Thursday I went downtown to see if I could get tickets for the Sarah Palin event tonight.
There was a long line, as I suspected there would be.
The woman sitting in the doorway, had been there since 4:30 am! Sorry I didn’t get a better picture of her, but you don’t want to get too close to someone who would wait FIVE AND A HALF HOURS for free tickets to a political event!
So, I went and found a parking space and fed the meter two quarters. One quarter gave me two hours, so the second quarter was just to guarantee I got my two hours!
And then I walked back to take my place in line.
When I arrived at the end of the line, this man greeted me. People in lines they are in voluntarily are friendly like that, have you noticed? You won’t get that kind of smile in the line at the license bureau!
I wasn’t the “end of the line” very long. A minute later I turned around and took a picture of everyone behind me who had arrived in that minute!
The doors opened at 10:00, and in about 10 minutes I was in the door, where there was organized chaos.
You had to go to one of the many tables and fill out a form with your name and address, in order to get four tickets.
When I got to a table, I was greeted by a young man who may already be preparing for a career in politics (see him spotting a camera in the photo above) and a woman who could have been his grandmother. The two of them struck me as clearly representing the past and the future of the local organization.
So, after getting my tickets, I head back to my car.
And found a ticket I hadn’t asked for on it!
I immediately looked at the meter. Can you see? It has 1:09 left on it. An hour and nine minutes! So, why did I get a ticket?
As I left, I turned at the next corner, and lo and behold, there was the meter attendant, jauntily going on her merry way giving tickets hither and yon! Aha. Now I would have an opportunity to point out that she had made a mistake, let her offer her apology, and give her back her ticket, thank you very much.
So, I stopped and politely told the attendant that I had mistakenly received a ticket. And then she, equally politely, told me that she recognized my car and I had received my ticket because I had parked in a spot that was no longer a parking spot — it was a loading zone! She told me there was a “loading zone” sign “above,” but I didn’t go back to see — I assume she wouldn’t lie just to give me a $10 ticket! Rats. No apology and I still had the ticket.
So, I guess it was my fault. If I would have noticed that a two-meter post was missing the meter closest to me, I would have probably taken a closer look at where I had parked.
But, unfortunately, I didn’t notice that there wasn’t a meter for the spot I parked in, and I had actually fed the meter for the car ahead of me!
So, there are free tickets that you get for standing in line for a while . . .
and there are $10 tickets that you get for not paying attention to where you park!
So, I hope we enjoy the rally, because, the way I see it, I paid $10.50 for our free tickets!