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My week: good and bad

The good: Obama!

The bad: My computer died Wednesday night– I am borrowing time on BT’s computer right now. We will have to buy a new one for the house. Until then, no pictures! Sorry.

Thursday I had kind of a crappy day at work, which started with me walking around with the zipper down on my skirt for who-knows-how-long. Then I went out for a fun night at First Thursday and ended up with a jaywalking ticket. YES, that’s right. I’m vacillating over whether to contest it or just pay the darned thing– I don’t really have time to go to court, but I am reluctant to hand over the ONE-HUNDRED FIFTY-THREE DOLLAR fine to the City of Austin. I am particularly upset considering my first experience with Austin cops, which was my car accident in 2001. Not only did the officer (just one officer, note) fail to test the other driver’s alcohol level (which, I’m guessing, would have sent her to jail), but they didn’t even write her a ticket for crossing the median on I-35 and hitting someone going the opposite direction. I had to write APD a letter asking them to send her a ticket. Now, I walk across a street 10 feet from the crosswalk and end up with FOUR OFFICERS stopping two of us and handing out $153 tickets? Not cool.

3 Comments

  1. dixie

    November 8, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    I alternate between wanting to fight it and wanting to just pay it and be done. Is “the officer told me to contest it” a good enough defense?

    What kind of harm can a misdemeanor on your record do to a person? That’s what I can’t figure out. Is it a big deal or not a big deal?

  2. Jenny

    November 10, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    I am amazed- jaywalking gets you a fine in Austin? I’d better be careful in future. Once I was stopped in LA, for the same, at a traffic light against me, but when he heard an English accent he thought I was a visitor and let me off. Next time pretend you are English. Hope this week is better for you. Go out and dig in the dirt.

  3. Lori

    November 11, 2008 at 5:49 am

    They write jaywalking tickets here? And they didn’t ticket someone who crossed the 35 median and hit someone?!! Geez. I’m glad that the only police I’ve dealt with in Austin have all been from Sunset Valley, where they seem both professional and competent.

    In other news, it’s a week later and I’m still thrilled with it: Obama! 😀

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