Fish Out of Water

Musings and observations about life from an East Coast native now living on the Left Coast in the California State Capitol since 2004. This fish has made her home in Madison, WI (7 years); Portland, OR (2 years); Las Vegas, NV (7 months); Middlebury, VT (3 summers); Marne-la-Vallee, a small town east of Paris, France (6 months); Middletown, CT (3 years); and Marshfield, MA, the fish's coastal hometown 40 miles south of Boston (17 years).

Location: Sacramento, California, United States


Day 119: Heavy Machinery in the Morning

As we (Mr. E, Calypso, Captain Jack, and I) were having our Saturday snuggle before I went to the CAC to swim this morning, we heard some sounds of heavy machinery accompanied by men's voices out in the street.  I discovered the source of the noise when I left - several large vehicles were blocking the entire half block of 9th & Q Streets, including the only access point to our driveway!

I pointed out to the gentleman by the big rigs that they were blocking our only entry and exit point, and they said that they'd be moving that particular machinery soon.  As I walked to the gym, I asked a man next to a traffic-control truck what project was underway, and he explained that the workers were replacing the HVAC system on the roof of the state building across the street. 

Luckily, this was a one-day project, and we didn't have any real need to drive anywhere during the day.  And by the time Mr. E finished his workout later in the afternoon, everything was finished so our entry and egress were once again clear.

The somewhat ironic part of all this is that we recently received notification from our HOA Board that our driveway is technically considered a fire lane, meaning that it can't be blocked at any time, although previously we had been able to allow short-term guests or delivery/service trucks to park near our garages or along the wall, as long as they weren't blocking any one else.  We were even able to provide a temporary guest pass for this purpose, which included the unit and phone number to contact if the visiting vehicle needed to be moved.

Hmm.  I wonder if anyone from the Board noticed the heavy machinery this morning and took any sort of action to ensure that it wasn't blocking our fire lane?  Probably not, given that the Board member who most likely initiated this particular change in policy just so happens to live in the half-row of townhouses that is accessed by 10th Street (not 9th), so he wouldn't have been inconvenienced by this morning's activity at all.


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