Unscheduled Roadside Conference
In about 2002 I was driving in my car southbound from Los Angeles to San Diego with the woman I was dating. I took an unexpected and brief roadside rest when I was stopped on the right shoulder of Interstate 405 southbound near Newport Beach. I was having an unscheduled roadside discussion on the right shoulder of the road with an official of the State of California about the posted speed limit and the perceived speed of my vehicle when observed by this well dressed official in a uniform representing the State of California.
Temper, Temper vs. Civility
The officer was bending over and looking at me from my front passenger window of my car. It seems he had a difficult day. He almost instantly was screaming and yelling at me about the velocity of my car, the proximity to the vehicle in front of me commonly referred to as tailgating and some tactical lane change maneuvers he described as weaving in traffic lanes. Astute observations I could not contest.
My girlfriend, Kathy was bothered because she was sitting in the front passenger seat. When he stopped expressing himself, I therapeutically said to him that it seems he has had a difficult day. That level of over the top anger wasn’t good for his health, his job performance when working with the public as he was when with me, and most important carrying these emotions into his personal life.
The officer’s facial expressions changed, his eyes opened wide and focused on me. There was silence between us for a moment. Clarity of thought intervened and the officer said, “by the time I get back to my car, I want your car gone. I do not want to see your car or know it has ever been here”. He backed up, stood up tall as he was, turned and walked away from me. I honored his request. I remained quiet, started my engine, entered traffic and drove toward San Diego without receiving a citation.
Smart has a shelf life whereupon it expires. As smart as you are and believe you are smart, if you speak enough you will say something stupid. The “stupid” will be the first thing others think about you and will live forever. What words I next spoke with Kathy while driving away from the ultimately generous officer is one of those short shelf lives of disappearing intelligence is in my blog article #2 of 2.
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No Nude Swimming, Chapter 3 Introductory Quote
When in danger, when in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout. Herman Wouk