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January 28th, 2004


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08:06 am - oh Somerville
While walking down Cherry Street this fine morning for to get some breakfast in Porter I noticed an entire side of the street had been ticketed with the usual white-and-orange tickets, oh so cheerful in their Creamsicle in-trouble-with-the-law kind of way, but each was also accompanied by a bright orange note stating "COURTESY WARNING: This side of the street is not to be parked on during a snow emergency. You will be towed the next time we have a snow emergency if you park on this side of the street."

Now the funny thing is that none of the signs on Cherry St. mention which side is THE FORBIDDEN SIDE. It's a one-way street, so perhaps the right side is supposed to be known as the forbidden side, but what about two-way streets? And, and, and, and.

I just know that last night during a so-called "snow emergency" where we actually had no snow, the city of Somerville must've made out like fucking bandits with these cheery courtesy parking tickets. Considering the city is now ruled by the mayor who made it a campaign promise to tow all cars if they're so much as parked funny, I can only predict this is just a sampling of the delights to come.

Maybe I should just give the car up at this point.


In completely unrelated news, did you know McDonalds has not only trademarked (ah ha!) the phrase "I'm Lovin It", but also the phrase in six other languages? Ah, the global fast-food joint. Fat-feeder to the world.

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From:ooshiny
Date:January 28th, 2004 02:07 pm (UTC)
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parking rant
get rid of the car. it's not worth it at this point. of course, you know that's what they want you to do. so either way, i guess you're damning The Man in some fashion.


In completely unrelated news, did you know McDonalds has not only copyrighted the phrase "I'm Lovin It", but also the phrase in six other languages? Ah, the global fast-food joint. Fat-feeder to the world.

yes, i noticed this on the bag that i *ahem* FOUND on the street one day. damn litterbugs. anyway, i was really mentally bored, and i tried to put the foreign phrases to the same tune as the GRATINGLY ANNOYING one they keep singing on tv and radio. most of them didn't work.
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From:tikva
Date:January 28th, 2004 03:20 pm (UTC)
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It's the odd side, because it's an odd month.

No, seriously.

And the cops drove all over town last night (literally up and down every street)yelling through their loudspeaker about a snow emergency and where to park. Not that this does a damn thing for deaf people. :)
From:dcart
Date:January 28th, 2004 04:15 pm (UTC)
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That was the only way I was ever able to keep it straight. The cop would drive about five miles an hour down broadway bellowing it.

The one time I parked on the wrong side of the (one way) street, I didn't actually get ticketed. Maybe they thought having to dig my car out of what the plow had dumped on it was punishment enough. Or maybe they didn't notice the car under the mound of snow. heh.
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From:hilker
Date:January 28th, 2004 04:23 pm (UTC)
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They’ve trademarked it. Short phrases and slogans can’t be copyrighted.
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From:derspatchel
Date:January 28th, 2004 04:36 pm (UTC)
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Well would you look at that.
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From:alphacygni
Date:January 28th, 2004 06:24 pm (UTC)
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My brain juggled the dashes around in your first paragraph slightly, and I can't stop giggling at the idea of creamsicle-in-trouble-with-the-law.

I'm picturing some cops slowly closing on a creamsicle half-melted on a sidewalk, with Cops(tm) music playing in the background.
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From:derspatchel
Date:January 28th, 2004 06:34 pm (UTC)
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"We have a 519 in progress, melting frozen confection, over."

"Car 77, what's the melting state on that 519?"

"Approaching soupy levels, over."

"Roger, keep the area clear, we will be sending sponges and a roll of paper towels, over and out."
From:(Anonymous)
Date:January 29th, 2004 12:39 am (UTC)

Melq.

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McDonald's also holds the trademark on the word "Smile." Don't know about the number of languages involved.

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