Moving on .

I've been blogging for a few years now. Sometimes sporadically sometimes daily, but almost regularly. I have finally separated from XSU and starting to live a new life on my own. The original blog helped me get through the painful process of the end of the marriage, along with some bumpy roads dealing with a critically ill child in the midst of the end of marriage mess. Now this blog will see me through the new paths and adventures that life has to offer. Restructuring my life. My way. My experiences, ventings, musings on that whole big and not so big deal.

June 10, 2010

Red Light District

I confess only because I got caught. I ran a red light and was caught on one of those red light cameras. I saw the pictures and am paying the fine.

It happened on RJ's birthday right after 5 PM, so I must have been rushing home to get to her birthday dinner. I probably ran a yellow, because the little bit of information that I found in very small print said the light had been red for a grand total of 1 second when I went through it. One whole second.

I don't normally run red lights. It's that whole do I stop or do I go as you approach the yellow light. Yeah..... I can do this..... vrrrroooooom heavy right foot, look both ways before going through, look at the light one more time and zzzzzip through the intersection.

Light changes.
Sheeeeeeeiiiiiite, and the camera snaps my plate.
Great - it's still registered in XSU's name but he hasn't done an address change so at least the ticket arrived at my house, and as I do with all mail addressed to him I opened it. Good thing eh? I usually then throw away what ever I find, or I make a rude comment and return whatever it is with a MOVED return to sender remark on the envelope. This one I kept.

And now I have turned into one of *them*. You know - those people who slow down at green lights at the intersection. Yeah, that's me. Now I know why *they* do it. Because they too had to pay the $350 fine but no demerits or insurance penalties for running a red after it changed one second after you go through the yellow.
I don't want to pay another $350 so I question it as I come upon the intersections. Is it still green? Will it stay green? Do I need to slow down and stop? It's going to be red soon. I'd better stop. Or at least. slow. down.

That's why *they* do it. You get one lousy running red light caught on camera fine and that's it. Automatic old lady driver.

I may as well put on my floppy sun hat, I'll forget about the Mustang and shop around for a Buick and find a copy of Driving Miss Daisy because I am psychologically sunk.


Anonymous said...

If that is the only infraction you've incurred in all "the old lady" years of driving, you're still a young chic!

Find a "stang" in Bright Red and go wild!


blondie16 said...

LOL! Dang girl. I hate those stupid red light cameras. I do drive like a little old lady around those. Well, when I drive. Which I avoid if it all possible. I just don't like to drive.

At least you opened the mail and found it. I don't think you want to know what the fine would have been for ignoring it.

~ b