Anyways, enough of all that business stuff. How are you lovely people doing this week? It’s only Tuesday for but it seems it has been a long week already. This could be that I work a 6 day work week so Sundays go by too quickly, but it could just be a long week. We are supposed to get another 5″ of snow tomorrow, I do love the beauty of the snow – but that pain in the butt it can be on the roads makes it not so lovely – especially those lovely drivers that act like they have never seen the stuff we call snow in their life, and go about 10 miles per hour on roads that are indeed quite clear – you all know who I am talking about. It’s ridiculous.
My boss decided to get me a monthly parking pass, which is lovely of her. I just could not work up the energy to go and buy one, so was dodging parking guys (we seriously have 2 hour parking PER DAY rule in this city of a whole 5 blocks…) and the only option is $1 per hour parking garages or meters. Ridiculous. So, with that being said, I would use up my two hours of free parking, then drag myself to my car and around the block to the parking garage for my $1 per hour. Yes, I do realize that it’s more to pay hourly than monthly but I was really kind of hoping my boss would pay for it after all I do around here. After a parking ticket, she indeed paid for it! Oh thank the high heavens!
Today was my first day parking in the garage that is nearly 3 blocks away, so I used my two hours and then I moved my car to the parking garage – oh what a mess. You see, I have been using the garages closest to work and they are a “come in and go out the same way” kind of garages. They are a bit more expensive than the one I have been stuck in but beggars can’t be choosers when it comes to free parking. So, I pull up to my new parking garage – which is some what uncomfortably close to the bums that hang out by the bus station (which is right across the way), but again, beggars can’t be choosers- so there is a monthly parking lane and a hourly parking lane.
So I pull into the monthly parking lane, swipe my fancy little monthly pass and drive through the gate. Standard procedure at any garage. Then it happens, there is a straight ahead lane, a far left lane and a right lane – and no arrows to be seen. NONE. So, I go straight only to find a tiny loop of a whole ten completely full parking spots and the path that takes me right back out. Seriously?! So out I go, and then finagle my way back into the garage. Right or left? The left lane is closest to the monthly parking lane – so this one must be the right one, correct? I’m sure you see where this disaster is going…. So, up I go only to find that the cars are all parked the opposite direction. I indeed went up the down. So, I had two options: figure out a way to turn around and go back down and out OR keep on going the wrong way. Well, of course I chose to keep going the wrong way, I figured there would be some way to get going the wrong direction – again, I was wrong! So, going up the wrong way, another car came down so I moved over as close to the parked cars as possible so he could for sure get by – as he gives me this You Idiot, you are going the wrong way kind of look. So on I gocontinuing my journey then finally a spot I can pull into straight. Compact Cars ONLY reads the sign – well, I drive a 4Runner so not exactly compact and with my bad luck they probably regulate this stuff. So, I wait for another car to pass, and head back up. Then it happens…a place where I can pull into that is a completely open space (no parking places) but somewhere I can turn around. Now my idea isn’t to turn around to head back down, I mean for goodness sake I have already made it to the 4th floor! You better bet I’m not heading back now. So I pull into this open space, pull in and back up. Yes, back up – I did check for oncoming parking garage traffic first, you know since I’m all about safety first and all. Zip backwards, find a parking spot close to the elevator to get down to the darn street, and finally. The stress ends, of the parking fiasco that is anyways.
As you can imagine, my biggest fear is losing the stinkin’ parking key, it’s not real large (about the size of a credit card) and I plan to keep it in my car just in case I don’t have my purse or leave my wallet on home on accident. Now, I had the card sitting under my leg since I was in and out of the garage multiple times. So when I finally found a parking space I reached for it. Gone. I search my purse, under my seat, in my center console, beside my seats. Missing. Gone. All I can think is, oh my – this isn’t good. How on earth am I going to get out of here and how did I lose this thing while in the darn garage!?! Guess where I found it…the garage door opener/sunglasses holder thingy-majig – what in the world? When did I put it there during this chaos and why on earth did I pick there?
Needless, to say the whole new parking garage thing – is not off to a good start! As long as I get out OK, which I would hope so since I know officially know which way is down at least, I will hope tomorrow will go at least a wee-bit better. One can hope right? Oh and note to self…these fleece jackets are not going to be sufficient when walking 3 blocks in the winter!