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Road Tripping

2010-03-05 03:46:57.359482+00 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

Charlene and I have been tooling around the northeast for the past few days. Full report when we get back. We were over in Boston the day before yesterday, and ended up killing two hours walking along Revere Beach. While we were there we watched a police officer (MA State) behaving extremely unprofessionally, going all drill sargent at a very subservient guy whose car he was towing.

Later that evening we got pulled over for license plate lights and a headlight out, and got some attitude.

I've had 3 moving violations in my life, and several other interactions with police officers, and these two, one which I witnessed, one which was directed at me (but was way toned down from what I saw earlier in the evening) were the worst I've ever personally seen police officers behaving. The first was bad enough that I considered calling someone about it, but I realized that I'm in a strange town, and the last thing I wanted to do was to be pissing off the police.

That right there says something.

The other guy let me off with a warning, which is fine, I can suck it up and let him be an asshole for that.

Other than that, it's been a pretty cool, if more driving than I'd planned on, trip. From Toledo to Sheffield, MA. Toured quickly through my old stomping grounds, including a stop in Harlemville, NY, where I talked with two people I went to elementary school with, thence up to West Lebanon to look at the old house, then back to Great Barrington for the night. Debra Hyde got word we near her state, and Charlene had a friend over in Boston she thought it'd be fun to drop in on, so we went over there and back down through Mystic, CT. On the way back across we got off the freeway at New Haven to avoid an accident, and ended up spending the afternoon at the Yale museums, then up to Newtown CT, where I went to high school, and across. Tonight we're near Syracuse, tomorrow we're going to hit Niagara Falls, then probably return to Toledo via Canada.

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#Comment Re: made: 2010-03-05 10:20:18.524603+00 by: DaveP [edit history]

Last time I crossed into Canada (fall 2008) took almost as long for me as crossing into Yugoslavia did in 1980. Most of it was spent with them trying to figure why I had So Many Cameras and digging through my laptop to make sure I wasn't bringing in anything subversive.

Strangely enough, in spite of a plaid alert or some such in the US, I got waved through on the way back.

Safe travels, and may officiousness be looking the other way as you pass.