Prompt #1 – The time I backed into a wall literally

Write about a time that you accidentally did something funny. What happened and what was the consequences if any?

So as I mentioned in my last post I started a new website called The BloggerHop. Here is the first prompt for Monday, April 22nd, 2019. I am sure there have been many times that I have accidentally did something funny as my husband, my family and my friends will surely be happy to mention. One thing that really stands out in my mind though is when I backed our 2015 Nissan Altima up into a parkade wall while trying to parallel park in a small spot against the wall. First off your probably thinking, that’s not funny right?!

Well at the time I probably would have said you’re right! But looking back on it now it’s funny because I remember mentioning to him only a few days before that I had never ever hit anything when parallel parking and that I was really good at it and would teach him as he’s learning to drive. At the time I was mad but my husband just laughed it off.

I used to work in a call center in a downtown mall in Halifax that had a large parkade for parking. Over the summer they were doing work on the parkade and it was always a fight to get parking. I remember specifically driving around and around for 15 to 20 minutes and sometimes 45 minutes or more looking for a parking spot every day but Sunday. Sundays were never very busy.

That day was no exception. I remember it was more than a half hour before I gave up finding a spot and was about to try a more expensive parkade a few blocks away. Having a monthly pass that was already paid for I really didn’t want to do that. As I was driving by I noticed a parallel parking space that had a running car in it. When I drove by it looked like they were leaving not coming.

I drove around again and the spot was empty. It was fairly small and my car was not so small but it looked like I would have no issues getting into it as there was a really tiny car in front so I had a bit more space. I signalled even though no one was around watching, thankfully! As I was backing into the spot I failed to remember that there was a wall on one side. Something I wasn’t used to as I never parked in those spots unless it was an end one typically as I wouldn’t fit.

Most parallel parking I did, and living in a city known for its lack of parking I did a lot, was all along curbs typically and not walls. So I never really took into account where the corner of my car was and where the wall was. As I am backing up I feel a bang and jolt. I stopped and got out and realized I hit that wall and not another car thankfully. I was able to still get in the spot but just barely.

After I got out of the car I called Eddie and said “remember a few weeks ago when you dropped your brand new cell phone on the pavement and it shattered?” he says “Yes” and I say “well, keep that in mind when I tell you what I just did”, he laughs nervously and says “okay”. So I proceed to tell him what happened. He wasn’t mad at all. But he has never let me live it down. Ever time I go to parallel park he asks me if there are any walls close by

6 thoughts on “Prompt #1 – The time I backed into a wall literally

  1. Oh my. I’ve heard that parallel parking is so difficult and not many people know it unless you go to the bigger cities around me. It’s a difficult maneuver that I’ve seen and it scares me until someone pulls it nicely.

    1. I’d never had any issues before and none since. I was more concentrating on not hitting the cars and never thought about the wall but in the end I learnt a valuable lesson. And the car only has a little white paint on it.

  2. Oops! I think saying “I’ve never…” is often a case of famous last words. I know there have been plenty of times when I’ve bragged about not doing something, only to go ahead and do it days or weeks later. I’m glad you see the funny side now!

  3. That word never lol, you know what they say, never say never. At the least, at least it wasn’t another car. There isn’t much parallel parking where I live, which is a good thing because a lot of the people in the town can’t drive. I remember once I was walking across the street and there was a red light, and I had the walking light and someone with a very large truck came within a few inches of hitting me.

    1. My little town I live in now is all parallel parking along the main street downtown so I have done a lot of parallel parking since but I am very careful! I am glad as well that it wasn’t a car.

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