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Pain in the Parking Spot
Posted 8/5/2013 9:07:00 AM

I know I'm not crazy. Parking spots really HAVE gotten smaller. Or maybe cars have gotten bigger. Or maybe it's both.

What I know for sure (to borrow a phrase from Oprah) is that cars don't fit into parking spaces the same way people's behinds don't fit into chairs at ballparks and a round roll of toilet paper doesn't fit properly onto a square toilet paper holder (ever try making those 'roll'? Ha!).

I notice this especially in the parking lots that have painted double lines around the spaces. Maybe they think that will help guide us into parking straighter - but what it really does is make the spot smaller, and ultimately someone will park over both of the lines and into the spot next to theirs, taking up a space and a half. And no matter how much I try to squeeeeze in to what little space is left, I can't fight physics.

Then there are the times that you have just enough room to get your car in the parking spot - but no room to open the door.

Or everything's fine when you park & go into a store, but when you come out, someone else has parked so close to your car that you can't get back in. Have you ever done that thing where you get in from the passenger side and crabwalk yourself over to the driver's side because that's the only way in? It gets more fun as you get older :).

Of course, Jeff Martin (substitute the name of a male friend / husband) will say it's just that I'm not good at parking because I'm a woman. And to be fair, there is some research that says parking is the most difficult skill for women when they take their Driver's Exam. Hmmm. But I don't think it's a problem if it takes me 8 or 9 times to back up and pull in and back up and pull in to get it right. At least I don't consciously park at a slant across two spaces in an effort to protect my car from getting scratched.  

Have you ever left a note on someone's car to complain about their parking? What would you say if you did?

Posted By: Ellen Jaffe  

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