One of the things I hated most about Boston was parking my car.  I lived on a busy street right next to Boston College.  Finding parking each day after work was a nightmare.  The days I worked the closing shift at the bookstore were the worst.  One night I drove around my neighborhood for an hour trying to find a parking spot.  Then I changed jobs and was able to take public transportation.  Eventually I got rid of my car and erased that problem from my life.

The other morning I saw this Smart car.  I marveled over its ingenuity and I wished I could have done that on many occasions when there was a spot that was just a bit too small for me to fit.  I don’t know if this was legally parked, but I would have tried it if I could.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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34 Responses to Brilliant!

  1. Hahahaha…. Well titled!!! This certainly is brilliant!!! 🙂 **

  2. That’s awesome!! It made me laugh 🙂

    • TBM says:

      I giggled as well and I snapped the photo quickly in case the owner was in view and might get the wrong impression. I didn’t want the person to think that I was tattling.

  3. G.D. Hardin says:

    Getting rid of my car was one of the best choices I ever made.

    • TBM says:

      I agree. No more oil changes, getting gas, paying insurance, car payments…it is a relief. While in Boston we used Zip car and it was fantastic. So far in London we haven’t needed a car.

  4. niasunset says:

    Ah, parking problem in the big cities… You really did a nice shot, made me to think now, small car’s advantages… My husband should see this one. Thank you dear TBM, with my love, nia

  5. Grace says:

    That’s awesome! I’ve always hated driving, which is part of the reason why I like living in the DC area. Even though the public transit has its problems, it is still less stressful than having a car would be.

    • TBM says:

      Oh I understand. Many days I hated the subway in Boston. But driving was even worse. And I could totally tune out on the subway, which I don’t suggest for drivers.

  6. Kristina says:

    Yayyy smart cars, I like them!!!

  7. I live in San Francisco, another parking-challenged city, and I’m seeing more and more Smart cars (and Mini Coopers) here in the city. As someone who lives and works in the city, my solution was obvious: I got rid of my car more than a year ago. It was the best decision I’ve made in a long time, especially now that gas prices here in the US continue to skyrocket.

    • TBM says:

      I love San Francisco. If I ever move back to California I would want to move to Northern California. Getting rid of my car was such a relief and it saves me a lot of money and hassles. Mini Coopers are quite popular here as well.

  8. Fergiemoto says:

    Ha, ha! Now that’s thinking outside the box!! This is great!

  9. wolke205 says:

    That was a “Smart” decision 😀 It s allowed in Germany to park a Smart like this 😀

  10. frizztext says:

    Mercedes, oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz (even a small one) – Janis Joplin …

  11. Caroline says:

    I can’t drive… No parking problems for me. Funny picture although I must admit I don’t think these are good looking cars.

    • TBM says:

      I don’t drive much anymore. Occasionally I would use a rental in the States, but now that I live in London I don’t have a need to drive. Which is a relief. Driving in a strange place can be stressful. I see the usefulness of Smart cars, but I think I prefer the Mini Cooper.

  12. The Hook says:

    Very cool parking job!

  13. Awesome! But wouldn’t want to be seen in this, people already make fun of me because I’m not tall, this would give them even more ammo 😀

    • TBM says:

      That would be funny to see. I think I might be the right height for this car if I had it. I can’t imagine really tall people would fit.

  14. This is fabulous! As the mother of the “tow and ticket queen of Boston” I’ll have to pass this on to my daughter. Unfortunately her car is a little too big for this but it’s a great idea. It’s great if you can be without a car in Boston since parking is a great challenge and the tow trucks do a great business. I love your blog & wish you the best in your travels. A great idea for a blog & life.

    • TBM says:

      Thanks Diane. I think tow trucks make a killing in Boston. We always saw them. We lived next to this bank that people would use while hopping into a Chinese restaurant to pick up their take out. On many occasions by the time they went back to their car it was already towed. They are fast. I hope your daughter figures out a solution.

  15. Robin says:

    That IS brilliant! 🙂

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  17. orples says:

    Ah, the benefits of having a small car. I wonder though how the driver got out, once the car was parked. That looks like a tight fit. Very imaginative parking job, though. 🙂 Cute share.

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