Last spring, I was awarded the Professor of the Year Award, and it felt pretty dang awesome to be recognized in such a way. And, part of the award is more than awesome: it's a reserved parking space -- my choice of space -- for the entire academic year for 2011-2012. So, it has felt SO good to pull onto campus everyday and know that I don't have to circle the lot 20 times to find a space; I can just pull in and park.
And then again today.
And that's because some other thoughtless faculty member was parked there. There's a SIGN! With MY name on it; it says: "Reserved for Professor of the Year: Jess, English Department"! (I'll take a picture some time; it's Awesome Sauce.) Yesterday when it happened, I actually encountered the "perp" as he was getting into his vehicle, and I confronted him. The shakedown went like so:
Me: "Um, hi! Are you Jessica H.?"
Him, looking guilty: "No."
Me: "Yes, I know that because I'm Jessica H!"
He was appropriately apologetic and I felt vindicated. But, then I pull in today, and...different vehicle there! It wouldn't piss me off so much if it were a student parking there, because, well, students disregard that kind of stuff all the time. But both days, it has been a fellow faculty member! (I know this because of the campus tag hanging in their vehicle.)
So, today I called security and asked for the vehicle to be ticketed. They told me they would "investigate it." Not very satisfactory to me: I want tanks and torpedoes. So, I composed a "stern note" (I didn't want to come across as angry or offensive, but I wanted to shame them -- this space is part of an AWARD and having a fellow faculty member disregard that actually feels incredibly disrespectful) and placed it under their windshield wiper. I hope they feel remorse for intruding on something that is special to me.
Maybe I need to booby-trap the space -- poison darts seem appropriate, right?!