Red-Letter Saturday #2: “The Parking Meter”
RED-LETTER SATURDAY #2:
On this day, July 19, 1935, the first parking meter in the U.S., the Park-O-Meter, invented by Carlton Magee, was installed in Oklahoma City by the Dual Parking Meter Company. This forever changed parking as we know it. I dedicate this poem to automobile owners everywhere:
Today is such a busy day;
I’m running here and there.
There’s meetings for me to attend,
No time for me to spare.
I’m in the downtown area,
I have to park my car.
I spot a great location,
At a fancy coffee bar.
So I feed the parking meter,
With the change that it requires.
Thinking that I will return
Before the time expires.
I run my errands, take my meetings.
Time’s run out; I know I’m late.
I race to my car at breakneck speed.
Just dreading to know my fate.
Yes, I received a ticket,
And it made me want to cuss!
I think the next time I’ll plan better,
And maybe take the bus!
QUOTE OF THE DAY: ” A real patriot is the fellow who gets a parking ticket and rejoices that the system works.” ~ Billy Vaughan
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