from Finger-Lickin' Fifteen, a Stephanie Plum novel by Janet Evanovich
" All over the field, teams were working at marinating meat and chopping vegetables. The air smelled smoky from applewood and hickory fires, and the barbecue kitchens were colorful with striped awnings and checkered tablecloths. Except for our kitchen. Our kitchen looked like the Beverly Hillbillies were getting ready to barbecue possum."
Lula: "all I gotta do is enter the contest as one of them chefs. I bet I could even win."
Stephanie: " you can't cook."
Lula: "that's true so far, but that could change. I'm real good at eatin' "
from our local free weekly newspaper:
" Due in part to the proliferation of shops and staff who need parking for the popular Stuart Road, Dulwich corner, traffic grinds to a halt up much of Grandview as each side is choked with unrestricted parkers, from as early as 7.30am most days."
This is a problem absolutely everywhere.
I'd venture to say world wide even.
Wherever there are shops, you can expect customers, and those customers need parking spaces.
When supermarkets are built, large parking areas are allocated for customers, but no thought at all goes into parking areas for shop owners and staff.
It's the same with smaller shopping areas.
I know the one referred to in the paper, I've been there many times, the bakery is filled with delicious yumminess.
But there is no parking lot for most of the shops there, customers park on the street, buy their goods, then move on.
Unless they spend time also at the outdoor cafe area attached to the bakery. They sit there sipping their coffees, eating lunch or snacks and their cars are taking up space that others might want.
Maybe they're looking at some of the other shops, still, their cars remain parked.
IF they can find parking space that is.
Because of course, the shop staff have their cars parked as well.
With large supermarkets, parking lots are for customers only, shop staff have to park in nearby streets where time is restricted. I lost count of how many times during my one small shift, staff members had to race out and move their cars, or risk a fine.
How unfair is this??
Hopefully they'd find somewhere else to park quickly enough so they could get back to work.
So here's the $64,000 question:
When shopping areas are planned and built, why are there not provisions made for staff parking??
When I worked at Coles there were around 200 staff members and not everybody travels by bus as I do. They come to work in their cars and need to be able to park for as long as their shift.
Short shift like mine or all day, makes no difference. They should not have to run outside every couple of hours to move their cars.
In happier news: I won!! No, No, NOT the big lotto draw!! pfft. although I did get $13.35 from that.
I won $50 from one of the many Code Cracker puzzle entries I sent in. I don't often send an entry, I buy the books because I enjoy the puzzles. So it was a lovely surprise to check my mailbox and find a letter with a cheque attached. Yay me!