Thursday, August 02, 2012

Since we have foolishly chosen to anger those in power at Beloit, Wisconsin's code enforcement, we have received a litany of additional complaints.  Flower bushes?  Had to go.  Weeds?  Too many of them.  The dog smell?  Yup.  How that wasn't on the original list, I'm not sure.  Oh wait, because if you anger the police officer, you soon find a broken tail light.  In the same way, we're finding new levels of their abuse of power.

On a similar note, the police have been to our house several times over the past few years to tell us that if we see anyone doing anything improper in the nearby cemetery, that we should call and report it.  Well, today we did.  The police actually arrived this time, and told the kids to leave.  No warnings, no tickets, no talks with parents, no nothing.  Sigh.

This isn't going to be a blog about everything that sucks about Beloit, Wisconsin.  But, the posts for the next several days will probably be along those lines.

- Jim
My Sister and her kids got a house - well, a trailer.  They're still in the process of moving in, though they did stay there on Monday night.  Unfortunately, they don't have food or most of their furniture, so they're using the hotel accommodations while they have them. 

It still makes this household a pretty busy place for much of the day.  In many ways, this has been the disaster response headquarters, as well as a place for some of the kids to seek sanctuary.  They got a game system that they use at the hotel, but only a limited number of people can use it at one time.

We got a notice from the city.  While some of the accusations were probably warranted, many of them seem more than a little superfluous.  At their behest, we moved our patio furniture off our patio and onto the end of our driveway.  I'm not sure what they have against patio furniture, but now it can't be on the driveway either.  They're also making us remove a couple small, flat concrete blocks which served as burial markers for a couple of the family pets.  Seriously Beloit?

Beloit - A Family Place.  Hahahahaha.

No, seriously, that's their motto.  Another one is that they're green - all pro-environmental and stuff.  They made us remove our compost heap years ago, as well as the worm box we had for fishing.  Honestly, I don't get it.  Yeah, I do.  We live in a poor neighborhood, our house is in the lowest tier of property values, and some of us lean conservative.  I am regularly amazed they don't stand outside our doors with torches and pitchforks, but I figure it's only a matter of time.

They're rebooting uh -ish, The Brady Bunch?  Yeah, you read that right.

- Jim