I thought I had read the owners manual pretty well on my '02 WRX Sport Wagon but I guess not well enough. Took it to a car wash and they turned the lights on and I didn't realize it. We were having a party and one of my friends (who is a mechanic!) asked me why my parking lights were on. As you can imagine every guy who was here had an opinion but no answers. I finally said the hell with this and disconnected the battery, which was dead enough that it wouldn’t crank the motor but would allow the lights to still shine nice and bright. The general consensus was that the battery couldn't be dead because the lights were still on. WRONG!!!
So after I went into cyberspace and found this great forum I had to give myself a swift kick in the ego when I saw the post about the parking light situation. What a dumb a$$ I am. But thanks to all you posters that saved me the humiliation of towing my car to the dealer. I stand humbled yet grateful for your wisdom!