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  • A photograph of our little house in University City, taken from the back just after a tree fell on the roof earlier this year and punched a hole in the bathroom ceiling. Hence the tarpaulin on the top.

    A good house. One we've lived in since 1995. One we are still living in. One that now has a nicely repaired roof.

    Only we're not. According to the City of University City, this is a vacant home and I have just been cited for not paying my vacant home fees on it. Court date on November 13. Never mind that the citation was mailed to my house, the supposedly vacant one where I would have not presumably ever seen it. Probably leading to my arrest somewhere down the line.

    But if I pay the fees, then I have to acknowledge it's a vacant home. Move out maybe (who knows!). But we still live there. But if I don't acknowledge that it's vacant, I'll get fined for not paying the fees.

    This is such a patently absurd situation that I can scarcely credit it. Captain Yossarian, fictional though you be, you have just found a soul mate.

    Have written to Mayor Welsch, we'll see what happens from here on out. Now, there used to be a little button saying these are real events, I can't find it, but - these are real events!
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