Friday, March 6, 2009
It was a day full of luck and good cheer for a Seattle cat and her three kittens as they pulled their sport utility vehicle into a choice spot in the Marysville Wal-Mart parking lot.
“Usually I have to go round and round a few times, waiting until someone comes out so I can have their spot.” said Sasparilla, a 7-year-old spayed female, tuxedo mix. “Sometimes it takes forever and I have to park way in the back of the lot. I couldn’t believe it. I’m always trying to get the spot closest to the door so I don‘t have to walk so far.”
“I couldn’t believe it.” said Sasparilla
The Wal-Mart, located just off I-5, has the typical, huge parking lot accorded to most Wal-Mart stores in the country. The lots are designed large to accommodate the heavy shopping traffic volume and the occasional recreational vehicles, which are encouraged to stay overnight for free in any Wal-Mart lot.
“When I saw the open parking stall I quickly snapped it up before the next lady could get to it.” Sasparilla continued, “My kittens were excited to get in and get some fresh-popped popcorn so we hopped out and walked right inside just as fast as you please.”
Last week at the same Wal-Mart, the result of a battle over a prized close parking space
Fights have been known to break out over the preferred, cherished, close parking spaces. Just last week, a cat with her six kittens in tow got out of her car and frantically beat on the window of a car who she vigorously claimed had stolen ‘her’ spot.
She then got back into her Honda and drove it up onto the side of the parked car, situating it in between the two parked cars in a fit of rage. The driver of the parked vehicle had to be sent to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of anxiety.
“There are deep hidden psychological meanings behind such parking lot interactions.” said Rita, a 3-year-old, Domestic Short Hair psychiatrist who specializes in anger management at the UW's Bothell Campus.
“What we say and do when we believe our parking space rights have been violated is very telling of our true state of inner being. Sometimes it is just best to let it go and park further away," she said.
Copyright Sharyn Thoma
Posted by The Kitty City Gazette at 10:03 PM