Last week I was running to grab a take-out order from a nearby tavern, and the only parking nearby was metered. This meant confronting one of the city’s new solar-powered parking meters. After hiking more than a half block to reach the nearest meter (it was not positioned ideally), I fumbled in my pocket for money to feed the proverbial beast.
“Fortunately, I have change,” I thought to myself. “A couple of quarters should do the trick.”
First, I pressed the keypad to activate the meter. It took a few seconds for the thing to power up, because apparently these meters boot from floppy discs. Then the screen told me to swipe a card or insert bills. For some reason, there was no option for inserting coins. Continue reading »