Friday, March 21, 2008

"Honey! I lost the car!"

...was the first thing I would have told my wife on noticing that the car wasn't there in the street I parked the previous night. But I didn't tell anything like that because a)I wasn't married and b)I did not lose the car. I had parked the car in a street parking in New york city and it was towed way by NYPD(I cared less to look at the sign board, as I remember the last time I parked at the same spot after almost memorizing the sign board. But I failed to realize it was sunday the last time and this time it isn't! and it was a 'No Parking Except Sunday' spot). Two hours of wait and a $300 fine later, I brought my car back.
In this episode, I experienced and observed quite a few facts:

1. There was a decent queue and wait time to pay the fine at the Tow Pound. And there was a tow-truck coming in with a car almost one every minute. Well, NY City Govt makes enough money in just parking tickets.

2. In the Queue to pay the fine, amidst people of various races, I saw two desis too. Concorded myself to the already known fact - desis are everywhere.

3. Every individual after paying the fine walked so triumphantly from the counter to their car. Every one of them showed jubilance, as if they were given a new car. Maybe in the wait time, they forgot it is their own car they are getting back.

4. Nobody felt they did something against law and that they are burning some '10-movie-watching' amount as a penalty in less than 'one-movie-time'.

5. They play 101.7 FM in NYPD cop car too. (Yaa, I got a chance to ride in the NYPD car to locate my car in the towing pound.)

6. Finally, reading the rules I came to know that if the registered owner of the towed car doesn't claim the car in 10 days, it'll be let out in public auction! Wow!

Overall, a different experience.

Well, how muchever long one lives in New York, it is still New!

17 comments:

Amar said...

Is it really necessary to include your wife into this story ?
As I mentioned in one of my earlier comments, it's high time for you to get married.

Ela said...

ithu poi thaanae? Car illae innu find out pannuna odanae yae "Honey! I lost the car!" inna solla thonithu? I would have said "Holy S...t! where the hell is my car?"

Prashanth said...

Arun, I always have this affinity to New York. God knows why! "If you have lived in NY, you can live any where else in the world"

@ela - Gud question. Now Arun - talk the answer

And why would you ever take your car in to NY city?

Arun Sundar said...

Amar,
I saw "Honey, I shrunk the kids" movie last night and hence the title ;)

Ela,
I tell wonly the truth. Truth'a except nothing else.

Prashanth,
Newyork is the best city(ofcourse next to chennai) I hv ever lived. My friend(Amar) lives in Manhattan and I went to visit him.

For ela's question, I'd hv defnly said "Honey.." if I were married. No "holy shit" saying business ;)

*Sajith* said...

if it was the TN police who towed your car, you dont need to pay so much.. pay some Rs.100 as bribe, you'll get ur car back..! U should've tried it the TN way..!??

Venkatesvaran Pandiyan said...

Arun, enough of your Honey. When are you going to introduce your naughty kid to the blog world?. Thambi, nee sekaram kalyanam panikoda.., illana engaluku paidhiyam pidichudum unallai..

Arun Sundar said...

Sajith,
You really want to see me behind bars, dont u? ;)

Venky,
One more comment from you asking me to get married : I'll search for u and kill you. Beware! You know I mean what I say :)

Anonymous said...

Ennada accused. Poli-tation paita vandaya!

Arun Sundar said...

Yaaru paa nee anonymous? High-court judge'aa??

♥bμşγ-ŵŗϊŧēŕ♥ said...

lol, you have comments funnier than your post! :D :P

Raz said...

:) v informative

Anonymous said...

That was me.

-Ok

Arun Sundar said...

Busy-writer,
:) these people....

raz,
Oh really??

ok,
'That was me'nu sonna odaney therinjukka nee enna New york Mayor'aa??

Anonymous said...

Title looks awesome da.....esp. highlight was...i sounded like a oscar winning movie name ;-)...Konjam over-ra pocho??????......nee continue pannu machan....poturuvar pottratam...thooturuvar thootratam....kabali athai pathi elam peel panna pada-thu.....

-Sab

Anonymous said...

Title looks awesome da.....esp. highlight was...i sounded like a oscar winning movie name ;-)...Konjam over-ra pocho??????......nee continue pannu machan....poturuvar pottratam...thooturuvar thootratam....kabali athai pathi elam peel panna pada-thu.....

-Sab

A wo(a)ndering mind said...

hahahaha!!! tamaasu tamaasu~!!

Arun Sundar said...

Sab,
Unna maadhiri support irukkara varaikkum Kabali'a asaichukka mudiyaathu!!

Manasi,
Enna tamaasu?? Innoruthar kashtam sirippaa irukkaa?!