Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Did You Remember Change For The Meter?

Offerings For The Parking Gods

I just stand here waiting
on top of this pole--
don't have any pride,
don't have any soul
but I'll get your money
just you wait and see--
the price you must pay
for parking by me.

Your offerings to the parking gods are tax deductible.

Parking Meters Complain: Adding Insult To Injury

What's That, A Bicycle?

Please don't leave it there.
Chained to me I cannot see
and just don't think it fair.
It's bad enough you need not pay,
you add insult to injury.
There you go walking off
your two wheels chained to me.

But it's not my job!

Ever talked to a parking meter? Billy does it all the time and records their replies as the world's first and only parking meter poet. And to think, you thought he made this stuff up.

Deterring Bad Parkers

Good Ol' American Made Parking Meters

"It's all about profitability,"
the meter, he told me.
"It's not that we don't like you.
You need us, can't you see.
With us, you have deterrents
to keep folks in their places
so everyone can shop in peace,
maintain the social graces.

Buy hey, at least we're 100% made in the USA!"

Life in small towns is changing, sometimes too fast, and people still blame the lowly, American made parking meters.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A New Year, A New Parking Meter Poem

Old Anxiety

Look at how they look at me
with faces filled with scorn.
I may not be the shiniest,
I may be somewhat worn
but I am always on the job
when they come in each morn'.

We parking meters work longer hours than any other city employee.

Today's parking meter poem has been made possible by... Well, parking meters, of course.

Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Park Downtown

Parking Meter Stalkers

You drive into the parking lot
checking everybody out,
thinking how you're oh so cool
and haven't any doubt.
But we know what you're up to--
we know your one desire
to find a meter with lots of time
before your time expires.