AZ Driving School
April 4, 2013, 5:08 pm
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I got an Arizona Traffic ticket and had the option to do an online DEFENSIVE DRIVING course.  When I looked online at the various traffic schools, driving courses and mock “reviews” I could never find the price.  So here it is, the court costs vary by where you got your ticket.  It was $29.95 for the online course and then other fees adding up to $244.95.    Costs of ticket would have been $228.00.  So, costs more to do the course, but you should factor in your insurance costs will go up if you let the ticket go on your record.  Is this a racket?  Sure, but at least you can do it online.  I went with this “I Drive Safely” school because they didn’t make you register before revealing the cost.  I HATE THAT so much that I don’t care if other courses are cheaper–don’t make me waste my time, just be transparent would you?  Here’s the website  I haven’t taken it yet, so can’t comment on how painful.

Course: $29.95
State Fee: $20.00
State Surcharge: $45.00
Diversion Fee: $150.00
Total Course Price: $244.95

test of post
January 6, 2011, 4:16 pm
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Interface between phone, computer, car, laptop, plug in cell phone

Use fingerprint recognition

Death and 40-somethings
September 3, 2010, 5:02 pm
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Suddenly, I am preoccupied with death. Death didn’t barely garner a mention until I hit 35. Suddenly, moments of incompetence can no longer be blamed on inexperience. People that I assumed were much older than me turned out to be the same age. It became apparent I was not going to ever sit on the Supreme Court.

Tim Russert started it for me. He was just a permanent fixture, who would always be there, whenever I had a chance to tune in to Meet the Press on Sunday mornings, which was a lot pre-kid, and not very often post-kid. But I’d assumed that part of my life would pick up where it left off someday. However, all of a sudden he’s gone. Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett were stars of my youth. The stars of my youth are aging. When I watched Star Wars I was blown away by young Harrison Ford. I had forgotten what he looked like then. The passage of time is unstoppable, death is inevitable. It makes me wonder what the point is. And to fear something like the death of one of my children. I dread this so much that I suffer in advance. My recent decision that I no longer believe there is a god underlies the desperation and pointlessness of it all. I read that people get happier in their 40s and 50s. Hoping that shows up soon.

Heuristics (rules of thumb) My list
August 18, 2010, 5:01 pm
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What would you do if you were not afraid?

The perfect is the enemy of the good.

If a task takes less than one minute, go ahead and do it.

First things first.

Begin with the end in mind.

Spend money on things that alleviate stress.

Waiting is not the opposite of Talking. Listen more.

Look for the positive. Be quiet about the negative.

Complete one stale task every day. No matter how small.

Make an effort toward friendship every day.

Just keep swimming.

Soften criticism by first acknowledging what the person does well.

Scam of the week
April 13, 2010, 9:28 pm
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Scam of the Week

Beware! Many scam artists use commercial mail box services like UPS, Mailboxes etc. and others as their business addresses. Then they misleadingly use “suite 491” in their address, when what they really have is “mailbox 491.” The store accepts the mail addressed to Suite 491, because they don’t care about fixing this, it would affect their revenues. And they won’t release any information about the actual person who rented that mailbox. The scammer then gets all the mail forwarded from the mail box company to their address in whatever other state they live in, and are virtually untraceable. A movement by the United States Postal Service to require “PMB” (Private Mail Box) in the address was shouted down by small business owners, who apparently want to keep this ability to mislead consumers alive and well. Whenever I get a complaint about a fly by night, can’t be reached company, I google their address. Sure enough I often find it to be a UPS store, Mailboxes etc. or other commercial mail receiving agency.

Fight Childhood Obesity, Open up public school playgrounds
March 15, 2010, 10:20 pm
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I recently sent an e-mail to Michelle Obama regarding my brilliant idea to fight childhood obesity. Open up the playgrounds of the local elementary schools for after-school and weekend use. Here in the Phoenix area all the playing field and playground equipment are locked up tight after school hours. All we can is stare longingly at the jungle gym through the padlocked fence. Many subdivisions around here have playgrounds, but we don’t live in a subdivision. There are city parks within driving distance. And we have been known to trespass into the nearest subdivisions’ playgrounds successfully. But why do I have to? The brand new elementary school down the block has a beautiful playground. And didn’t my tax dollars go to build it? I know they’re worried about vandalism and graffiti, but those are issues at the public parks as well and they seem to manage. In other states we’ve played at the open school playgrounds. Should fear of the bad guys really be allowed to rule the day? I’m tempted to some civil disobedience. Perhaps some bolt cutters or a step ladder? New playgrounds are expensive to build. Open up the gates of my school playground to me!

FACEBOOK follies
December 30, 2009, 8:50 pm
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So, tell the truth about Facebook. Are you really friends with all your “friends” on there? I also want to know what how many friends you have on Facebook says about you. Does it say anything? What about people I will never see again? What sort of criteria should I use? I just use the criteria now of, I like you—except the one friend from law school that I didn’t like, but wanted to show her that I wasn’t holding any grudges. I don’t really have anything to say on Facebook. But it does make me jealous of other people’s exciting lives and healthy relationships!