This week at work has been hellish. Programs we tested in pre-production this summer aren’t working correctly now that they’re in production and unfortunately we were pretty far into certifications before figuring this out. Awesome. In addition, the financial department on Campus has been making ridiculous demands and accusations that have made my stress level such that my persistent heartburn has returned. Even more awesome.
So, is it Friday yet?
On a different note, I have a funny/scary/lucky story to share with you:
On the way to work as I was driving up the on-ramp I noticed an unmarked police vehicle traveling alongside me. It was fairly obvious to me but since he was going pretty fast I figured I didn’t have too much to worry about. I stayed with traffic and (luckily) the rest of the folks in my lane weren’t going as fast as they normally do.
Further down the road the cop ended up in my lane a few cars behind me and I was about 6 cars behind the leader. We traveled a ways down the road when the road finally cleared up a bit and the leader of the “fast lane” moved over. All the cars passed this guy and slowly moved back into the right lane where they should be except this one BMW convertible that was directly in front of me who insisted on switching lanes in and out of traffic to get to the head of the pack.
At this point we’re all going close to 80 in a 60 so really none of us should have been pissed about there being so many cars in the left lane. My lane continued to thin out and the cop was directly behind me ON MY ASS and speed up to try and find an opening in the right lane to get out of his way because although I could tell he wasn’t itching to pull me over (even though I was going WELL over the speed limit) I knew that he was in a hurry to get somewhere. I moved over finally and he sped by me and then ended up on some other guy’s ass in the left lane ahead.
Suddenly he switches into the right lane and then left lane passing some cars (and he was driving rather reckless if I do say so myself) so I was wondering what the heck he was doing. I didn’t think he was on duty otherwise he seriously would have and probably should have pulled my ass over because I, along with everyone else on JTB, drive well over the posted 60 MPH speed-limit.
Anyway, I see the lights in his car turn to flashing just as the BMW switches to the far right lane which I’m guessing is because he noticed (finally) that the guy was a cop and tried to play it off like he wasn’t driving faster than he should but that cop totally pulled him over! That could have totally been ME. I was going quite fast when that cop was on my ass but then again I wasn’t swerving in and out of traffic and as soon as there was an opening I moved out of his way.
I think that when traffic started lightening up we were all still doing only about 10 over and the cop must have seen that BMW swerving in and out up ahead and then taking off going well over 80. I’m guessing that the reason he was riding my ass was to get me out of the way so he could go after that guy.
All I could do was laugh out loud. For reals. I kept thinking, how am I so lucky that he chose to go after the BMW and not me? I still can hardly believe it. I have no idea what made him decide to go after the other guy instead of myself but I am eternally grateful. I probably could have gotten 20 over and charged with reckless driving. That would have meant 4 points on my license and a hefty fine.
What’s interesting about this whole thing is that this past weekend I got a parking fine for parking at Mickler’s in the bushes on the side of the road. There was NOT a no parking sign even though there was one on the other side of the road so I thought that I was in the clear. Evidently I was not. What really pissed me off about the parking ticket was that the cop drew a line through the pre-printed $30 and hand-wrote $40. ARGH.
Anyway, I have decided today that I will pay the $40 gladly because God saved me from a much higher ticket and points and horribleness. I am eternally grateful for that and although I don’t know if I can really curb my speeding because I’ve tried for years and no matter how many tickets I’ve received I still haven’t slowed down much (just gotten smarter… LOL) and really I’ve pressed my luck. So, I’m going to gladly pay my parking ticket and count my blessings.
Drive safe y’all! 🙂