Thursday, April 27, 2006
Just Park it There- Volume One
When the City has to line all its sidewalks with enforced metal khazouks to keep cars from parking over people, then you can pretty much say we have sort of a parking problem.
If you are lucky enough to find a curbside parking spot, do not make the amateur mistake of parking there. You will be punished for your legal parking job by getting double parked in for days. Double parking is culturally accepted, however if you triple park you become a moral-less animal who parks in the middle of the road.
Parking in the middle of the road is also an option, but in that case you must keep the flashers on. Otherwise you might unearth one of Lebanon's hidden rare historic artifacts, a parking ticket.
There is always the option of paying for parking. Beirut Parking lot management is an artform. You need genetic giftedness and years of experience to be able to squeeze the largest number of cars in your alotted area. Physics and geometry laws are out the window when you hear the phrase "Leave the keys in it." Don't panic if you come back to see your car burried in the back of the lot with tens of cars blocking it. A good Beiruti Lot Attendant will get it out with a maximum of two moves. That performance is a joy to watch.