So something happened to me this weekend that I was none too thrilled about.  This older woman knocked on the door of my apartment and, not too nicely, told me not to park in a certain parking spot outside my apartment.  Now, this parking spot is ON A PUBLIC STREET.  She said to me “I’m an old lady and sometimes I have bags to carry.”  Yeah, well I have my own problems lady.  She also said “I thought you were an old lady that’s why I haven’t come to talk to you sooner.”  I tried to explain my situation but it didn’t faze her and she began to talk over me.  So I wrote her a letter.  It was a nice letter, being mean won’t help the situation, being mean and raising your voice won’t help any situation ever.  We’ll see how she responds….stay tuned to find out.

I talked this over with my therapist who helped me write the letter and she said “next thing you know there will be a chair there.”  Pittsburgh and Philadelphia are known for doing this.  I’m from Pittsburgh and have lived in Philly and in both places I have seen chairs placed on the street in order to reserve a parking spot.  Talk about weird.  It must be a Pennsylvania thing.  I have lived in a few other states and have never seen this.  Well I want to start a movement and change the meaning of the chair thing.  If a chair is on the street it will mean it’s to be picked up then in the summer I’m going to make a piece of artwork composed of all these chairs.

Categories: Recovery, Stroke stuff

18 replies

  1. I’ve seen chairs in Brooklyn. I’ve never understood why they work. What’s your neighbor going to do if you move the chair to the sidewalk and park in the spot?

    My thought: is she trying to get in an “I’m more disabled than you” competition?

    I think writing a letter is a great solution. You said that raising your voice wouldn’t help, but what about raising your cane?

    • Ah, Brooklyn huh? So PA and NY. I don’t understand why the chairs work either. But we allow it to work. We all know what it means and let it happen. Well you bet if I need to park there and I see a chair, I’m moving it!

  2. If she needs closer parking the obvious thing to do is get her doctor to approve a handicap parking tag or plates. That puts the monkey back on her back where it belongs.

  3. Externally my appearance and movements do not look as if I have any physical deficits or they appear slight to the average person. It has been two years since my stroke; inside walking and moving is still an athletic event, both a tremendous effort and fatiguing. I park in a handicap space and as I get out I have heard, on a handful of occasions, people whisper to their companions, “I would do anything to park there.” I know what they mean and I keep a good spirit but trust me, they wouldn’t do anything for a parking spot.

    Post a picture of the chair artwork.

  4. I’ve never seen or heard of the chair thing here in los Angeles….somebody would probably steal it and the parking spot here.

  5. Chairs in Boston after snow, I think the mayor said it’s OK a few yrs ago

  6. Before my stroke I lived just outside of chicago and you would see not only chairs, but tables to hold your freshly shoveled spot!!!!

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