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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

The Past 114 Hours

I tell ya, this has been one hell of a week. Darwin got arrested Saturday night for speeding. Though I was able to get him out within a few hours, we still have to go to court and will probably have to pay an enormous fine (up to $2,000).

So I haven't been able to concentrate on the house much or on writing pithy posts.

But I'll give a quick update of our non-arrest-related happenings:

Thursday night our neighbors S&B dropped by with their adorable Miniature Schnauzer to see our house and all the things I bought at the Antique Alley sale. While they were there, Alistair mauled their dog.

Friday night we went with some Eutaw friends to a restaurant that is a restored 1840 house. Very cool place, but dinner took three hours.

Saturday morning we had a joint yard sale with said Eutaw friends, and I made a whopping $80. That's really going to help out with our $2,000 fine. Ha.

Sunday we looked at real estate in Georgia with my parents and sister because my recently graduated sister is moving there next week for her First Real Job. We were on our way there when Darwin was arrested. It was not the most pleasant of trips, for many reasons.

Monday we visited my friend Wendy's kittens, and it made me nostalgic about those first months of our marriage when we lived in a shack and Alistair was a biting, mewling baby.

Isn't he sweet? No, wasn't he sweet? Now he is a snooty, unsociable, dog-mauling beast. And look - he doesn't even feel guilty about it:



heather said...

So sorry your weekend was so bad. My husband has had his share of tickets so I can sympathize with the gut wrenching feeling of having to fork over a bundle of money...especially when there are so many other things you could (or should) be spending it on. Hang in there!

2:21 PM  
Chris said...

That really stinks about the ticket. How fast was he driving?

I hope he gets off lightly, so you can spend your money on more fun things.

4:52 PM  
Jocelyn said...

Alstair looks pretty intense but as long as he's nice to you...:)

4:59 PM  
Leah said...

Wow - arrested for SPEEDING? Things certainly work different in the South...unless he was going faster than the speed of light or trying to outrun the cops or something. And that fine is CRAZY. Sorry you had such bad days recently...

10:18 PM  
Kristin said...

The trooper claimed he was going 111 in a 70 ... we both looked at the speedometer when we saw the trooper, and it was 100. Still not good. He was charged with reckless endangerment, which is a Class A misdemeanor and could carry a jail sentence of up to one year. We are looking into getting a lawyer.

We had no idea a person could be arrested for speeding, even when going that fast. He was going with the flow of traffic and didn't even realize he was going so fast. He's never had a ticket before or been arrested for anything, so we think this was excessive for a first offense.

8:33 AM  
Trissa said...

I'd definitely get a lawyer. My brother has had several excessive speeding tickets and he has had luck with lawyers getting the ticket reduced and dropped from his record. I'm not sure how it works in the south, but I would definitely look into it. A little internet based research might help you find people that have had a similar situation. It does seem pretty extreme for a first offense. Good luck!

7:08 PM  
Serendipity House said...

Hi Kristin...thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! Sorry that you've had a rough week. I agree with the others...sounds a bit overboard.

Love the pics! Here's wishing things turn around for you!


8:29 PM  
halloweenlover said...


I learned a little trick from my lawyer friends who defend speeding tickets... ask when the radar was last calibrated. They have to produce papers showing when it was tuned up, and if they can't they have to throw out the ticket. I would definitely talk to a lawyer though. That is totally ridiculous and I would have freaked out. Especially for a first time offense and going with the flow of traffic, it just seems as if that officer was trying to make a point.

9:33 AM  

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