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Old 10-22-2009, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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I heard some boob on the radio yesterday talking about how Virginia has such strict open container laws that, even if you're on your own property, you have to pour any alcoholic beverage into a plastic cup. Since it is next to impossible for me to accomplish any yard work (any outdoor housework, really) without a cold bottle of beer within reach, I was going to get indignantly outraged at this violation of personal freedoms, but I decided to at least give google a shot before going off half-cocked. To my surprise, it appears that the Commonwealth of Virginia has no open container law, other than in a vehicle, and otherwise leaves it up to local authorities. So I checked Arlington's code and only found something that prohibits having open containers of alcoholic beverages in playgrounds and parks, unless you have a permit (and you can apparently get a permit for that). Does anyone know of any stricter law that I haven't found? (Please, no hearsay, I'd like a reference.)
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Old 10-22-2009, 01:06 PM
 
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Wow, you cant do yardword without beer? You are an alcoholic.

But I do think you should have a right to walk around with a beer in your own yard.
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Old 10-22-2009, 01:13 PM
 
Location: Censorshipville...
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The only thing that comes up is this:

LIS > Code of Virginia > 18.2-323.1

I think you're g2g on your own property.
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Old 10-22-2009, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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Wow, you cant do yardword without beer? You are an alcoholic.
Wow, you sensed no levity in that remark? You have a stick up your butt.
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Old 10-22-2009, 05:33 PM
 
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Wow, you cant do yardword without beer? You are an alcoholic.


lemme guess...you were the girl that asked for more homework in high school?
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Old 10-22-2009, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Wow, you cant do yardword without beer? You are an alcoholic.


lemme guess...you were the girl that asked for more homework in high school?
I chuckled out loud with this comment.
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Old 10-22-2009, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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I was a police officer for over 30 years in NoVa and I can tell you that I know of no one ever getting arrested for drinking in their own front yard.
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Old 10-23-2009, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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I will happily give the OP plenty of beer if he'll come rake up the leaves in my yard. But I've got to warn you I have a lot of trees. Maybe I'd better give you a whole keg!
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Old 10-23-2009, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Censorshipville...
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I will happily give the OP plenty of beer if he'll come rake up the leaves in my yard. But I've got to warn you I have a lot of trees. Maybe I'd better give you a whole keg!
I feel your pain. I've a lot of trees in the backyard too and I've been mowing them up every week. I figure if I take care of it weekly, then it's not as hard if I let it pile up. I bought this house as a foreclosure and there was a thick layer of leaves that had accumulated. It took me about 10 days of raking and approximately 25 oversized bags. I tried mowing them first, but it was too thick and clumped up that the mower couldn't pick them up. I don't want to go through that again, so 45minutes of mowing every weekend doesn't seem too bad.
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Old 10-23-2009, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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I feel your pain. I've a lot of trees in the backyard too and I've been mowing them up every week. I figure if I take care of it weekly, then it's not as hard if I let it pile up. I bought this house as a foreclosure and there was a thick layer of leaves that had accumulated. It took me about 10 days of raking and approximately 25 oversized bags. I tried mowing them first, but it was too thick and clumped up that the mower couldn't pick them up. I don't want to go through that again, so 45minutes of mowing every weekend doesn't seem too bad.
Get ready to rake this weekend. Looks like we're getting at least one shower of heavy rain and when it passes through all the leaves will come down in a mighty woosh.
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