With a winding story, I'm going to drive a lesson home about parking lots that might save you a lot of time by avoiding the unsuspecting mishap.
Let me paint you a picture of how I grew up. It was the 80s in Miami and our family of five drove around Miami in a white Camero with T-tops. It was stolen three times that I know of – one of which was at my 11th birthday party, which we figured out while roaming around the parking lot of a Tony Roma’s (known for its awesome party room) with armfuls of balloons and presents. The Dade County police had other fish to fry and didn’t even show up to take a report. So, my dad (being the badass type of guy he is) took things into his own hands and with a friend went out into the night to find/retrieve his car. While the full details are unknown to me, they shockingly pulled it off in one piece. And, from there on out he parked that infamous Camero and every other vehicle since then underneath a big towering light in all parking lots. That rule of thumb became his MO – saving him time by securing a safer spot and avoiding another snafu.
And here’s where the storyline stretch comes in and ties to the point I’d like to make… My parking lot modus operandi is a bit different than my dad’s since my car is modernized with an alarm system; instead of circling parking lots looking for the brightest bulb, I look for the minivans. Let me explain. Sliding doors are king in the pavement game. No matter what happens, those entry and exit points aren’t going to whack open by a rushed or careless passenger and slam into my car. It’s my own Monopoly version of “free parking” when I know that my day is complete with no troubles, no worries, and no wasted time dealing with an accident report or worse a runaway dent bandit. So there you have it; park better next time with this lot of solid advice!