Last Updated on February 12, 2023 by Lawrence Berezin
Lincoln and Washington’s B-days are legal parking holidays in NYC
You can thank our former presidents for “freedom of sleep” on the following parking holidays in 2023:
- Monday, February 13, 2023 (Lincoln’s Birthday observed).
- Monday, February 20, 2023 (Washington’s Birthday/President’s Day).
Do you think these fantastic Presidents knew that alternate-side parking rules would be suspended in honor of their birthdays? No. But thank you anyway, Mr. Presidents!
I visited President Lincoln at his assisted care facility, and he said that instead of presents, drivers should never pay a parking ticket “no questions asked.” Well said, Mr. President.
Words of great men can be inspirational.
Here are a couple of quotes uttered by Lincoln and Washington many years ago. Are they relevant to life today?
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character give him power.”
It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one”
Universal truths have no born-again date, and their insights are timeless.
You may want to remember that on legal parking holidays, ASP Rules are suspended. But that’s all, folks! There are no other benefits.
However, on major legal parking holidays, NYC is much more generous because:
- ASP Rules are suspended
- You don’t have to feed the muni-meters
- You don’t have to obey traffic rules unless they are in effect all days and at all times.
Can you name the major legal parking holidays? Here’s a helpful link to the correct answer.
Gordon Wood says
I would be lying if I said I was a former Iraq conflict veteran, but perhaps we need to consider that Brian Williams may have just forgotten he was not in that helicopter hit by a grenade while in Iraq in 2003.
And speaking of forgetfulness, there seems new evidence is about that casts doubt on the alleged George Washington childhood event that sees him proven as not able to tell a lie after owning up to chopping down his father’s cheery tree. President Woodrow Wilson later wrote, “Of its factual truth there is no evidence whatever…” So we must question was the cheery tree actually there at all and if so was it chopped down.
With the passage of time too it does seem unlikely, especially when taking account of Abraham Lincoln’s wisdom when he said “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe?”
Brian William’s recollection, perhaps like the beloved George Washington parable, may have suffered from a similar out of body experience.
Either way if kids understand that honesty and the need to always be prepared and sharp bring its own rewards, like free parking for a couple of days this month, then it must is a good thing.
Lawrence Berezin says
Love your insights.
I’ve found the older I get, the longer it takes to “sharpen my ax.”
Brian Williams is my favorite anchor news guy. I wish it were true that his embellishment was the result of some memory fuzz. But it wasn’t. He told his war story for selfish reasons to enhance his cache, without consideration for the men and women he was hurting, and the public trust he was breaching.
With that being said, Mr. Williams played one misjudgment into a veritable nightmare with his excuse. Celebrities can’t seem to learn lessons from the pain of other disrobed celebrities.
Acknowledge a mistake and say I’m sorry. My bad. Don’t try to diminish the blunder by topping it off with a lie. That is a lethal combination and will release the horrors of 24/7 Jimmy Olsen’s searching for a story.
Interesting reference to the George Washington myth. How would CNN have covered the story?
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