Tech problems abound in this coots house lately. Hopefully most are solved. Today I am not going into the tech world however. Today I am more than slightly pissed off about a couple of things that I received in the good old US Mail today.
This is not about my mail carrier or anything like that. Don’t shoot the messenger and cliches like that, but it is only about 30 yards from my desk to the mailbox….
Anyway, I get 2 letters in the mail today that just got me fired up. The first was from our new dentist. Some quick background, our old dentist just retired and he was of the old school that still used handwritten bills. He didn’t charge very much and was fair about getting paid. But he retired. NOw we have this new guy. Not a bad dentist but after this letter today I have serious misgivings about his office staff. That is where I should be hiring out, to fix the bungling load of BS that some people let their office get into.
But I digress. This letter I got today, January 20, 2011, was a bill for some dental work that both my wife and I had done back on December 10th. Here comes this bill, today, after the insurance payments have gone to the office, and it says we are 30 days past due! Now, I asked the specific question back in December, “Do we need to make any payment today?” to which I was told, “No, it goes to the insurance first and then we bill you.” Pretty standard. But now, the first bill I get is already past due?????
I am confused and of course I didn’t get the mail until after the office was closed. Friday though….. I think I may just send them a check that has been passed though my dog. Onto the next thing from the mail bag.
The city I live in has no crime. No drug problems, no speeders, nothing. At least that is my perception today as I opened up yet another warning from the Code Enforcement division of our fair city. These things are getting ridiculous. I did see the Code Enforcement truck going up the street yet again yesterday. I think I had 3 violations last year, I guess I am lucky that I haven’t gotten fined.
Growing up I had no idea that these Nazi’s were around. I had no idea that the city had codes that needed so rigorous enforcing. I now know that there is such a thing. We moved into this house 4 1/2 years ago. It was the eyesore of the neighborhood at that time. No grass, dying trees, freaking garbage everywhere. So we moved in and cleaned and cleaned. The neighbors thanked us repeatedly for getting rid of the stink.
We found piles of garbage in the flowerbed just off of the front porch where it had just been dumped. Anyway, it was not quite a year later when my daughter got sick and was in the hospital the first time. The year went by and the next summer we got the first warning from the city about not having landscaping.
Much arguing later and money for sod borrowed from my Dad, it was all hunky dory. Jump to last year. You can park on gravel here if it is something like 3 feet deep and colored just the right shade of Aryan. My gravel is not very deep and has some weeds. Trailers can’t park there. Fine I’ll move it to the backyard. I got a ticket for parking my car on the street the wrong way. I didn’t know that was a problem. Apparently the city needed my $25 worse than I did.
This time I got a nice printed letter that at first glance, seemed to be an actual ticket. It was just marked warning however. And, get this it was for parking, on the gravel again but the gravel was covered with snow, how did they know? My issue with this, I can’t park on the snow, I can’t park in the street because of an ordinance about snow plows (which don’t bother to come until way to late as it is), I guess I need to figure out how to levitate my second car.
This letter also dinged me for not having ALL of the snow removed from the sidewalk within 24 hours. Now, I know this is an actual law but the only snow that I knew of on the sidewalk was of the kind that had been shoveled but hadn’t melted because the temperature never topped 25 degrees. Like I said, there is no crime in our fair city and the city needs revenue. Code enforcement must be the way to go.
I have stories from friends about these same people but I would like to hear from you guys. Have you had experience dealing with the city over “code enforcement”? The comments are open below, share your story!