I love huge fines.

I just got a wonderful ticket for $421 today for running a school bus’s red light that was really yellow, four lanes over on the other side of the highway. Good thing that cop a couple hundred feet past the other side, behind lots of cars and three lanes over, had such a great view of what was going on and whether I was actually parallel to the bus at the time.

The most annoying part is that I was in this area with no clue where I was going, trying to read addresses in the opposite direction, and the cop didn’t have an ounce of sympathy. Seriously, my day, no, my month is already ruined, I’ve already been punished. You don’t even need to give me the ticket.

Really looking forward to my court date Oct. 26 and hoping I can get it either dismissed or at least reduced, based in part on my squeaky clean driving record, because there’s no chance in hell I can come up with that kind of money.

This is probably the worst day I’ve had in the past five years.

One more note: Even the cop who pulled me over told me to go to court and ask the judge to dismiss or reduce the fine.