There’s always a lot of talk about people violating parking lot etiquette by taking up two spaces, hitting your car with their shopping cart, speeding, not looking in the car mirror before pulling out, etc., but my pet peeve is something original. I hate it when people in my neighborhood get into their cars, turn on the engine, and…just sit their for a couple of minutes. Then, only when I am walking near their car (usually with my dog), they start to pull out. WTF?
Let me explain this better so you get a better picture of what I am talking about: let’s use a morning example when everyone is going to work. I’ll be walking my dog in my community and I’ll see someone leave their house in a rush. They will open their car door, turn the keys in the engine…and just sit there…doing something for 30 seconds to 3 minutes…before pulling out. (Sometimes they are weird people that just sit in their car for 10 minutes, and then pull out when I approach.) By then I have already walked close to their car. They see me in their mirror and only then decide to pull out of their parking spot. It’s like I’m their daddy or someone telling them to get out of bed.
By the time I am close to their vehicle, I don’t know where to stand because they usually pull out wide, and start turning right in our direction. And then, of course, they are back in their rush mode, and I’m a pedestrian who is slowing them down. I just don’t see this happening in the morning, I see it at various times at malls, supermarkets, and other places.
So..what are people doing in their cars for so long before they freakin’ pull out? Here are my guesses:
- Fixing their makeup
- Talking on their cell phone
- Blowing cold air conditioner to cool off the car
- Picking their nose.
- Obviously if kids are involved, it may take 5-10 minutes to pull out because they are like barbarians and need to be strapped down for your own safety. Should have been done BEFORE turning on the ignition, though
- Looking for something in the pocketbook
- Heating up the car
- Getting the right radio station or CD
- Organizing papers
- Adjusting their car seats and mirrors because they share their car
- Something perverted
Of course, my whacked out theory is that people are still in 1965-mode and think that you have to “warm up the engine” and hit the fuel while in park so your car will run.
And when they see me walking, it’s like they get embarrassed for taking so long to pull out, and they’re like “Alright, time to pull out, but that guy was watching me take so long, so lemme come close to running him over.”
Maybe one day I should just stand right at their driver’s window with my dog and stare at them to see what they are doing sitting in their car that they had just started.
By the way, if you think this parking phenomena is a figment of my imagination, think about this DailySkew post the next time you are in your car waiting for someone to pull out of a spot you want. They put the keys in their ignition…and…how long does it take for them to pull out?
Also, time yourself to see how long it takes YOU to pull out and let me know why it took you so freakin’ long.