Well husband has once again proved it to be true in his own particular case. He took easy child and difficult child 2 to the beach yesterday. Parked in a metered spot. Fed the meter some quarters and noted the time they left. Used his phone to keep track of the time they were there. Told the kids when it was getting close to time for them to leave, and although they encouraged him to just go put some more quarters in the meter because they all (husband included) wanted to stay a bit longer, he declined because he didn't feel like walking to the car (wasn't more than a 1/4 mile away). So I guess they finally got out of the water and headed back. But then somehow he got sidetracked when they were on their way back to the car what with rinsing themselves off, rinsing their boogie boards off, rinsing difficult child 2's head off which got missed the first time... etc., etc. So as they are approaching the car, they see the meter maid, and husband has this sinking feeling and says to her, "You probably just gave me a ticket, didn't you?" To which she, of course, just shrugs and says "I don't know." I mean, how is she supposed to know which car is his? And as he gets to the car, sure enough he sees an envelope on the windshield -- a $53 ticket because the meter had expired. So he walks back to the lady and asks if there's anything he can do about the ticket, and of course there isn't -- she says she has no way of knowing how long the meter had been expired. She's right! Heck, I don't think husband even knew how long it had been expired. He's been kicking himself all day today. I don't have to say a thing! I did remind him, though, that he's done far worse. Like the time he got ticketed twice in one week at the train station for not having current tags on his car. Tags that I'd GIVEN to him months before that he just had never bothered to apply to the license plates. His birthday's coming up soon... maybe I should get him a new WATCH with an ALARM... and a roll of quarters for those pesky meters!