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The Secret of Life

The Secret of Life
by Gary Woods

After almost 60 years on the planet I've discovered the Secret of Life. And that Secret is PARKING!!! If you can work out the parking most everything else in life will fall into place. Up until now parking has been kind of haphazard. Let's see, at Disneyland did I park in Dumbo 3 or Cinderalla 4? Or at Dodger Stadium was it Lot 26 or over by the 76 Station? But now there is an iPhone app put out by Frolicware called AutoPark that will put all those problems behind me.

This adorable little $4.99 app keeps track of the time left on your meter, places a marker on the map so the built-in GPS on your iPhone can lead you back to your car and sets up background alarms that translate into push notifications sending you email when you're running out of time on the meter. Amazingly the app can even tell you on which level of a multi-story parking garage your car is ensconced and it helps you find nearby services.

The app also has some more enhanced email functionality allowing you to save attachments like a jotted down note or a picture to remind you what your rental car looks like.

For me, this app should pay for itself in about week reminding me to move my car out of the lot next Border's and down to the one behind Dargan's in time to keep from paying the fee when my free 70 minutes runs out.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc