A Letter to My Dog, Half Pint

This last year may have been the worst one of my life, but at least I've got the world's two greatest dogs by my side to help me stagger into 2018. Today's post features a letter to Half Pint. Benjamin will be getting a letter later this week--he'd never let me hear the end of it, otherwise. Also, this posts features a lot of short video clips of Half Pint being silly. Since I apparently can't do anything right these days, they are exclusively shot in vertical mode. Please accept my apologies (and cut me some friggin' slack).

Weird Crime: Here's Your Sign

(photo @ shenzhenstuff.com)

Cleveland, Ohio

On September 11 of 2012, 32-year old Shena Hardin had places to go and things to do. That's why when she ended up driving behind school bus that was about to stop, she was also determined that her progress from point A to point B would not be deterred.

As the bus came to a stop in front of a day care center, Hardin decided that the sidewalk would make an excellent passing lane. Unfortunately for her, the police (and an enterprising, cell phone camera wielding school bus driver named Uriah Herron) were there to watch her reckless pursuit of forward progress.

After being arrested, Hardin initially plead not guilty to charges of not stopping for a school bus and reckless operation of a motor vehicle...

...which was a bit hard to prove in court since there was video evidence, police witnesses, and the school bus driver (who claimed that she had done this many times before) all confirming that she had, in fact, passed a stopped school bus by driving on the side walk.

To avoid a trial (and any more embarrassment), Hardin plead out to lesser charges and penalties...although that probably depends on what your definition of "lesser" means.

In addition to being fined $250 and having her license suspended for 30 days, Hardin must stand at a busy intersection next Tuesday and Wednesday with a sign that states:

Only an idiot drives on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus.

Shena Hardin will be required to wear the sign from 7:45 AM until 8:45 AM both mornings. Since her license is suspended, she will also need to be transported by someone else to the intersection.

...which will then lead to the greatest answer 
ever given when someone asks "Why do you need a ride?"

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