Friday, August 01, 2008

Cheap and Lazy

My place of employ charges their employees to park, even though there is a multitude of space available for parking. It's done on a sliding scale so that the more you make, the more you pay. When you get a raise, wack! Now you pay more to park. I'm sure this is not an unusual practice, but knowing that doesn't make me any happier about it.

August 1st marks the beginning of a new parking year, but with my upcoming leave-of-absence I was reluctant to have to buy the new pass, then return it in a month, and buy it again a few months after that. I certainly wasn't going to pay for it during my 3 month LOA. To avoid all the hassle, I decided I would just buy the fool thing when I return to work in December.

So today was the first day of my new routine which involves parking nearby (where it's free!) and walking to my office. I cut through some nice wooded areas and some tall grassy bits, then I popped out onto the sidewalk to climb the hill to my office building. I arrived somewhat sweaty and damp from the dew in about 15 minutes (change of pants and shoes in my backpack). My plan is on mornings when it's raining cats & dogs to snag a spot in the visitor parking. Surely they won't know the difference for one day, right? If I was more ambitious I'd calculate how much money I'm saving by doing this.

4 comments:

BerryBird said...

Cheap, maybe, but lazy? Not so much. Lazy would be paying to park closer. You should take some pictures along your new walking route.

Melissa said...

seriously? is that even legal?? I mean the exercise is great and all, but that is an irritating policy, imho!

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

Good exercise. YAY for exercise.

But hope you don't get TOO sweaty and bugbit. Or get slapped with a fine on rainy days.

Mary Stebbins Taitt said...

The deer was a nice reward. :-D