The harsh reality is that if you own a car in D.C., you're going to get tickets. It's simply unavoidable. If you don't become a master of reading street signs (and even if you do), the time will come when you'll find yourself at the mercy of an unforgiving parking enforcement employee. You might even find yourself saying "F*** the law" and risking a ticket, rationalizing it as another cost of going out. Tickets have been recognized as "the cost of doing business," as delivery vehicles sometimes receive several each day due to the lack of appropriate parking in the city. Charge it to the game.