Posted by episode81 on November 25, 2009
There are times when I think – go on, fall off … skateboarders on the sidewalk. Or, shoot me now … people telling me about their UK trip. You get the picture. Never usually happens, good thing in the latter case!
Frequently while I am driving, I mutter “Where are the police when you need them?”. The second most muttered phrase is “I hope your wheels fall off!”. I got the last one courtesy of my mum. Many years ago, she was running for a bus, the driver saw her, but drove off anyway. The best insult she could come up with in that instant was “I hope your wheels fall off!”. Inspired. I have never forgotten the injustice perpetrated on my mum and have recently adopted the phrase whenever I pass the offices of a particular Bay Area company. Nuff said.
Anywho, I digress …
I was driving to the movie theater in Redwood City last night. I stopped at a light before it turned red as the way ahead was blocked and I didn’t want to get trapped in the intersection. A car pulled up alongside me in the left turn lane just as the light turned red. As the light went green the car in the left lane accelerated away and cut in front of me going straight. I muttered my favorite phrase and mouthed an insult in his direction. And then it happened. A CHP officer on a motorbike appeared from nowhere and pulled him over! Astonishing! That is the first time in more than 20 years of driving.