Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Nice Haircut means Bad Haircut

I've noticed that whenever anyone says "Hey, you got your hair cut. That looks really nice" - what they are really saying is "Hey, you got your haircut, it looks really bad, which is why I noticed it in the first place." This happens because people only comment on your hair when it looks bad.

I got my haircut over the weekend and it sucks. I usually go to the Dollar Cuts up by the old Fred Meyer. It's a nice place but it takes me a while to get there because it's actually in Orem (about 15-20 minutes away). When I was looking up their number in the phone book I noticed that there was a new one in Provo. My advice is don't go there. I saw two people walk out of there before me with bad haircuts. You'd think that would have been a red flag for me, but no I went ahead and let them butcher my hair as well.

Anyway, I've heard people say "Hey James, nice haircut" more in the last few days than I have in my entire life.

Thursday, November 20, 2003

Sue Booters

A few days ago Rachel got booted and I got the call to go down and pay for it. I asked to see the guy's business license and he said he didn't have to show me his license to tow my car. I called 911 and the police came. He also told me that the guy didn't have to show a license. The cop said that if I wanted to see a business license then I could get in another car and follow the tow truck back to their place of business and look at it then.

I thought that was incredibly stupid. That means that if *I* have a truck then I could just tow anyone's car without showing them a business license that I do not have. Something seems wrong there.

So Jason and I did some investigation on how to fight against booters and we found that almost all Provo towing companies are NOT in compliance with Provo law. If you live in Provo, print this out and keep a copy of it in your car. (http://www.provo.org/council/citycode/Ch09.pdf)

Look in section 9.32.140 entitled "Reports for Motor Vehicle Booting and Non-Consensual Towing." Here is a list of their violations:

Section 5a: [The sign shall] be at least eighteen inches (18") by twenty-four inches (24") in size
Section 5b: [The sign shall] give warning, in large reflective lettering, that unauthorized vehicles will be booted or towed,
Section 5d: [The sign shall] give the name, telephone number and location of the firm(s) authorized to boot or tow vehicles
Section 5f: [The sign shall] be posted within five (5) feet, more or less, of each entrance to a parking lot.
Section 8a: The parking enforcement or towing company shall accept payment offered in cash or by major credit card, but shall not be obligated to accept checks or payment in coins and shall maintain sufficient cash on hand to make change of up to forty dollars ($40).

I asked the police officer if I could pay by credit card and he said "Just like any other business, they are not obligated to accept checks or credit cards." HE WAS WRONG! Section 8a says they MUST accept a "major credit card."

Their sign also did have "reflective lettering" and did not give the "location" (address) of the firm authorized to boot/tow the vehicle. I noted Section 5a 5f as well because most signs are not posted appropriately and are too small.

Print a copy of that PDF and hilite these sections. If you get booted then show the booter where they are in violation - they must take it off if they break any ONE of these rules. If not, then call the Provo Police - it is their duty to enforce the Provo Code - and the punishment to towing companies is considered a Class B misdemeanor according to Section 11 as follows:

(11) Violation of any section or provision of this section is a Class B misdemeanor. (Am 1997-064, Am 1998-063, Am 2001-37)

By the way, a Class B misdemeanor has a penalty of a $1000 fine and 6 months in jail. Sorry booters, you lose.

Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Want a Neon? Take it

Stuart stole a car yesterday - well, kind of. He went out to his car to go to work and the stupid thing wouldn't start. So he asked some random girl for a jump and it still wouldn't work.

Then surprisingly, she said "Well, if you'll drop me off at school then you can just take my car." Stuart immediately took her up on the offer, dropped her off at school, and proceeded to go to work in HER CAR.

To top it all off, on the way to work he got pulled over by the police for a broken tail light. He told the officer that it wasn't his car and he didn't even care! He didn't say anything about it, in fact, and just blew it off.

I've never heard of anyone just giving their car away for the day to people they don't even know. It blows my mind.

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Hooking up means no work

Last summer we had an intern named Steve. He came to the office about twice or thrice a week. He did some really good work getting us started on bug testing and technical writing for a user's manual.

Then one day he stopped coming. We didn't see him for a few weeks and we started inquiring for his whereabouts. Turns out that is was the classic story - he got a girlfriend and forget all other assets of his life. What is more important, after all, than hooking up?

Two months passed and one evening we were sitting in the office chatting and suddenly Steve walked through the door! "Yeah! Steve is back!" we all exclaimed. We asked why he suddenly decided to show up. "We broke up" is all he needed to say. The rest was understood.

After another week he disappeared again. Apparently she decided to take him back. To this day we haven't seen him at work and they are now boyfriend and girlfriend. I'm both happy and sad for the fellow.