The City of Albany started a snow emergency at 8pm on Sunday. During snow emergencies, residents must park on the even side of the street during the first 24 hours, and the odd side of the street during the second 24 hours.
An article from local NBC affiliate WNYT enumerates some of the problems Albanians have had in comprehending this complex system of “odd” and “even”. In particular:
Ashley Laleker moved to Albany from Balitmore [sic] three months ago.
“I walked to where my car was. No car. So I had to walk to school,” she said Monday.
As a med student, Laleker knew she was in for some tough courses, but not a snow emergency.
“I kind of ignored it because I didn’t get it,” she said. “They said you have to park on either an even or an odd side of the street and that didn’t make sense to me so I ignored it and I got towed.”
What kind of criteria must med schools have nowadays that allows in students who get confused by the idea of “odd” and “even”?
Ashley, if you can divide a number by two on your school-approved calculator and you get a “.5″ on the far right side of the display, the number’s odd. If you don’t, it’s even. Just so you’re clear for next time.
To be fair to Ms. Laleker, she might have misunderstood the parking regulations, not the concept of odd and even. But still, shouldn’t a medical student be able to handle a concept that can be explained completely in 50 words or less? And failing that, you know, maybe ask someone rather than just ignore the problem?
Now, Ashley, please stay away from my internal organs. Kthxbai.