Sunday, July 29, 2012
Today, Sunday, was a lazy, do-nothing day, but I finally got off my you-know-what, changed clothes, got my grocery list and forced myself to do THAT job. To add some interest to a blah job, I took a short detour, drove by the library to see if some construction had been finished, went by the dog park to see if anything cute was happening there, then proceeded to the Grocery Store -- all of this is on quiet Sunday, no traffic, and all within 7-8 blocks from my home. Guess what ! This is WHAT!
What on earth could I have done wrong??? I've never had a ticket, never an accident, been driving since age 12 (tractors, farm equipment), etc. There are no pedestrians, (it's really hot), no traffic, (I mean EMPTY downtown) and SHE said --- here is the big sin -- I was "SPEEDING, going 26 in a 20 MPH zone". Well, there's a big sin! The officer is a young woman about 14, I swear, and I was shaking, getting my documents out, and trying not to cry. I was not even aware of a 20 zone and I've been taking this route for 15 years. After checking whatever police check, and confirming I wasn't a wanted Felon, or drug smuggler, or .... whatever ... she DID let me off with a warning, and then after calming down I retraced my speeding adventure. This block 25mph, next block 25mph, then the next block is the courthouse, then the post office with a stop sign where I will stop at the Stop Sign. So, in 2 blocks I went from 25 to 20 and she stopped me in that instant! I hope no one saw me!!! I retraced my speeding adventure, and still didn't see any 20 marked zone so went around AGAIN! Sure enough, in the block with the courthouse, where she had clocked me speeding at 26 mph, was the 20 MPH sign. Yes, in one block, she had caught me.
Now I am so motified, the wind is out of my sails, that I had to defer the grocery-shopping job to go home and be mad? pout? be embarrassed? cry? Not sure. That little Police Officer gal needed something to do on this quiet Sunday afternoon. 8-(((