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Big Trucks

As you know from my previous blog we’ve already had our share of up-close encounters with bad drivers this week. The very next day I had encounter number two of the week with a bad driver. I am happy to report that neither myself, my child, nor the vehicle I was driving at the time were harmed during this encounter – a win for me already!

The other evening I pulled into a parking space at Whole Foods. I had Carter with me so I needed to go around to the passenger side and get him out of his car seat. As I was getting out of the car a truck pulled into the parking spot next to me on Carter’s side of the car. I waited a moment so they could get out and not have to wait while I extracted Carter from the car seat. However instead of putting their vehicle in park they proceeded to back out of the spot and pull in again. Then they backed out of the spot and pulled in for a third time. The driver of the truck then repeated this procedure for a fourth time.

After four attempts at parking their truck the driver decided he was satisfied with his efforts, puts the truck in park, and exited the vehicle. As I moved past him to (finally) get Carter out of my vehicle he said to me “It isn’t easy to park these big trucks.” I’m sure my expression was an, how shall I say this – interesting – one at best.

He was driving a Toyota Tundra. No, I’m not joking, a Toyota Tundra. It took the guy four attempts to park his Toyota Tundra (that didn’t even have an extended or crew cab) in the generously sized parking spots in a very easy to navigate parking lot. Maybe I just have my judgey pants on but it would have never occurred to me that a Toyota Tundra A) qualified as a large truck or B) would be difficult to park in the Whole Foods parking lot.

My brother-in-law summed it up best saying that his man card needed to be revoked, and additionally I should have offered to help him park his large truck if for no other reason than to speed up the process. The ironic apart is despite his continued maneuvering of his truck he still managed to park right on the line next to my car. Carter and I got to do some creative shimmying in order to remove him from his car seat. The only thing that would have made the whole experience more entertaining and less annoying would have been if Jason had also been along for the ride. I can only imagine what his expression would have been!


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