Wednesday, March 05, 2008

There Is No Free Parking

By far my largest expense yesterday was parking. PARKING!

Lunch with my friend cost me almost $30 in parking. She's in midtown, and I KNEW it would be so, so it wasn't unexpected.

It was an expense I was happy to make because the alternative would have been parking on the upper west side, two subway trains to her office, then back up (dragging my bags with me - no access to bags when the car is parked in a garage!)

So I just said, "NO - I'm too exhausted to add this to my day before I teach 6 hours...

Then during my class parking was also around $30. Expected and covered in the travel expenses.

But totally unexpected - and forgotten - was the law in Maplewood, NJ that no one is allowed to park on the street between the hours of 2-6. It's one of those laws that's only posted as you drive into town.

Dang. I should have remembered. Dang.

I'm stopping at a Panera's in Manchester on my way up to Harvard, MA for a lecture tonight for the Nashoba Valley Knitters. I was going to have breakfast in the city with a friend before I left, but decided that I'd rather just arrive a little earlier.

So tonight I'll be staying in Mass, then back down to NJ tomorrow to teach at Knit Knack in the evening. Two more classes on Saturday round out my East Coast '08 adventure - light at the end of the tunnel! Yay!

Thank heaven for the Prius, and thank heaven for Paneras!
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Blogger Mary said...

Annie, I really enjoyed the lace class at Knitty City. Thanks so much! (I have a blog entry up about it.)

March 05, 2008 8:40 PM  
Anonymous Donna said...

Don't they have some kind of exception for guest parking? My town has that rule for most of the town (it used to be everywhere but then they established on street permit only parking in high density areas - altho come to think of it the rule still applies to everyone who doesn't have a permit to park on the street). But you could always call the PD & let them know that you had a guest who had to park on the street & they'd get a pass. We took my duaghters & the grands to the Aquarium on Chicago's lakefront on President's Day & then out for pizza afterward. It cost $15 at the Aquarium (no free parking anywhere in that area) & then $25 near the pizza place (altho we could have found on street free parking if we hadn't been too cold to look). It keeps getting harder & harder to find on street parking in Chicago in the winter what with all the restrictions for snow removal.

March 05, 2008 11:30 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

Why did you have a car? Oy. Never have a car in Manhatten!

March 06, 2008 3:10 PM  

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