Mitchell wrote about her experience with traffic school, and I had a good laugh at that (not that I was surprised, it was just funny). Anyway payback sucks in terms of schadenfreude and I got my first ever speeding ticket in April on my way to San Diego. I've gotten a bunch of tickets lately, a no U-Turn ticket in Alameda (on Park Street), and a couple of parking tickets. And I'm like what the heck is going on!
Anyway, I used http://www.gototrafficschool.com/. It took me a little over an hour to complete the course and test which was pleasant. It was a good refresher but I don't remember anything (thank goodness for tabbed browsing and the nifty find feature).
What differed with my experience from Mitchell is that verification of who I am was done online (otherwise a notary or some other method is required). I did my verification through Experian the credit history people. I gave them information about my accounts that really only I should know and they gave a time limit for me to answer them. They asked about accounts I've held and also how much my mortgage was and a few other challenge questions. [I'm wondering if someone could just buy my credit history and do the same thing.]
Now, there's got to be a better way to verify identity than me having to pay Experian a $15 convenience fee. I need to read about DSS some more which I guess is standardized? And I don't know about personal certificates either. People just won't get how that works.
I've never had an interest in doing the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon, but lots of my friends have and many of them are doing it today, Sunday, June 3rd 2007. I think it's kinda crazy — it starts off jumping off a boat into the San Francisco bay waters. Here's the story.
Anyway, the t-shirts and the cycle jerseys are nice. I would do it for that but overall not really interested. There's another Alcatraz triathlon but Escape from Alcatraz is supposed to be the better one.
I'm also in what they call the "no ironman zone". After four of these damn Ironman races I'm just not interested in training for this next one in Canada. I'm really not interested in doing much of anything right now.
I got a Nuvi 650 GPS device. It's pretty cool. It works pretty much out of the box. The screen is nice 4" x 3", it's color and fairly big. The voice is fine but I don't have any place to stick the device unless I mount it on the windshield (luckily I have a little compartment that I can use for it where the GPS device for the car was supposed to be).
I recommend it overall and definitely over the other 600 series — it has the wide color screen with the least features so the least expensive of the bunch. I'm sure the devices will get even bigger but this one is large enough and the voice is loud. I haven't explored the other features, there might be too many. This device gets the basics right — map, directions, places of interest — so that's all I really need.
I would wait until it gets down to like $250 – $300 though if it ever gets there.