Happy hour/unhappy parking

I stopped home after work to collect Kelly, and we headed over to Crystal City Sports Pub for happy hour.  We parked where we usually park, in a zone where permits are required until 5 pm.  Like always, we got there at about 4:50 pm.  We drove around looking for a legitimate spot, but couldn’t find one, so we went back and parked in the permit zone.

It was a nice happy hour.  Leanna was there as was Maggie, Jesseca and John.  We had a nice time.  Crystal City Sports Pub was packed (March Madness) so we went to the place on the corner, Tortoise & Hare, which turned out to be nice, and not nearly as crowded.

When we headed back to the car, you can guess–I had a parking ticket.  It was the first ticket of any kind that I have ever received.  $40.  I tend to think of it like paying for parking in a major city, like New York.  I can pay the ticket online and I’ll pay it over the weekend.

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Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.