Sunday, September 1, 2013

Compact Only

I was the proud SUV owner of back to back Ford Exploders for about 12 years of my adult driving life. During that time I lived in Virginia in the DC metro area and in Hawaii. Both places with traffic issues and limited parking.  For driving such a large tank, I became fairly adept at parking it in almost any available microscopic stall.


So explain this to me, I’ve downsized and have a Toyota Rav 4 and I cannot park that thing with the same efficiency and ease as the bigger SUV.  It makes no sense unless car maneuverability is another skill being snatched away with my youth.  


In addition to a decline in maneuverability, there also appears to be an inability to locate my mode of transport in the parking lot. Granted, a white Rav 4 isn’t exactly an unusual vehicle in Arizona, but you would think I would have a better concept of parking lot geography.


“In some neighborhoods, looking for a parking space is not unlike panning for gold.” Gary Washburn

“Those who cannot remember the past will spend a lot of time looking for their cars in mall parking lots.” Jay Trachman


“Most of American life consists of driving somewhere and then returning home, wondering why the hell you went.” John Updike


“Everyone remember where we parked.” James Kirk, after landing the cloaked Klingon Bird of prey in Golden Gate Park

“Americans will put up with anything provided it doesn’t block traffic.” Dan Rather

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