Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry‘s on-again, off-again boycott went off again yesterday afternoon, when the mayor-for-life called LL to take issue with his “silly” item on Barry’s new wheels.

To recap: LL noted that Barry is now driving an aging Toyota Corolla; it bears tags registered to the BMW that Barry used to drive and which happen to have $465 of parking tickets associated with them.

“You don’t have anything better to do except write about tags [with] all the great problems of this city?” he asked. “Why don’t you find something else to do?…Small minds think small.”

Barry has a point. LL, however, retorted with a version of one of Barry’s own lines: Don’t judge him on one teensy blog item, but by his larger body of work!

Barry assured LL that the Toyota’s tags had been legitimately transferred from his BMW, now unrepairable with a busted engine block, to the temporary Toyota while his dealer locates a more suitable ride.

“I’m looking for a Jaguar, a Mercedes, or a BMW,” says Barry, currently in hock to the federal and District government for back taxes.

As for the four tickets he owes, Barry says he found out about them last week and immediately challenged them. Three of them were too old to challenge, he says, but he’s pressing on with the fourth.

“Write it straight now,” he told LL.