Yesterday was my first day in the city on my own without Josh. He went to his first day at the hospital and I had some errands to run. You know, Discount Shoe Warehouse, the mall, and also a job interview. It turned out to be a very frustrating day. I was honked at no less than twice, almost hit a pedestrian, illegally turned right on red, completed 3 illegal u-turns, paid $2 in a parking meter I didn’t end up needing and was turned down for the job.
At the risk of portraying myself as extremely uncultured, which is probably true, I just don’t know $%&* about city life. I envisioned my day yesterday as a day for me. I was going to go shopping with my Christmas money, drink a Starbucks, have a leisurely lunch before my interview and it just didn’t go how I saw it in my head. Because what I saw in my head was what I would have experienced in a smaller town. One that has free parking outside every single place you go and you can get from one side of the city to the other in 20 minutes.
I was terrified yesterday when I got to the address of the interview and realized I was in the downtown section of Clayton. There was metered parallel parking everywhere and I just kept circling around trying to find a street that had several empty spots so I could pull in and not have to actually parallel park. If I had been on a reality television show, I’m sure everyone in the world would have been scoffing and judging me. I was lucky and found several open spots a couple blocks from the interview. But I am going to have to learn this skill fast! I know it’s probably super easy, I mean I watched a woman whip her ranger rover in a spot in 10 seconds flat yesterday. It’s just the last time I parallel parked was a decade ago for my drivers test. I thought I’d never need that skill.
BUT I never say never anymore so let the city driving lessons commence!
We did manage to make a little progress on the St. Louis list last week!
“A careful driver is one who honks his horn when he goes through a red light.”-Henry Morgan