Yesterday was the scheduled day for my cleaning lady to come over and do her thing. She arrived right around 8am. She has fallen in love with the coffee I drink, and I can’t blame her, it’s quite amazing stuff. I but a French vanilla / hazelnut blend from Costco. I buy a 2lb bag of beans and grind it myself. Well, actually, the coffee maker I have grinds it and makes amazing coffee. She drinks copious amounts of coffee, even more than I do.
Anyway, I asked her if she wanted to go to Lethbridge with me. I had to go and pick up a digital camera that I was purchasing to pursue my new hobby of photography. Also, since I was going to be in Lethbridge, a trip to Costco was in order and I also stopped to wash the truck and pick up Domino’s pizza.
On the way to Lethbridge, with the cruise control locked in at 130kph (speed limit of 110kph), I was pulled over by a sneaky RCMP officer, or perhaps he was an Alberta Sheriff, unsure. Anyway, his radar picked me up before I even saw him, so I knew I was caught.
Anyway, I pulled over and waited for him to catch up… He was young, in his 20s I would guess. He asked me if I knew why I was pulled over, I bit my tongue and didn’t allow my sarcasm to come out… I gave him my license and insurance/registration and off he went.
Less than 5 minutes later, he returned with a speeding ticket, 20 over, no break on it AT ALL and a $175 fine. We joked a bit, my sarcasm came out and H (my cleaning lady) was like KEVIN !!! – I replied with “What? He can’t give me another ticket”… H loves my sense of humour, I think.
Anyway, I plan on fighting the ticket. Not that I am not guilty, I am. But, I have never had a speeding ticket before and really, is 20 over that bad? Yes, I admit it’s speeding but “everyone else drives at that speed”… I accused the officer of having a bad day and/or being in a bad mood – I think H thought I was going to be arrested or something, but the officer was laughing – I think I made his day. I did thank him for his service, Police Officers have a VERY tough job, and although this one was making my day a little worse, in general, their service is invaluable. We discussed what is considered “speeding” and what isn’t. At 15kph over the limit, I would have been fine, so, I guess for the next while, I will use that as my guideline. Does anyone know if a radar detector is legal in Alberta? LOL
Back to getting to Lethbridge, albeit a bit later than expected… I stopped where I was purchasing a Nikon digital camera. A photographer friend of mine said it was a good starter camera for someone like me and the price point was excellent. I paid via eTransfer but after the seller and I made small talk for 20 odd minutes, she still had not received payment. I happened to have cash on my as I am getting a spray in liner sprayed on next week and need cash – I used $400 of that to pay the lady and I cancelled the eTransfer (to the sum of $3.50, dammit, I am cheap). Off H and I went to Costco.
Costco wasn’t too busy – gas was $1.19 per liter. I picked up what I needed in Costco and off we went to get the truck washed. H apparently doesn’t like the confinement of car washes. Domino’s pizza was the next stop – I love their pizza and get it just about every time I am in Lethbridge and bring some home to freeze as well.
Back home, the package I waited for all day Thursday had arrived, a day late, but it had arrived. An OtterBox case for my new cell phone. Thanks FedEx, unsure why it was a day late, but at least it arrived.
Low-key for the rest of the day – watched the Rockies clobber the Reds for the second day in a row and trolled my buddy, California #1 who happens to be a Reds fan.
I was asleep by 11pm and, unfortunately, awake by 2am, out of bed by shortly after 3am. I may have a nap this afternoon, or I may zip up to Calgary for an event, unsure at this point. My tiredness will likely win over.
So, that was Friday. A trip to Lethbridge, a speeding ticket and a new camera. Not a bad day, I suppose, save the ticket… 🙂