In the Boston area, we have a custom - if I shovel my car out, I get to put some object in the spot (most common are lawn chairs, but some get very creative). If you move the object, I get to smash your windshield in. It may sound kinda weird, but it is typically respected and their are very few if any resulting violence as a result. People respect the community's unwritten rules. Does any other community do such a thing?
Boston has a 48 hour rule - "Space savers" like chairs and cones are supposed to be removed from streets 48 hours after an emergency snow ban has been lifted. The rule has been in place in the city since March 2004.
We, in Calgary, have no such thing; however, that being said, people will leave notes on your car if you park in "their" spot, ie. in front of their house. And they're not always nice... Some are downright nasty!
That's odd because I was listening to this radio station discussing the Boston community "rules" and people were calling explaining them and their experiences. The radio host made it sound as if no other area in the country does this but Boston - at least that what he said.
I did laugh my a$$ of when one caller said - he was going to work in South Boston or Dorcester or some where and he moved a garbage can that was in the street so he could park. He said this 90 year old 4 foot woman came out and starting hitting him in the head with a broom. She said this parking space is in case one of my grandchildren come by to visit. He ended up calling the police as she actually cut his head. The police came and said why did you park there?
When I lived in Boston I used to shovel this old lady's (age 82) car out. One time she caught me shoveling. I thought I was going to get a basket of goodies or something but instead she verbally berated me! "I didn't ask you to shovel me out!" she cried. "Leave my damn car alone!"
At least she didn't hit you over the head with a broom or anything.
Thu 24 Dec, 2009 09:18 am
That's a good rule. Wished I lived by it.
Thu 24 Dec, 2009 09:54 am
Chicago has charm and this was always a small piece of it for me. The respect drivers had for kitchen chairs, usually, positioned in a shoveled-out parking space. Sure, some crossed the line and like wandeljw said, there were stories of a shooting or two but for the most part, at least the 38 years I lived there, respecting a parking spot"but only, ONLY, after a big snow" was the norm. Any other time? Please.
we got about 1/10 inch snow yesterday but for here it's damn cold, 13 degrees this morning, expected down to 10 tonight. sun is shinning. I've never shoveled snow here. I'm soooo glad I no longer live in colorado, I wanted to move to Las Cruces but Lady Diane feared it would be too hot.
in the 50s here. The last time I hitch hiked through Las Cruces, there was a gang driving around and beating up hitch hikers. I was lucky to get picked up by a car full of high school girls, who explained the situation to me and then took me to the outskirts of El Paso. I wish I could send them a Christmas card.
Thu 24 Dec, 2009 11:14 am
Same here in Boston - it is more after a storm - out of respect that a poor sap slaved over shoveling out a parking space.