Saturday 20 February 2016
12:35pm - Arrive at a Westfield shopping centre and get a parking pass/ticket. I can park for free for up to 3 hours.
12:40pm - After 5 minutes, continue to drive around, up, down, all over the carpark trying to find a park.
12:48pm - Still looking for a park.
1:00pm - Find a park. (25 minutes total)
1:05pm - Study at the library.
2:55pm - Leave the library because I want to move the car so that I don't have to pay for parking.
3:04pm - Clearly, I can't remember where I parked my car. I try to retrace my steps from the library. However, I entered from the opposite side of the building so I am getting more confused. I think I parked on the orange level, so I look at the information screen which gives me directions; however, I am completely disoriented and lose my way following those directions.
3:09pm - Begin to wonder if I will ever find my car.
3:16pm - Tell myself not to panic.
3:20pm - Go to the concierge (information) desk) and tell the nice lady that I can't find my car. Trying not to giggle because of how ridiculous this sounds (FYI, I giggle when I get extremely nervous). I'm unable to tell the lady what level I parked on, and now I'm not even sure it was the orange level. She takes the car registration number and calls the camera people [??] to see if they can find it. No luck. I tell her I think I was in row M. After some discussion, she suggests I might be on the Mezzanine level. I look at her blankly.
3:25pm - After some discussion, I have a vague idea of where my car may be parked, and hurry down the hallways again. I should note here that I am carrying 2x notebooks, 1x text book, 3x manuals, a computer, and a large drink bottle. My shoulders were not thanking me.
3:30pm - I find my car!!!!!!! (35 minutes total)
3:31pm - Speed through the carpark (kidding, I was definitely driving at 10km/hr) to find the exit.
3:33pm - Swipe out of the carpark with 2 minutes to spare (before I would've been charged $5.00).
3:36pm - Heart rate returns to a semi-normal pace.
So ends the story of one hour of my life that I will never get back.
Have you had a similar experience?
When have you gotten lost?