“Love Taps”

Anyone who drives in Chicago expects problems. Parking is so cramped that one will inevitably touch or bump the other car while trying to fit into a spot. Everyone understands – it’s unavoidable. I’ve heard people say “that’s what fenders are for” and refer to them as “love taps.”

My license plate has been knocked off my car three times by these “love taps.” Clearly that’s not so gentle and loving. Stop.

5 Comments so far

  1. tankboy (unregistered) on June 21st, 2005 @ 3:24 pm

    Wait…you own a car? Does Kip know?!


  2. tom (unregistered) on June 21st, 2005 @ 3:44 pm

    ha HA! the secret’s out…

    actually it’s no secret – it’s on public record.

    http://chicago.metblogs.com/archives/2004/09/road_rage.phtml

    – and –

    http://shekleton.com/journal/2004/07/i-mean-it-this-time.html

    and now you see the history behind why i appear to have no car. and why i *biked* to sylvie’s and back friday night.


  3. klenk (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2005 @ 12:17 pm

    I gotta say this is a neighborhood by neighborhood issue in my opinion. You live in Lakeview (or some similarily congested parking area), deal with it or pay hundred bucks a month for a parking spot. If you live in a place where spaces are decently easy to find, then you have every right to be angry.

    btw, i used the CTA’s route planner to plan a trip from evanston to norridge, 2 trains and a bus, and it got me to my destination 1 minute after it said it would.


  4. tom (unregistered) on June 22nd, 2005 @ 3:23 pm

    i *don’t* live in lakeview, sorry, don’t know where you assumed that from. and twice this has happened outside my neighborhood, so it doesn’t really matter where i live, nor would renting my own spot solve that, would it?


  5. Rob (unregistered) on June 28th, 2005 @ 4:06 pm

    My aunt says “that’s why they call them bumpers” but yeah – a bump isn’t hard enough to knock off a licence plate. If you misjudge and give a little too much “lovin'” then get out and check – it’s common decency people! What I don’t beleive is the number of side view mirrors lost to zealous parkers.



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