Parking Lots

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I have pointed out previously that in Boise people actually try to not run pedestrians over. In South Florida it is a competitive sporting, one pedestrians often lose. But that is not all that is different between Boise and South Florida. Another example is parking spaces. In Boise you can usually find a close parking spot. Often even the first spot, closest to the store. But usually no more than five to ten spots away. Granted, Friday at WinCo day before a BSU game you might have to park further away.

South Florida? You would think since 73% of all of Miami and Fort Lauderdale is parking lots, that locating one would be easy. It isn’t. Parking in South Florida is almost impossible, even with the massive automatic mechanical parking garages they are constructing every day.

These are ten stories or higher parking garages that only use elevators to park the cars. You drop the car off, the valet drives it onto the elevator and delivers it to a spot several stories up. Sometimes things can go wrong, like the car that somehow rolled toward the open elevator shaft in Miami and then sailed nine stories down to the bottom. Yes, this being Miami, it then exploded in a ball of fire. Story is here.

Often when I lived there I took the trolley from the back of the parking lot to the front door. Yes, parking is nearly impossible in South Florida.
But Boise? Piece of cake.

Shopping carts. In Boise, everyone after dumping their groceries into their gigantic 11 ton pick-up truck will then push their grocery cart into a storage spot for them. Everyone. I never see a random wild cart anywhere but in the store or the retrieval centers.

Compare this to South Florida, where most people kick their cart with all their might out into traffic. If it hits a few cars, that scores five points. If it knocks a person down, 10 points! Often times I could not drive through the parking lots because they are filled with a herd of metal carts.

Another problem in Florida is stolen shopping carts. Many people just keep walking with their groceries until they get home. Some even drive off with the cart! The problem has become so serious that many stores have installed electronic locks on their grocery carts. If the cart goes beyond a specific line in the parking lot, the anti-theft device cuts in. In some cases, the wheels just lock. In other cases, a bolt of electricity fires into the hands of the cart thieve melting their private parts together.

Last but not least, people in Boise park their vehicles in one parking spot, between the lines. Odd. In Florida many people park over two spots at an angle to avoid anyone accidentally chipping their paint with their doors. So, if there are 500 parking spots, often only 250 cars will fill it up.
So, the huge difference between parking lots in Boise and parking lots in South Florida is that the ones in Boise you can actually park in! And walk across the lot in safety. Granted it is very boring compared to the competitive parking situation in South Florida, but I am growing used to it.