“The law of the instrument” – ParkNews.biz week of Nov 24th- 30th, 2020

November 30, 2020



“The law of the instrument” – ParkNews.biz week of Nov 24th– 30th, 2020



As Abraham Maslow said in 1966, “I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.”



JVH might had called the law of the hammer a blind spot. So gracious of him and it shows, how albeit dexterous with tools and able to fix most things including plumbing, sprinklers, locks, articles and so on, he chooses the softer approach: Reflection, being interested and kindness.

How do we see beyond our circumstances or feelings? Are you holding a hammer? Due to the current situation, often I am albeit perhaps without awareness of it. I am frustrated, stupefied and thus sometimes frozen. I see the insanity going around. Mind you I was born in a communist country and grew up under Sharia. I came here with my parents on political asylum as a kid. I believe in a freedom of speech and thus the freedom of enterprise.  Some of the latest events sadly take me back to the climate of my childhood.

What happens when your hands and legs are tied into a pretzel?

Yes, there are some of us who are moving forward. We adjust but how much room is there for our adjustments? Movement is the key. Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle boils down to the initial conditions. Thankfully, we have faith which overcomes “initial conditions” and rises even above science. Imagination, wonder and awe ensue.

It was a short week in news this past week. It was after all socially distant, new to all of us Thanksgiving.

Most cities were supporting their businesses and merchants with offering free parking. Or at least free parking on the weekends. If you use ParkMobile, Passport, Honk, you get two hours free on Saturdays, in cities such as Bethlehem, PA, Waterloo, IA or in Kingston, Canada.

In the ride share news, Alto is coming to LA. Alto calls itself “the safety-first rideshare experience.” Alto’s drivers are fully employed. However, that means more expensive rides for the customers. “The cost of an Alto ride lands between Uber’s two premium options, Uber X and Uber Black, at around $2 or $3 more than the Uber X option.”

Hopefully, we will be moving forward in parking and driving and hence there will be more mentions. In the meantime, we at Parking Today are working on PIE 2021. This year we are not putting out a call for speakers. We will bring you the best presentations and the best presenters possible. And we will be reaching out to you by invitation right after Christmas Holidays.

Have a wonderful December and lets keep moving forward leaving the law of the instrument behind.

Thank you.



Astrid Ambroziak

Editor, ParkNews.biz

Creative Director PT

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