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disasters that strike other areas, but I say there’s no com- parison. Snowstorms stop everything, including something as basic as parking. Tornadoes have a similar effect on traf- fic patterns. Earthquakes don’t really affect you unless you’re right on


top of the epicenter. If you are unlucky enough to be in that spot, you’d better keep your fingers crossed while you’re trapped under your china cabinet and hope they get you out before the next aftershock. There’s nowarning systemfor earthquakes; they just hap-


pen and then they are over. If you’re at the grocery store and hear the seismic thunder as the quake approaches, and then the cacophony of hundreds of bottles and jars rattling against one another, it can be scary (speaking fromexperience). It’s scary no matter where you are, but it’s over quickly


and you never saw it coming long enough to alter the course of your day. If you happen to be in a parking lot and a quake opens up a huge ravine right under your feet that swallows you whole, then it was just your time to go, because nobody can stop that kind of destiny. I’m not equipped to do anything in the snow anymore.


I’m barely equipped to handle temperatures higher or lower than 72 degrees. This admission, I know, will not earn me respect or admiration from anyone reading this column, but it’s the truth. I tried snow and I’m not a big fan. I don’t mind looking at it, but I sure don’t want to park in it.


Melissa Bean Sterzick is PT’s amateur parker and proofreader. She can be reached at Melissa@parkingtoday.com


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