Like many people, there have been ups and downs in our financial situation. My husband lost a high-paying job 10 years ago and joined the ranks of minimum wage which caused us to have to declare bankruptcy to keep our house. Doing this, we retained a high mortgage to go along with our lesser income. And because of the lesser income, our debt ratio was now higher which meant we couldn’t refinance the mortgage to a lower interest rate. A catch-22 situation we didn’t forsee. Fast forward. Our daughter’s husband left her, leaving her with a lesser income and bills to pay. She struggled and we helped when we could. Then, she became one of the newest statistics…she got laid off from Owens Corning. Now, she joined the many unemployed looking for work. During this time, she let her car insurance lapse, and her inspection sticker, and her speedometer quit working. And of course, that is when she got a speeding ticket which garnered over $400 of charges. With money very tight, she heard of a program where you could “work off” your tickets by spending time in the city jail at the tune of $100 a day. She decided to give it a try. She is now spending 5 days in the city jail and as her mother, I am somewhat concerned. I am a very private person, and modest. I am accustomed to getting up when I want and staying up late if I want, (except on work nights). I can go get a coke at the local Sonic when I want. I am imagining all sorts of trials for her. Living in a “pod” of many women, no privacy, and being in a jail…no personal freedoms. This is truly a strange and foreign concept for me to get my head around. I hope she finds these 5 days in jail were worth erasing her tickets! And maybe when she gets out, first on the agenda will be to fix that speedometer.