Yes, I’m ok. Thanks for the concern and I appreciate the offers of organ donations. But really….
My friend John said in his blog, “There’s idea guys and people that do stuff…” I’m kinda a bit of both.
A while back I posted about floating a proposal to The City to let bicyclists treat stop signs as yield and stop lights as signs. That idea is still floating around in my head. I really want to toss it at the Spokane bicycle community at large before I go too far. But the idea is still there.
What currently has me by the short hairs is something that I kinda believe infringes on my personal space. So, I’m a home-owner and want to do some work. Being conscientious and because I don’t want to collapse the roof on myself I get a construction permit to work on my house. As the owner, I can do the work myself and as long as it’s done to in accordance with code as well as inspected all is ok.
Now, as business owner I get a permit for the same type of work. But guess what? I, as the business owner and even the owner of the building cannot do the work myself. No matter that I get the same permit and do the work to the standard of code. According to the City of Spokane the work must be performed by a licensed contractor. At first I kinda poo-pooed this till a friend of mine was having a light bulb (a freaking light bulb!) changed in one of the fixtures in his parking lot. The person was on a high lift changing the bulb when a code inspector drove by and asked for his permit and license. None on hand so the person was fined (I don’t know how much).
To me this stinks of business interests interfering or even impinging on my personal freedoms. As long as the work that I perform is safe and within the boundaries of the building code, the building owner (be it home or business) should be allowed to do the work.
I’m of a mind to do a bit of research on other cities, see what their policy is and if a business owner can do their own work, take it to my city council representative (Richard Rusch) and see where it goes.
Phew! Ok, I do believe this is the first ever political rant I’ve ever done.
Now, speaking of people that do stuff Bill Bender is one of those people. He is organizing Spoke Fest (a bicycle gathering/ride) and he needs some assistance. So if you’re into biking and can possibly help contact them.
One last note, I drink a lot of water. Easily a gallon or more per day. On Friday I’m planning on riding to 9-Mile but don’t want to carry a gallon of water with me. I’d like to purchase a water purifier before then. Any recommendations?
That’s it for today. I’ll probably have more tomorrow and maybe some results on the two “ideas” that I have.
Jacque – Out