Frogparking is — according to their website — a complete solution – engage, enforce, enhance and enjoy your parking ecosystem! So if you found yourself guided to a free parking space, it might be thanks to their efforts. Likewise, if you find yourself fined after exceeding your parking time by the smallest of margins, that might well be their technology as well. Pictured is the wireless unit mounted on the ground which communicates comings and goings to a central brain.
This unit (and many more) was at the carpark at Lynnmall; some information about their plans for a VMS (vehicle management system) are on their website.
Newton has a law about it (in mechanics). But it applies in many situations to varying degrees…
We had the flood of stick figures which gave a family’s inventory of assets, living and otherwise, in the rear window. That trend seems to have abated, and I may have found the reason why.
Saturday, 4:42pm at French Bay
… two girls by the water, and one car in the water. A sad story unfolded since Friday afternoon, when this car was driven onto the soft mudflats of French Bay, and did not make it out when the tide came in. The second picture shows the situation on early Saturday afternoon, more or less at low tide, when the tide had flooded the car twice already. There are only 26 minutes between the top picture and the one at the bottom – showing how rapidly the water rises.
In the course of Saturday afternoon, a second car tried to help the first car out, unfortunately also striking difficulties. That second car was able to be towed to dry land, but not without getting wet. And another night submerged in the water for the first car…
If there is a lesson, it is that driving on sand is dicy enough, driving onto mudflats — well just don’t even think about it!
I have reported on a similar event at Armour Bay five years ago.
Saturday, 1:41 p.m.
Two Ducks, Saturday 5:08 p.m.
Looking at Me
I had found a slot in a parking lot – and this smiley face was opposite me.
I had to stop for a picture when I saw this car in Titirangi. Plymouth Roadrunner.
The number plate says it all (‘number’ plate?). The subdued tone might need the added emphasis of the plate.
I stopped to take a picture of the car with its provocative number plate. As I approached, I noticed the driver inside and enquired: “Is it, like, ‘Green with Envy’?” With a hearty laugh, she confirmed, explaining that it was a present from her daughter. (I assume that the correctly spelt number plate has long be snapped up by a Lamborghini driver.)
The tree seems to be permanently in flower, dropping its bloom on the car that seems to be permanently parked beneath it.
Red Car (Cliff Uepa)
It more than holds its own amidst the many posters that are on the block of shops at the corner of Avondale and Rosebank Roads. Te Atatu artist Cliff Uepa’s red car is hard to miss. But there is more on this telecommunications box: the trees and green playing fields of nearby Eastdale reserve, as well as a father and son. When I enquired at the Dairy around the corner, Samir pointed out to me that he and his son Dilan had modelled for this occasion.
More painted boxes by Cliff Uepa here.
Red Car (Cliff Uepa)
Father and Son
Dilan and Samir
Teza's Green Car outside Essenze, Parnell
There are several vehicles in Auckland which sport such a green finish — I showed a van here. This is the Teza car standing outside Essenze in Parnell, where they provided refreshments on yesterday’s Urbis Design Day.
Teza make iced teas, and my sample of Feijoa and Limeblossom was fabulous.