I’m back from my trip, and I must say that is was quite enjoyable. For my five rounds I shot 88, 91, 98, 94, and 93. My goal was to keep all my scores under 100, which I achieved. Of all the courses I played, I liked Ogallala the best; probably because I played the best there. The greens at Gothenburg was like putting on a pool table – lots of 3 puts that day.
There were two parts of the trip that were less than enjoyable. First, my friend Brian was driving through downtown McCook and got a speeding ticket for going 39 in a 25. This is on US Highway 6 which is 35 MPH through the whole town except for about five blocks. I’m guessing they don’t give warnings to city slickers, but it would have been a nice gesture.
On the way out of town, the next day, I volunteered to drive. I was careful to maintain the speed limit through McCook and all other towns. Outside of the towns the limit was 65 and I kept it under 75. I’ve always been of the mind that no cop would bother pulling someone over for less that 10 miles over the speed limit. Sadly, I was wrong. I was cited for doing 74 in a 65. The fine for that is $25 and the court costs are $41. The State of Nebraska can’t possibly be making any money on that transaction if you consider the time involved to process a citation.
If the ticket had been issued in Omaha, I would definitely show up for court. I think the chances that the cop would show up to prosecute a $25 ticket are not that good. However, I won’t be driving to Beaver Falls for this ticket. I don’t even know where that is, but I do know that it’s more than four hours away. Also, I suspect that Barney Fife has nothing better to do than show up to court that day. He didn’t have anything better to do than write me a ticket for nine freaking miles over the speed limit.
Yes, I’m a little bitter about the whole situation. The next time I have the opportunity to spend some money in Furnas County, I’ll be passing.