Monday, February 27, 2006

The parking meter

I got to use a parking meter on Friday! I had never used one before! I had to park near the courthouse for something for work. I drove around and around trying to find a place I could park without a parking meter, because I didn't have any change. I couldn't find a place, so I pulled into a spot and rummaged through the truck for any change I could find. I found a nickel and a dime. I thought it would only take quarters, but it turns out I earned myself 9 minutes of parking time with my 15 cents! Of course, I took much longer than 9 minutes, but I felt better knowing I contributed my part to the government....and didn't get caught when I shortchanged them.

Hooray for new experiences!

5 comments:

  1. I'm sorry you grew up in the sticks! Lesson: always keep change in the car; you never know when you'll need it!
    Love,
    Momma

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  2. That's why I love you Lydia! Only you could find such pleasure in the simple things of life. It is something I strive for in my own life. To be content with all the small things. Thanks for such a great reminder.

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  3. Haahaa, so your loved ones have called you a hick and simple all from one little blog! Well, I commend you not for the parking meter, BUT for parrallel parking...the bain of any driver's existance! Kuddos my friend!

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  4. Well, I liked living in the sticks! And I'm very easy to entertain, which makes Jon happy. I made everyone laugh when a bunch of people from church were at Chicken Express, and I shouted out, "Ooh, I got an okra! I win!" when I found an okra in my fries. The joke was that if Jon was ever stuck on what to give me, he could always hide okra for me to find. So it's no secret that I delight in the little things. :) It really makes life easier all around.

    As far as parallel parking, I have to admit that no one was parked behind me, so all I had to do was pull right in. I later realized that was because no one wanted to park there, because it was at the back of the courthouse (where they won't let you in, I found out), and it was pouring down rain. So I had to walk all the way to the front...only to realize I needed the building across from the courthouse, even further away from my parking spot. Oh, well....

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  5. FYI You know they have hidden cameras to catch the people who shortchange the meter.Watch your back. Hee Hee

    I have a story to top that. I went with the youth on a mission trip to Washington DC several years ago. I drove one of the rented vans to haul everyone around in for the two week trip. One Sunday morning we stopped at McDonalds for breakfast before church and I got.. not one but TWO parking tickets for parking in a no parking zone. What was I thinking...I thought since it was Sunday and most of the businesses were closed it would be ok for me to park there. WRONG. The church CABC paid my tickets for me but I will NEVER hear the end of it. Ha

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