Lock Me Up!

I totally cheated tonight! My office mate and I are attempting the decorating thing. I’ve recently been sweating the whole wall-drape thing and wanting to put one on the back wall of our office, so I headed to Georgetown after work to get me one. Unlike what seems to be a great majority, I totally enjoy Georgetown. I don’t mind the crowded sidewalks because that’s part of the atmosphere for me, and to be completely a brat I seriously always find parking. My friends have been known to [in jealousy, I say] call me Parking Queen because I seriously drive up to most places I want to go and there’s my little spot, perfect size for my city-loving SUV.

Anyway, it happened again tonight and I got a spot right in front of the store I wanted to pop into tonight, but for the life of me I couldn’t understand the parking machine. I want my freaking meters back! The kind that normal people can use! I don’t like technology (no surprise!) and I’m not a huge fan of change (not the coin kind), and I know these machines have been there for months and months and I’ve seen them but I usually park on the side streets and have never used them.

Long story short, I chanced it, ran into the store, didn’t pay the machine and was in there for a cool 25 minutes without a ticket. I feel a little bit bad, though. Maybe when I do figure it out next time I’ll put an extra quarter in.

7 Comments so far

  1. Heather (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2006 @ 1:08 am

    You aren’t the only one who likes Georgetown. Those of us who live there can walk to the shops and don’t have to deal with parking near the shops. And there will always be enough people who want to go shopping in Georgetown between tourists, students, neighborhood residents and people in general who like going there that I’m not too worried about the handful who decide it’s not for them – more room on the sidewalk for the rest of us! :)

  2. tj (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2006 @ 6:44 am

    i always have fun there too … but our trips into the district are usually confined to the zoo, the mall, or georgetown anyway. hee hee.

    oh, and you and that parking thing? annoying. grrr.

  3. Tom (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2006 @ 12:01 pm

    Parking problem + Circulator = Problem solved

  4. Stacey (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2006 @ 12:03 pm


  5. jen m. (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2006 @ 12:12 pm

    at least you aren’t as remorseless as borf.

    the machines are incredibly easy – you just put your money in (you can even just swipe your credit card if you didn’t have cash), it spits out a ticket, you put the ticket inside the windshield of your gas-guzzling status symbol. voila!

  6. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2006 @ 2:48 pm

    Circulator is a bus line that runs the circle from K St and downtown to M St and Georgetown, as well as a couple other lines. Check it out

  7. Don (unregistered) on February 23rd, 2006 @ 3:20 pm

    Personally I don’t find them as easy to understand as meters, but mostly they chafe my shorts because of the main motivation for them – no more free meter time and increased violation tickets. Unlike a parking meter that indicates a space has been paid for, these things mean that once someone and their receipt are gone you have no idea. Additionally, and here’s what scares me, they certainly have the capability to notify ticket issuers that a payment has expired and they should go look at a spot.

    So it may be, Stacey, that you’ve got better odds of flaunting the law if you put NO money in that if you overstay your payment!

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