The parking class

May 22nd, 2008 · 70 comments

This lovely little exchange from Seattle comes to us via the ever-brilliant Dan Savage at The Stranger. It reads a bit like a “SAHM vs. WOHM” face-off on Urbanbaby, with blessedly fewer acronyms.

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(More backstory and larger versions of the photos over at the slog.)

related: There’s Hertz…and there’s “not exactly”

FILED UNDER: neighbors · oh snap · parking · Seattle


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  • #1   secondsout bang

    “I seriously doubt that your neighbors, who(m) you supposedly represent would approve such a note.”

    If these were my neighbors posting the rude note, I’d certainly approve. But then again, that’s me.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:09 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #2   unholyghost2003 bang

    Why the GIANT highlight on “note” ?

    May 22, 2008 at 3:12 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #3   Lorelie

    “We have many children, elderly, handicapped, and construction workers on our block. . . ”

    I’m not sure which takes me more aback. The fact that children are parking on this street, or that someone is considerate of construction workers.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:13 pm   rating: 34  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Don't PANic!

      “We have many children, elderly, handicapped, and construction workers on our block. . . ”

      I guess there’s a suggestion that they share the same mental age?

      May 29, 2008 at 10:55 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.2   PandoraWombat bang

      You know, until just now I had no idea that construction workers had special needs. Thanks for educating me.

      Aug 2, 2008 at 11:19 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #4   Canthz_B bang

    They should charge passersby to see the trotting cars.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:20 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #5   Mishee bang

    Why the heck does it matter to the handicapped, elderly, and children if there is a car parked on the road?

    It’s not like they drive and need the spot!

    May 22, 2008 at 3:24 pm   rating: 15  small thumbs up

     
  • #6   Canthz_B bang

    Dear resident(s) of 16th Ave:

    Since you apparently own 16th Ave., the next time the street needs repaving or a streetlight needs repair, please do not contact the city.

    Bob the Builder
    Dept. of Public Works

    May 22, 2008 at 3:26 pm   rating: 46  small thumbs up

     
  • #7   zombieBlanco bang

    Cheap Parker is my new hero. I’m going to hunt him/her down and and make her/him my sex slave.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:29 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

     
  • #8   Canthz_B bang

    Dear resident(s) of 16th Ave.:

    Sorry to have inconvenienced you.
    I’m trotting off to work right now.
    I’m sure we will have an opportunity to discuss this and other matters at a later date.

    F.U. Upgood
    Tax Auditor
    Internal Revenue Service

    May 22, 2008 at 3:34 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

     
  • #9   shirky

    ah, people who think they own street parking. in boston they’ll just key your car if you tke “their” space. Residents of Bitchteenth ave are showing restraint.

    May 22, 2008 at 3:39 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #10   Sarah

    Dear Resident:

    Point taken. I will no longer park on your block. I will instead use your driveway. That’s what it’s for, right?

    May 22, 2008 at 3:39 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #11   Canthz_B bang

    This was a hand-written note.
    This suggests that the person only wrote the one note.
    How much of a burden can only one parked car put on a whole block?

    May 22, 2008 at 3:53 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

     
  • #12   Canthz_B bang

    Sounds like someone is burned out after her wife-beating construction worker husband leaves her alone to take care of the kids and an elderly handicapped parent all damned day!

    Team Caregiver Assistance Program

    May 22, 2008 at 3:56 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   fantasy bang

      Oh my that sounds a little like me. 8O

      It wasn’t me you know, I haven’t left the house, only looked out the window,please don’t tell my husband!

      *cowers in corner with hands over head*

      May 23, 2008 at 8:05 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #13   claw71 bang

    This is really funny to me.

    When we moved into our house there was this batty old woman across the street. She wasn’t mean but her daughter, who was in her late 50s was a piece of work.

    We had company over so I parked across the street from our driveway one weekend. Daughter Dearest happened to be out for her monthly keeping-my-name-in-the-will vistit and took it upon herself to confront me on parking on the street in front of her mother’s house.

    I would have just apologized and moved the car but she seemed to really want to guilt me into submission so she laid it on pretty think. Then she topped it with a cherry: she is blind, you know .

    At that point I had no choice but to be rude. Then why does she care if I park there?

    The daughter got angry but tried to win this battle. She gave me a littany of reasons all of which I shot down. The worst was this story about how people who picked her mother up needed to park there. THE WOMAN HAD TWO DRIVEWAYS!!!

    Finally she muttered something about city codes and not parking on the street. I reminded her that we were in the City of Columbus and no such code existed.

    Some people think they own the street they live on.

    Just becareful…sometimes they slash tires too.

    May 22, 2008 at 4:09 pm   rating: 24  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   Don't PANic!

      This nearly made me shit.

      We live next door to two coffin-dodgers that have coveted a parking space for the past four years.

      Last year when my wife was heavily preganant and struggling to walk any distance greater than from our house to the car parked outside they decided to park there instead. They kept this up for a few months and have now returned to the original space.

      Of course I chose not to superglue a PAN to their car but have chalked it up with all the other shit you don’t expect to endure from two people in their 70′s.

      May 29, 2008 at 11:07 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.2   Skanky Skeezer

      My aunts and uncles made an unannounced visit and stayed a couple days at the parents’ house. The directly accross the street neighbors literally drive around and pick out code violations on all the houses in the subdivision then report people, so they apparently took it upon themselves to notify the police that a car had been parked, omg and this his so terrible, on the street…OVERNIGHT! I don’t much care for my relatives and my uncle is a pedophile so personally I thought it was funny, but my family was not amused.

      Jun 30, 2008 at 4:28 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #14   se

    In a lot of cities today, people are being shot for taking a parking spot in front of someones house all day, every day. maybe this person was being nice to ask before opening fire.

    May 22, 2008 at 4:13 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

     
  • #15   KittyKat

    The pimps and drug dealers need that parking spot. WTF!?

    May 22, 2008 at 4:14 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #16   claw71 bang

    I think the commuter needs to customize the Camry with some 20″ rims, ghetto-fied graphics and some tinted windows. Then you tweak the alarm so it blasts DMX rapping about losing his mind when ever anybody thinks about looking at the car. Those cappucino-frothing house fraus would cower in fear if they thought an OG was chillin in their hood.

    May 22, 2008 at 4:16 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

     
  • #17   Canthz_B bang

    MARP (Mothers Against Rude Parking) has proposed this sign be approved for placement:

    NO PARKING
    ANYWHERE
    CHILDREN
    THE ELDERLY
    THE DISABLED
    AND CONSTRUCTION
    WORKERS LIVE
    EVERYWHERE

    May 22, 2008 at 4:31 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

     
  • #18   amazon bang

    The residents near my work leave us similar notes. Except they’re not notes. More like conceptual PA art:

    http://img140.imageshack.us/img140/9296/photojy8.jpg

    If anyone ever had ever left me a note like that on my car, I’d write them a nice reply… in herbicide on their lawn.

    May 22, 2008 at 5:23 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #18.1   aaa

      Heh, honestly, if I saw that, I’d make sure that they got cited for it because a) putting shit that isn’t an automobile in the street is illegal and b) they’re entitled jackasses and probably deserve worse than a citation. But I don’t have enough time to go to jail.

      May 22, 2008 at 11:01 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.2   lfroland bang

      WTF? Who does that? They’re not even saving room in case friends drop by- you can’t just move a cone and park, you’d have to move most of it!

      Maybe it’s target practice for SUV’s…

      May 23, 2008 at 1:05 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.3   amazon bang

      What I love is that they have no logical reason to do that. They have a fairly sizeable driveway, so they don’t need to save it for themselves. I never saw them move it for other cars, so they’re not saving it for someone else (besides, people like that don’t have friends), and if they think someone parking in front of their house is ugly, then clearly trash bins and cones are much more aethetically pleasing.

      p.s. if i ever walked by their house, I kicked the cones over. Fight PA with PA!

      May 23, 2008 at 3:48 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.4   richgilberto

      They do this in Brooklyn, too. I have a collection of cones that I keep in my back seat from parking in spots that “belong” to these people.

      Sure, there may have been another spot on the street, but:
      a) the guy’s an asshole for trying to get around the “no one can find a spot in brooklyn” thing
      and
      b) he left the cone in the street. it can be considered garbage at that point. call me a “freegan”.

      I have done the “nice” thing when people leave their garbage pails in the street: I put them on the curb where they belong before I park. Sometimes I put it on their porch. Sometimes, if I’m in a hurry, I’ll just run it over.

      I’ve gotta hand it to one guy for his creativity though – he has a movable fire hydrant that he keeps in front of his house. I park there all the time, but that’s because I want to get a ticket and actually win for once.

      Cue the Dennis Leary song…

      Jul 1, 2008 at 2:40 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #19   zchamu bang

    I love how the note starts out with decent penmanship and is reasonable, although blunt. Then as the meds wear off and the note descends into lunacy, the writing gets BIGGER and LOOPIER, illustrating just how crazy this chiquita is for giving a shit about people parking on a street! In the city! Heaven forbid!

    May 22, 2008 at 5:31 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   jabbadabbaduu

      I think the person who wrote this is just trying to seem crazy. Notice the signing with “Resident(s)”. He or she is obviously trying to give the impression of not knowing whether he/she is one person or several people. Everyone knows that the multiple personality crap isn’t a real diagnosis, but something filmmakers came up with to be able to tie insane plots together at the end.

      May 22, 2008 at 6:03 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.2   Lyra bang

      That note was delicious.
      But nigh illegible.

      May 23, 2008 at 10:27 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #20   Quite Contrary

    This note looks exactly like a note that will be written by Cody in 20 years. After her husband, Chip, leaves her for his secretary, she will strapped for cash and forced to write on fewer sheets of paper, forcing her handwriting to become smaller in size. The bitterness and entitlement, however, remain.

    May 22, 2008 at 6:37 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #21   Whoa...like, whoa.

    How dare that person leave their car at home and use public transport or walk!

    Oh the humanity!

    May 22, 2008 at 6:41 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #22   Rachael

    Parking rules are really kind of interesting to me. In my hometown (population 80,000), if you park on the street in front of someone’s house it should be with good reason. My parents find it “strange” when someone parks in front of our house on the street.

    Here in SF you’re goddamn lucky if you find street parking anywhere near your place. You wouldn’t find as much of this bitchery here, though I do confess to getting pissed off at the neighbor who owns a business called the “Chinese Relaxation Tour.” They park their “Relaxation Bus” on the street all the time and it takes up almost three spots. I keep wanting to leave them a rude note but that would be so unfair…

    May 22, 2008 at 8:38 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #22.1   Lyra bang

      In our neighborhood (a suburb), you need to ask permission before you park in somebody’s lawn (if, say, you’re having many guests over and the abundance of cars can’t fit in your parking area). But if it’s a regular public street, I don’t know if you have the right to “claim” your spot in the name of Spain or anything. o_<

      May 23, 2008 at 10:31 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #23   Cricket

    I hate people.

    May 22, 2008 at 10:41 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #23.1   RALPHY

      I agree Cricket-people suck, children and the elderly suck, handicapped people suck, maybe not construction workers but people who drive cars suck. Wait a minute-I drive a car
      AHHHH HELL- never mind!

      May 22, 2008 at 11:30 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.2   djr

      Lol… Off topic, but I read that as you saying, “I agree, Cricket-People suck,” and not “I agree Cricket, people suck.”

      May 23, 2008 at 10:51 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.3   amazon bang

      Well, I think cricket-people do suck. Always rubbing their legs together to make chirping noises, and hopping around. Sheesh!

      May 23, 2008 at 3:52 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #23.4   richgilberto

      “They’re the worst.”
      -Jerry Seinfeld

      Jul 1, 2008 at 2:46 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #24   daniel bang

    I’m guessing that note was written by an elderly construction worker in a wheelchair.

    May 22, 2008 at 11:06 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #24.1   Lyra bang

      Who is a child at heart. And drives to work, like, ALL the time.

      May 23, 2008 at 10:32 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #25   park rose

    Dear Driver, please do not Dark your car on mr block….????????? ;)

    May 22, 2008 at 11:33 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #26   Burn baby, BURN!

    I used to live in the hills of Oakland, California. A real b#@*h of a woman (and family) lived next door. Yes, parking was tight but everyone else understood that they didn’t own the street and accepted the situation graciously.

    She didn’t. If you, or a visitor, DARED to park in front of HER house, she would send her little weenie boy schlub of a husband over to whine until you moved your car.

    At the same time she was running an business out of her home illegally with no city permit or approval and she had no problem with her employees and workers parking all day long in front of other people’s homes.

    It made no sense to me, or to anyone else in the neighborhood, but it was usually easier to give in than argue with her or her emasculated excuse for a spouse.

    Her home burned to the ground in the Oakland Hills firestorm of 1991. It was the only home that burned on our street.

    This may sound terrible, but most of the neighbors felt as though she finally got what she deserved.

    I still despise the dumb cow.

    May 22, 2008 at 11:41 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #26.1   Mishee bang

      Well burn, maybe if she’s lucky, she lives in the Santa Cruz Mtns now.

      May 23, 2008 at 12:05 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #26.2   Quite Contrary

      Or China.

      May 23, 2008 at 1:50 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #27   Mishee bang

    There was a woman who lived at the end corner of our small cul de sac. She was an older, Greek (I SWEAR TO GOD) woman, and she had a fire hydrant smack in front of her house. At first, she would paint the entire curb red, from one end of her house, all the way around the corner to the end of the side of her house. She had a camera she kept ready (you could see the little green light – this was the 90′s, no digital yet) in the windowsill of her home. She would take pictures of people walking by, parking their cars, and God Forbid the next door neighb or the people across the way had a party… she would be calling the PD all night!

    Well, neighbors complained (once she got put on probation for spraying her next door neighb, a really cool dude named Joe, with the hose) and she was told she couldn’t paint the curb anymore, except where the hydrant was.

    She also had painted her entire driveway a weird brick red, and erected a makeshift “fence” about 1 1/2 ft high to block off anyone from pulling into her driveway (presumably to turn around once they realized they turned into a court)…

    Once my mom and I were in the car arguing, so she stopped along the side of the house on the side of the road to concentrate on yelling at me, and Mrs. Duvalis (sp?) came running out yelling that we couldn’t park there and she had a permit (she always said that) and we had to leave… my mother was already irritated, just looked at her (with The Look) and yelled “FUCK YOU” as she flipped her the bird. One of my cooler moments with mom as a teen.

    I tortured her to no end, it was fun. She would call the cops EVERY SINGLE TIME we would even hang out by the hydrant, waiting for a friend’s mom to come get him… they would show up, chat with us for a minute, go inside and talk to her, and leave. Apparently Sunnyvale P.D. has a drawer FULL of pictures from her over the years. All the cops around here know her.

    She also hit me and another little girl who lived across the street from her… I attacked her but the little girl’s family just pressed charges. I guess she died though in the last few years, cause I went by about a month ago and the driveway fence was gone, and the paint had disappeared.

    I miss torturing that damn Greek.

    May 22, 2008 at 11:54 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #27.1   fantasy bang

      …at the end all she had left were a bunch of blurry pictures,a fuzzy memory and the little kid she actually caught and tied up in the basement. By then he was nothing but bones….oh ya, she had a whole room full of old yellowed police reports.

      May 23, 2008 at 12:11 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #28   LeishBlog

    That’s the writing of an elderly nothing else to do psychopath.

    May 23, 2008 at 1:22 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #29   Megan

    I got a note like this once during college… the dorm parking lot did not have enough space so a lot of us had to park along the street. A person who owned one of the houses along the street put a note on my car talking about how they had friends that wanted to park in front of the house, etc. I wish I had saved that note…. It blew me away that they felt like they had to be rude. A nice note would have accomplished the same thing and NOT ruined my day.

    The commenter who mentioned someone with a fence in front of their driveway reminded me of my parents’ next door neighbor. Every year there’s a neighborhood-wide garage sale and every year that neighbor puts those saw horse things in front of his driveway so people don’t use it to turn around, or whatever. I’ve seen him trying to wash tire marks off of it too… that’s what happens on a driveway, you just gotta deal with it…

    May 23, 2008 at 1:24 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #30   TuesdayPillow

    That is definitely the handwriting of an elderly woman. Is that what happens when you get old? You have nothing better to do with your time so you start inventing things to write passive-aggressive notes about?

    May 23, 2008 at 4:00 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #30.1   fink

      That is so not the penmanship of a geriatric. It has no signs of the shaking hands of Parkinson’s and she remembers the end of every single sentence.

      I say late 40s at the most.

      May 23, 2008 at 10:21 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #30.2   TuesdayPillow

      Meds, baby. She had the meds.

      May 24, 2008 at 1:08 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #31   fink

    Dear Driver,

    If you can afford a computer and a printer, then surely you can afford parking. Srsly. I had to write on a legal pad.

    May 23, 2008 at 10:20 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #32   GhostWriter bang

    Anybody who trots off to work is a drone.

    May 23, 2008 at 10:49 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #32.1   Mishee bang

      I was thinking like everyone in Holy Grail. I just wonder where the hell would they get the coconuts? Probably Whole Foods or something…

      May 23, 2008 at 11:20 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #32.2   Lyra bang

      Either that or a horse.

      May 23, 2008 at 10:36 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #32.3   richgilberto

      Dear Driver,

      Parking your car here is fine, but the horse trailer is a bit ridiculous.

      Jul 1, 2008 at 2:52 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #33   Lurker

    I have often parked on this street before,
    But I never got a note that wasn’t sweet before.
    ‘Though a parking pass costs as much as gas,
    I won’t park on the street where you live.
    Are there parking lots in the heart of town?
    Off to work I trot, down in another part of town.
    Will the children play ‘neath my Chevrolet?
    No, that’s just on the street where you live.
    And, oh! The towering feeling
    When construction workers are near;
    The overpowering feeling
    Another nasty note may suddenly appear!
    People stop and stare; they don;t bother me.
    For I know it’s just the handicapped and alderly.
    I’ll go park and ride, I’ll be damned if I’d
    Park again on the street where you live!

    May 23, 2008 at 11:42 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #33.1   Dave

      Absolutely brilliant. Bravo!

      May 23, 2008 at 1:27 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #34   poochie bang

    That handwriting is just bloody awful. I can’t read that shit.

    A child? No, they’d be writing in crayon and block capitals. Construction worker? Again, crayons. Elderly, maybe blame Parkinsons for the handwriting. Handicapped, well, any number of defects. Did I say defects? Sorry, I meant defects.

    Defects? I mean, defects. Jesus, how are you supposed to put this politely? I can’t. I’m sorry. Defects.

    I’m not really sorry. And I’d keep parking there.

    May 23, 2008 at 12:58 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #35   Dani

    WOW! I think that note is from MY neighbors, Larry and John. They, too, leave angry notes on otherwise-legally parked cars. I have saved them all in a file at my home, an act which I recognize is also passive aggressive.
    _Dani in MA.

    May 23, 2008 at 2:02 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #36   just me

    Where I live “they” (the powers that be) made “owning the street” a form of art. Most streets are designated as Residential Parking Only. This would be all fair and good if the houses on the streets didn’t have garages AND drive-ways where you can easily fit at least 2 cars in. What Residential Parking Only includes is that the residents can call a commissionaire who will “trott out” to their humble million dollar houses and issue $50-75 to the offenders. I work at a hospital for the elderly with a ridiculously low income, so I cannot afford to pay for parking at the hospital (another thing, WHY should people pay for parking at hospitals? I am sure nothing is more heart-warming then coming out after seeing your loved one in a hospital to find a ticket or more on your car). Anyway, so I would park on the adjacent street and not once but twice someone called the commissionaire on me on a Saturday morning. Don’t these people have better things to do with their times than make phone calls so people can be ticketed? And anyway, what do they care who parks on a street that they have absolutely NO legal or other kinds of claim to.

    The worst of it is that my apartment is on a street that people park on ALL the time for work so if I happen to be home between the hours of 9 am-5pm have to park several streets away.

    May 25, 2008 at 6:32 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #37   Erika

    Parking in most parts of that neighborhood can be hellacious. I know, I live there. It’s a well-known trick to park in a more out-of-the-way street (like 16th Ave.) to avoid driving in circles looking for a parking spot. It’s funny; the few times I’ve done that myself, I was slightly concerned that some resident would lose their shit over it.

    Oh, and it should be mentioned that many/most houses on Capitol Hill don’t have private driveways.

    May 26, 2008 at 4:58 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #38   Mike Kushnir

    ohh…

    someone just got served. like, seriously.

    is that *peer-ownage* i hear in the distance?

    May 27, 2008 at 1:18 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #39   MJ

    If any of you assholes in here knew what it was like to live with Parkinsons Disease, you wouldn’t use it for your own amusement.

    That is all.

    May 27, 2008 at 2:24 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #39.1   richgilberto

      MJ…

      Fox?

      Jul 1, 2008 at 2:56 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #40   Vaunted help

    My favorite bit is the signoff – “Resident(s) of…”

    It’s that enraged sense of “I may be only one voice, but I speak on behalf of all right-minded citizens whether they want it or not!”

    May 31, 2008 at 6:31 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #41   Bear

    I had a neighbor who suffered from the same untimely condition. I call it untimely because we never know when it will strike, but nobody wants nor needs it. I came to understand it as loneliness and confusion. It causes people to strike out at others in an attempt to say, ” hey, I’m over here and I really don’t like my life and I have no one to turn to.” It would have been easy to strike back at the rudeness of her note about my parking in front of her house, but I felt something telling me to look closer at the situation. I knocked on her door and when she answered I introduced myself as the person belonging to the car in front of her house and asked if I could visit with her. At first she was very defensive and guarded. I smiled and appologized for causing her any discomfort or inconvenience and explained why I had parked there and told her I would not park there in the future. I guess my smile and lack of aggression set her at ease because her shoulders relaxed and her eyebrows returned to a normal position on her face. It was at this point that I asked her her name. Since I had already told her my name, it was only fair that she tell me hers. She did, and in a very short time, Irene and I were chatting about everything from the weather to favorite foods. Irene wasn’t a mean person at all but she was lonely and confused. The loneliness part is easy to understand but the confused part is not. Being lonely and being alone are not the same thing. For Irene, the lack of close friends and the lack of self love had created the loneliness condition that drove her to striking out at whoever parked in front of her house. That was the closest person she could contact for help…….. only her cries for help were abusive to most people. What I learned from this is that this person’s issue wasn’t someone parking in front of her house but rather someone parking in front of her house that wasn’t coming to see her. I guess if I was Irene’s age, alone, most of my friends already in the cemetary, I would probably do the same thing. She was trying to make contact with another life form……that was all. Anyhow, I still park my car in front of Irene’s house from time to time because, A. she invited me to and B. because the notes now invite me to share a beverage and some home made cookies when I return.

    I doubt if all encounters would have turned out as mine did, but we’ll never know if we don’t try. It’s so easy to see everyone who confronts us as an obsticle rather than an opportunity to grow. Here’s to growing!

    Jul 24, 2008 at 9:28 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #42   Leo

    Americans! Your passive aggressive posts are very funny! Thanks for entertaining us.

    Sep 1, 2008 at 8:12 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     

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