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.