Even though most of my driving career has been here in the United States, I first learn the ways of the road in Colombia. While I still get a little shocked when I first drive there, parking there is actually too different to even include on this post. Lets just say that in most places you park you have to know people or the tourist thing will happen. You have to see Slumdog Millionaire to get this reference.

I learned how to parallel park in Chicago, and even though I am out of practice I can get my car into some pretty tight spots. Parking last night at 75th Street Brewery was a pain because the lot was full, so I got lucky and found a street parking spot where I would not be towed. Wait… no… just ticketed. That is when I realized something, I am super paranoid about getting towed.

I probably have seemed rude in the past here in Kansas City when in a suburb I park on their driveway when visiting them. In the Chicago area parking is a big ordeal. You have to have a city sticker allowing you to park there over night. However, just visiting friends can result on being towed or getting a ticket. After seeing my Dad get towed and having to pay a hefty fine to get the car back I became paranoid. These is one of those ordeals you do not forget and neither does your wallet because it can be more than $200 bucks down the drain.

I have to get out of the mode of parking on people’s driveways and just park on the street since there is no danger of being towed on the suburbs over here. You rarely have to even parallel park.

5 comments on “Parking

  1. we lived in chicago from 2005-2006. whenever we had people visit and stay the night we had to put a temporary parking pass on their car. there are so many parking enforcement officers in chicago i think they assign one to each block. ridiculous. i can empathize with your paranoia.

  2. Huh, well what’s a driveway for if not parking? As many people as live on my narrow street I would just as soon have my guests park in the drive. I do get kind of annoyed when friends of the couple in the other half duplex park in my drive tho (without asking).

  3. There’s nothing wrong with parking in someone’s driveway when you visit. We have a big driveway that can hold up to 6 cars, but we’re always mystified when visitors park on our narrow street instead.

  4. Parking is the same way in Seattle as in Chicago — we’ll honestly make our dinner decision based upon the ability to find parking on the street (even paid) since none of the businesses have lots.

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