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The price for a parking spot
My apartment building towers over the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration complex, the place where, among other things, they name the hurricanes. When I can’t find a free guest parking spot behind my building, I turn to NOAA’s lot. Because it’s part of the government, and national security being what it is, I have to show an ID to enter it.

The person in the kiosk usually takes a cursory look and waves me along. Last night, however, the guard took a special interest. A woman of size and color, she grabbed my California license out of my hand, held it close to her eyes, and peered back at me.

“That you?”

“Yeah.” I flashed a smile, one that would quickly fade.

“You look a whole lot younger there.” My smile was still in place as I was calculating whether she was questioning my identification’s authenticity, or if she was making a crack.


“I mean, a lot younger!” Yes, lady, thank you for clearing that up. I had a fleeting thought that I’d tell her she probably looked a whole lot thinner on her driver’s license, but I wanted a parking spot and I was too tired from the workday to wrestle with her.

“I felt a whole lot younger there, too.” An uncomfortable chuckle dribbled out.

She shook her head, clutching my license. I waited. “That really you?”

“Yeah, that really me.” My teeth gritted through the sarcasm of my bad grammar.

She pushed the button for the gate to rise, and handed back my ID, shaking her head. I put it in my wallet, and looked at her. “I feel a lot younger than I look.” I was suddenly desperate to save aged face.

“Well, good thing cause you don’t look it.”

I drove on, found a spot, and fumed my way home.


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thekingoftoday From: thekingoftoday Date: May 21st, 2005 03:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
What a bitch. I might have lost it.
backawayslowly From: backawayslowly Date: May 21st, 2005 03:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, Terry. I can just picture it, you goofball. ;-)
privatesector From: privatesector Date: May 21st, 2005 04:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
What a 'Professional' !!! A real comedienne!!! They must payher extra for that.

soul_spider From: soul_spider Date: May 21st, 2005 04:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

Wow. It must have taken a hard life to turn her into such a bitch.
quuf From: quuf Date: May 21st, 2005 04:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Thank you, ma'am. Does everyone at the NOAA look as weather-beaten as you?"

The older I get, the more convinced I am that a brief course in basic manners should be required of all customer-service jobs.

tedwords From: tedwords Date: May 21st, 2005 06:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Is the abuse to your ego something you pay extra for, or does that come with the standard contract?
ubermunkey From: ubermunkey Date: May 21st, 2005 08:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
lol sorry but this whole thing cracks me up. I mean really sweet pea in the guard? booth questioning you. Reminds me of the strip search some old fart got at the airport for making a gun comment. Red neck as hell 70 years old if he was a day, and still the kids in uniform were all about making him understand it ain't funny. Maybe she is from that same training program, and maybe she just had a lover leave her for a man. I hear that makes a woman bitter!

at any rate I found the whole damn thing entertaining.
hope today you do to.

be well
brianrdu From: brianrdu Date: May 21st, 2005 10:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Damn, what's with the 'tude, lady? I dunno...she has to sit in a booth all day, so she's living her reward.
shawnsyms From: shawnsyms Date: May 22nd, 2005 03:02 am (UTC) (Link)
I want to go for a drive in your car someday.
discreet_chaos From: discreet_chaos Date: May 22nd, 2005 11:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Attention Terrorists: Be steadfast with your cover and the NOAA parking lot can be your's.
fairy From: fairy Date: May 23rd, 2005 04:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Good grief. I can sum this up with one word...PEOPLE.

Oh, hehe, I'm a LOT thinner on my license too :)

Some people have odd ways of trying to start conversation. She probably thought she was being friendly in her that really me sort of fashion.
creactivity From: creactivity Date: May 23rd, 2005 08:51 am (UTC) (Link)
My god. Doesn't EVERYONE look younger on their license picture unless they JUST got it?
From: clarabellabo Date: May 27th, 2005 03:38 am (UTC) (Link)
This is kinda funny to me. I'm at the other end of the spectrum. I'm 23 and yet I still get asked for ID for alcohol etc (The drnking age here is 18). I constantly get told I look like a teenager and get comments like, 'you've got no tits or hips, you have a boy's body!'

I think I'll be glad to put on a few pounds and get a few wrinkles!

I've missed your writing, I'm never leaving LJ this long ever again.

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