Yes, that is me. White Night is a nice idea, as long as everything is set up to support it. It is Melbourne's second White Night and the first one was a success. The second one seems to be just as, if not more successful. But can you get there?
White Night is a long evening from 7pm to 7am of art, culture, dancing, light shows, building illuminations, bands, sculptures and musical performances within the city. We may have tried to go to the event if we were home and not busy, but given how it was looking down from The Highrise, trying to get onto a succession of packed trams did not look like a good start to the evening. From Twitter, I understand it was the same on trains. We went to a friend's barbeque instead and a pleasant evening was had.
When we returned home, we found all these cars parked illegally in our lane that accesses our carpark. While I enjoyed playing the petty bureaucrat and calling council and making sure they were all booked, (I checked an hour later and they were (Happy White Night folks) it is more than that.
After I passed my driving license I would at times illegally park. Once in the city at night and I was booked not by a parking officer, but a policeman. It is a moot point. The fine is the same. The next time was at The Alfred Hospital when I took a friend to the hospital and it took a long time for her to be seen. I overstayed at a meter and was fined. She paid the fine. The cruncher was, I will only be two minutes in the bank. Damn, those parking officers are quick.
Some people build parking fines into their budgets. Our Hairdresser Friend owes over a thousand dollars of parking fines. She doesn't worry about it and continues to park illegally. I don't feel like I have such money to spare.
Since my fine when parking near the bank, back in 1978, I decided to not park illegally anymore. I haven't since and naturally I have not received a fine. Nor has R, although I won't mention his speeding offences. If I can park legally for 30 odd years, so can other people. It really isn't that hard. Illegal parking is for the very lazy who imagine that a law does not apply to them.
So I may have spoiled some peoples' White Night event by ensuring they were booked, I don't care. You cannot park in our lane in a loading zone. The history of why it is loading zone at night time is that in the past it became a lane to park in to do drug deals. Keep the daytime loading zone overnight, dealer problem solved.