The Parking Lot

1 Aug

I’ve started thinking about my next car. I am hoping it will be my last car because, when it dies, I will be retired and hope to rely on public transport.

I’m thinking t will be a small car, a Mini Cooper or Fiat. Maybe a Honda Fit. I want my next car to fit into small parking spaces. And what I witnessed yesterday reaffirmed my commitment to a smaller car.

I had just exited Trader Joe’s and was walking through the parking lot to my car. I had parked at the far end of the parking lot, in the shade of a tree. (In case you hadn’t heard, we are having a heat wave).

It was already hot and I was thinking happy thoughts about blasting the AC. As I crossed the road in front of the store, a big, white SUV pulled into the same row my car was parked in. I turned down the row and stopped. The SUV driver was having a little trouble turning into a spot. The driver pulled forward, then backed up and cranked the steering wheel. The driver pulled forward some more and still didn’t fit, so s/he backed up again And then turned the tires the wrong way.

I was feeling impatient – it was a hot morning after all – but suddenly I had a feeling I was in for a show. Again the driver pulled forward and did not fit. Sheesh! They backed out again. Again they turned the tires the wrong way. They pulled forward some more and I think that was when the driver realized it was never going to work.

This must have been the moment they realized that, only one car away, were two empty spots side by side. An easy park! They backed up once more, but it was once too often.

I saw the collision coming before it happened. I think I might even have called out, but I don’t think the driver heard me over the crunch. They pulled forward and it only took two tries to fit in the new spot.

By then, I’d walked to my car. I passed the victim vehicle, a van that was hardly marked. I didn’t see the SUV driver get out. Didn’t see if they left a note on the van or not. Surely they felt the collision and would do the right thing.

As I drove out of the lot I passed the shiny new SUV that did the damage. There was a football sized dent on driver side bumper.

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9 Responses to “The Parking Lot”

  1. maryannreilly August 1, 2017 at 5:45 am #

    Wow. Hope he or she left a note for the van driver. I have a small Volvo since 2013. I love it. I’m in cities a lot and when I have my car it fits into parking places well. It is also older and that sense of care that accompanies a new car is less present.

    I wish we had trains like I rode in Europe this summer, especially when in Switzerland where every train seems to be in time:)

    Good luck w your purchase.

  2. Maureen August 1, 2017 at 6:10 am #

    Love this line “I saw the collision coming before it happened.” A small moment, yet you really set the scene and build suspense. Here’s hoping they left a note! (But it is exciting to wonder if they did….) Thanks for sharing!

  3. Brian Rozinsky August 1, 2017 at 6:26 am #

    I drive a small car, but I spent last week driving a big rental car to lug family around. I can identify with several sides of your precise slice, though happily none involving motor-vehicle collisions.

  4. Joanne Toft August 1, 2017 at 7:38 am #

    I agree a small car is the best!! Glad it was not your car that was hit. I do hope they left a note.

  5. arjeha August 1, 2017 at 7:54 am #

    I just bought a RAV 4 in December. My reasoning for it instead of a smaller car was that it is easier for me to get into and out of. The old legs don’t bend like they once did so this really fit the bill for me. I also hope that person left a note. No one wants to come out of a store and find their car damaged and no note of explanation as to what happened.

  6. marilynyung August 1, 2017 at 9:00 am #

    I love small cars, too. I drive a NIssan Cube, which looks like a toaster on wheels. My son drives a Fiat 500. It’s great to be able to maneuver so effortlessly into tight spaces. Wouldn’t trade it for anything. I once watched a Cadillac Escalade-driving woman at a school event scrape her way into a space. I don’t get it. I would think the hassle with parking would outweigh the convenience of size. Thanks for posting!

  7. beckymusician August 1, 2017 at 11:43 am #

    Great story — I was captivated waiting to see what would happen! While I have a midsize Honda, I will say a good word for the Honda Fit — my daughter’s boyfriend has one and loves it. He is 6’5″ and has no problem with the Fit’s size.

  8. Stacey Shubitz August 1, 2017 at 12:57 pm #

    I remember my driver’s ed teacher telling me parking lots are some of the most dangerous places to drive in because people aren’t really paying attention. As a result, I try to remain laser-focused whenever I am in one.

  9. Ramona August 1, 2017 at 3:06 pm #

    Oh my, this was quite a parking lot story. And you made it so vivid with your great descriptions. I do hope took responsibility and left a note. When we are headed to tight parking lots, most of them these days, I like to drive the Prius.

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