Harry" saying through clenched teeth: "Stephen had no choice. A man's gotta know his limitations."
By: Michael Manning on August 30, 2015
I think I would have done exactly the same thing as you. People are just ignorant and/or inconsiderate. Of that I am positive!
By: Bouncin Barb on September 7, 2015
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