Those who live or work in the populated area of Downtown/Pearl/NW know how rare street parking can be. Some become elated at an opening spot right in front of them. Others spend hours searching for that perfect place just a block away from your favorite cafe. Finding that spot can literally make your entire day even though you may only be parked there for a hour. Once you’ve spotted your prized opening, all you have to do now is parallel park.
It really is a simple process that the people of Portland have not figured out. Apparently the desire to drive or park correctly has been abandoned. People dive nose first in to spots they don’t fit in, finding that they need to spend ten times the amount of time correcting their mistake then if they had just parked correctly in the first place. While they attempt to correct their error they end up holding up traffic, raising blood pressures of surrounding drivers as they go.
Then there is the guy from Gresham in the F350 that tries to fit his truck into a spot that was clearly not made for anything larger then a Mini Cooper. Sometimes he has his Aqua-net doused girlfriend crawl down from the cab to “spot him.” This girl is usually of no help in her spandex and bad perm. Honestly. Also, for the love of beer, please signal if you are going to correctly park into a space. If you don’t signal, no one knows where you are going and may inadvertently and irreversibly block the spot that you want.
Now, once in the space, Portland drivers seem to like to make their spot larger by repeatedly bumping or smashing the cars in front and behind them until they feel they have the adequate wiggle room. These drivers generally drive old, smelly Volvos or beat down Honda Civics with already crinkled license plates from previous parking adventures.
If this sounds like you, please refer to http://www.ehow.com/video_1872_parallel-park.html for instructions on how to park correctly. Please note: First step is always to pull your head out of your posterior.