A Parking Meter in Nelson

Nelson Small Talk

Back in the old days (1980’s) when you went to the dump in Keene, it involved driving your trash up a mountain of trash compacted from the week before, and just dumping it on the ground, where it became buried. Sometimes there were treasures. One day I spotted a parking meter, with the change mechanism not functional, but otherwise looking like what it was. It had a cement root ball from where it had been pulled up from a sidewalk. 

I loaded it into my truck, and by the time I got home I had contrived a plan. Under cover of darkness I came down to the village, dug a hole, and planted it in front of the town hall. Remarkably, it stayed there for two or three weeks. It finally disappeared, but not before someone (with out of state plates of course) was spotted parked in front of it trying to figure out how to insert change. 

~ Gordon Peery


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