Had lunch with a friend, lost track of time, got a ticket - 25 bucks. After I already put $1.50 (90 minutes) in the meter and then overstayed it by about 15 minutes. The more I think about it, the more I think that this punititve approach to parking is a bad idea. Obviously parking is a limited and valuable resource; but it can't be good for downtowns, either financially or energetically, to have so many people rushing through meals and shopping trips because the last five minutes of their parking is about to cost 25 times more than the first hour. When are we going to have technology that can observe how much parking we use, and can charge us accordingly after the fact? Not unlike getting billed for how many minutes we talk on the phone, or for that matter, an airport parking lot.