Orignially I titled this post "Life Lessons From the Street" but I realized it might give off the wrong impression :) I admire people from all different backgrounds and experiences while realizing that I am a girl from suburbia and I'm proud of it; my experiences and upbringing have made me who I am.
My friend Khadijeh recently sent me the below list; commuters everywhere will definately appreciate her thoughts :)
Everything I Need to Know I Learned Parking on the Street at Georgetown
10. Take the first spot you come across; you might not have another chance.
9. Park in the sun, on a hill, or on the cable car tracks if you have to. Beggars can't be choosers.
8. Don't let a horn-happy driver rush you when parallel-parking, it usually results in a fender-bender.
7. Don't assume the other driver has seen your signal. Some things have to be made more obvious if you want someone to understand.
6. Everyone else on the road is going to be myopic and short-tempered- a little sense of humor goes a long way.
5. When you're walking to class, remember what it's like to be a driver on a street full of students who think they own the road.
4. Just because you're in a car doesn't mean people can't see you belting your heart out to Faith Hill (or Counting Crows). And you never know who's watching (like fellow MSA Board members)
3. You may think you're doing a charitable service to passersby by blasting your favorite music out your open windows, but 95% of them wouldn't agree.
2. A good conversation over a good cup of coffee is always worth the risk of a $50 ticket. You can't put a price on that kind of thing.
1. Keep spare change handy for the homeless people on Key Bridge. A grateful smile and a "God bless you" will make your morning. And you just may have made theirs.