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The Aikido Approach to Parking

By Sifu Patty O'Linger

Patty O'Linger issues a parking citation

Parking Enforcement Officer Patty O'Linger dispenses parking justice on the streets of Portland, Oregon. Photo by Webly Bowles.

“Hey! Hey!! I’m right here! What are you doing!?” I hear shouted in my direction. Every now and then there are offensive words included. Such is the life of a parking enforcement officer.

“I’m so glad to see you.” These are the first words I say to the upset driver returning to the car I just cited, as they stop running and yelling. It’s not what they expect. I disarm them with my warm greeting, rather than starting a lecture. They quickly rattle off some kind of excuse for their violation: “I just ran in for a moment” (when they didn’t pay to park); “My boss kept going on and on in our meeting” (when they are 20 minutes overtime); “I didn’t understand the sign” (when parked in a truck loading zone). 

Read How Sifu Patty O'Linger Uses Aikido to Disarm Parking Scofflaws »

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Sifu Michelle Dwyer Qigong, Shaolin Gong Fu, Taiji
Sa Bum Nim Jen Berg
Kyo Bum Nim Sierra Harden
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Shifu Sally Chang Taiji, Qigong
Sifu Robin Dahlberg Taiji, Qigong
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