Am I Mellowing Out?

First comes me changing my evil road warrior ways and instead of confronting/berating every vehicle that excessively encroaches on mine and my bike’s space, I come up with this entirely verbose and overtly diplomatic manner of raising awareness.

Now this morning as I’m moving the cans down to the curb for trash pick-up, I encounter a Mercedes partially blocking our driveway — not the most egregious ever, but still worthy of me speed dialing parking enforcement and having the tard ticketed.

Instead, I come upstairs and tap this notice out on the keyboard:

To the owner of this Mercedes:

You are partially blocking the driveway. To you it may not seem like much, but this is a tight two-car garage, and any infringement – such as how you’ve chosen to leave your vehicle – makes it difficult to exit and enter.

In the past I’ve never bothered leaving notes, I’ve just contacted parking enforcement to have any such offending vehicles ticketed and/or towed. But I’m trying a different angle: I’m attempting to be considerate and respectful towards people who aren’t in the hope that the next time you’ll be a bit more attentive.

We’ll see how that works out. If it doesn’t, parking enforcement is just a phone call away.

I even saved the file to my desktop for potential future use with other infringers.

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Will Campbell arrived in town via the maternity ward at Good Sam Hospital way back in OneNineSixFour and has never stopped calling Los Angeles home. Presently he lives in Silver Lake with his wife Susan, their cat Rocky, dogs Terra and Hazel, and a red-eared slider turtle named Mater. Blogging since 2001, Will's web endeavors extend back to 1995 with, a comprehensive theater site that was well received but ever-short on capital (or a business model). The pinnacle of his online success (which speaks volumes) arrived in 1997, when much to his surprise, a hobby site he'd built called VisuaL.A. was named "best website" in Los Angeles magazine's annual "Best of L.A." issue. He enjoys experiencing (and writing about) pretty much anything creative, explorational and/or adventurous, loves his ebike, is a better tennis player than he is horr golfer, and a lover of all creatures great and small -- emphasis on "all."