I don’t like parking lots. I don’t like parking garages. Parallel parking terrifies me.
Parking at the Democrat and Chronicle was always a problem for me. I didn’t park on the street unless the space was big enough to just pull into and straighten myself out (this is why I drive a small car), plus I’d have to feed the meter every one to two hours. I think I parallel parked twice in the 3½ years I worked downtown. Terrifying. The Civic Center Parking Garage was OK—very straightforward, no twists or turns to worry about—but it’s expensive to park there and scary at night. The lots outside were cheaper but usually full by the time I got to work. And snow just complicated everything.
Then I started working here and was assigned to S Lot. It was liberating. No creepy, expensive garages, no parallel parking, no looking for loose change under my seat. If I get here early enough, I can usually pull through a spot and still be relatively close to my building. I can even back into spaces, but only if I think no one’s watching. Snow still complicates things, especially for those who have the inexcusable inability to park straight and at a reasonable distance from neighboring vehicles when the yellow lines aren’t visible, but I (generally) don’t have to worry about getting plowed in or losing a side mirror.
I’m sure my enthusiasm for S Lot will fade with time (I’m already maybe considering looking into getting a permit for reserved parking in R Lot, maybe.) Anybody out there have any good parking tips or stories to share?