As part of my probation, it was stated that if I had a violation of any kind, I would have to get an ankle monitor. I was absolutely positive that would never happen. Then life happened.
I have an interlock in my car to detect if I have been drinking. While driving home from Austin and it was going off, it kept failing to detect my breath and kept saying “blow again” so I would. Over and over and over. The thing refused to work. I stopped to get gas and the car wouldn’t start again because it wouldn’t read my breath.
Naturally I started crying.
Then it locked me out and said… Violation.
I called Smart Start to figure out what on earth was going on. The lady on the phone explained that because I live in Texas, the humidity can build up in the monitor and cause it to not read.
I ask her what to do.
She told me to go in the gas station and put the interlock in one of the freezers for a few minutes.
“But if you disconnect it, it says abort tamper, which is another violation.”
She told me unless I wanted to stay at the gas station, I was going to have to disconnect it.
When my probation officer found out, she immediately ordered an ankle bracelet.
“But I didn’t do anything wrong!” I whined.
“Doesn’t matter,” she replied. It clearly states if you have a violation of any kind, you get an ankle monitor.”
I spent the next few weeks in long pants and full of resentment. I was fucking pissed. This little new accessory cost $500/month. I have been complaining to anyone who will listen and bitching that this is all about money and how dare they do this…
No one cares.
A few days ago I started googling ‘celebrities with ankle monitors’ and Martha Stewart was one of the first to pop up. She looked charming in hers. Eve and Andy Dick were pictured showing their’s off on various red carpets, which prompted me to make a decision. I was going to show mine off too.
I’ve been extra pissed because I wasn’t going to be able to go swimming with my kids. Then I thought… I’m pretty flexible… I bet I could just hang my legs on the edge and submerge my body.
And what do you know… it worked. So if you see me out and about with my new very expensive jewelry, you’ll know why.
I think I’m going to bedazzle the mother fucker.