Jan 18th, 2013 by Jennifer Lynn
This week, I cringe to admit, M. received another parking ticket. I swear to god, between both of our cars, the parking tickets we have received since moving into the city together a year and a half ago has morphed into an absolutely ridiculous amount.
Hello, what the hell is wrong with us?
And it is common to receive multiple tickets throughout the night, so between, say, 6 p.m. and 7 a.m., you can find two tickets smugly flapping on the windshield before you even have a chance to realize you forgot to do the proper alternate parking from the previous night.
Generally I will pay all of my parking tickets immediately. M., on the other hand, will allow them all to pile up and fester in some obscure corner of our apartment. Here is how that conversation usually goes.
Me: Did you pay that parking ticket?
M.: I will. (Weeks go by.) Oops. I forgot to pay that damn ticket and the fine has now increased.
Me: Are you crazy? They can issue a bench warrant for unpaid parking tickets, you know. And if you find yourself in that type of sticky wicket, I am not bailing you out of jail.
M: (A few weeks later; M. opens his mail.) Shit, that parking ticket amount now has tripled.
(Fast forward another couple of weeks. M. comes home clutching yet another neon-orange parking ticket.)
Me: Pay that. Now. Right now. Not after you do whatever. Right the hell now.
In an effort to track where our valuable dollars get siphoned off to, besides excessive parking ticket fines, that is, here is a quick spending recap for this week. Thank god it’s the weekend.
No spend day!
-$32.00 parking ticket Grumble.
No spend day!
-$1.63 drive-thru medium coffee, with cream and sugar.
$120 groceries and weekend entertainment.
Total affliction: $153.63
Last year, I finished the year off not reading much due to time constraints, and I resolved to change that. Here is what I have in my stash for some relaxing weekend reading:
- Hot (broke) Messes: How to have your latte and drink it too by Nancy Trejos
- Pound Foolish: Exposing the dark side of the financial industry by Helaine Olen
TGIF, folks. What do you have planned for the weekend?