The Parking Space Reserver …

With all the traffic and congestion around town … people are becoming more and more innovative in tackling the challenges that this phenomenon is throwing at them…. One of the things that are starting to happen is that people are starting to invent parking spaces… ok maybe invent is a bad word to use … I should say redefine or create parking space … ok what I mean is that any empty space can now be claimed as a parking spot (PS)… It does not matter if this space was actually reserved to park in … it doesn’t matter that it may have other uses … it just looks like a space that can from this moment onwards be categorized and used as PS…

Now, once that is established as the logical thing to do, people start to build on that… the reality that these PSs are not actually PSs becomes blurred … in some cases this reality, is not longer the reality… it is an imagined figment of some past world… these new/non PSs (NPSs) are now a legitimate space for some to claim as their own and even aggressively or passively protect… I know, its like being in a movie … but the truth is that this is now the reality…

I don’t think that this phenomenon is new to the world as places like city center are very good at making sure people’s imaginations do not take hold over reality…. Especially the Qurum City Center… there is no way that someone can intentionally or unintentionally mistake anything for an NPS… well done MAF …

As i drove into this old style parking areas I noticed that the whole place was over packed and “logically” people were starting to claim every otherwise empty spot and turning into a PS … I try to squeeze into an empty slot between two (wrongly) parallel parked cars to let another car pass … BUT NO !! there is this guy standing in the middle of the space telling me that the space was reserved  … RESERVED ?!?!? … its not even a real parking space !!   i signaled to him that i  want to go in to let the other car pass and he thought i was trying to steal a non existing parking space!! …  i almost ran him over but he wouldnt move … he pretended to play with his phone … how do you deal with this type of delusional people? … i lower my window:

OM: Ya e6ayeb, shiwaya bes. (Hey good guy, please move, i want to pass)

TPSR: la walla mowqif ma7joz. (No, parking is reserved)

OM: bes hatha ma mowqif hatha shari3 ( but this is not a parking space, its a road)

TPSR: Ana 7ajiz elmowqif 7al zameeli ( i am booking it for my colleague)

Is there point trying to explain to him the difference between the stripes on the side walk when its a parking space and when its not ?

OM: bes ana areed a6oof (but i want to pass thru)

TPSR: howa jay al7een ( he is coming now, i am reserving it)

OM: There is enough space for me to pass …

He ignores me and continues to play with his phone … i slowly move forward … now my front bumper is touching his dishdasha … he refuses to move … this guys is willing to anything for that imaginary parking space … finally he speaks…

TPSR: 3ando jims … mashi makkan… kabeerah ( He has a GMC, there in no space)

what on earth does that have to do with anything …

side note:  A GMC is called a JIMS in arabic. i am not sure why they deiced that the C is an S. The people that decided on the name had a major debate (i am sure) weather they should call call it a JIMK or JIMS … at the end JIMs got the majority vote as democracy always prevails .. it also sounds better and is easier to pronounce ..

I am not really willing to run a guy over to prove that the parking space was actually a road … so i wait till the cars move away … i reverse back and find a parking space … while i am walking to the shop i see a toyota camry drive into that space … and mister TPSR has a proud smile on his face  that he managed to reserve the space … what i cannot understand why he said that his friend had a JIMS?? was there a reason to lie ??

This guy was convinced that he was actually really really reserving a real parking space for someone. That in its self is a bit of stretch … but we’ll let is slide … then he decides i am going to lie about the car that my friend has … and then he decides, i will willing to sustain physical injury for this (imaginary) cause …

As i get back to my car after doing some shopping (at safeer in athaiba) i see another ba6al (champion) .. chatting away on the phone while his poor wife unloads all the stuff from the trolleys into the car …

hmmm … i need to get out of the house more often …

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