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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-20-2011, 07:31 AM Thread Starter
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So the parking attendant told me today that everytime he see's me pull in the garage, he gets so happy to see my car. I don't park it to often at this location and I did notice how he smiles when I come in.

Another thing I'm noticing is people tend to want to help me out with finding a parking spot. It's like they know the perfect spot for the car to fit and they have to let me know. This has happened several times when i'm in a garage or just an event with a full lot.

Just thought I'd share some of my experiences.
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I always park with extra room in front, it helps others know that a car is parked in the spot and they don't try to pull in before they realize a car is already in the spot.

I have had parking attendents park me in a spot right up front so they have some extra room to get people in and out or for a pedestrian lane.
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ALWAYS back at the rear of the spot. Coming from a motorcycle life, take my word for it and ALWAYS park at the rear of the parking spot. If you pull all the way forward, I can pretty much guarantee that sooner or later, you *will* get smashed in the tailgate by someone thinking the spot is open, and whipping in at full speed... only to realize too late that the spot is NOT empty... only half-full.
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My absolute favorite parking spaces in San Francisco are either first in line at a corner, or at the bit of curb between most garage doors at the old apartment buildings. It's just right, with room front and back for people to enter and exit their garage. Any other car sticks out into the driveway and merits "stink eye".
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Recently I found the "perfect" parking space, just long enough to be 1.5' from the car ahead and just at the post marking the end of the parking zone. But I got a ticket for "Within 3 feet of the car in front". This was downtown Washington, DC, where almost no one leaves 3 feet in front and behind... where the shortness of the smart shows its advantage!
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2405.2 No person shall stand or park a vehicle, whether occupied or not, in any of the following places (including for the purpose of loading or unloading materials), except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic, or at the direction of a police officer, traffic control sign, or signal; Provided, that a vehicle may stop momentarily to pick up or discharge a passenger or passengers:
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(i) Within three feet (3 ft.) of the front or rear of another vehicle or vehicles parked at or parallel to the curb, except where dual parking meters are installed and curb parking spaces marked to ensure maneuvering space between “dual parked” vehicles;
BTW: the ticket was $5. (Cheaper than the parkmeter...)
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Recently I found the "perfect" parking space, just long enough to be 1.5' from the car ahead and just at the post marking the end of the parking zone. But I got a ticket for "Within 3 feet of the car in front". This was downtown Washington, DC, where almost no one leaves 3 feet in front and behind... where the shortness of the smart shows its advantage!


BTW: the ticket was $5. (Cheaper than the parkmeter...)
They were probably just waiting for a smart car to take that bait since only a smart would fit in that space. :eek:
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Recently I found the "perfect" parking space, just long enough to be 1.5' from the car ahead and just at the post marking the end of the parking zone. But I got a ticket for "Within 3 feet of the car in front". This was downtown Washington, DC, where almost no one leaves 3 feet in front and behind... where the shortness of the smart shows its advantage!


BTW: the ticket was $5. (Cheaper than the parkmeter...)
WOW. If they gave a ticket for that out here, they'd spend all their time doing it! Sheeesh.
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I pulled into a city parking garage in downtown Charleston and was about to take a ticket but the gate opened magically before I could push the button.

Looking around for some kind of trap, I found the ticket taker in her booth waving at me to roll down my passenger window.

"That's cute!", she says smiling. "Just park it right behind my booth."

I pulled in behind her booth, sideways, got out, locked up and thanked her. I still don't believe in miracles, but this was real close!
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... only to realize too late that the spot is NOT empty... only half-full.
OR ...... half - empty


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I still park in the biggest spot I can find -- I don't want no dings!
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