First: Go Action Fun Time next Tuesday May 4, 2021. It will be weird, but it will have nothing to do with Star Wars. I will post Discord and Owlbear info in this space when I know them, and we are close enough that they will not expire.
Given the amount I drive, and how little of that driving occurs under the speed limit, it is amazing that I am not an expert regarding the ins and outs of traffic court. But, as reality plays out, I have not had a ticket since 2001, when paying over the phone wa weird, and paper checks were still sort of normal.
If, hypothetically, you were to receive a traffic citation in Yuma County AZ, [see last post] it is cheaper and easier just to pay the ticket than to try a go to traffic school. Let’s say, for discussion, the cost of just paying the ticket was given by the AZ Highway Patrol as $247.
But according to one of the hundreds of traffic schools, this would be the cost of taking the class:
Calculate Total Cost
|Violation Date||Before 04/01/21||As of 04/01/21|
The only advantage to going through this exercise is to keep the points off of your license.
If you’re in your fifties, and haven’t had a ticket in 20 years, as I have, there is no effect on your insurance rates.
So I paid the bastards, or rather their 3rd party internet service, and felt shame.
For UnObtanium Bazaar, the Las Vegas Pirate Fest represented a best case scenario for gauging the economics of vending. We had reasonable fees (Cheryl is local to Las Vegas), and a huge gate and, as it turns out, a great location across from the turkey legs.
So we did well. We made more money on the Saturday than we had made in the entirety of any previous festival.
Even so, our gross for the weekend was still well under my bi-weekly salary check. So we aren’t about to quit our jobs for this.
That said, our worst case scenario, being London Bridge Renn Faire (Small market over Easter weekend during a heatwave) still made us some money.
So the hobby reliably pays for itself and a little more. Good enough.
I actually have some editorial deadlines.
I have until May to finish my editorial review of Taliesin’s Last Apprentice – the sequel to Beanstalk and Beyond.
It has a tentative release date of November.
So I gotta go.
If you need something more to learn from the interwebs, I have been enjoying Our Fake History.
Now we know.