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    Default Immigration, in the country of carpark.

    It's been said that you can figure out the world from a single grain of sand, if you know how to look.

    So, finding myself using a new parking building this month, I got to see all sorts of interesting things about immigration.

    I essentially was a new immigrant into the country of "Parking building".


    I got in early, took a spot, and the poor person who normally took that spot shifted to the next empty spot, and so on.

    I had totally upset the traditions and rankings of every single car in the country of "Parkovia".

    I'll fill you in on what other effects my Immigration has, as I notice them.

    TBC.
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    They come to my country. They steal my carpark....

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    A second visit to the land of Parkovia.

    I visited Parkovia very early in the morning that second day.
    The choice of many carparks were mine.
    How would I choose?

    The spot with a sea view?
    The spot with security? right in front of the security cameras?
    The spot close to amenities, right next to the elevator and local shops?

    I choose a spot with all three.

    Now I would be disrupting the traditions of this fair land and also taking one of the privileges from some unlucky soul.
    And I expect, that they, would be forced to trickle that loss down the chain.

    Do I feel bad?
    Yes.
    But I psychologically discount it, by pretending that the demotion will be only slight.
    And that there might not be a full carpark in a few hours, where someone will miss out totally.
    But I know there will be.

    .
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    Third day as immigrant in the land of Parkovia.

    The government of Parkovia are invisible, except for their rules.
    Directional arrows for traffic, curious proclamations written in black paint on yellow boards places around the walls.

    I wonder why the Government of Parkovia have allowed me to immigrate, when they already are at capacity?

    Never mind, i'll soon figure that out.

    When I said that my snatching of the carpark, with a view , in front of the security camera and close to the lifts, disrupted the whole of Parkovian society, I wasn't totally correct.

    I've noticed some carparks are reserved.

    There is some sort of divide in this society.
    These people are mostly unaffected by my immigration.


    Hmmm, I must see how to get one of those.
    Why not disrupt the whole of this social structure.
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    McDuck - keep it coming I'm enjoying this thread.

    cheers,

    Donna
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    Quote Originally Posted by donna View Post
    McDuck - keep it coming I'm enjoying this thread.

    cheers,

    Donna

    Thank you dear reader, but I fear there is a dark side to Parkovia that I have kept hidden until now.


    It may seem unbelievable to you, but Parkovia is run in part by a race of mechanical men, or robots as the Czech have named them.

    They are not terrifying, as you might have thought, but startling if you have never seen one before.
    Smaller than a person, with only one glowing green eye at the center of the face.
    Only a single black and yellow striped arm halts you at the border.
    And they are chained to the spot, they can not move.
    Forced to work all day an night for no pay , except the food that is pumped to them continuously through pipes hidden under the ground.


    They don't speak English, I suspect they speak in dots and dashes, like the telegraph, but they are able to stamp my passport with dots and dashes that also look like English letters.
    Well, when I say stamp, they spit a passport front their small mouths, and their teeth cut holes in the paper.

    For some reason the residents of Parkovia obey these mechanical men blindly, even though their arms are so long and thin that they have little strength.

    This is how I was able to immigrate to Parkovia.
    These mechanical men have been told to admit anyone.

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    Day Five in Parkovia.

    I came back early from a meeting to find a woman circling the building looking for a spare place.
    "I'm just about to go" I yelled to her through her open side window.
    She eagerly backed in as I backed out.

    "This parking shortage is getting worse" she grumbled.

    I suspected that the invisible members of the government of Parkovia, and the reserved space Parkovians might say..


    "Parking problem?, what parking problem?, there is no parking problem".

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    Quote Originally Posted by McDuck View Post
    "Parking problem?, what parking problem?, there is no parking problem".
    You had a park. She gained your park when you chose to move out. There is no problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keys View Post
    You had a park. She gained your park when you chose to move out. There is no problem.
    Yes indeed, dear reader, she was fortunate.

    I have begun to feel a kinship with all the water filled members of Parkovia like myself, wanting to help and socially interact with them.


    I've also grown a kind of affection for the mechanical men.
    (The ones who live without water at all).


    Dear reader, be prepared for more curiosities about them.
    They come in three species.

    I have already mentioned the ones at the borders, but now I should tell you about the merchants, and the tax collectors.
    The merchants are big friendly mechanical men, wide of girth.
    With clear stomachs, filled with all manner of things sweet and salty.
    They will trade these happily.
    They also speak in dots and dashes, but you must also know Indian numerals to get the right treat from them.


    The Tax collecting robots are the smartest of them all.
    Much taller and sterner the other species, they decide how much you must pay, and they demand about the equivalent of an hours average human type work each time.

    That reminds me dear reader, I saw my first Parkovian outlaw today.
    But I've run out of time, I'll tell you tomorrow..
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    Day Six in Parkovia.

    Yesterday I promised to tell you about the outlaw I saw.
    He sat upon a motorbike.

    I must tell you that while most people move around inside very wide and long metal boxes (for speed and protection), this outlaw did not.
    He had a very narrow two wheeled transport, a motorised bicycle.
    If you've never seen one before, is a kind of mechanical horse.

    The border mechanical men admitted him in good faith.
    But he paid no heed to the directional arrows of the Parkovian government.
    And he exited Parkovia by simply driving around the long thin arms of the border mechanical men.

    He took a space, he ignored the rules, he paid no tax.
    His type love freedom, and the excitement of risk.
    Part of me smiled as the human spirit displayed itself so splendidly in one creature.

    But sadly dear reader, in stark contrast, today I found a fellow water filled creature captive in a small stationary metal box.


    TBC.
    Last edited by McDuck; 29-11-2018 at 05:50 AM.


 

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