Wednesday, September 9, 2009

parking pass

In my apartment complex we don't have reserved parking, not even specific visitor parking. I've always found this to be a good sign of a complex having ample parking for everyone to park, and this is true for us here. Of course, there are some choice spots that people want to park in to get them as close to their individual apartment as possible, but it's really not an issue.

Well, except this one spot. It's a make-shift handicap spot. Essentially the apartment complex put up a sign in the grass in front of the spot so that while a particular resident is residing in said complex, he has a designated spot. He doesn't have one of the hangy tags, but an actual handicap licence plate which seems very legit. Although I really don't know what this guys handicap is.

And this guy is very serious about his parking spot. The spot itself is often questioned in its right to be a handicap spot. There is no blue paint on the ground, nor is there a ramp to the sidewalk or extra space marked off next to it for a wheelchair or other objects that would need extra room to evacuate a vehicle. So people park there, a lot. And he puts a printed up note on their windshield wipers, and he contacts the apartment management and turns in their tag numbers and has them call the owners of the vehicles (Yeah, I'm one of the people who questioned it's validity when I first moved in). It happens about once a week, I'd say.

Here's the part that erks me though; its not that this guy is handicapped, or that he gets his own parking spot (even if his spot would be the most clutch spot for me, but whatev) or that he reports cars (they never tow, so no ones gonna get into a fight over this), what really gets me is that this guy lives on the second floor. Which means every time he leaves his apartment he walks up and down a flight of stairs, but it's a huge deal to him that he has a spot that is 10 feet closer to his apartment then the one on the other side of the street. Every time he gets pissed that someone is in his handicap spot he has to walk up his stairs, get a paper, walk down his stairs, stick it on their car, and then walk up his stairs again.

I feel like I'm missing a huge element of this equation.


Marge said...

It's Thursday. I'm waiting.