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One Lucky Bastard [Jul. 23rd, 2008|09:17 am]
Tomas Gallucci
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[music |The Dark Knight]

Last night I didn't go to sleep until a little after 0300 for various reasons, mostly because I had a good night last night at my part-time job and am enjoying the promotion. Curiously, I woke up at 0700 this morning.

I had planned to get up and go to Walmart to get a few much-needed items before coming into work a few minutes early so I could get some installs done. As I made the turn onto the road where I would turn to come into the commercial zone, I was pulled over by a cop that was in the opposite lane at the opposite light.

This officer was a young guy and seemed like he was new. His presentation though professional was perfunctory and stilted. I was meek and said little, deflated that my day was ruined straight out of the shoot.

I turned down the Dark Knight score that I had been enjoying on the ride in.

The officer asked for my license and insurance, went back to his car and wrote me a ticket.

While he was in his car, I remembered the speech from driving class back in February: "Just ask. You never know. If you're contrite and courteous, you could save yourself a ticket."

I definitely needed saving. The student loans kicked in this month and money is about to be tighter then it ever has been with the minimum wage going up and while I was waiting for the officer to return, I panicked that this ticket would not only make my insurance skyrocket, but it might cost me my part-time job. The money has been good lately and I can't afford to lose it.

The officer came back, told me when my court date was and asked me to sign. Then I did something that I have never done: I timidly begged the officer to let this one slide.

At first he hesitated, saying that he had already filled out the citation and had I asked him before...

Dejected, I picked up the pen to sign.

"Please?" I pleaded. "I was just trying to get to work."

"When do you have to be there?"

"Eight-thirty." I fibbed, as I was trying to get a jump on the day and had planned to be in by 0830. "The turn off is the next road up."

"Okay. I can let it go this time. Have a good day."

I shook hands with the officer, collected my license and came into work still shaking nervously, but with a cheesier grin and a Joker-esque laugh.

I'm one lucky bastard.

From: snapper521
2008-07-23 02:55 pm (UTC)
NO FUCKING DUH! Oh my gosh Tomas I can't believe that happened!

You know, either you aren't a very good driver, aren't very careful about when you do and don't break/bend the rules or... you have some really amazingly bad luck with cops. I think my bad luck with them wore off on you!!

I gotta leave for "A Dark Knight" soon. Remember, tonight Nick, Randy, Daddy, Steven, Matthew and I are all going. :-) Should be awesome. Both Nick and randy have seen it twice already, and they both say that "joker" was born to play that role. ;-) There will be a 2.5 hour drive up so you can call if you wish to talk about the day or whatever.
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2008-07-23 04:26 pm (UTC)
Enjoy the film!
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From: snapper521
2008-07-24 06:46 pm (UTC)
I did. :-D I plan on posting about it.
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[User Picture]From: fabrizzo
2008-07-23 08:45 pm (UTC)
Hah! Nice.
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2008-07-24 07:50 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2008-07-24 09:22 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2008-07-24 09:25 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2008-07-24 09:26 am (UTC)
Ho many tickets have you gotten over the years?
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[User Picture]From: ehowton
2008-07-24 09:35 am (UTC)
You always ask the wrong questions, don't you? Its not how many tickets I've gotten, its how many I've had to pay.

You just don't live a charmed life, do you?
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[User Picture]From: schpydurx
2008-07-24 10:24 am (UTC)
There's not a tax on wealth but rather on the creation of wealth.
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