If you've lived in Chicago any length of time, you know exactly what I'm talking about.
For you newbies: It's that time honored (but illegal) tradition of marking your spot after you've shoveled it out in a snow storm. But who hasn't done it? Seriously ... You spend all this time shoveling out your car, salting the street and making sure that you can get in and out of the spot. Then someone else swoops in and takes it? No way.
What ticks me off, however, is when people don't shovel out their spot but mark it anyway. Really? Really. They're just using the snow as an excuse to get a primo parking space, and that just isn't right.
Someone out there, however, doesn't think that you should ever mark your spot (I have mentioned it's illegal, right?), and they've decided to do something about it.
I was listening to CBS Chicago this morning, and saw their story on a man who wants to change the "dibs" tradition.
A website called Chair Free Chicago has decided to make signs that declare your street a "Chair-Free Zone." You can order a pack of 6 for $15. And, if you feel cheap, you can actually print your own signs for free from the site--they just won't last as long because they're not the plasticky laminated stuff.
With more snow on the way later this week, now is actually a good time to think about this whole chair-free thing. And potentially purchase or print signs for your neighborhood. That is, if you're in the kind of neighborhood that won't rip down the signs and spit on them.
So, what do you think, Chicago? Should we all go print out signs and declare our streets chair free? Or should this "time-honored" (cough) tradition stand in place? Or if someone declared your street "chair free" would you honor it?