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The Joys of Parking

The Joys of Parking - Jason Brock

Is there any activity on this planet that is more fun than spending an eternity in a parking lot just trying to find somewhere to park the car for a night so that you can go out for a nice meal with wife? I always knew that there was a reason why I tried to avoid the city at all costs, and this is exactly it.

I'm guessing it's the time of year to be fair. Love is in the air and all that so I guess every couple around is coming into the city and clogging up the parking so that they can enjoy a meal or a night together. I can't really begrudge them. After all I'm doing exactly the same thing so I can hardly take points away for originality.

Still, you would think that city planners could take this sort of thing into account. I haven't seen a single multi-storey carpark here since we arrived. You’d think that with the amount of people living in and visiting the city that the odd multi-storey or two would really help people find somewhere to leave the car for a while.

You'd better believe that it’s impossible to park on the sidewalk too. Can't be having vehicles clogging up the park paving Edmonton there either. In fact I’m now pretty certain that this town has more parking wardens than they do parking spaces, which is surely a clerical oversight that somebody should be getting fired for.

Anyway, after much searching we eventually found a parking spot in some little out-of-the-way carpark that had horrible park paving but at least had a couple of spots available for me to park up. The wife and I had to walk a little way to get to the restaurant but neither one of us minded that too much, though I’m sure I heard the odd passive-aggressive whisper about how much her heels were killing her.

Still, once we got to the restaurant all of those stresses just seemed to melt away. We got to enjoy a great meal that left me well and truly stuffed, plus the place had a live band on just for the occasion. Take out the effort it took to find a place to park and you could say that we had the perfect Valentine’s evening. Hopefully next time I head to the city I won’t have to deal with carpark problems.

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