[LMB] OT: Parallel parking

Marc Wilson marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk
Tue Dec 21 13:00:49 GMT 2021

On Mon, 20 Dec 2021 19:12:12 -0600, Jelbelser <jelbelser at comcast.net>

>> On Dec 19, 2021, at 9:30 PM, Alex Kwan <litalex at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> On Dec 19, 2021, at 18:54, Raymond Collins <rcrcoll6 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Back in the day my high-school offered a semester of driving classes. It
>>> even had car simulators and a couple of cars. Unfortunately, I've heard the
>>> driving class was canceled a few years after I graduated.
>> My high school offer(ed?) driver’s ed class, too. But the teacher was pretty lax about it. Though I kept hearing from my classmates after school that the teacher was drunk half of the time, and that students who sat in the front of the classroom can smell the alcohol in his breath… Needless to say, I didn’t learn much there
(hence having to take even the written test three times).
>When I took driver’s ed in high school (in DC) the teacher was a young man from a small Southern town. It was his first year teaching. I was terrified of driving. He kept giving me real puzzled looks, probably never having come across a kid who wasn’t super eager to get a driving license. In small Southern towns driving was a very
BIG DEAL. Not so much in a big city.
>A few years later, during the no-gas crisis of 1973, my boyfriend couldn’t come to see me as much as I wanted, so I had my father take me driving so I could get my license and see my boyfriend more.  I remember my father reflexively stomping on the floor as if he could hit the brakes.
>I took my driving test the day that some Black Muslim group had attacked the B’nai B’rith building, a block from the driver testing facility. We had to go through a police barricade. I can’t remember if I was able to parallel park, but I must have because I passed the test. Then I moved to Nashville and lost the skill. I sort-of
can if the space is nice and big. But I much prefer not having to.

It's an essential skill in the UK, where we have 1/5 of the population
of the US in a space smaller than Oregon, and many of the streets are
narrow (in some cases from being > 500 years old).  There's certainly
not a lot of the diagonal parking I saw in California.

I once parked a car between two others with less than 2' of clearance.
It took me many minutes, and I was so proud of the achievement I took a
photo.  :)
The fellow who says he'll meet you halfway usually thinks he's|already standing on the dividing line.

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