March 4, 2006

Tomcat Sticks It To The Man

Filed under: Uncategorized — chapterhouse @ 5:59 pm

THIS is the PILE OF TWIGS  that the City Code Compliance officer cited us for because it was on the curb the week before curb pickup week:

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The fine?  Two Hundred and Twenty Five Dollars!  The twigs and sticks were out there in the first place because they had not been picked up on the last curb pickup week.  Why?  Probably because someone parked their car in front of it, blocking access.  We’re across the street from a school.

So yesterday morning was the court date.  Tom had taken pictures of the pile from all angles, plus pictures of the mountain of bagged leaves in our courtyard.  They were in the courtyard waiting to be taken out to the curb during pickup week!  He also sent a certified letter, return receipt requested, to the City requesting the appearance of the Compliance Officer.

You should have seen Tomcat, dressed in a suit and wearing his red power tie.  Armed with photographs and a briefcase. Hell would be paid.  Full of righteous indignation.  Ready to shock and awe.  Ready to DEMAND a jury trial if necessary!  Ready to kick butt and take names.

Yessir.  The judge dismissed the case almost as soon as it was called.  Done deal.  No fine to pay. Citation de-lete-ted from the System.

THAT’S what happens when my Tomcat sticks it to the Man.  And with twigs, too.




  1. OMG! What an exciting trash event! That is a GREAT story. I hope you plan to work it into your book. I like the last two sentences especially. Your website is always so much fun! Wish we had stuff like this here in Rome… we only have old ruins here.

    Comment by Judith — March 5, 2006 @ 1:09 am | Reply

  2. “we only have old ruins here.”
    Now that’s funny!
    Here in the New World, as you know, we think 200-year-old buildings are “old.”

    In Big D, it’s especially bad. A 50-year-old building? Ew. Quick!Put up some chrome and glass!

    Say … maybe that’s why Maxwell House isn’t selling. It’s a 1911 Prairie style in an historic district. Ew.

    Have you heard about the McMansions they’re putting up in the M Streets area? They’re tearing down those quaint little Tudor-style houses and putting up humongous North Dallas-esque mansions. That means if you live next door to one of those, you’ve got the equivalent of a three-story building five feet from your bedroom window. Ew.

    Comment by Candace — March 5, 2006 @ 1:25 am | Reply

  3. Somebody should have stuck it to the compliance guy. What a butt.

    Comment by OldHorsetailSnake — March 5, 2006 @ 1:22 pm | Reply

  4. That is funny. Most people would have paid it and that would be that. Oh shoot! I knew I forgot to do something! I have my fine to pay, for driving w/o insurance. Cept I was guilty.. I better get on that tomorrow!

    Comment by dawn marie — March 9, 2006 @ 10:50 pm | Reply

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