Of course, it wouldn’t be me blogging if there weren’t some rants!Â I should warn you, however, that I attended an 8 hour training session today and then worked until closing, so I’m a bit loopy.Â
(For those who don’t want to read through my long post, you can amuse yourself with this bit of political humor that’s making it’s way through the blogosphere insteadÂ - assuming you haven’t been there already!.)
My run-in with the law
As you probably remember, I got a speeding ticket a couple of weeks ago.Â And, to top it off, couldn’t find my proof of insurance.Â Well… I read through the brochure that the cop had given me and it said to call the courthouse to find out what I needed to do about providing my proof.Â
So the next morning I called the number to the courthouse that was on the brochure and I got a recording.Â A recording that said the number had been disconnected.Â Hmmm… maybe I dialed wrong?Â I tried again and… got the same recording.Â Ok… I got online and looked up the city courthouse website, found it, and there’s the same freakin’ phone number.Â I then tried looking up the city’s website, found it, navigated to government departments until I found courts, and… found a new number.Â Good thing, because I think I would’ve lost it.Â I called this new number and, for the love of pete, got a recording.Â This time, at least, it was an actual voicemail recording asking me to leave a message, but good grief!Â I left a message and waited a few hours before I decided to try calling again.Â This time I got a real, live person (yay!) who was extremely nice and informed me that I would need to come down to the courthouse in person to show my proof of insurance.Â As long as the date of coverage started before my traffic citation, the charge would be dismissed.Â
However… I couldn’t go down to take care of this until my citation showed up in their computer system which could take a couple of weeks.Â I looked at my calendar and the only day, literally, that I could take care of this without screwing up my work schedule (I’m a bit overbooked right at the moment) was the morning of the 29th, which was about three weeks away at this point.Â No problem!
I called early last week to check on my citation and I wasn’t in their system.Â I called later in the week, several times, and I still wasn’t in their system.Â Now I was starting to panic.Â I honestly didn’t know what I was going to do if I wasn’t showing in their system by Tuesday.Â Karma must have felt bad for me, because by Monday afternoon I was in.Â Woo Hoo!Â So first thing this morning, I drove the 45 minutes SouthÂ to the courthouse to show my proof of insurance.Â The place was so deserted that for a moment I thought I had gone to the wrong place.Â But inside I found several clerks, all of them very nice, and one of them photocopied my insurance card, made a note on my citation with the dismisall date and I was done.Â I even managed to drive the 45 minutes East to work and make it to my training session on time with a long,Â eleven hourÂ day and 45 minute drive North back home to look forward to.Â Oh, I also get to look forward to traffic school on Sunday morning that starts at 7:30am.Â Ugh!
Crazy poll worker
As you also probably recall, I’m going to be a poll worker for the general election next Tuesday.Â I attended my training a couple of weeks ago and, well, I’m afraid.Â Very afraid.Â I had thought that I would snap and lose it after 14.5 hours of working with the voters.Â Instead, I think I’m going to snap and lose it from working with the other poll workers.Â Granted, our training was supposed to be two hours long and it got condensed down to an hour.Â And there are a lot of procedures to keep track of.Â But, honestly, it doesn’t seem that difficult.Â However, many of the other people there for training just. weren’t. getting. it.Â They were the types to ask the “what if” questions and managed to run through about 100 potential scenarios, many of which probably won’t even happen.Â My only hope is that these people have all been assigned to other precincts and the people I’m going to be working with are all normal and intelligent.Â A girl can hope, can’t she?
Speaking of political frustrations
In Arizona we have a Proposition 200Â being called Payday Loan Reform, or something like that.Â When you read the language of the proposition, it does sound like reform.Â But, in true proposition fashion, there’s more to it than you first realize.Â A friend found out that there’s a law that will go into effect in 2010 that provides real reform.Â I don’t remember the specifics, but I think it limits the interest rate that can be charged to 36% or something (as opposed to the astronomically high 200% or 400%Â they can get away with now) and it also won’t allow any new licenses to be given out.Â
The proposition in this election is financed by the payday loan industry and, if passed, nixes all of these 2010 laws.Â Nice, eh?Â I have to hand it to the industry, though, because the proposition that we’re voting on really does sound like it’s going to give us reform.Â So, here’s my rant…
The groups opposing the proposition, including the attorney general for the state, are just now getting advertising out that tells people what is really happening.Â Ummm… folks?Â Â A lot of people have already turned in their early ballots.Â Why in the world did they wait until this week to start advertising!Â Not that I’m much better than they areÂ I suppose, considering I’m just now ranting about it.Â sigh…
I saw first hand from working at the law library what these sleazy payday loan places can do to people.Â I’m sure they’re “up-front” about interest rates and such, but when people are desperate they aren’t thinking straight and I guarantee they know this.Â It makes me so mad!
For what it’s worth, Arizona voters, vote NO on Prop 200!