at least if i get lost in may, it will be warm outside

On Wednesday I had to go to a meeting in Center City, Philadelphia.

I considered taking the train, and even looked at the train schedule and consulted Matt about the location of the train station, the meeting, and the complexity of the navigation in between the two.

In the end, I decided to drive because I figured that at least if/when I got lost I’d be sitting in my warm car instead of wandering around in the cold, windy air.

I am all about comfort.

However, I was still a bit of a nervous wreck because if there is one thing I hate, it’s driving in the city. 

I prefer driving in the suburbs. 

With light to moderate traffic.

And no adverse weather conditions.

The meeting was at 1:00, and just 18 miles from my office.  Naturally, I left at 11:15, automatically factoring in an extra hour or so for the lovely combo of traffic and mistakes.   

Much to my delight, I made it to the city and parked in a Philadelphia Parking Authority garage with no trouble at all.  The meeting went even better than expected, and I walked out of that office building feeling like I was on top of the world.  

Unfortunately, things took a turn about ten minutes later when I realized the parking garage was undergoing major construction and the lanes were all mixed up.  I pulled out of my spot and promptly misinterpreted the lane to which the “EXIT” sign was pointing, and wound up driving the wrong way in a one way parking garage.

People were honking at me.  And flashing their lights.  And I just wanted to scream “I KNOW.  I REALIZE THAT I AM DRIVING THE WRONG DIRECTION.”

Eventually, and I do meant EVENTUALLY, I turned myself around.  It took a little while and a lot of maneuvering because the parking spaces were slanted so that they were aimed at people driving the correct way. 

I was never more thankful for my tiny Ford Focus and my sweet steering wheel agility.

Last night I got an email about the next meeting.

It’s scheduled for May, so I guess I better buy my train ticket.


(P.S. The meeting was in the same building as this one was a few years ago.  I am happy to report that I did not have any trouble with the elevators this time around.) 


Comments

Victoria said…
Your stories always crack me up!!! I'd be ordering my train ticket too! I'm with you on preferring the suburbs and mild traffic...Oh and night driving in the city is a nightmare for me! My eyes are good, but with all the lights and crazy drivers and traffic, it just freaks me out! :)
Brittany said…
You poor thing and your driving/car stories. There is no panic quite like that of a driver going the wrong way in a one-way. I know all too well.
I really really really hate parking garages. I'd rather park in a surface lot! They freak me out.
Baby Sister said…
Ugh. I hate driving in new places. We have a Ford Focus too and I love it for it's size!! It makes life sooo much easier.
At least with the train you don't have to get lost in construction and drive down a one-way street going the wrong way. I'm glad you got home safely!
Martha Woods said…
That sounds like something I would do! Glad I'm not alone.