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How the heck are ya?
I am just a little behind on my email from December…wanted to say hello and see how you’re doing, and thank you finally for the best vacation/trip of our lives. Catriona and I had such a blast in NZ. It seems like an eternity ago, which is sad, but we clutch the memories like gold bullions and scheme often about how to get back there.
First I’ll have to pay the second of two speeding tickets I got on the west coast, though. The first was on our way down to the glacier, and I was pulled over in a tiny town where we’d stopped to get some water. The kind officer maintained that I was going 20 km over the limit, which seemed impossible to both of us, as I’d just entered the main road from a small side street and was not even out of third gear, but I paid my $120 and wished the mate well.
I thought all was fine, then received a second ticket by mail three months after we got back, this one for $230 for being caught on camera outside Greylock. I was truly stunned on both counts, because I had thought I was being super cautious with speed limits everywhere we went. In fact, I had wrested control of the vehicle early on the trip from Catriona due to lead foot in the car. She spent the whole trip complaining about how slow I was driving, but I told her it was so that we wouldn’t miss any photo opportunities of road kill. We kept taking pictures of dead animals on the road so that we could put together a slideshow of the flora and fauna of NZ. The flora are easy to capture, but the fauna are a lot tougher, esp. the nocturnals like kiwi!
Anyway, I’m not just saying this to absolve myself of responsibility, but I honestly did feel that I was within the posted speed limit 98% of the trip, and we were constantly passed by others for going too slowly.
But I swear I’ll be back just as soon as I pay off that second ticket. I understand from a friend, who is Vermont’s deputy attorney general, that I won’t be allowed back until my record is cleared…It’s next on my list of lingering bills, right after I pay for my winter wood!! I wonder if they’d expunge my record in exchange for a terrific slideshow of a bunch of different animals that look like they’re napping in the road!
Okay, that was a longwinded tangent. Mostly I just wanted to say hello. I hope all is well with you and the family.