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Basements, Parallel Parking and Cops

By January 27th, 202126 Comments
Basements, Parallel Parking and Copswish this pic had smellovision

Hola Chicas!

Still trying to feel my way around this new town. But I’m happy to report some Happy Valley firsts:

(1) Went into my basement all by myself. I blow fuses on the daily and couldn’t put the laundry off any longer. It may seem like small potatoes, but I’m quite proud of myself. That basement is dark, dank, cobwebby and reminds me of the Dexter set. My solo dolo basement trips are very reminiscent of Spongebob ‘taking out the trash at night’. I take a deep breath, find the nerve and run like hell.

(2) Drove downtown and parked. I’m a terrible parallel parker… like turn the music down, cut the air up cause my armpits are moist, bad. I get performance anxiety when folks are standing out on the sidewalk watching. I hate it. But I found a nice spot to slide into and finally got to try that smoothie place.

(3) I went to the “mall”. Nuff said.

(4) Lost the dog. Twice. The “fenced in yard”, the main reason we rented this damn house, isn’t fenced in at all. It has two gaping holes where the dog can friggin’ escape and scare the neighbors. Don’t be alarmed… we’re Negroes and yes we own a bulldog… looks like a Pit. Typical, I know. Anyway, we were sitting in the house, watching Two Can Play That Game and saw the cops roll up outside. Let me just say that I get nervous every single time I see a cop, don’t know why, but it makes me second guess myself like, ‘am I doing something illegal?’ Anyway, lo and behold, they knock on our door and ask if our dog is out. Yep. She was, chasing children down the block. Wouldn’t hurt a fly… not violent, but looks it. The cop appeared to be just as annoyed at the neighbors as us. All she wanted to do was play. We keep her in the house now…

I’ll check back in soon. This is our first day of sunshine in like a month… well, in like 8 days, so I suppose I should get out and enjoy it!


  • Marcy says:

    Oh man… I remember the "mall" when I was at PSU, I made sure I took myself to NY every so often just so I could keep up fashion-wise. online shopping may become your new best friend. Altoona has a decent mall though.

  • Anonymous says:

    Glad that you put up the dog. I'm not a fan of pets (so happy my building doesn't allow them).

    On the other hand, to deal with my axiety of parallel parking, I create a visual of the situation in my head. I line my car up with the one infront, tail to tail, and slowly reverse in. If someone tries to assist me I wave them off, people can be too distracting. The visual has worked like a charm for me.

  • Janel says:

    Maybe you can ask the landlord to board up the holes so that the doggie can run freely. I live in an apartment and I wish I could just let my boxer out to run laps in the yard. 🙁

  • CurlyBella says:

    You have a dog???? When did this happen! Pleassseeeee post pics! I love dogs!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Nikki, that made me LOL!!! I love to read your posts about your new home. Too funny. Poor puppy, just wanted to hang out and here come the police ruining all his fun! I agree with Anon 11:29, "You are so my friend in my head"!!!

  • BlueSkyPinky says:

    More POWER TO YOU…(as i throw up my fist)…ROFL because i visualized your dog chasing the kids down the street on their bikes…(as she is probably saying wait i just wanna play in her head.

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    LOL! Glad to hear I'm not alone in the parking or being afraid of the dungeon.

    We keep Lady in the house now… no more letting her hang out outside. We take her out on a leash to do her business because she now knows where the holes are and runs straight to them every time. Sucks.

    Thanks for the comments ladies!

  • Anonymous says:

    Lol, Nikki when we were in college and had to go downtown we would pay people to get in the car with us and park out car. I understand about the basement, i would be running too but the only difference is that I would find some clever way to trip and fall on air. You should probably tie up the dog until you get the owners to repair the fence. I would hate for a petty neighbor to file some silly law suit against you and your hubby.

  • Anonymous says:

    I do not do the parallel parking thing. I don't back into spaces either. I go into total anxiety/angry/panic mode and get super nervous with people trying to help me from the street. I did meet a nice guy that way though. He was trying to convince me to back into a parking space to unload my truck. No way!!

  • Anonymous says:

    LOL! Love this post. And I totally feel you on "Two Can Play That Game." I own the DVD, but I can't NOT watch whenever I stumble across it while channel surfing. I even watched the sanitized version that popped up on Lifetime a few days ago. Still very funny.

  • hairscapades says:

    LMBO!!!! Ahhhhh Nik!! You spin a good yarn!!! Love reading your updates:)!!


  • CurlyQ says:

    If I can't "parallel slide" into a parking space (i.e. there's nothing but street for me to ease up on), chances are, I won't take it. I feel you on that one.

  • Annabel says:

    Number 2 had me cracking up, I get total parking anxiety too, when parallel parking and do the exact same thing!

  • Anonymous says:

    Nikki, tie up your dog! Believe it or not everyone is not a dog lover : – ) A strange dog chasing someone else's child is nothing to joke about.

  • Anonymous says:

    Please try to fill the holes in the back yard or adjust the fence because I wouldn't want to see your next video post being of you, your husband, and the dog on Nancy Grace or so forbid Judge Joe Brown 🙂 lol…Nice post Nikki :)-TMN

  • Anonymous says:

    I hate basements until this day. I remember one growing up with lots of spiders.
    I've moved because of basements. Give me a place without one anyday.
    Plus basements hold a lot of mold. And some molds aren't good for ya. Some molds are just life. But I swear dark basement mold is of the devil.

  • Anonymous says:

    You are so my friend in my head!

  • Anonymous says:

    Haha! I understand what you are going through. My husband and I moved fairly recently. It has been 2 months and I am *still* not completely adjusted. Thank goodness we don't have a basement though. I would NEVER go down there in the dark. LOL! The laundry would *not* get done until the light is fixed… or the hubby does it. Hahaha!

  • Huda says:

    I hated state college, wish I was there one more year to meet you

  • Anonymous says:

    Hilarious post nikki! Good luck in Happy Valley!

  • Jeannette says:

    I can't stand basements like that. I usually get lots of bright lights to help me become more comfortable. As for the dog, as harmful as she may be, I know MANY people who fear them, especially ones that look like a pit (even though they are not) but they don't care. "You getting swolle' up in the chest!" HAHAHA I love that part of the movie :).

  • Anonymous says:

    Sorry, I can't say I don't blame your neighbors. When I was 8, I was cornered by a neighbor's German Shepherd who was probably just "playing", and I have never gotten over it.

  • Syl says:

    Too mad at you guys watching Two Can Play That Game AGAIN!!! LOL Doesn't this make like 4 times now, since I visited? LOL Good job on the basement venture. 🙂 Love you!

  • Taneica says:

    lmao! I just got a visual of your dog tailing a bunch of 1st graders. ROFL! I'm glad I'm not the only one adjusting to a new city.

  • Annie L. says:

    This was a lot of fun to read! I had a similar huge, scary unfinished basement growing up and still dread them, lol! Enjoy the sunshine….

  • Candace4life says:

    Wow that basement is scary, and knowing me I would have tripped down those stairs for…. The parallel parking not a fan of either, shot just driving in reverse down the drive ways in Atlanta, esp. the houses with the long driveways that u have to have the clutch on to keep ur car from rolling. I won't even try driving in reverse to get out of a persons home,I'll tell them they had better let me turn around on the grass and let me drive that way instead. On the dog yeah be careful with the fence n neighbors, make sure u got her chip implanted n wtch where she eats outside u never know who may want to poison ur dog as friendly though she may be. But hope that everything starts to get better for you and the family within the next couple of months.

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