Wednesday, September 22, 2004

bad...uh, parkers

okay, so i couldn't come up with a clever little title for this rant. maybe i'm just too mad. bad (read: self-centered) parkers piss me off more than most things. you know the type, "there's only a few spots left here so i think i'll park in the middle of two spots."

usually, bad parkers drive one of 2 types of vehicles: sports cars or big trucks (often half-tons). why is it necessary for these people to make sure that the next guy gets the royal screw job?! it often happens at the movie theater on busy nights or at other places/events when parking would already normally be scarce as it is.

and why the hell doesn't parking lot "security" do something? it's clear they're just there so certain property holders get a break on their insurance, but they could do something as long as they're there. i'm not even sure how these people can do it without thinking "hey...maybe...maybe someone would like to park in the gigantic empty space that i'm hording." of course, some are more flagrant about it than others (parking diagonally when the parking lot is clearly designed to park), but an offense is an offense.

unfortunately, some of the worst parking is at church on a sunday. for some reason, a lot of christians, though they have strong convictions about many things, don't think it's important to show consideration for other people who would like to park closer to the church in -50 degree conditions.

if you're one of those causing the problem, please, the next time you decide it might be fun to park diagonally when everyone else is parked another way, try to realize that a decent human being may not do what you're considering.


Blogger Aslan said...

I can appreciate your rant, as bad parkers are something that also bothers me. However the bad parkers that bother me are the ones on the street, who have found a sport for thier Geo Metro, that is large enough to park a semi-with a B trailer and they park right in the middle of the damn spot so none else can park there. It pisses me off to walk drive down a street and see lots of potential spots if people only knew how to bloddy parallel park.

As far as in a parking lot it is clear that you have never owned a custom vechile. If i had a sports car with custom work done to it, you better beleive that i would park diagonally across two spots to stop some jackass from hitting my car with his run of the mill piece of junk. (I custom build bikes, and I am very protective of what gets near them, just as I am sure a car guy would be the same) If you notice Fancy motorcycles will park next to regular ones because within the motorcycle culture it is understood that the bike is their baby, and other riders will look, but they will also do their best to not touch the other guys bike. "non'car" people treat them as machines with a function and seem to have no regard for other people who might care for their machine.

On the flip side of all this I have often been tempted to 'key' those diagonal parked cars for being pricks and taking up more room than needed

9/27/2004 11:18 PM  
Blogger johnny m said...

wow, i was with you until all that ridiculous nonsense about "car guys" (for more of my thoughts on this particular brand of animal, see the "domestics vs. imports" rant).

point is, carphiles aren't going to elicit any more sympathy from the rest of us if they park sideways. actually, chances are, their car is more likely to be scuffed, scraped, or have its tires slashed by someone like me because they break parking rules.

yeah, news flash, they ARE just machines with a function. if you want to custom build your car so that it's good enough (and expensive enough) to live in, go buy a pad of concrete on your own damn property and live in your car! i'll be damned if i'm gonna have to park in another country just because some guy decided to spend all of his and the bank's money on something that is mainly there to get him from point A to point B.

and i'm tired of being viewed by "car guys" as a second class citizen just because i don't want to spend thousands of dollars on my "whip" so i can "ride on dubs".

and if you do want to drive in public and park in parking lots, either park like the rest of society or don't bother coming out. all you're doing is inviting the ire of people like me.

problem with a lot of "car guys" is they care more about a soulless transportation device than they do about, oh, i don't know, other human beings. that's because a car won't tell them what their shortcomings are. and isn't that what we all want? to be surrounded only by machines that we can change to suit our whims who only do what we command? that's a society that works better for all of us.

oh, and by the way, you know society is backwards when the people who park with consideration for others are the ones who are called a "jackass".

10/01/2004 7:27 AM  
Blogger Aslan said...

I would like to hear what you have to say about my comment about the motorcycle culture.

10/03/2004 10:22 PM  
Blogger johnny m said...

no offense intended, but i kinda think it's a load of crap.

if motorcycles had doors, you would have people who would might bang their motorcycle door into another person's bike. it has nothing to do with some sort of "universal respect" like you're saying exists. the only universal respect of the kind you mentioned is the one that exists between harley drivers. beyond that, nada.

besides that, since most people only hit other cars side panels with their doors by accident, if there was a possibility of somehow accidentally seeing one motorcycle rider damaging another's bike, it would happen.

also, it's kind of irrelevant, since, even if motorcycle drivers did park sideways, the bike probably wouldn't take up enough space to prevent other people from parking properly (unless, of course, we're talking about the custom bikes like what you would see on american choppers, that's a different story).

10/06/2004 12:03 AM  
Blogger Aslan said...

I would like to add to your rant of bad parkers, however this is not a thought in opposition of yours as i usually like to present, but more an addittion to the rant of useless parkers.
All i want to know is why is it that people think that by putting on their 4-way flashers it gives them the right to park where and when they should not. And to add to the frustration this occurance of bad parkers happens more frequently as the weather gets progressively colder.

12/16/2004 3:58 PM  

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