The LA Times recently ran a story about the new parking meters downtown. While we don’t live downtown, there is certainly a parallel to our situation that can be summed up as follows:
“Don’t even get me started, this is crazy. I’ve been circling around … and they have all these signs that say you can’t park,” said Shabazz, who raised her clenched fists in the air and took a long, deep breath before looking for any parking enforcement officers and making her dash.
“I have to run quick before they catch me and I get a ticket.”
Back to our story, I went to the grocery store yesterday on my way home from work. There was a car parked in our driveway. What was I supposed to do? Here were my options:
- Park two blocks away and carry five heavy grocery bags along with my work bag
- Park two blocks away and take two trips
- Drop the groceries off at the curb (in the sun with frozen items and poultry), drive two blocks and walk
- Pull into my easement, take the groceries inside, put them away, then move my car
I decided on option number 4, which is the logical, common-sense option. While I wasn’t ticketed, I thought long and hard about the risk associated with PARKING IN FRONT OF MY OWN HOUSE. Seriously, I’ve now got to calculate the inherent risk of parking in front of my own home. I’m not on the sidewalk. I’m not blocking traffic. I’m doing no harm.
City of Los Angeles, please come to your senses. This is absurd.