No parking? No problem! (SEA)

For some of us, the thought of getting our asses out of bed between 5:00 and 6:00am (one Wednesday, my roommate woke up at 6:22am and made it on time) to make it to Gas Works Park in time for the 6:29am Bounce is almost enough to switch off the alarm and go back to sleep.  However, time and time again, the beautiful people of November Project Seattle continue to get their bodies in motion and make their way to the top of the hill.

Today was different.  Today, we were thrown a curve ball.  Today, our friends at the Seattle Parks Department thought it would be a good day to leaf blow the parking lot.

… Now seems like a good time to share the backstory of the relationship between November Project and the Seattle Parks Department.  While on the surface it may seem like rainbows and buttercups, things haven’t always been so glamorous between the two high-octane organizations.  The Parks Department doesn’t like just anyone rolling around in their goose poop.

In late August, one Parks Department employee joined us for a workout.  Well, “joined” is a strong word.  One Parks Department employee stood on the sideline with his arms crossed waiting for us to wrap up.  Upon completing the workout, this gentlemen had a few words for us, including (ridiculous) accusations of us gathering more than 100 people, swearing(!?), and even vandalizing public property with the use of spray paint… Frankly, I was disgusted, but being a high-minded man of NP, I acknowledged the gentlemen’s wishes and promised him we would follow protocol by acquiring a city park permit, ensured him we would keep our voices down, and informed him the spray paint was a one-time thing.

Needless to say, we have done none of the above.

So, being the cult leader that I am, when I saw the orange traffic cones blocking the entrance and exit of the parking lot, my first assumption was, “this is it! They’re finally taking a stand against our empire! You’ll never take us alive!”  With adrenaline pumping through my veins and Men At Work blasting on my stereo, I drove my mid-sized crossover right through those cones and flipped the city workers the bird as I found my usual parking spot… Okay, that last part isn’t true.  I, like everyone else, obeyed the law and found free 2-hour parking.

You can take our parking lot, but you cannot strip us of our commitment to community and #FREE fitness.

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