OK, so I tend to be a tad vague.
It was Mark who got the ticket, not me. Hence, "my true love gave to me" ticket #9 (combined total for both of us in 13 months). Here's the sad, sad run-down:
2 speeding tickets
1 traffic camera ticket for turning right on a red without stopping.
1 HOV lane violation + 1 unsafe lane change (2 tickets in 1 stop, both totally bogus)
3 parking tickets (one of which resulted in being towed)
1 speeding ticket
We also got a 4th parking ticket, but it was due to a machine error (a leftover Y2K thing I think), so it was waived.
Of all the tickets, Mark got 3 waived, and we were able to reduce the fines on 4 by begging pathetically.
The damage so far: $370, plus $203 in towing fees. And we're still waiting to contest the most recent one ($113). Sympathy is welcome.
Basically, in 2009 we broke just about every traffic law and parked in all the wrong places. Apparently the traffic gods hate us. Actually, my theory is that municipalities are trying to make up for budget cuts through increased traffic fine revenue, but that's probably my crazy i-must-hate-the-government-because-I-vote-left-of-center extremest conspiracy theories coming out. So, you're welcome, local government agencies. Spend our money well.
Moving on. Literally. Moving to Mexico-- I was actually somewhat serious about that one. Did I mention being crazy? More about that in another post. See what I mean about being vague? It's a bad habit. I'll resolve to work on that next year.
Speaking of resolutions, my 10 minutes a day writing goal is going well. Ever since I've included emails, commenting on blogs, thinking about writing, and yelling at my kids, I've had no problem meeting my 10 minute quota!
Anything else to clarify? If so, leave me a comment and I'll answer all your burning questions. I've got a lot of minutes to fill this year.
ps- when was the last time you said totally bogus?