After two months of adjusting to a new addition, we’re back on the road again. No flying, but after a two hour drive we’re in our favorite local weekend destination: Portland, Maine. We’re back at the Hyatt Place Old Port (no suite though this time), and even if the rest of the weekend is a bust I’d already consider this trip a success. I’ll have more on that later, but wanted to write a quick post about a random “issue” I have.
For some reason, I have a major philosophical opposition towards paying for parking. It goes beyond just saving money, I think, I just go very far out of my way not to pay for parking at all. I’ll circle in Chinatown for 45 minutes before paying $10 to park in a garage.
How this relates to our trip to Portland is due to the $18 valet parking charge at the Hyatt Place. Last time we were here we arrived on Saturday and stayed on Sunday and Memorial Day, so I was able to street park for free after 6 PM. Arriving on a Friday night, I’m going to have to deal with parking all day tomorrow.
Still, I refused to pay the $18 for the convenience of parking. I hate valet parking in general, since I like having access to my car immediately. Though you can see the foolishness in that kind of thinking since I can’t have my car immediately if it’s parked on the street blocks away.
Instead of paying $18, I’m going to move my car all throughout the day tomorrow, probably paying about $10 in parking altogether at meters. Now that I’m typing that out it seems even stupider that I didn’t pay for parking, and that’s not even including the fact that I’m risking a ticket if I don’t get back to my car in time.
Theoretically, I feel like chasing these tiny dollars, especially when it comes at the cost of a ton of convenience and with a decent amount of risk, is completely stupid. In practice, I just can’t bring myself to pay the parking fee. Am I crazy? Do other people treat paid parking in a similar fashion? Or are there other areas where you save a few pennies even though it’s basically irrational? I’d love to know.
Oh, and I should add, I blew all the money I saved on parking on like, four oysters. Delicious, though.