Okay, who knows what this machine does?
It's not too often that you get a machine such as this parked right in front of your house.
This morning it's in action and the city blew their "fog horns" to warn everyone they would be towed. On cue, one of our upstairs tenants raced downstairs in his boxer shorts throwing his pants on and yelling, "hey!" In fairness to him, parking around here is a nightmare, but they make this handy contraption called an alarm clock to handle situations like this.
I'll post pics tonight of the machine in action to answer the above question.