I’ve always found it funny, or maybe a little annoying the way my husband will circle endlessly around the parking lot until he can find a spot right next to the entrance. He calls it a “Cathy Bishop Spot”—a term his mother also uses. Apparently, my mother-in-law had a friend named Cathy Bishop who was so lucky that any time she drove anywhere a parking spot just happened to open right in front of the store as she arrived. And so the perfect parking spot became synonymous with the name ‘Cathy Bishop.’ Or at least it did in my husband’s family. And then I started using the term and now our kids say it. (None of us has ever met her.) Needless to say, we aren’t as lucky as the mythical Cathy Bishop—no matter how many times we circle past the front entrance.
No offense to Cathy Bishop, but I actually take the opposite approach when it comes to parking. I prefer to park far from the entrance and walk. Not only is it faster than circling the parking lot nine times, but it is healthier for you to walk a little. (Not to mention the road rage you avoid by parking away from the herd.)
When I mention this to people, everyone always agrees that it is a good idea. But it doesn’t seem to be catching on very quickly—even with people trying to be healthy. Case in point: The Gym. I find it funny to watch all of the people in the mornings trying to get the Cathy Bishop Spots at the gym, when they are coming to the gym to get in as many steps as possible by walking, jogging, or riding a bike.
My point is, that next time you come across a “Cathy Bishop spot” keep driving. Not only will someone else think they are lucky, but you will begin to establish a simple habit that will lead to better health and more peace. Park away from the entrance and get some extra exercise throughout the day.