Executive Summary: It didn't go well
Anyhow, yesterday was my do-over day. I had to be in Courtroom One at 8:30 am (Chattanooga). I got up early, then proceeded to fiddle around for so long that I left myself zero breathing room. I sat through the Entrance Ramp From Hell - I-75 South. Exit 25. It's been designated the worst designed interstate entrance ramp in America by the B.I.S.S. (Because Ian Says So), for three years running.
I drove down the interstate behind the little old lady who was on her way to, I don't know, NOWHERE FAST!!!
View from the perspective of the person she just ran over
I sped down I-75 so that I wouldn't be late to contest my speeding ticket (Don't even say a word. Don't), and got to a parking space at 8:27. I had no change for the meter!! Drat!! Luckily, I was at one that would take my debit card. I tied my tie in the car window ("winder" as we call 'em down here in real America), and went running into the courthouse, where I stood in line with my belt off and my pockets emptied. I kept beeping. I.dunno.why. Finally, they decided that I wasn't a threat and let me through. Kinda hurt my feelings. I mean, I'm an imposing accountant...never mind.
OK - I got into the courtroom at 8:40, and they were already calling peoples names - I didn't know if they'd called mine. I didn't know if I should ask. I decided to wait it out, and in a few minutes, the judge called me. Armed with a well practiced argument, I walked to the bench. Three minutes later, with very little discussion, the ticket was dismissed. I felt cheated out of my William Jennings Bryan moment (Scopes Monkey Trial, Dayton, TN - look it up), but left quickly before he could read my mind and look into my black, black soul.
I went to my car, where I DIDN'T have a parking ticket, then drove to a clients office, where I WASN'T impeded by red lights and bad drivers. Creepy, right?
Speaking of feeling cheated, do you feel cheated now that you've read this far only to realize that I had no real point when I started this, and am now out of things to say?