A few weeks ago, I was driving along, minding my own business, not doing ANYTHING wrong, when one of Norfolk's Finest thought it would be a good idea to pull me over.
I wasn't speeding.
I had my seat belt on.
I wasn't texting (or facebooking).
Just minding my own little business.
He thought it would be a good idea to remind me that my state inspection was due by the end of June. And that it was July 6th.
So, maybe he had a point in reminding me that this was something I am supposed to take care of on my own without reminders. And I took care of it the next day...
I had heard (and remembered) that sometimes if you just show up in court, and show that it was taken care of, they'll dismiss it. It was worth a shot, since the fine and court costs would be $90! $90!
I show up this morning, and immediately see a sign that no cell phones are allowed in the court buildings. I guess this is something that I should know since the sign was dated 2006. But I didn't, and I had my phone, and didn't have a clue what to do with it.
Being a good geocacher (check out www.geocaching.com) I just decided to stash it in the bushes. Fearing that it could go missing, and my non-stop connection to all technical life would be on hold, I made sure it was hidden well!
Imagine my surprise when I walk through the door of said court house, and there are lockers! LOCKERS! Right there for anyone to store anything they needed to store. For a mere 50 cents. UGH! Go back and get said cell phone and securely lock it up, or risk it????
Yep - I risked it!
I take my seat on a hard wooden bench and wait for my name to be called. When my officer is up, I notice they are going in alphabetical order. Of course. By last name. Notice my initials: AMW. Surprisingly, it only took about 35 minutes.
AND MY CASE WAS DISMISSED! YEAH! I can think of so many better things to spend that $90 on!
Left quickly (so there was no time for him to change his mind) and went to my hiding spot to grab my phone and............
IT WAS STILL THERE!
So while I had to spend part of my morning in Traffic Court, it coulda been worse.