SkilStak News - April 2019

News for the month of April, 2019.

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 12:20:51PM

Saturday, April 9, 2019 - 10:15:41AM

On April 8th, 2019 Scott Misenheimer from the Town of Davidson Code Enforcement Division left a polite Notice of Violation on our van reminding us that the town forbids vehicles parked for the purposes of advertising.

“No More Van Parking on Street”

The letter states that “[we] are allowed to park the vehicle at [our] residence, but it cannot be parked of [his spelling] the street as an advertisement.”

I called and left a message explaining that while advertising is certainly a benefit of having what is essentially our school bus wrapped it was never the primary intent.

Do We Really Need It?

This got my wife and I to discussing it and realizing we really don’t need the wrap. It has been fun having it, but frankly we are sick of it (and I’m sure a lot of others are also 🤪).

A Van Unwrapped

So long-story-short, we have scheduled to have the wrap removed. [It costs $200 in case anyone is wondering.]

This will allow us to continue to park the van near our home. The closest, safest parking near our home is in front of the park. This will allow us to keep the driveway clear for drop-offs and such.

We have been meaning to use the van for many other personal things anyway – including taking batteries to the dump (they don’t allow “company vehicles” to do that), porting my wife’s pottery around (she uses the van more than I), adventure cycling support, camping, and van-life excursions.

The van will still be available for field trips to conferences and such. I am making a large door magnet that we can add for such special events.

Importance of Solo Sessions

This incident has also brought out the importance of solo mentored sessions. I am seriously considering requiring all pairs to arrive and leave in the same vehicle going forward. If this becomes official policy I will post it on the policy page and notify everyone in person who is affected. I have already broken up a session with three in it (which was already a rare exception).