Look, I’m the first to admit that I have authority issues.
Did I ever tell you guys about my awful university drama instructor who called me a “natural dissident” during a yelling match we had? I did, just in a different context. He was batshit crazy…
Anyway, on top of having authority issues, I can be forgetful about certain things. Maybe it’s my authority issues taking over my brain or something, but I have an overdue fee at the university library here for $2 that I haven’t paid in almost three years. And I work on campus.
So I got a parking ticket.
“SUNUVAB!” I shouted, when I got it. (Pronounce the ‘B’ at the end as ‘bee.’ Okay, cool.)
That was back in April.
Yes, yes, I put off paying it. Because I was annoyed. I was irritated that I got it. I was being stubborn.
But I swear that I meant to pay it eventually. I really did.
Today I got this in the mail:
“NOTICE OF CONVICTION”?!
Could they word that a little more strongly? I mean, come on!
So I opened the letter and wanted to cry because I love words and I take them seriously and I don’t like being told I’m being convicted because not only is that a very strong word, but also, I HAVE AUTHORITY ISSUES and NO ONE’S GONNA CONVICT ME.
So I went from, “SUNUVAB” to something more along the lines of, “Fucksakegottabefuckingkiddingmeconvictionfuck” and I logged onto the online fine payment website.
$20 additional fine for taking too long to pay.
$9 service fee for paying online. (But we all know if I had to actually get to the registry, it’d be another year until I paid, and it said my license was revoked until I paid…)
$79.45 that stupid ticket cost me.
Lesson learned: PAY YOUR TICKETS ON TIME.
OR JUST DON’T GET THEM AT ALL.