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Its true.

Today I had to spend some time with the local law enforcement to make a bad deed I did last weekend right. That’s right, up and including a mug shot.

Relax...its my new driver's license..and I WAS smiling

Relax…its my new driver’s license..and I WAS smiling

You see, I have a history with the law I hate to say.  A history that spans many states actually. It seems one of my faults is….

I like to drive fast.

Now, not to worry you mothers out there. I have been able to curb my addiction to being able to hoover around 5-10mph over a posted limit all the time now; kids in the car not withstanding.  Especially after my punishment the last time I was caught fracturing a local driving law….


So I made it right today. You see, I was pulled over for speeding with out any A) Registration, B) Proof of Insurance, and C) tag saying I paid my taxes. So I went to the local DMV to update and renew all that material today. Heck even my drivers license had the wrong address on it.

And there in lies the problem.

You see my taxes were due to be repaid last September. BUT we moved into a new county when we moved earlier this year and so I never received a tax bill from my new host county.

I know what you are thinking, you, being the responsible person that you are, would have called, emailed, or went online to take care of your annual tax burden and nip the problem in in the bud, right?

But September, for me, held lots bigger obligations that demanded my attention. Some would say, life threatening obligations and an appointment with a certain cancer doctor and radiation seed gardener.My new tax bill was the furthest thing from my mind! And my new tax bill was actually paid in November. I just didn’t have any proof to it with me last Saturday.

Twenty years ago, heck , ten years ago I would have blamed my speeding ticket on the slow truck that pulled out in front of me back in our sub-division that afternoon. He sped up to pull out in front of me and then drove 5mph under the speed limit all the way out to the highway.

So when I reached the highway I sped around him, gave him a courtesy wave, and tried to make up time on the highway.

I could also blame my speeding ticket on the forthcoming speed trap on said highway. The highway is 55mph at the light where we pull out on to it but very inconspicuously drops to 45mph a short distance down the road at the bridge right before the next traffic light.

And when you are going across any body of water, who takes the time to look at speedometers, much less speed limit signs?

I was looking to see if there was a train on the tracks in the distance..

The officer said he had me going 63mph in a 45 zone. Well, by that logic, I would have been going 63mph in the 55 mph zone right before that too, right? That would be a far cheaper ticket I believe.

And I will not place any blame on my mind set, as my car had just acted up earlier in the day and I was thinking about that and spinning the idea of whether I should stop at the local service station on the way to have it looked at while I was out. ~ The Lexus dealer already told me his remedy to fix the car earlier in the day, and I was having none of that!


No, almost being a grown-up now, I am taking full responsibility for my bad driving and the handful of traffic tickets that ensued that afternoon.

I am trying to put this bad habit back in the past where it belongs. I am being more in the moment in the car and be aware of what my speed is. I am trying to set a better example for my girls for when they get this car to drive. And I will never do this again!

So I tried to fix up my problem from last week

Next week I am going in to meet with my arresting officer, show him everything he needed to see last Saturday afternoon and then get down on my hands and knees to beg for him to change the ticket to the 63 in a 55mph zone. …..and maybe offer him a bag of chips or cookies.

Hopefully I can fix it a little bit more and everything will be a good as new; minus a couple Franklins

After all, the points  of that ticket will stay on my record for 4 years I have learned. And some more hiccups can happen over the course of the next 4 years, right Captain Jack?

The Fixer

When somethings dark, let me shed a little light on it
When somethings cold, let me put a little fire on it
If somethings old, I wanna put a bit of shine on it
When somethings gone, I wanna fight to get it back again

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, fight to get it back again
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

When somethings broke, I wanna put a bit of fixin on it
When somethings bored, I wanna put a little exciting on it
If somethings low, I wanna put a little high on it
When somethings lost, I wanna fight to get it back again

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, fight to get it back again
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

When signals cross, I wanna put a little straight on it
If there’s no love, I wanna try to love again

I’ll say your prayers, I’ll take your side
I’ll find us a way to make light
I’ll dig your grave, we’ll dance and sing
What’s saved could be one last lifetime


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