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It was the worst of times (what happenned after...)

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Blackbird, Apr 5, 2003.

  1. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    I had a great time showing the local guitar stores to CS. We didn't get to Haight-Ashbury music, but that's a good excuse for him to come back.;)

    After dropping CS off at his hotel, I did some shopping then, remembering that my other bandmates were going to Taqueria Cancun when they split, I decided to get a burrito myself. It was almost 6 pm.

    Arriving in the taqueria, I see a friend from school eating at the seat by the front door. We greet each other. I order my burrito to go.

    While I'm waiting, in wanders this drunken guy asking customers for money. He just ambles by most but when he's leaving, he stops at my friend's table and starts... well, doin' that stuff drunk people do. If there's an immutable universal truth it's this: old drunken guys love to hit on unaccompanied women.

    My order number gets called up. I pick up my order and on the way out. I, approach the drunk, give him some money and escort him out. My friend thanks me.

    Outside, the guy is speaking half Spanish, half English and half Gibberish (That math is correct, but the way), We're doin the fist-to -fist greeting, he's saying "I love you, man" and all that stupid stuff drunks do. Finally, he ambles away and another guy who heard me speak Spanish asked me where I'd learned, etc. Fair question, since I am, but don't look like the stereotypical hispanic. I told him I was from Brazil, etc, when we heard something that sounded like "move along" come out of something that seemed to be some kind of loudspeaker.

    In the middle of the street was a police car, the cop looking in our general direction, or so I thought. I looked to the left, nothing. The right, nothing. I looked at the cop incredulously, gesturing "Me?":eek: I must have had the right (or wrong) reaction, because he took off pretty quickly.

    I went back into the taqueria and told my friends what happenned. They appreciated the irony.

    I don't want this to be a cop bashing thread. I just want to put the story out there. Thanks for reading, you who made it this far.
  2. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    You were in The Mission, speaking Spanish, having a burrito, and conversing with a homeless and/or drunk man, and the cop told you to "move along?" That is a cop that is new to this city.
  3. Some cops are good... or stupid.. for example:

    I get a phonecall on my mobile whilst driving. I didnt have my hands free so i answered, unawares of two policeman on horseback right behind me. I drive off.

    I then realised i needed to do a U turn to get into the carpark outside the venue for our show. So i took a quick one at the intersection when all lights had stopped the traffic except my lane. I pull in and there's the two cops on horseback just staring at me. Eh they let their horses crap on the road and rode off. *shrugs*


  4. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    i don't see the issue here. then again, i lived in the butthole of the world for about 6 or 7 years (down on ga tech campus right by techwood projects, before the olympics' motivated "renew") so when i would see a cop taking an interest in street goings-on, i would generally be thankful.
  5. secretdonkey


    Oct 9, 2002
    Austin, TX
    Hmmm... the fact that he took off kinda quick might mean that he realized his mistake in reading the situation, and leaving was an easier way of demonstrating that than trying to offer an explanation.

    ...Which leaves you with the sweet little irony that it was the cop who needed to move on at that point.

  6. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    And I can appreciate that line of thinking, but considering what I had just done, the timeliness of the cop's appearance and his choice to say that thing to me when there were other people around was interesting.

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