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(This is what I get for suddenly being organized and tidy!)

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Had book club tonight. We had one new member, a published book author no less, plus the usual crew (minus one important contributor whom we all missed and hope she'll be able to join us next time around). We discussed Flannery O'Connor's posthumously published collection of stories, Everything That Rises Must Converge. The stories lend themselves well to discussion, both as a set and individually. I think we all enjoyed reading and sharing our thoughts about these stories and O'Connor herself.

Alas, I was in for an adventure of my own after book club. (And lest y'all think this is my attempt at an April Fool's thing, check the timestamp.) During book club I received a call from someone who identified himself as a Medford police officer. He asked me if I was the owner of a white pickup truck and asked me to verify the license plate number and the identity of the driver. I had lent my truck to briganski so he could move some of his stuff out of treacle_well's apartment. He got pulled over because aparently the registration sticker isn't on my plate for some reason. My registration is current, of course (which running the plates would reveal), but the officer decided to pull briganski over anyway and ask for license and registration. The officer called me to confirm that the truck wasn't stolen. However, briganski's driver's license is expired, so my truck was towed. Since briganski still hasn't been paid and hasn't paid his March rent, guess who paid the towing fee. I had no choice: I have to drive to South Weymouth on Saturday and into Boston on Sunday, so I can't be carless.

After I recovered my truck, I drove down to the police station to file a complaint. After all, the officer called me to verify information about my truck and then told me he was "all set." If he had also mentioned that briganski's license was expired, I could have asked JC or Scory to drive me to wherever the truck was in order to avoid the tow, and I could have been there within 4 minutes. I sat and talked with the lieutenant at the station about this. He very politely explained that I have no grounds for a complaint because the officer followed standard procedure. I didn't fight it further because I realized, having worked in a couple of police stations, that he was absolutely right, as frustrating as that is. However, I did discover a huge scratch on the right side of the car, starting at the back of the right fender and extending back to the first foot or two of the truck bed. I will go back to the station Saturday afternoon with briganski (he needs to be there because the truck was in his possession for 40 minutes or so) to file a report testifying that the scratch was not there before the truck was handed over to the towing service. I doubt anything will come of it, but that won't stop me from lodging my complaint.

<sigh> So much for a nice relaxing evening. And now I wonder if I'll ever see my $110 again (or any of the other money briganski owes me). I'll survive without it, but losing that money makes things a little tighter than I'd like for the next few weeks.

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scholargipsy
Apr. 2nd, 2005 03:31 am (UTC)
Lo, that doth suck. *commiserates*

No offense to your friend, whom I don't know well and who always seemed to me like a perfectly nice guy, but does he return your friendship, patience, and generosity in kind? Just curious.

Sorry you had a shit day.
spwebdesign
Apr. 2nd, 2005 12:19 pm (UTC)
does he return your friendship, patience, and generosity in kind?

Whether he does or not, should that make a difference? Should I act any differently?

Thank you. It wasn't so much a shit day, just a major inconvenience at the end that I could have done without.
scholargipsy
Apr. 3rd, 2005 04:54 am (UTC)
Should that make a difference? After a while, after you've been ill-used enough without reciprocation, yeah, I think it should.

Mind you, I'm not saying that I know that is or isn't the case with you and
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Should that make a difference? After a while, after you've been ill-used enough without reciprocation, yeah, I think it should.

Mind you, I'm not saying that I know that is or isn't the case with you and <ljuser="briganski">, or that your choice is wrong because it's different from what mine might be. But after a while, I would cut my losses if someone weren't returning my frienship in kind.
treacle_well
Apr. 2nd, 2005 04:35 am (UTC)
However, briganski's driver's license is expired

Grrrrrr. And he's been driving around in my car too with an expired driver's license.

Fuck, I'm annoyed.

And I know it's not my fault, but I do feel bad for the incovenience you've undergone in this whole chain of events.

spwebdesign
Apr. 2nd, 2005 12:23 pm (UTC)
I do feel bad for the incovenience you've undergone in this whole chain of events

You feel bad? I'm the one who put the two of you together, so I feel bad that it didn't work out.
slinkr
Apr. 2nd, 2005 05:17 am (UTC)
briganski must have a truly fantastic personality for you to put up with all the crap he pulls.
rsc
Apr. 2nd, 2005 08:54 am (UTC)
Yeah... I'm waiting to find out when that scratch actually happened. (Who, me, cynical?)
spwebdesign
Apr. 2nd, 2005 12:25 pm (UTC)
I'm probably not going to bother filing a report because I can't say for sure that it was the tow truck and not briganski that was responsible.
spwebdesign
Apr. 2nd, 2005 12:32 pm (UTC)
I would do the same and put up with as much and more for any of my friends. He's going through a rough stretch right now, even if it is much of his own doing, and now is not the time for me to play the "holier than thou" card. I've got plenty of logs lodged in my own eyes, and I certainly know what it feels like the victim of circumstances and as if everything in life was conspiring against me. As tempted as I may be to judge him unworthy of my help, that's not for me to determine: he is a friend in need, and I will help him if I can. People abandon me, but I don't abandon people.
am0
Apr. 3rd, 2005 12:18 pm (UTC)
Truck
I got another offer on the Beretta two days ago. He may be the same guy who spoke to Cathy a month or so back, but I've had feelers from other sources, too. I just put dp plates on the car, but I'd dump it in a moment if I knew I'd soon be driving the truck.

Please try to keep it in good condition.
spwebdesign
Apr. 3rd, 2005 05:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Truck
The truck's in fine condition. It simply got towed because it was being operated by someone without a license.
am0
Apr. 4th, 2005 09:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Truck
We decided to tell the guy that the car won't be available until October at the earliest. I expected to hear from him today ... but I was gone most of the day.
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