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Did you hear the story about the priest and the engineer who tried out the new smart parking meters? The sun was bright and the screen on the kiosk was barely visible. The two men took their typical professional postures as they tried to see the screen. The priest knelt. The engineer squatted. A passerby chuckled as she walked by. The priest carefully tapped in his license plate number on the keyboard. The engineer checked the accuracy. Oops. A number was missing. The engineer tried next. He tapped the keyboard a bit firmer. Drat. A double strike. They took off their hats to shade the dark screen and tried again. Finally they entered the right license number. The priest took his Visa card and inserted it. Decision time: how many minutes. An hour and a half seemed appropriate for their lunch appointment. Still struggling to see the choices one of them stabbed the button near the top of the screen. Alas. They accidentally selected just 30 minutes, not the 90 they had wanted. They would have to repeat the whole exercise in a half hour. Welcome, Helena, to the new high tech parking system.

Stephen Brehe

Helena

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