My $2 experience with four different 50-cent an hour parking meters
Seems like 24-7 politics lately, so I thought I'd take a break and follow a parking meter tip from a Buffalo News photographer. He told me he parked on Main Street at a meter with a 50-cents- an-hour sign posted on it, but when he plopped in his two quarters, it only gave him 30 minutes.
I found some of the meters the photographer was talking about between Goodrich and North, and tested them out.
I went to a double-headed meter. I plunked two quarters in one of the meters. The photographer was right. It only gave me 30 minutes for 50 cents - 15 minutes per quarter.
Then I plunked a quarter in the other half of the two-headed meter, then another quarter. The two quarters got me a full hour this time - 30 minutes per quarter.
I got back into my car and drove down to the 800 block of Main, which the photographer also mentioned. I found the same 50-cents-an-hour sign on the meters.
I put in two quarters.
I got nothing.
The meter was broken.
I put another 50 cents in the next meter on the street. This time the first quarter I put in gave me 30 minutes; the second quarter gave me 30 minutes more, so it really was 50 cents an hour.
Back to politics
With an 11 a.m. town hall at the University at Buffalo today, you have to figure GOP candidate Ted Cruz will stop for lunch somewhere before leaving the Buffalo area.
So a few of us in the newsroom yesterday tossed around some possibilities as we played the "Where will Ted Cruz stop to eat?" game. Our best guess was Ted's Hot Dogs.
I subsequently found out that's not the Cruz campaign's plan.
Check back this afternoon and I'll let you know where he dined.
Answer: Charlie the Butcher's.
Presidential primary straw poll
Please vote if you haven't already. You can vote in the Democratic or Republican primary, or both.
I'd truly appreciate if you would include your party affiliation. It's for analysis only.
And please, only one ballot per person.
Countdown to NY primary news
Ted Cruz in Buffalo for a Town Hall meeting. I'll be there.
Here's an interesting story in today's Buffalo News and by Buffalo News reporter Jerry Zremski on the Bill Clinton-era crime bill that has been a point of contention in the current presidential race.
CNN Democratic debate in Brooklyn tonight. Zremski will be covering it.
Republican State Republican Dinner tonight in New York City, featuring the three GOP candidates. Buffalo News reporter Bob McCarthy will be there.
Public hearings 2 p.m. today in Common Council on proposals to give historic landmark status to the North Park library building, Bachelor Building and Crosby complex.