$209.84 and 10 Air Miles

Yesterday is a day I would like to forget.

The day started off badly when I was late for a meeting. In my haste, I pulled a u-turn in front of a police cruiser. I held my breath while I waited for the flashing lights. 5 seconds later the police cruiser was lit up like a Christmas tree. The good news is that he pulled a u-turn as well and chased somebody else going in the opposite direction. Whew!

I was doing my best to break the speed limit and make it to that meeting. I passed two speed traps and hit the brakes just in time. No tickets and I made it to my meeting—15 minutes late.

My meeting was only going to be about 20 minutes and I was late. Fumbling around, looking for change to feed the parking meter didn’t seem like a good idea at the time. When I came out of my meeting I had a $30 ticket on my windshield. My luck ran out.

Now I was late for conference call back at the office. When I got back to the office, I decided to park in front of my building. Why waste time looking for a parking spot?. I’ll move the car later I said to myself.

I’ve been consume with way too many design projects lately. Hours seem to slip by in the blink of an eye when you’re focused on work and under a lot of pressure. Hours slipped by and I panicked when I realized that it was 5:55 pm.

I ran downstairs to the front of the building knowing that my car would be gone. It was.


Rush hour commuters don’t like parked cars on Kingston Road in Toronto. Neither do the police. I could have my car back for $119.84. Great.

When I found my car in the yard I noticed another yellow ticket on the windshield. $60.00. Not a bad day for the City of Toronto I thought.

Total cost for my stupidity: $209.84

As a small consolation, I paid for everything with my Mastercard and earned 10 Air Miles.

Posted in Personal at 4:06 PM