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Earlier in the week I got a voice mail from a CBOE official in Sacremento. To be honest he seemed like a perfectly nice person and so I'd intended to just call him back and politely explain the situation to him (again) but when I got his voice mail and started calmly explaining that their $5k tax on a 6k boat with no relationship to CA my blood started boiling
I don't remember exactly what I left on his VM but I know that I explained the terms and conditions of our relationship going forward would be that they agree to pay me $1000 every time they contact me; and that they could accept these terms and conditions by simply contacting me again - Oh and I know I also said: "California can Suck-it"
So you know; I kept it pretty profesional
Well anyway; much to my surprise he actually had the nerve to call me back today and he started of by saying: "Soooooo I've read (this thread)" and Capitain 58 gave the best advice and he asked if I just had a bill of sale
and could send it to them and this can just go away" That threw me for a bit of a loop because I for sure didn't mention this place to him though I may have said 'google Oceana" and see for yourself so I guess that's one for Google
(or NSA/California interagency data-mining over-reach depending on how paranoid you wanna be I guess)
I said well "of course
" I "could"
do that but why the hell should I
explain to a nigerian prince why I don't owe him any money!?
He said "well I am not a Prince from Nigeria"
A bold claim to be sure but I am still unconvinced! (these scammers can be pretty elaborate and clever dontcha know!)
And he said it was 'normal' for hailing port to be the home port of boats and lots of people live in the midwest and keep their boats in Florida
or California which is all certainly true.
It's also true that it's perfectly 'normal' for people to have a boat in Washington
state and name their boat for sentimental reasons having nothing to do with the physical location of the boat making what they are doing totally a stretch
He said he was just a bureaucrat doing his job and like I said he was nice enough; I mean I'm sure Hermann Göring family
loved him too; right? And that his hands were tied by the Legislature limiting what he was able to do
SO that's when I got a bit riled up again and told him I flat out didn't believe him; I again explained that there was zero requirement for the hailing port to be related to a boats location; that I didn't think there was any California law that gave them the authority to presume people guilty and violate the US Constitution's Search and Seizure provisions AND even if there were the California Legislature had zero jurisdiction to regulate a Washington
transaction or a resident of Washington State
His exact reply was "Well; there are Nexus Issues"
Which set my BS detector alarm
right to volume: "eleven" and we all know Eleven is WAY louder than 10!
He said he'd email
me the relevant chapters or agreements
we shall see about that
He also offered to call marinas
on my behalf and get the records which I think he thinks is above and beyond the call of duty; I think it's a waste of time and not gonna bother wasting MY time doing it - I couldn't remember the name of the marina the boat was kept when I first bought it though
but he said he'd call Port of Olympia for corroborating evidence
So to be continued I guess
And to California; Ahhhhh What's up Doc? I think he went thatta way ->
And it was Swantown Marina in Olympia