Monday, November 16, 2009
Might be a bit early for the holiday lights, but it reminds us winter parking rules started Sunday
They turned on the 21st annual Holiday Fantasy in Lights in Olin-Turville Park Saturday. The lights are all energy-saving LEDs this year. While I applaud the green intentions, I sort of miss the old incandescents. To my eye, the new bulbs look too cool and a bit unnatural in comparison. Our human visual perception did not evolve in the presence of light-emitting diodes. The spectral characteristics of incandescent lighting seem to better match the nighttime glow of a campfire that our species grew up with and finds satisfying. Still, I'm sure I'll get used to it eventually -- and the new lights do use a hell of a lot less energy.
It seems a bit early to put up the holiday lights, given how unseasonably warm it's been lately, not to mention that there's no snow on the ground yet. But it's a good wake-up call to remind us that winter parking rules went into effect yesterday. For those of us who have to do the alternate-side parking thing for the next four months (till March 15), this is the tricky part of the year. With no snow on the ground, it's easy to forget -- and wake up to a sizable parking ticket. They range from $20 and $30 to $60 -- depending on what zone you're in and whether there's a snow emergency.
So when you go to bed tonight, ask yourself if you know where your car is parked.