Wednesday, May 18, 2011

... And That's When The Authorities Showed Up!

It's kinda strange to me how as a 42 year old, below average looking dude - people continually stop and stare as I run by.  I mean I do have nice legs and a sensitive spirit ... but why stop and stare as if you'd just seen one bear kick another bear in the groin on a river bank? (As many of you know, to me that's the funniest thing anyone could ever witness ... I hope to see it one day!)

Take yesterday morning for example (which has happened a handful of times over the years).  I'm on the road at approx 4:30am and a friendly police officer slows down, leans over to the passenger window, and watches as I run by.  I thought for a minute he was gonna fire up the cherries and "pull me over".  Then he circles around, drives up a street and sits and waits for me go run by again.  THEN, he does the same thing another block down???

Don't get me wrong, I love cops, but was there an A.P.B on jogger-robbers in the neighborhood last night?  Have we recently been hit by Garmin-wearin' bandits that I'm unaware of?  Is it common in KC for burglars to dress in running shorts and technical tees on a 45 degree morning ... and haul their loot down the middle of the street as they make their fleet-footed get-away?

If I was a hot young cutie or something, I kinda get it ... but seriously "NOTHING TO SEE HERE ... MOVE ALONG".  But in fairness to the officer I was running in a ski-mask, a bag with a giant "$" sign, a rappelling rope, and the combination to several safes ... so I understand,  I guess?
... be great today! 

28 comments:

  1. lol, your posts are awesome! I wish the officer would have pulled you over for speeding while running! haha

    Though while I've never been yelled at or taunted by any passing motorists - I have ran with some attractive girls before, and a couple times people have yelled really horrible stuff out the window at her as they drove by. I wished the car that yelled had been forced to stop at a stoplight so we could give them a piece of our mind. No idea what makes it okay in peoples minds to taunt girls when they run. It happened a couple times when running with my friend, and the incidents really bothered me.

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  2. Nelly - that's happens when I run with my daughter ... THAT's the worst!

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  3. That sign is too funny. When my daughter was about three, whenever we would pass by a police car we would hear her whisper in a real deep thug voice under her breath "can't catch me coppas". It was way funny!

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  4. I guess it's a sign that your town is pretty safe - not much else going on at 4:30 in the morning so they have to stalk you for some action!

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  5. You Americans dress kinda weird to go running. We Aussies generally wear a singlet, shorts, shoes, socks and appropriately supportive undergarments.

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  6. ha ha you are hilarious! Thank you for the entertainment.

    I always get all sorts of stares when running outside. Gotta love it!!

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  7. Have you ever run under one of those "Your speed is..." signs and had it actually pick up on you? This happened to me on my run two weekends ago. I was proud because it flicked between 07 and 08 MPH. Maybe the cop was bored and fixing his radar gun on you to see how fast you were going....

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  8. Huh...maybe he is checking out your form.

    Regardless, kinda creepy. Imagine your feelings if you were a female and someone (even a cop) was doing that...

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  9. Okay, that is really unusual!

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  10. Omg! You just made me laugh out loud...thanks for that! I'm thinking of moving to KC....your town rocks! Me, I just get chased by dogs & pondered with perplexed stares as though folks were trying to figure out just what on earth I'm doing! After all, I do own a perfectly good car ;)

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  11. Ha! That sign is hilarious! As far as the cops, at 4:30am, he's probably just bored and has nothing better to do.

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  12. Love this post and the picture. When I run early I have to run by the town constable who just parks and sits. He has never moved to follow me though. There's just something radiating out from you I guess.

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  13. No clue here...that seems strange to me.

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  14. Cop or not that would totally creep me out.

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  15. Ha, dirty fighting bears.

    Maybe the cop thought it was hallucinating? To non-runners, seeing someone out doing it at 4:30 AM might seem pretty unfathomable.

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  16. Seriously?!! [some] Cops are so retarded!

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  17. bahahah garmin-wearin bandits, I love it. I totally got a mental image of you wearing a ski mask with money bags too. Maybe the cop wanted some running pointers??

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  18. I actually get that very often. Don’t know if police in SA just patrol the streets more between 4 and 6 AM or I look really suspicious. I’ve even had them drive behind me for a few kilometers a couple of times. I am great today!

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  19. Maybe he was bored and made a game out of clocking you with his radar gun.

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  20. I was going to say the same thing as Coy. Either that or he was bored so he decided to make sure you stayed safe on your run.

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  21. I know my friend Abby has had police follow her before. She lives in a pretty shady area, so she assumes they are watching out for her. You must look like a sissy girl or something. (JUST KIDDING!)

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  22. Kind of Creepy!

    Maybe next time you could drop some donuts off...

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  23. Maybe that cop thought you were not at all below average looking...
    I have the bear image in my head now and it's cracking me up.
    PS. I've seen your photos and your are NOT below average at all, young man!

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  24. LOL! I love this post. You and I have the same life experiences!

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  25. That's funny stuff. In America EVERYONE is a SUSPECT before being proven innocent, right? Here in Japan we are all innocent until proven suspicious. As a foreigner with blond hair I attract attention of the authorities when running down the road in my neighborhood, but if they'd stop and stare at me, I'd have a word with them... Next time ask them why, it would make an interesting blog entry!
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