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(CNN)   You don't have to get off the couch, but you do have to get the couch off your lawn   ( divider line
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6343 clicks; posted to Main » on 04 Feb 2003 at 7:06 PM (15 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2003-02-04 03:01:03 PM  
Ok this is 'bama. ***PHEW!*** WV can breathe easier. Our scenic living areas are still safe.
2003-02-04 04:48:52 PM  
I love living in Appalachia. In the spring we bring the appliances in off the porch and put the couch and rocker out there.

2003-02-04 04:54:17 PM  

...and just *what* appliances do you keep on your porch?
2003-02-04 07:07:27 PM  
Boulder, CO did this too, due to all the students using couches as fuel for bonfires during riots.
2003-02-04 07:12:45 PM  
But what about cars on blocks?
2003-02-04 07:13:20 PM  
Do you, like, have a TV and your office outside? That'd be cool.

2003-02-04 07:16:11 PM  
In college, I had a couch on my front porch. A bug zapper too. Ohhh, the times. Drinkin' on the couch, wathcing the bugs get fried. This was when we used to eat a lot of X, so the glow of the zapper was pretty cool. Of course, it was also cool when you were just drinking, and a HUGE bug would fly in and fry for a while.
2003-02-04 07:16:45 PM  
North Sacramento. I'll just leave it at that.
2003-02-04 07:17:08 PM  
2003-02-04 07:18:01 PM  
Those frat boys ought to stage a protest and dump a few hundred couches on UAT's lawn.
2003-02-04 07:18:22 PM  
Heh. They have a law like this out here in beautiful suburban Santa Babylon. But it's not cuz the collidge kids *sat* in the couches. Nonononononononono.
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2003-02-04 07:18:59 PM  
Come to think of it, Mme.Mersault would fit right in ron hur.

*sends invitation*
2003-02-04 07:19:31 PM  
I bet I know who did that, Zorgon...
2003-02-04 07:19:39 PM  
2003-02-04 07:20:07 PM  
hah. sho 'nuff.
2003-02-04 07:20:58 PM  
I wash mahself with a rag on a stick... and sits me outside to watch the neighbours tv box!
2003-02-04 07:21:51 PM  
"The ban -- which includes exceptions for yard sales, screened porches and garages"

Yard sales, eh? In that case, I'd leave my sofa out all I wanted, with a sign saying "Yard Sale, one couch, $500,000." And enjoy my couch.
2003-02-04 07:22:47 PM  
Laugh while you can!!! next thing you know you wont be able to spend saturday mornings in your wife beater in a kiddie pool drinking beer!!! :O

/simpsons refference
2003-02-04 07:22:57 PM  
Funny ass Couch movie

2003-02-04 07:24:01 PM  
Exactly Narmacil - except, just make it $1000 and you still price it out of reach of all residents of Alabama.
2003-02-04 07:26:10 PM  
Can I still keep dead hookers on my lawn?
2003-02-04 07:26:20 PM  
Hell, just price the couch at whatever price that nice leather one at the furniture store is... someone might buy it....
2003-02-04 07:26:21 PM  
...but if you get off on the couch, please clean it up.
2003-02-04 07:28:33 PM  
Bah. I think this law makes sense for everywhere except college towns. I live in Isla Vista, CA, and that's 20,000 college kids in one square mile. A couch on your lawn or your balcony is the ultimate in comfort!
2003-02-04 07:31:44 PM  
thats gay. just make it a thing for college students
2003-02-04 07:33:36 PM  
JOHNDX: Classic.

i think we have a new cliche?
2003-02-04 07:33:39 PM  
That's according to a new law in this college town that prohibits the use of sofas, washing machines and other household items outdoors.

I had one of them old washing machines outside once, I used it as a big beer cooler. Could never turn it on though, the cans would get all dented and shoke up. Crushing cans with the ringer got old really fast.

Happy Torture Abolition Day!
2003-02-04 07:34:32 PM  
I don't understand. Why don't they just ban college students?
2003-02-04 07:35:43 PM  
Well, it's an on-going argument in T-Town. The 40 or 50 people who don't listen to David Allen Coe have always proclaimed it their domain...

Doesn't make it true, but they claim it...
2003-02-04 07:35:58 PM  
I live in the college town of Isla Vista near ucsb.. every saturday and sunday morning there are smouldering couches in the streets.. It has gotten so commonplace the fire dept doesn't even come out..they just leave them there burning. They declared couch burning a felony arson....yet people still do it all the time.
2003-02-04 07:36:22 PM  
"I'm a student at the University of Alabama and I work full time," sophomore Adam Hargett told the council. "I personally can't afford to pay someone to haul off a couch to the landfill."

Just dump it on the interstate like everyone else does. Crybaby.
2003-02-04 07:40:05 PM  
Couch POTATOE: Happy birthday Mr. Super Speller. Hey, I DID mention a couch didn't I?, so no threadjacking.
2003-02-04 07:44:05 PM  
Bevets' couch was unavailable for comment.
2003-02-04 07:44:18 PM  
How do you get rid of old couches? The solution is simple as proven by myself several times.

Step 1. Move into a house with 4 to 10 other people.
Step 2. Move your couch(es) into the living room or garage. Step 3. Don't be the last one to move out.

Optional steps include stealing nicer furniture from your roommates when you leave.
Kat [TotalFark]
2003-02-04 07:45:02 PM  
I keep my couch indoors...I like it too much to leave outside. Why don't they respect their couches? What did the couches do to them?

yea...anyway, places that have couches on the lawn typically have low enough house values that the couches don't make a big dent...unless the couch is harvesting rodents and is full of diseases, I'd let it stay.
2003-02-04 07:46:34 PM  
I must now go patent the Chia-couch. Next best thing after all . . .
2003-02-04 07:47:33 PM  
shiat, when I was in college, we had all our furniture and the TV was on the front lawn.
2003-02-04 07:47:47 PM  
"Dueling Banjos" began playing in my head even before I read the article. Gotta love the South.
2003-02-04 07:50:40 PM  
Damn thing you know its going to be couch segregation...
2003-02-04 07:55:11 PM  
Haha, we did this one day, we pulled the couches out of the lounge and studied for finals out there. we put them in a flying v formation. Amazingly we actually studied and no one napped.
2003-02-04 08:05:13 PM  
True story:

A similar thing happened near my in-laws cottage in northern Michgan. The people down the street literally built there own "home" from two single-wide trailers and one of those old 50's style towable camper thingies. Just slapped them together, side-by-side, and made their own rural mansion.

Anyways, they had two couches on their front porch. From what I've told, the neighbors (both part time residents from southeast Michigan) complained. The had pretty much the same argument, couches are indoor furniture.

These people had a pretty ingenious solution. They got rid of the couches and replaced them with the removable vinyl backseats from their 1970's era Dodge Van.

This all went down about two years ago. The last time I was there this summer, the van seats were still proudly displayed on their porch. Other notable features of the porch (I wish I was making this up): a refrigerator, a roof made from what appears to be railroad ties and standard blue plastic tarp, two tables made from those big spools used to hold barbed wire, the floor for the porch supported by cinderblocks, etc.

The entire property is surreal. The funniest part is that is really isn't that trashy looking. The multiple trailer-hybrid house is assembled quite well and painted nicely. The porch is at least well built, if assembled from odd components. The lawn is well maintained, with flowerbeds, mowed lawn, trimmed bushes, etc.
2003-02-04 08:05:28 PM  
Living in Tuscaloosa, I know all about this mess. The district that they banned it in is a historical district where you can not even make changes to your own house without getting a permit. These people who live near these college people think they own the city and because they live in old houses they can do whatever they want. Hmmm, makes you think that the city council could do something more important with their time.
2003-02-04 08:07:12 PM  
-note to self-
Send bill to JOHNDX for new monitor after spitting beer all over current one.
2003-02-04 08:09:24 PM  
That's racist! That's part of my culture!

2003-02-04 08:16:25 PM  
They can have my couch when they pry it from my cold, dead lawn.

Really, though, this kinda shiat bothers me. Why? Read this(From March '03 Hot Rod magazine, page 16):

"...In Michigan, a bill (SB 631) has been introduced that would ban hobbyists from storing vehicles on private property. Under the bill, if a hobbyist fails to comply with a court order to remove the vehicle(s), that person can be fined up to $1,000 and sentenced to six months in jail! This bill deems a damaged vehicle to be 'litter' for the purpose removal, regardless of whether or not the vehicle is out of public view. It includes any motor vehicle that is 'damaged, deteriorated, or in a condition such that the item cannot be used for the purpose for which the item was manufactured.' Citizens as well as government officials could seek a court order to compel hobbyists to remove project vehicles from their own property. Individuals could even bring civil actions against hobbyists for maintaining project vehicles, and if they won they could collect damages, attorney fees and costs..."

Basically, they're trying to make it illegal to have even ONE old car on your property, even if nobody else can see the goddamned thing. I'm all for people not having their own personal farking junkyard on the lawn, but some of us like to fix up old cars, most of which (surprise) are "damaged, deteriorated, or in a condition such that the item cannot be used for the purpose for which the item was manufactured." That's why they're being fixed up. I'm glad I don't live in Michigan.
2003-02-04 08:23:54 PM  
I remember my old college apartment. Two couches, a pool table, and an old beat up stereo system on the back porch. I lost count of how many disturbance reports my name was on. :)
2003-02-04 08:24:35 PM  
Finally my town made fark.

It really isnt that bad, but if you go into college apartments or near campus houses then it really shows.

Most of the people with stuff on their lawns: cars, washing machines, sisters/wives, etc. are the hicks living in the county, not in the city limits.
2003-02-04 08:27:39 PM  
I live in Michigan and I haven't heard of this bill before. I don't think it has much chance to pass, let alone survive under appeal if the vehicle in question is "out of public view". I don't see a problem keeping broken down vehicles in a garage or barn.

That being said, some parts of northern Michigan do get a little ridiculous with obviously dead and never-to-be-fixed automobiles littering rural backyards.

I could see a law requiring storage in a garage, or a time limit for storing an inoperable vehicle in the open. But that bill as you wrote it, seemed a little harsh and unreasonable.
2003-02-04 08:31:06 PM  
Bah! I heard about this development this morning on NPR, next please.
2003-02-04 08:38:32 PM  

Laid_Back heard about this development this morning, therefore it should have no meaning for the rest of us!!! Please move on!
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