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Month End Musings ~ April 2009

Here's My Story - Sad But True!

April 18, 2009

City Of Oakland
250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Oakland, CA 94612


I am paying this ticket under protest.

What was meant to be a nice (albeit very rainy) day to celebrate a birthday and to visit Mountain View Cemetery was marred by the receipt of a parking ticket for parking at a spot that WAS NOT CLEARLY MARKED AS NEEDING ANY TYPE OF PERMIT OR PAYMENT.

I was accompanied by two adults. We found a parking space on Piedmont Avenue. There was no meter associated with the space. The car in front of us had a meter. There was NO indication that we needed to pay. We had lunch and returned to the car to find a soaking wet, bright green envelope on the windshield. One of my companions said, “I wonder if that is a ticket,” but none of us really thought it was a ticket. I took the envelope and got into the car. Of course, since it was pouring, the envelope was soaked and part of it ripped. (Is there no one with the City of Oakland who figured out that tickets should be placed in plastic during a downpour?) I shudder to think what would happen to me if I had not retrieved the ticket before it was totally destroyed and, hence, did not know it was a ticket—not ever having received a parking ticket in the 40+ years I have been driving.

I opened the envelope and found the ticket. For about two minutes—which is a long time in some circumstances—we tried to figure out WHY I received the ticket. Then one of my companions noticed a sign at the end of the block POINTING OUT TOWARD THE STREET—NOT DOWN THE STREET FACING THE CARS WHERE IT COULD BE SEEN BY DRIVERS—and after some investigation we (all three college graduates) figured out that we were to have purchased some type of permit and this was indeed a “parking ticket.”

I repeat: I am paying this ticket under protest. I have no expectation that anyone other than the person who processes parking tickets will see this letter or that any consideration will be given to weighing the merits of the situation with the result being the return of my check.

The ticket and my check are enclosed, along with what is left of the unusable envelope. Perhaps I should ask for payment of the envelope I had to provide.

A Native of Oakland and Upstanding Citizen!

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  • A Really GOOD Hamburger
  • AAA Trip Tiks
  • American History
  • Anne of Green Gables (Canadian Television Production)
  • Antiques Roadshow (TV)
  • Anything My Cousin Florence Cooks
  • Apple Farm Inn in San Luis Obispo
  • Apple Hill
  • Apples - See My Apple Room Slideshow on the Right
  • Aprons - The Old-Fashioned Kind from the 30's, 40's, 50's
  • Avocados
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  • Big Band Music
  • Big Cities
  • Bill Bryson
  • Boston
  • Breakfast for Dinner
  • Broadway Musicals
  • Bull Durham (Movie)
  • Calendars
  • California Gold Country
  • Casper's/Kasper's Hot Dogs
  • Chess Pie from Neldam's Bakery
  • Clotheslines
  • Clotted/Devonshire Cream
  • Coloring in Coloring Books
  • Corner Gas (TV)
  • Dill Pickles
  • Diner Memorabilia
  • Disneyland
  • Esther Williams & Van Johnson Movies
  • Fireworks
  • Flowers--White Geraniums, Roses of All Colors, Wildflowers, Pansies That Look Like Little Faces, Bougainvillea, Freesia--Is There a More Glorious Fragrance?
  • Formal Dining Rooms
  • Frasier (TV)
  • Garlic
  • Genealogy
  • George Strait
  • Gidget, Gidget Goes Hawaiian, Gidget Goes to Rome (Movies)
  • Going to the Zoo
  • Gooey Cinnamon Rolls
  • Google
  • Gooseberry Patch
  • High Tea
  • Holidays--All of Them!
  • Honey & Lexie - Two Very Sweet Maltese
  • I Love Lucy (TV)
  • Jigsaw Puzzles
  • June Allyson & Van Johnson Movies
  • Kaspers/Caspers Hot Dogs
  • Magazines
  • Meet Me in St. Louis (Movie)
  • Movie Musicals
  • Movie Popcorn at the Movies
  • My Family
  • My Friends & I - Niles, California
  • My Mother's Macaroni Salad
  • New Orleans - At Least My Memories of It
  • Old Time Radio Comedy Shows - Especially Burns & Allen and Jack Benny
  • Olives - Especially My Newly Discovered Mezzetta Mediterranean Olive Antipasto
  • Polka Dots
  • Skylines
  • Small Towns
  • Snowmen
  • Sourdough Bread
  • Sunsets
  • Susan Branch
  • Susan Rios
  • Taking Pictures of Signs--Yes Signs
  • The 3 Thirties
  • The Andy Griffith Show (TV)
  • The Beatles
  • The Big Bang Theory (TV)
  • The Carousel of Progress - Formerly at Disneyland - If You Were a Fan, Check Out the Updated Version at
  • The Grand Canyon
  • The Oakland Museum White Elephant Sale
  • The Odd Couple (TV)
  • The Season of Autumn
  • The Way We Were (Movie)
  • Thomas McKnight
  • Top Chef (TV)
  • Traveling
  • TV Food Network - Especially The Barefoot Contessa; The Neeleys; Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives
  • Venice, Italy
  • Walnuts
  • Watercolors
  • What I Do for a Living--i.e., My Job
  • When Harry Met Sally (Movie)
  • Where the Boys Are (Movie--the Original)
  • Where's George
  • Window Flower Boxes
  • Wrapping Presents
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******************************** What identifies me? American. Italian-Swedish-German-Catholic American. Daughter. Native of Oakland. Baby Boomer! Graduate of Oakland Technical High School. History degree from Cal State Hayward. Sentimentalist. Looking for Mr. Right. Novice blogger. Author-in-Waiting. And last--but not least as anyone who knows me will tell you--packrat extraordinaire !!