Tuesday, July 15, 2008

A Blank Mind, Inflatable Pool Permits, And Future Blog Posts

I don't know what to post today in order to get back in the swing of things with blogging. Hopefully, I will be back with something original in a day or two after I work through the details of a blog series that may be called "100 Beer Brands in 100 Days". I should also have the promised dance video in a week or so. In the mean time, here is a thought from one of my old blogs.
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When asked about the local governments requirement of zoning, building and electrical permits for those big inflatable pools I thought:

What’s next, the DMV requiring tax, title, and registration of bicycles?

I think I will coin the term, “Green Tape”. Green tape will refer to the use of “Red Tape” by local government agencies as a ploy for squeezing more money out of people. So, the next time you hear the term, just remember it started with me.

Let’s take this pool thing one permit at a time.


Zoning? An inflatable pool is not only temporary, but not even a structure. It’s a possession. An inflatable pool shouldn’t be held to zoning any more than patio furniture.

Building? It’s not built, it’s inflated. And do people really need some detailed drawings of the pool before they can get the permit to inflate it?

Electrical? Sure, it’s got a small electric powered pump for the filtration system, but all you do is plug it into the wall. What’s next, requiring an electrical permit to plug in a toaster. And why not? Quite frankly, a toaster is a much bigger shock hazard than a pool filter.
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This Green Tape is only gonna get worse. I think local governments like to use this as an alternative to raising taxes. I am surprised we don’t already need license plates and registration for lawn mowers.

1 comment:

Jeffrey Ellis said...

I would SO like to see a "100 beers in 100 days" series. Hell, I'll even help if you want. Beer was my guest poster just this morning!

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