It has been a long time since that day I turned 16 and my Mom gave me the keys to our silver Honda hatchback so I could drive (by myself) to the Circle K in our neighborhood. I still remember the feeling of power and freedom I felt on that first* of many independent trips behind the wheel. It became apparent early on, that that power and freedom was something I was easily tempted to abuse. When I went on my mission three years later I had acquired 13 speeding tickets and had my drivers license suspended. During said mission I was pulled over a few times but the paperwork required to give an American a ticket in England always kept me out of trouble. After my mission I got ticket after ticket, until at the point I got married I had accumulated an additional 12 speeding tickets, the last of which was accompanied by a "driving on a suspended license" (a $500 fine) seeing as it had been taken away again. During my marriage I got 4 more tickets all with the suspended license attachment. At some point, obviously not soon enough, I realized life might be easier and cost a little less if I would just slow down. Making a concerted effort to finally grow up and obey local traffic laws, I have been ticket free for the last two years. I have also again been a legally licensed driver for over a year now. Until yesterday. I received a speeding ticket in Eden, UT for going 8 miles over the speed limit! 8 miles an hour, in a 50! Truthfully, I didn't know what the speed limit was on this road, but it was a State Road, I thought I'd be fine at 60 or 65. For a chronic speeder it's almost humiliating to go down because of 8 measly miles per hour, "John the Speed demon" would have happily drove down that road at 90 miles an hour. And for a guy who was trying desperately to keep from getting pulled over so that his insurance rates would drop, it was a sad and frustrating moment. Which may explain why I acted like such an idiot and only made things worse - I will post that story later. In any case, feel free to congratulate or berate me for my er, uh... accomplishment.