Hi guys, I have some bad news - I'm not very happy!
You know sometimes you wake up and get the feeling that the day ahead won't be worth getting out of bed for..? Well, I dragged myself out of my cosy bed at about 10 o'clock this morning. For the past two days the boiler hasn't been working, we've had no hot water and of course no heating, making it difficult to get up in the morning. I had a shower (thank goodness that's still working!) and got ready for my french lecture. Typically I was running late and had to drive in, I was still 5 minutes late but I suppose that's excusable. However, there were NO parking spaces to be found anywhere in the car park nor on the surrounding streets. I decided to take my chances and park on double yellow lines. I wasn't obstructing a garage door, a delivery area, a turning point, or parked on a corner. In fact, I couldn't understand why this area had been painted with the dreaded yellow lines at all. I ran up into my french lesson and thought nothing else of it.
Two hours later...
Instead of returning straight to my car, I went in to Wearmouth Bar (where I work) to see if the rotas had been put up for next week. They hadn't. So I returned to my little J-reg Ford Fiesta to find, you guessed it, a big fat custard-coloured envelope stuck on my windscreen. I tore it off in anger, and drove home. Once home I opened the letter. Having not ever been in trouble with the law, I was a little suprised to find that the envelope contained a bill for £60!!!!!! I do think that's a little steep. If I pay within 14 days the nice people at NCP will five me a 50% discount. Still, that is no consolation for a student, who was in fact attending a lesson and had nowhere else to park! I was late today, and wouldn't usually have driven to the city campus (it's only a 10 minute walk), but for those who live further afield, it wouldn't suprise me if parking tickets were a weekly nightmare!
Now I understand why people hate traffic wardens so much.
On top of all of this, my car decided it wasn't going to start after waiting outside the doctors for my housemate.
Someone somewhere must have it in for me!