Ralph Kramden Would Have Loved Parking

By Shawn Conrad, CAE

I’ve always been intrigued by the phrase, “a busman’s holiday,” which typically relates to someone spending their day off doing something very similar to his or her normal workday, like a bus driver on his holiday riding along with a friend on a bus. I used to think the phrase “busman’s holiday” was derived from Ralph Kramden, the fictional bus driver from the American television sitcom, “The Honeymooners,” (I realize this reference dates me, but I only saw these episodes as reruns) but the term has been in use since the 1800s.

In parking, we have our own version of the busman’s holiday. Regardless of where you travel or who you go to see, something reminds you that parking permeates throughout our daily lives.

Here are but a few examples of how we never get too far from parking. It’s a good thing we love what we do or we’d be, as Ralph Kramden would say, “Bang, zoom, straight to the moon!”

Do you have any images you’d like to share of parking’s busman’s holiday?

Shawn Conrad, CAE, is IPI’s CEO.

2 thoughts on “Ralph Kramden Would Have Loved Parking

  1. I end up taking a parking pic on every vacation. My faves are the boot in paris and the tow from karachi (they were using a forklift to move a car out of a no parking zone). Parking is truly international!

    Nice post!

    1. You are not alone ! Having travelled with firefighters, postal workers and other civil engineers I think that what you describe is quite normal. You can relax.
      For me, it is often only when overseas (including time in the US and Canada) that I understand and can appraise what we do and why we might do it the way we do, back here in the UK. My fondest memory perhaps is of the informal parking spot selected and used by two cows for a few hours mid-afternoon every day outside our Mumbai office. They would set themselves down in the outside lane of a 3 lane dual carriageway. Everyone just drove round.

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