There are advantages and disadvantages to living in a small town. There are no advantages to being a bit too outspoken.
Back in July when I had my little accident, I contacted my state representative to inquire as to why we don’t have a “no driving while gabbing on the cell phone law” and to ask why Missouri isn’t doing more to stop uninsured drivers.
As in most states, drivers will get insurance in order to show proof of insurance, get their license plates or driver’s license, then cancel the insurance. So that leaves most of us having to pay for uninsured motorist coverage and deal with our own insurance when we have an accident. The legislators know exactly what those drivers are doing and have done nothing to stop it.
Without making this story long and boring . . we moved here on January 1, 2007 so all our income for 2006 was earned in KY but we were living in MO when we filed our tax returns. Seems as though there’s some elaborate system to let MO know that a resident filed a federal tax return but no state return (which we weren’t required to file). But, MO was able to get our full and complete federal tax return, then compute how much taxes they thought we owed the State of MO, along with penalties and interest. We actually owed them nothing and was able to get that resolved but Vince contacted this same state representative and he was probably more opinionated and vocal than was my e-mail.
My beef is that there’s no limit to the money they can spend to collect money they think the citizens owe them but any method of assuring every driver in this state is insured would cost too much money! So, I sent my representative an e-mail and well.. I wasn’t very nice and I did state that it seems the criminals are smarter than our legislators.
Yesterday Chad was out doing whatever he does and he ran into this particular legislator. They got to talking and the rep asked Chad who his parents were. Ughhh! Why didn’t Chad make up a name? So, the rep proceeded to tell Chad that I had sent him a pretty rude e-mail and that I told him the criminals were smarter than he was.
Chad was so happy to tell me that he’d met this man, who was very nice . . mom, you really should be nicer to people! I really should. So, I wrote him a second e-mail and apologized for being rude, although I do think the State needs to do more to make sure everyone has insurance and they need to do something about people talking on cell phones.
That wasn’t humiliation enough! This morning, as every morning, I make an executive decision about whether I’ll be leaving the house or not. On days I’m not leaving the house (today), I look like a bum! Shorts, a T-shirt I promised myself I’d throw in the trash when I take it off tonight — way too many holes, barefooted and . . no bra! About 3:00 my doorbell rings. Oh, great! UPS! Wrong! It was the state representative! He was very, very nice. I’m glad he’s our representative and I’ll vote for him in November!
We discussed the issues, he had done some research on what can be done and what is being done to help make sure drivers are insured. He stayed about 30 minutes.
I am not sending any more strongly worded e-mails to anyone ever again and . . I’m going upstairs right now and throwing away every T-shirt that has holes in it and . . I’m going to wear shoes and makeup tomorrow!
Did I say I’m only sending nice e-mails from now on??? Yep, that’s what I’m going to do!