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September 8, 2012 at 12:10 am #604770
Last night there was a WSB topic (that has since been deleted), and a few of the posters felt free to take some cheap shots at SUV-driving-soccer-moms.
That rubbed me the wrong way, so let me tell you about my amazing wife who is an SUV-driving-soccer-mom extraordinaire!
She is the mother of our school age kids, works full time, goes above and beyond in our community with volunteering fund raising, mentoring young kids, and church involvement. She volunteers on professional boards and committees, and somehow finds time to drive our kids to and from soccer, baseball and ballet.
Beyond that, she does at least her fair share of the housework, helps with homework, and maintains an insane social calendar with our family and friends. And she runs marathons. Okay, only half marathons…because she’s kinda lazy! =)
All of the other soccer moms that I know are equally as hard working, wonderful women, and they deserve our gratitude!
(My wife deserves a little bit more gratitude than the rest because she has to put up with me!) I could go on and on, but then it would sound like I’m bragging! =)
A big thanks and a wonderful weekend to all of the Soccer Moms out there!September 8, 2012 at 12:26 am #770522
I’m going to go out on a limb here. I am going to defend my thread, which I requested to have removed. I was complaining about one woman who parked in a parking stall illegally. I took heat for that. I was told I shouldn’t have mentioned that she was a mom, that I was singling out moms. That’s so far from the truth it makes my head swim. I was just giving a description of her.( If it had been a man, or someone else, I would have described them, too) She was a mom, she had her child with her. She did drive a huge SUV. Other than that, I have no idea if she’s a “soccer mom” or not. She may be a wonderful woman otherwise, but in this instance she was absolutely wrong. JV, you are not disabled, so you have no idea what it takes for some to have to walk across a huge parking lot to get to the store when someone parks in a space that would make it easier for you. You elected to make fun of me because of it. That says volumes about you.
I’m sure your wife is wonderful. I’m sure she does many things, and that you’re proud of her. Kudos to her. I did not mean to demean any mother out there, so let’s get that straight. You DID mean to demean me…let’s get that straight, too.
I’ve had my say. It is illegal for anyone to park in a disabled spot if they don’t have a disabled placard. Especially if it’s a young mom with kids. What kind of an example is she setting for her child. I could have called the police, and gotten her a ticket. I did not. I thought I’d just let people know it’s not cool. Next time, I won’t ..I’ll just report it.
again…kudos to Mrs. JV…September 8, 2012 at 1:28 am #770523
Motherhood does not justify taking disabled parking spots, or driving like a homicidal maniac. That’s not a cheap shot, it’s a fact. A cheap shot is mocking someone who’s disabled and congratulating yourself for it.September 8, 2012 at 2:02 am #770524
Jan – in theory I agree with you, where I take exception is “Especially if it’s a young mom with kids. ” A young mom with kids can still be disabled. It is not more illegal for a young mom with kids, nor is it more wrong. The person either is or is not disabled, it does not matter who they are.
I was a young mom once, and I did have a disabled placard, and I DID get yelled at and harassed by strangers when I used it. I still qualify for the placard but very rarely use it because of the self riotous jerks that think they should determine if I am disabled enough to use it.September 8, 2012 at 2:12 am #770525
You don’t need a placard. You never know who is disabled. I had an asshole pull that one me… while I was driving a rental truck…. but I did have my wallet card which is for such occassions…. that old bag had her head handed to her… for playing self appointed handicap enforcer. I am betting she retired from that self annointed role… and while not handicapped… any young mom with small kids or an infant… pick your spot… I can hobble in from a little farther away than I like. I remember being a soccer dad with a load of my kids and other kids with booster seats, and buckles…nothing more dangerous than having three or four kids heading off to all points of the compass in a busy parking lot. Moms .. take all the time ya need and any spot ya want… my life is not than stressed.September 8, 2012 at 2:23 am #770526
oh, she was not disabled…at least she did not have a disabled placard, and did not have disabled plates. If I had seen those I would not have complained. I know that sometimes disabilities can be invisible, so I get that…you can’t tell by looking at a person at times. But…you still have to display proof…or don’t park there.
“How to use disabled parking privileges
Who can use it
Anyone who qualifies for disabled parking privileges and has a disabled parking placard, tabs, or license plates may park in disabled parking spaces.
It’s illegal for anyone else to use your disabled parking placard, tabs, or license plates if you’re not in the vehicle. You can’t let your friends or family borrow them for their own use.”
Nowhere in the regulations does it say you don’t have to display your placard. YOu can take it with you from car to car.September 8, 2012 at 2:26 am #770527
karen..you displayed your handicapped placard…I’m not complaining about you, or a broad swath of moms. Just this one person. Again, it was for descriptive purposes only. And that’s the only reason I said somthing on this thread.September 8, 2012 at 3:21 am #770528
me on 28th Ave SWParticipant
Since this post is referring to a post that JanS originally started I can see how she might respond. As a former minivan-driving soccer mom (the old school SUV) I think it is completely okay to call out any one (even a mom) who parks in a handicap spot without a placard. Dems the rules peeps.September 8, 2012 at 3:40 am #770529
sorry, kootch, you’re wrong. You must display a valid hangtag or have a valid DP plate on the vehicle (while said vehicle is transporting ‘owner’ of hangtag or plate as either driver or passenger) to park in a designated disability space or at a meter without paying (some restrictions apply); the wallet card is only to prove to an enquiring peace officer that the hangtag or plate is in fact yours or your passengers, not your dead grandfathers.
That being said, most jurisdictions have not passed the requisite ordinance allowing their police force to ticket vehicles parked illegally (i.e. no hangtag or plate or parked across striped aisle) in disability spaces on private property.September 8, 2012 at 3:49 am #770530
Classic JanS! Somehow had to find a way to hijack a good thing and make this about you even though I didn’t mention you. Really?
And you were just waitin’ for that, weren’t ya?
Here’s the second thing you’re waiting for. A cute kitteh picture from me…
MikeSeptember 8, 2012 at 3:58 am #770531
Wow, parking ordinance and enforecment…how fascinating!
A topic like this deserves its very own thread!September 8, 2012 at 4:04 am #770532
hey, I tried my own thread, and we know how that turned out.Sorry for the diversion…didn’t mean for it to be that diverted…was just sticking up for myself. Worth it? Nah, probably not.
but…as a public forum, you never know where it’s going to go, now, do you? Besides…we all know Obama did it..September 8, 2012 at 5:06 am #770533
As a mom of young kids, 3 and 8 months, Thank you JV and Kootch. I’ll take any validation I can get. While I have never parked in a diasbled spot myself, I have certainly done things since becoming a mother that I used to think socially abhorrent. I have left a grocery cart in a parking space instead of taking it back so I didn’t leave a child unattended in my car, I have cut people off in check out lines because I had a soon to be melting child in tow, and I have even left messes and grocery carts full in stores due to the onset of tantrums. I am exhausted, strung out, and pulled on much of the time. AND I usually have stained clothes by 8 AM that I won’t change until bedtime. That’s typically why I am driving a large vehicle while drinking a large coffee, AND trying to explain the role dirt plays in the life cycle at the same time. Pardon if I swerve a bit. So thank you for the shout out and the understanding if I take 15 minutes to load my car while you are waiting for my parking spot. It’s so easy for some to shoot us dirty looks and judge if they haven’t had kids, or if it was so long ago they’ve forgotten what it is like, but to be honest, I really am not paying attention to them or just don’t give a damn because while they are busy complaining, I am busy raising our future workforce who will be the ones paying into THEIR social security.I am supposing they won’t be complaining when it’s time to collect. =)September 8, 2012 at 5:52 am #770534September 8, 2012 at 4:26 pm #770535
Big fan of soccer (and baseball!) moms here, but oh my, that’s some impressive rationalizing, gambaru (pardon the swerving?!). How about for starters you take the checker up on “Would you like some help out today?” You can load the kids while someone else loads your groceries. It’s quicker and the cart goes back to the store! Cool huh? Don’t know about you, but I’m into raising kids for more than my future financial support. Considerate and responsible humans are also needed in the future, so showing children how to say “thank you” to the helpful store employee doesn’t hurt either. “Just raise em good…and enjoy them.” – I’ll go with you on that one kootchman. (my kind of “good” though I guess, lol)September 8, 2012 at 4:40 pm #770536
To everyone who’s got kids or is thinking about making them . . .
Thanks for replacing the population, I guess.
Now please ignore what the Pope and the Mormon Church say and stop at two.
The FutureSeptember 8, 2012 at 5:53 pm #770537
Better yet – stop at one, or zero. When it comes to parenthood, we need a lot less quantity, and a lot more quality.September 8, 2012 at 6:44 pm #770538September 8, 2012 at 10:56 pm #770539September 9, 2012 at 12:27 am #770540September 9, 2012 at 12:48 am #770541
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