December 7, 1964, Monday
Nothing much happened. HUH!! I had to go to Court to pay my ticket. I was scared. Pearl and I got to the Court House about 11:30, after driving all over trying to find it where I was suppose to go. I lost my ticket when I lost my purse and didn’t know where to appear. We got to Juvenile Court at 12:00, just when they were closing for lunch, so we went out to lunch too, then back again. The Judge gave me a choice, of 10 days suspension or pay $5.00. I took the $5.00. I had to get a new drivers license too, because mine was lost with the purse.
$5.00 in 1964 is like $35.00 today. I was only going to make $25.00 working at Charleston’s Dress Store, wrapping Christmas presents over the two week Christmas Holiday, so it was still a lot of money at the time.
Juvenile Traffic Court in Santa Monica was a big deal at 17 and yet I’d much rather pay the $5.00 fine, than have my license suspended for 10 day…who wouldn’t? I can’t imagine giving up cruising in my cool 57 Chevy for that many days, plus I was making money working two jobs, and would be getting some money for Christmas, so it was worth it.
I was happy getting a new drivers license because my picture turned out so cute and I love my new hairdo, plus, my makeup was perfect, so it all worked out for the best!
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