I have lurked on your board for some time, and this is my first post. I really could use some advice. Here goes:
My neighbor that lives across the street from me has an 8 year old daughter that has mild autism. We have a poorly paved secondary drive that runs in front of our two houses. The special ed bus comes down this drive and picks the child up for school. That has not been a problem for the past 4 years with the bus coming down to pick up the child, as I only have one car, and there is vacant parking right at the end of our houses with about 3 spaces on both my neighbor’s side and the same amount of vacant parking on my side. Please know that the child walks and runs just like the rest of us, she just has cognitive and intellectual issues.
Now come the flocks of birds, eating on all kind of wild berries all over trees and shrubs in our neighborhood. My car has been looking like someone threw blueberries all over it. The past 2 mornings I have spent over and hour and a half each time scrubbing this crap off my car.
Today, I decided to park in the middle space on my side of the parking area, as it is the only parking space where there are no extending overhead tree limbs.
Well, as you can imagine, all heck broke loose with the neighbor. She told me that the bus has to come down here and turn around and let her special needs child off in front of her house. The main bus pick up for all the other kids in the neighborhood is 60 feet from her front door. But no, she will not hear of that, and tells me that I absolutely have to move my car, as her child is entitled to have the bus drop her off at her front door.
I tried to explain to the neighbor that I have issues with my car being dumped on with all the bird crap and that was the only space where I could park without getting all the bird crap on the car. She told me she could not control where the birds crap and I told her that I could control where I park my car.
So, we are at a standoff to say the least. She would not even concede to allowing me to stay parked in that spot until the birds finish their berry attack
(hopefully within a week) and then I could go back to parking under the trees.
She is too lazy to walk her child 60 feet to the bus stop which would keep me from having to go out and wash my car every morning until this bird crap is over.
We are about the only side street that does not have all the extra parking spaces filled, so she has been lucky with the bus being able to come down here and turn around.
She tells me that I do not care about her special needs child. But I have rights as well. Why should I have to get up and wash bird crap off my car so that she does not have to walk her child 60 feet to the bus stop? Am I right or wrong?