Intruder in my backyard w/ Munchies (Mother’s Day Edition):

“These guys waited to the very last moment to look for their mother’s day gift!

If you haven’t read my 2 prior posts; this is the third intrusion attempt in the last 30 days. All of these attempts are in my backyard which is accessible from the North 1800 Newton ST NW alley. This recent attempt happened 2:47am this morning. What you can’t see is that I planted a junk bike right in front of my backyard camera. The bike I planted was left by the thief who stole our Jamis bike back in June 2014, you can find that post below as well.

These guys don’t look entirely prepared as their are finishing their late night snack. It’s also hard to tell if they leave because they notice the camera, or because the bike is a not worth stealing. What I can tell is that this is NOT the same guy that came by twice already. You can also tell that their hopping the fence leaves me pretty vulnerable (not that there is anything in my backyard with value).

Aside from a taller fence or white house fence spikes, are we all just sitting ducks? What can we do to prevent this activity?

I’m forwarding this to the police for their database of people to look out for.

See more videos here.

Prior Attempts / Posts:
Monday April 27th 9:28pm

http://www.popville.com/2015/04/from-the-forum-intruder-in-my-backyard-again-same-guy/

Saturday April 11st, 3:03AM

http://www.popville.com/2015/04/from-the-forum-intruder-in-my-backyard/

June 22rd, 2014, 9:02pm

http://www.popville.com/forums/topic/have-you-seen-my-stolen-bike/”

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“I look at the housing market and things are crazy around here. My neighbor just sold her condo for like $90,000 more than she paid for it. I live with my GF now and would love to get a row house somewhere. I don’t need the space now but I see a point where I will need it. Should I wait and continue to save or sell my place and try to get a house before things get crazier. ”

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Water bill spike due to busted pipes – Landlord / tenant responsibility?

“Long story short, the last water meter reading in the house I’m renting was in October 2014. The water pipes burst sometime after that, and they just finally read our meter again. It looks like there was a huge spike in the bill from there (around 70,000 gallons). A meter reader is going to come back out but assuming the reading is accurate:

Are the tenants responsible for a spike? Should we ask the landlady to cover it since it’s from a problem with the house?

It seems hard to assign clear responsibility for the water usage. Almost none of the current tenants were even living in the house when that happened.”

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Move In Cleaning Service

“Does anyone have any recommendations for a good Move In Cleaning Service? I’ll be moving into a condo soon and would like to have the unit cleaned prior to my move in. I’ve been searching around and have found that cleaning companies have a separate charge for “move in” services. Have no idea what the best option would be.”

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Bulk Trash Options When DC Won’t Accept

“I recently replaced an old wooden garden gate in my backyard. I tried to get DC to do a bulk trash pick up, but when they came by they left a note saying the gate didn’t qualify as household bulk trash and they wouldn’t pick it up. I went back to the DC website to try to find an alternative. They have a link to a search engine for places to send construction material, but all of the options it came up with were either exclusively for residents in other jurisdictions or only accepted materials that could be reused. This gate is deteriorated to the point that it will be of no use to anyone. I also looked into pick up services like “College Hunks Hauling Junk” but they have minimum fees and the service seems to be geared toward more than just a single item. Does anyone know of a reasonably inexpensive way to get rid of a single bulk item that DC won’t accept? I think I can probably transport it myself, so I’m not limited to pick-up services. I just don’t know where I can take it.

I have been to the Ft. Totten Waste Transfer station, and it is great, but I thought the same restrictions applied to Ft. Totten as to the bulk pick up. Whenever I go, I am asked what I’m dropping off, and I think I’ll be turned away with the gate.”

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Twentythirtysomething Book Club May Selection

“Are you a local reader at least 21 years old? Looking for a more casual book club experience? Then join us for Twentythirtysomething Book Club (T.T.B.C.), a DC Public Library book group for younger adults.

In our May selection, the 2014 nonfiction title “Nothing is True and Everything is
Possible,” journalist and television producer Peter Pomerantsev describes the stranger than fiction scenarios and individuals he encountered when work brought him to Russia at the start of the 21st century.

We will be meeting on May 28 at 7:30 p.m. at breadsoda (2233 Wisconsin Ave. NW) in Glover Park. Questions? E-mail erika.rydberg@dc.gov and julia.strusienski@dc.gov”

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History of the Park Regent Apartments in Mount Pleasant

“The Park Regent is a beautiful building and I’ve been trying to do some research on its history but have found nothing so I was wondering if anyone out there knew anything about this building (when it was built, the architect etc.)? The building has one bedroom apartments and studio apartments and one of the things I’m really curious about is if the studios were always studios or are they converted two bedroom apartments or something. It seems weird to have an old building with that kind of setup – of one bedrooms and studios.”

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Intruder in my backyard – AGAIN, same guy!!!

“It has happened at again at 9:30pm tonight, so I’ve worked very hard to get the information online fast and hopefully help track down this intruder.

It has happened again, just two weeks since my last post. I actually ran outside and saw him leaving my alley; then went to the front of my home to see him going South Down the West side of 18th street. Please provide any information if you saw this man at 9:30pm tonight.

Just filed a police report for unlawful entry (11pm).

Here is my first post for reference (http://www.popville.com/2015/04/from-the-forum-intruder-in-my-backyard/)

Intruder Enters Backyard Mon Apr 27 21 28 41 2015

Intruder Exits Backyard Mon Apr 27 21 29 21 2015

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In need of a Thursday feeder for a community cat colony

“I help take care of a community cat colony in Petworth by feeding them once a week. They are all sterilized, vaccinated and doing well. We’ve lost our Thursday feeder and are in need of someone to step in. It’s very easy – all you need to do is set out some food and water. No cat experience is needed. I’m happy to supply the food if that’s a concern.

Many thanks,
Abby
abby.volin@gmail.com”

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Ed. Note: We had a similar discussion here, but these circumstances are a bit different.

Neighbor’s extremely huge tree dangerously hangs over my home

“Any suggestions for how to deal with the Adult Children of a deceased neighbor who inherited the home that has a huge oak tree (over 100 years old) with very heavy limbs that hang over my house. No one lives in the home since the mom died almost 2 years ago. The limbs sound like boulders when they drop on our roof during high winds and storms. We have notified the heirs via certified letter and numerous emails and phone calls of damages already caused by the tree, and the risk of it falling on our home. Over the years, the tree roots have been growing under my house causing damages to pipes that we had to replace, in addition to the cost of a new roof and gutters, and the cost of lawn care services resulting from the fallen leaves and tree limbs. Their response is that they are trying to come up with a payment plan to have work done on the house so they can rent it out. It has been nearly 2 years and still no action. We also offered to pay part of the cost for removing the tree, still no action.
We really didn’t want to take them to court because we wanted to settle it amicably but feel we have no choice. Does anyone know of case law that can be used and what kind of attorney would handle this case. Other suggestions are also welcomed.”

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