Wise answers to perplexing questions
Dear Answer Lady
If there’s a code to crack with those ridiculous parking meters in that lovely town of yours, I’d appreciate it if you’d share it with your readers. We came to Cape May on a day trip, did some fabulous shopping and delicious dining, but that meter was the low point of our expedition by far! We thought we had it figured out, but apparently were wrong because we got a ticket anyway. What gives? – Fuming
Dear Fuming –
Asking the Answer Lady to explain the intricacies of those meters is like asking your average three-year-old for the answers to your quantum physics questions. While she doesn’t know much about them, she does know this: she walks along the mall every weekday, and if she had a dime for every flummoxed tourist wrestling with one of those meters disguised as an IQ test, she would be a retired Answer Lady. Hopefully the parking powers that be will address this, and soon.
Dear Answer Lady
My family was relaxing on the beach yesterday when a group set up camp right beside us. They were a young crowd having a good time, and presented no problems – until they started smoking. So annoying! I know they’re not allowed to do it in bars and restaurants any more – why on the beach? I wanted to ask them to move, but the wife said no. – Red-Eyed
Dear Red –
They say there is nothing worse than a reformed smoker, and that’s exactly what the Answer Lady is, so she’s got your back. How lovely it would be if we could eradicate smoking altogether. It’s especially annoying to see young people doing it. Every time the Answer Lady sees a youngster smoking, she wants to force-feed him the entire pack, one cigarette at a time. But the Answer Lady digresses. In your particular case, your wife was right. Had they been committing an infraction, you would have been well within your rights to either ask them to move or report their behavior to someone in authority. Since what they were doing was annoying but legal, the best plan of action would have been for you to move yourselves. Inconvenient, yes, but it’s best not to provoke a confrontation unless absolutely necessary. Now, had they been blasting Lady Gaga on their radio, for example, I believe you would have had grounds to shoot them.