Monday, May 22, 2006
Earlier this morning I pled guilty to two charges, driving without a license and no proof of insurance. The DA, kind as he was, dropped the expired plates charge. He said it would take 10 points off my license, but the judge only took off 7. It doesn't matter anyway because the offense was four years ago, which basically means the DMV can't hold it against me now.
I have to say though, the City has gotten their shit together. Last time I went to traffic court (years ago) it was an inefficient mess. The Spanish speakers went first to free up the translator. There was no DA there to put together the case so the judge could go through the motions. The judge did all that, and it took time. They also used to make you sit through this cheesy video advising you of your rights.
Now they put all that in writing, added a table full of DAs, and a bi-lingual clerk. The judge was awesome, and I don't think I've ever said that about any judge in my life. (Except for the judge in the federal case I juried a couple years ago; he was pretty awesome, too.) A young guy, probably not ten years older than me, very personable and professional. When he asked me why it took me so long (4 years!) to address it, I just said, "No comment."
No need to defend the indefensible, right, Newt?
Afterwards, I walked through Civic Center Park, which can be a weird place when it's not full of people. There were a few people sleeping on the lawn, and a few more hanging out on the benches, all of them with that too-tan-for-May look. Here's a pic of an Indian statue near the Greek amphitheatre. I took a pic of the cowboy statue across the way to provide conthrast, but it didn't come out.
Construction crews prevented a money shot of the amphitheatre itself, but I did catch these poorly aged murals on the side of it. Someone should really think about replacing them. This is what I say, on one side: John Elway. On the other: Joe Sakic, Patrick Roy, and Peter Forsberg.
Also looked like they were doing some work at the Bank building. You couldn't pay me enough to dangle outside one of those tall buildings. No way.
Here's a pic of the Denver Art Museum, a uniquely shaped building in its own right that is currently undergoing a huge renovation, complete with a wierd spiky addition designed by Daniel Libeskind.
And finally, a pic of the Capitol building. The phallic symbol in the foreground is a monument of some kind, but I forget what it symbolizes.