Last weekend I decided to drive to LA instead of flying because I thought I would be cheaper and I needed to pick up some of my photo/video shoot clothing at my directors house in West Hollywood for my new e-Store that will launch in a couple of weeks.
There is also a time savings factor because I can drive down in 4.5 hours compared to the flight, waiting at the airport, picking up my rental car and returning it. I don’t have to be on their schedule either; I can stay longer or leave earlier if I want. Of course I don’t exactly drive the speed limit because it takes those ‘legal drivers’ around 6 to 6.5 hours to get to LA from my place.
A couple of weeks ago I drove down with my manager who I think drives like a snail, only 85 mph. I like going at least 105 mph but I’ve gone up to 135 mph. I figure on Interstate 5, at night with my radar detector on, I should be good.
So here I was driving back Monday night, coming down the Grape Vine around 9:50 pm, talking to my manager on the phone and my radar goes off indicating that a laser gun was pointed at my car. My manager then said, “I told you Peter, the first 4 and the last 4 days of the month the CHP are writing tickets like mad to fill their quota so don’t drive too fast during this period.” This past Monday was one of the last 4 days of the month, fuck!
I finally saw the CHP car about ¼ mile away. I wasn’t the only one, 5 other cars also got pulled over for speeding. He wrote the ticket for 93 mph which I’m told will cost between $435 – $600. I wonder if I can write that off as a business expense since I was transporting clothes for my new e-store? The moral of the story is, all of you reading this need to get a membership if you haven’t already; I need to get a helicopter. 🙂