Step into a metered parking space, whether it happens to be holding your car or not, and you may be searching your bags and pockets.
You're looking for coins, probably, or a credit card, if the parking meter takes credit cards, or your phone, which will have the needed information you require for the meeting or appointment that's next on your go-go-go schedule.
But step into a parking space on the third Friday in September and your experience may be wholly different: You might be searching for a novel, or your knitting needles, or a game, or something else that will help you happily pass an hour.
What to do, where to go and what to see
For that Friday happens to be Park(ing) Day, an alfresco occasion that sees a number of people, civic groups, businesses, and other organizations transforming metered street parking places into pop-up parks, at least for a few hours.
And some of the pop-up parks truly come with all of the bells and whistles, including lawn chairs, umbrellas, fake grass, real flowers, and other touches meant to summon a state of sunshine.
It's "...an annual worldwide event where artists, designers, and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks." There are some to-knows, and you'll absolutely want to check out the regulations of your neighborhood before building your pop-up park, so start here.
Will you just happen by one, as you're running errands or to work, on Friday, Sept. 15?
You might. There's a pop-up headed for 707 Stanley Ave. on Sept. 15, a joint effort from the Melrose Business Improvement District, the Mid-City West Community Council, and Normandie Bakery. And should you be in Santa Monica, look for the pop-up "parklet" on Wilshire Boulevard near Second and Third.
Is your local neighborhood group gathering together in a parking space, all to create a public park that's brief, sweet, and a reminder of the pleasures of nature in the city?
Check in with your area peeps and find out if Park(ing) Day is coming to your slice of the city.