What’s wrong with this picture?
If you don’t know or can’t figure it out, allow me a few seconds of your time to tell you.
Xan and I went to see Limitless yesterday afternoon (which was great, BTW), and decided to pick up some pizza on the way home. As we walk into the pizza place, I look behind us as see this Hummer H3 pull into the parking lot and park RIGHT NEXT TO OUR CAR. Now, while there’s nothing wrong with this in and of itself, I think it’s a bit discourteous. Why, you may ask? Because as you can plainly see, there are literally a dozen other spaces in the parking lot NOT next to our car. It wasn’t busy, so Mr. Hummer easily could have parked elsewhere. What chaps my hide even more is that fact that he pulled into a spot that had our car AND a lightpost next to it. So, it was probably the tightest spot available, and yet he felt the need to park his oversized SUV in this specific spot. It blows my mind that simple public courtesies like a parking buffer (when applicable, of course) go unfollowed. If this were an isolated incident, then perhaps I’d let it slide (OK, probably not). But it happens far too frequently in Lowell. GET. AWAY. FROM. MY. CAR.
Here’s why it bothers me so much: There are certain social protocols that need to be recognized and followed. Plus, it’s discourteous, plain and simple. I’m big into simple courtesies, like waving thanks to someone who let you into their lane, holding the door open for someone following you, or giving up your seat to an elderly or disabled person. These acts aren’t law, but they’re NICE. And there’s nothing wrong with being nice. Like saying “please” and “thank you.” It shows awareness, it shows courtesy, it shows respect. Unfortunately, not everyone knows this. But everyone should.
There, I said it.