Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Italian Legal System

I opened my e-mail today to find out that Laurie had received a letter back in Camarillo yesterday from the Municipal Police of the beautiful city of Florence.  It appears that when I visited Florence last June 18th to see Mike and Vanessa, I was photographed driving my rent-a-car in a restricted area, i.e., only locals with a special permit are allowed to enter these zones.

Of course, no one at the rental company bothered to tell me about these zones and I am sure that they are probably clearly marked in Italian.

Bottom line, I owe the city of Florence 94 Euros for the ticket plus another 0.84 Euros for their postage stamp.  It was over six months ago, does anybody know anything about Italy's Statute of Limitations?

Electronic surveillance, who would have guessed it? Damn their eyes!!!

Stretching at C.U.S.

About 40 Elephants showed up at the University of Catania's Sports Complex to go through a 90 minute session of conditioning and agility drills.  A lot of good work was accomplished.

On a side note, our five home games will be played at this much more centrally located C.U.S. facility this year.

Also of note, our season opener at the home of the Ancona Doves has been switched back to Saturday, March 21, at 1:00 p.m.

A Serene Afternoon on the Ionian Sea


I did my first round of shopping today at the IPerSimply in Aci Reale.  A little bread, extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar... what else do you want in life?


DPLassen said...

See, so when you're taking pictures in museums, etc., you're simply following the example set by the Italian police, who believe camera belong everywhere.

On the other hand, there are probably a lot of people in Sicily who could help you rectify this little problem.

itzbfitz said...

Thought I'd leave a comment so poor David Lassen doesn't have to shoulder the load himself all the time...

Please tell me that you aren't seriously considering paying $150 to the Italian government for a DRIVING INFRACTION. Oh, the irony. I thought the rule in Italy was to drive as fast as you want and park anywhere you can find space (including the sidewalk). I'm pretty sure they can't extradite you from the U.S. for this one. Wait...you're in Italy. Best to keep a low profile for the next five months.

J TWICE said...

George -

I thought I told you that i have received 4 SUCH TICKETS from my parents trips to Rome... my dad is actually trying to fight them right now... que ridiculo!


George said...


Claud said...

...they would have never found you...
we would have hidden you somewhere on Mount Etna...

George said...

Leave it to Michael Corleone Jr. to try and hide me in Savoca probably.

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