My morning was all planned out yesterday. I would take the husband to work, drop the kids off at a friends and head over to the Court House. *Gasp!* Poppins heading to the Court House? What's this!
I know what you are thinking, "It must be for Jury Duty. Poppins is way TOO perfect to be there for anything else."
At which I blush and say, "It was not Jury Duty. I did in fact do something wrong."
Wait wait please don't go! I'm still awesome I promise .. AND ... I can prove it!
Small Back story ...
Ok, so I got a ticket. The cop caught me on a bad day and unfortunately I bawled my eyes out. Actually I was crying before he pulled me over. (Long story...not important) I think he saw me and must have figured I was crying cuz he saw me and decided to get behind me and sure enough...my tags were expired. What an arrogant man, thinking I was crying because of him. Sigh....
So he gives me a ticket and begs me not to cry anymore and says to just bring it in with my new registration and he'll waive the whole thing.
Ok Here and Now story ...
I dropped of my husband and children and headed to the court house after a brief visit with Google Maps. Being a new citizen in this town makes getting around slightly difficult. But I think I know where I'm going from the street maps.
I get to the circle in the road that was on the map and look around for a parking ramp...where there was none to be found. So I have cash ... but no change! UGH
I scrounge through my purse and come up with about 5 nickles and a dime. Not nearly enough. Being me ... an incredibly embarrassingly blunt person ... I decide to ask the man walking past my car for a quarter. *Awesome Moment No. 1*
He obliges. Lovely man with quarter. My hero of the day. So I ask him exactly where I am going and he points me across the street on the corner a block away.
Did I mention that even though I left a half hour early I'm 4 minutes late for the appointment. *Awesome Moment No. 2*
So I start running ... not noticing that I am running in front of a car that comes to a complete stop. *Awesome Moment No. 3* and get to the building only to realize it's the wrong building and I need to be across the street.
I book it across the street and arrive in a lobby huffing and puffing. The security guard has me give him my purse and set down my keys to go through the medal detector and at the same time has to look through my purse. I cringe as he shuffles around Mini Edward and Mini Bella. *Awesome Moment No. 4* hoping he doesn't mention the two action figures at the top, and taking up most of my purse.
I ask him where I am going and he points to the elevator. I enter the elevators hit the button for floor 5 and up and away I go.
I get to floor five and there are doors and people seated outside the doors and I have no clue where I'm going. So I enter the first door and she rolls her eyes and points me down the hall to the first door on the right.
The cop is sitting in a chair waiting for me ... because I am now 7 minutes late ... and says, "Another 3 minutes and we were going to write you off." *Awesome Moment No. 5* (Can't he see I'm panting over here!!!)
They ask me to wait in the hall and I go stand against the wall and flip through my ticket and the post card with the court date and ... and ... AND *Awesome Moment No.6* I left my registration in the car!!!!
Tears begin to well up.
No no no ... do NOT cry in front of this cop again...don't do it!!!
He walks out and I say, "I forgot my registration in the car."
He looks at me like I HAVE to be joking.
I plead, "Can I please go get it!"
He asks where I'm parked and I tell him and beg by telling him I'll run. He tells me to wait a moment. Tears ... brimming on my eyelids ... fighting them with all my might.
He hands me a yellow slip of paper and tells me I'm all set. *SUPER Awesome Moment No. 7*
I told you I am THAT awesome!
All I had to do was act like the biggest idiot ever and I completely got out of my ticket!
And then he says to me, "See, I told you it wasn't worth the tears."