There are two days a week– and I can never remember which those are– when I’m not allowed to park in front of my house because of street cleaning. This alleged cleaning happens between 9:30 and 11:30 am. So on those days, no matter what’s happening– you’re seeping in, recovering from surgery, you’ve been robbed and tied to a chair, whatever– you must move your car. If you don’t, you’d better believe you’ll get a ticket. Trust me, I’ve had several.
But there’s just one problem: the city hasn’t cleaned our street in weeks. Months? I don’t think they’ve cleaned the street once this summer. Every time the girls and I get into the car, we have to step around broken glass.
If you don’t want to clean our street, I can live with that. But could you also not send out the parking police? There’s not enough parking as it is. Plus, those people you hire to do parking enforcement are all really mean and put me in a bad mood when I see them in the morning.
Washington DC has been called the parking capitol of the nation… giving out more than 1.5 million tickets last year (we only have 600,000 residents!). People who live here complain about it all the time. There are usually so many signs on each block that you can’t even figure out which one to read.
Is there a Stadium event right now? Should I log onto the computer and check their schedule before parking? I think it’s all a trick meant to confuse us so that we never know where we can park and the city can give us a ticket whenever they want to. What do you think?