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With city parking at a premium, as noted elsewhere,
may be another solution to the problem: Park in the sky.
When you need to park somewhere you alight from your
vehicle and go to a parking station and for a small fee
select a strong cable from the secure hitching point of
parking station then hook it to the towing point on your
A large hot air balloon is also attached to the cable and a
hose fits securely over the exhaust pipe of your car to
inflate the balloon using the heated gases issuing
That lifts your car to a predetermined height that gets it
out of the road of traffic and above the melee on the
If you run out of fuel while you're gone the cable is
back in by the winch as it takes up any slack and your car
safely returned to the ground. You may be fined for
parking, if that is the case.
||A normal size hot air balloon can lift about 4 to 6 people. This requires a large, powerful burner and takes some time to fill and warm up. The size of balloon required to lift a car would need a sizeable field for inflation and lift-off. It would also occupy the space of a few buildings in the sky and cast a significant shadow.
||Also, lifting your car by the towing point isn't such a good idea. All your loose stuff (tapes/CDs, dog etc.) will be on the windscreen and in the footwells. Many modern cars will cut the engine if tipped up to such an angle and the fuel pickup at the bottom of the tank would no longer be in the fuel. All the engine oil would run to the front of the engine, missing the pump pickup and causing the engine to seize.
||For comedy purposes only.
||Mere detail, [Twizz]. The idea of coming back to a
carspace and finding someone has done this to your
car amuses me in ways I can't adequately describe.
||I suspect it would also amuse children and give dogs
something else at which to bark.
||"give dogs something else at which to bark"
||I've long suspected that for some, this is their life's only purpose