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I have to wonder

Next Monday (if they stay on schedule) Charlotte's daycare is moving to a new location.  It's probably less than a mile from where it is right now - the hardest part will be remembering to drive to the new place while I'm still semi-conscious.

The old location is a building by itself with a dedicated parking lot.

The new location is in a building with several other businesses in a shopping plaza.

I wonder if all those "I'm in too much of a hurry to park like an adult" parents are going to continue to leave their cars RUNNING while they go in to drop off their little darlings?

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golden_meliades
Jul. 14th, 2011 06:56 pm (UTC)
I do not actually understand this post, perhaps because I am stupid and/or dizzy. :) Is it that you think they'll turn them off now because the cars might get stolen with all the other people who will be around?

Though...turning your car on and off actually wastes more gas and creates a bit more pollution than letting it idle, if it's only idling for a very short time. So if you really ARE just running in to drop the kid off and then and running out, letting your car run is probably the better idea all round. Is it a peeve of yours? Obviously this is some kind of running story that I'm only catching a bit of...
kls_eloise
Jul. 14th, 2011 07:27 pm (UTC)
I think I've only mentioned it once before, and probably at least a year ago.

It's just the *stupid* that baffles me - you're leaving your car out in public, not merely with the keys in it, but with the engine running. They may as well add a neon "steal me!" sign - and I believe that there have been a few instances of things being stolen out of cars that were left unlocked.

It takes long enough to get in and out that the engines really should be turned off - I figure it takes me ten to fifteen minutes for drop off, and I don't linger. Not to mention that when they leave their engine running and I have to park next to them, Charlotte and I get stuck breathing the fumes practically straight out of their exhaust pipe while I'm either buckling her in and unbuckling her - which is nasty.

Not to mention that there's a few who park in the fire lane, because it would take too long to walk an extra ten yards...

I think I'm just not suffering fools well today. :-)
golden_meliades
Jul. 14th, 2011 08:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, well, 10-15 minutes is not just running in and running out. I was thinking 1 to 2 minutes.

I really hate when people park in places they are NOT entitled to park in just because they're so incredibly lazy. Especially when they inconvenience everyone else to do so. There was a huge pick-up truck parked one full spot in (closer to the entrance of the store, of course) beyond where the parking spaces ended (right alongside the handicapped spots). That narrowed the main traffic route of the mall parking lot to a single lane, and it's a two-lane route. I mean, what a jerk! Plus if the person who parked in the handicapped spot is actually handicapped, they've now blocked their car in so that someone in a wheelchair would no longer be able to get back into their vehicle.

It's kind of appalling because it's just so baldly selfish. Why is their time and convenience worth so much more than every one else's?
safiya_shirazi
Jul. 15th, 2011 02:16 pm (UTC)
Because everyone who does that thinks, "Well, it's just for a second." Even though their second is stretched. It's not right and it's not good, but it's the truth.

A few years ago there was a house fire in Southie. A little girl, 8 years old ish if I remember correctly, died - because there were so many double-parked cars that the fire trucks could not get down her street in time. Each and every one of those people figured, "I'll just stop in for a second."
kls_eloise
Jul. 15th, 2011 05:07 pm (UTC)
Yes and no. We all think "it's just for a second." I'm irked with the folks who do it *every day.* The ones who have the toddler who Will Not Let Go. They spend ten minutes just prying him off their shins Every Damn Day. Really - no need to leave the engine running in the fire zone in their case.

As an aside, I feel bad for that little boy, because they're not doing him any favors by trying to make him feel okay about it. *They* make such a big deal that they wind him up. Charlotte went through a bit of that when she moved from the infant room to the toddler room. I gave her a big hug and a kiss, pried her little hands off of my leg, got the door in between us, said "bye-bye," and walked away while she howled. I'm told it only lasted about two minutes, and we only had to do that for a few days. Now I don't even get a kiss unless I ask for it because she's running in to see her friends.
golden_meliades
Jul. 15th, 2011 08:28 pm (UTC)
These aren't people who are going in for a minute. I'm not talking about the same situation as kls_eloise's...I'm talking about people who are going in to SHOP and simply can't be bothered to part 4 spaces down, they want to be RIGHT at the entrance and everyone else be damned, even at the cost of severely reducing visibility of the crosswalk (which endangers anyone who must cross it).

I would NEVER do that, and never, ever have. I'm not a superior human being by any stretch, so if I have that level of decency, it shouldn't be a problem for anyone else, either. When I see people doing that, I assume that they are not the average person at all, but rather one of *lesser* quality than average, someone *uncommonly* self-absorbed. (Not that average is all that wonderful as it is.)
galingale
Jul. 24th, 2011 08:15 pm (UTC)
We've got a doozy like that at our daycare -- this takes some setup. The building is an old house, converted, so there's a driveway with a loop, space for maybe 4 cars at a time to parallel park, and 5 or 6 perpendicular parking spots. The first spot is handicapped-accessible, and to date has always been empty unless my motherinlaw is picking up my daughter.

One parent pulls in at the back of the line of parallel parkers -- even if there is a spot available in the perpendicular spots. Her SUV is big enough to block the entire driveway, and not one but TWO parking spots. And she's a chatty one, too. I've finally learned that if she's parked there, I park on the other side of the road -- the one where V has to get in the wrong side of the car to avoid poison ivy-- and just plan on doing a 4-point turn in the wide part of the circle.

Agh.
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