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(Chicago Sun-Times)   Neighbors complain man's truck parked outside home is eyesore. Man says "I'll give you an eyesore", paints house fluorescent green. Hilarity ensues   (suntimes.com) divider line 177
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2004-12-17 03:18:33 PM  
Anyone in this thread supporting the trucker clearly does not own a nice home. This crap lowers home values, so this guy is essentially a vandal.
 
2004-12-17 03:19:03 PM  
J.Garcia'sRightMiddleFinger

two things.

They also give opinionated old ladies power that they should not have.
 
2004-12-17 03:20:24 PM  
I'm happy to live in a neighborhood where I can paint my house however I like. My house is green, too, although it's not fluorescent. Just a nicely saturated slightly greyish, mid green. Off white trim, red mailbox on the wall, all is good. Heck, I even got compliments for painting it.

A few blocks away there is a bluish purplish house with white and dark purple trim which I really like. Over near the supermarket there IS a very bright green house, with a different color very bright green trim. It sounds horrid, but it actually kinda works. The detail work on it is great. Some of the larger victorian houses also have bright multicolor detail paint jobs and really look good.

The one house in town that does make my eyes hurt is painted highway orange, with shocking bright BLUE trim. Only the front (with the picture window) is painted like this, though, the rest is just plain ol' usual peeling white.

Those new neighborhoods where all the houses are one of three floor plans and they all have vinyl siding in either grey, pale blue, or beige, are... boring. I like the variety.
 
2004-12-17 03:20:37 PM  
Speaking of ham radio mobiles-



It has 30 working antennas, rotating lights and a small tower.
 
2004-12-17 03:22:21 PM  
tbase

I see that you have issues with a neighbor, so I won't go there. But I was thinking of the small businessman, you know, the guy who owns his own plumbing business and parks his truck in front of the house at night. The kind of guy who can't afford that secluded country manor at that stage in his career. I see trucks like this on the roads all the time, and most of them look like they are reasonably well maintained.

I have neighbors who have a non-functioning conversion van (broke after they hit a deer) and a clapped out old pickup truck that they have been slowly turning into an "art car" by painting it with spray cans in every color they can get their hands on. They're good neighbors and decent people, though, so I don't care what they have in their driveway. (Actually, I think the "art car" idea is pretty cool, and I wish I had the 'nads to drive around in something that outrageous looking.)

I'm a computer geek by day, so I don't own a work truck, BTW.
 
2004-12-17 03:26:40 PM  
zymurgist

Rock on. I've been there. A year or so ago, there were a number of us who were on I-94 and were zipping by in the left hand lane. We had people pulling over to the side of the road for us...actually pulling over. We all got a kick out of it.

not2bright
haha - my car won't look like that. I've got 4-5 antennas on at _most_ (1 for my radio, 1 for my 2m Yaesu, 1 for my dual band 2m/70cm, 1 for my cell phone) and I only had one on my car at this time, and the lady was complaining. *sigh*

I'm so glad I went and bought a house all my own.

HOA's can kiss my butt.
 
2004-12-17 03:28:21 PM  
Phil: I like Tastycakes
I'd trade the semitractor for my neighbor's 2 Harleys with no mufflers.
 
2004-12-17 03:31:25 PM  
SheepPr0n

LOL. Sounds like fun.

It's my understanding that you're not impersonating a cop merely by driving around in a cop-ish car that is bristling with antennas. Screwing around with the lights to make them flash like a cop car, adding a light bar, all that... I wouldn't take that chance. (Neither would my friend... his car just looks like an unmarked patrol car.)
 
2004-12-17 03:33:01 PM  
oh, yeah, if you parked your truck on the lawn and it's a common area, you should get a biatchout. on the other hand, if it's your grass, they should get farked.
 
2004-12-17 03:33:52 PM  
Speaking of ham radio mobiles-

It has 30 working antennas, rotating lights and a small tower.



"NERRRRRRDS!"
 
2004-12-17 03:37:46 PM  
zymurgist-

I hear ya. I agree for the most part. It's just that I can see why some HOA's have rules like that. My HOA has that rule, as well as no street parking. He violates them simultaneously. But, he's a descent guy, and the truck's not too bad, so I don't complain. It seems like it's ok in our neighborhood unless someone complains, because we have a ton of company trucks around. But most of them aren't owned by the people parking them, they're owned by their bosses.

The thing is, when you buy a house, you have to agree to any deed restrictions that are in place. The seller is bound by law to make you aware of them, and in many cases, the title company is bound by law to not transfer the title unless the HOA agreement is signed. Now if they change the rules in the middle of the game, that's one thing. But if the rules were there when you moved in, you really have no right to complain if they decide to start enforcing the rules you agreed to.

A non-functioning van would drive me nuts in my neighborhood. Talk about a property value killer.

In a couple years my wife and I are building on a 1 acre lot with easier restrictions, one reason being that I want to have a non-functioning vehicle to play with. But with an acre, it won't be on my front lawn like some sort of red-neck yard ornament. And while the acre is more than a lot of people could afford right now, when we bought it (not very long ago at all), it was as cheap as most harsh HOA neighborhood lots.
 
2004-12-17 03:40:52 PM  
zymurgist
Yeah, it's great. In some states you can have a light bar, but it can not flash blue or red. In Minnesota, from what I understand, it can not flash red in the front, but it can in the back.

No way would I be that stupid. All you need is a Gomer Pyle on a power trip and they can impound your car.

Gotta love it.

//Still hates HOA's.
 
2004-12-17 03:41:16 PM  
I think the majority of you are missing the point here. It's not that the truck is an eyesore, it's that when he carries loads that need refrigeration, the truck RUNS ALL NIGHT.

I live in a small rural town and many people park their trucks on the street. Some leave them running at night even when they have no load when it is really cold outside because the diesel fuel will gel or something.

These trucks are loud, too. Imagine the constant drone of the engine and see how long it takes you to call the cops.
 
2004-12-17 03:44:40 PM  
praetorian-

Right on. My old landlord had a tour bus parked about 30 feet from our bedroom that he'd fire up at 3:00 am and run for an hour or two when he was getting ready to go away for the weekend. Enough to drive you batshiat insane.
 
2004-12-17 03:48:09 PM  
SheepPr0n-

I had a '96 Interceptor. They're great for not getting pulled over, but if you do get pulled over, it isn't pretty. And that's without any lights.
 
2004-12-17 03:52:34 PM  
2004-12-17 03:37:46 PM tbase

A non-functioning van would drive me nuts in my neighborhood. Talk about a property value killer.

When did it become your neighbor's job to increase your property value? It seems to me that if a non-functioning vehicle is on a person's property and not on the street, then it's nobody's business but their own.
 
2004-12-17 03:55:31 PM  
Hero because he didn't resort to violence. I would have been much more vidictive than this man. I'm a homeowner and I understand property value. If you live in a neighborhood that has rentals like this story indicates, then guess what? You put up with eyesores whether it is a Semi truck or green house. There are so many ways that a truly vindictive mind can retaliate legally, that there are few reasons to be illegal.

A common mistake people like his neighbors make is to think that (their) values should be his. Just because it is a law does not mean that he VALUES it. They feel it naturally intuitive to ban ugliness and rely on the letter of the law to enforce their beliefs. I'm not advocating anarchy, so keep with me for a minute. The mistake comes when they feel that the individual would think as they do and toe-the-line of the law. Emotion is much more powerful that analytical thought. He loves the truck (first clue was the picture in the wallet.) He doesn't CARE about the neighbors or the law compared to his truck. Ad a little more stress and you have a guy who welds up a Caterpillar with armor plating and levels the town hall, or goes on a shooting spree... But I digress...

The point is that it might take more (less?) than men showing up with guns for someone to capitulate.
 
2004-12-17 03:57:40 PM  
id love to have something like this in my front lawn

this guy is genius... i give props to him cus most home owner associations are extremely anoying and basiclly consist of stay at home moms or old ppl with nothing to do but b!tch. Serves the neighbors right. they shoulda just left him alone. The only thing we complain about in our house is how farking nosy everyone in our neighborhood is... and what makes it funnier is that all our neighbors can complain about with us, is that we have too many cars in the driveway... well we have 5 drivers... what can i say!
 
2004-12-17 04:02:32 PM  
forditude-

When did it become your neighbor's job to increase your property value?

What did I say that had anything to do with increasing the property value? Now, if your neighbor hood has more yards with dead vehicles than not, then not having one might increase the value. But note I said "my" neighborhood. A non-functioning van with body damage in my neighbor's yard would decrease my property value, taking money out of my pocket should I choose to sell. It would also increase the time it will take for me to get the $100/month PMI insurance taken off our mortgage as a result. That, my friend, is my business.
 
2004-12-17 04:05:25 PM  
lcuriouslgeorgel

In Hagerstown, Md., a few years ago, somebody built a huge rocking chair on that scale. A local furniture store found out about it, bought it, and put it up on their roof as an advertising gimmick.
 
2004-12-17 04:07:04 PM  
I wonder what my neighbors will think when I start building my Giant Aluminum Trebuchet.
 
2004-12-17 04:08:31 PM  
My favorite line was near the end:

"I say, 'Just go to 14th and Washington, and I live right across the street from the crazy green house,' " says a neighbor who'd give her name only as Dawn.


Yeah, I don't want to give out any information that would identify me, like my last name, but I'll let everyone know that I live RIGHT ACROSS FROM THE "CRAZY GREEN HOUSE."
 
2004-12-17 04:08:35 PM  
2004-12-17 04:02:32 PM tbase

What did I say that had anything to do with increasing the property value? Now, if your neighbor hood has more yards with dead vehicles than not, then not having one might increase the value. But note I said "my" neighborhood. A non-functioning van with body damage in my neighbor's yard would decrease my property value, taking money out of my pocket should I choose to sell. It would also increase the time it will take for me to get the $100/month PMI insurance taken off our mortgage as a result. That, my friend, is my business.

Sorry, but what's in your neighbor's yard is the property and business of your neighbor and not you. As long as it's not physically protruding onto your property, then you have no say. Besides, you wouldn't be paying PMI anyway if you'd have put 20% down like you were supposed to.
 
2004-12-17 04:10:15 PM  
Pockafrusta-

I'm a homeowner and I understand property value. If you live in a neighborhood that has rentals like this story indicates, then guess what? You put up with eyesores whether it is a Semi truck or green house.

Guess what? Cops don't enforce HOA rules or deed restrictions. Guess what? The cops made him move it because it was illegal. Guess what? You don't have to put up with your neighbor's illegal activities. Guess what? That's what we pay taxes for.

You may understand property value, but you don't understand the article or what the people's problem with his truck was. They were stupid for mentioning "eyesore", because it's stupid and that's all he's focusing on, so he gets people like you defending him. It's illegal, there's an ordinance in that town that bans tractor trailers from residential areas. End of story. He can paint his house whatever color he wants, he's still an a**hole for retaliating against his neighbors who just want to be able to sleep and breathe clean air.

Guess what? You don't like the law, fight to change it, don't just break it. And if you do just break it, guess what? Simply having to move your truck is getting off easy.
 
2004-12-17 04:11:37 PM  
There's a guy in Kansas City, Mo, with a similar situation. Story goes that wanted to grow a hedge, but the neighborhood homeowners assoc. wouldn't let him. So he looked in the bylaws and found that there was no ordinance that governed what color he could paint his house. So he painted every level of his siding a different flourescent color. There's like 10 different colors. The place is hideous. You can see it from the highway.
 
2004-12-17 04:17:48 PM  
tbase

neighbors who just want to be able to sleep and breathe clean air

Breathe clean air? What does that have to do with him owning a truck? He starts it and leaves -- I see no mention of him letting it run for hours unattended. In fact, I see no mention of anyone complaining about the air.

His truck, his driveway. If he had been parked in front of his house, I could see the need for Johnny Law. Otherwise, that is one stupid ordinance.

(By the way, yes, I am a homeowner.)
 
2004-12-17 04:20:28 PM  
forditude-

Sorry, but what's in your neighbor's yard is the property and business of your neighbor and not you. As long as it's not physically protruding onto your property, then you have no say. Besides, you wouldn't be paying PMI anyway if you'd have put 20% down like you were supposed to.

First of all, I do have a say. It's why I pay HOA fees and why I carefully read the restrictions before I bought. If my neighbor breaks the rules and I don't like it, I have a lot of say. The HOA will make them abide by the rules or they will start with fines and continue up to and including placing a lein on their house.

And, smartass, I wasn't "supposed to" put 20% down. Paying PMI for 2 years @ $100/mo is $2400. Now, Einstein, how much do you think it would have cost me to wait even one year to put together 20% down? Obviously a rhetorical question. If we had sold the acre we could have put 20% down. The acre that doubled in value in the 2 years we've had it. The acre that someone just knocked on our door last month to offer us tripple what we paid for it. So put aside the higher interest rates, the rent we would have paid, and the $20,000 to $30,000 increase in the value of our house - just selling that acre would have cost us over $15,000 in order to save $2400 in PMI premiums.

Please tell me you're not a financial advisor.
 
2004-12-17 04:21:42 PM  
bludstone:

WhiskeyTango

Actually, if the loudspeakers are blaring all night long, they are probably breaking noise ordinances. Have you called and asked?

And before you call the cops on them, leave them an anonymous, polite letter asking them to turn the music down at night.


Actually, WT, it will be much easier in the long run if you just shoot them in the head now. Trust me on this -- if they're tacky enough to put up a bazillion lights and run outdoor speakers blasting Bing Crosby, they're going to do other things you'll hate.
 
2004-12-17 04:23:56 PM  
When my husband and I went looking for a home, we specifically stayed away from areas where neighbors were noisy. It wasn't that hard as we would never live in the craptacular suburbs where most of this stupid shiat happens anyway. (It's either city or totally rural for me thanks).

I like to have a fairly nice, traditional house myself with a nice yard (not bit on grass, but I like trees, pathways and landscaping), but I enjoy living near people who are a little kooky. It adds flavor and interest to a neighborhood. Our property values have only gone up and we're living in a neighborhood with some college student renters, artists, and being a place where people park their RV's or trucks on the street without a peep from any of us (so long as they don't block anyone's ability to get into or out of the street - in which case we just knock on their door an ask and don't call in the cops or anything).
 
2004-12-17 04:24:00 PM  
KarateMedia

Breathe clean air? What does that have to do with him owning a truck?

You can't just start a truck like this and leave. I was in a similar situation and while I realize the article said nothing about air, it also said nothing about him starting it and leaving either.
 
2004-12-17 04:24:25 PM  
tbase, do you live in miami? i think your pool-cleaning neighbor is probably my brother. what a disaster. and that's coming from a guy named "thewreck"
 
2004-12-17 04:24:27 PM  
Another example of truck driver stupidity. Where is the stupid trucker tag?

A large truck is an eyesore, if it's running it is wasting fuel and causing noise and air pollution.

I don't blame the neighbors.

It's bad enough to have some dumb assed trucker living in the neighborhood, having the truck to go with the driver is going too far.

I hope that they are successful in getting rid of it.

A truck that carries a mear 40 tons and has a pussy 600 hp or less engine in it is nothing to be proud of. A 6000 hp EMD SD90-MAC on display would be something to be proud of.

Having a truck means that you tear up the roads, you needlessly endanger others and you make life miserable for others with the noise and air pollution. Definately nothing to be proud of.

It also means that you are most likely uneducated, illiterate, have no teeth, haven't bathed in a year and have a family tree that grows straight up. Most likely you have spent time as a guest of the state or the federal government. If you haven't yet, you probably will sometime in your future.

Those neighbors should get rid of the trucker altogether. He's the guy who has been going after all the 8 year old girls in the neighborhood.

If they look, they will probably find the guy's picture down at the post office.

Have the check the state's sex offender registry as well.

So, what about that stupid trucker tag? They've earned it.
 
2004-12-17 04:25:25 PM  
Sorry, noisy = NOSEY. I don't mind noise unless it's a party at 3am on a weeknight --- that they didn't even invite me to!
 
2004-12-17 04:26:18 PM  
Urbn-

I agree with your statement about knocking on their door and asking instead of calling the cops. But if this guy is going to spend the time and money to paint his house like that just to piss them off, I imagine they knew what his answer would be, if they didn't ask first.
 
2004-12-17 04:26:35 PM  
I think you need to know what you're getting into when you buy. My #1 requirement for a real estate agent is NO HOA. I wouldn't even waste my time (and hers) looking at properties subject to HOA agreements. My $0.02.
 
2004-12-17 04:29:43 PM  
zymurgist-

No HOA is great in some areas, but in Florida, you're taking a HUGE risk buying in an area with no HOA or deed restrictions. Our acre is even deed restricted, but it's very reasonable. Minimum square footage, no Mobile Homes, Campers and project cars have to be reasonably concealed from the road.
 
2004-12-17 04:31:15 PM  
The person that gave this idiot the "hero" tag obviously has shinola for brains.

The guy is parking his piece of garbage truck in his driveway, illegally, and he is told to move it. So, the little baby, typical trucker, gets mad and paints his house a weird color.

Why didn't he just cut his dick off, if he could find it? At least that would keep the moron from reproducing.

So why does this arsehole deserve the "hero" tag?

Trucks should never be in residential neighborhoods.

For the safety of everyone in the neighborhood, especially the little kids, truckers shouldn't be allowed in neighborhoods either.
 
2004-12-17 04:31:26 PM  
Tbase-

I live near a highway off-ramp. You can't hear it in the house but can when outside on one side of the house. Trucks go by there and down our street all the time. And, still, the loudest, most obnoxious vehicles in our neighborhood are the crotch-rocket (is that still a term that is used?) motorcycle owners revving their bike for a good minute before they even drive down the street. I'll take truck drivers, who are actually performing a useful service with their vehicles, over these dorks any day of the week...
 
2004-12-17 04:37:01 PM  
2004-12-17 04:20:28 PM tbase

And, smartass, I wasn't "supposed to" put 20% down. Paying PMI for 2 years $100/mo is $2400. Now, Einstein, how much do you think it would have cost me to wait even one year to put together 20% down? Obviously a rhetorical question. If we had sold the acre we could have put 20% down. The acre that doubled in value in the 2 years we've had it. The acre that someone just knocked on our door last month to offer us tripple what we paid for it. So put aside the higher interest rates, the rent we would have paid, and the $20,000 to $30,000 increase in the value of our house - just selling that acre would have cost us over $15,000 in order to save $2400 in PMI premiums.

Please tell me you're not a financial advisor.


I almost forgot that this is the internet, where people magically knock on doors to offer three times the original amount paid, and property values skyrocket with impunity. As far as how much it would have cost you, I do not know, and neither do I care because I do not know your income. Any financial advisor worth his salt would have made a careful cost benefit analysis as to whether it would have been better to pay the PMI or wait until you get the 20%. Just think of the fact that the "$20,000 to $30,000 increase" would be even greater if you had put the 20% down, because your monthly payments would be less, and you would therefore have even more equity in your home instead of trying to play catch-up and wasting $2400 in the process. But of course, no financial advisor is clairvoyant enough to predict a (highly unlikely) threefold value increase of one acre within 2 years, unless it happens to be in Manhattan or something.
 
2004-12-17 04:43:10 PM  
tbase

My folks still live in the same neighborhood in Lake Worth, Fla. where I grew up. No HOA, just the city ordinances. They get along well with the neighbors, for the most part. There's a guy behind them with 3 boats, and several people on the same street have a large number of cars. Seems to work out OK. Granted, nobody's parking a semi tractor on the street and idling it all night.

My negative opinion of HOA's (and I've never even tangled with one) comes from living in Maryland since 1986.
 
2004-12-17 04:50:27 PM  
I think it's funny.

Good job, guy.
 
2004-12-17 04:55:58 PM  
I live in an unincorporated nieghborhood with no HOA where the houses are all between $180k and $290K. most of the people love it here. Most of us moved in here for the freedom. Every couple of years a couple of the less neighborly neighbors try to start an HOA. It is always resoundingly defeated. Yes, there are a few neighbors who let their lawns get out of control. Yes there are odd vehicles parked in odd places. Our property values rise consistantly faster than the neighborhoods with nazi HOA's Thank heaven for what little freedom is left in the world. Those who sacrifice freedom for security deserve neither.
 
2004-12-17 04:59:11 PM  
Arch Duke Ferdinand

Some friendly advice:

Don't ride around in town in an open convertible.
 
2004-12-17 05:04:21 PM  
Seriously, Chicago Farkers, I know we can find a pic of this, or someone drive their fool ass out there and TAKE one.
 
2004-12-17 05:05:17 PM  
forditude-

I almost forgot that this is the internet, where people magically knock on doors to offer three times the original amount paid, and property values skyrocket with impunity.

Actually, it's south Hillsborough County, Florida, or anywhere in a 50 mile radius where "property values skyrocket with impunity". The value doubled, and the offer for triple was because their parents were building on the lot next door. That's the acre. Our house is going up about 7% per year, not counting improvements. To give you an idea of the growth, the elementary school 4 miles away is in its second year, and it already has portable classrooms next to it. It was projected to open at 60% capacity, it opened at just over 100%. The school board's plan is to put an elementary school every two miles down highway 301 at the rate of 1 or 2 per year. Values were already going up so fast when we bought, that we paid as much for our 3 year old house on a pond as we could have bought the same house for new, minus the tile and oak. They can't build them fast enough. And an acre anywhere between Tampa and Sarasota is like gold. Actually, way, way better than gold.

Sorry I got snippy with you, but in our case as in many others, trying to put 20% down is just plain stupid. The misconception that you're "supposed to" put 20% down keeps a lot of people from ever owning a home, because they're forever playing catch-up, unable to save quickly enough to keep up with increasing property values to attain that magical 20%.

Even if our land value wasn't skyrocketing, to sell it would have been stupid because you just can't get a lot that big anymore. And with the rates what they were a couple years ago, 2% down and a fixed rate through Fannie Mae or Freddy Mac was too good to pass up. Thanks to getting the acre when we did and getting the house when we did, we're probably going to be able to keep the house as a rental when we build on the acre, and still be able to start out in the new place with no PMI.

Oh yeah, and big truck suck in neighborhoods. The roads aren't built for the weight.
 
2004-12-17 05:07:15 PM  
I bet the vast majority of you people who think this guy is a 'hero' don't own homes. The rest of you, I doubt own nice ones.

Yes, it is my business what my neighbor is parking in his yard. It can effect my property value. I only takes a couple of people like this to turn an entire neighborhood to shiat. That's not hyperbole, it's fact, I know, I'm in real estate.

How would you like it if you lived next door to this dumbass and you were trying to sell your house. I doubt you would find it very funny then.
 
2004-12-17 05:07:18 PM  
I think he did the right thing. i think I wouldve done the same
 
2004-12-17 05:10:47 PM  
jacobsladder
Awww... are you upset about something?

It's okay. Let it all out. We offer kindness and support here.

Oh, wait - no, nevermind. This is Fark. And you're a jackass. Amazing how that NIMBY mindset works. Y'know that stuff you buy? Food and stuff? Clothing?

Guess how you get it? That's right. Now I'm sure you have a problem with SOME truckers, but I'm also sure you're quite happy to profit from the abusive labor practices and nigh-criminal payment schedules given to them to keep the crap you buy nice and cheap.

So man up, Nancy, and accept the consequences of your lifestyle.
 
2004-12-17 05:11:31 PM  
This is in Florida? I saw the Chicago Sun Times and assumed... well, you know the rest.
 
2004-12-17 05:16:24 PM  
GreyAlien:

creamypanda,

There are only two reasons to own a truck like that:

1) You need it for your job.
2) Your penis is an innie.

Which one describes you?


Actually, I have a third reason for wanting a truck like that.

3) Manufacture a 'rocket mount' and place it in the bed, instantly become a shoe-in for the next Mad Max movie.
 
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