2. take a picture
3. bring the picture to your ticket hearing, object to your ticket by explaining that the meter was "broken".
4. Stop complaining, ya cheapskate. You don't pay for parking ever anyways, who are you to complain about "wait time" (which, I must say, Iv'e never hat to wait at a smart meter, even though they are a tad inconvenient)
As Americans, do we have a "Lewis and Clark complex"? Do we prematurely put space exploration into our existing ideas about "the frontier"? how much would we learn from a permanent moon-city, and would we really care if it wasn't all that much? (as long as we got to stick our flag into some more "virgin territitory")