Thursday threesome

1.
We frequently walk Barky through the neighborhood next to ours, in part because they have a lovely city park and quiet streets and all we’ve got it the parking lot behind Popeye’s. We also enjoy using their free poop bags when we forget to bring our own or, on those spectacular three- or even four-poop walks, when we run out.

Recently, there appears to have been some contention over proper disposal of said plastic-clad dog poop, with one regular garbage can now bearing a reminder that it’s against the community rules to dispose of dog waste in any but the designated cans, found under the bag dispensers. Although we don’t live in the community–which we access on public roads, thank you very much–we do try to mind our manners there.

However, when they ask me not to take my dog into the only section of this neighborhood where I’m allowed to dispose of his waste, which is also the only place I can get a bag to pick it up with in the first place, I’m inclined to believe that their board members aren’t the brightest candles on the birthday cake (that green post behind this sign is the bag dispenser/poop receptacle):


2.
How many Californians does it take to screw in a light bulb? One: He holds it up, and the world revolves around him.

My son’s state of birth may make him sound like the title character in an Owen Wister novel, but as a native Californian myself, I’m doing my best to ensure that 3B stays true to his roots. I do this by making sure he knows that the sun rises and sets on him, and that everyone else should be aware of this too. That’s why I can’t believe that our building has scheduled fire alarm testing at nap time.

My solution? As soon as they wake him up with their testing, I’m going to hand him to them with these instructions: Return him when he’s no longer screaming, crying, or grumpy. Oh, and with a clean diaper too.


3.
I sometimes park in this garage near work. You can write your own snark about this:

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  • Funny how people don’t think about how things will actually work.

    At our last house, the gardeners would come mow the grass and use their leaf blowers right on schedule, every day at naptime. And we were on the ground floor, of course.

    Looks to me like someone had some fun “editing”.

  • Is testing the fire alarm really necessary?

    The people who live behind us have a pool. Last summer, on more than one occasion, I wanted to go fight a group of noisy 10-year-olds for waking up my baby. Bastards.

  • Amama: Amen. In our litigious society, I find that most people aren’t concerned with solving problems, only addressing them. And yes, that includes problems like leaf blowers.

    Christy: Speaking of solutions, it sounds like you’re one water pump away from peaceful afternoons.

  • I will never forget the night when I was up with my first infant child and the alarm went off as I touched some article of baby paraphernalia. For a moment, I thought that was what was making the noise. At the time, we had a delightful bunch of neighbor children who would find a way into the building and pull the alarm. I will put up with kids in the pool over that any day. Remember that each of you will have a rowdy 10 year old some day too. Talking to neighbor parents sometimes works, espeically if you do it when it is not naptime.

  • CAGirl: How can you imply such a future for your angelic nephew? But yeah, even now, I’m sure that he is too loud for some people at some times.

  • You know….around here @ The Casa de Lainey-Paney, the mailman has a way of delivering mail when Gage is sleeping. It wouldn’t be a problem if he weren’t on his ear-piece-cell-phone-thing the whole time, walking my Gage’s window, and then putting the mail in the mail slot….and just chatting AT THE TOP OF HIS VOICE.

    I finally started putting a sign on the front door. It’s a little hanger sign…”Shhh…Baby Sleeping. You wake him–YOU TAKE HIM.”

    Clearly, the US Postal service should do their best NOT to disrupt naptime as well…