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Old 31 Mar 2008, 02:15 pm
Frank
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Default Parallel parking

In the old days where you could see and judge the front and back of cars
like my full sized 1968 Ford Galaxy 500, I could parallel park with full
confidendence given a space clearance as little as 2 inches. (Takes forever
to get in and out but I could park that sucker) With the newer cars, like my
son's compact Honda, where I couldn't see where the front or the back of the
car ends, I'm hasitant to parallel park even with clear space of 2 feet.
Wondering if its just me and getting too old?


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Old 31 Mar 2008, 05:29 pm
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On Mon, 31 Mar 2008 11:15:59 -0700, " Frank"
<noreplay@nothome.net> wrote:

>In the old days where you could see and judge the front and back of cars
>like my full sized 1968 Ford Galaxy 500, I could parallel park with full
>confidendence given a space clearance as little as 2 inches. (Takes forever
>to get in and out but I could park that sucker) With the newer cars, like my
>son's compact Honda, where I couldn't see where the front or the back of the
>car ends, I'm hasitant to parallel park even with clear space of 2 feet.
>Wondering if its just me and getting too old?


you and me, brother.

but the Honda Accords, at least, have always had terrible turning
radius, that doesn't help either.

Don't worry, it'll all be automated in a few years, like in the new
Lexus. Few years after that, car will drive itself home automagically
while you sleep.

J.

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Old 31 Mar 2008, 05:56 pm
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Waiving the right to remain silent, JXStern <JXSternChangeX2R@gte.net>
said:

> On Mon, 31 Mar 2008 11:15:59 -0700, " Frank"
><noreplay@nothome.net> wrote:
>
>>In the old days where you could see and judge the front and back of cars
>>like my full sized 1968 Ford Galaxy 500, I could parallel park with full
>>confidendence given a space clearance as little as 2 inches. (Takes
>>forever to get in and out but I could park that sucker) With the newer
>>cars, like my son's compact Honda, where I couldn't see where the front
>>or the back of the car ends, I'm hasitant to parallel park even with
>>clear space of 2 feet. Wondering if its just me and getting too old?

>
> you and me, brother.
>
> but the Honda Accords, at least, have always had terrible turning
> radius, that doesn't help either.
>
> Don't worry, it'll all be automated in a few years, like in the new
> Lexus. Few years after that, car will drive itself home automagically
> while you sleep.


Yeah, right... And we'll all have those air-cars and the jet packs
they've been promising for forty years. ;-)

--
Larry J. - Remove spamtrap in ALLCAPS to e-mail

"A lack of common sense is now considered a disability,
with all the privileges that this entails."
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Old 31 Mar 2008, 06:21 pm
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" Frank" <noreplay@nothome.net> wrote in message
news:AMidnSRv0oz3t2zanZ2dnUVZ_h6hnZ2d@comcast.com. ..
> In the old days where you could see and judge the front and back of cars
> like my full sized 1968 Ford Galaxy 500, I could parallel park with full
> confidendence given a space clearance as little as 2 inches. (Takes
> forever to get in and out but I could park that sucker) With the newer
> cars, like my son's compact Honda, where I couldn't see where the front or
> the back of the car ends, I'm hasitant to parallel park even with clear
> space of 2 feet. Wondering if its just me and getting too old?

Just glue some big tail fins to that puppy and you'll be all right. (wink)

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Old 31 Mar 2008, 06:34 pm
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"Just Me" <justme@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> " Frank" <noreplay@nothome.net> wrote in message
> news:AMidnSRv0oz3t2zanZ2dnUVZ_h6hnZ2d@comcast.com. ..
>> In the old days where you could see and judge the front and back of cars
>> like my full sized 1968 Ford Galaxy 500, I could parallel park with full
>> confidendence given a space clearance as little as 2 inches. (Takes
>> forever to get in and out but I could park that sucker) With the newer
>> cars, like my son's compact Honda, where I couldn't see where the front
>> or the back of the car ends, I'm hasitant to parallel park even with
>> clear space of 2 feet. Wondering if its just me and getting too old?

> Just glue some big tail fins to that puppy and you'll be all right.
> (wink)


Place a big empty box and find the 'point of no return'.

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Old 31 Mar 2008, 08:59 pm
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On Mar 31, 2:15*pm, " Frank" <norep...@nothome.net> wrote:
> Wondering if its just me and getting too old?


Hate to say this but my 20-something daughter parks her '99 Accord as
easily as I used to park my '66 Chevy.
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Old 31 Mar 2008, 09:07 pm
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Frank wrote:
> In the old days where you could see and judge the front and back of cars
> like my full sized 1968 Ford Galaxy 500, I could parallel park with full
> confidendence given a space clearance as little as 2 inches. (Takes forever
> to get in and out but I could park that sucker) With the newer cars, like my
> son's compact Honda, where I couldn't see where the front or the back of the
> car ends, I'm hasitant to parallel park even with clear space of 2 feet.
> Wondering if its just me and getting too old?


------------------------

Always park in front of stores that have large windows. Watch your
reflection and the car in front / behind.

:-)

Works for me.
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Old 31 Mar 2008, 09:15 pm
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Frank wrote:
> In the old days where you could see and judge the front and back of cars
> like my full sized 1968 Ford Galaxy 500, I could parallel park with full
> confidendence given a space clearance as little as 2 inches. (Takes forever
> to get in and out but I could park that sucker) With the newer cars, like my
> son's compact Honda, where I couldn't see where the front or the back of the
> car ends, I'm hasitant to parallel park even with clear space of 2 feet.
> Wondering if its just me and getting too old?
>
>



When you "park-by-touch", as many do, it matters little...
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Old 01 Apr 2008, 09:56 am
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"News" <News@Group.name> wrote in message
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>
> Frank wrote:
>> In the old days where you could see and judge the front and back of cars
>> like my full sized 1968 Ford Galaxy 500, I could parallel park with full
>> confidendence given a space clearance as little as 2 inches. (Takes
>> forever to get in and out but I could park that sucker) With the newer
>> cars, like my son's compact Honda, where I couldn't see where the front
>> or the back of the car ends, I'm hasitant to parallel park even with
>> clear space of 2 feet. Wondering if its just me and getting too old?

>
>
> When you "park-by-touch", as many do, it matters little...


And in 1968 you could park by touch with little fear of leaving a dent. Even
a casual brush these days can cause thousands in damage.

BTW, 30 years ago I could parallel park my 36' motor home a lot easier than
I can parallel park any of the 4 cars I drive today. Part of it is age, part
of it is lack of practice. Most places I go these days have parking slots or
valets.


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Old 01 Apr 2008, 07:28 pm
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"Zeppo" <zeppo_m@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> "News" <News@Group.name> wrote in message
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>>
>> Frank wrote:
>>> In the old days where you could see and judge the front and back of cars
>>> like my full sized 1968 Ford Galaxy 500, I could parallel park with full
>>> confidendence given a space clearance as little as 2 inches. (Takes
>>> forever to get in and out but I could park that sucker) With the newer
>>> cars, like my son's compact Honda, where I couldn't see where the front
>>> or the back of the car ends, I'm hasitant to parallel park even with
>>> clear space of 2 feet. Wondering if its just me and getting too old?

>>
>>
>> When you "park-by-touch", as many do, it matters little...

>
> And in 1968 you could park by touch with little fear of leaving a dent.
> Even a casual brush these days can cause thousands in damage.
>
> BTW, 30 years ago I could parallel park my 36' motor home a lot easier
> than I can parallel park any of the 4 cars I drive today. Part of it is
> age, part of it is lack of practice. Most places I go these days have
> parking slots or valets.
>


Back in the 60s, American car bumpers are heave duty steel, perhaps about
3/16" thick. 5 mph bumper crash, no problem. 5mph bumper crash on new cars,
maybe over $10,000 in damages.


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