060: I am grateful for free parking

As you might have guessed, parking in downtown Vancouver can be tricky and expensive. Not as excessive as Calgary for some reason, but costly all the same. We parked in the Cinemark Tinseltown Mall as the neighborhood is kind of sketchy and it is covered.

We were fully expecting to pay at least $10 for the two hours we were there. We put our money into the machine and tried to pay, but the machine spat our first $20 bill. The machine ate the second $20 bill and told us we owed another $9 when the bill was onl$10 to begin with.


Carol quickly hit the “cancel” and out came our $20 with a second parking stub.

So we thought, let’s try the credit card. We stuck the ticket stub in and a message saying “no charge” popped up on the screen.


So, we hopped into the car with two parking stubs in tow, now expecting a discussion with a parking attendant at the exit.

We waited in the line up of cars slowly making their way out of the underground, chatting about this weird experience. As we pulled up, the gate was wide open and the attendants were waving people through. Hooray!

I don’t believe in angels, no. But I do have a wee parking angel. It’s on my dashboard and you wind it up. The wings flap and it’s supposed to give you a parking space. It’s worked so far. ~ Billy Connolly

Carol and I just say, “Cah Pahk!” If you have ever watched The Secret you know what we mean. It actually works like a hot damn. It did tonight.

What is free parking?

Free parking is a parking space that you don’t have to pay for and also a spot on a Monopoly board that causes arguments between game purists and those who play by other rules. No need for quotes tonight.

We are becoming full time philanthropists. We went out to another fundraising event this evening. Tonight it was RENDEZVOUS: 6TH ANNUAL DOXA FUNDRAISER for my new gig with the Documentary Film Festival here in town. Although I don’t start until November 30th, it was a no brainer to show up and shoot a little video and get some stills of the event.

The people I’ll be working with are so nice! What a great group. I am so happy I get to put some of my skills to work and help them out. I am very much looking forward to this new adventure.

It sure is nice being taken care of by the Universe. Thanks!

Photo by Thomas Hawk on Flickr