Never mind that I deserved what I got. Never mind that I have no excuses. None of that will prevent me from ranting about parking tickets.
First, I hardly ever take my car to work. I am a firm believer in mass transit; my office subsidizes annual bus passes; I love riding the bus because it gives me uninterrupted reading time.
BUT--part of the fallout from heart surgery is the necessity of doctor's appointments. For whatever reason, all of my appointments have been scheduled mid-day. This means I can't economically use the parking lots near my office because none of them allow "in and out" access. Going in and out twice in the same day is prohibitively expensive.
So I park on the street. At 1.5 hour meters. Which I then sometimes forget about.
That particular brand of forgetfulness costs me $24 a ticket.
Today, I got my 4th ticket in a month.
A total (so far!) of $96!
Money that could have gone to debt reduction. Money that I would much rather have wasted some other way!
May I just say again: ARRGH!