Dumbest Thing I Ever Did: I Battled a Parking Divider
Greetings, friends. I’m going to take you on a journey. The year is 2013, and I am young and sweet, only seventeen. I decided to go to a Zumba class in town with two of my friends even though I hate Zumba because I have no coordination or endurance. During said Zumba class I was mocked by a 70-year-old woman behind me who had muttered not so quietly under her breath “it’s just a simple box step.” As you can probably guess, that somehow wasn’t even the worst part of my day.
The thing is, I was a bad driver in the early years. I’m still not a great driver, but I’ve DEFINITELY improved, and honestly, after something like this, it can really only go up.
It was post-Zumba, and I was getting ready to drive my friends home. As I turn on the car I notice, that the spot in front of me is empty. So, as any person might do, I thought, “hell yeah I’ll just pull right through, no need to try to finesse that reverse.” So pull through and the car goes up. My first thought is “oh it’s one of those little concrete blocks whoops,” but instead of reversing I’m like “Nah I’ll just go with it” However, the car kept going. The bump never came.
At this point, most logical people would be like “I’ve made a grave error, I should reverse the car now.” But not me. No, I was committed. I think my exact thought was, “Well, might as well keep going, we’ve gotten this far.” At this point, I remember one of my friends shouting from the backseat “OH MY GOD WHAT ARE YOU DOING?”
Finally the bump came. I had landed on the other side of the parking divider. Except only half my car had and now I was stuck.
So picture it, you’re a seventee- year-old girl with her two friends outside the Charles Chrin Community Center at 6 p.m. on a weekday. There is no one else in the parking lot, and one family on the playground who is now staring at you.
Then, a man in his 20’s walks over and just snaps a picture with his phone. He looks at you sheepishly and says “Sorry. My friends are never going to believe I saw this happen.”
AAA soon arrives and tell you that this isn’t even the weirdest thing he’s seen this week, so I guess that’s a plus.
I’m not sure there’s much of a moral to this story except, don’t drive over parking dividers??? Yeah. let’s go with that.