Monday, April 06, 2009

Some times, the good guy doesn't get the shaft

A busy day for me today as I hinted at in my post yesterday. PT at 8:30 was tough as I didn't had coffee or breakfast yet. It's sort of like waiting 30 minutes after eating to go swimming; I just don't like to have much physical activity on a full stomach. My therapist wondered why I was so much more quiet than normal. I told her she was lucky I was awake at all!

Then it was off to pick up my rental car after dropping off my car at the body shop. If this body shop guy does a good job, I'll pass along his name to all my Chicago readers. So far, so good. My rental is a Chevy something-or-other. It's ok, nothing special. $40 a day, no problems.

After trying to help land a client for part of the afternoon, doing some other work and doing more work on my taxes, I almost forgot about going to my core class. Fortunately I was able to get a 15 minute warm-up on the Elliptical before class. My class runs from 5:30 to 6:00. Doesn't seem significant except all of the parking restrictions in the area start at 6:00. I figured I'd be at my car by 6:10 or 6:15 and I've never even seen a meter-maid in the area of my gym.

Well guess who decides to patrol the area today? Yep. I turned the corner for where I parked and saw him in the street. Damnit!!! I hit my alarm/lock button on my remote key and started jogging for the car. Unfortunately, I hadn't put a guest sticker in my window since I planned on parking in my parking spot and didn't think I would need it down by the gym. Ugh!

As I walked up, the guy said "You can't park here after 6:00." I started to explain myself, but he cut me off and repeated, "You can't park here after 6:00." So I got into the car, and there was no ticket!!! Yay for me!! So I drove around the block, found the meter maid and told him thank you and that I just got this rental and that I really do live in the zone and have permits. This time he was much nicer and said I was welcome and had a big smile on his face.


stef said...

Sounds like a rare encounter with a parking attendant indeed.

alexis said...

that is a lovely thing to hear!!

el supremo de nm said...

Wow, I'm glad you haven't gotten your sledgehammer yet. Who knows what might have happened.