Wednesday, August 13, 2008

My new parking place

My work parking spot is a CADA space. Up until a couple of weeks ago, it was an uncovered space about a mile from the office in a lot adjacent to a weekly rental hotel. Several times I arrived to park for work to find another car parked in my space; sometimes they'd move, sometimes I'd have to get them towed. It was a bit of a hassle. Parking in the sun was also a drag in the heat of summer.

Luckily, a covered space opened up for just a bit more per month than my prior space was already costing. Even better, it was right next to David's space and a bit closer to the office. I quickly snatched it up, sight unseen.

It turns out that it's underground, beneath an apartment building. Which is wonderful for keeping my car cool and for safety, since it's gated with remote-controlled sensors.

An added bonus: the obstacle course aspect. Which isn't immediately apparent on first glance.

Here's the entrance to the lot. Innocent enough looking:

Then, the gate cranks open, you turn down the driveway and it seems a bit more perilous:

Here's my car, successfully parked in its narrow space (see up front by the hood). I have a small car, so it's fine. But it's getting out that's the challenge:

And here's the driveway one gets to back out of to exit the garage/parking space. It is something. The first few times I backed out, I literally prayed the entire way:

On the day I took these particular pictures, I don't think any of my fellow parkers were over the lines on their spaces or had their bumpers hanging out into the driveway. But that's not always the case, and those little infringements make the exit all the more exciting. My car has reverse sensors on it that beep as I near objects; I've rarely used them, but boy, I'm sure grateful for them now.

1 comment:

Stacy said...

Congrats on the closer spot...esp. before the rainy season.