If there's a skillset that's necessary to drive in New York City, it's the ability to parallel park. Sadly, it's a skill that most Southerners -- softened by decades of Wal-Mart parking lots -- don't have.
I've previously documented the insanity of Alternate Street Parking. But being able to twist your giant SUV into a small space while dozens of cabs are lined up behind you impatiently honking their horns is a true gift. A large percentage of New Yorkers own Mini Coopers and Smartcars to take advantage of those tiny spaces that grown-up cars can't squeeze into.
The Missus has quickly mastered this ninja parking skill, and is now the designated parker on those occasions when we need to bring her mother's car into to city. Want proof? Here's her most recent parking job. Here's how far she was from the car in front of her:
And here's how far she ended up from the car behind her:
And here's the overall view showing the size of the car and the amount of space she was able to back into:
Again, both the car in front of her and behind her were already in place! So how did she manage to back in and back-and-forth herself into this spot with such a tiny margin for error? Either she's very good ... or I married a magician.