Theresa's Mixed Nuts: Lazy Parking

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Lazy Parking

I don't like to gripe on here often. I normally have a live and let live attitude, but there is something that drives me insane, and it's only going to get worse as we head into the holiday season. Parking. Can someone please explain to me why front row parking is so coveted? I have watched cars circle the lot, round and round, just waiting until a close spot is open. I take the first one I see, and by the time I've parked and gotten inside the store, they are still circling the lot. Why? Aren't you just going to go inside and walk around anyway?

I deliberately take my time when someone parking spot stalks me. When I walk out of the store and notice a car is slowly creeping along, just hoping to snag my spot when I leave, I move extra slow. I won't be rushed because someone is too lazy to go 3 spots down to park their car.

Here is the kicker, and I see it every day at the gym. They have 4 spots in the front of each parking aisle for fuel efficient vehicle parking.

There are ALWAYS gas guzzling SUV's, Pickup Trucks, and beat down Cadillac cars in those spots.  


Really? You are at the #&*$ing gym! To exercise! If anything, you would think they would be fighting for the back spaces to get in a few extra steps. Geesh!

Where to you like to park? Front, back, or first available?


28 comments:

  1. In the cold weather, the front because I'm a huge baby about being cold, haha. Any other time, first available. My husband parks far away on purpose, always. He goes slow if someone's stalking his spot too, so your post made me laugh.

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  2. You are right that it is only going to get worse for the holidays - especially the mall parking lots. I'll take a spot whereever I can find one.
    Cheers.

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  3. and the funny thing is - why would anyone even use a car to go to the gym? Wouldn't a walk over there or a jog be a good exercise?

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    1. Not in the neighborhood my gym is located in Dezzy. It's a community center that is stuck right in the middle of the bad part of town, so they get grants and such to keep it running. Plus, it's a 20 minute drive for me just to get there, by the time I bike or jog there, I wouldn't have the desire to workout anymore lol.

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  4. LOLOLOLOL I do the same thing when I know someone wants my spot. I love it when there are two cars vying for your spot. I totally grab the first spot I see! I figure I sat long enough in the car to get there, so the walk is good for me!

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  5. hahaha oh I do the slow thing too, screw them, no stalkers allowed. I take the first one I see, way to annoying to go round and round, can be in and out before one is found

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  6. Hahahaha! Chris and I always walk past our car into a different row when we see people stalking us for our space. Especially when there are available spaces in the back.

    If I am alone, though, I park in the furthest space in the lot, because I like to walk, but when we have the kids, we park close if we can - but I never stalk people for the spaces LOL. I hate that.

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  7. I always park far away. I don't mind walking, and it reduces the chance of any kind of accident and reduces the stress of finding a "good" spot.

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  8. That's strange! Another one I don't get is the pregnancy spots. Ok I get it if they are having issues, but last I checked it's healthy to exercise when you are prego. They have carts, so it's not like they have to lift heavy things. If they are having issues then they shouldn't be out anyhow. I park by cart returns, where ever they may be.

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  9. I've also noticed a lot of "parking spot rage" happening during the busy times of year like Christmas. It's crazy how angry people get if someone "steals" their parking space. It's not going to kill someone to walk a few extra steps. In this country we need it anyway LOL

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  10. I can't drive but I have seen this sort of thing. It will certainly get worse in the holiday season Theresa!

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  11. Parking is becoming more difficult in my city. I increasingly prefer to walk, for saving time!

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  12. Oh Sweet Theresa, Theresa! I am so GUILTY of wanting a close parking spot. I am a seeker of the best, the finest, the right. I am. Yesterday I nearly had a collision at my local, nice grocery store with a gal that did have a better angle but I was closer - yet she won - because of the angel, which made me drive on cussing and spitting as I went. The thing that bugged me more than losing the spot was that she was SMUG to beat the BAND! If she would have acted more sheepish or nodded as it being an accident that she claimed it. But NOPE she was defiant as if she had seen the spot and claimed it and KNEW it was meant FOR HER.

    With this post of yours though, please know you have inspired me. You have given me the vision of realizing that I should just park my car and walk and be grateful for the few extra steps especially since I park my butt at my computer for hours on end.

    Great post dear one, great post.

    Speaking of posts: If find that sign on that 'post' so strange. Seriously? A parking lot is giving high efficient cars the closer spot? Shouldn't it be the other way around? No wonder the broken-down, crap Cadillac parks there, hahahahahahaha, no wonder. The establishment is rewarding the non polluting vehicles by giving them the closer parking. Ya, I see. But wouldn't the parking lot benefit more if the stinky cars stopped sooner. I find that sign HILARIOUS, I do.

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    1. Man, nothing like 'parking' myself at your site for about an hour. Man, that was a long comment, sorry.

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    2. Oh I KNOW - that scene in FRIED GREEN TOMATOES did come to mind yesterday. I was sorely rebuffed and if I was driving a big, heavy bomb like the gal in the movie, my sweetness probably would have taken a back seat and I would have rammed her snotty, little hybrid, 5 door something or ruther. LOL LOL LOL

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  13. Hahahaha actually we used to do that back then in Doha. That was one huge parking spot on the ground one level only. Very hard to find a spot on weekend :D We don't do it here with too many level of parking lot. It is a waste of time really. I hate it when someone wants to take my parking spot and is not patient enough waiting for me to load my stuff. I will give him/her nasty look and move very slowly :P

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  14. I park far away and walk. Good exercise

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  15. I have never heard of a parking lot with special spaces reserved for 'low emitting fuel efficient' vehicles before. What is the purpose of that? And what is the cut-off for qualifying? I have a minitruck that gets 24 mpg and emits nothing at all while parked. Is the gym assuming that people with those cars are handicapped and can't walk as far? Are the spaces just smaller, with the assumption that the fuel efficient cars are smaller, too, and thus don't need as much space? Seriously, having never seen this before I am trying to picture it and the thinking behind it and I can't. To be honest, I would expect those spaces to be taken up by large Dodge Ram trucks, Mercedes and BMWs and Lexuses, because from my experience those are the drivers who feel the most ... whats the word? ... entitled.

    For whatever its worth, I usually do one lap of the parking lot and if I don't see a close spot available I just take whatever I find next. But sitting and waiting with my blinker on for a close spot when there are 5000 spots further back is not for me. I see that a lot, especially at Walmart. Then again, I also see a lot of people who stop their giant SUVS right in front of the front doors in the no parking area and just run inside as if they are special because they don't plan to take an hour and therefore can just block everyone. These would be the same people who rammed me in the parking lot of the grocery store as I was driving in a clearly marked aisle and they were crossing 3 aisles of parking spaces diagonally to get to a space. After ramming me in the side, she STILL pushed through my car and took the space she was aiming for because she felt, say it with me, ENTITLED. And for what its worth, no one else was trying to get to that space. There was no hurry.

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    1. Honestly, I thought it was a little weird when we first saw the signs there too. But, I suppose they are trying to reward those who buy cars that don't pollute the environment so much?

      I agree, many people nowadays feel entitled to everything!

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  16. We always park far, far, far away from the store entrance and from other vehicles. First & most importantly, we are super duper paranoid that someone will either open their car door into ours or leave a shopping cart next to ours to drift into it. Have you seen how close some people will park next to you? Sometimes there isn't even enough space to open your door, let along get out. Lastly & almost as equally important, the extra distance from the store does prompt a little more exercise than you may otherwise get. We both are pretty active people and for our 50-something status quite healthy, so while we're able to go those extra steps then we do. You raised a very good point, with the shopping season you know these folks are going to spend hour upon hour walking around. It certainly won't hurt most people to park far off and leave the spots closer to the stores for those who truly need them, like the elderly, disabled, pregnant women, or mom's with small children, ... Great T2Q! Visit me at Curious as a CAThy!

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  17. I drive around and around the parking lot looking for any spot, it doesn't have to be close, it just has to have people that know how to park on either side of it. There's not much public transportation in Minot, and it supports a much larger metro area, so nearly everyone drives everywhere they go (and did I mention that highs in the winter time are subzero, so there's not many people walking anywhere either). The parking lots are too small to accommodate everyone at MANY establishments (especially restaurants), though. And then when you have the idiots that take up two spots, or park right on top of the line, it makes it that much harder to find a spot.

    In places with a big enough parking lot, I don't mind parking in the back at all, unless we have freezing rain or something going on. When Elliott was younger, we tried for closer spots during the winter, but now that he is bigger, we don't mind him being out in the cold so much.

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  18. I take the first spot I find regardless of it is farther than the store :) Gives me a chance to walk, but my husband no-uggh-he will go round and round and round in circles until he find the closest to the store-drives me nuts lol

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  19. I can understand if it's raining or particularly cold, but if not, they need to suck it up and take whatever spot.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

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    1. I agree, cold and raining should be fair game for anyone, but on a nice, sunny day, get it in gear and take the first spot available.

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  20. I prefer to walk than park!
    http://fashionwithfitness.blogspot.com

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  21. I'll take whatever I can find UNLESS it's horrible weather, then I might search for something a little closer. Otherwise, I prefer the walk and to park out a little bit.

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  22. LOL.. In the summer I will park and walk quite a ways, in the winter I try to park close. I have had a hip replacement and don't want to fall on the ice.
    You are funny taking your good ole time if someone is circling waiting for a spot. I have had cars beep to hurry me up and that is when I really move slow.

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  23. it will certainly get worse in the holiday season i prefer to walk unless it's cold or it's raining.

    big hugs~

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