August 14, 2007

A Question With No Right Answer

I find that in my life I put off little, simple things for a long time. A while ago I got a notice in the mail that my car registration was about to expire. I got online and tried to renew it right then so I could just get it out of my way. Well I discovered that I needed to get my emissions taken care of and renewed. I went that same week and got that taken care of, but somehow didn't get around to mailing it in...

Knowing that I am driving with expired tags has caused me to feel a great deal of angst. Every time I see a cop I get really tense and make sure I'm not doing anything wrong. Well this last Sunday I was driving home after eating dinner at my parents house. I saw a cop driving right behind me and once again got tense and made sure I was not breaking any traffic laws. Well about a minute later the blasted cop turned his lights on. I had never been pulled over in all my life, so it was a good experience I suppose.


So I rolled my window down and the cop comes over and says, "Do you know why I pulled you over?" WHAT KIND OF QUESTION IS THAT?!!!! I mean it's like the kind of question that's impossible to answer safely! You don't want to say you're speeding, because if that's not the real reason, then you've just given yourself away. You can't say "Why don't you tell me?" Because then the cop will think you're getting smart with him! You can't say nothing, because despite how dumb this question is, they TRULY are expecting an answer! It's like a walking into a trap; it's a sick joke. I can just picture it: All the cops are sitting in training. "Okay, rule number one, always ask the question 'Do you know why I pulled you over'... it's amazing! It's bound to make them feel nervous, and you to be in complete power." All those cops can't wait to get out in the field and try this sick little 'trick'.

I honestly believe that there is no winning with this question...

11 comments:

Adam said...
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Adam said...

I too would be happy if I could never to talk to another cop for the rest of my life. They just make me nervous and uncomfortable. The only times I like cops is when they're in a parade on horseback or manually controlling the stop lights for me, the pedestrian, after a Suns game. Otherwise, I have no interest in interaction with them. And yes, I also think that that question is ridiculous. "What are they tring to do Mr. Officer, turn this routine traffic stop into a confessional? You're a cop, not clergy for crying out loud! YOU get paid to tell people what they do wrong! Not me! Don't make me play this guessing game! I'm obviously in hurry sir, that's why I was speeding in the first place!"

Kristi K. said...

I am in suspense... you didn't finsih your story!!! What did you say? What happened?

eknudsen said...

I am also waiting in suspense; why did I not ask you what happened when you told me you got pulled over? I do not understand myself...

lindser-lou said...

i hate cliff hanger stories....and i demand a sequel to this blog! i NEED to know what happens!!!!!!!!
linds- dont do this to me!!!

Kristi K. said...

Thank you so much for all the comments, It made me smile!!!! Oh and seriously you have to post the rest of the story. Or actually we really just need to hang out and you can tell it to me!!

Camille said...

Citations are really awful things. It is a ticket? Is it a warning?? Oh, the suspense...

Molly said...

hey! fun to find your blog! I was just talking to my sister Wendy yesterday and she said that you cut her son's hair at Snip-its! How fun is that? I just live 2 blocks away from there, but my baby isnt quite ready for a haircut yet :) -Molly Shumway Rawlins

LISA WISA said...

Hi Lindsey!! I'm officially addicted to your blog!! Today at work our auction site is down and I can't do anything so I find myself sitting in my cubicle laughing as I read your entries. Thanks for the entertainment!! I LOVE it!!

Emily Lewis said...

i got my first ticket last week, it was my third time being pulled over and it was a motorcyle cop so there was no wayy of crying my way out of it like the other two times. i to have been asked that question and had no idea what to say cause like you said you dont want to give yourself away. instead i just started crying and that seemed to work like.

Shauna Leigh said...

I got pulled over once for expired registration too! The cop told me I smelled like alcohol!