Thursday, August 14, 2008

A Really Bad Decision

I’ve got to start carrying a camera again. That’s just all there is to it.

There are times that images are best – and I say this, as a writer! Last night was one of those times. So, indulge me, and you’ll see why my moment of digital lacking pains me so greatly.

While waiting for the bus home, I couldn’t help but notice the car directly across the street. The car, with the bright orange boot lock on its rear passenger tire, was kind of hard to ignore. I felt a twinge of sympathy, knowing first-hand the evil ways of the Nazi parking police.

The windows on the car were tinted, so I didn’t realize there was someone inside until a guy of 20-25 emerged. The orange stripe that parted his dark hair was not that dissimilar from the neon orange of the boot. Though it wasn’t quite a Mohawk, the stripe stood at least an inch above the rest of his hair.

Yes, dude. You’re clearly a paying member of the antiestablishment movement. (The punk revolution of the ‘80s returns. Rock on.)

But here’s a bit of advice: The next time you visit downtown St. Louis – especially if you still have outstanding parking violations DON’T, as in DO NOT, park directly in front of the City of St. Louis’ PARKING VIOLATION ENFORCEMENT OFFICE.

How’s that for visual irony? The car – in front of a glass storefront identifying itself as the Nazi parking police, the boot firmly in place. And the orange of the boot complementing the orange stripe.

D*mn! I still can’t believe I missed this.

6 comments:

notsosahm said...

Does your phone not have a camera on it?!?! That's a piece of social irony right there that wouldn't look better if it had been planned.

Maybe next time...those guys are usually repeat offenders.

NV said...

V -- Nope, and never will if I can help it. I'm stubborn that way. my phone, which is used sparingly, is just to TALK. I recently shocked the hell out of the MonkeyGirl by TEXTING her. :-) (Which I'm VERY bad at.)

Ty'sMommy said...

OH. MY. GOD. That is just too funny. I wonder if it was my old highschool sweetheart...he looked kinda like that.....

Ann said...

Can't tell you how many times I chastise myself for not carrying my camera at all times, but I just cannot bring myself to do it....

...one more thing to carry...ugh...

NV said...

Ty'smom -- I guess it could be.

Ann -- I KNOW! That's it in a nutshell. That, and I'm always afraid that it will get damaged in the commute.

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