Parking Ticket Perfect Storm, Thanks Conrad Murray!

Last time I asked Can You Walk Away, Jerry Yang? This time, let’s throw some gratitude to another media darling, Conrad Murray. You ever had one of those days where everything conspired against you? Well, I had one of those just the other day. I was already on edge as I had to juggle two phone meetings and a doctor’s appointment. I’ve managed this before, but what happens when some unexpected curveballs come my way?

Move The Car

Before I went to bed, I mentally reminded myself to move my car because of street cleaning. No problem right? Wrong! When I woke up the next morning, I did my morning ritual of reviewing comments and checking my work email. I was about to fire off a witty reply when my boss informs me to join an unexpected conference call. Zoinks!

More Curveballs

After finishing the first call I was hypnotized by the Michael Jackson trial. Can you believe Conrad Murray was paid $150,000 a month? Michael Jackson was crazy! I digress. Out of the blue, my friend calls to shoot the breeze. After catching up, I needed to prepare for my next meeting. Thankfully the meeting was cut short. Unfortunately, I was 40 minutes late from realizing that I forgot to move my car!

Final Thoughts

I bolted out with my flip flops and ran a block to my car. Have you tried running in flip flops lately? Not fun. Out of breath I see my expected surprise. I missed my friendly neighborhood parking attendant by ten minutes. I sat in my driver’s seat and reviewed the chain of events. One thing just led to another. I really had no chance. Rather than cry over spilled milk, I wanted to learn from this.

Next time, if I have a pressing matter, I need to prioritize and take care of business right away. My procrastination cost me. My second line of defense is focus. My main goal of moving the car was buried under a doctor’s appointment, a last minute meeting, my friend’s unexpected phone call, and Conrad Murray. This is more than a usual morning, but still, I can’t be that easily sidetracked. On the bright side, at least my car wasn’t towed away for a few hundred dollars. Good Buck, you escaped with a bargain and a lesson to boot.

Have you been hit by a perfect storm lately? What lesson did you learn?

Stay Inspired!

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30 Responses

  1. MoneyCone says:

    The exact same thing happened to me once! I was talking to my neighbor, forgot about street cleaning, neighbor points to my car and the parking attendant…by the time I got to my car, it was too late!

    I was $20 bucks short and a lot wiser!

  2. krantcents says:

    A ticket can ruin your day! A few years ago, I was stopped by the police for a right turn (sign I could not turn on red). It cost me $200 and went to traffic school online. No shortcuts, I spent 8 hours on the computer for traffic school. The police seem to be giving more tickets in general as revenue enhancement. Be careful!

  3. That sucks dude! At least write yourself a note so as not to forget. Procrastination is the devil.

  4. I effing HAAAATE parking tickets! Especially the ones where you SEE the dang meter man hanging out behind your car, waiting for the time to run out. EVIL!

  5. Priorities… things-to-do list… post-it notes… I have a lot of them to remind me the things I need to accomplish before the end of the day.

  6. Untemplater says:

    Augh I feel your pain. I got a parking ticket myself just last weekend. If I had gotten back to the car literally 2 minutes earlier I would have been in the clear. I tried to talk my way out of it with the parking man who had just printed my ticket but he wouldn’t budge. I can’t blame him though because it was totally my fault because I read the stupid sign wrong. There was one of those temporary restriction signs and my dyslexic brain read 11:59pm as 12noon. Now I am super paranoid with parking signs. -Sydney

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Two minutes? Oh my I feel your pain. Some of those ticket machines are portable computers. I’m thinking after they print it up, they can’t take it back. Thanks for sharing. Misery loves company!

  7. Oh, horrible! Strangely enough, my wife just got a ticket for parking 5 feet too close to a crosswalk. It is times like these that I wish it were as simple as learning to be more responsible and that I could blame myself, but the strict enforcement of pointless laws gets to me sometimes.

    • Buck Inspire says:

      That’s ridiculous. I agree. Pointless laws, but sadly, the officer is just doing his job. Perhaps a little too well. Maybe it was the end of the month. Sorry to hear and thanks for sharing!

  8. Kellen says:

    Back in college I got some overdraft fees on my checking account, simply because I would think for a few days “ohh, I should transfer some savings in soon…” until it was too late and I got the $35 fee. Not fun. My checking account is always well-stocked these days, haha.

  9. Becker Tire says:

    That sounds like a really tough day. I can not fathom making $150,000 a month for giving shots. Crazy.

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Perhaps I’m in the wrong industry, haha. However, when you’re dealing with lives, I guess there is a risk reward factor to consider. You could have a bad day and oops, no patient, lawsuit, and end of your career!

  10. What a nightmare. I despise that sinking feeling when you lose control. Kudos for keeping your cool Buck!

  11. What is street cleaning? 🙂

    One thing I have always done is the minute I think of something, I do it right then and there. If I don’t, I will never remember on time. Once in awhile I screw up, but for the most part, I do what I need to.

    Now, the boys in my family, that is another story. They get so mad at me because they will say ‘remind me to do this’. I then nag them to death to just do it. They don’t, and then they regret it.

    That whole Conrad Murray thing is fascinating, in a really bad sort of way.

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Street cleaning is a public service I suppose. A street cleaning truck comes and sweeps one side of the road on one morning and the other side, the next morning. During those times, you car needs to be somewhere else. I’m thinking it’s a way to boost the city’s income!

      Good tip. From now one, once I think of it, I’ll do it, too! Kids, can’t live with them, and can’t live with them? Just kidding. The Conrad Murray trial is the baddest thing going since OJ. But that Amanda Knox one was pretty crazy as well!

  12. Many a time, Buck, many a time. The only thing I’ve learned from these situations is to attempt to prioritize. That’s tough when you are waking up bleary-eyed trying to remember what day it is. If you need to move the car, can you do it at night? It’s that way with the trash here. Too easy to not get it out in time in the morning–gotta take it out at night. I am not a morning person so I have to set out at night as much as possible everything I’ll need in the morning. Otherwise I’m likely to run around like a chicken with its head chopped off in the morning.

    When these days hit, just be glad that most of the things you needed to do got done.

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Great tip, but unfortunately all the spaces are filled till morning. When folks go to work, I can move into one of their spots. I would have done it if it wasn’t for those chain of events. Woulda, shoulda, coulda. Believe me, I was a chicken with my head chopped off as I tried to save my car. Lesson learned, thanks!

  13. There was one year I had so much going on that finding a good place to park was not part of the equation. Where did it get me? I had to pay for 9 separate tow bills and 9 separate parking tickets. Stupid I know. I have definitely learned my lesson and am much more proactive in my parking.

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Miss T! The tow company and parking ticket office must have had your picture on their wall as their favorite customer. Thanks for sharing and it sounds like you’re in a better place!

  14. Tennesse says:

    That is what I am always afraid of the ticket parking. That makes my day bad if ever happens… That is the reason why I am always trying my best to follow traffic rules to avoid tickets. Thank you for sharing this blog.

  15. Lena Kwan says:

    Tickets are really anoying. That is why I make sure I will take precautions when driving.

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