Guilty, your honor February 9, 2007Posted by dorigo in personal.
I landed in Chicago this afternoon in good spirits, after a uneventful, relaxing flight (that is, as relaxing an intercontinental flight in economy class can be).
The cold did not impair my morale, nor did the Pt Cruiser I got at ACE (I don’t really like those cars, but ACE is the cheapest rental in O’Hare). However, as I got to Fermilab, and browsed the contents of my mailbox, I indeed suffered a setback.
On my last visit, in December 2006, I had been stopped by the Police while speeding a little, and had gotten a $80 ticket. I had paid for the fine with a credit card form on the Internet, and forgotten about it since, having left the US the same day to Italy.
The card had been refused, for unknown reasons, and the county clerk office had sent me an invoice, which I could not read, being out of the country. One month afterwards, a Judge declared me guilty of not paying the ticket, and raised the fine to $210, notifying the Secretary of State of my crime. Result: my driving licence will be invalidated.
I learned of all this only this afternoon. I will pay in person the fine, but my biggest concern is to have to deal with this issue, while I would rather spend my time in the US dealing with the preblessing of the Z->bb analysis, due tomorrow – and I am leaving back to Italy on Sunday. Of course I will be unable to get a court hearing, so I cannot but plead guilty. We’ll see how it goes with the driving licence – I do not really need it, since my italian licence is good for three months in a row every time I enter the US.