Jun 21, 2007
Money, Judgement, and God
"Yes, Your Honor." My words last week to the friendly judge who asked, "are you pleading to 'improper equipment'?"*
If I'm lucky, that'll be the last time I ever have to say "Your Honor" to anyone.
But how about "Bless you?"
The friendly clerk who took my money (and issued my receipt) had decorated her office most Christianly -- with two angel statuettes and a big honkin' copy of the Prayer of Jabez.
Anyone have an opinion on this in plain view at the County Courthouse?
As for me, my only concern is that the courthouse do its work fairly and be perceived as doing its work fairly. If the first is done well enough, the second usually takes care of itself, and I don't have an issue with personalized office space. Others may surely differ.
*earlier, related post here. The "improper equipment" charge was a the lesser offense that I qualified for after reading the book Disciplined Attention, which I've blogged about over here at the ADDexecutive.com.
If you're lucky, that's the last time you'll have to plead to "improper equipment".
Posted by: Stew | Jun 21, 2007 6:07:04 AM
I once had to strongly advise an employee to take his jesus action figure, smeared with ketchup, out of a noose hanging on his desk.
Posted by: jenny | Jun 21, 2007 9:26:44 AM
I do have to wonder about the "Crim Fees" line on your receipt. Does this mean that somewhere in Orange County, there is some sort of "criminal fee menu", where you pick your crime and pay the appropriate fees? Sounds vaguely like a Monty Python sketch.
Posted by: Don | Jun 21, 2007 11:32:07 AM
jenny of the lower case "j": that's another argument against ketchup... And hey, which jenny is that writing to my blog today?
Posted by: Phil | Jun 21, 2007 3:45:45 PM
Customer: Now then, some crime please, my good man.
Owner: (lustily) Certainly, sir. What would you like?
Customer: Well, eh, how about a little petty larceny?
Owner: I'm, a-fraid we're fresh out of petty larceny, sir.
Customer: Oh, never mind, how are you on vandalism?
Owner: I'm afraid we never have that at the end of the week, sir, we get it fresh on Monday.
Customer: Tish tish. No matter. Well, stout yeoman, four counts of mail fraud, if you please.
Owner: Ah! It's beeeen on order, sir, for two weeks. Was expecting it this morning.
Customer: 'T's Not my lucky day, is it? Aah, possession with intent to sell?
Owner: Sorry, sir.
Customer: simple assault?
Owner: Normally, sir, yes. Today the van broke down.
Monty Python fans, click here for the original:
Posted by: Phil | Jun 21, 2007 3:49:16 PM
I wasn't the lower case j jenny, btw.
And I really don't know where that earlier comment of mine came from. The gutter?
Posted by: Stew | Jun 21, 2007 8:53:53 PM
I thought it immediately, too, Stewirona. Is the courthouse like Ticketmaster? Because they have lot of 'incidentals' there. Big diff between %83 and $120
Posted by: Marianne | Jun 22, 2007 3:55:36 AM
Is your first name really Philindo? I always thought it was just Phil(l?)ip.
Posted by: Joseph H. Vilas | Jun 22, 2007 3:43:08 PM