My husband and I both drive to work not because we are
not environmentally-friendly but because by public transport, it would mean a
green mini-bus ride, then MTR followed by a red mini-bus ride. That takes about
one hour for me and even longer for my hubby.
By car, the journey is 20 minutes for me and 30 for him! As our working
hours are different, we need two cars and two parking spaces of course!
We live in a 45-year old block and each apartment is
entitled to one parking lot. In other words, we need one extra space. For quite some time, we rented one from a
landlord who does not drive but lately his son is back and he drives. That
started my nightmare. There are five spaces with parking meters a street away
but with many families in the same boat like ours – owning two cars, these
spaces are almost like raffle prizes!
That night all spaces were taken up by the time I
arrived home. It was already 11. I waited hoping that those with metres expired
would come and drive away their cars but that did not happen. I gave up after
half an hour and parked my car near to our exit without blocking it!
The next morning, I left home at 7:35, half an hour
earlier than usual. My helper was just coming up the stairs after cleaning our
cars. She said cheerfully, “no ticket!” I was so relieved.
I was happy far too soon! As I was walking near my
car, I saw a policeman in the action of sliding the fine ticket under the left windscreen
wiper. He was unexpectedly courteous and sympathetic.
“I waited for a while knowing you must live here!
There are too many complaints from residents about illegal parking blocking
their driveways! Don’t park here anymore. We will surely ticket you!” He has
the gentlest voice.