Parking Woes

The only thing I positively hate about driving is finding parking spaces. Over time I have perfected the art of finding suitable places to park wherever I go. I know the nearest non-paid parking to all the places I frequent.

I even ‘google’ to figure out if a place has parking or not. I have even figured the best time to go grocery shopping, because believe it or not some of times it looks like the whole of Leeds has landed at my favourite supermarket! It has plenty of parking, and even that is completely full at times. It has loads of parent and child parking too, but we never ever get one of those. One time, one lady almost came to blows with an old man because she could not see a child in their car, and they had pulled into the ‘parent and child’ bay. Only to retreat shamefacedly whenΒ  thy showed her their tiny grandchild inside the car πŸ™‚Β  Why on earth do people need to buy so much stuff? It reminds me of my friend who is always lamenting how people keep buying stuff they don’t need and how very soon the whole earth will be covered with ‘stuff’ – but that is something for another post πŸ™‚

As I was saying, I try not to go spontaneously without meticulous planning. I hate going round and round in the car park, stalking people walking with loaded shopping trolleys in the hope that I will be able to follow them to their cars and wait for them to pull out, in order to get a parking. Yes, I have been forced to become a stalker in order to get parking. Of course, stalking works best when you have another person( a grown up, not a child), with you. When husband and I work together, it works beautifully. I concentrate on finding people who look like they are on their way out, and husband follows my instructions and drives around. Believe me, even massive malls with loads of parking are totally full on some days. Especially on wet weekends when the whole country has no option but to head to a mall or when Christmas is around the corner πŸ˜‰

Another no-no, that I have added just recently, is – ‘Never go grocery shopping during term breaks’. Just the other day, I ended up at the supermarket, with Poohi at the beginning of her term break. Turns out that plenty of other mums had the same idea. Not a single parking available. Pooohi stared getting all worried with this driving around.

Poohi, ‘Amme, Why are you not parking?’

Me, ‘Can’t find a place to park, darling.’

Poohi,’ But you can park between these two cars’

Me,’ How do you expect me to shrink the car into a space where your even bike would not fit?’

Poohi,’ Silly me’ *giggles* and then shouts, ‘Lots of space here, lots of space here’

Me,trying to not get all exasperated,’ That, my dear, was the road!’

Poohi, ‘ oh oh’

And so it continued, until I finally found a place, after going round and round that car park for what seemed like ages, with nonstop commentary from the back seat driver, only to enter a supermarket full of mothers trying to pull away children from Halloween displays and Halloween costumes. That, is fodder for another post though.


31 thoughts on “Parking Woes

  1. I know, parking during school term breaks and weekends and also around the festive season (starting this month) is next to impossible πŸ˜›

    It is a nightmare, isn’t it? Christmas shopping has started already with christmas gifts everywhere and everything feeling all festive πŸ™‚

    I was nodding my head in agreement all through the post πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
    Can’t wait to read the next two posts especially the one with Halloween adventures πŸ˜›

    Yes, will do those soon – hopefully πŸ™‚

  2. I hate crowds. I hate shopping and luckily I have my wife who shares my hates. So life is easy and we mostly plan all the shopping when people are laziest to step out of home πŸ˜‰

    ‘we mostly plan all the shopping when people are laziest to step out of home’ – That’s what I do too, but every once in a while my plans get foiled and I am forced to drive around looking for parking πŸ™‚

  3. indeed now this i can relate to, PArking is becoming a problem everywehre now, even when i have to go to do some indian shopping its a nightmare where to park..

    Am so with you on that! The indian stores shopping lots are always super-full 😦

    I had to laugh about the google search on parking..

    and now since its half term they seem to be full all the time. Thank god for tesco’s round the corner open 24 hours i can walk to pick up bare minimum otherwise it wud be such a hassle

    Yes, but sometimes I have no option but to brave the crowd πŸ™‚
    and I loose patience so easliy at people who dont know how to park .. they take two spaces sometimes and also the ones who take a zillion year to reverse back…

    Oh yes! Some people do that – infact I have noticed that happening in certain parking areas far more than others. There is one place where every third car is really badly parked across 2 spaces and it is so annoying when we are struggling to find a space to park!

    good one ..

    Bikram’s blog

  4. What what what? You’re in Leeds? Why didn’t I start reading you a year ago while I lived there? 😦 Unfair I say!

    That brings me to question No. 2. Which is your favourite supermarket around? πŸ˜€

    • Really? You lived here? See, that is what happens 😦 Pallavi and I lived really close by in London but got to know long after I left it 😦

      Right now – it is Sainsbury’s but I like Morrisons just as much, but the nearest Morrisons is 7 miles away, and so not worth the drive 😦

        • Oh right πŸ™‚ I love Morrisons, although I tend to go to the one at Kirkstall more than the one in the city centre :)I so wish we had come across each other while you were still here πŸ™‚

  5. Order online… and pay throught the roof… 😦 😦
    Whenever I complin about parking.. hubby tells me the above line..

    Out here ordering online is not all that expensive, but I really like going to the supermarket and picking up stuff, if only it were not for that parking nightmare πŸ™‚ But as I said,most of the time, I pick the less crowded days and that makes it much easier.

    Such woes.. now for my errand shopping, i just tell him to go by himself.. so I dont fret over parking!!!

    I try and get most of the grocery/errands done by myself – husband is guaranteed to forget something πŸ™‚

  6. Poohi is so sweet.In dubai it was every day problem for us,the only time we used to get parking was during summer break,when most of the indians come home for 2 months vacation.

  7. I hate shopping and on top of that if I have to deal with parking issues I give up and come back home. So I have started going shopping even for groceries, right when the stores open. There is no issues with parking, the store is empty. I can get in and out in no time flat.

    Yes, there are some times that are perfect – both the parking lots and the supermarkets are empty πŸ™‚

    For anything else, I drag my husband along to do the same stalking that you spoke about πŸ™‚

    You too πŸ™‚ So you know what I mean πŸ™‚

  8. oh yes its so annoying i tell u, i do the same… have my own timigs for grocery shopping and one store which i love i just dont go because it doesnt have a parking space

    Some of the places, I find a parking, a walking distance away, but that does not work for grocery stores. I avoid places where there is absolutely no parking too – it is too much of hassle to shop in such places 😦

  9. lol about you googling about parking lots before leaving home !! thank god in india ,you dont have to do that .. but then we need to stop ourselves from getting worked up if some random guy decides to engrave the name of his sweetheart on the bumper!

  10. It is nice to have Poohi around, isn’t it? You won’t get bored or irritable at all!

    It was much tougher with her constantly chattering away πŸ™‚ But yes, it was fun, all in all πŸ™‚

    The idea of going behind the loaded cart is a good idea!

    We do it all the time here πŸ™‚ That is the only way we can get parking at times.

    I too love to go personally to pick things at the Supermarket.

    Same pinch πŸ™‚

    Here, in Chennai, most of the huge shops in Usman Road do not have car parking at all. They build multi storied shopping complexes without proper parking area. We have to leave our car in some deserted street and walk, walk and walk to the store. So we avoid going to those stores!

    Oh dear! That is so sad! We always face this in India, don’t we? Huge, swanky buildings and no parking 😦

  11. Parking is such a nightmare in Gurgaon too!! And Delhi is impossible, the traffic snarls make it worse. We now prefer taking the Metro, it’s far more convenient.

    • I love taking public transport where ever possible. Grocery shopping, is a wee bit tougher to do using public transport, but I do prefer public transport where possible.

      Welcome here, Purba.

  12. the advantages of living in a small town like Bharuch… although we are starting to experience lots of traffic… still our city has AMPLE parking space !!!! and yes… you can park on roads too in my town πŸ˜›

  13. Oh dear, if this is the scene, where there are Parking Lots attached to Supermarkets, then imagine the scene over here, where ppl start parking on the road….its maddening to park and then to get away….so I try to find shops, where I can walk to and then get things home delivered….thats the easiest…. πŸ˜‰

    LOL @ Poohi finding space…she is so cute… πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  14. Tell me about it! I’m the kind who will park a mile away and walk, just to avoid the hassles of parallel parking and reversing into traffic, two things that give me the heebie-jeebies!

    Most public vehicle drivers don’t care much, though, Poohi was right, the road has ample space…they don’t even bother to pull over or consider that they’re blocking others, just leave their vehicle and go!!!

  15. The rate at which people are buying cars has screwed all the planning of cities. I am used to having lots of parking space..god knows what will happen when I move to Pune.

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