I had a close call tonight… It was time to go to the university hospital pharmacy and get the grocery sack full of pills and insulins. Since I needed to go to the lumber yard anyway, the van was the vehicle of choice… I wasn’t too worried about the clearance because one of the employees told me the clearance was higher in ramp 2. I should not have listened.
I parked without incident in Ramp 2. After getting out, it didn’t look good. From my estimate, I was only 8 inches below the cement ceiling of the ramp. On the way out I noticed a small hump in the conrcrete which worried me greatly. I crept over the hump and dragged the fan-tastic dome over the concrete overhead support. What a horrible noise!
After getting out, I could find no damage other than a rather small scuff. That was pure luck. I learned when in doubt, don’t park in the ramp! Tomorrow I plan to call the facilities people and see if any of the other three ramps have a higher clearance… If not, fu** it… I’ll walk in from an outside parking lot… Oh well.
The final wall is up and now I am building a bulkhead. There was so much progress today! Update – today, 4/22/2011, I found a parking ramp near where I shop. The lowest level has a really high ceiling. The other levels have much less clearance. Fortunately, most ramps are marked so at least you have fair warning!
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