Can You Park Closer Please?

There are few things worse than a backseat driver (or passenger-driver). Well, one of the things that could be worse is a lazy and naggy backseat driver.

There are some (and if you are one of them, I dare not apologize) that will circle a parking lot for ten or so minutes searching for that one parking spot that is close to the entrance. And if someone is walking to their car and has a prime spot, these same people will stalk the person all the way to their vehicle and wait for that one spot.

Why can’t people pull into a parking lot and just park? Parking isn’t a contest, and it’s not a case of, “Look, I parked close so I am cool.” Granted, there were times I got lucky and found a spot right up front and felt a nice feeling inside that might have been joy, but that is besides the point. On a busy day at the store, I park in the back. If someone is with me, then that person can either suck it up and walk, or take a nice long walk home. Either way, someone is walking.

With all of the weight problems in this country, it just seems that parking far away is good exercise. I don’t care if it’s raining, snowing, or raining down asteroids — I will still park wherever I find a parking spot, even if it’s in the back.

And some of these people don’t even bother to search for a parking spot. They just occupy a spot in the fire lane and expect all of the other vehicles to go around them. And then when I see that all the occupants are grossly overweight, I just shake my head and say, “It figures.”

My advice? Just park the damn car. If it’s raining, bring a raincoat or umbrella. If it’s snowing, bring a jacket. If the wife is pregnant, leave her at home so she can rest. If it is raining asteroids, it might be best to find some kind of bunker. Just park and get some exercise.

An exception to my above rant is for handicapped people and pregnant women. Hopefully the selfish parkers didn’t take your reserved spot at the front.

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Writer and software engineer Ronald Huereca has been a developer at notable agencies like iThemes and 10up. His varied background has him working with WordPress since 2006, eventually creating his own plugin which, of course, lead to more. He spends quite a bit of his time volunteering with the WordPress project as a core and polyglot contributor. With all of his passions, writing has been the way Ronald expresses himself best. He has written both technical books as well as fiction. Some of his works include Project Mayhem, Mindefusement, and WordPress and Ajax. “You can only delay the inevitable” is his favorite quote. Ronald enjoys reading Stephen King and John Grisham. When he’s not writing, Ronald dreams of building websites filled with cats yawning, disclaimers his strong opinions, sings karaoke, and advocates for empathy surrounding mental health.

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5 thoughts on “Can You Park Closer Please?”

  1. I can sympathise Ronald. My friends often complain that I park too far away. I generally can’t be bothered with the hassle of getting a closer space, it is easier just to walk a little further.

  2. good thing I don’t drive 🙂
    Actually, at some places here we have special parking spots for not only pregnant women, but young moms too. I generally don’t mind walking, I do it all the time, but it is much safer to park closer to the store instead of dragging the kid and simultaneously trying to maneuver the passing cars.

  3. If only my boyfriend could hear you! He is always aiming for the closest spots (which are never free), so parking takes forever. I don’t mind walking, I just park the car, as you said.

  4. Simonne,
    I can record this post and send you the .wav file 🙂

    Vivien,
    Yes, it is problematic when hauling around kids since kids fail to realize the dangers that cars pose. But there is also the problem of people more concerned with finding a parking spot than caring about a pedestrian’s safety.

    Andrew,
    I’d be interested in seeing a study done that compares the long-term benefits of not finding that close parking spot. 🙂

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