Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Goin' Courtin'

Today Jay took me courtn'.

He had a date set in court in another city so we made a date out of it.

We had been pulled over on Labor Day in a small town an hour or so away.
It was one of those just barely going over kind of things. The going over part was not our problem. An expired license was! The officer was as nice as could be and stunned us into nervous laughter when he asked if we knew that Jay's license was expired. No! It was expired by less than a week. We were so surprised. We were even more surprised when he said it was an arrestable offense!
The officer looked around the car at all of our stunned children and asked Jay and I to trade places while he went to write the ticket.
He came back with a ticket written for driving with an expired license with a hefty fine attached. We were thankful to have only have a ticket instead of an arrest. The officer told us we could pay the ticket or appear in court.
We opted to appear in court ... so glad we did! Not only did we get the charge drastically reduced, but we had an amusing afternoon.

It was a very small town courthouse/multipurpose community center.

I so wanted to take photos of the Halloween decor all over the room. But it did not seem appropriate at the time.

I did snap this one on the door.

Picture decor like this all over the cafeteria like room and hanging above the judge.

But don't let the happy holiday decor fool you. It was completely serious business. A guy's cell phone went off and he was taken out by the officers. He came back in looking a little stunned.

As soon as we were finished we got out fast.
We had to chuckle at the old jail outside the building.

It was a great date. Courtin' is fun. But I think I will stick the our traditional dating thank-you-very-much.


Layne Bushell said...

seriously, that is hilarious! The pictures didn't show up for me, would have loved to see the halloween decor! Too funny!

hillary said...

I'm sooo glad Jay didn't get thrown in the slammer. It looks VERY escape proof.

Those small towns are so serious about their laws. Super glad you had fun.