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Old 06-27-14, 04:19 AM   #1
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If you don't have a car then you must not be a taxpaying home owner

Funny story. A while back I noticed a strange car parked in my driveway. I thought it was odd because there was plenty of space in nearby driveways. Why park in mine? If I had a car you'd be blocking me in. But as it stands, I was concerned about "something" fishy going on. So after an hour or so with the car sitting there, I called the police. When they arrived I went out to talk to the officer.

As we discussed it and he was considering what to do, a woman walked up from a couple houses down the road and explained that this was her car. She was a guest at a party and the host had told her to park in my driveway, and that it would be OK because "nobody lives there". I told her that this was my house and that somebody does indeed live here - me. A little more discussion revealed that the party host knew about me, but thought I was a homeless person squatting in the house and just laying low. Out of compassion for my situation, she did not report me to the police.

She had seen me enter or exit from time to time, "but there was never a car in the driveway".
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Old 06-27-14, 05:00 AM   #2
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Lol... so no car means homeless? I find that hard to comprehend.
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Interesting way to view things.
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Old 06-27-14, 06:28 AM   #4
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That doesn't surprise me at all. I've had friends tell me they were going to pop in but there was no car in the driveway so they figured I wasn't home.
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... A little more discussion revealed that the party host knew about me, but thought I was a homeless person squatting in the house and just laying low. Out of compassion for my situation, she did not report me to the police.

She had seen me enter or exit from time to time, "but there was never a car in the driveway".
That would have been a great time to mention that you haven't eaten good home cooked food lately ....
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I live in a city with a fair amount of crime which sometimes spills over into my hood. Mostly break-ins for burglary. I love not having a car in the driveway, especially when I work at home. Someone staking out my house would actually have to SEE me leaving to know I was not at home, then they would assume (because I am on a bicycle) that I will be back in five minutes.

On weekdays my street looks like a bomb went off - maybe one or two cars parked at homes. Not having a car also prevents the "Midnight Auto Parts" dudes from helping themselves to my car. Just the amount of anxiety this saves me when I lay my head on my pillow at night is priceless.
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Once I built a new garage that would hold all my stuff including the car I drive, people I know would drive by but not stop because there was no car in the driveway. What if we all parked in a garage?
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I live in a city with a fair amount of crime which sometimes spills over into my hood. Mostly break-ins for burglary. I love not having a car in the driveway, especially when I work at home. Someone staking out my house would actually have to SEE me leaving to know I was not at home, then they would assume (because I am on a bicycle) that I will be back in five minutes.

On weekdays my street looks like a bomb went off - maybe one or two cars parked at homes. Not having a car also prevents the "Midnight Auto Parts" dudes from helping themselves to my car. Just the amount of anxiety this saves me when I lay my head on my pillow at night is priceless.
Maybe it would be better to have a dummy car in the driveway at all times?
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What if we all parked in a garage?
Works for me. Bikes and car.
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Works for me. Bikes and car.
Wow! I wish you lived close by. My son would clean that up for a very fair price.

How to keep a garage uncluttered:

I used to rent an upstairs duplex with an indoor garage that I shared with the landlord. He said nothing was allowed in the garage except our vehicles. So the only things in there were my landlord's new Cadillac and my one bike, which I parked right in the center of "my half". Even with all that excess space, I wasn't allowed to have a second bike in there, or even a little bottle of chain lube. But I think my bike felt proud to be allotted as much space as the Caddy.
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Wow! I wish you lived close by.
Sorry, can't say the same.

Since I own my own home I don't have to follow a landlord's or anybody else's goofball "ideas" on the correct method of using my garage.
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Sorry, can't say the same.

Since I own my own home I don't have to follow a landlord's or anybody else's goofball "ideas" on the correct method of using my garage.
That's very nice for you then.
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Perhaps the real question is, "why does your house look like it's been abandoned?"
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Lol... so no car means homeless? I find that hard to comprehend.
I believe it. This attitude, shocking as it is, cropped up in an unrelated article I was reading about a potential bubble in bundled auto loan securities. The rationale (among lenders) was that auto loans are more secure because people will default on their housing loans before they'll give up their car! And the behavior of a lot of people have proven that there's something to that.

So it stands to reason, for someone who believes that her car is more important than a roof over her head, no car would logically mean no rent or mortgage payment.
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I believe it. This attitude, shocking as it is, cropped up in an unrelated article I was reading about a potential bubble in bundled auto loan securities. The rationale (among lenders) was that auto loans are more secure because people will default on their housing loans before they'll give up their car! And the behavior of a lot of people have proven that there's something to that.

So it stands to reason, for someone who believes that her car is more important than a roof over her head, no car would logically mean no rent or mortgage payment.

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This should solve the problem.

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I believe it. This attitude, shocking as it is, cropped up in an unrelated article I was reading about a potential bubble in bundled auto loan securities. The rationale (among lenders) was that auto loans are more secure because people will default on their housing loans before they'll give up their car! And the behavior of a lot of people have proven that there's something to that.

So it stands to reason, for someone who believes that her car is more important than a roof over her head, no car would logically mean no rent or mortgage payment.
A guy moved into the apartment beneath me in a very expensive new pickup truck. He had walked away from his mortgage because he couldn't afford both house and truck payments. He couldn't sell the truck for as much as he owed on it. Within a couple months he couldn't afford the apartment either so he broke the lease and moved in with his sister.

I asked him why he didn't just start using the bus and let the finance company take the truck. He said it never occurred to him.
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OP is a crazy story.

Like ILTB I park my vehicles, motorized or not, in my garage. If there were no room for the vehicles, there wouldn't be room to work on them out of the rain.
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Maybe it would be better to have a dummy car in the driveway at all times?
I had thought of that too. Maybe an old taxi.
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LOL! That is crazy!

It did make me think of this great video from 1966.
https://www.nfb.ca/film/what_on_earth

Enjoy!
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LOL! That is crazy!

It did make me think of this great video from 1966.
https://www.nfb.ca/film/what_on_earth

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Priceless!! The earthlings are the cars and the humans are parasites living in them!! That about nails it!
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Funny story. A while back I noticed a strange car parked in my driveway. I thought it was odd because there was plenty of space in nearby driveways. Why park in mine? If I had a car you'd be blocking me in. But as it stands, I was concerned about "something" fishy going on. So after an hour or so with the car sitting there, I called the police. When they arrived I went out to talk to the officer.

As we discussed it and he was considering what to do, a woman walked up from a couple houses down the road and explained that this was her car. She was a guest at a party and the host had told her to park in my driveway, and that it would be OK because "nobody lives there". I told her that this was my house and that somebody does indeed live here - me. A little more discussion revealed that the party host knew about me, but thought I was a homeless person squatting in the house and just laying low. Out of compassion for my situation, she did not report me to the police.

She had seen me enter or exit from time to time, "but there was never a car in the driveway".
Hey, on the plus side . . because of your car free lifestyle, you got to meet your neighbors! And since they originally thought you were a criminal squatting in an empty house, their opinion of you can only improve!!
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Ohhhhhhh the wonderful assumptions people will make......

Because i pick-up lottery tickets people throw on the ground to play the "2nd chance" online, some think I have a gambling problem because i must spend like $50 a week on the lottery
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I called the police. When they arrived I went out to talk to the officer.

As we discussed it and he was considering what to do, a woman walked up from a couple houses down the road and explained that this was her car. She was a guest at a party and the host had told her to park in my driveway, and that it would be OK because "nobody lives there".
Your neighbor had to make up a story quick or the car would have been towed or given a ticket by the officer. It was just a story.
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Ohhhhhhh the wonderful assumptions people will make......

Because i pick-up lottery tickets people throw on the ground to play the "2nd chance" online, some think I have a gambling problem because i must spend like $50 a week on the lottery
Hey, I do that too! My co-workers still throw them away, even after I point out the "2nd Chance" thing to them. Oh well, more free chances for me to win stuff from the California Lottery without paying a single penny
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