I read this in the paper today and my response was " really toll roads, you're really going to charge the fire fighters money for saving your toll roads?" " REALLY?"
Toll road to fire fighters: Pay toll or pay fine Los Angeles County fire engine told to pay up for using the 133 toll road during recent fires. By ELLYN PAK THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER Comments 21| Recommend 26
When Engine Company No. 116 received a $100 fine from a toll road agency, firefighters figured it was just a misunderstanding.
Capt. Bob Viers of the Los Angeles County Fire Department was tasked to sort it out with the Transportation Corridor Agencies. An L.A. engine had traversed the 133 Freeway without paying last month on an assumption that emergency vehicles are exempt from paying such tolls.
"You know this is a fire truck," Viers told a tollroad representative. "I can't believe you're fining us for it or even chasing it."
The engine company, based in Carson, fought the Mt. Palomar Fire in San Diego for nearly a week. Viers said the truck that used the 133 was either on the way down to the fires or attending a fireman's funeral.
But the toll road agency didn't back down. The firefighters would have to pay.
The TCA assesses a $47.50 processing fee on top of the toll amount due if notices are ignored. A subsequent violation notice tacks on an additional $47.50 fine.
Viers talked to a manager, who said the firefighters had to pay $20 instead of $100.
"I still thought that was ridiculous," Viers said.
Ultimately, Viers had the fine knocked down to $5 and charged it to his credit card.
"I just thought that was kind of strange," he said. "For me the easier way to get rid of the hassle was to pay the guy."
These are the top ten things that excite me about the christmas season, in no order.
10. Tiny white twinkling lights all over town 9. Chilly weather ( hopefully) 8. Watching the Grinch 7. Decorating my apartment 6. Christmas tree smell 5. The music 4. New Years eve parties 3. Disneyland 2. holiday creamers 1. running down the stairs on christmas morning when I look like I have been hit with an ugly stick and still thinking Santa brought me a gift.
Thanksgiving is right here and I started thinking about all of the soldiers who will be fighting to keep me safe, while I enjoy a hot homecooked meal with my family.
I remembered a girl who set up an organization called a million thanks and so I went on her website to see where I could send a letter. Her newest headline said that I could send a text message straight to a soldier and thank them for everything that they are doing.
This is super easy and will mean so much to someone, it's not a scam, and it won't cost you any more than a regular text message.
Find out all the info here at http://amillionthanks.org/
I love the game where a bunch of friends sit around in a circle and one begins telling a story then passes it onto someone else eventually creating a really big ridiculous story. For example, take friends A B C and D, they are all sitting together in Peets, because I love Peets. Person A starts off with " one time I was sitting at the beach and... Person B takes over with " and a giant fish jumped out and whacked me in the face with his tail and then... Person C takes over and so on...
So I was thinking, blogging is a lot like sitting in a circle of friends, I want to tag one person to take off from my sentance, write their own, then tag someone else.
*Before you write your post, mention who tagged you, that way you can catch up with the story... leave me a comment if you "storied" and at the end, I will post the finished story.
Let's try this...
" This one day I was sitting on a park bench in the middle of central park. An elderly couple walked by me and..."
The Best News Ever . . . It's Triplets, a Boy and 2 Girls! The Ladera Times has learned that Chris and Lori Coble, of Ladera Ranch, who tragically lost their three children last May in a horrific accident on the I-5 near the OSO Exit, are having triplets. "Yes, it is true. I am six weeks along and they expect me to deliver in early to mid-May," Lori told the Ladera Times. "We had to do it by in vitro fertilization and it worked the first month. They extracted 14 eggs from me and out of all of those after all sorts of genetics testing, three eggs were good, two girls and one boy. We took that as a sign and we put all three in." The odds of all three eggs attaching were only 10 percent, according to Lori who added, "It turned out, we are one of the lucky 10 percent." Although the Coble family is very excited about the pending birth, Lori said it is a bittersweet blessing. "These children will never take the place of Kyle, Emma and Katie, but it does give us some hope for happier times in the future." Lori and Chris Coble are shown in the photo here taking part in the dedication of the Heroes Memorial in Town Green last Memorial Day. All of Ladera Ranch joins the Ladera Times in wishing the Cobles their prayers and best wishes for a healthy pregnancy. More details will be posted as it becomes available. In the meantime, of you want to comment on this story or leave a message for the Cobles, click on Reader Feedback. (Story and photo by Jim Schmitt, Editor and Publisher)
Im bringing the question game back... I tag Bethany J. and Allison Murray.... Use three words or less.
1. Where is your cell phone? In my bag. 2. Who is your boyfriend/girlfriend or Husband/Wife? The fabulous Brandon 3. Where is one of your parents? Boston baseball games! 4. Cheesecake? Only the crust 5. Your favorite thing to do? Hang with people 6. Your dream last night? About ugly babies 7. Your favorite drink? Black cherry soda 8. The room you're in? gorgeous living room 9. George Bush? Cute old man 10. What you're good at? laughing, organizing, loving. 11. One of your wish list items? iphone without cingular 12. Where did you grow up? Moreno Valley and Lake Forest 13. The last thing you did? Watched gossip girl 14. What are you wearing? jeans, tee and cardigan 15. Who stole your sunglasses? nobody. 16. Ketchup? Fantastic on in n out 17. Your computer? best friend 18. Your life? So much fun 19. Your mood? frustrated with fires 20 Your next blog? When I want 21. Your car is? Really ashy 22. Your summer? was too busy 23. Your relationship status? Never been happier :) 24. Your favorite color(s)? green 25. When is the last time you laughed? 5 minutes ago
My roommate Kiva and I decided to spice things up a bit in our apartment and paint it some fun colors. We decided on a tiffanys blue for the kitchen and a tan for the living room. That morning we went to home depot only to figure out we knew nothing about paint, not how to buy it, not how much we needed, nothing! So Kivas mom came, and not only helped us pick everything out, but bought it all for us!
From there, the day just kept getting more amazing. We came back to the apartment to find that our wonderful boyfriends had gone out shopping and made us a homemade pizza complete with appetizers and our favorite soda ( Kiv's is izzie, mine is black cherry)
Then, starting to freak out a little, the boys told us to go out and relax, go shopping or just out, and they would paint the whole place! What a deal! So we headed out to target, linens and things, bed bath and beyond and golden spoon.
We got back to the apartment and yelled" move that bus!" and there was the most beautiful paint on the walls, and the boys were all done! We were so happy and so thankful!
It gets better, after we were done, Kiva's boyfriend Tom, starts to whip us up some dinner! FAJITAS!! ay yay yay!
We ate delicious food, let our paint dry then went and saw heartbreak kid ( awful.)
The end of the night, was all furniture was moved back, shelves were up and it looked so amazing!
Amy has requested that I breakdown all of the television shows that I watch on a regular basis because she enjoys my reviews so much.
So this is for you Amy
ANTM ( If you don't know what this stands for, move on) Love the show. This season, eh. Not really any strong contenders. I love Heather, she is a strong courageous woman. Model? not sure yet. So sad that (spoiler alert) Sarah was kicked off, I thought she had a lot of potential.
Greys Anatomy Best season so far. Christina is my new favorite. Numbering her interns, genious. Auctioning off her wedding gifts for chances to be in suegeries, awesome, the fact that she can cry now, beautiful. Izzie is annoying, yes she got George, but their whole situation is a little sketchy and I am not sure I like the whole treating marriage with such little respect aspect. Callie, Amy I know you love her, but she is falling apart, her and Britney need to hang out. Kerev is turning out to be a character I truly enjoy, Addison really did a number on him though. Cheif, needs his wife back. End of story. Miranda is the bomb. I want her to be my therapist sometimes.
The Hills Honestly I can't believe I dedicate 1/2 hour every week to watch this show. I always get to the end and think, what did I just watch? Did anything really happen? The answer is no, but you will always find me monday nights 10:00 with Kelsey and Kiva(Sometimes B Bear) enjoying a helping of the lovely Lauren Conrad and friends. Lauren is mean this season, she needs to get herself an identity and stop ruining every one of her friends relationships. Heidi is gorgeous this season, but she and Spencer need a little more communication, I mean are they engaged or not? Come on. Audrina, lose Justin Bobby, or fun Bobby, whatever his name is. Hes a loser. Lo, come back, you are the only one I love. Whitney, Can I have your wardrobe please?
The Office Now here is a show. Drama-Check. Action-Check. Humor-Check. Romance-Check. Mystery-Check. So much fun to watch. Dwight and Angela are psychos. Pam and Jim are meant to be. Kevin is hilarious. Toby... so sad. Michael is a mad man. Stanley always makes me laugh. Meridith and Kelly are nutso. What a show... comedic genious.
Jon and Kate plus 8 Ok. You think you are stressed, busy, overworked, underpaid? This mom has two 6 year old twin girls and six 2 year olds. OH MY GOSH. Still she is loving, caring, patient and so organized. Such a woman. (Nothing compared to you though mama) They still manage to have pancake breakfast every saturday and church every Sunday.
I am going to see how well I can stick to it today
7:00am wake up/ Get ready for work 8:00 Leave for work 8:25 arrive to work 8:36 Talk to Ben 8:40 Log onto computer, check e mail, blogs, people.com and instyle.com 8:45 answer any e mails or voicemails I may have gotten 9:00 Create power points for this weekends worship services 9:30 Finish all songs for this weekend 10:00 Drive up to the Childrens building and input all songs and powerpoints 10:20 Make sure they all work 10:30 Print out all program flows and set them out 11:00 Drive back down to the offices 11:10 Read blogs again, check people.com again, go on myspace 11:20 Mark rosters for volunteer attendance this weekend(call anyone who isnt scheduled) 11:45 Print out all rosters 12:00 Facebook time 12:10 talk to Ben or Amy; call Kelsey 12:30 leave for Kelseys 12:40 Arrive at Kelseys, play with her dog poo (no not his poo, his names poo) 12:50 arrive at Gregs 12:51 Leave for train station 1:20 board train and leave for San Diego 3:00ish Arrive, Sarah picks us up... Padres Game Night! 11:00pm Drive back home!
Let's see how this goes... I love my friends and I cant wait to see them all!
Today I woke up and I knew it would be a good day. As I was getting ready this morning all I heard from my roommates room was her adorable loud laugh. It wasn't a pitty laugh, or a little one, it was a loud crack up.(Mind you, it was 7:00 am) I thought she might be laughing in her sleep but, she wasn't. She was just talking to her best friend.
Brandon and I decided(while waiting in line for tortillas at Disneyland) to drive out to Sedona, Arizona for the weekend to visit my grandparents who were vacationing there. I thought the drive was about 5 hours and it would be so easy. Well, the drive was 9 hours, but so much fun! We borrowed a fun book of questions form my good friend Ben, and we laughed and talked and took tons of pictures!
Highlights from the trip: -Denny's in Arizona, so sick. Waiting 45 minutes for cold food, doesnt sound fun, but when you're so tired, everything is funny. - Hanging out with 4 older people all weekend -Off road jeep rides through the mountains - Bi Plane tours while it is raining - Making fun of thousands of dollars worth of crappy statues - eating at the "nice restaurant" with Grandma and Grandpa - visiting all the tourist sites I havent really ever looked at, even though I used to visit every year. - 8 dollar coffee and cold bagel breakfast - tourist shops - fight during ping pong which turned into really fun game of Raquetball in which Brandon broke the ping pong racket.
Ok, so my favorite movie is fever pitch, well one of them. In this movie one of the girls has a birthday party and the theme is the great gatsby, and I thought this was super clever. One night Brandon and I are watching the movie and I mentioned that it would be fun to have this as a theme for a party. Skip forward 6-7 months, and for my 20th birthday party BRANDON THROWS ME A SUPRISE TWENTIES THEMED PARTY!
It was such a magical night, with tons of friends, great food from the Sarge, and a huge cake!
Enjoy the pics...
I love you B! Thanks for all your hard work family! So sorry I was such a B word!
Like half of America did on 7-7-07, I went to a wedding. This wedding wa the first one that I have been to for a friend my own age. I have known the bride since 2nd grade, and it was lovely seeing her all grown up!
Here are some fun pics from the day...
Also a fun memory from the day....
sitting at the table waiting for Mr. and Mrs. Burns to return from pictures, we(me, sarah and Angela...) played at my wedding I want, just an idea for anyone looking for a quiet game.
You were faithful through all weather. You let me throw you across floors and pool decks. You let me use you as a headband at times, and you never complained. You were free, which was awesome. I rescued you from a lost and found and made you mine. And now you're dead, because of me. I am so sorry.
The plunge from my purse onto the driveway should never have happened, that was not the way you were supposed to go.
I went to disneyland last night and it was super fun. A little crowded but nothing that a churro can't cover up... we went on haunted mansion ,Indiana Jones, Buzz and waited in line for space mountain until it broke down.
I had a persona best on Buz with a score of 135,400, so I had a little celebratory moment when the camera came... thanks for a great challenge Kel.
eeow, parents freak dancing. harajaku lovers... Gwen impressions It was a slow song, I was laying down. Some friends and I went to the Gwen Stafani concert the other night and I give it a 6 out of 10. She picked a lot of slow songs to play which was silly of her.
We were also the back corner of the lawn where it was -30 degrees and a little windy.
Apparently leaving early because we missed the No Doubt reunion which would have been awesome. We heard it from the parking lot though....
thank you Sarah for my b day present from 2006. You are the bomb.
I was tagged by the new Mrs. Snyder to shuffle up and deal on my ipod and these are the first 10 songs that came up...
don't judge me.
10. Corinne Bailey Rae: Breathless 9. Chantel Kreviazuk:Feels like home 8. Missy Higgins: Steer 7. Keane: She has no time 6. Colbie Caillat: bubbly 5.Damien Rice: Amie 4. Daughtry: Home 3. Eric Clapton: tears in heaven 2. The Fray: heaven forbid 1. Mandy Moore: candy
Ok, as a huge fan of Oprah, I saw an episode a while back featuring Sarah Jessica Parker talking about her new clothing line. Everything in it is under $20.00, crazy right? I am talking shoes, handbags, jackets and jeans, nothing is over twenty bucks.
So I did some investigating. Her stuff is being sold at Steve & Barrys, which is a store I thought only existed in Michigan, but apparently there is one at the block?! Interesting.
Anyway, all that is to say, I logged onto her website to check out the line, and its fantastic! Looks amazing, and is guranteed to be quality clothing.
So, tomorrow being saturday, and my day off, I will be checking out this sweet new line.
You should too!
Bitten, by Sarah Jessica Parker located at Steve and Barry's at the Block in Orange.
I decided this morning that I need a vacation. Bummer that my family is going on one and I have to stay here and work...but I really want to try and take one.
These are my top three ideas for something fun to do...
San Diego Zoo... granted that is about an hour away.. but, it could seem like a vacation if I went to the zoo and then stayed with a friend who lives in San Diego for the weekend... see where I am going with this one?
Six Flags... This just seems like a vacation because you have to drive so stinking far.
Yosemite... I would like to camp at yosemite this summer with a bunch of friends. This would be the only real choice on my list that seems like a vacation.
So this guy is late for work and calls his buddy to let him know, during the call he witnesses an accident in which a guy runs a red light and hits 4 elderly ladies... doesn't sound like it would be funny, but it is.
So last night I was thinking about how many weddings I have been to at such a young age, and most of them being my friends! All of them have been so fun and most of the weddings I have been to are people who are in the blogging world... so I thought I would share a few of my favorite moments with these fun people and my hopes for all of the upcoming summer weddings...
It all began with Taffy and Sues.... what a great night! My favorite part of this night was playing a table game at the reception. What a great idea to get everyone involved and having fun. And look at them now.. little Lea is here!
Brittany's....such a fun wedding. Great food, great entertainment, but my favorite moment by far was watching Allison H and Matt H ( not married) sing I got you babe.... great moment you two.
Then it was Ryanne's....beautiful and charming wedding. So many fun ideas integrated into one night. Two moments this night were my favorites, one being that right when they were announced, the clock tower bell went off..... you can not plan that! So fun. the next being the amazing dancing that followed. Serioulsy, I was right back in junior high with all of that rap music....
Ok so now that I type it out, it has only been three, and the other ones were family... darn. But I do have two coming up, one being a girl I have known since second grade! Her wedding is on July 7, 2007.... so I am thinking with such a once in a lifetime date like 7-7-2007, their wedding should be special!
Coming up this friday is such an exciting one for me.... John and Mariah's wedding is going to be so fun! I remember asking Mariah if she loved him in her car one night after service... and then at Glenn Ivy, Sarah and I asked her if she had ever kissed John, and she laughed.
Yes it's true, I have now taken my first trip to Lego Land. For our team outing day, we decided to go to LegoLand. It was awesome. Kind of a bummer that most rides you must be 13 or younger, but no sweat, we spent the day walking around, checking out all the cool stuff and even riding " the claw."
Here are some fun pictures from the day....
notice, the make out legos, the matt jensen look alike knight, and the official ride picture.
The level five of Amy and myself, represents the highest level you can choose to ride on for the most awesome ride of all time. Literally, you feel like someone has thrown you into a washing machine and let you go.
It's hard to explain, you need to go, just for that ride.