Editor’s Scratchpad

Tuesday, December 18, 2001

Getting territorial
about parking

'Tis the season to be jolly -- and to go fa-la-la-la-loony over a parking space.

For some reason, even usually rational people lose it when it comes to parking warfare during the holidays. Last weekend, three men actually stabbed another over a parking space. While the incident can be dismissed as a surge of mind-altering testosterone, even in mellow Manoa, a gray-haired granny-type exchanged barroom language with a middle-aged Asian man over a parking space outside Longs Drugs.

Let's get a grip here. No parking space is worth expending such vituperative energy. If another driver steals "your" stall, count to 10 in Spanish or whatever foreign language you know and content yourself with the knowledge that the thief has to live with being a complete jerk. Then move on. Maintaining self-respect and your blood pressure is a lot more important.

--Cynthia Oi

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