Yes, it's Reality TV, part of what's made cable channels stray afield from their names. For example, when's the last time TLC had anything truly educational ("The Learning Channel")? Only occasionally does A&E's History Channel swerve into anything historical anymore; I thought it was becoming the new all-Hitler channel, like A&E ("Arts and Entertainment") once was (O Jack Perkins, where art thou?). And MTV, well, you know. But shows like Parking Wars are popular and, more importantly, cheap to produce.
Anyway, things I have learned or remembered from watching Parking Wars:
- I'd never do so, but I can see why people whose cars aren't worth much choose not to pay tickets and let their car get booted, towed, and auctioned off. Of course, they still have to pay anyway.
- I bet the various parking authorities didn't have quite as much to do back in the 1970's and before when each house had one car . . . maybe.
- People lose all sense of time when they park illegally. Only in the store "ten seconds"? Really.
- While it's important not to park in handicapped spaces, and they are needed, it's also true that, generally speaking, there are more handicapped spaces than necessary.
- I regularly check to make sure my current registration and insurance are in the car.
- Flashers/hazard lights never excuse illegal parking. Ever.
- In college, I frequently parked on a street where parking was only allowed during off-peak hours. Never stayed too long, but I remember there was a fire hydrant. I may have parked too close to it a time or two (not blocking it), but I wasn't ticketed.
- Philly ticket writer Brian has the proper attitude to be a pro wrestler or wrestling manager. My other favorites include Sherry and Garfield; Marlene, a "hon" who would fit in perfectly in my former home of Glen Burnie, MD; and DeAndre "Ponytail" from Detroit.
- Philadelphia accents bear a strong resemblance to Baltimore ("Bawlamer") accents. The neighborhoods of the two cities also look a lot alike. So maybe the show makes this Bawlamer boy a little homesick, although it's not set in Charm City. Yet.