Category Archives: driving

to park or not to park? that is the question.

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i am endlessly amused by conversations that happen on my local nextdoor site.

here is one of my recent favs.

 someone is reaching out for parking advice about the sign above

and gets a whole lot of answers (100+),  yet no one knows for sure.

below is a sampling of responses for your reading pleasure:

The original question: What does this sign mean? Can you park for 15 min without being ticketed?

No Parking alone means no parking (like bottom sign to left of the signpost) No parking with frame below it describes the “no parking conditions” within the red frame the added tow threat makes it more confusing.

I just wouldn’t park there🤣

15 minute parking allowed from the sign back. The parking enforcement, when they come around, will take photos of your cars location and of a tire and it’s valve stem location. They come back 15 minutes later and issue ticket if not moved. If it’s one of the really crabby patrol people they will come back 15 minutes later and issue a second ticket.

 BEWARE THE KING CRAB!

every 14 minutes jack up ur car+ spin wheel to put valve in diff spot (see above)

Just like NYC – hand over your keys to a car jockey to move your car to the alternate side of the street on Tuesdays!

There was a sign just like this outside the old Kiwanis building, and for a long time that space was left empty because people didn’t realize they could park… 

The wording of the sign pointing to the right is inconsistent. I did not find an interpretation of the sign in the Uniform Vehicle Code. Like, “Are you going to walk to school or…

Why is it inconsistent? As I see it, the sign says, “to the right of this sign you can park for 15 minutes between the hours of 6 am and 6 pm; you will be towed…

It means exactly what it says “no parking”

Could be a fund raising effort for a parking garage.

It means don’t park there regardless

“Can you park for 15 mins without being ticketed?”  The answer is yes, if the question means whether it’s possible.

I’d trust the bottom line. See the tow truck picking up the vehicle 😂

My interpretation is that it really does mean no parking 6AM-6PM. The 15 minute limit is for standing (driver remains in vehicle). In practice, it is effectively a 15 minute limit…

I think the key is that the arrows on the signs point in different directions.  So  no parking at all from the sign  and then to the left.   The 15 minute no parking sign points to the right  so the limited parking is  from the sign  and to the right.

Well, just visit – https://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov/ , a mere 862 pages! I think the first rule is read from top to bottom. Then execute like a computer interpreting code; don’t try…

Seems perfectly logical! Good to know. Thank you!

You can not park there unless you have a loading zone (commercial) plate, and then only for 15 minutes. Most loading zones have unlimited parking for those with loading zone… 

I disagree. The sign in this post does not say anything about commercial permits or plates.

My interpretation of the originally posted sign is it’s basically a no parking zone, but they will let you park for 15 minutes during business hours. I’ve gotten away with parking…

But you can park for longer on Sunday?

Don’t think you can park there on Sunday

The sign is basically offering you an opportunity to bet; the city is betting you a parking space against a $25 ticket that you can’t figure out and execute what they meant…

This looks like East U adjacent to the business school. Isn’t it a bit cryptic? Appears to mark two zones, one to the left of the sign (see the arrow) in which there is no parking… 

I love how everyone says it means something different and is 100% confident about it.

The last comment, from the original question poser:  Being part of “everyone” I am not 100% confident.

 

‘nine out of ten americans believe that out of ten people, one person will always disagree with the other nine.’

-colin mochrie 

running on empty?

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missing the point: man in germany drives to driving test

A man in Germany has discovered the hard way that it’s best to get a driving license first before trying to use it. Police in Bergheim, near Cologne, said Tuesday that the 37-year-old drove himself to his driving test, parking an Opel Zafira outside the test center in front of an astonished examiner.

They said he told police officers who were called to the scene on Monday that he had only driven because he wanted to make sure to get to the driving test on time.

His test was immediately called off. The man now faces an investigation for driving without a license. Police also opened an investigation of the car’s owner.

 

“perspective is worth 80 iq points”

-alan kay

 

 

source credit: ap- berlin

twists and turns.

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 i love that someone has created a poster

with some of our more interesting twists and turns

 and wonder about the mindset

of the road planning engineers.

were they perhaps going for

 more of an ‘artsy’ and unexpected approach to the roads?

more like the road of life?

“life is full of surprises and serendipity. being open to unexpected turns in the road is an important part of success. if you try to plan every step, you may miss these wonderful twists and turns. just find your next adventure – do it well, enjoy it, and then, not now, think about what comes next.”

-Condoleezza Rice – Former U.S. Secretary of State

middle of the road.

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road plan haiku

this plan gives me pause

some things better on paper

may not go as planned.

 

 

“the middle of the road is where the white line is – and that’s the worst place to drive.”

-robert frost

do you remember?

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who remembers this?

sitting backwards

making faces

rolling around on turns

cigarette smoke-filled air

fighting over who could sit there

the door that swung open

back window down

best seat ever.

 

“like all great travelers, i have seen more than i remember, and remember more than i have seen.”

-benjamin disraeli

 

 

 

 

 

image credit: doyouremember.com

kart.

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i got a lovely holiday card from my dear friend

sharing all of her family’s news

including her oldest daughter

taking her driver’s ed training online

 all i can picture is mario kart.

actual humans in tokyo, mario-karting on the road

clearly someone had the same vision.

“most of american life consists of driving somewhere and then returning home, wondering why the hell you went.”

-john updike

 

 

image credits: nintendo/mario kart, google images japan

flivver.

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 the pinto wagon

pea-soupy green

wood-ish sides

bare bones edition

shared with sibs

junk food

single shoes

lost school papers

hand crank windows

no air

sometimes heat

as many friends as we could jam in

 rockin’ our fm-converter

 a drag-racing ticket 

but it had wheels 

took us places

 this was our flivver.

had a number of flivvers

over the years

but none 

carried the memories

like this one. 

do you remember your flivver?

FLIVVER:

Part of Speech- Noun

Origin – Unknown, early 20th century

Definition – A cheap car or aircraft, especially one in bad condition.

 

“a car for every purse and purpose.”

-alfred p. sloan

 

 

credits: google image, wordgenius.com

why worry, why hurry?

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driver pulled over with license plate that expired in 1997 tells police, “I’ve been busy lately.”

 

Apparently, some people in Louisiana are incredibly busy.

How busy?

Too busy to replace a license plate that expired in 1997.

“We can’t make this stuff up,” officers with the Slidell Police Department said. “We discovered the illegal plate during a routine traffic stop.”

“For those of you who like to “switch tags”, at least give us a good challenge and don’t use a license plate that is over 20 years old and expired back in 1997,” officers added.

It’s a hilarious bit of real-life shenanigans police deal with on a daily basis. But it’s the drivers response that really provides some laughs.

“Sorry, officer. I’ve been busy lately and totally forgot to renew my vehicle registration,” he reportedly told police. “I will take care of it as soon as I get home.”

Slidell, located in the St. Tammany Parish, is on the northeast shore of Lake Pontchartrain. It is part of the New Orleans−Metairie−Kenner Metropolitan Area.

It’s a long way from Michigan, but like Michiganders, Slidell residents must also change their license plate tabs annually.

“bad excuses are worse than none.”

-thomas fuller

 

 

 

 

credits: mlive,brandon champion

safe passage.

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sign found on a trip to the farm. 

might be good advice for all drivers on the road

not just the young pedal car drivers on the track.

 

“I simply go about my passage swiftly and silentlwith a certain deliberate, dark efficiency.” 

-george carlin