First, a story.
Late in 2011, I got snapped by camera running a red light on Geary in the Inner Richmond. I knew it almost immediately, soon after I hit the gas pedal on a yellow light, as a series of white flashes flickered in my peripheral vision. A couple weeks later, a red light citation arrived in the mail with a fine of $480 to be paid even if I planned on contesting. I begrudgingly submitted the check, but was determined to see that money again.
No one said it could be done. Wait, I take that back. Dean nodded with apathy (as any good husband should) whenever I regaled him with my back-and-forth correspondence with the court. “I asked them about the accuracy of their photographic instruments. I want to know how often they’re maintained and checked for quality control!” Dean nodded off to sleep.
With the court rejecting all the evidence I could muster in letters, I had one last chance to appear in front of a judge with an officer assigned to my case. On D Day, my coworkers laughed when I told them I had to go to the court house. The cab driver insisted I was wasting my time. The uniformed officer sympathized when I told him my plight in line, but said gravely, “No one gets out of a red light citation!”
Eight months after knowingly and guiltily running a red light, despite what everyone claimed, what every said could not be done, I cashed a check from the San Francisco Superior Court for $480. I knew in my heart I was getting that money back.
That story isn’t about money. It’s about persistence. It’s about believing in yourself when the whole world is against you.
I’ve been meaning to rehash this story (I’ve written about it in piece-meal on my blog before) mainly for me because I need the inspiration. I need to believe. Dean and I could really use your prayers for a sick loved one as we have gotten some devastating medical news that we have been painfully dealing with for the past month. Honestly, I think I am all cried out for a lifetime. Never have I experienced such anguish. Prayers, your support, and good thoughts would be most appreciated during this time.