Chapter One: Groceries
That Parking Lot
Wednesday’s Suburbo referenced the phenomena of “back-in” parking. Over the past (almost) four years that I have lived here in southwest Connecticut, I have observed, again and again, that people love to back into parking spaces, particularly at grocery stores.
Now, maybe I lived in NYC for too long without a car. Or maybe it’s just because, in NYC, you have to parallel park on the street --- or park in a parking garage (which often involves someone else parking your vehicle). Or, maybe, when I was visiting the suburbs during those years, I simply failed to observe this phenomenon. Since living here I have tried to pay careful attention as I travel to other places. When I visit Stroudsburg, PA, to see my family, I rarely, if ever, see anyone “backing in” to parking spaces in the Shop-Rite or Wal-Mart parking lots. When we go to Long Island (where I grew up), same thing. When we’re in Westchester County, same. So, in this limited (and quite unscientific) “study” I have done, it seems unique to Fairfield, County, Connecticut.
Today’s particular story is, as they often note in the movies, “based on a true story.”
Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!