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The Indefinite Article.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006


So last night after having dinner in downtown Princeton I was pulled over.
Apparently u-turns are not allowed in all of New Jersey. How weird is that.
I admit I had two glasses of wine. However compound that and the fact that
I have not been pulled over in ten years and things begin to get a little dicey.
So I rolled down the window. He asked if I knew why I was pulled over.
"Have you had anything to drink this evening?"

"Yes sir, two glasses of wine"

"Nothing wrong with that. So I am going to ask you to do something for me.
Listen to my directions first then commence."

"Yes, sir."

"Say the alphabet starting with the letter E to the letter Z."

I did it twice leaving out the letter Q both times. (uuuugghhhh)

"Can you step out of the car."

"Yes, sir."

"Take eight steps one foot in front of the other while counting them out. Stop turn around
and walk back another eight steps while counting them out."

No Problems there.

Face me and hold a foot, right or left, six inches off the ground, count aloud ONE ONE THOUSAND, TWO ONE THOUSAND,
etc. while looking at your foot till I say stop.

I counted to 8 lost count and started over again while never looking away from my foot and counted again to thirty.

We talked a little bit about Texas and Houston, why I was in town and why I was so nervous.
We departed from our little traffic stop on good terms.

I think I can relate to the mormon dude and his revealing carotid artery.


  • dang. glad you got off the hook.

    By Blogger pablo, at 9:56 PM  

  • It was not that I was on the hook just next to it while wearing a loose cable knit sweater.

    I was trying to say that I was so nervous I could not think straight while my motor functions saved the day.

    I was happy that the field sobriety tests include both an
    assesment of physical and mental acuity.

    Cops make me nervous. In the past I have been unfairly harassed without any proximity to suspicious activity. Making a u-turn
    in a state that prohibits them is why I got pulled over. While a little stupid I could have lived with a
    ticket for making a u-turn.

    Getting pulled over for a u-turn and getting put in the can for drunk-driving because of being flustered
    is something that would have perpetuated my fear of law enforcemnt officials.
    Officer Princeton was smart enough to know the difference and not compeled to harass me warrantlessly.
    To be honest he was more friendly than any other officer I have had to deal with even though the situation was the most incriminating (suspicious) I have ever been in.

    By Blogger taggart, at 5:56 AM  

  • "Quickly quoth quotations," quipped the queerly quotable quillpusher, "Or you'll be quartered and quashed in a quod if you're not quick! No quibbling!"

    By Blogger CarolinaDivina, at 5:05 PM  

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