We have a new neighbour. She moved into the basement suite across the street a month or two ago, and although we haven’t yet seen her up close and personal, we have noted that she seems to be a twenty-something working girl. She lives in the suite with two – um – gentlemen of similar age. We won’t go into speculation regarding relationships and living arrangements.
Anyway, said Girl has an old green Pontiac. Kinda beat up. No hubcaps. Fine. Drive whatever works for you.
Problem: The Girl, from day one, has taken to parking in front of our house. Not off to the side. Not on the property line between our house and the next door neighbour’s. Directly in front of our house. This puzzles us for a few reasons.
1. We live on a busy street where vehicles drive pretty fast. Why Girl would want to cross that street every time she wants to get to her car is beyond us.
2. There is ample room to park in front of the house where she lives. Why Girl doesn’t park there is also beyond us.
3. There is a large driveway belonging to the house across the street. Currently it contains four vehicles belonging to the gentlemen Girl lives with. Only three are in working order. It would seem logical to dispose of the wrecks so Girl could park her car there.
(You may wonder how I know all this stuff. No, I am not a Peeping Tom. My desk just happens to face the window that looks across the street.)
While we understand that the street is city property and we can’t prevent other people from parking there, is there not such a thing as common courtesy? Would it not occur to Girl to take note that her neighbours have vehicles they would like to continue parking in front of their own homes? Would it not occur to her that, since she is the newbie on the block, she might want to find out if it’s okay to park in front of the neighbour’s house? And would it not also occur to Girl that the logical place to leave her car would be in front of her own place?
Yes folks, these are the questions we ask.
And in the light of eternity, this doesn’t matter a bit.