Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Or whatever . . .

A young friend says:

Going to contest a speeding ticket this evening. Any advice is greatly appreciated...I mean I was speeding but I mean...you know...I don't want to like, pay for it or whatever. That should work, right??

10 comments:

Elisabeth said...

There is a parallel somewhere in there to healthcare, I know it. ;-)

Anonymous said...

:)whatever :). I think one possible advice would be: don't speed! and, pay up, so that next time the reminder of the payment makes you NOT speed :).

Anonymous said...

Nonsense. Pay for it already. Once you've done penance in this way, you'll feel redeemed. You'll be free to go out and speed again, only watchfully and with care next time.
HL

Anonymous said...

Maybe say you were so busy texting that you forgot to look at the speedometer...

Paul Levy said...

Er, sorry not to make this clear, but she was joking!

76 Degrees in San Diego said...

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John Elder Robison said...

Paul, in pursuit of fairness we have ended up with a legal system where it's all a game. We accept the idea that a defense lawyer is there to get you acquitted, irregardless of your actual guilt or innocence.

So I don't know if that particular story would work, but in our society it's perfectly fair to impugn the credibility of the cop, question the equipment, and do anything at all to divert interest from the actual issue and the question of rule, right, and wrong is totally lost.

But that is not why I was here . . .

I popped in here to say I enjoyed talking to you all last night, and I've put a post on my blog talking about Brain Health Body Wealth. I've also put it in my Psychology Today piece for tomorrow

Best wishes
John

Anonymous said...

Mr. Robison;

Thank you for posting your comment. My 8 year old great nephew has Asperger's syndrome and, after exploring your web page and blogs, I will forward this information to his parents.

nonlocal MD

jessica lipnack said...

I know this young friend of yours and she was indeed joking. And as it turned out, she made a great business connection while waiting for her trial -- another woman who'd been stopped for failing to dim her lights fast enough. Plus, legal eagles, the prosecutor wanted a more lenient fine than the judge wanted to impose.

All of which means health care reform will be resolved instantaneously, right?

Paul Levy said...

Justice prevails!