On the long drive up to Los Angeles last week, I saw a lot of those overhead warning signs about using handheld phones while driving. There were at least four of them. There could have been more. The cost of the fine: $159. Why this price? Hmmm. Do they have a committee for these things? I pondered that until the next sign came into view. Why not round up? Is $160 less noticeable than $159? Does $159 sound like more? If it was $160, would people misread and think the total was $16?
This intrigued me. I know…she’s just a little bit crazy. ; ) But it’s a long drive and the music wasn’t cutting it, and there was a sandstorm, and I had to concentrate on the buffeting winds and poor visibility instead of creating new story outlines, or working on a current scene.
I looked for the signs along the side of the freeway that threaten you with all kinds of disaster if you drive in the carpool lane without a passenger. You need to have at least one passenger, and that cannot be your dog, a stuffed animal, or a blow up doll wearing sunglasses and a wig. Those fines (not for the blow up doll but for breaking the rules) are $341, which is again a strange number. Who decides these things, and what are they based on? Why not $340?
All of these questions reminded me of a long ago boyfriend. He’d claimed if he just “knew the rules” then he would play by those rules. But, to not know the rules, for him, was very discomforting. Of course my answer was to give a sly smile and say there are no rules. Needless to say he did not last long and that is why he is an ex-boyfriend. I mean if you’re in your fifties and you don’t know the rules of dating…well hell.
Rules of the road are important. We all need to know those. But what are the rules on selecting a price for a fine? Inquiring minds need to know. And what about you? Do these things intrigue you? Do you not even notice them? Are you rules oriented and furnish your S.O. with a list?