June 10, 2004
Smartest/Dumbest Man Alive
Yesterday on my way home, I got stuck in traffic. No big deal. But then I noticed a bunch of police cars in the middle of the road, and officers walking around the street. Immediately, I thought: Inspection check. Uh-oh. See, I'm a little past inspection. Since I'm in the process of getting a new car, I didn't think it was worth it to get the car inspected again. Suddenly, I was regretting that decision. Thinking quick, I pulled into a small driveway -- the last possible escape before the trap. But now I was stuck. The driveway was too narrow to turn around, and I couldn't back out to go the other way, since it would involve going in reverse across three lanes of traffic, and that would surely get the cops' attention.
So I put the car in park, got out, and walked to the grocery store on the corner. I did some shopping, came out about a half-hour later, and the cops were gone. I got in my car, and headed home, ticket-free. Brilliant!
Two days ago, I stopped off after work to pick up my dry cleaning. The dry cleaner's store is next door to a computer shop I've been meaning to check out to for a while. So on my way out, I popped next door to take a look. For some reason, they had a lot of cellphone stuff. Confused, I asked, "Do you guys sell memory cards?" I got a blank stare from the clerk. So I got a little more precise. "You know, for cameras and computers?"
"Ummm... no... this is a cellphone store. You probably want the computer store two doors down."
(As it turns out, it wasn't an inspection check. However, with that many cops in the road, I think there was a good chance I might have been spotted anyway. I stand by my decision.)Posted by Kevin at June 10, 2004 03:11 PM