Stark Truth: Celebrating Father’s Day …. Parking Tickets (Agghgg!!!!)June 16th, 2008 by cstark
Sorry, I’ve got to get this off my chest. It has nothing to do
with sports, unless you consider dodging the parking gendarmes a
My wife and I got to my folks’ house – where I grew up — around noon on Sunday to spend some time with my old man on Father’s Day. My parents live in Bremerton near PSNS, where parking is limited. They keep their car in the garage and have a visitor’s permit for another car to park in front of the house. The closest paid parking lot is about five blocks away, off of Burwell near the cop shop.
But it’s Sunday. Father’s Day for gawdsakes. Who’s thinking about paid parking and visitor’s permits? Anyway, my son and his girl friend parked in the spot in front of the old homestead. I pulled next to the curb on the same side of the street, just on the other side of the alley. It’s legal, or so I thought. I’ve done it a hundred times.
After brunch, my son and his girl friend are standing in front of the house when the parking Nazi from Diamond Parking stops to slap a ticket on the windshield of his car. He’d just finished putting a citation on my car.
Made aware of this, I go outside and tell the guy, “Hey, we haven’t been here for two hours.” Curbside parking downtown, at least by The Sun, is limited to two hours, and I figured it must be the same in my old hood.
He holds up a finger, indicating it’s one hour parking.
I was tempted to hold up a finger, too, but could only muster a cynical “Happy Father’s Day,” as he drove off.
You can celebrate traditional family values in the city of Bremerton, but you can’t park in front of your father’s house without the risk of getting a $25 ticket.
It’s a sure sign that the Bremerton renaissance is in full swing when the town’s so busy you can’t park in front of your parents place on Father’s Day without courting the wrath of Diamond Parking.
Gotta keep those spots open for the out-of-town visitors flooding into the city and dropping tons of cash in Bremerton. God knows there’s no end of places to spend your money on a Bremerton Sunday.
One hour parking, 24 hours a day, seven days a week: Good to be reminded that Bremerton’s got its priorities straight as it heads deep into the 21st century.
Dad, it was nice to see you, but I don’t think we’ll make it next year unless you can provide more ample parking.