Portumna Parking, Laugh or You'll Cry
I'm always amazed at the wild abandon with which people park in Portumna, Co. Galway. Here's a little collection of some of my favourites.
Parking in Disabled/Reserved Spaces
I guess I could park in a standard parking space, or I could needlessly take up a parent-and-toddler space. But why do that when I could needlessly take up two parent-and-toddler spaces.
If that last person is going to take up two spaces, then I'm going to take up four.
You know the way some people with disabilities need extra space getting in/out of their cars? Well, today I'm taking that extra space.
I have a mercedes; I'll park wherever I want to.
A favourite parking space for the fully-abled people of Portumna.
Busy? Not busy enough for me to not want to park in three parking spaces at the same time, two of which are for disabled people.
Parking on Corners
This dreamboat thought the best place he/she could park, right at the time when that street is really busy with people collecting kids from school, was on the busiest corner of the town - just walking distance from the path.
I'll see your double yellow line, and raise you a car on top of it. Happy now?
I don't particularly care if I am outside the doctor's surgery. If I want to park my car awkwardly, I damn well will.
Know how I know this van is parked here (again, when this road is at it's busiest with people collecting kids from school) and not just waiting to pull out on to the road? Because there is no one in the van.
I'm not sure what I am trying to focus on here, the parking on the corner or the parking on the path. I think we have a problem with parking at school-collection times.
Parking on Main Street
(Yes, after 12 years living here, I still don't know the names of any of the roads!)
Sometimes there's just not enough room to park on the road!
Where the previous car ended, this one begins. It's just the circle of life.
Wide load? No just someone who can't/won't park properly.
Oh, the irony of it all - my car!
Why would the children need to look up and down the road when at the pedestrian crossing? Can't they just cross and hope for the best?
Right, I've finished in the bank; now, how do I get out of the car park?
If a small car can do it, a large one can do it better.
You can do up the road, but you'll never take our ability to park with wild abandon.
If you want to get into the yard that this yellow box services, you gotta wait until I let you.
Or, maybe you'll have to wait until I am willing to let you.
Or, maybe me. We all love this yellow box, y'know?
Yes, I do need to bring a trailer when I go shopping. And yes, I do need to take up 3 parking spaces with it.
At least this specimen didn't take up the disabled or parent-and-toddler spaces. Surprising really.
Obviously you want to get close to Lough Derg for a better view; and, anyway, surely no one is going to need to use the path?