Seriously? no...seriously?

Annoyance doesn't even begin to cover it. I was biking along on campus minding my own business...and he pulls up beside me on his bike and asks me to pull over. Now I'm wearing my head phones but the music is low enough that I can still hear him asking me to do this in a normal tone. So I said sure! I thought maybe this biking policeman had gotten lost and was going to ask me for directions. I should have known better. He begins to inform me that I am breaking a biking law by wearing headphones while biking. Now I faintly remember reading something about this 2 years ago when I first came to this strange land they call college, but I foolishly forgot/dismissed it. I wish I could use my faint memory as an excuse for my foolishness but grr....I refuse to do so. So he begins to ask for my ID while I stare at him open-mouthed. I fumble for my school ID, to which he asks for my driver's license. So I fumble for that...all the while fuming. I can see how life-threatening it is to wear your headphones while on campus going 2 miles an hour. Yes, I know I'm being irrational. But I'm about to get worse. So he begins explaining some biking rules to me about how biking is just like a moving vehicle and how some things need to be adhered to; such as good brakes, good lights, good back lights, laws, stop signs, etc. I nearly busted my buttons; despite the fact I wasn't wearing any. So he proceeds to hand over my citation and explain to me that by signing the bottom of the document I am not saying I'm guilty but just acknowledging I've recieved it. He then says the amount of the ticket is in the upper right hand corner and this is where I lost him....because while I signed my little blue eyes traveled to the upper right hand corner and my jugular artery nearly burst: $94.00. Words simply cannot express what I felt then and there. It still can't. Oh wait...no no.....now it all makes sense, this must be incentive for me to bike safely and not drive so that I won't take up a valuable parking space at school and so I won't use our few precious resources. Yes, why lets pass out more biking tickets. I'm sorry I could see how going 2 miles an hour wearing headphones where the volume is so low I can still hear people around me would justify a $94 ticket. Bloody idiot. Wretched ticket. May the two go to a place I shall never set eyes on. Democrats this, this is precisely why I am a Republican....I want the government out of my business and to stop telling me what to do and not do. I was being safe. I wasn't killing anyone and if anyone would have died it would have been me, no big loss there. Yes....I know I broke the law. But seriously......$94! I understand $15, even $25...but $94? For that price, I would have rather been speeding at least I would have gotten a bit of a high off my speed. First day of school and that wretched male made it memorable.

5 comments:

Bob in Bogota said...

Sorry Mash... My first day was fantastic... Hello from South America!!!

Michelle Hipps said...

Hello from North America!

Alex said...

I had that same thing happen to me. It could have been worse, I got a ticket for crossing the street near the Reitz...J-Biking I guess? I don't know but I got a grand 150 dollar ticket for it. I think they're just bored. Also, I don't know if you should put your political affiliation on your blog, do people look at that? I mean, like future employers? I always so paranoid about those things...

-Alex

Bob in Bogota said...

lol...South America is quite amazing. Pray for me...

Anonymous said...

So...I understand that you were fuming about this. I would have been too, but I can't see a logical connection of getting a ridiculous tickets and Democrats(are we projecting?). Also, I sensed a little bit of sexism in that last sentence. Look, within my first 2 weeks of living here, I got nailed with a 398$ ticket and I was thoroughly lost in town when I got it. In fact, every time I have been pulled over in Gainesville, I have been given a ticket. No if, ands, or buts. Up until then, my driving record was flawless. As the other person said, I think that the authorita are just bored. You have to remember to that the po po have quotas to meet, despite anything you hear otherwise. I am sorry to hear about your ticket and that it pissed you off.