You know what’s absolutely great? When you’re able to drive downtown on a busy night, and manage to find a free parking spot that hasn’t been taken!
On Sunday night, me and a friend got invited to go to a club located in downtown Los Angeles. Although we jumped at the chance to go, we knew in advance there could be one small little hiccup: we’d have to pay for parking.
And parking fees in this city are no joke. Depending on the night, you could be paying anywhere from $5 to $20 to park in an actual lot. Using a spot on the street that has a parking meter is usually friendlier to one’s wallet (depending on how long you plan to park in one place), but most of those spots are usually taken.
Sure enough, when we got to the club, we spent 10 minutes driving around looking for a place to park. The lots in the area were only about $10 and, while I didn’t want to pay it, it seemed like an okay amount to pay, especially considering we’d be getting into the club for free.
But then, my friend saw it: a metered parking spot on the side of the street that someone had just left… and no one was waiting to get it!
At the time, we were on the other side of the road, and there were cars coming in the opposite direction that could easily have gotten the spot before me. Nevertheless, I managed to make a U-turn when the car traffic had slowed down, and parked right where the meter was.
Then, just as I was about to put money in the meter, I looked up and saw the sign that everyone in the world loves to see downtown:
“FREE PARKING ON SUNDAYS”
YYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES!! Not only did I find a parking spot, but it was FREE!!! I ended up not having to spend a single dime!
But really, any day of the week where you can drive downtown and manage to find a place that you can park for free – without fear of being towed or ticketed – is always a good thing.
Ah, finding free parking in the city on a busy night… now THAT’S something to be thankful for!
– Aaron P. Taylor