Dear Page Larkin:
I’m one of those ‘Bridge and Tunnelers’ you write about.
But San Francisco doesn’t open up her Golden Gates for me. Oh, yeah, we all come over the Bridge to the bright lights and zero parking.
Last week, I got two parking tickets in San Francisco.
The funny thing, one was imaginary. Get this: I pulled over to the side, engine running, looking for address of a first date with a Match.com connection. A meter maid came along and advised me to move on. I moved instantly. Three weeks later, I received a $55.00 parking ticket in the mail for that day and time.
I know San Francisco has really big bills, who doesn’t? Word on the street is that San Francisco makes $90 million a year on parking tickets.
That night, I had a hot date for dinner in the Marina District. Like you write about the Marina, I fed the parking meter handfuls of quarters. For a two hour parking experience, set my timer, was back in the car one hour and 59 minutes only to find a parking ticket on my windshield. My date was mad, I was really ticked off. Ruined the evening.
San Francisco doesn’t want me to visit– doesn’t want my dining dollars, doesn’t want me to shop on Union Square, doesn’t want me the Marina District at my favorite bars and restaurants.
I protested both tickets – the irony: I had to pay $8.00 to park and contest the ticket. San Francisco considers all parkers guilty and are rarely, so I’m I told, dismisses the ticket. So the time I took off to drive to the City (two hours) and pay for parking ($8.00) only to learn no- ‘we don’t dismiss tickets.’
I’ll only be dating women in Mill Valley, Corte Madera in San Rafael. They welcome me with open arms, decent parking meters and free parking on Sunday!
Bye, San Francisco. I’ll stay on my side of the bridge. Max in Marin
Don’t give up the ship. Aviod the City’s parking debacle – hop on the fabulous Larkspur ferry, the bus, car share. San Francisco is a goldmine for fun, unique, exciting and worthwile venues. Give it another try.
San Francisco Dating@50 Examiner, Page Larkin, welcomes your feedback, questions and queries at firstname.lastname@example.org.