Good Morning Officer
It was a beautiful sunny morning, 10 a.m., and it was already scorching hot. It would be a day to pace your work outdoors and enjoy tea whenever possible. I was looking forward to a relaxing day working outdoors.
The phone rings and its my neighbor. "They have 80% off plants at the greenhouse up the road and last years seeds are free!"
FREE SEEDS! Cheap Plants? I drop what I am doing and grab the keys. Being bare foot, I grab a pair of flip flops, throw them on the car floor and I am off. The windows were up so the steering wheel is so hot you could barely hold on to it.
I'm driving along, dreams of seeds and plants dancing in my head trying to hold on to a hot steering wheel. The car that was way ahead of me is much closer than I remember. I look down and I am speeding - really speeding. I take my foot off the gas and think about braking when I see a police car in the other lane. Oh please, hopefully he did not notice.
The brakes come on the police car and he pulls over. I am doomed! He turns around and heads towards me. By this time my speed is where it should be but my bail money is about to take a real hit. The lights come on and I pull over after having that momentary thought, "Can I outrun him?" No, be an adult and pay the consequences.
I scramble to get my flip flops on before the police man gets to the car. At this time I realize my brother took my car to be inspected the night before and insurance, registration and license are not in the car! And I just passed into another state.
I hope they are serving a nice lunch in lock up.
"Good Morning. Do you have any idea how fast you were going?"
"Unfortunately Officer I do. I just got in the car and the steering wheel is hot. I was distracted by that. I just noticed my speed about the time you passed by me. I am sorry I was driving irresponsibly and I realize that's unsafe driving. I also realized my paperwork is sitting on the kitchen table. If you want you can follow me 2 miles back the road and I will get it for you." I am sorry.
The officer says, "Just give me your name, address and any of your license number you know."
I did as requested and he goes to his vehicle. After what seems like hours her returns and says. "Today you get a warning. Go home and get your paperwork and watch your speed from now on."
Thank you Officer." He watched me as I turned around and headed back, making sure I was heading back home.
So I returned home. I can only find my registration and insurance papers. I really want to go to the greenhouse. What's my chance of getting stopped if I take the back roads? Out the door I head, watching my speed and taking the long way to the greenhouse. Eight miles longer - I feel the anticipation of free seeds and cheap plants.
One quarter of a mile way from the greenhouse - almost there. I round the last corner sharp corner and find a road block. The police are stopping all vehicles on both sides. Doomed! And on the other side is the same police man that stopped me 20 minutes ago.
The police are just looking in the car and either telling people to pull to the side or letting them go. I think they might have been checking seat belts. Any car pulled over the people did not have seat belts on, but whatever the reason, they let me through. As I drove by the twenty or more people waiting alongside the road I know they had the same look I had twenty minutes ago.
One the way home I took a different route of back roads to avoid the roadblock and hopefully any more adventure.
I may have aged a few years that morning but I came home with discount plants, free plants (they know me there) and a ton of seeds. My next hour was spent watering the new plants and looking at all the seeds! And yes, I had a big glass of ice tea!
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