So here I am, in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn and as usual, looking for parking. Of course there is no parking, however, one space did just open right in front of me, which I can’t believe. Now we have all been on the delivering and receiving end of a parallel park. If you haven’t then keep reading and learn a little something.
I say “delivering and receiving” because we all delivered the tap and we received a tap from someone else. I get into position and I start doing the dreaded parallel park into a miniscule space. I back in and pull forward. All is well, however I appear to be a little far for my standard of parking, especially for a native. After pulling back a little more I pull forward and I tap the guy in front of me. Since it was a slight tap, normally people usually don’t make a big deal about it. However, if you tap a nice car there might be a little static. It’s Brooklyn, everyone taps a bumper here and there.
The guy I tapped doesn’t have the same philosophy, therefore he decides to get out and take a look at his bumper. He then looks at me and I give a friendly wave of apology to him. I look at his plate and see he is from Florida. He has one of those “Save the Manatee” plates. He glares at me and I crack my window slightly open. He approaches with his hands out at his side and I ask “You having a bad day”? “I am now” he replies. I ask “How long you’ve been living here”? “Couple of months” was his response. “You’ll get used to it” as I jokingly say with a smile. “It’s nothing to smile about” he says as he continues to glare at me.
At this point I can see he’s not letting up so I decide to get out of my car very carefully and say “My man you are going to have a lot of bad days around here because that’s all people do, we tap each other’s cars most of the time. You’re just heated because you happen to be in your car when it took place. Don’t make a big deal about it. Go about your business and think of the Manatees, what would they do in this situation” as he continues to glare at me and I glare back at him.
Before he could say anything else, I continued with “We wouldn’t want the Manatees to lose a contributor, due to a sudden disability would we? You can never be too careful around here”. He continued to glare and I glared right back at him, also keeping an eye on his hands just in case he tried to take a swing.
What’s hilarious about this situation is that this guy got all bent out of shape over a tap on the back bumper of his “Toyota Rav 4” a car that can take a tap. The lesson learned, is not to take a tap too seriously. Also be careful, a slight tap could be someone looking to start something. As far as Mr. Manatee is concerned, I am guessing he is not long for Brooklyn. One of those moments that make you say Really!!?.