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BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (107,996)
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1/9/13 6:22 P

No as it just wastes gas! I park wherever and walk to where I need to go. I will only drive if it is over 1/2 a mile to get to where I need to go.

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1/9/13 6:19 P


STAYC615 SparkPoints: (1,321)
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1/9/13 6:03 P

I can't drive but as the passenger it's usually so busy that we drive around for an open spot. If it happens to be close so be it. It's my spot emoticon

Edited by: STAYC615 at: 1/9/2013 (18:05)
MARTYJOE Posts: 428
1/9/13 5:56 P

I try to find a parking spot as far away as possible just so I can get in a little more walking in. If the weather is bad then I'll park closer. Just one small step to becoming a little more health smart.

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1/9/13 5:00 P

Not any more...bought a new (used) car and park out in the badlands of parking lots to avoid dings and get some more steps in for the day.

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1/9/13 4:59 P


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1/9/13 4:57 P


MYUTMOST4HIM Posts: 11,447
1/9/13 4:47 P

depends on if I am in a hurry and the weather

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RONIGH Posts: 631
1/9/13 4:39 P

No, when I'm alone, yes, when I have the kids with me.

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1/9/13 4:19 P

I'll usually go up/down a couple aisles and then just park.

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1/9/13 3:44 P

Today in Dallas, I drove around for a dry parking spot....

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1/9/13 3:44 P

No, even though I need to use a cane when I walk, I prefer to park where my car won't be as likely to get banged up from other cars or shopping carts.

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LASKNITS21 Posts: 23
1/9/13 3:42 P

No, I usually park wherever I find a spot no matter how far - unless it's a downpour and I'm going grocery shopping.

RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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1/9/13 3:21 P

Yes, I have a knee problem that I should get taken care of. I love walking!!

RASIRE Posts: 284
1/9/13 3:02 P

no. I will usually park in the first open spot that i find, no matter how far.

SARASMITH2 Posts: 36
1/9/13 3:00 P

No. I don't have a car so I either walk everywhere or I take a bus as close as I can get.

PAULIE91952 Posts: 6,671
1/9/13 12:31 P

No i always park futher away from the entrance for exercise

KMMAKI SparkPoints: (87,217)
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1/9/13 12:27 P

no I like to park far enough away from other cars

FITGLAMGIRL Posts: 2,044
1/9/13 12:22 P

sometimes if it's raining



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KARALEAM Posts: 4,945
1/9/13 12:20 P

not usually unless its raining

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1/9/13 12:16 P


GLORJUNE1963 Posts: 1,756
1/9/13 11:39 A


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SCHEALTHNUTT SparkPoints: (49,055)
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1/9/13 11:30 A

No, the farther away,the better!!

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1/9/13 11:24 A

I used to! I would drive around for 5-10 minutes stalking the front parking spots until one day I realized HOW RIDICULOUS I WAS BEING!!! Now, I go to the open spaces in the back of the parking lot and welcome the walk into the store or wherever I may be!

WENWASHING67 Posts: 356
1/9/13 11:22 A

If it's raining or snowing I do. Otherwise I park wherever there's an empty spot.

1/9/13 11:21 A

Usually no.

FITWITHIN Posts: 21,969
1/9/13 11:19 A

No, I like to park far away and get the extra steps.

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MWOODS21 Posts: 505
1/9/13 11:18 A

I used to but now I don't!

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1/9/13 11:15 A

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CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
1/9/13 11:13 A

no, I just park, regardless of distance

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
1/9/13 11:06 A

I will say it depends on weather. But for the most part no. I usually choose something furthest away unless I am buying a big item. I like to earn the extra steps.

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1/9/13 11:04 A


PHILLYMOM3 SparkPoints: (5,516)
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1/9/13 11:03 A

Never. I get car sick very easy! All that turning up and down the rows kills me.

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1/9/13 11:00 A

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Only if the weather is bad or the parking area is icy.

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1/9/13 10:57 A

Nope. I go to whatever spot i see first. I am usually in the place i am at before those who are waiting for a close spot.

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1/9/13 10:53 A

at Christmas this happened a lot

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I_HEART_MY_FAM Posts: 1,809
1/9/13 10:51 A

I do not go to a gym but my girls did and sometimes I had to wait for them in the parking lot as they finished up. This is what I observed people are in a huge hurry to get back into their cars after sweaty and smelly. The gyms here are usually in some shopping area full of other stores and such so I see things like sunglasses and hoodies put on right away as they step out of the gym in summer and winter. They practically run to car to get away before they are recognized after a work out when they feel dirty. I also observed most men do that over women. Anyhow, I find that understandable, but people who wait in other parking lots for a parking spaces I call rude and plain lazy. I prefer to walk and never wait for parking stalls unless at the mall where you have to find someone leaving in order to find a stall to park in.

ANDYOJA Posts: 13
1/9/13 10:45 A

No. I sometimes get miffed when I have to wait behind someone who is waiting (and waiting, and waiting) for a car to vacate a close parking spot. Why can't they just park somewhere else instead of waiting for 5 minutes for a car to move? emoticon

So that turned into a mini rant! emoticon

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BEY220 Posts: 5,007
1/9/13 10:43 A

Not at all! I don't mind the walk whatsoever

LISABOULDER Posts: 1,257
1/9/13 10:40 A

no, not usually. I'll take whatever space I find, unless it's pouring down rain.

HAPPYCPA1965 SparkPoints: (233,557)
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1/9/13 10:38 A

I usually take the first space I see regardless ot its location. This drives everyone with me crazy.

ILMEL1957 Posts: 2,490
1/9/13 10:35 A

Not usually. I have disabled plates on my car for my husband so we can grab a closer spot when he needs to. When I'm in town by myself, I like to park farther away.


LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 3,019
1/9/13 10:12 A

When I park my car, I'm looking for a spot where I think my car won't end up with dings from other people opening their doors into it. The distance that I have to walk to get into the store isn't a consideration.

Edited by: LOVE4KITTIES at: 1/9/2013 (10:13)
JACKH35 SparkPoints: (26,760)
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1/9/13 9:58 A

No - I'm only 77 so I try to leave the close spots for the old folks.

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1/9/13 9:31 A

I've always parked far away (to keep my car from getting dinged). It's such a habit that I have to remember NOT to do that when I'm driving the elderly ladies from church.

during the summer (when we have more daylight hours) I ride my bike from the office to the gym - an extra 20 minutes of cardio!

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EX-PRESSO Posts: 478
1/9/13 9:24 A

only if its raining like cats and dogs. In the summer I run to the gym (3 k) or take the bike

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1/9/13 9:22 A

I used to but not anymore!


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1/9/13 9:18 A


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DELRIO1 Posts: 5,721
1/9/13 9:17 A

nope...not that lazy yet.

PURECOUNTRY29 Posts: 866
1/9/13 9:14 A

I read a fitness book and one of the statements were why when you go past a gym is everyone fighting for a close parking spot, isnt the reason you are there to get exersize and be fit. So i wondered do you park close, or far away.. i have started parking far away since i read that..

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