Monday, October 08, 2012

Speeding ticket, undone

A few weeks ago we went to Dreamland Aqua Park with a bunch of friends. The speed limits out toward Omm al-Qawain are extra capricious, and Jeremy and I constantly monitored his speed as he drove, him on the speedometer and me via Lady Edith, our new GPS. I thought we made it ok without getting flashed by any of the speeding cameras, but a few days after our trip he got a text message informing him of a speeding ticket incurred in Omm al-Qawain on the day we were there. It was disheartening because we'd been so vigilant about staying below the speed limit.

Well, what can you do? Nothing. It took a while, but we got used to the idea of having to pay a speeding ticket next time we go renew our car registration.

But then we met a bunch of friends for breakfast on Saturday - much the same group that had been at Dreamland, in fact. Jeremy and our friend Joe were talking and somehow it came up that we got a speeding ticket in Omm al-Qawain. That's when Joe put his head in his hands and said sadly that no, that was HIS speeding ticket. Jeremy and I immediately turned to each other and high-fived in spectacular fashion.

You see, over a year ago when Joe moved here, he borrowed one of our cell phones and listed it as his number at a few places. When he got his own phone, he changed companies' records where he could but even I have no idea how you go about changing the phone number on file with the police. So when we got a speeding ticket in Omm al-Qawain on our way to Dreamland, it was actually Joe getting a speeding ticket in Omm al-Qawain on HIS way to Omm al-Qawain. Also, it was TWO speeding tickets - one on the way there and one on the way back. (Jeremy had received a second text alert about a speeding ticket but since the date was the same, he thought the police were just being jerks about the one ticket.)

It feels so good to NOT have received a speeding ticket (or two), of course just 'cuz, but also because we were so cautious in obeying the speed limit that day. Hooray for undone speeding tickets!


Alanna said...

This comment has nothing to do with your post, but I wanted to let you know that I just read The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks after seeing you mention it on your blog and I TOTALLY LOVED IT. I'm suggesting it to all my friends now. Thanks for the great idea!

Alli E. said...

I love that you named your GPS "Lady Edith!" I just finished Season 2 of Downton Abbey!

Bridget said...

So good, isn't it? I am always glad to hear of people loving that book. It is a treasure.

Kathy Haynie said...

Did you have to do anything official with the police to let them know it wasn't you? Or is the ticket attached to the right car but the message came to the wrong phone? (Now that I think about it, I'm guessing that's how it worked out.)

Elena Bebe said...

Oh, Lady Edith.
I like the show but I don't LOVE it.
Somethings don't really hold true for me. Season 1 had the unexpected and somewhat comical death of the Turkish diplomat. Season 2 - the Lord's "fling" with the maid (it was just too "out of the blue" for me and too out of place for his character), Sybil and the chauffeur (I'm usually a sucker for this type of love stories but I feel and felt absolutely nothing. The most passionless love ever.) Lavinia's death was such a cliche - the minute we hear that her condition worsened and Cora's was improving I was like, "I knew it!". Thoughts?

Bridget said...

Turkish diplomat - agreed.
Fling - agreed.
Sybil/Branson - season 1 of them was great, season 2...not so much.
Lavinia's death - didn't bother me. She died nobly, haha.
We need to discuss more in person. Are you planning on watching season 3?

Elena Bebe said...

Yes, I am. After I'm done with the Christmas Special (I presume that's a prerequisite... or is it?)
Also, I know that my comment was completely unrelated to your post but I couldn't help myself. I don't know anyone else who watches this show.

Bridget said...

Ooh, in that case, enjoy this post and this post and the comments therein!

You have to watch the Christmas episode. It's part of the regular season.

Elena Bebe said...

Awesome! Thanks.


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