Wednesday, October 22, 2008
October 23rd, 2007
No, I didn't get the date wrong. I'm writing about the events of October 23rd, 2007. This is how my day went a year ago tomorrow:
I got dressed up all pretty. Nice slacks, a nice button-up shirt, nice shoes. I didn't wear a hat, which is unual for me around this time of year. I proceeded to come in to work and put in a couple of hours. Then I left for a long lunch. I went down the street a ways and walked into a building. In that building, I heard the following (not in the same wording AT ALL):
"Your sentencing is as follows:
20 mandatory outpatient substance abuse classes
104 self-help AA meetings
Random drug and alcohol testing
16-hour Prime For Life DUI class
1-hour Freeway Watch meeting
48 hours of community service in liu of 2 days in jail
Interlock device installed in vehicle
Monthly supervised probation
Alcohol restricted license for the next 2 years
We will see you back here in 90 days to review your case."
Yep, that was October 23rd, 2007. Not a good day for me. But October 23rd, 2008 will be much better!
I have done my time and satisfied all my probationary requirements. And though I was previously released from my more intrusive "supervised probation", starting tomorrow I can get rid of the word "probation" in any sense of the word from my vocabulary. No probationary status. No worries of probation violation. Not under probation, or on probation. No probationary period.
Probation? What's that?