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cat toy and parking meter

Cat Toy

I have been indulging my cats with lots of toys over the past years. The toys I left for them to play on their own turn to  disappear faster, so often the only toy around is a laser pointer. I thought maybe making an automatic laser pointer is a good idea. Although I failed to make the analog switch to change the speed, the device did a good job moving the pointer. While one cat clearly didn’t bother a bit, the other one seemed confusingly enjoyed….

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Parking Meter

I don’t know how after living in NYC for almost three years, I still manage to keep my second hand old-lady-looking 2004 Mercury Sable that I brought in college… considering trying to find a street parking every other day is a slow torture. I guess the food in Flushing and occasional get away from the city will keep me going for a little longer. ANYWAY…….This Saturday, I was sitting in the car next to a meter waiting to pick up a friend. The street I parked on has a one hour meter limit. A man raced to park in front of me as the previous one left . He got of the car and searched a bit for a meter then came to the one next to me. He took a while reading the instructions and took out a credit card inserted into the machine, then pressed a bottom. From my angle, I couldn’t see which one he pressed but clearly the meter didn’t do what it was supposed to do. He tried several times and each time he pressed the bottom harder at faster pace. Finally, he went back to his car and called a lady out of the car.They were speaking a language that I don’t understand, and judging from their fancy camera they were probably tourist. She came over and basically repeated the same thing only this time with her card. Apparently, it didn’t work either. After some discussion, the guy went to a newspaper stand across the street. He came back with a bottle of water and some coins. They tried again paying with coins. This time the meter was printing out receipt in no time. It would be a sign of a happy ending, until the guy put the receipt into his pocket and they were heading to an opposite direction of their car. I called them back and explained that they should place the receipt behind windshield. It turned out that they were used to that meter would record time for a particular parking spot, so they never had a habit of putting the receipt back into the car…


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