Not In My Front Yard

[Hey, You!] Rolling up the welcome mat for tourists in Old Towne Orange

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To all you elitist, self-righteous xenophobes in Old Towne Orange who roped off "their" parking spaces in front of their homes using trash cans, yellow caution tape and "borrowed" Caltrans traffic cones: Way to welcome visitors to the International Street Fair! Are you afraid some unwashed out-of-towner (anyone coming from west of Glassell or east of Tustin) might momentarily envy your little termite hotel of a "historic" bungalow? In one day at the fair, I met wonderful, enlightened folks from Alaska, Florida, Germany and the Czech Republic. I'll bet you posturing, inbred villagers never left your yards for fear of missing the opportunity to berate some poor lost tourist for walking on "your" sidewalk! Say, does sticking that elitist extra "e" in the words "Old Towne" give you snoot creds, since you couldn't afford to live in Villa Park? Schmucks!

 
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Torg.T.Robot
Torg.T.Robot

A while back, my band was playing the Orange street festival and some members of the security forces tried to have my car towed because he thought it was in a no-parking zone.  All they had to do was tell me where the bands were supposed to unload and I would have been on my way, but they decided their time was better spent calling for a tow truck.  The best part was, they didn't even know which car was mine!  After maybe 20 minutes of arguing and stupidity, I saw my bandmates unloading near the stage so I left the jerks behind and went to set up.  It certainly is amazing how stupid people become when it comes to parking spaces.

Anyway, we played the Orange street festival a few more times, until the year some drunk skinheads with white supremacist prison gang tattoos were arrested at our stage while we were playing.  But that's another story.

OCdweller
OCdweller

You must be new to the area because parking in Old Town Orange has ALWAYS been an issue.  Its a college area, and many of the home dwellers need permits to park in front of their own houses. As the college buildings expand, the available parking shrinks.  Yes, parking is madness, and some actually sell space (I did think $12 for the city lot was a bit much) and they WILL tow if you are in the wrong spot. This is not new.

What I did find frustrating was the lack of seating....used to be there were chairs spread out on every street...only found real chairs and benches on Greek st and Polynesian sts...the only chairs on the longest street (American) was at Watsons and no one was sitting because Watsons was charging more than the average meal to use them.

OCtotheHeart
OCtotheHeart

They more likely had a bad experience from previous street fairs, whether they dealt with locals or out of towners. It is easy to assume they are jerks who won't "share" their front yard with you but take a second to consider WHY they're doing it. It is a very high possibility they have a good reason. These rants on Hey You are getting pretty lame now... getting kind of whiny.

NealYoung
NealYoung

When I visited the fair this year, there were residents giving out water bottles to visitors walking by.  It's very ignorant of you to label Old Towne residents as a self-righteous bunch based on a small handful. 

Debaser7
Debaser7

Those cretins have no claim to a public street. The street in front of their home is not their propery.

TylerDurden
TylerDurden

If it were my yard, i wouldnt want random people parking in front of it.

 
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