Thursday, March 24, 2011
How Am I Going Pay For Parking In Downtown Tacoma?
I met up with family in downtown Tacoma on Pacific Avenue on Saturday. I parked my car in one of the angled parking spaces right on Pacific near the Harmon Brewery and did some shopping for a good 45 minutes. When I returned to my car, my sister-in-law pointed out, "Hey, did you remember to pay for parking?"
Parking? Pay? Here?
Oh, yeah that's right.
And sadly, the parking pay station was right in front of my car and I was completely oblivious. Walked right past it.
I've was born and raised here and have lived here many years as an adult. Paying for parking downtown is a foreign concept to me. I am not used to this. And when the news reported the change, I didn't honestly pay attention much. I just sort of ignored it. I assumed it would go away. Wrong.
So back to Saturday. We decided to stay a little longer on Pacific before heading to dinner.
I didn't put any money in the meter. I stared at the pay station and just didn't do it.
I was lucky. No ticket, no towing.
Am I the only one that is spacing out about this (and being mildly defiant) or have I completely lost my mind?