As some of you may know, in Chicago we have an unofficial system of "dibs" whereby you can claim a parking spot as your own. This only goes in winter during times of snow. The idea is that you shovel out a spot and you get to keep it. To mark your territory you put something (usually some piece of garbage) in the street to hold your spot. Preferred items are buckets and mops or milk crate/two by four type combinations. Here the bucket or box or what-have-you is placed to one side of the spot and the longer item is laid longways with one end propped up by the first object. The effect is like junk sculpture. This year I have seen a lot of really sorry looking chairs and even a busted up kids kitchenette set.
Below are a few examples from my block in Logan Square.
The problem is lots of lazy idiots don't shovel the spot - they just throw some trash on top of some snow in the street. Additionally, by moving someones dibs you can expect to have your car keyed, tires slashed or worse.
In what may or may not be a related incident, a Honda Fit was stripped of all four of its wheels and left balancing on a milk crate last night a few blocks from my house. I was kicking myself for not having my camera, but it looked a lot like this picture to the right. Hahahahahaha. Sucks to get your wheels stolen in negative 10 degrees! That's hard core.
For all you Chicago transplants in LA right now! You know you miss this!