July 17, 2005
Sorry is the hardest word
I was supposed to pick
up my wife Javaneh from work. I opened the garage door and I saw
a car parked five feet away, blocking the driveway. There was no
way I could get out.
I waited 15 minutes, thinking whoever parked there must
have a quick business to take care of and would come back soon. Me and
who has a flower
shop nearby, also looked in nearby shops and restaurants
for the car's owner, without any
Finally I called
asked what I
should do. They said they would dispatch someone. Five minutes later
an officer arrived and asked a few questions. I said I was going
to pick up my
wife but now she's coming home by bus. We had also bought tickets in
advance to see "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" (it's not
very good) and we
had to leave in an hour in order to make it to the theater
The officer tried to open
the car door with a special hook, but was unsuccessful. In
to get inside and put
the gear into neutral. A
tow truck arrived and the driver was able to open the door. He
attached hooks in front and lifted the car, ready to drive to the
Meanwhile the police officer searched the car and
wrote down all the valuable items, so that nothing would get
"lost" during the towing process. These included an expensive
looking camera and a wallet,
presumably belonging to the owner. I heard the officer having difficulty
Hispanic) on a letter he had found on the front passenger seat.
The tow truck was about to take off when I
saw Haideh gesturing: The driver had apparently come back. I turned
around and I saw a man in shorts and t-shirt rushing
towards the car. He looked like he had been to a gym.
I did not want to get involved.
The police were there and they could handle it. I just looked at
the guy without saying anything and went inside the apartment.
I went upstairs
and stood in front of the window and watched the driver endlessly
arguing with the officer about how he had done nothing wrong. He
was shocked that his car was being towed :o)
on earth could you park in front of someone's garage for more
than an hour and
vigorously) that you had done nothing wrong? How very Iranian!
He did in fact have a slight accent, but I wasn't sure.
Then I saw Javaneh walking from the bus station towards our apartment.
As she passed by the offending driver to get to our door, he snapped:
"Thank you! Thank you VERY
much!" as if she was to blame for his misfortune. Come on...
he's got to be Iranian.
When Javaneh came inside the
apartment she said, "Did you know the guy is Iranian? I heard
him reacting to the cop in Persian. He said
'baba vel kon, geer
nadeh' (give me a break, cut me some slack)..."
The video clips I took from the upstairs window do not have good
sound quality: you can barely hear the conversations because of
the rumble of the tow truck in the background. Still at least a
couple are worth watching.
*** Must see ** Interesting * Just
for the record
video clips on any topic