I had a lucky day Monday. I was going to post about it on Tuesday, but got a little distracted by events – see post 10-for-tuesday.
Let’s go back a year in time…
I went to India for a business trip. My husband convinced me to leave my car ownership and insurance papers at home in case my wallet got stolen on my trip.
The day after I got home, I was driving and got pulled over by the police.
The officer said I didn’t stop at the stop sign. I said that I thought I had stopped (and I really did think I had). He said – “you did stop when the car in front of you stopped, and then you slowed down as you pulled up to the stop sign, but you didn’t make a full stop”. So, I think to myself, I was going 1 mile an hour after I stopped fully behind the front car and I slowed down to what – ZERO – when I moved up to the stop sign, but I didn’t fully stop. Are you kidding me?
But, I am smart enough to not say all these things out loud. I thought my respectful manner would help in some way but I was wrong.
When he came back to my car, he handed me three tickets – one for the failure to stop, second one for not producing my ownership, and the third for failure to produce my proof of insurance.
Fast forward 13 months and I am sitting in traffic court on Monday. Two weeks ago, when I was working through my schedule I was irritated that I had to go to traffic court. I imagined myself going to court, being delayed, and then scrambling to get to work. I decided to take a vacation day instead and consider any time after traffic court as free time just for me.
So the stage is set and I head out to traffic court Monday morning. When they called my name, they said the officer was either injured on duty or assigned to another jurisdiction. Bottom line, he would not be attending court and my tickets were all CANCELLED. I was free to go. $450 in my pocket and the whole process only took 30 minutes.
Went for lunch with my husband, spent time looking for wedding rings (bought later in the week), enjoyed Big One and Little One after school, and a great martial arts class that night.
And considering what happened on Tuesday, it was a great decision to spend time with the family on Monday instead of at work.
A very lucky day indeed.