Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Park Perceptively

1.the act or faculty of apprehending by means of the senses or of the mind; cognition; understanding.
2.immediate or intuitive recognition or appreciation, as of moral, psychological, or aesthetic qualities; insight; intuition; discernment: an artist of rare perception.
3.the result or product of perceiving, as distinguished from the act of perceiving; percept.
4.Psychology. a single unified awareness derived from sensory processes while a stimulus is present.

1.having or showing keenness of insight, understanding, or intuition: a perceptive analysis of the problems involved.
2.having the power or faculty of perceiving.
3.of, pertaining to, or showing perception.

On Union Avenue, just south of Pico on the west side, there is a building with a small parking lot. The lot is unlined and there is a small sign posted which reads, "Park Perceptively." I noticed it this morning as I was waiting for the light to change and it has been bugging me all day. What on earth does that mean? What if you perceive angled parking as the best choice to allow maximum parking and Joe Nextguy sees head-on as the way to go? A sign like that assumes a level of intelligence that was clearly not on display in that parking lot because the cars were parked every which way. What kind of metaphysical thinker decided that was a better way to go than actually lining the parking lot? At least it was spelled correctly, unlike the "Clearence 5 feet" sign in our garage.

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