Saturday, September 6, 2008

Two Steps Forward, Three Steps Back

I spent the day with my friend, Jessica and her two wonderful kids. We didn't do anything special, but that is never necessary. We like hanging out. We did it a lot before the kids came along and we've done it a lot since they were born. Any day spent with them is always a good day to me.

BUT.....when I got home this evening and checked my mailbox, there was BAD, I mean BAD news.

Sometimes I'm my own worst enemy.......not because of any weird neuroses I have from things in my childhood that scarred me, but just because I don't use my head sometimes. It's maddening!!!

So, here's what happened. A month ago I made and illegal lane change and was pulled over. That's when, to my surprise, it was revealed to me that my license was suspended. Before you think I'm horrible, you can read about it here.

Needless to say, I was supposed to go to court on September 4th for the illegal lane change and the totally unwarranted-not-my-fault suspended license. Guess what?!?

I forgot.

When I opened my mail, there was a letter informing me that a warrant has been placed for my arrest (this is NOT a bench warrant). To clear the warrant, I have to pay $856.00.

What is my problem?!? I don't know if I would have had to pay that much had I remembered to show up on the 4th but it makes me even more angry at myself for not having shown up because I work across the street from the court house!

It's a good thing I don't have children......I can't even take care of myself.

The letter states I'm allowed to go before an arraignment court and ask for more time to pay [I have 15 days before they suspend my license (again, and this time with just cause)]. I'm just worried if they won't make an arrangement I'll have to go to jail from the arraignment court. Again, what is my problem?!?

Guess I'd better start organizing my possessions for a big-ass, money-raising, keep-Heather-out-of-jail, garage sale.

I suck and I want to cry because it's no one's fault but my own. Grown-up, schmown-up!


Rebeckah said...

You do not suck. $856?!?!?!? WHAT THE HECK! That is crazy! Can you ask if you can have a smaller pay off amount. That is just insane. I will support your yard sale : )! I think I have $21 in paypal, and it's all yours! I can't have my new blogging friend going to jail...although, it would make some very good blog posts I am sure : )! Keep us posted!

stargurrl13 said...

That's so sweet Rebeckah, but I'm sure I'll find a way to pay it and avoid any jail time.

Besides....I'm pretty sure they won't let me take my laptop to jail with me and I don't think I'd survive without it ; )

Rebeckah said...

grown up schmown up! Oh where oh where is your post for the day. It is only 8:30 so you still have time : )! I prayed for you today about the whole crazy money situation. I am going to go pray some more right now!

Jessican said...

Oh man, this sucks. I am just catching up on blog news and am just getting around to commenting.

Has this situation resolved itself? Did you get everything paid? Can I still help?

Jessica said...

Oh girl. I am so so sorry! I'm just now seeing this.

I think I remember you telling me after we went to the DMV that you had to go for a hearing, but at the time, it sounded oh so far away that I didn't realize how close it was. I should have made myself a note to remind you:( I feel bad that I forgot as well.

That is an unbelievable amount of money... I'm sure they will work with you. And I TRULY don't think that they will deny working with you, and take you straight to jail. We will do anything we can to help you.. .just let us know!! Do I need to talk to Kim about us organizing a benefit for you??? We could totally rock that, you know:)

stargurrl13 said...

That's funny....I was thinking (as a joke) about asking my friend, Karen, who owns Zeke's if I could sell $1.00 jello shots when we're there Wednedsday to raise some money.

Kim made Tim call me after she read the blog and he said they would most likely give me 3 months to pay it and if it turns out I need more time, I would just go back to the judge and he would give me an extension.

I'm really in NO hurry to ever drive again. If I'm not driving, I can't get any traffic tickets.

Jessica said...

I just talked to my dad, and he told me that a fellow school teacher from Elk (and my junior and high school counselor) was killed in a car wreck here in OKC. Apparently, a freaking semi ran her off the road and their car rolled. She wasn't wearing her seatbelt, but her husband, who was, merely suffered a broken leg.

I think we should all start walking. The streets are too damn dangerous anyway. Let's move to a pedestrian friendly city (you do know that OKC is the NUMBER ONE most pedestrian un-friendly city in the U.S.???) and save a shitload of money in gas, and many lives in the process.

Sorry to bring such yucky news to your blog...but I worry about you walking so much. PLEASE be careful. But in reality, you're much more safe than it appears I am in my big piece of metal anyway.

stargurrl13 said...

Do you find it ironic you were posting your walking comment while I was out walking to the store?!?

You know me....nothing happens by accident. If it's my time to go, it won't matter if I'm in a car, walking down the street or at home....I'll be gone.

I'm so sorry to hear about the death of your counselor and your dad's friend.

No day but today!!!
(we never did watch Rent Saturday...)