Yep, got another speeding ticket. WTH, you ask? It was even on the SAME road. Here are some things I want to state before going on my tirade.
1. I know I am fault. I know speeding is illegal, and I do feel my punishment is fair.
2. I don't feel that I should be excused from anything, and I do consider myself a law-abiding citizen.
Okay, so here's the rant. I don't actually have a direct problem with the ticket b/c of the reasons stated above. This is my problem- State Troopers are OBSESSED with traffic tickets. I see them all the time giving tickets. You know what I don't see them doing? I don't see them helping people or fighting real crime. I see people all the time on the side of the road, broken down or with a flat tire. Where are the troopers then? Oh, but you break 60 mph and they will sure enough be there. Where are they when school lets out and Ms. Mamma drives away in an El Camino and her 10 children piled in with no seat belts, including the newborn she's holding in her lap while she's driving? Where are they when those child molesting perverts from Blueberry Hill decide to take a "walk" around the school zone? Hhhmmm, they are busy giving the town do-gooders speeding tickets!!!
Why have I only gotten tickets from State Troopers? Because the city cops realize that there are much more important things to do that give the Productive Citizen Schoolteacher a ticket for exceeding the speed limit. The city cops are busy checking businesses when they are closed, fighting the drug war, and catching burglars. Plus, the city cops believe in warnings and second chances. The city cops understand the Good People/Bad People philosophy.
Okay, here is what else is peeving me right now. Is it too much for me to ask for just one tiny life break? I mean, can just ONE LITTLE BITY thing go my way? I know that's selfish, and life is about giving, but... sigh. I need a break. I need someone upstairs to just cut me some slack for just a little bit. When I saw that Trooper today, I just knew I was about to get a ticket, b/c that's the way life is now.
One thing I've noticed about myself is that I am becoming more feisty by the day. So feisty that I am actually considering contesting this ticket for the sheer meanness of it. I think I have grounds. There are some mistakes on the written ticket and he really did make me pull over in an area that was not safe for my vehicle (no shoulder, had to drive into big grassy area that was drastically sloped). Plus, I've heard that if the cop doesn't show, you get out of the ticket, no questions asked.
One part of me knows that I should just man up and pay that ticket. A little deviant side of me thinks that maybe Troopers target people like me for that very reason. They can look at me in my car and just know that I won't try to flee; I won't question authority, and I will pay the ticket. What's also funny is that we've also donated money to the Troopers in the past and I made a silent vow to myself to not give them another DIME after this ticket it done.
Alright rant over.
I did get to spend last night with Speedy Anna and that was SOOOOOO much fun, as usual. It was my 3rd time running since San Antonio. (I said I was taking a break, remember?) I ran 7 on Sunday (first run), eliptical on Monday, then 4 last night with her club. This morning we did 10 and it felt good. I'm still having some major hamstring stiffness, but not pain.
I did something REALLY stupid Monday. I injured my other exterior oblique (according to my Dr., Mr. Google.) I was swinging on the playground with the kids and decided it would be 'fun' to jump off from up high. Something pulled back there. It doesn't hurt as bad as before, but this time feels more like a bruise. Weird. I might need to see someone about that.
I have decided to run the Charlottesville Marathon on April 17th (Boston weekend). This is supposed to be a beautiful course. It's also during my spring break, and I'm going to drive. Crazy, I know, but with the extra expense of retaking National Boards, I will need to save money this spring. So... Charlottesville it is. I also already designed my entire training plan myself. It was pretty fun. I did it in pencil, too, in case I need to change some things. I will report more on the plan later. I won't officially start training until December 14. It will be all easy running/ elipticaling until then.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Pull a turkey wishbone for me! I need some luck.