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    17 April 2008


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    I will never forget the first time I saw that happen in France. The guy backed in pushing the car behind him pretty far to make room and then did the same to the car in front of him. He kept doing this until he managed to park in what I would have considered a more than tight spot.

    Several years ago, I was walking to my office in Pacific Heights in San Francisco one warm, spring day. As I passed by a shop with a woman in front gesticulating at the cars that had boxed her in with less than an inch at front AND back, I saw one of the offenders was a police car. She was busily calling them on her mobile, and the police dept. was asking how close the police care was to hers. She said, "well, let me put it this way: if my car was a girl car and his car was a boy car, my car would be pregnant"!

    In Paris that would be considered a good parking job!

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