At the suggestion of Mr. Out Going, I peered inside Portland's automated metered parking system. Once again, I'd like to think this is the kind of isn't-life-grand sort of curiosity I would exhibit under normal circumstances, but the fact is I probably wouldn't have stopped were I not desperate to come up with something new every single day.
Speaking of which, I could really use some suggestions, people. Only 115 days left, so if there's something you'd like to see happen, now's the time to speak up. If I'm peering into parking meters, you know it's pretty dire.
Anyway, some guys were repairing a machine and I nosed my way to see the inner workings. They wouldn't let me photograph it or them, but I did learn some fun facts, like that the meters are wireless, so they can report credit card transactions to the bank. And, to the infinite amusement of my taller friends, I also learned that they are powered by solar panels, which are apparently visible to people over six feet.
Being snack-sized myself, this was definitely Something New.