A random look at the life and times of Jim Rising recovering radio addict and newspaper columnist.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Parking lot blues

Parking lots shouldn’t cause your blood
pressure to rise.
What is it with some people and parking lots?
The spaces are clearly marked at one place where I park daily.
It’s a medium sized lot that is never full but gets crowded in front of the business I frequent. Why does this person who parks every day ignore the lines? They consistently park with the line running right down the middle of their behemothmobile SUV effectively taking up two parking spaces. In fact because there are two rows of spaces and they park in the middle of the two rows they eat up four spaces.
And another thing. Why do people speed in parking lots? Ever see that National Lampoon Summer vacation movie? There is a scene in there where Chevy Chase is driving the family truckster sound asleep on a sidewalk at high speed. A guy walks out of a door and is almost clobbered by the car. That’s the way it looks to me as I watch some people at racing speed in the narrow rows of some lots. If you walk out from between cars you may become another notch on their grill. What would it say on your tombstone? Flattened at the Wal-Mart?
And why is it so important to get that space? I have fallen into this kind of behavior myself. You see someone vacating a space. You wait patiently with your blinker on while they back out. Someone zooms into space before you. I have seen fights erupt over this. Why? It’s just a parking space? Why does it make us so furious?

1 comment:

Jim Rising said...

re: SUV drivers and parking spaces...

i think this can be answered with the same theory i have about cigarette smokers and why they throw butts out the window. if you own a giant SUV like an Excursion or Suburban, you probably don't care much about your surrounding environment. That and they are a really big pain in the ass to park. Soccer moms who drive these tanks for vehicles are usually a bit more conscientious about how and where they park, so i think a good look at the driver of the SUV would probably give you your answer. i'm sure it is probably someone who feels they are entitled to something.

what i hate are folks who will speed past you on the left in a parking lot. like, if i'm waiting for a space... or even just driving along looking for one, people will speed past me on the left hand side in what basically amount to a single lane! these folks make me want to suddenly open my door as they go by!