Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Not Sleeping




This is obvious visual progress.  But not quick enough I guess to indicate reasonable end to the project  to a typical citizen of our present times used to immediate gratification.  We do have a determined complainant!   I guess a reckoning for me, anyway, is due.  I'll reap what I sow.

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  2. You were counseled by the well-intentioned that it might be prudent to look upon all of the equally infringing RV owners as potential allies. Not sure how that was ever going to work. In any case, now that the heat was turned up (and into a deadline of sorts) by the local authorities, it might be time for the other approach.

    Fill out one formal complaint that says "see attached" and provide a list of 50-100 RVs in your local area. That should keep them busy for awhile. You could even add some text that says you don't care which of two options the authorities choose: 1) Enforce the policy equally everwhere, or 2) leave you alone.

    Likely to be much more effective that a large temp gaudy statue in the driveway. And good background material if they ever do fine you and it goes to a judge.

    The doubly annoying thing to me is that you appear to live in a cul de sac. If so, almost no one needs to go down to the end of it anyway. Who could be griping? Somebody from 1/2 mile away who goes out of his way to walk his dog there and then bitch?

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    1. P.S. ... and / or go to the local city council and petition for a change to the applicable ordinance, from a maximum of 24 feet to 40 feet. It would make nearly everyone happy and reduce superfluous complaints and work for the city. Maybe the formal complaint _and_ this petition together would be the 1-2 punch that's needed to get the enforcement guys to back your proposal and push it over the hump to approval.

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    2. Kind of makes one feel sympathetic to mass shooters.

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  3. When dealing with closed minded sub-morons one tactic that works for me is trying to envision how I will feel about it a year from now.... well removed from the situation. And, in your case, a probable complete change of venue and head. Here today..... gone-zo tomorrow. Lament this poor bastards (or bastardettes) deluded mindset as you drift around in Desolation Sound.

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  4. Thank-you guys! You all are rooting for me and I appreciate that. I did email the supervisor of the bylaw officer I am dealing with and laid out my concerns in writing and did also point out some personal issues we have been going through - among them Lorri's heart operation, my car accident, and that my Mother is nearing the end of her life. He emailed this back to me:

    Dear Alan:

    You seem to be a very nice person, and as I advised do not worry yourself. I have read your concerns and I understand them. We do have to enforce bylaws,
    But I have always approach Bylaw Enforcement with compassion and understanding, but also I have a job to do. I want you to relax and enjoy your project, the deadline was a date we agree upon at the meeting.
    With that being said I do realize you have a lot on your plate. Like you say we would see progress in the work being done. If you feel that you would need more time we can discuss further extensions closer to the date
    We agree upon.

    We prefer to work with you, so please if you have concerns drop by and see me.

    Thank You
    And Take care.

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    1. This is what I needed to hear. I feel way better now and am sure that this summer Autarkia will be launched. I will have to do some fitting out in the harbour here, and things like the leeboards and rig will be later on. She'll have her name painted on though. As I said before, hanging out in the harbour and working on her there will be fun. We know lot's of people down there, and we are well known for Rosebud moored there.

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  5. Sounds like they are actually willing to work with you as long as you're making obvious progress. If it turns out that way, a good solution for all concerned.

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    1. Yes Yoda I think it is. Now, I'll tell you a little bit about our street: At this end of it -as you rightly surmised is a cul-de-sac with long term residents who are friends. Not far away up the street are new houses that are - shall we say gentrifying this part of Mission. I never noticed real estate signs here on Knight Avenue in Mission BC, but if you were ever interested in living here in a high end home I suppose you could do a little looking with Google Earth and the local real estate listings. I guess the neighbourhood is changing...

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  6. I like your choice of colour, what will the sails be?

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    1. I am open to suggestions, but since I will likely now sew the sails up myself and use awning material most likely, and have some colour choices, I'm thinking of a tan or dark red...

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    2. You can try playing around with a tool like this to see what color you like next to another:

      http://coolors.co/

      Even though there are 5 adjacent color bars, you can set three of them to black or white in order to effectively delete them and focus on the two remaining ones, e.g., dark green and ___.

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