If you live in LA, you KNOW what a pain parking can be. Here’s a simple round-up of the last week in my parking Karma woes. And sadly, it’s typical.
So, I hit the the new DMV in Hollywood, (Hollywood and Western) which by the way, was amazingly fast. I was in and out with a new registration in hand in 15 minutes! Parking however, was a nightmare. As in none. After much circling of the block, I finally found a place three blocks away. Which actually was good, since I burned a couple of calories walking. I’m gearing up to eat my way through the holidays and every step helps.
Anyway, I parked, put my six quarters in and realized that the meter was broken. Damn! I searched in vain for something in my car to make a sign with, but nada. I left, figuring that the parking patrol would see it was broken and spare me. Yeah, right!
I returned to find a big fat $40 ticket.
Okay, maybe I’ll call to try and resolve it without paying, but I doubt it. I’m too damn lazy (or busy) to spend two hours or more trying to get it rescinded.
Then Saturday, I ducked into my favorite Hollywood coffee shop, Caffe, Etc. for a quick buzz. No parking on the street, but yes! There was a yellow loading zone. Now, I’ve always heard that loading zones were okay to park in on weekends, but I’m usually to wary to try it. For good reason.
I returned to find another $40 ticket.
But one sweet note; I was in Studio City for lunch the next day and popped a quarter in, and low and behold! A quarter got me a whole hour! Yay! Cheap parking in LA. There ARE some good parking deals in Los Angeles.