2014, July 24 | Thursday 11:39 am

by Peter Samuel

Wednesday afternoon I was backing my little car (a Fiat 500) gingerly into my garage off the middle of the 200 block of North Court Street. It’s a test of maneuvering skill because a guy from upstairs in the building has permission to park on the southern half of the crossover and it’s a challenge to avoid scraping the rear end of his red Honda Element to my right and a small planted area to my left as I get to the driveway.

I like to drive out of the garage forwards because it gives better visibility of any pedestrians on the sidewalk and cars traveling, often quite fast, on this wide stretch of North Court St.

Anyway, attempting my back-in Wednesday afternoon on the first shot in I miscalculated the angle of approach, so went forward again to correct my angle of entry for a second try. I was pretty much on track with a good entry when a couple of women – African American women in their 30s I guess – walking the sidewalk neared my short driveway.

By way of apology for obstructing them, and to excuse my need for the second shot in, I said to them: “Sorry to block you, this is one tricky bit of driving.”

Under their gaze I was doing a pretty good job on the second shot in, but as my back wheels cleared the sidewalk and started up the tiny 8 foot long driveway part, the older of the two women said loudly by way of warning:

“Watch it you’re getting into the flowers Love, you’re in big trouble with the missus.”

In point of fact the “flowers” in question are a tough rambunctious perennial and, unclipped, have grown about two feet out of their planting area onto the concrete pavement of the tiny driveway. They will bounce back within a few days after being driven over. Or else the crushed leaders can usefully be pruned back and stuck in a compost bin. Plus there is no ‘missus’ here to give me grief over ‘the flowers.’

But the lady’s tease of a warning still has me chuckling… editor.


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