Venting so I can sleep
Middle of the night - and I can't sleep. This BS earlier today has really got me rattled.
Why is it this hard to "get out?" All I'm trying to do here is prepare some things so that I can go live on my own and be LEFT ALONE. I really try to keep a positive attitude, but some days, it's very, very, very hard.
Every step I take toward exiting the Rat Race seems to set me back. Almost as though there is some conspiracy to keep me in the Rat Race. I'm not saying that there is one, so put away your tinfoil hats, please.
Here I am, trying to make this motorhome functional and I have now hit a stumbling block that may be insurmountable in the time I have. I am going to call Ms. Cindy Hogg tomorrow if I don't receive a call back early in the morning.
Hopefully, there will be something that I can do to enable me to keep working on the Motorless Home. However, if the city insists that it be moved or made to run on its own power within 5 days, I will just have to tell the city that they can come remove it. They can charge me all they want; I won't pay it. They can put a lein on my property if they want to.
I've had enough of this bullshit.
If it turns out that I can't continue working on this, I will begin ripping out any and all items of value from the RV so they can be sold on CraigsList to recoup some cost. Its too bad. This RV is salvageable. But since the Shitty of Hamilton and that HOGg that runs the Health department have bowed to our consumerist society, they expect me to just throw money at the problem, and can't seem to appreciate subtleties of "Reduce, Reuse and Recycle."
Everyone focuses on the third R, Recycle. They think I should send this thing to the junk yard and let it be ripped apart into its component pieces and remelted.
But there is a reason that it's third in that list.
Let's explore those for a moment.
- REDUCE: First, use less. If you stop running out and buying new stuff and just "do without," you will do a lot toward helping the environment, since the byproducts of manufacturing the "new" thing won't be put out there, and there won't be any waste generated from the purchase (fuel spent, packaging materials, labor to install, etc)
- REUSE: Next, if you have to buy a new thing, try to find a new use for the old thing. Maybe that means spending a little money on parts to repair it to make it whole again, and not buying the new one. Perhaps that means that you take the small microwave out of the kitchen that no longer suits your needs and donate it to charity so that someone who needs sone can find it. Or, maybe, just maybe, that means to take the blown engine out of a motorhome and replace it with another one to make the motorhome whole again.
- RECYCLE: Finally, if you can't find a way to REDUCE your consumption of something, and you can't find a way to REUSE that something for another purpose, then, and only then do you recycle.
Everybody just always jumps to "recycle." I admit, I don't always start at "reduce," but I usually try to jump in at "reuse." I really get a kick out of taking something that was "junk" and making it "not junk."
Where I have trouble is that I also try to REUSE without spending a ton of money. So, waiting for the right deal, or saving up until I can afford to purchase the thing I need are common themes.
Unfortunately, The Shitty of Hamilton feels that you can't take your time. You're not allowed to have a broken vehicle on your private property that can be seen.
If the owner can be seen working on it frequently and it's not just to strip off parts of a derelict vehicle, but actually working toward the improvement of that vehicle, then it's not junk.
It's really, really clear that I'm working on the motorhome and not just leaving it there to rot. I can be seen working on the exterior on good weather days and on the interior when the weather is less cooperative. I don't have a lot of money to throw at this right now, so I am doing the things that I can that have little or no cost. To me, this is simply good time management. Why wait until I have the new motor in-hand to remove the old one?
Also, If I had a garage that was large enough to hold it, I would park it inside. However, I don't! So, I will have to work on this outside.
Also, as I mentioned in the earlier post, I might be able to handle this by having the motorhome registered as a collector's vehicle. After re-reading section (b) of the letter they handed me, having it listed as a collector's vehicle may not be enough, since they amended the ordinance in 2003. If I have to comply with ALL of that section and not just one of those sections, I may be hosed.
I dunno. I just needed to vent. I hope that I can get a few hours of good sleep before 6am comes and I have to get up for work.
Wish me luck for when I speak to Ms. Hogg tomorrow.