compartmentalization is your friend. root canal is a big "i suck because I should have gotten a filling when I had the chance." But since you now have no choice but to get a root canal then you have no worries. It can't get worse than that so it cant get any worse in that department. So either get it done or put it on the back-burner. Court Costs for Reckless Driving says "I'm a fucking immature idiot." Ye who is without sin cast the first stone. Well I'm without any tickets and i've been driving for over ten years so dodge this boulder i'm going to hurl at you. Bottom line is you did the crime now pay the fine. You can go to court and they will lower it for you. But if you don't care enough to do the effort it takes to get the ticket lowered then you don't deserve to complain. A birthday present can range from 5$-300$. If you can't afford that then you're a deadbeat and she shouldn't have to suffer with the likes of you.
Now to tell you whether I had similar experiences yes.The one year I practiced law they gave me a $400million corporate clients paperwork. I had to get it done by a certain time or their merger would not go through as planned. The delay would ruin their business, the takeover, and be very detrimental to my firm. I was a first year yet I had a team. I got it done about an hour before it was due which is cutting it close. I walked into an office with multimillionaires and had to speak and get them all informed. The information session took 25minutes. By the time I was done the banks were near closing and they had to rush and sign a whole slew of documents. I took a train from my office in New York to Toronto at the end of the day and didn't go back to that office again. That was the 10th worst day of my life. so fuck you.
I wouldn't call myself a deadbeat by any means, just someone with a lot of things to pay for. And I don't think getting a reckless driving charge makes me an immature idiot, but ok.
As far as your story goes, that doesn't really help. Mainly because stuff like that doesn't stress me out. The three months I practiced law they gave me a $900billion corporate clients paperwork. I had to get it done by a certain time or the nuke under Los Angeles would go off as planned (by the terrorists). I was a first year, but was working closely with the A-Team. I got it done about thirty seconds before it was due which is cutting it close. I walked into a coliseum with every single world leader and had to give a speech and get them all informed. The information session took 15 hours. By the time I was done I had solved world hunger and gotten them to bring back Arrested Development (this, obviously, took a slew of document signing). I took a rickshaw from my office in Philadelphia to Sao Paulo, jerked of the whole time, and shot myself when I got there. That was the best day of my life. so fuck you.