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#19212 of 21746 Re: The usual Louisville idiots- [xrunner2]
by steve_ HOST
Aug 16, 2012 (7:02 pm)
Inside Line linked to the video.
Videos: Paul Dallenbach, Jeremy Foley Crash at Pikes Peak
In other news, went to a fish camp an hour into the woods tonight. Long drive for good fish, poorly prepared. On the drive home around 9 pm, we counted 28 deer, more than half of whom crossed the road in front of us. Yikes.
#19213 of 21746 Re: The usual Louisville idiots- [steve_]
Aug 17, 2012 (9:28 am)
Ouch! That flight off the mountainside looked intense. All I can say is that the cages they build inside those cars are incredible; in the end, that was about the only thing left of that car, and it looked nearly unscathed.
#19214 of 21746 Re: The usual Louisville idiots- [steve_]
Aug 17, 2012 (10:44 am)
This is a bit sickly ironic, but as soon as I clicked to play the file, I heard the Speed Racer theme song! At first I thought it was imbedded in the video as sarcasm, but it turns out the radio station I'm listening to was using as a sound byte for something or other.
Still, oddly appropriate, I guess...
#19215 of 21746 La Mesa Case Update
Aug 18, 2012 (3:33 pm)
Got my trial by declaration (mail) court case decision mailed back to me today.
As expected, I was found guilty on August 15th, and they mailed it to me August 17th. I have 20 days to fill out a form requesting a new trial (a real trial with the officer present), which I will do in this matter.
The judge did try to throw me a bone to try and bribe me into accepting his judgement. I believe it has been within 18 months since my last traffic violators school, so I should be ineligible.
Either way, he wrote orders that if I pay the $55 bribe (oh sorry, administrative fee), then I can take advantage of having my conviction designated as confidential pursuant to VC 1808.7. However, it won't be confidential to my insurance company should I not pay the $55 administrative fee. The courts are getting greedy! I remember when this insane fee/bribe/payoff for keeping quiet was $35 not long ago!
I'm not biting! I'm going all the way!
The La Mesa PD officer will be made to show up in the central division Kearny Mesa branch Courthouse and prove my guilt. It is not his "hometown" court, since they normally go to El Cajon and I was granted my request for the County Seat. I anticipate he won't even show and this will all get dismissed.
I'll mail out my "trial de Novo" request this week (not taking any chances with the 20 days rule), making note I DO NOT waive time, and therefore, this should be a speedy trial set within 45 days at the latest.
Let's get this over with.
#19216 of 21746 Re: La Mesa Case Update [andres3]
by steve_ HOST
Aug 18, 2012 (3:36 pm)
I'll mail out my "trial de Novo" request
Going to do that certified or registered so it doesn't somehow wound up in the "round file"?
#19217 of 21746 Re: La Mesa Case Update [steve_]
Aug 18, 2012 (3:44 pm)
I think I'll save my dollars and cents and sent it regular 1st class mail so the gov't doesn't profit more than they have to off this false allegation.
Of course, I will follow up with phone calls and/or a visit to talk to someone that can confirm receipt after a few days. If somehow it ended up in the round file, I'll hand deliver the form and get a copy stamped as received by the court clerk
Aug 18, 2012 (6:18 pm)
Slow day today - as in slow drivers. 2 highlights: beige Corolla going about 27 in a 35, driver has a dead straight ahead stare and a death grip on the wheel suitable for someone driving a 20 foot wide semi through a 20.1 foot wide opening at 100mph. Sorry, if operating a low powered penalty box like that is challenging, you shouldn't be on the road. Driver wasn't old or impaired-appearing, but maybe "new"...
Then saw a Mazda 6 on a 4 lane arterial approaching a major intersection, posted at 30 and everyone goes 35-40. The Mazda was going about 12, and the driver was reading some kind of newspaper or long list of directions as they ambled along. I snuck up alongside and laid on the horn before I got past. Just made the light.
And over the past couple weeks I have been getting out on a borrowed motorcycle now and then to brush up on my skills and decide if I want to take up the hobby. I am having serious second thoughts, due both to being kind of ham-fisted at slow speeds (I wasn't like this when I was 15, what happened? I'm getting old! No way I could get the insanely enforced endorsement with my current low speed ability) and because of other drivers. If I do it, I want a loud horn and a machine gun hidden in the fairings.
#19219 of 21746 Re: La Mesa Case Update [andres3]
Aug 18, 2012 (6:40 pm)
Maybe someday you'll finally grow up (as I finally did) and start accepting personal responsibility for breaking the law.
It doens't matter what YOU think the law should be or what the speed limits are.
I get the feeling that day will be a LONG time from now....
#19220 of 21746 Re: La Mesa Case Update [andres3]
Aug 18, 2012 (9:25 pm)
Let's get this over with.