People do the oddest things

Posted: Friday, May 04, 2007 by Travis Cody in

From the "sometimes people are just silly" file:

This morning I walked over to the cafeteria for my cream of wheat/muffin/apple juice breakfast, as usual. It was raining so I took the parking garage route. On my return, I came across a person diligently attempting to back their car into a parking space.

This is not unusual. It wasn't even unusual that the driver was having difficulty getting the car backed up properly. Lots of people are uncomfortable with backing into parking places these days.

The thing that was unusual...the thing that made me laugh and nearly drop my breakfast...was that there were no other cars nearby. And it's a back-to-back parking space. So the person could have driven around and done a pull through and avoided the trouble of trying to back in.

People are silly.

**C.O.W photo found on Flikr


  1. Mags says:

    Trav, I have to tell you-I'm not a fan of the backer inners. Not at all.

    There are really not many instances that require you to back into a space-maybe if you passed it and no one's behind you and you just want to zoom in-but really-if no one's behind you, why not just scoot back a bit more so you can pull forward?

    Ugh. I'll stop here so I don't take up space! LOL.

  1. Meribah says:

    Well, that was strange...but funny!

  1. too funny! i love people watching, more fun than tv usually!

    smiles, bee

  1. Dang it, if I'd known that was you watching me, I wouldn't have done it! Just kidding. I'm a fan of backing into spots in order to make quicker escapes, but I gotta say, I prefer pulling through to backing in.

    (Doggone paparazzi - always lurking!)

  1. Kate S says:

    So funny. Unfortunately, sounds like my driving. :)

  1. TopChamp says:

    Hello - ha ha!

    I can do a reverse into a parking space, but can't reverse parallel park into a space at the side of a road at all... I tried outside a friend's flat (failed so drove off to park elsewhere) only to find she'd been watching and chuckling at the three hundred tries it took me to give in...

  1. lisa says:

    LOL, wonder if when they got all done backing in they had a "d'oh!" moment

  1. Dana says:


  1. Travis says:

    Mags: I'm with you - I take advantage of the opportunity to pull through, but I don't generally back into parking.

    Meri: It was funny!

    Ms Bee: Yup!

    Songbird: Someone is always watching! **cue sinister music**

    Kate: I'll never tell.

    TC: LOL!

    Lisa: Well, they probably did if they saw me laughing at them!

    Dana: I know!!

  1. JohnH985 says:

    I don't understand why people back into a parking spot. It's usually harder for them to back and it's not like they're saving themselves from backing up, they're doing it to get into the spot. Now I'll pull through anytime I get the chance. That makes it simpler.

  1. Travis, one of the "odd" things people do is tag each other with memes... hee, hee. I've tagged you for an easy, quick, fun and rather interesting meme. You can see the info on my blog.

  1. It wasn't Desert. It was me.
    I was attempting a Drive-By-Parking.

    Almost got away with it. Then you dropped your breakfast and distracted me.

  1. Travis says:

    John: Yup. Always the pull through for me, never the back in.

    Janna: HA!

    Alice: Thanks for the tag. I liked that one!

    Mimi: I see all!

  1. julie says:

    Well perhaps if this didn't happen you might not have had ANYthing to write about today!