… and so it is a perfect day to stitch. But alas, I cannot. Because Scott is working on Monday, and we all have other plans on Sunday, we are celebrating Thanksgiving on Saturday. And so, I must bake pies today. And clean the house, since, because it looks like rain tomorrow, we will be having it here. It is a shame because I am actually getting excited about some of my projects.
Yesterday was fun. We drove all over town paying off things so Scott could get his drivers licence. An unpaid speeding ticket ended up costing us a lot of money. It really is a fun story. Let me explain.
In June of 2002, we got pulled over for speeding. It happens. Scott got a $125 ticket. We didn’t pay it. In fact, we forgot all about it. In August of the same year, Scott got pulled over for driving a car without the correct registration. Here is the side note on that – the Transportation ministry was on strike for a number of weeks, and our plates came up for renewal during this time. Because of the strike, we hadn’t received our stitckers yet. Another $150 ticket. In December of 2002, his licence was supended because of the speeding ticket. We thought it was for the registration ticket, since we forgot about the speeding ticket. In May of 2004, we paid off the registration ticket. You are good to go, they told Scott. Thanks and have a nice day. Well, he thought this meant his licence was fine. Off he goes driving again. November 2004, he gets pulled over again by a cop who thought he wasn’t wearing his seat belt. He was, but the cop ran his licence anyway. Sorry, he says, you are driving with an expired licence. Seems that his licence had expired during his suspension, and the DMV hadn’t sent out a notice of expiration because of the suspension. Another $325 ticket. We paid off the $325 in September this year, since with gas prices, it is far cheaper for us to pay it off and Scott drive himself into work than for me to make 2 trips back and forth daily. Then we had to pay $150 to get the license re-issued. Oh, wait!!! It is still suspended!!! Yep, the $125 ticket was still on his record and resulted in a suspension. This is why, in May of 2004, it was still suspended, and when it came up for renewal in July that year, we weren’t notified. Sigh. $125 later, we wait for notice that we can get the license back. Yesterday we show up at the DMV, and they say, yep, NOW you can pay the $150, plus $75 for a vision test. What???? No one told us it was an extra $75 for the vision test! All the way along, we were told the vision test was part of the $150.
So long story short, our $125 speeding ticket resulted in $550 more than we should have paid, had we just paid the ticket when it was issued.
Today he is driving again. Yay.