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November 12th, 2004


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09:20 am - Lacking of cluefulness
When I arrived at work last night, some kind of hockey practice was in full swing at the arena next door. The parking lot was filled with SUVs, pick-up trucks, mini-vans and other transports of the hockey tribe. This is the lot that's closest to the door I use to enter my company's building. It's public and free, so I park there all the time.

It must have been some kind of special thing going on because there were more vehicles than usual. I did find a space, though.

Problem was, the earth-killing, terrorist-supporting, small-penis-compensating vehicle in the next spot down was parked so that it overlapped the spot where I was going to park. Fortunately, I was able to fit my tiny little Saturn in the remaining spot, squarely in front of the car in the spot facing me and well within the faint, painted lines of the parking space. The poor fellow next to me was going to have some difficulty getting into his blood-for-oil-mobile, to be sure, but he had the passenger side open (right, as if he would have a passenger in that tank), thanks to being crowded over into the spot I was occupying, even though his driver's door was blocked.

So when I got out of work this morning, I was unsurprised to find a note on my windshield. The content was amusing, though.

It's a photo-copied flyer half the size of a letter size piece of paper. The main illustration is a smiling Mickey Mouse, flipping the viewer the bird. Above Mickey's head are the words, in all caps, "Thanks for parking so close" and Mickey has a dialog balloon saying, again in all caps, "you pecker head." Those last words are underlined. Below Mickey's feet is the admonishment, "Next time - leave a fucking can opener so I can get my car out." It finishes off with, "Assholes like you should take the bus!"

Now, I'll freely admit I took joy in making it hard for this guy to get into his truck. I was, however, completely within the bounds of a parking space, while he had crowded into a neighboring space.

What I find utterly amusing, however, is that this sort of thing happens to this guy often enough that he has photocopied this flyer and has a supply on hand. You might think that if he got blocked in that often, he might twig to the fact that it is his own parking habits that are to blame.

On an unrelated note, I used to have a sticker that was bright yellow and read, "This parking space is reserved for the physically handicapped and jackasses. Which are you?" with an attractive picture of a donkey. (Yeah, a sticker, with glue that was advertised as being particularly hard to remove. The folks marketing them, Mouth magazine, a disability advocacy paper, suggest sticking them to windshields where people were sure to get the message.) I carried it in my wallet for about two years. I was giddy the day I finally got to use it.

(Another thought occurred to me just now. Perhaps he was recycling a flyer he'd been issued.)
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: Androgynous--The Replacements--Let It Be

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From:cakmpls
Date:November 12th, 2004 12:59 pm (UTC)
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I agree about the guy parked half in your space.

On the other thing, though--people who have hangtags sometimes do forget to put them on the mirror. It can happen.
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From:jbru
Date:November 12th, 2004 08:26 pm (UTC)
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That's why it took me two years to use it; needed to be sure someone really deserved it.
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From:cakmpls
Date:November 13th, 2004 06:22 am (UTC)
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Have I ever told you about the woman at the Edina McDonald's?
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From:jbru
Date:November 13th, 2004 06:52 am (UTC)
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I don't recall such a story.
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From:deadrelatives
Date:November 12th, 2004 03:33 pm (UTC)
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OMG, this is hilarious.

We've crossed paths a bit on conservative...I came to read your profile but haven't gotten there yet...the fact that s/he had them PHOTOCOPIED?!

Bwwwaaahahahahaaaa...

My husband says we should make up business cards that say "CLUE" on them, and hand them out to the clueless, so they'll...you know..have a clue.

Ah, freedom. Freedom to drive what you want, even if it ends up killing ya...freedom to park like said car like a frickin' moron. No wonder we're "spreading freedom" across the world like its a fungus.
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From:jbru
Date:November 12th, 2004 08:22 pm (UTC)
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Welcome!
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From:fredcritter
Date:November 12th, 2004 08:10 pm (UTC)
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I reckon you're lucky s/he didn't "accidentally" smash your car with the door....
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From:jbru
Date:November 12th, 2004 08:21 pm (UTC)
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The Saturn's polymer side panels are good for that sort of thing.

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