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2014-01-03 09:00:13 AM
Never bring a shovel to a folding chair fight.
 
2014-01-03 09:14:29 AM
City slicker problems
 
2014-01-03 09:14:30 AM
I think it is a little stupid, you don't own the street.  I appreciate that you put a lot of effort into shoveling out the space, but I also realize there is never enough parking to go around, so claiming a spot exacerbates the problem.
 
2014-01-03 09:18:17 AM
The closest the little town I grew up in ever came to a full-blown riot was the day after a storm when the Mayor sent the streets department guys around to take all the chairs and ash cans and such used to claim scooped-out spots and toss them in the dump.
 
2014-01-03 09:38:17 AM
Maybe it's because where I live, we have things called "snow emergencies" where if the snowfall amount exceeds a couple inches, parking is banned on different streets until they're all plowed meaning that there is no shoveling out of spaces. The whole concept of having to shovel out a public street is foreign to me.
 
2014-01-03 09:49:59 AM
It has to be done this way because the human sense of smell is far too underdeveloped to distinguish the subtle differences in urine.
 
2014-01-03 09:56:48 AM
Finally, I can use that dead hooker in my trunk for something.
 
2014-01-03 10:20:54 AM
And this is why I like having a driveway.  I did have to call out my jackass neighbour for shoveling snow from the spot in front of his house to in front of my driveway.

Jackass.
 
2014-01-03 10:25:53 AM

stpauler: Maybe it's because where I live, we have things called "snow emergencies" where if the snowfall amount exceeds a couple inches, parking is banned on different streets until they're all plowed meaning that there is no shoveling out of spaces. The whole concept of having to shovel out a public street is foreign to me.


Yup. It's technically illegal to shovel a public highway where I live.
 
2014-01-03 10:28:40 AM
Yeah, haven't seen any of this on my block yet this year, but as someone who used to have to park on the street in Chicago I definitely take anything I find out in the street and move it up onto the nearest lawn.  fark anyone who thinks that they own a space for the entire winter while anyone who was out of town during the snowfall (which happened over the holidays this year) just doesn't get to park until March.

Hell, to get out of my current (deeded, gated) parking spot behind my condo we had to shovel almost the entire alleyway on Friday just to get the car through, and that's after digging the actual car out of the spot.  People who have to take care of the foot of snow between their car and the plowed street and think that entitles them to the space are whiners.  It entitles you to use your car.  Congratulations.
 
2014-01-03 10:31:34 AM
Breaking news:  northern places get cold, and have snow, during the winter.  Snow sucks when it isn't something you visit while up at Mammoth Mountain, and then leave to go back down the hill to the beach.
 
2014-01-03 10:31:36 AM
It has to be done this way because the human sense of smell is far too underdeveloped to distinguish the subtle differences in urine


You need to try lots of asparagus first
 
2014-01-03 10:32:07 AM

"The practice is not unique to Chicago. They do it in Boston, too."


Heard that in Boston you used to get slashed tires or worse if you took someone's freshly shoveled parking spot that was saved. I've had a roommate put an easel in a parking spot he had just cleared. The other day in Charlestown someone had put out something like a bucket to save their spot. Thankfully where I live north of Boston your car either go to the approved snow emergency lots or as far as I know you're car is towed. Not sure because I don't own a car. Thank heaven for Zipcar. I don't have to deal with all this bullshiat.

 
2014-01-03 10:34:33 AM

skinink: "The practice is not unique to Chicago. They do it in Boston, too."


Heard that in Boston you used to get slashed tires or worse if you took someone's freshly shoveled parking spot


In Philly you may get shot. Happens 2 or 3 times a year.
 
2014-01-03 10:35:26 AM
Cold people problems.
 
2014-01-03 10:36:04 AM
Dibsing should be illegal on public streets.

In private parking lots, different story.  Some lazy fark takes your cleaned out spot because he doesn't want to clean out his own, fark him.  It may not be illegal but neither is slamming the door in someone's face when they'r entering the building behind you.  It's common courtesy to hold the door, just like it's common courtesy to not vulture parking spots that require effort to clear.
 
2014-01-03 10:36:21 AM
For southern Farkers this is what it looks like.

wp.streetwise.co
 
2014-01-03 10:41:35 AM
Adjusts monocle, puts down brandy snifter and tut-tuts at the peasants who own neither garage nor driveway.
 
2014-01-03 10:41:52 AM
About ten friends of mine and I used to go around in the winter with shovels and either fill the spaces with chairs in the up with a 5 foot high pile of snow and place the chair on top or we'd leave the space but surround it with a snow wall. Then sit around drinking and watching the chaos. Ah, wintertime in the northeast, how I miss thee.
 
2014-01-03 10:42:24 AM

under a mountain: For southern Farkers this is what it looks like.

[wp.streetwise.co image 512x347]


Savages.
 
2014-01-03 10:44:57 AM

Prank Call of Cthulhu: Adjusts monocle, puts down brandy snifter and tut-tuts at the peasants who own neither garage nor driveway.


Cleans shotgun, puts down can of old milwaukee, and gawks at people that don't own multi-acre yards
 
2014-01-03 10:46:03 AM

EvilEgg: I think it is a little stupid, you don't own the street.  I appreciate that you put a lot of effort into shoveling out the space, but I also realize there is never enough parking to go around, so claiming a spot exacerbates the problem.


meh... a couple years ago i lived a few blocks away from where jazz fest occurs in new orleans.  parking became crazy.  we would put out trash cans and yellow tape to save the spot in front of our house.  otherwise, we couldn't get home without a 30 minute walk.

/ we also stopped moving the car.
 
2014-01-03 10:46:42 AM
 About ten friends of mine and I used to go around in the winter with shovels and either fill the spaces with chairs in the up with a 5 foot high pile of snow and place the chair on top or we'd leave the space but surround it with a snow wall. Then sit around drinking and watching the chaos. Ah, wintertime in the northeast, how I miss thee.

Wow what a bunch of douchebags you are. I'm shocked no one shot your disgusting arse.
 
2014-01-03 10:46:46 AM

nekom: Prank Call of Cthulhu: Adjusts monocle, puts down brandy snifter and tut-tuts at the peasants who own neither garage nor driveway.

Cleans shotgun, puts down can of old milwaukee, and gawks at people that don't own multi-acre yards


Don't need to shovel out those cars on blocks?
 
2014-01-03 10:48:36 AM
monoski:
Don't need to shovel out those cars on blocks?

Nah, I converted them all to stills, the snow just melts around them.
 
2014-01-03 10:49:00 AM
Fight back!
Signs available at http://chairfreechicago.org

  chairfreechicago.org

/ I call dibs by simply leaving my car in place and taking the train to work
 
2014-01-03 10:49:09 AM
They can call "dibs" and put a chair to save the space, but it's city property. "Thanks for shoveling out a space for my car"
 
2014-01-03 10:49:59 AM

monoski: nekom: Prank Call of Cthulhu: Adjusts monocle, puts down brandy snifter and tut-tuts at the peasants who own neither garage nor driveway.

Cleans shotgun, puts down can of old milwaukee, and gawks at people that don't own multi-acre yards

Don't need to shovel out those cars on blocks?


Oooooh, look at Oysters Rockefeller with his high-falutin' blocks!
 
2014-01-03 10:50:28 AM

stpauler: Maybe it's because where I live, we have things called "snow emergencies" where if the snowfall amount exceeds a couple inches, parking is banned on different streets until they're all plowed meaning that there is no shoveling out of spaces. The whole concept of having to shovel out a public street is foreign to me.


Wow. Where do you live? I've lived in NYC, Boston, Ottawa, and Toronto and all of them have had people claiming spots after big snow storms.
 
2014-01-03 10:50:37 AM
Public property is public. Eat a cock or move out of the city.
 
2014-01-03 10:52:19 AM

Bareefer Obonghit: About ten friends of mine and I used to go around in the winter with shovels and either fill the spaces with chairs in the up with a 5 foot high pile of snow and place the chair on top or we'd leave the space but surround it with a snow wall. Then sit around drinking and watching the chaos. Ah, wintertime in the northeast, how I miss thee.


Good job on being part of the problem.
 
2014-01-03 10:53:58 AM

skinink: Heard that in Boston you used to get slashed tires or worse if you took someone's freshly shoveled parking spot


Sometimes the threat is the wrath Mother Mary

24.media.tumblr.com

Also, lawn chair dibs is so mainstream.
www.chicagonow.com
 
2014-01-03 10:58:19 AM

jaytkay: Fight back!
Signs available at http://chairfreechicago.org

  [chairfreechicago.org image 418x550]

/ I call dibs by simply leaving my car in place and taking the train to work


That letter is all kinds of smug.
 
2014-01-03 11:02:08 AM

Carth: stpauler: Maybe it's because where I live, we have things called "snow emergencies" where if the snowfall amount exceeds a couple inches, parking is banned on different streets until they're all plowed meaning that there is no shoveling out of spaces. The whole concept of having to shovel out a public street is foreign to me.

Wow. Where do you live? I've lived in NYC, Boston, Ottawa, and Toronto and all of them have had people claiming spots after big snow storms.


Minneapolis/St Paul. What happens instead is there are huge lines of stupid people at the impound lots for ignoring the snow emergency. There's no shoveling out of spaces, instead, you have this:
stmedia.startribune.com
On Sunday, the day after Christmas, lines were long and the mood disconsolate at the lot at 51 Colfax Av. N. as hundreds of people, many of whom had been unaware the city had called a snow emergency Saturday night, showed up to retrieve their towed vehicles. Each paid a $138 towing fee, plus a $42 parking-ticket fee.
Frivolity was in equally short supply at St. Paul's lot near the State Fairgrounds, where car-seekers paid even more -- $189 for the towing fee and $53 for the ticket, plus a $15-a-day storage fee if the car isn't picked up the same day it's towed. Both Minneapolis and St. Paul declared their sixth snow emergencies of the season, a sign of how intense things have been weatherwise in this still-young winter, which is taxing city plowing coffers and some residents' patience.
Many people in lines at the Minneapolis impound lot were especially upset that the emergency was declared a day after the snowfall that led to it, catching them off guard
http:// www.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/112487204.html
 
2014-01-03 11:02:35 AM

lordjupiter: Dibsing should be illegal on public streets.

In private parking lots, different story.  Some lazy fark takes your cleaned out spot because he doesn't want to clean out his own, fark him.  It may not be illegal but neither is slamming the door in someone's face when they'r entering the building behind you.  It's common courtesy to hold the door, just like it's common courtesy to not vulture parking spots that require effort to clear.


Even in private lot's it depends. I've lived in buildings that don't nearly have enough space for all the people who live there, and parking is first come first serve or else you are out on the street and have to worry about the meter at 8am.
 
2014-01-03 11:02:49 AM

under a mountain: That letter is all kinds of smug.


Almost as smug as declaring that because you did 10 entire minutes of actual labor you now own a portion of a public street for several months.

/just kidding - the letter is nowhere near THAT smug.
 
2014-01-03 11:04:29 AM

stpauler: Maybe it's because where I live, we have things called "snow emergencies" where if the snowfall amount exceeds a couple inches, parking is banned on different streets until they're all plowed meaning that there is no shoveling out of spaces. The whole concept of having to shovel out a public street is foreign to me.


So out of curiosity, where are you supposed to park?
 
2014-01-03 11:04:40 AM

Flakeloaf: stpauler: Maybe it's because where I live, we have things called "snow emergencies" where if the snowfall amount exceeds a couple inches, parking is banned on different streets until they're all plowed meaning that there is no shoveling out of spaces. The whole concept of having to shovel out a public street is foreign to me.

Yup. It's technically illegal to shovel a public highway where I live.


But that's the best kind of illegal!
 
2014-01-03 11:05:51 AM

EWreckedSean: stpauler: Maybe it's because where I live, we have things called "snow emergencies" where if the snowfall amount exceeds a couple inches, parking is banned on different streets until they're all plowed meaning that there is no shoveling out of spaces. The whole concept of having to shovel out a public street is foreign to me.

So out of curiosity, where are you supposed to park?


Elsewhere -- that's not the city's problem.

/ it's a Minnesota thing I guess; Minneapolis & St. Paul both do it, but in different ways
 
2014-01-03 11:12:23 AM

EWreckedSean: stpauler: Maybe it's because where I live, we have things called "snow emergencies" where if the snowfall amount exceeds a couple inches, parking is banned on different streets until they're all plowed meaning that there is no shoveling out of spaces. The whole concept of having to shovel out a public street is foreign to me.

So out of curiosity, where are you supposed to park?



File this under: You had to ask.


Snow Emergency Parking Rules

Day 1 - 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. (overnight)
Do not park on either side of the street with the red sign: Snow Emergency Route. Snow plows will clear those streets first.
A Snow Emergency will be declared no later than 6 p.m. on any given day. At 9 p.m. on that day, Snow Emergency parking rules begin.
Park on either side of non-Snow Emergency routes (these streets DO NOT have the red sign: Snow Emergency Route).

www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us
After a street is fully plowed, feel free to park there, even if Snow Emergency parking rules are still in effect. Fully plowed means the street is completely cleared and plowed as wide as possible. Plows may come through more than once, so make sure that it is fully plowed as wide as possible before parking.

Day 2 - 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
At 8 a.m., Day Two parking rules begin.
Do not park on the EVEN side of non-Snow Emergency routes. (Example: house address number: 1356 Maple or 2512 17th Ave.)
Do not park on either side of parkways.
Park on the odd side of non-Snow Emergency Route streets (example: house address number 1359 Maple or 2513 17th Ave.).
Park on either side of streets with the red sign:
www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us
After a street is fully plowed, feel free to park there, even if Snow Emergency parking rules are still in effect. Fully plowed means the street is completely cleared and plowed as wide as possible. Plows may come through more than once, so make sure that it is fully plowed as wide as possible before parking.


Day 3 - 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
At 8 a.m., Day Three parking rules begin.
Do not park on the ODD side of non-Snow Emergency Route streets (example: house address number 1359 or 2513 17th Ave.).
Park on even side of non-Snow Emergency Route streets. (Example: house address number: 1356 Maple or 2512 17th Ave.)
Park on either side of streets marked with the red sign: Snow Emergency Route and you may park on parkways.
 www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us
After a street is fully plowed, feel free to park there, even if Snow Emergency parking rules are still in effect. Fully plowed means the street is completely cleared and plowed as wide as possible. Plows may come through more than once, so make sure that it is fully plowed as wide as possible before parking.
 
2014-01-03 11:12:40 AM

jshine: EWreckedSean: stpauler: Maybe it's because where I live, we have things called "snow emergencies" where if the snowfall amount exceeds a couple inches, parking is banned on different streets until they're all plowed meaning that there is no shoveling out of spaces. The whole concept of having to shovel out a public street is foreign to me.

So out of curiosity, where are you supposed to park?

Elsewhere -- that's not the city's problem.

/ it's a Minnesota thing I guess; Minneapolis & St. Paul both do it, but in different ways


Evanston IL does it. The parking ban is during the day, when lots of people have taken their cars to work elsewhere.

Also they opened the city parking ramps for free (though few people live near the parking ramps).
 
2014-01-03 11:19:03 AM
If I clear a space, and you park in it uninvited, I would invest in a bus pass were I you.
 
2014-01-03 11:19:19 AM

Prank Call of Cthulhu: Adjusts monocle, puts down brandy snifter and tut-tuts at the peasants who own neither garage nor driveway.


Indeed.
 
2014-01-03 11:19:23 AM
What are all you people talking about?!?  I just checked the local forecast and it's supposed to look like this today.


www.dnasoa.com

(I heart the OC so much)
 
2014-01-03 11:23:02 AM
Two types of people in this thread: the "Can't we just be nice and respect others" types, and the "fark everybody, take what you can get" types.
 
2014-01-03 11:25:51 AM
Here comes the seasonal snark from us Texans...  :-P
 
2014-01-03 11:31:59 AM
I live in a suburb just outside of Chicago, but I'm looking at places in the north side and intend to move soon. Do the plows bother with the side streets?
 
2014-01-03 11:37:34 AM

guilt by association: I live in a suburb just outside of Chicago, but I'm looking at places in the north side and intend to move soon. Do the plows bother with the side streets?


Depends on the area, and the snowfall.  I live on a cul de sac so it takes forever for them to bother with my street since no one is using it for through traffic.  This last snowfall, even the main arteries were horrifying Tuesday night and all day Wednesday, and we didn't get even basic plowing on my street until this morning.  The alley is still impassable, save for the tiny path I shoveled myself, but they do eventually get around to those as well.
 
2014-01-03 11:38:30 AM
Yeah this is a lot of crazy shiat you guys deal with. That doesn't happen in Milwaukee either, that I've ever seen. When there's a snow emergency or the 4-inch rule is in effect, there's simply no parking on the posted streets until the plows come through. Period.

Snow emergencies are widely announced so there's no reason not to be aware.

http://city.milwaukee.gov/mpw/divisions/administrative/parking/Parki ng Regulations.htm
 
2014-01-03 11:40:00 AM
The streetlamps are on in Chicago tonight, And lovers a'gazin' at stars; The stores are all closin', and Daley is dozin', (The stores are all closin', Bilandic's been chosen,) And the fat man is counting the cars... (And Cascio is counting the cars...) And there's more cars than places to put 'em, he says, But I've got room for them all; So 'round 'em up boys, 'cause I want some more toys, In the lot by the grocery store... To me, way, hey, tow them away, The Lincoln Park Pirates are we, From Wilmette to Gary, there's nothin' so hairy And we always collect our fee! So it's way, hey, tow 'em away, We plunder the streets of your town, Be it Edsel or Chevy, there's no car too heavy, And no one can make us shut down. We break into cars when we gotta, With hammer and pickaxe and saw; And they said this garage had no license; But little care I for the law! Our drivers are friendly and courteous; Their good manners you always will get; 'Cause they all are recent graduates Of the charm school in Joliet. To me, way, hey, tow them away, The Lincoln Park Pirates are we, From Wilmette to Gary, there's nothin' so hairy And we always collect our fee! So it's way, hey, tow 'em away, We plunder the streets of your town, Be it Edsel or Chevy, there's no car too heavy, And no one can make us shut down. And when all the cars are collected, And all of their fenders are ruined, Then I'll tow all the boats in Belmont Harbor To the Lincoln Park Lagoon; And when I've collected the ransom, And sunk all the ones that won't yield; I'll tow all the planes that are blocking the runways At Midway, O'Hare, and Meigs Field! To me, way, hey, tow them away, The Lincoln Park Pirates are we, From Wilmette to Gary, there's nothin' so hairy And we always collect our fee! So it's way, hey, tow 'em away, Now citizens, gather around, And I think it's enough, let's call his bluff, Let's throw the bum out of town!
 
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