Saturday, September 26, 2009

Rosie And Mr. Hawthorne Go To The New Food Lion In Nags Head.

A few days ago, Mr. Hawthorne and I went to the new and improved Food Lion in Nags Head. A fellow Outer Banks Blogger, Russ, of Russ' Outer Banks Journal blogdom recently quipped about it here. I had the pleasure not too long ago of meeting Russ and his wife, Rose. We were introduced by Kathy of Reinventing A Boomer blogdom. We bloggers have to stick together, you know. Back to the new Food Lion in Nags Head. Whenever Mr. Hawthorne drives to a big store with a big parking lot (Food Lion, Harris Teeter, KMart, Wally World, Home Depot), he serpentines throughout the parking lanes, looking for the closest parking space possible, which is usually in between two very large trucks parked in close to the lines so I have to turn sideways and squeeze myself out of the truck. And Mr. Hawthorne and I both have large trucks. He wants to get into that space because he can. It's an aggressive thing, I think. On the other hand, I do it the right way. I park away from cars and I park next to the cart return. That's logical. OK. Back to Food Lion. Really.
If you check it out, Food Lion has the first two spaces marked as handicapped and the third space marked as something I've never seen before. Anyone out there recognize that sign? Anyone? I didn't think so.
Mr. H. pulls in and goes to the nearest parking space. Considering he's not handicapped (at least not legally) and he doesn't have "low emissions," we had to park some distance away.
This picture gives you some perspective of the parking lot/signs/store. My questions is, why would they have a special parking space close to the store for low emissions and fuel efficient vehicles? Shouldn't fuel efficient and low emission vehicles park farther away from the store and the gas guzzlers park next to the store? And one last note here. That parking lot is a bitch. Look how they've done those brick pavers. I know it's for drainage but it's crap. Try rolling your cart over that stuff. And not that I have ever worn high heels, but I can't imagine what it would be like to walk across that in heels. The parking lot sucks. Nice store though.


Marilyn said...

That is a new one. Now I've seen special parking spots for pregnant women and women with small babies, but not for hybrid cars. I agree - let them walk.

Personally, I always park away from the entrance to the parking lot and I always find a spot right away and get in the store before those who drive around looking for 'just the right spot'. Plus I get some much needed exercise.

Rosie Hawthorne said...

Mar, Harris Teeter down here has special places for "Shoppers With Children." I have children. Can I park there?