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    1000+ Posts Damien Gardner's Avatar
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    Speeding Ticket

    THIS IS NOT MEANT FOR THOSE OF US WHO DRIVE AT 60K IN THE 60K ZONE OR
    110K
    IN THE 110K ZONE





    Just read this slowly...





    Jack took a long look at his speedometer before slowing down: 73
    in
    a 55 zone. Fourth time in as many months. How could a guy get caught so

    often?





    When his car had slowed to 10 miles an hour, Jack pulled over,
    but
    only partially. Let the cop worry about the potential traffic hazard.

    Maybe some other car will tweak his backside with a mirror. The cop was

    stepping out of his car, the big pad in hand. Bob? Bob from Church?
    Jack
    sunk farther into his trench coat. This was worse than the coming
    ticket.
    A cop catching a guy from his own church. A guy who happened to be a

    little eager to get home after a long day at the office. A guy he was

    about to play golf with tomorrow.





    Jumping out of the car, he approached a man he saw every Sunday,
    a
    man he'd never seen in uniform.





    "Hi, Bob. Fancy meeting you like this."





    "Hello, Jack." No smile.





    "Guess you caught me red-handed in a rush to see my wife and
    kids."




    "Yeah, I guess." Bob seemed uncertain. Good.





    "I've seen some long days at the office lately. I'm afraid I bent

    the rules a bit -just this once." Jack toed at a pebble on the
    pavement.
    "Diane said something about roast beef and potatoes tonight. Know what
    I
    mean?"





    "I know what you mean. I also know that you have a reputation in
    our
    precinct."





    Ouch. This was not going in the right direction. Time to change

    tactics.





    "What'd you clock me at?"





    "Seventy. Would you sit back in your car please?"





    "Now wait a minute here, Bob. I checked as soon as I saw you. I
    was
    barely nudging 65." The lie seemed to come easier with every ticket.





    "Please, Jack, in the car."





    Flustered, Jack hunched himself through the still-open door.

    Slamming it shut, he stared at the dashboard. He was in no rush to open

    the window. The minutes ticked by. Bob scribbled away on the pad. Why

    hadn't he asked for a driver's license?





    Whatever the reason, it would be a month of Sundays before Jack
    ever
    sat near this cop again. At a tap on the door, jerked his head around.

    There was Bob, a folded paper in hand Jack rolled down the window a
    mere
    two inches, just enough room for Bob to pass him the slip.





    "Thanks." Jack could not quite keep the sneer out of his voice.





    Bob returned to his police car without a word. Jack watched his

    retreat in the mirror. Jack unfolded the sheet of paper. How much was
    this
    one going to cost? Wait a minute. What was this? Some kind of joke?

    Certainly not a ticket. Jack began to read:





    "Dear Jack, Once upon a time I had a daughter. She was six when

    killed by a car. You guessed it-a speeding driver. A fine and three
    months
    in jail, and the man was free. Free to hug his daughters All three of

    them. I only had one, and I'm going to have to wait until Heaven before
    I
    can ever hug her again. A thousand times I've tried to forgive that
    man. A
    thousand times I thought I had. Maybe I did, but I need to do it again.

    Even now. Pray for me. And be careful, Jack, my son is all I have
    left."
    "Bob"





    Jack turned around in time to see Bob's car pull away and head
    down
    the road. Jack watched until it disappeared. A full 15 minutes later,
    he
    too, pulled away and drove slowly home, praying for forgiveness and

    hugging a surprised wife and kids when he arrived.





    Life is precious. Handle with care. This is an important message;

    please pass it along to your friends. Drive safely and carefully.

    Remember, cars are not the only things recalled by their maker.





    Funny how you can send a thousand jokes through e-mail and they

    spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the

    sanctity of life, people think twice about sharing.





    Funny how when you go to forward this message, you will not send
    it
    to many on your address list because you're not sure what they believe,
    or
    what they will think of you for sending it to them. Pass this on, you
    may
    save a life. Maybe not, but we'll never know if we don't try.





    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~





    May today there be peace within you. May you trust God that you
    are
    exactly where you are meant to be. "I believe that friends are quiet

    angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering
    how
    to fly."

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    Health and good fortune always,
    Damien.

    We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
    We ran to the sounds of thunder.
    We danced among the lightning bolts,
    and tore the R10's assfromunder.

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    1000+ Posts Rod Hagen's Avatar
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    Yep. Its hard to imagine the consequences of these things until you know someone who has been touched by them.

    I've said before that the kids in a speeding Lambourghini who killed my late father's second wife really took his life away as well as hers , and their own, even though he lived another twenty years. I was very starkly reminded of it myself a couple of days back when I found the inquest papers relating to her death while going through his papers.

    Its a good reminder Damien.

    Cheers

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    1000+ Posts Damien Gardner's Avatar
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    Thanks Rod, It came in Email today & was a vivid reminder for me also, as a 14yo i was in the front yard with some siblings when a Divy van pulls up & asks if Dad is home. Mum & Dad were out, so he says when they get home tell ya Dad, his father died after 3 weeks in coma, in hospital. What a stupid f----ing thing to do to a 14yo in front of 5 or 6 siblings none of whom had faced death before,
    My Grand father was 74 never held a license, he was a house painter who carried all equipment needed on a pushbike, at 73 he'd long since given up the bike for walking, on the day he was hit he was on one of his 3 times weekly visits to his sister, a round trip of some 30km on foot, he didn't like public transport, Brighton to Fitzroy, he was struck by large Nissan & thrown 20metres, no skidmarks, witnesses said young mum was looking in the back yelling at toddlers, She was pregnant atr the time, when it reached court, she was nursing a month old baby, was given a 12month bond, because of the baby. Apparently it's ok to KILL as long as you make a replacement.
    Health and good fortune always,
    Damien.

    We rode on the winds of the rising storm,
    We ran to the sounds of thunder.
    We danced among the lightning bolts,
    and tore the R10's assfromunder.

    Robert Jordan & memyself&I

    1/48th Scale Alpine A310,
    N-scale 1/160th Renault & Citroen, Advert. Signs & Billboards

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