consequences of living in a college town

I like the little town that I live in.  Most people don’t, but I do.  Sure, there’s a few drawbacks, but for the most part, the benefits outweigh the costs and I like it better here than my more urban hometown.  The thing that annoys me the most is the fact that my little town is a college town, chock full of annoying college kids.  Summers are best because most of them are gone and I always try really hard to enjoy the quiet before they come back.  Which is quite soon now.  Besides being just downright obnoxious, college kids also don’t have much driving experience.  So I’m always very careful about where I park my baby Prius since I want to keep it ding- and dent-free for as long as possible.  And I think you can guess the rest from here…

My husband and I decided to go out to dinner at our favorite Japanese restaurant today.  We got lucky and found a parking space quickly.  But I noticed that we were parked crooked.  And then the car next to us started backing out and I got really scared that they would scrape us.  But I didn’t say anything because my husband hates it when I criticize his driving.  We just stayed in the car while they backed out and sure enough, they scraped us.  As my husband sat there dumbfounded, I kept telling him, “They hit us.  They f****** hit us.  They hit us, dammit…why are you still sitting there?!”  I finally got out of the car before they could decide to run off and dealt with everything from there on.  It turns out that it wasn’t us who had parked crooked, but them.  We were as straight as straight could be.  If only my husband had my good sense and parked one space down, our poor baby Prius wouldn’t have a nice scratch on it.  Because obviously, if someone’s parked crooked, it means that they probably aren’t the best driver and you should avoid them.  So yeah, our baby Prius’s dent-free days are over…and just shy of its first birthday too.  So sad.  Damn college kids!

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2 Responses to “consequences of living in a college town”

  • I am jealous of your Prius-ness.
    Hell, I am jealous of your car-ness.

  • Hehe. Despite the fact that I HATE driving, I can’t imagine living without a car. I especially can’t imagine living without my Prius. But cars are costly and a whole lot of trouble, so I also think that you’re saving yourself a ton of grief by not having one. :)

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