The Parking Spot

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One Chicago winter day, complete with six-foot-high snowdrifts, I pondered how to create a space for my car. It wasn’t humanly possible to dig a path to my garage, so I would have to park in front of my house. That left me with two choices: Wait for the sun to do the job (which could require a change of seasons), or do the nasty myself and wield my shovel. You’d think I’d own a snow-blower, but maybe I was a masochist at heart.

I worked for hours, even clearing out an approach for my coveted parking spot. After finishing, I noticed my neighbor across the street admiring my handiwork and giving me the thumbs up. He was an air traffic controller at O’Hare, so I figured he was admiring my runway.

I’m leaning on my shovel, and as I pivoted, I hear a noise behind me. It’s Harry, suddenly pulling into my perfect parking place, almost running me over. The space was so large, he did it in one pass. Emerging with a self-satisfied look, Harry strode quickly toward his front door.

The traffic controller had witnessed Harry’s move and said to him,

”Harry, do you realize how hard Jerry worked on that cleared spot you parked in?”

Harry sputtered, saying he had no idea it was my handiwork, and backed out of the space.I ran into the house and brought out a small ladder . With a magic marker, I made a sign, tacked it on the ladder, and  placed an ——> pointing to the lettering that said,” MY SPOT!”  It must have worked because I never had an incident like this again.

(photo courtesy of Njnightsky/Dreamstime.com)

Jerry Goldberg About Jerry Goldberg

Jerry Goldberg grew up on the west side of Chicago. After high school, he was drafted in the Army during the Korean conflict. Upon his honorable discharge, he joined Local 130 in Chicago as a plumber, working from 1952 to 2000. Jerry has been happily married for 60 years, residing with his wife, Gloria, in Huntley, Illinois. They were blessed with two wonderful children, and have three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
When his son encouraged him to get online, Jerry replied, "What do I need that for?" But all that changed a year into his retirement, when his daughter gave him a modem for his birthday, opening a whole new chapter. Finding stained glass insufficiently fulfilling, Jerry discovered the AARP message boards and began his one-finger magic. Eventually, he became quite proficient (two fingers), starting a board called, "Jerry's Corner."

This board was the second most popular board on AOL. Jerry bantered with any and all, and began writing humorous true stories of his past life. The stories you see here are a compilation of most he has written ... enjoy!

Jerry Goldberg About Jerry Goldberg

Jerry Goldberg grew up on the west side of Chicago. After high school, he was drafted in the Army during the Korean conflict. Upon his honorable discharge, he joined Local 130 in Chicago as a plumber, working from 1952 to 2000. Jerry has been happily married for 60 years, residing with his wife, Gloria, in Huntley, Illinois. They were blessed with two wonderful children, and have three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
When his son encouraged him to get online, Jerry replied, "What do I need that for?" But all that changed a year into his retirement, when his daughter gave him a modem for his birthday, opening a whole new chapter. Finding stained glass insufficiently fulfilling, Jerry discovered the AARP message boards and began his one-finger magic. Eventually, he became quite proficient (two fingers), starting a board called, "Jerry's Corner."

This board was the second most popular board on AOL. Jerry bantered with any and all, and began writing humorous true stories of his past life. The stories you see here are a compilation of most he has written ... enjoy!

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