There are Tickets and Then — There are TICKETS!


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!

15 Responses to There are Tickets and Then — There are TICKETS!

  1. Hilary says:

    I hope you enjoy the rally tonight.. despite the unexpected price tag.

  2. Sandra says:

    Thank you, Hilary. We don’t go to this sort of event much since Hubby retired from politics, but they are usually fun. I’m taking my camera — so you may hear more about it!

  3. SBW says:

    HA! This is a great post!! I laughed out loud (not just a smile!) at your line about paying the meter ahead of yours.

    Not only was it a well-told and photo’d story, I love the glimpse into your life in your town. (Can’t imagine $10 parking tickets…whatta bargain!)

  4. Amy O says:

    Enjoy the rally. Remember to park in a “good” spot this time. 🙂

  5. Sandra says:

    SBW — I’m so glad you enjoyed it. We’re just pure midwest! I was even surprised that parking tickets (which I don’t think I’ve ever received before) are only $10. But, I suppose that saves them grief and time, because I wouldn’t think many people, besides those who felt “wronged” like me, would do much arguing about a $10 fine.

  6. Sandra says:

    Amy — I hope we will. I expect it to be exciting! Re. the parking 🙂 I’ll let Hubby worry about that this time!

  7. Beth says:

    Sounds like it’ll be an exciting night! Hope it’s going well (right now, I assume!)

    I agree, $10 is a bargain for a parking ticket, but what REALLY impressed me was 25 cents for 2 hours! Downtown in my city 25 cents buys you 15 minutes!

    So, Hubby was in politics? I bet you have some great stories!

  8. Chourou says:

    Hi,Sandy. I enjoyed your report with nice photos posted this time. I’d say it can be even journalistic, thinking about the story of parking space you mentioned. Actually now I work for a press in Tokyo as an editor, and I appreciate your good view and eagerness for writing and illustrating something, so I would recruit you as a special correspondent for some local pages if you were in my town… Btw, how’ s going the presidential race
    ? My co-workers say my new glass looks like almost same as Peilin’s. I didn’t intend to that,it was by accident,but anyway,that is just a trivia…

  9. Sandra says:

    Beth — It WAS fun. I’ll tell you about it after I see if I have any pictures to show!

    Hubby was a police officer for 35 years, the last eight years as Sheriff (Indiana limits a Sheriff to serving two consecutive 4-year terms), and he was the Chief Deputy (the second in command) for the eight before that, so we were involved in politics for almost 20 years. Sometime I’ll have to tell some of the stories about Linda and I riding with him on New Years Eve, when he was a road patrol officer — that was interesting!

    Hi, Chourou — I’m glad you enjoyed the story. Yes, I could become a “foreign correspondant!” 🙂

    The presidential race isn’t looking good for my party, but we’ll support whomever is elected. Sarah Palin’s glasses have certainly become popular here, so no surprise that you talk about them in Japan too!

  10. Chourou says:

    Sorry, I got a big mistake. Not “peiln” but “Palin”,…/(+ o +)/

  11. chrissy says:

    Sorry about the ticket, Hope you enjoyed the rally!

  12. ElleBee says:

    Well, I guess $10.50 is a bargain for the rally tickets! 🙂 Hope you had a great time, and I can’t wait to see pictures!

  13. Sandra says:

    Chrissy — Thanks. I’ll be doing a post in the next couple days about the rally.

    ElleBee — We did have a good time, but the line was lonnnng and cooooold. But, I’m glad we went.

  14. Barb says:

    I would have LOVED to have attended the rally! I watched it live, and then watched it recorded. I bet it was awesome!

    Just a reminder: everyone should get out and vote, no matter who your choice is…
    I remember going with my grandparents when they voted, 55+ years ago. It was something they would not miss, no matter what was going on.

    In regard to the parking ticket, it was good that you were able to talk to the attendant so that you knew what REALLY was going on!

  15. Sandra says:

    Yes, Barb it was all in all a great experience, with the exception of long waits and parking tickets! 🙂

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