"If there’s a world here in a hundred years, it’s going to be saved by tens of millions of little things. The powers-that-be can break up any big thing they want. They can corrupt it or co-opt it from the inside, or they can attack it from the outside. But what are they going to do about 10 million little things? They break up two of them, and three more like them spring up!"
- Pete Seeger, in YES! Magazine

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Share my parking pass

The project:
Hand over parking pass for 30 minutes of paid (by me) parking to next driver.


Why bother?
In some towns, you pay the parking meter, and when you pull away, the time remaining passes on to the next motorist who pulls into the space. In downtown Portland, parking is paid at kiosks that spit out little slips of paper with expiration times on them. When the motorist pulls away, so does that paid ticket, thereby providing potentially dual payment to the city.

As we headed into our car, another motorist signaled he'd like the spot. It occured do me that my slip showed another 30 minutes of parking paid. I grabbed it from the dash, ran back to his car and handed it over. He gave me a BIG SMILE, and said, "You're AMAZING!"

Well, maybe not amazing, but it saved him 80 cents, and made us both feel good.

Worth it?

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