Tucson By Choice!: The Last Word

The Last Word

She had the last word.

Sometimes you just can't win for losing.  That's my gold Explorer on the left.  I wanted to park in the partially open space on the right, but the person sitting in the driver's seat was preoccupied.  Getting out, I walked to her window, caught her attention, and when she rolled down the window, I said:  "Maam, you're parked halfway over the line between the handicapped spot and..."  "Well," she said, pointing to her Handi Hanger, "I am handicapped."

"I see,"  I replied.

I moved to the other side of the parking lot.

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"I see,"  I replied, and moved my car to the opposite side of the parking lot.

Comment balloon 27 commentsMike Jones • January 13 2009 03:31AM


Mike, I see that so often. I look at the plate or sign and shake my head wondering if they are physically, mentally or both... 

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Mike, I'm sure it was a nice walk, right?  LOL

I'm making an effort to not let other drivers irritate me as often.  It's going to be a long haul.......

Posted by Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 305.81.HOUSE (46873), GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay | (eXp Realty LLC) over 9 years ago

You and your camera! 

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) over 9 years ago

I know a few folks who have the handicapped hanger in MD.  All it takes is a note from the DR and you can get one. 

They are no more handicapped than I and, in fact, walking a few more steps from the vehicle to the store wouldn't hurt them at all.


Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 9 years ago


Posted by Kevin Cavanaugh, Lic. Associate Broker, ABR, GREEN (Keller Williams Hudson Valley Realty) over 9 years ago

How'd you get away with taking the photo?  That spot was so wide, wonder why she needed another half a space! 

Posted by Stanton Homes, Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina (Stanton Homes - New Home Builder) over 9 years ago

GOOD MORNING MIKE!  OK - that's it!  I am submitting your name to TV 4 to be their on the spot "Canon Mike" caught it again reporter.  --Gabrielle

Posted by Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind, Broker/Owner (KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate) over 9 years ago


Well, I guess that will just teach you to try and park a Ford Explorer in a space reserved for compact cars again :)


Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 9 years ago

I'm proud of you Mike! You know how to pick your battles!!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) over 9 years ago

Well that is too much... Seems some people take "full" advantage...

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Posted by Charles McDonald, REALTOR®, Blogger, Principal Broker®, Owner (Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions) over 9 years ago

Mike, I think you made the right move by parking on the other side of the parking lot.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA over 9 years ago


Well, the hadicapped driver was in the handicapped spot and the rest of the car was compact...some drivers like their half in the middle!!! LOL, Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Mike, I sorry, but some people are not just physically handicap , but also mentally. That makes no sense.

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Posted by Roy A. Peterson, P.R.E.I. (Domicile Analysis of Texas) over 9 years ago

Wow, makes you wonder how handicapped they are and in what capacity.  I see people everyday park in the handicap parking places and then jump out of their vehicles and walk right into the store.  Heck, I am eight months pregnant and park at the very end of the parking lot to protect me vehicle from the door slingers and also to just plain get some more exercise.  Good choice on the other side of the parking lot!

Posted by Kim Peasley-Parker (AgentOwned Realty, Heritage Group, Inc.) over 9 years ago

Mike-I guess you would have to laugh, what else besides taking the picture could you do

Posted by Joseph D. Federico, Eastern Massachusetts Real Estate (Donahue Real Estate Co.) over 9 years ago

I like to walk to I park far away anyway but remain amazed at the fights I see over parking spaces. Almost funny if it wasn't so pathetic.!

Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing over 9 years ago

I'm so glad you took a photo. What a hilarious post. Some people should not be allowed a drivers license. CASE IN POINT!

Posted by John LaRocca (LaRocca Inspections) over 9 years ago

So many 'handicapped' parking spots are used by healthy young folk who are using grandpa's permit...  it ain't right...

Posted by Robert Monk, Florida Real Estate (100% Realty, Inc.) over 9 years ago

It's not the least bit funny but it still made me laugh. In Texas we have all the morons folks who drive big ass pickups and have no idea how to park them...*WHEW*

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) over 9 years ago


Laughing is good!


It's a selfish world.




That's why you're skinny and I'm fat!


If you'll notice, I treated her right.  I erased her license plate before blogging. LOL


All the best with your new baby!


You always make me smile.  Life is good!


"Some like their half in the middle"  LOL


Yes, I did!  :)


Funny, isn't it!


Yes, I do!  :)


You're the only one who noticed that!  Ssshh!  Don't tell.


They called today.  You did the trick!


She never noticed.  It wasn't hard.




Doesn't that just frost your kiester?!


It's always at the ready!


Like someone else said, you have to pick your battles.


Thanks for being the first to comment!

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 9 years ago

I know we need  the handicap locations but so many people abuse it . I would like to see more of them ticketed if they aren't legitimate.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) over 9 years ago


She was legitimate.  I don't think she was abusing it as much as shw was just clueless about what she was doing.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 9 years ago

Clueless is right.  Maybe she doesn't see well and shouldn't be driving?? 

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) over 9 years ago

She's going to get a ticket for that frame over her plate covering Arizona...

Posted by Doreen McPherson, Phoenix Arizona Real Estate ~ (Homesmart ~ Scottsdale ~ Tempe) over 9 years ago


Oh well...  :)

And about the clueless part?  Not my problem.  LOL

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 9 years ago

Like I tell my kids, it's important to know the difference between when it is apporpiate to say what your thinking and when it's not.  Looks like the weather was warm and the walk probably was good for your stress level.

Posted by Kathy Kooyman (Home Realty) over 9 years ago


Thanks for commenting.  You're right about teaching children not to say whatever comes to mind.  It never pays.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 9 years ago

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